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besty
36322.  Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:27 am Reply with quote

Commander wrote:
besty wrote:
The Hoki Indian word for umbrella roughly translates as "sky sneeze hat"

That is beautiful ...


Thank you - a complete fabrication, of course. Rich Hall would be so proud of me...

 
besty
36324.  Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:36 am Reply with quote

The Chocolate Society is based in Bar Lane, Boroughbridge.

Sweet!

 
Caradoc
36457.  Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:48 pm Reply with quote

besty wrote:
JumpingJack wrote:
Can anyone name a fact which is true but completely 'useless'?


Chaos Theory has its own Dewey decimal category (530.1, fact fans).


If I needed a book on chaos that would be quite usefull.

to meet JJ criteria of useless is a bit difficult as to almost anyone some datum is useful. Here goes; in a Monty Python sketch all of the pets belonging to a character played by Eric Idle were called Eric, including Eric the halibut who was chosen from thousands because all the others were too flat.

 
Rory Gilmore
36561.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:44 am Reply with quote

That could be used to make a good quiz question.

 
QI Individual
36586.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:44 pm Reply with quote

OK. First I came up with this one.

"The word 'probably' is not the longest word in the English language".

Difficult to find a use for that fact I thought. But then it occurred to me…

For someone who thought that probably was probably not the longest word in the English language but wasn't certain it was certainly not the longest word in the English language removing even this improbable uncertainty that the word probably was not only probably not the longest word in the English language but certainly not the longest word in the English language would probably mean that the fact that the word probably is not the longest word in the English language would not certainly be a useless fact for someone who thought that probably was probably not the longest word in the English language but wasn't certain it was certainly not the longest word in the English language but probably could be if the probability of the existence of someone thinking that probably was probably not the longest word in the English language but wasn't certain it was certainly not the longest word in the English language could with certainty be established as having probability zero.

Whooo…..

So…. Does that mean it's useless or not?


Now my brain hurts…. You figure it out.


I need a drink.

 
Rory Gilmore
36591.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:27 pm Reply with quote

It would be useless because
Quote:
Someone who thought that probably was probably not the longest word in the English language but wasn't certain it was certainly not the longest word in the English language
simply won't exist. Sadly however, you've found a use for it here.

 
samivel
36598.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:45 pm Reply with quote

Exactly what I said before - if you're posting a fact as useless on a thread for useless posts, then you've already found a use for it.

 
Rory Gilmore
36599.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:46 pm Reply with quote

That's why I never posted mine.

 
QI Individual
36617.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:58 pm Reply with quote

Rory Gilmore wrote:
It would be useless because
Quote:
Someone who thought that probably was probably not the longest word in the English language but wasn't certain it was certainly not the longest word in the English language
simply won't exist.


Ahhhh... But there's the rub.

How to prove a negative...

 
Rory Gilmore
36618.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:05 pm Reply with quote

You couldn't for example prove that there were no five legged dragons living in your house, as they may have skillfully out-maneuvered you.

 
samivel
36644.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:03 pm Reply with quote

Again? The cheeky blighters, I'll catch them one of these days, you just see if I don't ;)

 
Caradoc
36646.  Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:34 pm Reply with quote

Rory Gilmore wrote:
You couldn't for example prove that there were no five legged dragons living in your house, as they may have skillfully out-maneuvered you.


Not if I have dragon's bane in every room of the house

 
Frances
36668.  Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:33 am Reply with quote

Ah, Prrecious Bane...

 
Rory Gilmore
36699.  Sat Dec 03, 2005 7:40 am Reply with quote

Carl wrote:
Rory Gilmore wrote:
You couldn't for example prove that there were no five legged dragons living in your house, as they may have skillfully out-maneuvered you.


Not if I have dragon's bane in every room of the house

But you don't.

 
gerontius grumpus
36703.  Sat Dec 03, 2005 7:47 am Reply with quote

Another word which is not the longest in the English language is hippopotomonstrosequipedeliphobia, which I am told, is the fear of very long words.

 

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