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April Fool's Fun Facts ... Or Not


Yes readers, there are some fun and fantastic facts about our universe and the lives we lead in it. If you can't believe that, then you can go to our source for these (Great Facts., but wait! Try this puzzle first, please. Unfortunately, we got some of the facts wrong below. Can you sniff out the ones that are off?


1. True or False? The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.


2. True or False? There was an army general during the Liberian Civil War who used to lead his army into battle naked. His nickname was "General Butt Naked." Joshua Milton Blahyi (his real name) is now an evangelical preacher in Monrovia.


3. True or False? The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

4. True or False? The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore, when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

True or False? The hydra, if cut in half, can grow its body back in a couple of hours.

True or False? Ed Cox invented the pot-scubbing S.O.S. pads in 1917. His wife thought of the name as short for "Scour Our Saucepans."


7. True or False? The theatrical term "limelight" originated from the effect that burning paraffin lamps had on the clear glass lenses of stage lights which eventually turned a greenish hue.


8. True or False? Little Miss Muffet is based on a real 16th century girl named Prudence.


9. True or False? In Belgium there is a museum that is just for blueberries.


10.True or False? Jack Nicklaus was the first player to win $1 million on the PGA tour.

11. True or False? The only real person to be a PEZ head was George Washington.

12. True or False? By recycling just one glass bottle, the amount of energy that is being saved is enough to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.

13. True or False? In the movie Gandhi 300,000 extras appeared in the funeral scene. Of the 300,000 approximately 100,000 received a small fee, and the other 200,000 did it for free.

14. True or False? Bill Bowerman, the co-founder of the shoe company Nike, got his first shoe idea after staring at a waffle iron. This gave him the idea of using squared spikes to make the shoes lighter.


April 2010

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