RE: [MOL] Weekend Ponderings [12905] Medicine On Line

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RE: [MOL] Weekend Ponderings

Interesting trivia - sent this to my husband too!  -Thanks, Liz

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From:	John []
Sent:	Friday, July 24, 1998 4:14 PM
Subject:	[MOL] Weekend Ponderings

1. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses very 
letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to test telex/twx
2. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
3. In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile    
services (two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number 
the other channel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and 
up, but no channel 1.
4. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
5. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter 
is uncopyrightable.
6. Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
7. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore
when the engines were pulled by horses.  The horses were stabled on the
ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
8. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year
because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the 
weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
9. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from
Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great;
Hearts -Charlemagne
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
10.111,111,111  x  111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
11.If a statue in the park 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, the person died of natural causes.
12.Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people
without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the 
expression "to get fired."
13."I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
14.The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the
Pacific.  When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber 
machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into 
the fuselage.  If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got 
"the whole 9 yards."
15.Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them
looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
16.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 
17.An ostrich's eye is bigger that its brain.
18.The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
19.The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the
"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
20.The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as 
is necessary.  When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia 
still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for 
blacks and whites.
21.Cat's urine glows under a blacklight.
22.The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in
23.Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
24.If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have
$1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being 
able to make change for a dollar.
25.Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
26.In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting
27.It takes 3,000 cows to provide the NFL with enough leather for a 
year's supply of footballs.
28.The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
29.When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles
per year.
30.It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
31.Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of
their hands.
32.In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's
nuclear weapons combined.
33.Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.
34.Average age of top GM executives in 1994: 49.8 years. Average age of 
the Rolling Stones: 50.6.
35.Elephants can't jump. Every other mammal can.
36.There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.


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