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    Default Useless but interesting information...

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

    "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters
    "mt".

    Almonds are members of the peach family.

    The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

    The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

    Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

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

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

    There are only four words in the English language which end
    in"-dous" tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

    The longest word in the English language, according to the
    Oxford English Dictionary,
    is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
    The only other word with the same amount of letters is
    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

    The longest place-name still in use is
    Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki mau
    ngahoronukupokaiwenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.

    Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la
    Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be
    abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

    Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

    In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed
    on a watch is 10:10.

    Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.It was eliminated
    when he was sewn up after surgery.

    Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.

    Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

    Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

    The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have
    the same pattern of whiskers.

    Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the
    book 'The Naked Lunch'.

    A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

    The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses
    II who fathered over 160 children.

    There is a seven letter word in the English language that
    contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters,
    "therein" the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

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

    John Larroquette of "Night Court" and "The John Larroquette
    Show" was the narrator of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

    The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after
    Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in
    Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw
    up.The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of
    it's mouth.Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the
    stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.

    Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully
    ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

    The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth
    from 1.8 miles away.

    The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.

    The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the
    creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z,
    hence "Oz."

    The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar
    tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

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

    To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a
    statement made by swearing on their testicles.

    The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different
    ways.The following sentence contains them all "A rough-coated,
    dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough;
    after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

    The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a
    letter is uncopyrightable.

    Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct
    order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."

    Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the
    Australian coat of arms for that reason.

    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 reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days
    of lore when the engines were pulled by horses.The horses were stabled
    on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight
    staircases.
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    Here are some more:



    Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

    Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children - last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

    Houses had thatched roofs - thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice, rats, and bugs) lived in the roof.

    When it rained it became slippery, and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof, hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."

    There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

    The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (the straw left over after threshing grain) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more and more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. To prevent this, a piece of wood was placed in the entrance way - hence a "thresh hold."

    They cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite awhile, -- hence the rhyme, "peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

    Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

    Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach on to the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

    Most people did not have pewter plates, but had trenchers (a piece of wood with the middle scooped out like a bowl). Often trenchers were made from stale bread that was so old and hard that they could use them for quite some time. Trenchers were never washed and a lot of times worms and mold got into the wood and old bread. After eating off wormy, moldy trenchers, one would get "trench mouth."

    Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, "the upper crust."

    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock them out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up hence, the custom of holding a "wake."

    England is old and small and they started out running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, one out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell.

    Thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered "a dead ringer." And that's the truth.

    Who said that History is boring!?

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    Interesting stuff!
    "What we are dealing with here, is a complete lack of respect for the law" - Jackie Gleason, Smokey and the Bandit

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    interesting, but some of that stuff just doesn't sound real... some of the things just sound too convenient...
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    For some more interesting facts, check out "Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts."

    The word "salary" comes from ancient times, when salt was highly valuable and was often used in everyday commerce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    "The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe."
    For decades, I've tried to convince folk that the so-called "pound" symbol is in fact the "number" symbol (#), as it does not reflect "weight", yet no one will listen.
    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
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    You have to pound it into them, Chef.
    "What we are dealing with here, is a complete lack of respect for the law" - Jackie Gleason, Smokey and the Bandit

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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
    Actually, The mythbusters proved both of those false. They were able to train goldfish and proved you could sneeze holding your eyes open with no after effects (such as your eyes popping out)- I love that show

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie's Littler Monster View Post
    Actually, The mythbusters proved both of those false. They were able to train goldfish and proved you could sneeze holding your eyes open with no after effects (such as your eyes popping out)- I love that show

    In truth ELM, as I recall Adam needed tp physically hold his eyes open, as the myth they busted was whether one's eyeballs would pop out upon sneezing with one's eyes open. Neither Adam nor Jaimey could accomplish this act without support, so that aspect of the "myth" remains to be proven or busted.

    By the way, I posted about tonight's (new) show in the "Mythbusters' Thread", if you are interested.
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    "Ingrown toenails are hereditary."
    Thanks Dad

    "Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur."
    Hopefully the tiger was dead when the person shaved the pussy cat to see if it's skin was striped too.
    Rock the Red!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buschman View Post
    "Ingrown toenails are hereditary."
    Thanks Dad

    "Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur."
    Hopefully the tiger was dead when the person shaved the pussy cat to see if it's skin was striped too.
    I know what's on your mind, Buschman.

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    This stuff is anything but useless, it will come in mighty handy on Trivia Night at my local bar and grill.


    And Chef, I, too, call # a number sign. The locals look at me as if I'm from outerspace.
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