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And now for some did you know’s

August 19, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor (lletusick@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

Did you know...

The USDA allows a maximum of six maggot eggs or partial carcasses in every can of canned mushrooms.

A dog's sense of smell is so powerful that it can actually sniff out potential cancer in a person.

Miss Piggy's measurements are 27-20-32.

Starburst candy had to change its slogan from "The Juice is Loose" to "Turn up the Juice" because of the OJ Simpson fiasco.

Abraham Lincon signed the legislation to create the Secret Service on April 14, 1865, the same day he was shot.

The Royal Canadian Air Force won the 1948 Olympic Gold medal for hockey.

Shakespeare stole the line "Love is blind" from Geoffrey Chaucer.

In the original story, Cinderella's slippers were made out of fur, they were changed to glass in the 1600s. Not only was the slipper made of fur, but the evil stepsisters cut off their toes in order to try and fit their feet into the slipper.

About 54 percent of Americans consider themselves fans of Star Trek. Not trekkies, just fans.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

Australia has more types of mosquitoes than any other country.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.

Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

All porcupines float in water.

The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

The only nation whose name begins with an "A," but doesn't end in an "A" is Afghanistan.

Another interesting fact is that Coca-Cola used to be colored green (probably from the cocaine leaf).

The names of the 50 states used up just about every letter in the alphabet except the letter Q.

Australia is home to the koala bear, the platypus and the kangaroo, but not one active volcano or glacier.

It is the only continent that lacks either one.

About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.

The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.

You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day than in any other weather.

An average person laughs about 15 times a day.

The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.

A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph.

A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be reached at lletusick@heraldstaronline.com.)

 
 

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