Did You Know? – Candle Clocks And Feral Cats Are Just Two Of Today’s Fabulous Facts!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


Another selection of random facts including candle clocks and feral cats, and what could be more random than that?

So here we go.


did you know2


Russia sold Alaska to the US for 2 cents an acre

because they thought it was a useless tundra.

(Big mistake comrades!)

map Alaska and Russia



The Chernobyl disaster released

at least 100 times more radiation

than the atom bombs dropped

on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.




Up to 200 feral cats live in Disneyland

and are tolerated because they eradicate

mice and rats on the property.

feral cats live in Disneyland



The largest cell in the human body is the female egg,

and the smallest is the male sperm.




There are entire cities all over China

with no people living in them!

China ghost city



In Germany there are fake bus stops outside many nursing homes

to prevent confused senior citizens from wandering off.




Twelve book publishers rejected Harry Potter,

a very shrewd move on their part since

the sales of the series is now approaching half a billion!




Before clocks as we now know them,

there were candle clocks that burned a set amount of hours.

If you wanted an alarm or reminder,

you pushed a nail into the candle at the desired height/time length

and when it melted the nail would fall out and the

noise of it hitting the metal holder would alert you.

candle clock



Loophole (or murder hole)

originally referred to the slits in castle walls

that archers would shoot their arrows through.




NASA has lost over 700 boxes of magnetic data tapes

recorded throughout the Apollo program

including original footage of the moon landing.

They ‘think’ some of them may have

‘accidentally been taped over’.

A NASA tape – not one of the ones they lost – because they’re lost!!!



Harvard University was founded

before calculus was derived.

Harvard University



Apparently it is possible

to sail a boat from Pakistan to Russia

if you sail in a completely straight line.

sail boat



There are some trees alive today that

were alive before the pyramids were built.

oldest trees on earth



Chester A. Arthur was known for his impeccable attire,

earning him the nickname “Elegant Arthur.”

On his last day in office,

four women offered him their hands in marriage.




Regarded as his finest song,

David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ purports to tell in only five minutes

a story that can easily serve as the plot to a two-hour sci-fi film.





If There Are No Stupid Questions, Then What Kind Of Questions Do Stupid People Ask?

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


The title of today’s post is part of a quote from Scott Adams. The whole thing goes, “If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?”.

I don’t know whether you could classify all of these questions as stupid or otherwise, there’s probably a mixture of both. Different people will probably have different opinions.

As usual if you have any answers then feel free to enlighten us all.




Why are builders afraid to have a 13th floor but book publishers aren’t afraid to have a Chapter 11?


How do you handcuff a one-armed man?


If the FBI breaks your door down do they have to pay for it?


In some books, why do they have blank pages at the very end?


Why can’t donuts be square?


Why put a towel in the dirty clothes basket if when you get out of the shower you are clean?


What does happen to an irresistible force when it hits an immovable object?


If there’s a speed of sound and a speed of light is there a speed of smell?


Why do overalls have belt loops, since they are held up at the top by the straps?


Do people in prison celebrate halloween…. if so how?


Do the security guards at airports have to go through airport security when they get to work?


Why are all of the Harry Potter spells in Latin if he’s English?


What do Greeks say when they don’t understand something? “It’s all ???? to me.”


Do all-boy schools have girl’s bathrooms? Conversely, do all-girl schools have boy’s bathrooms?


Are children who act in rated ‘R’ movies allowed to see them?


How come cats’ butts go up when you pet them?


What would happen to the sea’s water level if every boat in the world was taken out of the water at the same time?


How come you never see a billboard being put up by the highway?


Do the English people eat English muffins, or are they just called muffins?


How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn’t grow in it?