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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 6

  • In the Dutch province of Twente people live on average half a year shorter than in the rest of the Netherlands.
  • Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be
  • right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties in climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.
  • Duddley DoRight's Horses name was "Horse."
  • If the Spaceship Earth ride at EPCOT was a golf ball, to be the proportional size to hit it, you'd be two miles tall.
  • On Sesame Street, Bert's goldfish were named Lyle and Talbot, presumably after the actor Lyle Talbot.
  • The word "hangnail" comes from Middle English: ang- (painful) + nail. Nothing to do with hanging.
  • Louis IV of France had a stomach the size of two regular stomachs.
  • Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain smoked forty cigars a day for the last years of his life.
  • Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley's Comet came into veiw. When
  • He died in 1910, Haley's Comet came into view again.
  • Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name.
  • Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
  • The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  • If you were born in Los Alamos, New Mexico during the Manhattan project (where they made the atomic bomb), your birthplace was listed as a post office box in Albequerque.
  • Robert Kennedy was killed in the Ambassador Hotel, the same hotel that housed Marilyn Monroe's first modelling agency.
  • Ronald Regan sent out the army phoyographer who first discovered Marilyn Monroe.
  • Carbonated water, with nothing else in it,can dissolve limestone, talc, and many other low-Moh's hardness minerals. Coincidentally, carbonated water is the main ingredient in soda pop.
  • Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.
  • The newest dog breed is the Bull Boxer, first bred in the United states in 1990-91.
  • The first hard drive available for the Apple ][ had a capacity of 5 megabytes.
  • South of Tucson, Arizona, all road signs are in the Metric System.
  • In many cases, the amount of storage space on a recordable CD is measured in minutes. 74 minutes is about 650 megabytes, 63 minutes is 550 megabytes.
  • The real name of Astro (the dog fromThe Jetsons) is "Tralfaz" -- his real owner appeared one day to claim him but wound up giving him back to the Jetsons.
  • Charlie Brown's father was a barber.
  • The original story from Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights begins, "Aladdin was a little Chinese boy."
  • Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intraveinously
  • When a film is in production, the last shot of the day is the "martini shot", the next to last one is the "Abby Singer".
  • Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.) Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is number 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
  • It is a misdemeanor to kill or threaten a butterfly -- so says City Ordinance No. 352 in Pacific Grove, California.
  • If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
  • Other than fruit, honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life! What about milk, you say? A cow has to eat grass to produce milk and grass is living!
  • When Saigon fell the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the radio.
  • The Fort George Point in Belize City was formed by the silt runoff of Hurricane Hattie.
  • If you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will be snugger around your big toe.
  • Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.
  • The expression "What in tarnation" comes from the original meaning: "What in eternal damnation"
  • Gary Burgough who played Walter Radar O'Reily on M*A*S*H has a deformed left thumb. If you watch closely you will see that he never shows his left hand.
  • Only two states' names begin with double consonants: Florida and Rhode Island.
  • The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean
  • Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
  • The Cincinnati Reds baseball team name was officially changed to the Redlegs during the anti-communist movement.
  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

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