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... Kemo Sabe, Tom & Jerry cartoon, Howard Hughes

by Florence Shea

The word “set” has the highest number of separate definitions in the English Language (192 definitions according to the Oxford English Dictionary).

Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables contains one of the longest sentences in the French language – 823 words without a period.

“Kemo Sabe” means “soggy shrub” in Navajo.

Erythrophobia is the fear of the color red.

Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables.

Catoptrophobia is the fear of mirrors.

Chrometophobia is the fear of money.

The ear of a cat has 32 muscles.

The mouth of a hippo can open up to four feet.

The cat and mouse cartoon, Tom & Jerry, launched a career for William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

An office chair with wheels travels 8 miles a year.

Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.

The dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

Professional ballerinas use about 12 pair of toe shoes per week.

Bubble Gum contains rubber.

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

The electric doorbell was invented by Joseph Henry in 1831.

Alexander Graham Bell refused to have a phone in his study – the ringing drove him nuts.

Johnann Vaaler invented the paper clip in 1900.

The source of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes’ fortune was his father’s invention of an oil drill bit capable of boring through subterranean rock.

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York opened on April Fools Day 1938.

April 5, 2013

Sources: corsinet.com, coolquiz.com, triviachamp.com, qsl.com/w5www, danhersan.com, triviacountry.com, quizland.com

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