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It is not often that we follow a list so closely with a similar one, but when I recently came across a variety of new facts that were completely new to me, I decided that I must share them as soon as possible. It is my hope that the majority of these facts will be unknown to the majority of our readers. You may know one or two but hopefully you will finish this list at least 10 facts smarter than when you started.


Facts 1 – 5


1. Mozart, ever the comedian, wrote a piece of music in 1782 for six voices called “lick me in the ass” (“Leck mich im Arsch”) or more colloquially “kiss my ass”. You can listen to a recording of it in the youtube clip above. For the more technically minded musicians amongst you, it is K. 231 (K. 382c). He also wrote a piece called “Lick my ass until it is nice and clean” (K.233/382d). Despite the risk of shocking you all, here are the lyrics to the second song.

Lick my ass nicely,
lick it nice and clean,
nice and clean, lick my ass.
That’s a greasy desire,
nicely buttered,
like the licking of roast meat, my daily activity.
Three will lick more than two,
come on, just try it,
and lick, lick, lick.
Everybody lick his own ass himself.

2. 2×4 (4×2 to the British) is not. 2×4 is the name used to refer to a common size of timber, but what most people don’t realize is that it is actually 1.5×3.5. The reason for this is that the named measurement refers to the size of the rough lumber before drying and planing.

3. Hippopotamuses – incredibly dangerous creatures – have a very unique ability: instead of sweating, they exude a pink liquid which is a natural sun block. This, and their ability to spend an indefinite amount of time in the water helps to keep them safe from the blistering sun.

4. Kangaroos can’t fart. They convert the small quantity of methane they produce into an energy source which their body reuses. Scientists hope that they will be able to transfer the bacteria that causes this in kangaroos to cows, to reduce methane emissions to save the world from the latest fashionable catastrophe: global warming.

5. During the Cold War, the US military developed a rifle that fired nuclear war heads. It was called the Davy Crocket and production of this smallest nuclear weapon began in 1956, with a total of 2,100 being made. The weapon was deployed with U.S. Army forces from 1961 to 1971.


Facts 6 – 10


6. Have you ever noticed that when you have a bowl of nuts, the bigger ones make their way to the top? This event actually has a scientific name: the Brazil Nut Effect. The term refers to the phenomenon in which the largest particles end up on the surface when a granular material containing a mixture of objects of different sizes is shaken.

7. Have you ever had a dream in which you wake up and go about your daily routine – only to discover that you are actually still asleep? This can be incredibly frustrating as you realize you need to re-do everything you have already done (in the dream). It is extremely realistic and most people experience it. This event is called a “false awakening” or a “dream within a dream”. It is even possible to have multiple cases of false awakenings in one dream. This is used to good effect (though perhaps it is a bit cliched now) in movies.

8. Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

9. In the course of seeking cures for mental illness, some very bizarre methods have been tried. In 1650 Athanasius Kircher (a Jesuit scholar) invented a musical instrument to cure melancholy. The instrument was called a “katzenklavier” and it consisted of a line of cats fixed in place with their tails sticking out underneath a keyboard. When they keys were struck the cats would meow in pain. The concept never caught on. [Picture above]

10. In 1859 a solar storm hit the earth (the largest in recorded history). It was caused by massive sunspots and solar flares. It was so intense that auroras were seen around the earth (even in the caribbean) and the ones over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that gold miners thought it was morning. It knocked out the telegraph systems of Europe and North America. If you wish to look it up for more information, it is called the “Solar storm of 1859” or “Carrington Event”.


Facts 11 – 15


11. You may have noticed that actors and TV frontsmen used to have a slightly more refined accent than the standard American accent heard these days. In fact, there is a name for it: Mid-Atlantic English or the Transatlantic accent. The accent does not exist in nature and is entirely learned through boarding schools pre-1960, or developed by spending extended time in various Anglophone communities outside one’s native environment, most typically in North America and the United Kingdom. While the accent is passing from use now, Kelsey Grammer (from the program Frasier) uses it (clip above).

12. When correcting a person’s grammar on the Internet, invariably you make a grammatical error of your own. This is called Muphry’s Law (intentionally misspelt). Just remember that next time the grammar nazi in you decides to show its ugly head.

13. It is possible to get drunk in prison thanks to a special thing called “prison wine” or “pruno”. It is an alcoholic liquid variously made from apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, ketchup, sugar, and possibly other ingredients, including bread. Pruno originated in (and remains largely confined to) prisons, where it can be produced cheaply, easily, and discreetly. The taste is described as vomit flavored wine cooler.

14. The PhD is not the highest degree a person can receive. There is also a Doctor of Sciences (DSc/ScD) and Doctor of Letters (DLitt/LittD) which is normally awarded in Britain, Ireland, and the commonwealth nations though it is occasionally awarded in the United States. It is normally awarded for a substantial and sustained contribution to the art to which it applies – for example science and literature. Mark Twain was awarded a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University. Just to add to the confusion, there is also a PhB which is a bachelor of philosophy which is equal to a Masters degree despite its name.

15. Have you noticed that some people seem to have very appropriate (and entirely coincidental) names? Names such Usain Bolt (Jamaican sprinter), Lord Brain (brain surgeon), or Alto Reed (saxophonist). This is called an “aptronym” as in “aptly named”. Some people believe that the name can influence life decisions leading a person to work in a field relating to their name. This is called nominative determinism.


Wilhelm Scream


Just for fun I thought I would add a bonus item: the Wilhelm Scream. The Wilhelm scream is a frequently-used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums. The effect gained new popularity (its use often becoming an in-joke) after it was used in Star Wars and many other blockbuster films as well as television programs and video games. The scream is often used when someone is falling to his death from great height. Enjoy the video above – it is a compilation of the Wilhelm scream from a variety of movies.

Jamie Frater

Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities. He is fascinated with all things historic, creepy, and bizarre.

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  • zuh.

    oh mozart, you dirty boy you…

  • I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

  • Dr Jekyll

    This list is better than that last piece of shit. I guess Mozart licked your ass clean. I challenge Jfritter to create 3 lists that contain no information obtained using wikipedia. Good job though.

  • Mark

    @Dr Jekyll (3): Wikipedia is the best place to find information on the web, don’t you know what a reference is?

  • calm_incense

    Dr Jekyll is quite the twat.

  • Clark

    i knew there’s something higher than PhD!!! thanks for confirming it for me!

  • Mandie Murder

    This “Wilhelm Scream” is fascinating. I could watch clips, such as those, for hours.

    • mjs

      i dont know what it is called, but there is a creak/squeak effect used in virtually every movie when a door, gate etc is opened or closed, i cant help but notice it EVERY goddamn time lol its annoying.

  • calm_incense

    Oh, and I would *love* to write a piece of music for katzenklavier.

    I’m a composer, you know. So that would be right up my alley. :)

  • Ozhan

    Number 12 isnt murhpy law, doh.

  • Skrillah

    Thanks for the knowledge

  • Me NOT You

    isn’t #6 just called sifting?

  • calm_incense

    That Wilhelm Scream video is unbelievably hilarious.

  • cyrus

    haha love the wilhelm scream video. great list you’ve got here once again.

  • Ninja_Wallaby

    LMAO mozart was a weird person. Loved this list especially the bonus part.

  • dbrownl

    another lesser known fact is that mozart’s piece was written to be played on a katzenlavier which is what led to the eventual demise of the “instrument”

  • elise

    awesome fact list i didnt know any of these! i love the mozart one

  • furball excel 5

    I had a dream the other week that I’d won the lottery, terribly realistic it was too, all was going swimmingly until Jack Nicholson entered, my last words before I awoke were “Oh, bollocks”. Life can be cruel

  • knox

    kangaroos cant fart(4)? maybe its because i havnt slept and its 3am but that cracked me up!!!

    and i have “false awakenings” (7) almost everyday although i have never met anyone else that has had them i just thought i was crazy

  • Rufus

    more detail on number 12 needed

  • Mark

    People, number 12 is a joke. For crying out loud, Jamie doesn’t actually mean “if you try and correct someone’s grammar on the internet, you’re screwed.”

  • Maximuz04

    lol good funny list…oh that mozart

  • Barabas

    I am German and I am pretty sure its “leck mich am arsch” not “im arsch”.

  • hillerious

    Funny thing about the Mozart one: Instantly reminded me of his filthy “love letters” to his cousin. I’ll say no more on the subject- look them up yourself and prepare to be amazed. Also, regarding the Wilhelm Scream: I am very appreciative. I had gone only so far as to know what it was, not precisely what it sounded like. With this video, I will never forget.

  • Jono

    “Some people believe that the name can influence life decisions leading a person to work in a field relating to their name. This is called nominative determinism.”

    Some people? It’s a fact! There’s a well-known survey that showed an anomalous amount of dentists were called Dennis.

  • Jono
  • Dr Jekyll

    Yes, I am a twat and an asshole. I love wikipedia, but I issued a challenge. I’m curious to see if he can. I’m also certain that he has written lists previously without it. So stop Mozarting me.

  • enoooo

    #5 The maximum firing range was only 3 miles, if they didn’t fire it downwind the people firing the rifle were in the blast radius of the nuclear fallout. It was pretty much a suicide gun. Albeit a very slow death from radiation, but death nonetheless.

  • saber25

    Yep, once had a dream, an exact dream of a scene just outside the balcony. Then next day my mom said that i got out of my house somehow, remains a mystery. And the willhen scream is kinda familiar with me from that game in miniclip. Good list and keep up the facts-lists. About 6 movies from willhen sream clip i have watched.

  • jfarter

    Is it number 1 or 11

  • enoooo

    History channel talking about the nuclear rifle

  • Luka

    The poor wickle kitties! :O Good thing it didn’t catch on…

    Another great list – I only knew a couple of these before (including the one about hippo sunblock). I’ve fallen victim of Murphy’s Law myself (I also know it as being called ‘ Sods Law’.) I don’t know why, but I always make more spelling mistakes while typing than I do while writing by hand…

  • Jack

    LMAO at bonus

  • undaunted warrior

    Entertaining list, only knew 3 of them, thanks.

  • Jack

    @4 one more thing … i don’t agree that wikipedia is the best place to find information on the web, perhaps the easiest but when you use wikipedia your always rolling a dice I’ve failed many projects based on false info from wikipedia articles. i read a story recently about a newscasters wiki article announcing he was one of the few openly gay men in the industry when in fact he’s happily married with kids. Honestly your best bet is to skim threw newspaper, magazine and museum archives till you find what your looking for a lot more work but also alot more accurate.

  • Mark

    @Jack (34): I wasn’t referring to the information in the articles. I was referring to the multiple sites that can be visited with the click of a mouse from the article – the references – all with information on the topic. If a few of those match up, bingo :D

  • oouchan

    Awesome list. I only knew of 3 of these. Love learning new items.

    When correcting a person’s grammar on the Internet, invariably you make a grammatical error of your own. This is called Muphry’s Law (intentionally misspelt). Just remember that next time the grammar nazi in you decides to show its ugly head.
    hahaha….have seen this most often here on listverse. Always cracks me up when I see someone do that.

    “Kangaroos can’t fart” got me. Too bad that I can’t teach that to some of my co-workers. :)

  • muzli

    This cracked me because I have a friend called Dennis, AND he is a dentist.

  • reggie5N

    Great list. I am, however, rather fatigued of the talk of global warming. The fact that many fail to understand is the detail that YOU CAN NOT STOP GLOBAL WARMING. It is possible to slow down the process, but it is inevitable.

    I would like to see who argues. It will be quite comical.

    • awesomeo

      It is also a natural cycle that the earth goes through every few millenia.

  • sonicsuicide

    Dr Pillay is my GP. Also in my town, McDonalds is in Burger Street and Medi-Clinic Hospital is in Payne Street.

  • Kay

    Loved the list. The wilhem scream is my favorite sound effect!

  • Mark

    @reggie5N (39): I don’t know all that much about global warming – I did do a Chem assignment on it, but I failed, hard – but if there was nothing holding the heat in (nothing to reflect the radiation back to Earth) the heat would escape wouldn’t it? Isn’t that the point of heat death? Eventually we’re all going to freeze?

  • robfl

    dude that Wilhelm Scream is frickin hilarious.

    and the list was cool

  • nuriko


  • Jono

    I knew 10 of those. :)

    I read too much bull****.

  • JessicaKarli

    I was watching a show about plastic surgery (Dr 90210 I believe) and one of the surgeon’s name is “Dr. Alter” which I though was funny.

  • timmar68

    I frequently have false awakenings. They’re absolutely horrible!

  • dre

    the aptly named one seems to make sense to me, especially when it comes to qbs, i find that the best qbs always have names that just seem to apply. for example….colt mccoy, this kid would either become a qb in texas or a cowboy! this seems to apply to most qbs in texas i guess

  • Unicorn Farts

    Great list. I loved the scream and aptronyms. Good job!

    @timmar68- I hate them! It’s so creepy feeling.

  • Jasmine

    How is 12 a FACT?

  • betterthantheoriginalwally

    This list was freaky because I regularly check out a stripper named Busty Moore and and porn star called Sara Slutz. Incredible that their names ended up determining their occupations.

  • Unicorn Farts

    @Jono- Thanks for sharing. That’s crazy!

  • Dufus

    “more detail on number 12 needed”

    You mean,

    More detail on number twelve needed.

  • ohreally

    “2×4 (4×2 to the British) is not. 2×4 is the name used to refer to a common size of timber, but what most people don’t realize is that it is actually 1.5×3.5.”

    I assume from this statement, you not only know most people, you have asked them about lumber dimensions.

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    @Jono (24): Correlation does not mean causation idiot.

  • Freshies

    Yeah, I thought #2 was a pretty common thing that most people would know. I mean most people who actually do some work on their own, like build a dog house or something like that.

  • elspudo

    The Wilhelm Scream is hysterical put back to back lol

  • deeeziner

    So when opening a can of nuts for guests, I need to open the bottom of the can if I want any of the “good” nuts later, eh?

    Quit stealing all my cashews Uncle Frank!!!!

  • Mtatazela

    Always wondered why his parents called him “Dick King”

  • Cath

    Re: #15

    There was/is an OBGYN in Los Angeles, CA with the name of Dr. Bonnie Beaver. I still have the page from the Yellow Pages when she was in the phone book 20 years ago. NO JOKE!

    • Paul elfis

      A prog on tv years ago on BBC called 'Thats life' shown a genuine letter from a tax inspector, it was signed Robin Bastard. (True)

  • Trapper439

    The Mozart one reminds me of the scene in “This is Spinal Tap” when Nigel Tufnel plays a classical-type piece called “Lick My Love Pump”. I wouldn’t be surprised if Christopher Guest was alluding to this.

  • archangel

    OMG… LOL at Mozart!

  • Mtatazela

    See mrs Kircher no9 plays the piano here

  • mom424

    Cool list, some new stuff to me.

    There is a difference between can’t and doesn’t need to – as is the case with the Kangaroo. How cool is that? They have like a blast furnace in their guts.

  • Lifeschool


    Just a note to say I absolutely loved the bonus item – so many great movies – unfortunately, it may shake me out of the land of suspended disbelief when I hear that scream again. :)

  • BethDEATH

    Ha. I lol’d at Mozart. xD
    I didn’t know any of these!
    I feel smarter. :D
    Oh, and number 15 made my day.
    I have a good last name. <3

  • krypto092108

    In #11, Kelsey Grammar was speaking with David Letterman…
    Where was the Transatlantic Accent?
    I thought that’s what this was about…

  • L

    @muzli (38): This cracked me because I have a friend called Dennis, AND he is a dentist.

    With friends like this, who needs enemas?

  • tripsyman

    When explaining about kangaroos not farting (4) you said “Scientists hope that they will be able to transfer the bacteria that causes this in kangaroos to cows, to reduce methane emissions to save the world from the latest fashionable catastrophe: global warming.”

    Dont know why but that really tickled me… lol!

  • John

    lol – Comment #51 Cracked me up. Thanks betterthantheoriginalwally for that comment.

  • Gauldar

    I rented the Playstation 3 game Godfather 2 a few weeks ago and cracked up when I heard a Wilhelm Scream in one of the cut scenes. It’s gold! The Mozart fact is great, and goes to show that creativity bows to no censorship.

  • L

    11. Mozart Warning: Not Safe For Work and Childhood

    @Barabas (22): I am German and I am pretty sure its “leck mich am arsch” not “im arsch”.

    Mozart was from Australia:

  • Lowdog

    ive had false awakenings when i go to sleep drunk. they are really anoying beacuse they are in real-time so u feel like uve already done an hours stuff then u wake an u have to do the EXACT same stuff again lol

  • Jayfun

    The Wilhelm scream is hillarious!

  • Bob

    Most US states are officially “The Great State of Suchandsuch,” which is longer than Rhode Island’s name, right?

  • Hodari

    Al list of weird facts witthout using wikipeida? thats easy, i canm make one right now:
    in Copenhagen, Dennmark, there is a church shaped like organs.

    In Salem, New Your, there was a tree, that owned the land it was growing on.

    Jeff Twieden from Seattle, Washington, waited in line for 22 weeks to see the movie Star Wars III

    Normally in nija films, the moves of actors need to be fastened, to make them look more realistic. The moves of Bruce Lee had to be slowened for a little bit.

    Rosa Barthelms skin was weird: if you pressed it smoothly with a dull object, a mark was left behind, that stayed for few minutes. She was like a human chalkboard.

    In 1907, a lighning struck on the shotgun of Tom Phurrough, witch was automatically fired, and the bullet hit his son, who then died.

    For some reason, the brain scans of people in love, seem a lot like the brain scans of people with mental illnesses.

    In japanese language, there are no words for “yes”, or “no”.

    In Tuscon, Arizona, there is a railroad made in 1950s, wich is named “old spanish rail”, but its neither old, nor spanish.

    There are two golfballs on the moon.

    John Gargone can use a knife to carve a pumkin into a swan, blindfolded, in less than 5 minutes.

    Rapid Fire is a gun made by Mike O’Dwyer, wich can shoot up to one million bullets per minute.

    Rustin Castro can fit 17 quarters in his nose.

    Rita Moreno is the only person in world to have won an Oscar- Emmy- Tony- and Grammy-awards.

    Mazda once installed a 1000 feet long poster in a subway tunnel.

    In New Dlehi, India, Bano Akham became a mother at the age of 10, and a grandmother at the age of 38.

    In Tichilest, Romania, there is th last known lepracy colony in the Europe.

    Anthony Gentle got only 5 dollars for inventing Mr. peanut.

    If you want more…. theres no way to track me, exept that i use th same name Hodari in every possible site that i use.

    • Magnumto

      Wow Hodari – aside from a few typos, etc. (hint: film can be speeded up or slowed, but not fastened or slowened – still, I knew what you meant!), this was a great addition! Thanks!

  • John Sherman

    Mozart wrote lots of short funny songs for himself, his friends and family. So considering his strong interest in his, let say evacuatory processes, it isn’t surprising he wrote such a song.

  • Clockwork

    The Wilhelm Scream is literally in about 50% of the movies I see. It’s really blatant now.

  • Megan

    [email protected] 76- “Rita Moreno is the only person in world to have won an Oscar- Emmy- Tony- and Grammy-awards.”

    Actually, she is one of ten people. The others are-
    1. Richard Rodgers
    2. Helen Hayes
    3. John Gielguid
    4. Audrey Hepburn
    5.Marvin Hamlisch
    7. Johnathan Tunick
    8. Mel Brooks
    9. Mike Nichols

  • notorioustgb

    most of these were new to me although I have run across the Prison Wine before. you can find recipes and reviews of both the red and the white varietals here:

    The Wilhelm scream has been officially added to the soundtrack of my life.

  • get a clue

    “the latest fashionable catastrophe: global warming”

    Looks like someone interested in facts needs to do a wee bit more factual research regarding this topic.

  • elleoh

    Neat! Just out of curiousity, how old was Mozart when he wrote that?

  • g0alpost1

    I don’t get number twelve? – more info needed.

    Love the screams.

  • Frushka

    Hahaha! Great list Jamie.

    I know the Mozart, and have actually performed it a few times.

    Also knew #2, because I just built myself a new deck out back.

    I’m not aware of Kelsey Grammer’s “accent.” I must have it as well, because my elocution sounds like his. Learned it from my (rather stuffy) parents.

    Wilhelm scream was a hoot! My History of Rock and Roll students are (right this very moment) watching Bob Dylan “No Direction Home.” Think I’ll interrupt them for a little Wilhelm Scream break. They’re falling asleep.

    Thanks for the grins, Jamie.

  • NickChuck

    Buzz Lightyear did NOT Wilhelm scream in Toy Story. Makes me think more of those clips in that video were edited that way just to be funny.

    Good stuff though, keep up the good work!

  • Jon K

    Looks like Mozart influenced the modern hip-hop/rap artists. Thumbs Up !

  • ringtailroxy

    the methane generated by the symbiotic microorganisms in a cow’s rumen is expelled not as flatulance, but as eructation. in other words-

    it’s not cow farts that contribute to global warming…it’s cow burps! they burp 12-18 times an hour!


  • Nauplius

    I don’t understand why people are having such a hard time with #12 it’s simply a spoof on Murphy’s Law.

  • Sue D. Nimm

    To be fair, if I were depressed a cat piano would definitely cheer me up.

  • braincake

    the scream entry is pretty interesting.

    makes me also think about the cat you hear howling when something is thrown or broken in cartoons and some films.

  • Handrejka

    I enjoyed this list especially the bonus item. I have “false awakenings” quite frequently, I didn’t know they were so common.

  • Jeff

    The US army never had nor issued a rifle that had nuclear ammunition. The Davy Crockett was the smallest tactical nuke ever developed and was instead designed to be launched from the end of a Howitzer artillery piece something like a grenade from a rifle. It was never used.

  • Petie

    LOLZ! @Handrejka (91): Yo uhave a run on sentence. Should be “…quite frequently. I didn’t know…”. It’s oblivious that you have not graditated elementry.

  • Maggot

    The thing about kangaroos is a little misleading. Kangaroos apparently do emit flatulence, but it just contains little to no methane, because of the certain type of digestive bacteria they have, which is different than that of other livestock such as cows. So transferring kangaroo bacteria to cows would change the chemistry of cow gas emissions. It’s not that kangaroo bacteria will enable cows reuse the methane for energy, which the list entry seemed to imply. I’m not even sure if that’s a true statement that kangaroos reuse the methane as a source of energy.

  • chubbmeister

    @Dr Jekyll (26): “So stop Mozarting me.”

    That made me chuckle :-)

  • Renegade

    @76 Hodari

    In japanese language, there are no words for “yes”, or “no”.

    Ummm, that’s absurd. The Japanese word for yes is “Hai”and the Japanese word for no is “Iiei”. Unless of course my High School Japanese teacher, who was JAPANESE, was wrong.

    On a different note, the Wilhelm scream will forever distract me when I see it in movies now..V-V; I’m going to end up being “that guy” in movie theaters who laughs when nobody else does. Thanks a lot. :P

  • dsig

    haha good list. though 2 i did know about: the kangeroo’s can’t fart and the Wilhelm Scream, the BBC quiz show ‘QI’ featured the ‘Wilhelm Scream’ and lots of other obscure film related trivia on its episode ‘films and fame’ earlier this year, can probs find it online somewhere. is vey interesting and very funny….. QI (Quiet Interesting) is the ideal place (yes even above listverse!) to fins out interesting facts you probably don’t know

  • mcamp

    I wonder if Mozart was looking at a dog or cat when he decided to write that song?

  • zuh.

    i found it funny that a fact mentioned kelsey grammer and was followed by a fact about grammar…HA HA!

    i thought the wilhelm scream was gonna be something else…there’s another scream i hear all the time in cartoons and movies. it’s more drawn-out and FAR more recognizable than this one. maybe some day i’ll learn the name of it.

    (sorry for commenting again…i was amazed to see the opportunity to comment first and took it.) ;)

  • asskisser

    who gives a shit??

  • General-Jake

    That mozart shit is the funniest shit ever. God i love these kinda lists

  • undaunted warrior

    [email protected](92) I will second you on that anytime.

  • noregrets21

    Who really figured out how to make this “pruno” stuff seems a little questionable to me.

  • Kisha

    Great list again..
    Though I don’t understand the grammar one..Seriously, can someone explain that to me? =)

  • @Kisha (104): It means that when you correct someone else’s error in grammar or spelling, you often make one of your own in the correction :)

  • SlashBeast

    # 12 is a fact?

  • Jay Poe

    One of the maintenance people I work with is named Art. He is a painter.

  • Maggot

    @SlashBeast (106): (and others) # 12 is a fact?

    Omg you guys are just over-analyzing this one to death. Try thinking of it this way – the “fact” being illustrated in the list is that there is an adage called “Muphry’s Law”. Saying that it “invariably” occurs is comedic exaggeration…relax and just get over it, ffs.

  • GiantFlyingRobo

    Man, I thought if I died and went to heaven, I’d be able to meet all my dead idols. I can scratch meeting Mozart off of my to-do list when I’m dead. No way he can tell the world to do THAT and NOT burn for it! And he was so explicit… I knew about the M65 “Davy Crockett” rifle though. And the entire Wilhelm scream. I think I’ve known about it since I was 8. Remember listening for them on purpose when watching movies back then.

  • GiantFlyingRobo

    P.S. JFrater, while I love lists like these, could you try to make some more humorous lists? If you don’t mind. Most(80%) of the time, the comments are funnier than the list. Not like your educational lists aren’t good though, I just want some variety(and something to laugh at).

  • blacksunshine

    Rhode Island seems to be trying to make up for something.

  • GTT

    Re #4: where can I get some kangaroo bacteria? I´m thinking my husband can use some after an onion-y meal… And if it´s effective against burps too, then I just couldnt ask for more! :)

  • lol

    my last name is gay… and i am!

  • jake ryder

    I always feel so smart when I know things on the “things you don’t know” lists. Count me in for 6 this time plus the bonus.

  • Kreachure

    Once again, amazing! I love the Mozart fact, I really want to get that into a conversation, I wonder how..? :D

  • Kisha

    Oh..gotcha! Thanks,that flew right over my head! My kid had a good chuckle about the kangaroo fart btw..boys! lol

  • ashleigh.j


    The ads on this site are INSANE.

    Tired of them so peace out listverse.

  • eric!

    Several years ago, Curt Carlson, once the richest man in Minnesota but now currently dead, received a Doctor of Letters from the business college at the University of Minnesota. The business college at the University of Minnesota has long been called The Carlson School of Management, in honor of its largest benefactor- Curt Carlson.

    One of the local radio stations in the Twin Cities frequently mentions aptronymic people. The term they use is much easier to remember: occuponomous.

  • Angel

    117: The ads are THAT BIG of an issue? There are like 2 in the post, and they really aren’t a nuisance. Maybe there are popups that I don’t get… Of course that’s nothing a pop-up blocker or a Mac can’t handle. :)

    Anyhow, really enjoyed the bonus item. It’s funny that they don’t have a variety of screams to choose from. Or that they don’t just regularly record new ones.

  • trfan

    My fiance once experienced #7. He dreamt that he spent a whole shift at work, a job he hates, just as if it was an ordinary day on the job. When he went to work after, he joked that he should have been paid overtime.

    I’ve never experienced such a dream myself, but I’ve had dreams where I’m still back at college that are similar to that.

  • CDavis

    Hippopotami. Cacti. Octopi.

  • Jono

    @General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    “Correlation does not mean causation idiot.”

    That’s irrelevent. A simple check can show you that an extreme minimum of people have changed their first name via deed poll (less than 1%). The chance that all the dentists who’re called Dennis changed their names to Dennis afterwards, is several thousand standard deviations away from if they had just chosen their profession based on their name.
    Basically what you’re trying to imply, is that all the laws of physics are wrong, as they’re just built on correlations as well. You’re simply wrong.

  • Shifty

    @JessicaKarli (46): I was watching a show about plastic surgery (Dr 90210 I believe) and one of the surgeon’s name is “Dr. Alter” which I though was funny.

    Dr. Alter does some pretty serious alterations too, including gender reassignment surgery.

    You can see more at There’s even pictures.

  • phil

    @79: You’re right, but Rita did it in the same year. An impossible to match entertainment Grand Slam.

  • timmy the dying boy

    Re the cat keyboard. Monty Python’s Flying Circus once had a similar device:

    “The Bells of St. Mary”

  • riodancinginthesand

    Long time reader, first time commenting:
    I already knew about the Davy Crocket from playing Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, but the rest of the facts were obscure to me. Good job on the list, I am now 14 facts smarter.

  • phoenix

    yaeh such an awesome stuffs

  • Anya

    The only one I did know beforehand was the Wilhelm Scream. :) Very interesting list.

  • photographymc

    Very interesting, I especially loved the “dream within a dream” one.

  • Jiggles

    Great list if for no other reason than global warming being called a “fashionable catastrophe”. :)

  • Tequila Sunrise

    The cat piano is the most random thing I’ve ever heard of. Yet, I strangely want one.

  • passfaster

    hhmm very interesting and informative , thanks for sharing :)

  • ants1

    @calm_incense (8):

    Was i the only one who got that??????? alley as in alley cat?

  • Megan

    @124- That is rather impressive! Rita Moreno is so talented.

  • Late O’Day

    Calling global warming a “fashionable catastrophe” betrays the list author’s ignorance — and clearly identifies him as JFrater.

    This sort of half-witted, empty-headed editorializing (under the guise of presenting facts) is exactly what got his ass kicked when he tried to minimize and mock anti-Semitism a few days back in comments he quickly re-edited and swept under the rug.

  • ants1

    The Wilhelm Scream reminds me of a laugh that is used a lot in films that i think originated in one of the Gremlins movies.

  • a reader

    @#14: Sorry all you americans and people with an american educational system. We are not all like you. Quite a number of countries have degrees higher than the ph.d. – E.g. Germany and the Scandinavian countries have “doctoral degree” which requires quite a bit more than to achieve than a ph.d.

  • Mark

    @a reader (137): Wow, has anyone told you how much better you are than “Americans”? It would appear that way…

  • Late O’Day

    @a reader

    Wanna compare Nobel Laureates?

  • Mark

    Hey Late O’Day, why not compare it a but more fairly?

  • enoooo

    @Jeff (92): It was not a rifle in the sense most people would think, as in hand held rifles/sniper rifles, but it was still considered a rifle. And yes it was used, but only for testing purposes.

  • Sophie

    I have something sismilar to a false awakening quite often: I hear my alarm go off, so I drag myself out of bed, only to discover that it is an hour too early, and I dreamed the alarm.

  • Thats pretty funny, especially the scream, ive heard it alot and though it sounded out of place especially in Toy Story when Buzz falls from the window.

    Also, wow George Lucas likes using that scream XD Star Wars, Indy and Howard the Duck.

  • forkinggeenyus

    Children’s author Mick Inkpen is another example of nominative determinism – I always thought it was merely a pen-name, but apparently not!

    Oh Mozart, you absolute bundle of hilarity.

  • Matt

    Another fact about Mozart – his middle name isn’t Amadeus. His full name is Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Not sure where Amadeus has sprung from.

  • Hamzilla

    Here’s one to add to #15: Ian Thorpe, the swimmer! He’s a thorpedo!


  • givenchance

    never thought about the fact 12. well, next time i should remember this when i decide to correct some people as i usually do. lol! Frankly speaking, i usually correct spelling, not grammar.

  • Derek

    Yes, because we all hate grammar Nazis right?

  • mbahr

    Cow + Kangaroo = kangaMOO????

  • dipendalal

    never thought about the fact 12. well, next time i should remember this when i decide to correct some people as i usually do. lol! Frankly speaking, i usually correct spelling, not grammar!!

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  • Joe

    In reference to the bonus item, has anyone noticed the canned “doppler effect semi truck horn” used in so many movies, shows, and especially in “Wildest Police Chase”-type shows?

  • Joe

    It annoys the hell out of me…

    Also, the futuristic opening door sound effect I first remember from the original Doom video game.

  • Blackbird

    Woopsie daisy…. Mozart didnt write that. He wrote the original music, someone else decided it’d be funny to change the lyrics to something more bawdy. He’d have been ostracized for writing that.

  • Derbo

    Also an example of number 15,
    There is a very famous poker pro who’s called Chris Moneymaker. What’s in a name.

  • astraya

    About 15 years ago a vocal group in Australia recorded the Mozart piece using the English translation “Kiss my backside”, leading to much discussion on Australia’s leading classical music radio station and in its magazine.
    A couple of years ago I stumbled across the wikipedia page for this piece. I don’t normally read the discussion pages associated with wikipedia articles, but couldn’t resist. It’s a totally dead-pan discussion of a) whether such a piece exists, b) whether to title it in German or English (cf Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) and c) how to translate it.

    Henry Purcell (c1659-1695) wrote a number a very naughty songs. Some of these are rounds in which the words overlap in an unexpected way. In one of these, one singer starts “Once, (pause), twice, (pause), thrice”. The second singer then comes in with “So kiss my arse” several times. The result is “So kiss my arse, once; so kiss my arse, twice, so kiss my arse, thrice”. One book of rounds I have sanitises this as “Let’s sing a song, once …”.

    (Purcell fans might also know about Celia and her spinet lesson. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink!)

  • Dk

    Those false awakenings used to get me in SO much trouble as a kid! My mom would come in and tell me to get up & get ready for school, I would fall back to sleep and “dream” that I had gotten up, put on my clothes, etc. Then mom would come back in and yell at me “I told you to get ready for school!!!!” She never understood my confusion, saying “I thought I WAS getting ready!” I’m SO glad to know there’s an actual name for this!

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  • Chineapplepunk

    Hmm, I’m English and I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever heard planks of wood called 4×2’s… Pretty sure most of us call it a 2×4.

    Good list though, Mozart was a bit of a shocker though, eh? XD

  • Will

    I learned Mid-Atlantic Speech in college, as a theatre major. More than a few people asked if I was from England. It’s one of those things that, once you learn it, can be hard to discard.

    Now I speak in a non-accented English. Nobody knows where I’m from.

    Which is New Jersey.

  • dazza

    the weird thing is mozarts song actualy sounds good

  • chrilew

    There is a Dr. Richard Chop in Austin…he performs vasectomies…

  • astraya

    He obviously likes Chopin! His list of patients is called his Chopin Liszt!!

  • the7thcrow

    re #s 11/12 The term for the grammer referred to is The Kings English taught in school with or without local accents. + Most Murphys I know are shine maker,s and are well outside any law.

  • DenzeLL

    I laughed my ass off with the Mozart thing

  • VI6SIX

    The scream is actually from a kangaroo who ate too many baked beans 3:)

  • Ashaman

    In regards to item #4, it’s too bad humans can’t convert their gas into energy to be reused by the body. The world would smell better and you wouldn’t need caffeine to get going. Although I’m not sure I would want kangaroo bacteria transplanted into my bowels.

  • Caitlin Reynolds

    yet many more things I didn’t know… awesome list. keep em coming

  • jonnyrotann

    global warming is not fashionable, it’s real! you pinheads.

  • Mortivore

    Heh. Lick my arse. XDXDXD

  • nikki

    whoever actually screamed to make the Wilhelm Scream should be financially set for life as well as all the familial generations to come after him lol

  • Casualreader

    2×4 is rhyming slang for door.

    4×2 ditto for Jew.

    Nothing to do with the size of do me good.

    What the bloody hell rhymes with 1.5 x 3.5 anyway?

    So lick my Khyber before I go off to get Mozart and Liszt at the rub-a-dub.

  • M Mac

    Good list No 2 is wrong it is the size after drying and planing and in the UK it is called 2 by 4.

    Built a few houses so me knows.

  • Dali

    Thanks, JFrater! You made me 15/16 facts smarter today!

    Oh, and Mozart.


  • jreddy666

    Great list, I especially love the Mozart one…

  • Hodari

    Whoopsiediddlydoo…. I accidentally said in my post 76, that Bano akham became married at the age of 10, and a grandmother at the age of 38. Well, it wasn’t grandmother, it was great-grandmother… can you believe that? (i can).

  • Dantheman

    Sorry to tell you but the 4×2 timber fact is nonsense (at least in the UK). I am a timber frame designer and while you are correct that 4×2 is not actually that size it’s not far off. In metric its actually 47x97mm, but dont believe me,check yourself on any timber supplier website.

  • Cj

    Man, that dude Mozart is crazy!!! I hate that song….that was the craziest song I ever heard!

  • rtcw

    I believe that “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” is actually “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

    “The State of” being part of the proper name.

  • gus

    I don’t know if I am first with this, as I did not read all entries, however, Alto Reed is a stage name, chosen on purpose. The man’s real name is Tommy Cartmell.

  • thank you for post

  • katerinaelaena

    The Willhelm scream was hilarious! It’s as if the same poor character accidentally stumbles in a terrible scene in every movie and ends up dying. =P It was great! I was also amazed by the cat-piano, as terrible as that sounds and as much as i love cats! Awesome! (The list not the piano! =) )

  • katerinaelaena

    @Dr Jekyll (3):

    I challenge you to write 1/100 of everything JFratter has written and amaze even 1/1000 of the people!

    har, har. ;)

  • Holdaf

    Ha! I rememebr that Willhelm scream off of Small Soldiers. That one typical soldiers says it alot during the movei and during a computer game I used to play.

  • nicoleredz3

    Oooh! Mozart, you freaky boy! Lol! ;-)

    Interesting list…

  • Thrakkorzog

    A few of these seem to be more opinions than facts, like the grammar correction “fact.” I’d notice if I made a grammatical error every time I corrected someone.

  • Thahany

    Cool!!!Never heard of such infos ever!!!

  • shadster

    I will forever watch movies and shout “wilhelm”! when ever I here the scream.

  • shadster

    @VI6SIX [164]:
    OMG….It’s taken me a full minute to type this I laughed so hard!!

    top notch comment :)

  • shadster

    also, my brother and I would watch the old johny Quest cartoons ( viewed in mid 70’s) and would wait for the “dying native” aaaaaaaiiiiiyyyyeeeeee
    Has anyone else heard this scream somewhere else? Where did it come from?

  • nicoleredz3

    @shadster [188]: :lol: I’ve always wondered the same… :-)

  • Irwin 109

    The Wilhelm Scream:
    Wow, that is crazy, and @shadaster I remember that noise! I also hear in several movies that womans scream!

  • jmac

    there’s another scream they use frequently in movies – the only one i can think of it is in at the moment is Beethoven 2 (embarassing to admit) when the balcony falls into the water.

  • mc right

    @Ozhan [9]:

    lolll…it’s muphry’s law nitwit…..not murphy’s law…..and i suppose ur post is a good example lol….and great job @ whoever published this article

  • Did you know the word 'Gullible' is not in any dictionary?

  • angry

    what a load of bullcrap… half of it is completely wrong… tit

  • mozart mozart .. ha ha ha

  • lotus

    Kelsey Grammer’s supposedly unnatural accent sounds exactly like the majority of people in my area, including myself, aside from the country folk (some of whom pronounce the word creek as “crick”, roof as “ruf” and garage as “garrige”, among other oddities). Southern Ontarians; are we freaks? I was told by a Floridian that I sound Californian. Perhaps there is something in his accent I am not picking up.

  • regdwight

    Very surprised #1 has never been recorded by elton john.

  • waxx21

    the wilhelm scream thing, sounds very fake in the video. the screams sound like they’ve been edited over the top considering in a couple u can hear the proper scream behind it. jus’ sayin.

  • number 15 was very interesting to me. i do believe that unconsciously, things like that effect how you live your life and your dreams. so it was cool. and i already knew about number 1 mozart.

  • #15..haha that one I can agree on because well, my name means “the helper” and I am known to be a very helpful person. I didn’t even know what my name meant until later on in my life…soo coincidence?? maybe but who knows…and to top it off i’m considering into going into teaching!

  • nbdynprtcular

    Thank you for the inclusion of the Wilhelm Scream. I had never noticed this before until I started playing a game called Crush the Castle, which uses this same sound effect. After playing the game, I noticed it in Return of the Jedi, and then started noticing it everywhere. Now I know what it is called and where it came from.

  • Corinna

    Great list. It was quite informative and interesting. ;D
    Although, I do not understand the Murhpy’s Law. It doesn’t go in to great detail about it.:S

  • Anonymous

    I’m not surprised by #1. This phrase was popularly attributed to a well-known German folk hero named Gottfried “Götz” von Berlichingen, so it was probably a tribute to him. Wikipedia has a fascinating article about him here:

  • Gordon L

    14 is wrong the Doctor of Divinity is the highest English qualidication (Dd).