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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:49 pm

I did a quickie search for anything similar to these things and found nothing. So, here's an e-mail I got today with some possibly useful facts:

1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

3. The dot over the letter i is called a "tittle."

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8. The 'spot' on 7 UP comes! from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).

14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

16. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

17. Leonardo de Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time...hence, multi-tasking was invented.

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

22. Leonardo de Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

25. 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 (good to know).

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless).

27. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb (sign of a true civilized society...not).

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples! (Guess what I'm buying on my next trip to the grocery store?)

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.
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Postby Redskins Win » Wed Nov 02, 2005 1:00 pm

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

Smoranges, Nurple, Sliver, Surfer ;-D
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Postby logan » Wed Nov 02, 2005 1:23 pm

couple of those i knew. still pretty cool stuff ;-D
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Re: Good things to know!

Postby kashikis » Wed Nov 02, 2005 1:51 pm

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.


Who actually took the time to figure that out? But you're damn right I'm trying it next time.

17. Leonardo de Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time...hence, multi-tasking was invented.


That's just crazy 8-o That whole pat my head rub my stomach things still screws me up.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.


Sounds like my friend after too much whiskey too.

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.


No.. won..der every.. one ... was, ... so.... scared. :-b
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Postby Alkaholik » Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:09 pm

This is the same type of thing, but more in detail and more of em ;-D

http://www.funny2.com/facts.htm
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Re: Good things to know!

Postby Redskins Win » Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:56 pm

Mercer Boy wrote:29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples! (Guess what I'm buying on my next trip to the grocery store?)


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Re: Good things to know!

Postby pdub » Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:11 pm

kashikis wrote:
4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.


Who actually took the time to figure that out? But you're damn right I'm trying it next time.



this also works when you put a raisin in a bottle of miller high life. i've done it (don't ask).

they don't call it the champagne of beers for nothin'.
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Postby Alkaholik » Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:21 pm

Havent any of you guys watched MythBusters? damn I seen every episode of the show, they did the rasin thing and it was true.
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Postby Alkaholik » Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:22 pm

Havent any of you guys watched MythBusters? damn I seen every episode of the show, they did the rasin thing and it was true.
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Re: Good things to know!

Postby hastur » Wed Nov 02, 2005 3:43 pm

Mercer Boy wrote:7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.


Mr. Webster never copywrited his name. Thats why you see so many different types of 'webster's' dictionaries out there. Random House Webster. Merriem Webster. New World Webster. Websters New Explorer. For a nominal fee($50.00 or something) you can produce a dictionary with the name Webster on it. The only dictionary endorsed by the National Teachers Association is "American Heritage" Dictionary.

Mr. Webster was a visionary, but corporations have capitalized on his name. Any dictionary with the name "Webster" on it is unreliable.
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