Fun Facts

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Vcore89, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    There are only four words in the (American) English language which end in ''-dous'': hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous.
     
  2. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    ''To bring home the bacon'' comes from the ancient sport of catching a greased pig at country fairs. The winner kept the pig and ''brought home the bacon''.
     
  3. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
     
  4. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    When you sneeze, all your body function stops, even your heart.
     
  5. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.
     
  6. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Ben & Jerry's send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed.
     
  7. diggler

    diggler Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,174
    Location:
    Sydney
    Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing.
     
  8. diggler

    diggler Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,174
    Location:
    Sydney
    In Australia, if you send a letter to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, it is post office box 9994 in your capital city. This number was chosen because the test batting average of cricketer Don Bradman is 99.94.
     
  9. diggler

    diggler Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,174
    Location:
    Sydney
    Howard Head revolutionised 2 sports by inventing non wooden snow skis and oversized graphite tennis rackets.
     
  10. diggler

    diggler Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,174
    Location:
    Sydney
    Male seahorses carry fertilised eggs in their pouch until birth.
     
  11. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Tasmanian salmon taste better than Norwegian salmon.
     
  12. diggler

    diggler Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,174
    Location:
    Sydney
    Barramundi fish start life as male then become female.
     
  13. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
     
  14. diggler

    diggler Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,174
    Location:
    Sydney
    The only animal that is given live food at the Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney is the platypus. This is because the platypus only eats live things. They locate their prey in part by detecting electric fields generated by muscular contractions.
     
  15. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Ants stretch before they wake up.
     
  16. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe!
     
  17. diggler

    diggler Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    1,174
    Location:
    Sydney
    The boiling point of water decreases at higher altitude. It takes longer to cook your food at the top of Mount Everest (unless you bring a pressure cooker.)
     
  18. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    When I was a kid I used to rush up my breakfast (afraid of being late for school), so fast that my mom ask me, are you a bird (which makes no sense at all to me at the time)?

    ...hence, how I'll never forget this fact below.

    A bird ''chews'' with its stomach.
     
  19. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    There is enough fuel in a full tank of a Jumbo Jet to drive an average care four times around the world.
     
  20. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    ''Bookkeeper'' is the only word in the English language with three consecutive double letters.
     
  21. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    The word ''toy'' comes from an old English word that means ''tool''.
     
  22. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    As lnog as you wrtie the frsit and lsat lttres of a wrod, you can sitll raed it.
     
  23. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Carrots were originally purple in colour.
     
  24. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    An eggplant is actually a fruit.
     
  25. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
     
  26. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Female black cats can actually see their shadows at night.:cool:
     
  27. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    30,341
    Location:
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    That's why the folks of Leh (a high altitude place in Ladakh) drink tea in the palm of their hands.

    What's more I am told they put butter in their tea, so it is salty. I figure that salt raises the boiling point.
     
  28. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    A new born kangaroo is small enough to fit in a tea spoon.
     
  29. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    There's a naturally pink lake in Australia, Lake Hillier.

    (Pink Lake Tourism)
     
  30. Russeljones

    Russeljones G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    12,378
    "The boiling point is raised by 0.5 degrees Celsius for water with 29.2 grams of salt dissolved in each kg of water. "

    Cool!
     
  31. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    The lowest lake is the Dead Sea! It is considered a lake but called a sea.
     
  32. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.
     
  33. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Kangaroos and Emus can't walk backwards.
     
  34. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
     
  35. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    The moon is 27% the size of the Earth.
     
  36. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Tomato ketchup is a good conditioner for the hair.
     
  37. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    The sound made when a duck passes gas is the precise acoustic opposite of its quack; if it does both simultaneously, there is no audible sound.
     
  38. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    The oldest dog died at the age of 29 which is 203 dog years.
     
  39. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    hunting license

    In Cleveland, Ohio it is illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.
     
  40. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    inventor of telephone

    Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf.
     
  41. DRII

    DRII Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Messages:
    6,446
    anything with seeds is a fruit. cucumbers, tomatoes, zuchinni, squash, etc...
     
  42. DRII

    DRII Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Messages:
    6,446
    snapping your fingers doesn't actually produce any real measurable sound.

    its the off finger (usually the middle with most people) slapping the fleshy base of the thumb that actually makes noise...
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2014
  43. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Watermelon is Also a Vegetable

    According to Webster’s dictionary a vegetable is anything made or obtained from plants (2004). Watermelon is a member of the cucurbitaceae plant family of gourds (classified as Citrullus Lantus), related to the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin (Maynard, 2001). It is planted from seeds or seedlings, harvested, and then cleared from the field like other vegetables. Since watermelon is grown as a vegetable crop using vegetable production systems, watermelon is considered a vegetable (Wolford, 2004).
     
  44. TahoeTennis

    TahoeTennis Professional

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Messages:
    914
    Grape Nuts:

    No Grapes

    No Nuts

    what's the deal ;)
     
  45. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    Blame it on Kellogg's.:)
     
  46. DRII

    DRII Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Messages:
    6,446
    sorry, but i would disagree with Websters regarding that...

    any part of the plant containing seeds and supporting nourishing 'tissues' is a fruit. essentially a fruit is an ovary of a flowering plant.

    perhaps Websters is going off of some agricultural nomenclature/classification...
     
  47. stringertom

    stringertom G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    13,043
    Location:
    In a sureshsian vortex
    Frank Zappa wrote the song "Call Any Vegetable" but mentioned only cabbage and rutabaga in the lyrics. Prunes, a fruit, got the hype but no tomatoes or carrots, cucumbers or celery. Whazzup with that, Frankie Z.???
     
  48. kiki

    kiki Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    18,714
    No doubt LZ were king of rock and rolled fruits:

    Lemmon Song
    Tangerine
     
  49. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    More than 50 millions lines of code are contained in the Windows XP operating system.

    Among those lines of code however, are some comments meant only for humans to decipher the semantics.;)
     
  50. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,902
    Location:
    The synapse
    The brightest star in the night sky is Sirius. (Yep, that dog is the eye in the sky.)
     

Share This Page