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I'm bored. Let's have a useless/trivial facts thread.

I'll begin.

The little arrow on your fuel gage points in the direction of your gas cap. No more circling around at the pumps.

by Anonymousreply 600October 12, 2021 10:56 PM

Sea Urchins are called Sea Urchins because Hedgehogs used to be called Urchins until about the 15th century. Sea Urchins are Ocean Hedgehogs.

by Anonymousreply 1September 22, 2021 3:51 AM

Weird, R1. I didn't know that. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 2September 22, 2021 3:53 AM

[quote] The little arrow on your fuel gage points in the direction of your gas cap.

Wrestler Nick Gauge's real name is Nicholas William Wilson.

by Anonymousreply 3September 22, 2021 3:56 AM

So far none of these make sense.

by Anonymousreply 4September 22, 2021 3:56 AM

R1 does

by Anonymousreply 5September 22, 2021 3:58 AM

Even though it has not existed for the past 30 years, the Soviet Union still maintains the record for the most Olympic gold medals in wrestling. They have a total of 62 gold medals to their credit.

by Anonymousreply 6September 22, 2021 3:59 AM

Curling is from Scotland. It doesn't get that cold there, so how'd they get enough ice to make rinks?

by Anonymousreply 7September 22, 2021 3:59 AM

Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died of the milk silk.

That happens when a cow eats a white snakeroot plant and a human drinks it’s milk or eats the meat.

Milk sick is also called tremetol vomiting or the tremors.

There is still not a cure but there is treatment.

by Anonymousreply 8September 22, 2021 4:02 AM

On average, opossums eat up to 5000 ticks in a season, but they don’t contract or carry lyme disease

by Anonymousreply 9September 22, 2021 4:02 AM

There is a right facing arrow between the letters “e” and “x”, in FedEx. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.

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by Anonymousreply 10September 22, 2021 4:04 AM

Penguins are named after the great auk (genus: Pinguinus), an unrelated and extinct alcid that inhabited remote islands in the North Atlantic. When European sailors explored the Southern Hemisphere, they encountered flightless birds that resembled the great auk and named them penguins.

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by Anonymousreply 11September 22, 2021 4:13 AM

Cats have a primordial pouch. It's not just a fat tummy.

If your cat is an adult, it may already have a primordial pouch under its belly. It is right in front of the cat’s hind legs, forming an excess of skin and fat. Although sometimes to the naked eye it is hard to see because of the fur, when you see a cat walking it becomes more noticeable, by its constant movement from side to side.

What is the purpose of the primordial pouch in cats? The primordial pouch in cats is a genetic characteristic that has been maintained from the first breeds of wild cats. Nowadays it doesn’t have a key function, but it can still be useful sometimes.

Storing food. Given its fat content, it is a way to store energy in case the cat has to face a long period without food. Facilitates movement. Since it is excess skin, the cat can stretch more easily, with a more elastic abdomen. Protection. This extra layer of skin and fat serves as protection for the abdomen in case of fights with other cats or animals.

by Anonymousreply 12September 22, 2021 4:23 AM

Anne Baxter who played Eve Harrington in "All About Eve" and Queen Nefretari in "The Ten Commandments" was the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright.

by Anonymousreply 13September 22, 2021 4:30 AM

Three pairs of twins won Oscars. Two of those pairs won together, but while the third pair won separately, they still won in same category (Production Design) and for movies directed by the same person (Warren Beatty).

by Anonymousreply 14September 22, 2021 4:36 AM

You are never more than 10 feet from a spider.

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by Anonymousreply 15September 22, 2021 4:43 AM

The nuclear missiles aboard Britain's nuclear submarines can be launched without permission from London. One crazy commander could obliterate millions of people.

by Anonymousreply 16September 22, 2021 4:50 AM

The sea cucumber is not, in fact, a vegetable.

by Anonymousreply 17September 22, 2021 4:53 AM

Thanks, R12. First time cat owner. I thought it was just her.

by Anonymousreply 18September 22, 2021 4:53 AM

Calico cats are considered good luck in Japan, and Egypt considered them Gods

by Anonymousreply 19September 22, 2021 4:54 AM

The autumnal equinox happened hours ago. You probably missed it.

by Anonymousreply 20September 22, 2021 4:57 AM

Speaking of extinct birds, the Moa of New Zealand offered quite a drumstick.

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by Anonymousreply 21September 22, 2021 5:00 AM

It will take 9 months for my left foot's big toenail to replace itself.

(I think I damaged it wearing shoes that were too tight back in May. One side of the nail discoloured and the base of the nail broke up as the replacement nail started growing slowly beneath it)

by Anonymousreply 22September 22, 2021 5:01 AM

Your liver can completely rejuvenate in 90 days

by Anonymousreply 23September 22, 2021 5:03 AM

The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.

by Anonymousreply 24September 22, 2021 5:05 AM

The "dot" over the letters "i" and "j" is called a tittle.

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by Anonymousreply 25September 22, 2021 5:07 AM

Alaska is the only state whose name is on one row on a keyboard.

by Anonymousreply 26September 22, 2021 5:09 AM

you just looked at your keyboard

by Anonymousreply 27September 22, 2021 5:13 AM

[quote] Your liver can completely rejuvenate in 90 days

I can attest to that.

by Anonymousreply 28September 22, 2021 5:24 AM

The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side

by Anonymousreply 29September 22, 2021 5:30 AM

Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario, Canada in 1962 by a Greek restaurant owner. The can of pineapples he used that day came from Hawaii so he called it Hawaiian pizza.

To this day Italians rage about that obscenity. ;)

by Anonymousreply 30September 22, 2021 5:39 AM

In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

by Anonymousreply 31September 22, 2021 5:43 AM

R24 A pianist visited Australia in the 1870s and declared that the mosquitoes buzz in F sharp.

by Anonymousreply 32September 22, 2021 5:48 AM

The reason, r31, is that the hands then nicely frame the brand name. Also, looks like a smiley face.

by Anonymousreply 33September 22, 2021 5:54 AM

Cleopatra is closer to the timeline of construction of your house than the Giza Pyramids.

by Anonymousreply 34September 22, 2021 5:56 AM

Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting for money in his lifetime - despite having a supportive art dealer of a younger brother. Van Gogh contemporaneously failed at every other job he tried (including as a pastor - he failed the theology exams) so he lived by mooching off his brother.

by Anonymousreply 35September 22, 2021 6:13 AM

[quote] The nuclear missiles aboard Britain's nuclear submarines can be launched without permission from London. One crazy commander could obliterate millions of people.

In contrast, in the event it is presumed that military command and control, including the prime minister, have been obliterated and presumably London and perhaps the entirety of the UK are uninhabitable, each nuclear-armed submarine commander has locked in the sub’s safe handwritten orders from the prime minister instructing the commanders on what action to take in that situation. They aren’t opened unless the doomsday scenario occurs. The standard options from which a prime minister selects as orders are understood to be 1. retaliate by launching the nuclear missiles against the enemy that attacked the UK 2. not retaliate 3. allow the submarine commander to make his own judgment or 4. join the nearest US fleet (if the US still exists) or head to Australia or another safe, distant port. Apparently among the first duties of a new prime minister is to write these letters after being informed by military personnel about the consequences (massive death and destruction) of launching the nuclear weapons. It’s said to be a very sobering moment according to some former PMs, similar to when a US president is shown the process for initiating the launch of nuclear weapons upon his command. The new letters are delivered to the subs and the old prime minister’s letters destroyed without ever being opened. In the Helen Mirren film, The Queen, the titular character alludes to this process by making a joke to Prime Minister Tony Blair saying something to the effect of “Have they taught you how to start a nuclear war yet? Apparently it’s the first thing they teach.”

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by Anonymousreply 36September 22, 2021 6:23 AM

[quote] Cleopatra is closer to the timeline of construction of your house than the Giza Pyramids.

House? Is that what you call covered air like a hut?

by Anonymousreply 37September 22, 2021 6:25 AM

[quote]The autumnal equinox happened hours ago. You probably missed it.

Incorrect. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the autumn equinox will arrive Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, at 3:21 p.m. EDT.

by Anonymousreply 38September 22, 2021 6:36 AM

[quote]In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

As a child, I noticed that in TV commercials for Timex watches, which aired frequently back then, the watch hands were always set to 1:50, which is like 10:10 only with the big and small hands reversed.

by Anonymousreply 39September 22, 2021 6:41 AM

And, R23, I'm just dame that can prove it!

by Anonymousreply 40September 22, 2021 6:51 AM

r31/r33/r39 I seem to recall BITD that watches/clocks in advertisements were set at 8:20, supposedly to commemorate the time of Abraham Lincoln's assassination(although he was shot at approximately 10:15 P.M.) The more than likely reason was that it framed the timepiece's maker, as was mentioned above, the 8:20 setting is the opposite of the 10:10 setting, if you switch the hands.

Della Reese's big hit song "Don't You Know?" is set to the tune of Puccini's 'Musetta's Waltz' from his opera "La Boheme."

by Anonymousreply 41September 22, 2021 7:50 AM

[quote[ Sea Urchins are called Sea Urchins because Hedgehogs used to be called Urchins until about the 15th century

In 19th century Australia female dogs were called Sluts.

by Anonymousreply 42September 22, 2021 7:55 AM

R38–you’ll miss it later

by Anonymousreply 43September 22, 2021 7:58 AM

Owls are the only bird that can see the color blue.

by Anonymousreply 44September 22, 2021 8:06 AM

Mozart wrote “Send in the Clowns”.

by Anonymousreply 45September 22, 2021 8:48 AM

The length of your arms from middle finger tip when straightened left and right from your body equals your height.

The length of your forearm equals the size of your foot.

by Anonymousreply 46September 22, 2021 9:43 AM

New Jersey is the only "New" state - New York, New Hampshire, New Mexico - that's referred to without the "New."

by Anonymousreply 47September 22, 2021 10:06 AM

Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's son

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by Anonymousreply 48September 22, 2021 10:58 AM

Richard Rodgers 'borrowed' the 6-note musical runs in "Do-Re-Mi" from Richard Wagner. The Tannhauser overture IIRC.

by Anonymousreply 49September 22, 2021 11:09 AM

“Gage” is spelled gauge.

by Anonymousreply 50September 22, 2021 11:10 AM

[quote] The reason, [R31], is that the hands then nicely frame the brand name.

Hands? On a watch?

What’s that?

by Anonymousreply 51September 22, 2021 11:10 AM

Elvis was actually a natural blonde until his late teens. Even after, when his hair began to go darker it wasn't the jet black. He would actually often die his own hair using shoe polish.

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by Anonymousreply 52September 22, 2021 11:10 AM

R48, not true. Lincoln Logs were based on a Japanese toy. The log construction had been used for centuries in Japan to create earthquake proof homes. Add it to Barbie/Bild Lili and the long list of "American" toys ripped off from other countries.

by Anonymousreply 53September 22, 2021 11:42 AM

I have an itchy cooter.

by Anonymousreply 54September 22, 2021 11:44 AM

[quote] He would actually often die his own hair using shoe polish.

The "oh dear" bitch is running late today.

by Anonymousreply 55September 22, 2021 11:56 AM

The upper peninsula of Michigan is like 29% of the state’s land area but only about 3% of the state’s population.

by Anonymousreply 56September 22, 2021 12:02 PM

Charles Montgomery Burns' social security number is 000-00-0002.

by Anonymousreply 57September 22, 2021 12:06 PM

Only one NFL team has a plant for a logo.

The New Orleans Saints' fleur-de-lis is actually a stylized lily historically associated with the French monarchy. It's also the state symbol of Louisiana and appears on the Quebec flag.

by Anonymousreply 58September 22, 2021 12:12 PM

[quote]I have an itchy cooter.

[quote]—Helen Lawson, Broadway legend

Me too! I’m serious y’all!

by Anonymousreply 59September 22, 2021 12:48 PM

Pierre (pronounced “peer”), South Dakota is the only state capital whose letters are not repeated in the state’s name.

by Anonymousreply 60September 22, 2021 1:19 PM

The cleft between your upper lip and nose is called the philtrum.

by Anonymousreply 61September 22, 2021 1:21 PM

Franklin Pierce is the only president whose number of letters in his name reflect his position in a list of presidents — 14(th).

by Anonymousreply 62September 22, 2021 1:23 PM

The four states’ capitals whose name begin with the same letter of their state are Dover, DE, Honolulu, HI, Indianapolis, IN, and Oklahoma City, OK.

by Anonymousreply 63September 22, 2021 1:26 PM

With the last four posts, we’re really getting somewhere! I love minutia like that.

by Anonymousreply 64September 22, 2021 1:29 PM

R12, re: house cat primordial pouches…my spouse jokes with me about our cat’s pouch because the first time I told him the facts on it, he completely thought I was making them up.

Apparently some morons have surgery on their cats to eliminate the pouch for vanity’s sake (not the dead singer). Which is insane. (Like the dead singer.)

That little fold or pocket on bottom outside of a cat’s ears is called a Henry’s pocket.

by Anonymousreply 65September 22, 2021 2:19 PM

In terms of land mass, the state of Florida is bigger than England.

by Anonymousreply 66September 22, 2021 2:22 PM

I am Mrs. Norman Maine.

by Anonymousreply 67September 22, 2021 2:25 PM

R66 - and in terms of body mass, the people are bigger too.

by Anonymousreply 68September 22, 2021 2:30 PM

R68 I wouldn't be too sure of that. Obesity is high in the UK and while the US is undoubtedly higher, Florida is probably one of the states where the rate is lower. Maybe someone can look it up for England and Florida specifically to compare but I wouldn't be confident.

by Anonymousreply 69September 22, 2021 2:36 PM

The tiny cap at each end of a shoestring is called an “aglet.”

by Anonymousreply 70September 22, 2021 2:40 PM

R1 has changed my life. At least when I rent. I blow you.

by Anonymousreply 71September 22, 2021 2:49 PM

There are more than sixty different spoons to accompany the various parts of a meal.

For example, there is a cream soup spoon, a boullion spoon and a marrow spoon.

by Anonymousreply 72September 22, 2021 2:55 PM

Cleopatra had a daughter who became Queen of modern day Algeria.

by Anonymousreply 73September 22, 2021 3:29 PM

UC Berkeley has produced more Nobel laureates than the former Soviet Union.

by Anonymousreply 74September 22, 2021 3:34 PM

Dominick Dunne was a WW2 hero . He was 18 and fought in battle of the Bulge. He saved two allied soldiers and killed a few nazis .

by Anonymousreply 75September 22, 2021 3:53 PM

Brian Forster ( one of the kids from The Partridge Family) in real life is the Great great great grandson of - Charles Dickens.

by Anonymousreply 76September 22, 2021 4:13 PM

Eggplants 🍆 were once considered animals.

by Anonymousreply 77September 22, 2021 4:26 PM

Blondie Bumstead's maiden name is Boopadoop.

by Anonymousreply 78September 22, 2021 4:33 PM

r62 And without him, we would've been deprived of DL's arguably uber-fave Barbara Bush, nee Pierce. Yes, not only the wife and mother of US presidents, but the relative(4th cousin, 4 times removed, but still.....) of one as well. Ain't that a kick in the head?

by Anonymousreply 79September 22, 2021 4:48 PM

[quote[The "oh dear" bitch is running late today.

How cute that you think there's only one of them.

by Anonymousreply 80September 22, 2021 4:49 PM

[quote]Blondie Bumstead's maiden name is Boopadoop.

When the strip began running in 1930, Blondie was a flapper and Dagwood was from a wealthy family who did not approve of her. When they got married, Dagwood's family cut him off, forcing him to actually work for a living.

by Anonymousreply 81September 22, 2021 5:00 PM

In early 1974 Patty Hearst changed her name to Tonya.

by Anonymousreply 82September 22, 2021 5:04 PM

Can you name the three kinds of triangles? Nobody seems to remember the third.

by Anonymousreply 83September 22, 2021 5:06 PM

Two hours and 14 minutes until the equinox. Don’t miss it!

by Anonymousreply 84September 22, 2021 5:07 PM


by Anonymousreply 85September 22, 2021 5:10 PM

R84- You must say the FULL pronunciation- The Autumnal Equinox

by Anonymousreply 86September 22, 2021 5:10 PM

Humans live roughly 27,000 to 30,000 days. Half of those days are spent sleeping.

by Anonymousreply 87September 22, 2021 5:12 PM

R87- The average human lifespan is 2,27 BILLION seconds.

by Anonymousreply 88September 22, 2021 5:13 PM

When I’m bored n bed at night. I’m not always sleeping. Sometimes I’m rubbing my legs or praying or watching ID Channel.

by Anonymousreply 89September 22, 2021 5:13 PM

[quote] Sometimes I’m rubbing my legs

That isn’t your legs.

by Anonymousreply 90September 22, 2021 5:18 PM

[quote] Can you name the three kinds of triangles? Nobody seems to remember the third.

There’s obtuse, acute, right, equilateral, and Isosceles

That’s more than three, and I’m sure I missed a few obscure ones

by Anonymousreply 91September 22, 2021 5:18 PM

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

by Anonymousreply 92September 22, 2021 5:19 PM

It's impossible to lick your elbow.

by Anonymousreply 93September 22, 2021 5:23 PM

R83 Scalene Triangle - No sides are equal

Isosceles Triangle - Two sides are equal

Equivalent Triangle - All three sides are equal

by Anonymousreply 94September 22, 2021 5:24 PM

[quote] There’s obtuse, acute, right, equilateral, and Isosceles. That’s more than three, and I’m sure I missed a few obscure ones.


by Anonymousreply 95September 22, 2021 5:32 PM

But you can lick Timothée Chalamet’s elbow.

by Anonymousreply 96September 22, 2021 5:35 PM

[quote]There’s obtuse, acute, right, equilateral, and Isosceles. That’s more than three, and I’m sure I missed a few obscure ones.

What about the musical instrument?

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by Anonymousreply 97September 22, 2021 5:39 PM

As little as 1 teaspoon of liquid nicotine can be fatal for the average 26-pound toddler.

by Anonymousreply 98September 22, 2021 5:41 PM

There are more stars in the Universe than grains of sand on Earth.

by Anonymousreply 99September 22, 2021 5:42 PM

Cheetahs are the world's fastest land animal, capable of reaching speeds of up to 70 mph or 112 km

by Anonymousreply 100September 22, 2021 5:45 PM

Ah, r94, you mention scalene first. That's the one people can never remember, if they can even name the other two. Many times you'll get answers like r91 where they name angles.

by Anonymousreply 101September 22, 2021 5:50 PM

I want to know who did the counting, r99.

by Anonymousreply 102September 22, 2021 5:52 PM

Tula Ellice Finklea changed her name to Cyd Charisse.

by Anonymousreply 103September 22, 2021 5:58 PM

[quote]As little as 1 teaspoon of liquid nicotine can be fatal for the average 26-pound toddler.

26 pounds, my Aunt Fanny - she never met a Pageant diet she could stick to.

And "toddler" is a stretch to for a fat little whore who could reach anything she really wanted!

by Anonymousreply 104September 22, 2021 5:58 PM

R101 I think its because its the least involved type of triangle when it comes to different theorems, formulae derivations and mathematical questions. If my memory serves right, I just remember learning the term and its definition. After that, we only ever dealt with the other two for almost all lessons.

by Anonymousreply 105September 22, 2021 6:02 PM

When was the last time an isosceles triangle came up in a conversation *you* were having?

by Anonymousreply 106September 22, 2021 6:06 PM

R102 Our universe contains at least 70 septillion stars, 7 followed by 23 zeros. Astronomers estimate there exist roughly 10,000 stars for each grain of sand on Earth. That's a lot of stars.

The astronomer Carl Sagan famously said that there were more stars in our Universe than grains of sand on the Earth's beaches

by Anonymousreply 107September 22, 2021 6:06 PM

People commonly used to think that animals didn't have feelings. Nowadays people commonly think that fish and reptiles don't have feelings (studies have found that they do).

by Anonymousreply 108September 22, 2021 6:13 PM

No accused witches were burned in Salem. They were hanged, except for Giles Corey, who was pressed to death with heavy stones in an effort to get him to enter a plea in his trial, which he refused to participate in.

by Anonymousreply 109September 22, 2021 6:16 PM

Sometimes when I go to bed at night I lie there and think to myself “God, I wish I was dead”.

by Anonymousreply 110September 22, 2021 6:19 PM

Jesus, r110, get some verve already.

by Anonymousreply 111September 22, 2021 6:37 PM

[quote] Ah, [R94], you mention scalene first. That's the one people can never remember,

I admit I couldn’t remember it. That’s why I didn’t attempt an answer.

I’m thinking of naming my daughter scalene.

by Anonymousreply 112September 22, 2021 6:38 PM

Well, you sound fun, r110.

by Anonymousreply 113September 22, 2021 6:39 PM

The United States had three presidents in 1881: Rutherford Hayes (end of term), James Garfield (assassinated) and Chester Arthur. (succeeded Garfield).

That would happen again if any president died during the first calendar year of his or her first term.

by Anonymousreply 114September 22, 2021 6:45 PM

The human body has about ten pints of blood. When you donate, you donate one pint. That seems like a lot to give up 10% of your blood, but I used to do it on a regular basis.

by Anonymousreply 115September 22, 2021 6:47 PM

In stair steps, the "tread width" (where you put your foot down) plus the height of the step is usually 17.5 inches.

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by Anonymousreply 116September 22, 2021 6:49 PM

NYC's Holland Tunnel was named for the architect Holland, [italic]not[/italic] because of a connection to a former Dutch colony.

Likewise, the Outerbridge Crossing was named for its architect Outerbridge, [italic]not[/italic] because it's NYC's "outermost" crossing (headed south).

by Anonymousreply 117September 22, 2021 6:56 PM

In order to eat at every restaurant in NYC, it would take a total 22.7 years of going to one spot a day, according to data from Open Table.

by Anonymousreply 118September 22, 2021 6:58 PM

[For R110]

The subjunctive tense is slowly falling out of use in American English.

"I wish I were dead."

by Anonymousreply 119September 22, 2021 7:00 PM

Huh. I’ll be damned.

Good trivia, r118.

by Anonymousreply 120September 22, 2021 7:00 PM

I don’t believe that r118. Websites so called experts make shit up constantly and pass it off as truth.

by Anonymousreply 121September 22, 2021 7:01 PM

R120 was meant for r117, but r118’s was interesting too.

by Anonymousreply 122September 22, 2021 7:01 PM

R99- I thought the saying was- There are more Galaxies in the Universe than there are grains of sand on a beach

by Anonymousreply 123September 22, 2021 7:12 PM

The average length of a FULLY erect penis is 5.8 inches - a bunch of American college kids on vacation in Mexico had their erect penises measured by a nurse, most of the students were white a few were black and Latino.

by Anonymousreply 124September 22, 2021 7:14 PM

R114- Is Chester Arthur related to Beatrice Arthur?

by Anonymousreply 125September 22, 2021 7:16 PM

R124 I'd love to know how that was even arranged. Lol.

by Anonymousreply 126September 22, 2021 7:18 PM

Fred Flintstone's mother-in-law's name was Pearl Slaghoople...

by Anonymousreply 127September 22, 2021 7:21 PM

In the 19th century, racehorse owners would often put a goat in the stall in order to agitate the horse just prior to a race as this often made the horse run faster (so it is said, anyway…I think it’s needless animal trauma). If you wanted to sabotage the competition, you’d hire someone to sneak into your opponent’s horse stall and take the goat out so the horse would calm down again. This gave rise to the expression “he really gets my goat” to express irritation with another person.

by Anonymousreply 128September 22, 2021 7:23 PM

When they were casting people for All In The Family Penny Marshal was considered for the role of Gloria Bunker.

by Anonymousreply 129September 22, 2021 7:25 PM

Stivic, r129.

by Anonymousreply 130September 22, 2021 7:40 PM


by Anonymousreply 131September 22, 2021 7:42 PM

[quote] No accused witches were burned in Salem. They were hanged, except for Giles Corey, who was pressed to death with heavy stones in an effort to get him to enter a plea in his trial, which he refused to participate in.

If the accused confessed then the State could confiscate the witch's entire estate. Resisting allowed his family to inherit and avoid poverty. Death in this case took two days.


In his brief music career Johnny Horton had several big hits like North to Alaska and Sink the Bismarck. When he recorded his Grammy winning song The Battle of New Orleans he figured why miss out on British sales when Sink the Bismarck had do so well over there. Accordingly he recorded a special British version where the British won.

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by Anonymousreply 132September 22, 2021 8:03 PM

In 1995 Carly Simon beat the shit out of Chrissy Hynde during a concert.

by Anonymousreply 133September 22, 2021 8:21 PM

For r127; Pearl Slaghoople's middle name was Pebbles.

by Anonymousreply 134September 22, 2021 8:22 PM

[quote]I thought the saying was- There are more Galaxies in the Universe than there are grains of sand on a beach.

Actually, the saying is, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives."

by Anonymousreply 135September 22, 2021 8:22 PM

Hynde hit Carly Simon, actually. According to an MTV new article from 1995, Hynde was drunk and LOUD (at a Joni Mitchell concert). Simon told Hynde to "shut up." Hynde grabbed Simon around the neck, shoved her to the ground, and "pummeled" Simon.

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by Anonymousreply 136September 22, 2021 8:26 PM

The asshole has over 1,000 lines on it.

by Anonymousreply 137September 22, 2021 8:27 PM

Abe Lincoln used to beat the shit out of Mary Todd. She enjoyed it as her father used to beat and fuck her too.

by Anonymousreply 138September 22, 2021 8:29 PM

You took a left turn into this thread, R136. This is not the thread you’re looking for.

by Anonymousreply 139September 22, 2021 8:30 PM

Man who go to bed with itchy hole, wake up with smelly finger.

by Anonymousreply 140September 22, 2021 8:30 PM

Life is banquet!

by Anonymousreply 141September 22, 2021 8:58 PM

A dragonfly uses its penis as a shovel to scoop the jizz of rival dragonflies out of potential mates.

by Anonymousreply 142September 22, 2021 9:16 PM

[quote] The asshole has over 1,000 lines on it.

Can you count them to see how old the owner is?

by Anonymousreply 143September 22, 2021 9:24 PM

Worker bees do their best not to poop in the hive and do it outside. They want their house to be sanitary and are responsible for cleaning up the poop of the queen and the drones If you see something sticky and mustard colored on your windshield or laundry hanging outside, it might be bee poop!

by Anonymousreply 144September 22, 2021 9:34 PM

r128 You have the origin of that saying reversed. A goat was stabled with the horse to keep it calm. If rivals wanted to upset the horse and possibly cause it to not perform well during a race, the goat was taken away, thereby agitating the horse.

Still and all, no verification exists for the likelihood of this being true.

🐎 ➕ 🐐 = Aaaahhhhh........ (maybe)

by Anonymousreply 145September 22, 2021 9:42 PM

In space no one can hear you scream.

by Anonymousreply 146September 22, 2021 11:11 PM

Yeah, on the Sopranos, Pie O My (race horse) had a goat in the stable to keep the horse company.

by Anonymousreply 147September 22, 2021 11:14 PM

I invented Post-Its.

by Anonymousreply 148September 22, 2021 11:18 PM

You are correct, R145! Serves me right for commenting while high.

by Anonymousreply 149September 22, 2021 11:25 PM

Shit contains a lot of fat in it.

by Anonymousreply 150September 22, 2021 11:32 PM

[quote] Cleopatra had a daughter who became Queen of modern day Algeria.

God damn, that is one long reign. How old was she at the end?

by Anonymousreply 151September 22, 2021 11:39 PM

I have a crush on Cal Walsh

by Anonymousreply 152September 22, 2021 11:43 PM

[quote] I have a crush on Cal Walsh

Let me tell you it's always cool, and the boss don't mind sometimes if you act the fool

by Anonymousreply 153September 22, 2021 11:53 PM

I ❤️ you r153!

by Anonymousreply 154September 22, 2021 11:55 PM

Urologist’s say it should take 20 seconds for you to piss. Not much more or less.

by Anonymousreply 155September 23, 2021 12:07 AM

Speak for yourself, R93.

by Anonymousreply 156September 23, 2021 12:34 AM

R149 is cute as a button!

by Anonymousreply 157September 23, 2021 12:52 AM

Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

by Anonymousreply 158September 23, 2021 12:56 AM

[quote]Worker bees do their best not to poop in the hive and do it outside. They want their house to be sanitary and are responsible for cleaning up the poop of the queen and the drones If you see something sticky and mustard colored on your windshield or laundry hanging outside, it might be bee poop!

Thanks, honey!

by Anonymousreply 159September 23, 2021 1:08 AM

I just read today that human males' testicles have no access to the body's immune system. I don't understand how that could work, it seems like all men would be dying of testicle infections.

by Anonymousreply 160September 23, 2021 1:13 AM

They no longer build cars with bench seats. This FAT WHORE misses bench seats.

by Anonymousreply 161September 23, 2021 1:13 AM

And they don’t make cars with the shift selector on the column anymore either.

by Anonymousreply 162September 23, 2021 1:17 AM

You have to strangle the ducks used for pressed duck so you don't lose any of the blood, needed for the sauce and general character of the dish.

You also need a a press. Not a stack of bricks or yo mama's helpful booty.

by Anonymousreply 163September 23, 2021 1:21 AM

R162- No

by Anonymousreply 164September 23, 2021 1:21 AM

[quote]Humans live roughly 27,000 to 30,000 days. Half of those days are spent sleeping.

Bahahaha. If only.

by Anonymousreply 165September 23, 2021 1:24 AM

Nothing in Elizabethan England referred to a women's crotch as there was 'nothing' there.

So that Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing was much ado about a lot of sex.

by Anonymousreply 166September 23, 2021 1:25 AM

Before Charlie Brown's catchphrase was "Good Grief!" it was "Great Scott!"

by Anonymousreply 167September 23, 2021 1:28 AM

If you've never been close enough to a dalmatian to look inside their mouth, their spots are inside there as well.

by Anonymousreply 168September 23, 2021 1:33 AM

R166, "Hamlet" did not speak either for all of Elizabethan (or Jacobean( England nor for all of Shakespeare.

But your teacher or whoever your source is made a funny.

And "All's Well That Ends Well" is about orgasms?

Here's one: The proof that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare, rather than Oxford, Bacon, Marlowe or Bloody Madge of Bumfucke, can be seen in a comparison of the description of water eddying and swirling upstream at a bridge can still be seen at Clopton Bridge in Stratford.

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by Anonymousreply 169September 23, 2021 1:37 AM

I fell down last winter.

by Anonymousreply 170September 23, 2021 1:38 AM

Shakespeare had a thing for puns so why wouldn't have made a pun about a woman's crotch? Look it up. 'Nothing' in Elizabethan England also referred to between a woman's legs. His public would have known it.

by Anonymousreply 171September 23, 2021 1:59 AM

[quote] Nothing in Elizabethan England referred to a women's crotch as there was 'nothing' there. So that Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing was much ado about a lot of sex.

I am mortified.

by Anonymousreply 172September 23, 2021 2:06 AM

Michael J. Fox's middle name is actually Andrew. When he started his career, there was already another actor by the name of Michael Fox so to avoid confusion, he had to differentiate his screen name. Not wanting to hear jokes about Michael "A" Fox, he chose the letter J instead.

by Anonymousreply 173September 23, 2021 2:10 AM

A seventeenth century painter named Jacob Vrel specialized in steet scenes and interiors which may have influenced Vermeer.,

He may have been Dutch, Flemish or German. Aside from his signature, absolutely nothing is known about him.

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by Anonymousreply 174September 23, 2021 2:32 AM

R173 - same with James Stewart and James Stewart/Stewart Granger.

by Anonymousreply 175September 23, 2021 2:32 AM

F174. Thank you. I like it.

by Anonymousreply 176September 23, 2021 2:44 AM

We drive on a parkway and park in a driveway. Discuss.

by Anonymousreply 177September 23, 2021 3:01 AM

Time flies and we walk.

by Anonymousreply 178September 23, 2021 3:03 AM

Los Angeles is farther east than Reno.

by Anonymousreply 179September 23, 2021 3:05 AM

Naw, R160

Dat ain't right

by Anonymousreply 180September 23, 2021 3:09 AM

A pig’s orgasm can last for 30 minutes.

by Anonymousreply 181September 23, 2021 3:43 AM

[quote]A pig’s orgasm can last for 30 minutes.

Not surprised. I've known some real pigs in my day.

by Anonymousreply 182September 23, 2021 4:18 AM

Urban II, the pope who called for the First Crusade, wasn't actually allowed to enter Rome. There was an anti-pope Clement III already there.

I don't know why this fascinates me, but it does.

by Anonymousreply 183September 23, 2021 4:31 AM

Alan Hale Jr.'s wife was named Trinket.

by Anonymousreply 184September 23, 2021 4:40 AM

[quote]Alan Hale Jr.'s wife was named Trinket.

Bob Denver's fourth and final wife was named Dreama.

by Anonymousreply 185September 23, 2021 4:51 AM

Kakadu plums have the highest recorded natural amount of vitamin C of any food in the world.

3.5 ounces (100 grams) of the fruit provide well over 3,000% of your daily needs.

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by Anonymousreply 186September 23, 2021 7:47 AM

[quote]The asshole has over 1,000 lines on it.

Another amazing but interesting trivial fact is that r137 is able to count with his tongue.

by Anonymousreply 187September 23, 2021 8:16 AM

Scripts prepared for final season but never filmed

𝟏𝟎 𝐆𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐧'𝐬 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐋𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐄𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐍𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐃!,

"The Original Giligan's Island Fan Club" purchased a script copy of the last episode "Gilligan The Goddess", and discovered several forth season proposals which were yellowed and deteriorated.

1)"Proportional Potions": Gilligan finds a drink which makes him miniaturized.

2)"Another Start Is Born" or "Bye Bye Birdy": 𝑮𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒃𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒂 𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒃𝒐𝒂𝒕 (𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒄 𝑱𝒓.) 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒄𝒖𝒆𝒅.

3)"An Eye For An Eye": 𝑮𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝑮𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝑴𝒊𝒔𝒔 𝑲𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒔𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑴𝒊𝒔𝒔 𝑺𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚.

4)"No Bill For This Tab": Guest star portrayed by Tab Hunter appears.

5)"Ahoy Matey": Modern day pirate 'Silver Long-Johns' comes to the island.

6)"Eye Detect You": Gilligan thinks he's Dick Tracy and ruins rescue.

7)"Who's The Dodo?": Professor tracks what he thinks is the rare Dodo bird while Gilligan finds a lamp which when rubbed brings forth a genie.

8)"Laugh until It Hurts": Comedian Paul Lynde guest stars to 'test' jokes on the castaways.

9)"My Favorite Alien": A silly alien lands on the island.

10)"I Hear You": A singer (Bobby Vinton?) guest stars as Mary Ann's, Miss Sally's, and Miss Krissy's favorite singer.


It's like stepping into an empty white walled room in the Vatican and finding Michelangelo's paint brushes and even the designs from where he and just walked away.

by Anonymousreply 188September 23, 2021 8:59 AM

Carrots used to come in many colours, even purple!

But during the 80-year Dutch Revolt (Spain vs. modern-day Netherlands) the carrots' colour was modified to exclusively orange as a mark of respect for Prince William's ("The Silent") House of Orange.

by Anonymousreply 189September 23, 2021 9:08 AM

Avocados: there are over 500 varieties that vary in fruit size, texture, shape, and maturity rate. Not 2 as commonly thought.

by Anonymousreply 190September 23, 2021 9:18 AM

R7, I’m from Scotland and I can assure you that the winters, especially in the North, can be very cold.

by Anonymousreply 191September 23, 2021 9:29 AM

Madame Helena Rubinstein, the cosmetics heiress was the wealthiest woman alive in the 30’s. Two men posed as florists delivering roses to her penthouse then tried to rob her. They tied her up to a lucite chair and she managed to stuff the keys to her safe into a half eaten donut. She reveled in wearing millions of dollars of jewelry and a $4.99 nightgown.

by Anonymousreply 192September 23, 2021 9:34 AM

[quote]Carrots used to come in many colours, even purple!

Carrots still come in many colors, even purple!

by Anonymousreply 193September 23, 2021 10:17 AM

Shit has a foul odor so normal people won’t eat it.

by Anonymousreply 194September 23, 2021 10:33 AM

r191 ..... and dark too. I get all my information about Scotland by reading the 'Hamish MacBeth" mysteries.


by Anonymousreply 195September 23, 2021 10:42 AM

Helena was also the very first to open a “Men’s Only Spa” on 5th Ave. It was eventually overrun by homosexual encounters and she was forced to shut it down.

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by Anonymousreply 196September 23, 2021 12:23 PM

A chicken with red ear lobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white ear lobes will produce white eggs

by Anonymousreply 197September 23, 2021 12:36 PM

Natural gas, like carbon monoxide, has no odor. An odor is put into it to more easily detect leaks.

by Anonymousreply 198September 23, 2021 12:56 PM

What chickens that produce pink and blue eggs and every shade in between?

by Anonymousreply 199September 23, 2021 1:02 PM

r199 The gay ones.

by Anonymousreply 200September 23, 2021 1:07 PM

This thread is pretty much like the Underwhelm me thread and I like it.

by Anonymousreply 201September 23, 2021 5:11 PM

ALL of the Queens sons are circumcised.

by Anonymousreply 202September 23, 2021 5:13 PM

[quote] This thread is pretty much like the Underwhelm me thread and I like it.

So it’s safe to say you’re whelmed.

by Anonymousreply 203September 23, 2021 5:33 PM

The Great Lakes are bordered by eight U.S. states and only one Canadian province, Ontario.

by Anonymousreply 204September 23, 2021 5:40 PM

If one were to be whelmed by every thread they like, there’s be no one here.

by Anonymousreply 205September 23, 2021 5:43 PM

One of the first synthetic materials used to make dentures was nitro cellulose, truly explosive development.

The Stradivarius instruments have such unique sound and are, naturally, completely unique instruments because the wood was denser from growing through the little ice age.

by Anonymousreply 206September 23, 2021 6:17 PM

Humans and Birds share 65% of their DNA.

I'm glad because I LOVE birds.

by Anonymousreply 207September 23, 2021 6:23 PM

The avocado is considered an “anachronistic fruit” that probably shouldn't exist, because all the huge mammals that were able to eat the fruit whole -- such as the giant sloth that weighed more than a UPS truck -- and thereby capable of dispersing its large pit through defecation, died out. .. Somehow it survived long enough until humans came along and learned about cultivation.

by Anonymousreply 208September 23, 2021 6:32 PM

[quote] Carrots still come in many colors, even purple

Oh honey, no. Those are eggplants.

by Anonymousreply 209September 23, 2021 10:27 PM

Eggplants used to be considered mammals.

by Anonymousreply 210September 23, 2021 10:33 PM

There are, indeed, purple carrots, R209.

by Anonymousreply 211September 23, 2021 10:52 PM

All the colors of the rainbow.

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by Anonymousreply 212September 23, 2021 10:58 PM

In Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury played the same exact piano as Paul McCartney played in Hey Jude.

by Anonymousreply 213September 23, 2021 11:19 PM

The first mechanical dishwasher was invented in the 1880s by socialite, Josephine Cochrane, because she got fed up with her servants chipping her heirloom china.

Her story is rather interesting, because what initially came from frustration soon turned to necessity when her husband died and left a mountain of debt, with her having to start her own factory to make the machine, then go out and try to sell it on her own.

She died in 1913 and three years later, her company was bought out by Hobart, which became KitchenAid and is now Whirlpool Corporation. Cochrane is considered the founder.

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by Anonymousreply 214September 23, 2021 11:41 PM

[quote] This thread is pretty much like the Underwhelm me thread and I like it.

I want another thread where we can ask random questions.

by Anonymousreply 215September 23, 2021 11:42 PM

^ Some are loath to start new threads because so many Datalounge bitches take pleasure in cutting down those who do initiate threads.

by Anonymousreply 216September 23, 2021 11:47 PM

Ancient Romans used to use both human and animal urine as mouthwash in order to whiten their teeth.

by Anonymousreply 217September 23, 2021 11:50 PM

In South Africa, more Afrikaans native speakers are mixed-race (coloured) than white (Boers).

by Anonymousreply 218September 24, 2021 12:03 AM

Carrie Bradshaw’s married name, Carrie Preston, is the same name of the actress Carrie Preston who appeared in Season 2 of Sex and the City.

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by Anonymousreply 219September 24, 2021 12:04 AM

R212 - That pic reminds me of a recent trip to the STD clinic.

by Anonymousreply 220September 24, 2021 12:14 AM

She's married to Michael Emerson, r219.

by Anonymousreply 221September 24, 2021 12:16 AM

The majority of Bonobo monkeys (who share 98.7% of their DNA with Humans) are bisexual.

by Anonymousreply 222September 24, 2021 12:26 AM

R219, and don't forget it also was the name of John Travolta's dead wife.

And the name of that character in Sex in the City with the collie face.

And those fake nails you could press on. I didn't say that. I didn't say that.

by Anonymousreply 223September 24, 2021 12:40 AM

[quote], John Tyler, the 10th President of the U.S. born in 1790, has a grandson, Harrison Ruffin Tyler still living as of September 2021

by Anonymousreply 224September 24, 2021 12:45 AM

Certain owls use a snake-like hissing noise to scare away enemies.

by Anonymousreply 225September 24, 2021 12:57 AM

Four of the most beloved painters in art history -- all Dutch -- died in relative poverty: Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and Vincent van Gogh. The Italian greats were much better at keeping their wealth and high status.

by Anonymousreply 226September 24, 2021 12:58 AM

A ballad for Vincent.

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by Anonymousreply 227September 24, 2021 1:10 AM

I’m in a town called Colon

by Anonymousreply 228September 24, 2021 1:27 AM

Cucumbers are berries.

by Anonymousreply 229September 24, 2021 1:27 AM

With the exception of England (which doesn’t make great scotch anymore anyway), countries without an “E” in their name spell “whisky” without an “E”, those with an E do.

by Anonymousreply 230September 24, 2021 1:31 AM

John Travolta's dead wife was Kelly Preston, not Carrie.

by Anonymousreply 231September 24, 2021 1:34 AM

Great Britain is the same size as Oregon.

by Anonymousreply 232September 24, 2021 1:35 AM

R228 - "I love the smell of my dad's colon in the morning" - actually Twitter post.

by Anonymousreply 233September 24, 2021 1:35 AM

R207) additionally, humans share 60% of their DNA with chickens, fruit flies and bananas. I think we are living in a matrix.

by Anonymousreply 234September 24, 2021 1:38 AM

Donna Noble is Doctor Who’s mother. Her married name was Donna Noble Temple which literally translates to Lady Lord of Time. When she regenerated into half Doctor/half Donna she had Timelord DNA. And when Tenant’s last episode came, an old lady kept appearing to Wilf (Donna’s grandad) in things like the tv. Then when the timelords showed up, she was there but wasn’t allowed to look back at him, though she did. Plus the Dr said his mother was human.

by Anonymousreply 235September 24, 2021 1:46 AM

In some parts of Africa, mice are seen as a delicacy.

by Anonymousreply 236September 24, 2021 2:00 AM

Amazon.com was originally to be called Cadabra.com which was scrapped because of its similarity to the word Cadaver.

by Anonymousreply 237September 24, 2021 2:08 AM

A cheetah can go from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds.

by Anonymousreply 238September 24, 2021 2:14 AM

There is a volcano buried approximately one-half mile below the city of Jackson, MS.

by Anonymousreply 239September 24, 2021 2:18 AM

The wheel was invented to make pottery. It wasn't used for transporting things/people until hundreds of years later.

by Anonymousreply 240September 24, 2021 2:19 AM

The Rotokas language spoken on the isle of Bougainville has one of the world's smallest phonemic inventories and perhaps the smallest alphabet, with only 12 letters: A E G I K O P R S T U V.

by Anonymousreply 241September 24, 2021 2:31 AM

The 1956 movie "Invasion USA" has in its cast both of the actresses who played Lois Lane in the 1950s "Superman" TV series, Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill. Phyllis Coates is still with us at 94. Noel Neill died in 2016 at age 95.

The 1964 movie "Dear Heart" has both of the actresses who played Gladys Kravitz on "Bewitched," Alice Pearce and Sandra Gould.

by Anonymousreply 242September 24, 2021 2:45 AM

When Anders Celsius developed what would become the centigrade scale he set the freezing point at 100 degrees and the boiling point at 0 degrees, meaning the temperature went down as it got hotter. This was reversed in 1743 at the suggestion of Jean-Pierre Christin. The centigrade scale was renamed in honor of Anders Celsius in 1948. Centigrade is loosely translated from Latin as 100 steps.

by Anonymousreply 243September 24, 2021 2:53 AM

[quote]2)"Another Start Is Born" or "Bye Bye Birdy": 𝑮𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒃𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒂 𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒃𝒐𝒂𝒕 (𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒄 𝑱𝒓.) 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒄𝒖𝒆𝒅.

[quote]3)"An Eye For An Eye": 𝑮𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝑮𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝑴𝒊𝒔𝒔 𝑲𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒔𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑴𝒊𝒔𝒔 𝑺𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚.

Wow, it looks like Sherwood Schwartz had had quite enough of Tina Louise, or else they'd only contracted her services for a partial season. Two episodes in a row replace her in a rather definitive manner. She might have been a bitch, but she's abundantly talented in her iconic role and frankly often the best one in it.

by Anonymousreply 244September 24, 2021 6:36 AM

Certain Dataloungers use a snake-like hissing noise to scare away enemies.

by Anonymousreply 245September 24, 2021 7:20 AM

In 1912, Charles Joughin, the baker on the Titanic, knowing he would not survive, got roaring drunk and crawled his way to the ship’s aft railing. As the boat went under, he simply swam away. A lifeboat picked him up and he was one of the few crew to survive.

Joughin lived to age 78, dying in 1958 in Patterson, New Jersey.

by Anonymousreply 246September 24, 2021 9:09 AM

Ororo Munroe is an omega.

Rogue's birth name is Anna-Marie

Kurt Wagner is the son of Raven Darkholme. Making him and Anna-Marie pseudo siblings

Inhumans are the result of the Kree raping humans.

Nathaniel Grey is the son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey

Nathan Summers is the son of Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor

Rachel Summers/Grey is the daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey

Mystique and Destiny were scissor sisters.

by Anonymousreply 247September 24, 2021 9:38 AM

[quote]dying in 1958 in Patterson, New Jersey

Better to die on the Titanic.

by Anonymousreply 248September 24, 2021 10:16 AM

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

by Anonymousreply 249September 24, 2021 10:38 AM

The hand and footprints in front of Los Angeles’s Chinese Theater tradition started accidentally when silent film actress, Norma Talmadge stepped on wet cement.

There are more than 70 species of mushrooms that glow in the dark

Humans cannot walk in a straight line without a visual point. When blindfolded, we will gradually walk in a circle.

The longest one-syllable word is “screeched.

China only has one time zone

The last letter to be added to our alphabet was J

by Anonymousreply 250September 24, 2021 11:05 AM

Re: R243

-40F = - 40C

by Anonymousreply 251September 24, 2021 11:23 AM

[quote] She's married to Michael Emerson, [R219].

Wait, Michael Emerson is straight?! He pings to high heaven.

by Anonymousreply 252September 24, 2021 11:32 AM

Jonquil is the highest scoring Scrabble word.

by Anonymousreply 253September 24, 2021 12:12 PM

R142 I sometimes do this.

by Anonymousreply 254September 24, 2021 12:19 PM

R142 Are we sure that 'its' is the male dragonfly's preferred pronoun? This feels violent.

by Anonymousreply 255September 24, 2021 12:22 PM

Interstate 19 has metric signs because it was designed during the Carter administration, when the United States was going to switch to metric.

by Anonymousreply 256September 24, 2021 1:22 PM

Fat hips sink ships.

by Anonymousreply 257September 24, 2021 3:20 PM

[quote]dying in 1958 in Patterson, New Jersey

Did Paterson have two T's back in 1958?

by Anonymousreply 258September 24, 2021 4:49 PM

[quote]In 1912, Charles Joughin, the baker on the Titanic, knowing he would not survive, got roaring drunk and crawled his way to the ship’s aft railing. As the boat went under, he simply swam away. A lifeboat picked him up and he was one of the few crew to survive. Joughin lived to age 78, dying in 1958 in Patterson, New Jersey.

Joughin's drunkenness and ultimate rescue are among the subplots in the British Titanic movie "A Night to Remember," which was released the year Joughin died. He was played by the British stage and film actor George Rose, a homosexualist who had a home in the Dominican Republic and who, while there, adopted a 14-year-old boy to be his "heir." The boy, his father and an uncle ended up murdering Rose.

by Anonymousreply 259September 24, 2021 4:59 PM

From the time of impact, it took the Titanic three hours to sink. However, the first lifeboat was not lowered for one hour. Because of the ‘Women and Children First’ rule and general confusion on the decks, most of the lifeboats were sent out only partially filled.

Milton Hershey, of chocolate bar fame, was supposed to be on the Titanic. He’d even written a $300 deposit check. But business issues forced him to cancel his reservation.

by Anonymousreply 260September 24, 2021 5:10 PM

Oh, screw the Titanic. Lemme tell ya about the Andrea Doria!

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by Anonymousreply 261September 24, 2021 5:17 PM

Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" is the only Bond theme to reach Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the US.

I heard that this morning from Mark Goodman on Siriux XM's '80s on 8.

by Anonymousreply 262September 24, 2021 6:00 PM

R262, Sure, but none have ever won an Oscar until mine.

by Anonymousreply 263September 24, 2021 6:26 PM

It's 2:29pm - Do you know what time it is? It's time for my lunch. I'm hungry!

by Anonymousreply 264September 24, 2021 6:29 PM

THUNDERBALL is the Most Successful Bond Movie

According to Forbes, Thunderball is the most successful James Bond movie – in terms of domestic revenue after inflation. As of 2020, it had garnered $590 million. Following that is Goldfinger with $514.7 million and then Skyfall with $358.3 million.

In terms of global revenue (without inflation) however, Skyfall is ranked as the biggest money-making Bond film and falls at 28th place in the list of most successful movies in the world.

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by Anonymousreply 265September 24, 2021 6:29 PM

R133 - It was the other way around. Chrissie Hynde beat the shit out of Carly Simon. It was a Joni Mitchell concert.

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by Anonymousreply 266September 24, 2021 6:30 PM

R266, That's not quite how Carly explains it. She says Chrissie choked her "in a loving way."

[quote]Well, Chrissie was a bit intoxicated and was yelling out during Joni's performance which needless to say, everybody wanted to hear. Chrissie was sitting right next to me and I asked her to be a little quieter. No one else would have dared say that to her, but me, stupid me, didn't know it was Chrissie.

[quote]She started choking me in a loving way, saying: "You're great too Carly, get up there, you need to do this too". Very nice, the only problem being that it was right in the middle of Joni's song and people were looking at US. So I moved seats. That's all it was about. I must say that her choking me in 'fun intoxication' looked to a lot of the audience like a fight. It was not. I just couldn't believe that no one was interceding and saying anything to her. I love her music and respect her as an artist. It was just one of those things. Go figure.

by Anonymousreply 267September 24, 2021 6:40 PM

The leg in the poster for The Graduate does not belong to Anne Bancroft but to one Linda Gray, SUE ELLEN EWING FROM DALLAS!

by Anonymousreply 268September 24, 2021 6:41 PM

The world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is not connected to the city's sewage network. As a result, roughly seven tonnes of poop is trucked out each day and dumped in a treatment facility outside of town. Unfortunately, many of Dubai's modern buildings aren't connected to the network either, which resulted in long queues of tanker trucks and hours of delays and several tanker drivers ended up illegally dumping shit in storm drains that flowed directly into the Persian Gulf amd nearby touristy beaches.

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by Anonymousreply 269September 25, 2021 3:13 AM

In his youth William Conrad was a World War II Army fighter pilot who not just once but twice flew his plane under the Golden Gate Bridge. Probably as a consequence he finished the war as a producer-director of the Armed Forces Radio.

With that start he segued into civilian commercial radio where he estimated he played better than 7500 roles, including nine years as Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke.

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by Anonymousreply 270September 25, 2021 3:32 AM

The U.S. flag that is visible in the opening credits of the pilot for Gilligan's Island is at half-mast due to the Kennedy assassination.

by Anonymousreply 271September 25, 2021 4:17 AM

Until GONE WITH THE WIND, the highest grossing movie in Hollywood history was SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. It grossed $ 8 million in its initial release in 1937- 38.

by Anonymousreply 272September 25, 2021 4:57 AM

[quote] Did Paterson have two T's back in 1958?

Fun useless trivia fact: Indeed, they did. Right up until the fiscal crunch of the 1970s. At that time, the town was so broke they were looking for ways to cut costs. One of those ways was to remove the other T from their name so the town vehicles, police cars, signs, etc. with the town name on it didn’t have to have the extra T that would’ve cost them more money. Ultimately, between 1973 and 1976, it saved $82.

by Anonymousreply 273September 25, 2021 1:54 PM

Yeah, we didn't get our "h" out of hawk until 1911, Paterson. I think we had to ask Andrew Carnegie for the money. "Don't make it a habit," he said, the cheap bastard.

by Anonymousreply 274September 25, 2021 2:25 PM

In the 1580s, a couple living on Henley Street, Stratford, had three children: Susanna, then twins Hamnet and Judith.

The boy, Hamnet, died in 1596, aged eleven.

Four years or so later, the father wrote a play called Hamlet.

by Anonymousreply 275September 25, 2021 2:35 PM

Who was the father, r275?

by Anonymousreply 276September 25, 2021 2:38 PM

R267 - Could Carly be embarrassed to have been beaten by the smaller Chrissie? Carly refuted the story but Chrissie doesn't seem to.

by Anonymousreply 277September 25, 2021 2:41 PM

[quote] Who was the father, [R275]?

Sir Francis Bacon, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 278September 25, 2021 3:07 PM

As many of you know, Jean Hagen played Lina Lamont in "Singin' in the Rain." Her voice was very screechy in the film, so Debbie Reynold's character, Kathy Selden, is asked to dub her. As it happens, Debbie was dubbed by two different women dubbing Jean's character, the singing by Betty Noyes, and the dialogue by... Jean Hagen.

by Anonymousreply 279September 25, 2021 3:25 PM

R279 - And lesser known is the fact that Donald O'Connor was dubbed by Uta Hagen.

by Anonymousreply 280September 25, 2021 4:21 PM

The symbol commonly known as a forward slash is actually called a "solidus".

by Anonymousreply 281September 25, 2021 4:22 PM

As mentioned in a previous thread, 50% of Canadians live south of 45°42'N, below the US cities of Seattle, Duluth, Fargo, and Billings, MT.

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by Anonymousreply 282September 25, 2021 4:23 PM

[quote} As mentioned in a previous thread, 50% of Canadians live south of 45°42'N, below the US cities of Seattle, Duluth, Fargo, and Billings, MT.

Are they illegals?

by Anonymousreply 283September 25, 2021 4:33 PM

"Dennis, Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Arne, Bette, Dan, Reba, Diane, Lynn, Ed, Eva, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen sinned."

^^ This sentence is a palindrome.

by Anonymousreply 284September 25, 2021 4:33 PM

Chrissie Hynde has always come across as a total bitch. Good music though.

by Anonymousreply 285September 25, 2021 4:46 PM

An elephant dick is as prehensile as its truck.

by Anonymousreply 286September 25, 2021 4:50 PM


by Anonymousreply 287September 25, 2021 4:51 PM

Not sure what prehensile means, but I'm drooling at the thought it might mean thick.

by Anonymousreply 288September 25, 2021 4:52 PM

[quote] With the exception of England (which doesn’t make great scotch anymore anyway)

Oh, Lassie!

by Anonymousreply 289September 25, 2021 5:06 PM

[quote] Interstate 19 has metric signs because it was designed during the Carter administration, when the United States was going to switch to metric.

When I was in elementary school in the 1960s we studied the metric system because the US was going to switch. The proto-MAGAs put a stop to it.

by Anonymousreply 290September 25, 2021 5:08 PM

Although New York was "officially" established in 1664 with English takeover, it actually reverted briefly to the Dutch a few years later.

by Anonymousreply 291September 25, 2021 5:48 PM

Pigs have the longest orgasms out of all mammals. 30-90 minutes (although I've also read the number was six hours)

by Anonymousreply 292September 25, 2021 6:01 PM

^How do they know?

by Anonymousreply 293September 25, 2021 6:04 PM

[quote]^How do they know?

Who? The pigs?

by Anonymousreply 294September 25, 2021 6:21 PM

R293 It was a funded research project, done after the orgasm in humans as seen in EEG was mapped. Other mammal orgasm studies followed. As far as the aims of the research studies, they are still unclear to me.

by Anonymousreply 295September 25, 2021 7:52 PM

[quote]As far as the aims of the research studies, they are still unclear to me.

Perhaps all of the stiff, sticky kleenex in the lab waste baskets provide a clue.

by Anonymousreply 296September 25, 2021 8:14 PM

Coffee cake is neither coffee nor cake.

by Anonymousreply 297September 25, 2021 8:14 PM

Coffee cake is cake

by Anonymousreply 298September 25, 2021 8:20 PM

If coffee cake isn't cake, then what is it?

by Anonymousreply 299September 25, 2021 8:36 PM

Most traditional coffee cakes are yeast breads.

by Anonymousreply 300September 25, 2021 8:37 PM

I used to make coffee cake from Bisquick - recipe right on the box. It was always good.

by Anonymousreply 301September 25, 2021 8:43 PM

This is what I think of as coffee cake. In New Jersey, it's called either crumb cake or, if sold in individual pieces, crumb buns.

The yeast bread type I call cinnamon rolls.

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by Anonymousreply 302September 25, 2021 8:54 PM

Outside the US, coffee cake is coffee flavored sponge cake, made with instant coffee crystals or ground coffee beans. American coffee cake is simply a streusal or crumb cake eaten with your morning coffee.

by Anonymousreply 303September 25, 2021 9:19 PM


by Anonymousreply 304September 25, 2021 9:20 PM

John Streusel? Love him!

by Anonymousreply 305September 25, 2021 9:23 PM

Hybrid car owners: did you know that putting a new set of tires on your hybrid can reduce your mileage until they wear in?

by Anonymousreply 306September 25, 2021 9:30 PM

[quote]Debbie Reynold's character

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 307September 25, 2021 10:43 PM

[quote]The DL Apostrophe Abuse Monitor

Quite literally the least important human on the planet.

by Anonymousreply 308September 25, 2021 10:49 PM

Sorry, I read that as "Apostrophe Abuse Murder", which sounds like the title of a lesser Agatha Christie book.

by Anonymousreply 309September 25, 2021 11:17 PM

R269: apparently the Burj Khalifa actually is connected to municipal wastewater. It originally wasn’t, but that was temporary. The story stuck around thanks to some author interviewed by Terry Gross in 2011 I think, and was subsequently picked up and run by lazy writers.

by Anonymousreply 310September 26, 2021 2:06 AM

The Atlantic Ocean entrance of the Panama canal is northwest of the Pacific Ocean entrance. Did I get that right ? I read that on DL. In fact it might have been on this thread a while ago. I don't remember.

by Anonymousreply 311September 26, 2021 2:41 AM

Egyptomania reached such fever pitch in Victorian England that people began holding mummy unwrapping parties.

As one source relates, "They walked the line between two of the Victorian age’s favourite things — science and the macabre." At first, such parties were only done in private homes of the elite (sometimes even royalty), but gradually they made their way down through society.

by Anonymousreply 312September 26, 2021 2:47 AM

Circa 1800, after the Reign of Terror had ended, fashion "a la guillotine" became all the rage. It started when women who'd lost loved ones to the guillotine started dressing a la guillotine, with a red ribbon or necklace to symbolize beheading, and sometimes, short hair to commemorate those who'd had their hair cut off before getting the chop. Parties were held where nobody was invited unless someone they loved had been executed, or they'd been threatened with execution, and of course this meant the cream of society was there!

What had started as a form of mourning became a fashion that spread to England at least, perhaps further.

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by Anonymousreply 313September 26, 2021 3:20 AM

I grew up eating the Bisquick coffee cake (US, no coffee flavor involved). Probably lots of east coasters at the Entenmann's coffee crumb cake.

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by Anonymousreply 314September 26, 2021 3:26 AM

R313, also notice that gone are the elaborate corset and pannier gowns, silk brocades, periwigs, and powder. By 1795, nobody wanted to dress like an aristocrat, so fashionable women donned simple, gauzy short-sleeved chemise dresses with empire waists that showcased the natural female form. Dressing "à la grecque" was part and parcel of the socio-political climate to rediscover and return to ancient virtues.

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by Anonymousreply 315September 26, 2021 5:34 AM

Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts and she is from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.

by Anonymousreply 316September 26, 2021 5:39 AM

Men's shirts have buttons on the right, women's on the left. No one's sure why.

For men: probably because it was easier to reach a weapon inside.

For women: probably because they had servants button their shirts.

by Anonymousreply 317September 26, 2021 5:40 AM

Queen Victoria's real first name was Alexandrina, and the royal family always addressed her as "Drina" until she became queen and took her second name, Victoria, as her regnal name.

She was named by her Uncle, the Prince Regent, in honor of Tsar Alexander I, who happened to be visiting the UK the week she was christened.

by Anonymousreply 318September 26, 2021 5:53 AM

Both Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne had mothers named Martha.

by Anonymousreply 319September 26, 2021 5:55 AM

Roughly 9 hours after bombing Pearl Harbor, the Japanese launched airstrikes on Wake Island, Guam, and Davao, Baguio, and Clark Field in the Philippines, all US territories, effectively wiping out US air power in the Pacific and Philippines. How the hell were they not prepared for this?

Curiously, in the first draft of FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech, he crossed out references to Manila and the Philippines, concentrating solely on the bombing of Hawaii, which was not yet even a state.

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by Anonymousreply 320September 26, 2021 6:38 AM

China is home to 300 million smokers who consume approximately 1.7 trillion cigarettes annually or roughly three million cigarettes per minute. One of every three cigarettes smoked globally is in China.

by Anonymousreply 321September 26, 2021 7:49 AM

I think China is trying to cut down on the number of elderly citizens who will need public services, by encouraging everyone to smoke.

by Anonymousreply 322September 26, 2021 8:51 AM

The first time I had to wear a cummerbund, I called a costume designer friend to ask whether the pleats were supposed to go up or down. He said there was a big controversy about this and I had to hear all about it. I think I just flipped a coin and it didn't matter anyway.

by Anonymousreply 323September 26, 2021 4:07 PM

Pleats UP.

Pleats DOWN if you need to tuck in your hanky, poppers or smelling salts. Oh yeah, and cab fare as well.

Just a little tip from your Unca' Bronzie.

by Anonymousreply 324September 26, 2021 4:14 PM

Dirk Blocker who plays Hitchcock on "Brooklyn 99" is the son of Dan Blocker who played Hoss on "Bonanza"

by Anonymousreply 325September 26, 2021 4:26 PM

Children of identical twins are genetically siblings, not cousins.

by Anonymousreply 326September 26, 2021 4:41 PM

Thor Odinson is the son of Odin and...the Phoenix Force.

by Anonymousreply 327September 26, 2021 4:58 PM

Alaska is not just the northernmost US state, it is also the westernmost and easternmost due to the fact that one of the Aleutian islands, Semisopochnoi Island, lies at 179°46E, putting it in the Eastern Hemisphere.

by Anonymousreply 328September 26, 2021 5:07 PM

Hawaii’s Interstate Highways don’t go to any other state

by Anonymousreply 329September 26, 2021 5:10 PM

In Georgian, the word for “father” is “mama,” and the word for “mother” is “deda.”

by Anonymousreply 330September 26, 2021 5:24 PM

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

by Anonymousreply 331September 26, 2021 5:25 PM

The term "plastic surgery" dates all the way back to around 1830-1840. I know I for one thought that the term was much more recent, a snarky way to describe this surgery as smooth, fake, and cheap. But plastic the material wasn't around back then. But it means "reshaping" and comes from the Greek word referring to molding/shaping.

by Anonymousreply 332September 26, 2021 5:49 PM

The QWERTY keyboard was intentionally designed to slow down typists. During the days of mechanical typewriters, typing too fast would cause keys to jam. This is why the most commonly used letters (ETAIONRSH) are scattered all over the keyboard and not all located in the same area, which would make so much more sense.

by Anonymousreply 333September 26, 2021 5:54 PM

The skin that you clip off with cuticle clippers (or nippers) is actually not your cuticle; it's the proximal nail fold. The cuticle seems to be the part of your nail that lies right above the proximal fold. As your nail grows, I guess that cuticle becomes part of the nail. It's very confusing.

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by Anonymousreply 334September 26, 2021 6:02 PM

The Ancient Roman names Quintus, Sextus, Septimus, essentially mean fifth kid, sixth kid, seventh kid. They'd just get bored naming their kids after awhile and switch to numbers.

George Costanza was right. Just call your kid Seven.

by Anonymousreply 335September 26, 2021 6:11 PM

The languages of Madagascar and Easter Island belong to the same language family, even though the two islands are almost 9000 miles apart.

by Anonymousreply 336September 26, 2021 6:38 PM

"Children of identical twins are genetically siblings, not cousins."

Only if identical twins marry identical twins! So I suppose that if identical twins marry unrelated people, the children of the two couples would be ... genetic half-siblings?

by Anonymousreply 337September 26, 2021 6:47 PM

Yes, they would be genetic half siblings.

by Anonymousreply 338September 26, 2021 6:50 PM

The truth is the only people who will notice what way your cummerbund is facing are the ones who are blowing you, and you’ve already got what you want from them, so who cares?

by Anonymousreply 339September 26, 2021 6:51 PM

[quote] Children of identical twins are genetically siblings, not cousins.

Surely, half siblings.

by Anonymousreply 340September 26, 2021 6:52 PM

[quote] Surely, half siblings.

What if there is only one other parent who fucks both identical twins resulting in each twin having a baby with this same person?

by Anonymousreply 341September 26, 2021 6:57 PM


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by Anonymousreply 343September 26, 2021 7:05 PM

It's a very rare phenomenon, but identical twins marrying identical twins can sometimes result in identical cousins.

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by Anonymousreply 344September 26, 2021 7:37 PM

1940s Hillbillly singer-comedienne Judy Canova is a descendant of 18th century neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova.

by Anonymousreply 345September 26, 2021 7:39 PM

And she's the mother of Diane Canova, of course,

by Anonymousreply 346September 26, 2021 7:41 PM

The five most densely populated counties in the U.S. are New York [Manhattan], Kings [Brooklyn], Bronx, Queens, and San Francisco.

by Anonymousreply 347September 26, 2021 8:06 PM

[quote] 1940s Hillbillly singer-comedienne Judy Canova is a descendant of 18th century neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova.

Then so is Diana "I'm a Big Girl Now" Canova, her daughter!

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by Anonymousreply 348September 26, 2021 8:10 PM

In Dutch, “internet” can be used as a verb.

“What are you doing?” “I’m internetting.” Meaning, wasting time online.

by Anonymousreply 349September 26, 2021 8:13 PM

Whoever sings that theme song at r348 has a lovely voice, but that song is so incredibly depressing. No wonder the show bombed.

Also, did anyone even at the time really like those weird long braids at the sides of the head that Rori King as the small daughter wore? They are so hideous.

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by Anonymousreply 350September 26, 2021 8:14 PM

[quote] Hawaii’s Interstate Highways don’t go to any other state

Neither do Alaska's nor Puerto Rico's.

by Anonymousreply 351September 26, 2021 8:27 PM

[quote]Outside the US, coffee cake is coffee flavored sponge cake, made with instant coffee crystals or ground coffee beans. American coffee cake is simply a streusal or crumb cake eaten with your morning coffee.


Same thing here.

by Anonymousreply 352September 26, 2021 8:29 PM

Reno, Nevada is farther west than Los Angeles.

by Anonymousreply 353September 26, 2021 8:37 PM

Traffic in the U.S. Virgin Islands drives on the left, even though most cars are left-hand-drive.

by Anonymousreply 354September 26, 2021 8:43 PM

An average human body contains more bacterial cells than human cells.

by Anonymousreply 355September 26, 2021 8:45 PM

[quote] Traffic in the U.S. Virgin Islands drives on the left, even though most cars are left-hand-drive.

Japan is like that, too, R35. You drive on the left side of the street. Most cars have steering wheels on the right side. Doesn't make sense.

Also, an inordinate amount of cars in Japan are white (compared to US at least).

by Anonymousreply 356September 26, 2021 8:47 PM

Yes, r356, but what I meant is that in the USVI, traffic drives on the left *and* most cars also have the steering wheel on the left. Unlike most left-side driving countries (UK, Ireland, about 1/3 of Africa, India, Australia, Japan, etc.) where the steering wheel is on the right-hand side of the car.

by Anonymousreply 357September 26, 2021 8:53 PM

Many “interstate” highways only serve a single state. For example, I-17 in Arizona; I-45 in Texas; I-12 in Louisiana; I-4 in Florida. This doesn’t even include all the three-digit “interstates” that serve as spur or loop routes.

by Anonymousreply 358September 26, 2021 8:59 PM

President Ulysses S. Grant was actually named "Hiram Ulysses Grant." The middle initial "S" was due to a clerical error on his application form to West Point, and it just stuck.

Similarly, the initial "S" in President Harry S. Truman's name doesn't stand for anything; although it's been said that it had been given to him to honor both of his grandfather's who had names with an "S". Because of this, he himself didn't put a period after it for most of his life.

by Anonymousreply 359September 26, 2021 9:55 PM

R353 Really? Who knew?

by Anonymousreply 360September 26, 2021 11:43 PM

The most populous county in the United States (Los Angeles) is adjacent to the largest (in area) county in the United States (San Bernardino.) LA County has more people than 41 states. SB County is larger than 9 states.

by Anonymousreply 361September 26, 2021 11:47 PM

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch now covers an estimated surface area of 1.6 million square kilometers, an area twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France.

by Anonymousreply 362September 27, 2021 12:01 AM

Damn r362. You know, if there are alien UFOs hovering out there, can they do something useful, like maybe clean up that mess for us? Stop probing, start hoovering!

by Anonymousreply 363September 27, 2021 12:04 AM

Interstate 180 in Wyoming has traffic lights

by Anonymousreply 364September 27, 2021 12:52 AM

One of the ways in which the famous Old World library in Alexandria was able to grow its collection was by Ptolemy III instituting a policy requiring any shipt docked in the city to turn over its books for copying. Once the library’s scribes had duplicated the texts, they kept the originals and sent the copies back to the ships. Since Alexandria was a major hub at the time, this added thousands upon thousands of texts to the library.

by Anonymousreply 365September 27, 2021 1:47 AM

Speaking of The Library in Alexandria, ancient Egypt also led the way in pornographic publications

The Turin Erotic Papyrus is believed to be created during the time of Ramesses III (roughly 1184-1153 BCE), which makes it about a thousand years older than the Kamasutra, the only other great treatise on sex from the ancient world.

The papyrus scroll depicts a sequence of twelve couples in various sexual positions. The men in the illustrations are “scruffy, balding, short, and paunchy” with exaggeratedly large genitalia, while the women are nubile. The papyrus also contain images of objects from traditional erotic iconography, such as convolvulus leaves and, in some scenes, they are holding items traditionally associated with Hathor, the goddess of love, such as lotus flowers, monkeys, and sistra, a musical instrument devoted to Hathor.

Some of the imagery are accompanied by comments that seem to express enjoyment and delight. For instance, in one scene the girl is bent over and the man takes her from behind. In the margin above the image, is scribbled: “come behind me with your love, Oh! Sun, you have found out my heart, it is agreeable work.”

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by Anonymousreply 366September 27, 2021 2:17 AM

Theodore Roosevelt's youngest son Quentin is the only child of a US President to die in combat. A pilot in World War I, his plane was shot down and he was killed in France. However, the Germans thought so highly of Theodore Roosevelt and the fact that his son had entered the service despite possibly being being deferred and also died valiantly, they gave Quentin a military funeral in the field.

by Anonymousreply 367September 27, 2021 3:48 AM

Carly Simon and Paul Simon are not related.

by Anonymousreply 368September 27, 2021 4:20 AM

Life With Father is the longest running play in Broadway history and has never had a Broadway revival. In fact I don't ever recall it being revived anywhere in my lifetime. Nobody ever wants to see it again on stage. The movie though is another matter.

by Anonymousreply 369September 27, 2021 4:41 AM

Shaving gel is designed to be rubbed into a lather on your face, not in your hands. If you’re rubbing the gel into a foam on your hands you’re doing it wrong.

by Anonymousreply 370September 27, 2021 4:54 AM

In 1910 airplanes were fragile little things made mostly of balsa wood and canvas, even under ideal circumstances they were prone to catch fire or fall to bits. They were so ridiculously fragile that the life expectancy of a WW1 combat pilot was... about three weeks of combat duty.

Yet young men clamored for the right to be pilots, because then as now, young men never think it'll happen to them.

by Anonymousreply 371September 27, 2021 5:36 AM

Blade Runner (1982) thought both Atari and Pan Am would still be around in the future (2019).

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by Anonymousreply 372September 27, 2021 7:08 AM

[quote]Blade Runner (1982) thought both Atari and Pan Am would still be around in the future (2019).

Similarly, "2010: The Year We Make Contact" thought that audio tapes would still be a thing in 2010.

by Anonymousreply 373September 27, 2021 7:19 PM

“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) thought Pan Am would still be around in 2001.

by Anonymousreply 374September 27, 2021 7:25 PM

[quote]Blade Runner (1982) thought both Atari and Pan Am would still be around in the future (2019).

"2001: A Space Odyssey" also showed Pan Am thriving in the future, but Pan Am didn't even make it that far. It folded in 1991.

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by Anonymousreply 375September 27, 2021 7:27 PM

“2001” did correctly predict video calling, but about 15 years early; the technology existed before Skype, but hardly anyone used it.

by Anonymousreply 376September 27, 2021 7:32 PM

I haven't seen the more recent "Blade Runner 2049," but supposedly, they included prominent placement of both Atari and Pan Am within the film as an homage (or inside joke) to the first one.

by Anonymousreply 377September 27, 2021 7:34 PM

Interesting how life is not covering our estimations.

In some ways it makes me happy, that the human race is always better than predicted and finds ways to survive. Makes me happy, sometimes. On the other hand we had several warnings about a pandemic and we had it to learn the hard way how to manage it.

OK. A fun fact for a tribute to this thread: 1912 to 1948 architecture was an Olympic didcipline

by Anonymousreply 378September 27, 2021 7:39 PM

Total Recall predicted video calls, but thought they would require a rare dedicated machine.

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by Anonymousreply 379September 27, 2021 8:09 PM

And personal video required a briefcase-size device.

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by Anonymousreply 380September 27, 2021 8:13 PM

When the 1997 film "Gattaca" was released, part of the marketing campaign included adverts for people to call to have their children genetically engineered, resulting in thousands of people calling wanting that.

This one appeared in the Washington Post.

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by Anonymousreply 381September 27, 2021 9:19 PM

The size of rocket boosters that put the space shuttle into orbit is the result of the width of Roman chariots.

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by Anonymousreply 382September 27, 2021 9:21 PM

[quote] Hawaii’s Interstate Highways don’t go to any other state

Well I should hope not!

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by Anonymousreply 383September 27, 2021 10:46 PM

My grandpa had 2 penises

by Anonymousreply 384September 27, 2021 11:39 PM

My two grandpas only had one penis between them.

by Anonymousreply 385September 27, 2021 11:53 PM

My pussy stinks.

by Anonymousreply 386September 28, 2021 12:01 AM

The first cinematic representation of video calling? Modern Times, 1936

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by Anonymousreply 387September 28, 2021 2:58 AM

Or maybe Metropolis in 1927 at 1:50

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by Anonymousreply 388September 28, 2021 3:13 AM

The original "Star Trek" correctly predicted video calling, computers you could converse with, flip phones, vital sign monitors over sick bay beds (just like the ICU where I work), desktop portable computers, video diaries (or captain's logs), computer voice translation, touch screens (in TNG), 3d printing, earbuds, etc.

I'm still waiting on the War Drive, and transporters. Even if I never leave Earth, I want to spend my lunch hours in New Zealand and be back on time.

by Anonymousreply 389September 28, 2021 5:04 AM

A "metal umlaut" is a diacritic that is sometimes used gratuitously or decoratively over letters in the names of hard rock or heavy metal bands.

The first use of it appears to have been by Blue Öyster Cult in 1970. Others soon followed such as Queensrÿche, Motörhead, the Accüsed, Mötley Crüe, and the parody band Spın̈al Tap.

Unlike in languages where umlauts are actually used, the "metal umlaut" is generally not intended to affect the pronunciation of the band's name.

When Mötley Crüe visited Germany, singer Vince Neil said the band couldn't figure out why "the crowds were chanting, 'Mutley Cruh! Mutley Cruh!'"

by Anonymousreply 390September 28, 2021 9:14 AM

Sheena Easton is the only artist to have charted singles appear in the top 3 positions on Billboard's key singles charts. The Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, Dance, R&B/Hip Hop and Country.

by Anonymousreply 391September 28, 2021 10:54 AM

Sheena Easton. I came, I saw, I conquered inside her sugar walls.

by Anonymousreply 392September 28, 2021 12:16 PM
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by Anonymousreply 393September 28, 2021 1:26 PM

[quote]In Georgian, the word for “father” is “mama,” and the word for “mother” is “deda.”

Is that the night the lights went out?

by Anonymousreply 394September 28, 2021 1:32 PM

The ampersand (&) dates back to Roman times and is a mix of "e" and "t", as "et" was the Latin word for "and". For a time, "&" in English was known as "per se and", meaning that & is a word by itself. (You don't have to combine it with other letters to make sense.). It was the last letter of the alphabet, so instead of "...Y and Z" you had "...Z and per se and". "And per se and" has become "Ampersand."

In French, an ampersand is called an "esperluette" and it is more or less the French version of "and per se and".

by Anonymousreply 395September 28, 2021 5:09 PM

I didn't know this.

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by Anonymousreply 396September 28, 2021 5:35 PM

In Russian, the @ sign is called “sobaka” (dog) because it resembles a dog chasing its tail.

by Anonymousreply 397September 28, 2021 5:46 PM

R395, when you look at various stylized versions of the ampersand, you can clearly see the evolution of "et" to &.

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by Anonymousreply 398September 28, 2021 5:58 PM

Okay, if it weren’t for this thread, I don’t know who I’d share this with, because it is truly, truly trivial.

I’m binging the old Bob Newhart Show, and I’m watching the episode where they’re witnesses to a bank robbery.

The detective that comes to take their account of the robbery is supposed to resemble Joe Friday (Emily’s joke) so I look him up.

The actor’s name is Walker Edmiston.

I scroll through his credits - lo and behold, in addition to playing doctors, various political figures and captains of industry, he is the uncredited voice of DL mascot (and sole reason many kids of the 70s slept with their light on) the Zuni Fetish Doll!

Oh, and the actor playing the bank robber?

Chris Pine’s dad, Robert Pine.

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by Anonymousreply 399September 28, 2021 6:01 PM

r396 Flames may not cast shadows, but FLAMERS do!

by Anonymousreply 400September 28, 2021 6:13 PM

The Sahara Desert has 1.8 billion trees.

by Anonymousreply 401September 28, 2021 6:36 PM

Ed McMahon's laugh was pre-recorded.

by Anonymousreply 402September 28, 2021 6:38 PM

A day on earth lasts 50 hours. For example, today (September 28) began on Christmas Island in Kiribati at 10:00 UTC on September 27, and it will end at noon UTC tomorrow on Baker and Howland Islands.

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by Anonymousreply 404September 28, 2021 7:25 PM

At one point in history, tulips were the most expensive flower. In the period from 1634 to 1637, they caused what’s now known as “Tulip Mania”. At one point, tulips were more valuable than most people’s homes, and cost almost ten times what an average working class man earned in a year. It's sometimes considered the first bubble in a speculative futures market with a dramatic collapse occurring in February 1637.

by Anonymousreply 405September 28, 2021 7:35 PM

Tulips on an organ.

by Anonymousreply 406September 28, 2021 7:38 PM

Is better than roses on the piano

by Anonymousreply 407September 28, 2021 8:18 PM

Australia's diameter is 340 wider than the moon.

by Anonymousreply 408September 28, 2021 9:19 PM

340 what?

by Anonymousreply 409September 28, 2021 9:20 PM

[quote]A day on earth lasts 50 hours. For example, today (September 28) began on Christmas Island in Kiribati at 10:00 UTC on September 27, and it will end at noon UTC tomorrow on Baker and Howland Islands.

It's five o'clock somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 410September 28, 2021 9:25 PM

R409 Sorry. Meant to insert "miles".

by Anonymousreply 411September 28, 2021 10:53 PM

[quote] Shaving gel is designed to be rubbed into a lather on your face, not in your hands. If you’re rubbing the gel into a foam on your hands you’re doing it wrong.

I think I'll survive, Mary.

by Anonymousreply 412September 28, 2021 10:57 PM

There’s a township in Pennsylvania called Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota. It’s one of the longest town names in the U.S.

by Anonymousreply 413September 29, 2021 12:18 AM

Technically, Colorado is not a rectangle (or isosceles trapezoid, if you prefer). Due to the surveying techniques used in the 19th century, it actually has 697 sides and is a hexahectaenneacontakaiheptagon.

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by Anonymousreply 414September 29, 2021 12:39 AM

AT&T's Picturephone subscription service was offered in 1970. My Dad had one in his office at Bell Labs.

It was a failure, primarily because it was so expensive to install.

Video teleconferencing has been around as long as television, at least since the 1920s.

by Anonymousreply 415September 29, 2021 1:14 AM

If Mexico were still an empire with a monarchy, then 29-year old Ferdinand von Götzen-Iturbide would be the Prince Imperial (Crown Prince). He goes by the name Ferdinand Götzen and is based in Amsterdam, working as the founder and CEO of a business consulting firm called Reveall,

While neither he nor his 77-year old father, Maximilian, actively pursue any claim to the throne, a number of Mexican monarchist organisations advocating its restoration continue to recognise them as the legitimate heirs to the throne.

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by Anonymousreply 416September 29, 2021 4:19 AM

Angela Lansbury was born a man.

by Anonymousreply 417September 29, 2021 4:23 AM

Canada has more freshwater lakes than every other country in the world combined.

by Anonymousreply 418September 29, 2021 4:25 AM

The entire country of Monaco is smaller than New York's Central Park.

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by Anonymousreply 419September 29, 2021 4:48 AM

Imagine if Central Park was its own country.

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by Anonymousreply 420September 29, 2021 4:52 AM

Before he became president, Abraham Lincoln was a champion wrestler, taking part in about 300 matches and earning a reputation as a tough fighter (also, being 6 feet, 4 inches tall didn't hurt).

by Anonymousreply 421September 29, 2021 5:07 AM

[quote] also, being 6 feet, 4 inches tall didn't hurt).

Particularly in a time the average American adult male was slightly over five feet seven.

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by Anonymousreply 422September 29, 2021 5:51 AM

Hyenas, one of Africa's apex predators, are not part of the dog family. In fact, they're closer to cats than dogs (and wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals, dingoes etc) because their closest relatives are the weasel family (weasels, badgers, ferrets, stoats, minks, polecats and otters).

by Anonymousreply 423September 29, 2021 8:17 AM

^ Spotted hyenas are also one of the few truly matriarchal large mammals where females are larger, more dominant, more aggressive and vicious than males. Hyena pups inherit their rank in the hierarchy from their mothers.

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by Anonymousreply 424September 29, 2021 8:26 AM

That is disgusting, r269!

Thank you!

by Anonymousreply 425September 29, 2021 8:29 AM

[quote]Imagine if Central Park was its own country.

Well, it's certainly had more than its fair share of queens.

by Anonymousreply 426September 29, 2021 1:55 PM

The Young and the Restless sucks.

by Anonymousreply 427September 29, 2021 2:18 PM

😞 Stone Soup has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever.

by Anonymousreply 428September 29, 2021 5:39 PM

Russian cursive.

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by Anonymousreply 429September 29, 2021 5:48 PM

[quote]😞 Stone Soup has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever.

But I imagine that it's quite filling, Darfur O.

by Anonymousreply 430September 29, 2021 7:08 PM

So that is why tRump writes his name that way, R429.

by Anonymousreply 431September 29, 2021 7:36 PM

r428 But it is an enchanting little story.

by Anonymousreply 432September 29, 2021 7:47 PM

The Canary Islands weren't named after birds, but after dogs, and the namesake birds were named after the islands.

The ancient Romans gave them the name "Insula Canaria" which means "island of the dogs". The birds were named after the islands because they were widely found in the region.

by Anonymousreply 433September 29, 2021 9:08 PM

Suzanne Somers is the only EGOT winner to also be nominated for a Nobel Prize.

by Anonymousreply 434September 29, 2021 10:46 PM

The Thai word for 5 sounds like “ha,” so when a Thai person wants to text “LOL,” they type “555.”

by Anonymousreply 435September 29, 2021 11:29 PM

In Greek, a semicolon is used instead of a question mark. Isn’t that interesting;

by Anonymousreply 436September 29, 2021 11:45 PM

[quote] Flames may not cast shadows, but FLAMERS do!

Oh honey, no. You're confusing shadow with shade.

by Anonymousreply 437September 30, 2021 12:38 AM

🐙 Wrestling with Abe Lincoln would probably have been like wrestling with an octopus.

by Anonymousreply 438September 30, 2021 1:12 AM

Suzanne Sommers had 2 tits

by Anonymousreply 439September 30, 2021 1:50 AM

How many does she have now?

by Anonymousreply 440September 30, 2021 1:59 AM

Hi Ann Ravilla

by Anonymousreply 441September 30, 2021 2:03 AM

0 tits

by Anonymousreply 442September 30, 2021 2:16 AM

In Peru, people wear a brand new pair of yellow underpants to bring them good fortune in the coming year.

They wear it backwards on New Years Eve, then quickly turn it around at midnight to welcome in the New Year.

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by Anonymousreply 443September 30, 2021 3:32 AM

No one really knows the origin of the word “Oregon.”

by Anonymousreply 444September 30, 2021 3:38 AM

Jackie Kennedy could look both ways before crossing the street - without moving her head.

by Anonymousreply 445September 30, 2021 3:46 AM

[quote]Suzanne Somers had 2 tits

Did she lose them in a tragic Tit Master mishap?

by Anonymousreply 446September 30, 2021 3:51 AM

Sarah Cracknell, lead singer of the band Saint Etienne, is the baby at the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyessy. Her father was a producer or something.

by Anonymousreply 447September 30, 2021 9:34 AM

Every person on Earth is separated by just six or fewer social connections away from each other.

And there's a game to prove it!

by Anonymousreply 448September 30, 2021 3:53 PM

The ability to bend your thumb 90 degrees at the joint (“hitchhiker’s thumb”) is a recessive trait estimated to occur in a quarter to a third of the population.

by Anonymousreply 449September 30, 2021 4:01 PM

Another fun fact about hyenas: female hyenas have extremely enlarged half-foot-long clitorises that look almost perfectly like penises, complete with what appear to be testicles, which actually are their labia that have folded up and fused. They even get erections. Oh, also, they give birth to a two-pound cub out of the enormous clitoris.

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by Anonymousreply 450September 30, 2021 4:08 PM

Babies don’t come out of clits.

by Anonymousreply 451September 30, 2021 4:42 PM

I need more facts!

by Anonymousreply 452September 30, 2021 4:45 PM

Ken Ryker's real name means "humble spear-carrier"

by Anonymousreply 453September 30, 2021 4:46 PM

[quote]Another fun fact about hyenas: female hyenas have extremely enlarged half-foot-long clitorises that look almost perfectly like penises,

Good thing there's no hyena MichFest.

by Anonymousreply 454September 30, 2021 4:54 PM

Chris Cornell was more beautiful than most.

by Anonymousreply 455September 30, 2021 4:58 PM

‘Chaps’ got their name because they protected their wearers legs from rubbing against thorny or scratchy bushes (chaparral) while riding on horseback.

by Anonymousreply 456September 30, 2021 5:06 PM

During his presidency, Ulysses S. Grant worked out a deal for the U.S. annex what became the Dominican Republic, with a promise for future statehood. Congress didn’t go for it.

by Anonymousreply 457September 30, 2021 5:07 PM

Someone posted upthread that the testicles aren't affected by the immune system. But there are actually four sites in the body that have "immune privilege":

The eyes, the placenta/fetus, the nervous system, and the testicles.

Ironically, it is thought that immune privilege evolved to protect vital areas of the body against inflammation and subsequent damage.

by Anonymousreply 458September 30, 2021 5:13 PM

[quote]Congress didn’t go for it.

But they sure went for booze and pills. And still do.

by Anonymousreply 459September 30, 2021 5:19 PM

The Westboro Baptist Church and its members are banned from entering Canada. Eh!

by Anonymousreply 460September 30, 2021 7:40 PM

If you mean the fetus in "2001: A Space Odyssey," that appears at the very end of the film. Te beginning of the film is apes.

by Anonymousreply 461September 30, 2021 7:45 PM

What was Suzanne Somers nominated for a Nobel Prize for? The 3-Way Poncho?

by Anonymousreply 462September 30, 2021 7:50 PM

Fetus, ape - who can tell the difference?

by Anonymousreply 463September 30, 2021 7:57 PM

Shouldn't that be "Dame Suzanne Somers, DBE?"

by Anonymousreply 464September 30, 2021 8:04 PM

If you have a penis you're a man.

by Anonymousreply 465September 30, 2021 8:15 PM

r465 Even if it's in a box in the back of the cellar?

by Anonymousreply 466September 30, 2021 10:03 PM

Well if you've chopped it off and put it in a box in the back of the cellar of course.

by Anonymousreply 467September 30, 2021 10:13 PM

r450 needs to run to the nearest middle school for some sex ed.

by Anonymousreply 468September 30, 2021 10:42 PM

R465 What does this make Joey Buttafuco?

by Anonymousreply 469September 30, 2021 10:50 PM

I'm not R450, but female spotted hyenas do possess clitorises, or "pseudo-penises," that open to a central urogenital canal through which they urinate, copulate and give birth.

by Anonymousreply 470September 30, 2021 10:54 PM

Purple is a made up American word for violet.

by Anonymousreply 471September 30, 2021 11:27 PM

r142 The human penis is shaped the way that it is for the exact same reason as the dragonfly.

The ridge around the head is meant to scrape a rival's jizz out of the vagina, during thrusting, to try to minimize the chance of the previous male's sperm making it to an egg.

Most animal phalluses have this design characteristic.

by Anonymousreply 472September 30, 2021 11:28 PM

“Purple” is derived from the Latin “purpura” and ultimately from the Greek “porphyra.” It’s not an American English neologism.

by Anonymousreply 473September 30, 2021 11:36 PM

R450 I really did not want to know this.

by Anonymousreply 474October 1, 2021 12:25 AM

No, R468, female hyenas have a very strange anatomy, unlike that of other mammals.

The vag isn't in a straight line, it ends in a "pseudopenis" or enlarged clitoris, and the female copulates and gives birth through the center of this strange organ (and yes, they suffer tears in the pseudoclitoris during birthing). the ancients believed that hyenas were all male because of this, because every hyena appeared to have a penis, but scientists now theorize that the species just has such high testosterone levels that it causes female genitalia to develop a male-like appearance. And I guess that makes hyenas the butchest mammals!

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by Anonymousreply 475October 1, 2021 1:39 AM

I like a big clit on a person. 4 to 5 inches. It's desirable in all species. Genitals have no gender. It's a social construct.

by Anonymousreply 476October 1, 2021 1:43 AM

R448 - How many social connections separates Kevin Bacon from Bernie Mad-- oh, right.

by Anonymousreply 477October 1, 2021 1:54 AM

[quote]And I guess that makes hyenas the butchest mammals


by Anonymousreply 478October 1, 2021 2:18 AM

Grace Slick was the vocalist for the "Jazz Numbers" spots in the early years of Sesame Street.

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by Anonymousreply 479October 1, 2021 2:42 AM

[quote]Good thing there's no hyena MichFest.

Mais au contraire. Hyena packs are MichFests.

[quote]As mentioned above, spotted hyena clans are matriarchies, led by females. This is partly due to a phenomenon called male dispersal. After puberty, males leave the clan into which they were born. When they join a new clan, these “immigrant” male hyenas become the lowest-ranking members of their new clan. They are subordinate to any offspring of that clan’s females, any males native to that clan, and immigrant males who joined the clan before them.

Male spotted hyenas are constantly bullied and bitten to submission by dominant females and are often left only scraps to eat after the entire clan has had its fill. They only good for procreation.

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by Anonymousreply 480October 1, 2021 3:09 AM

There is a death erection. Also called angel lust or terminal erection, it happens in the moments after death.

Most commonly, it occurs in men who have died from hanging; scientists believe that it may be due to pressure from the noose on the cerebellum. However, it has also been reported following death by a gunshot wound to the head, damage to major blood vessels, and poisoning.

by Anonymousreply 481October 1, 2021 3:42 AM

Most gay men in history died from using poppers. Even now.

by Anonymousreply 482October 1, 2021 3:47 AM

[quote] The ability to bend your thumb 90 degrees at the joint

Checking just now both my thumbs bend unaided closer to 120 degrees

by Anonymousreply 483October 1, 2021 4:26 AM

All blue eyed men are deaf.

by Anonymousreply 484October 1, 2021 4:34 AM

Sex (gender) was thrown into the bill for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Throwing in sex (gender) was intended to prevent the bill from passing & becoming law.

Also, it was LBJ who signed the Civil Rights Act.

[quote] Congressman Howard Smith (D-VA), Chairman of the Rules Committee and a staunch opponent of civil rights, had let the bill (H.R. 7152) go to the full House only under the threat of a discharge petition. During the floor debate, he offered an amendment that added sex to the four original categories, but only in Title VII (equal employment opportunity). Although Smith had supported the idea of an Equal Rights Amendment for women for nearly 20 years at that point, his amendment to the civil rights bill was likely intended to kill the measure. His plan did not have the desired effect, however, and the bill was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964.

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by Anonymousreply 485October 1, 2021 4:43 AM

Canada is the second largest country in the world. Ten provinces and three territories. With a population of 38 million people. 15 million Canadians live in the province of Ontario. Half of those live in the greater Toronto area. One in 5 Canadians lives in the GTA.

by Anonymousreply 486October 1, 2021 4:52 AM

The Civil War wasn't about slavery. It was about the government seizing the land and property of uneducated rednecks after 150 years and multiple generations of raising crops and harvesting them for the government to export.

This is where Confederate Pride comes from. They may have lost the war, but they got to keep their land (farms) and that is what mattered, so the Confederates felt they had fought the government and won, in spite of their laborers granted the right to walk away from the farms they worked on. (Which they didn't walk away becasue they had no where to go.)

**Imagine the IRS showing up and saying, "We're taking your home, and your cars and we don't give a fuck how much you've invested! We don't give a fuck what you think!" You'd be pissed too!!!

by Anonymousreply 487October 1, 2021 5:09 AM

^ Wow ^

Black Lives Do Matter.

by Anonymousreply 488October 1, 2021 5:12 AM

Russia is the largest country in the world. 77% of its landmass lies in Asia, but roughly 80% or 4/5 of its total population reside west of the Ural Mountains and Ural River, in Europe.

by Anonymousreply 489October 1, 2021 5:18 AM

^^ My ancestors were confederates and I've read two of their journals. That's how I know the narrative has been completely rewritten since 1865. No one should have been enslaved, but Africans were enslaved by Africans and sold by Africans to go to Jamaica and work on Sugar Cane plantations. America found out about these "docile" indentured servants and would rather have African laborers than IRISH laborers, who were drunks, combative, rapists, and common trash.

Guess where the slaves ended up? In the the NORTH! Yes, the North was holding enslaved Africans while the south was being told that they were going to lose their land and their laborers! It's crazy when you really dig in. Government was corrupt even back in the 1800s!!!

by Anonymousreply 490October 1, 2021 5:27 AM

^^ Boris knows no thread that's out of bounds in which to troll.

by Anonymousreply 491October 1, 2021 5:41 AM

Not r490 but it's an interesting sidenote in the early Civil War. In August 1861 General Fremont anticipated the Emancipation Proclamation by granting on his own authority freedom for all slaves his troops would encounter if they were owned by rebel sympathizers. This was quickly countermanded by Washington as illegal under recent legislation by Congress.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 11, 1861,

Major-Gen. John C. Fremont:

SIR: Yours of the 8th, in answer to mine of 2d inst., was just received. Assuming that you upon the ground could better judge of the necessities of your position, than I could at this distance, on seeing your proclamation of Aug. 30, I perceived no general objection to it; the particular objectionable clause, however, in relation to the confiscation of property, and the liberation of slaves, appeared to me to be objectionable in its non-conformity to the act of Congress, passed the 6th of last August upon the same subjects, and hence I wrote you expressing my wish that that clause should be modified accordingly. Your answer just received, expresses the preference on your part that I should make an open order for the modification, which I very cheerfully do. It is therefore ordered that the said clause of said proclamation be so modified, held and construed as to conform with and not to transcend the provisions on the same subject contained in the act of Congress, entitled "An act to confiscate property used for insurrectionary purposes, approved Aug. 6, 1861," and that said act be published at length with this order. Your obedient servant,

(Signed) A. LINCOLN.

Overall the reporting by the NY Times then was as bad as it is now.

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by Anonymousreply 492October 1, 2021 5:58 AM

FUCK RIGHT OFF. Read the thread title. Post useless trivia and FACTS. Not your INSANE racist propaganda.

You're sickened & so very stupid.

That's a fact.

by Anonymousreply 493October 1, 2021 6:03 AM

fuck off r493. go to bed,

by Anonymousreply 494October 1, 2021 7:14 AM

r492 What's interesting is both the North and the South relied on the the fact that everyone in the South was illiterate. So they manipulated these rural uneducated rednecks with rumor and speculation. They were manipulated by paranoia (sound familiar Trumpsters?) which caused a frenzy and a "call to arms"!

Freeing slaves was a "bargaining chip". What the south really wanted was their land and farms. But history wants to create a narrative that pushes the slave narrative which creates a sympathetic narrative, but it was so much more than that. It was about greed! Greed on the part of the US Government, (there were kept slaves living in the North!) The Government wanted to seize all farms with export contracts and kick the farmers to the curb, so they created this hypocritical idea that slavery only existed in the South! It had little to do with actual "slavery". That's 1860s political "marketing". This was about money.

by Anonymousreply 495October 1, 2021 7:33 AM

Thanks, paid Putin peasant, for derailing a thread and shitting out misinformation in order sow discord in the vain hope that your shithole country will rule the western roost someday.

Move along, toots, nobody's biting.

by Anonymousreply 496October 1, 2021 11:20 AM

[quote] Boris knows no thread that's out of bounds in which to troll.

R491 once again proudly showcases their ignorance and abject stupidity. Carry on, Ling Ling.

by Anonymousreply 497October 1, 2021 11:29 AM

No! The Civil War was about state's rights! I tell ya, State's rights! Not about those poor pickaninnies, who wouldn't have any place to go but for us! Shame on ya!

by Anonymousreply 498October 1, 2021 11:29 AM

In 1921, Canada developed a secret plan to invade the U.S.

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by Anonymousreply 499October 1, 2021 11:39 AM

This was a great thread about 75 posts ago. Sad.

by Anonymousreply 500October 1, 2021 11:46 AM

And you were a great lay about 75 years ago. Sad.

by Anonymousreply 501October 1, 2021 11:52 AM

And you were never, ever a great lay r501.

by Anonymousreply 502October 1, 2021 11:57 AM

Really, R497? Abject stupidity? You're defending a troll. And its lies.

Your comment, not mine, is the manifestation of a dim-witted mind.

by Anonymousreply 503October 1, 2021 11:57 AM

Yes, really, bitch. Your counter argument is insipid and without any factual basis. It's a throwaway, tired line which no one takes seriously. If you disagree or think it's disinformation, then provide your own facts. Simply calling him a Boris as if THAT was a sufficient answer to anything is indeed the epitome of abject stupidity.

by Anonymousreply 504October 1, 2021 12:01 PM

Oh, really, cunt? I never offered up a rebuttal to begin with, so please spare me of your pretentious bullshit about being insipid and lacking facts.

I didn't bother provide a counter argument because I didn't want to feed a troll and completely derail the thread, which, unfortunately has already happened.

Once again, your dullness shines ever so brightly.

by Anonymousreply 505October 1, 2021 12:19 PM

Uggh. These foreign trolls don’t want us to have any regular fun threads. They don’t want us at rest, enjoying ourselves.

They want us gaslighted and under confusion and duress at all times. It’s so glaringly obvious after last week in primetime.

by Anonymousreply 506October 1, 2021 12:26 PM

Bye thread! You were wonderful until you weren't!

by Anonymousreply 507October 1, 2021 12:30 PM

Vermont was once claimed by both New York and New Hampshire, and for a short period of time, declared independence before becoming the first non-original colony to get statehood in 1791.

by Anonymousreply 508October 1, 2021 6:10 PM

The recording of the Wicked Queens death scream in SNOW WHITE was re-used twenty-two years later for Maleficent's death scream in SLEEPING BEAUTY.

by Anonymousreply 509October 1, 2021 6:17 PM

I didn't want to ruin my vocal chords, r509.

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by Anonymousreply 510October 1, 2021 6:32 PM

[quote]I didn't want to ruin my vocal chords,

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 511October 1, 2021 6:53 PM

I will accept that Oh dear graciously, r511.

by Anonymousreply 512October 1, 2021 7:11 PM

Maine used to belong to Massachusetts until it separated in 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise…

Oh shit, now we’re back to the topic of slavery.

by Anonymousreply 513October 1, 2021 7:13 PM

Marg Helgenberger was a boner.

by Anonymousreply 514October 1, 2021 7:16 PM

The guillotine wasn't outlawed in France until 1977. That's how long it took to decide that the disembodied head's few remaining moments of consciousness were unbearable. Brain activity has been recorded in patients for as long as 30 minutes after cardiac death.

by Anonymousreply 515October 1, 2021 7:46 PM

My granny used to swing chickens around by their necks to kill them and tie newborn kittens in a burlap bag full of stones and throw them in the Blind River. Life on the farm.

by Anonymousreply 516October 1, 2021 8:15 PM

[quote]My granny used to swing chickens around by their necks to kill them and tie newborn kittens in a burlap bag full of stones and throw them in the Blind River.

Oh, that irascible but lovable Granny!

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by Anonymousreply 517October 1, 2021 8:31 PM

[quote] Oh, really, cunt? I never offered up a rebuttal to begin with, so please spare me of your pretentious bullshit about being insipid and lacking facts. I didn't bother provide a counter argument because I didn't want to feed a troll and completely derail the thread, which, unfortunately has already happened. Once again, your dullness shines ever so brightly.

What a stunningly insipid reply. You take it to an art form. It's really not even a reply at all but just a word salad of lame, pathetic excuses for your intellectual laziness. And I'm being kind by calling it "lazy". If you didn't want to derail then you shouldn't have replied -- or at the very least not replied with such a lazy, insipid, tired post. So, so tired.

by Anonymousreply 518October 1, 2021 9:08 PM

The city of El Segundo, CA (incorporated 1917) is called El Segundo because it was the site of the *second* Standard Oil refinery on the west coast.

by Anonymousreply 519October 1, 2021 9:22 PM

The Central Valley town of Manteca was supposed to be called Monteca, but someone misprinted it and the current name (which means “lard” in Spanish) stuck.

by Anonymousreply 520October 1, 2021 9:26 PM

For some reason, El Segundo was often a punchline on "Sanford and Son."

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by Anonymousreply 521October 1, 2021 9:27 PM

El Segundo has nice beach communities and trendy shops and restaurants. However, a big chunk of El Segundo sits directly behind the huge Hyperion sewage treatment plant, so the air can get quite pungent, especially in the summer months when the south coast winds blow inland.

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by Anonymousreply 522October 1, 2021 10:01 PM

[quote] You take it to an art form

Why, thank you R518. At least I'm not playing in the dirt like you and endeavoring to make mountains out of molehills. You must be the life of the party wherever you go.

by Anonymousreply 523October 1, 2021 10:32 PM

"El Segundo - Where the Sewers Meet the Sea"

by Anonymousreply 524October 1, 2021 10:41 PM

[quote]Mrs. "The *bigger* they are, the *nicer* they are" Billings

Just how big ARE you, Mrs. B.?

by Anonymousreply 525October 1, 2021 10:42 PM

[quote] Brain activity has been recorded in patients for as long as 30 minutes after cardiac death.

Possibly more brain activity than has been recorded in numerous Republican politicians.

by Anonymousreply 526October 1, 2021 10:42 PM

R525 - OMG, that caused "Who is bigger, Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger or Baby Bigger?" to come out of the recesses of my brain, where it had long lain dormant.

by Anonymousreply 527October 1, 2021 10:51 PM

Medical Fact: Most people die within three months of their birthday.

by Anonymousreply 528October 1, 2021 10:52 PM

Both of my parents died with a week of their birthdays. My father would have turned 70; my mother 80.

by Anonymousreply 529October 1, 2021 10:55 PM

About half of the U.S.’s housing stock was built after 1980.

by Anonymousreply 530October 1, 2021 11:00 PM

^not the better half

by Anonymousreply 531October 1, 2021 11:02 PM

I bought a 5-gallon bucket today!!!

by Anonymousreply 532October 1, 2021 11:07 PM

[quote)Brain activity has been recorded in patients for as long as 30 minutes after cardiac death.

[quote]Possibly more brain activity than has been recorded in numerous Republican politicians.

Certainly more brain activity than has been recorded in your shockingly average, run-of-the-mill Datalounge posters.

by Anonymousreply 533October 1, 2021 11:13 PM

I love my new 5-gallon (piss/shit) bucket!

by Anonymousreply 534October 1, 2021 11:15 PM

Billie Burke (Glenda in The Wizard of Oz) was Selznick's first choice to play Aunt Pittypat in Gone with the Wind but she demanded too much money.

by Anonymousreply 535October 1, 2021 11:24 PM

[quote]Billie Burke (Glenda in The Wizard of Oz) was Selznick's first choice to play Aunt Pittypat

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 536October 1, 2021 11:27 PM

There are more than 25,000 islands that rise above the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

by Anonymousreply 537October 2, 2021 12:00 AM

In Nunavut, Canada, there is an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island on a lake.

by Anonymousreply 538October 2, 2021 12:15 AM

Joan Collins is Cara Delevigne’s godmother.

by Anonymousreply 539October 2, 2021 12:28 AM

R538, Oh yeah. How about an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island in the ocean?

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by Anonymousreply 540October 2, 2021 12:30 AM

R523 [quote] You must be the life of the party wherever you go.

At least I'm invited to parties, dear.

by Anonymousreply 541October 2, 2021 12:39 AM

[QUOTE] Possibly more brain activity than has been recorded in numerous Republican politicians.

The Donkey thinks that's funny...

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by Anonymousreply 542October 2, 2021 12:41 AM

R540, that island was destroyed during a volcanic eruption last year.

Sorry, eh?

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by Anonymousreply 543October 2, 2021 12:41 AM

[quote] There are more than 25,000 islands that rise above the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

And how many islands in the Pacific don't rise above the waterline?

by Anonymousreply 544October 2, 2021 12:42 AM

R243, Ah, so it did. Main Crater Lake reformed, but alas, Vulcan Point is no more.

You win, Canada, for sure.

by Anonymousreply 545October 2, 2021 12:49 AM

^R543, I meant.

by Anonymousreply 546October 2, 2021 12:51 AM

The only US state without a single natural lake is Maryland.

by Anonymousreply 547October 2, 2021 12:55 AM

[quote] At least I'm invited to parties

R541 Amway or Tupperware?

by Anonymousreply 548October 2, 2021 1:01 AM

The king of hearts is the only one of the four kings with no mustache.

by Anonymousreply 549October 2, 2021 6:07 AM

There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America with water one foot deep.

by Anonymousreply 550October 2, 2021 7:36 AM

Australia had a 'white only' immigration policy until 1976.

by Anonymousreply 551October 2, 2021 7:52 AM

Recent surveys indicate that anywhere from 30 to 90 percent of Americans report feeling bored at some point in a typical day. Young people seem particularly vulnerable, with surveys showing 91 to 98 percent reporting daily bouts of boredom

by Anonymousreply 552October 2, 2021 11:01 AM

R548 - The Bitter Tears of Petrified Kunt.

I'm sure you have swell parties with just you and your 15 cats in that one bedroom apt.

by Anonymousreply 553October 2, 2021 2:55 PM

None, r544. An island by definition is surrounded by water, not covered by water.

by Anonymousreply 554October 2, 2021 3:34 PM

At the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia bordered the Mighty Mississippi.

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by Anonymousreply 555October 2, 2021 3:40 PM

Today for lunch I'm going to have Trader Joe's Dorade Gilthead Bream Fillets In Olive Oil - 2 cans because I'm hungry today.

by Anonymousreply 556October 2, 2021 3:44 PM

R554 missed the joke

by Anonymousreply 557October 2, 2021 3:51 PM

In WWI the Germans offered to help Mexico get back the territories of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico if they entered in a military alliance with them against the US.

Of course, the Mexicans realized the Germans weren't trustworthy, and that America, even if embroiled in a world war, was still easily capable of snuffing out a Mexican invasion.

by Anonymousreply 558October 2, 2021 4:08 PM

Pacific Ocean is slowly shrinking at a rate of 0.5 square kilometers (0.19 square miles) per year due to Plate Tectonics. The Atlantic Ocean, on the other hand, is expanding at about 0.5 to 4 inches a year. North America is literally moving further away from Europe and getting closer to Asia.

by Anonymousreply 559October 2, 2021 4:38 PM

Actress Lynne Thigpen is the voice of the DJ in The Warriors (1979). Also, she played Nell Carter's sister on "Gimmie A Break." They died three months apart.

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by Anonymousreply 560October 2, 2021 4:48 PM

Can you really die from poppers?

by Anonymousreply 561October 2, 2021 4:50 PM

People who constantly complain about being bored tend to be very boring themselves, R552.

by Anonymousreply 562October 2, 2021 5:36 PM

Bored is dangerous:

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by Anonymousreply 563October 2, 2021 5:38 PM
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by Anonymousreply 564October 2, 2021 6:47 PM

Bored by the night and day was I, seldom gay was I....

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by Anonymousreply 565October 2, 2021 8:05 PM

R329 “interstate” refers to the funding source, not the destination.

by Anonymousreply 566October 2, 2021 9:00 PM

I think of Lynne Thigpen as The Chief in "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego" myself.

by Anonymousreply 567October 2, 2021 9:00 PM

Almost all the melodies in Kismet are adapted from themes in the classical music of 19th century composer Alexander Borodin. Borodin thus won the posthumous Tony ever given, for music composed decades before.

by Anonymousreply 568October 2, 2021 9:02 PM

In 1998, some very nerdy worker at the company that administered the North American Numbering Plan created a new area code in California (925) by adding together two existing ones (415 and 510).

by Anonymousreply 569October 3, 2021 6:06 AM

In the 18th Century, lobster was considered a highly undesirable food that wealthy families steered clear of. The crustacean was so abundant along the east coast of the US that it was used as fertilizer and served in prisons. It was associated with poverty.

by Anonymousreply 570October 6, 2021 7:11 PM

In the book "Little Women", there's a sequence where Amy tries to have a little party for some rich friends. First, the family buys a chicken, and when the party is rescheduled, they can't afford to buy a luxury item like a chicken twice! So they buy a lobster.

by Anonymousreply 571October 6, 2021 8:23 PM

R570 I think they had it right then.. Yuck.

by Anonymousreply 572October 6, 2021 8:26 PM

Chad, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon are the four countries that border Lake Chad. It's only taken me a fucking month to remember the fourth country. DL has saved me!

by Anonymousreply 573October 6, 2021 8:36 PM

[quote]DL has saved me!


Don't think for a second that it's gonna get you a fucking discount.

by Anonymousreply 574October 6, 2021 9:13 PM

[quote] I think of Lynne Thigpen as The Chief in "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego" myself.

How could you not think first of this?

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by Anonymousreply 575October 6, 2021 9:20 PM

As I accidentally put in the Thrift Store Finds thread - cats like to smell and eat human ear wax and it's actually good for them.

by Anonymousreply 576October 6, 2021 10:00 PM

Sardinians have nationalist pride against Italy, and secretly would like to fight for independence.

Sicily has been invaded a dozen times, and is too tired to bother - therefore Siclians consider themselves Italians and move on.

by Anonymousreply 577October 6, 2021 10:12 PM

Here's a link that rebuts R487's wild claim.

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by Anonymousreply 578October 6, 2021 10:17 PM

According to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, a three-month CD in December 1980 earned 18.65%

by Anonymousreply 579October 6, 2021 10:28 PM

Between 1977 and 1988, the U.S. dollar lost half its value.

by Anonymousreply 580October 6, 2021 11:09 PM

R570 & R571 I've read that lobster was given to slaves since no white massa in their right mind would eat that lowly crap.

by Anonymousreply 581October 6, 2021 11:26 PM

[quote] It was associated with poverty.

And thanks to Red Lobster, it still is!

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by Anonymousreply 582October 6, 2021 11:27 PM

Five people have been elected President by the national popular vote, but lost the electoral college. Every single one of them (Jackson, Tilden, Cleveland, Gore, and Clinton) were Democrats. No Republican has ever had that happen to them.

by Anonymousreply 583October 6, 2021 11:50 PM

Lobster looks like a huge roach with claws. just disgusting

by Anonymousreply 584October 7, 2021 1:26 AM

You're Sixteen Ringo Starr's hymn to statutory rape was written by the Sherman brothers the song writing duo of Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

by Anonymousreply 585October 7, 2021 4:52 AM

The age of consent in the UK is 16.

by Anonymousreply 586October 7, 2021 5:21 AM

The Sherman Brothers are/were American.

by Anonymousreply 587October 7, 2021 5:28 AM

The ongoing maintenance crew for the Golden Gate Bridge consists of 13 ironworkers and 3 pusher ironworkers along with a chief bridge painter, 28 painters, and 5 painter laborers.

by Anonymousreply 588October 7, 2021 5:57 AM

^^ I wonder how many of them have seen suicides there while working. As bridges go, it has the second highest numbers of them in the world.

by Anonymousreply 589October 7, 2021 6:07 AM

R585, commas are important.

by Anonymousreply 590October 7, 2021 1:25 PM

R400, heyyyyyy!

by Anonymousreply 591October 7, 2021 1:25 PM

The solid white line on the right of US roads is called a fog line.

So designed so that even in dense fog you could follow that line safely without seeing the road.

by Anonymousreply 592October 7, 2021 1:26 PM

R576, thanks for that info! Now I know why Cosmo likes to stick his nose in my ears. He has not, to my knowledge, eaten or licked any ear wax but he will, occasionally, lick my outer ear.

by Anonymousreply 593October 7, 2021 4:46 PM

Cosmo: You refer to yourself in the third person?

And why is a cat posting on the Datalounge? I would like to speak to the manager.

by Anonymousreply 594October 7, 2021 4:50 PM

[quote]You're Sixteen Ringo Starr's hymn to statutory rape was written by the Sherman brothers the song writing duo of Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The song was originally a hit for Johnny Burnette in 1960.

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by Anonymousreply 595October 7, 2021 4:53 PM

Not to mention "Cosmo", how do you stick your nose in your own ear(s)?

by Anonymousreply 596October 7, 2021 4:54 PM


555555555 Yes, indeed.

by Anonymousreply 597October 9, 2021 8:28 PM

When transliterated, the Japanese language has only a single consonant sound for the end of a word, which is the letter "N". All other words end in vowel sounds.

by Anonymousreply 598October 10, 2021 4:01 PM

"Mommie Dearest", camp comedy classic from 1981, was originally marketed to mainstream audiences as a serious drama and biopic. hah.

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