Rafed English

Did You Know? - General Info - Part 14

  • "Evian" spelled backvards is naive.
  • The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  • Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.
  • "Bookkeeper" and "bookkeeping" are the only words in the English language with three consecutive double letters.
  • Paul McCartney's mother was a midwife.
  • The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war.
  • The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.
  • It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up it's stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses it's forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
  • The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright.
  • A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.
  • Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.
  • The arteries and veins surrounding the brain stem called the "circle of Willis" looks like a stick person with a large head.
  • Welsh mercenary bowmen in the medieval period only wore one shoe at a time.
  • On a trip to the South Sea islands, French painter Paul Gauguin stopped off briefly in Central America, where he worked as a laborer on the Panama Canal.
  • The Ganges River in India boasts the only genuine fresh-water sharks in the entire world.
  • The gene for the Siamese coloration in animals such as cats, rats or rabbits is heat sensitive. Warmth produces a lighter color than does cold. Putting tape temporarily on Siamese rabbit's ear will make the fur on that ear lighter than on the other one.
  • There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
  • Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."
  • The words 'sacrilegious' and 'religion' do not share the same etymological root.
  • "John has a long moustache" was the coded-signal used by the French Resistance in WWII to mobilize their forces once the Allies had landed on the Normandy beaches.
  • Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.
  • Brooklyn is the Dutch name for "broken valley"
  • There are four states where the first letter of the capital city is the same letter as the first letter of the state: Dover, Delaware; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.
  • Venetian blinds were invented in Japan.
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought at neighbouring Breed's Hill.
  • Former US Senator Barry Goldwater attended the opening night ceremonies and festivities at Bugsy Siegel's famous Las Vegas casino. They left him out of the movie Bugsy. He is pissed.
  • Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
  • ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-frid.)
  • The first electric Christmas lights were created by a telephone company PBX installer. Back in the old days, candles were used to decorate Christmas trees. This was obviously very dangerous. Telephone employees are trained to be safety concious. This installer took the lights from an old switchboard, connected them together, strung them on the tree, and hooked them to a battery.
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