Some things you already knew

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By Ralph Damiani

Anybody who reads my ramblings knows that I like trivia, obscure facts and stuff like that.

Well, my wife came across this on the web and I thought it was interesting enough to pass on. And besides, maybe you can learn something.

• Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

• Lollipop is the longest word typed with your right hand.

• No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

• Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”

• Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

• The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.

• The words racecar, kayak and level are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left. They are palindromes.

• There are only four words in the English language that end in “dous:” tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.

• There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: abstemious and facetious.

• Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

• A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

• A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

• A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

• A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

• A snail can sleep for three years.

• Almonds are a member of the peach family.

• An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

• Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

• February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

• In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

• If the population of China walked past you, eight abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

• Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

• Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

• Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

• The average person’s left hand does 56 percent of the typing.

• The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

• The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

• The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

• There are more chickens than people in the world.

• Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

• Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Now, a tough question

On a more serious note, we have a question for Gov. Richardson. How does keeping students in school create jobs?

We are all for keeping students in school and for cutting the dropout rate.

But we simply do not see how using $9 million in federal stimulus funds to improve the state’s educational system creates new jobs, which is suppedly the goal of the stimulus money.

The governor said he was going to launch a statewide effort aimed at getting 10,000 dropouts to return to high school by 2011. That is a great goal and a program worth making.

But with stimulus money? How is that justified?

To tackle the dropout problem, Richardson said the state Public Education Department will partner with local community groups to identify dropouts and return them to high school.


The state will expand an existing online network of courses so that students who lack two to three credits can register at their local high school, but take the courses they need to graduate online.


But we just have to ask, how does this create jobs?

Or is it, as many suspect, the federal stimulus program is just a way to spend more of our tax money on anything any politician can dream up.