Friday, 7 March 2014

A Clutch or Chattering of Chicks

One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the 1930's lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition.  #factoid
In 1911 3 men were hung for the murder of Sir Edmund Berry at Greenbury Hill, their last names were Green, Berry and Hill. #factoid      

Pigeons ~ A Kit of pigeons (flying together); A Flock or Flight of pigeons. #factoid
Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'? ~ Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud.  If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares. #factoid

The average temperature on the surface of the sun is 5,778 Kelvin. #factoid  
Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left? ~ When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! And that's where women's buttons have remained since. #factoid

Most Ferrero Rocher chocolates eaten in one minute; Reuben Williams ate five Ferrero Rocher chocolates. #factoid

80% of millionaires drive second-hand cars. #factoid       
You can't tickle yourself #factoid  

The oldest known vegetable is the pea. #factoid      

In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast. #factoid  
Snowbirds - (Usually) older people who leave during the winter months and stay in the southern states of the US. #CanadianSlang           
Women shoplift more often than men; the statistics are 4 to 1. #factoid   
Ronald McDonald made his first national television appearance in 1967. #factoid   
There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves. #factoid       
August has the highest percentage of births #factoid  

Mickey - A flask-sized bottle of hard liquor. #CanadianSlang                                       
The magic word "Abracadabra" was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever. #factoid                       
Swallows ~ A Flight or Gulp of swallows. #factoid   
Toboggan - A long, typically wooden, sled, used in winter recreation, to carry one or more people down a snow-covered hill. #CanadianSlang       
Wrens ~ A Herd of wrens; A Chime of wrens. #factoid  #collectivenouns                                                    
In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees. #factoid                                       
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them. #factoid    

The ashes of the average cremated person weigh nine pounds. #factoid                                       
Budgerigars ~ A Chatter of budgerigars. #factoid  #collectivenouns   
If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom #factoid   
The world's largest Montessori school is in India, with 26,312 students in 2002. #factoid                                       
101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie. #factoid      

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. #factoid    

Coyote ~ A Pack of coyotes; Train of coyotes; A Band of coyotes; A Rout of coyotes. #factoid #collectivenouns
People who chase after rare birds are called twitchers #factoid                                       
Clean a toilet by dropping in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china. #tips   
The green stuff on the occasional freak potato chip is chlorophyll. #factoid  
Chicks ~ A Clutch or Chattering of chicks. #factoid   
Fifteen people are known to have been crushed to death tilting vending machines towards them in the hope of a free can of soda. #factoid       
China banned the pigtail in 1911 as it was seen as a symbol of feudalism. #factoid                                       
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. #tips                                       
On 7 January 1904 the distress call 'CQD' was introduced.  'CQ' stood for 'Seek You' and 'D' for 'Danger'.  This lasted only until 1906 when it was replaced with 'SOS'. #factoid