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848696.  Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:38 am Reply with quote

Dignitas with Velocity.

861451.  Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:56 pm Reply with quote

I've just been revisting the "places that changed names" thread. Thought I'd recycle this J-themed snippet:

Leith wrote:
Jim Thorpe was a renowned American athlete - a gold medal winning Olympic pentathlete and decathlete in addition to being a professional American football, baseball and basketball player.

On his death in 1953 he appears to have been reincarnated as a borough in Pennsylvania, born from the merger of former boroughs Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk and a desire to attract attention and tourism to the area.

Jim Thorpe now has a population of around 5000 and is a centre for hiking and white-water rafting.

A final twist to the tale: A Native American, Jim Thorpe's human incarnation was born Wa-Tho-Huk ("Bright Path").

History of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Jim Thorpe (1888 - 1953)

861479.  Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:39 am Reply with quote

otyikondo wrote:

[ a nod to the Jedburgh teams dropped into occupied France in the latter part of WW2 to blow stuff up.

None of which I would have known anything about

I first heard of them on reading a book "charlies war(?)" one of his tasks, in the murky post war espionage area, is to contact a Jedburgh group and to persuade them to "come in", they were now freelancing with kit and training they had been given.

870517.  Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:52 am Reply with quote

Matt 5:18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."

so what is a jot? (and for that matter, a tittle?)

A tittle is the dot over a lower case i or j.

Taking into consideration the phrases "a jot and a tittle" and "the dotting of the i, and the crossing of the t," I've recall hearing that a jot is the cross stroke on a lower case t.
the cross stroke is just that - a cross stroke (also found on a lower case f of course)

The "Jot" is the Hebrew word "Yodh" which is the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is also the smallest letter. It's European or English equivalent is the letter "Y" as in the English term Yahweh or in Hebrew YHVH since there were no vowel's used in the ancient script.

The word "jot" itself is an English transliteration of "iota" which is the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet. "Iota," in turn, is the nearest Greek equivalent for the Hebrew yodh.

thought here would be a good place to jot all that down ...

900943.  Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:32 pm Reply with quote

Jaffa, home to cakes and oranges, was supposedly founded by one of Noah's sons.

900944.  Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:44 pm Reply with quote

Andrew Jackson wrote a leaflet called 'How to feed your cock before you fight.'

900945.  Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:45 pm Reply with quote

Jimmu Tenno, the first Japanese emperor, is said to be a direct ancestor of the current emperor Akihito.

900948.  Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:58 pm Reply with quote

In Ancient Greece, jury service lasted a whole year. One of the more interesting events during it was when Phryne, a famous prostitute, went in front of the jury due to public profanity but when it looked like the verdict would be unfavourable, she took off her dress and became nude, which so moved the jury that they acquitted her.

Sadurian Mike
901037.  Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:24 am Reply with quote

krollo wrote:
but when it looked like the verdict would be unfavourable, she took off her dress and became nude, which so moved the jury that they acquitted her.

Does it say which parts of them were moved?

902447.  Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:22 pm Reply with quote

Moosh wrote:
How do you print something in sign language? And even if you could, why would you?

Although there's no reason to print something in sign language, I have seen a Jehovah's Witness tract which was a special editions printed for the deaf. Since the grammar of sign language is considerably different from ordinary English, the grammar used in the written sentences in the deaf edition was correspondingly different.

910055.  Fri May 18, 2012 7:58 am Reply with quote


I just found out about joggling, and that you don't even need a joggling board to perform it.

<commercial link redacted by Jenny>
<so Enkerb apologized and tried again with a neutral link>

Last edited by Enkerb on Fri May 18, 2012 11:48 am; edited 1 time in total

910089.  Fri May 18, 2012 10:44 am Reply with quote

Enkerb - on the off-chance that you are not in fact a spammer, I have simply redacted the commercial link you included (the Wikipedia link is fine and can stay).

Oceans Edge
910134.  Fri May 18, 2012 11:56 am Reply with quote

Ahh Enkerb - very nice, and thank you :)

and welcome to the QI forums :)

910525.  Sun May 20, 2012 2:50 pm Reply with quote

Thanks Enkerb - much appreciated :-)

910540.  Sun May 20, 2012 3:17 pm Reply with quote

Hi, Enkerb; welcome to QI.


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