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Squishy0405
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1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton..

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

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

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

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was
albino.

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

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces
will kill a small sized dog.

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

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).

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

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

16. 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 smaller, 'lower case' letters.

17. Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other
at the same time . hence, multi-tasking was invented.)

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

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a
recorded Wendy before!

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

22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to
paint Mona Lisa's lips.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad
and sting itself to death.

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

25. 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 (good to know.)

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink
in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)

27. 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.

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

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece
of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with
apples! True!-not sure if apple claim is though

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher..

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

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a space suit damages it.

34. George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart.. "Boy, I feel a lot
safer now that she's behind bars. O. J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are
still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman
in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and they haul
her fanny off to jail."

ETA: You will see later someone mentions #13-I always thought the myth was fish scales & placentas! I want to make my 1000 post something good...Soon to be Limericked [Smile]

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Page Three
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Some of those are debunked on Snopes already, I think. The 7-Up inventor was not an albino, for example, and Donald Duck comics were not banned in Finland. .

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Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors
Nope. The Vikings used scissors. Ones that worked exactly like the shears for shearing sheep, only there were pocket-sized versions for the ladies used for cutting thread and cloth and such.

The scorpion/alcohol thing isn't true. At best, the scorpion might twitch around and it might look as if it's stinging itself (how can you tell a scorpion "goes mad" anyway? Does it put on a little Napoleon hat before stinging itself?).

I'm pretty sure that the apple thing is utter hogwash considering how much sugar apples contain.

I have no idea what the Martha Stewart thing is doing on this list, either.

Lastly, a small hijack.

Vets have told me that the dogs/chocolate thing is true, so I'll believe that. However, the pekingese our family had when I was a kid ate whole bars of chocolate, loved it, and never got sick of it. He always got a bar of nut chocolate as a reward when he held still and didn't bite while being brushed. Everytime I hear that chocolate kills dogs, I wonder if ours was a freak of nature (all signs point to yes, to be honest) or if we were just lucky.

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The dog and chocolate thing is true, however it takes more than a few ounces.

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quote:
12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's
stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

Internal organs might burst, but explode sounds a bit drastic. You'll need a real torpedo for that.

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

If true, it's probably more like a half truth. They may have been made of wood, but not because the war would be lost for lack of that metal, but as a way to make a point of the importance of not wasting metal.

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26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink
in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)

Mythbusters busted the whole quicksand thing, so while this is true, the whole lying on your back and raising legs thing is unnecessary (unless, of course, it's a naked female, then it's great advice).

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33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a space suit damages it.

It might be that beans are not allowed, as a space flight might be the wrong place for digestive problems, but I highly doubt it would damage the space suits. A cleaning might be needed, that's all.

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#1 : Yes. It's mostly-cotton cloth paper, not wood-pulp paper.

"Currency paper is composed of 25% linen and 75% cotton." http://www.moneyfactory.gov/document.cfm/18/106

#2 : Yes. Source: North American Industrial Hemp Council, but references not cited. http://www.naihc.org/hemp_information/hemp_facts.html#history

#3 : Yes.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=tittle+&searchmode=none

The above items were easy to research, and most of the others aren't too difficult. These three didn't take long at all, but I'm not staying up for hours to answer the rest unless you pay me!

Some of these things are already answered at Snopes, as pointed out by Page Three in comment #1.

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quote:
Originally posted by Squishy0405:
2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

This is one of those "facts" that has morhped to say something completely different than the original "fun fact" (which was probably never checked to begin with). The story is that the first drafts of the Declaration were written on hemp paper (which is most defnititely not marijuana paper any more than a hemp rope is a marijuana rope!), not the signed document. The document itself is written on parchment, not paper. (edited missing word)
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This blog debunks some, but also gets some wrong, such as #2, as I posted above:
http://drastrozoom.blogspot.com/2005_09_01_drastrozoom_archive.html

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Yes, Ganzfeld, exactly. I doubt anyone has ever even tried to make paper out of marijuana! Might make good rolling papers, though, if it can be made thin enough!

Hemp is not the same as marijuana. Related, but a whole other thing, for much different purposes. It's idiocy that either were made illegal in the US, but in any case, hemp was a major cash crop in the colonial era, just as marijuana is a major cash crop in my home state today.

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13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).
Ewww. Wait a second. Fish scales are part of fish, which we eat. Through our mouths...

This "fun fact" is another one that never gets questioned. Even the Wikipedia entry for lipstick says that lipstick "initially" contained such a thing but the reference provided makes no such claim. Anyway, I think pearlescents obtained from fish scales have mostly been replaced with "all natural" synthetics made from petroleum by-products and metals. That's not gross at all! (Still looking for more reliable info on this.)

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quote:
Originally posted by surfcitydogdad:
#1 : Yes. It's mostly-cotton cloth paper, not wood-pulp paper.

"Currency paper is composed of 25% linen and 75% cotton." http://www.moneyfactory.gov/document.cfm/18/106

To elaborate it a bit: the OP stated that money is printed not on paper but on cotton (which is of course is blatantly wrong), so I'd suggest anybody believing this to study the art of papermaking, especially how to make high-quality paper.

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Thanks for the specification, Floater, but I think the point was that US currency is printed on paper made of cotton (and linen) rather than paper made of wood pulp.

But you're right; the cotton/linen blend is indeed "paper." So, the question itself (#1) is flawed (as is #2, discussed above).

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Facts A-Chow (Sheesh, there were more facts on the older version!)

Wendy A-Chow, while we're at it! [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
This blog debunks some, but also gets some wrong, such as #2, as I posted above:
http://drastrozoom.blogspot.com/2005_09_01_drastrozoom_archive.html

[nitpick]Anyone else notice he copied and pasted the 7-up bit and the Susan Lucci bit directly from the snopes.com articles? In the comments section, he says he "leaned hard upon the strong shoulders of snopes.com..." but he still didn't quote or attribute those two items.[/nitpick]

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I didn't notice. Maybe one for the "Copyright" thread.
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quote:
Originally posted by Page Three:

Vets have told me that the dogs/chocolate thing is true, so I'll believe that. However, the pekingese our family had when I was a kid ate whole bars of chocolate, loved it, and never got sick of it. He always got a bar of nut chocolate as a reward when he held still and didn't bite while being brushed. Everytime I hear that chocolate kills dogs, I wonder if ours was a freak of nature (all signs point to yes, to be honest) or if we were just lucky.

Chocolate toxicity depends on the amount of theobromine in the chocolate. A toxic dose is about 45-50 mg/lb. As most white chocolate contains little theobromine, it is usually not enough to cause symptoms. Milk chocolate contains smaller levels of theobromine, so it would take more to cause symptoms. Some dogs have a higher tolerance than others, but that is the general guideline. Unless your dog was given many chocolate bars at a time or you were feeding him 1-lb bars of chocolate (or baker's or semi-sweet chocolate, which contain more theobromine and are fatal is smaller amounts) it would probably not cause great harm-- mild symptoms include diarrhea, hyperactivity, and vomiting-- but some dogs may be more sensitive so I would not try it personally! It also varies according to the dog's age and health.

ETA: Technically the list is correct, if they are referring to baker's chocolate or semi-sweet.

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quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
quote:
18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II
were made of wood.

If true, it's probably more like a half truth. They may have been made of wood, but not because the war would be lost for lack of that metal, but as a way to make a point of the importance of not wasting metal.

They were plaster, according to the Academy themselves. [Smile]

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I just tried the raisin in champagne one, and it does work. It kept my dad very amused. [Smile]

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

Should work in other carbonated beverages, too.

Or with objects about the same size and weight as raisins.

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33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a space suit damages it.

Does that include the diaper they wear on space walks?

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Not the way I heard it...

1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of the blood and sweat of the oppressed proletariat, and that's why your wallet smells so funky.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written in disappearing ink, just in case we lost.

3. The round things on girl's chests are called "tittles", or something like that.

4. A wino dropped in a vat of champagne will complain it doesn't taste like Thunderbird.

5. Phyllis Diller invented the pickle that is named after her (the Phylly).

6. 60% of McDonald's profits don't come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled, and five geeks tragically went blind trying to find every single one.

8. The '7' on 7UP comes from its first marketer, who had seven legs. He was some kind of freakin alien, man!

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily, and do those kids get tired of being passed around so much.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are Siamese twins.

11. Chocolate affects a girl's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will seduce a small sized girl. With someone like Rosie O'Donnell, we're talking a couple tons, but why bother?

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode. Scientists are at a loss as to who the hell keeps giving torpedoes to whales.

13. Few fish wear lipstick.

14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he advocates the violent overthrow of Chinese restaurants.

15. Opium was sold in the 1800s as ketchup, which may explain the popularity of hot dogs.

16. The fact that 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 smaller, 'lower case' letters is hardly interesting at all.

17. Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time . hence, multi-tasking was invented.) By the way, very few people realize that Leonardo even WAS a D.A. He solved the Lindbergh kidnapping and personally painted the kidnapper, giving him three coats with light sanding after the first two.

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood, as were the majority of the actors receiving them.

19. There are no cocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos. Every gambler you see there, every single one, has no dick.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before! Of course, this disregards the many Wendys whose names were short for "Gwendolyn," not to mention that "Peter Pan" was a play before it was a book, and--oh, never mind, it jut got all boring.

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: June, moon, and spoon! That's assuming you use a Tagalog dictionary, of course.

22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips because he kept nicking them with the points.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death. A larger amount applied to a coed resutls in hours of fun.

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk's mask painted white. Few people realize that Captain Kirk was actually purple with pink spots.

25. 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 (good to know.). In addition, you have three cents more than the annual per capita income of several Asian and African countries.

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.). For an even greater thrill, stick your head straight down in the quicksand and stick your legs straight up. We call this "Journey to the Center of the Earth."

27. 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 penis. It got changed to "thumb" when the women in the courtroom snickered and muttered, "Ya got THAT right, ducks!"

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola. The record player was not a success, as the needle tended to skip when hit hit the front grille.

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples! And vodka won't make you drunk! True! you can Drink an drink an it never ever makesh you drong. Sho go gemee shome more vokka. An, an I can use shome celererery too. the shnakes are back! geddem offa me, geddem offa me...you're preddy, ya know that? Blaaarggghhh.

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will make you fart like a motorboat!

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is gum arabic, which could pose a real problem.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries. In convenience stores, the honors are held by Bouncy Boobs 'N Butts, however.

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat Weetabix before they go into space because throwing up in a space suit damages it.

34. Jerry Seinfeld said it best about Martha Stewart: "What is the deal with Martha Stewart? Huh? Huh? Can somebody tell me? What?"

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quote:
Originally posted by Squishy0405:


7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

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


These come from If 99.9 percent is good enough. Don't know about the others though.

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quote:
Originally posted by Page Three:
[QB(how can you tell a scorpion "goes mad" anyway? Does it put on a little Napoleon hat before stinging itself?).[/QB]

LOL! Can I take that for a sig?!

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quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
quote:
18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II
were made of wood.

If true, it's probably more like a half truth. They may have been made of wood, but not because the war would be lost for lack of that metal, but as a way to make a point of the importance of not wasting metal.
Yes - I've been watching the World at War documentaries on DVD, and one of them talks about people being encouraged to donate saucepans and so on for scrap metal as part of the war effort, and then says that the authorities were left with a big pile of saucepans that they didn't really have a use for...! It was more important as a propaganda exercise than actually to gather materials.

I can't remember whether this was in the US or UK off-hand (US I think) but it could have been either. I should go back and watch it again to confirm really.

(edit) Brad's version is a lot better!

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quote:
Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
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13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).
Ewww. Wait a second. Fish scales are part of fish, which we eat. Through our mouths...

This "fun fact" is another one that never gets questioned. Even the Wikipedia entry for lipstick says that lipstick "initially" contained such a thing but the reference provided makes no such claim. Anyway, I think pearlescents obtained from fish scales have mostly been replaced with "all natural" synthetics made from petroleum by-products and metals. That's not gross at all! (Still looking for more reliable info on this.)

of course i can't speak for all lipstick, but the ones we handle (victoria's secret, anna sui, nars, goldie, tarte, kevin aucoin, vincent longo oh goodness, i can' tthink of them all) all still use some fish scales and also in lipgloss and shimmer blush.
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yeah i double posted...whatcha gonna do bout' it!?
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Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
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13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).
Ewww. Wait a second. Fish scales are part of fish, which we eat.

Not all of us.

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