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    Odd Facts You Know

    This was done a few months back but was a really interesting thread and I figured Id start a new one-


    In the title of the Shakespeare play "Much Ado About Nothing", "nothing" in Elizabethan England had 3 connotations.

    1. Nothing
    2. To take note of
    3. Vulgar name for a part of the female anatomy (starts with a "p")

    The third connotation was how the play was meant to be contextualized.
    Sarvamangalam!

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

    55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.

    Every day, 7% of the US eats at McDonald’s.

    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.

    Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

    I got a worthless fact book in my office.
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    Katy perry's cat is named Kitty Purry.

    The only sloth rehabilitation sanctuary is located in Costa Rica.

    A duck's quack doesn't echo.

    In Mississippi, a women can't be convicted of being a peeping tom.

    Alaska is the only state without a state motto.

    Crocodiles can't stick their tongues out.
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    Nylon was invented to mimic the properties of silk

    The same forces that make a spider web's so strong is the same type of forces that allow kevlar stop bullets

    The man to discover LSD actually took a dose many times greater than the usual amount by accident

    George Bush looks like a monkey
    Brad08 has some insight for people who don't understand... anything.
    This is so ****ing ******ed it's almost beyond belief. So, if you eat 3k, you will automatically gain 3k worth of fat or muscle? Incredible. And here I am eating all this food, yet maintaining my weight. Fascinating.

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    Bears eat beets.
    Bears beats battlestar Galactica.
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    33% of the cotton grown in the world has been genetically engineered to express a bacterial toxin that kills insects. So unless all your clothing is organic, you probably own some "transgenic" clothing!
    (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacillu...r_pest_control)

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    Quote Originally Posted by backseatwitme13 View Post
    A duck's quack doesn't echo.
    A common urban legend claims that duck quacks do not echo; however, this has been shown to be false. This myth was first debunked by the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford in 2003 as part of the British Association's Festival of Science.[5] It was also debunked in one of the earlier episodes of the popular Discovery Channel television show MythBusters.[6]

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    Quote Originally Posted by BilltheButcher View Post
    Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

    55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.

    Every day, 7% of the US eats at McDonald’s.

    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.

    Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

    I got a worthless fact book in my office.
    wow that Orca/shark one is bad ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backseatwitme13 View Post
    Bears eat beets.
    Bears beats battlestar Galactica.
    nice segway

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    sharks are immune to almost all diseases, including cancer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BilltheButcher View Post
    Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

    55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.

    Every day, 7% of the US eats at McDonald’s.

    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.

    Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

    I got a worthless fact book in my office.

    What the hell movie is that from...

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    Bit of astronomy facts/info. I'm quite fascinated by the universe and what our future may be like.

    - In 7.6 billion years, the dying Sun will expand and burn up our planet completely.

    - University of Sussex astronomers have calculated that the Earth, in around 1 billion years, will see its oceans boil away into space.

    - The Andromeda-Milky Way collision is a predicted galaxy collision that is due to take place in approximately 3 billion years' time between the two largest galaxies in the Local Group – the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way which contains the Earth. (taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androme..._Way_collision)
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    The number one ingredient in subways chicken isnt chicken

    Peanut butter can stop hiccups.

    Agave the plant that tequila that is made from takes 8 years plus to turn ripe before tequila can be made from it.

    Bee's kill more people in a year than sharks do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BilltheButcher View Post
    It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
    Wouldn't that depend on the size of the calorie in question? I think that's a bit suss...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detard View Post
    62% of all facts are made up
    37% of people know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomv View Post
    Wouldn't that depend on the size of the calorie in question? I think that's a bit suss...
    Not really. A bigger piece of celery would require more calories to chew/digest.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WBBIRL View Post
    What the hell movie is that from...
    In Grandma's Boy, Shirley Jones says that she gave Charlie Chaplin a "HJ," I'm not sure if that's what you were thinking of
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    Actually, there are words that rhyme with orange, purple and silver. Rhyme is defined by the last syllable of two words rhyming. In these cases, that would be (phonetically), "ringe", "ull" and "ver". So,
    For orange: syringe, lozenge.
    Purple: Curple (horse's ass) and hirple (to walk with a limp)
    Silver: Salver, River, Jupiter COULD possibly be classed as a para-rhyme.

    My random facts are: It's illegal to tie a giraffe to a lamppost in Georgia.

    It's impossible to squeeze an egg and break with your finger and thumb, if you hold it at the tip and the base.

    I don't remember where, but apparently somewhere in America, it's illegal to push a giraffe out of a plane without a parachute on a Tuesday before noon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar90 View Post
    Actually, there are words that rhyme with orange, purple and silver. Rhyme is defined by the last syllable of two words rhyming. In these cases, that would be (phonetically), "ringe", "ull" and "ver". So,
    For orange: syringe, lozenge.
    Purple: Curple (horse's ass) and hirple (to walk with a limp)
    Silver: Salver, River, Jupiter COULD possibly be classed as a para-rhyme.

    My random facts are: It's illegal to tie a giraffe to a lamppost in Georgia.

    It's impossible to squeeze an egg and break with your finger and thumb, if you hold it at the tip and the base.

    I don't remember where, but apparently somewhere in America, it's illegal to push a giraffe out of a plane without a parachute on a Tuesday before noon.
    It's also illegal to carry an icecream cone in your back pocket on Sunday in Georgia.

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    people in Tibet use cats as pets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Beast View Post
    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.
    Beginning scene in BoonDock Saints.
    Never shall innocent blood be shed, yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The Three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeful striking hammer of God.

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