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01-02-2001, 01:11 AM
Stuff I never knew before:

1) "WD-40" stands for Water Displacement, 40th try.

2) The "YKK" you see on the tab on most of your zippers stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, the Japanese company that makes most of the world's zippers.

3) The letters P-E-Z come from the first, middle and last letters of the German word for peppermint, PfeffErminZ.

4) Your Social Security Number is broken down like this: AAA-BB-CCCC where AAA (http://www.ssa.gov/foia/stateweb.html) are called the Area Numbers and represent the location where you were born or applied for a number. BB represents the sublocation Group Numbers within the Area Numbers. CCCC are the Serial Numbers representing each individual.

Wow, am I Darth Incontinent reincarnated or what. Anyone else have a snippet of trivia they'd like to add?

01-02-2001, 01:32 AM
Um....since I just watched 2001: A Space Oddysey, this one is on the top of my head:

You know the psycho computer that runs everything, H.A.L? Replace each letter in his name with the next letter in the alphabet and what do ya get? http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/wink.gif

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01-02-2001, 05:15 AM
Whatever happened to Incontent? I liked him...

Are you like me and want to see a new set of Ewoks? Sign up! 320 names and going strong... http://www.geocities.com/chiefchirpa_888/

01-02-2001, 06:58 AM
My personal favorite piece of useless trivia...

One fourth of the world's potatoes is bought by McDonald's.

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01-02-2001, 07:28 AM
My personal favorite piece of worthless trivia:

A duck's quack is the only sound (natural or man-made) that does not echo.

01-02-2001, 03:04 PM
This one is a bit late but:
Two of Santa's reindeer, Donner and Blitzen, are German words for Thunder and Lightning. But Donner is actually Donder.

01-02-2001, 03:55 PM
Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta Georgia by Dr. John Pemberton, who was not a real doctor. It was rumored to contain caffeine (a stimulant) and cocaine (a depressant). The cocaine has since been dropped.

Pigs can have an odd number of nipples.

It takes over 400 1"x2" "Howard The Duck" stickers to completly cover an almost naked body my size.

In 1066, King Harold saw Halley's Comet, and foresaw it as a harbinger of his death. He died later that year at the Battle of Hastings.

Samuel Clemens AKA MArk Twain was also born in and died in years when Halley's Comet was visible.

You can break a tooth trying to get two Lego bricks apart.

Modern technology has been unable, or unwilling, to create a reasonable likeness of Chewbacca the Wookee, in 1/6 scale.

01-02-2001, 04:34 PM
The blue lotus flower used by ancient eygptians was used as a form of viagra.

Did you hear last night about the armed raid on a pharmacy. The entire stock of viagra was taken and police are currently on the look out for a bunch of harden criminals.

I kill myself sometimes I really do http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/grin.gif

Hot digidy damn, EZ-Cheese may be winning the battle but it sure as hell ain't won the WARRRRRR!!!!

01-02-2001, 05:48 PM
Hey BoneFett-
"Thunder" in German IS Donner... not Donder.

Hey Spacey-
That Howard the Duck thing is pretty distrubing... http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/smile.gif

01-02-2001, 06:22 PM
Chandler Bing has 3 nipples.

Now I have to find a duck that can say "AFLAC" to test out that non-echoing theory. I find it hard to believe.

01-02-2001, 10:50 PM
I forget his name, but the man who created the character Wonder Woman is also the man who invented the lie-detecting machine. Proving the power of the one-track mind, Wonder Woman's weapon is the Lasso of Truth, which forces any man to tell the truth when bound by it.
This is not in any way a religious criticism, it is simply a bit of trivial history as I've heard it. Duct tape was invented by the Catholic church. Back in the days of witch burnings, they would tie a witch to the stake and set the wood on fire. The ropes binding them would burn through before they did, allowing them to escape. The church developed a new method of binding. They would take strips of cloth and paint them with tree sap. This would create a strong, durable way of tying someone up. After the witch burnings stopped, this cloth tape was developed into rolls, and was later marketed, evolving into the ever-useful duct tape we have today.

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01-02-2001, 11:04 PM
My favorite meaningless snippets are the origins of sayings or phrases. Such as 'going the whole 9 yards' which dates back to WWII fighter pilots. The ammo belts placed in the wings for the guns were 9 yards longs. So when a pilot returned from a sortie & was out of ammo he was said to have 'gone the whole 9 yards'.

I am 'they'.

01-02-2001, 11:48 PM
I think you'll find the duct tape thing is wrong. First off, it's DUCT tape, not witch burning tape. http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/wink.gif Plus, strips of cloth would burn faster than ropes. Less mass to burn through.

I've heard the "actual" origins of duct tape before, but I don't recall what they were at the moment. I think it may have been developed by someone related to the Catholic Church, though )like a anitor in a church, or something...).

01-03-2001, 12:10 AM
3rdalien, Arthur C. Clarke says that he didn't know that HAL was one letter before IBM, he said he would have changed it if he had known beforehand.

SG2k, cocaine is not a depressant, it's a stimulant, and Coca Cola had cocaine in it before it had caffine, caffine was added when southern politicians said that recently-freed black men were getting high on cocaine and raping the women, which is how cocaine became an illegal and then-unpopular drug.

"Wookiee" is spelled with an "i".

Corak, that's BoneFett's point, the reindeer's name in the poem was actually "Donder".

Abraham Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy and John F. Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln. "Kennedy" and "Lincoln" both have 7 letters in them. It's a conspiricy. http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/wink.gif

Mark Hamill's initial reaction to reading the Star Wars script (http://www.geocities.com/jeditricks/lukeguy.htm)

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01-03-2001, 01:27 AM
...and "conspiricy" is spelled "conspiracy".

I wonder if duct tape makes an echo.

01-03-2001, 01:58 AM
-Most of Americas automobile horns beep in the key of "F".

-Adolf Hitler had one, but not the other.

-I am the Lindberg baby. Wah-Wah! Goo-Goo! I want my fly-fly da da!

01-03-2001, 10:44 AM
Since 1981 only three different players have won the NHL's Art Ross Trophy for leading point scorer in the season:
Wayne Gretsky (10 times),
Mario Lemiuex (6 times),
and Jaromir Jagr (4 times).

PS: William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman.

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01-03-2001, 10:34 PM
Thanks for pointing that out, JT. I had never actually read the poem. http://www.collectstarwars.com/ubb/images/icons/blush.gif

01-04-2001, 04:17 PM
Anyone read Cecil Adams btw?
From what I remember he had the duck echo thing tested and it did echo... but he also answers all those types of questions- like the nine yards and all- and it was the nine yards of material...
Anyway, he is a columnist in independent weekly papers in most markets, also has a section on AOL Keyword : dope, and has several books taken from his columns available at most bookstores- usually in humor section. Column is called The Straight Dope, therefore the keyword
rushing to get baby dressed

01-04-2001, 06:08 PM
Tim Allen's real name is Tim Allen Di*k . No suprise why he changed it, unless he wanted to avoid the hassle of a criminal background check.

Do you feel lucky punk, well, do you?

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01-04-2001, 07:26 PM
Mel Blanc was allergic to carrots. They made his throat tighten up and made it impossible to do his voices. However, nothing sounds like a crunching carrot except a crunching carrot, so he always recorded that part last.

He also only recorded the Road Runner's beep once. It was copied from tape for every other use.

Also, he was in a near fatal accident, and bed-ridden for months. One of his director friends (not Chuck Jones) begged him for one tiny sound bite for a cartoon that they taped in his hospital. The weak effort was declared by Lloyds of London to be "working" so they denied his million dollar insurance claim on his cherished voice.

"BVD" does not stand for "boys ventilated drawers" as many think. It stands for "Bradley, Voorheeves and Day", the creators of the trademark.

Two wrongs don't make a right, but three rights do make a left.

01-05-2001, 01:13 AM
Jediseely, an owl's screech/hoot also does not echo. The Indians used to listen for an echo to see if it was really an owl or someone using a signal.

Darthbrak--no one knows the true origin of that saying. Another possible origin is that cloth used to come in 9-yard bolts. Going all out for a lavish outfit would result in "going the whole nine yards." There's also a possible nautical origin, but I don't remember it.

Another Christmas-related tidbit: It's A Wonderful Life was filmed in the summer, hence Jimmy Stewart looking like he was sweating in many of the snow scenes. Also, the snowflakes were actually corn flakes painted white.

The real name of the Pina Colada Song is Escape.

Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas. He couldn't use that name professionally, so he switched it to Keaton in honor of his favorite comedian--Buster Keaton.

Henry Winkler never knew how to ride a motorcycle.

In one of the early episodes of the Brady Bunch, Tiger was stapled in place so he'd stay (they actually stapled his leash, not him). After the third(?) episode, Tiger ran off the lot and was hit by a car.

In the drivers license episode of Taxi, the only direction the cast was given in the "slow down" scene was to keep going until the audience quit laughing. After ten minutes, the director felt it was finally time to yell "cut."

Mel Blanc hated carrots.

01-05-2001, 07:56 AM
Well, since there is some question as to the validity of my duck's echoing quack, I'll post another....

The average office chair (on rollers) roll over 7 miles in 1 year....

01-11-2001, 07:55 PM
To make a one-pound honeycomb, bees have to collect nectar from about 2 million flowers.

A cow produces nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in its lifetime.

Venus takes about 243 Earth days to complete one rotation on its axis, yet it orbits the sun in 225 Earth days, making one Venus day longer than a Venus year.

In New York City, an average of 300 people are bitten by rats each year, but more than 1,500 people are bitten by other people.

As a result of "Earth tides"-in which the moon's and sun's gravitational fields cause the shape of the Earth to change-Oklahoma rises and falls an average of 25 centimetres daily.

For the first time in history, there are as many people in the world who are over-weight as there are starving-about 1.5 billion of each.

The combined weight of all the termites on Earth is 10 times greater than the combined weight of all humans.

01-11-2001, 08:58 PM
Michael from the band "The Monkees" back in the 60s,his mother invented Liquid paper!

"Minties" (lollie/sticky gum) were made by mistake trying to make something else!

06-21-2003, 04:15 PM
Chicago is not nicknamed "The Windy City" because of the wind, it's because of the long-winded (and oft dimwitted) politicians that reside here.

06-21-2003, 06:33 PM
Harsh but more than likely aptly reminiscent of the truth.

06-21-2003, 08:32 PM
Thiere is NO such thing as a coffee BEAN.
It is actually the pit of a cherry like fruit.

06-21-2003, 08:47 PM
You can sell almost anything on eBay! images/icons/grin.gif