Random Facts 2

  • A group of unicorns is called a blessing. Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.” A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A group of whales is called a pod. A group of ravens is called a murder. A group of officers is called a mess. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A group of owls is called a parliament.  
  • Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  • The phrase “sleep tight” derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bedframe. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.
  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight >floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111=12,345,678,987,654,321
  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. (note: if the rider’s head is up the horse’s rear, the rider died a politician.)
  • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”
  • There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
  • A snail can sleep for 3 years.
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About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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4 Responses to Random Facts 2

  1. I knew the one about the statue … but the rest were new to me. Always a good day when you learn something. Now, whether I retain any of it is another thing.

  2. Hey, Jovan.
    Welcome and thanks!

  3. J A Glinton says:

    Hi Robert, I like your site’s layout! Here’s something along the lines of getting fired that may interest you: I’ve just learnt that in spoken Chinese, the phrase ‘to fry cuttlefish’ means ‘to get fired by somebody’. I don’t know why this is, though. Cheers!

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