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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/10 22:55:23 (permalink)
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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.











































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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/11 10:27:22 (permalink)
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Interesting info.  Thanks.
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/11 15:34:09 (permalink)
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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. 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/15 16:25:21 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/17 22:57:14 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/19 17:16:28 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/19 17:30:53 (permalink)
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/20 02:45:05 (permalink)
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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.
 
 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/20 15:41:21 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/21 20:32:17 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/24 16:32:56 (permalink)
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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. 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/25 14:57:56 (permalink)
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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.
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/25 19:58:44 (permalink)
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/28 20:19:41 (permalink)
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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

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/02/28 20:19:36 (permalink)
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oops, hit the button twice 
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really?  three times??  
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/02 01:31:20 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/04 01:48:20 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/04 15:16:46 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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WOW.  Incredible info.  Thanks.
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/06 16:36:19 (permalink)
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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.
 
 

 
 
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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.
 
 
 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/11 21:35:23 (permalink)
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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.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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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.
 


 
 
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