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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 12

  • Only three angels are mentioned by name in the Bible: Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer.
  • Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."
  • Wilma Flinestone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
  • Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of "Helen" on "The Jeffersons."
  • The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should
  • become a saint, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.
  • Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
  • The term "Mayday" used for signaling for help (after SOS), it comes from the French term "M'aidez" which is pronounced "MayDay" and means, "Help Me"
  • Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
  • The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 did start in a barn belonging to Patrick and Katherine O'Leary. The O'Leary's house was one of the few that survived the fire. The O'Leary's house had to be guarded by soldiers for weeks afterwards, however, because many enraged residents wanted to burn it down.
  • The biggest bell is the "Tsar Kolokol" cast in the Kremlin in 1733. It weighs 216 tons, but alas, it is cracked and has never been rung. The bell was being stored in a Moscow shed which caught fire. To "save" it the caretakers decided to throw water on the bell. This did not succeed in -- the water hit the superheated metal and a giant piece immediately cracked off, destroying the bell forever.
  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
  • The smallest mountain range in the world is outside of Marysville, California and is named the Sutter Buttes.
  • The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
  • Many species of bird copulate in the air. In general, a couple will fly to a very high altitude, and then drop. During their descent, the birds mate. Sometimes the couple gets too involved and SPLAT!
  • If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die because they need gravity to swallow.
  • There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
  • You would have to count to one thousand to use the letter "A" in the English language to spell a whole number.
  • The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.
  • Ants cannot chew their food, they move their jaws sidewards, like a scissor, to extract the juices from the food.
  • The letters H I O X in the latin alphabet is the only ones that look the same if you turn them upside down or see them from behind.
  • The little hole in the sink that lets the water drain out, instead of flowing over the side, is called a "porcelator".
  • When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home to a sellout crowd, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.
  • In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."
  • Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."
  • Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty," but he did say, "Beam me up, Mr. Scott".
  • Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
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