Weird Facts 36
Dedicated to keeping you informed about all the interesting, strange and cool facts from around the world.
- Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps. Read More
- smiling-boyFake smiling causes real happiness. Source
- Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth, and whose shame created the statement for ignominy, "His name is Mudd."
- During World War II, W.C. Fields kept US $50,000 in Germany 'in case the little bastard wins'.
- Earth is the only planet not named after a God.
- If cars were driven by computers, a single lane of freeway could transport road trains of up to 35,000 vehicles per hour, up from 1,500 human driven cars per hour. And consider no more stopping at red lights! Source
- Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.
- Every photograph of the first American atomic bomb detonation was taken by Harold Edgerton. Source
- Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman.
- S.O.S. doesn't stand for "Save Our Ship" or "Save Our Souls" -- It was chosen by an 1908 international conference on Morse Code because the letters S and O were easy to remember and just about anyone could key it and read it, S = dot dot dot, O = dash dash dash.
- There is a Counterfeit Museum of Paris, where they display the most impressive and accurate knock-offs of popular goods. Source
- Paper money is not made from wood pulp but from cotton. This means that it will not disintegrate as fast if it is put in the laundry.
- The inventor of Vaseline ate a spoonful of it everyday. Source
- Smithee is a pseudonym that filmmakers use when they don't want their names to appear in the credits. Source
- Pablo Picasso’s full name is Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Source
- Soda water does not contain soda.
- The Sami people of Northern Finland have a unit of measurement called the ‘poronkusema‘ – the distance a reindeer can walk before needing to urinate. Source
- When Canada loses a soldier in Afghanistan, thousands of Canadians line the bridges along the Highway of Heroes in a show of compassion; hoping there won’t be a reason to return to the bridges again. Source
- In 2006, a prisoner got himself a job in prison repairing mail bags, and he climbed inside one and mailed himself out of prison. Later that day while hiking along a railway line he was questioned, and let go by a police officer. Source
- The term "Mayday" is used for signaling for help. It comes from the French term "M'aidez" which is pronounced "MayDay" and means, "Help Me."
- All pandas in the world are on loan from China, and when a baby Panda is born, by agreement, it is sent back to China to help expand the gene pool. The baby pandas are shipped back by FedEx. Source
- The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
- Maintenance workers on the Golden Gate Bridge are first on the scene to talk down suicidal jumpers. They estimate having a 90% success rate. Source
- The test pilot for the first US jet aircraft would wear a gorilla suit while flying the secret prototype, so that other pilots who reported seeing a gorilla flying a propellerless plane wouldn’t be believed. Source
- Florida passed a law requiring toddlers in state-run schools to listen to classical music every day, and in 1998 the governor of Georgia budgeted $105,000 per year to provide every child born in Georgia with a tape or CD of classical music. Source
Stay tuned for more Fun Facts coming soon!
Weird Facts has been updated daily since 1999.
We read all comments and respond to any requests.