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Kel
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Just mailed to me. Here they are:

Money isn't made out of paper. It's made out of cotton.

The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickle the company once had.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2.

40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

Every person has a unique eye & tongue print.

The "spot" on the 7-Up comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

315 entries in Webster's 1996 dictionary were misspelled.

During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur", a small red car can be seen in the distance.

On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.!

John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.

Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine are brother and sister.

Chocolate kills dogs. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.

Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedo-ing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

Dr. Seuss is actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounds like Sue-ice.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in
California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in First Class.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

Upper and lower case letters are named "upper" and "lower" because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the upper case letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the lower case letters.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.

The numbers "172" can be found on the back of the US 5 dollar bill, in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

There are 4 cars and 11 lightposts on the back on the US 10 dollar bill.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. It also took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes and 4 pennies, you'd have $1.19. You would also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA".

The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

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 first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo.

Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than 100 years before either moon was discovered.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson".

An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.

The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

Back in the mid to late 80s, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered 100% compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!!

... What I want to know is... who was the lucky fellow that got to compare "eye prints"?

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anue
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A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
Ah! Not THIS again!

Once and for all,snopes explains. It's not true!

Edit: "Charlie Chaplin once won third place in a Chaplin look alike contest"..snopes also verifies that this one is true

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anue
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The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's “Born in the USA.”
According to The Rumor Mill, Probably not
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The Boss's Born In The U.S.A. was the first compact disk that was available in the U.S. This is still being researched, but the first CD manufactured in the U.S. was (probably) a promotional CD called “The Edison CD Sampler.” This is according to The CD Depot. However, a more substantial source is forthcoming.
The first CD ever released to the public was Billy Joel's 52nd Street in Japan in October 1982. CDs were not introduced to the U.S. until March 1983.



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anue
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Sorry for the many posts, but I answer them as I find them and leave to do other things..
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A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2.
Apparently, this one is true. 2 inches by 4 inches is the rough sawn or rough cut (unfinished) size of the timber, but most of the timber but most wood that is bought is planed to make it smooth, reducing the size.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kel:
Just mailed to me. Here they are:

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson".


Yep - very true. Apologies are owed to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by so many film-makers ... Then again Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up Scotty", nor did Rick from Casablanca say "Play it again Sam" .. nor did Hamlet say " Alas poor Yorick. I knew him well" etc etc etc
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Ok, I'll try a few
quote:
Originally posted by Kel:
Just mailed to me. Here they are:

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Possibly true. It will happen with some rasins in some carbonated beverages as the raisin gains and loses air bubbles. But while basically true it is only slightly amusing and a big waste of time, raisins, and champagne.

Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

Wow, Phyllis Diller, she is a truly wonderful woman... Anyway NFBSK I should know this. I know she had a daughter that passed away last year...can't think of her name though. I'll get back to you on this one.

A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

I've heard this soooo many times it must be true!!! [Roll Eyes]

315 entries in Webster's 1996 dictionary were misspelled.

Hey I don't need to look up words. I mispell fine on my own.

Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedo-ing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

Boom! Seriously I do know that whales and dolphins have killed by slamming into a predator or prey.

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

that's already been covered on this site... I'm to lazy to chow.

There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.

Orange, door hinge, syringe.... This has already been covered as well.

The numbers "172" can be found on the back of the US 5 dollar bill, in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

I didn't see it on the new bill and I have a fairly good magnifing glass mounted to my table.

There are 4 cars and 11 lightposts on the back on the US 10 dollar bill.

Not True for the new 10 dollar bill.

If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes and 4 pennies, you'd have $1.19. You would also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

Seems true.

The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

Flutterby is used but I don't think that's the origin. It seems to come from Old English buttorfleoge. Theories include it or it's feces looks butter coloured or it is believed to eat butter.

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.

no, no, no, no.

The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

I don't know and I own a Victrola. They have been around a long time, I think they were made by RCA if that helps.

The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

Probably.

The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

Good to see book theives are into fine literature.

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

Was not true in the 1980's. But then shuttle crew only wore flight suits, not space suits. With all the improvement with food in space (it can almost be custom ordered) I doubt it's true now. Also everyone's system is different... what if cabbage gives me gas? Also I wouldn't want a spacesuit that could withstand a fart. Heck if you can take a dump in your suit why not pass gas?

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!!

Not true. I've normally seen them fly nearly straight up. If there are many there will always be the individuals that fly away from the crowd.



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anue
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From original list:
The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

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Originally posted by Chimera:
Flutterby is used but I don't think that's the origin. It seems to come from Old English buttorfleoge. Theories include it or it's feces looks butter coloured or it is believed to eat butter.

According to dictionary.com, the origins of the word "butterfly" are as follows:
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[Middle English butterflye, from Old English butorfloge : butor, butere, butter; see butter + floge, fly; see fly2.]
Word History: Is a butterfly named for the color of its excrement or because it was thought to steal butter? It is hard to imagine that anyone ever noticed the color of butterfly excrement or believed the insect capable of such theft. The first suggestion rests on the fact that an early Dutch name for the butterfly was boterschijte. The second is based on an old belief that the butterfly was really a larcenous witch in disguise.



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One I notcied right away is the Heinz 57... I thought that was the number of sauces they made...

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Mae
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I found a couple...

The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickle the company once had.
Not true
Heinz FAQ
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What is the significance of "57"?
The Heinz 57 Varieties slogan is synonymous with the name "Heinz." Our corporate history tells us that in 1896, Henry John Heinz noticed an advertisement for "21 styles of shoes." He decided that his own products were not styles, but varieties. Although there were many more than 57 foods in production at the time, because the numbers "5" and "7" held a special significance for him and his wife, he adopted the slogan "57 Varieties." Thus, a new advertising campaign was launched for Heinz 57 Varieties — and the rest is history!

A rat can last longer without water than a camel
Sort of true...
http://www.kness.com/ratfacts.html#anchor1097678
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Although water is vital to human health, such is not the case with all rodents. Desert dwelling kangaroo rats, gerbils and prairie dogs never drink water. A chemical process transforms part of their solid food into water.

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anue
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quote:
Originally posted by Mae:
...A rat can last longer without water than a camel
Sort of true...
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...A chemical process transforms part of their solid food into water.

That doesn't mean they still don't need the water, they just get it in different ways (by food with water, not by drinking pure water). Camels, AFAIK, don't even need to eat anything with water for that long.. is that right? I could be mistaken.

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Mae
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You're right. While it is true that some rats never need to "drink" water, because they get it from their food. They still probably need water every day (food with water in it at least) while camels can go for days at a time without taking in water.

If you're all having fun researching this trivia, I found another message board when I was digging around where a guy posted a ton of these "facts" and no one disputed any of them. We could spend months going over all the ones he posted.
http://pub88.ezboard.com/ftheroundtable5805frm6.showMessageRange?topicID=81.t opic&start=1&stop=20

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quote:
Originally posted by Mae:
You're right. While it is true that some rats never need to "drink" water, because they get it from their food. They still probably need water every day (food with water in it at least) while camels can go for days at a time without taking in water.

If you're all having fun researching this trivia, I found another message board when I was digging around where a guy posted a ton of these "facts" and no one disputed any of them. We could spend months going over all the ones he posted.
http://pub88.ezboard.com/ftheroundtable5805frm6.showMessageRange?topicID=81.t opic&start=1&stop=20

How much time do you give us? [Smile] I figure if we tackle one a day, we'll be done in.. say, 2007. There are a LOT of undisputed "facts" there, and it's scary!

BTW, on the page, the word "rat" has been changed to "giraffe":
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A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.


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Chimera
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Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

Ok she has no daughter named Susan Lucci.

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Mae
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Originally posted by TreeHugger:
How much time do you give us? [Smile] I figure if we tackle one a day, we'll be done in.. say, 2007. There are a LOT of undisputed "facts" there, and it's scary!

BTW, on the page, the word "rat" has been changed to "giraffe":
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A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can.

I think it might even take longer than that! I didn't notice that giraffe one...but there are so many that it was easy to miss.

Oh, and regarding Susan Lucci and Phyllis Diller:
Susan Lucci

*edited because I am a terrible typist*

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Every person has a unique eye & tongue print.
How do you make an eye print?

-Trowa

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Originally posted by Trowa, troubled circus performer:
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Every person has a unique eye & tongue print.
How do you make an eye print?

-Trowa

Yeah good point. Maybe they meant a retinal scan [Confused]
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On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
I'm really interested in this one.
I'd call that epidemic proportions. I think we'd notice.

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I tried chewing gum while I cut an onion yesterday... and it worked.. no tears.. so at least one of those is true... [Razz]
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The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before.
Nope. here's a little something from straightdope: http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mpeterpanwendy.html

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Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
While I haven't seen anything to strictly disprove this statement, I find it unlikely. People have been making ketchup (a phrase used to cover countless types of sauces, not all of them including tomatoes at all) since somewhere around the late 1600s. The first commercially canned/bottled types did start becoming more common in America in the 1830s, and it may be that they were suggested as having heath benefits, but nowhere have I seen it stated that they were sold specifically as medicine.

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During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing.
I've seen this mentioned as a joke of the time, not as an actual fact. It just doesn't make any sense - if the miners wanted clean clothes, why pay for them to be shipped off to distant lands rather than simply washing their own?

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If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

I have nothing to refute this with, I just find it so unlikely I had to comment on it. Anybody from one of the western states willing to give it a try?

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Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

While I haven't seen anything to strictly disprove this statement, I find it unlikely. People have been making ketchup (a phrase used to cover countless types of sauces, not all of them including tomatoes at all) since somewhere around the late 1600s. The first commercially canned/bottled types did start becoming more common in America in the 1830s, and it may be that they were suggested as having heath benefits, but nowhere have I seen it stated that they were sold specifically as medicine.

Well Regan declared ketchup a veggie. I always wondered about the stuff myself. I have a bottle that reads "Instructions: Put on Food" is that needed?

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Ketchup. It does indeed go way back. The word comes from the Chinese Amoy dialect ke-tsiap and the stuff was originally more like soy sauce then tomato sauce. Ketchup wasn't jsut made from tomatoes--in fact, tomatoes are rather late comers. Old cookbooks have plenty of recipes for "mushroom ketchup" and "walnut ketchup."

One the medicine front, a rummage through Google turns up two things. One is that the earliest record of commercial tomato ketchup sales seems to be a farmer in upstate New York or in New England who sold the stuff in 1830. "Ketchup was sold nationwide in the US by 1837 thanks to the hard work of Jonas Yerkes, who sold the product in quart and pint bottles. He used the refuse of tomato canning-skins, cores, green tomatoes, and lots of sugar and vinegar." Source

This other thing I turned up was that there was a patent medicine called "Dr. Miles Compound Extract of Tomato." It was more or less ketchup. Dr. Miles' product is often said to have been sold in 1830 or the 1830s, but also just "19th Century." I'm not giving a source for this, because I can't find one with trustworthy scholarship--you can find it all over. I have doubts about the 1830. The 1830 may have gotten confused with that New York farmer.

Heinz started selling it in 1875.

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Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.

How does that work? British intelligence had to be pretty good to know exactly where their pilots would be taken if captured. And why weren't the pilots just briefed on this information so that the map not be found by the guards?

Beach...I'm sure somewhere this is Hollywood's fault...Life!

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quote:
Originally posted by Kel:
Just mailed to me. Here they are:

The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in
California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

Three very old and very bad jokes.

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Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. It also took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
Maybe because he was using fish scales (actually, the entire painting was done in less than a year).

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The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Yeah, right - lame joke anyone?

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Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

In the case of a human (who can't utilize the mass because of a lack of the necessary enzymes), this may be true. For the same reason, a human can starve to death eating nothing but grass.

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Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

Not clear - does the wind damage the beans, the astronaut, or the spacesuit?
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Originally posted by mathemagician:
quote:
Originally posted by Kel:
[qb]Just mailed to me. Here they are:

The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in
California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

Three very old and very bad jokes.

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Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. It also took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
Maybe because he was using fish scales (actually, the entire painting was done in less than a year).

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The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

Yeah, right - lame joke anyone?

Well, according to theStraight Dope, the fish scales in lipstick is at least partly true.

As far as Motorola, according to their website, the first product offered was a battery eliminator that allowed early radios to run off house current instead of batteries. The Motorola name was intended to convey the idea of sound in motion when they began producing car radios, not phonographs.

However, it is explained in other historical accounts, that the original source of the name was Motor Victrola, but was still used for the original car radios, not phonographs.

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A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

This one seems true... From the book "The Essential Ferret", by Betsy Sikora Siino (pp. 27-28):

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Pet ferrets must be neutered. Female ferrets (jills) will not come out of heat on their own. Prolonged heat will lead to serious medical problems and, eventually, death. Male ferrets (hobs) cycle into "rut", which, for our purposes, can be described as something like a female's heat cycle. When a hob is in rut, he is aggressive toward other male ferrets (not people), even males that have been neutered. Also, hobs in rut have a very strong, unpleasant odor, and they can undergo dramatic weight changes and suffer anxiety if they are not bred.

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Originally posted by mathemagician:
Not clear - does the wind damage the beans, the astronaut, or the spacesuit?

I imagine damaging the spacesuit would damage the astronaut.

As to the beans, by the time wind becomes an issue they have already been pretty thoroughly damaged.

But you're right - it's a bad, bad sentence.

Nonny

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If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

I have nothing to refute this with, I just find it so unlikely I had to comment on it. Anybody from one of the western states willing to give it a try?[/QB]
Ohh ohh ohh ohh, you reminded me of a webpage that a FOAF made awhile back, project MASKI (Make a Scorpion Kill Itself). There are pictures of the scorpion as it stung itself to death (though I think he had mixed results, and wasn't very scientific at all through the process).

Enjoy!

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quote:
Originally posted by put it in writing:
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If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

I have nothing to refute this with, I just find it so unlikely I had to comment on it. Anybody from one of the western states willing to give it a try?

Ohh ohh ohh ohh, you reminded me of a webpage that a FOAF made awhile back, project MASKI (Make a Scorpion Kill Itself). There are pictures of the scorpion as it stung itself to death (though I think he had mixed results, and wasn't very scientific at all through the process).

Enjoy![/QB]

From the site:
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To make especially sure the horrible creature was dead I gave it a pap-smear, across the porch.
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On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
I'm really interested in this one.
I'd call that epidemic proportions. I think we'd notice.

I'm interested in this one as well, only because I recently found out that a friend of mine was, in fact, given to the wrong parents when they took her home from the hospital. The mistake was corrected, but for a few days, two families had the wrong babies.

That's what her parents told her, anyway. I can't vouch for their status as storytellers.

In any case, 12/day may or may not be of epidemic proportions; is that in the US? Worldwide? What are the standards for "wrong parents"? For how long is the child with the wrong parents?

I guess 12/day seems like a lot, but when you divide that among all the cities in all the countries in the world, it's not that outrageous. And if the mistake is corrected quickly, it wouldn't be more than local news, if that.

Of course, for that reason, I find it highly unlikely that the data exist to give this precise statistic. I find it much more likely that this number was pulled out of someone's, erm, ears.

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Originally posted by Kel:
Just mailed to me. Here they are:

Money isn't made out of paper. It's made out of cotton.

well money is made from Plastic here (in the land down under

Dav(take a note)ros

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I'm interested in this one as well, only because I recently found out that a friend of mine was, in fact, given to the wrong parents when they took her home from the hospital. The mistake was corrected, but for a few days, two families had the wrong babies.

How did they know it was the wrong baby without DNA checks? Most physical atributes... hair, eye colour aren't set by the first few days. Even if they were that would be a poor indicator of heridity. Or was a more than double mistake made that both children left the hospital with the right "tags" but the wrong parents... That would mean no one at the hospital caught either mistake and neither did any family memeber until days later. Seems unlikely... I think I'd notice if my baby's band read 'Marsha Johnson: girl' if my kid was a 'Victoria Elizabeth: boy'.

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well money is made from Plastic here (in the land down under

Dav(take a note)ros

And metal in most places too of course
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Originally posted by Kel:

During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur", a small red car can be seen in the distance.


Isn't Ben Hur in black & white?

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Originally posted by Kel:

During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur", a small red car can be seen in the distance.


Isn't Ben Hur in black & white?
Nope Ben Hur is in Technicolor

http://imdb.com/title/tt0052618/

Having said that I've scoured the scene for the car and I'm damned if I can see it.

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Eddylizard
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There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.


According to my rhyming dictionary:

Orange : Binge, dinge, hinge, cringe, fringe, springe (a small snare), singe, tinge, whinge, swinge, twinge, unhinge, challenge, impinge, syringe, infringe, scavenge and lozenge.

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