2014/06/21 16:45:03
movie fan

Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...)

Renowned record producer Phil Ramone, who passed away in 1993, worked with many famous artists during his 50+ year career.  
 
These include:
 
B.B. King
Tony Bennett
Bob Dylan 
Madonna
 

 
 
The only easy day was Yesterday
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snowbound
Did you know...
 
Roughly one in every 12 people in the world are estimated to have a purchased a copy of Pink Floyd's top selling album "Dark Side Of The Moon"?
 
Snow(the lunatic is on the grass)bound
2014/06/22 20:06:32
movie fan
Did you know....
 
Dinosaurs dominated during the Jurassic period which took place many years ago.  
The period was given this name because many fossils found during that time were discovered in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland..
2014/06/24 20:57:24
ulle trautvag
NOT TRIVIAL: Eli Wallach died yesterday at age 98, a great character actor, born in Brooklyn, known (amongst other roles) for playing a Mexican gangster in "The Good the Bad and the Ugly," with a young Clint Eastwood.
2014/06/25 11:00:23
movie fan
Did you know...
 
Babies burp because their feeding techniques are not yet perfected.
 
When drinking milk, air makes it way into a baby's stomach, creating an air bubble that needs to be released.
2014/06/25 16:00:58
1runjuan
movie fan
Did you know...
 
Babies burp because their feeding techniques are not yet perfected.
 
When drinking milk, air makes it way into a baby's stomach, creating an air bubble that needs to be released.


and yet some of us never learn because we keep drinking beer......
 
 
BURP.......
 
 
ulle , you ready to try posting pics yet ?
2014/06/25 16:10:26
Kwing
1run
2014/06/25 16:34:31
Mayan Boar
Okay, that's it.  Love Dark Side of the Moon.  And, no I do not burp from beer, I belch.  Kiddin, of course.     Off to have my homemade ham/bean sopa.  Oh dear, watch out.  
2014/06/25 19:00:23
movie fan
Did you know....
 
Baby Blue whales have huge appetites.
 
For example, these baby marine mammals can drink about 190 litres of milk a day.
 
Compare that to a baby tiger, which only slurps back about one litre of the white stuff in 24 hours!
2014/06/26 00:19:15
movie fan
Lots of people give blood at blood donor clinics in the hope that they can help someone in need.
 
Ideally, donated blood is matched to the recipient, but in an emergency when time is a factor, Type "O" blood can generally be given to anyone.
2014/06/27 01:55:33
movie fan
Did you know...
 
There is colour, and there is colour!
 
Take VERMILLION for example.
 
Some might call it red, but it is so vibrant that it has it's own name.
 
Vermillion can be described as a vivid reddish orange shade.
2014/06/27 17:00:41
ulle trautvag
movie fan
Did you know...
 
There is colour, and there is colour!
 
Take VERMILLION for example.
 
Some might call it red, but it is so vibrant that it has it's own name.
 
Vermillion can be described as a vivid reddish orange shade.


What about fuchsia?  A super vivid color.
2014/06/28 09:55:41
Rockin Doon
If you had a set of balance scales and put all the humans living today on one side, then put all the ants living today on the other side, the ants would far outweigh the humans :) RD
2014/06/29 05:59:46
movie fan
Did you know.........
 
Prolific American writer, Mark Twain, who died in 1910, did not see all of his books published while he was still alive.
 
For example, "The Mysterious Stranger" came out in 1916.
 
He also wrote:
-- "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876)
-- "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1884)
2014/06/29 14:50:03
movie fan
Did you know....
 
Charles Dickens is known as one of the greatest writers of the 1800s.
 
His novels and short stories provided social commentary about Victorian Times.
 
His is famous for many works, including:
 
-- "Oliver Twist"
-- "A Christmas Carol"
2014/07/01 14:59:04
movie fan
Did you know...
 
Phuket is an island of Thailand which is connected to the mainland vis two bridges.
 
As we all know, this popular tourist destination was severely damaged by the December 26, 2004 tsunami.
 
A year later, resorts were back in business as the area slowly returned to normal.
 
(Too bad we can't rebuild as fast...)
2014/07/02 16:56:34
movie fan
Did you know.....
 
Who owns the moon?
Planting a flag on the moon does not mean owning it or any part of it.
 
The United Nations Outer Space Treaty (long name: Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies) of January 27, 1967 states that “outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of occupation, or by any other means.”




2014/07/04 16:27:43
movie fan

Numbers as letters

 
You are most likely familiar with numbers being used to implicate letters, phrases or even symbols.
 
In SMS (txting) shortcuts, for instance, 2 can also be used for “to”, 4 can mean “for” and the 8 spells “eat” in gr8, meaning great.
 
This is called SMSish or textese or simply SMS language.
 
When numbers instead of letters are used to spell a whole word it is called leet – which, in leet, is written as 1337.
 
Another example is n00b, a term for newbie. Andsoforth.
 
 
Leet originated in the 1980s in relay chat services and on bulletin boards.
 
If you look at it for the first time it might seem difficult to understand but you’ll be surprised how quickly you will catch it.
 
Train your brain with this example of leet:
 
7H15 M3554G3
53RV35 7O PR0V3
H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N
D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!
1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG
17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3
Y0UR M1ND 1S
R34D1NG 17
4U70M471C4LLY
W17H 0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,
B3 PROUD! 0NLY
C3R741N P30PL3 C4N
R3AD 7H15.
 
Glad you caught that!
 
As you’ve noticed, you can also combine the use of leet, textese and normal spelling or even morph it.





2014/07/05 21:34:57
movie fan
Did you know...
 
Most people have heard of cirrus clouds and cumulus clouds.
 
Less commonly known are noctilucent clouds.
 
Found far above the earth, these cloud formations develop when sunlight is refracted by ice crystals in the atmosphere and they are often seen after the sun has dipped below the horizon.
 
 
2014/07/07 13:22:45
movie fan
Did you know....
 
For her role in the 2003 movie "Monster", actress Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds by eating potato chips and donuts.
 
She also wore a fake set of teeth so she would more closely resemble the character she represented, serial killer Aileen Wuornos.
2014/07/10 11:09:21
movie fan
Did you know...
 
Although Mahatma Ghandi is widely known for his role in Indian Independence, he spent most of his younger years as an activist in South Africa.
 
Educated in London, Ghandi developed his political views by protecting the rights of Indians living in South Africa.
2014/07/11 16:14:09
movie fan
Did you know.....
 
The slow-moving sloth lives in the rain forest of Central and South America.
 
These mammals sleep in the trees up to 20 hours a day, hanging from branches with the very strong grip of their long claws.
2014/07/13 00:46:34
movie fan
Did you know....
 
There is an indication on the human body that in the past, humans had tails.
 
It is thought that the coccyx, the lowest part of the spine, is a remnant of a tail.
 
Today, the coccyx is used to support people when they are sitting.
2014/07/14 00:53:17
movie fan
Did you know...
 
Leeks are part of the onion family.
 
Like a gigantic green onion in appearance, cooks use the white end of the leak for baking, roasting, and sautéing.
 
The green stem is edible, but is usually discarded.
2014/07/15 16:39:34
movie fan
Did you know...
 
New potatoes are low in starch, so they are a good choice when steaming or boiling up a batch for dinner.
 
Russet potatoes are high in starch and, when fried, they are less likely to absorb the cooking oil.
2014/07/16 08:24:34
movie fan
Did you know...
 
People may love to wear clothing that is made out of cotton, which is a natural fibre, but many clothing items available today are made from synthetic materials.
 
For example:
-- nylon
--polyester
--spandex
2014/07/17 15:18:45
movie fan
Did you know....
 
There is a theme vacation spot in the small European nation of Malta that is unlike any other.
 
Called Sweethaven Village, but better known as "Popeye's Village", it is the place to visit for all lovers of "Popeye, The Sailor Man".
 
The village is the actual set for the movie, "Popeye", which was filmed there in 1980 and starred Robin Williams.
 
It has brightly painted wooden buildings and the set looks like a seaside town.
 
Families can have lots of fun viewing puppet shows, visiting the buildings, enjoying barbecues, and playing mini golf.
 
There are also kid-friendly seasonal activities, such as summer boat rides and a Christmas Parade.
2014/08/04 03:01:14
movie fan
Did you know....
 
 
The Bahamas may be known for sand beaches and tourist resorts, but some people visit one of the nation's uninhabited islands to see the swimming pigs.
 
Big Major Cay (known as Pig Island) is the home to a whole group of these feral, but friendly beasts that swim out to the bats of visitors and locals who bring them some food.
 
The story goes that sailors left some pigs on the island a few years ago and never returned for them.
 
Now, the pigs romp on the beach or rest under the palm trees, waiting for their next shipment of dinner.
 
Then, they plunge in and paddle out to greet their visitors.
 
 
There's A Secret Island Where Unexpected Animals Swim ...
2014/08/05 02:46:42
ulle trautvag
Snorkel snouts.  How cute.
2014/08/05 06:10:14
movie fan
Did you know....
 
There is a hockey memorabilia collector in Fort McMurray, Alberta, CANADA, who owns a huge number of Wayne Gretzky items ---- from hockey sticks to jerseys to skates, ---- all worn by the famous NHL player known as "The Great One".
 
Shawn Chaulk, who has collected sports moments for 2o years, started his Gretzky collection quite a while ago.
 
He's made many friends with fellow collectors and he even had the opportunity to give a tour of the items to Gretzky himself.
 
Recently, Chaulk decided to auction off the memorabilia, and it is likely that he'll be a rich man afterwards.
 
For example, he owns over 100 hockey sticks, each one worth thousands of dollars.
2014/08/05 14:22:01
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW....
 
 
Climate Regions 
 
Earth is divided into large regions called biomes, within which a certain climate and species exist.
 
Major biomes include:
-- Tropical rainforest
-- Desert
-- Grassland
-- deciduous forest
-- tundra
-- taiga
2014/08/07 00:37:06
palapaboy
ulle trautvag
NOT TRIVIAL: Eli Wallach died yesterday at age 98, a great character actor, born in Brooklyn, known (amongst other roles) for playing a Mexican gangster in "The Good the Bad and the Ugly," with a young Clint Eastwood.


Eli Wallach, Brooklyn born and graduate of the University of Texas.  Great actor.
2014/08/08 09:49:07
minnjim
movie fan
Did you know....
 
Baby Blue whales have huge appetites.
 
For example, these baby marine mammals can drink about 190 litres of milk a day.
 
Compare that to a baby tiger, which only slurps back about one litre of the white stuff in 24 hours!




That's about 50 gallons. Never seen blue whale titteez.
2014/08/08 10:43:55
movie fan
Did you know...
 
All insects have six legs and up to four wings, but use the for different things.
 
For example, the ladybug's dotted outer shell is actually composed of two wings that have evolved to be used for protection, rather than flight.
2014/08/08 17:25:21
ulle trautvag
MF:  interesting, who knew?
2014/08/09 21:22:07
movie fan
 
DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The Old English word “eke” – “e, k, e” – (pronounced “eek”) – meant “in addition to.”
 
In the old days people did not have last names (family name or surnames) so to avoid confusion a person would add an eke name, an addition to his or her name.
 
For instance, John the Blacksmith, John the Baker, John from Jerusalem, John the son of Peter, and so on. [In Hebrew, it would have been something like Joseph ben (son of) Jacob.]
 
Through time, an eke became pronounced as “neke” – “n e k e” which in turn became “nick” name.
 
These nicknames often became last names.
 
Napoleon is the reason for some awkward last names. When he invaded neighboring countries he passed a law that everyone there should have a registered last name.
 
In an attempt to make a mockery of Napoleon’s new law some people registered funny last names.
 
Translated to English, there are family names such are “Cat’s elbow,” “Not today,” and “In my navel.”
 
The families still have those names.




2014/08/11 01:00:10
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
 
Nearly all wine is made from cultivars of only one species of grape, the Vitis vinifera grape.
 
From this species about 4,000 varieties of grape have been developed but only a few are used for vinification (winemaking).
 
Vitis vinifera is used because of its high sugar content which allows, after fermentation, an alcohol content of 10% or slightly higher.
 
Less alcohol makes the wine unstable and prone to bacterial spoilage.
 
Vinifera is New Latin from the Latin vinifer, wine-producing, which is from the Latin word for wine, vinum.
 
In plain English, vitis vinifera means “common grape vine.” 
 
Three quarters of all commercial grape production is used for wine; about a quarter is used for table (or dessert) grapes and a small percentage is used to make non-alcoholic grape juice and raisins.
 
 
Who drinks the most wine?
 
China produces the most grapes in the world but Spain, France and Italy produce the most wine.
 
According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine global wine consumption in 2012 was 6.4 billion gallons (243 million hectolitres), with the top ten consumer countries being -
France: 30.2 Mhl
USA: 29 Mhl
Italy: 22.6 Mhl
Germany: 20 Mhl
China: 17.8 Mhl
United Kingdom: 12.5 Mhl
Russia: 10.4 Mhl
Argentina: 10 Mhl
Spain: 9.3 Mhl
Australia: 5.4 Mhl
 
The most ardent wine drinkers hail from Luxembourg, at 13.2 gallons (50 litres) per capita per year.
 
The French consume 12.7 gallons (48 litres) and the Portuguese 11.4 gallons (43 litres) per year while United States citizens seem to prefer beer, drinking 20.6 gallons (78 litres) of beer and only 2.37 gallons (9 litres) of wine per capita per year.
 
In comparison, the French drink nearly four times more wine than beer, as do the Italians.
 
The Portuguese drink twice as much wine as beer. (Of course, considering the size of the population, the total volume of wine sales in United States equals that of France.)

 
 
Red and white wine
Vitis vinifera varieties produce red and white wine.
 
The color of red wine comes from the skin of the grape, not the juice.
 
In red wine, the skin of the grape is included in the wine making process.
 
When the skin is left out of the process, dark-skinned grapes (red, purple and black) produce white wine.
 
 
Popular white wine Vitis vinifera varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc and Gewürztraminer, the latter made from red grapes.
 
Popular red wine Vitis vinifera varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Limberger, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Shiraz.
 
 
White wines have an alcohol content of between 10 and 12% – red wines usually have an alcohol content of between 11 and 15% but it can be up to 18%.
 
 
Why drink wine?
 
 
Before you comment on the ups or downs about wine consumption, consider these words by Jack Handy -
 
“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ‘It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.’”
 
 
Cheers! (and pass me the wine bottle!!)




2014/08/11 01:07:34
movie fan
oops, my bad
 
(wanted to delete this post but don't know how...)
 
2014/08/11 15:26:56
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW.....
 
 
 
1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

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

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.

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

6. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why. 

7. A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2. 

8. During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur", a small red car can be seen in the distance. 

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! 

10. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants. 

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

12. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 18,979,564,000. 

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

14. The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan". There was never a recorded Wendy before. 

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

16. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. 

17. 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.) 

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

19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby. 

20. 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. 

21. 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. 

22. Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet. 

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

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

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

26. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. 

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

28. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

29. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher. 

30. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries. 

31. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages the suit and the much lower air pressure in a space capsule causes intestinal gas to expand to 3 times normal volume, insuring a major local "environmental impact". 

32. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
2014/08/11 15:38:52
ulle trautvag
Wow!  How interesting!  Love the one about Charlie Chaplin.
2014/08/12 10:44:15
movie fan
Did You Know...
 
Mount Everest is a popular place for mountain climbers and over the years it has become a busy place, indeed.
 
Back in 1974, no-one made the ascent to the summit.
 
However, each year since then, many climbers have made the journey to the top.
2014/08/15 16:08:58
ulle trautvag
movie fan
Did You Know...
 
Mount Everest is a popular place for mountain climbers and over the years it has become a busy place, indeed.
 
Back in 1974, no-one made the ascent to the summit.
 
However, each year since then, many climbers have made the journey to the top.


What about Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norkay?
2014/08/15 21:23:45
movie fan
ulle trautvag
movie fan
Did You Know...
 
Mount Everest is a popular place for mountain climbers and over the years it has become a busy place, indeed.
 
Back in 1974, no-one made the ascent to the summit.
 
However, each year since then, many climbers have made the journey to the top.


What about Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norkay?




After years of dreaming about it and seven weeks of climbing, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953. They were the first people to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2014/08/18 15:10:55
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW....
 
"Auld Lang Syne", the traditional song that many people around the globe sing on New Years Eve, was originally recorded in 1939 by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians.
 
Guy Lombardo was a famous bandleader and "Auld Lang Syne" became a signature song.
2014/08/18 15:16:45
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
 
 
If you want to provide your math skills a major boost, here are 11 useful tricks that you will make you better at math (or at least fake it 'till you make it!), all of which have kick-butt real world applications.

1. Faster Percentage Calculation

Show off by being the one who doesn't bust out the smartphone to calculate the tip.
The quickest way to calculate percentages is to multiply numbers first and worry about the two decimal places later.
Remember that a "percent" means a fraction out of 100, which means move the decimal two digits to the left.
  • 20 percent of 70? 20 times 70 equals 1400, so the answer is 14.
  • Notice how 70 percent of 20 is also 14.
  • If you need to calculate the percentage of a number, such as 72 or 29, then round up and down to the nearest multiple (70 and 30 respectively) to get a quick estimate.
Multiplying integers is always faster than multiplying decimals.

2. Easy Rules for Divisibility

If you need to be able to decide quickly if 408 slices of pie can be evenly split by 12 people, here are some useful shortcuts.
These rules works for all numbers without fractions and decimals.
  • Divisible by 2 if the number's last digit is divisible by 2 (e.g. 298).
     
  • Divisible by 3 if the sum of the digits of the number are divisible by 3 (501 is because 5 + 0 + 1 equals 6, which is divisible by 3).
     
  • Divisible by 4 if the last two digits of the number are divisible by 4 (2,340 because 40 is a multiple of 4).
     
  • Divisible by 5 if the last digit is 0 or 5 (1,505).
     
  • Divisible by 6 if the rules of divisibility for 2 and 3 work for that number (408).
     
  • Divisible by 9 if the sum of digits of the number are divisible by 9 (6,390 because 6 + 3 + 9 + 0 equals 18, which is divisible by 9).
     
  • Divisible by 12 if the rules of divisibility for 3 and 4 work for that number (e.g. 408).

3. Faster Square Roots

Everybody knows that the square root of 4 is 2, but what about the square root of 85?
Give a quick estimate by:
  1. Finding the nearest square. In this case, the square root of 81 is 9.
     
  2. Determining the next nearest square. In this case, the square root of 100 is 10.
     
  3. The square root of 85 is a value between 9 and 10. Since 85 is closer to 81, the actual value must be 9 point something.

4. The Rule of 72

Want to know how long it will take for your money to double at a certain interest rate?
Skip the financial calculator and use the rule of 72 to estimate the effects of compound interest.
  • Just divide the number 72 by your target interest rate, and you get the approximate number of years that it will take for your money to double.
     
  • If you were to invest in a 0.9% CD, it would take about 80 years for your money to double.
On the other hand, if you were to invest in a mutual fund with a 7% return, it would take your original funds about 10.28 years to double.

5. The Rule of 115

If double your money sounds too wimpy and you prefer to up the ante by tripling your money, then use the number 115 instead to estimate the number of years it will take your money to triple.
For example, an investment at a 5% growth rate would take about 23 years to triple.

6. Figure Out the Hourly Rate

Sometimes to make an apples to apples comparisons between jobs you need to compare the hourly rate of each jobs.
For example, if you are able to work the same amount of hours, which job pays better, one with an annual salary of $58,000 or one with a hourly rate of $31?
Figure out the hourly rate of an annual salary by dropping the three zeros and dividing that number by 2. In this case, the hourly rate would be 58/2 = $29.
Keeping all other things equal, the $31/hour gig pays better.

7. Advanced Finger Math

You fingers can do more than plain addition and subtraction.
If you have problems remembering the multiplication table of 9, try this finger math trick:
  1. Open both of your hands, extending your fingers, in front of you.
     
  2. To multiply 9 by 5, fold down your fifth finger from the left. To multiply 9 by 6, fold down your sixth finger from the left, and on.
     
  3. Get the answer to 9 by 5 by counting your fingers on either side of the bent finger and combining them: 4 and 5 makes 45 and 5 and 4 makes 54.
Now you can quickly figure out the multiplication table of 9 all the way up to 9 times 10.

8. Fast Multiplication by 4

To multiply any number times 4 at lightning speeds:
First double the number and then double it again.
Let's use this shortcut with 1,223 times 4: double 1,223 is 2,446, and double 2,446 is 4,892.

9. Balanced Average Approach

Instead of using the average formula, you can use the balanced average approach.
Think of an average as a target that all items in a list are aiming for and you are trying to balance them out to match that target.
For example, let's say that you have 5 exams in your history class and you want to get at least a 92 out of 100. Here are your grades so far:
  • First exam = 81
  • Second exam = 98
  • Third exam = 90
  • Fourth exam = 93
What grade would you need to get on the fifth exam to get a 92 average?
Let's add up how much you exceeded or missed your target on every attempt: - 11 + 6 - 2 + 1 equals - 6.
To balance your average you need to make up for those - 6 points by making +6 points on top of your target.
You need to make 98 on your fifth exam to reach your target grade of 92.
Better start studying!

10. Ballpark Fractions

Estimate fractions faster by using easy benchmarks, such as ¼, ⅓, ½, and ¾.
For example, 3050 is close to 3060. Since 3060 is ½ and has a bigger denominator than 30503050 must be a little bit bigger than 0.50. (The actual value is 0.60.)

11. The Always-3 Trick

Now here is a party trick:
  • Ask somebody to pick a number.
  • Tell them to double that number.
  • Then, ask them to add 9.
  • Subtract 3.
  • Divide by 2.
  • And finally, to subtract the original number.
No matter whether you use 1, 10, 25, 70, or any other other number, the answer is always 3!
(Note: As long as they don't pick funny numbers, such as fractions or decimals.)
2014/08/19 13:53:54
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW.....
 
People who loved the book and movie, "Gone With The Wind", will remember the scene depicting the great fire in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
In reality, 1864 was the year when fire burned 4000 structures or nearly 70% of the buildings in the city.
2014/08/21 02:13:58
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW....
 
 
Coca-Cola was originally green.  
 
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs. 
 
Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters. 
 
Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served first class: $40,000.  
 
City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita: Hong Kong.  
 
State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska  
 
Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%  
 
Average number of days a West German goes without washing his underwear: 7 (I wonder how they discovered THIS?  I guarantee it wasn't original research on my part.) 
 
Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%  
 
Percentage of American women who say they'd marry the same man if they had it to do all over again: 50%
 
Cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400  
 
Average number of people airborne over the US at any given hour: 61,000  
 
Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World: 70%  
 
Average life span of a major league baseball:  7 pitches  
 
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.  
 
The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.  
 
The youngest pope was 11 years old.  
 
Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.  
 
First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.   
 
In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no channel 1.  
 
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.  
 
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a  letter is uncopyrightable. 
 
Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?  
 
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of old when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases. 
 
The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)  
 
When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.  
 
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. 
 
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar. 
 
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321  
 
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 frontleg 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.  
 
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."  
 
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2nd, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.  
 
"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.  
 
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in theSouth Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target,it got "the whole 9 yards."  
 
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.  
 
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.  
 
An ostrich's eye is bigger that it's brain.  
 
The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.  
 
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of  war or other emergencies.  
 
David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars.  He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.  
 
In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.  
 
The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.  
 
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.  
 
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II,moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.  
 
Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.  
 
The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.  
 
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.  
 
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.  
 
No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.  
 
The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".  
 
The only two days of the year in which there are no  professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game. 
 
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. 
 
The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
2014/08/21 15:00:03
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

English language did you knows

...the most commonly used letter in the alphabet is E
 
...the least used letter in the alphabet is Q
 
...dreamt is the only word that ends in mt
 
...the first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON
 
...there are only 4 words in the English language which end in 'dous' (they are: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous)
 
...the oldest word in the English language is 'town'
 
...'Bookkeeper' and 'bookkeeping' are the only 2 words in the English language with three consecutive double letters
 
...the word 'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel
 
...the dot on top of the letter 'i' is called a tittle
 
...the past tense for the English word 'dare' is 'durst'
 
...the word 'testify' derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles
 
...The first English dictionary was written in 1755
 
...the word old English word 'juke' meaning dancing lends its name to the juke box
 
...1 out of every 8 letters written is an e
 
...the longest one syllable word in the English language is 'screeched'
 
...all pilots on international flights identify themselves in English regardless of their country of origin
 
...the expression to 'knuckle down' originated from playing marbles (players used to put their knuckles to the ground for their best shots)
 
...the word 'almost' is the longest in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order
 
the most commonly used word in English conversation is 'I'
2014/08/25 01:19:14
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The prestigious tennis tournament known as Wimbledon, which takes place at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, England, for its start in 1877.
 
It is the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
2014/08/26 17:33:59
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The Sahara Desert , located in northern Africa, takes up nearly 10% of the continent.
 
About 25% of the Sahara is made up of sand dunes that can be as high as 180 meters (590 feet)
2014/08/27 16:08:01
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Did You Know....
 
Creating collages made out of such things as newspaper clippings and leaves is a popular activity for young children (and old folks!)
 
The word "coller" comes from the French language and means 'to glue'.
2014/08/30 02:28:22
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Did you know....
 
 
Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Toast Of The Town TV show.
 
Later episodes, of which, nostalgically, sometimes turn up on assorted specialty channels these days.
 
Ironically, Ed wasn't hosting that first night that Elvis was on.
 
Actor Charles Laughton was filling in and Elvis and Laughton never actually met.
 
Elvis's two songs were broadcast from Hollywood, while Laughton was at the CBS studios in New York.
 
The ratings for Elvis' appearance of the Sullivan show were astronomical --- 83% of the viewing audience, or about 54 million people watched.
 
The ratings record stops until 1964 when the Beatles appeared on Sullivan's show.
2014/08/31 17:12:01
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On September 24, 1934, Babe Ruth made his final appearance as a regular player with the Yankees in New York.
 
The Babe's first professional home run in baseball came in the same month, 20 years earlier.
2014/09/01 11:48:37
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Did You Know....
 
September 3, 1752
 
The day that never happened in England.
 
In fact, that day and the next 10 never occurred as England adopted the Gregorian Calendar.
 
This changeover on September 2, 1752, required that 11 days be dropped.
 
The calendar adjustment did not sit well with the citizens of the day, who rioted when they thought that the government had stolen 11 days out of their lives.
2014/09/04 16:53:40
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Did You Know....
 
Researchers at the University of Adelaide in South Australia have found evidence that left-pawed dogs may be more aggressive than right-pawed dogs.
 
Just like left-and-right-handedness in humans, some dogs show a preference for using one paw over the other when doing a tricky task.
 
In the study, 75 dogs of different breeds were observed attempting to get food out of a cylindrical toy.
 
The researches identified whack paw each dog favoured.
 
Owners of the left-pawed canines were more likely to report that their dogs were aggresses, especially when approached by strangers.
2014/09/06 00:30:52
pinkscallop
I like this one lol:
 
The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
2014/09/07 18:55:22
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after a short absence......
 
Did You Know...
 
In 1876, American pharmacist Charles Hires was the first to bottle and sell his personal recipe for root beer.
 
Today, there are many brands of root beer, but no set recipe.
 
Ingredients that night be used include coriander, vanilla beans, and ginger, as well as many others.
2014/09/21 15:43:35
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Baby elephant seals don't stay small for very long.
 
Because the mother elephant seal's milk is amazingly rich, compared to the milk of most other mammals, it allows the babies to gain weight quickly.
2014/09/24 16:39:18
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Pointillism emerged in the art world in the late 1800s.
 
Created by French artist Georges Seurat (1859 - 1891), tho style of art uses tiny, closed spaced strokes or dots which, when viewed from a distance, creates the intended picture.
2014/09/25 14:35:37
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In musical terms, a prelude is a piece of music that is played before a larger composition is performed, while a pastoral is musical composition that suggests idealized rural life.
2014/09/26 16:24:56
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
Blow dryers are  a hair-styling tool used by many people each day.
 
The first one was available only in hair salons and was invented by a Frenchman named Alexander Godefrey in 1890.
 
Because it was not portable, women would sit under it to dry their locks. 
2014/09/28 15:59:58
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Did You Know....
 
 
Snowy owls live in the Arctic tundra and in Northern parts of Canada, Alaska, and Eurasia.
 
Males are white; females are white with some dark spots.
 
A snowy owl's favourite meal is a lemming, but it finds other small rodents quite tasty, as well.
2014/09/30 13:00:09
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
For the 2008 movie, "Body of Lies", actor Russell Crowe had to gain over 60 pounds to play the role of an overweight CIA agent.
 
It took him more than two years to lose the weight after the movie was completed.
 
 
 
** and I have a problem trying to lose 20 pounds** 
2014/10/01 16:03:02
ulle trautvag
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Did You Know....
 
 
Snowy owls live in the Arctic tundra and in Northern parts of Canada, Alaska, and Eurasia.
 
Males are white; females are white with some dark spots.
 
A snowy owl's favourite meal is a lemming, but it finds other small rodents quite tasty, as well.


They have to nest on the ground -- there is almost no vegetation, much less trees.
2014/10/01 19:08:02
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
People in the Philippines are known to eat rice at breakfast.
 
One rice dish is called SINAGAG, which is rice cooked with garlic.
 
It is found in several Filipino breakfast entrees.
2014/10/05 11:16:55
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
People in the Philippines are known to eat rice at breakfast.
 
One rice dish is called SINAGAG, which is rice cooked with garlic.
 
It is found in several Filipino breakfast entrees.


The Chinese eat soup for breakfast
I often eat salad.
2014/10/05 12:02:26
katzgar
Ferroequinologists are railroad fans
2014/10/05 16:37:41
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
On October 8, 1871, The Great Chicago Fire left 325,000 people homeless.
 
The storey on how the fire started?  
 
SUPPOSEDLY, Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern during milking and that small fire eventually spread throughout the city.
 
NOT TRUE!!
 
Mrs. O'Leary was actually in bed when the Chicago fire broke out and had done the milking some time earlier.
 
A reporter later admitted to having made up the cow yarn to add a dash of colour to his story.
 
 
 
 
2014/10/06 13:41:33
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Did You Know...
 
The most one-sided intercollegiate football game of all time took place in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Georgia Tech crushed Cumberland 222 - 0 !
2014/10/09 21:21:48
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Did You Know....
 
 
On October 5, 1921, Grantland Rice hosted the first live radio broadcast of a World Series game over WJZ in Newark, New Jersey.
2014/10/10 21:41:02
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katzgar
Ferroequinologists are railroad fans


Iron horse fans
2014/10/12 12:10:30
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
On October 23, 1929, the New York stock market closed down $5 Billion in an avalanche of selling.
 
Six days later, the market collapsed.
2014/10/12 13:59:12
Isla Chica
Did you know that if you put your knives like this in the dishwasher, you'll cut the CRAP out of you fingers!

 
I know of what I speak... Personal Experience. 
2014/10/13 09:01:50
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
On October 1, 1903, the first World Series of baseball began in Boston as the Boston Americans took on the Philadelphia Nationals.
2014/10/14 21:07:58
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
People with digestive problems might want to try eating a papaya every now and then.
 
Chymopapain and papain are two enzymes found in this tropical fruit that help the body break down protein.
 
 
(I always sprinkle my pieces with a little lime juice...it helps to bring out the flavour)
2014/10/15 15:03:52
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Paul McCartney’s “Scrambled Eggs,” which Evolved Into One of the Most Recorded Songs of All Time


 
“I reckon ‘Yesterday’ is probably my best song. I like it not only because it was a big success, but because it was one of the most instinctive songs I’ve ever written. I was so proud of it. I felt it was an original tune- the most complete thing I’ve ever written. It’s very catchy without being sickly”- Paul McCartney.
“Yesterday”, written entirely (or almost entirely– read on) by Paul McCartney, is either the most, or second most, recorded song of all-time. (Guinness World Records claimed it was the most, but this has been contested with others claiming George Gershwin’s 1935 “Summertime” is the true owner of that mantle.) Whatever the case, to date, at least 4,000 different versions of the classic “Beatles” tune have been recorded by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Liberace, Tammy Wynette, Daffy Duck (!), The Mamas and the Papas, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and Placido Domingo.
In the mid-sixties, long before “Yesterday” was known to the general public, singer Billy J. Kramer said he was looking for a new song to record and Paul played him “Yesterday.” Poor Billy turned it down because he said it wasn’t right for him. Chris Farlowe also turned down the number, telling Paul, “It’s not for me. It’s too soft. I need a good rocker, a shuffle or something.”
So how did Paul come up with it? “It was the only song I ever dreamed,” said McCartney. Yep, the tune for “Yesterday” came to Paul McCartney in a dream. Paul woke up one morning, late in 1963 in the attic bedroom of Jane Asher’s house (Jane was his then-girlfriend) with a complete melody in his head and set some nonsense lyrics to it.
The original title was actually “Scrambled Eggs.” Paul’s original lyrics were, “Scrambled eggs, Oh you’ve got such lovely legs, Scrambled eggs. Oh, my baby, how I love your legs.”
As for the tune, Paul was initially unsure whether he had actually thought it up himself or if he had unintentionally stolen it from another composer. He played the tune to the other Beatles and recalled, “It was like handing in something you’d found at the police station and waiting to see if anyone claimed it.”
Still unsure, Paul played the melody to several other musicians and composers, but each one assured him they didn’t recognize it and he hadn’t unintentionally stolen it from another source.
After its ultimate release and widespread popularity with no one claiming the tune, in every McCartney interview since 1980, Paul has claimed complete 100% authorship and ownership of the song.
But, as with so many “facts” in the history of the Beatles, this now-gospel is disputed. According to John C. Winn, author of the excellent Beatles book “That Magic Feeling: The Beatles Recorded Legacy,” when Paul first played the song to his fellow Beatles, it was John who suggested the three-syllable title “Yesterday.” In a pre-1980 interview, John also stated: “The song was around for months and months before we completed it.” (Note the “we”.) Lennon continued, in the same interview: “Paul wrote nearly all of it. We just couldn’t find the right title.”
In an interview in March of 1967, Paul also stated John came up with the title when asked by Brian Matthew about the backstory of “Yesterday.” John stated, “Ah well, this is John saying I don’t know anything about that one. I’ll hand you over to Paul.”  Paul then stated, “This is Paul, taking up the story in a holiday villa in Corsica. Strumming away on a medieval guitar, I thought [sings] ‘Scrambled Egg.’ But I never could finish it, and eventually I took it back in. With the ancient wisdom of the east, John came out with [sings] ‘Yesterday’.”
This is in direct contradiction to a May of 1965 interview in which Paul stated, “I remember mulling over the tune ‘Yesterday’, and suddenly getting these little one-word openings to the verse. I started to develop the idea … da-da da, yes-ter-day, sud-den-ly, fun-il-ly, mer-il-ly and Yes-ter-day, that’s good. All my troubles seemed so far away. It’s easy to rhyme those a’s: say, nay, today, away, play, stay, there’s a lot of rhymes and those fall in quite easily, so I gradually pieced it together from that journey. Sud-den-ly, and ‘b’ again, another easy rhyme: e, me, tree, flea, we, and I had the basis of it.”
By 1980, John had also changed his tune, saying in his Playboy interview that “Yesterday” was entirely Paul’s and that he had nothing whatsoever to do with it. “I never wished I’d written it and I don’t believe in Yesterday.”
Whether or not “Yesterday” is indeed 100% Paul’s song or whether John helped in any way with it joins the scores of other “Mysteries of the Beatles” that will undoubtedly remain a bit baffling and will be “unsolved completely” for the ages. But if we’re not nitpicking, it seems clear it was a “Paul work,” with a possible extremely minor contribution from John.
In the end, it took almost two full years for “Yesterday” to be recorded after the original “Scrambled Eggs” version. According to Beatles producer George Martin, Paul first played the song for him in Paris in January of 1964 and told him he thought the title “Yesterday” might be “too corny,” but Martin assured him it was not.
It was finally recorded officially in June of 1965. At first, they tried different ideas, including with John playing the organ, but eventually everyone decided it should be a Paul solo. Thus, “Yesterday” became the first-ever “Beatle” song recorded with only one Beatle and one Beatle alone.
The other “evolutionary” factor in the recording was the bringing in of a string quartet to back up Paul on the song. This was quite a huge breakthrough at the time for a mere “pop record.” These two factors were not without minor repercussions- jealousy from the other Beatles. (“Yesterday” was to be an early indicator of the chinks in the armor of early Beatle unity.)
“Yesterday” was released on the Beatles “Help!” album in 1965. The song wasn’t released as a single in Britain until after the band had officially split up (the “Yesterday as a single” idea was vetoed by John, George and Ringo.)
George Martin knew it was a “Paul song” and thought it should be released as such. But Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein quickly put the kibosh on this idea: “No. It is the Beatles.” According to Martin: “He did not want to divide his holy quartet. Though it wasn’t the Beatles at all, it had to remain so, as part of their recordings. I don’t think it irritated Paul at the time because he considered himself a Beatle above all other things.”
True, John did reap one-half of the composing royalties from “Yesterday” although it was “Paul’s baby,” but very shortly thereafter, Paul would reap the same one-half from songs completely written by John (“Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Come Together,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Revolution,” and many others.)
When the Beatles began touring in June of 1965, Paul initially didn’t play “Yesterday” because he thought it might upset John. This changed when the Beatles appeared on “Blackpool Night Out” in August of 1965. Apparently Paul was right and John didn’t like this “solo spot” idea and made sarcastic remarks all through Paul’s rehearsals of the song. (As an interesting sidebar, at the “Blackpool Night Out” performance, Paul reportedly dedicated the song to his ex-girlfriend, Iris Caldwell. Other sources claim Iris had once called Paul “unemotional” and he called Iris up and played “Yesterday” to her over the phone to prove otherwise.)
On August 14, 1965, Paul performed the song on “The Ed Sullivan Show”- when he finished the number, John Cuttingly said, “Thank you Paul, that was just like him.” George was later to complain, “Blimey! He’s always talking about that song. You’d think he was Beethoven or somebody.”
Despite the other Beatles’s derision, Paul was to perform the song solo at many of their live concerts during their 1965-66 tours. Of course, the Beatles all sang a drunk-like, sarcastic version of the song on their 1965 Christmas record. Even the great Bob Dylan joined the anti- “Yesterday” chorus, saying, “If you go to the library of congress you can find a lot better songs than that… there are millions of songs like ‘Michelle’ and ‘Yesterday’ written in tin pan alley.” (Ironically, Dylan was to record his own version of the song four years later. It was never released.)
Despite the puerile jealousies of his friends and colleagues, “Yesterday” remains a classic, easily the best-known and most beloved of Paul McCartney’s legions of compositions- his “signature song,” which has been heaped with numerous accolades.  For instance, in 1997, “Yesterday” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also voted the best song of the 20th century in a BBC 2 poll of music experts and listeners. MTV and Rolling Stone Magazine also named it the #1 pop song of all-time. Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) asserts that “Yesterday” was performed over 7 million times in the 20th century alone.
Not bad for a song whose tune came to the composer in a dream and that started out with the lyrics, “Scrambled eggs, Oh you’ve got such lovely legs, Scrambled eggs. Oh, my baby, how I love your legs.”
2014/10/15 15:13:49
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
Babe Ruth's famous World Series "called shot", occurred when he ambled up to bat, pointed to a spot in the right field stands, and smashed a home run to that exact spot.
2014/10/16 16:30:35
ulle trautvag
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Did you know....
 
 
Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Toast Of The Town TV show.
 
Later episodes, of which, nostalgically, sometimes turn up on assorted specialty channels these days.
 
Ironically, Ed wasn't hosting that first night that Elvis was on.
 
Actor Charles Laughton was filling in and Elvis and Laughton never actually met.
 
Elvis's two songs were broadcast from Hollywood, while Laughton was at the CBS studios in New York.
 
The ratings for Elvis' appearance of the Sullivan show were astronomical --- 83% of the viewing audience, or about 54 million people watched.
 
The ratings record stops until 1964 when the Beatles appeared on Sullivan's show.


Only showed him from the waist up.
2014/10/18 17:01:50
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
A helicopter pilot named Didier Delsalle of France landed his helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest in 2005, proclaiming to be the first to do so.
 
His flying machine made contact with the peak for about two minutes.
2014/10/19 14:42:51
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Pumpkin Carvings - Full House


The house pictured above is located at Beech Street, Kenova, West Virginia, USA, and over 3,000 pumpkin carvings were placed in front of this house.  Gabriel Harding took this picture.  Interestingly, if you look closely at the front row you can make out that some pumpkins have Christian symbols carved onto them. 
An absolutely amazing feat say Will and Guy.

Most Lit Pumpkins In One Place

However, as with most things, Will and Guy can reveal larger numbers of pumpkins have been gathered together in one place. For years, the inhabitants of Keene, New Hampshire, USA, held and routinely set records.
In 2006, their record stood at 28,952 lit pumpkins. Yes, the pumpkins must all be lit at the same time in the same place. 
But on October 26th , 2007, Boston, Massachusetts shattered this record with 30,128 lit pumpkins. Rumour has it, they are still "glowing" over this feat. The record was part of a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine, raising over $250,000 USD.
2014/10/19 14:55:01
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The first blender was used to make milkshakes in 1922.
 
It was invented by Stephen Poplawski, who had the idea of putting a spinning blade at the bottom of a container that could automatically mix up ingredients.
 
Now, many of us use it to make margaritas. 
 
THANK YOU STEPHEN!! 
2014/10/21 14:01:33
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
English author, Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976) wrote more than 70 detective novels, as well as short story collections, plays, and poems.
 
Her work has been translated in 100 different languages.
 
Her books continue to be popular today. 
2014/10/23 13:41:57
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
Few Westerners may know that the official name of Japan is Nippon.
 
This country is a land of islands, having four large ones and over 3900 smaller ones.
2014/10/30 01:58:35
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A pair of men's swimming trunks, special because they were worn by actor Daniel Craig when he portrayed James Bond in the movie, "Skyfall", sold for $71,259 US at a charity auction in London.
2014/10/31 13:33:45
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
A pair of men's swimming trunks, special because they were worn by actor Daniel Craig when he portrayed James Bond in the movie, "Skyfall", sold for $71,259 US at a charity auction in London.


I would have loved to have bought him.  Gorgeous, sexy man -- almost as good as Sean Connery (my all-time Bond favorite -- handsome and dangerous-looking, a perfect Bond combination.) 
2014/10/31 15:53:47
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
Wisdom teeth are known as vestigial third molars.
 
Our human ancestors, who had larger jaws, used them to grind down the plants they ate.
 
Today, humans have smaller jaws, but we still grow wisdom teeth, which are no longer needed.
2014/11/02 15:42:41
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Most homeowners plant a hedge to provide a little bit of privacy and they're happy when their living fence grows to be a few feet tall.
 
But, if a hedge was planted in the early 1700s, it's totally a different story.
 
Such is the case with a hedge in Cotswolds in England.
 
Located on the Bathurst Estate, this yew hedge is over 300 years old and is 40 feet high, 33 feet wide, and it extends for 450 feet in a semi-circular formation.
 
It takes two men 80 hours to trim the gigantic hedge using a cherry-picker and electric trimmers.
 
The clippings (and there are many!) are used in the production of a cancer-fighting drug.
 

 
 
2014/11/04 16:13:28
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
American actor Brad Pitt of Hollywood fame was first recognized for his role as a hitchhiker in the 1991 movie, "Thelma & Louise."
 
However, prior to that movie, he starred in several other movies and television shows including the 1987 movie "No Way Out".
2014/11/15 17:52:52
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DID YOU KNOW...

THE OKAPI

The Okapi is an elusive herbivore that is found in a small pocket of tropical mountain forest in central Africa.
 
Despite it’s Deer-like appearance the Okapi is actually one of the last remaining ancestors of the Giraffe, which is the tallest animal on Earth.
 
Along with having a relatively long neck compared to it’s body size, the most striking feature of Okapi is the horizontal stripes that are particularly visible on their behinds and give this animal an almost Zebra-like appearance. 
 
Okapi is very shy and secretive, so much so in fact that they were not recognized as a distinct species by western science until the earth 20th century.
 
Although they are seldom seen by people, the Okapi is not an endangered species as they are thought to be fairly common in their remote habitats.
 
Like it’s distant and much larger ancestor, Okapi has a long neck which not only helps it to reach leaves that are higher up, but also provides Okapi with a tool to both defend itself and it’s territory.
 
Okapi has a red-brown coloured coat of fur with horizontal, white striped markings that are found on their hind quarters and at the tops of their legs, and provide the Okapi with excellent camouflage in the dense jungle.
 
They grow to be about 5' in height.

2014/11/20 13:06:49
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
A ZEBROID is an animal that has a zebra for a father and a donkey, or other equine, for a mother.
 
However, if a zebra mare is the mother and a donkey  stallion is the father, the offspring is known as a DONKRA.
2014/11/21 12:17:33
ulle trautvag
OKAPI:  So I have a bungee cord computer chair and need to place a pillow on it.  Otherwise I get what I call is Okapi Ass, very embarrassing when wearing a bathing suit.   It takes a while for the streaks to disappear.
2014/11/21 13:29:19
movie fan
Did you know...
 
 
In the sport of Pigeon Racing, specially bred pigeons, called the Racing Homer, are released.
 
The time it takes for them to fly home over a specified distance is measured.
 
Race distances are usually between 100 and 1000 kilometres (60 and 620 miles).
2014/12/31 14:05:04
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DID YOU KNOW.....
 
 
The SLINKY is a toy that has fascinated children for decades.
 
Based on a metal coil or spring that moves on its own (especially down a flight of stairs), The SLINKY was invented by an American named Richard James in 1943
2015/01/15 00:35:52
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
Famous American actor Robert De Niro got his acting start when he was still in grade school in New York City.
 
His school put on a production of "The Wizard of Oz" and he played the role of the cowardly lion.
2015/01/24 02:18:19
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
There are six types of tigers:
  • Bengal
  • Sumatran 
  • Siberian
  • South China
  • Malaysian
  • Indochinese
 
These ferocious felines are only found in Asia.
 
Most people are aware of Bengal and Siberian tigers because they are the ones most commonly found in zoos.
2015/01/26 01:34:39
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Those who love listening to Classical guitar music probably are familiar with the music of Andres Segovia.
 
This classical guitar virtuoso was born in Spain and was known around the world for his musical skill.
 
He died in 1987 at the age of 94.
2015/01/27 02:28:38
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Time, The American news magazine that is published weekly, has a circulation of 3.3 million readers.
 
Its founders were Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, who published the first edition in New York City in 1923.
2015/02/04 01:02:26
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW....
 
Vultures: One of the environment’s most necessary — but often overlooked — creatures. 
 
These intelligent birds are uniquely equipped to keep the environment clean and help prevent the spread of disease.
 
A world without vultures? 
 
A world without vultures would be a foul-smelling place filled with disease and rotting carcasses — let’s hear it for these unsung environmental heroes!
 
 -Vultures do not have a good sense of smell – they rely exclusively on incredible eyesight to locate food – a soaring vulture can spot a 3-foot animal carcass from 4 miles away.
 
- The Rueppell’s griffon vulture is the world’s highest flying bird. In 1973, one collided with an airplane off the Ivory Coast; at the time, the plane was flying at 37,000 feet.
 
-Vultures can eat up to 20 percent of their own body weight in one sitting.
 
-Vultures are equipped with a digestive system that contains special acids that will dissolve anthrax, botulism, and cholera bacteria.
 
-Vultures do not go after healthy prey, but will attack wounded and dying animals.
 
- Vultures have the unusual habit of urohydrosis — defecating on their legs to cool them by evaporation.
 
-A group of vultures is called a venue, and when circling the air, a group of vultures is called a kettle.
 
-By consuming the carcasses of diseased animals, vultures prevent the spread of life-threatening diseases such as rabies and anthrax among animals and humans.
 
-Most vulture species mate for life.
 
-The vomit of a vulture, followed by the action of flying away, is the most common defensive tactic against an adversary. If the food is relatively undigested, the predator is rewarded with a free meal. If the food is mostly digested, the foul-smelling substance acts as a deterrent and will sting the eyes of a predator if it lands in their face.
 
-Most vultures are social and several species can often be seen feeding together on the same carcass. 
2015/02/09 15:20:25
ulle trautvag
WOW!  What a fine kettle of non-fish; as they circle they stir the pot, or kettle.  Loved the info -- a flight at 37,000 feet!
2015/02/09 18:02:52
ulle trautvag
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
Those who love listening to Classical guitar music probably are familiar with the music of Andres Segovia.
 
This classical guitar virtuoso was born in Spain and was known around the world for his musical skill.
 
He died in 1987 at the age of 94.


Saw him perform at Carnegie Hall when I was 27.  He wore a magnificent diamond ring which shot fire when he played; oh, so beautiful.
2015/02/09 22:36:28
CallMeFrank
We've seen some of these before.  Cannot vouch all are factual however they are interesting.

 

A few new ones………..
 

                            'A SHOT OF WHISKEY'

In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.


THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.



BUYING THE FARM
This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.



IRON CLAD CONTRACT
This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.



PASSING THE BUCK / THE BUCK STOPS HERE
Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it was common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the buck" to the next player. If that player accepted then "the buck stopped there".



RIFF RAFF
The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.



COBWEB
The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".



SHIP STATE ROOMS
Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.



SLEEP TIGHT
Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.



SHOWBOAT
These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small town along the Mississippi River . Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is "showboating".



OVER A BARREL
In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in a effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.



BARGE IN


Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".


HOGWASH
Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless "hog wash".



CURFEW
The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called-a "curfew".



BARRELS OF OIL
When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.



HOT OFF THE PRESS
As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it’s hot. The expression means to get immediate information.











































2015/02/10 22:55:23
ulle trautvag
Interesting info.  Thanks.
2015/02/11 10:27:22
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
The shorebird call the red knot makes a very long trip during its migration.
 
These birds spend summers in the Canadian Arctic and winters at South America's southern tip, a 18,600 mile flight. 
2015/02/11 15:34:09
movie fan
Did You Know...
 
 
ZEBRAS

  • A group of zebra is called a "zeal".
  • Just like human fingerprints, a zebra’s stripe pattern is unique to the individual.
  • Zebras are highly social, and will only go to sleep if they are close to neighbors so that they can be warned if a predator approaches. They also prefer to graze together and will groom each other.
  • Zebras are brave animals that care deeply about their group members. When a group member is wounded by a predator attack, other zebras will come to its defense, circling the injured individual and attempting to drive the predator(s) away.
  • Mother zebras are very caring and protective mothers. Infant zebras (foals) are able to stand, walk and suckle shortly after birth, and will continue to drink their mother’s milk for the first year of life.
  • Zebras communicate with each other through various vocal expressions including sniffing and balking, but also through the position of their ears and tail. They can turn their ears in almost any direction and harness this ability to communicate their mood, for example pulled backwards when angry, or standing erect when calm and friendly.
  • Zebra can run up to 65km/h. They combine this fast running with excellent stamina and zig-zagging motions to try and evade predators that chase them.
  • Although they may appear to be badly camouflaged, when they are in a herd the zebra’s distinct stripes merge into a big mass and make it hard for predators to single out individual animals.
  • Zebras’ stripes are associated with harmony in some cultures. The black and white blending and balancing of opposites mimics the Eastern yin-yang symbol.
2015/02/15 16:25:21
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The Amalfi Coast is located in southern Italy on the Sorrentine Peninsula.
 
It is known for its steep, terraced cliffs, the cultivation of lemons and the production of Limoncello liquor.
 
It is also a tourist destination.
2015/02/17 22:57:14
movie fan
Did You Know...
 
CLOUDS
 
Puffy white clouds sailing across a blue sky indicate continuing weather.
 
But if they mass together to form tall, anvil-shaped clouds, be prepared for a lightning-filled thunderstorm, even if the sun is brightly shining.
 
Striped frosty clouds high in the sky indicate the probability of light rain; dark, layered clouds overhead mean steady rain or snow.
 
If you are ever lost at sea, look for the patches of stationary woolly clouds that usually form a little to the windward side of an island.
2015/02/19 17:16:28
1runjuan
did you know
you can restore old cloudy looking vehicle plastic head lights with
 
 
 
 
 
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2015/02/19 17:30:53
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW?...
 
THE TUXEDO REBELLION 
 
The Year: 1886
The Place: Tuxedo Pard, New York
 
As the story goes, tobacco tycoon Pierre Lorillard was bored with the formality of traditional tails.  
 
And so, for the Annual Ball, he had his tailor make him several tailless jackets in the mode of the British riding coat popular among fox hunters.
 
It was a daring idea, but Pierre lost his nerve and donned the standard formal costume.
 
 
 
His son, Griswold, however, possessed the audacity that Pierre lacked.
 
He and his friends astounded the cream of the society by appearing in short dinner jackets.
 
Tongues wagged for a while, but the desire for change must have lurked beneath the staid surface of society -- or perhaps the famous Lorillard mane worked some magic -- because others were soon wearing the tailless "Tuxedo suits" that eventually became standard attire.
 
 
 
Accessories to the tuxedo also have their histories.
 
 
A forerunner of the cummerbund, for instance, was worn in India as part of the Hindu formal attire.
 
The British liked the look and adopted the style for themselves.
 
The pleats were worn facing up, probably because dress trousers lacked pockets and, after all, one needed a place to carry theatre tickets.
 
 
2015/02/20 02:45:05
movie fan
Did You Know:
 
When credits to a film appear on screen, there are usually people credited as being a "gaffer".
 
A gaffer is an electrician or lighting technician working with the production crew.
2015/02/20 15:41:21
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
SPOTTED HYENA'S
 
- Spotted hyenas are famed scavengers and often dine on the leftovers of other predators. But these hardy beasts are also skilled hunters that will take down wildebeest or antelope. They also kill and eat birds, lizards, snakes, and insects.

- In an increasingly overpopulated Africa, hyenas and humans come into frequent contact. In fact, the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania actually leave their dead to be consumed by hyenas. However, these intelligent and bold animals will raid food stores and crops and are blamed for many livestock and even some human deaths. In some areas they have been heavily hunted as destructive pests.

- They are the largest of three hyena species. Brown and striped hyenas are the other two. Although hyenas appear similar to dogs, they are actually more closely related to cats. They live throughout much of Africa and eastwards through Arabia to India.

- They live together in large groups called clans that may include up 80 individuals and are led by females.

- They have good hearing and sharp eyesight at night. They are fast and can run for long distances without tiring. Packs work together effectively to isolate a herd animal, sometimes one that is ill or infirm, and pursue it to the death. The victors often squabble over the spoils, either among themselves or with other powerful animals like lions.

- Spotted hyenas are quite vocal and make a wide variety of sounds, including the "laughing" that has long been associated with their name.
2015/02/21 20:32:17
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

BIRTHING SEASON FOR THE WILDEBEEST
 

Calving occurs during late January through February on the seemingly un-ending short grass plains of the southern Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. An estimated 8,000 baby wildebeest are born each and every day during a three week window. 

This annual period of birthing provides a feast for predators. Driving across the plains, one can count literally hundreds of hyenas and dozens of lions scattered about. It may seem that the wildebeest are doing the predators a favor by dropping their young all at the same time, but in fact, during this synchronized mass birthing, done in a very short period of time, results in the predators’ becoming satiated and unable to consume as much as they would if the calving happened over a longer time span.

The predators thus have only a limited impact on the population of newborn calves; any calves born outside the peak are far more likely to perish.

To watch any birth is amazing but watching the wildebeest birthing verges on the incredible. A newborn wildebeest gains co-ordination faster than any other ungulates and is usually on its feet two to three minutes after birth. It can run with the herd at the age of five minutes and is able to outrun a lioness soon thereafter. Notwithstanding this, many do die within their first year, from predation, malnutrition, fatigue or disease. Many calves get separated from their mothers when the herds panic or cross rivers or lakes in their path. 
2015/02/24 16:32:56
movie fan
Did You Know...
 
The Mysterious COLUGO
 
 
 
 
They looked like squirrels but glided like bats. 
 
The colugos, which have inhabited the Southeast Asian rainforests for over a million years, are the world’s best gliding mammals, and it is believed they are the closest living relative to primates.
 
They cannot be found on any other part of Langkawi Island with the exception of the little-explored northwest corner where they thrive. 
 
Stealthy and agile, these nocturnal creatures are shy, spending most of the day hanging on trees with their sharp claws.
 
Saving their energy and adventurous nature for after dark, colugos spend their evenings gliding from tree to tree in search for food and avoiding predators.
 
In flight, the colugo is majestic, spreading out its arms and legs to reveal a thin membrane that surrounds the body, almost like a kite, allowing it to glide up to 70 meters.
2015/02/25 14:57:56
ulle trautvag
Very interesting.  Thank you.
2015/02/25 19:58:44
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
HIPPOS
-Hippopotamuses are found in Africa.
-The hippopotamus is generally considered the third largest land mammal (after the White -rhinoceros and elephant).
-Resting in water helps keep hippopotamuses temperature down.
-Hippopotamuses give birth in water.
-The closest relations of the hippopotamus are surprisingly cetaceans such as whales and dolphins.
-Scientists believe this family of animals diverged in evolution around 55 million years ago.
-Hippos can be extremely aggressive, especially if they feel threatened, so don’t get between a hippo and the water.
-They are regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
-A male hippopotamus is called a ‘bull’.
-A female hippopotamus is called a ‘cow’.
-A baby hippo is called a ‘calf’.
-A group of hippos in known as a ‘herd’, ‘pod’, ‘dale’ or ‘bloat’.
-Hippos typically live for around 45 years.
-Hippos eat mostly grass
2015/02/28 20:19:41
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oops, hit the button twice 
2015/02/28 20:19:36
movie fan
really?  three times??  
2015/02/28 20:19:53
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
Temperatures in the northern U.S. state of Alaska average -18F (-28C) in January.
 
But that doesn't bother local wood frogs, which have chemicals in their blood that help prevent them from freezing.
2015/03/02 01:31:20
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW....
 
 
Those famous Muppits, including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, were named by their creator, American Jim Henson.
 
The word Muppet is a combination of the words marionette and puppet, an accurate description of these functional characters.
2015/03/04 01:48:20
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
The Story of Sneakers
 
Although actor Dudley Moore (whose feet are two different sizes) bought 30 custom-made pairs in one day, and singer Mick Jagger for married in sneakers, and comedian Woody Allen was spotted wearing sneakers with a tuxedo, these modern miracles of comfort are really nothing new.
 
When -- as Indian lore has it -- members of a Brazilian tribe dipped their feet into the liquid latex of rubber trees some 300 years ago, they created what were, in fact, the world's first sneakers.
 
The vulcanizing process, developed in the 1840's, made it possible to manufacture rubber shoe soles.
 
But it was't until just before the turn of the century that canvas-and-rubber sneakers appeared, and they didn't become popular until 1917.
 
For years sneakers (named after their noiselessness) were white or black, low or high cut, and maligned as unhealthful and informal.
 
In 1962 the first modern running shoe, with a comfortable sole, and a shock-absorbing wedge, was marketed .
 
Innovations followed: designer colours, new sole patterns, "breathable" nylon uppers, and more.
 
Now technology has caught up with the running shoe.
 
One model has a built-in microchip that measures speed, distance, and calories burned.
 
Another, when plugged into a computer, tracks long-term performance.
2015/03/04 15:16:46
ulle trautvag
WOW.  Incredible info.  Thanks.
2015/03/04 20:16:15
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW....
 
HASTE MAKES WASTE
 
Garbage disposal has always been a problem.
 
The residents of ancient Troy left their wastes on the floors of their homes or dumped in the streets.
 
In some ancient African cities, garbage piled so high that street levels rose and new houses had to be built on higher ground.
 
 
The ancient Greeks organized the first municipal dumps in the Western World, and Athens was the first city known to prohibit throwing refuse into the streets.
 
 
Still, as late as the 14th century, Parisians were allowed to cast garbage from their windows.
 
 
It is believed that Benjamin Franklin, the 18th century American statesman and philosopher, was the first North American to vocate    municipal garbage disposal.  
 
Franklin suggested hiring men to dump Philadelphia waste in the Delaware River.
 
However, it wasn't until the late 19th century that some North American cities initiated garbage collection services.
 
Until then, pigs were the primary garbage disposers.
 
 
2015/03/06 16:36:19
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
A Funny Spasm That's Nothing To Laugh About...  HICCUPS
 
Hiccups are often the subject of humour, but a bout that won't go away can be painful, exhausting, or even fatal!
 
 
There is no good time to get the hiccups, but doctors agree that one of the worst is during surgery.
 
A patient under general anesthesia is, unfortunately, in no position to try one of the traditional remedies, such as being stared, breathing into a paper bag, or reciting the Lord's prayer backwards.
 
 
On Texas man endured long and frequent sieges for 22 years.
 
Once he couldn't eat or sleep for 4 weeks.
 
When he reached the point where he had lost 20 pounds, he checked himself into a hospital.
 
It was later discovered that his spasms were a side effect of some medicine he had been taking for another ailment.
 
 
 
The world record holder is Charles Osbourne of Iowa.
 
He began hiccuping in 1922 while trying to lift a 350 pound hog.
 
At this writing, he's still at it.
 
Doctors say the physical strain ruptured a blood vessel, destroying a spot on the brain that inhibits hiccups.
 
 
 
2015/03/10 02:10:30
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
ICE CREAM
 
No one really invented ice cream --- it just evolved.
 
The Chinese were enjoying a mixture of snow and fruit juice 3000 years ago.
 
History records that iced drinks were served in King Solomon's time.
 
"Milk and Honey" mentioned in the Bible was probably ice cream.
 
 
Later the Roman Emperor Nero is said to have had snow retrieved from the mountains and served with fruit, juices, and honey.
 
At the end of the 13th century Marco Polo returned from the Far East with a recipe resembling today's sherbet.
 
Most historians believe it was probably this recipe that evolved into ice cream in Italy some time during the 16th century.
 
 
Ice cream was first served to the general public at Café Procope in Paris in the late 1600's (the café, like the dessert, is still there).
 
But almost 200 years passed before the stuff was really made available to all; it happened after the invention of insulated ice houses and the hand-operated ice cream freezer.
 
 
The first wholesale ice cream vendor appeared in Baltimore, Md in 1951, and before long, ice cream vendors were setting up shop.
 
By 1874, a soft drink concessionaire in Philadelphia had introduced the ice cream soda.
 
 
If an ice cream vendor at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, MO, hadn't run out of bowls, we might never have seen the birth of the ice cream cone.
 
As the story goes, he had some Middle East waffles on hand, and when he folded them into a cornucopia shapes and filled them with ice cream, he started a fad that's still going strong today.
2015/03/11 21:35:23
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW....
 
Famous People with Learning Difficulties
 
  • Leonardo da Vinci:  Some believe the mirror writing in his notes was a code; others say it was a symptom of dyslexia.
  • Hans Christian Anderson: The manuscripts of this writer contain amazing variations in spelling.
  • Thomas A. Jefferson: This brilliant inventor was taught by his mother after schools were unsuccessful.
  • Albert Einstein: This genius didn't talk until he was 4 or read until he was 9.
  • Woodrow Wilson: This president couldn't read until he was 11.  His relatives considered him "dull" and "backward".
  • Auguste Rodin: "I have an idiot for a son, " the sculpture father once said.  He did poorly in spelling and arithmetic -- but his most enduring work is "The Thinker".
  • Winston Churchill: A duplicate of his original application, sent anonymously to his old school, was rejected as not up to the schools standards.
2015/03/13 02:01:44
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW....
 
 
GORILLAS
Few animals have sparked the imagination of man as much as the gorilla, the largest of the living primates and the last member of the ape family known to science.
 
Most gorillas live in inaccessible regions in various dense forests in tropical Africa, and only in the last 30 years have scientists learned details of their life in the wild.


 
 
A chain of eight volcanoes known as the Virunga Volcanoes runs through a western section of the Rift Valley, forming part of the border between Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and Rwanda.
 
These spectacular mountains and the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda are the last refuges of the most endangered of the gorilla subspecies, the mountain gorilla.
 
Only about 630 of these individuals remain. 
 
Most people wanting to visit the gorillas, involves flying in and out of the capital city of  Kigali and heading north for two or three nights.
 
For many people, the chance to stare a silver back in the face and lay back and watch the juveniles wrestle around you has been the hi-light of their trip.
 
It is an overall amazing and very humbling experience.

 
  •  A group of gorillas is called a band or a troop. Gorillas usually travel in groups of six to 12 individuals led by the most dominant male. 
  • Groups made up of mostly females, their young and a few younger males
  • Mountain gorillas have a slow rate of reproduction. Females give birth for the first time at about age 10 and will have more offspring every three or four years.
  • Gorillas rarely attack humans. But in an encounter a person should stay still and refrain from staring or pointing at the gorilla.
  • Gorillas are susceptible to various parasites and diseases, especially to pneumonia during the long, cold wet seasons.
  • The gorilla's only known enemies are leopards and humans.
 

2015/03/15 02:39:52
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
RHINOS
 
- A group of rhinos is called a crash.


- Both black and white rhinoceroses are actually gray. They are different not in color but in lip shape. The black rhino has a pointed upper lip, while its white relative has a squared lip. 

- Under the hot African sun, white rhinos take cover by lying in the shade. Rhinos are also wallowers. They find a suitable water hole and roll in its mud, coating their skin with a natural bug repellent and sunblock.

-Rhinos have sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell.

-White rhinos have two horns, the foremost more prominent than the other. Rhino has been known to grow up to five feet (1.5 meters) long.

-The prominent horn for which rhinos are so well known has been their downfall. Many animals have been killed for this hard, hair-like growth, which is revered for medicinal use in the orient. The horn is also valued in North Africa and the Middle East as an ornamental dagger handle.

-The white rhino once roamed much of sub-Saharan Africa, but today is on the verge of extinction due to poaching fueled by these commercial uses. Only about 11,000 white rhinos survive in the wild, and many organizations are working to protect this much loved animal.
 
2015/03/16 01:21:57
ulle trautvag
Yes, poaching  is a terrible occurrence. 
2015/03/17 01:57:57
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
Telephone Tunes
 
For a clever birthday greeting, call someone and play "Happy Birthday" by pushing the following buttons in the appropriate rhythm:
 
1-1-2-1-#-6; 1-1-1-1-#-3;
1-1-#-#-8-4-1; #-#-6-4-2-1
 
Here are some other telephone tunes you can play:
 
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN:
 
5-5-6-1-5-9; 0-0-9-0-8-4; 8-4-2-4
 
OH! SUSANNA:
 
4-8-6-9-9-#-8-7; 4-8-#-#-8-1-8; 4-8-6-9-9-#-8-7; 4-8-6-6-0-0-4
 
OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM:
 
6-6-6-7-8-8-7; 9-9-0-0-4; 4-6-6-6-7-8-8-7; 9-9-0-0-4
 
OLD FOLKS AT HOME (Swanee River):
 
3-2-1-3-2-1-#-4-5; 6-1-4-2; 3-2-1-3-2-1-#-1-4; 6-5-4-2-2-4
 
 
REMEMBER....ALWAYS DIAL SOMEONE'S NUMBER FIRST!  (or you may find yourself paying for a call to Brazil or Singapore!!)
2015/03/19 00:27:03
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
UMBRELLAS
 
 
The Egyptian pharaohs sat under ceremonial umbrellas, which were said to bring them power from heaven.
 
In ancient Greece and China, parasols were used in religious ceremonies.
 
In Japan, the Emperor was followed by an attendant with a red sunshade, symbolizing absolute power.
 
In Europe, however, umbrellas were used only by women until some 300 years ago.  Men wore hats and got drenched.
 
Robert Louis Stevenson felt that an umbrella displayed a lack of character -- too much concern about getting wet.
 
Carrying an umbrella also betrayed a lack of social status; it suggested you did not own a carriage.  Another good reason not to carry one was that the early models weighed some 10 pounds.  Furthermore, the oil-soaked cotton wasn't very waterproof.
 
It wasn't until the 16th century, when the Pope decided that the unable was a symbol of honour, that bumbershoots gained favour in European society.  Even so, the first Englishman to tote a rain shield, one Jonas Hanway, suffered public ridicule.  And coachmen steered through puddles in order to splash him with mud.
 
When the fashionable "Beau" MacDonald began carrying a silk umbrella in 1778, his sister refused to be seen with him.  Nevertheless, he persisted, and others followed suit.  Men had finally figured out that one umbrella cost a lot less than catching a cab every rainy day.
2015/03/21 11:59:34
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
The Nile crocodile
 
 

The Nile crocodile has a somewhat deserved reputation as a vicious man-eater.
 
With its virtually indiscriminate diet, it means a villager washing clothes by a riverbank might look just as tasty as a migrating wildebeest.
 
Africa's largest crocodilian, these primordial brutes reach a maximum size of about 20 feet (6 meters) and can weigh up to 1,650 pounds (730 kilograms).
 
They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps.


 
The diet of the Nile crocodile is mainly fish, but it will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path, including zebras, small hippos, porcupines, birds, and other crocodiles.
 
It can eat up to half its body weight at a feeding.

One unusual characteristic of this fearsome predator is its caring nature as a parent.
 
Where most reptiles lay their eggs and move on, mother and father Nile crocs ferociously guard their nests until the eggs hatch, and they will often roll the eggs gently in their mouths to help hatching babies emerge.
2015/03/26 01:52:12
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
WARTS & ALL
 
Contrary to folklore, warts are NOT caused by frogs, toads, or the water used to boil eggs; the ugly lumps come from viruses that are passed on from person to person.
 
 
Perhaps because many warts simply disappear in time, an air of mystery has always surrounded them.
 
People have tried to make them vanish by covering them with spiderwebs, raw potatoes, or dandelion sap.
 
Some have believed that they cold give their warts to am n enemy by rubbung the blemishes with a pebble, wrapping the pebble in a piece of paper with the persons name on it, and then throwing it away.
 
Others have thought that their parents or friends could "buy" warts for a penny, yet not be afflicted.
 
 
One early wart remedy called for dousing a door hinge with vinegar after seeing a shooting star.
 
Another was to rub the wart with an apple and then bury it; as the fruit rotted into the earth, the wart would disappear.
2015/03/27 00:14:35
ulle trautvag
Thanks!  I'll try all those remedies.
2015/03/27 01:21:56
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
The Chinese moccasin snake is a snake that is known locally as the "hundred pacer" because its venom is so poisonous that people believe a victim can only walk 100 paces after being bitten.
 
This may be a slightly exaggerated claim, but none-the-less, this viper is dangerous.
2015/03/31 01:56:57
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW?
 


 
BAT-EARED FOXES

Bat-Eared Foxes have a body length between 46 and 66 cm (18 - 26 inches), a tail length between 23 and 34 cm (9 - 13.5 inches) and they weigh between 2 and 4.5 kgs (4.5 - 10 lbs).

As their name suggests they have huge, wide ears that can be up to 12 cm (4.7 inches) in length. Their face is small and they have a short, pointed muzzle. Their coat is tawny to grey in colour with dark legs, ears, muzzle and mask around their eyes.

Up to 80% of their diet consists of insects and their teeth have adapted to suit this lifestyle. Their teeth are small and they have up to 8 extra molars to grind the hard casings of the insects which they eat. This brings their total number of teeth to 48, which is more than any other non marsupial mammal. 

Bat-Eared Foxes are mainly nocturnal but sometimes they are diurnal. This varies depending on their location and the season.

Bat-Eared Foxes are found in the grasslands and savannah's of east and southern Africa. They live in pairs or small family groups and they inhabit dens that have several entrances, chambers and several metres of tunnels. 
 
2015/04/03 01:02:51
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 



The African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

-These long-legged canines have only four toes per foot, unlike other dogs, which have five toes on their forefeet. 

-African wild dogs live and hunt in large packs that usually consist of 6 to 20 members. Strength of the pack depends on its size. Larger packs are more successful in hunt and in raising of the young animals

-Of the large carnivores, wild dogs are the most efficient hunters – targeted prey rarely escapes. They tear the flesh until the animal falls, consuming even if it is still alive. This behaviour may prejudice people against them, although in reality it may be no worse than the prolonged kills of other carnivores. 

-They have elaborate greeting rituals, accompanied by twittering and whining. Their large range of vocalizations includes a short bark of alarm, a rallying howl and a bell-like contact call that can be heard over long distances.

-No two wild dogs are marked exactly the same, making it easy to identify different individuals. Why such a pattern should develop, and how it serves the hunting dog, has long intrigued scientists.

-Wild dogs are usually on the move over a very large range, covering for example, some 900 square miles in the Serengeti. After a litter is born, however, they will limit their travelling and hunting to areas closer to the den.
2015/04/06 02:48:48
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
A unique geological formation of rocks, called inselbergs, can be found in South Australia.
 
Known as "Murphy's Hay Stacks", they consist of weathered pink granite and reasonable rounded haystacks when viewed from a distance.
2015/04/07 15:59:47
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
English actress and singer Julie Andrews may be known for her starring role as Maria in the 1965 movie, "The sound of Music", but she first made it big in 1956 when she played the role of Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady".
2015/04/10 15:23:43
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 

ELEPHANTS
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
Most mammals have a set of baby teeth that eventually fall out and are replaced by adult teeth, which they keep for their entire lives. 
 
Elephants are different, however.
 
They go through six sets of large, brick-like teeth that grow in at the back of their mouths and slowly move to the front as they are worn down.
 
The teeth then fall out and are replaced by fresh ones.
 
Each set of elephant teeth that grows in is larger than the last.
 
The final teeth are over eight inches long (21 cm) from front to back and weigh more than eight pounds (4 kg). 
 
When an elephant's final set of teeth falls out, the elephant slowly dies of malnutrition or starvation. 
 
Old elephants will seek out wet, marshy areas where the plants are softer, so they can more easily eat them. 
 
2015/04/12 17:44:04
ulle trautvag
Very, very interesting.
2015/04/12 21:00:26
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
BROWN WATER
 
Brown-colured water is a common complaint of householders.
 
Elevated levels of manganese are the major cause of the significant increase in the reports of brown water.
 
Manganese levels have risen over the years in many a city's water source.
 
Another common cause of brown-coloured water is a rusty pipe.
 
Pressure fluctuations inside a water pipe tend to loosen the rust that has been clinging to the inner walls .
 
Rusty water is a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria.
 
Also, a build-up of rust tends to corrode and crack pipes that in turn, exposes your water supply to contaminants in the air and also increases the chances of leaks.
 
Leaky pipes are the most common causes of old and mildew infestations.
 
 
2015/04/14 02:03:11
Beachey
 
Quote{Leaky pipes are the most common causes of old and mildew infestations.}Quote
 
Well dam, if I had known that years ago I woulda quit drinkin the stuff. But it's too late now cause it has done it dastardly job on me and here I am "OLD"!!!  
2015/04/17 12:12:19
1runjuan
Beachey
 
Quote{Leaky pipes are the most common causes of old and mildew infestations.}Quote
 
Well dam, if I had known that years ago I woulda quit drinkin the stuff. But it's too late now cause it has done it dastardly job on me and here I am "OLD"!!!  


interesting name for a cocktail "leaky pipes " so I have to ask , whats in it ?
2015/04/17 12:29:04
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I'll take an "M", Alex.  
'Dohhhhh"
2015/04/18 02:57:13
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Hey, My African Wild Dogs made it into this week's segment of The Amazing Race.
 
2015/04/18 02:58:20
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
The Tuba is relatively new to the music world.
 
This large bass instrument was first introduced in the mid-1800s and is now common in concert bands, marching bands, and some jazz bands.
2015/04/20 01:51:58
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Most people think that an almond is a nut.
 
It is actually the seed inside the fruit of an almond tree.
 
Called a "DRUPE", this small fruit has an outer shell that must be removed to get to the seed.
2015/04/23 03:28:44
movie fan
More on Elephants.
 

 
"Musth"(pronounced- Must)
 
Bull elephants annually cycle between a state of heightened aggressiveness, called musth, and non-musth.
 
A musth elephant is primed to mate, and fights other bull elephants, attacks other animals, and may destroy inanimate objects in its way.
 
Musth bulls produce a distinctive low-frequency vocalization, the musth rumble, have thick secretions from their temporal glands (the duct from the temporal gland opens between the eye and the ear), and continuously dribble urine.
 
Testosterone levels are at a peak in musth males and probably regulate this extreme form of reproductive behavior. 
 
Legendary "rogue" elephants were probably musth bulls, redirecting their aggression at random objects, including villages and the people in the villages.
2015/04/28 23:07:27
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The CHEETAH
 
The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world.
 
In a mere 2.5 seconds, it can accelerate to a speed of 45 miles per hour (72 kilometres per hour).
 
It can reach a speed of 64 mph (104 kmh), but cannot sustain this speed for long.
2015/05/01 13:09:10
movie fan
ok, time to break away from my animal/wildlife friends for a while.  
 
DID YOU KNOW....
 
 
The lowest female singing voice is called a contralto, and the highest is a soprano.
 
For males, the lowest voice is bass, and the highest is countertenor.
2015/05/06 16:53:23
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
There is a dish common in South Africa called "bunny chow".
 
It is a hollowed out loaf of bread that the cook fills with an Indian curry of lamb, chicken, or beans (no bunny ).
2015/05/11 16:02:08
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
More RHINO FACTS.....
 

 

 
Territories are marked, or claimed, by the rhino’s spraying urine at regular intervals on the trees and bushes of the area.
 
They will squirt urine onto a tree, bush or trunk every five to six minutes when establishing their territory.
 
They will also scatter their dung throughout the region.
 
Rhinos make extensive use of their sense of smell to communicate to and with others that they are present.
 
Therefore, when other rhinoceroses enter the territory, they will be aware of the presence of another animal, implying that the territory is not available for habitation.
2015/05/13 18:19:52
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
There is an interesting ground seasoning blend that originates in Egypt called dukhah.
 
Depending on the recipe, ingredients may include coriander, peppercorns, cumin, fennel, pistachio nuts, and sesame seeds.
2015/05/19 13:48:30
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Small animals like bats and shrews consume up to 1 ½ times their body weight in food every day.
 
For an adult male this would be like eating 1000  ¼-pound cheeseburgers a day, every day; or about 50 Thanksgiving dinners a day.
2015/05/20 10:50:54
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The lungs of an average adult, unfolded and flattered out, would cover an area the size of a tennis court.
2015/05/21 16:39:24
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Adult female grey kangaroos can have two joeys of different ages nestled in their pouches at one time.
 
However, the older joey is kicked out when the younger one starts getting bigger and the pouch gets too crowded.
2015/06/10 16:30:25
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
Getting a whole lot of red marks on a homework assignment is something that has sent feelings of disappointment to many a young student for decades.
 
These red notations have such a bad reputation that a school in Britain decided to change the rules.
 
In Mounts Bay Academy in Cornwall (GB), a few ruling means that teachers will start marking their papers in free ink.
 
The students will be allowed to give responses in purple.
 
The idea is to get positive communication between teacher and student, minus the red ink.
 
 
MY GOODNESS....HOW DID WE EVER SURVIVE????
2015/06/11 14:09:32
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Grasshoppers are full or protein and many people around the world make tasty treats out of them.
 
In Asia, They are often fried, while in MEXICO, they are served with lime and garlic.
2015/06/24 10:40:01
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The emperor penguins of Antarctica share the duties of parenthood.
 
The mother lays one large egg, then walks to the sea to catch fish to bring back.
 
While she is gone, the father protects the egg until it hatches.
 
 
2015/06/24 20:54:56
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
The Virginia opossum, a marsupial that carries its babies in its ouch, can give birth to 25 babies at one time, or to as few as four.
 
The babies usually abandon the pouch after 70 to 125 days.
 
2015/06/26 00:42:04
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
RAMBUTAN is a fruit that is native to the Malay Archipelago, but is now cultivated in many more places.
 
It has fleshy, liable splines on the exterior that gives it a hairy appearance, but a tender, translucscent, grape-like fruit in its centre that taste both sweet and sour.
 

 
2015/06/27 08:28:43
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The giant Pacific female octopus goes through a lot to have babies.
 
First, she lays as many as 100,000 eggs and she stays with the eggs for seven months when they hatch.
 
The mother octopus helps little ones get moving, and when her job is done, she dies.
2015/06/30 14:27:56
CallMeFrank
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The giant Pacific female octopus goes through a lot to have babies.
 
First, she lays as many as 100,000 eggs and she stays with the eggs for seven months when they hatch.
 
The mother octopus helps little ones get moving, and when her job is done, she dies.


Any idea of how many of the 100,000 eggs hatch and survive?
2015/06/30 21:31:08
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
 

 
 
  • The warthog has poor vision (though better than most other African wild pigs), but its senses of smell and hearing are good.
  • When alarmed, the warthog grunts or snorts, lowers its mane, flattens its ears and bolts for underground cover.
2015/07/01 16:17:45
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CallMeFrank
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The giant Pacific female octopus goes through a lot to have babies.
 
First, she lays as many as 100,000 eggs and she stays with the eggs for seven months when they hatch.
 
The mother octopus helps little ones get moving, and when her job is done, she dies.


Any idea of how many of the 100,000 eggs hatch and survive?

I think its a safe bet to say not all of them.
2015/07/01 16:19:20
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 
There are over 6200 miles of high-speed rail routes in China.
 
One of the routes goes from Beijing to Guangzhou and is 1428 miles long, the longest line in the world.
2015/07/02 10:44:03
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DID YOU KNOW>>>
 
Naked Mole Rats of Eastern Africa live up to their name. as they have very little body hair.
 
They grow to be about three inches long and live underground in colonies of 20 - 300 other makes mole rats.
 
 

 
2015/07/08 13:54:46
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Famous American comedian, actor, and musician, Jack Black, had some extremely smart parents.
 
Both were scientists.
 
His mother, Judith Love Cohen, contributed to the work on the Hubble Telescope.
2015/07/09 16:06:34
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
In the desert area of India, camels are a traditional form of transportation.
 
In the city of Bikaner in the state of Rajasthan, a festival honouring these animals is held, attracting thousands of tourists and camel breeders.
 
The Bikaner Camel Festival is a 2-day event that includes camel races, but people also enter three camels into more artsy competitions.
 
For example, owners shear beautiful designs into their camel's cougar by cutting its hit to make unique designs.
 
There is also a camel beauty contest in which the owners decorate their camels with bells and baubles.
2015/07/10 10:29:01
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
Those who want a truly romantic dining experience might want to consider booking a meal ta restaurant in Vacone, Italy, called Solo Per Due. 
 
The name means "Just For Two" , and that is exactly what guests can expect!
 
The restaurant has one table and two chairs for the lucky couple who manage to get a reservation.
 
They will be served a meal based on local ingredients and will receive extremely attentive service from the waiters.
 
It does cost more than a typical meal out, ($350 USD per person), but for diners who treasure an intimate experience, it may be worth the price. 
2015/07/11 09:58:37
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
Jackfruit grows on trees in some tropical countries, such as India and Brazil.
 
Large and oblong, this fruit can weight from 6 - 66 pounds.
 
The green exterior has blunt thorns and the edible interior contains yellow-orange bulbs that taste sweet.
 

 
 
2015/07/29 16:46:44
ulle trautvag
Is Jackfrjit also called Durian fruit?
2015/07/29 20:43:35
movie fan
Jackfruit is NOT a Durian!
 
Year of the Durian: Jackfruit is NOT a Durian
 
 
(open one up and you'll know the difference right away!!  (smell)
2015/07/31 11:00:05
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
DURIAN...
 
Why Does the Durian Fruit Smell So Terrible?Scientists examine what chemicals make the Asian fruit smell like "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock" 



 
Durians have a notorious aroma likened to rotting meat, turpentine and gym socks. 
 
If you’ve smelled a durian even once, you probably remember it.
 
Even with the husk intact, the notorious Asian fruit has such a potent stench that it’s banned on the Singapore Rapid Mass Transit.
 
Food writer Richard Sterling has written “its odor is best described as…turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away.”
 
A small minority, though, love the smell and taste of the fruit. 

 
Anthony Bourdain calls it “indescribable, something you will either love or despise…Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
 
The fruit’s flesh is sometimes eaten raw, or is cooked and used to flavor a number of traditional Southeast Asian dishes and candies.
 
It’s also used in traditional Asian medicine, as both an anti-fever treatment and a aphrodisiac. 
 



 
 
 
 
Durians are banned on Signapore’s mass transit, among other public places, because of their potent scent.
 
What everyone can agree on is that the fruit’s odor, whether pleasant or dreadful, is uncommonly potent.
 
Now, in a new study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, a group of scientists from the German Research Center for Food Chemistry has attempted to figure out how exactly the fruit produces such a powerful stench.
 
In breaking down aroma extract, taken from Thai durians, with a mass spectrometer and gas chromatograph, the team, led by Jia-Ziao Li, pinpointed 50 discrete compounds in the fruit responsible for its uncommon aroma.
 
Those compounds included eight that hadn’t been detected in durians before—and four compounds that had been completely
 
unknown to science.
 
 
Their analysis suggests that it is not any single compound but instead the mixture of different chemicals that produces the fruit’s powerful stench.
 
The compounds are identified by their chemical formulas, which are likely cryptic to anyone without a degree in organic chemistry (1-{sulfanyl}ethanethiol, for example), but the research team associated each one with a particular odor.
 
What’s interesting is that none of the compounds individually seem to match with the characteristic durian smell—they range widely, and include labels like fruity, skunky, metallic, rubbery, burnt, roasted onion, garlic, cheese, onion and honey.
 
A number of them have been detected in just a few other substances, such as cooked beef, yeast extract, dried squid and leeks. 
 
Somehow, the combination of these 50 chemicals produces the powerful scent that has entranced and repulsed people the world over.
 
Even apart from the smell, durians are a scientific marvel.
 
According to a 2009 Japanese study, durian extract strongly inhibits the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), used by the liver to break down alcohol.
 
This might account for a piece of traditional Asian folklore: that getting intoxicated while eating durians can lead to death.
 




 
2015/07/31 11:06:44
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The African Buffalo is one of the most successful grazers in Africa.
 
It lives in swamps and floodplains and can weigh anywhere from 500 to 900 kg.
 
Other than humans they have few predators, are capable of defending themselves against lions and have been known to kill them.
 
It typically takes multiple lions to take down an adult Buffalo. 
2015/08/02 11:04:30
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
A frog's skin is very important.
 
For example, frogs do not drink water.
 
Rather, they hydrate themselves by soaking water into their body through the skin.
 
s well, some of the air they need comes through their skin, while the rest is breathed through their nostrils.
2015/08/03 19:25:36
ulle trautvag
DURIAN"  It is sold in Chinatown and even some purveyors will give a taste.  Unfortunately I never tried it.  One day I will...
2015/08/03 22:00:48
movie fan
DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
 
 
 
 
The purple mangosteen is a tree fruit that originated in Indonesia and is found in a few other tropical counties.
 
It is about the size of a tangerine, but has a hard, purple inedible exterior.
 
The inside is soft and white with a tangy, but sweet taste.
 
 
 
Picking and Eating a Ripe Purple Mangosteenhttps://youtu.be/HgdhmDVI1wc
2015/08/04 10:26:25
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 

 
An ancient castle on Kount Kojo in Asago, Hyogo Prefecture, in Japan seems to sit on clouds every autumn morning between dawn and 8 am. when fog surrounds the area.
 
Called TAKEDA CASTLE, historians believe it was built in 1443.
 
Many tourists visit the castle in the fall to witness the illusion, as well as in the spring, when cherry blossoms adorn the grounds.
 
To reach the castle, visitors have to hike for 40 minutes from the foot of the mountain.
 
There is a charge to view the ruins and the money goes towards the castle's preservation.
2015/08/10 14:01:42
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
More snow falls on Canadian a winter than ant other country in the world.
 
Mean annual snowfall is 10 Feet near the Great Lakes, central New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and large areas of Quebec and Labrador.
 
 
 
*but that may all be changing thanks to Global Warming*
 
 
2015/08/12 10:54:19
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

A lobsters blood is colorless but when exposed to oxygen it turns blue.
 
Lobsters, like snails and spiders, have blue blood due to the presence of hemocyanin which contains copper.
 
 In contrast, vertebrates and many other animals have red blood from iron-rich haemoglobin.
 
 
 
 
Cooked and plated!

 
2015/08/13 08:37:44
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

Many people are amazed when they witness the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights.
 
This curtain of coloured lights in the sky can also be seen in the Southern Hemisphere, where it is called the aurora australis or the southern lights.
2015/08/22 09:39:26
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
Renowned musician and entertainer, Prince, was born "Prince Rogers Nelson".
 
From 1993 to 2000, he change his name to a symbol that no one could pronounce so people started referring to hims as "the artist formerly known as Prince".
 
For on the web.....     O(+>)
2015/08/23 16:04:08
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
WILDEBEEST
-The wildebeest is one of the few African antelopes to have extended its range in the last 50 years.
-They numbered about 250,000 in 1960 and are thought to number 1.5 million today.
-Wildebeest, or gnus, (pronounced 'news'), are noisy. They constantly emit low moans and if disturbed, snort explosively.
2015/08/29 14:46:29
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The Virunga Mountains that straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, are home to around 480 mountain gorillas, more than half of the world’s entire population (the rest live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda). 
2015/08/30 10:38:17
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
FETA CHEESE
 
Feta cheese comes only from certain regions of Greece.
 
It is made of the milk of sheep or from a combination of sheep's milk and goats milk.
 
Similar cheeses made be made from cow's milk, but in Greece, those would not be considered to be genuine Feta Cheese
2015/09/08 09:51:33
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
What Elephant Calls Mean: A User's Guide

From powerful roars to low-frequency rumbles, elephants use a variety of vocalizations to communicate. Their sounds also include snorts, barks, grunts, trumpets, cries, and even imitated sounds. These calls are essential cues for the survival of an elephant family. 
 
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2015/09/11 10:14:31
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
That loose clip on the end of a measuring tape did not get that way from era & tear, it is there for a purpose.
 
Tape Measures are created like that to allow for the extra length that the depth of the clip adds to the tape.
2015/09/14 09:25:37
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
When he was a teenager, Danny DeVito's sister worked at a beauty salon.
 
Danny needed a job, so he worked with her a a cosmetician.
 
He later became a successful actor, appearing in a variety of sitcoms and movies.
2015/09/15 09:29:17
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
Sometimes predictions end up being the completely opposite of what really transpires.
 
Before their careers took off, American actors Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman were voted "The Least Likely to Succeed" in the acting school they attended together.
2015/09/23 10:22:12
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
TRIVIAL PURSUIT... the popular board game, was the brainchild of two Canadians, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott.
 
They invented the game in 1979 and it hit the market in 1982.
 
Since then, many variations of the question set have been made.
2015/10/25 18:47:40
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Did you know...
 
a flock of flamingos is called a flamboyance? 

While flamingos are known for their vibrant pink color, they are actually born with gray feathers. The pink hue develops over time, and is due to their diet of algae and other organisms, such as shrimp. 
 
2015/10/28 12:47:06
movie fan
Did you know...
 
The roaring lion in the MGM movie logo was named Volney at lived at the Memphis zoo.
 
 
 
https://youtu.be/XVEflECtfBM
 

2015/11/09 16:44:02
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The football "huddle" originated at Gallaudet University, the world's only credited four-year Liberal Arts college for the deaf.
 
The huddle was born back in the 19th century when the football team found that opposing teams were reading their 'signed' messages and intercepting their plays.
 
The use off the "huddle" solved that problem and the rest is football history.
2015/11/12 14:46:11
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
According to regulations, a race horse's name can be no longer than 18 letters.
2015/11/13 15:09:58
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The abbreviation AD (Anno Domini, Year of our Lord), should be properly placed in front of the year.
 
Thus, you have 417 BC, but AD 2001.
2015/11/17 23:22:16
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
We're all familiar with the RCA logo of Nipper the dog listening to the RCA gramophone.
 
But did you know that the original picture had both the dog and the gramophone sitting own his dead master's casket?
 
The idea was that the closest thing to the dead master's voice was the gramophone.
 
The casket bit was eventually considered to be too morbid and they removed it from the logo.
 

2015/11/18 16:45:30
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
Contrary to popular belief, cuckoo clocks do not come from Switzerland, but come from the Black Forest of Germany
 
 

2015/11/21 00:24:31
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There is now an ATM banking machine at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which has a winter population of 200.
 
 
 
2015/11/21 00:24:42
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The first product to have a UPC code on its packaging was....Wrigley's gum.
 

2015/11/21 13:24:59
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
China is the world's top producer of tomatoes, growing more than 50,000,000 tonnes of them a year.
 
The country surpasses India and the United States in supplying the world with this red fruit.
2015/11/22 12:34:56
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

Many animals have certain characteristics that help them adapt to extreme climates.
 
An example of this is the 3 eyelids of a camel. which allows for extra vision during a wind-blown sandstorm.
2015/11/24 00:06:50
ulle trautvag
That's a cute camel; ships of the desert.  Thanks!
2015/11/24 17:41:38
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DID YOU KNOW...

The size of a Polo field is 12.4 acres, which is the largest playing field in sports.
2015/11/25 00:17:58
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The famous HOLLYWOOD sign in Hollywood, California actually read "HOLLYWOODLAND" when it was originally erected in 1923.
 
The sign was originally used to advertise a new housing development.
2015/11/28 06:28:53
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Two men who had nothing to do with baseball are in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
 
How can that be??
 
It was a special honour bestowed on Abbott and Costello for their classic baseball comedy routine called, "Who's on First".
 
2015/12/03 23:19:41
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
British people are known for a variety of accents they share throughout the country.
 
It is estimated that there is a noticeable change to the local accent every 25 miles in the United Kingdom
2015/12/06 16:55:01
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
VITAMIN
 
 
The word "vitamin" was coined by a Polish biochemist maned Casimer Funk.
 
While working in London in 1912, de determined that the auto-beriberi factor in rice hulls belonged to a class of chemical compounds called "amains".
 
He therefore maned this factor "vitamine", which means "amine essential to left."
 
:after, the "e" was dropped and the substances came to be known as vitamins.
2015/12/14 13:25:06
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Cameras have come a long way since they were first made commercially available in the late 1800s.
 
The first Kodak camera had only one shutter speed and a lens with a fixed focal length.
2015/12/27 14:49:12
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
Christmas declared illegal!
 
Christmas was abolished by the Puritan Parliament of Britain in 1652.
 
The Puritans claimed it was immoral to be idle for a day and passed a law making Christmas celebrations of any kind illegal.
 
Imprisonment or exile was the punishment for disobedience.
 
A few days before Christmas, town criers went through the streets warning against the holiday celebrating.
 
In England, this ban lasted eight years and even longer in the United States.
 
 
The belief that Christmas merry-making was somehow sinful was brought to the New World with the Pilgrims and in 1659 the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed the law making the holiday illegal.
 
However with the arrival of more Catholics, Episcopalians, and others who were enthusiastic about Christmas, the ban became impossible to enforce and was repealed in 1681.
2015/12/31 11:12:30
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The Christmas cracker began as a French invention and was later adapted by the English.
 
It started out as a bag on bonbons, or candies to those of us not into french immersion.
 
The candies were enclosed in a paper wrapping which had to be pulled hard until it burst open and revealed the goodies.
 
About 1870, the English came up with the idea of adding a tiny explosion that "popped" when the two parts of the bag split open.
 
Later, the bag became known as a cracker after the explosive "crack".
 
Included inside the cracker were paper hats, toys, plus jokes and riddles.
 
 
2016/01/02 23:59:59
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 


STAR FRUIT
Those wanting an exotic , but nutritious fruit should try Carambola, commonly known as Carambola.
 
With lots of potassium, antioxidants, and Vitamin C, this star-shaped, tasty little fruit is grown in East Asia, Latin America, and the United States.
 

Health benefits of star fruit

    • Star fruit is one of very low calorie exotic fruits. 100 g fruit just provides 31 calories, which is much lower than for any other popular tropical fruits. Nonetheless, it has an impressive list of essential nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins required for well-being.
    • The fruit along with its waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fiber. Fiber helps prevent absorption of dietary LDL cholesterol in the gut. The dietary fibers also help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
    • Star fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 34.7 mg or 57% of daily-required levels of vitamin C. In general, consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
    • Star fruit is rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrient polyphenolic flavonoids. Some of the important flavonoids present are quercetin, epicatechin, and gallic acid. Total polyphenol contents (Folin assay) in this fruit is 143 mg/100 g. Altogether, these compounds help protect from deleterious effects of oxygen derived free radicals by warding them off the body.
    • In addition, it is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together, these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.
    • It also carry small amount of minerals and electrolytes like potassium, phosphorus, and zinc and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus, it counters bad influences of sodium.
2016/01/09 16:48:13
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
Since 1990, there gave been at least 34 new countries created in the world, some due to the dissolution of the USSR.
 
Examples are:
 
  • Armenia
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
Elsewhere, examples include:
 
  • Namibia
  • Eritrea
both in Africa.
2016/01/10 14:26:50
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
American inventor Walter Hunt (1796 - 1859) is responsible for some inventions still used today, the most common being the Safety Pin.
 
He also invented the knife sharpener and the streetcar bell.
 
2016/01/21 22:23:50
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
"The Skeleton Flower"
 
The Diphylleia Grayi is a plant which white blooms which grows primarily on the mountainsides of Japan and China.
 
It commonly referred to as the Skelton Flower because when its petals come into contact with water, they become transparent.
 

 

2016/02/02 17:47:58
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That is absolutely beautiful.  MB
2016/02/02 18:37:30
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
SALAK is a small fruit that grows in East India.
 
Its common name is "snake fruit" due to its reddish-brown colour, scaly rough skin.
 
It is both sweet and tangy and some liken the taste to that of a pineapple.
 

There are various types and variety ranging from bark to bark hut designation also Jogja area designations Mulberry bark barking in a very popular area of ​​the Sumatran.
 
The content of all fruits good for the health of our bodies, which can be used as an alternative medicine . 
 
The content of fruits contained in the content of nutrients and phytonutrients that help the process berpotnesi in kta diet. 
 
in the fruits also contained 2mg vitamin C, tannins and fiber. for it, the fruits are very beneficial for those who are in a diet program. 
 
Moreover, it turns fruits also in society as a drug believed diarrhea.
 
The fiber content in fruits is believed to inhibit diarrhea us, so some people like to consume their bark for the treatment of diarrhea. 
 
In addition to the usual bleak consumed edible, bark juice can also be made now. 
 
It was in part the content of some of the benefits of fruits for our health.
 
 

 
 
 
 
2016/02/04 05:33:41
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The Channel Tunnel, also referred as the "CHANNEL", is located between Folkestone, England, and Coquilles, France.
 
It is 31.4 miles long (50.5 Kilometres) with 23.5 miles (37.9 Kilometres) running under the sea.
 
The remaining length is under land in both England and France.
 

2016/02/07 15:50:13
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
The city of Johannesburg, which today is the largest city is South Africa, got its start as a mining camp in 1884 when gold was discovered in the Witwatersrand hills.
2016/02/13 14:30:45
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Colour  Blindness, which occurs more often in men than in woman, happens when the eye lacks some of the photoreceptors that recognize colour.
 
A person may be able to perceive red, blue, or green light, depending in the type of colour blindness he or she may have.
 
Take the test as "see" (pun intended!!) how you do.
 
EnChroma: Color Blindness Test | EnChroma
2016/02/21 14:47:50
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
If you are right-handed, the fingernails on your right hand will grow faster than the nails on your left hand, and vice-versa.
 
Oddly enough, fingernails usually grow faster in the summer months.
2016/02/24 17:25:53
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Cats can move their ears around in almost any direction by twisting and turning them.
 
The reason they are so adept at this is because they have 32 muscles in each ear, whereas humans only have six in each ear.
2016/03/09 02:36:43
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DID YOU KNOW... 
 
 
Four volcanic islands are located within the Pitcairn Group of Islands.
 
They are:
 
  • Henderson
  • Ducie
  • Oeno
  • Pitcairn
However, only the island of Pitcairn is inhabited by 50 people.
 
These islands are in the South Pacific Ocean and are a British overseas territory.
 

 

2016/03/10 04:25:44
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DID YOU KNOW... 
 
That vertical groove located above the middle of the upper lip and below the nose is known as the PHILTRUM.
 
The work has Greek origins and its meaning is "to love, to kiss".
 
 
2016/03/13 08:12:56
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THE GIRAFFE
 
 

 
  • The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world, with even new-born babies being taller than most humans.
  • Baby Giraffes can stand within half an hour and after only 10 hours can actually run alongside their family.
  • Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up.
  • Giraffes only spend between 10 minutes and two hours asleep per day. They have one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal.
  • Young giraffes hang out in nursery groups until they are around 5 months old, resting and playing together while their mothers forage in the distance.
  • Giraffes are sociable, peaceful animals which rarely fight. Males do perform a behaviour called ‘necking’ where they will hit necks; however these encounters rarely last more than a couple of minutes and seldom result in injury.
  • Just like snowflakes and human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same spot pattern.
  • Even giraffes tongues are huge. They are up to 45cm long and are specially adapted to allow giraffes to forage on trees that other animals would avoid, such as acacias which are very thorny.
  • In New Age religion the giraffe is a symbol for intuition and flexibility.
  • The name Giraffe Camelopardalis means ‘one who walks quickly, a camel marked like a leopard’. 
2016/03/22 17:27:39
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
The most popular food for the locals in Tanzania is ugali, a porridge made by boiling cornmeal.
 
This dish is comparable to the grits eaten in the southern United States. 
 
Ugali is often eaten with stew, vegetables or meat.
 
Goat, chicken and mutton are the most commonly eaten meats.
 
Roasted corn is also popular and is sold on almost every street corner.
 
Hot tea is a popular beverage and is always served when people are socializing
2016/04/08 11:57:22
sarnold
DID YOU KNOW....
That Elvis was never circumcised?
 
2016/04/08 15:11:23
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sarnold
DID YOU KNOW....
That Elvis was never circumcised?
 


I did not know that!
2016/04/08 16:18:23
uphillklimber
And..... you know this for certain how???????
2016/04/08 17:01:12
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
 
THE CANADIAN LYNX
 
 

 
The Canadian Lynx, a wild feline that lives in the forest in Canada and in the Northwestern Part of the United States, has feet that act like snowshoes because they are round and long in shape.
2016/04/11 15:23:18
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DID YOU KNOW....
 
Debundscha, located in the country of Camaroon, is the wettest place in Africa.
Art receives over 400 inches of rainfall a year!
2016/04/15 16:57:02
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
 
NILE CROCODILES 

 
 

 
Nile crocodiles are ferocious killers. They attack with terrifying speed, launching themselves out of the water to snare prey, which they drag under water and spin repeatedly in a death roll until the victim is drowned. Africa's largest crocodilian, these primordial brutes reach a maximum size of about 20 feet (6 meters) and can weigh up to 1,650 pounds (730 kilograms). Average sizes, though, are more in the range of 16 feet (5 meters) and 500 pounds (225 kilograms). They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps.
 
The diet of the Nile crocodile is mainly fish, but it will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path, especially during the wildebeest migration where they lie in wait at the river crossings. Their diet also includes zebras, small hippos, porcupines, birds, and other crocodiles.  Nile crocodiles can eat up to half their body weight at a feeding.
 
One unusual characteristic of this fearsome predator is its caring nature as a parent. Where most reptiles lay their eggs and move on, mother and father Nile crocs ferociously guard their nests until the eggs hatch, and they will often roll the eggs gently in their mouths to help hatching babies emerge. Hunted close to extinction in the 1940s through to the 1960s, local and international protections have helped the Nile crocodile rebound in most areas. In some regions though, hunting, pollution, and habitat loss have severely depleted their numbers.
2016/05/12 15:00:14
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Many wealthy people were interested in the belongings of famous American film and stage legend, Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014).
 
Her possessions, including artwork and jewelry, recently sold for $3.6 Million at auction in New York City.
 

 

 

2016/05/17 13:39:41
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
The term "cool as a cucumber" isn't far from the truth.
 
The interior temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than its exterior.
 
Cucumbers stay cool due to their high water content.
2016/05/18 11:42:05
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 

 
Lots of children have Guinea Pigs as pets.
 
When a guinea pig is hungry, it might squeal like a pig,
 
However, guinea pigs aren't pigs, they are rodents
 
Guinea pigs are tail-less rodents that are native to the west coast of South America and since the mid-1800’s, laboratories have used them for research.
 
The correct name for guinea pigs is Cavy, pronounced “kay-vee”. 
 
Guinea pigs usually weigh around 3 ounces at birth, around 1-2 pounds full grown, and live for 5-6 years.
 
An adult will measure 8-10 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its rump.
 
Their hair comes in a wide range of colors and the hair may be long, short or short and curly.
 
Cavies have a very good sense of smell and sensitive hearing.
 
They love to vocalize with squeals, chirps, squeaks, and whistles.
 
Although not known for their intelligence, they do recognize their owners and will seek them out and return affection.
 
 
Guinea Pigs as Pets
 
Guinea pigs are cuddly, comical, and clever.
 
They make wonderful pets for children and can be very social animals.
 
The animals do better in pairs as they prefer company, so unless you have a lot of time to devote to your pet getting at least two is often a good idea.
 
They are not expensive to own and the biggest expense is the initial setting up of housing.
 
Guinea pigs are hardy pets so veterinarian expenses are minimal.
2016/05/21 07:05:26
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
 
The cartoon character Bugs Bunny is known for always having a carrot in his mouth or hand.
 
The ironic thing is that Mel Blanc, the voice actor of Bugs Bunny, did not like eating carrots.
 
 
 

 
2016/05/31 15:12:21
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Warthogs

 
Warthogs are not currently endangered but they are prey of lions, leopards, spotted hyena, cheetah and wild dogs.
 
Although they look fierce,warthogs would rather run than fight.
 
But they can be fierce opponents if forced.
 
Their bodies are covered with sparse coarse bristly hair with a long face, fleshy warts and protruding tusks.
2016/06/05 18:30:01
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Aardvarks

Aardvarks made odd noises.
 
They grunt softly when foraging for food.
 
If they become frightened, they make a bleating sound as they dash back to one of their burrows.
 
 
 
2016/06/27 14:46:06
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

Dung Beetles Navigate Poop-Pile Getaways Using Celestial 'Snapshots'


 

Scientists at the University of Lund in Sweden have shown that dung beetles use mental "snapshots" of the Milky Way to navigate.



It's not easy being a dung beetle.
 
Besides the obvious fact that they eat, well, dung, the act of just getting a meal is an involved process.
 
In the most elaborate carry-out scenario, the dung beetles must first stake claim to their piece of poop at the main dung pile, then shape it into a sphere for easy transport, fend off other dung beetles trying to steal it, and then — using the stars to navigate — determine the fastest way to roll their prize away to a safe spot for consumption.
 
But now, researchers from Lund University in Sweden say one part of this process might not be as taxing for the dung beetles as previously thought: The celestial navigation.
 
In a study published in the scientific journal Current Biology, researchers say dung beetles take "snapshots" of the stars and store the images in their brains.
 
Instead of using the stars — specifically the Milky Way — as a map that the beetles intermittently reference for directions, the researchers say dung beetles take one snapshot of the constellation, which is sufficient for navigation.
 
One of the researchers, Basil el Jundi, explains in a press release that the snapshot method for orientation allows the beetles to be more efficient because they don't have to rely on long processes to retrieve information.
 
"We are the first to have shown that dung beetles are taking these snapshots. We are also the first to show how they store and use the images inside their tiny brains," el Jundi says in the statement.
 
Researchers say the beetles make the snapshot while "dancing" atop their ball of dung. As the Two-Way previously reported, this poop-pile jig helps the beetles determine which path away from the dung is the best route.

 

 
After the dancing and the picture-taking, the beetle is ready to roll. It uses the mental snapshot to help navigate its way through its present environment, the researchers said, explaining their scientific process:

"The experiments were performed in South Africa at a facility where the dung beetles only had access to an artificial firmament to orient themselves. Because the sky was artificial, the researchers were able to regulate the amount of light, as well as change the positions of the celestial bodies. Put simply, this allowed them to compare how the beetles changed direction depending on the placement of the artificial sun or moon, etc."

 
Researchers in Lund first discovered in 2013 that the dung beetles were using the heavens to guide their hasty dung-heap getaways. As NPR reported at the time, getting the balls to safety as quickly as possible is paramount to survival.
 
"They have to get away from the pile of dung as fast as they can and as efficiently as they can because the dung pile is a very, very competitive place with lots and lots of beetles all competing for the same dung," zoologist Eric Warrant from Lund told All Things Considered three years ago.
 
"And there's very many lazy beetles that are just waiting around to steal the balls of other industrious beetles and often there are big fights in the dung piles," he said.
 
After conducting an experiment in which some beetles wore cardboard hats that blocked their views of the stars, the researchers determined that "dung beetles can roll their balls of dung in straight lines by using the Milky Way as a compass queue," Warrant said.
 
He added that the tiny waste harvester wearing the cardboard hats just "rolled around and around and around in circles.
 
They couldn't keep a straight path."
 
The new findings about dung beetles' ability to take snapshots of the night sky could be significant for humans as well, el Jundi says in the statement.
 
According to him, it could help in the "development of navigation systems in driverless vehicles."
2016/06/29 11:18:22
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
GIRAFFE

  • A group of giraffe is called a "Tower"! 
  • Giraffe are already extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.
  • Just like human fingerprints, no two giraffe have the same coat pattern.
  • Giraffe feet are the size of a dinner place with a diameter of 30cm.
  • Giraffe tongues are bluish-purple and between 45 - 50cm long.
  • Both male and female giraffe have ‘horns’ already at birth. These ossicones lie flat and are not attached to the skull to avoid injury at birth. They only fuse with the skull later in life.
  • The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world. Even newborn giraffe are taller than most humans.
  • Female giraffe give birth standing up. Their young fall about 2m to the ground and can stand up within an hour of birth.
  • About 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year.
  • A giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread its front -legs or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.
  • Giraffe only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.
  • To protect the giraffe’s brain from sudden changes in blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, it has valves to stop the back-flow of blood and elastic-walled vessels that dilate and constrict to manage flow. NASA has done research on the blood vessels in giraffe legs to get inspiration for human space suits.
  • A giraffe heart weighs approx. 11kg and is the biggest of any land mammal. It is used to pump 60 litres of blood around its body every minute at a blood pressure twice that of an average human.
2016/06/29 11:23:03
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
In 1871, in Dayton Ohio, James Ritty opened his first saloon.
 
However, he son discouvedered that some of his employees were pocketing their customers money.
 
That prompted Ritty and his brother John, who was a mechanic, to design and build the first cash register.
 

 
 
 
2016/07/02 14:23:21
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Board games can bring people lots of un and enjoyment.
 
However, some people take them very seriously, such as players involved in the longest Monopoly game ever recorded.
 
It lasted 1,680 Hours.
 

2016/07/04 15:53:42
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Rice can be used for more than just food.
 
Centuries ago, builders of The Great Wall of China used mortar from rice flour.
 
The Wall remains one of China's most popular tourist attractions.
 
 

2016/07/06 13:51:40
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
MOTHER's DAY
 
Mother's Day traces back to the ancient Greeks in honour of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.
 
In the 1600's the early Christians in England celebrated a day to honour Mary, the Mother of Christ.
 
In the 1870's Julia Ward Howe began a one-woman peace crusade to unite women against war where she would create what is considered to be the original 'Mother's Day Proclamation'>
 
In 1873 woman in 18 American cities held a Mother's Day for peace gathering.
 
By 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared "Mother's Day" as an officially recognized holiday, to honour those mothers whose sons had died in war.
 
 
PS...
 
I love you MOM !!
 
2016/07/07 16:29:41
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Cochineal Dye
 
A common red food Dye, is derived from parasitic insects.   EWWWW!
2016/07/10 13:12:41
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
In England in the 1880's, children would be spanked and adults frowned upon for using the word "Pants" as it was considered a dirty word.
2016/07/13 16:20:09
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
 
As far back as 1000 years ago, people in China were keeping goldfish in their homes.
 
Over many centuries, goldfish have been bred to produce the colour variations that are available today.
 

2016/07/25 15:40:29
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
There are many different types of phobias out there, but the sone is oddly specific.
 
If you are afraid of being tickled by feathers, you have....
 
PTERNOOPHOBIA
 

 
2016/08/01 13:45:17
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Most of us have the urge to yawn after seeing a friend do it.
 
That's because yawns are contagious.
 
Some people may yawn after reading this because just seeing the word YAWN makes us want to di it!
 

 
2016/08/07 15:33:21
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
Tad Dorgan was an American cartoonist who died in 1929.
 
He came up with these well-known expressions:
 
  • "bee's knees"
  • "the cat's pyjamas"
2016/08/15 15:42:45
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DID YOU KNOW...
 
VULTURES

 
For many years vultures have been characterized as crotchety looking birds, not only because of their hunched appearance but also because of the conspicuous baldness. Those big, bare patches of skin make it difficult to be glamorous.

The exposed skin on a vulture’s head – and, if you look closely, on its legs and chest too – does, however, serve a purpose. First of all, a vulture is not entirely bald: light down covers the skin that seems at a glance to be featherless.

For a long time ornithologists assumed the relative absence of feathers around vultures’ heads made their dietary habits less problematic – if you dig around in bloody carcasses for lunch, a feathery head will be much harder to keep clean.

New research has suggested another purpose for bald patches: Thermo-regulation. Infrared photography of the griffon vulture has shown its bald patches to be much warmer than the rest of the bird. This is what you would expect: not insulated by thick feathers, they can serve to radiate away heat as needed.

When the bird gets particularly hot it can take flight and lose heat faster by virtue of the cold air rushing by that exposed skin. When it needs to keep the heat in, the vulture can reduce its exposed areas by drawing itself in tightly, with the head pulled back and the warm feathers circling around.
 

2016/08/23 16:53:19
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
 

MOUTH: The atmosphere in the cabin of the plane will naturally dehydrate you, and of course this is made worse if you drink alcohol during the flight. >>> Try and abstain from the booze until you land and make sure you keep drinking fluids en route. Also 1/3 of your taste buds are numbed at high altitudes, which is probably why most people dislike air-plane food.
 
HEART: Some travellers can suffer from arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat).
This is especially prevalent in those who have high blood pressure or have consumed excess caffeine  or alcohol. >>>Try to avoid the caffeine while in flight.
 
STOMACH: Like with the lungs, the stomach will expand at high altitudes causing abdominal discomfort and constipation. >>> To avoid this, try your best to steer clear of gas producing food and carbonated drinks.
 
LEGS: Sitting in the same position for hours on end isn't just uncomfortable, it can increase the risk of blood clots forming.>>>You can combat this by getting up and moving around once in a while.
 
EARS: As the plane takes off and then lands, the air within the ear contracts forming a vacuum.
If the Eustachian tube in the ear are blocked this can cause pain in the eardrum. >>>Some say that chewing gum helps with this.

NOSE: You are 100 times more likely to catch a cold on a flight. This is because the cabins are virtually moisture-free, the perfect atmosphere for illness to spread.>>> Hard to avoid this one.

TEETH: The changes in the air pressure can cause tiny pockets of gas within fillings or areas of decay to become trapped and may cause a bit of discomfort.

LUNGS: Decompression in the air causes organs such as the lungs to expand causing bloating.
This air usually escapes naturally only causing minor discomfort. >>> Can't avoid this one.

FEET: Fluid can build up in the feet and ankles especially for those carrying a bit of extra weight.
>>>To combat this, try and bounce your legs up and down and keep everything moving , or get up every so often and take a stroll down the aisle.

IN A NUTSHELL: Avoid the booze, stay hydrated, eat in moderation and move around, 
2016/08/26 15:53:59
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Did you know...
 
The most frequently used letters of the Alphabet.
 
The letters, in order, that we use most frequently use are:
 
E,T,A,O,I,N,S,H,R,D,L,M,U,W,G,C,F,Y,P,B,V,K,J,Q,X, and, as you would guess, Z
2016/09/04 22:19:59
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DID YOU KNOW...
 

 
You may not be aware that elephants are incredibly afraid of bees!
 
Just like us, elephants have very sensitive skin.
 
Bees are clever and will target an elephants thins skin around their eyes, ears and trunk.
 
Hearing the familiar hum of bees, an elephant herd will hastily leave the area.
 
Only bees have this effect on elephants. 
 
As a result of this remarkable discovery, made by Dr. Lucy King in Kenya, innovative techniques are used by farmers to protect their crops thus eliminating conflict with the elephants.



Farmers are using techniques developed by Dr. King to to provide an effective way to own and develop land in Northern Tanzania.
 
A  field of crops is surrounded by a simple wire fence linking a number of suspended bee hives.
 
When the elephants approach (usually at night) to tuck into a delicious meal of a maize, they carefully attempt to step over the fence surrounding the land.
 
Even with care the wire fence is knocked disturbing the bees in the hives.
 
On realising there are agitated bees nearby, the elephants beats a quick retreat and moves off into the opposite direction.
 
They send a unique rumbling to their herd: a warning that bees are nearby.
2016/10/27 03:38:28

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