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• Those who have the time to study such things claim that the most difficult small object to flush down a toilet is a ping-pong ball.

• Here are some facts that might be interesting to inveterate lottery players: A professor of statistics at California State University has determined that you’re three times more likely to be killed by a plane falling out of the sky onto you than you are to win a super lottery. If you bought 50 lottery tickets every week, you would win a super jackpot once every 30,000 years. And if you drove one mile for every lottery ticket you bought, you’d have to make the equivalent of 165 round trips to the moon before you won.

• Pioneering French fashion designer Coco Chanel lived in a convent for a period of time when she was a child.

• It’s a well-known fact that China is experiencing explosive growth; here’s a statistic that might bring that fact home: In the capital, Beijing, an average of 1,000 new cars are added to the roads every day.

• Sea slugs have 25,000 teeth.

• There are known instances of iguanas being revived through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

• Actor Jason Behr was once a certified ski instructor.

• The inventor of the vacuum cleaner reportedly got the idea for the device from watching a railroad car cleaner blowing dust out of boxcars.

• There are 30 towns in the United States with the word “Liberty” in their names.

• When asked once if he played golf, three-time world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Muhammad Ali replied, “I am the best. I just haven’t played yet.”

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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