Things U Should Know But Probably Didn't

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  1. arliss

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    Things you should know but probably didn't

    1 . Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

    2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

    3. The dot over the letter i is called a "tittle".

    4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and
    down
    continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

    5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

    6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

    7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

    8. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was
    albino.

    9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

    10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

    11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces
    will
    kill a small sized dog.

    12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's
    stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

    13. Most lipstick contains fish scales. (not Arbonne!)

    14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear
    pants.

    15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

    16. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because
    in
    the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters,
    the
    'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that
    stored
    the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

    17. Leonardo DA Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other
    at
    the same time (hence, multi-tasking was invented.)

    18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II
    were
    made of wood.

    19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

    20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never
    a
    recorded Wendy before!

    21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange,
    purple,
    and silver!

    22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to
    paint Mona Lisa's lips.

    23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad
    and
    sting itself to death.

    24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a
    Captain
    Kirk's mask painted white.

    25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have
    $••••. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being
    able

    to make change for a dollar (good to know.)

    26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink
    in
    quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)

    27. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law,which
    stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your
    thumb.

    28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player
    for
    automobiles At that time, the most known player on the market was the
    Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

    29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece
    of
    celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with
    apples!

    30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

    31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

    32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most
    often
    stolen from Public Libraries.

    33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space
    because passing wind in a space suit damages it

    George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart . "Boy, I feel a lot
    safer
    now that she's behind bars. O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still
    walking
    around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing
    to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and haul her fanny off to jail."
     
  2. CUBE

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    Ooopps a mistake in one of the first ten :)
     
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    Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller???????

    That one floored me.

    Oh yeah, I still cry while peeling onions and chewing gum.
     
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    1 . Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
    True of current US currency, but paper has been used elsewhere, as have Tyvek and other materials.

    2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
    While Jefferson's rough draft was written on hemp paper, the officially signed declaration is on parchment.

    3. The dot over the letter i is called a "tittle".
    Yes, but the meaning of 'tittle' is much broader, referring to several types of diactritic mark.

    5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
    Nope, as noted above.

    20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!
    Both female and male instances of the name Wendy are attested prior to Peter Pan.

    21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange,
    purple, and silver!
    Define "the dictionary"... the online Urban Dictionary is certainly 'a dictionary' ---> borange.

    22. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to
    paint Mona Lisa's lips.
    Cross-bladed scissors are attested from the Roman era dating back to 100 AD.

    27. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law,which
    stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your
    thumb.
    Another myth, popularized since it was first claimed in Del Martin's 1976 book Battered Wives.

    And some of the others are pretty questionable too, IMHO. :rolleyes:
     
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    My 7lb yorkshire terrier went on a mad chocolate raid one christmas when she was about 5 and ate most of a 2lb box of Belgian chocolates, she lived to be 16.
     
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    Damn, other people beat me to the fact-checks!

    Let me add a few more:

    6. Mathematically possible, but incredibly unlikely. A McDonald's income statement is available here. Happy Meals account for $3.5 billion of annual revenue (source). For the statement to be true, the profit margin on Happy Meals would have to be 496%, and the profit margin for everything else McDonald's sold -- including sodas -- would have to be only 30%.

    7. "Webster's" is not a trademark for dictionaries any longer. "Webster's 1996 Dictionary" doesn't exist. (source)

    8. False. Snopes has debunked this one.

    13. False. An ingredient in fish scales were once used in some lipsticks, but this ingredient is replaced today with bismuth oxychloride. (source)

    14. False. Snopes has debunked this one.

    18. False. (source) However, in 1938, Edgar Bergen received an Honorary Oscar in the form of a wooden statuette. (source)

    19. A myth. (source)

    23. Debunked here.

    26. Hmm...here's what Mythbusters has to say about quicksand.

    28. Almost true, except that Motorola's first products were radios, not record players. (source)

    29. True for humans consuming celery, false for apples (and highly dependent on variety). (source for celery, source for apples)

    32. Didn't even make the survey. Occult books, exam preparation books, and books about sex are stolen more often.

    33. Oh, jeez, just apply some fucking critical thinking skills to this one. Space suits have to accomodate other forms of bodily waste -- you think they'd leave this one out?
     
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    Behold, the SILVER BUILDER.

    Close...

    And the thing with dogs is called chocotoxicity. A chemical in chocolate, most abundant in DARK chocolate is toxic to dogs. If your dog eats a lot of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, you should induce vomiting and call a vet!

    Oh and I love Mythbusters and I think KARI BYRON is so fuckin hot!
     
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    If the astronaut were Johnny Fartpants that would be true. His farts are deadly.:wink:

    http://sepecat.info/images/03-desertstorm1/ds-01.jpg

    But us other mortals need not worry about farts destroying spacesuits.
     
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    Between the initial list and the informative responses after, this is a very interesting read.
     
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    I love 31. Is this true? Who knew stamp glue had to be kosher? You don't eat it. Did the rebbi bless the factory, or the horses?
     
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    1 . Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

    Things U Should Know But Probably Didn't:

    Paper can be made from a wide variety of vegetable fibers (cellulose), wood pulp and cotton being the most common, also linen, hemp, flax, various grasses etc. Cotton paper was made by the Chinese, considered the inventors of modern paper, in the 2nd century a.d., possibly earlier.

    Cotton paper (also known as rag paper) is made from 100% cotton fibers. Cotton paper is superior in both strength and durability to wood pulp based paper, which may contain high concentrations of acids.

    Cotton paper is used in banknotes. Modern banknotes are typically made from 100% cotton paper, but can also be made using a mixture of 75% or less flax. Other materials may also be used and it still be known as Currency paper. The US dollar is printed on cotton paper.

    That's as far as I got on the list. Hope it helps.
     
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    Yep, US banknotes are produced by the Treasury Department, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, on cotton fiber paper made under license by Crane & Co. of Dalton, MA. Crane, a privately-held company, has held the contract for US banknote paper continuously for 131 years.
     
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    Replied in the quote...
     
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    Available September to April, Cortland apples are a McIntosh cultivar with a sweet, white flesh which retains firmness when baked in pies and is suitable for applesauce, cider and fruit salads.
    Identification
    Cortland apples possess a bright red coloring with green streaks. The apple's coloring hints at its taste, as the Cortland has the sweetness of a traditional red apple with a hint of tartness like a green apple.
    Calories
    According to ProduceOasis.com, a medium-sized Cortland apple, weighing approximately 154 g, contains 80 calories.
    Nutrition
    Each medium-sized Cortland apple also has 22 g carbohydrates, 5 g dietary fiber, and 17 g sugar, while also providing 2 percent vitamin A, 2 percent calcium, 2 percent iron and 20 percent of vitamin C recommended daily values.
    History
    HOW MANY CALORIES IN AN APPLE CRISP?
    In 1898, Professor S.A. Beach of the Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, crossed a Ben Davis apple with a Macintosh to create the first Cortland apple. It's believed Beach named the new apple after Cortland County, New York.
    References
    Produce Oasis: Cortland Apple
    Practically Edible: Cortland Apples
    Truestar Health: Apples
    Fruit and Veggie Guru: Apples
     
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    Do you have an apple/calorie fetish?
     
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    i miss your presence arliss and Northland


    and Mythbusters Tory Bellici, is a spunk
    (wheres the Fck thread ..)
     
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