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By Bob urban

burban@tnonline.com

@$:Facts you run across whenever you have a lot of spare time to spend while you're on vacation.

Did you know.....

If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth. If you're underhanded you probably chew on both sides of your mouth.

To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over two million individual flowers. No wonder the stuff is so expensive.

Heroin is the band name of morphine once marketed by 'Bayer'. And here we thought all they dealt with was aspirin.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult. Tipping too little in American restaurants is also considered an insult.

People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport. That's the naked truth.

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined. Public office is too taxing, even if you're a genius.

Astronauts can't belch - there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs. Wonder if they suffer from heartburn when they're circling the earth?

Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash. Thank goodness for Scope.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, is was fashion to shave them off.

Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.

The night of Jan. 20 is "Saint Agnes's Eve", which is regarded as a time when a young woman dreams of her future husband. And here, all along, I always thought it was presidential inauguration day every four years.

Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros. Something like our national debt.

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times. Remember that the next time you decide that recycling is just a waste of time.

Gold is the only metal that doesn't oxidize, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at one end. That's why is wags in so many talkative people.

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. And here, you thought it was just a local hit.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. Drinking acid after you eat reduces your chances of living about 99 percent.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. The sounds in your head after a night of drinking has nothing to do with seashells.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean. I'm glad I'm in the other 10 percent.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.