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  • Henry I decreed that a yard should be the distance from his nose to the end of his outstretched thumb  

  • The Doctor (as in Doctor Who) is real.

  • The broadcaster Chris Hollins has played professional football for Aldershot and first class cricket for Oxford University. Apparently.

    And the cricketer and long jumper CB Fry was probably not asked to be King of Albania after the First World War.

  • The human eye has evolved over millennia to detect movement of objects against a background. Scientists say that this is to avoid being eaten by predators.

    However, consider two moving objects such as boats on the sea, or a running man and a running lion. If the angle of incidence remains constant then the two objects will meet. So boat 1 sees boat 2 at 15 degrees off to port, and 5 minutes later it's still 15 degrees off port then they are going to collide. If running man sees running lion heading across the plain at 45 degrees from his current location and the angle doesn't change, in 5 minutes he'll be an ex-scientist.

     

  • All the matter that makes up a human being could be squashed up into a sugar cube. Because all atoms are made up of 99.9999999999999% empty space.

  • by 'eck, it's hilly wrote (see)
    An authentic spaghetti Bolognese has milk in the ragu

    Now I'm taking you up on this one.....

    Spaghetti bolognese is not authentic at ALL. The good people of Bologna don't EAT spaghetti with their bolognese sauce. They "sometimes" used tagliatelle but NOT spaghetti.


     

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭
    Humans are the only mammal that can't swallow and breathe at the same time
  • The small disc of paper removed by a hole punch is called a chad.

  • The splitting of a word with an expletive is called 'tmesis'.

    If that's not a fascifuckinating fact, I don't know what is. image

  • Newark is an anagram of the word wanker.

     

  • Juliefrazz wrote (see)

    The actual flavour of cola is cinnamon and lime.

     

    I have heard that its actually onion flavour

  • Literally speaking, you have never had a hug or actually touched anything in your entire life, and nothing has ever touched you.

    The negative charge on the electrons of each atom of you repel the negative charge of the electrons of every other atom in the world.

  • There is a mental illness called BOANTHROPY, in which the sufferer thinks they are an ox

  • Pigeons can count

  • All modern marathons are 26.2 miles long.

  • Big_GBig_G ✭✭✭
    A poker player likes nothing better than to "flop the nuts".
  • If I could flop the nuts with any poker player it would be Victoria Coren, although that may not be an interesting fact , just a fantasy!!

  • Big_GBig_G ✭✭✭
    My preference would be Liv Boeree...
  • WombleWomble ✭✭✭
    I was going to quote the OP but no clue how to on this ipad thing. Anyways.... My frog is much bigger than thatimage
  • The expression "cold enough to freeze the ball off a brass monkey" comes from when ships had cannons. The cannon balls were stored on brass plates called brass monkeys which were full of holes to hold the balls in place. When the temperature dropped the plates contracted and the holes were too small causing the balls to roll off.
  • Womble wrote (see)
    I was going to quote the OP but no clue how to on this ipad thing. Anyways.... My frog is much bigger than thatimage

    Wayhey! image

  • RatzerRatzer ✭✭✭
    Bluenose G wrote (see)
    The expression "cold enough to freeze the ball off a brass monkey" comes from when ships had cannons. The cannon balls were stored on brass plates called brass monkeys which were full of holes to hold the balls in place. When the temperature dropped the plates contracted and the holes were too small causing the balls to roll off.

    I had a feeling this one was wrong, so found this:

    "The coefficient of expansion of brass is 0.000019; that of iron is 0.000012. If the base of the stack were one metre long, the drop in temperature needed to make the 'monkey' shrink relative to the balls by just one millimetre, would be around 100 degrees Celsius. Such a small shrinkage wouldn't have had the slightest effect."

    There's also the fact that cannonballs were stored on wooden planks with holes cut in them, called "shot garlands" and not "monkeys".  There were, however, references to a type of cannon known as a Brasse Munkey (or Drake or Dog) so there may be some nautical link.

    Anyway, why would you spend money on brass for keeping cannonballs when wood is just so much cheaper and easier??

  • The wax on lemons is made from insect shit imported from Thailand
  • Did know you Strawberries are a member of the Rose family and

    in China the peach is a symbol of longevity and good luck.

  • Anthony Hopkins was once a pupil at West Monmouth School, Pontypool.

  • The term Yankee(probably) comes from Dutch settlers in New England referring to the English settlers as " little Johns" or in Dutch " Jan-kee".
  • In Hampstead there are still bullet holes in the side of the pub where Ruth Ellis shot the bloke she got hanged for.
  • Prince Naseem Hamed, the ex boxer, is not a real prince

  • Prince Naseem Hamed, the ex-boxer, is now very fat.

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