MOTIVATE YOURSELF!

Segun in MOTIVATE YOURSELF!

This was his moment again. He adjusted his blue bow tie. His white long-sleeve shirt partially but mostly covered his upper frame. He looked at his socks too. Teri had given him those socks. He had been preparing this speech for the past three months now. A couple of fans, ladies actually, had given him confidence quotes and votes. A small boy of about twelve had run away from his mother to meet the celebrity for an autograph. The boy said something that made him feel good, even original. He said, you are my hero. Then he asked for an autograph. With the tension boiling inside him, he managed to smile at the compliment. Then he embraced the boy and did as he requested.

‘‘What’s your name?’’ He asked now genuinely concerned that he was really leaving his mom just to be with him.

‘‘I’m Kevin. Kevin Omotayo. You are my hero, my mentor. You inspire me every time I listen to you. I love you. I love your talks and speeches.’’

‘‘Why?’’ He asked arching his eyebrows.

‘‘Because they always uplift my spirits. They inspire me. I follow you on twitter.’’

‘‘Thanks. Now, that I have gotten your name,’’ he said jutting down the boy’s name in a pocket notepad, ‘‘I shall also follow you back.’’

‘‘Thanks, the motivator.’’

‘‘Go on, Kevin. Go meet your mother and enjoy the rest of your lives.’’

‘‘Yeah! I can’t wait for the show to begin. I want to hear what you have to say tonight. I troubled my mother for weeks so she could bring me over.’’

‘‘You sound like a very intelligent young man and I’d really love to keep on talking with you but I’ll be climbing that stage over there in the next ten minutes or less. Better go get a seat. I’m sure you don’t want to stand throughout the whole show or do you?’

‘‘No,’’ the boy said curtly.

‘‘We’ll catch later on. I promise.’’

‘‘Yes sir!’’

‘‘Go on, boy!’’

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‘‘Abeg, Shegz, your show starts in four minutes,’’ Peter, one of the backstage attendants said. ‘‘What do you have to tell us tonight before you climb up that stage?’’

‘‘The truth is, I don’t even know. These days, I just make up stuff as I go. I have a few notes though, but I’m not going to be relying on them the whole time,’’ Segun said light-heartedly.

‘‘What were those journalists outside asking you about?’’

‘‘Don’t mind dem jare! They were just asking if I was still with Teri; if I was going to break it up with her, or not. Is it their business?’’ Segun asked no one in particular.

‘‘Not when you have become a celebrity,’’ Sade said. She was the lady who had been handling Segun’s make-up for three months now.

‘‘Get ready, you are about to be introduced onto the stage,’’ Peter said.

‘‘Wait, let me apply more make-up on you,’’ Sade said.

‘‘Don’t worry about that; the best make-up anyone can ever put up is a warm smile radiating peace and happiness from the heart,’’ Segun said as he climbed the stage.

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‘‘Ladies and gentlemen, men and women, boys and girls, brace yourselves, for this is going to be-as you already know-a night of adventure, of action, of passion, and of enthusiasm. Don’t just clap your palms against each other as you usually do, but instead let your applause collectively produce a roar as we welcome on stage, the resilient one, the inspiring one, the indefatigable one, the enthusiast, but who is best known to you all as the one and only motivator. Please, put your hands together, motivate yourself to applaud for Segun, the motivator.’’

The clap was thunderous. The crowd went mad and as soon as they saw Segun shaking hands with Obazeiki Justin who introduced him onto the stage, the crowd couldn’t have been any louder.

Next, they settled down. Yes, even hot water when left alone for a while in the harmattan wind eventually gets cold too.

‘‘Thank you, thank you, and thank you. I don’t, I even know where to start from. Okay, I do now. First of all, as I usually do, I want to thank all of you for coming out tonight-despite the fuel scarcity. Yes, it’s the country we live in. But let’s not waste our precious time blaming the government like we’ve got nothing better to do. Yes, despite the fuel scarcity, you motivated yourself to make it here. Thank you very much! Thank you for all the fan mail, for following on Twitter and Facebook, thank you for the gifts. All the gifts. A big special shout-out goes to those persons who just called me a couple of days ago and asked of my account number so they could send something to me, not because I begged them or asked them to, but because they just wanted to show me appreciation. Thank you. Thank you very much! Much love to all of you who still bother to remember that a celebrity gets broke too. Yes, I know it sounds funny, but it’s true.’’

Then Segun paused as soon as he noticed his voice was shaky, composed himself and resumed.

‘‘This is Warri! Area! Area!! Area!!! I hail una-oh.’’

The crowd hailed too. They were wilder.

‘‘Now, let’s get our focus together and see that we can learn from ourselves tonight.’’ Then, Segun coughed, but after he had turned aside from the microphone. ‘‘That was a gift from my girlfriend too. I thank her for giving me cough,’’ he said.

The clubhouse auditorium which consisted of about six thousand in the audience that evening roared with laughter.

Under normal circumstances, that expression wouldn’t even have elicited a smile from the individual who was willing to laugh at anything but Segun was different; he was a celebrity. Yes, Segun was now a celebrity, so everything he did attracted attention; people always read meaning to everything he did. The way he spoke, the emotions in his voice, his laughter, his smile, his hairstyle, his clothes his shoes, the tie colour, the way he raised his hands, the way he demonstrated and gesticulated, his body language, his love life, his mistakes, his scandals, his private affairs, his jokes. And his jokes these days were always funny to his audience. It wasn’t like that when he started out, when no one knew him. His jokes, they weren’t really funny, they were just perfectly timed. Segun had come to learn that a whole lot depended upon reputation, so he had to preserve that in front of the constantly glaring and peering eyes of his teeming fans and critical outlooks of his critics.

‘‘The title of this talk is simple. It is entitled, Motivate Yourself! Tonight, I shall tell you about my life.’’ Then a sudden calmness rested upon the audience. Then, he seized the opportunity, the moment. As irrelevant and risky as he first thought it was, he felt he would really regret it later on if he didn’t do it. ‘‘See as una quiet, abi, angel don pass?’’

Everyone roared with laughter.

‘‘Wait-oh, una be dey reason say the money wey una pay for ticket nor go worth am?’’

They laughed again but, this time; it was lesser than the previous. Now, Segun had to drop that hilarious persona he had just created on stage and fall back into the motivator that he really was. After all, he wasn’t really a comedian, or was he? Was he really obligated to make everyone laugh?

‘‘Yes, I am going to tell you about my life. I’ll tell you about how I grew up; how I started out and how I got to where I am today and show you how you too can be that way, how you too can become very successful. Please, do not think that I do not think that you are already successful persons, no please don’t think that. Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It is the will to continue despite several failures, which counts. That’s the spirit. Yes!’’

Segun looked at his outlines. Then he heaved and continued.

‘‘I was born in a village to a beautiful woman and a very hardworking man. My parents were both farmers. We had a very large farmland. And I pretty much grew up to learn how to tend my father’s crops along with my younger siblings, even at a tender age. I’m talking seven, eight, nine, or ten. My parents didn’t know anything about child spacing and family planning, so starting from me, there was always a two-year gap between us children, till the last. Now, permit me a little bit to get tragic. Unfortunately, when my mother was having the last, a girl, she passed away.’’

The audience said “Awwww.”

‘‘The last child being a girl was somewhat special to us boys, because the rest of us were boys. We played with her gently but also taught her how to behave and act like a man. Since there wasn’t a motherly figure for her to look up to, she winded up almost like us who were aggressive as a result of our masculinity. We almost zeroed out her feminine individuality. My widower father, as though he felt as though he wasn’t always going to be around, taught us everything we needed to know about maintaining a farm. How to study planting seasons, how to plant yams and other crops, when to plant, when not to plant, when to harvest, when not to harvest. Basically just how to do everything. He taught us to find solutions to the problems we might encounter when farming. And to a very large extent, that attitude of problem-solving or obstacle-overcoming formed the very foundation of my successful habits. ‘‘Yes, there’d always be problems,’’ my father would say, ‘‘but we’d also solve them too.’’ He also used to say, ‘‘if you can solve it, why stand aside and stare at it? And if you can’t, why not go and find something else to do? That is why I’d always think of him as my hero. Unfortunately, he died four years after my mother. Of course, when you lose a parent it usually looks like a mistake, but when you lose two, it begins to look like carelessness.’’

Segun paused to look at his audience, at least to make sure they were following him.

‘‘As you might have already predicted, life wasn’t the same for us anymore. A hard life began immediately for us who were still alive and unprepared, inexperienced to face life. Yes, we had no clue as to what to do, where to go, or how we would survive. I was worried, my late parents weren’t.  After all, the dead have no worries, no stress, nothing to think about. They are just there-lifeless.’’

Segun’s phone vibrated in his pocket. It was one of those messages that came from service providers.

‘‘But, I made a resolution, in spite of the hardships we were experiencing. Being the firstborn, I called all my siblings together after the burial and told them that we were going to make a staunch decision: we were going to succeed in life-together. All of us. But I also knew I was going to make sacrifices too.’’

Segun looked at the audience again and paused for about five seconds. He looked at the section of his audience to his right and then to his left before returning his gaze to the centre.

‘‘Of course, I had become a father automatically at age fourteen. I went to the city to hustle, leaving my siblings behind at my Aunt’s place in the village. I started hustling. First I started out hawking bread and sleeping under the bridge. At night, area boys would either come to rob us, harass us or drive us away. I was always smelly. I didn’t always brush my teeth. My bathroom slippers were always filing underneath from endless trekking as I moved from place to place. I was hungry most times. I stopped hawking bread and started to push wheelbarrows. I pushed trucks too. I pushed a lot of things-a whole lot of heavy things just so I could see some chicken-change to feed with. Some customers would deliberately act like they were unsatisfied with my work; they’ll begin to look for minor faults, especially after delivery so that they’d find an excuse not to pay the price agreed upon. We would argue and I’d collect the money anyway, after all, they say that whatever isn’t in one’s possession is hard to drag for. So, I pushed a lot of things just to survive. The only thing I didn’t push was cocaine. A lot of us here, who have hustled in the streets before, can relate to these experiences vividly.’’

The motivator gathered momentum in his voice and he had become more animated, livelier as he spoke with more vigour and clarity. The attention of the audience was arrested.

‘‘I left my bread selling and started pushing wheel barrow because I felt it gave me more room for independence. Then, I became a bus conductor-hustling hard every day from early morning till almost midnight so I could not only survive but also see something to send to my younger ones for their upkeep. I can’t count how many times I have been robbed. There was a time when I had saved up to ten thousand naira, and I was going to send it to the children in the village where life and the price of foodstuffs was relatively cheaper, but we were robbed-I and my driver. I don’t know if he was the one who arranged it, that is the driver, but I suspected that it was him because I no longer saw him after that. I cried for days. If I had spent it, I wouldn’t have been pained. I really wished I had sent it on time, but I kept postponing it, convincing myself that if I had sent them that money, it wouldn’t be enough for them to manage.  But let’s leave that issue aside because what’s gone is gone. Let’s leave the past in the past just where it belongs.’’

The whole time he had been gesticulating with his arms and every move he was making was an attempt to hold the desired attention of everyone in his audience. No one was bored listening to him. There was no day-dreamer in the audience. No one said a word. Nobody even coughed.  Perhaps, several persons were holding it in for no one had risen up to use the restroom as they had never heard a speaker so versatile, so prolific in the knowledge of several tips and tricks concerning the art of public speaking. No one wanted to miss a moment of his hypnotizing talk. Segun had that charm. He was real. He was original. He had the attitude everyone wanted to have. He understood human nature. He knew that humans loved to be lost in a moment-to be swept off their feet; to be mesmerized; to be distracted from their daily lives and troubles. And he was doing just that. He took his audience away from life. For a while he took their minds away from boredom, away from a monotonous existence, away from endless school fees paying, away from light-bill paying, away from daily hustle, away from the rat race of life, away from their broken homes, away from their romantic heartbreaks, away from their childless marriages, away from their insensitive workmates, away from their depression, away from their fears,  away from disordered and quarrelsome homes and family bickering, away from their personal problems, challenges and failures, he took them away from their rebellious children, he took them away from their manipulative wives, away from their tyrannical  and violent husbands who used them as punching bags, away from their prejudices. Yes, Segun took them away from everything in their lives that didn’t like or weren’t proud of. So, how could anyone keep away from keeping his gaze on the enthusiastic and mind-blowing motivator? For what reason would anyone’s mind or attention had drifted away? Segun had learned over the years that it wasn’t really what he said or spoke about that moved the audience, his audience-it was how it was said or spoken about. After all, everyone had a story to tell. So, what made his own any different or special? What did he have to offer that other motivational speakers didn’t? what could explain away that aura that people felt whenever they were with him?  Was he the realest? Or was he the most confident or most hardworking?

‘‘Now, although I wasn’t going to school, all these while, I had been studying many books. I would read novels, school books, motivational books, the bible, the Koran, anything my hands could find. While I would be hustling, collecting money from passengers in a bus, parents would be taking their children to school in air-conditioned vehicles and I would stare at them and wonder; I’d try to make sense out if it all as to why life was so unfair. As to why those kids could have those experiences and I couldn’t. On some nights, when I’d think about my life with my face down I’d cry myself to sleep. It didn’t make any sense. It never did, not until now. I couldn’t find any reason for me to believe that the lives of those children were more important than mine. I couldn’t find any reason for me to believe that I had to be suffering the way I did. Anytime I saw those kids, I felt hurt. Although I was jealous for a while, at some point in my life, I really started to think. And I came to reason out that we all had different potentials and that regardless of what difficulty we would find ourselves, it would really be an opportunity for us to find our inner strength and draw from it in order to sustain. I had to discover who I really was and find my unique strengths and build up on them over time so I could succeed. Each time I saw those kids going to school with their parents riding the car, I would at first, feel hurt slightly, but then remind myself by thinking to myself that those kids couldn’t do every day, what I had to do to survive. Not even half of it. That took out all the trace of jealousy from me. I discovered that I could either hurt myself with envy every time I saw a child being ridden to school in a car or allow them to motivate me to go back to school. And this I did. As Albert Einstein said, ‘‘in the midst of every difficulty, there’s an opportunity’’; but only if one just looked a little bit harder, one would find it.’’

Segun looked at his outline. He was not running out of things to say but where to direct his speech to. He returned his gaze to the audience. He was gay and his audience could feel it from the way he spoke.

‘‘The lesson from that experience was simple: Get inspired; get motivated or get jealous and depressed.’’

Then he paused for effect. He waited for about ten seconds and repeated the statement again and again until he had said it five times straight. Yes! If it was important information, then the audience, his audience, had to commit it to memory and somehow the repetition for emphasis would make the point stand out, wouldn’t it? He came back to the audience again.

‘‘Basically, a child without a father doesn’t reason the same way as a child with one does. Even if they try to, it is never real, because deep down inside they know that there’s still a father to run to, to protect them, to give them that protective, fatherly advice and concern. But being fatherless can really mean feeling fatherless. It means someone can actually hurt you emotionally and just get away with it because you are too demoralized and depressed to fight back. Fighting back doesn’t mean violence here. Please don’t get it wrong. Fighting back means standing up to speak for yourself with confidence and assuredness in your voice. I’m not saying that mothers aren’t protective mother hens. No! Your mother might be passionate and emotionally supportive but she doesn’t have that masculine authority and voice that can only come from the vocal chords of a man.’’

Some in the audience nodded. He was definitely speaking their minds. They could relate to him. They could feel him!

‘‘Yes, our experiences, to a large extent make us who we are today. If you have already been failing, chances are that you are feeling yourself gradually getting scared of failing again. You are already developing cold feet.’’

Someone clapped at that and it spread like a virus as though they were just waiting to applaud but had been too hypnotized by Segun to remember to. It was like a child who was finding an outlet, an opportunity to cry and then someone gave him a slap.

‘‘My biggest problem with people these days, is not that people don’t understand me, no, it is that they assume they already do and so they don’t even wait for you to say what’s truly in your heart. What they forget to realize is that unless you’ve exactly been in a situation before, you really don’t know how it feels. Okay, so now, you are spending time and energy to explain how you feel to them and they aren’t even listening. How frustrating! All of us here have that one friend who usually interrupts us before we finish talking, as though what we are saying don’t mean anything, but a true friend, listens. Yes. A true friend listens because he is not thinking only about himself he is also thinking about you and since he hasn’t yet gotten your experience, the closest he may ever get to it is when he hears it from you, but he has to listen. And whenever you speak from your heart and someone takes the time to listen to you, you feel appreciated-whether the problem goes away or not; whether it can be solved or not. Thank you for listening and following my story.’’

Then Segun turned to the next page of his outline and his eyes scanned through the jotted points. Then after consulting his outline, he returned to them.

‘‘Again, I say, experience is indispensable.’’

Then he repeated this three times and watched the reaction of his audience. He studied them in a quick glance. He thought to himself that they were feeling him. He felt good that he had been able to lead his audience to this point. If the average attention span for a human was fifteen minutes, then he had achieved a miracle-he had been talking for the past forty-five minutes and the attentiveness of his listeners was only increasing.

‘‘As a writer and public speaker, I usually pay just to experience some unique experiences. Unhappy people tend to spend money on things; happy people tend to spend money on experiences. So, while you are busy getting bored and thinking of the next android phone to buy, someone, somewhere, right now is thinking of the next country or island to visit.’’

The crowd was thinking. Was he right? Was he wrong?

‘‘I grew up as a teenager who would cry himself to sleep at night. I grew up hard. I grew up tough. I grew up street-smart. I grew up in the ghetto. I grew up in these streets where you either eat or get eaten. I know what survival of the fittest really means. Girls I used to like would avoid me because I was always smelly. But what they didn’t know was that I wasn’t smelly because I wanted to be, I was smelly because I had to be. I wasn’t smelly because I wanted to be; I was smelly because I was working hard so I could also get one of them and settle down someday. I always admired women and their make-up, their beauty, their allure, their attractiveness, their splendour, their graceful steps. It always drove me crazy, that is, when I started figuring out that I had entered that stage of puberty when, you know, everything about a woman becomes fantastic, as though it was never there in the beginning. But they all rejected me-even the ghetto girls.’’

The audience roared with laughter. They hadn’t seen that one coming.

‘‘Yes, even the ghetto girls were aiming for the top. That was life. Please, let me drink some water.’’

Segun paused and as he grabbed the Ragolis bottle to drink, the audience clapped. Then he returned to them with full concentration, again.

‘‘I have seen the selfish nature of man from various perspectives, so nobody can basically tell me anything about human nature that I don’t already know. All my life, I have seen that many people would never do a thing unless they see how it would benefit them personally. I had learnt that idea very quickly. No one taught me that, I also learnt that from the streets.’’

He took a moment to poise himself behind the microphone stand which also consisted of a place where he could rest his hands and his outline.

‘‘To conclude the story of my life, I went back to school, graduated out of University to pursue my dreams as a business man but the work wasn’t as exciting as I hoped. I wasn’t really seeing how I was directly affecting lives in a positive way. So I wasn’t happy. I felt used, every day. It was just money, money and more money. But I had plans for life’s people. I was looking for a way to help people. I discovered a problem. Most persons don’t really know who they are and even if they do, they don’t have the courage to follow their dreams. They can’t even dare to dream. They wouldn’t even dare to dream of a life any different from the one they are living now. They are scared of change, so they resist it. They always imagine the worst. They think of what can go wrong instead of what can go right. In other words, the talent is there, but the drive isn’t. A lot of obstacles hold them back-family, friends, heartbreaks, disappointments, popular opinion, fear, criticism, confusion, depression, self-confidence, extreme dependence, anxiety and worse of all, themselves. Yes, they themselves are the greatest of their obstacles. So, I discovered that they needed something, like a thrust, to push them to succeed just the way an airplane needs thrust to leave the surface of the runway and fearlessly nosedive into the clouds. And that was why I made a huge decision in my life. Yes, I decided to become people’s motivator. I discovered that I had a unique skill. I notice and study people easily and know what their strengths are and how they can put it to use. I understand people and their eccentrics, their body language. I know how our minds function. So, at the very beginning, my foundation was set to make it easy for people to discover themselves. That’s my principal potential-discovering people’s potential and motivating them to succeed. And that’s why I have been giving these speeches all around the world. I use my experiences to motivate people. I wasn’t always as outspoken as this in the past. In fact, I can say that I was the shyest person on planet earth, but look at me today, I speak without fear, and I speak from the heart because that’s when people can truly feel, the, real, you.’’

Segun made sure that he stressed every syllable.

‘‘Never beg; never chase. I made it on my own. I had no godfather to help me. Of course, I had help from friends and those outside and family too, but I was already popular then before they started supporting. In fact, they used to criticize me because they didn’t believe in my dream. They would say to me, “how would you just say that out of all the jobs there are on earth, you want to be a motivator? What does a motivator do anyway?” It sounded strange to their ears. But when they saw I was succeeding, they started showing support-and mind you, these where the same people who tried to discourage me. Now, suppose I had given up under discouragement? Would I be here today? No.’’

The audience also said ‘‘No!’’

‘‘As far as I’m concerned-I’m not trying to be an ingrate here but-I would have made it without their late support. When you rely on people too much, it leads to expectations, expectations when not realized, will eventually lead to disappointments and frustration. And who do you blame? Me? Them? No, blame yourself. Blame yourself for needing people who have as many heads as you do-one. Blame yourself for trusting on people who have as many hands as you do, just two. Blame yourself for stubbornly refusing to discover your talents and hidden potentials, but instead ‘‘safely’’ choosing to rely on others who’ll will treat you like trash, just the way they like and dump you whenever they want to or whenever your uselessness becomes too profound to them. No matter how good you think you are at something, someone will soon come out someday to challenge you at it, and win you, easily. So, why compete with your contemporaries at a job you don’t like when you can be exceptional, doing what you love and getting paid? If you think dependency is the only way, then remind yourself that the person whom you are depending upon isn’t depending on you and yet he is surviving and yet has more than you. If he doesn’t have more than you do, then how come he has for himself and still has to give you? Look let me tell you an open secret. The only way your boss will pay you ten thousand naira is if he can make a hundred thousand off you. The only way your boss can pay you a hundred thousand naira is if he can make a million or close to a million out of you. The only way someone can pay you a million is if they can make ten million out of you. The only reason someone would tell you not to open your own business or enterprise is either because they are ignorant of these facts or because they have plans to use you for their own business. So, go back home! Plan your life. You will make horrible and terrible mistakes, but you’ll learn from them too. To limit these mistakes though, seek professional advice. Don’t go to the people who’ll discourage you.’’

The crowd was astounded. They had never heard these words before, but as they thought of it, they could see it was true. It was obvious that the money they had spent buying tickets to the show

‘‘So, make sure you find what you love to do. Work hard at it, and God bless you, you’ll succeed at it. Instead, people these days, just take the lazy way out-relying on people. And no one enjoys carrying the responsibilities of others unless they truly love them. But you cannot be relying o people forever, can you? I’m not saying you shouldn’t work for others if that’s what your circumstances now permit; what I’m saying is that you also find a means to work for yourself. If you don’t make plans for yourself, you’ll fall into other people’s plan and guess what they have planned for you-not much.’’

The audience applauded. Others made whistling sounds. Yes! They had found something motivational.

‘‘You know very well who you are. Don’t let people who are themselves too scared to live their dreams tell you that you can’t make it. Ladies and gentlemen, we can go on and on and on but we have to go home tonight. There are no beds to sleep here.’’

The audience roared again with laughter.

‘‘In conclusion, if you always think you need others to survive and you rely on them too much, I’m sorry, you’re sadly mistaken. As much as you think you need a motivator in your lives, you really don’t. What you are only failing to realize is that you are not using your experiences in life as a fuel to motivate yourself. And that’s the point, that’s the reason why I told you my success story. I had no motivator. I had to motivate myself. Yes, as difficult as you think it is, it is actually possible to MOTIVATE YOURSELF. Say it together with me as I leave this stage. Repeat these words.’’

Then he arranged himself to leave the podium.

‘‘Yes, it is actually possible to MOTIVATE YOURSELF. Say it with me one more time.’’

The audience did just so and they did it over and over and over again.

And everyone went home. The end.

THE MYSTERY OF THE WATER-MAN

THE MYSTERY OF THE WATER MAN

 ”Have you ever read any of Hardley Maxwell’s books?” Asked Jean one morning while we were having

breakfast.

”No. What’s special about him?”

”Well, as an Artist he might impress much on you if you read his poems.”

”He writes poems too?”

”Yes, his skills in poetry knows no bound. Ever heard of ‘King George the fifth’ and ‘Sorrows of

Siberia?’ ”You see, I don’t like poetry much but he has been the reason why I have ever read an

elegy. He is fondly remembered whenever a big gun like the Queen reads his writings. He has enjoyed

much publicity even at a young age to the extent that he now lives on the outskirt of the city,

where he doesn’t get much attention. He’s a retired General and a Widower now living with his three

kids at a house adjacent to the Birmingham stream.”

”Why would you be interested in a man as this?”

”Well, for two reasons. One, he has a case and needs our help. Two, He’s also my friend. I hear

him ascending the stairs. It’s becoming quite apparent that he would join us for breakfast.”

 The door gave way to a very hefty man. Must have been nothing less than six feet. He walked in

with the proud style and gait as befits an English ex-Military Man.

”You are most welcome to my dark cave filled with books of men greater than I. Men like you. How

is the situation at home, friend?”  Hardley cleared his throat of any phlegm that might obstruct and blur his speech before he began

to speak.”Thank you Jean. You have always been the lively one. One cannot help but feel appreciative having

you as a friend. We are fine to an extent, but we’ll need your help in order to make it remain

so.”

”This is my cousin Mitch Henderson. It should not be suprising if one chooses a family member as a

confidant and associate. He’s studying Sociology in Oxford. He has been quite invaluable to me in a

number of toothaching cases.” Jean fixed a gaze at me while introducing me.

”It’s a pleasure to meet you sir,” I said. ”I and my Cousin have been discussing about your

works.

”Mind you Mitch, Sir Hardley is quite sensitive to issues as this and He feels shy whenever he’s

been praised.” Jean said with a wan smile.”General, please let’s not waste any more of your useful time. Please tell Mitch and I what you

told me four days ago, if I remember well.”

Sir Hardley cleared his throat and poised himself for his narrative.”Well, you may readily agree with me that a Soldier is less likely to be afraid of battles fought

abroad. However, I wonder if the same can still be said of me in this ugly business at hand.””As you may know already, I lost my dear Wife about two years ago. We had a blissful union which

my children always remind me of whenever I see them. I had wanted to remarry but I preferred to

raise my children myself for I had feared stories that they could be maltreated by a Stepmother.

After I lost her, the house we were residing at the time became a painful reminder for me and my

children because of  the history pertaining to the old times. And this made us quite unhappy. So we

moved to a place close to the Birmingham Stream.””Things seems to have been picking themselves up from where they have fallen. I go to the library

to do some reading and writing as soon as my children leave for school in the morning. My kids get

home from school before I do.Now for the part that seems to be a mystery. There is a stream close to our home, about a  hundred

meters from our house. I don’t fish and I don’t swim nor allow any of my kids to get close let

alone bathe in it. My children are quite disciplined, from the eldest to the youngest. The youngest

was about six months old when he lost his mum.One day, as I was coming back from the library to complete my day with a nap, I saw someone who

looked a lot liked Jim the youngest of my children struggling and trying to get out of the waters

of the stream. When I did look closely enough, it was Jim. He was fighting against the waves. He

was already losing strength and had drank much water by the time I dived in with my clothes on to

rescue my boy.” ”Poor Jimmie!” Cried Jean.

”He was fully soaked in water. I was very much taken aback by this. Just then, as he was still

recovering a man whose face was quite too fearsome for description ran to us. He asked what

happened and after I told him he further asked how he could be of help. I told him that the worst

was over. I then questioned him as to his own presence at the banks of the stream and how it

related to what happened to Jim. He retorted that he knew nothing about it. Though I could see that

he wasn’t wet, I quite struggled with myself in order to believe him. Throughout that day, I kept

asking myself : ”Who would do such a barbaric thing?” My other children also laid bare their

suspicions that the Water Man living at the banks of the stream must be responsible. They both

threatened revenge but I cautioned them. Two weeks passed and nothing else happened until one

morning when we woke up to see the body of a girl floating on the water, dead. We raised an alarm.

And in the end the Water Man was arrested.”

”Then two days later a neighbour of mine saw another child floating on the stream as well, but

this time she was merely unconscious.The little girl explained that she had never seen such a face

before in the neighbourhood. She also said that the assailant was tall and was quite handsome.This

was quite the opposite in description of the Water Man which I had already arrested. I shamefully

released the Water Man from custody. He of course without any resentment in his heart offered to

help find the culprit. It was only after his release that I felt that I might had made a big

mistake. I thought: What if the Water Man and this guy are working hand in hand? It would sure make

things remain almost exactly as they have been. I stopped writing in the library and started

staying at home. Until I saw you and gave you a narrative at the gathering the other day. I and my

children have been uptight since then. They now have escorts at my employ who monitor them home

from School.”

”This is quite strange. I have seen nothing like this before, Jean.” I said.

Jean nodded with his eyeballs facing the ceiling.

”We shall begin at once,” Jean said. ”I hope this moment wont be inconvenient for Mitch and I to

carry out our investigation.”

”No, of course. I am as ready as you are to see the end of this. After all, what could be more

inconvenient than having the sinister Water Man lurking around, seeking for another child to drown?

And with that said we got ready and followed our client. It was almost noon when we got there.

”My kids should be here in about an hour or thereabout.” Said Hardley.

”That’s splendid, I may even want to see them before I leave. Now let’s get to work. I have seen

that you also have neighbours. What can you say about them?”

”They seem to be very secretive in lifestyle. There is an advanced male who’s always at home. He’s

wife is in America. They have no one else except a cook who is also the maid or let me say

housekeeper.

”Anyone else?”

”No, not really.

”It appears that you are not even sure.”

”Well, I guess so. There was a time when I decided to initiate neighbourly visits to the family.

However, they were reclusive, though not unfriendly, when I asked to take a tour of their home. So

I made up my mind as to not making any further inquiries. If you don’t mind, I don’t think that

they have anything to hide.”

”Or protect,” added Jean.

”We shall now meet your children and find out if they can throw up some light in the unravelling

of this mystery.”

”They are not back yet, however, they should be here any minute.”

”Of course, I am quite aware of their absence. You would please give Mitch and I a couple of hours

to decompress in the chambers of my Lawyer friend uptown. At the least, that should give us some

more time to mull this over.”

”There is not a modicum of problem in that.”

”Don’t worry much, intuition tells me that we shall see the root of this today.

As we entered the Chambers of Lionel and Anna Andrews, we saw what we perceived as the most

perfectly matched legal Couple on Earth. At this point it might be noteworthy to state that after

exchanging pleasantries, we spent the remaining moments in silence. Not the painful sort, but the

type which leaves room for ardent meditation. After resting there for a while, we departed.

Back at Birmingham, we met with Hardley’s children. On seeing the eldest amongst the other children

it was becoming apparent that Jean was following a wrong scent. The other kids were as equally

puzzled as Jean and I.”Tim!” called Jean as he was about leaving. ”I would want you to accompany us to the stream.”

”I don’t see how I can be of any use to you either here or there, but I’ll come with you.”

”Yes, do come with us,” I said. With a greater enthusiasm which should have openly suggested that

I had already taken a liking to Hardley’s first offspring.As we or rather as Jean made his usual silent and most times, seemingly absurd investigations, I

tried to chat with Tim. However, it appeared that Hardley had raised him up so highhandedly that he

was barely more than an amateur in the art of conversation.By the time I felt that I was done with my brief rapport, Jean was lost in sight.That was Jean in the process. In one of his self postulated creeds, I can quote that “Sometimes,

when in the quest for an epiphany, one must at the very least, develop tunnel vision and shut out

the mind of any element of distraction.”

He appeared, facing our direction and after waving the both of us to come along with him, turned

aside again. When we were together walking at the edges of the stream, we had indeed seen the

seemingly reclusive suspect-the Water Man who lived on the banks of the stream itself. He saw us

and maybe suspecting we had come for him ran inside to hide. To this, Jean paid no attention. I was

dismayed-secretly.After walking to a point on the sandy shore, he stopped abruptly and asked Tim.

”Apart from this from which we came, is there another path that leads to this stream?”

”Yes, there is, but it’s defunct now.”

”Can we see it?”

”Of course, he replied coarsely.”

We took a turn that led us right to a path. To me, it had not been trode for decades. Perhaps Jean

had the same thought in his mind.

”Mitch, I think I see some light into the understanding of this affair of ours.”  ”Wait a

minute- but why children? Because they’ll be easy to coax. Ha, this is quite barbaric.”

We were still treading the almost covered path when we discovered that we had almost been moving in

a circle.

I had this at the back of my mind that this path was to lead us back to the street behind

Hardley’s. That’s a point.

Is it?

I was puzzled to find out that what we needed to find the water man was a path, and one that people

didn’t use frequently if they ever did.

”How does this help with the case, for I don’t see the connection?” I asked.

”Okay, let’s do a little rationalising. Hardley sees his kid in water but has enough time to

rescue him, which implies that he had not been in the water for long. I fancy to think that our

‘Man’ must have been on that almost worn out path. Generally, everyone is of the belief that what

is predominantly indomitable is what is safe and secured, though it may be popular- they believe

wrongly. What is safe is what people don’t know about. I think that our Water Man will not only

take that route because it leads to his house but also because it would be hard for any right

thinking man on earth to assume let alone conclude that a path that defunct was on the use again.”

”Well, so far so good. I can almost readily assure you that our man is not far off. All I need do

is put just this one hypothesis to test. I want you to do something for me, mitch. I need these

materials.”

  He handed me a list of things to get from out of town. A hilarious list indeed. A match, a gas

cylider and ingredients for a meal. This was quite odd and if not for the fact that Hardley’s home

was nearby and we were on some serious business I would have thought we came for a cook out.

”Mitch, I’d want you to be on the other side of the house that leads to the defunct and bushy

path.” He gave me a whistle and said: ”Take this and if you see anybody whom you’ve never seen

before come out through the back, just blow this. I shall be almost ready in about ten minutes. If

you hear my whistle blown, come out of your hiding place, but if I hear yours, I’ll be with you

even before you blink.” he collected the materials from me.

It was almost evening exept for the fact that we could still see our faces. I wasn’t with Jean but i

could perceive some sweet smelling odor which was enhanced by the cooking gas. Why was he cooking?

I couldn’t tell.

About fifteen minutes later I heard a cry of disaster and turmoil.

”Fire, fire, help, fire came the cry.”

 I almost left to the scene for it was becoming apparent that it was coming from one of the houses.

”Fire, fire, help, pack ur things, this cannot be controlled.”

 I was about leaving when I saw a figure come out of the darkness. He was huge and almost vulgar in

his appearance. One could easily identify his face with a horror movie. Maybe it was the darkness

or the present tension in the atmosphere. For the face was becoming quite handsome as I peered

closer.

He turned facing the defunct path which led to the stream, so I blew my whistle. For all I knew, I

thought Jean would neither hear me nor come at all, but the next turn of events served to prove

otherwise.We apprehended our pretty suspect with cuffs which I never knew he was in possession of and despite

requests from neighbours and occupants in the area as to what was going on,Jean spoke not.

”A good days work, Mitch. I mean, what could be more rewarding to a Detective than he finishing a

case the same day he started upon it?”

”Who is he. Who did we just Apprehend?

Well Mitch, you have been quite invaluable even more than you have been in past cases. When we get

home I’ll tell you about it. We went in to see Sir Hardley who congratulated Jean after hearing a

synopsis of the actual story before finally leaving. This pained me, for here I was and he hadn’t

told me anything. I have been in the dark all along. As we were leaving a vehicle or Psych

ambulance came about and picked up our Water man.

”I am quite sure that Abraham Carrier is in good hands now. If well taken care of, he’s likely to

regain his senses. At this point, I must apologize for keeping you in the dark for so long. Now,

this is how the story goes.”

”At first, when Hardley mentioned the man at the banks as being the person we were looking for, I

took him out of my mind for that singular act which he did. If he put Jim into that water, why then

would he run back to the scene of the crime when he would be sure that nothing on earth may

convince Hardley that he was indeed innocent. And then again he wasn’t wet. Further proof came when

he was arrested and it continued. I decided to build upon the hypothesis that the culprit was in

the neighbourhood, and probably insane. For he went on to carry the same barbaric act even when the

water man who would have been his cover was absent. Then from what I could gather from Sir Hardley,

someone was indeed hiding in the building. This was intuitive, anyway, but when I connected that

with the defunct path and the footmarks I saw when Tim followed and was with us indeed showed me

that I was indeed on the right path. The distance between each footmark gave me the undoubtable

impression that our man was indeed of remarkable height. At that point all I needed to do was to

bring him out. So I had to create an emergency which would alert everyone and make him come out. I

suspected that he would come out through the back as he always does and that’s why I stationed you

to watch out for him, while I created a scene on the other side of the street. Thanks to your quick

responsiveness, we were able to get him. I just received a police report from Linguini. This is

what it says.”

”We can’t thank you enough for helping us out in this mystery filled case. Our Water man (Abraham

Carrier) is now in the hands of our Psychiatrist Doctor. So far we have been able to deduce that he

once had a family with children and when he lost them due to drowning he became much depressed and

this quite led to insanity. He was hidden in the house and was not allowed to come out. However, he

found a way out himself and any child he saw out on the street, he led to drown in the stream. The

children were less likely to be scared of him. He was quite handsome and a snack would have served

as a lure. Making it easy for him to lead the children down the stream. Once again, Scotland Yard

thanks you for the clearing up of this, and you can always count on the fact that it will always

remain in our records.”

”What do you think, Mitch?””That was awesome.”

THE MYSTERY OF THE WATER MAN WAS TAKEN FROM

THE ADVENTURES OF Jean SWIFT BY AIMIUWU NOSAZEME ESEOSA

+2347067568802lilaimy92@yahoo.com

http://www.creativemindzng.com2012

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Dragonflies are capable of flying sixty miles per hour, making them one of the fastest insects. This is good since they are in a big hurry, as they only live about twenty-four hours.

Flies jump backwards during takeoff.

A housefly will regurgitate its food and eat it again.

Termites outweigh humans by almost ten to one.

A spider’s web is not a home, but rather a trap for its food. They are as individual as snowflakes, with no two ever being the same. Some tropical spiders have built webs over eighteen feet across.

More people are afraid of spiders than death. Amazingly, few people are afraid of Champagne corks even though you are more likely to be killed by one than by a spider.

Your brain consumes 25 watts of power while you’re awake. This amount of energy is enough to illuminate a lightbulb.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

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Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

The most poisonous spider is the black widow. Its venom is more potent than a rattlesnake’s.

13% of Americans actually believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese.

The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

Fish that live more than 800 meters below the ocean surface don’t have eyes.

Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.

Some Case Moth caterpillars (Psychidae) build a case around themselves that they always carry with them. It is made of silk and pieces of plants or soil.

Most household dust is made of dead skin cells.

One in eight million people has progeria, a disease that causes people to grow faster than they age.

The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.

Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.

Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.

Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator.

The Morgan’s Sphinx Moth from Madagascar has a proboscis (tube mouth) that is 12 to 14 inches long to get the nectar from the bottom of a 12 inch deep orchid discovered by Charles Darwin.

Some moths never eat anything as adults because they don’t have mouths. They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.

In 1958 Entomologist W.G. Bruce published a list of Arthropod references in the Bible. The most frequently named bugs from the Bible are: Locust: 24, Moth: 11, Grasshopper: 10, Scorpion: 10, Caterpillar: 9, and Bee: 4.

People eat insects – called “Entomophagy”(people eating bugs) – it has been practiced for centuries throughout Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and North, Central and South America. Why? Because many bugs are both protein-rich and good sources of vitamins, minerals and fats.

Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave. Go on, try it then

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

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs in it.

In York, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow (except on Sundays)

No piece of square dry paper can be folded in half more than 7 times

The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

The Beetham Tower cost over £150 million to build.

The Beetham Tower has 47 floors.

“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

An average human loses about 200 head hairs per day.

Mexico City sinks about 10 inches a year

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

In France, a five year old child can buy an alcoholic drink in a bar

During the chariot scene in “Ben Hur,” a small red car can be seen in the distance.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.

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

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!

The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of the adult butterflies: 9-10 months.

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves.

A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.

Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

14% of all facts and statistics are made up and 27% of people know that fact.

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

Eskimos have over 15 words for the English word of ‘Snow’

Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.

Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolybear caterpillar are wide, a cold winter is coming.

Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

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The average shelf-life of a latex condom is about two years.

14% of Americans have skinny-dipped with a member of the opposite sex at least once.

Male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal.

A man’s beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.

A man will ejaculate approximately 18 quarts of semen in his lifetime.

Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate.

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

For every ‘normal’ webpage, there are five porn pages.

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Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was born on and died on days when Halley’s Comet can be seen.

US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen.

The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.

Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually.

Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels.

Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself.

98% of all murders and rapes are by a close family member or friend of the victim.

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The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

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Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son.

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In Italy, 17 is considered an unlucky number. In Japan, 4 is considered an unlucky number.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles.

The ZIP in “ZIP code” means Zoning Improvement Plan.

Coca-Cola contained Coca (whose active ingredient is cocaine) from 1885 to 1903.

A “2 by 4″ is really 1 1/2 by 3 1/2.

It’s estimated that at any one time around 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk.

40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye & tongue print along with their finger print.

The “spot” on the 7-Up logo comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

315 entries in Webster’s 1996 dictionary were misspelled.

The “save” icon in Microsoft Office programs shows a floppy disk with the shutter on backwards.

Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins

Camel’s have three eyelids.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents every day.

John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.

Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine are brother and sister.

Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.

Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.

55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Dr. Seuss pronounced his name “soyce”.

Slugs have four noses.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

India has a Bill of Rights for cows.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by taking out an olive from First Class salads.

About 200,000,000 M&Ms are sold each day in the United States.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

There are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in Chess.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

Coconuts kill about 150 people each year. That’s more than sharks.

Half of all bank robberies take place on a Friday.

The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before it.

The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.

The first bomb the Allies dropped on Berlin in WWII killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour.

If you put a drop of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

Bruce Lee was so fast that they had to slow the film down so you could see his moves.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.

IBM’s motto is “Think”. Apple later made their motto “Think different”.

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

One in fourteen women in America is a natural blonde. Only one in sixteen men is.

The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic, and she provided twenty-five years of service.

When the Titanic sank, 2228 people were on it. Only 706 survived.

Every day, 7% of the US eats at McDonald’s.

During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, “Red Vineyard at Arles”.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

One in ten people live on an island.

It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

28% of Africa is classified as wilderness. In North America, its 38%.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said “Elementary, my dear Watson”

Humphrey Bogart NEVER said “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca

They NEVER said “Beam me up, Scotty” on Star Trek.

Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokes model.

More people are afraid of open spaces (kenophobia) than of tight spaces (claustrophobia).

There is a 1 in 4 chance that New York will have a white Christmas.

The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Libraries.

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

$203,000,000 is spent on barbed wire each year in the U.S.

Every US president has worn glasses (just not always in public).

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

Jim Henson first coined the word “Muppet”. It is a combination of “marionette” and “puppet.”

The Michelin man is known as Mr. Bib. His name was Bibendum in the company’s first ads in 1896.

The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

About 14% of injecting drug users are HIV positive.

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A snail can sleep for 3 years.

People photocopying their buttocks are the cause of 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide.

China has more English speakers than the United States.

One in every 9000 people is an albino.

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The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.

Everyday, more money is printed for Monopoly sets than for the U.S. Treasury.

Every year 4 people in the UK die putting their trousers on.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds; dogs only have about ten.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth but our nose and ears never stop growing.

In every episode of “Seinfeld” there is a Superman picture or reference somewhere.

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

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

Each year in America there are about 300,000 deaths that can be attributed to obesity.

Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars’ food or not.

There are more types of insects in one tropical rain forest tree than there are in the entire state of Vermont.

About 55% of all movies are rated R.

About 500 movies are made in the US and 800 in India annually.

Arabic numerals are not really Arabic; they were created in India.

The February of 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may feel uncomfortable.

The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

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

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

There are about 2 chickens for every human in the world.

The word “maverick” came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan refused to brand his cattle.

Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

Termites have been known to eat food twice as fast when heavy metal music is playing.

There are more beetles than any other animal. In fact, one out of every four animals is a beetle.

The rhinoceros beetle is the strongest animal and is capable of lifting 850 times its own weight.

On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the American flag is flying over the Parliament Building.

An American urologist bought Napoleon’s penis for $40,000.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “MT”.

$283,200 is the absolute highest amount of money you can win on Jeopardy.

Almonds are members of the peach family.

Rats and horses can’t vomit.

The penguin is the only bird that can’t fly but can swim.

There are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

Every time you lick a stamp you consume 1/10 of a calorie.

You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

Hedenophobic means fear of pleasure.

Ancient Egyptian priests would pluck every hair from their bodies.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

An ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

All polar bears are left-handed.

The catfish has over 27000 taste buds (more than any other animal)

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

Many insects can carry 50 times their own body weight. This would be like an adult person lifting two heavy cars full of people.

There are over a million described species of insects. Some people estimate there are actually between 15 and 30 million species.

Most insects are beneficial to people because they eat other insects, pollinate crops, are food for other animals, make products we use (like honey and silk) or have medical uses.

Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.

Elephants are the only mammals that cannot jump.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Starfish have no brains.

11% of the world is left-handed.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

Lizards can self-amputate their tails for protection. It grows back after a few months.

Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A honeybee can fly at fifteen miles per hour.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.

The average child recognizes over 200 company logos by the time he enters first grade.

The youngest pope ever was 11 years old.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter is Tom Sawyer.

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

Elwood Edwards did the voice for the AOL sound files (i.e. “You’ve got Mail!”).

A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is actually clear, but like snow it appears white.

Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis middle name was Aron.

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

Donkeys kill more people than plane crashes.

Shakespeare invented the words “assassination” and “bump.”

If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

The name Jeep comes from “GP”, the army abbreviation for General Purpose.

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

Cats’ urine glows under a black light.

A “quidnunc” is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors, the helicopter, and many other present day items.

In the last 4000 years no new animals have been domesticated.

25% of a human’s bones are in its feet.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

“Canada” is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.

Only one in two billion people will live to be 116 or older.

Rape is reported every six minutes in the U.S.

The human heart creates enough pressure in the bloodstream to squirt blood 30 feet.

A jellyfish is 95% water.

The world’s longest snake (by reliable documentation) is the reticulated python, with a maximum length of, perhaps, 30 feet.

Common Cobra venom is not on the list of top 10 venoms yet it is still 40 times more toxic than cyanide.

The venom of the Australian Brown Snake is so powerful only 1/14,000th of an ounce is enough to kill a human.

Truck driving is the most dangerous occupation by accidental deaths (799 in 2001).

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Elephants only sleep for two hours each day.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. (the heart is not a muscle)

In golf, a ‘Bo Derek’ is a score of 10.

In the U.S, Frisbees outsell footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined.

In most watch advertisements the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

If you plant an apple seed, it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree of a different type of apple.

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

The only real person to be a PEZ head was Betsy Ross.

There are about 450 types of cheese in the world. 240 come from France.

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

In Iceland, a Big Mac costs $5.50.

Broccoli and cauliflower are the only vegetables that are flowers.

There is no solid proof of who built the Taj Mahal.

In a survey of 200000 ostriches over 80 years, not one tried to bury its head in the sand.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A quarter has 119.

”Judge Judy” has a $25,000,000 salary, while Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg has a $190,100 salary.

Andorra, a tiny country between France & Spain, has the longest average lifespan: 83.49 years.

Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.

In America you will see an average of 500 advertisements a day.

John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

You can lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

“The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation US golf ball. In the UK its 330.

“Duff” is the decaying organic matter found on a forest floor.

The US has more personal computers than the next 7 countries combined.

Kuwait is about 60% male (highest in the world). Latvia is about 54% female (highest in the world).

The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

At the height of its power in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.

Julius Caesar’s autograph is worth about $2,000,000.

People say “bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.

US gold coins used to say “In Gold We Trust”.

In “Silence of the Lambs”, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) never blinks.

A shrimp’s heart is in its head.

In the 17th century, the value of pi was known to 35 decimal places. Today, to 1.2411 trillion.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

“Lassie” was played by a group of male dogs; the main one was named Pal.

Nepal is the only country that doesn’t have a rectangular flag.

Switzerland is the only country with a square flag.

Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.

There are about 24,000 species of butterflies. The moths are even more numerous: about 140,000 species of them were counted all over the world.

Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the only angels named in the Bible.

Johnny Appleseed planted apples so that people could use apple cider to make alcohol.

Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is said to haunt the White House.

God is not mentioned once in the book of Esther.

The odds of being born male are about 51.2%, according to census.

Scotland has more redheads than any other part of the world.

There is an average of 61,000 people airborne over the US at any given moment.

Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane in case there is a crash.

The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad.

The surface of the Earth is about 60% water and 10% ice.

For every 230 cars that are made, 1 will be stolen.

Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. President to be born in a hospital.

Lightning strikes the earth about 8 million times a day.

Humans use a total of 72 different muscles in speech.

If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.

Only female mosquitoes bite.

The U.S. Post Office handles 43 percent of the world’s mail.

Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their orbit.

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on July 4th.

Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth, not the baseball player.

Dolphins can look in different directions with each eye. They can sleep with one eye open.

The Falkland Isles (pop. about 2000) has over 700000 sheep (350 per person).

There are 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.

The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.

The past-tense of the English word “dare” is “durst”

Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.

Of all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions!

What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.

“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.

In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child

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

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath

There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!

The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people

Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe!

One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!

Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different!

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!

Present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”

Coca-Cola would be green if coloring weren’t added to it.

On average a hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute.

More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

The placement of a donkey’s eyes in it’s’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!

The six official languages of the U.N. are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

It’s against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.

You’re born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.

Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!

The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds

Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

The average person laughs 10 times a day!

The Bible, the world’s best-selling book, is also the world’s most shoplifted book.

Someone paid $14,000 for the bra worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film ‘Some Like It Hot’.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.

Buckingham Palace in England has over six hundred rooms.

There was once an undersea post office in the Bahamas.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with “MONTH”.

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

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

“Go.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

The “pound” key on your keyboard () is called an octotroph.

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.

Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.

The original story from “Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights” begins, “Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.”

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life.

The volume of the earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.

Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rest of us.

Chinese Crested dogs can get acne.

Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man woman and child in the world.

The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.

The only capital letter in the Roman alphabet with exactly one end point is P.

The giant red star Betelgeuse has a diameter larger than that of the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Hummingbirds are the only animals that can fly backwards.

A cat’s jaw cannot move sideways.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”

All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”

Maine is the only state (in USA) whose name is just one syllable.

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

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

Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

A 2″ X 4″ is really 1-1/2″ by 3-1/2″.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple, silver and month.

The caterpillars of some Snout Moths (Pyralididae) live in or on water-plants.

The females of some moth species lack wings, all they can do to move is crawl.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”

California consumes more bottled water than any other product.

California has issued 6 drivers licenses to people named “Jesus Christ.”

In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die.

Nevada is the driest state in the U.S.. Each year it averages 7.5 inches (19 cm) of rain.

In Utah, it is illegal to swear in front of a dead person.

Salt Lake City, Utah has a law against carrying an unwrapped ukulele on the street.

Arizona was the last of the 48 adjoining continental states to enter the Union.

It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.

Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote in 1869.

Denver, Colorado lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger.

The first license plate on a car in the United States was issued in Denver, Colorado in 1908.

The state of Maryland has no natural Lakes.

Illinois has the highest number of personalized license plates than any other state.

Residents of Houston, Texas lead the U.S. in eating out – approximately 4.6 times per week.

Laredo, Texas is the U.S.’s farthest inland port.

Rugby, North Dakota is the geographical center of North America.

Butte County, South Dakota is the geographical center of the U.S.

Louisiana’s capital building is the tallest one of any U.S. state.

Hawaii is the only coffee producing state.

One in seven workers in Boston, Massachusetts walks to work.

The “Dull Men’s Hall of Fame” is located in Carroll, Wisconsin.

Gary, Indiana is the murder capital of the U.S. – probably the world.

Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday.

The largest NFL stadium is the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan.

Michigan was the first state to have roadside picnic tables.

No matter where you stand in Michigan, you are never more than 85 miles from a Great Lake.

The official beverage of Ohio is tomato juice.

Georgia’s state motto is “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation.”

The U.S. city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater, Florida.

It’s illegal to spit on the sidewalk in Norfolk, Virginia.

The first streetlights in America were installed in Philadelphia around 1757.

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

If you were to take a taxicab from New York City to Los Angeles, it would cost you $8,325.

The NY phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII. The NY phone book had 0 Hitlers after WWII.

In New York State, it is illegal to but any alcohol on Sundays before noon.

There were 240 pedestrian fatalities in New York City in 1994.

Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.

Montpelier, Vermont is the only state capital without a McDonalds.

Maine is the only state that has borders with only one other state.

The first McDonald’s restaurant in Canada was in Richmond, British Columbia.

In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting advertising space on his cows.

There are more donut shops in Canada per capita than any other country.

0.3% of all road accidents in Canada involve a Moose.

In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.

In Quebec, there is an old law that states margarine must be a different color than butter.

The largest taxi fleet in the world is found in Mexico City. The city boasts a fleet of over 60,000 taxis.

More than 90% of the Nicaraguan people are Roman Catholic.

Cuba is the only island in the Caribbean to have a railroad.

Jamaica has the most churches per square mile than any other country in the world.

The angel falls in Venezuela are nearly 20 times taller than Niagara Falls.

Canada is the only country not to win a gold medal in the summer Olympic games while hosting.

The Amazon is the world’s largest river, 3,890 miles (6,259 km) long.

The town of Calma, Chile in the Atacama Desert has never had rain.

The people of France eat more cheese than any other country in the world.

King Louis XIX ruled France for 15 minutes.

The most common name in Italy is Mario Rossi.

Greece’s national anthem has 158 verses.

In ancient Greece “idiot” meant a private citizen or layman.

Bulgarians are known to be the biggest yogurt eaters in the world.

Czechs are the biggest consumers of beer per male in the world.

A Czech man, Jan Honza Zampa, holds the record for drinking one liter of beer in 4.11 seconds.

Netherlands is the only country with a national dog.

When we think of Big Ben in London, we think of the clock. Actually, it’s the bell.

The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was introduced in England in 1965.

Buckingham Palace has 602 rooms.

Icelanders consume more Coca-Cola per Capita than any other nation.

Until 1997, there were more pigs than people in Denmark.

There is a hotel in Sweden built entirely out of ice; it is rebuilt every year.

Sweden has the least number of murders annually.

Lithuania has the highest suicide rate in the world.

The country code for Russia is “007”.

Russians generally answer the phone by saying, “I’m listening”.

The U.S. bought Alaska for 2 cents an acre from Russia.

1 in 5 of the world’s doctors are Russian.

Antarctica is the only continent that does not have land areas below sea level.

The people of Israel consume more turkeys per capita than any other country.

Nepal is the only country that has a non-rectangular flag. It is also asymmetrical.

1,800 cigarettes are smoked per person each year in China.

Respiratory Disease is China’s leading cause of death.

There are more than 40,000 characters in the Chinese script.

More people speak English in China than the United States.

The toothbrush was invented in China in 1498.

Mongolia is the largest landlocked country.

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with a population of 1000 and just 108.7 acres.

In Japan, watermelons are squared. It’s easier to stack them that way.

98% of Japanese are cremated.

The number “four” is considered unlucky in Japan because it is pronounced the same as “death”.

The average Japanese household watches more than 10 hours of television a day.

The Philippines has about 7,100 islands, of which only about 460 are more than 1 square mile in area.

Yo-yos were used as weapons by warriors in the Philippines in the 16th century.

Australian soldiers used the song “We’re Off to See the Wizard” as a marching song in WWII.

The Australian $5 to $100 notes are made of plastic.

The Nullarbor Plain of Australia covers 100,000 square miles (160,900 km) without a tree.

Tasmania, Australia has the cleanest air in the inhabited world.

Greenland is the largest island in the world.

The first female guest host of “Saturday Night Live” was Candace Bergen.

In 1933, Mickey Mouse, an animated cartoon character, received 800,000 fan letters.

The Simpsons is the longest running animated series on TV.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It to Beaver.”

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells.

Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles (274 km) per hour.

The thyroid cartilage is more commonly known as the adams apple.

Your stomach needs to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it would digest itself.

The average life of a taste bud is 10 days.

The average cough comes out of your mouth at 60 miles (96.5 km) per hour.

Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

When you sneeze, all your bodily functions stop even your heart.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

Children grow faster in the springtime.

It takes the stomach an hour to break down cows’ milk.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people do.

There are 10 human body parts that are only 3 letters long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum).

If you go blind in one eye you only lose about one fifth of your vision but all your sense of depth.

The average human head weighs about 8 pounds.

In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.

An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

The average human blinks their eyes 6,205,000 times each year.

Your skull is made up of 29 different bones.

Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the deaths of their cats.

Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.

The surface of the human skin is 6.5 square feet (2m).

15 million blood cells are destroyed in the human body every second.

The pancreas produces Insulin.

The most sensitive cluster of nerves is at the base of the spine.

The human body is comprised of 80% water.

The average human will shed 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being.

Canadian researchers have found that Einstein’s brain was 15% wider than normal.

While in Alcatraz, Al Capone was inmate 85.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon with his left foot.

Jim Morrison, of the 60’s rock group The Doors, was the first rock star to be arrested on stage.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s son invented Lincoln Logs.

Peter Falk, who played “Columbo,” has a glass eye.

Barbie’s full name is “Babara Millicent Roberts.”

The mother of Michael Nesmith of “The Monkees” invented whiteout.

Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

Shakespeare invented the word “assassination” and “bump.”

It is believed that Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Adolf Hitler’s mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.

The shortest British monarch was Charles I, who was 4 feet 9 inches.

Tina Turner’s real name is Annie Mae Bullock.

Beethoven dipped his head in cold water before he composed.

President John F Kennedy could read 4 newspapers in 20 minutes.

Bob Dylan’s real name is Robert Zimmerman.

Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.

Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I’s mother, had six fingers on one hand.

Orville Wright was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger, a Frenchman, was killed.

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.

Cher’s last name was “Sarkissian.” She changed it because no one could pronounce it.

Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869 by a dentist, William Semple.

Paper was invented early in the second century by Chinese eunuch.

Sir Isaac Newton was only 23 years old when he discovered the law of universal gravitation.

Hannibal had only one eye after getting a disease while attacking Rome.

A blue whales heart only beats nine times per minute.

A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.

A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.

A crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.

Rodent’s teeth never stop growing.

A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

The penguin is the only bird that can swim but can’t fly.

The cheetah is the only cat that can’t retract its claws.

A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away.

Emus and kangaroos can’t walk backwards.

Cats have over 100 vocal sounds; dogs only have 10.

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet (91 m) long in just one night.

Insects outnumber humans 100,000,000 to one.

Sharkskin has tiny tooth-like scales all over.

Chameleons can move their eyes in two directions at the same time.

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

A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

When sharks take a bite, their eyes roll back and their teeth jut out.

Camels chew in a figure 8 pattern.

Proportional to their size, cats have the largest eyes of all mammals.

Sailfish can leap out of the water and into the air at a speed of 50 miles (81 km) per hour.

The catfish has the most taste buds of all animals, having over 27,000 of them.

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

A lion in the wild usually makes no more than 20 kills a year.

In space, astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity, so the tears can’t flow.

The state of Florida is bigger than England.

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!

There are over 58 million dogs in the US

Dogs and cats consume over $11 billion worth of pet food a year

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day

In Raiders of the Lost Ark there is a wall carving of R2-D2 and C-3P0 behind the ark

“I” is the most spoken word in the English language

“You” is the second most spoken English word

Spain leads the world in cork production

There are 1,792 steps in the Eiffel Tower

There is a city in Norway called “Hell”

The human feet perspire half a pint of fluid a day

An Olympic gold medal must contain 92.5 percent silver

There are 240 dots on an arcade Pac-Man game

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

Lee Harvey Oswald’s cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992.

A pound of houseflies contains more protein than a pound of beef

The average American works 24,000 hours in their lifetime just to pay their taxes

40% of all people who come to a party in your home snoop in your medicine cabinet

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

Non-dairy creamer is flammable.

Pinocchio is Italian for “pine head.”

There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.

 

 

 

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