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... pants, owls on Halloween, 13.5 carat diamond

by Florence Shea

The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple,
is called a tragus.

It takes 17 muscles to smile --- 43 to frown.

The sound of a snore (up to 69 decibels) can be almost as loud as the noise of a
pneumatic drill.

The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.

An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards.

In England, in the 1880’s, “Pants” was considered a dirty word.

Smelling bananas and/or green apples (smelling, not eating) can help you lose
weight.

The name Massachusetts came from two Native American words meaning “Great Mountain
Place”.

When astronauts returned from the moon, they had to go through customs.

A bison can jump as high as six feet off the ground.

The following capital letters are the same when viewed upside down: H, I, N, O, S, X
and Z.

Seeing an owl on Halloween is a bad omen. According to tradition, owls on Halloween
would swoop down and take your soul. To prevent this turn pockets inside out and
leave them out.

According to some cultures a witch’s eyes are the colour red.

The first coast-to-coast telephone was established in 1914.

People who are lying to you tend to look up and to the left (their left).

The speed of a typical raindrop is 17 miles per hour.

A 13.5 carat diamond was used for instrument-viewing ports on Pioneer 2 space probe.
It was the only substance that was both transparent to infrared light and also able
to withstand the red-hot heat and tremendous pressure of the Venusian atmosphere.



October 4, 2013

Sources: corsinet.com, strangefacts.com, coolquiz.com, danderson.com,
triviachamp.com, funfunnyfacts.com, triviacountry.com


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