Random Factoids...........

Lounge By cakes22 Updated 26 Jun 2009 , 1:10am by adree313

cakes22 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 5:10pm
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I love these things........I file it away in my brain under "useless information" icon_biggrin.gificon_confused.gif


THINGS WE PROBABLY DON'T KNOW



1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

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

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. (that makes my day!)

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of Mc Donald 's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 dictionary were misspelled.

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

9.. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.
(Just as I suspected))

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

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

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

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).

14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants. (The Little Perv.)

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

16. 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.

17. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time, hence, multi-tasking was invented.

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

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

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

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhym with: orange, purple, or silver!

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

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

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original 'Halloween' was a Captain Kirk's mask painted white.

25. 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.

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

27. Th e 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

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

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

32. "Guinness Book of Records" holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public Libraries.

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

34. GeorgeCarlin said it best about Martha Stewart. "Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she's behind bars. O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and they haul her off to jail."







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15 replies
mellormom Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 7:00pm
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very funny and interesting too!
Jen...

KlyKat Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 7:26pm
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I love this kinda of information...Go to Snapple.com and look at their facts too. Pretty funny stuff and interesting too. Thanks for posting.

veejaytx Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 7:42pm
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According to Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/lucci.asp
Susan Lucci is not related in any way to Phyllis Diller.

Oh boy, now I've got to get some raisins and champagne and see the bouncing!

Deb_ Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:42pm
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OK the Susan Lucci one was the only one that made me go "nuh uh", I'm glad it's not true! icon_smile.gif

KathysCC Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 8:49pm
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These "facts" have been circulating the internet for many years. Some of these facts may be true but a lot of them are internet legends and completely false.

veejaytx is right about Susan Lucci, she is not the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

The Declaration of Independence was written on parchment made of animal skin. In addition, hemp refers to the entire family of fibrous plants some of which are used for industrial purposes but are not the same as marijuana.

As far as I can tell, there is nothing to back up the McDonald's Happy Meal claim. That number may indeed come from the drink and fry profits which are by far McDonald's largest money makers.

The 7-up spot story is also not true:
http://www.snopes.com/business/names/7up.asp

There is no evidence to back up the newborn statistic.

Leonardo Da Vinci did not invent scissors.

Those are just a few of the ones I checked that aren't true. Some of them are true but I'm guessing as with most highly emailed lists, most are not.

Anyway, I am a stickler for not reposting internet rumors and wanted to be sure you check things before you just believe them outright.

Some good sites are www.truthorfiction.com and www.snopes.com

Here is another site that discusses these types of emails:
http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/trivia.html

Rylan Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:02pm
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That is interesting..

Oh doesn't silver rhyme with shiver and liver?

mellormom Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 9:55pm
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That is true. I saw it on TV. And the Celerey one is true too.
Jen...

KitchenKat Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 1:45am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RylanTy

That is interesting..

Oh doesn't silver rhyme with shiver and liver?




My warrior strong on his horse,
His weapon a sword of silver.
He turns to me and with his eyes
Makes me all a-quiver
Goosebumps upon my flesh
And ah! I involuntarily shiver!
I swear with just one touch
I tremble even deep in my liver

See! I even made a poem!

Idreamofcakes Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 3:37am
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Ok this is making me laugh and the poem was cute but...the word was
silver not sliver....LOL, i'm not trying to be a smart alec really!
It just made me laugh.
Also it has to be DARK chocolate for only a small amount to affect dogs that bad, if it's milk chocolate it takes more. Like my vet says though, they shouldn't be eating any chocolate, so i'll just eat it all thumbs_up.gif

KitchenKat Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 5:44am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Idreamofcakes

Ok this is making me laugh and the poem was cute but...the word was
silver not sliver....LOL, i'm not trying to be a smart alec really!
It just made me laugh.
Also it has to be DARK chocolate for only a small amount to affect dogs that bad, if it's milk chocolate it takes more. Like my vet says though, they shouldn't be eating any chocolate, so i'll just eat it all thumbs_up.gif




Hmmm... isn't silver what I wrote in my poem? sure looks that way to me
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Speaking of chocolate, we had a dog, a mini poodle, about 3 years old at that time. My father-in-law was visiting from Australi and brought huge mega blocks of Cadbury chocolates. Apparently he left them on the dining table and our dog got to them. Ate about...hold your breath... 2.5 kilos of milk chocolate. I kid you not! He was, well, sick as a dog. But he survived.

Vet estimated he ate 5% of his body weight in chocolate. Incredible! icon_eek.gif

bigsisof3kids Posted 23 Jun 2009 , 2:22pm
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I loved the Wendy one!

Nothing rhymes with the word 'month' either.

And (this is sad) I kinda want to see the one about the scorpion. That's just crazy.

Thanks, cakes22, even if some of them aren't true, it was enjoyable icon_smile.gif

Idreamofcakes Posted 24 Jun 2009 , 4:57am
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Oh I was talking about how someone wrote silver ryhmed with shiver and liver.
I said your poem was cute, I was trying to make it a point not to offend anyone. I knew what your peom said, it made me giggle.
Actually this whole thread made me giggle, because so many of the things I thought were true i'm finding out aren't. Then the idea that I know some wierd factoid is funny to me...
Oh well...

-Tubbs Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 2:41pm
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Regarding the Peter Pan and Wendy story, I read that JM Barrie (or one of his kids - I forget..) had a girl who was his "Fwendie" (friend) and that's where the name came from.

The raisin in the champage is probably true. A few years ago I did a Harry Potter birthday party for my daughter and one of the things we did was pour a couple of bottles of Sprite into a tall glass spaghetti jar and add a few raisins. The kids then had to learn the right spell ("Wingardium Leviosa", if you're interested!) and the raisins would rise up to the top before sinking back down again. It was very cool and I'm sure would work in any fizzy drink, even champagne!

That's a fun list - thanks for posting!

woodruffbn Posted 25 Jun 2009 , 6:38pm
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Pretty NEAT!

adree313 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 1:10am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RylanTy

That is interesting..

Oh doesn't silver rhyme with shiver and liver?




this may be just me, but i think that shiver and liver would be more considered "near rhymes". i could be wrong though!

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