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Slice

Justice Scalia has a small weiner.

Therese

yes, but (with all due respect) we knew that already.

boo

In 1981 North Korea issued a postage stamp commemorating the marriage of Charles and Diana.
http://coolstamps.com/dink2173-6.html

...on second thought, that was too easy. N Korea's just too strange.

Rhyme

Polar bears are all left handed. Should that be left pawed ?

Slice

In 1994, O.J. Simpson became the 7th sports figure to appear on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and Time in the same week. The other 6 were a white man, a white woman, a man of color, a woman of color, a sports team, and an animal.

Am I totally screwing this game up? He really does have a small weiner...

AJ

According to David Byrne, what or who was the motivation for the Talking Heads song "Psycho Killer"?


Alice Cooper

A. Rickey

One reason that Japan never developed a class of professional lawyers before Perry arrived with his black ships: the courts of the Tokugawa shogunate had a strict pleading requirement, but unlike the English, they allowed virtually amendments to a failed pleading. Hence, although some innkeepers developed a speciality in assisting others with their pleading, a class of highly-trained individuals who ensured that a client got their writ correct the first time never evolved. (Until Perry, that is.)

Upside? Courts allowed for error in pleading, and no one lost their case because the paperwork was wrong. Downside? In England, if you had the writ done properly the courts would almost have to hear your case. In Japan, this was not true.

OK, not exceptionally relevant, but I presume you didn't know it.

turboglacier

1) The toothpick was invented by a Mainer and popularized at the Union Oyster House in Boston. Today, 90% of the nation's toothpicks are made in Maine, about 50 billion annually. (References:
http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/Pages/history.html
http://www.uscampus.com/research_options/explore_us/state_me.htm

2) The United States consumes approximately 100 acres of pizza daily (Ref: http://pizzaware.com/facts.htm)

3) In Paraguay, dueling is legal, provided both parties are registered blood donors (Ref: http://www.afs.fi/chapter_images/343_Paraguay.pdf)

4) "TYPEWRITER" is alleged to be the longest word that can be typed using the letters of only one line of a keyboard (or typewriter) (Ref: self-evident)


SF Librarian

You can access all of the many different Google search options and features on one page by going to: http://www.soople.com/


Shara

Buffalo NY is not named after the American Bison but rather after poorly pronounced french for beautiful river...

wingsandvodka

President James Buchanan was actually born without any facial bones. While in the White House, he employed a sculptor to reshape his face before going out in public every day. But even the best sculptors can be inconsistent, which is why some portraits of our 15th president show him with sunken cheeks and a hawkish nose, while others portray him with a broader forhead and a cute button nose.

david

James Bond has been portrayed (in the real 007 films) by a Brit, a Scot, an Irish, a Welsh, and an Australian.

Or so I've heard. Moore, Connery, Brosnan, Lazenby, Dalton, to be exact, but I'm not 100% sure which one is which.

jdz


Pineapples contain an enzyme that makes your mouth start to digest itself and if you eat too much pineapple you will get sores in your mouth because of this.

Simon

In cricket, the captain often fields from the position known as "mid off". This is because it is the closet position to the bowler, and permits encouragement and discussion of tactics. The mid off fielder stands behind and to the left of the bowler. It is the ideal position to stop straight drives from a righthanded batsman: preventing the batting team from getting single runs.

"Silly Mid Off" is a fielding position equidistant between the two wickets, again to the left of the bowler, but much closer to the batsman. It is considered the most dangerous fielding position.

-Simon

Simon

Here's another good one: In the British House of Commons, Her Majesty's Government and Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition sit facing each other. The front bench seats are separated by parallel lines exactly two swords' lengths apart (for obvious reasons).

-Simon

Jane

The only Illyrians left in the Balkans (the only non-Slavs who survived the incursion of the Slavs) are the Albanians, and their language, which is related to no other language on earth, is supposedly descended directly from Illyrian. "There are two main dialects: Geg�, which is spoken in northern Albania, in the regions of Former Yugoslavia that are populated by Albanians and in northern and western Macedonia, and Tosk�, which is spoken in southern Albania, as well as in Greece (Tosk�/Arvanitika) and in Albanian language isles in Sicily and Calabria." MORE

Slice

A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge.

A cat has 32 separate muscles in each ear.

The 'fine' for getting caught smoking pot in Mexico is roughly $200 U.S.

Simon

Jane write that the Albanian language "is related to no other language on earth." This is not the case. It is an IndoEuropean language related, though admittedly dissimilar, to all of the other major European languages.

_Basque_ is the prototypical language isolate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_language

However, the Finno-Ugric family (Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian) is another group of languages that cannot be related to other languages.

-Simon

Mithras

Glass is a liquid, not a solid.

Jeff

The liquid fuel tank for the first space shuttle was painted; it was left unpainted for subsequent shuttles. The weight of the paint offset any aerodynamic efficiency gained through painting.

Jack Jones

It is a little known fact that no Eskimo has ever been elected to Congress.

True story

Bill Muhr

The home plate umpire during Pete Rose's first at bat in professional baseball was sports broadcaster Brent Musburger. (Musberger was an umpire for the Midwest Baseball League before starting his radio/TV career.)

Tim

This is my favourite running story:

In 1980 a young university student began to run across Canada. He suffered from bone cancer and his right leg had been amputated above the knee. In its place he wore a crude artificial leg. Moved by the hardships of other cancer patients, he ran to raise money for cancer research.

He began running in Newfoundland and headed west, covering 42 km (26 miles) daily - a marathon a day. Gradually his run captured the country's attention.

He was halfway to his goal, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, when the cancer spread to his lungs. He was forced to stop, and died a few months later.

His name was Terry Fox. Now there are runs all across Canada and the world in September, in his honour.

26 miles a day, every day. 3,339 miles from Cape Spear, Newfoundland, to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

One leg.


Scully

The only walled city north of Mexico is Québec; it was also the first city in North America to be placed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list.

matt

Basque is the language that the devil uses to curse at his mother-in-law.

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