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Did you know that crabs wee through their eyes? That maidenhair moss is so called because Anglo-saxons thought it looked like pubes? That Albanians have 17 different words for moustache? Astound us with your utterly useless and obscure knowledge.

(, Thu 17 Mar 2005, 14:48)
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MRI machines in hospitals
MRI stands for "Magnetic Resonance Imaging"

they used to be called NMR machines "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance"

but it was changed when people got a bit jumpy about being irradiated (and turning into the hulk)
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 10:50, Reply)
The Secret of Ducks
Apparently a Ducks quack is the only sound which has no echo.
If you grab hold of a Nettle it will not sting you only if you brush against it.
Chilver rhymes with Silver, its a small type of Antelope.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 10:50, Reply)
Geri Halliwell
can suck a golf ball through 6 feet of hosepipe.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 10:39, Reply)
aibohpphobia
is the fear of palendromes
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 10:33, Reply)
To all those people who say nothing rhymes with orange/purple/silver/month
No it doesn't.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 10:04, Reply)
the longest war
the longest war in the world lasted for 335 years. Peace was signed in 1986 between the british Isles of Scilly and the Netherlands. We just forgot all about that war, in which the Netherlands didn't fire a single shot.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 9:58, Reply)
Ray Harryhausen,
the genius of stop-motion animation in the 60s and 70s (he got an Oscar for doing those skeletons) had one line as the voice as a briefly-appearing polar bear cub at the north pole in the 2003 film 'Elf'.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 9:42, Reply)
The name "Samantha"
did not exist until the writers of classic supernatural sitcom "Bewitched" invented it for their lead character.

Geek fact: this means that Fox Mulder's abducted sister (in the X-Files), named Samantha, is somewhat of an anachronism as she was already a year old before the name was invented.

Oh, and 'fuck' isn't an acronym of any kind. The OED states that it has its root in the old Germanic from the verb "focken" (sp) meaning to poke.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 9:38, Reply)
Howard
Howard from the Halifax adverts is a CUNT.

Fact !
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 9:38, Reply)
Some facts
Drastic testosterone increases in women causes the clitoris to grow.
Hippos kill more people than any other animal in Africa.
In northern Siberia Yak dung is used to keep new born babies warm.
Only female mosquitos drink blood!!!
House flies are a rich source of protein.
Japanese scientists made burgers from treated sewage (Shit Burger!)
Elephants have orgasms.
H u g h Grant is a fucking anus.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 9:13, Reply)
The F word
Fornication under consent of the King, Actually. Can't remember why, but there it is. something to do with the King legally having first go of yer missus, like in Braveheart.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 9:08, Reply)
Well actually...
The acronym was invented by a pottery-merchant named Hanno in 788 B.C. in the city of Baalbeck. Don't know where the city was though. Anyway, as I understood it, Forced Unlawful Carnal Knowledge isn't the correct meaning of FUCK. www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/fuck.htm.
So Nnnnnngggggghhhhhhhh to you sir!

:edit due to forgetting to post the link and lack of spelling ability :o(
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 8:56, Reply)
xyklon-b
Forced Unlawful Carnal Knowledge? Shite. The word FUCK has been around since the middle ages, as has CUNT, and I doubt very much acronymns had been invented then. So that's Badly Or Loosely Lacking Of Clear Knowledge, Sir.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 8:51, Reply)
Turkish piss-take
During the Austrian-Turkish wars, a Viennese baker getting up early heard the sound of the city walls being undermined by the wily Turks. After alerting the troops, they managed to cave in the tunnel and the Turks fled in defeat. To celebrate, the baker designed a crescent shaped cake which was very popular, mostly because it was taking the piss out of the Turkish flag.

Some years later, a young Austrian princess called Marie Antoinette married into the French royal family, but after moving to Paris was very homesick. The royal bakers were called and she told them how to make a famous Austrian pastry, which they interpretted by adding more butter.

The French for Crescent is Croissant.

So that popular morning pastry is a Turkish piss-take.


No apology for length.
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 8:28, Reply)
Coriolis Effect
Doesn't do much with water flowing down the drain in either hemisphere (too weak on such small things like drains). Water swirls to the right or to the left down the drain...just because!
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 8:14, Reply)
Kneel, son of Jor-El, kneel before...
Frank Welker, who is the God of voice acting.

If being God is defined by being prolific.

imdb.com/name/nm0919798/
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 4:59, Reply)
this is an old one but...
no words in the english language rhyme with: orange or silver..and a few others i dont care to look up


and in canada there is a terrible band called Rhymes with Orange..and i'd like for them to die.

double FACT!
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 3:58, Reply)
This is the worst QOTW ever
100% FaCt

*sobs*
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 2:09, Reply)
myrtle_the_turtle (two posts south)
Is that how Fullers London Pride ale is made?
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 1:19, Reply)
Coke bottles...
Contrary to what COUN7:z3r0 says, coke bottles filled with water in your garden deter neither cats nor dogs from using it as a lavatory. In fact, dogs will use the water bottle as something to cock a leg against.

The first _documented_ computer bug was a moth, as pointed out earlier; it was removed from relay contacts in the Mark 1 computer at MIT, and the logbook (with moth) now rests in the Smithsonian. However, the log entry says something about the "first physical computer bug", implying that the term bug was already in use. One suggestion I have seen is that bad telegraph communications were attributed to "bugs eating the wire". But the high-speed telegraph key was also called a "bug"... which is confusing. Could it be that there was a bug in the bug?
(, Thu 24 Mar 2005, 0:17, Reply)
Is your name Fuller?
Then wouldn't you love to know what your names means? I know I would!

Well in the middle ages when all our clothes were made of wool the rough cloth that it was made in to was greasy and hard. To remedy this it was put in a vat of WEEK OLD STALE URINE COLLECTED FROM THE PEASANTS and some lucky soul had the delightful job of stamping on the cloth in the FETID WORKING-CLASS PISS to really soften and degrease it properly.

This process was called "fulling" and the people that did it were "fullers"

That means if your name is Fuller then your ancestors spent their lives wading around in others peoples PUTRID EXCRETA.

Doesn't your heritage make you feel proud?
(, Wed 23 Mar 2005, 23:58, Reply)
Nothing (kind of) rhymes with muffin
And puffin.
(, Wed 23 Mar 2005, 23:56, Reply)
Useless information
95% of the people answering this question have the book "The ultimate book of useless information" by Noel Botham - FACT
(, Wed 23 Mar 2005, 23:47, Reply)
church
If you laid all the people who fell asleep in church on a sunday end to end....


they would be a lot more comfortable
(, Wed 23 Mar 2005, 23:41, Reply)
jeezus
Abraham was the father of Isaac

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

John (of 'the bible' fame) invented the gangster slang for affirmative, word.

Word

(pose)
(, Wed 23 Mar 2005, 23:25, Reply)
It is wrongly quoted that Bob Holness played the saxophone solo to Baker Street
it was actually Raphael Ravenscroft, Bob Holness did however play slide trombone for the theme tune to Johnny Briggs
(, Wed 23 Mar 2005, 23:14, Reply)
The word
FUCK actually was an acronym for Forced Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, as that was too long to chalk up outside various rape offending scums cells they abbreviated it to FUCK, I don't care what anyone else tells you but that is the origin of the word !
(, Wed 23 Mar 2005, 23:13, Reply)
I'm Charming
I'm charming. I have suspected this for quite some time now, but the other day it was proven. I went into my local kwiksave to buy various items, including chocolate digestives and a small fruit pie, and I managed to effortlessly charm the sales assistant into giving me a free carrier bag. It was a very proud moment.
(, Wed 23 Mar 2005, 23:10, Reply)

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