I told you I was morbid

  • Said by Jean Carberry while sorting through trash after accidentally throwing out her husband's ashes: "I'd recognize him straight away. He was in a green Barnardo's plastic bag...Dennis was a bloke in a million."
  • While seeing Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda, Ole Bentzen (Danish) laughed himself into a heart attack and died.
  • In 1996 while out on a fishing trip in Brazil, a six-inch fish jumped into Nathan do Nascimento's mouth and chocked him to death.
  • When Frieda's lover died, she mixed his ashes in a cement mixer and had them mixed into her new mantelpiece.

Facts from Oddballs and Eccentrics and The New Book of Lists.

Did you know?

  • Sultan Moulay Ismael (Morocco) gifted favored ladies of the court with a present of his bowel movements.
  • In the eighteenth century, it was fashionable for both sexes to use fish glue to stick on mouse skin eyebrows.
  • When a customer complained to Hannah Finlander (Australian) that his stew didn't have enough meat, she returned it to him with a dead mouse and was fired.
  • Nighttime troubles and sleepless nights for six months caused Helga Briemer to file for divorce. Apparently her husband craved crunchy celery at night. Her wish was granted.

All according to Oddballs and Eccentrics.

Are you smarter than a goldfish?


According to The Book of General Ignorance, goldfish are actually quite smart, with a memory span of at least 3 months and the ability to tell the difference between different sound, shapes and colors. Goldfish have even been trained to press a food lever during a specific hour of the day. All that, and still living in a glass bowl.

Dogs





According to the Stanley Coren ranked breed of dog for working intelligence, here is the smartest breed:



Here is the list of the brightest pooches:


  1. Border Collie
  2. Poodle

  3. German Sheppard

  4. Golden Retriever

  5. Doberman Pinscher

  6. Shetland Sheepdog

  7. Labrador Retriever

  8. Papillion

  9. Rottweiler

  10. Australian Cattle Dog



And the not so bright:



  1. Afghan Hound

  2. Basenji

  3. Bulldog

  4. Chow Chow

  5. Borzoi

  6. Bloodhound

  7. Pekingeese

  8. Mastiff

  9. Beagle

  10. Basset Hound

Creatures of the Deep



For more odd deep sea creatures check out the Smithsonian article at

Real street names


Here are some odd street names:


      • Bear Bottom Dr - central Pennsylvania
      • Cowshit Ln. - central Pennsylvania
      • Imalone Rd. - northern Wisconsin
      • Zzyzx Rd. - California (how do you pronounce that?)
      • Horne Street intersects with E Church Street. - As Hormazd N Sethna said,
        "Telling someone you'll meet them at the, Horne-E Church Intersection is
        disturbingly provocative."
      • Grinn Drive and Barret Road intersect in West Chester, Ohio
      • Clinton and Fidelity intersect in Huston, Texas
      • In Tennessee, the only road leading up to Constipation Ridge is Farfrompoopen Road.
  • For pictures, go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4766448.stm.

funny stop signs

Oak Lawn Illinois has started putting up funny stop signs under their regular stop signs in the hope that more people will stop. Here are some of their actual signs:



  • Stop...Really. You gotta stop

  • Stop...WHOAAA

  • Stop...and smell the roses

  • Stop...right there pilgrim

  • Stop...in the naame of love


For a video go to http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-signs_29sep29,0,5555663.story.

Ironically, when the mayor posed by one of theses signs for a picture, a driver ran the stop sign.

  • Do you think they will work?

Ogden Nash

Maybe a bit more humorous than odd. A poem from my favorite poet ever.

The Guppy
Whales have calves,
Cats have kittens,
Bears have cubs,
Bats have bittens.
Swans have cygnets,
Seals have puppies,
But guppies just have little guppies.

Facts about Fruit that you never knew

Here is an over-the-top Youtube clip by Zack Scott called Amazing Fruit Facts. Take a look, then come back and comment.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKp7mhKrQQI

Try this! Yikes.

amusing royal anticdotes

According to the book Oddballs and Eccentrics:

  • King Christian VII (Denmark) once leapfrogged over an ambassador from Naples who bowed low.
  • Queen Henrietta (Belgium) trained her llama to spit in the face of anyone who pet it.
  • Emperor Menelik II (Ethiopia) ordered an electric chair for criminals. When he realized Ethiopia didn't have electricity, he used it as a throne.

I always believed that the slightly, ahem, unusual acts of ancient royalty was strongly linked to their inbreeding. *sigh* To be royal or famous and have all my odd actions excused.

On a totally off-topic note, when the ever-funny Stephen Fry was asked about something disastrous to say when meeting the Queen of England he replied, "Oh, that reminds me. I need to buy stamps."

phobias

To get us started, here is a list of 10 unusual phobias. A full list can be found at http://www.phobialist.com/.

  1. Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
  2. Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow.
  3. Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch.
  4. Defecaloesiophobia- Fear of painful bowels movements.
  5. Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.
  6. Ouranophobia or Uranophobia- Fear of heaven.
  7. Cyberphobia- Fear of computers or working on a computer.
  8. Pentheraphobia- Fear of mother-in-law. (Novercaphobia)
  9. Chaetophobia- Fear of hair.
  10. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia- Fear of long words.

Now, to be fair, obviously real people have had these phobias and I am not trying to make fun of them. I couldn't make fun of them if I wanted to, because I used to be afraid of salt. You just have to wonder how one finds they have a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth or what might have caused someone to be afraid of the Dutch. I just feel sorry for the person with fear of long words, how would they react to the long word that is their diagnosis? Hmmm . . .

  • Do you have any unique fears? Any phobias to add?

visual illusions







Here are some odd visual illusions to get you thinking. Any questions, just ask.



Why this topic?

Here they are:

  • The other day my Dad turned to me and said, "You are really rather morbid." I don't know what gave him that impression. Maybe it was because I was giggling over a list of people who died laughing. Whatever the case, I am a bit morbid, curious and enjoy a good laugh. Uncovering odd facts to weird others out with is just good plain fun.
  • I get tired of reading reoccurring news stories, celebrity news and boring history textbooks. Life is so much more interesting than that. There are so many interesting tidbits to collect. Florence Nightingale might appear dry in history books, but the lady kept a small pet owl in her pocket! There are about 6 billion people on the planet. They might all find their own life trivial, but there is bound to be something to laugh about. For example, my life might look boring to an observer, but I find it damn interesting!

These may not be the most convincing reasons for you, but they work for me.

  • What are your reasons?

Some books I love

For those of you interested in odd facts, here are some books to get you started:

  • Oddballs and Eccentrics

This was my first book of odd facts. This book looks at the lives of eccentric people and dedicates about a paragraph to each of them. For example, Duke Charles Seymour (1662-1748) was so stuck up that he built houses on the road between his two main houses to avoid mingling at inns and only used sign language with his servants to avoid talking to them.

  • The New Book of Lists: the original compendium of curious information

A recent buy. The entire book is in list format. Samples of lists are: 5 body parts named after Italians, 13 art riots, 10 funguses that changed history, 9 people who died laughing, and 11 mammouth cheeses. From the "List of the oddest items found at London's transport lost property office" comes a double bed, an ash filled urn and a vasectomy kit.

  • The book of general ignorance

A good book even if some of the answers are a little picky (There are only 46 US states because 4 are officially commonwealths). The book takes a common misconception and proves it false. For example, the common belief is that the Great Wall of China can be seen from the moon, but it can only be seen in space along with other man-made creations. Nothing man-made can be seen from the moon.

So there you go, some books to make you the oddest person at a party. Hope you enjoy.

  • Feel free to add any books of odd facts that you like.

Allow me to introduce myself

Hello, and welcome to Odd facts: my first ever blog. For all of you wondering just what kind of blog this will be, well, it will be a blog about . . . odd facts.
For example, did you know:

  • The Navy built a building in the shape of a swastika in the 1960s and is now spending $600,000 to try to "camouflage" it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/27/us/27swastika.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

  • A man recently attached 150 balloons to a special deck chair and flew almost 200 miles.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=467668&in_page_id=1811

  • Pronoia is a "neurosis" with the "delusion that others think well of one" or "the suspicion the Universe is a conspiracy on your behalf."

http://www.pronoia.net/

  • On January 15, 1919, the North End of Boston was flooded by 2 million gallons of molasses when a tank burst open. The wave of molasses was two storeys high, killing 21 and injuring 150.

http://edp.org/molpark.htm

So, I think that gives a pretty good idea about the future of this blog. I hope you find all this as interesting as I do.

  • Any comments for a fist-time blogger are welcomed. Also feel free to comment on whether or not you find this interesting or if you have any questions about where I got any of my facts. All I ask is that if you post an odd fact of your own, please make sure that it is reliable. --Thank you