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vikingshadow
01-28-2007, 05:58 AM
Here is another lame attempt at trying to purvey useless trivia that you can spout out at parties (or at school!) to make yourself look smart!

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In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S.Treasury.

Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)

The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name
requested?
A. Obsession

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you
would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All were invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey

Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

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Now, how many of you just tried to lick their elbows? :D

DRAGON
01-28-2007, 09:16 AM
DRAGONfax:

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone........I just knew there was something sorta kinky about those 2 -

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S.Treasury ........I'll bet the government spends more money every day as is printed by the U.S.Treasury as well -

Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.......unless you're 60+ then everything goes all at once for either sex. Depends anyone? -

Coca-Cola was originally green.....musta been the coca leafs in the cola at that time. I'll bet that was one helluva morning eye opener in the early 1900's -

It is impossible to lick your elbow......unless you're a cow -

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska......they just got like 5ft of snow. Nobody's walking anywhere there today -

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)..........that's cuz they're so hungry they eat the tree's too -

The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.........it wood be better yet had we not sent a great bit of this natural resource oversea's to Japan and the Orient -

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400........cheap support for your best friend. I'll bet others spend hundreds of thousands on little Buffy -

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000..........it's no wonder terrorism is such big business for these scabby cowards -

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair ........mine has platinum. Zat make me a jeenyus? -

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer......most kids today might ask you, "what's a typwriter?" -

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments......shows you how products were made in the past. If they made them today they would be designed to break down continually so they could be continually maintained with new parts or ultimately replaced all together -

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history.........me tinks one of them was named KingMan wasn't it? -

Think I've gotten Druidtitus with all this color thing OMFG! - :eek:

WhatThaSmurf
01-28-2007, 10:05 AM
Hmm.....I think I shall:

President Kennedy was the fastest random speaker in the world with upwards of 350 words per minute.

In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.

Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

In the early days of the telephone, operators would pick up a call and use the phrase, "Well, are you there?". It wasn't until 1895 that someone suggested answering the phone with the phrase "number please?"

According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction.

Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

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 Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."

When you die your hair still grows for a couple of months.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

The newspaper serving Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, the home of Rocky and Bullwinkle, is the Picayune Intellegence.

It would take 11 Empire State Buildings, stacked one on top of the other, to measure the Gulf of Mexico at its deepest point.

The first person selected as the Time Magazine Man of the Year - Charles Lindbergh in 1927.

The most money ever paid for a cow in an auction was $1.3 million.

It took Leo Tolstoy six years to write "War & Peace".

The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.

On the new hundred dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.

Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class.

The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.

1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue.

There are 10 human body parts that are only 3 letters long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum).

A skunk's smell can be detected by a human a mile away.

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache.

Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

Mario, of Super Mario Bros. fame, appeared in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. His original name was Jumpman, but was changed to Mario to honor the Nintendo of America's landlord, Mario Segali.

The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced.

Elephants are the only mammals that can't jump.

Women are 37% more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men are.

The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet (9 m).

Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.

There are more than 1,700 references to gems and precious stones in the King James translation of the Bible.

When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.

American car horns beep in the tone of F.

Turning a clock's hands counterclockwise while setting it is not necessarily harmful. It is only damaging when the timepiece contains a chiming mechanism.

There are twice as many kangaroos in Australia as there are people. The kangaroo population is estimated at about 40 million.

Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.

The Australian $5 to $100 notes are made of plastic.

St. Stephen is the patron saint of bricklayers.

The average person makes about 1,140 telephone calls each year.

Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old.

Charlie Brown's father was a barber.

Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet (2 m) away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

A lion's roar can be heard from five miles away.

The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.

Canadian researchers have found that Einstein's brain was 15% wider than normal.

The average person spends about 2 years on the phone in a lifetime.

The fist product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.

The largest number of children born to one woman is recorded at 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.

In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

The word "nerd" was first coined by Dr. Seuss in "If I Ran the Zoo."

A 41-gun salute is the traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain.

The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.

Revolvers cannot be silenced because of all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.

Liberace Museum has a mirror-plated Rolls Royce; jewel-encrusted capes, and the largest rhinestone in the world, weighing 59 pounds and almost a foot in diameter.

A car that shifts manually gets 2 miles more per gallon of gas than a car with automatic shift.

Cats can hear ultrasound.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

Children grow faster in the springtime.

On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds BigMac bun.

I JUST POSTED A LOT MORE THAN I THOUGHT! AND I TYPED IT ALL TOO!

vwjimmy
01-28-2007, 11:10 AM
Being old and all, these facts are the ones I always seen to remember....
It is getting hard to even remember....wait....nope, lost it!
;)

newkid
01-28-2007, 11:58 AM
Now, how many of you just tried to lick their elbows? :D
I did lol.

El Duche
01-28-2007, 02:06 PM
It is impossible to lick your elbow......unless you're a cow -

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)..........that's cuz they're so hungry they eat the tree's too -


1. I wonder if Gene Simmons can do it.....

2. that's just wrong......

camo911
01-28-2007, 02:27 PM
Ok I've got a some....

1. The average person spends six months waiting at red lights.

2. One quarter of your bones are in your feet.

3. Right handed people, on average, live nine years longer than left handed people.

4. In the U.S., a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatos.

5. A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel.

6. Almost 80% of animals on earth have 6 legs.

7. Because of the earths rotation, an object can be thrown farther if thrown west.

8. The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan".

9. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

10. Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.

11. Your stomach has to produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it would digest itself.

12. 'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

13. Reindeer like to eat bananas.

14. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver and purple.

15. Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

16. More people are killed annually by donkeys than in plane crashes.

17. A 'jiffy' is a unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

18. The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."

19. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.

20. 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan are the only Disney cartoons where both parents are present and don't die throughout the movie.

Enjoy :)

Theheroguy
01-28-2007, 04:27 PM
DRAGON:

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)..........that's cuz they're so hungry they eat the tree's too - :mad:

:bird: Dragon My family never grew up hungry. The kids you see on the discovery channel and christian relief funds aren't your average african citizen. Have you ever been to more than 2 african countries or have you only read national geographic and talked to peace core workers. I hate it when people ask me bull like did my dad grow up in a hut (I actually punched that kid in the face in middle school and he bleed like a faucet :D) any way I'm gonna stop ranting because I can never convince people to change their minds on this subject.

DRAGON
01-28-2007, 08:41 PM
Don't you dare misconstrue what I posted into some demented racist sick bull**** that seems to be ringing in your head Mr Tough guy. It was a simple joke. If Richard Pryor or Chris Rock posted the exact same dry humor, you'd have paid it no mind. Now who's the racist my friend? I'm sure the posted illustration of your violent approach to racism will close the gap between Americans. I'm not shaken nor impressed of your bloody tale of adolescent self-proclaimed victory over something that doesn't even closely parallel to what I posed. Don't blame me if someone pissed in your Wheaties this morning. Now clean your bedpan, wipe the mess in your bed, take a pill and sleep on this retort bud - :smirk:

bamf-hacker
01-29-2007, 04:33 AM
:applause: :applause: :pwnd:

crux
01-29-2007, 07:16 AM
Awesome, its like watching the discovery channel.:) Anyway, the modern bullet proof vest was not invented by a woman(the original idea of armour was made many centuries ago, the first "bullet proof" vest was produced by a priest), but the Kevlar inside it was. It was discovered by a female chemist in a Dupont factory when she tried to produce a tire that was both strong, and light weight, thus making it more economical on gas. I do believe that it was a pizza boy who was almost shot on one of he deliveries who took Kevlar and produced the first modern style bullet proof vest. Wow, they should include this spelling checker into msn. You dont really know how many spelling mistakes you make until you type with a spell checker. ;)

Theheroguy
01-29-2007, 09:59 AM
Random fact :People will larger limbs are more prone to cancer

If Richard Pryor or Chris Rock posted the exact same dry humor, you'd have paid it no mind. Now who's the racist my friend?

That may be what you asume I unlike most black people you don't turn a blind eye if anyone says something racist even if it is someone else black saying something about black people. Your response only makes sense if I act biased to my own race which I don't. If you don't mean it don't says when comes to sensitive stuff.

I like this new guy Crux

Random fact THe first bullet proof vest worn under clothing was made of silk by that priest

camo911
01-29-2007, 12:03 PM
OK, calm down now people. I think what Dragon said was not racist, but was perceived to be that way by Hero. But that really doesn't matter, what matters is that it wasnt an offensive post towards a certain race of people, more of a geographical generilization of people in that location. Hero, dont go off and start ranting at someone about being racist when you came out and posted something to that extent in retaliation to him, and try not to take things so seriously when nothing racist was said to you, or in general. All in all, drop it, forget about it, and move on.....

marvin-martian
01-29-2007, 02:17 PM
Wow, they should include this spelling checker into msn. You dont really know how many spelling mistakes you make until you type with a spell checker. ;)
FF2 has one

Hossy
01-29-2007, 02:21 PM
If you don't mean it don't says when comes to sensitive stuff.


SO your basically saying you cant take a joke....

Drago ment it as a joke. Not to hurt anyones feelings or whatever, because Africa is percieved as poor, has problems with AIDS and what not, he didnt mean your family or dad or whatever. It was a joke. We all make racist jokes, and dont mean it. Everyone has said or heard a joke on a "Mexican" having to jump over the 10 foot wall.....

Do many spanish people care, no, its a fact that many people cross our borders and are illegal 'aliens' comming from whereever....

Just drop it

Thanks Camo911....and lets get this back on topic

WhatThaSmurf
01-29-2007, 02:59 PM
No, no, let's stay on this topic, as long as we keep things civilized. That is not too hard a task to accomplish, as there are other means to communicate with someone else on here without displaying filth for all to see. Don't worry, I'll post random crap too. Like Hossy said, Drago was making a joke. A racist joke, but anyone who ever goes into the AIM chat will soon recognize that few people here care. The problem with jokes that make generalizations of a certain people or region is that you don't know if there is someone that may take offense to it (again Dan, I'm sorry, even if you weren't offended). As lighthearted as the joke was meant to be, it struck a nerve. The problem was Theheroguy's method of expressing his displeasure. I've been here long enough to see many people get banned for telling people off, although not mods. Now I think the matter has calmed a bit, but I do suggest to Theheroguy to take up any further qualms in a less public manner. No feelings were meant to be hurt, so let's avoid any permanent damage shall we.

Now, on to the nonsense!

The phrase "cold shoulder" originated in medieval time when it was customary to serve to a guest who had overstayed a welcome a cold shoulder of beef or pork as a hint to leave.

The plastic things on the ends of shoelaces are called "aglets".

The reflectors in between the lanes of highways and interstates are called Bott's dots.

The dot above the letters "i" and "j" is called a tittle.

The part of the letters "p", "q", "y", "g", and "j" that goes below the main part of the letter is called a "descender"; the part of the letters "t", "d", "f", "h", "k", "l", and "b" that goes above the main part is called an "ascender".

When reading the word "ye", i.e. "Ye Olde", it is incorrect to pronounce it as spelled. It is properly pronounced "the". The Romans (I think) had no symbol for the "th" sound and used the symbol "y" or "thorn" to represent it once words were introduced with that sound. The letter and sound of "y" we use comes from the Greek "I" as many Latin based languages call the "y" symbol of their alphabet.

There, that's all that I could think of at the moment.

camo911
01-29-2007, 03:21 PM
OK, ive got some more to share....

Alaska is the state farthest east and west in the United States.

The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.

Pinocchio was made of pine.

Every year, Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes.

The hundred billionth Crayola crayon ever produced was Perriwinkle Blue.

More people in China speak English than in the United States.

Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds

Pigs can run a mile in 7 ˝ minutes

The shortest word in the English language to contain the letters A,B,C,D,E, and F is: ‘Feedback’

If you sleep in a cold room, you are more likely to have a bad dream.

After eating too much food, your hearing becomes less sharp.

A grasshopper can leap 20 times the length of its own body.

45% of dollar bills you'll ever own have been in a stripper's g-string.

After the "Popeye" comic strip started in 1931, spinach consumption went up by thirty-three percent in the United States.

The average North-American will eat 35,000 cookies in during their life span.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".

"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

The average person spends 30 years mad at a family member.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are three golf balls sitting on the moon.

The average American spends 6 years in the bathroom.

Babies have no kneecaps when they are born.

In 10 minutes, a hurrican releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.

The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Cleopatra wasn't Egyptian; she was Greek.

Most productive day of the workweek: Tuesday.

It is suggested that you are 3 times more likely to be bitten by a person in New York City, than to be bitten by a shark.

Enjoy the randomness:D

WhatThaSmurf
01-29-2007, 03:33 PM
If you sleep in a cold room, you are more likely to have a bad dream.
Incorrect! There is no evidence to suggest that outside conditions have any direct or distinct effect on the nature of your dreams. Dreams are the display of information, either recent or ancient, that is being filtered through your brain and reset into long term memory as brain chemical are replenished during REM sleep. Listening to music, eating spicy food, and sleeping in a room of a different temperature all have no effect on the processes of the brain during sleep because your brain is blocking out all non-urgent information in order to effectively process information and restore chemicals. Eat my psychology class!

camo911
01-30-2007, 11:35 AM
That was one of those i saw on a website a few months back, i didnt think it was true either but posted it anyway :)

WhatThaSmurf
01-30-2007, 01:57 PM
Don't try to cover up the fact that you didn't know, but thank you for admitting to copying and pasting. I'm cool enough to have all my stuff written down :dodgy:.

bullet06
01-30-2007, 08:29 PM
If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

so whats the odds of it landing on it's side? i've done it and there is no way i have tossed 10000 pennies.

WhatThaSmurf
01-31-2007, 01:07 PM
Major shens bullet. The only way for that to happen was if all conditions were perfect. The edge of the penny and the surface of the table/floor/whatever would have to make contact at an angle and velocity so precise as to correct the rotation of coin, causing it to land so perfectly that any subsequent bounce would not cause it to fall over. Plus the fact that the surface it landed on would have to be perfectly level, the edge of the penny perfectly smooth, and many other factors. All things considered, the likelihood of a penny landing, and staying on its edge when flipped is reduced to a number so small that it is completely negligible. And if you still insist that you have done this, I will think of one more factor that would affect this situation until you give up. I'm not being mean, I'm being logical.