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Jenny
945533.  Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:48 am Reply with quote

I don't know about butterflies, but starfish taste with their feet.

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1247239.  Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:21 am Reply with quote

16. The actual body on display has a wax head. The original one shrivelled up after a botched attempt at mummification. For decades it shared the same cabinet as the rest of the body but, after it became the victim of so many pranks, it was locked away permanently.

32. Not true. The Taj Mahal ('crown of palaces')'s chief architect was called Ustad Ahmad Lahauri and he led a team of 20000 artisans in building it. He also employed about 1000 elephants to do the really heavy lifting.

37. JK Rowling has given away so much of her wealth that she is no longer classed as a billionaire.

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1247241.  Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:23 am Reply with quote

47. He first contracted hiccups after slaughtering a hog.

 
Snowywebb
1287999.  Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:15 pm Reply with quote

18: Honey mead (one of the oldest forms of alcoholic beveridge, first recorded in ancient Greece) is made from fermented honey and water, in other words honey can be broken down by bacteria.

 
crissdee
1288033.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:31 am Reply with quote

duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk wrote:
37. JK Rowling has given away so much of her wealth that she is no longer classed as a billionaire.


I doubt she was ever a billionaire. Watching a documentary about her a few years ago, the presenter said that he had heard she was worth £450 million. She instantly replied; "That's bollocks."* When he asked her for clarification, she said that she was worth "quite a lot, but nothing like £450m"


*Her actual words iirc.

 
Efros
1288034.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:43 am Reply with quote

Estimated now at over $650 million. So about £490 million, whatever it is she ain't worrying about the light bill.

 
Snowywebb
1288050.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:30 am Reply with quote

Whatís a £160 million between friends?
Just a trifle I think Stephen would have said.

 
cornixt
1288088.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:20 am Reply with quote

Snowywebb wrote:
18: Honey mead (one of the oldest forms of alcoholic beveridge, first recorded in ancient Greece) is made from fermented honey and water, in other words honey can be broken down by bacteria.

Technically, it's yeast, which are fungal rather than bacteria.

The idea that honey doesn't spoil is a curious one, since many bad things will happy consume the sugar given enough moisture and air. In a sealed container a lot of things would probably keep well for a long time. I guess the sugar molecules won't break down as easily as in other foods.

 
Snowywebb
1288134.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:22 pm Reply with quote

One thing I can say about Honey Mead is its a very nice drop!

There is a country town in New South Wales called Mudgee that has a couple of Honey Mead producers.

Like sherry it is produced to please a variety of palates from dry to sweet.

I prefer dry... chilled itís a very refreshing drink on a hot day, though it can sneak up on you - its pretty potent.

 
Dirk
1330189.  Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:07 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
Quote:
8. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
I think this means mammals, not animals. Otherwise, where does that leave snakes?

Depends on what you call 'jump'. Flying snakes jump off trees. But that's jumping down.
Well, actually, they don't fly, it's more like controlled falling.


Last edited by Dirk on Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:21 am; edited 1 time in total

 
Dirk
1330190.  Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:19 am Reply with quote

BigSkinny wrote:

12.In Italy, police drive Lamborghinis.

The Dutch Rijkspolitie ('state police'?), which existed from 1945 to 1993 and patrolled the motorways, drove Porsches from 1960 onwards. In total, they used 509 Porsches. Most think they were all Porsche 911, but 914 and 924 were also used.
Source in Dutch:
http://www.porschepolitie.nl/historie/

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1351338.  Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:29 am Reply with quote

Here are some more:

1. Before World War Two, outside Europe, Brazil had the largest fascist party, with an estimated 40000 members.

2. The death penalty was first abolished in Europe in Tuscany in 1786 under Grand Duke Leopold I.

3. Half the world's reserves of lithium are in Bolivia.

4. The most successful sniper in the history of warfare was Finnish - Simo Hayha - who killed 505 Russian soldiers.

5. When you blush the inside of your stomach does too.

6. In Foshan, China, there is a 7-storey church shaped like a giant violin.

7. Michael Jackson once played professional baseball.

8. 2013's Muppets Most Wanted was the first major film to be shot inside the Tower of London.

9. Every year families ask if they can spread the ashes of deceased loved ones at Disneyland. Although the answer is always no, officials have caught numerous people doing this.

10. The US government has on hand 3 potential flag designs should there ever be a 51st state.

11. The Playboy Bunny outfit was the first service uniform registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

12. English law forbade the daylight burial of suicides until 1882.

13. Giraffe meat is certified kosher.

14. Sea otters often hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart in the current.

15. One out of every four cranes in the world is located in Dubai.

16. In 19th century Paris, if a brothel worker married she had to present written approval from her husband to the police stating that her activity in the bordello was still approved.

17. Eggs sold in vending machines are a common sight in the Japanese countryside.

18. Pierce Brosnan was the first James Bond who didn't smoke.

19. There are 51 things you aren't allowed to see on Google Maps.

20. Zachary Taylor is the first POTUS whose remains have been exhumed, in 1991, to disprove rumours of poison.

21. The famous shot featured in the Bond series introduction was actually shot through the barrel of a gun.

22. The Olympic, sister of the Titanic, became the only merchant vessel in WW1 to sink an enemy warship when she rammed U103.

23. You only need 27% of the US population to vote for you to become POTUS.

24. In South Korea it is illegal to give someone a tattoo without a doctor's licence.

25. New York Central park is nearly twice the size of Monaco.

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1351339.  Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:55 am Reply with quote

And more:

26. It takes a team 9 years to deep clean the Taj Mahal from start to finish.

27. The first foreigner to become a samurai was an African slave.

28. Instead of spinning webs some spiders in Hawaii impale their prey with their legs.

29. Ray Bans were created to 'ban the rays' of sunlight that would give USAAF pilots headaches whilst in flight.

30. In WW2 more Americans died defending Alaska than Pearl Harbor.

31. The Adak National Forest in the Aleutian Islands is the smallest National Forest in America with only 33 trees.

32. You cannot clean your nose on a Sunday in Israel.

33. Most New Zealand kids start school on their 5th birthday rather than at the beginning of the school year.

34. Barrow, Alaska is closer to Oslo, Norway than it is to Washington DC.

35. The seal 'Made in Germany' was introduced in the UK parliament in 1887 to indicate that a product was of poor quality.

36. There is a theatre in Russia where all the actors are cats.

37. In 1997 3 Yemenis tried to sue NASA for invading Mars claiming that they had inherited it from their ancestors 3000 years ago.

38. Spain and Portugal are the only European countries that produce bananas.

39. Mao Zedong never brushed his teeth - he merely rinsed his mouth with water and chewed green leaves.

40. The snow at the South Pole is too dry and powdery to make snowballs.

41. The Church of Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi contains the preserved hearts of 22 popes.

42. The Khewra salt-mines in Pakistan are home to the world's only fully-functioning salt post-office.

43. John Lennon was the only Beatle who didn't adopt vegetarianism.

44. To keep in top riding form, Kaiser Wilhelm II rode a saddle-shaped chair at his work-desk.

45. Ecuador in 2008 became the first country to declare that nature has constitutional rights.

46. Whilst ice-hockey is Canada's most prevalent sport, the official sport is lacrosse.

47. Reincarnation is forbidden in china without government permission.

48. Although Finland has been named 'Land of 1000 Lakes' there are only 60000 lakes compared with Norway's 450000.

49. The Code of Hammurabi included a clause concerning fraudulent wine-sellers - they were to be drowned in a river.

50. The first baby born in South Sudan was named 'Independent' by his parents because he was born on Independence Day, July 9th.

 
suze
1351352.  Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:39 am Reply with quote

If I had more time at my disposal than I do right now, I might go through these properly. Maybe some other time, but from a first glance:

2. is true.

7. is false, if "Michael Jackson" means the late singer of that name. There have been several people called Michael Jackson who played professional baseball, but the late singer never did. Neither did Fidel Castro, another claim which is occasionally encountered.

23. You only need one vote if no one else bothers to vote, and one vote is really quite a small percentage of the population.

But the claim is probably meant to mean that you only need 27% of the popular vote to win. In fact, it's lower than that.

Based on the numbers from the 2012 election, it has been shown that it would have been possible to win with 20.9% of the popular vote. That is based on winning by one vote in the states that you win, and getting zero votes in the states that you lose. A guy called Michael Archins did the necessary math on Quora.

25. "Nearly twice" is a bit of a stretch, but Central Park is in fact 70% larger than Monaco.

38. is false. Greece and Italy also have commercial banana growing, albeit on a fairly small scale. Not to mention Iceland, whose banana crop has been done on these forums several times before.

43. is doubtful. It is true that Paul, George, and Ringo are/were all vegetarians for substantial parts of their lives. John Lennon did flirt with vegetarianism for a while, apparently at the behest of the Maharishi, but didn't stick with it.

46. is false. The National Sports of Canada Act 1994 rules that hockey on ice and lacrosse are both national sports of Canada. This causes minor consternation in Newfoundland, where the sports of choice are rugby union and drinking.

 
CB27
1351355.  Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:35 pm Reply with quote

I can't find anything to back 32.

 

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