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More Useless Facts
« on: September 01, 2005, 02:27:46 AM »
Funny Useless Facts

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

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

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

Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it.

The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Paul Reiser himself.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

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

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

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

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are members of the peach family.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

The youngest pope was 11 years old.

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
China has more English speakers than the United States.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 other million people in the world?

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

You know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

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

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers-they saw it as competition.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

If Barbie were life-size her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human's neck.

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. 

There are only four words in the English language which end in "- dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
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Re: More Useless Facts
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2005, 06:34:19 AM »
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There are only four words in the English language which end in "- dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

How about felburgdous ?  :tease:

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Re: More Useless Facts
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2005, 09:27:31 AM »
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The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

This has been said to derive from the belief that English law allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick so long as it is was no thicker than his thumb. In 1782 Judge Sir Francis Buller is reported as having made this legal ruling. That same year James Gillray published a satirical cartoon attacking Buller and caricaturing him as 'Judge Thumb'.

It's quite possible that Buller was hard done by. He was notoriously harsh in his punishments but there's no clear evidence that he ever made the ruling that he is infamous for.

It's certainly the case that, although British common law once held that it was legal for a man to chastise his wife in moderation (whatever that meant), the 'rule of thumb' has never been the law in England.

Even if people mistakenly believed that law to exist, there's no reason to connect the legal meaning with the phrase, which has been in circulation since at least 1692, when it appeared in print thus:

Sir W. Hope, Fencing-Master, 1692 - "What he doth, he doth by rule of Thumb, and not by Art."

That makes it clear that the origin refers to one of the numerous ways that thumbs have been used to estimate things - judging the alignment or distance of an object by holding the thumb in one's eyeline, the temperature of brews of beer, measurement using the estimated inch from the joint to the nail, etc. It isn't clear which of these is the precise origin and this joins the whole nine yards as a phrase that probably derives from some form of measurement but which is unlikely ever to be definitively pinned down.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

Oh really?

The Speaker presides over the House of Commons and is responsible for keeping order during debates and ensuring that the rules of the House are obeyed. The Speaker must always act impartially and protect the right of all MPs to speak during debates. He or she does not take part in debates and votes only if there is a tie and a casting vote is needed.

The Speaker also represents, or speaks for, the House of Commons in its dealings with the monarch and has the responsibility for maintaining the dignity and privileges of the Commons.

Elected by all members of the House of Commons, the Speaker is a respected senior MP. Once elected, however, the Speaker ceases to represent any political party. Traditionally, in the event of a general election, the Speaker's seat is not contested - though Betty Boothroyd was opposed by two minor parties in 1997.

The Speakership dates back under its present title to 1377, when Sir Thomas Hungerford was appointed. Equivalent presiding officers before this time were called parlour or prolocutor, and existed as far back as 1258, when Peter de Montfort is said to have presided over the "Mad Parliament" held at Oxford.

The Speaker acts as chairman during debates, and sees that the rules laid down by the House for the carrying on of its business are observed.

In recent years Speakers have tended to have three spells in the chair: 1430 to 1630, 1830 to 1930, and a period near the end of the day. For the rest of the time, one of the deputies will preside.

It is the Speaker who selects members to speak. He or she acts as the House's representative in its relations with outside bodies, the House of Lords and the Crown.

It is also the Speaker who reprimands any offender brought to the Bar of the House.

The Speaker is also responsible for protecting the interests of minorities in the House.

The Speaker must preserve order in the House.  For instance, an MP who makes an allegation against another member, or uses language which the rules do not permit, may be ordered to withdraw the remark concerned. In the case of serious general disorder, the sitting may have to be suspended.

In the event of disobedience by an MP, the Speaker can "name" him or her, which will result in their suspension from the House.

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary.

Not necessarily, especially if you have just eaten a dodgy curry  :muahaha:

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