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post #1 of 27
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The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and
Wilma Flintstone.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
( now get this...)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
The youngest pope was 11 years old.
The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
Those San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David,
Hearts - Charlemagne,
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the
air, the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of
wounds received in battle.
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John
Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the
last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
"I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks
like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
post #2 of 27
OK, fess up. How many of you checked to see if you could lick your elbow?

I did it too!
post #3 of 27
I've got one for you: Who were the first LIVE ACTION TV couple, to share a Bed?

Scroll down for answer.

Herman and Lily Munster.:vampireL: :bat
post #4 of 27
I did it, I tried to lick my elbow, not once but twice.
post #5 of 27
Well Jeanie, I always KNEW you were full of useless information! Ooops, I mean USEFUL!!!! USEFUL information!!
But some of those are very interesting... can't imagine being a parent at age 8 though!! YEEOUCH!!!
As for the elbow licking, I've tried it before so I knew it wasn't possible... :laughing:
post #6 of 27
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OH! I just thought of something. What if the Declaration of Independence is void, then? Thank goodness America (My country, 'tis of thee) is the same tune as God Save the Queen. Then we just need to learn the words. There, Bod, is that useful, or what?
p.s. I tried to lick my elbow twice!
post #7 of 27
If somebody knows of a bloke that can lick his elbow can they give me his phone number please!?!
post #8 of 27
Forget the elbow, Yola. I want the guy who can lick his EYEBROWS!
post #9 of 27
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Geeze! You guys aren't even concerned that we might still be a British Colony!
post #10 of 27
Jeanie, I think there has to be a statute of limitation on that one. If they haven't tried to reclaim us in 200 years, they give up their chance. :tounge2: Besides, if they wanted to fight us for it we could whoop 'em now! LOL
post #11 of 27
Ooo Heidi - is that a dare!?!?!? :LOL: :LOL: and yes Jeanie.... that was very useful... :laughing:
post #12 of 27
Jeanie - You are still part of the British colonies, you just didn't know it MWAHAHAHAHA!

The Queen pwnz j00z (sorry sad computer speak)
post #13 of 27
Actually Rhea, it wasn't a dare at all, just a fact that the Brits could have whooped us way back when. They don't teach this in American History, but the fact is that the English pulled out of America because of an impending war with the French. We didn't really win, they just cut their losses.
post #14 of 27
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Now I know why my British father said our history books were slanted! However, we were on our own territory and highly motivated, which made things rather rough for the Motherland. The fact the George III was not well mentally didn't help Britain either.

I'm so proud of my English heritage now, it's hard for me to believe how many arguments my father and I had over this very subject when I was a teen! But I was so patriotic I stood if the Star Spangled Banner was played to open a ballgame. I went outside (to avoid ridicule) if I was in a hamburger joint--a bit too idealistic, to say the least!
post #15 of 27
Heidi I was just teasing, but you know more about my country than I do!! (Jeanie, don't you say a word..!!!)
post #16 of 27
Argh! You colonials are so sweet to think you can whoop us. The Brits would just come over and smile at you - and you would all run away in horror at the state of the gnashers!
post #17 of 27
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Rhea, I wouldn't think of saying anything, but I will ask you a question: Where is the Chunnel? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Rhea, don't hit me again! I'm sorry!!!!

flimflam, You scared the daylights out of huge Argentina, so I wouldn't want to clash with you! I am a pacifist, or at least I thought I was until I found myself singing "Rule, Brittania" when Argentina tried to steal the Falkland islands!
post #18 of 27
Geesh, I didn't mean to start in international incident! I concede that you Brits do have a fine military...we just have a bigger supply of fighters and industry, that's all.

Rhea, I wouldn't say I know more than you...I didn't know that either until a friend of mine, who is a major history buff and who also doesn't believe what he calls the "propoganda" being taught as history, told me about it. Of course, he also explained how really we probably couldn't have beat Hitler had he not tried to wage war on Europe and Russia at the same time. He truly did have a better military than the Allies, especially the U.S. since we tryed so hard to be isolated. We weren't prepared at all. Of course, if you read the American History books, we were the only ones over there fighting Hitler, and the rest of Europe just thanked their lucky stars that we were there to save them. Whatever...I can really see why my friend calls it propoganda.
post #19 of 27
It's alright, cos us Irish have already taken over the world. Have you ever not found an Irish bar in every city you have ever been to?
post #20 of 27
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Heidi, my cohort in writing about crime! I was a small child, but every child knew that all of Western Europe and Russia were fighting the war for years without us, despite Churchill's friendship with FDR. FDR would have involved us much sooner, if possible. The blitzreig over England was portrayed in many "made in America" movies. We were the latecomers, but the Allies were very happy to have us join their brave fight. Hitler's invasions had been depleting Europe's resources for years, and we watched from a distance. Even as a little girl, I saw the actual film of the Nazi's cold retreat from Russia, and knew about Degaulle, the French underground, and Monty's fight against Rommel, the Desert Fox etc. The theaters were the CNN of my childhood, and I saw what was happening once I was old enough to go to the movies with my older sisters and brother. There were no movies without newsreels.

Of course both of my parents were from the UK, but that is not where I learned the part the Europeans played in the fight. What I learned from my father was that he thought we were leaving our friends adrift in a sea of tragedy. I didn't learn that until many years later, when I was a teenager. We were supplying arms only, no men. He considered it cowardly, and tried to enlist when things were going badly for the US, despite his age and the fact that he had young children. (He was 51 when I was born, but had served for 15 years with the British Navy and several years with the Canadian Army.)

I believe Europe was so depleted by Hitler's attacks and our attempt at neutrality that they might very well have fallen. Of course, Hitler's scientists were way ahead of us in the field of rocket and atomic science. But we had fresh manpower, the women of the US manned the factories, we rebuilt our fleet and Air Force, the British broke Hitler's code, and we broke the Japanese code. And the Europeans fought on gallantly. If not, we might be living in a fascist nation. Yes, I know this seems like ancient history, but in historical terms, it was yesterday. (Sorry, I meant this to be a light thread!)
post #21 of 27
So much for that Jeanie! I have to admit that my American History class in high school was absolutely a joke. The first semester was taught by a substitute English teacher, who spent almost the entire time on the Revolution. She spend all of one and a half weeks on the Civil War and mentioned Jefferson Davis once in passing. Second semester was better, but he flew through the World Wars so we could spend 2 months on Viet Nam. Lucky for me, my father was a History major in college, so I learned most of what I knew from him.

It is really interesting, though, the difference in what has been taught in school in different places and different times. With the exception of my husband, almost everyone I know that is my age wasn't really taught jack about what really happened in history. Seriously, what I remember from my history classes about WW2 was that Europe was getting the snot beat out of it by Hitler, the Brits couldn't do it by themselves and so we went in with our boys and saved the day. Sad, isn't it?

Thank goodness for Discovery and History Channels! I've learned more about history by watching programs on my own than I ever did through all of my schooling. Sad thing is that my generation is generally not very educated about the past, unless we have taken it upon ourselves to do it.
post #22 of 27
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Heidi, Europe was in danger of falling. The point is, Hitler had a brilliantly evil plan and carried it out insidiously. No one was prepared! The way Germany had been treated after WWI had planted the seeds for WWII years before, and Hitler took advantage of the animosity.

I'm sure you read Orwell's 1984 and know how their brain washing worked. Perhaps the history books are not telling the whole story. Today the Japanese people are portrayed as electronic geniuses with a love of beauty, not the monsters portrayed in the movies of the WWII era! Black is white, and white is black--double think, double speak. And we thought that book was about Russia! The fall of communism will cause the image of the Russians to change in today's history books. Well, maybe our posterity will read an accurate picture!
post #23 of 27
History changes with each generation of books, it seems. For a while the Holocaust wasn't even mentioned in the books, now the African and Italian fronts are barely mentioned while the Holocaust is the main thing taught. You are so right about how the Japanese are portrayed, or rather the changes in that portrayal. While the current view of them is probably correct for the present time, we should not forget what has happened in the past.

Hitler was truly an evil genius, and his real downfall was that he started to believe his own rhetoric that he could do no wrong militarily. He spread himself too thin while lead to his defeat.

In many ways, I see a real mirror image between Saddam Hussein and Hitler, and especially in the way that the UN wants to deal with him. Have we learned nothing from history?
post #24 of 27
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You might very well be right! Well you know what they say about those who don't learn from History.. I hope we're not doomed to repeat it. I'm sure that when Churchill warned the world about Hitler and then Stalin, most thought he was an alarmist. He had insight that most of us lack. I'm glad I don't have to make the decisions. It takes the wisdom of Solomon.
post #25 of 27
You said "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language. But I heard a commedian say "I do" is the longest sentence.

post #26 of 27
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That's cute! I didn't write the list, though. I just got it in an email.
post #27 of 27
Originally posted by Yola
If somebody knows of a bloke that can lick his elbow can they give me his phone number please!?!
I'd like that number too, please!
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