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LikeDylanInTheMovies Tue 16-Aug-16 13:25:10

At the age of 36 I've discovered that

1) Shirley McClaine and Warren Beatty were brother and sister

2) Camels store fat and not water in their humps.

People I've told about my discoveries have universally responded with 'well yeah, everyone knows that'.

Any other factoids you were well behind the curve with?

Hopefullyoneday1 Tue 16-Aug-16 13:27:36

Chickens lay soft eggs, its only when they come into contact with the air that the shell hardens.

Probably a bit useless info smile

mogloveseggs Tue 16-Aug-16 13:29:13

I didn't know about the camels or chickens!

LaurieFairyCake Tue 16-Aug-16 13:30:28

That the numbers on a toaster equals minutes and not levels of toastyness

I didn't know this for over 40 years

Gatehouse77 Tue 16-Aug-16 13:30:40

That fauna refers to animals - I thought flora and fauna was flowers and evergreens!

LikeDylanInTheMovies Tue 16-Aug-16 13:31:45

I didn't know that about toast. I thought it was an abstract measure of tastiness.

LikeDylanInTheMovies Tue 16-Aug-16 13:32:13

Tastiness- toastiness

squoosh Tue 16-Aug-16 13:34:05

Some Greenland sharks are 400 YEARS OLD!

I heard that the other day and I'm still reeling. James I was on the throne when they were born! They must be knackered by now after four centuries of swimming.

Genvonklinkerhoffen Tue 16-Aug-16 13:34:20

Chickens don't lay soft eggs. Where on earth did you hear that?

badtime Tue 16-Aug-16 13:34:35

The toaster thing isn't actually true. It may be for some toasters, but it isn't a rule or anything.

TeaMeBasil Tue 16-Aug-16 13:36:27

I really REALLY want the numbers on a toaster to be the official 'tastiness of the toastiness' scale.....I'm pretty sure this is what it'll be for me from now on gringrin

misskatamari Tue 16-Aug-16 13:39:47

I only found out a few years ago that the channel tunnel was under the sea bed. I think I always thought it was a tunnel that had built on the sea floor (and always wondered a bit how they had managed...blush)

I didn't know there were about 50 types of bee until last year.

I'm sure there are loads more but I can't think just now. One of my favourites from a friend was that she thought unicorns were real and just extinct grin

LikeDylanInTheMovies Tue 16-Aug-16 13:42:39

Oh yeah Teddy Boys took their names from their appropriation of Edwardian fashions.*

* This is quite damming as I am a fan of early rock n'roll and wrote a PhD on early c20th cultural history.

littleprincesssara Tue 16-Aug-16 13:44:43

Factoid was originally coined to mean something that's not true but wrongly commonly believed to be true (like Walkers changing their crisp packet colours).

However through common usage it's now come to be used primarily to mean a small, trivial true fact. So essentially it's changed meaning entirely. Which is quite ironic.

blueturtle6 Tue 16-Aug-16 13:46:11

Didn't know about warren Beatty or camels, the sharks thing is really interesting, but how do they know?

UncleHerbie Tue 16-Aug-16 13:47:03

Something that occurred to me a few years ago: HM The Queen and Marilyn Munroe were both born in 1926 ... Just cannot imagine MM as an old lady

RestlessTraveller Tue 16-Aug-16 13:51:16

I know all the presidents of the US bit can't name kings and queens or prime ministers of England. I'm British.

LikeDylanInTheMovies Tue 16-Aug-16 15:05:20

Someone I knew was adamant for years that Roy Orbison was blind due to the dark shades he wore on stage.

Hopefullyoneday1 Tue 16-Aug-16 15:23:54

Genvonklinkerhoffen i said chickens lay soft eggs, i should have said soft shelled eggs.

The egg shell don't come out hard, could you imagine a poor chook trying to lay a hard shelled egg blush

I know they are soft shelled because i watch mine lay their eggs every morning smile

Purplepicnic Tue 16-Aug-16 15:27:51

There was a thread on here about the Channel Tunnel a while back. Many people admitted they thought it ran along the sea bed and one, if I recall, even thought she'd be able to see the fish grin

ExcuseMyEyebrows Tue 16-Aug-16 15:29:00

Restless I'm British and can't name English kings and queens - I grew up in Scotland and we weren't taught such things wink

TeaStory Tue 16-Aug-16 15:32:30

I love these threads. Shortly someone will be along to tell us that Gibraltar isn't but island and Portsmouth is.

TeaStory Tue 16-Aug-16 15:33:20

*that Gibraltar isn't an island but Portsmouth is.


SurlyValentine Tue 16-Aug-16 15:34:03


BBC link

elQuintoConyo Tue 16-Aug-16 15:36:07

I used to work for Eurotunnel, the number of people who asked if they could see the fishes as they went through was astounding! Like it was Seaworld and entirely made of glass!

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