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Bet You Didn’t Know – Just For Fun 1

Bet You Didn’t Know…

  • Most lipsticks contain fish-scales.
  • The plastic bits on the end of shoelaces are called “aglets”.
  • The “x”s that people sometimes put at the end of personal notes to mean a kiss actually begain in the ninth century.  Lords would sign their names at the end of documents – and add a cross (because they were religious).  They would kiss the cross after signing to signify they were faithful to their God and King.  Over the years, it slanted into the X.
  • A lump of pure gold the size of a match box can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
  • The Earth is approximately 6,588,000,000,000,000,000 tons
  • Facetious and abstemious are the only words that contain ALL the vowels in the correct order.
  • Oak trees do not have acorns until they are at least 50 years old
  • Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan god
  • “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” – is considered to be the toughest tongue twister in English
  • First Harley Davidson was built in 1903, using a tomato can for a carburetor.
  • In one day – your heart beats 100,000 times.
  • Half your body’s red blood cells are replaced every 7 days.
  • The average human dream lasts only 2 to 3 seconds.

Cryptic Puzzle for September

A fire engine was rushing to a small fire, 15 kms away.

The fire engine set out with 120 gallons of water.  But the water tank had a leak, and the fire engine was losing water at the rate of 2 gallons per minute.

The fire engine traveled at a constant 30 kms per hour.

The fire required 50 gallons of water to put it out.  Did the fire engine have enough water when it arrived? (Answer at bottom of this page)

Some Doctor & Nurse Jokes

Following my husband’s physical exam, the doctor delivered some bad news. “Your white blood cells are elevated,” he said.

“What does that mean?” I asked.

Looking concerned, the doctor explained, “Up.”


One crazy day in our pediatric clinic saw me hand a young patient a urine sample container and tell him to fill it up in the bathroom. A few minutes later, he returned to my nurses station with an empty cup.

“I didn’t need this after all,” he said. “There was a toilet in there.”


When my wife was about to have our first baby, we brought a tape recorder to the delivery ward to capture the sounds of the birth, the baby’s first cry and our doctor’s voice saying, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” We intended to use the tape as a fun message on our answering machine to help announce the birth to friends and relatives.

My wife’s labor went relatively smoothly and, when it seemed appropriate, I inserted the blank tape and began recording. Shortly thereafter, our baby was born and we all heard the first cry. The doctor held up the baby and, with tape rolling, loudly proclaimed, “Wow, will you look at the scrotum on him!”

Motivational Quote Double For Today

“You will never win, if you never begin.”  Helen Rowland

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  Mark Twain


Cryptic Puzzle Answer:  Yes.

The journey took 30 minutes.  In that time the fire truck lost 60 gallons of water, leaving 60 gallons to put out the fire.


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