7.3.14

Useless Facts - 2



  • The name for fungal remains found in coal is sclerotinite.
  • The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
  • Emus cannot walk backwards.
  • It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
  • The shopping mall in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada has the largest water clock in North America.
  • Both writer Edgar Allen Poe and LSD advocate Timothy Leary were kicked out of West Point.
  • The word posh, which denotes luxurious rooms or accomodations, originated when ticket agents in England marked the tickets of travelers going by ship to the Orient. Since there was no air conditioning in those days, it was always better to have a cabin on the shady side of the ship as it passed through the Mediterranean and Suez area. Since the sun is in the south, those with money paid extra to get cabin's on the left, or port, traveling to the Asia, and on the right, or starboard, when returning to Europe. Hence their tickets were marked with the initials for Port Outbound Starboard Homebound, or POSH.
  • The top layer of a wedding cake, known as the groom's cake, traditionally is a fruit cake. That way it will save until the first anniversery.
  • The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact by posing with his hand resting on a sword, or by holding gloves.
  • The forward pass was created by the football team at Saint Louis University.
  • In every show that Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks) wrote, there is at least one song about rain.
  • A kind of tortoise in the Galapagos Islands has an upturned shell at its neck so it can reach its head up to eat cactus branches.
  • The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii, located approximately twelve miles west of Honolulu.
  • Parthenogenesis is the term used to describe the process by which certain animals are able to reproduce themselves in successive female generations without intervention of a male of the species. At least one species of lizard is known to do so.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat", which means "the king is dead".
  • The ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as QE2. QEII is the actual queen.
  • "Quisling" is the only word in the English language to start with "quis."
  • All of the cobble stones that used to line the streets in New York were originally weighting stones put in the hulls of Belgian ships to keep an even keel.
  • Nepal is the only country without a rectangular flag (it looks like two pennants glued on on top of the other)
  • Libya has the only flag which is all one color with no writing or decoration on it
  • The only borough of New York City that isn't an island (or part of an island) is the Bronx.
  • The 1957 Milwaukee Braves were the first baseball team to win the World Series after being relocated.
  • The tune for the "A-B-C" song is the same as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
  • When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield it's first consumable fruit.
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