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Amazing fact thread...

Post by ters » Fri 31 Aug 2012, 18:12

Thought this may be nice, saw something simular on another forum.

This thread can be interesting. We all have to list some amazing facts. You can comment on them as need be, but lets keep it clean... eventually it will make for some great reading.

First one...:

The melting temperature of bubble gum is 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by ters » Fri 31 Aug 2012, 18:17

The fastest time for removing a car engine and replacing it is 42 seconds for a Ford Escort, on 21 November 1985



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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by ters » Fri 31 Aug 2012, 18:25

Some more...

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

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

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and
down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
(That explains a few mysteries.)

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

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per
side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

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

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

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

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which
stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by ters » Sat 01 Sep 2012, 18:49

:?

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from
history.

Spades - King David

Clubs - Alexander the Great,

Hearts - Charlemagne

Diamonds - Julius Caesar

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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by Bearhawke » Sat 01 Sep 2012, 21:44

ters wrote::?

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from
history.

Spades - King David

Clubs - Alexander the Great,

Hearts - Charlemagne

Diamonds - Julius Caesar

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Playing cards: the fortune tellers' Tarot decks follow the same protocol as a 52 card poker deck (minor arcana) but the 22 additional cards are known as the 'major arcana'. :)
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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by Dragonkarr » Sat 01 Sep 2012, 23:38

The dog that played Lassie in the original movie, was a he not a she :!:

In the original Red Riding Hood, she wasn't so lucky. She was eaten by the wolf. Moral: Don't take advice from strangers.

And in Sleeping Beauty, it wasn't a prince's kiss that awoke her. The king, finding her asleep, and craving a little you-know, raped her. Nine months later she gave birth to twins (still sleeping!) and later awoke raped and a mother. 8O

Qoute: "In the tale of snow white that we are all familiar with, the Queen asks a huntsman to kill her and bring her heart back as proof. Instead, the huntsman can’t bring himself to do it and returns with the heart of a boar. Now, fortunately disney hasn’t done too much damage to this tale, but they did leave out one important original element: in the original tale, the Queen actually asks for Snow White’s liver and lungs – which are to be served for dinner that night! Also in the original, Snow White wakes up when she is jostled by the prince’s horse as he carries her back to his castle – not from a magical kiss. What the prince wanted to do with a dead girl’s body I will leave to your imagination. Oh – in the Grimm version, the tale ends with the Queen being forced to dance to death in red hot iron shoes!"

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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by zahistorics » Sun 02 Sep 2012, 02:59

If we are going to play this game make sure the 'facts' are true. :)

For example:

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
Not true: http://www.snopes.com/history/world/cardking.asp

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
Not true, they were made of plaster: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawa ... oscar.html

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.
Not true: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola#History (if you trust Wikipedia :) )

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
Not true: http://oxforddictionaries.com/definitio ... =butterfly

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.
Purple rhymes with hirple : http://oxforddictionaries.com/definitio ... e?q=hirple

The dog that played Lassie in the original movie, was a he not a she
Partly correct. Actually Lassie was played by several male dogs.

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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by Dragonkarr » Sun 02 Sep 2012, 07:44

zahistorics wrote:
The dog that played Lassie in the original movie, was a he not a she
Partly correct. Actually Lassie was played by several male dogs.
:lol: I think that makes it even worse. Thanks :mrgreen:
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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by ters » Sun 02 Sep 2012, 07:47

John, so glad you joined this, now we can get some true facts!

Thank you for correcting the above, I will make sure about my "facts" before
I post any... :oops:

In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language

I still think it was named Golf because ALL other 4 letter words were taken... :)

Look at the keyboard of any standard typewriter or computer. "Q,W,E,R,T and Y" are the first six letters. Who decided on this arrangement of the letters? And why?

The first practical typewriter was patented in the United States in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes. His machine was known as the type-writer. It had a movable carriage, a lever for turning paper from line to line, and a keyboard on which the letters were arranged in alphabetical order.
But Sholes had a problem. On his first model, his "ABC" key arrangement caused the keys to jam when the typist worked quickly. Sholes didn't know how to keep the keys from sticking, so his solution was to keep the typist from typing too fast.

He did this using a study of letter-pair frequency prepared by educator Amos Densmore, brother of James Densmore, who was Sholes' chief financial backer. The QWERTY keyboard itself was determined by the existing mechanical linkages of the typebars inside the machine to the keys on the outside. Sholes' solution did not eliminate the problem completely, but it was greatly reduced.

The keyboard arrangement was considered important enough to be included on Sholes' patent granted in 1878, some years after the machine was into production. QWERTY's effect, by reducing those annoying clashes, was to speed up typing rather than slow it down.

The new arrangement was the "QWERTY" arrangement that typists use today. Of course, Sholes claimed that the new arrangement was scientific and would add speed and efficiency. The only efficiency it added was to slow the typist down, since almost any word in the English language required the typist's fingers to cover more distance on the keyboard.

The advantages of the typewriter outweighed the disadvantages of the keyboard. Typists memorized the crazy letter arrangement, and the typewriter became a huge success.

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Re: Amazing fact thread...

Post by ters » Sun 02 Sep 2012, 19:23

zahistorics wrote:If we are going to play this game make sure the 'facts' are true. :)

For example:

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
Not true: http://www.snopes.com/history/world/cardking.asp

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
Not true, they were made of plaster: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawa ... oscar.html

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.
Not true: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola#History (if you trust Wikipedia :) )

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
Not true: http://oxforddictionaries.com/definitio ... =butterfly

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.
Purple rhymes with hirple : http://oxforddictionaries.com/definitio ... e?q=hirple

The dog that played Lassie in the original movie, was a he not a she
Partly correct. Actually Lassie was played by several male dogs.
John, I would give my front teeth to be able to share your knowledge...!! Did you know these were
incorrect, and "surfed" for the correct ones?

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