Fast Facts

  • Hindu men once believed it to be unlucky to marry a third time. They could avoid misfortune by marrying a tree first. The tree (the third wife) was then burned, freeing the man to marry again.
  • Lachanophobia is the fear of
  • If you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside, the fit will be snugger around your big toe.
  • A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans. Every year, more than 8,800 people injure themselves in some way with a toothpick.
  • Dr. Seuss pronounced his name so it would rhyme with rejoice. His birthday was March 2.
  • The main library at Indiana University sinks more than an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
  • The only member of the band ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard has the last name Beard.
  • The average bank cashier loses $310 a year.
  • The albatross can glide on air currents for several days and can even sleep while in flight.
  • Robots in Japan pay union dues.
  • A jiffy is an actual unit of time: one-hundredth of a second. Thus the saying, “”I will be there in a jiffy!””
  • A “”walla-walla”” scene is one in which extras pretend to be talking in the background – when they say “”walla-walla,”” it looks like they are actually having a conversation.
  • “”MAFIA”” is an acronym for “”Morte Alla Francia Italia Anela,”” or “”Death to the French is Italy’s Cry.””
  • Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.