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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 18

  • The only bone not broken so far during any ski accident is one located in the inner ear.
  • The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
  • There are ten human body parts that are only three letters long: Eye, Ear, Leg, Arm, Jaw, Gum, Toe, Lip, Hip and Rib.
  • Michigan was the first state to have roadside picnic tables.
  • Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.
  • Fitchburg, Massachusetts is the second hillest city in the US.
  • During WWII the city of Leningrad underwent a seventeen month German seige. Unable to access the city by roads, the Russians built a railroad across the ice on Lake Lagoda to get food and supplies to the citizens.
  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  • Thomas Edison got patents for a method of making concrete furniture and a cigar which was supposed to burn forever
  • Elton John's real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues band ever seen in England--1961
  • Elton John's uncle was a professional soccer player. He broke his leg playing for Nottingham Forest in the 1959 English FA Cup Final.
  • The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off... Thus the saying.
  • Horses cannot vomit.
  • Rabbits cannot vomit.
  • The word "Boondocks" comes from the Tagalog (Filipino) word "Bundok," which
  • means mountain.
  • Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
  • The "chapters" of the New Testament were not there originally. When monks in medieval times translated it
  • from the Greek, they numbered the pages in each "book."
  • Coca-Cola contains neither coca nor cola.
  • Yucatan, as in the peninsula, is from Maya "u" + "u" + "uthaan," meaning "listen to how they speak," what the Maya said when they first heard the Spaniards.
  • The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome.
  • The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified is to poke someone's eye out.
  • The original plan for Disneyland included a Lilliputland.
  • S.O.S. doesn't stand for "Save Our Ship" or "Save Our Souls" -- It was just chosen by an 1908 international
  • conference on Morse Code because the letters S and O were easy to remember and just about anyone could key it and read it, S = dot dot dot, O = dash dash dash..
  • The word "moose" was originally Algonquin.
  • The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
  • The "ZIP" in Zip Code stands for "Zone Improvement Plan."
  • Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875.
  • When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.
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