Most common U.S. last names
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, Jones, Miller, Davis, Martin, Anderson, Wilson
Heaviest U.S. presidents
William Howard Taft (354 lbs), Grover Cleveland (260 lbs), Lyndon Baines Johnson (200 lbs)
Oldest U.S. presidents
Ronald Reagan (77 yrs), Dwight D. Eisenhower (70 yrs), Andrew Jackson (69 yrs), James Buchanan (69 yrs), George Bush (68 yrs), William Henry Harrison (68 yrs)
Shortest U.S. presidents
James Madison (5 ft 4 in), Martin Van Buren (5 ft 6 in), Benjamin Harrison (5 ft 6 in)
Abraham Lincoln (6 ft 4 in), Lyndon Baines Johnson (6 ft 3 in), Thomas Jefferson (6 ft 2.5 in)
Unusual names of places
Accident, Maryland Bat Cave, North Carolina Bigfoot, Texas Burnt Corn, Alabama Cement, Oklahoma Cereal, Alabama Crooks, South Dakota Dinosaur, Colorado Dog Pound, Alberta Embarrass, Minnesota Eye, England Eyebrow, Saskatchewan Finger, Tennessee Five Fingers, New Brunswick Good Luck, Maryland Goodnight, Texas Gross, Nebraska Happy Adventure, Newfoundland Money, Mississippi Nose, Japan Onion Lake, Saskatchewan Santa Claus, Indiana Tiny, Saskatchewan Truth or Consequences, New Mexico Uncertain, Texas
Unusual lake names
Lake Cadibarrawirracanna, South Australia Lake Disappointment, Australia Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Maine Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas
Unusual phobias, or fears
Clinophobia- fear of going to bed Gephydrophobia-fear of crossing a bridge Musophobia- fear of mice Phasmophobia- fear of ghosts Pogonophobia- fear of beards Scholionophobia- fear of school
Names of collectors
archtophilist- teddy bears bibliophilist- books copoclephilist- key rings deltiologist- postcards philgraphist- autographs plangonologist- dolls receptarist- recipes vecturist- subway tokens vexillologist- flags
Plants that eat animals/insects
Venus Flytrap, Butterwort, Sundew, Pitcher Plant
Silly but real newspaper headliners
Milk Drinkers Turn to Powder
Lawmen from Mexico Barbecue Guests
Child teaching expert to speak
Albany Turns to Garbage
Indian Ocean Talks
Animals with pockets
Bandicoot, Cuscus, Echidna, Kangaroo, Koala, Opossum, Sea horse, Tasmanian devil, Wallaroo, Wombat
Land animals taht weigh over 500 pounds
Elephant, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Kodiak bar, Moose, Polar bear, Rhinoceros, Southern elephant seal, Walrus
Black mamba snake (slither 20 mph) Dragonfly (fly 36 mph) Greyhound (run 39 mph) Quarter horse (run 47.5 mph) Sailfish (swim 68 mph) Cheetah (run 70 mph) Peregrine falcon (swoop 217 mph)
Birds that can't fly
Emu, Cassowary, Galapagos cormorant, Kiwi, Ostrich, Penguin, Rhea
Breeds of dogs that bite the least
Golden retriever, Labrador retriever, Old English Sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog, Welsh terrier
Facts About Rats
They were symbols of good luck in ancient Rome and China.
Fleas carried by rats caused the great Bubonic Plague in 1347. This disease killed one third of Europe's population.
In the 1500's, rat skins were used in picture-frames, book-bindings, purses, and the thumbs of ladies' gloves.
Queen Elizabeth I of England tried to get rid of rats by shooting them with little bombs from custom-made cannons.
In some parts of the world, rats are food for people. They can be boiled, fried, or barbequed. There are even rat ranches which raise this food.