Strange But Basicly Useless Information

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Sep 11, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

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    Strange But Basicly Useless Information


    Did you know...

    More collect calls are made on Father's Day than any other day of the year.

    If you were to spell out numbers, you would have to count all the way to 1,000 before you found one that contained the letter A.

    The most popular name requested for boats is Obsession.

    Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women.

    40% of all people at a party will snoop in the host's medicine cabinet.

    Honey is the only food that does not spoil [Editor's Note...that's pasteurized honey, the kind you buy in the store, as opposed to honey fresh from the beehive].

    Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots, ironically.

    Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.

    More people are conceived in December than any other month.

    "60 Minutes" is the only show on primetime television without a theme song.

    Fred & Wilma Flintstone were the first couple to be shown in bed together on primetime TV.

    Coca-Cola was originally green.

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

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

    Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work.

    The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%.

    The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

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

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

    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

    San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments in the US.

    Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: King David (spades), Alexander the Great (clubs), Charlemagne (hearts), Julius Caesar (diamonds).

    In a statue of a person on a horse, if the 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 2nd, but the last signature wasn't added until five years later.

    "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. [Editor's note: someone pointed out that "I do" is just as short a sentence, but it's also the longest sentence! ]

    The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "The whole nine yards."

    Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

    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.

    The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle: G.P.

    The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.

    The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

    The nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosey" is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosey"). These sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("a pocket full of posies"). Furthermore, people who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("ashes, to ashes, we all fall down").
     
  2. jerry

    jerry Since 03-15- 2002 Forum Contributor

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    & there are only 360,000 pinball machines left in the U.S.
     

  3. WHOLE NINE YARDS

    MY UNDERSTANDING WAS WW1 AND THE CLOTH AMMO BELTS USED ON OUR AIRCRAFT. SAME DIFERENCE ONLY EARLIER.

    DANA
     
  4. Indy

    Indy G&G Newbie

    In reference to that horse/statue line, if the horse has three legs in the air the person died from the horse falling on him.

    Indy
     
  5. Doglips

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    I just cut/past the jokes...cant varafy their accuricy..or even spelling :)
     
  6. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    I'll agree with the spelling part !!!! ;)