Plausable - the chances of death by vending machine are 1-in-112,000,000 where as the odds of death by shark attack are 1-in-251,800,000. A person is about 2.25 times more likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark; death by shark attack is typically recorded at zero incidents annually, where as death by vending machine occurs around 2 to 3 times annually. There could conceivably be 4 vending machine related deaths and 1 shark related death during a particularly unlucky year.
True - impressively Ernest Vincent Wright was able to pen 50,110 words into a grammatically correct lipogramatic novel in 1939 without the use of the letter ‘e’ as well as avoiding any abbreviations where the letter would be omitted (but present upon expansion) such as Mr. or Mrs.
p.s. we briefly entertained the notion to write this fact-check as a lipogram, but were quick to realize that we are very much fact-checkers and not literary geniuses. If anyone out there in the internet can do it, we’d love to see it!
False - that title belongs to the Chemical name of titin, the largest known protein, at 189,819 characters:
Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl[…]isoleucine (full name)
Second place goes to a 183 character word transliterated from Ancient Greek:
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis sits firmly in third place, there are disputes as to its legitimacy, as it is claimed that this word was invented purely to serve as a long word. It should be noted that, Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest english word to be in a current major dictionary.
True - the green hue we recognize today covering the Statue of Liberty is known as patina, which is the result of a chemical reaction between copper and oxygen (oxidation). Patina, unlike rust (which forms when iron oxidizes), actually protects the underlying copper.
False - ‘teetertotter’ is the longest unhyphenated word that can be spelled on a single row of a typewriter keyboard (QUERTY layout), coming in at 12 characters. There are four (4) other 10 character words that can be spelled out on a single row of a keyboard: perpetuity, proprietor, repertoire, and shakalshas.
update: out of our own curiosity, we looked up the longest word that can be spelled on a single row of a Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, we found three (3) 10 character words: unhandiest, dianthuses, and astonished. If you can find/think-of anything longer, let us know!
True - the exact etymology of the planet “Earth” is a tough one as it’s likely something to have developed over most of human history, Lynn Carter goes more in depth into this in her January 2003 article.
The related link over at omg-facts.com is a bit misleading:
Saturn was actually named after a Titan, the father of Jupiter, Pluto, and Neptune. He is famous for having attempted to eat all of his children. However, astronomers have identified thousands of planets outside of our own solar system, to the point where we likely have run out of good god names for them - that’s why we have planets named “2M1207 b”.
Regarding naming conventions: it’s true that astronomers have moved to a systematic catalogue style naming convention; this is less due to running out of “good god names” but rather, to make research easier internationally and remove ambiguity.
Naming still occurs though (along side the systematic designation); Eris, discovered in 2005, is one such example; the dwarf planet also goes by “136199 Eris” and “2003 UB313”. Eris was also the Greek Goddess of Strife, we haven’t run out of god names yet!
False - the Speaker of the House does in fact speak; otherwise the speaker would not be able to accomplish the task bestowed upon them. The speaker’s task is to remain impartial and moderate the discussion. Interestingly, @OMGFacts’ own link contradicts the claim.
False - “Aegilops” is the longest word in the English language with all its characters in alphabetical order with eight (8) characters. Aegilops is a genus of plants generally known as goatgrasses and belonging to the grass family, Poaceae. ”Almost” shares second place with several other six (6) character words: biopsy, chinos, chintz, bijoux, abhors, begins, and chimps. And if you allow duplicate characters, “Almost” and it’s brethren are bumped to third place, as “billowy” is seven (7) characters in length, all in alphabetical order.
False - an article published in Science (one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals in the world) in 2007 found:
Women are generally assumed to be more talkative than men. Data were analyzed from 396 participants who wore a voice recorder that sampled ambient sounds for several days. Participants’ daily word use was extrapolated from the number of recorded words. Women and men both spoke about 16,000 words per day.
original claim: @OMGFacts; source: Are Women Really More Talkative Than Men? — Mehl et al. 317 (5834): 82 — Science
False - the company Société Bic (founded in 1945 - then known Société PAA) shortened it’s name and the name associated with its products from the family name of the founder Marcel Bich to the phonetic “Bic” in 1953, in line with the post-war trend of companies renaming to easier-to-remember and globally pronounceable names. Sure the United States was a consideration in the name change, but not the only consideration.