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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/07/17 15:18:45 (permalink)
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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

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/04 03:01:14 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/05 02:46:42 (permalink)
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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 ...

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/05 06:10:14 (permalink)
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Snorkel snouts.  How cute.
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/05 14:22:01 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/07 00:37:06 (permalink)
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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

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/08 09:49:07 (permalink)
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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.

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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/08 10:43:55 (permalink)
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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.
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/08 17:25:21 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/09 21:22:07 (permalink)
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MF:  interesting, who knew?
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/11 01:00:10 (permalink)
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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.





 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/11 01:07:34 (permalink)
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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!!)





 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/11 15:26:56 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/12 10:44:15 (permalink)
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Wow!  How interesting!  Love the one about Charlie Chaplin.
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/15 16:08:58 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/15 21:23:45 (permalink)
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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?
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/18 15:10:55 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/18 15:16:45 (permalink)
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"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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/19 13:53:54 (permalink)
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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.)

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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."
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2014/08/25 01:19:14 (permalink)
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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'
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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.

 
 
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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)

 
 
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