From the curious mind of an Astoria writer, a useless collection of little known facts little worth knowing, but somewhat fascinating.
Little known facts little worth knowing
Most streets in Japan do not have names. Most homes in Carmel, California do not have house numbers.
Apple seeds contain cyanide.
A jiffy is actually 1/100th of a second.
Gustav Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, had a paralyzing fear of heights; he was also dyslexic.
Eleanor Roosevelt, believing the White House was haunted, kept a bottle of holy water on her nightstand, just in case.
The face of the caricature of Uncle Sam was modeled after a door-to-door salesman from Canada.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A dime has 118 ridges around its circumference.
A sneeze travels out of your mouth at 100 mph.
A goldfish, like Dory in Finding Nemo, has an attention span of 3 seconds.
Al Capone’s business card stated that he was a used furniture dealer.
Almonds are members of the peach family.
A giraffe can go longer without water than a camel.
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave ( good reason to stay to the right).
Knights in shining armor raised their visors to identify themselves as they rode by their king. This custom became the modern military salute.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper.
Post-it notes were invented by accident.
It costs more than what pennies and nickels are worth to produce them.
Lighters were invented in the 16th Century from a converted flintlock rifle. Matches were invented in 1826.
On January 29, the following events happened:
In 1845, Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” was published.
Karl Benz was granted the first patent on a gasoline-powered automobile in 1886.
Robert Frost died in1963 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kansas became the 34th state admitted into the Union.
On January 30,
King Charles I. of England was beheaded in 1649, and in 1948, Mahatma Ghandi was assassinated.
All porcupines float in water. I doubt that anyone wants to test this out.