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    Little Known Facts - The "Share Your Knowledge" Thread

    Did you know that...
    • The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
    • The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon iosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon ioses, its plural.
    • 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.
    • Coca-Cola was originally green.
    • Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
    • Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
    • Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
    • Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
    • 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. :033102st:
    • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired." 0000:


    More little known facts:
    http://www.qub.ac.uk/assoc/msf/little_known_facts.htm
    http://www.pagetutor.com/jokebreak/091.html
    http://www.gambino.com/funstuff/facts.htm

    Do you have other little known facts? Post them here.

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    Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
    I don't have a source, but I remember reading that this is a myth that got started because a survey carried out some years ago found that there were far fewer people surviving in the older age groups who wrote with their left hands. It was immediately concluded that left handed people must be dying years earlier than right handed people.

    When it was looked into a little farther however, it was realised that when those in the older cohorts were children there was a widespread policy in schools of forcing all left handers to learn to write with their right hand. This, it was found was the reason that there were very few apparent left handers alive in the older age-groups, and not that they had all died off due to some mysterious genetic defect of which left-handedness was the only visible symptom!

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    The Flag of Newfoundland is the oldest flag in the world to use the colour pink.


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    Little known "facts"

    I have always contended that pneumoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconio sis is TWO words in that the ending -ic" is always terminal unless followed by "-o" or "-al". Therefore, it is two words: an adjective "pneumoultramicroscopic" modifying a noun "silicovolcanoconiosis". [BTW, it's a lung disease, a form of silicosis.]

    The longest legitimate word in the English language is floccinaucinihilipilification [ to dismiss as being of no value].

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    The Americans of 1776 had the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World!
    Farmers, lawyers and business owners in the Colonies were thriving, with some plantation owners and merchants making the equivalent of $500,000 a year. Times were good for many others too. The British wanted a slice of the cash flow and tried to tax the Colonists. They resisted violently, convinced that their prosperity and their liberty were at stake. Virginia's Patrick Henry summed up their stance with his cry: "Give me liberty or give me death!"


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    King George almost abdicated the throne when the British lost!
    After Yorktown, George III vowed to keep fighting. When parliament demurred, the King wrote a letter of abdication -- then withdrew it. He tried to console himself with the thought that Washington would become a dictator and make the Americans long for royal rule. When he was told that Washington planned to resign his commission, the monarch gasped: "If he does that, sir, he will be the greatest man in the world."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Siebenbürgerin View Post
    The Flag of Newfoundland is the oldest flag in the world to use the colour pink.

    That's not the Newfoundland Flag.. :

    This is..


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    I don't have a source, but I remember reading that this is a myth that got started because a survey carried out some years ago found that there were far fewer people surviving in the older age groups who wrote with their left hands. It was immediately concluded that left handed people must be dying years earlier than right handed people.

    When it was looked into a little farther however, it was realised that when those in the older cohorts were children there was a widespread policy in schools of forcing all left handers to learn to write with their right hand. This, it was found was the reason that there were very few apparent left handers alive in the older age-groups, and not that they had all died off due to some mysterious genetic defect of which left-handedness was the only visible symptom!
    I risk going off-topic with this, but being a "lefty" I know that people like us were forced to write with their right hands - the reason being a religious one!

    From the Christian standpoint, Lucifer sat on the left side of God, till he was banished after causing the war in Heaven (Hmm, has a parallel to Loki in Asgard). How well this is known among the average lay-person I don't know, so it could well be relevant to this thread.

    Since "lefties" are considered recessive, it would be interesting to know what makes a child make the final decision by choosing which hand to write with - we start off using both in order to determine which one we are comfortable with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorm the Old View Post
    The longest legitimate word in the English language is floccinaucinihilipilification [ to dismiss as being of no value].
    I always thought it was antidisestablishmentarianism, but yours seems to be 29 letters long as opposed to my 28 letter word. (With my girlfriend adding in a comment on a lack of length on my behalf as I post this... Of course one could have antiantidisestablishmentarianism/-ist? or would that then be anti-anti Which is not the same as a disestablishmentarianist. Just because you are an antiantifascist doesn't mean you are a fascist.

    Other than that, the longest English palindromic word is redivider. Though that information is taken from a Guinness Book of Records from 1971.

    Likewise the longest sequence of the word "and" in the English language without a comma in between is "Can you put a space between 'Smith and and and and and Sons'?".
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    Likewise the longest sequence of the word "and" in the English language without a comma in between is "Can you put a space between 'Smith and and and and and Sons'?".
    Another stupid one for you the longest sequence of hads...

    John, where James had had, had, had had, had had, had had, had been what the teacher wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrymheim View Post
    Not letting the Germans get the better of us in our own language!
    This, for the record, is one of those times where I profess NOT to be German.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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