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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Thursday Thirteen # 14 - Useless Facts

Thirteen fun but useless facts!

I'm in a bit of a quirky mood again for this week's Thursday Thirteen. In amongst these thirteen facts, there is one that is not true. Can you spot it?

1…. A fingernail contains the same substances as fly poop. Ewwwww!

2.... Apparently, in ancient Rome, when a man testified in court, rather than swearing on a religious text or legal document, he would swear on his testicles. I bet there weren't too many convictions for perjury in ancient Rome.

3.... Most brands of lipstick contain fish scales. Yuck. I'm glad I don't wear it.

4.... It's estimated that 35% of the people using personal ads for dating, are married. Hmm. That's not nice.

5.... Any idea what causes 23% of all photocopier malfunctions worldwide? Are you ready for this? It's people photocopying their buttocks! I have just one question. Why?

6.... A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. That's a good reason not to get pregnant, if you're a goldfish.

7.... An American urologist bought Napoleon’s penis for the princely sum of $40,000. Again, why?

8.... Americans apparently consume an estimated 18 acres of pizza every day. By that, I mean Americans en masse, and not that every single American eats 18 acres of pizza daily. Yum. Pizza.

9.... The average chocolate bar contains at least eight insect legs, which melted into it during the manufacturing process. Oh well, that's extra fibre I guess. Not even that knowledge can make me give up chocolate.

10.... It is estimated that every human, whilst sleeping, eats at least eight spiders in their lifetime. I'm sleeping with a Band-Aid over my gob in future. Yuck!

11.... Crocodiles and alligators move very quickly on land. But only when moving in a straight line, as they lack the agility they have in water. So if one of them chases you - just zigzag like crazy as you run away. You should be able to shake them off.

12.... Mosquitoes are twice as likely to be attracted to the colour blue, than any other colour. Spare a thought for this poor guy.

13.... A dentist invented the electric chair. Now why doesn't that surprise me?

So which one of those facts isn't a fact at all? Answers on Friday. Happy Thursday!

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Anonymous said...

Those were really funny! Great list this week!

SJ Reidhead said...

The only people who don't like useless information are people without a sense of humor!

The Pink Flamingo

jenn said...

I'm hoping the one about "buying the penis" isn't true, cause that's just wrong!

Happy tt!

Nessa said...

I think number 7 is fake.

Lazy Daisy said...

I agree....number 7 sounds really far fetched. I would doubt that the French Government would allow napoleon's body to be violated.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Please God let #1 be wrong. Ewwwwwwww. Have a great TT. :)

Sandy Carlson said...

Two is so very believable! Guys are guys are guys...

Nicholas said...

No information is truly useless if it expands the sum total of your knowledge.

I've heard #4 before a number of times, estimated at between 20% and 40%. There is obviously a huge gap in the market for someone to exploit and make a fortune.

Greatfullivin said...

I am hoping #1 is the wrong one. I love the random fact TT. Hope you are sleeping well! Happy TT!

Natalie said...

Oh no, I'm scared that only one isn't true!

Anonymous said...

A very funny presentation of some very interesting facts. I hope the one about candy bars is not true!

Zenmomma said...

I was thinking #1 is not true. But who knows!

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

The Mythbusters busted #11 - they showed that alligators and crocodiles are, in fact, very slow on land. They are just very fast with their initial lunge out of the water!

All of those are an interesting collection of strange, weird, and gross facts!

Gattina said...

Only one not true ?? Amazing ! but then I am sure it is Napoleon's penis. The Frenchs would never sell such a precious thing, lol !

Daisy said...

I wish I could eat chocolate, because the insect part sounds good! I am guessing that #1 is not real.

Danielle said...

Omg...even though I don't bite my nails, I'm hoping its the first one thats not true...blah!!!

#4 would have to be true, sadly, and #5 too LOL.

Fun list. and if you're really searching for a good host - Bluehost is awesome ;-)

Thanks for your encouragement on my quitting efforts!

Patti said...

I'm really praying that it's the chocolate one that isn't true ... but I'm pretty sure it is. :(

I'm going to guess #5 is not true. Funny ... just not true! :)

secret agent mama said...

Oh Geez, I don't know, they all seem logical. LOL

Anonymous said...

WOW! I bet number 2 made sure honesty prevailed!!

Nissa said...

Great list! I'm going to pick the buying of Napoleon's penis as the non-fact. That's just wieeerd.
Thanks for stopping by mine! Happy TT!

Jeannene said...

Too funny! And great to, love your blog it is my first time visiting. I hope you come by and visit me too!

Happy TT
(Love Conquers All)

The Land of Rozz said...

I really wish #10 wasn't true. I can't even think about it. Anyway, I'm going for #7 not being true. This was a cool TT!

Tiffany Aller said...

Ok, fingernails and FLY POOP? I am rolling around LAUGHING MY BUTT OFF!!!!!

And yes - HOMER FOR PRESIDENT! :-) Great idea!

Celticlibrarian said...

Most of these sound doubtful, except maybe the pizza thing. The penis thing is just bizarre enough to be the truth, too.

Happy TT!

Mags said...

Interesting-and scary! Great TT...thanks for stopping by mine earlier. :)

K. said...

I looked up the spider one once, on behalf of my phobic daughter who was threatening to never sleep again, and I read that it was an urban myth.

Or maybe I just told her that so she would sleep...?

Napoleon's penis? That would be hilarious. I don't know if it's true or not, but I believe that if someone actually had it to sell, someone somewhere would probably buy it. I don't know why, though, either.

What a fun Thursday 13! Thanks for the entertainment.

Heart of Rachel said...

Interesting. Yes., I also read that mosquitoes are attracted to color blue.

Julie Doe said...

Oh good Lord, I hope #10 is false. I don't have a problem with spiders in general, but in my mouth? Yuck!.