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Useless knowledge may come in handy

July 15, 2012
By Leslie Letusick , The Herald-Star

Did you know

People speak at a rate of about 120 words per minute.

The average person supposedly falls asleep in seven minutes.

Your left lung is slightly smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

The loudest snore ever recorded is 87.5 decibels.

The human feet perspire half a pint of fluid a day.

One person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

More people are killed annually by donkeys than are killed in airplane crashes.

Crickets hear through their knees.

Butterflies taste through their feet.

Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

It is physically impossible for a pig to look up at the sky.

The hummingbird is the only bird which can fly backwards.

Camel's milk does not curdle.

Reindeer milk has three times the protein of cow milk.

Starfish have no brains.

An Olympic gold medal must contain 92.5 percent silver.

Sigmund Freud bought his first sample of cocaine for $1.27 a gram.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Louis the XIV took only three baths in his lifetime.

The only "real" food that U.S. astronauts are allowed to take into space is pecans.

Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

Anne Boleyn had six fingernails on one hand.

No piece of paper can be folded more than twenty times.

The only acceptable sexual position in Washington D.C. is the missionary-style position. Any other sexual position is considered illegal.

The fortune cookie was first created in 1916 at the George Jung Noodle Factory in Los Angeles.

Arnold Shwarzenegger was the tallest Mr. Universe ever.

Montreal is the world's snowiest city.

Katherine Hepburn and Barbera Streisand are the only two actresses to ever tie for the best actress Oscar.

King Tut is the only Egyptian Pharaoh to remain buried in his tomb.

James Buchanan was the only unmarried President of the United States.

Siberian huskies lack the glands that other dogs have to give bad doggie breath.

Are you still trying to fold a piece of paper?

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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