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Sep 21st 2011 at 10:52:13 AM

This is just a thread of Quite Interesting facts. Because learning these things is no good if you have no chance to share them.

Apparently, the sell-by-date is a product of Al Capone who hated drinking sour milk as a child and insisted on such an idea for a donation of milk he made for school children.

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blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Sep 22nd 2011 at 8:40:24 AM

I recently learned that the Koreans devised a method of heating their homes by venting the smoke and heat from the kitchen fire underneath the stone floors of the house and then out a chimney at the end of the house that helped create a draft.

We never go any where without our swords and boas.
Michael So that's what this does Relationship Status: Drift compatible
So that's what this does
Sep 24th 2011 at 3:49:44 AM

Hitler's belief that there should be a car for every household was considered outlandish.

DhanaRagnarok Disturbingly suspect. from France. COCO-FLIPPIN'-RICO. Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Disturbingly suspect.
Sep 24th 2011 at 1:49:29 PM

Scientists have no idea why we sleep. They even discovered that some people can sleep only 2 hours per night without any ill effects.

Deep childhood trauma. Saw his dad do it with his mom- A trauma, really? What a wimp! -after he stabbed her 23 times. Oh...OH.
Justice4243 Writer of horse words from Portland, OR, USA Relationship Status: Brony
Writer of horse words
Sep 25th 2011 at 2:57:01 AM

Supposedly almost anyone can do that if one has the flexible schedule /fortitude to change their normal behaviour.

Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.Proverbs21:15 FimFiction account.
Saeglopur Resident Hipster from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Sep 26th 2011 at 4:34:14 PM

Hull City are the only team in the entirety of the English Football League whose name contains no letters that can be coloured in, whether written in upper or lower case.

edited 26th Sep '11 4:35:01 PM by Saeglopur

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Oct 3rd 2011 at 7:51:46 AM

The Spanish Inquisition would give you thirty days notice.

Bet Monty Python feels silly now.

Denim and jeans both get their names from European towns. serge de Nīmes because Nimes made the serge material and bleu de Gźnes because in Genoa they would dye it blue.

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Justice4243 Writer of horse words from Portland, OR, USA Relationship Status: Brony
Writer of horse words
Oct 3rd 2011 at 12:18:57 PM

"Only people who don't check their MAIL do not expect the    Spanish Inquisition!   "

Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.Proverbs21:15 FimFiction account.
Saeglopur Resident Hipster from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Oct 3rd 2011 at 5:22:39 PM

Abraham Lincoln was an honorary citizen of San Marino.

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Oct 12th 2011 at 1:47:31 PM

Gypsies didn't really use horse drawn carriages until about the 1870s. Before then they just used a style of tent that just looked a bit like a wigwam.

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carbon-mantis Collector Of Fine Oddities from North Carolina Relationship Status: Married to my murderer
Collector Of Fine Oddities
Oct 12th 2011 at 2:30:12 PM

Charles Darwin discovered firsthand how the Bombardier Beetle*

got its name when he was collecting insects one day. He had run out of containers to put a new one he found in, and his hands were full, so he popped the one he had in his hand into his mouth and got a taste of nature's chemical playset.

Oct 14th 2011 at 12:22:50 PM

The word "sleuth" comes from the old scottish term for a bloodhound "Slough dog" because they were used just as they are now as trackers.

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carbon-mantis Collector Of Fine Oddities from North Carolina Relationship Status: Married to my murderer
Collector Of Fine Oddities
Nov 2nd 2011 at 6:35:09 PM

Cubozoans have the best eyes of any cnidarian. Here's looking at you. . .

edited 2nd Nov '11 6:35:21 PM by carbon-mantis

Dec 8th 2011 at 8:15:48 AM

In Europe we don't get hurricanes, we get European Windstorms.

One stole my shopping this morning.

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Enkufka Wandering Student ಠ_ಠ from Bay of White fish
Wandering Student ಠ_ಠ
Dec 18th 2011 at 8:48:04 PM

We only think a tuffet is a type of stool because of Little Miss Muffet, and it is only used as a reference because there is such a dearth of information as to the furniture used before 1300.

And the "Board" of "Room And Board" was literal. Tables were not permanent, and the dinner table was hung on the wall, and was a large board. when the meal was served, it was placed upon the knees of those sitting on the banque, french for bench, and food was placed on the board, giving us banquet.

Very big Daydream Believer. "That's not knowledge, that's a crapshoot!" -Al Murray "Welcome to QI" -Stephen Fry
Justice4243 Writer of horse words from Portland, OR, USA Relationship Status: Brony
Writer of horse words
Dec 22nd 2011 at 1:05:05 AM

That must of sucked if anyone had to use the bathroom during dinner.

Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.Proverbs21:15 FimFiction account.
May 11th 2012 at 7:18:46 AM

Jaws 3D was originally conceived as a comedy called "Jaws 3 People 0".

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lebrel Tsundere pet. from Basement, Ivory Tower
Tsundere pet.
May 11th 2012 at 3:33:46 PM

[up][up][up] "when the meal was served, it was placed upon the knees of those sitting on the banque, french for bench, and food was placed on the board, giving us banquet."

Never heard of that, where'd you get it? (The board(s) were usually placed on trestles.)

Calling someone a pedant is an automatic Insult Backfire. Real pedants will be flattered.
HersheleOstropoler You gotta get yourself some marble columns from BK.NY.US Relationship Status: Less than three
You gotta get yourself some marble columns
May 11th 2012 at 5:17:15 PM

A sketch on The Muppet Show set to "Macho Man" ends with Gonzo slinging birds at mean pigs.

edited 11th May '12 5:17:48 PM by HersheleOstropoler

The child is father to the man —Oedipus
May 22nd 2012 at 12:47:35 PM

The native martial arts of Indonesia, Pencak silat, predates the arrival of Islam in the country. However as it has evolved, it has incorporated these cultural aspects. For example, one technique for blocking is based on the hand motions of Wudu, the Islamic ritual cleaning before prayer.

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Euodiachloris Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
May 22nd 2012 at 2:41:02 PM

[up]Have you been at Mark and Simon's pod-cast? <suspicious tones> [lol]

Sep 6th 2012 at 12:04:54 PM

When you make an ATM transaction, the bank pays the ATM operator about 26p.

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Jan 6th 2013 at 11:01:43 AM

The American Civil War general "Stonewall" Jackson was himself pro-union but he fought for the confederacy because Virginia had seceeded and he couldn't bear to fight against his home state. Probably a lot of Americans know this.

However, he's actually from West Virginia, so oops?

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Dorkus I nose things Relationship Status: Desperate
I nose things
Jan 6th 2013 at 4:34:51 PM

It wasn't West Virginia until after the war started.

TParadox Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Jan 6th 2013 at 7:47:44 PM

Elvis Presley once shot his television because Robert Goulet was on, and Goulet stole his girlfriend when Presley was in the army.

Actually, I think I learned that around this site.

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