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The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.





Reindeer like to eat bananas.





Physicist Murray Gell-Mann named the sub-atomic particles known as quarks for a random line in James Joyce, "Three quarks for Muster Mark!"





A whale's penis is called a dork.





The characters Bert and Ernie on "Sesame Street" were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."





A group of unicorns is called a blessing.





Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.





Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.





A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.





Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.





A group of larks is called an exaltation.





The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.





Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.





Ben and Jerry's send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.


Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.





The saying "three dog night" is attributed to Australian Aborigines. It came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing.





Playing cards were issued to British pilots in World War II. If captured, the pilots could soak the cards in water and unfold them to reveal an escape map.





It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again





In England, the speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.





The full name of Los Angeles is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula."





Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.





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 on front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds receive din battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.





The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law that said a man couldn't beat his wife with anything wider than a thumb.





The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."