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  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

  • All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

  • "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
    (see U.S. States and Coins and Currency)

  • Almonds are members of the peach family.
    (see Fruits & Vegetables)

  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

  • Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

  • There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

  • Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina delos Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

  • In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

  • Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

  • The only real people to be depicted as PEZ dispensers were Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone, and Paul Revere.

  • The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

  • When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

  • The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"

  • A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
    (see Coins and Currency)

  • On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

  • It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

  • Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Paul Reiser, himself.

  • The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.

  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

  • The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."

  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

  • Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.

  • John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
    (see Golf Clubs)

  • 'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

  • To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.