Raw cashews are poisonous and must be roasted before they can be eaten (this is probably one reason that you can't buy cashews in the shell) Vietnamese currency consists only of paper money; no coins. During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles. A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes. Skin is thickest on the back -- 1/6 of an inch The most sensitive finger is the forefinger. Alaska is the most northern, western and eastern state; it also has the highest latitude,the most eastern longitude and the most western longitude. Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600s by a translator. It was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her A large flawless emerald is worth more than a similarly large flawless diamond. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life" A penguin only has sex twice a year. Mr. Spock's (of Star Trek) blood type was T-Negative . A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. The statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro is exactly facing the statue of Christ in Lisbon, Portugal. There are 118 ridges on the outside of a dime. The dot above an 'i' is called a tittle. A peanut is not a nut; it is a legume. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. . The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope. It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up it's stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses it's forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again. The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright . A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat. Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box. On a trip to the South Sea islands, French painter Paul Gauguin stopped off briefly in Central America, where he worked as a laborer on the Panama Canal. There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet. Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts." Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed. Brooklyn is the Dutch name for "broken valley" There are four states where the first letter of the capital city is the same letter as the first letter of the state: Dover, Delaware; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There are four cars and ten lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill . Venetian blinds were invented in Japan. Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute . ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.) The first electric Christmas lights were created by a telephone company PBX installer. Back in the old days, candles were used to decorate Christmas trees. This was obviously very dangerous. Telephone employees are trained to be safety concious. This installer took the lights from an old switchboard, connected them together, strung them on the tree, and hooked them to a battery. White Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (Formerly of the Monkees) The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him. There is no such thing as naturally blue food, even blueberries are purple. It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces. Walt Disney had wooden teeth. The hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Perriwinkle Blue. Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off The coast line around Lake Sakawea in North Dakota is longer than the California coastline along the Pacific Ocean Sylvia Miles had the shortest performance ever nominated for an Oscar with "Midnight Cowboy." Her entire role lasted only six minutes. Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, and the first hotel there was called the Slaughter House. Dinosaur droppings are called coprolites, and are actually fairly common.