View Full Version : Not a lot of people know that.

10th April 2010, 15:21
This is a thread for useless but interesting facts. Here's some to start us off.

Marriage over the telephone is valid under Islamic law.

Wombats produce cube-shaped dung.

Cillit Bang is called Cillit Bam in New Zealand.

10th April 2010, 15:36
Cillit Bang is called Cillit Bam in New Zealand.


11th April 2010, 11:38
The average person tells four lies a day.

Ordained priests can work in supermarkets.

The name "scrumpy" comes from a word meaning small and shrivelled.

The world's most complex mathematical problem is called the Poincare Conjecture.

Plastic surgeons in the US are doing lip grafts using muscle from the neck to make lips fuller.

The Mafia use Facebook.

The flat-headed cat has webbed feet.

Cillit Bang has been used to clean plutonium stains at the defunct Dounreay nuclear power station in Caithness, Scotland.

12th April 2010, 17:20
Wombats produce cube-shaped dung.

For some strange reason, I actually knew that fact! :unsure:

12th April 2010, 22:11
Cillit Bang has been used to clean plutonium stains at the defunct Dounreay nuclear power station in Caithness, Scotland.


Any excuse for this!

13th April 2010, 07:10
The average person eats three spiders per year. Spiders are attracted to warm, moist places. So guess what happens every once in a while when you're sleeping. ;)

13th April 2010, 09:37
Spiders are attracted to warm, moist places. So guess what happens every once in a while when you're sleeping. ;)

The old joke about the woman who hadn't had sex for a while having cobwebs up there is true!!!!!!!

13th April 2010, 12:12
I thought it was 3 spiders in your lifetime, not per year?

13th April 2010, 12:26
Yeah, perfectly possible I remember it wrong. Wouldn't be the first time. http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s37/Tallhill/smileys/slash.gif

13th April 2010, 20:56
The answer to "agtaq gufnx mbvrp eselx vurnm xsmqc aqzxa gakro altam yrvtn tpqzy vgnbx nofqw gonov?" is Station X.

The average railway carriage is home to up to 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bed bugs and 200 fleas.

City-dwelling single men aged 25 to 35 are the country's biggest food-wasters.

The average life of a web page these days is apparently somewhere between 44 and 77 days.

There are people in the UK called Justin Case, Barb Dwyer and Stan Still.

Pregnant women do not need to eat for two.

Parents in Japan swear by KitKats when their children are taking exams.

"Karaoke rage" has claimed more than a dozen lives in the Philippines... usually for Frank Sinatra's My Way.

The United Arab Emirates recently held the largest camel beauty contest ever.

15th April 2010, 13:28
The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card!

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men with their hands on each other's shoulders.

Most lipstick contains fish scales!

Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

19th April 2010, 23:18
1 in 8 Americans has worked at McDonald's.

60% of people using the Internet use it for porno.

A peanut is not a nut, but a legume.

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

24th April 2010, 10:35
Gaza has a surf club.

Male long tailed slugs make "love darts" from calcium minerals and use them to inject hormones into females.

Babies born in autumn or winter are more likely to develop a food allergy than those born in spring or summer.

In the 13th century, the Chinese used covered sewage tanks to generate power.

In America, 30% of teenagers send more than 100 texts a day.

Source of the name "Indiana Jones": it was the name of producer George Lucas' pet Malamute.

The 1997 Jack Nicholson film - "As Good As It Gets", is known in China as "Mr. Cat Poop".

A theatre manager in Seoul, Korea felt that The Sound of Music was too long, so he shortened it by cutting out all the songs.

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

Pentheraphobia is a fear of a mother-in-law.

The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.

8th May 2010, 16:15
This factoid is a bit of a bugger for me.

People who regularly have less than six hours sleep increase their chance of dying over a 25-year period by 12%.

I regularly get less than 6 hours sleep and if you add in all the genetic, dietary factors going against me then I died 2 years ago.

Stephen Coates
8th May 2010, 16:36
It was only a few years ago that they were saying that people who sleep too much will not live as long.

10th May 2010, 10:02
They really don't know and are just guessing. Each person needs a different amount of sleep, so it would be different for each.

10th May 2010, 11:41
I think it's a case of "people die every day so what common factor can we attribute to that?" Sort of like "Stopping breathing increases the chance of you dying." That sort of thing.

10th May 2010, 12:27
It always amazes me how much money is paid to people to carry ou research on such things, when instead they could have saved the money and just spoken to someone with common sense. Although they seem harder to find these days! ;)

10th May 2010, 13:35
Common sense is now statistically valid?