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Old 31 December 2006, 09:21 PM
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Read This! Hooked on Facts.com - The Internet's First Dedicated Fact Engine

This site should generate some interesting fodder for us Snopesters!

Welcome to Hooked on Facts.com - The Internet's First Dedicated Fact Engine which generates thousands of random Interesting Facts.

http://www.hookedonfacts.com/

When you go to the site or hit Refresh, it presents a new "fact." I use the quotation marks because some of the "facts" are, as always, debatable...
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Old 31 December 2006, 09:29 PM
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This site should generate some interesting fodder for us Snopesters!

Welcome to Hooked on Facts.com - The Internet's First Dedicated Fact Engine which generates thousands of random Interesting Facts.

http://www.hookedonfacts.com/

When you go to the site or hit Refresh, it presents a new "fact." I use the quotation marks because some of the "facts" are, as always, debatable...
OK, here we go:
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Elephants are the ONLY animals that can't jump.
Uhh, whales? Snakes?

OHH! Here's a favorite UL!

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Technically speaking, crystal glass is actually a Liquid that flows very slowly.
There's so much wrong with that that it's, to quote Wolfgang Pauli, "not even false."

Nick
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Old 31 December 2006, 09:38 PM
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My favorite:
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According to legend, there's a Superman in every episode of Seinfeld.

Source: Verified
They must have verified that that is an actual legend.
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Old 31 December 2006, 09:51 PM
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Uhh, whales? Snakes?
Well.. While it may not be techincally "jumping" whales can jump outta the water.. As for snakes, I dunno but seeing some of the crazy things they can do with a body of pure muscle I wouldn't be surprised.. That said my guess is the original fact should have been "Elephants are the only mammels that cannot jump", whether thats true or not I don't know but there are plenty of animals that no doubt cannot jump.
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Old 31 December 2006, 10:04 PM
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Just because I have nothing better to do while killing time till work:

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Johnny Depp suffers from self-injury.
Maybe I'm dense but what does this mean?

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Moscow weathermen can be fined for inaccurate weather forecasting!
In Soviet Russa, weather fines you!

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One in three snake bite victims is drunk. One in five is tatooed.
This sounds like a joke some Medic/Doctor told somebody.. We joke about the five T's of trauma, I paraphrase cause I don't recall them all and I"m sure it varies by area:

(1) Tattoos
(2) T-Shirts (meaning a wife beater, hey I didn't make it up)
(3) Toothless
(4) Trailer park
(5) Can't reacll the fifth.. But still, my point stands.

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Streets in Japan do not have names.
So how do they figure out addresses?

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According to Gaming Law, casinos have to stock enough cash to cover all the chips on the 'floor'.
Wow somebody saw Oceans Eleven!

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The can opener was invented 48 years after the can.
I can only assume they are using some modern definition of can opener, anything one commonly used to open a can would be a can opener.
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Old 31 December 2006, 10:05 PM
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Can sloths jump? Do they jump? I never thought about this before.

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Old 31 December 2006, 10:39 PM
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Only 1% of bacteria cause disease.
Just to humans or to everything? Do the other 99% not cause disease or is our immune system simply capable of fighting it off?

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TIME Magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 1938 was Adolf Hitler.
Another person who dosen't get that "Man of the Year" refers to a person who has the greatest impact on the world, not the nicest guy out there that year..

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Children are poisoned most frequently by eating harmful plants.
I scrolled through for a while (leading to like ten million more things in this post) trying to find the other one, but it said the number one poison to children is dish soap, or some such thing.

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If a car is travelling at 55 miles per hour it will travel 56 feet before the driver can shift his foot from the accelerator to the brake.
Well, then I must be blindingly fast.. I presume this is meant to include qualifiers such as you having to do it when surprised (like by an accident or a deer or something) vs. just shifting my foot.

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All of the Earth's continents are wider at the north than in the south - and nobody knows why.
Whats with the "and nobody knows why" things that always end up at the end of fairly random and uninteresting things?

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If you are bitten by a poisonous snake, and fail to receive medical attention, you still have a 50% chance of survival.
Not that I have training in treatment of poisonous animal bites or anything, but it would depend on the type of snake, the age and weight of the victim, and the location of the bite, not to mention the amount of venom released in the bite.. But hey, I'm no expert..

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The U.S. motto, 'In God We Trust', was not adopted as the national slogan until 1956.
Now here's a fact I wish we could make more people in the US learn..

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A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.
So its skin is black, and its hair is clear, but it looks white? Why does this sound like its two "facts" melded?

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You have no sense of smell when you're sleeping!
So how do I keep waking up unconscious people with ammonia inhalants?

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People that suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
I think this is probably a confusion of coorilation and causation.. Having gum disease is likely a result of poor health overall and/or poor diet (not to mention lots of alcohol intake). All of these things can contribute to heart disease.


Well thats that, way too much time wasted on things like this..
I think I'll come up with a wholly unbelievable medical fact and try to submit it.
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Old 31 December 2006, 10:46 PM
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I found some of these quite odd:

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The banana tree cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
Well... then... how did they grow in any number whatsoever?

I found the following ones interesting as well:

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Unlike dogs, pigs, and some other mammals, humans cannot taste water. They taste only the chemicals and impurities in the water.
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Redheads require more anesthesia to 'go under' than other hair colors do.
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The word 'News' is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points - North, East, West, and South!
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Old 31 December 2006, 10:47 PM
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I'm pretty sure that the common brown bat cannot jump.
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Old 31 December 2006, 10:49 PM
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It takes a drop of ocean water more than 1,000 years to circulate around the world.
Eh?

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There are no penguins in the North Pole.
Err...

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There are 53 Lego bricks manufactured for each person in the world.
I still haven't received mine.

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

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Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate.
Now they're just getting daft.
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Old 31 December 2006, 10:49 PM
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Actually, Mickey, I have heard the correlation between gum disease and heart disease before. As I understand it, there is some thought that the bacteria that cause, and flourish in, gum disease, are also damaging to the heart. I have an immune dysfunction, and I have to take a mega-dose of antibiotics before I get my teeth cleaned, because there is a chance that the bacteria from my mouth will enter my blood stream and cause further heart damage.
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Old 31 December 2006, 11:45 PM
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The word 'News' is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points - North, East, West, and South!
Not according to this source.
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Old 31 December 2006, 11:53 PM
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So its skin is black, and its hair is clear, but it looks white? Why does this sound like its two "facts" melded?
Actually, it's a true fact.

"G.Hair.

1.Polar bears are completely furred except for the nose and footpads, which are black.

2.A polar bear's coat is about 2.5 to 5 cm (1.2 in.) thick. A dense, woolly, insulating layer of underhair is covered by a relatively thin layer of stiff, shiny, clear guard hairs.

3.Polar bear fur is oily and water repellent. The hairs don't mat when wet, allowing the polar bears to easily shake free of water and any ice that may form after swimming. Ice forms when the wet fur is exposed to air temperatures at or below freezing.

4.The hairs reflect light, giving a polar bear its white coloration. Oxidation from the sun, or staining, can make the hairs look yellow or brown.

5.Polar bears completely molt (shed and replace their fur) annually, in May or June. The molt can last several weeks.

H.Skin.

A polar bear's skin is black. "

http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/Po...bphysical.html

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There are no penguins in the North Pole.
Err...
Actually, I believe that one is correct. Penguins live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere and it's not true that penguins live in necessarily cold climates. Several species of penguin live in tropical climates. There are similar aquatic birds in the Northern Hemisphere such as the auk or the puffin, but none of them are related to penguins.
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Old 01 January 2007, 12:36 AM
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I found some of these quite odd:

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The banana tree cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Well... then... how did they grow in any number whatsoever?
While the banana fruit originally contained seeds, and certain wild bananas still do, the fruit cultivated for human consumption is seedless so all of those banana trees are grown from shoots.
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All polar bears are left-handed.
Not according to Polar Bears International:
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Another recurrent myth is that the great white bears are left-pawed. Scientists observing the animals haven't noticed a preference. In fact, polar bears seem to use their right and left paws equally.
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I wonder why they felt the need to include instructions.

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Instructions. 1. Click the buttonto view a new fact 2. view the fact in the yellow bar
Did they really think people needed to be instructed to LOOK at the fact?

That's even stupider then the band-aid box that said (I kid you not) In case of emergency, seek professional help. Right like people are going to be going "OH! It's an emergency, GET THE BAND-AIDS!!"

It would be interesting to see what percentage of their "facts" are bunk.
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Old 01 January 2007, 01:17 AM
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If a car is travelling at 55 miles per hour it will travel 56 feet before the driver can shift his foot from the accelerator to the brake.
Well, then I must be blindingly fast.. I presume this is meant to include qualifiers such as you having to do it when surprised (like by an accident or a deer or something) vs. just shifting my foot.
If anyone is interested, travelling at 55mph, you have .636 seconds to shift your foot before you travel 56 feet.

And as far as jumping elephants and all that. I'm pretty sure coral can't jump.

I see that Hooked on Facts was going to be affilated with the Discovery Channel in 2004. I dont remember the show they mention, The Secret Science of Everyday Things, so hopefully it never aired. Anyone know?
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Old 01 January 2007, 01:19 AM
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Billy goats urinate on their own heads to smell more attractive to females.
They must be much more flexible than they look.
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Old 01 January 2007, 02:16 AM
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Nah, billy goats can be disgusting, but they are not contortionists. They will urinate on their body, and they do have very foul smelling scent glands behind their horns, but they do not urinate on their own heads.
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