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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 5

  • The top three cork-producing countries are Spain, Portugal and
  • Algeria. (Cork comes from trees.)
  • In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy's last name is Gail. It is shown on the mail box.
  • If you bring a raccoon's head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall, you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and the late M*A*S*H star McLean Stevenson were both once assistant football coaches at Northwestern University.
  • The letter W is the only letter in the alphabet that doesn't have 1 syllable... it has three.
  • All swans and all sturgeons in England are property of the Queen. Messing with them is a serious offense.
  • Michael Di Lorenzo, who plays Eddie Torres on New York Undercover is one of the lead dancers in Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video.
  • Only two people signed the Decleration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on Augest 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 year later.
  • October 4, 1957 is a historic date to be remembered, it is the day both "Leave it to Beaver" and the Russian satellite Sputnik 1 were launched.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  • It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.
  • The antifungal, nystatin, which is sometime used for treating thrush, is named after New York State Institute for Health (Acronym)
  • QANTAS, the name of the Australian national airline, is a (former) acronym, for Queensland And Northern
  • Territories Air Service.
  • The world's largest four-faced clock sits atop the Allen-Bradley plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Almonds are members of the peach family.
  • The first video ever played on MTV Europe was "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits.
  • If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050
  • The "Grinch" singer and voice of Tony the Tiger is a charming man named Thurl Ravenscroft.
  • The famous split-fingered Vulcan salute is actually intended to represent the first letter ("shin," pronounced "sheen") of the word "shalom." As a small boy, Leonard Nimoy observed his rabbi using it in a benediction and never forgot it; eventually he was able to add it to "Star Trek" lore.
  • The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.
  • Ham radio operators got the term "ham" coined from the expression "ham-fisted operators", a term used to describe early radio users who sent Morse code (i.e. pounded their fists).
  • While the Chinese invented gunpowder, they were not the first to develop firearms. Sam Colt invented the
  • "revolving pistol." Therefore, all revolvers are correctly called pistols.
  • A 12 gauge "rifled slug" does not spin, even though there are grooves on it's bearing surface. A slug actually travels like a dart.
  • Revolvers cannot be silenced, due all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.
  • A bullet fired from the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge (also called the .308 Winchester) is still supersonic at 1000 yards.
  • The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
  • The home team must provide the referee with 24 footballs for each National Football League game.
  • The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 oz.
  • A flea expert is a pullicologist.
  • A bear has 42 teeth.
  • M&M's stands for the last names of Forrest Mars, Sr., then candymaker, and his associate Bruce Murrie.
  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  • The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
  • Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 105.6 miles per hour.

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