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Monday, October 20, 2008

I Did Not Know That

Gawd, I love pointless trivia, even if it's not true. So you might imagine that these nuggets from Things You Probably Already Know, But Have Forgotten would be right up my alley:

  • 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
  • 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
  • The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.
  • On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
  • Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
  • Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
  • There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
  • The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
  • The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb (sign of a truely civilized society.)
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
  • The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
  • Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it.
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