SmartPeoples Guide

Things We Can Learn . . . and Forget Without Trying.


Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury. 
[Also notice that the treasury prints look a lot like monopoly money?]

Smartest dogs:  1) Scottish border collie; 2) Poodle; 3) Golden Retriever.
Dumbest:  Afghan hound.

Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each
salad served first class:  $40,000
[Notice that much more has been saved by not having any salad now.]

City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita:  Hong Kong

State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:  Alaska

Percentage of Africa that is wilderness:  28%
Percentage of North America that is wilderness:  38%
[Shall we promote having "Big Safari" trips in North America now?]

Barbie's measurements if she were life size:  39-23-33

Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman
if they had it to do all over again:  80%
Percentage of American women who say they'd marry the same man:  50%
[Question: Which one tells the truth most often?]

Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour:  61,000.
[Does this count the number of people jumping out of tall buildings?]

Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World:  70%
[How do they count the repeat visitors each day . . . and do foreigners have
to show passports or what?]

Average life span of a major league baseball:  7 pitches.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
[Now tell me where the most zinc and copper are mined and you can  find 
the worlds smartest people.]

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
[You can bet the Chinese are happy that this did not become a trend . . .
and you can bet the whole world is also happy that did not happen.]

Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
[What do they spike it with during all those cold days?]

In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services
(two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the
other channel assignments.That is why yourTV set has channels 2 and up,
but no channel 1.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monument.
[We all know what happened to the competitors !]

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of
yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on
the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircase.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year
 because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the
weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
[Would you hire a graduate engineer from Indiana University? . . . 
yes, but only as a cook.]

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the
air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the
air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse
has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
[If the horse has no legs on the ground . . . its fiction or a merry-go-round.]

Clans of long ago, that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people
without killing them, would burn their houses down -  hence the expression
 "to get fired".

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the
South Pacific.  When arming their  airplanes on the ground, the .50
calibermachine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being
loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target,
it got "the whole 9 yards."
[And all this time, you thought it was because of how much cement is
carried in a cement truck.]

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which
stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your
[And now men are under that thumb.]

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
[Unless it is powered with "Energizer Batteries". . . they go on, and on
and on.]

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every
five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in
times of war or other emergencies.

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as
is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia
still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for
blacks and whites.
[All this time you thought that it was because of all the BS.]

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each
gallon of diesel that it burns.
[Lets see . . . that means it uses 10, 560 gallons per mile !
. . . lets sell the diesel fuel and take the row boat.]

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in
Colorado. [Think of that next time you watch Denver play Pittsburg
in pro football.]

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have
$1.19.  You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being
able to make change for a dollar.

No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever
won a Superbowl.

The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports
events (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after
the Major League all-stars Game.
[They are too busy inflating heads and then deflating them.]

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This page is dated January 1999