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    [SIZE="5"]Useless but interesting trivias[/SIZE]

    Did You Know?

    • Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.
    • The dollar symbol ($) is a U combined with an S (U.S.)
    • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears
    never stop growing.
    • The Statue of Liberty's tablet is two feet thick.
    • There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
    • The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is 'Live Free or Die'. These
    license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in
    Concord.
    • The straw was probably invented by Egyptian brewers to taste in-process
    beer without removing the fermenting ingredients which floated on the top
    of the container.
    • David Prowse, was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke
    all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over
    by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.
    • The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S.
    Military Academy at West Point, NY
    • There are only thirteen blimps in the world.
    • Nine of the thirteen blimps are in the United States.
    • The existing biggest blimp is the Fuji Film blimp.
    • Naugahyde, plastic "leather" was created in Naugatuck, Connecticut.
    • The Swiss flag is square.
    • The word 'pound' is abbreviated 'lb.' after the constellation 'libra'
    because it means 'pound' in Latin, and also 'scales'. The abbreviation for
    the British Pound Sterling comes from the same source: it is an 'L' for
    Libra/Lb. with a stroke through it to indicate abbreviation.
    • Sames goes for the Italian lira which uses the same abbreviation ('lira'
    coming from 'libra'). So British currency (before it went metric) was
    always quoted as "pounds/shillings/pence", abbreviated "L/s/d"
    (libra/solidus/denarius).
    • The three largest land-owners in England are the Queen, the Church of
    England and Trinity College, Cambridge.
    • The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, ***t, nones,
    vespers and compline.
    • If you come from Manchester, you are a Mancunian.
    • No animal, once frozen solid (i.e., water solidifies and turns to ice)
    survives when thawed, because the ice crystals formed inside cells would
    break open the cell membranes. However there are certain frogs that can
    survive the experience of being frozen. These frogs make special proteins
    which prevent the formation of ice (or at least keep the crystals from
    becoming very large), so that they actually never freeze even though their
    body temperature is below zero Celsius. The water in them remains liquid:
    a phenomenon known as 'supercooling.' If you disturb one of these frogs
    (just touching them even), the water in them quickly freezes solid and
    they die.
    • The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula.
    • Madrid is the only European capital city not situated on a river.
    • The name for fungal remains found in coal is sclerotinite.
    • The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston,
    Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under
    a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
    • Emus cannot walk backwards.
    • It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King
    James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from
    the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
    • The shopping mall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada has the
    largest water clock in North America.
    • Both writer Edgar Allen Poe and LSD advocate Timothy Leary were kicked
    out of West Point.
    • The word posh, which denotes luxurious rooms or accomodations,
    originated when ticket agents in England marked the tickets of travelers
    going by ship to the Orient. Since there was no air conditioning in those
    days, it was always better to have a cabin on the shady side of the ship
    as it passed through the Mediterranean and Suez area. Since the sun is in
    the south, those with money paid extra to get cabin's on the left, or
    port, traveling to the Asia, and on the right, or starboard, when
    returning to Europe. Hence their tickets were marked with the initials for
    Port Outbound Starboard Homebound, or POSH.
    • The top layer of a wedding cake, known as the groom's cake,
    traditionally is a fruit cake. That way it will save until the first
    anniversery.
    • The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact
    by posing with his hand resting on a sword, or by holding gloves.
    • The forward pass was created by the football team at Saint Louis
    University.
    • In every show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) wrote,
    there is at least one song about rain.
    • A kind of tortoise in the Galapagos Islands has an upturned shell at its
    neck so it can reach its head up to eat cactus branches.
    • The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea,
    Hawaii, located approximately twelve miles west of Honolulu.
    • Parthenogenesis is the term used to describe the process by which
    certain animals are able to reproduce themselves in successive female
    generations without intervention of a male of the species. At least one
    species of lizard is known to do so.
    • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
    • The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat",
    which means "the king is dead".
    • The ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as QE2. QEII
    is the actual queen.
    • "Quisling" is the only word in the English language to start with
    "quis."
    • All of the cobble stones that used to line the streets in New York were
    originally weighting stones put in the hulls of Belgian ships to keep an
    even keel.
    • Nepal is the only country without a rectangular flag (it looks like two
    pennants glued on on top of the other)
    • Libya has the only flag which is all one color with no writing or
    decoration on it
    • The only borough of New York City that isn't an island (or part of an
    island) is the Bronx.
    • The 1957 Milwaukee Braves were the first baseball team to win the World
    Series after being relocated.
    • The tune for the "A-B-C" song is the same as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little
    Star."
    • When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield it's first
    consumable fruit.
    • The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and
    ultra-violet light.
    • Linn's Stamp News is the world's largest weekly newspaper for stamp
    collectors.
    • Tennessee is bordered by more states than any other. The eight states
    are Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North
    Carolina and Virginia.

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    i never realized that about "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" but it is so right! :idea:


    but i dont' get how $ is a combination of U and S :confused:

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    ayus ah! nice read

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    • Des Moines has the highest per capita Jello consumption in the U.S
    • The Western-most point in the contiguous United States is Cape Alava,
    Washington.
    • There are only three animals with blue tongues, the Black Bear, the Chow
    Chow dog and the blue-tongued lizard.
    • The first fossilized specimen of Austalopithecus afarenisis was named
    Lucy after the palentologists' favorite song, Lucy in the Sky With
    Diamonds, by the Beatles.
    • Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
    • The geographical center of North America is near Rugby, North Dakota.
    • The infinity sign is called a lemniscate.
    • Hacky-sack was invented in Turkey.
    • If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
    • There are six five words in the English language with the letter
    combination "uu." Muumuu, vacuum, continuum, duumvirate and duumvir,
    residuum.
    • The "Calabash" pipe, most often associated with Sherlock Holmes, was not
    used by him until William Gillette (an American) portrayed Holmes onstage.
    Gillette needed a pipe he could keep in his mouth while he spoke his
    lines.
    • Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.
    • Dirty Harry's badge number is 2211.
    • The pupil of an octopus' eye is rectangular.
    • The shortest French word with all five vowels is "oiseau" meaning bird.
    • Camel's milk does not curdle.
    • "Mr. Mojo Risin" is an anagram for Jim Morrison.
    • The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.
    • A person from the country of Nauru is called a Nauruan; this is the only
    palindromic nationality.
    • The word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate, demodulate."
    • Oliver Cromwell was hanged and decapitated two years after he had died.
    • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
    • Iowa has more independent telephone companies than any other state.
    • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
    • Hamsters love to eat crickets.
    • The only "real" food that U.S. Astronauts are allowed to take into space
    is pecan nuts.
    • The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive
    vowels.
    • The first Eagle Scout west of the Mississippi is buried in San Marcos,
    Texas.
    • In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
    • Roberta Flack wrote "Killing Me Softly" about singer Don McLean.
    • The Greek version of the Old Testament is called the Septuagint.
    • Spencer Eldon was the name of the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's
    album
    • All three major 1996 Presidential candidates, Clinton, Dole and Perot,
    are left-handed.
    • The Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is one of the few insects who give
    birth to live young, rather than laying eggs.
    • The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention
    the name of God.
    • Sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of feudal rule in
    England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the
    term was brought to the United States it was shortned to Sheriff.
    • An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
    • Dracula is the most filmed story of all time, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is
    second and Oliver Twist is third.
    • The silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.
    • The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.
    • The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the
    "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
    • The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to
    your temple, is called a tragus.
    • Soweto in South Africa ws derived from SOuth WEst TOwnship.
    • Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
    • The Andy Griffth Show was the first spin-off in TV history. It was a
    spin-off of the Danny Thomas Show.
    • Goat's eyes have rectangular pupils.
    • Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.
    • Other than humans, black lemurs are the only primates that may have blue
    eyes.
    • The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
    • The two longest one-syllable words in the English language are
    "screeched" and "strengths."
    • Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps. Hence, the
    postage stamps of Britain are the only stamps in the world not to bear the
    name of the country of origin. However, every stamp carries a relief image
    or a silhouette of the monarch's head instead.
    • Images for picture stamps in the United States are commissioned by the
    United States Postal Service Department of Philatelic Fulfillment.
    • Artist Constantino Brumidi fell from the done of the U.S. Capitol while
    painting a mural around the rim. He died four months later.
    • Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and
    Australia have participated in every Games.
    • There were no squirrels on Nantucket until 1989.
    • Cathy Rigby is the only woman to pose nude for Sports Illustrated.
    (August 1972)
    • Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
    • Will Clark of the Texas Rangers is a direct descendant of William Clark
    of Lewis and Clark.
    • When ocean tides are at their highest, they are called "spring tides."
    When they are at their lowest, they are call "neep tides."
    • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full
    moon.
    • The last NASCAR driver to serve jail time for running moonshine was
    Buddy Arrington.
    • Many Japanese golfers carry "hole-in-one" insurance, because it is
    traditional in Japan to share one's good luck by sending gifts to all your
    friends when you get an "ace." The price for what the Japanese term an
    "albatross" can often reach $10,000.
    • The difference between male and female blue crabs is the design located
    on their apron (belly.) The male blue crab has the Washington Monument
    while the female apron is shaped like the U.S. Capitol.
    • It takes a lobster approxiamately seven years to grow to be one pound.
    • The ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding.
    • The lot numbers for the cyanide-tainted Tylenol capsules scare back in
    1982 were MC2880 and 1910MD.
    • Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
    • The Roman emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.
    • At latitude 60 degrees south you can sail all the way around the world.
    • A Chinese checkerboard has 121 holes.
    • The hyoid bone, in your throat, is the only bone in the body not
    attached to another bone.
    • Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.
    • Sunbeams that shine down through the clouds are called crespucular rays.
    • Very small clouds that look like they have been broken off of bigger
    clouds are called scuds.
    • On a dewy morning, if you look at your shadow in the grass, the dew
    drops shine light back to your eye creating a halo called a heilgenschein
    (German for halo.)

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    • The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you,"
    is "and the rest of the day to yourself."
    • Giraffes have no vocal cords.
    • Joe DiMaggio had more home runs than strikeouts during his career.
    • All porcupines float in water.
    • Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
    • A-1 Steak Sauce contains both orange peel and raisins.
    • Many northern parishes (counties) of Louisiana did not agree with the
    Confederate movement. To show their disapproval, they changed their names.
    That's why there is a Union Parish, Jefferson Parish, etc.
    • The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is
    necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had
    segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and
    whites.
    • Residents of the island of Lesbos are Lesbosians, rather than Lesbians.
    (Of course, lesbians are called lesbians because Sappho was from Lesbos.)
    • The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' symbolizes 'two women living under
    one roof'.
    • German has a wood for the peace offerings brought to your mate when
    you've committed some conceived slight. This is "drachenfutter" or
    dragon's food.
    • In Chinese, the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.
    • No word in the English language rhymes with month.
    • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people
    without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression
    "to get fired."
    • The poisonous copperhead smells likefresh cut cucumbers.
    • In Disney's "Fantasia", the Sorcerer's name is "Yensid" (Disney
    backwards.)
    • The smallest mushroom's name is "Hop-low."
    • Anne Boleyn had six fingernails on one hand.
    • Mustard gas was invented in the McKinley Building on the American
    University campus. Additionally, preliminary work on the Manhattan Project
    was done in that building. The government used the McKinley Building
    because of its unusual archticture. If there would be any type of large
    explosion inside the building, the building would implode onto itself,
    containing any lethal gas or nuclear material. The building now houses the
    Physics Department.
    • When angered, the ears of Tazmanian devils turn a pinkish-red.
    • The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each
    gallon of diesel that it burns.
    • The naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase "amir al
    bahr", which means "lord of the sea".
    • The Les Nessman character on the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati wore a
    band-aid in every episode. Either on himself, his glasses, or his
    clothing.
    • A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened
    • The roads on the island of Guam are made with coral. Guam has no sand.
    The sand on the beaches is actually ground coral. When concrete is mixed,
    the coral sand is used instead of importing regular sand from thousands of
    miles away.
    • Mt. Vernon Washington grows more tulips than the entire country of
    Holland.
    • Jamie Farr (who played Klinger on M*A*S*H) was the only member of the
    cast who actually served as a soldier in the Korean war.
    • The southern most city in the United States is Na'alehu, Hawaii.
    • Alaska was the only part of the United States that was invaded by the
    Japanese during WWII. The territory was the island of Adak in the Aleutian
    Chain.
    • Woodward Ave in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so
    because it was the first paved road anywhere.
    • Michigan was the first state to plow it's roads and the first to adopt a
    yellow dividing line.
    • Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
    • The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.
    • The shortest verse in the Bible is "Jesus wept."
    • Way back when they were using marble columns, the people selling the
    columns would carve out the centers and fill it with wax.So the people
    buying them started asking "Is it without wax?" Or in other words "Are you
    sincere?"
    • Zaire is the world leader in cobalt mining, producing two-thirds of the
    world's cobalt supply.
    • No modern language has a true concept of "I am." It is always used
    linked with are in reference of another verb.
    • Little known Cathedral Caverns near Grant, Alabama has the world's
    largest cave opening, the largest stalagmite (Goliath), and the largest
    stalagmite forest in the World.
    • The only person ever to decline a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was
    Sinclair Lewis for his book Arrowsmith.
    • Maine is the only state that borders on only one state.
    • There are almost twice as many people in Rhode Island than there are in
    Alaska.
    • Kudzu is not indigenous to the South, but in that climate it can grow up
    to six inches a day.
    • Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?
    • The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'
    • The word 'pixel' is a contraction of either 'picture cell' or 'picture
    element.'
    • Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz.
    • Bananas do not grow on trees, but on rhizomes.
    • Astronauts in the Space Shuttle are weightless not because there is no
    gravity in space, but because they are in free fall around the Earth.
    • St. Augustine was the first major proponent of the "missionary"
    position.
    • Lizzie Borden was acquitted.
    • Alexander Hamilton was shot by Aaron Burr in the groin.
    • Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal
    category.
    • Roger Ebert is the only film critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.
    • A scholar who studies the Marquis de Sade is called a Sadian, not a
    Sadist (of course).
    • Tribeca in Manhattan stands for TRIangle BElow CAnal street. Soho stands
    for SOuth of HOuston street.
    • Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City,
    after the Catholic Church.
    • Theworld's largest wine cask is in Heidleberg, Germany.
    • Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an aligator while he
    hosted "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom."
    • Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.
    • Seven Olympic gold medal winners eventually went on to win the
    Heavyweight Championship of the World
    • Kerimski Church in Finland is world's biggest church made of wood.The
    St. Louis Gateway Arch had a
    • projected death toll while it was being built. No one died. The average
    ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.
    • A cat has four rows of whiskers.
    • Vincent Van Gogh comitted suicide while painting Wheat Field with Crows.
    • An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
    • Jelly Belly jelly beans were the first jelly beans in outer space when
    they went up with astronauts in the June 21, 1983 voyage of the space
    shuttle Challenger (the same voyage as the first American woman in space,
    Sally Ride).
    • Baseballer Connie Mack's real name was Cornelius McGilicuddy.
    • If you were standing in the northernmost point in the contiguous (48)
    states, you'd be standing in Minnesota.
    • Only thirty percent of the famous Maryland blue crabs are actually from
    Maryland, the rest are from North Carolina and Virginia.
    • Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't
    considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's
    Flight Simulator.
    • Not all of West Virginia voted to go with the North. When the State of
    West Virginia was formed from Virginia in 1863 the three western counties
    in Virginia voted to go with West Virginia, but West Virginia didn't take
    them because they were poor. Instead they took three counties that voted
    to stay with Virginia, because they were richer and they had the B&O
    railroad. Those counties since split and are 5 Jefferson, Hampshire,
    Berkley, Mineral, and Morgan.
    • The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
    • The Dodge brothers Horace and John were Jewish, that's why the first
    Dodge emblem had a star of David in it.
    • Studebaker was the only major car company to stop making cars while
    making a profit from them.
    • Studebaker still exists, but is now called Worthington.
    • Chrysler built B-29's that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that
    tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant
    call Diamond Star.
    • On the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of
    Independence Hall is 4:10.
    • The top three cork-producing countries are Spain, Portugal and
    • Algeria. (Cork comes from trees.)
    • In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy's last name is Gail. It is shown on the mail
    box.
    • If you bring a raccoon's head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall,
    you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town New York Yankees owner
    George Steinbrenner and the late M*A*S*H star McLean Stevenson were both
    once assistant football coaches at Northwestern University.
    • The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have 1
    syllable... it has three.
    • All swans and all sturgeons in England are property of the Queen.
    Messing with them is a serious offense.
    • Michael Di Lorenzo, who plays Eddie Torres on New York Undercover is one
    of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video.
    • Only two people signed the Decleration of Independence on July 4th, John
    Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on Augest 2, but the
    last signature wasn't added until 5 year later.
    • October 4, 1957 is a historic date to be remembered, it is the day both
    "Leave it to Beaver" and the Russian satellite Sputnik 1 were launched.
    • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
    • It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a
    gallon to clean the pot.

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    interesting!

    it's nice to learn something new and unique from time to time.

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    • The antifungal, nystatin, which is sometime used for treating thrush, is
    named after New York State Institute for Health (Acronym)
    • QANTAS, the name of the Australian national airline, is a (former)
    acronym, for Queensland And Northern
    • Territories Air Service.
    • The world's largest four-faced clock sits atop the Allen-Bradley plant
    in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • Almonds are members of the peach family.
    • The first video ever played on MTV Europe was "Money For Nothing" by
    Dire Straits.
    • If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total
    is 5050
    • The "Grinch" singer and voice of Tony the Tiger is a charming man named
    Thurl Ravenscroft.
    • The famous split-fingered Vulcan salute is actually intended to
    represent the first letter ("shin," pronounced "sheen") of the word
    "shalom." As a small boy, Leonard Nimoy observed his rabbi using it in a
    benediction and never forgot it; eventually he was able to add it to "Star
    Trek" lore.
    • The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.
    • Ham radio operators got the term "ham" coined from the expression
    "ham-fisted operators", a term used to describe early radio users who sent
    Morse code (i.e. pounded their fists).
    • While the Chinese invented gunpowder, they were not the first to develop
    firearms. Sam Colt invented the
    • "revolving pistol." Therefore, all revolvers are correctly called
    pistols.
    • A 12 gauge "rifled slug" does not spin, even though there are grooves on
    it's bearing surface. A slug actually travels like a dart.
    • Revolvers cannot be silenced, due all the noisy gasses which escape the
    cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.
    • A bullet fired from the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge (also called the .308
    Winchester) is still supersonic at 1000 yards.
    • The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South
    Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber
    machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into
    the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the
    whole 9 yards."
    • The home team must provide the referee with 24 footballs for each
    National Football League game.
    • The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 oz.
    • A flea expert is a pullicologist.
    • A bear has 42 teeth.
    • M&M's stands for the last names of Forrest Mars, Sr., then candymaker,
    and his associate Bruce Murrie.
    • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
    • The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
    • Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up
    to 105.6 miles per hour.
    • In Irian Jaya exists a tribe of tall, white people who use parrots as a
    warning sign against intruders.
    • In the Dutch province of Twente people live on average half a year
    shorter than in the rest of the Netherlands.
    • Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is
    because all knights used to be
    • right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would
    not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of
    the difficulties in climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have
    had no troubles except left-handed people could never become knights
    because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.
    • Duddley DoRight's Horses name was "Horse."
    • If the Spaceship Earth ride at EPCOT was a golf ball, to be the
    proportional size to hit it, you'd be two miles tall.
    • On Sesame Street, Bert's goldfish were named Lyle and Talbot, presumably
    after the actor Lyle Talbot.
    • The word "hangnail" comes from Middle English: ang- (painful) + nail.
    Nothing to do with hanging.
    • Louis IV of France had a stomach the size of two regular stomachs.
    • Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain smoked forty cigars a day for the last
    years of his life.
    • Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley's
    Comet came into view. When
    • He died in 1910, Haley's Comet came into view again.
    • Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.
    • Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child
    reaches 2-6 years of age.
    • The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in
    Colorado.
    • If you were born in Los Alamos, New Mexico during the Manhattan project
    (where they made the atomic bomb), your birthplace was listed as a post
    office box in Albequerque.
    • Robert Kennedy was killed in the Ambassador Hotel, the same hotel that
    housed Marilyn Monroe's first modelling agency.
    • Ronald Regan sent out the army phoyographer who first discovered Marilyn
    Monroe.
    • Carbonated water, with nothing else in it,can dissolve limestone, talc,
    and many other low-Moh's hardness minerals. Coincidentally, carbonated
    water is the main ingredient in soda pop.
    • Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered
    trademark of AT&T.
    • The newest dog breed is the Bull Boxer, first bred in the United states
    in 1990-91.
    • The first hard drive available for the Apple ][ had a capacity of 5
    megabytes.
    • South of Tucson, Arizona, all road signs are in the Metric System.
    • In many cases, the amount of storage space on a recordable CD is
    measured in minutes. 74 minutes is about 650 megabytes, 63 minutes is 550
    megabytes.
    • The real name of Astro (the dog fromThe Jetsons) is "Tralfaz" -- his
    real owner appeared one day to claim him but wound up giving him back to
    the Jetsons.
    • Charlie Brown's father was a barber.
    • The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, "Aladdin
    was a little Chinese boy."
    • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intraveinously
    • When a film is in production, the last shot of the day is the "martini
    shot", the next to last one is the "Abby Singer".
    • Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real
    brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.) Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the
    U.S., but technically it is number 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress
    forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
    • It is a misdemeanor to kill or threaten a butterfly -- so says City
    Ordinance No. 352 in Pacific Grove, California.
    • If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have
    $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being
    able to make change for a dollar.
    • Other than fruit, honey is the only natural food that is made without
    destroying any kind of life! What about milk, you say? A cow has to eat
    grass to produce milk and grass is living!
    • When Saigon fell the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing
    Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the radio.
    • The Fort George Point in Belize City was formed by the silt runoff of
    Hurricane Hattie.
    • If you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will be
    snugger around your big toe.
    • Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at
    a time.
    • The expression "What in tarnation" comes from the original meaning:
    "What in eternal damnation"
    • Gary Burgough who played Walter Radar O'Reily on M*A*S*H has a deformed
    left thumb. If you watch closely you will see that he never shows his left
    hand.
    • Only two states' names begin with double consonants: Florida and Rhode
    Island.
    • The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific
    Ocean
    • Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
    • The Cincinnati Reds baseball team name was officially changed to the
    Redlegs during the anti-communist movement.
    • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
    • "Xmas" does not begin with the Roman letter X. It begins with the Greek
    letter "chi," which was used in medieval manuscripts as an abbreviation
    for the word "Christ" (xus = christus, etc.)

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    spoon + fork = spork








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    Interesting!

    • A person from the country of Nauru is called a Nauruan; this is the only
    palindromic nationality.

    Akala ko 'NORANIANS".

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    Nice reading. Thanks!

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