500 Mostly Useless Facts/Part 22



  1. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.  
  2. Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.  
  3. The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.  
  4. The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.  
  5. The word “dexter” whose meaning refers to the right hand is typed with only the left hand.  
  6. To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.  
  7. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”  
  8. The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead.”
  9. The first episode of “Joanie Loves Chachi” was the highest rated American program in the history of Korean television, a country where “Chachi” translates to “penis”.  
  10. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.  
  11. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece has memorized all 158 verses.  
  12. Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.  
  13. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  14. Giraffes have no vocal cords.
  15. The pupils of a goat’s eyes are square.