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TB Tabby
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http://www.greatfacts.com/

A page of over 3000 bits of trivia. Feel free to debunk.

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Some of these aren't all that amazing, some of them have been previously debunked... and some could be thesaurus or dictionary entries. What really gets me though is the bad wording. These in particular made me go "huh":

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Charlie Brown's dad was a barber.
How is this an amazing fact? Schroeder plays the piano, Linus and Lucy are siblings...and?
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25% of a human's bones are in its feet.
Now... is this politically correct or offensive?
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A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue. i know some people who can do some amazing stuff too.
That second sentence... well, good to know. Do they do the amazing stuff with their tongues? Why isn't that stuff on the list?
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Bananas are actually herbs. Bananas die after fruiting, like all herbs do.
Bananas are America's #1 fruit.

What now?
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Black lemurs are the only primates that can have blue eyes.
...except for humans.
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Dogs can't decifer size. Thats why little dogs are mean.
So... big dogs have a right to be mean? But apparently they're not? Huh?

Now, an attempt at a summary of the site:
1. Some things have two names.
2. Most buildings have architects, most technological achievements were invented. Both generally have a date of construction/invention.
3.Some places have strange laws.

Am I just not sufficiently amazeable, or is it really as boring as I think it is?

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I think you are being "Fickleheaded". Fiddledeedee!

Check it out, I used two words that are the longest to have only letters from the first half of the alphabet...

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I don't know about thier claim of 3000 bits of trivia. In the first few pages, I saw about a half dozen duplicates.

Ken

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Malruhn
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Look! Another bit of trivia!! Let's see... that makes 3001!

Oh, and look, in the first few pages of the book there are round six duplicates. That would be another one - so its 3002!!!!!one!!!!!111!

I HATE it when books do that!

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Some of the "facts" are contradictory:

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Babe Ruth kept a lettuce leaf under his hat to keep cool during a game.
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Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat while playng baseball, and he used to change it every two innings.
Or did Ruth keep both a lettuce leaf and a cabbage leaf under his hat, but only changed the cabbage leaf?

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quote:
Originally posted by Peter H:
Some of the "facts" are contradictory:

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Babe Ruth kept a lettuce leaf under his hat to keep cool during a game.
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Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat while playng baseball, and he used to change it every two innings.
Or did Ruth keep both a lettuce leaf and a cabbage leaf under his hat, but only changed the cabbage leaf?

Somehow I'm craving a salad right about now. Wonder why. [Razz]

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Damian
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quote:
Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson",
Dr Watson NEVER said "No shit, Sherlock"

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The (Puntrue) Percula
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Now I know where my agenda books get their "Offbeat oddities" crap. Every page... filled with stuff like this. Much of it exact copy, paste off this site (or perhaps the other way around). This week's page:

"McDonald's Hamburgers were made with worm meat until the late 1900s."

Werre they even AROUND in the early 1900s?

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quote:
Originally posted by The (Untrue) Percula:

"McDonald's Hamburgers were made with worm meat until the late 1900s."

Werre they even AROUND in the early 1900s?

No.

This one sounds like a mutation of the McSquirmies myth.

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Little Pink Pill
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quote:
Originally posted by Damian:
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Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson",
Dr Watson NEVER said "No shit, Sherlock"
[lol]

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Some of these are so mind-blowingly obvious, I think a more interesting trivia bit would be to preface said item with "some people are actually unaware that..."
For example:
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"Speak of the Devil" is short for "Speak of the Devil and he shall come". It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention. That's why when you're talking about someone and they show up people say "Speak of the Devil."

Really? You think? Hey, I've got a good one. "Good night" originates from an early expression in modern English, in which the speaker wishes the other person a pleasant evening since he will not be seeing him again.

[Roll Eyes]

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Anyte
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"90% of bird species are monogamous; only 3% of animals are." And today we learned that birds aren't animals. Or that 90% of birds account for 3% of animals.

"A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight." 12 seconds?

More fun to mock than to read.

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FC
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"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."
They forgot about "underfund."
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98% of the weight of water is made up from oxygen.
Last time I checked it was 85%. Has the periodic table changed recently?

Atomic weights:
Hydrogen = 1.00794
Oxygen = 15.9994

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Bored and Dangerous
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quote:
Originally posted by FC:
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"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."
They forgot about "underfund."
Also underneath, undersized, and undergarments.

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If I had to guess whether or not 90% of birds accounting for 3% of all animals was approximately true or not, I would guess "true". After all, the insects outnumber the rest of animals. I would think birds would be even less than 3%.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bored and Dangerous:
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Originally posted by FC:
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"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."
They forgot about "underfund."
Also underneath, undersized, and undergarments.
Unless I am missing a joke, (which I do on a regular basis - especially when the joke is on me), I do not believe these three words qualify.

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Edited because I got the joke and I can't seem to read and comprehend at the same time right now.

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Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
I'm saying nothing about this one. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Page Three:
Bananas are actually herbs. Bananas die after fruiting, like all herbs do.

From what I understand, the banana plant is technically a herb, but the yellow 'fruit' itself is actually a false berry.

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quote:
A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.
And there was me thinking it was the whip speaking! You're right, some of these beggar belief.

quote:
315 entries in Webster's 1996 dictionary were misspelled.

315 words in the 1996 Webster's dictionary were mispelled.

[lol]

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quote:
Originally posted by Anyte:
"A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight." 12 seconds?

Orville Wright's first flight was about 39 meters long (in 12 seconds). A 747's wingspan varies depending on the specific model, but would be around 60-70 meters.

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Herbs are not annual, they don't necessarily die after one year. ( think of rosemary and thyme and parsley and probably sage as well. Chives, bay leaves, mintI could go on all day if I really thought about it) herbs are not defined by whether or not they are annuals . Bananas could also be said not to die after one year as they put up suckers that are genetically identical to the previous plant. Bananas are not herbs. that one is really stupid.
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1200 equals 1 pound (72 rupees).
[Confused]

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A broken clock is right at least twice a day.
Really? Even if it's broken because it fell and smashed into 100 pieces? Even if all the numbers fell off? Even if the hands of the clock fell off? Even if it's a digital with no batteries?

I'm done with this site. It's making my blood boil.

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"1.7 litres of saliva is produced each day. In Discovery Channel, its a quart."

Eh?

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"A "jiffy" is actually a proper time unit for 1/100th of a second"

Yes. I can see it now.

Cosmolgists are now able to look deeper into the universe, and so further back in time, to those very first jiffy's when the universe was created.

Stay with us, on the Discovery Channel.

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quote:
Originally posted by Canuckistan's home:
A broken clock is right at least twice a day.

This also suggests there's a possibility of it being right more than twice a day.

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Well, its brokenness might consist of going many times as fast as it should.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gary_Reza:
quote:
Originally posted by Canuckistan's home:
A broken clock is right at least twice a day.

This also suggests there's a possibility of it being right more than twice a day.
There is the possibility but it is very rare. If it is at the proper time on the "fall back" day at the end of daylight saving time, it may be right three times.
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quote:
Originally posted by Chloe:
Well, its brokenness might consist of going many times as fast as it should.

If you allow it to move, and it is never reset, there is the possibility that it is only correct once in several months (if it is slightly slow, that is).
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I can't say I'm surprised but on this page they say the following:
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In the original Wizard of Oz, during the scene in the forest, you can see a body hanging from a tree in the background. This is real. He was an actor that hung himself after he didnt get the part of the Tinman. They cut it out of the later versions, but if you have a movie from before the golden age of film editing, you'll see him.
Brian "hopefully, Jenn won't see this" B

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quote:
Originally posted by BrianB:
I can't say I'm surprised but on this page they say the following:
quote:
In the original Wizard of Oz, during the scene in the forest, you can see a body hanging from a tree in the background. This is real. He was an actor that hung himself after he didnt get the part of the Tinman. They cut it out of the later versions, but if you have a movie from before the golden age of film editing, you'll see him.
Brian "hopefully, Jenn won't see this" B
From the same page:

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In an average lifetime, a person will eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders while sleeping.
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It is impossible to sneeze and keep your eyes open at the same time.
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


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Recent scientific research has has shown Duck's quacks DO echo, even though they are commonly thought not to because the echo is can [sic] not be heard by the human ear.

Not true. Last week I was standing with a couple of friends by the shores of lake Mälaren in the middle of Stockholm not far from the Västerbron bridge when suddenly a duck flow by, emitting a series of loud quacks. The echo of the quacks against the side of the bridge was definitely audible to all three of us.

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