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Useless Facts

Some may be true, some may not be, but all are guaranteed useless!

At -40° (either Centigrade or Fahrenheit; both are equal there), a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.

One million Americans, about 3,000 each day, take up smoking each year. Most are children.

In 1933, Mickey Mouse, who doesn’t exist, received 800,000 fan letters.

There are only four words in the English language that end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

It would take you 3,000 years to count all the stars in a galaxy at a rate of one per second.

Less than 3% of Nestle’s sales are for chocolate.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs in it.

There are 2 credit cards for every person in the United States.

Over their lifetime, the average person will spend 2 weeks waiting for traffic lights to change.

More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year from using right-handed products.

Feb 1865 and Feb 1999 are the only months in recorded history without a full moon.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

More people are killed by donkeys annually than die in plane crashes.

The only 2 days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

Only 1 person in 2 billion will live to be 116 or older.

The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only 6 inches for each gallon of diesel fuel.

At least 9 million people in the world share your birthday.

At any one time, 0.7% of the world’s population are drunk.

The tip of your wristwatch’s hour hand travels 0.00000275 miles per hour.

One thing that humans do more than anything is sleep. Most Americans sleep 6-8 hours a day, or 24 years of their life.

A man’s beard contains between 7,000 and 15,000 hairs.

A hair is 70% easier to cut when soaked in warm water for 2 minutes.

Women’s hair is about half the diameter of men’s hair.

It takes a half-gallon of water to cook macaroni and a gallon to clean the pot.

During an average lifetime, a man will spend 3,350 hours shaving.

4 million children die each year from inhaling smoke from indoor cooking fires made of wood and dung.

Less than 1% of China’s 500 major cities have clean air. Respiratory disease is China’s leading cause of death.

The number of cars on the planet is increasing 3 times faster than the population.

It took 1,175 animators working in Disney studios in Burbank, California, Orlando, Florida, and Paris, France to complete the animated Tarzan. Because of time differences, production occurred around the clock for more than three years.

From 1840 to 1980, every president elected in a year ending in “0” has been assassinated, died in office, or been severely wounded in an attempt on his life. Each event has taken place in an odd-numbered year and on an even-numbered day. Will W break this?

The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime, usually at night.

About 17% of humans are left-handed. The same is true of chimpanzees and gorillas.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

The entire length of all eyelashes shed by a human in their life is over 98 feet.

No president of the United States was an only child.

The average woman consumes 6 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime.

In chess, there are 169,518,829,100,544,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the first ten moves.

It only takes 7 pounds of pressure to rip your ear off.

You use more calories eating celery than you get from the celery.

On average, each McDonalds BigMac bun has 178 sesame seeds.

There are 1 million ants for every person in the world.

Odds of being killed by a dog: 1 in 700,000.

Odds of dying while in the bath tub: 1 in 1 million.

Odds of being killed by space debris: 1 in 5 billion.

Odds of being killed by poisoning: 1 in 86,000.

Odds of being killed by freezing: 1 in 3 million.

Odds of being killed by lightening: 1 in 2 million.

Odds of being killed in a car crash: 1 in 5,000.

Odds of being killed in a tornado: 1 in 2 million.

Odds of being killed by falling out of bed: 1 in 2 million.

Odds of being killed in a plane crash: 1 in 25 million.

If you played every Beatles’ single and album issued between 1962 and 1970, it would only take 10 hours and 33 minutes.

Termites eat through wood 2 times faster when listening to rock music.

Apollo 11 only had 20 seconds of fuel when it landed.

13 people are killed each year by vending machines.

There is a ¼-pound of salt in every gallon of seawater.

About 1/3 of American adults are at least 20% above their recommended weight.

The average talker sprays about 300 microscopic saliva droplets per minute, about 2.5 droplets per word.

The average smell weighs 760 nanograms.

The Earth experiences 50,000 earthquakes each year.

Skin temperature does not go much above 95 degrees even on the hottest days.

The Earth’s revolution time increases .0001 seconds annually.

Driving at 75 miles (121 km) per hour, it would take 258 days to drive around one of Saturn’s rings.

Driving 55 miles (88 km) per hour instead of 65 miles (105 km) per hour increases your car mileage by about 15%. (But around Saturn’s rings?)

Airbags explode at 200 miles (322 km) per hour.

If we had the same mortality rate now as in 1900, more than half the people in the world today would not be alive.

1/3 of all cancers are sun related.

The average person flexes his finger joints 24 million times in his lifetime.

There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee.

It would take 7 billion particles of fog to fill a teaspoon.

The average iceberg weighs 20 million tons.

The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.

Your brain weighs around 3 pounds. All but ten ounces is water.

A can of SPAM is opened every 4 seconds. (A piece of spam every 0.00001 seconds?)

If every human on earth owned an equal portion of dry land, including uninhabitable areas, everyone would own about 100 square feet.

The average person makes about 1,140 telephone calls each year.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

In a century’s time, Islam had converted 1/3 of the world.

Women manage the money and pay the bills in 75% of Americans households.

The world record for rocking non-stop in a rocking chair is 440 hours.

The world record for rain boot tossing is 179.14 feet.

Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.

More Monopoly money than real money is printed every year.

¼ of the bones in your body is in your feet.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

You blink over 10,000,000 times a year.

There are 1,525,000,000 miles (2,453,725,000 km) of telephone wire strung across America.

A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 miles an hour.

If the population of China walked past you single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.

The average person laughs 15 times a day.

It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.

The average person spends about 2 years of his life on the telephone.

When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds up to 3,000 miles per hour.

The first millennium, from year 1 - 1000 AD, consisted of 365,250 days. The previous millennium, 1001 - 2000 AD, will consist of 365,237 days. The third millennium, 2001 - 3000 AD, will consist of 365,242 days. The difference is in the calendar systems used during the different periods.