Rafed English

Did You Know? - General Info - Part 20

  • U.S. Interstates which go north-south are numbered sequentially starting from the west with odd numbers, and Interstates which go east-west are numbered sequentially starting from the south with even numbers.
  • Today's cattle are descended from two species: wild aurochs -- fierce and agile herd animals that populated
  • Asia, North Africa and Europe -- and eotragus -- an antelope-like, Asian forest creature.
  • Ballroom dancing is a major at Brigham Young University.
  • Professional ballerinas use about twelve pairs of toe shoes per week. The anteater, aardvark, spiny anteater (echidna), and scaly anteater (pangolin) are completely unrelated - in fact, the closest relatives to anteaters are sloths and armadillos, the closest relative to the spiny anteater is the platypus, and the aardvark is in an order all by itself.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • Octopi have gardens.
  • The Beatles song "Martha My Dear" was written by Paul McCartney about his sheepdog Martha.
  • "Ever think you're hearing something in a song, but they're really singing something else? The word formis-heard lyrics is 'mondegreen,' and it comes from a folk song in the '50's. The singer was actually singing "They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on the green," but this came off sounding like 'They slew the Earl of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.'"
  • A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background -- when they say "walla-walla" it looks like they are actually talking.
  • 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 youngest letters in the English language are "j," "v" and "w."
  • The Australian $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes are made out of plastic.
  • Cranberry Jello is the only jello flavor that comes from real fruit, not artificial flavoring.
  • The oldest exposed surface on earth is New Zealand's south island.
  • John Lennon's assassin was carrying a copy of "The Catcher in the Rye" when he shot the famous Beatle in 1980.
  • Don MacLean's song "American Pie" was written about Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. All three were on the same plane that crashed.
  • A game of pool is referred to as a "frame."
  • Impotence is legal grounds for divorce in 24 American states.
  • The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
  • Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way
  • to say "many things" and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -- in many places -- refers to "40 days," they meant many days.
  • 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy ) are the only two Disney cartoon features
  • with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.
  • The Soviet Sukhoi-34 is the first strike fighter with a toilet in it.
  • They Might Be Giants is the first modern band with an Accordion and a Glockenspiel
  • Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.
  • 'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
  • 'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • One of the longest English words that can be typed using the top row of a typewriter (allowing multiple uses of letters) is 'typewriter.'
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