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1. Question: A man with a load jumps from a high building.

What will be the load

experienced by him?
Answer: Zero, because while falling, both the man and the load are falling at the same
acceleration i.e. acceleration due to gravity.

2. Question: A piece of chalk when immersed in water emits bubbles. Why?

Answer: Chalk consists of pores forming capillaries. When it is immersed in water, the
water begins to rise in the capillaries and air present there is expelled in the form of

3. Question: Why does a liquid remain hot or cold for a long time inside a thermos flask?
Answer: The presence of air, a poor conductor of heat, between the double glass wall of
a thermos flask, keeps the liquid hot or cold inside a flask for a long time.

4. Question: Why does a ball bounce upon falling?

Answer: When a ball falls, it is temporarily deformed. Because of elasticity, the ball
tends to regain its original shape for which it presses the ground and bounces up
(Newton's Third Law of Motion).

5 Question: Why is standing in boats or double decker buses not allowed, particularly in
the upper deck of buses?
Answer: On tilting the centre of gravity of the boat or bus is lowered and it is likely to

6. Question: Why is it recommended to add salt to water while boiling dal?

Answer: By addition of salt, the boiled point of water gets raised which helps in cooking
the dal sooner.

7. Question: Why is it the boiling point of sea water more than that of pure water?
Answer: Sea water contains salt, and other impurities which cause an elevation in its
boiling point.

8. Question: Why is it easier to spray water to which soap is added?

Answer: Addition of soap decreases the surface tension of water. The energy for
spraying is directly proportional to surface tension.

9. Question: Which is more elastic, rubber or steel?

Answer: Steel is more elastic for the same stress produced compared with rubber.

10. Question: Why is the sky blue?

Answer: Violet and blue light have short waves which are scattered more than red light
waves. While red light goes almost straight through the atmosphere, blue and violet light
are scattered by particles in the atmosphere. Thus, we see a blue sky.

11. Question: Why Does ink leak out of partially filled pen when taken to a higher
Answer: As we go up, the pressure and density of air goes on decreasing. A Partially
filled pen leaks when taken to a higher altitude because the pressure of air acting on the
ink inside the tube of the pen is greater than the pressure of the air outside.

12. Question: On the moon, will the weight of a man be less or more than his
weight on the earth?
Answer: The gravity of the moon is one-sixth that of the earth; hence the weight of a
person on the surface of the moon will be one-sixth of his actual weight on earth.

13. Question: Why do some liquid burn while others do not?

Answer: A liquid burns if its molecules can combine with oxygen in the air with the
production of heat. Hence, oil burns but water does not.

14. Question: Why can we see ourselves in a mirror?

Answer: We see objects when light rays from them reach our eyes. As mirrors have a
shiny surface, the light rays are reflected back to us and enter our eyes.

15. Question: Why does a solid chunk of iron sink in water but float in mercury?
Answer: Because the density of iron is more than that of water bus less than that of

16. Question: Why is cooking quicker in a pressure cooker?

Answer: As the pressure inside the cooker increases, the boiling point of water is raised,
hence, the cooking process is quicker.

17. Question: When wood burns it crackles. Explain?

Answer: Wood contains a complex mixture of gases and tar forming vapors trapped
under its surface. These gases and tar vapors escape, making a cracking sound.

18. Question: Why do stars twinkle?

Answer: The light from a star reaches us after refraction as it passes through various
layers of air. When the light passes through the earth?s atmosphere, it is made to flicker
by the hot and cold ripples of air and it appears as if the stars are twinkling.

19. Question: Why is it easier to roll a barrel than to pull it?

Answer: Because the rolling force of friction is less than the dynamic force of sliding

20. Question: If a feather, a wooden ball and a steel ball fall simultaneously in a vacuum,
which one of these would fall faster?
Answer: All will fall at the same speed in vacuum because there will be no air resistance
and the earth?s gravity will exert a similar gravitational pull on all.

21. Question: When a man fires a gun, he is pushed back slightly. Why?
Answer: As the bullet leaves the nozzle of the gun?s barrel with momentum in a forward
direction, as per Newton's Third Law of Motion, the ejection imparts to the gun as equal
momentum in a backward direction.

22. Question: Ice wrapped in a blanket or saw dust does not melt quickly. Why?
Answer: Both wood and wool are bad conductors of heat. They do not permit heat rays to
reach the ice easily.

23. Question: Why do we perspire on a hot day?

Answer: When the body temperature rises, the sweat glands are stimulated to secrete
perspiration. It is nature's way to keep the body cool. During the process of evaporation
of sweat, body heat is taken away, thus giving a sense of coolness.

24. Question: Why does ice float on water but sink in alcohol?
Answer: Because ice is lighter than water it floats on it. However, ice is heavier than
alcohol and therefore it sinks in alcohol.

25. Question: Why do we perspire before rains?

Answer: Before the rain falls, the atmosphere gets saturated with water vapors; as a
result, the process of evaporation of sweat is delayed.

26. Question: Why does a thermometer kept in boiling water show no change in reading
after 1000C?
Answer: The boiling point of water is 1000C. Once water starts boiling at this
temperature, thermometer records no change in temperature. The quantity of heat
supplied is being utilized as latent heat of evaporation to convert the water at boiling
point into vapour.

27. Question: Why do we bring our hands close to the mouth while shouting across to
someone far away?
Answer: By keeping hands close to mouth the sound is not allowed to spread
(Phenomenon of diffraction of sound) in all direction, but is directed to a particular
direction and becomes louder.

28. Question: Why does a corked bottle filled with water burst if left out on a frosty
Answer: Because of low temperature the water inside the bottle freezes. On freezing it
expands, thereby its volume increases and pressure is exerted on the walls.

29. Question: Why is a small gap left at the joint between two rails?
Answer: To permit expansion of rails due to heat generated by friction of a moving train.

30. Question: Why cannot a copper wire be used to make elements in electric heater?
Answer: Copper melts at 108.30C and forms a black powder on reacting with
atmospheric oxygen. For heater elements a metal should have more resistance to produce
31. Question: Why are water or mercury droplets always round when dropped on a clean
Answer: The surface of a liquid is the seat of a special force as a result of which
molecules on the surface are bound together to form something like a stretched
membrane. They tend to compress the molecules below to the smallest possible volume,
which causes the drop to take a round shape as for a given mass he sphere has minimum

32. Question: Why does a balloon filled with hydrogen rise in the air?
Answer: Weight of hydrogen is less than the weight of air displaced by it. In balloons
hydrogen is normally filled because it is lighter than air.

33. Question: Why do we lean forward while climbing a hill?

Answer: In order to keeps the vertical line passing through our centre of gravity always
between our feet, which is essential to attain equilibrium or stability.

34. Question: Why does smoke curl up in the air?

Answer: Smoke contains hot gases which being lighter in weight, follows a curved path
because of the eddy currents that are set up in the air.

35. Question: Why does an electric bulb explode when it is broken?

Answer: The bulb encompasses partial vacuum and as it breaks, air rushes in causing a
small explosion.

36. Question: Why does a man fall forward when he jumps out of a running train or bus?
Answer: He is in motion while in the train or bus. When he jumps out, his feet comes to
rest while touching the ground but his upper portion which is still in motion propels him

37. Question: Why does an ordinary glass tumbler crack when very hot tea or milk is
poured in it?
Answer: When a hot liquid is poured into a tumbler, the inner layer of the tumbler gets
heated, it expands before the outer layer and an unequal expansion of both layers causes
the tumbler to crack.

38. Question: Why is a compass used as an indicator of direction?

Answer: The magnetic needles of a
compass under the influence f the earth?s magnetic field lie in a north-south direction.
Hence, we can identify direction.

39. Question: Why is water from a hand pump warm in winter and cold in summer?
Answer: In winter, the outside temperature is lower than that of water flowing out of the
pump, and therefore, the water is warm. Whereas in summer, the outside temperature is
higher than the water of the pump, and therefore, it feels cold.
41. Question: Why is a rainbow seen after a shower?
Answer: After a shower, the clouds containing water droplets act like a prism through
which the white light is dispersed producing a spectrum.

42. Question: Why does a swimming pool appear less deep than is actually is?
Answer: The rays of light coming from the bottom of the pool pass from a denser
medium (water) to a rarer medium (air) and are refracted (bend away from the normal).
When the rays return to the surface, they form an image of the bottom of the pool at a
point, which is little above the real position.

43. Question: Why is one?s breath visible in winter but not in summer?
Answer: In winter, water vapor contained in the breath condenses into small droplets,
which become visible but in summer they are quickly evaporated and not seen.

44. Question: Why doesn?t the electric filament in an electric bulb burn up?
Answer: Firstly, because is made of tungsten which has a very high melting point
(34100C) whereas the temperature of the filament required to glow is only 2700oC.
Secondly, oxygen is absent since the bulb is filled with an inert gas which does not help
in burning.

45. Question: Why does blotting paper absorb ink?

Answer: Blotting paper has fine pores, which act like capillaries. When a portion of
blotting paper is brought in contact with ink, ink enters the pores due to surface tension
(capillary action f liquids) and is absorbed.

46. Question: Why does a small iron sink in water but a large ship float?
Answer: The weight of water displaced by an iron ball is less than its own weight,
whereas water displaced by the immersed portion of a ship is equal to its weight
(Archimedes? Principle).

47. Question: Why does ice float on water?

Answer: The weight of the ice block is equal to the weight of the liquid displaced by the
immersed portion of the ice.

48. Question: Why does moisture gather outside a tumbler containing cold water?
Answer: The water vapour in the air condenses on cooling and appears as droplets of

49. Question: Why does kerosene float on water?

Answer: Because the density of kerosene is less than that of water. For the same reason
cream rises in milk and floats at the top.

50. Question: Why is the water in an open pond cool even on a hot summer day?
Answer: As the water evaporates from the open surface of a pond, heat is taken away in
the process, leaving the surface cool.
51. Question: Why is it less difficult to cook rice or potatoes at higher altitudes?
Answer: Atmospheric pressure at higher altitudes is low and boils water below 1000C.
The boiling point of water is directly proportional to the pressure on its surface.

52. Question: Why is it difficult to breathe at higher altitudes?

Answer: Because of low air pressure at higher altitudes the quantity of air is less, and so
that of oxygen.

53. Question: Why are winter nights and summer nights warmer during cloudy weather
than when the sky is clear?
Answer: Clouds being bad conductors of heat do not permit radiation of heat from land
to escape into the sky. As this heat remains in the atmosphere, the cloudy nights are

54. Question: Why is a metal tyre heated before it is fixed on wooden wheels?
Answer: On heating, the metal tyre expands by which its circumference also increases.
This makes fixing the wheel easier and therefore cooling down shrinks it; thus fixing the
tyre tightly.

55. Question: Why is it easier to swim in the sea than in a river?

Answer: The density of sea water is higher; hence the up thrust is more than that of river

56. Question: Who will possibly learn swimming faster-a fat person or a thin person?
Answer: The fat person displaces more water which will help him float much more
freely compared to a thin person.

57. Question: Why is a flash of lightening seen before thunder?

Answer: Because light travels faster than sound, it reaches the earth before the sound of

58. Question: Why cannot a petrol fire be extinguished by water?

Answer: Water, which is heavier than petrol, slips down permitting the petrol to rise to
the surface and continue to burn. Besides, the existing temperature is so high that the
water poured on the fire evaporates even before it can extinguish the fire. The latter is
true if a small quantity of water is poured.

59. Question: Why does water remain cold in an earthen pot?

Answer: There are pores in an earthen pot which allow water to percolate to the outer
surface. Here evaporation of water takes place thereby producing a cooling effect.

60. Question: Why do we place a wet cloth on the forehead of a patient suffering from
high temperature?
Answer: Because of body?s temperature, water evaporating from the wet cloth produces
a cooling effect and brings the temperature down.
61. Question: When a needle is placed on a small piece of blotting paper which is place
on the surface of clean water, the blotting paper sinks after a few minutes but the needle
floats. However, in a soap solution the needle sinks. Why?
Answer: The surface tension of clean water being higher than that of a soap solution, it
cans support the weight of a needle due to its surface tension. By addition of soap, the
surface tension of water reduces, thereby resulting in the sinking of the needle.

62. Question: To prevent multiplication of mosquitoes, it is recommended to sprinkle oil

in the ponds with stagnant water. Why?
Answer: Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. The larvae of mosquitoes keep floating on
the surface of water due to surface tension. However, when oil is sprinkled, the surface
tension is lowered resulting in drowning and death of the larvae.

63. Question: Why does oil rise on a cloth tape of an oil lamp?
Answer: The pores in the cloth tape suck oil due to the capillary action of oil.

64. Question: Why are ventilators in a room always made near the roof?
Answer: The hot air being lighter in
weight tends to rise above and escape from the ventilators at the top. This allows the cool
air to come in the room to take its place.

65. Question: How does ink get filled in a fountain pen?

Answer: When the rubber tube of a fountain pen immersed in ink is pressed, the air
inside the tube comes out and when the pressure is released the ink rushes in to fill the air
space in the tube.

66. Question: Why are air coolers less effective during the rainy season?
Answer: During the rainy reason, the atmosphere air is saturated with moisture.
Therefore, the process of evaporation of water from the moist pads of the cooler slows
down thereby not cooling the air blown out from the cooler.

67. Question: Why does grass gather more dew in nights than metallic objects such as
Answer: Grass being a good radiator enables water vapour in the air to condense on it.
Moreover, grass gives out water constantly (transpiration) which appears in the form of
dew because the air near grass is saturated with water vapour and slows evaporation.
Dew is formed on objects which are good radiations and bad conductors.

68. Question: If a lighted paper is introduced in a jar of carbon dioxide, its flame
extinguishes. Why?
Answer: Because carbon dioxide does not help in burning. For burning, oxygen is

69. Question: Why does the mass of an iron increase on rusting?

Answer: Because rust is hydrated ferric oxide which adds to the mass of the iron rod.
The process of rusting involves addition of hydrogen and oxygen elements to iron.
70. Question: Why does milk curdle?
Answer: Lactose (milk sugar) content of milk undergoes fermentation and changes into
lactic acid which on reacting with milk protein (casein) form curd.

71. Question: Why does hard water not lather soap profusely?
Answer: Hard water contains sulphates and chlorides of magnesium and calcium which
forms an insoluble compound with soap. Therefore, soap does not lather with hard water.

72. Question: Why is it dangerous to have charcoal fire burning in a closed room?
Answer: When charcoal burns it produces carbon monoxide which is suffocating and can
cause death.

73. Question: Why is it dangerous to sleep under trees at night?

Answer: Plants respire at night and give out carbon dioxide which reduces the oxygen
content of air required for breathing.

74. Question: Why does ENO's salt effervesce on addition of water?

Answer: It contains tartaric acid and sodium bicarbonate. On adding water, carbon
dioxide is produced which when released into water causes effervescence.

75. Question: Why does milk turn sour?

Answer: The microbes react with milk and grow. They turn lactose into lactic acid which
is sou6. Question: Why is a new quilt warmer than an old one?
Answer: In a new quilt the cotton is not compressed and as such it encloses more air
which is bad conductor of heat. Therefore, it does not allow heat to pass.

77. Question: Curved rail tracks or curved roads are banked or raised on one side. Why?
Answer: Because a fast moving train or vehicle leans inwards while taking turn and the
banked or raised track provides required centripetal force to enable it to move round the

78. Question: How do bats fly in dark?

Answer: When bats fly they produce ultrasonic sound waves which are reflected back to
them from the obstacles in their way and hence they can fly without difficulty.

79. Question: Water pipes often burst at hill stations on cold frosty nights. Why?
Answer: The temperature may fall below 00C during cold frosty nights which converts
the water inside the pipes into ice, resulting in an increase in volume. This exerts great
force on the pipes and as a result, they burst.

80. Question: Why are white clothes more comfortable in summer than dark or black
Answer: White clothes are good reflectors and bad absorbers of heat, whereas dark or
black clothes are good absorbers of heat. Therefore, white clothes are more comfortable
because they do not absorb heat from the sun rays.
81. Question: Why does a rose appear red grass green in daylight?
Answer: Rose absorbs all the constituent colors of white light except red which is
reflected to us. Similarly, grass absorbs all colors except green which is reflected t us.

82. Question: Why does a ship rise as it enters the sea from a river?
Answer: The density of sea water is high due to impurities and salts compared to river
water as a result; the upthurst produced by the sea water on the ship is more than that of
river water.

83. Question: Why are fuse provided in electric installations?

Answer: A safety fuse is made of a wire of metal having a very low melting point. When
excess current flows in, the wire gets heated, melts and breaks the circuit. By breaking
the circuit it saves electric equipment or installations from damage by excessive flow of

84. Question: Why is it easier to lift a heavy object under water than in air?
Answer: Because when a body is
immersed in water, it experiences an
upward thrust (Archimedes? Principle) and loses weight equal to the weight of the water
displaced by its immersed potion, and hence, is easier to lift objects.

85. Question: If a highly pumped up bicycle tyre is left in the hot sunlight, it bursts.
Answer: The air inside the tube increases in volume when heated up. As sufficient space
for the expansion of the air is not available because the tube is already highly pumped, it
may result in bursting of the tyre.

86. Question: What will be the color of green in blue light?

Answer: Grass will appear dark in color because it absorbs all other colors of the light
except its own green color. The blue light falling on grass will be absorbed by it, and
hence, it will appear dark in color.

87. Question: Why do two eyes give better vision than one?
Answer: Because two eyes do not form exactly similar images and he fusion of these two
dissimilar images in the brain gives three dimensions of the stereoscopic vision.

• Our heart beats around 100,000 times every day.

• Our blood is on a 60,000-mile journey.
• Our eyes can distinguish up to one million color surfaces and take in more
information than the largest telescope known to man.
• Our lungs inhale over two million liters of air every day, without even thinking.
They are large enough to cover a tennis court.
• Our hearing is so sensitive it can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of
different sounds.
• Our sense of touch is more refined than any device ever created.
• Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has over 100
billion nerve cells.
• We give birth to 100 billion red cells every day.
• When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph.
• We have over 600 muscles.
• We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile.
• We are about 70 percent water.
• We make one liter of saliva a day.
• Our nose is our personal air-conditioning system: it warms cold air, cools hot air
and filters impurities.
• In one square inch of our hand we have nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain
sensors, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors.

1. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born on and died on days when Halley’s
Comet can be seen. During his life he predicted that he would die when it could
be seen.
2. US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen.
3. The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the
company once had.
4. Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually. On
average, that’s 3 pounds a day per person.
5. Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels.
6. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t
digest itself.
7. 98% of all murders and rapes are by a close family member or friend of the
8. A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July
28, 1945.
9. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.
10. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
11. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down
continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
12. Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest
13. Triskaidekaphobia means fear of the number 13. Paraskevidekatriaphobia means
fear of Friday the 13th (which occurs one to three times a year). In Italy, 17 is
considered an unlucky number. In Japan, 4 is considered an unlucky number.
14. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
15. All the chemicals in a human body combined are worth about 6.25 euro (if sold
16. In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles.
17. The ZIP in “ZIP code” means Zoning Improvement Plan.
18. Coca-Cola contained Coca (whose active ingredient is cocaine) from 1885 to
19. A “2 by 4” is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2.
20. It’s estimated that at any one time around 0.7% of the world’s population is
21. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades
= David; Clubs = Alexander the Great; Hearts = Charlemagne; Diamonds =
22. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
23. Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye and tongue print along
with their finger print.
24. The “spot” on the 7-Up logo comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was
an albino.
25. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 dictionary were misspelled.
26. The “save” icon in Microsoft Office programs shows a floppy disk with the
shutter on backwards.
27. Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins (Elsa
Lawenthal and Emma Wedgewood respectively).
28. Camel’s have three eyelids.
29. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents every day.
30. John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.
31. Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine are brother and sister.
32. Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.
33. Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.
34. Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be
soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.
35. 55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.
36. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
37. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from
underneath, causing the shark to explode.
38. Dr. Seuss pronounced his name “soyce”.
39. Slugs have four noses.
40. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
41. The Three Wise Monkeys have names: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no
evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).
42. India has a Bill of Rights for cows.
43. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you
can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes
open by force, they can pop out.
44. During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for
washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these
boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for
45. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by taking out an olive from First Class
46. About 200,000,000 M&Ms are sold each day in the United States.
47. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made
of wood.
48. Over a course of about eleven years, the sun’s magnetic poles switch places. This
cycle is called “Solarmax”.
49. There are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in
50. Upper and lower case letters are named “upper” and “lower” because in the time
when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the upper case letters
were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the lower case letters.
51. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
52. The numbers “172? can be found on the back of the US 5 dollar bill, in the bushes
at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
53. Coconuts kill about 150 people each year. That’s more than sharks.
54. Half of all bank robberies take place on a Friday.
55. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a
recorded Wendy before it.
56. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
57. The first bomb the Allies dropped on Berlin in WWII killed the only elephant in
the Berlin Zoo.
58. The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour.
59. It took Leonardo Da Vinci 10 years to paint Mona Lisa. He never signed or dated
the painting. Leonardo and Mona had identical bone structures according to the
painting. X-ray images have shown that there are 3 other versions under the
60. If you put a drop of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself
to death.
61. Bruce Lee was so fast that they had to slow the film down so you could see his
62. The largest amount of money you can have without having change for a dollar is
$1.19 (3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies cannot be divided into a dollar).
63. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.
64. IBM’s motto is “Think”. Apple later made their motto “Think different”.
65. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was actually a
Captain Kirk mask painted white, due to low budget.

66. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

67. The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law, which stated
that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
68. One in fourteen women in America is a natural blonde. Only one in sixteen men
69. The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic, and she provided twenty-five
years of service.
70. When the Titanic sank, 2228 people were on it. Only 706 survived.
71. In America, someone is diagnosed with AIDS every 10 minutes. In South
Africa, someone dies due to HIV or AIDS every 10 minutes.
72. Every day, 7% of the US eats at McDonald’s.
73. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for
automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola,
which Motorola got their name from.
74. In the US, about 127 million adults are overweight or obese; worldwide, 750
million are overweight and 300 million more are obese. In the US, 15% of
children in elementary school are overweight; 20% are worldwide.
75. In Disney’s Fantasia, the Sorcerer to whom Mickey played an apprentice was
named Yensid (Disney spelled backward).
76. During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, “Red
Vineyard at Arles”.
77. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into
78. One in ten people live on an island.
79. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin
80. 28% of Africa is classified as wilderness. In North America, its 38%.
81. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
82. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
83. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said “Elementary, my dear Watson”, Humphrey
Bogart NEVER said “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca, and they NEVER said
“Beam me up, Scotty” on Star Trek.
84. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take
more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
85. Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokes model.
86. The sound you here when you put a seashell next to your ear is not the ocean,
but blood flowing through your head.
87. More people are afraid of open spaces (kenophobia) than of tight spaces
88. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
89. There is a 1 in 4 chance that New York will have a white Christmas.
90. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often
stolen from Public Libraries.
91. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already
92. Back in the mid to late ’80s, an IBM compatible computer wasn’t considered
100% compatible unless it could run Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.
93. $203,000,000 is spent on barbed wire each year in the U.S.
94. Every US president has worn glasses (just not always in public).
95. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
96. Jim Henson first coined the word “Muppet”. It is a combination of “marionette”
and “puppet.”
97. The names of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with (not
counting the words “North” and “South).
98. The Michelin man is known as Mr. Bib. His name was Bibendum in the
company’s first ads in 1896.
99. About 20% of bird species have become extinct in the past 200 years, almost all
of them because of human activity.
100. The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember
the word you want.
101. About 14% of injecting drug users are HIV positive.
102. A word or sentence that is the same front and back (racecar, kayak) is
called a “palindrome”.
103. A snail can sleep for 3 years.
104. People photocopying their buttocks are the cause of 23% of all
photocopier faults worldwide.
105. China has more English speakers than the United States.
106. Finnish folklore says that when Santa comes to Finland to deliver gifts, he
leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat named Ukko instead. According to
French tradition, Santa Claus has a brother named Bells Nichols, who visits
homes on New Year’s Eve after everyone is asleep, and if a plate is set out for
him, he fills it with cookies and cakes.
107. One in every 9000 people is an albino.
108. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
109. You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
110. Everyday, more money is printed for Monopoly sets than for the U.S.
111. Every year 4 people in the UK die putting their trousers on.
112. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds; dogs only have about ten.
113. Our eyes are always the same size from birth but our nose and ears never
stop growing.
114. In every episode of “Seinfeld” there is a Superman picture or reference
115. If Barbie were life-size her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would
stand seven feet two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal
human’s neck.
116. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over
million descendants.
117. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear
by 700 times.
118. Each year in America there are about 300,000 deaths that can be attributed
to obesity.
119. About 55% of all movies are rated R.
120. About 500 movies are made in the US and 800 in India annually.
121. Arabic numerals are not really Arabic; they were created in India.
122. Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations (implemented
on July 16, 1969) makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with
extraterrestrials or their vehicles.
123. The February of 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a
full moon.
124. The Pentagon in Arlington Virginia has twice as many bathrooms as is
necessary. When it was built in the 1940s the state of Virginia still had
segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
125. There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may
feel uncomfortable.
126. The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only six inches for each gallon
of diesel that it burns.
127. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a
telephone call.
128. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
129. There are about 2 chickens for every human in the world.
130. The word “maverick” came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan
refused to brand his cattle. Eventually any unbranded calf became known as a
131. Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
132. For every memorial statue with a person on a horse, if the horse has both
front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the
air, the person died of battle wounds; if all four of the horse’s legs are on the
ground, the person died of natural causes.
133. On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the American flag is flying over the
Parliament Building.
134. An American urologist bought Napoleon’s penis for $40,000.
135. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or
136. Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “MT”.
137. $283,200 is the absolute highest amount of money you can win on
138. Almonds are members of the peach family.
139. Rats and horses can’t vomit.
140. The penguin is the only bird that can’t fly but can swim.
141. There are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.
142. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.
143. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
144. There are only four words in the English language that end in “-dous”:
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
145. Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
146. Every time you lick a stamp you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
147. “101 Dalmatians” and “Peter Pan” are the only Disney animations in
which both of a character’s parents are present and don’t die during the movie.
148. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous
149. Hedenophobic means fear of pleasure.
150. Ancient Egyptian priests would pluck every hair from their bodies.
151. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
152. Half of all crimes are committed by people under the age of 18. 80% of
burglaries are committed by people aged 13-21.
153. An ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
154. All polar bears are left-handed.
155. The catfish has over 27000 taste buds (more than any other animal)
156. A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
157. Butterflies taste with their feet.
158. Elephants are the only mammals that cannot jump.
159. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
160. Starfish have no brains.
161. 11% of the world is left-handed.
162. John Hancock and Charles Thomson were the only people to sign the
Declaration of independence on July 4th, 1776. The last signature came five
years later.
163. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
164. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
165. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.
166. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
167. A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye can distinguish between 500 shades
of gray.
168. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
169. Lizards can self-amputate their tails for protection. It grows back after a
few months.
170. Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los
Angeles de Porciuncula”. It can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.
171. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
172. A honeybee can fly at fifteen miles per hour.
173. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
174. A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.
175. The average child recognizes over 200 company logos by the time he
enters first grade.
176. The youngest pope ever was 11 years old.
177. The first novel ever written on a typewriter is Tom Sawyer.
178. One out of every 43 prisoners escapes from jail. 94% are recaptured.
179. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
180. The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs melted into it.
181. A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
182. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896.
Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
183. Elwood Edwards did the voice for the AOL sound files (i.e. “You’ve got
Mail!”). He is heard about 27 million times a day. The recordings were done
before Quantum changed its name to AOL and the program was known as “Q-
184. A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is actually clear, but like snow it
appears white.
185. Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why
Elvis middle name was spelled Aron, in honor of his brother.
186. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood
187. Donkeys kill more people than plane crashes.
188. Shakespeare invented the words “assassination” and “bump.”
189. There are a million ants for every person on Earth.
190. If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.
191. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
192. The name Jeep comes from “GP”, the army abbreviation for General
193. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed
people do.
194. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
195. Cats’ urine glows under a black light.
196. A “quidnunc” is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.
197. The first US Patent was for manufacturing potassium carbonate (used in
glass and gunpowder). It was issued to Samuel Hopkins on July 31, 1970.
198. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors, the helicopter, and many other
present day items.
199. In the last 4000 years no new animals have been domesticated.
200. 25% of a human’s bones are in its feet.
201. David Sarnoff received the Titanic’s distress signal and saved hundreds of
passengers. He later became the head of the first radio network, the National
Broadcasting Company (NBC).
202. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
203. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than every Nike
factory worker in Malaysia combined.
204. One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in
the ’30s lobbied against hemp farmers (they saw it as competition).
205. “Canada” is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
206. Only one in two billion people will live to be 116 or older.
207. If you yelled for 8 years 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced
enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. If you fart consistently for 6
years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic
208. Rape is reported every six minutes in the U.S.
209. The human heart creates enough pressure in the bloodstream to squirt
blood 30 feet.
210. A jellyfish is 95% water.
211. Truck driving is the most dangerous occupation by accidental deaths (799
in 2001).
212. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
213. Elephants only sleep for two hours each day.
214. On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
215. The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. (the heart is not a
216. In golf, a ‘Bo Derek’ is a score of 10.
217. In the U.S, Frisbees outsell footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined.
218. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
219. If you plant an apple seed, it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree of a
different type of apple.
220. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
221. The only real person to be a PEZ head was Betsy Ross.
222. There are about 450 types of cheese in the world. 240 come from France.
223. When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers plays football at home the
stadium becomes Nebraska’s third largest city.
224. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the
cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
225. A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
226. In Iceland, a Big Mac costs $5.50.
227. Broccoli and cauliflower are the only vegetables that are flowers.
228. Newborn babies have about 350 bones. They gradually merge and
disappear until there are about 206 by age 5.
229. There is no solid proof of who built the Taj Mahal.
230. In a survey of 200000 ostriches over 80 years, not one tried to bury its
head in the sand.
231. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A quarter has 119.
232. On an American one-dollar bill there is a tiny owl in the upper-left-hand
corner of the upper-right-hand “1? and a spider hidden in the front upper-right-
hand corner.
233. Judy Scheindlin (”Judge Judy”) has a $25,000,000 salary, while Supreme
Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has a $190,100 salary.
234. The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the creator
Frank Baum looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z.
235. Andorra, a tiny country on the border between France and Spain, has the
longest average lifespan of 83.49 years.
236. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and
a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
237. Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.
238. In America you will see an average of 500 advertisements a day.
239. John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
240. You can lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
241. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
242. “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue
twister in English.
243. There are 336 dimples on a regulation US golf ball. In the UK its 330.
244. The Toltecs (a 7th century tribe) used wooden swords so they wouldn’t
kill their enemies.
245. “Duff” is the decaying organic matter found on a forest floor.
246. The US has more personal computers than the next 7 countries combined.
247. There have been over 600 lawsuits against Alexander Grahm Bell over
rights to the patent of the telephone, the most valuable patent in U.S. history.
248. Kuwait is about 60% male (highest in the world). Latvia is about 54%
female (highest in the world).
249. The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
250. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s
nuclear weapons combined.
251. At the height of its power in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000
citizens and 500,000 slaves.
252. Julius Caesar’s autograph is worth about $2,000,000.
253. The tool doctors wrap around a patient’s arm to measure blood pressure is
called a sphygmomanometer.
254. People say “bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a
255. US gold coins used to say “In Gold We Trust”.
256. In “Silence of the Lambs”, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) never
257. A shrimp’s heart is in its head.
258. In the 17th century, the value of pi was known to 35 decimal places.
Today, to 1.2411 trillion.
259. The bestselling books of all time are The Bible (6billion+), Quotations
from the Works of Mao Tse-tung (900million+), and The Lord of the Rings
260. Pearls melt in vinegar.
261. “Lassie” was played by a group of male dogs; the main one was named
262. In 1863, Paul Hubert of Bordeaux, France, was sentenced to life in jail for
murder. After 21 years, it was discovered that he was convicted of murdering
263. Nepal is the only country that doesn’t have a rectangular flag. Switzerland
is the only country with a square flag.
264. Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the only angels named in the Bible.
265. Tiger Woods’ real first name is Eldrick. His father gave him the nickname
“Tiger” in honor of a South Vietnamese soldier his father had fought alongside
with during the Vietnam War.
266. Johnny Appleseed planted apples so that people could use apple cider to
make alcohol.
267. Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is said to haunt the White House.
268. God is not mentioned once in the book of Esther.
269. The odds of being born male are about 51.2%, according to census.
270. Scotland has more redheads than any other part of the world.
271. There is an average of 61,000 people airborne over the US at any given
272. Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane in
case there is a crash.
273. The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad. The most
common name (of any type) in the world is Mohammed.
274. The surface of the Earth is about 60% water and 10% ice.
275. For every 230 cars that are made, 1 will be stolen.
276. Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. President to be born in a hospital.
277. Lightning strikes the earth about 8 million times a day.
278. Around 2,000 left-handed people die annually due to improper use of
equipment designed only for right handed people.
279. The “if” and “then” parts of conditional (”if P then Q”) statement are
called the protasis (P) and apodosis (Q).
280. Humans use a total of 72 different muscles in speech.
281. If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
282. Only female mosquitoes bite.
283. The U.S. Post Office handles 43 percent of the world’s mail.
284. Most household dust is made of dead skin cells.
285. One in about eight million people has progeria, a disease that causes
people to grow faster than they age.
286. The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.
287. The “countdown” (counting down from 10 for an event such as New-
Years Day) was first used in a 1929 German silent film called “Die Frau Im
Monde” (The Girl in the Moon).
288. Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your
immune system.
289. There are seven suicides in the Bible: Abimelech. Samson, Saul, Saul’s
armor-bearer, Ahithophel, Zimri, Judas.
290. A mongoose is not a goose but more like a meercat, which is not a cat but
more like a prairie dog, which is not a dog but more like a ground squirrel.
291. Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.
292. Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator. Venus
and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their
293. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4th.
Adams and Jefferson died in the same year. Supposedly, Adams last words were
"Thomas Jefferson survives."
294. The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Grover Cleveland's baby
daughter, Ruth, not Babe Ruth the baseball player.
295. Dolphins can look in different directions with each eye. They can sleep
with one eye open.
296. The Falkland Isles (pop. about 2000) has over 700000 sheep (350 per
297. There are 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.
298. While many treaties have been signed at or near Paris, France (including
many after WWI and WWII), nine are actually known as the "Treaty of Paris":
Seven Years' War (1763), American Revolutionary War (1783), French-Swede
War (1810), France vs Sixth Coalition (1814), Battle of Waterloo (1815),
Crimean War (1856), Spanish-American War (1898), union of Bessarabia and
Romania (1920), establishment of European Coal and Steel Community (1951).
299. Robert Todd Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln's oldest son) was in Washington
DC during his father's assassination as well as during President Garfield's
assassination, and he was in Buffalo NY when President McKinley was
300. The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.
301. The past-tense of the English word "dare" is "durst".
302. Don Mac Lean's song "American Pie" was written about Buddy Holly,
Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), who all died in the same
plane crash.
303. The drummer for ZZ Top (the only one without a beard) is named Frank
304. Hummingbirds can't walk.
305. When movie directors do not want their names to be seen in the credits,
they use the pseudonym "Allen Smithee" instead. It has been used over 50
times, starting with "Death of a Gunfighter" (1969).
306. Four different people played the part of Darth Vader (body, face, voice,
and breathing).
307. Pamela Lee-Anderson was the first to be born in Canada on the centennial
anniversary of Canada's independence (7/1/1967).
308. There is about 200 times more gold in the oceans than has been mined
throughout history.
309. William Shatner is credited for being the first person on TV to say "hell"
as well as to have the first inter-racial kiss (with Nichelle Nichols), both in
episodes of Star Trek.
310. While the US government's supply of gold is kept at Fort Knox, its supply
of silver is kept at the Military Academy at West Point, NY.
311. Alexander Graham Bell's wife and mother were both deaf.
312. Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how
a record works.
313. In the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta, if a man was not married by age
30, he would not be allowed to vote or watch athletic events involving nude
young men.
314. Attila the Hun (invader of Europe; 406-453), Felix Faure (French
President; 1841-1899), Pope Leo VII (936-939), Pope John VII (955-964), Pope
Leo VIII (963-965), Pope John XIII (965-72), Pope Paul II (1467-1471), Lord
Palmerston (British Prime Minister, 1784-1865), Nelson Rockefeller (US Vice
President, 1908-1979), and John Entwistle (The Who's bassist, 1944-2002) all
died while having sex.
315. Humans and dolphins are the only animals known to have sex for
316. Pac-Man, Namco's 1979 arcade game, was originally called "Puck Man".
The name was changed when they realized that vandals could easily scratch out
part of the letter "P".
317. Shakespeare and Cervantes died on the same day, April 23, 1616.
318. There are about 7.7 million millionaires in the world (more than 1/1000th
of the population).
319. The youngest mother on record was a Peruvian girl named Lina Medina.
She gave birth to a boy by caesarean section on May 14, 1939 (which happened
to be Mother's Day), at the age of five years, seven months and 21 days.
320. The "middle finger" gesture originates back to 423 BC in Aristophanes
play "The Clouds".

1. What do you put in a toaster?

Answer: The answer is bread. If you said "toast", then give up now and go do something
else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread", go to question two.

2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk". What do cows drink?

Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk", please do not attempt the next question. .
If you said "water" then proceed to question three.

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a
pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is
a greenhouse made from?

Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "glass", then go on to question
4. Twenty years ago, a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany. If you will
recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East
Germany. Anyway, during the flight, TWO of the engines fail. The pilot, realizing that
the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure.
Unfortunately the engine fails before he has time and the plane crashes smack in the
middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you
bury the survivors - East Germany or West Germany or in "no man's land"?

Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said, "Don't bury the survivors"
then proceed to the next question.

5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60th of a degree every minute then how many
degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?

Answer: One degree. If you said "360 degrees" or anything other than ?one degree?, you
are to be congratulated on getting this far.

6. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in
Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and
nine people get on. In Swindon, Two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people
get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on. In
Carmarthen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What
was the name of the bus driver and what is his age?
Answer: Oh, for heaven sake! It was YOU and your age. Read the first line again.

In 24 hours, An average human:

1. HEART beats 1,03,689 times.

2. LUNGS respire 23,045 times.
3. BLOOD flows 16,80,000 miles.
4. NAILS grow 0.00007 inches.
5. HAIR grows 0.01715 inches.
6. Take 2.9 pounds WATER (including all liquids).
7. Take 3.25 pounds FOOD.
8. Breathe 438 cubic feet AIR.
9. Lose 85.60, BODY TEMPERATURE.
10. Produce 1.43 pints SWEAT.
11. Speak 4,800 WORDS.
12. During SLEEP move 25.4 times.

We've long known that the brain is an amazing thing, but did you specifically know that:

1. Every person has more than 75km of nerves in their body.

2. Your nerves can send messages faster than a Grand Prix car travels.
3. The brain is the most complex machine in the universe. It has over 100,000,000,
000 nerve cells each with up to 150,000 connections. Each cell is connected to
25,000 others.
4. If every person on the planet simultaneously made 200,000 phone calls, there
would be the same total number of connections as in a single human brain in a
5. The grey cells occupy only 5% of our brain. 95% is taken up by the
communication network that runs between the grey cells.
6. The brain weighs about 1.5 kg in an adult human, about 1.5% of the body weight.
7. Damaged brain cells do not regenerate but mental and physical functions can
improve after mild or moderate brain damage with skilful rehabilitation.
8. Compared to other animals, human brains are big for the body.
9. The human brain is only just bigger than your two fists.
10. On average, the male brain (approx 1.4kg) is slightly bigger than the female brain
(approx 1.26kg).
11. Each half of the brain controls the other half of your body.
12. In right-handed individuals (which comprise 91% of people): the right side of the
brain controls: musical talent, fantasy, imagination, dreams, drawing, and
painting. The left side of the brain controls: mathematical ability, ability to solve
logic problems, controls language skills, remembers names, dates, and facts.
13. The grey part of the brain is folded to fit inside the skull and, if flattened, it would
cover the surface of an office desk.
14. The brain contains 100 billion brain cells of which, 100,000 are irretrievably lost
each day.
15. You can retain about seven facts at any one time in short term memory, but over
the long term your brain has to forget things to make room for new memories.

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