Common Knowledge and General Knowledge Series #49

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  • Triskaidekaphobia means fear of the number 13.
  • Paraskevidekatriaphobia means fear of Friday the 13th, which occurs one to three times a year.
  • In Italy, 17 is considered an unlucky number. In Japan, four 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.
  • It is 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 fingerprint.
  • 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 misspelt.
  • 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
  • Camels have three eyelids.
  • John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.
  • Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
  • Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.

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