Middletown Senior Center

21256 Washington Street
Post Office Box 1037

Middletown, California 95461

Phone: (707) 987-3113

Fax: (707) 987-3114


A Few Laughs



1. In the 16th and 17th centuries in the country of Turkey, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.

2. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and whose shame created the expression for ignominy:  “His name is Mudd.”

3. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

4. George Lumley, aged 104, married Mary Dunning, aged 10, in Nortallerton, England, on august 25, 1783.  She was the great-great granddaughter of the woman who’d broken her engagement to Lumley eighty years before.




1. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

2. Butterflies taste with their feet.

3. Penguins can jump as high as six feet in the air.

4. All polar bears are left-handed.

5. Slugs have four noses.  (Ed. note:  And now you know.)

6. Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.

(Note:  In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a

period of 80 years, there were no reported cases

of an ostrich burying its head in the sand.)

7. Its possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.

8. A shrimp’s heart is in its head.

9. A snail can sleep for three years.

10. The chicken is one of the few things that man eats before it’s born and after it’s dead.

11. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

12. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Hello?)

13. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

14. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

15. Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of the blue whale.

16. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.




1. It is physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.

2. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

3. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.

4. It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest.

5. A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.

6. Women blink nearly twice as often as men.

7. Most of the dust particles in your house are dead skin.

8. The longest bout of hiccups lasted nearly 69 years.

9. Babies are born without kneecaps.  They appear between the ages of 2 and 6.

10. Men can read smaller print than women.  Women can hear better.

11. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

12. Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.

13. If you sneeze too hard you can fracture a rib.  If you try to suppress a sneeze you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.  

14. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

15. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. 

16. In a recent survey, Americans revealed that banana was their favorite smell.