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APRIL 2000 | VOL. 4, NO. 4


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From the rocky ridges of Beaver Bay come the answers to all of Regis' million dollar questions

Given the recent popularity of the television game show, spurned by the unimaginable success of the overly dramatic Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, we have hoped onto the trivial knowledge bandwagon once again. One read through this list, which was compiled by a man in the eastern Minnesota metropolis of Beaver Bay (pop. 400) with too much time on his hands, and you will be able to impress friends at parties (really boring parties) and maybe gain the ammunition needed to lock horns with that sage of prime time, Regis Philbin.

We can't guarantee the complete accuracy of all of these claims, after all, our source in Beaver Bay lives in an isolated cabin with no phone, computer or public library. Basically he just thinks these things up -- says he receives some kind of intellectual stimulation from Red Pine. So, if you trust this unheralded intellect from the Land of a Thousand Lakes, sharpen a pencil or two and take some notes, you just may learn something.

  Regis Philbin
STUNNED HOST This shocked expression will become a permanent fixture on Regis' face when everyone begins acing his "stumpers."

A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee

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

The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of ingredients in the sauce.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

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

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. For example, if strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to taste it. As soon as a drop of saliva is added and the salt is dissolved, however, a definite taste sensation results.

A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to seven miles away.

George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.

Some insects can live up to a year without their heads.

Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with Midnight Cowboy. Her entire role lasted only six minutes.

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

Every person has a unique tongue print.

The "spot" on 7-Up packaging comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was albino.

Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.

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

Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.

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

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

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

Chocolate kills dogs. Chocolate effects a dogs heart and nervous system, a few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.

Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton. Before the 1950s it was made from hemp -- the stem and leaves of a marijuana plant.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

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

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle.

Upper and lower case letters are named "upper" and "lower" because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the "upper case" letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, "lower case" letters.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

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

The numbers "172" can be found on the back of the U.S. 5-dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

The name "Wendy" was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors.

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm in Hollywood.

Bubble gum contains rubber.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA.

By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.

Cat's urine glows under a black light.

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

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

An elephant can smell water three miles away.

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

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool; he changed it every 2 innings.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave

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