Welcome to PAW PRINTS, a collection of interesting and humorous trivia about people, animals, places and more.

Want to know something quirky about someone famous? Curious about butterflies or sharks or the Statue of Liberty? Looking for the perfect quote to match an important occasion? Need a joke to cheer up a friend?
Paw Prints has hundreds of anecdotes about the famous and the infamous. Browse through thousands of factoids, quotes, and jokes — all guaranteed to tickle your fancy or your funny bone.

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Will Rogers

Will Rogers

(1879–1935)

Rogers, having paid too much income tax one year, tried in vain to claim a rebate. His numerous letters and queries remained unanswered. Eventually the form for the next year’s return arrived. In the section marked “DEDUCTIONS,” Rogers...

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banana split

Notes on Dieting

  1. If you eat something, but no one else sees you eat it, it has no calories.
  2. When drinking a diet soda while eating a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are cancelled by the diet soda.
  3. When...
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Happy New Year
White pigeon

Doves & Pigeons

Mourning doves mate for life. They also breed five times a year and make a whistling sound in flight with their wings.
Doves & Pigeons Factoids

Chick hatching

Beginnings

A Japanese proverb says: “Beginning” is easy — continuing hard.” 
“Beginnings” quotes

World Time Zones

Time Zones

By convention, weather scientists use the twenty-four-hour clock, and use one time zone, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Time Zones Factoids

martini

Cheers

Where’d we get the toast “Here’s mud in your eye” From horse racers of old. It was the humorous equivalent of saying, “I hope the horse you ride is right behind mine.” ...

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Charles Talleyrand-Périgord

Charles Talleyrand-Périgord

(1754–1838)

Claude Rulhières, author of a celebrated work on the Polish Revolution, Histoire de l’anarchie de Pologne (1807), complained in Talleyrand’s hearing that people said that he was mischievous, “although I have done only one...

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The Future

In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. ~Andy Warhol
Quotes about the Future

peace symbol

Peace

“All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.”
Peace quotes

Polar bear napping

Polar Bears

A polar bear’s fur absorbs nearly all the ultraviolet rays for heat even as it reflects visible light to appear white.
Polar Bear factoids

Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer

(1875–1965)

On a train journey in the American Midwest, Schweitzer was approached by two ladies. “Have we the honor of speaking to Professor Einstein?” they asked. “No, unfortunately not,” replied Schweitzer, “though I...

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Cocoa closeup
Honey running
Tree Frog

Do Frogs Hibernate?

Northern frogs hibernate. Southern frogs don’t. That’s why southern frogs grow bigger. They get more growth time.   More

And everyone had a very happy Christmas!

Hope & Optimism

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

~Albert Einstein

MacGregor’s Law

The first car to see the traffic light turn green is the second car back.

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

What have climbers had to say about the tallest mountain in the world?

“But now that I was finally here, standing on the summit of Mount Everest, I just couldn’t summon the energy to care.”...

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canary in the snow

Cold Canaries

In 1873 it turned suddenly very cold. Historical footnotes mention that the canaries that were supposed to sing at Ulysses S. Grant’s inaugural ball froze to death.   More

Rex Stout

Rex Todhunter Stout

(1886–1975)

An old midwestern farmer once ponderously announced that no ear of corn ever had anything but an even number of rows in it, normally twelve. Out of sheer contrariness, Stout maintained this was not the case, although, as a midwesterner...

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tortoise with the world on his back

In my day...

In my day, we couldn’t afford shoes, so we went barefoot. In the winter we... (cont'd)

Mount Everest is growing

Millions of years ago, India was an island. Due to the motion of continental plates, India drifted North and crashed (very slowly!) into Asia about forty million years ago. Its northward motion created the Himalayan mountain range, and...

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Roesel's Bush-Cricket

The Cricket Thermometer

  • If you hear a cricket chirping and you have a watch, you can estimate the temperature where the cricket is. If you can hear more than one, you can tell whether they are experiencing different temperatures.
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Let's play!

Maintenance 101

An apartment building maintenance man was rousted out of bed one cold night because one of the tenants needed more heat. The man went to the apartment, sized up the situation, took out a rubber-headed mallet, and with one WHACK...

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