I welcome 2011 warmly, since next year may be our last (which I semi doubt, but humor the thought). Anywhere, to start off this odd week of random, useless, yet interesting facts I present to you the first of my series of facts. 20 of them-

  • Bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal.
  • Obama doesn’t like ice-cream as a result of working at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager.
  • Smallpox may have been around since 10,000 BC.  The mummified remains of Ramses V had what looked like the mummified evidence of smallpox.
  • Ducks quacks don’t echo. No one knows why.
  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  • Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.
  • Smith is the most common last name in the United States
  • After human death, post-mortem rigidity starts in the head and travels to the feet, and leaves the same way it came — head to toe.
  • Hitler’s mother thought about having an abortion, but was talked out of it by her doctor.
  • We shed 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime.
  • A dragonfly has a lifespan of twenty-four hours.
  • George Washington had no middle name
  • Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother. They were both deaf.
  • Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
  • The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
  • According to Genesis 1:20-22 in the Christian bible, the chicken came before the egg.
  • Like fingerprints, everyones tongue print is different.
  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
  • One in every 1000 babies is born with a tooth.
  • 142857 is a cyclic number, the numbers of which always appear in the same order but rotated around when multiplied by any number from 1 to 6. 142857 * 2 = 285714 142857 * 3 = 428571 142857 * 4 = 571428 142857 * 5 = 714285 142857 * 6 = 857142
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