Thursday, March 09, 2006

Thirteen interesting but useless facts:

1. It takes an average of 345 squirts to get a gallon of milk from a cow's udder.

2. Americans use more than 16,000 tons of aspirin a year.

3. Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.

4. The five favorite U.S. school lunches nationwide, according to the American School Food Service Association, are, in order, pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, burritos and hamburgers.

5. The District of Columbia has one lawyer for every 19 residents.

6. If you are afraid you might die laughing, you are suffering from cherophobia.

7. Before 1859, baseball umpires sat behind home plate in rocking chairs.

8. The highest known score for a single word in competition Scrabble is 392. In 1982, Dr. Saladin Khoshnaw achieved this score for the word "caziques," which means "Indian chief."

9. "Sherbet" is Australian slang for beer.

10. Rome has more homeless cats per square mile than any other city in the world.

11. Half the peanuts grown in America are used for peanut butter.

12. An old custom in Holland was the basis of our modern piggy banks. At the beginning of the year, children were given pig-shaped earthenware containers (known as "feast pigs") to save their pennies in. The following Christmas, they got to open them.

13. President Chester Arthur was the only president to ever hold a garage sale on the White House lawn.


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Anonymous Erika said...

Some of those are pretty interesting! A garage sale at the White House? Good stuff I bet!

My T13 is up too :)

1:38 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Hmmm. I'm Australian. I've never called beer sherbet. I've never heard anyone call beer sherbet. Where I come from, you walk into a pub and ask for "a pot of gold" and you'll get a beer.

Note, I do lead a somewhat sheltered life. And only ask for a pot of gold in Queensland - anywhere else, people will think your nuts.

My 13 are up.

2:28 AM  
Blogger monica said...

THe sherbert made me giggle.

Kdubs :)

6:44 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That's some pretty cool stuff! :) Ew on the bacteria!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Very interesting facts. I wonder who actually counted the squirt thing while milking a cow. Hmmm.

Mine are up!


8:24 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

I love useless pieces of information like that. Do you have any more?

My TT is up!
Elle x

9:06 AM  
Blogger FrogLegs said...

Garage sale on the White House lawn-- HILARIOUS! I didn't know any of them... loved the list! My TT is up!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Bacteria...ewwww! And wouldn't you just love to go to one of those White House garage sales? That would be so cool.

My TT are up!

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, you should be playing indigo's daily trivia. i didn't know any of those.
i'm doing the tt too.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Veronika said...

Huh? Baseball umpires sat behind home plate in rocking chairs? That's silly!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine a yard sale at the white house?


10:09 AM  
Anonymous Ficklechick said...

Interesting stuff, who knew?!

Mine are up!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Very interesting......but the bacteria thing has me grossed out!
My list is up.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Great list! I didn't know any of those. Too funny about the yard sale at the White House. I'll take a "sherbet" or a "pot of gold", thank you! lol

Mine are up

11:32 AM  
Blogger stacey said...

Interesting facts...but # 3--ewww! My list is up.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Froggie said...

Love the list! hehe... I will have to add those to my collection of useless facts. hehe...

Got my TT up!

11:38 AM  
Blogger Paisley said...

I don't know why, but #1 grossed me out. Must have been the word "squirts" combined with "udder".


great list. :)

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Dariana said...

Poor cows! As for the aspirin, I probably consume over half that myself, lol. Happy TT!

12:46 PM  
Blogger TheMartins said...

Oh those are some great facts!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my 13 and commenting. Hope you will come back.

Love your site!!! Have a geat day. :)

12:46 PM  
Blogger TNChick said...

I always like readin' stuff like this! :)

My 13 is up and I linked you ;)

12:56 PM  
Blogger d.challener roe said...

Hmmm. I wonder what I could have bought at that garage sale.

My 13 are up

1:07 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Well that was fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog... and leading me here! I live just outside DC and was actually surprised that it wasn't one lawyer for every 5 residents! Seems like every family has their own! My daughter and I then got wondering what the ratio is for social workers... bet it's waaaaaaay higher than 19... I didn't know that Piggy Banks got started like that in Holland either -- that's cool.

My tt's up!

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the cherophobia! I need that one. How interesting. I'm gonna bookmark the link. :) I love sherbert!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Finn said...

Thanks for the enlightenment. Although I must say that I knew it took a long time to get a gallon of milk from a cow. That's why they have milking machines!

Thanks for stopping by today; you must tell me which 3 you've done!

My 13 is up!

1:16 PM  
Anonymous eph2810 said...

You know that are some great facts - useless or not.
Didn't know that about Rome; I guess being a lawyer in the District of Columbia is very competitive; 'Sherbet' slang word for beer - ha too funny.
Thank you for visiting My TT this morning...

1:19 PM  
Blogger mar said...

I love reading facts like these! but I thought my neighborhood had the cat record... My TT is up

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Okay, the bacteria fact seriously grossed me out. I suddenly feel like I need a shower, er maybe two, three?. lol

Mine are up.

2:07 PM  
Blogger YellowRose said...

Very interesting!! "Sherbert" known as beer in I know! lol

Happy Thursday, thanks for visiting my 13!

2:19 PM  
Blogger ivoryfrog said...

Great facts!
I love it...definately going to take a look at that link in just a sec.
Off to link to you on my 13 first though!
Take Care
Ivoryfrog x

2:32 PM  
Blogger Wystful1 said...

Enjoyed your "Snickerdoodles"...the pictures at your sidebar are priceless!!

Thanks for dropping in on my Thursday 13

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Scouser said...

Hi Kimmy, Thank you for visiting my 13, feel free to use anything from the list. I might just post something similar to yours one day.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

hi kimmy :)
thanks for stopping by; i think the most amazing fact i've heard today is that you;ve had soooo many spinal taps. sheesh. it's taking me a while to get over the effects of this one! hope you are feeling better today.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Texas_Ivy10 said...

These are intersting facts! I gotta say, I love the blog design! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Happy Thursday!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Hi, Kimmy! Thanks for visiting my blog! Very interesting 13 you have here!

LOL! My sister and BIL have a Fox Terrier named Snickers,too! That's her official name, but he calls her "Scooter" and she calls her "Piddle" (so do I) and the little dog just answers to all of it!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Thanks for visiting me! Love the fact list...learn something new everyday! :)

3:57 PM  
Blogger Natsthename said...

I hope the other half of the peanuts are used for Pay Day candy bars!!

Nice to meet you and read your thirteen.

Mine are up, too!

3:57 PM  
Blogger Suz said...

Happy TT ... Interesting List!

Would of never of guessed that on #1. Pizza is all my kids eat if they get lunch at school. Love #12, thats so cool.

Hugs Suz

4:20 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

You are a librarian's dream. We love this stuff. Also love peanut butter. Made a peanut butter chocolate pie today.

Thanks for visiting my TT.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Chickadee said...

The bacteria on the skin thing grossed me out! LOL. 32 more million reasons to scrub scrub scrub!!

My 13 are up.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Automatic links are so cool.

that was a great list... all that bacteria gross

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Ardice said...

A very interesting list. You learn something new everyday. Thanks for stopping by my TT. Have a wonderful evening. Take-Care...

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Karin said...

Interesting list! Who knew that half the peanuts made peanut butter? :) My 13 are up.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Libragirl said...

I think I take the most aspirn of the 16 million or whatever the number was.

That's a neat list.

I linked through Jen
My tt is up.

I also like the auto link...I may look into borrowing that, if I can.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

Thanks for the next dinner party conversation! ;)

6:41 PM  
Blogger Shash said...

I liked the list, it's useful at parties :-) and I agree the bacteria thing made me queezy... yuck!

7:40 PM  
Blogger Emily said... to buy antibacterial soap..LOL

Great list! My TT are up

7:52 PM  
Blogger Mama Kelly said...

#3 makes me feel kinda like taking a long shower

8:02 PM  
Blogger Marv said...

hmm....interesting to know!! things like that we never really pay attention to!

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

WOW. I feel so edjamacated now!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Goodbye Mes Amis said...

just stopping by for the first time.
I just decided I like useless facts.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Shelli said...

Thanks for coming by My 13. I just need to say, #3, ewww!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Virenda said...


I'm such a fun of useless facts, oh and I'm totally using that word the next time I play Scrabble. ~wink~

19 lawyers? really? wow.

#4 is NOT surprising in the least. I love me some burritos and nuggets too lol. I blame it on the school lunches. :0)

10:41 PM  
Blogger Goodbye Mes Amis said...

BTW, I like your blog design.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Lingerie Lady said...

Thanks for more useless knowledge to cram into my head :)

And thanks for visiting my Thursday Thirteen

8:48 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Cool facts!

I dunno why, but for some odd reason your blog and a few others like to jam up my computer. Hopefully after I get DSL next week that will stop...fingers crossed.

Thanks for stopping by fefyfomanna: Thursday 13: Places to call home I'll get you linked up ASAP.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Thanks A LOT for that little bacteria's making my skin crawl just thinking about it!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Goofy Girl said...

Lots of interesting facts there!

I like the auto link thing, that's cool!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous colleen said...

I never heard of that president! And I love little strange facts like that! Thanks for visiting.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Caryn said...

Ooh, fun list. Fascinating. Number five's a little scary, though!

12:19 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Neat list, learned some things. Very sad about school lunches.

8:57 PM  
Blogger WendyWings said...

oops I was testing the auto add and accidentely added my name sorry !!
Where did you get the coding ? I just decided if i could use this I will do the TT again it would solve my time difference problem and give me time to visit others !

12:45 AM  
Blogger Mama B said...

May be useless, but they are interesting!!

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your article is very informative and helped me further.

Thanks, David

6:26 PM  

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