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You can learn something new every day

February 19, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor ( , The Herald-Star

Ever heard the expression, "You learn something new every day"?

I enjoy learning new things.

I prefer they be useful to know, but either way, everything makes you a smarter person, right?

Well, you're about to learn several bits of trivia that you never needed to know in the first place.

-- Betty Boop is a red- head. She appeared in her only color cartoon, Cinderella, with red hair.

-- In Disney's Fantasia, the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid" (Disney backwards).

-- The stop-motion puppet for King Kong was covered with rabbit fur.

-- "Red Dawn" was the first movie to have a PG13 rating.

-- "Jaws" is the first movie ever to make more than $100 million.

-- James Bond's car had three different license plates in Goldfinger.

-- Cheech and Chong were awarded the first Bronze Taco, on July 24, 1984.

-- Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam" in Casablanca.

-- Capt. Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty."

-- Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

-- It used to be illegal to swim by daylight.

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

-- No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

-- "I" is the most spoken word in the English language; "you" is the second.

-- The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have one syllable ... it has three.

-- Fifteen percent of Americans secretly bite their toenails.

-- Deborah Ann Fountain, the 1981 Miss New York State, was disqualified from the Miss USA pageant for padding her bathing suit.

-- In a speech made in 1961, John F. Kennedy was recorded as speaking at 327 words per minute, the fastest in public history.

-- David Rice Atchinson was president of the United States for only one day.

-- Maine produces more toothpicks than any other U.S state.

-- You have to pay a tax in Denmark to use the back seat of your car for passengers.

-- There is a law in France against selling dolls without human faces.

-- There are 1,792 steps in the Eiffel Tower.

-- There is a city in Norway called "Hell."

-- In ancient Egypt, you could be put to death for killing a cat.

-- An Egyptian has to say "I divorce thee" three times to be legally divorced.

-- In ancient Greece, "idiot" meant private citizen or layman.

-- If an equestrian statue has two legs in the air, the person on the horse's back died in battle, if the horse has only one leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle, if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

-- Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.

-- The human brain is 85 percent water.

-- Children grow faster in the springtime.

Here's hoping that you feel a little smarter, or at least learned something you didn't know before.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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