1. Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes.
2. On average, Americans spend about 6 months of their lives waiting at red traffic lights.
3. Hans Christian Anderson, the creator of fairy tales, was actually word-blind. He was never able to spell correctly. His publishers had to correct his errors.
4. There was only 30 seconds of fuel remaining, when Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the moon.
5. A Baboon called “Jackie” became a private in the South African army in World War I.
6. If you put a piece of scotch tape on an inflated balloon, then stick it with a small pin or needle, it won’t pop.
7. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
8. The Catholic Church only declared in 1992 that the earth may go round the sun.
9. Cats sweat through the pads of their feet.
10. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
11. Earth gets heavier every year. Roughly 1000 tones of space dust land of its surface annually.
12. In Ancient Egypt, a Pharaoh would have slaves stand naked in honey to keep the flies away.
13. Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952 (73 years old), but he declined.
14. Elephants remain pregnant for 2 years, and then cannot become pregnant again for another 2 years afterwards because the female will not ovulate.
15. In 1971, Elvis Presley was appointed an honorary FBI agent by Nixon before Nixon’s resignation.
16. The Burramundy, a fish, grows up as a male, but after 2 years or so, it turns into a female to breed.
17. A person who is lost in the woods and starving can obtain nourishment by chewing on his shoes. Leather has enough nutritional value to sustain life for a short time.
18. An Octopus has 3 hearts.
19. An oyster can change its sex once every seven days.
20. In the 1960’s, the US spent millions developing a zero gravity pen for use in space, and the Russians…., they used pencils.
21. Male feral rabbits urinate on the females to state their ownership.
22. The gender of Reptiles are determined not by the sex genes, but by the temperature in which the egg is incubated. A certain temperature will produce a male and vice versa for a female.
23. In Samoa, it is acceptable for a family who has too many sons, to raise the youngest boy as a daughter. He is known as a fa’afafine and is given a girl’s name and wears feminine clothing… and is even allowed to use the ladies bathroom.
24. Scorpions can be killed by pouring vinegar over them. They’ll ’snap’ and sting themselves.
25. In Tibet there is actually a practice called ‘polyandry’ where many men, usually brothers, marry a single woman? This takes place so that only one set of children will inherit the land.