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I Didn't Know That

Updated on March 15, 2016

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This is one of those fun lenses that is made purely for entertainment purposes. It's filled with fun facts about music, food, history, animals, people, and just plain interesting stuff. I hope you enjoy it.

Music Facts

1. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist.

2. The first pop video was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, released in 1975.

3. Duran Duran took their name from a mad scientists in the movie Barbarella.

4. The best selling rap/R&B album ever in the US is CrazySexyCool by TLC, surpassing MC Hammer.

5. The top selling singles of all time are Elton John's "Candle in the Wind '97".

6. Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

7. The CD was developed by Philips and Sony in 1980.

8. It was at a concert in Minneapolis in 1954 that Al Dvorin first closed Elvis's concerts with: "Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night."

9. Elvis favorites collectibles were official badges. He collected police badges in almost every city he performed in.

10. Before they were known as Journey, Steve Perry called his band Golden Gate Rhythm Section.

11. The Beatles holds the top spot of album sales in the US (106 million), followed by Garth Brooks second (92 million), Led Zeppelin (83 million), Elvis Presley (77 million), and the Eagles (65 million). Worldwide The Beatles sold more than 1 billion records.

12. The harmonica is the world's best-selling music instrument.

Food Facts

1. Half of the world's population live on a staple diet of rice.

2. Chocolate is the number one food flavor in the world, beating vanilla and banana by 3-to-1.

3. The first diet soft drink, called the "No-Cal Beverage" was launched in 1952.

4. Ice tea was introduced in 1904 at the World's Fair in St. Louis.

5. Approximately one billion snails are served in restaurants annually.

6. The onion is named after a Latin word meaning large pearl.

7. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

8. A-1 Steak Sauce contains both orange peel and raisins

9. Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

10. Chop-suey does not come from China. It was created by Chinese immigrants in California

11. Bananas are the world's most popular fruit after tomatoes. In western countries, they could account for 3% of a grocer's total sales.

12. The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.

13. In the Middle Ages, sugar was a treasured luxury costing 9 times as much as milk.

14. Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.

15. An onion, apple and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavor are caused by their smell.

16. Watermelons are 97% water, lettuce 97%, tomatoes 95%, carrots 90%, and bread 30%.

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History Facts

1. Eskimos use refrigerators to keep food from freezing.

2. The Statue of Liberty's tablet is two feet thick.

3. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

4. The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is 'Live Free or Die'. These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.

5. David Prowse, was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.

6. There are only thirteen blimps in the world.

7. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

8. The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

9. The tune for the "A-B-C" song is the same as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

10. Tennessee is bordered by more states than any other. The eight states are Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

11. The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

12. The two longest one-syllable words in the English language are "screeched" and "strengths."

13. More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.

14. Many Japanese golfers carry "hole-in-one" insurance, because it is traditional in Japan to share one's good luck by sending gifts to all your friends when you get an "ace." The price for what the Japanese term an "albatross" can often reach $10,000.

15. No word in the English language rhymes with month.

16. There are almost twice as many people in Rhode Island than there are in Alaska.

17. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

18. Only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still survives: the Great Pyramid of Giza.

19. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

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Animal Facts

1. A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

2. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

3. Hummingbirds are the only animals able to fly backwards

4. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

5. Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.

6. Giraffes have no vocal cords.

7. A house fly lives only 14 days.

8. An annoyed camel will spit at a person.

9. Dinosaurs did not eat grass: there weren't any at that time.

10. The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car.

11. The largest giant squid ever recorded was captured in the North Atlantic in 1878. It weighed 4 tons. Its tentacles measured 10 m (35 ft) long.

12. Sharks are immune to all known diseases.

People Facts

1. In the West the most popular male names are James and John. The most popular female name is Mary.

2. Lady Peseshet of Ancient Egypt (2600-2100 BC) is the world's first known female physician.

3. Julius Caesar was known as a great swimmer.

4. When Alexander Graham Bell passed away in 1922, every telephone served by the Bell system in the USA and Canada was silent for one minute.

5. The people killed most often during bank robberies are the robbers.

6. The oldest person on record is Methuselah (969 years old).

7. An exocannibal eats only enemies. An indocannibal eats only friends.

8. Alexander Graham Bell never phoned his wife or mother because they were deaf.

9. On 5th October 1974, four years, three months and sixteen days after Dave Kunste set out from Minnesota, he became the first man to walk around the world, having taken more than 20 million steps.

10. Queen Isabella of Castile, who dispatched Christopher Columbus to find the Americas, boasted that she had only two baths in her life - at her birth and before she got married.

11. Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph without mentioning that he was US President.

12. Winston Churchill was a stutterer. As a child, one of his teachers warned, "Because of his stuttering he should be discouraged from following in his father's political footsteps."

13. In 1973, Swedish confectionery salesman Roland Ohisson was buried in a coffin made entirely of chocolate.

14. A positive pregnancy test taken by a man is a sign of testicular cancer.

Bet You Can't Do This!

1. Humans can't lick their elbows.

2. You cannot sneeze with your eyes open.

3. You cannot fold a square piece of paper in half 7 times.

4. You cannot die from holding your breath.

5. Unless food is mixed with saliva you cannot taste it.

6. You can't tickle yourself.

7. You can't inhale through your mouth & exhale through your nose at the same time.

8. You cannot eat 3 packets of saltine crackers in less than 60 seconds without water.

**Yes, I know that 1 in every so many people can lick there elbow but I included it because it is so rare. If you can do it though, leave me a comment below.**

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      ryokomayuka 5 years ago from USA

      I had never heard of some of these and some of them I have. Although the one about the goldfish is not true. Mythbusters busted that one. Overall great lens. I love learning new things.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Blessed-love the fact about bank robbers

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      This was fun. It is the type of thing my students would love also.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

      I wanted to take this time to thank each and every one of you for comments on my lens. This means very much to me. So glad most of you learned something.

      I have quit a bit more coming so check back later.

      Thanks again.

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      thanks

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      Oosquid 6 years ago

      "The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced." ;0) Amazing - I've had these here cans for 48 years, at last I can get to find out what's inside! Very enjoyable lens, thanks for making it.

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Loved reading your facts. Can't believe an onion, apple and potato all have the same taste though.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! That is a lot of interesting facts here. Great fun and learning!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a fun lens! Thank you very much. This was worth about 20 minutes of sheer amusement.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      well i can lick my own elbow. :))

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      deanna6812 6 years ago

      Very fun lens full of facts I was oblivious to!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      Had fun going through these. Sounds like the ad team must've been out to lunch when the company came up with the name for the first diet soft drink! Hahaha

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Very interesting, I learned several things :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well, I just didn't know....until now! You could make some fun quizzes out of all of this!

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      Great trivia here! The one about the dentist and the electric chair was especially eye-catching.

      About "you can'ts" -- the Mythbusters actually managed to fold a piece of paper ten times, but after fold #8 they had to do a steam roller. :)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRAEBbotuIE

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      Mark-Nehs 6 years ago

      Yep I did. I know I don't want to annoy a camel.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love these kind of interesting facts. I may have to print this out. I am glad that it popped up on Random Lens Viewer

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      This IS a fun lens! I wonder how many people will try #15 in food? I might. :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what a great idea for a lens. I learned some very interesting things.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens. 5*

      I always like stuff like this. :D

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      Very interesting lens. I really enjoyed it.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very interesting facts. I wouldn't have guess that Michael Jackson had the first video from a black artist on MTV. Good lens.

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      Lien LM 8 years ago

      Loads of interesting facts.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 8 years ago from Michigan

      Five, faved and lensrolled you to all three of my lenses.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 8 years ago from Michigan

      Nice to meet you, Jessica! I LOVE stuff like this. Love absorbing information in little bits and pieces...and I love the way you've laid it all out. I feel like a curious camel who has reached an information oasis after a long trek. (Is that the lamest metaphor you've heard today? hahaha :) Hope you'll stop by my new lenses.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      lol great post with lots of great facts, definitely didn't know that The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car. great job.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I am pleased to welcome this lens to the "Laugh Away" group on Squidoo. 5*****, Favorited, and Lensrolled to my Humor lenses.

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      jbarnhart41 8 years ago

      Thank you...I will. [in reply to poddys]

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is very entertaining I agree, a very nice lens. I would like to invite you to add it to the "Laugh Away" group http://www.squidoo.com/groups/laugh_away

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very entertaining! You had me sold at the mention of Duran Duran:)

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Re: Humans can't lick their elbows ... does it count if someone ELSE licks my elbow? Fun lens, five stars and all that good stuff. Got here from the Lensmaster Lounge.

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      hospitalera 8 years ago

      Very nice funny lens ;-) 5***** for sense of humour and a sense for the absurd, SY