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27 Oct 2009 19:01 Trivia - did you know? #5345

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Lasting Footprint: There is no weather on the earth's moon, so footprints might stay there forever because there is no wind or rain to erode them. Therefore, Neil Armstrong's footprint, made during the famous voyage to the moon in 1969, might be there for eternity.

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28 Oct 2009 13:39 Re:Trivia - did you know? #5350

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The traditiion of dressing baby boys in blue dates to the 1400s. Because boys were valued more than girls, the belief was that the colour blue would ward off evil spirits because it was the colour of the sky, and therefore toward heaven.

08 Nov 2009 16:32 Re:Trivia - did you know? #5375

The classic French quiche actually originated in Germany. The word quiche comes from the word "kuchen", which means cake in German.

08 Nov 2009 16:55 Re:Trivia - did you know? #5376

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Earthworms have 5 hearts.

The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.

Just like the quiche the French poodles did not originate in France but in Germany (“poodle” comes from the German pudel or pudelhund, meaning “splashing dog”). Some scholars speculate the poodle’s puffs of hair (wool) evolved when hunters shaved the poodle for more efficient swimming, while leaving the pom-poms around the major joints to keep them warm.

20 Nov 2009 12:52 Re:Trivia - did you know? #5399

McDonalds and Burger King sugar-coat their fries so they will turn golden-brown.

Research show that only 43% of homemade dinners served in the US include vegetables.


Prunes are dried plums. The Agen plum which would become the basis of the US prune industry was first planted in California in 1856.

The color of a chile is no indication of its spiciness, but size usually is - the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is.

The FDA allows an average of 30 or more insect fragments and one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams of peanut butter. Another reason to make your own from organic peanuts or DIY at wholefoods.

The average child will eat 1,500 PB sandwiches by high school graduation. (which is a lot of insect fragments and rodent hairs and droppings???)

The vintage date on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked, not the year of bottling.

Tequila is made from the root of the blue agave cactus.

To determine the percentage of alcohol in a bottle of liquor divide the proof by two.
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16 Jan 2010 14:34 Re:Trivia - did you know? #5565

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Let's face it - English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.

Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find

that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is

neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce

and hammers don't ham?


If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?

One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?


If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?

Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise

man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your

house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out

and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

People, not computers, invented English and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all).

That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

How about when you want to shut down your computer you have to hit

start !!
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