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The Lighter Side: Truly Random Facts

Fun facts and random bits of knowledge: If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.


    • The numbers ‘172’ can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
    • President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with upwards of 350 words per minute.
    • In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.
    • Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

  • When you die your hair still grows for a couple of months.
  • Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced.
  • Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump.
  • The average person makes about 1,140 telephone calls each year.
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
  • The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.
  • In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
  • The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in “If I Ran the Zoo.”
  • The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.
  • The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth.

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