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Old 01-22-2004, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Now these are good. Some of them may be some urban myths but some of them I damn sure didn't know READ ON
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Nearly a third of all bottled drinking water purchased in the US is contaminated with bacteria.

You are more likely to be struck by lightning that to be eaten by a shark. You are more likely to be infected by flesh-eating bacteria than you are to be struck by lightning.

If you urinate when swimming in a South American river, you may encounter the candiru. Drawn to warmth, this tiny fish is known to follow a stream of urine to its source, swim inside the body, and flare its barbed fins. It will remain firmly embedded in the flesh until surgically removed.

When a pilot light in a gas barbecue fails to ignite the gas jets properly, it is easy for you to inhale gas accidentally while trying to light it by hand. If this has happened, when the match does light, sometimes a trail of flame will blaze from the jet onto your mouth, filling your lungs with fire. Oddly enough, you would suffocate before burning to death as the flame would consume the oxygen in every breath you would take.

The soft plastic headphones used on airplanes create a warm, moist environment in the ear canal that is ideal for breeding bacteria. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

On a plane, if the passenger in your seat on the incoming flight had serious gas, then you are sitting on a cushion full of disease-causing microbes.

Homely criminals get 50% longer jail sentences, on average, than good-looking criminals.

Four sunken nuclear submarines sit at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. One, a Russian sub resting in deep water off of Bermuda, holds 16 live nuclear warheads. Scientists and oceanographers are unsure what the impact of the escaping plutonium will have, but warn that corrosion could create the proper chemical environment for a massive nuclear chain reaction.

In 1994, electromagnetic interference (EMI) from a nearby cellular telephone captivated a power wheelchair at a scenic vista in Colorado, sending the passenger
over a cliff.

More people working in advertising died on the job in 1996 than died while working in petroleum refining.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

A crocodile can't stick it's tongue out.

A shrimp's heart is in their head.

People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. if you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

Between 1937 and 1945 Heinz produced a version of Alphabetic Spaghetti especially for the German market that consisted solely of little pasta swastikas.

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

Rats and horses can't vomit.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks.

In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders.

Most lipstick contains fish scales

Cat's urine glows under a black-light.

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
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Old 01-22-2004, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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[B]A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
It does echo but as the quack decays naturally it blends into the echo so it sounds like one long naturally decaying quack.
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If you urinate when swimming in a South American river, you may encounter the candiru. Drawn to warmth, this tiny fish is known to follow a stream of urine to its source, swim inside the body, and flare its barbed fins. It will remain firmly embedded in the flesh until surgically removed.

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I was told NEVER drink water on a plane, if served. NEVER wash your hands in a planes restroom, because the water is loaded with Bacteria ! All US airlines FAILED the bacteria water test. In other words the tanks on the planes that contain water is VERY NASTY and dangerous !
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Another list that might have some truth in it:

1. If you keep a goldfish in the dark for too long then it will turn white.

2. A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in one night.

3. If a shark touches the bottom of the ocean then it will die.

4. A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a four foot tall child inside!

5. A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!

6. Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

7. Slugs have four noses!

8. There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S. then real ones.

9. Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food.

10. Over 1,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows!

11. A goldfish's attention span is 3 seconds.

12. Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons.

13. Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes!

14. Camels have 3 eyelids!

15. A queen bee can lay 800-1,500 eggs per day.

16. A bee has 5 eyes.

17. Flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp.

18. Cats have over 100 vocal cords!

19. Porcupines float in water.

20. A hummingbird weighs less then a penny.

21. A jellyfish is 95% water.

22. Shrimp can only swim backwards.

23. Frogs swallow with their eyes closed.

24. Fish cough.

25. Did you know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork then by a poisonous spider?

26. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

27. Polar bears are left handed.

28. A catfish has over 27,000 taste buds!

29. A flea can jump 350 times its body length; that is like a human jumping the length of 3 football fields!

30. A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

31. Butterflies taste with their feet.

32. Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

33. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain!

34. Starfishes haven't got brains!

35. A shrimps heart is in its head.

36. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so, apart from bones).

37. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

38. Rats and horses can't vomit.

39. The "sixth sick sheik's sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

40. Koalas never drink water. They get fluids from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.

41. Sharks are immune to cancer.

42. The female lion does more than 90 percent of the hunting while the male prefers to rest.

43. Armadillos can be house broken.

44. The dolphins that live in the Amazon river are pink.

45. Dolphins can swim and sleep at the same time.

46. Dolphins can kill sharks by ramming them with their snout.

47. There are more pigs than humans in Denmark.

48. A pig always sleeps on its right side.

49. Rabbits can suffer from heat stroke.

50. Rabbits and guinea pigs don't sweat.

51. Giraffes are unable to cough.

52. Sharks can sense a drop of blood from 2.5 miles away.

53. The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.

54. Sharks are capable of surviving on average six weeks without eating.

55. Sharks are so powerful that their bite can generate a force of up to 6 tons per square inch.

56. Sharks can live up to 100 years.

57. If you turn a shark over on its back it will go into a kind of trance and not move, however, as soon as you turn it back over it starts thrashing around again.

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

59. A shark's skeleton is made up of cartilage.

60. The hippopotamus has skin an inch and a half thick, so solid that most bullets cannot go through.

61. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

62. Snakes don't bite in rivers or swamps because they would drown if they did.

63. The African Rock Python can survive for two years without eating.

64. The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.

65. Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray.

66. A skunk's smell can be detected by a human a mile away.

67. A deer can not eat hay.
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"It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky"

Its their nature to look down coz they're embarassed... would'nt you be if you were a pig?
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[B]...It is impossible to lick your elbow.

...Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
I know someone who can lick their elbow!
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That first list has some really grody stuff on it
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Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

hahah i just tried it! *LOL*
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