Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Oh you crazy ladies!



Venus is the only planet in the Solar System that spins in a clockwise direction. All of the other planets spin anti-clockwise.
Aaaah, it all make sense now. 'Women are from Venus'.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Numbers


If you spell out the numbers, one, two, three....etc, would you believe that you'll have to wait till you get all the way to ONE HUNDRED AND ONE before you need to use an "a"?? Unless your spelling is rubbish that is.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Scwewy wabbit

Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.


I know, it surprised me too!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

What an eyeffel


Did you know that it takes 50 tons of paint every time that the Eiffel tower is repainted. The huge erection is redone every 5-7 years. It is always and has always been painted brown. Ok there have been 6 different shades of brown but always brown.

Coincidently chocolate is brown and I could eat 50 tons in 5-7 years no bother.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Horse around

Did you know that all of today's racehorses are descended from just three horses?

The first sire was the Byerley Turk. Captain Byerley imported him to England in 1689 and rode him during the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

This was followed in 1704 by the Darley Arabian, the horse from which most modern thoroughbreds are descended, and finally in 1730 the Godolphin Arabian.

Breeders had great success crossing offspring of the three sires and this practice was followed for generations with the result that every thoroughbred today can be traced by direct male descent back to these three sires.

Monday, April 24, 2006

what a swiss


Karl Elsener, founder of the company that brought us the original Swiss Army Knife changed the company’s brand name to Victoria after the death of his mother in 1909. In 1921, following the introduction of stainless steel, the term Inox(the international designation for stainless steel) was added. And so was born the present day brand and company name Victorinox.

This is not the first time that the memory of a person has been used to brand a product as was clearly seen when the owner of a giant washing machine detergent corporation decided, after the untimely death of his late brother Darren in a horrific speed knitting accident, to name a particular brand of soap powder in his honour. Darren, you see, was a raging pufty and the inimitable brand OMO found itself loud and proud on our supermarket shelves.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Shoelace end bits



This is one of those things people think they know, or should know, but then can't remember...let me help...the small plastic tube that binds the end of a shoelace is an aglet. It comes from the Latin word for "needle." The shoestring was first invented in England in 1790. (whereas Eddie Shoestring was invented in the 1970's) Before shoestrings, shoes were commonly fastened with buckles(and quite snazzy ones at that).

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Down Boy

Did you know that the ardour-cooling properties of potassium bromide were first noted by the appropriately named Sir Charles Locock in 1857.
(It's a good job that I haven't sussed out how to add pictures to my posts yet !)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Euro symbol



In Comic Sans MS the Euro symbol has eyes!!!



€2

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Putting your foot in it

The length of your foot is equal to the area between your wrist and the crook of your elbow.....half the fun of this factoid is watching people try to bend themselves enough to try it. Additionally the span of your arms (fingertip to fingertip) is equal to your height! Isn't mother nature great!

It's A Cover-up!



The British public spends on average £7 million a year on unwanted, 'cover' products. The word cover in this instance refers to a product that is being used to camouflage the real product that you intend purchase (discreetly!)

So think carefully next time the wife sends you to the shops to buy her tampons and ensure they are suitably hidden by purchasing a DVD player or medium sized LCD screen to keep away prying eyes.

Space People

Like me, you've probably often found yourself pondering questions such as 'I wonder how many Space Shuttle Astronauts there are/have been'. Well now you can see for yourself by following the handy link below, conveniently arranged in alphabetical order. I bet you didn't think there would be so many!

Please note that an invisible Java Applet will run when you click on the link below. Don't worry as this does nothing more than insert my special clearance code and security log in for the NASA website. Unfortunately NASA regulations prohibit me from publishing this log in information directly.


http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/reference/green/alplist.pdf

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Denim


Denim is a twilled cotton material, usually blue. The word was used in Britain from the late 17th century for a kind of serge fabric made in Nîmes in southern France; the name was originally serge de Nim. It later became associated with the cotton denim cloth like what I am wearing here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Lightning fast

By the time you have read this sentence the Earth will have been struck by lightning over 500 times. http://www.worldometers.info/

Fiesty Clucker

How long can a chicken 'live' after having it's head chopped off? Answer - up to 18 months. Don't believe me? Then check out http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org/ .
West Ham United are the gayest team in the Premiership, but they try and hide it behind Cockerney Rhyming Slang.
Their nickname "The Irons" is derived from "Iron Hoofs", or poofs.
"Bubble" comes from "Bubble and Squeak" or greek.
They openly sing they are "forever blowing bubbles"
And the clincher? Brooking is a corruption of the word breeching, meaning to open the flap at the rear of your breaches. Good old Sir Trev.!

Polar bears are black

Its true, polar bears are black. Their black skin helps them absorb heat from the sun. You're thinking well their fur is white. Wrong. Its transparent. The hollow fibres reflect light so as to appear white.

The most visible part of a polar bear is his nose. A polar bear's nose is visible for many kilometres against a snowy background, so when hunting they cover their nose with a paw.