Thursday, November 19, 2009

Useless Trivia

From The Ultimate Book of Useless Information

Alberta, Canada, has been completely free of rats since 1905.

The fastest tennis serve ever recorded was that of Bill Tilden, in 1931, which was measured at 163.6 miles per hour.

In 1956 the Physical Culture and Sports Commission of communist China recognized the sport of hand-grenade throwing.

Tabasco sauce is made by fermenting vinegar with hot peppers in a French oak barrel, which has three inches of salt on top and is aged for three years until all the salt is defused through the barrel.

You cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. This is true of all foods.

It takes seventy-five thousand crocus flowers to produce one pound of saffron - which is why it is the most expensive spice in the world.

The Ramses condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II, who fathered more than 160 children.

America's first manufactured condoms appeared in 1870 and were made of vulcanized rubber. They were thick, insensitive, and intended to be reused.

In ancient Rome, men found guilty of rape had their testicles crushed between two stones as a punishment.

In 75 percent of American households, the women manage the money and pay the bills.

Eighty-three percent of people hit by lightning are men.

Sixty-seven percent of dog owners buy holiday gifts for their pet. Forty-five percent of cat owners buy a holiday gift for their pet.

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