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14-12-03, 21:07
General Facts

1.Tuesday is the most productive day of the working week.
2.The ZIP code means Zoning Improvement Plan.
3.Months that start on a Sunday always have a Friday the 13th.
4.Phasmophobia is the fear of ghosts.
5.Due to the contraction and expansion of metal, the Eiffel Tower's height varies by several inches, depending on temperature.
6.Tulips originated in Turkey and were only exported to Holland in the 17th century.
7.The average life expectancy of a toilet is 50 years.
8.Australian bank notes are now made out of plastic.
9.Paper money in the UK is made out of cotton and linen.
10.The average person will spend around 2 weeks of their life waiting on traffic lights to change.
11.Petroleum accounts for nearly half the world's energy supply.
12.London cabbies estimate that their average driving speed is just under 10 mph due to the ever increasing traffic congestion.
13.Broken clocks are right at least twice a day.
14.The average American will see or hear over 500 advertisements each day.
15.In America, it's estimated that around 4-5 million junk telephone calls are made daily (phone solicitations by persons or programmed machine).
16. Per capita, Canada has more doughnut shops than any other country
17.There are more TV sets in the UK (70 million+) than there are people (~60 million).
18.In logging slang, a messy pile of logs is called a "jackpot".
19.The average woman consumes 6 lbs of lipstick in her lifetime.
20.No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
21.The typical pencil can draw a line 35 miles long.
22.More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby.
23.In Spain, Colgate faced a marketing problem with its toothpaste. Colgate - phonetically close to Cuelgate, which translates to "go hang yourself."
24.In the 1940s, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it "*****."
25.Man is the only animal that cries.

14-12-03, 21:13
Fascinating...I wonder who the poor souls were who spent a chunk of their life finding this stuff out just so people like us could enjoy mindless trivia? :rolleyes: The tulip one, I'll remember for my Dutch friends. ;)