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40 things you might not know
ifihadahif Posted: Wed Sep 13 19:19:19 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
 
1. Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.

2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the
company once had.

3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise
it will digest itself.

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

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

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

7. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

8. A duck's quack doesn't echo .. no one knows why.

9. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

10. Every person has a unique tongue print

11. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

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

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

14. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in
the distance

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

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

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

18. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

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

20. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

21. 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.

22. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other
at the same time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30. 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.

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

32. 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.

33. American Airlines saved $40,000 in '87 by eliminating one olive from
each salad served in first class.

34. 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.

35. 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!

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

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

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

39. 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 game..

40. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a space suit damages them. I can't believe I have
made it this far in life unaware of these "facts"!!!



 
ifihadahif Posted: Wed Sep 13 19:21:34 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Number 7 is bogus, at least according to Wikipedia.


 
mat_j Posted: Wed Sep 13 19:56:48 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  just call me Archie deBunker but...

2. the 57 varieties was somethin Heinz made up because he liked the number and has no real significance.

8. A duck's quack has been scientifically proven to echo, the original 'fact' was simply because how often do you see a duck in a cave?!

33. I actually don't think i believe tis on no evidence at all!!

35. Although true is negligible




 
Mesh Posted: Wed Sep 13 21:42:35 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Sorry, but I know everything.


 
DanSRose Posted: Thu Sep 14 00:06:47 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  #40 is awesome
#32 was in the opening scene in Boondock Saints
#25 is unbelieveably cool, but I doubt that.
#1 is half true- An American dollar bill is make out of a cotton-linen blend.


 
Kira Posted: Thu Sep 14 00:22:01 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  DanSRose said:
>#25 is unbelieveably cool, but I doubt that.

I believe #25 is true. The story is that Barrie actually did make the name up. He was inspired by a child acquaintance of his who used to call their playmate "fwendy."


 
Kira Posted: Thu Sep 14 00:37:34 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Kira said:
>I believe #25 is true.

Wikipedia says not. *Shrug*


 
Mesh Posted: Thu Sep 14 19:14:55 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Kira said:
>Kira said:
>>I believe #25 is true.
>
>Wikipedia says not. *Shrug*



I read that in a book about and all of his Peter Pan work. I think maybe wikipedia is being stupid.


 
DanSRose Posted: Fri Sep 15 01:08:47 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I prefer my funfacts in webcomic form
http://www.jimburgessdesign.com/comics/
Look under the comics!


 
DanSRose Posted: Fri Sep 15 01:15:06 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
In 1897, Bayer, who is the makers of Aspirin, once marketed the drug heroin.
Mars' moon, Phobos, is spiralling downwards, and will eventually crash into Mars in 100 million years time.
The onion is a lily, botanically.
If you cool oxygen to minus 361 F, it becomes a bright red solid.
[and the important one]
When someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles to frown, but it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and smack them.



 
Mesh Posted: Fri Sep 15 23:38:48 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  DanSRose said:
>
>In 1897, Bayer, who is the makers of Aspirin, once marketed the drug heroin.
>


I always find it weird/funny how prevalent, and accepted, some really hardcore drugs were back in the day. I've seen a few things on the history channel and on that one channel that shows food shows all the time about how back in the day wine and other shit that was laced with cocaine was advocated as a health product. And shit.


To think, there was a time all of that shit was legal pretty much everywhere.




PS. America was stupid tryin to outlaw Alcohol. Yeah, good job, congress. You really helped the nation out by giving rise to organized crime. GG games. Fuck you Cary Nation, if I had owned a bar back then and you and your little clam-jam havin' bitches came in and smashed it up, I'd have blasted you with a shotgun. No joke. Bitch. You're in hell right now, I'm sure of it. God put beer on this Earth for his people to enjoy. It says so in that one.....book....and that one....chapter.....verse....whatever. I swear.



PS fuck you Nikki. Kill yourself, please.


 
Beep Posted: Sun Sep 17 15:02:54 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  That's pretty cool, and the comic strip website is groovy. one fact was nicked from either the website or the list though:
http://www.jimburgessdesign.com/comics/index.php?comic=108



 
DanSRose Posted: Sun Sep 17 19:46:29 2006 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Mr. Misses said:
>PS. America was stupid tryin to outlaw Alcohol. Yeah, good job, congress. You really helped the nation out by giving rise to organized crime. GG games. Fuck you Cary Nation, if I had owned a bar back then and you and your little clam-jam havin' bitches came in and smashed it up, I'd have blasted you with a shotgun. No joke. Bitch. You're in hell right now, I'm sure of it. God put beer on this Earth for his people to enjoy. It says so in that one.....book....and that one....chapter.....verse....whatever. I swear.


My super fantastic ultra mondo mega cool girlfriend gave me a late birthday present (birthday was on the 7th).
http://bakerloo.org/pubcrawl/index.htm
It's a pub crawl to the coolest bars in Greenwich Village here in NYC. The bars include the White Horse (where Dylan Thomas drank and drank and drank some), Chumley's (where the term "86" came from- the address of the bar is 86; so many writers did so much there- one story is that Zelda and F. Scott consumated their marriage there at the reception which was at the bar and supposedly on the table where RFK wrote his presidential announcement- Chumley's also brews their own beer and I'll fight for it *thump*), Minetta Tavern (where Joe Gould did ... whatever Joe Gould did and others too), and the Kettle of Fish.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kerouac
(That BAR sign [scroll down]? That bar)

Oh yeah (yeah I was bragging how super fantasic about my super fantasic girlfriend is)
Almost all of those bars were speak-easies and almost all of the buildings in the Village where rebuilt with false and hidden floors. Prohibition failed and it failed so hard. FDR nulled it the first thing he did when he got into office if only make the Depression that much easier.


 



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