Post Number: 2416
|Posted on Friday, November 02, 2007 - 03:14 pm: ||
NOW YOU KNOW MORE . .
"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand ..
And "lollipop" is the longest word typed with your right hand. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt". ? (Are you doubting this?)
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy, right?)
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level ' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes). (Yep, I knew you were going to "do" this one.)
There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. (You're not doubting this, are you?)
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious." (Yes, admit it, you are going to say, a e i o u)
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the ke yboard. (All you typists are going to test this out)
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Some days that's about what my memory span is.)
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this too.!)
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
(I know some people like that also)
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that.)
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Now you know more than you did before!!
Post Number: 66
|Posted on Friday, November 02, 2007 - 10:22 pm: ||
Very interesting list. Thanks Tammy!
Re: microwave Actually that chocolate bar story is a bit of a myth. From very early on (pre WWII) it was known that radio waves and the shorter microwave radiation heated various materials which absorbed them - a number people working with radar in the war were injured, in some cases fatally, due to accidental exposure to microwave radiation. Internal damage and blindness could result before the victim was aware of the problem.
My Phd supervisor was using surplus WWII radar equipment back in the '50s for various studies using microwaves (including building a Maser - the microwave fore-runner of the Laser). He used to use a 100 watt microwave generator to warm his lower back muscles by standing in front of the open wave guide. He said the trick was to keep moving and know how close to stand....
He lived to a ripe old age so I don't think it did him much harm...
Also researchers at Rayethon in Kitchener-Waterloo where using microwaves to heat their lunches as early as 1955. As a kid around 1960 or '61, I saw a refigerator sized "Radar-range" at the home of a Rayethon employee (my Godfather). It was used to make tea for the adults and cook hotdogs for us kids.
PS - how would the Chinese continue to reproduce if they were all lined and marching up 8 abreast?? "Hey you two - Get back in line!"
Post Number: 2418
|Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 02:18 pm: ||
Peter I had no idea about the microwave being around so long....intresting!
Post Number: 50
|Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 12:44 pm: ||
I just realised how scary and/or WEIRD a few of those facts are.
That one about the kneecaps explains why little kids have such flexible legs, though, doesn't it?
Warning: Multilingual Brat approaching....hairbrush IS a language, right?
Two simple rules: 1: The Brat is always right. 2: If, by some unforseen disaster, the Brat should happen to be wrong, the management of this establishment respectfully requests that all parties refer to rule 1
Post Number: 2820
|Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 05:38 pm: ||
Intresting for sure!!