Little Known Facts

Some little known facts can be just interesting. Some examples:

The fax machine was invented by Scottish philosopher psychologist Alexander Bain, in 1824. By 1924 newspapers used faxes to transmit photos.

The typical lightning bolt is two to four inches wide and two miles long.

Any month that starts on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th in it.

Easter is on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after March 21.

Almost 50% of bank robberies take place on Friday.

What's the furthest point on Earth from the center? Mount Everest? Nope. It's actually the peak of Mount Chimborazo, in Ecuador, near the Equator. Since the Earth bulges at the equator, Mount Chimborazo is even further out there than Everest.

There are the little known facts that are funny. Did you know that "Odor Judger" is an actual job title, and job description? Want to smell armpits all day to help make effective deodorants? I'm not sure why somebody other than some strange fetishist would want this job. Other funny facts include silly laws that are still on the books, such as these:

By law, citizens of Vermont must take at least one bath a week.

In Oklahoma, dogs need a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate on private property in groups of three or more.

In Roanoke, VA, it’s illegal to advertise on tombstones.

It’s illegal to put coins in your ears in Hawaii.

More Useful Little Known Facts

Little known doesn't mean not useful. There are many things most people don't know that can be extremely useful. A few of these follow.

If an item can't be removed from your credit report, you have the right to add a 100-word explanation to it, permanently. Anyone who receives the report will see your explanation. If, for example, you had an argument with a doctor over a charge, you can explain the details.

It's possible to get free x-rays. Some dental schools will x-ray your mouth for free, if you have the patience to sit there while the instructor coaches the student through the process. You then get your x-rays to take to the dentist.

You can still find towns with nice houses you can buy for less than $30,000. As of 2009, these include Altoona, Pennsylvania, Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Independence, Kansas. Many more are listed on the web site: Houses Under Fifty Thousand .com.

You can buy two separate plane tickets to save hundreds. It cost $1750 to fly round trip from Traverse City, Michigan to Quito, Ecuador. That was the cheapest fare we found on any website. However, it was only $299 round-trip to Miami, and $405 round-trip from Miami to Quito. $704 total! Save over $1000 by buying two separate tickets.

It's impossible to fold a dollar bill in half eight times, doubling it each time. In fact, try it even with a large piece of paper. It can't be done. You can win a bar bet with this fact, so I'll classify this one among the interesting, funny AND useful little known facts.

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