May 31, 2007 | By: Vidyanath Aarvi

Interesting Facts - part 1

Read below you'll come to know about certain unknown facts......

1. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

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

3. Almonds are members of the peach family.

4. The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

5. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

6. Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

7. The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

8. "Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."

9. There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous,
horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
10. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is "pneumonoultramicros copicsilicovolca noconiosis."

11. The only other word with the same amount of letters is its plural: pneumonoultramicros copicsilicovolca noconiosesl.
12. The longest place-name still in use is "Taumatawhakatangiha ngakoauauotamate aturipukakapikim aungahoronukupok aiwe-nuakit natahu", a New Zealand hill.

13. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reinade los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size,L.A.

14. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

15. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

16. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

17. Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.

18. Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

19. The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.

20. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

21. There is a seven-letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the,there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

22. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

23. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

24. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

25. Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be
dribbled like a basketball.

26. The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti

27. 'Stewardesses' is the longest English word that is typed with only the left hand.

28. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways; the following sentence
contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

29. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

30. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."

31. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian seal for that reason.

32. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

33. The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king is dead."

34. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines
were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk
up straight staircases.

35.Coca-Cola was originally green.

36.The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

37.The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

38.The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

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

40.TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only one row ! of the keyboard.

41.Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!

42.You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

43.It is impossible to lick your elbow.

44.People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

45.It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

46.The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

47.If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.

48.If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

49.Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.

50. Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great
Hearts - Charlemagne
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

51. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
52.If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground,the person died of natural causes.

54.What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
Ans. - All invented by women.

55.Question - This is the only food that doesn't spoil. What is this?
Ans. - HoneyA crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

56.A snail can sleep for three years.

57.All polar bears are left handed.Butterflies taste with their feet.

58.Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

59.In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

60.On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

61.Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump'.

62.Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

63.The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

64.The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

65.The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

66.Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

67.Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

68.The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

69.Most lipstick contains fish scales.

70.Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.