My Little Sister's Jokes > List of Interesting Facts > Page: 16 | 17

My Little Sister's Jokes is happily maintained
 by the Community of Emmitsburg, MD.

Help us build our joke and story bank.
E-mail us at:

Interesting cooking & household tips
  • Take your bananas apart when you get home from the shop. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
  • Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold.
  • Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  • Add a teaspoon of water when frying minced lamb or beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  • To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of Spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream; then beat them. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
  • Reheat Pizza - Heat leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove; set heat to med-low And heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy microwaved pizza.
  • Easy Deviled Eggs - Put cooked egg yolks into a plastic freezer bag. Mash, then add remainder of ingredients, keep mashing & mixing thoroughly. Then cut a corner from the bag and squeeze mixture into egg into the cooked egg whites. Just throw bag away when done - easy clean up.
  • Reheating frozen bread - To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were frozen, place them in A microwave next to a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
  • Newspaper weeds away - Put layers of newspaper around your plants, overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers.
  • Broken Glass - Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.
  • Flexible vacuum - To vacuum dust from under the fridge, or similar narrow space, add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to the nozzle on the hose. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  • Reducing Static Cling - Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with trousers that cling when wearing tights.
  • Measuring Cups  - Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with very hot water. Then, throw out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient (peanut butter, honey, etc.) and watch how easily it comes right away from the cup leaving very little residue.
  • Foggy Windscreen? - Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works much better than a cloth.
  • Reopening envelope - If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. It will then unseal easily.
  • Conditioner - Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it on your hair.
  • Goodbye Fruit Flies - 1/2 fill a cup with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of washing up liquid; mix well. You will find the fruit flies are drawn to this mixture and gone forever.
  • Get Rid of Ants - Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, and take it 'home'. It kills them. It may take up to a week, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Submitted by Kenneth, Shropshire, England

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

Think You Know Everything?
  • The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
  • The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
  • The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
  • The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
  • There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

.............Now you know everything

Submitted by Pastor Faye, Littlestown, Pa.

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

Did You Know??
  • Fish and Chip selling officially remained an offensive trade until 1940 due to the smell it produces.
  • The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
  • The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
  • In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
  • Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil) and Mazaru (Speak no evil).
  • Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
  • The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
  • Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.
  • The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
  • If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
  • When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
  • Trivia in Roman mythology was the goddess who haunted crossroads, graveyards and was the goddess of sorcery and witchcraft. She wandered about at night, and was seen only by the barking of dogs who told of her approach.
  • In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
  • Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
  • It cost the soft drink industry $100 million a year for thefts committed involving vending machines.
  • The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
  • The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
  • Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
  • Men's shirts have the buttons on the right, but women's shirts have the buttons on the left.
  • Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
  • Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
  • The painting that won second place in a competition held by the US National Academy of Design was hanging upside down when it was judged.
  • Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
  • For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
  • The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

Submitted by Kenneth, Shropshire, England

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

How numerals 0 - 9 got their shape

Read this first, then click the slide show - Open Slide Show

Do you know why numbers look like they do? Someone, at some point in time, had to create their shapes and meaning. Watch this short presentation and then you will know how our

Arabic numbers were originally created a very long time ago and what logic the people that created them used to determine their shapes. It is really very simple and quite creative?

You have to admire the intelligence of a person or people who created something so simple and perfect that it has lasted for thousands and thousands of years and will probably never change?

When the presentation gets to the number "seven" you will notice that the 7 has a line through the middle of it. That was the way the Arabic 7 was originally written, and in Europe and certain other areas they still write the 7 that way. Also, in the military, they commonly write it that way.

The nine has a kind of curly tail on it that has been reduced, for the most part nowadays, to a simple curve, but the logic involved still applies.

Submitted by Cathy, Storrington, England

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

This year we will experience 4 unusual dates,  2 are already done!....

1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 ...

Now go figure this out.... take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it will be equal to 111... If it doesn't, then you're lying about your age.

Submitted by way to many people to list!

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

Questionable Predictions

Nostradamus recently turned 500. Here are some other predictions from lesser lights:

  • Law will be simplified (over the next century). Lawyers will have diminished, and their fees will have been vastly curtailed. --Junius Henri Browne 1893
  • By 1960, work will be limited to three hours a day. --John Langdon-Davies
  • Hurrah, Boys, we've caught them napping. We'll finish them up and go home to our station. --George A. Custer, 1876, prior to the Battle of Little Big Horn
  • Get rid of the pointed-ears guy. --NBC executive, regarding Mr. Spock of STAR TREK, 1966
  • Telephones (will) bring peace on earth, eliminate Southern accents, and save the farm by making farmers less lonely. --printed in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Century-old Pronouncements, 1995

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

Interesting Facts

  • If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

  • The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

  • Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

  • The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

  • Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the largest anagrams.

  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.

  • Ben and Jerry's send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.

  • Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

  • Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.

  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

  • Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Submitted by Kenneth, Shropshire, England

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

These are all claimed to be true!!
  • Every year, parks in London alone are doused in one million gallons of dog urine.
  • The germs present in human faeces can pass through up to ten layers of toilet paper.
  • Contrary to popular belief, if you swallow chewing gum it does not stay in the gut. Usually it will pass through the system and is excreted without incident. However, several cases have been reported where the gum has stuck in the rectum, causing the unfortunate sufferer to excrete long sticky trails of gum, like a pink spider's web.
  • It is physically possible to cough your guts up.
  • If your body's natural defences failed, the bacteria in your gut would consume you within 48 hours, literally eating you inside out.
  • Parasites count for 0.01% of your body weight.
  • It is believed that the longest recorded tapeworm found in the human body was33 *metres* in length.
  • A woman who had recently visited South America, where she had been on safari in local rainforest, began to experience severe pains in her left ear, accompanied by headaches, dizziness and constant rustling sounds, at first put down to tinnitus. It became so serious that exploratory surgery was required, which revealed that a spider which had become trapped in her ear. Eventually it had eaten through her eardrum and was living within the aural cavity. The rustling sounds were from the spider crawling around inside her skull. An egg sac was also removed.
  • A man in Australia was concerned about a growing lump on his nose, was examining it in the mirror and saw a red back spider crawl out.
  • Doctors found an entire red back nest inside his nose.
  • An obese woman was admitted to a Queensland hospital with stomach pains, it turned out that her T.V. remote control was stuck in between rolls of fat and had eventually become an abscess.
  • Another woman in Queensland who had lost a lot of weight went to the doctor with a big, hard, horn-like object protruding from her abdomen. Closer examination determined that it was years of compacted belly-button fluff.

Submitted by Kenneth, Shropshire, England

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

Interesting geography facts you may or may not know or care about.

  • More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.
  • The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply.
  • The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.
  • Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.
  • Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it is ice.),
  • Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.
  • Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.
  • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning ' Big Village.'
  • Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.
  • Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, so named because it was the first paved road anywhere.
  • Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.
  • Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.
  • Los Angeles' full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula -- and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.
  • There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, more Italians in New York City than in Rome, and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv.
  • There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.
  • The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.
  • The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  • Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.
  • The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001 has a population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.
  • In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, Algeria, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rain fall there for two million years.
  • Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'
  • St. Paul, Minnesota, was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre 'Pig's Eye' Parrant who set up the first business there.
  • The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia ... It reached a depth of 12,261 meters (about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles). It was drilled for scientific research and gave up some unexpected discoveries, one of which was a huge deposit of hydrogen - so massive that the mud coming from the hole was boiling with it.
  • The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
  • The water of Angel Falls (the World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

Submitted by Kenneth, Shropshire, England

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

Laws that someone forgot to take off the books...
  • In Michigan, a woman isn't allowed to cut her own hair without her husband's permission.
  • In New York, it is against the law to throw a ball at someone's head for fun.
  • In order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle in Connecticut, it must bounce.
  • To keep any of the incarcerated beasts from picking up bad habits, the town of Manville, NJ decreed that it is illegal to feed whiskey or offer cigarettes to animals at the local zoo.
  • If you sell hollow logs in Tennessee, you are breaking the law.
  • Compulsive gamblers stay out of Richmond, VA: it is even illegal to flip a coin in a restaurant to see who pays for the coffee.
  • Don't bother the butterflies in Pacific Grove, CA unless you have an extra $500 for the offense.
  • The same is true for bullfrogs and cottontails in Hayden, AZ. where disturbing them in the city limits is against the law.
  • Have it your way, but don't share it in OK. This state forbids a person from taking a bite out of another person's hamburger.
  • Need a radio on Sunday? In Spokane, WA, you can buy one on the Sabbath, but forget about purchasing a television!
  • In the state of New York, you need a license to use a clothesline outdoors.
  • If any retirees from the circus are thinking about settling down and farming in NC, they are forewarned right here and now that it is against the law in this state to use elephants to plow cotton fields!
  • It is illegal to take more than 2 baths a month within Boston confines.
  • In Calgary there is a by-law that is still on the books that requires businesses within the city to provide rails for tying up horses.
  • In the England it is illegal to sell most goods on a Sunday, (this law is mostly ignored), it is however legal to sell a carrot. It is also legal to sell it at any price and to give free gifts with it, such as anything else one might want to buy on a Sunday!

Submitted by Dick, Williamsport, Md.

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes

  • The percent of women who wash their hands after leaving a restroom is 80%.
  • The percent of men who wash their hands after using a restroom is 55%.
  • There are 333 toilet paper squares on a toilet paper roll.
  • "Jaws" is the most common name for a goldfish.
  • 2,500 lefties die each year using products designed for righties.
  • Ten tons of space dust falls on the Earth every day.
  • Swimming pools in Phoenix, Arizona, pick up 20 pounds of dust a year.
  • The first message tapped by Samuel Morse over his invention the telegraph was: "What hath God wrought?"
  • The first words spoken by over Alexander Bell over the telephone were: "Watson, please come here. I want you."
  • The first words spoken by Thomas Edison over the phonograph were: "Mary had a little lamb."
  • Every year the sun loses 360 million tons.
  • India has 50 million monkeys.
  • By some unknown means, an iguana can end its own life.
  • Americans spend around $3 billion for cat and dog food a year.
  • Pigs can cover a mile in 7.5 minutes when running at top speed.
  • You breathe about 10 million times a year.
  • The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you'll have a bad dream.
  • The first non-human to win an Oscar was Mickey Mouse.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald was booked with mugshot number 54018.
  • The Gulf Stream could carry a message in a bottle at an average of four miles per hour.
  • The bulls-eye on a dartboard must be 5 feet 8 inches off the ground.
  • The foot is the most common body part bitten by insects.
  • There are seven points on the Statue of Liberty's crown.
  • The shell constitutes 12 percent of an egg's weight.
  • The world "and" appears 46,277 times in the Bible.
  • Napoleon was terrified of cats.
  • The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.
  • The human body weighs 40 times more than the brain.
  • A person swallows approximately 295 times while eating dinner.
  • The oldest known vegetable is the pea.
  • The avocado has the most calories of any fruit.
  • The letter "n" ends all Japanese words not ending in a vowel.
  • A scallop has 35 blue eyes.
  • The left leg of a chicken in more tender than the right one.
  • The only dog that doesn't have a pink tongue is the chow.
  • The dumbest domesticated animal is the turkey.
  • The most fatal car accidents occur on Saturday.
  • Goldfish swallowing started at Harvard in 1939.
  • Nondairy creamer is flammable.
  • The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
  • Beelzebub, another name for the devil, is Hebrew for "Lord of the Flies." That's where the book's title came from.
  • There were no squirrels on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts until 1989.
  • The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself."
  • Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is Number 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
  • When Saigon fell, the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the radio.
  • The dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, conceals a billiards room. In Jefferson's day, billiards were illegal in Virginia.
  • Florida's beaches lose 20 million cubic yards of sand annually.
  • In deep space most lubricants will disappear.
  • The smartest dogs are the Jack Russell terrier and Scottish border collie. Dumbest: Afgan hound.
  • The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
  • Average number of days a West German goes without washing his underwear: 7.

Submitted by Dave, Bolder, Co,.

Return to: Top of Page, Interesting Facts List, My Little Sister's Jokes