The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information
“Happy Birthday to You” is the most often sung song in America.
A bumblebee beats its wings about 160 times a second.
Sleeping Beauty slept for one hundred years.
Queen Elizabeth I had more than two thousand dresses.
More presidents have been born in the state of Virginia than any other state.
Sharks are the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
Christopher Columbus had blond hair.
A starfish doesn’t have a brain.
The oldest-known goldfish lived to forty-one years of age. Its name was Fred.
The most money that can be lost in one turn in Monopoly is $5,070.
One in every four Americans has appeared on television.
Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, wasn’t a fan of raw carrots.
An iguana can hold its breath for twenty-eight minutes.
President John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator, which he kept in the East Room of the White House.
A pig always sleeps on its side.
Scooby-Doo’s real first name is Scoobert. Shaggy’s real first name is Norville.
Mosquitoes are more attracted to the color blue than any other color.
Mickey Mouse was the first nonhuman to win an Oscar.
There are 225 spaces on a Scrabble board.
Bees must visit around five thousand flowers to make a spoonful of honey.
People in Iceland read more books per capita than any other people in the world.
In the United States, 12,500 puppies are born every hour.
Dalmatians are born pure white. Their spots don’t begin to appear until after they are born.
The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours (seventy days). The longest Monopoly game in a bathtub was ninety-nine hours long.
Telephonophobia is the fear of telephones.
Cats have four rows of whiskers.
Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
Rats can tread water for three days without stopping.
The tallest man on record was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall.
Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate clockwise.
The only insect that can turn its head is a praying mantis.
The world’s longest name is Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorft Sr.
The tallest mammal is the giraffe.
The human brain stops growing at the age of eighteen.
The world’s tallest mountains, the Himalayas, are growing about 2.4 inches taller every year.
The female lion does more than 90 percent of the hunting, not the male.