Ravings and Rantings

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Dedicated to Mel (Thanks Sweetie!!)

Mel, at Ocean of Reality (ha! It is Ocean of Love right now!!) sent this a few days ago. Terrific list.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BUT PROBABLY DON'T

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 (don'tcha just love that one?)
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 (c'mon--10 years?????).
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 (I absolutely hate that one).
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!
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 butt off to jail."

10 Comments:

  • At 5/20/2006 12:33:00 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    I knew #10 and #27. Go me.

     
  • At 5/20/2006 01:02:00 AM, Blogger scrunch said…

    I knew 15 of them... C+ ???

     
  • At 5/20/2006 02:29:00 AM, Blogger Vest said…

    I like the beans one.
    How about some info on what happens when you gotta go when you have to go, when wearing one of those space suits.

     
  • At 5/20/2006 04:32:00 AM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    YAY WC!!!!!

    Scrunchie you genius you. And you hang out with us?? Wow....cool.

    Vestie you don't want to know the answer to that one. Think 'recirculation'. Grossssssss.

     
  • At 5/20/2006 10:08:00 AM, Blogger scrunch said…

    Bridget:

    I said I knew 15 of them...never said I was proud of it. Trivis knowledge works best if you're playing Trivial Pursuit for interesting sidebets....

     
  • At 5/20/2006 10:54:00 AM, Blogger scrunch said…

    WC: Cool! I knew #10, too, but interestingly enough, they weren't related in her previous lives...

     
  • At 5/20/2006 11:09:00 AM, Blogger Jeannie said…

    Interesting - vaguely knew a few but no farts in the astronaut suit? I don't believe it because I read somewhere that we all let off quite a lot of gas every day even though we don't know it.
    The last one was humorous. I'm no fan of Martha's but I thought it strange that she went to jail for something that you KNOW a lot of men are guilty of every day. That bugged me.

     
  • At 5/20/2006 12:05:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said…

    Jeannie, me too. D. Trump could have been jailed on the basis of that hair style alone....

     
  • At 5/20/2006 09:50:00 PM, Blogger jipzeecab said…

    I knew Warren/Shirley and the raisen.
    Good list!

     
  • At 5/21/2006 01:28:00 PM, Blogger Leigh said…

    I loved the list. Things I always wanted to know.

     

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