Did you know?

Did you know?

  • Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps, on 1 May 1840. Hence, UK stamps are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin.
  • The first written account of the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, was made in 565AD.
  • Charles Macintosh invented the waterproof coat, the Mackintosh, in 1823.
  • The British royal family changed their surname (last name) from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, the name of their castle, in 1917.
  • Winston Churchill was a stutterer. As a child, one of his teachers warned, “Because of his stuttering he should be discouraged from following in his father’s political footsteps.”
  • It is said that if a statue 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, like the Zizkov Monument, the person died of natural causes.
  • The words “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” were penned in the 17th century by English philospher  John Locke.
  • The largest web bookshop, Amazon.com, stores almost 3 million books.
  • To save costs, the body of Shakespeare’s friend and fellow dramatist, Ben Jonson, was buried standing up in Westminister Abbey, London in 1637.
  • Two billion people still cannot read.
  • A green diamond is the rarest diamond.
  • There are 1040 islands around Britain, one of which is one of the smallest island in the world: Bishop’s Rock.
  • All the planets in the solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  • Earth is the densest planet in the solar system and the only one not named after a god.
  • A square piece of dry paper cannot be folded in half more than 7 times.
  • In the 6th century BC Greek mathematician Pythagoras said that earth is round – but few agreed with him. Greek astronomer Aristarchos said in the 3rd century BC that earth revolves around the sun – but the idea was not accepted.In the 2nd century BC Greek astronomer Erastosthenes accurately measured the distance around the earth at about 40,000 km (24,860 miles) – but nobody believed him.In the 2nd century AD Greek astronomer Ptolemy stated that earth was the centre of the universe – most people believed him for the next 1,400 years.
  • Wine is sold in tinted bottles because wine spoils when exposed to light.
  • Before the year 1000, the word “she” did not exist in the English language. The singular female reference was the word “heo”, which also was the plural of all genders. The word “she” appeared only in the 12th century, about 400 years after English began to take form. “She” probably derived from the Old English feminine “seo”, the Viking word for feminine reference.
  • The word malaria comes from the words mal and aria, which means bad air. This derives from the old days when it was thought that all diseases are caused by bad, or dirty air.
  • The first city in the world to have a population of more than one million was London.
  • The first product to have a bar code scanned was Wrigley’s gum.
  • Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan God.
  • The national orchestra of Monaco has more individuals than its army.
  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.
  • Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
  • If you can see a rainbow you must have your back to the sun.
  • Lincoln and Kennedy
  • Here’s a little part of US history which makes you go h-m-m-m:
  • Have a history teacher explain this if they can?
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
  • John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
  • John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
  • The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
  • Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
  • Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
  • Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
  • Both Presidents were shot in the head.
  • Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
  • Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.
  • Both were assassinated by Southerners.
  • Both were succeeded by Southerners.
  • Both successors were named Johnson.
  • Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
  • Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
  • John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born! in 1839.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
  • Both assassins were known by their three names.
  • Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
  • Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘Lincoln.’
  • Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
  • Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
  • Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
  • And here’s the kicker…
  • A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
  • A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.
  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian seal for that reason.
  • Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world’s ice covers Antarctica . This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.
  • The term “The Big Apple” was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930′s who used the slang expression “apple” for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time – The Big Apple.
  • The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.
  • The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  • The water of Angel Falls (the World’s highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.
  • According to tradition, the first engineer to build a bridge across the Tiber in Ancient Rome was given the name Pontifex, meaning “bridge builder.” The Pontifex was seen as someone who “connects” people, and that symbolism was so powerful that Roman high priests–including Julius Caesar–later adopted the title Pontifex Maximus. During the Roman Imperial age, the emperor was always the Pontifex Maximus. The title eventually passed from Roman emperors to the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Today, the Pope still carries the title Pontifex Maximus.
  • More than 100 years ago, the felt hat makers of England used mercury to stabilize wool. Most of them eventually became poisoned by the fumes, as demonstrated by the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Breathing mercury’s fumes over a long period of time will cause erethism, a disorder characterized by nervousness, irritability, and strange personality changes.
  • When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors:
  • Red = Love and respect
  • Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation
  • Light pink = Admiration, sympathy
  • White = Reverence, humility
  • Yellow = Joy, gladness
  • Orange = Enthusiasm, desire
  • Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality
  • Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
  • The Vatican’s Swiss Guard still wears a uniform designed by Michelangelo in the early 16th century.
  • All gondolas in Venice, Italy must be painted black, unless they belong to a high official.
  • The world’s deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1557 in central China. It struck a region where most people lived in caves carved from soft rock. The dwellings collapsed, killing an estimated 830,000 people.
  • The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
  • In ancient Egypt, the entire family would shave their eyebrows off as a sign of mourning when the family cat died.
  • Almonds are members of the peach family.
  • Jeremy Bentham, a British philosopher who died in 1832,left his entire estate to the London Hospital provided that his body be allowed to preside over its board meetings. His skeleton was clothed and fitted with a wax mask of his face. It was present at the meeting for 92 years.
  • A young lady named Ellen Church convinced Boeing Air Transport that her nursing skills and love of flying would qualify her to assist with the passengers and emergencies. She became the first known stewardess.

 

Language Interesting Facts

  • The “you are here” arrow is called  an ideo locator.
  • The word “trivia” comes from the Latin “trivium” which is the place where three roads meet, a public square. People would gather and talk about all sorts of matters, most of which were trivial.
  • The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means, “the King is dead”.
  • The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language.
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”
  • The three words in the English language with the letters “uu” are: vacuum, residuum and continuum.
  • Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down–hence the expression “to get fired.”
  • There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘-dous’: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  • The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  • Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say ‘many things’ and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -in many places -refers to ’40 days,’ they meant many days.
  • Only 3 words in the English language end in “ceed”: “proceed,” “exceed,” and “succeed.”
  • 12. “Go.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language
  • “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.
  • There is only ONE word in the English language with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OF DOUBLE LETTERS…. Bookkeeper.
  • The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
  • The symbol used in many URLs (Web addresses) is called a tilde. (~)
  • The longest place name in the UK is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, it means The name means: “St Mary’s church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave”.
  • The verb “to cleave” has definitions which are antonyms of each other: to adhere and to separate. The verb “sanction” also has definitions which are antonyms: to sponsor and to ban.
  • The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  • A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.
  • The language most closely related to English is Flemish.
  • Beware of bottles labelled “gift” in Germany. In German, gift means poison.
  • Guyana is the only South American country with English as its official language.
  • The word boycott comes from Charles C. Boycott. He was hired by an Irish earl to collect high rents from tenant farmers who completely ignored him.
  • A group of magpies is called a tiding, one of ravens an unkindness, one of turtledoves a pitying, one of starlings a murmuration, one of swans a lamentation, one of ponies a string, one of rattlesnakes a rhumba, one of crows a murder, one of cobras a quiver, one of foxes a skulk, one of emus a mob, one of elks a gang, one of cats a clowder, one of flamingoes a pat, and one of bears a sleuth. Groups of geese are named in a peculiar manner; when they are on the ground they are called a “gaggle”, but in the air they are called a “skein”.
  • A panagram is a sentence that contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet. For example: Pack my red box with five dozen quality jugs.

 

Language Interesting Facts

  • Support bacteria. They’re the only culture some people have.
  • If a turtle doesnt have a shell, is it naked or homeless ?
  • What do you call a fish with no eye ?
  • FSH !
  • A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, “You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get our coffee”.
  • The husband said, ” You are in charge of the cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.”
  • Wife replies, “No, you should do it, and besides it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.”
  • Husband replies, ” I can’t believe that, show me.”
  • So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and shows him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says:
  • “HEBREWS”
  • Always remember that you are unique; just like everyone else.
  • One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.
  • Today my teacher yelled at me for something I didn’t do.
  • What was that?
  • My homework!
  • There are three kinds of people: Those who can count and those who can’t.
  • I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
  • On the other hand, you have different fingers.
  • If everything is coming your way, then you’re in the wrong lane.
  • For Sale: Parachute. Only used once, never opened, small stain.
  • Gravity always gets me down.
  • Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else get your way.
  • I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.
  • Never agree to plastic surgery if the doctor’s office is full of portraits by Picasso.
  • Energizer Bunny arrested; charged with battery.
  • What’s another word for Thesaurus?
  • To be intoxicated is to feel sophisticated but not be able to say it.
  • I doubt, therefore I might be.
  • All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.
  • Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
  • If you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.
  • Laughing stock: cattle with a sense of humor.
  • What has four legs and an arm? A happy pit bull.
  • You’re Just Jealous Because The Voices Are Talking To Me.
  • When climbing the ladder of success, don’t let boys look up your skirt!
  • My job is secure. No one else wants it.
  • My computer doesn’t understand me.
  • Sometimes I wish life had subtitles!
  • Don’t judge a book by its movie.
  • A woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she stayed by his bedside every single day. When he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer.
  • As she sat by him, he said, “You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you gave me support. When my health started failing, you were still by my side… You know what?”
  • “What dear?” She asked gently.
  • “I think you bring me bad luck.
  • One day a man was driving down the road in a hot red convertable.He was driving 15 mph when a rabbit that hopped in front of his car. As the man swerved the rabbit swerved also and was run over. The man got out of the car and started crying “OH-MY-GOD… OH-MY-GOD!!!!”
  • Just then a blonde drives up and asks him what’s wrong, when he tells her she says, “Oh I can fix that.” She goes to her car, pulls out a can and sprays the rabbit with it.
  • It instantly comes alive and hops off, but every five feet it turns back to wave, before finally dissappearing into the forrest.The guy is amazed and says, “how did you do that?” The blonde just tosses him the can and drives off. The can says “Hair Spray: Guarenteed to bring your hair back to life and create a permanent wave.”
  • Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.
  • Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.”
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  • These are real comments made by teachers on their student report cards.
  • Since my last report, your child has hit rock bottom and has started to dig.
  • Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
  • The wheel is turning but the hamster is dead.