False Facts #11
These sure sound good, but they're not true.
The top three names for female babies born in China last year were Huan, Jia, and Tiffany.
Shortly before his execution, Timothy McVeigh constructed a scale model of the Lincoln Memorial with popsicle sticks.
Because the Japanese language has several thousand characters, each episode of Japan's "Wheel of Fortune" can last several days.
Strains of bacteria similar to E. coli have been found in used printer cartridges - but only in the color cyan. Scientists have no explanation.
Female monkeys recognize their children by height and weight, not necessarily by their facial characteristics.
The Australian aborigine language has over 30 words for "dust."
Anyone convicted of animal cruelty in Sedalia, Missouri, is sentenced to a month's confinement in the county animal shelter.
Fewer divorces occur in families in which the children wake their parents before 6 a.m. on Saturdays.
John F. Kennedy was an accomplished ventriloquist.
Two-thirds of all the world's coriander comes from a single valley in Italy.
Contrary to popular belief, the white is not the healthiest part of an egg. It's actually the shell.
Adding baking soda and vinegar will make your scrambled eggs fluffier.
The first prototype defibrillators delivered 1,200 joules of electrical energy instead of the now standard 360, occasionally causing dead bodies to sit upright momentarily as though they were still alive.
Every member of the Australian band Men at Work is currently unemployed.
Customs officials have dogs that are trained to distinguish between Cuban cigars and all other cigars.
Archimedes' screw was the basis for Max Factor's invention of the twisting lipstick holder.
A Tokyo inventor has developed a laptop computer whose battery is recharged by energy generated from the movement of the user's mouse, yet Sony lawyers have successfully blocked every attempt to produce a product using the technology.
Ballpoint pens were invented by a Michigan scientist attempting to reduce the number of birds killed for their quills.
Socrates is thought to be the first to use the phrase "a bad case of the Mondays".
Penguins can smell toothpaste from several miles away.
Glamorous movie star Brad Pitt once had a summer job posting warning signs at coal mine entrances.
During a banana shortage in the summer of 1958, banana splits were made with zucchini or carrots.
The National Weather Service will pay $30 for the rights to any original photograph of lightning.
In the early 1800s, a flush beat a full house in poker.
The rhesus monkey is the only animal that can be taught to hum a tune.
Biblical scholars recently unearthed a previously unknown gospel written by a disciple named "Rusty".
With the exception of a small 200-square-mile section of Antarctica, every single square kilometer of dry land on the planet has been walked on by at least one human being.
The Mongolian pony is the only animal other than an elephant capable of fending off an attack by a healthy adult tiger.
In 1984, an Ohio family visiting New York City stood at a broken DON'T WALK sign for three days.
Because of their unusual shape, Hershey's Kisses contain more calories per ounce than the same amount of chocolate in other forms.
If you tar and feather a 2x4 and place it in your yard, it will ward off bats.
The largest home in the United States, North Carolina's Biltmore House, was originally intended to be the official residence of a new monarchy to be established when the South rose again.
The Toltec calendar was based on a 360-day year, with each day being about 24 hours and 20 minutes long.
The universal size of the credit card is based entirely on the size of the 1960s US Communist Party membership card. Credit cards were designed so that they wouldn't cause the Communist Party card to stand out.
The K in K-Mart stands for K-Mart.
Nobody born in Kentucky has ever been elected to Congress.