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Bet you didn't know

Published August 21. 2010 09:00AM


Saturday is for relaxing. You work hard all week, and the weekend is something to look forward to. Maybe sleep a little later in the morning. Perhaps get some chores done, or begin a project that you'll benefit from.

Saturday's are also for fun. And this column, recognizing its resonsibilities, will bring you some fun facts today that you can toy with over that second cup of Saturday coffee.

I'll bet you didn't know:

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop"is the longest word typed with your right hand. Go ahead, try it out the next time you sit down at your computer.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. If you come up with one, please let me know.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. I remember using that as an exercise when I was learning how to type.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). I have friends living in Colorado and California named Kassak. They are the only persons I know whose last name is a palindrome.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. No, umungous doesn't count.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Now some other trivia which you'll read but probably never use again:

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. Some days that's about what my memory span is.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes - right before he bites your leg off.

A snail can sleep for three years. I used to work with a guy who could do that.

Almonds are a member of the peachfamily.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. Then what's that my soon-to-be-one-year-old grandson is using when he's crawling all over God's creation with?

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon. Who keeps track of these things?

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. Sometimes I think my dog, Raygan, is included in that group.

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

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The average person's left hand does 56 percent of the typing.

The cruise liner, QE 2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns. And I thought my pickup truck was a gas hog.

The microwavewas invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. And the microwave, in my opinion, is the greatest invvention of the last century.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. Wish I could have seen that.

There are more chickens than people in the world. That's why those fried chicken places never run out of food.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Bonus!! All the ants in Africa weigh more than all the Elephants. Especially when they're having a big picnic.

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