Facts that few people know.

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  • Cold water boils quicker than warm water and a saucepan of solid ice boils quickest.
  • Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) once won a karaoke competition in Berlin singing the Mel Brooks song “Springtime for Hitler”
  • All the buildings in the World Trade Centre were closed from 1 September to 10 September 2001 for ‘maintenance’. This was when rogue CIA operatives planted all the demolition charges.
  • Bicycle lanes are mentioned in chapter three of “Das Kapital” as a means of turning the proletariat towards socialised transportation systems.
  • It is possible to catch a bullet with your teeth, but only if it is less than .22 calibre and fired from over 30 metres away.
  • In 1974, the Shell Oil Company left the balance sheets out of its Annual Reports in all Middle Eastern subsidiaries for fear of insulting Muslims. They were replaced the following year after it was discovered the phrase “Images depicting the prophet” had been mistranslated.
  • Mixing Coca-Cola, vegemite and white vinegar produces a drink with mildly hallucinogenic effects.
  • Bears only defecate in a designated section of the cave in which they hibernate. This means they do not “shit in the woods”.
  • A study by material scientists from the University of Innsbruck in 2001 measured the lengths of string used in over 10,000 household and industrial tasks. The average length was 17.3cm, thus answering the question “How long is a piece of string”.
  • In 1957 Ford briefly released a “four-speed” manual car to compete with a rumoured Dodge model. On closer examination it was actually a three-speed with the numbers, 1,2,4,on the gear knob.
  • From 1926 to 1931, the Northern Territory was divided into Central Australia and North Australia with the border at the 20th parallel of latitude. During this time, Central Australia dropped import tariffs on left-hand drive cars and drove on the right hand side of the road.
  • The high pitched “Woo” in Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” was performed by Michael Jackson.
  • After Michael Jackson’s death, his pet monkey “Bubbles” was euthenased and placed in the casket with him.
  • Coca Cola will  soon be releasing a brand of Amazon Cola where the coca leaves are collected after passing through the digestive tract of a White Faced Capuchin Monkey. It is expected to cost over $2,000 a can.
  • If everyone in Chicago flushed their toilet at the same time, the surge of water drawn from Lake Michigan would trigger a tsunami in Lake Huron that would swamp Manitoulin Island.
  • The inside of the copper plates on the Statue of Liberty are inscribed with the names of every immigrant who arrived in New York between 1776 and 1886.
  •  The sound of a cicada is made by drumming its penis against its hollow stomach.  After hatching a cicada will not eat until after it has mated.
  • From 2015, audio tours of The Vatican will be offered in Klingon. This follows a long tradition of the church communicating to its flock in a language few can understand.
  • Toenail clippings have been shown to have the qualities of a mild aphrodisiac.
  • Mongol warriors would prepare for battle by having a warm honey enema. Gengis Khan’s army had an entire legion of apiarists for just this purpose.
  • To honour Matthew Flinders, Henry Parkes originally proposed that after federation, the country formed by the Australian colonies should be called Flindonia.
  • During the construction of the Post Office Tower in London a technician stuck a small Smurf doll at the top of the main antenna.  As the antenna was tuned with the doll in place, it cannot be removed without great expense.
  • McDonalds Restaurants have a secret menu reserved for members of Masonic Lodges.  Items can only be ordered through the store manager and use buns with 50% more sesame seeds.
  • In the book “The DaVinci Code” if you take every 3rd letter from paragraph three in chapter three and every 16th letter from paragraph sixteen in chapter sixteen, it spells “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Which of course is John 3:16. Dan Brown is quoted as saying it took him longer to write this in-joke than it took to write the rest of the book.
  •  As part of the 1965 Christmas Party at Century 21 Production, Gerry Anderson made a soft-core porn episode of the Thunderbirds in which a flash-back reveals Brains to be the love child of Parker and Lady Penelope conceived on the back seat of FAB1.
  • Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon perfectly synchronises with the last 42 minutes and 59 seconds of Walt Disney’s Fantasia.
  • The NSW Government has secret plans to dam Middle Harbour. The dam wall will stretch from Parriwi Park Mosman to Clontarf Reserve and will replace the current Spit Bridge. This will eliminate traffic problems in the area and give Sydney and extra water supply. The marinas on the spit will be relocated to Rosherville Reserve.
  • The 128Gb iPod Classic has a hidden feature to allow you to play songs backwards. Turn the iPod off and then back on again. Select the song you want to play backwards and flick the lock switch seven times. Make the ‘sign of the cross’ on the menu wheel, up, down, left, right and then hit play. The song will now play backward. Note this will only work if the genre of the song is set to Heavy Metal.
  • One of the Dead Sea Scrolls held a fragment from Revelations showing the Number of the Beast as 1010011010. This proves the devil programs in binary.

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