Interesting and at times Humourous Snippets
To Ponder in
those quiet moments
A promise is a debt.
A man wrapped
up in himself makes a very small package.
No talent, no
character, and no brains are required in the grumbling
Someday I will learn to stop procrastinating, but today
is not that day.
Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ.
It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful.
Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease.
the father of wisdom.
The crown of
a good disposition is humility.
The wise man has long ears, big eyes and a short tongue.
gets a lot of credit that belongs to cold feet.
Do not choose for anyone what you do not choose for yourself.
What can the
enemy do when the friend is cordial?
sorrow are next door neighbors.
Fool me once,
shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
pebble in the brook secretly thinks itself a precious
is half a sermon.
A man with a
sour face should not open a shop.
bitter to endure may be sweet to remember.
For every evil under the sun, there is a remedy or there is none. If there be one, try and find it; if there be none,
never mind it.
A narrow mind
has a broad tongue.
An idle brain
is the devil's workshop.
We have two ears and one mouth that we may listen the more and talk the less.
wish another to keep your secret, first keep it
A man of
words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
Anger is as a
stone cast into a wasp's nest.
A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.
To live in
hearts we leave behind is not to die.
Some little known facts
The Vatican City is the country that drinks the most
wine per capita at 74 liters per citizen per year.
Approximately 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets
If a female ferret does not have sex for a year, she
Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
“Almost” is the longest word in English with all the
letters in alphabetical order.
A family of
people with blue skin
lived in Kentucky for many generations. The Fulgates of
Troublesome Creek are thought to have gained their blue
skin through combination of inbreeding and a rare
genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia.
It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
No piece of square paper can be folded more than 7 times
A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and nobody can figure out
is a Sardinian cheese that
contains live maggots.
The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese
while you're eating it, so it's a good idea to shield it
with your hand to stop them jumping into your eyes.
At any one time about 0.7% of the world’s population is
Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue
Weird & Wonderful Facts
The Olympic flag's colors are always red, black, blue,
green, and yellow rings on a field of white. This is
because at least one of those colors appears on the flag
of every nation on the planet.
At any given time, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in
progress over the earth's atmosphere.
Dueling is legal is Paraguay as long as both parties are
registered blood donors.
In 18th century England, gambling dens employed someone
whose job was to swallow the dice if there was a police
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball
In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has
In space, astronauts cannot cry because there is no
gravity and tears can't flow.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors.
Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to operate a
television for three hours.
Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or
The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 moves only six inches
for each gallon of fuel it burns.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before
21 Odd Facts About the Body
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is
Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
It takes approximately 12 hours for food to
A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100
Women blink nearly twice as often as men.
Most of the dust particles in your house are dead
There is a company in the USA that will (for
$14,000) take your ashes and compress them into a
synthetic diamond to be set in jewelry for a loved one.
There are more living organisms on the skin of a
single human being than there are human beings on the
surface of the earth.
The longest bout of hiccups lasted nearly 69
Babies are born without kneecaps. They appear
between the ages of 2 and 6.
Men can read smaller print than women. Women can
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase
the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
If you sneeze too hard you can fracture a rib. If
you try to suppress a sneeze you can rupture a blood
vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your
eyes open by force they can pop out.
A kiss stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals that
cause relaxation. Women seem to like light and frequent
kisses while men like them more strenuous.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming
1/10 of a calorie.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but
our nose and ears never stop growing.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick
According to Chinese acupuncture, there is a
point on the head that you can press to control your
appetite. It is located in the hollow just in front of
the flap of the ear.
In a recent survey, Americans revealed that
banana was their favorite smell.
Facts about the United Kingdom
For the British,
the position of monarch probably ranks as one of history’s
least safe occupations. English kings have been killed in
battle (Harold), beheaded (Charles I), assassinated (William
II), murdered by a wicked uncle (Edward V), and knocked off
by the queen and her lover (Edward II).
London is one of
only two cities above the 50th parallel with a population of
more than five million. Moscow is the other.
The first fish
and chips restaurant was opened in 1860 in London by a
Jewish immigrant named Joseph Malin.
It is illegal to
import haggis from the UK into the U.S., as the American
government has declared that sheep lungs are unfit for human
Research Foundation has determined that with 500 recorded
cases of ghostly encounters, York is the most haunted city
in England and one of the most haunted in the world.
(300) are spoken in London than in any other country in the
A new breed of
mosquito was found in the Tube tunnels in 1998. Scientists
believed it mutated from the bird-biting form that colonized
the London Underground when it was built in last century
and, as it would not mate with its aboveground cousin, it
has evolved into a separate species.
In medieval times,
Magpie Lane was Oxford, England’s red light district, where
the “nymphs of the pavement” would tout for business. The
street was previously called Gropecunt Lane.
The sport of
football, or soccer, supposedly got its start in England
when Anglo-Saxon farmworkers plowing a field unearthed the
skull of a Danish warrior killed in battle a few years
earlier. To show their still bitter feelings towards the
Danes and to amuse themselves, they began kicking the skull
among them. This early form of football was called “kicking
the Dane’s head.
Scotland’s national game. It was invented on the grounds of
St. Andrews, and the earliest record of the game dates from
1457, when James II banned it because it interrupted his
subjects’ archery practice. Mary, Queen of Scots, enjoyed
golf and was berated in 1568 for playing so soon after the
murder of her husband Lord Darnley.
Did you know
fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.
The longest bout of hiccups lasted nearly 69 years.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They appear between the
ages of 2 and 6.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose
and ears never stop growing.
Louis XIV of France really was
as unpleasant a fellow as he's been depicted. In 1674, when
he was visiting a school at Clermont, he heard from the
school's authorities that one of the children, a nine-
year-old Irish lad named Francis Seldon, had made a pun
about the king's bald head. Louis was furious. He had
a secret warrant drawn up for the child's arrest, and young
Seldon was thrown into solitary confinement in the Bastille.
His parents, members of one of Europe's richest merchant
families, were told simply that the child had disappeared.
Days turned to months, months to years, and Louis himself
passed away. But Francis spent sixty-nine years "in the
hole" for making fun of the king's baldness.
In the 16th and 17th centuries
in the country of Turkey, anyone caught drinking coffee was
put to death.
Abraham Lincoln's dog, Fido,
was also assassinated.
About 3,000 years ago, most
Egyptians died by the time they were 30.
The first known contraceptive
was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
If a statue in the park of a
person 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.
The youngest pope was 11 years
Richard Versalle, a tenor
performing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, suffered
a heart attack and fell 10 feet from a ladder to the stage
just after singing the line, "You can only live so long."
David Bowie used to think he
was being stalked by someone who is dressed like a giant
pink rabbit. Bowie noticed the fan at several recent
concerts, but became alarmed when he got on a plane and the
bunny was also on board.
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the
physician who set the leg of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes
Booth, and whose shame created the expression for ignominy:
"His name is Mudd."
In Ancient Egypt , priests
plucked every hair from their bodies, including their
eyebrows and eyelashes.
More than 8,100 US troops are
still listed as missing in action from the Korean War.
In the great fire of 1666,
half of London was burnt down but only six people were
The electric chair was
invented by a dentist.
In Egypt around 1500 B.C., a
shaved head was considered the ultimate in feminine beauty.
Egyptian women removed every hair from their heads with
special gold tweezers and polished their scalps to a high
sheen with buffing cloths.
George Lumley, aged 104,
married Mary Dunning, aged 10, in Nortallerton, England on
August 25, 1783. She was the great-great granddaughter of
the woman who'd broken her engagement to Lumley, eighty
In Elizabethan England, the
spoon was so novel and prized that people carried their own
folding spoons to banquets.
Ancient Egyptians slept on
pillows made of stone.
Millie the White House dog
earned more than four times as President Bush in 1991.
A law passed in Nebraska in
1912 set hard rules of the road. Drivers in the country at
night were required to stop every 150 yards, send up a
skyrocket, then wait eight minutes for the road to clear
before proceeding cautiously, all the while blowing their
horn and shooting off flares.
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