Friday, 25 April 2014

A Duck Can't Walk without Bobbing its Head

The Eiffel Tower has 2,500,000 rivets in it. #factoid  
In 1982, seven books by Jim Davis about GARFIELD were on the New York Times best-sellers list at the same time. #factoid      
One of the many Tarzans, Karmuala Searlel, was mauled to death by a raging elephant on set. #factoid

A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel can. #factoid              
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times. #factoid   
In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run. #factoid

Giraffes have no vocal cords. #factoid

You burn 26 calories in a one-minute kiss. #factoid  
Monopoly is the most played board game in the world #factoid          

99% of the solar systems mass is concentrated in the sun. #factoid     
Wet sand weighs less than dry sand. #factoid  
One of Queen Victoria's wedding gifts was a 3 metre diameter, half tonne cheese. #factoid                                      

Hang On Snoopy is the official rock song of Ohio. (Note Real title is "Sloopy")  #factoid

Colts ~ A Rag colts. #factoid #collectivenouns                                   
When lightning strikes it can reach up to 30,000 degrees Celsius (54,000 degrees Fahrenheit) #factoid  
A snail can slide over a razor blade without being hurt by producing slime that helps it slide harmlessly #factoid      
A duck can't walk without bobbing its head #factoid  
A cesium atom in an atomic clock beats over nine billion times a second. #factoid            

In 1 square inch of skin there lies 4 yards of nerve fibers, 1300 nerve cells, 100 sweat glands, 3 million cells, and 3 yards of blood vessels. #factoid  
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam." Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."#factoid

The pound key (#) on the keyboard is called an octothorpe. #factoid
Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill 'if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee'. His reply ' if you were my wife, I would drink it!' #factoid #quotes    
To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh - if it rises to the surface, throw it away. #tips  
You can't trademark surnames #factoid  
The city of New York contains a district called 'Hell's Kitchen'. #factoid           
Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II. #factoid       
Some toothpaste's contain antifreeze. #factoid  
A strawberry is the only fruit which seeds grow on the outside #factoid                                      
A full moon is 9 times brighter than a half moon #factoid   

The word "Highjack" originated during prohibition. When a truck of illegal liquor was taken, the gunman would say "High Jack", indicating how the driver should raise his hands.   #factoid

M & M's refused the opportunity to be the candy featured in "ET". #factoid  
In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured. #factoid

One out of every 43 prisoners escapes from jail. 94% are recaptured. #factoid  
Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty (50) years of age or older. #factoid

The Public Art Galleries = Large Picture Halls, I Bet #anagram  
Toonie - A common euphemism for the Canadian two-dollar coin, pronounced "too-nee." #CanadianSlang      
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. #factoid
Toilets use 35% of indoor water use #factoid  
Local calls using a coin-operated phone in the U.S. cost only 5 cents everywhere until 1951. #factoid

It costs more to send someone to reform school than it does to send them to Eton. #factoid                                      
In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs. #factoid      

Saturday, 19 April 2014

A Clowder, Pounce, Kindle, Intrigue, Clutter, Comfort or Chowder of Cats

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" read 4:20. #factoid                                       
Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels #factoid                                       
Scotland has the most redheads #factoid   
The first heavyweight boxing title bout in which gloves were used was in 1892 between John L. Sullivan and James J. Corbett. It was won by Corbett in 21 rounds. #factoid  

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: "adhere" and "separate." #factoid   
Russia has 11 time zones. #factoid    
Curlew ~ A Herd of curlew. #factoid #collectivenouns
If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato-it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up. #tips"

Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman. #factoid    

A 10-gallon hat barely holds 6 pints. #factoid 

The average person has 10,000 taste buds #factoid   
Larks ~ A bevy of larks; An Exaltation of larks; An Ascension of larks. #factoid  #collectivenouns    

Some very Orthodox Jew refuse to speak Hebrew, believing it to be a language reserved only for the Prophets. #factoid   
A South African monkey was once awarded a medal and promoted to the rank of corporal during World War I. #factoid   
Cats ~ A Clowder of cats; A Pounce of cats; A Kindle, Litter or Intrigue; A Clutter of cats; A Comfort of cats; A Chowder of cats. #factoid #collectivenouns

The cheetah is the only cat that can't retract it's claws #factoid                                       
The average person laughs 15 times a day. #factoid       

Scuba divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below #factoid                                       
Dr. Pepper is the oldest major soft drink in America. #factoid                                       

Heaviest car balanced on the head ~ John Evans balanced a 159.6 kg (352 lb) Mini on his head for 33 seconds. #factoid   
Newborn babies are given to the wrong mother in the hospital 12 times a day worldwide. #factoid              

Thomas Edison, light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark. #factoid       
The tea bag was invented in 1908 #factoid   
Most cockroaches eaten; Ken Edwards of England ate 36 cockroaches in one minute. #factoid    

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is the second wealthiest woman, with $5,2 billion. #factoid  
In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" were considered a dirty word. #factoid   
Air pollution may contribute to two percent of all deaths in the US, some 50,000 cases per year. A nine-year study of US cities showed a strong correlation between death rates and periods of significant pollution. #factoid
Most fingers and toes on a living person; 25 digits each, Pranamya and Devendra have 12 fingers and 13 toes. #factoid
The average person will consume 100 tons of food and 45,424 liters (12,000 gallons) of water in their lifetime #factoid         

Cattle ~ A Herd, Drove or Drift of cattle; A Mob of cattle (US and Australia). #factoid  
Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son. #factoid 
India never invaded any country in her history #factoid       
Men can read smaller print then women can; women can hear better. #factoid          
The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year. #factoid                                       
The electric toothbrush was invented in 1939 #factoid       
Bees ~ A Grist, Hive, Swarm, Drift or Bike of bees; A Cluster, Erst or Nest of bees. #factoid #collectivenouns                      
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny. #factoid  

The word for 'mother' begins with the letter 'M' in virtually every language. #factoid 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Cats in Hats

 Via:  Pusheen the Cat

The World

Monday, 14 April 2014

Give Yourself to Yourself

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. #quote

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself. ~ Michel de Montaigne #quote

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind, and won't change the subject. #fortunecookiesayings

Never run from your fears because when they catch up to you you're too tired to fight.

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. ~ Mark Twain #quote

Your children know you love them by your presence, not your presents. #oneliners

It is a pleasure to give advice, humiliating to need it, and normal to ignore it. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. #quote

Success comes in cans, not can't s. #oneliners

If all else fails, read the directions. #oneliners

There can be no better exercise for strengthening the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. ~ Gibson Publishing #quote

Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities. ~ Charles Bukowski #quote

Behind every great fortune there is a crime. ~ Honore de Balzac #quote

Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me. ~ Ambrose Bierce #quote

Learn to listen, opportunity often knocks softly. #oneliners

I am not young enough to know everything. ~ Oscar Wilde #sarcastic #quote

A wile of the devil's [wile = trick intended to deceive or ensnare] #literaryExpression

SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

In the 40's, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it 'Bitch'. #factoid

The difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut is about a week. #oneliners

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. ~ Mahatma Gandhi #quotes

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list. #BumperSticker

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. ~ Flannery O'Connor  #quote

Sometimes to be headstrong, is to be brain-weak. ~ Bob Faravoni #quote

People do not plan to fail, they just fail to plan. #oneliners

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Your statistical chance of being murdered is one in twenty thousand. #factoid

Success should not go to head and failure should not go to heart. ~ Tamil #Proverb

Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare. #IwantToGoBackInTime

A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. ~ Samuel Johnson #poetryquotes

INCUMBENT, n. A person of the liveliest interest to the outcumbents. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Situations Vacant: Cleaner required, must be contentious  #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

FASHION, n. A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. - David Brinkley #quotes

It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an Olympic event #IwantToGoBackInTime

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious". #factoid"

Wisdom is a comb given to a man once he is bald. ~ Irish #Proverb

Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly. ~ Diogenes #quotes

If things get better with age, I'm approaching magnificent! #oneliners

Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, and the neglected opportunity. ~ Omar Idn Al-Halif #quote

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. ~ Friedrich von Schiller #quote

We crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow. #oneliners

That which you cannot give away, you don't possess; it possesses you. #oneliners

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~ Rabindranath Tagore #quote

Pure Anarchy: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbours try to take the cows and kill you. #EssenceofPoliticalScience

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. ~ Mario Andretti #quote

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

We spent our whole youth to obtain wealth and our whole wealth to obtain youth. #oneliners

Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~ Winston Churchill #quote

People are funny: They want the front of the bus, middle of the road, and the back of the church. #oneliners

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Square Watermelons

They have square watermelons in Japan - they stack better. #factoid   
Neurons multiply at a rate 250,000 neurons/minute during early pregnancy. #factoid       
The longest street in the world is Yonge street in Toronto Canada measuring 1,896 km (1,178 miles) #factoid   
Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball. #factoid              

In 1965, CEOs earned on average 44 times more than factory workers. In 1998, CEOs earned on average 326 times more than factory workers and in 1999, they earned 419 times more than factory workers. #factoid

Donkeys ~ A herb or Pace  of donkeys/asses. #factoid #collectivenouns

Dogs and cats consume almost $7 billion worth of pet food a year. #factoid                  

The first e-mail was sent over the internet in 1971. #factoid

The Bible is available in 2233 languages. #factoid       
Honey is the only food that does not spoil.  Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible. #factoid      
Every year the sun loses 360 million tons. #factoid 
TIP is the acronym for "To Insure Promptness. #factoid
Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog. #factoid

While still in college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen once built a special purpose machine called "Traff-O-Data." It was a machine to analyze information gathered by traffic monitors. But they never found any buyers for their machine. #factoid                 

Urban birds have developed a short, fast "rap style" of singing, different from their rural counterparts. #factoid

In one hour, your heart works hard enough to produce the equivalent energy to raise almost 1 ton of weight 1 yard off the ground. #factoid     
When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. #factoid

The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch. #factoid               

The largest Great White shark caught was 37 feet and 24,000 pounds. #factoid 
For drinking, washing, etc., an average American uses 168 gallons of water per day. The average American residence uses 107,000 gallons per year. #factoid 

In a year, a person`s heart beats 40,000,000 times. #factoid               

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000 #factoid     
In 2003, there were 86 days of below-freezing weather in Hell, Michigan. #factoid

Peladophobia' is the fear of bald people. #factoid    

Cow-Town ~ Calgary, Alberta #CanadianSlang 

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason. #factoid

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails. #factoid   
Richard II died aged 33 in 1400. A hole was left in the side of his tomb so people could touch his royal head, but 376 years later some took advantage of this and stole his jawbone. #factoid

Our stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself. #factoid      
Because they had no proper rubbish disposal system, the streets of ancient Mesopotamia became literally knee-deep in rubbish. #factoid     
Cranes ~ A Herd, Seige or Sedge of cranes. #factoid    #collectivenouns     
The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary. At 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska, it is the world's longest border between two nations. #factoid

The cell bodies of neurons vary in diameter from 4 microns (granule cell) to 100 microns (motor neuron in cord). #factoid
The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. #factoid    
Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F. #factoid

Percentage of American women who say they'd marry the same man: 50% #factoid   


Friday, 11 April 2014

Ships, Boats & Other Things

Visualization of 18th and 19th-century shipping routes. More info at

 Via:  Abstruse Goose

RIA NovostiMajor shipwrecks of the 20th centuryMajor shipwrecks of the 20th century
10:48 21/03/2012 As marine navigation developed and two wars shook the world in the 20th century, many ships sank killing a huge number of people>>
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