True or False

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    Feb 25, 2009 8:00 AM GMT
    Can you guess which of the following are true and which are false?

    1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

    2. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.

    3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.

    4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot more.

    5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop - even your heart!

    6. Only 7 percent of the population are lefties.

    7. Forty people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.

    8. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until they are 2-6 years old.

    9. The average person over 50 years old will have spent almost 5 years waiting in lines.

    10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

    11. The average housefly lives for one month.

    12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

    13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

    14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

    15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.

    16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

    17. The reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.

    18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.

    19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."

    20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State Anthem.

    21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

    22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.

    23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle, built in 1903, used a tomato can for a carburetor.

    24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are used in vein transplant surgery.

    25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.

    26. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.

    They are all true.... Now go back and think about No 16
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    Feb 25, 2009 8:19 AM GMT
    awesome post! lol i like the little things like this i could say something about all of these!
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    Feb 25, 2009 10:11 AM GMT
    LOL. These trivia things are generally vastly simplified or very inaccurate. icon_rolleyes.gif Some interesting things I know/have read about with some of those:

    2. Never heard of this one. So I had to check it out. Turns out he did (like ALL of us), but had some sort of surgery which removed it. icon_razz.gif

    8. Even though they don't have kneecaps, babies have more bones than adult human beings.icon_wink.gif They fuse later on in life.

    11. And the Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) live for as little as 30 minutes as adults. They do, however, spend several months to several years as larvae (naiads, similar to dragonfly nymphs but smaller).

    15. You are also taller in the morning than you are in the evening.

    16. And insects besides. icon_razz.gif Most of us who eat greens or fruit eat them unknowingly. Also until the large-scale commercial production of artificial dye, the brilliant scarlet/orange dye used in clothing and laboratory staining procedures called Carmine was produced from crushed insects (Cochineal). It originated from the Mayas/Aztecs. It goes back farther than that, a somewhat related insect (the Kermes scale insect) was also used to produce a similar red dye in the Old World (before the Spaniards conquered the Americas). The etymological roots of two words for a color literally mean "produced by worms". Guess which colors? icon_wink.gif

    Crimson and Vermilion.

    Now everytime you wear red, imagine that all the people who also wore red in the ancient times are probably covered with insect blood. LOL

    Oh and I've seen people eat grubs (beetle larvae) and june beetles (or was it may beetles, icon_confused.gif we call it dolog here) in real life... alive or lightly grilled. eugh! icon_razz.gif

    Also unfiltered vinegar contains live vinegar eels in it. They are nematodes - worms for lack of a better term. Hehe. They are harmless though and not visible to the naked eye. So if you've had vinegar in any other country besides the states (which has a law forbidding it, bleh), you've most likely eaten some too.icon_wink.gif

    17. That is so not true! LOL Ostriches do NOT bury their head in the sand for whatever reason. icon_lol.gif

    18. Again, not true. A LOT of animals have 180° fields of vision on each eye. Mostly herbivores, including cattle. Carnivores (including humans) have more limited fov's but have better focusing ability which helps in hunting prey (binocular vision). Birds also have usually 180 degree visions, again most bird-of-prey being the exception (Owls, eagles, vultures, etc.).

    And also, chameleons and seahorses and allies (seadragons, reedfishes, etc.) can move their eyes independent of each other. They can see behind them easily enough. Oh... and jumping spiders have excellent vision. Also argued to be some of the most cunning/intelligent arthropods out there, have seen documentaries of the Portia spider and have been astounded by it. They can actually solve problems, something which was only thought to be a trait of higher organisms. They can see forwards, backwards, and upwards. They are also quite common here in the Philippines, and surprise surprise, we call them mata-mata (literally 'eye eye'), which roughly translates as "one with many eyes" or "one who watches".

    Not to mention insects, like dragonflies, houseflies, and wasps. Which have compound eyes that bulge out of their head. They can see from the back of their heads without moving a muscle.

    21. Very few of the 'food' used in advertisement (pictures, labels, tv ads, etc.) are actually edible. I saw a documentary on this once. They have artists do the mock-ups instead. Make something look appetizing when it's probably just a slab of cooked beef covered with paint and engine grease. It's an art.
  • gsh1964

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    Feb 25, 2009 3:44 PM GMT
    I did not know that....

    Believe it or stuff it!!

    Thanks for adding more useless information to my brain. As if I don't already have enough... LOL

    P.S. I thought they used heavy cream for the "Got Milk?" advertisements. Why would they use paint on someone's lips??
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    Feb 25, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    growingbig said
    21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

    If the television commercial is advertising milk, they must use milk, but if they are advertising cereal or something else, they can use the fake milk. The item being advertised must be the actual item.

    That being said,in a bowl of cereal in a commercial each piece is hand selected from several boxes of cereal.