Strange facts that you never wanted to know

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Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.

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Eskimos use refrigerators to stop their food from freezing.

The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the USA.

Sudan is the only country in the world that has crucifixion as an official form of capital punishment.

When Montenegro became independent, its internet domain went from .yu to .me

Mother-in-law is an anagram of Hitler woman

James Joyce's wife, Nora Barnacle once said to him, 'why don't you write books people can read?'

Sitting Bull was originally called Jumping Badger

The Turkish for cannibal is yamyam

Buzz Aldrin'S mother's maiden name was Moon.

Skiing was introduced to Switzerland by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

More than half the rubbish collected on Ben Nevis is banana peel.

The average car is parked 96% of the time.

Manchester United is the most hated brand in Britain and the 7th most hated in the world.

 

etc etc.

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Anagrams,

 

Presbyterian....Best in prayer

Astronomer....Moon starer

Desperation....A rope ends it

The eyes....They see

George Bush...He bugs gore

The Morse Code....Here come dots

Slot machines....Cash lost in me

Animosity....Is no amity

Election results...Lies, let's recount

A decimal point...I'm a dot in place

Eleven plus two....Twelve plus one

 

And finally....

 

Mother in law....Woman Hitler

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Continuing the analrams..

 

Jim Morrison -- Mr. Mojo Risin

William Shakespeare -- I'll make a wise phrase

Elvis -- lives

The Morse Code -- Here come dots

Princess Diana -- end is a car spin

Evangelist -- Evil's Agent (my fav)

Apple, Inc -- Epic Plan

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The longest running show, 1903 - 1943 at Coney Island was The Premature Babies Incubator Show.

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Cassius Clay was so scared of flying, that during his flight to the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics he wore a parachute on the flight.

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Today I learned that, in the USA, deaths due to prescription drug abuse has just surpassed traffic related deaths. :blink:

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The British cartoon strip character Andy Capp is known as Willi Wakker in Germany.

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My son loves details [about practically everything], so I bought him yet another book filled with fun facts. It claims that everyday in the UK, 2,425 smart phones are accidentally flushed down the toilet! Not sure how they acquired this information, but I suppose it's partly why iPhones are big sellers in the UK. ;)

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Get him the book hooperski got last Christmas: The QI Book (by the looks of it; either that or he's watching Dave all day).

 

Madrid is the largest village in Europe

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Thanks for the tip, I just perused the QI book on Amazon and learned this: Antarctica is the driest place on earth. Some parts of the continent have seen no rain for 2 million years. The Atacama desert in Chile is the 2nd driest place on earth, average annual rainfall is 0.1 mm.

 

And, Saddam Hussein's bunker was designed by the grandson of the woman who built Hitler's bunker.

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I'll be teaching about this [art & music, now unpaid in CA by skilled parents :(] tomorrow for the kiddos at Jr's school:

 

The Stars and Stripes Forever

John Philips Sousa ["The March King"] composed the march on Christmas Day, 1896. He was on an ocean liner on his way home from a vacation with his wife in Europe and had just learned of the recent death of David Blakely, the manager of the Sousa Band. He composed the march in his head and committed the notes to paper on arrival in the United States."

 

Nearly 100 years later...

 

"By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National March of the United States of America."

 

Performed in the UK [vibrant :huh: ]

 

 

Performed in the USA [sedate :lol: ]

 

 

*Question: has any 'real man' EVER played the piccolo, or would he rather eat quiche??

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The top one may be in the UK, but is by a Dutchman...well, ok, a reserve German; he's from Limburg. It's Andre Rieux, who makes Musik für MelonenMiljonen

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Prostitutes in medieval Southwark, London had to pay rent to their landlord who was the Bishop of Winchester.

They were therefore known as Winchester Geese.

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Mathematician, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is better known as author Lewis Carroll.

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