Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Trivia

It's far too hot to blog.  The heat has affected my brain, so here's something I picked up from a Facebook status today, just to keep you amused.

Things you may not know  (I can't vouch for the accuracy of these statements by the way)

 A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will ...
digest itself.

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

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

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2".

During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen
in the distance (and Heston's wearing a watch).

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
(That explains a few mysteries....)

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."

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

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per
side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

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

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will
instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who
discovered this??)

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down
so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in
the USA."

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

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 first product Motorola started to develop was a record player
for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot
sink into quicksand.

Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a
piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin
look-alike contest.

An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman
to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!

The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book
most often stolen from public libraries.

The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

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

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

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

The average number of people airborne over the US 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.

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

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

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.

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


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 invented by women.

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

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.


~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~


At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

12 comments:

  1. Off to the garden for celery then....

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  2. Resisted licking my elbow but I did think about it!
    That made a fascinating read!

    We've had a mini heatwave today!
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. I think I could cope with a mini heatwave Maggie. Ours has no sign of letting up :-(

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  3. Thanks for the trivia...and yes it did keep me amused. some interesting facts...especially about the 'rat' and 'camel'.

    ....it's sunny here but a bit cool, had to wear a sweater today.

    take care....

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    1. You're welcome Erica..it kept me amused for 5 minutes too. Wish it was cool enough for a sweater here :-(

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  4. I am the other %25 percent who will not lick their elbow. Sorry you are so hot!

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    1. Yes Kelleyn I'm in the 25% too. I just thought..oh I'll take their word for it!

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  5. We've been watching old episodes of QI recently so I DO know that Stephen Fry's school tailor was called 'Gorange' - which rhymes with orange! He was ribbed mercilessly for mentioning this fact.
    Oh gosh, I am so trying to resist the temptation to lick my elbow - I'm feeling very positive today and suspect I could if I really wanted to.
    Great read - well done you for typing it all here.
    We will have gazpacho for lunch to keep cool.
    Axxx

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    1. Annie, I'm sure if anyone could manage to lick their elbow today, you could...with your positive mood.

      And...it was too hot to type it here...the power of copy and paste!

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  6. Stephen Fry (that very intelligent dude and master of useless information) said that the thing about horsey statues isn't true. Oh, I'm one of the 75%

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    1. Hi parepidemos. I knew there had to be at least one on that list that wasn't true, and I'd take Stephen Fry's word for it. Glad to see you are brave enough to own up to being one of the 75%!

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