## Invasion of the Factoids

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• Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled Gentlemen Only . . . Ladies Forbidden . . . and thus the word GOLF entered into the
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Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was
invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only . . . Ladies Forbidden" . . .
and thus the word GOLF entered
into the English language.

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The State with the highest percentage of people who

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The first couple to be shown in bed together on
prime time TV were Fred and
Wilma Flintstone.

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Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than
the US Treasury.

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Men can read smaller print than women can; women
can hear better.

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Coca-Cola was originally green.

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It is impossible to lick your elbow.

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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
(now get this...) The
percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of
eleven: \$6,400

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The average number of people airborne over the US
any given hour: 61,000

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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in
their hair.

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The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived
in China in 1910.

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The youngest pope was 11 years old.

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The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom
Sawyer.

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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile
National Monuments.

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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a
great king from history:

Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 12,345,678,987,654,321

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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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Only two people signed the Declaration of
Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and
Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2,
but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

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Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of
what?
A. Their birthplace

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Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the
most popular boat name
requested?
A. Obsession

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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would
you have to go until you
would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand

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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes,
windshield wipers, and laser
printers all have in common?
A. All invented by women.

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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey

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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any
other day of the year?
A. Father's Day

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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on
bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes
the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.
Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight."

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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago
that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would
supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.
Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based,
this period was called the honey month
. . . which we know today as the honeymoon.

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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and
quarts. So, in old England, when customers got unruly,
the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints
and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the
phrase "mind your P's and Q's."

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Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a
whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups.
When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.
"Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to
lick their elbow.

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rob

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• FYI at least a few of these that I paused to check via snopes or google are false (golf, green coke, elbow), and I suspect at least a few others are as well
Message 2 of 4 , Dec 30, 2004
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FYI at least a few of these that I paused to check via snopes or
google are false (golf, green coke, elbow), and I suspect at least a
few others are as well (but am too lazy to research them all). Caveat
lector, I suppose. :-)

On Thu, 30 Dec 2004 20:41:44 -0600, Robert G. Seeberger
<rceeberger@...> wrote:
> Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was
> invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only . . . Ladies Forbidden" . . .
> and thus the word GOLF entered
> into the English language.
>
> ------
>
> The State with the highest percentage of people who
>
> ----------
>
> The first couple to be shown in bed together on
> prime time TV were Fred and
> Wilma Flintstone.
>
> ---------
>
> Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than
> the US Treasury.
>
> -----------
>
> Men can read smaller print than women can; women
> can hear better.
>
> -------------
>
> Coca-Cola was originally green.
>
> -----------
>
> It is impossible to lick your elbow.
>
> -----------
>
> The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
> (now get this...) The
> percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
>
> --------
>
> The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of
> eleven: \$6,400
>
> ------------
>
> The average number of people airborne over the US
> any given hour: 61,000
>
> ------------
>
> Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in
> their hair.
>
> ------------
>
> The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived
> in China in 1910.
>
> ------------
>
> The youngest pope was 11 years old.
>
> ------------
>
> The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom
> Sawyer.
>
> ------------
> The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile
> National Monuments.
>
> ------------
>
> Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a
> great king from history:
>
> Hearts - Charlemagne
> Clubs -Alexander, the Great
> Diamonds - Julius Caesar
>
> ------------
>
> 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 12,345,678,987,654,321
>
> ------------
>
> 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.
>
> ------------
>
> Only two people signed the Declaration of
> Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and
> Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2,
> but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
>
> ------------
>
> Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of
> what?
> A. Their birthplace
>
> ------------
>
> Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the
> most popular boat name
> requested?
> A. Obsession
>
> ------------
>
> Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would
> you have to go until you
> would find the letter "A"?
> A. One thousand
>
> ------------
>
> Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes,
> windshield wipers, and laser
> printers all have in common?
> A. All invented by women.
>
> ------------
>
> Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
> A. Honey
>
> ------------
>
> Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any
> other day of the year?
> A. Father's Day
>
> ------------
>
> In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on
> bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes
> the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.
> Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight."
>
> -------------
>
> It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago
> that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would
> supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.
> Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based,
> this period was called the honey month
> . . . which we know today as the honeymoon.
>
> ------------
>
> In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and
> quarts. So, in old England, when customers got unruly,
> the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints
> and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the
> phrase "mind your P's and Q's."
>
> ------------
>
> Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a
> whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups.
> When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.
> "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.
> ------------
>
> At least 75% of people who read this will try to
> lick their elbow.
>
> ________________________________________________________
>
> xponent
> Nutty Flavor Maru
> rob
>
> _______________________________________________
> http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l
>
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• ... From: Bryon Daly To: Killer Bs Discussion Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2004 10:33 PM Subject: Re: Invasion of
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From: "Bryon Daly" <lintman@...>
To: "Killer Bs Discussion" <brin-l@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2004 10:33 PM
Subject: Re: Invasion of the Factoids

> FYI at least a few of these that I paused to check via snopes or
> google are false (golf, green coke, elbow), and I suspect at least a
> few others are as well (but am too lazy to research them all).
Caveat
> lector, I suppose. :-)
>
>

Heh!
I thought the dubious nature of the factoids was obvious.
That's what makes them fun.<G>

xponent
I Repeat, "Nutty Flavor" Maru
rob

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• ... Upon reading the factoid that the above alludes to, I immediately tried to lick my elbow! -Travis time to pause and reflect Edmunds
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>From: "Robert G. Seeberger" <rceeberger@...>
>To: <brin-l@...>
>Subject: Invasion of the Factoids
>Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 20:41:44 -0600
>
>At least 75% of people who read this will try to
>lick their elbow.

Upon reading the 'factoid' that the above alludes to, I immediately tried to
lick my elbow!

-Travis "time to pause and reflect" Edmunds

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