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YourMaNoBraBackOfMyCar Tue 17-Dec-13 16:36:17

I love these threads so please tell me all manner of useless info. [Thanks]

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.

LuciusMalfoyisSmokingHot Tue 17-Dec-13 19:06:46

Tattoo Its "Fornication Under Consent of the King"

TapDancingPimp Tue 17-Dec-13 19:07:53

Spiders can survive in water by putting themselves in a self induced coma.

Golddigger Tue 17-Dec-13 19:09:13

Flamingos are pink because they eat pink fish.

TisTheSeasonToBeGroupieGirlLaL Tue 17-Dec-13 19:10:40

There is a particular type of grammatical structure called a zeugma. It is a sentence that comprises one verb used in two different ways:

"He held her hand and his tongue."

"The seeds had been sown, as had the hem of her dress."

cantthinkofagoodone Tue 17-Dec-13 19:11:01

Anal fisting can result in involuntary weeing. Nice.

Shazjack1 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:11:39

Houses used to be taxed depending on how many windows it had. The more windows the higher the amount of tax the owner had to pay hence the term 'daylight robbery'.

MoveYourArmsLikeHenry Tue 17-Dec-13 19:13:53

A male seahorse carries the eggs.

TattooEnvy Tue 17-Dec-13 19:14:52

Aah I was close! grin

PetiteRaleuse Tue 17-Dec-13 19:15:41

The fuck thing is a myth. It comes from German/Dutch. There are several versions of the acronym story but they are all wrong.

CarolPrankster Tue 17-Dec-13 19:17:27

Approximately 1.3 million Earths would fit inside the Sun

SconeForAStroll Tue 17-Dec-13 19:19:06

Ooh yes shazjack that is why you sometimes see Georgian houses with bricked up windows.

It is illegal to carry fruit from one Australian state into another, punishable by a fine of $1000. And there are permanently manned roadblocks to ensure that it doesn't happen between Victoria and South Australia.

VacheEspanol Tue 17-Dec-13 19:23:12

the dot above an i is called a tittle.

elQuintoConyo Tue 17-Dec-13 19:23:21

An ostrych's eye is bigger than its brain (yes, we all know people like that, too!).

The first condoms were made of sheep's intestines. How did they know? buggers beggers belief!

Shirley Maclaine and Warren Beatty are siblings, as are Bruce Willis and Bonny Bedelia (who played his wife in Die Hard).

Dolfins have been known to rape those of another group/family.

fortifiedwithtea Tue 17-Dec-13 19:29:13

Calling someone a 'berk' is very rude.

Berkshire Hunt = Cunt

Cockney slang apparently.

BatmanLovesRobins Tue 17-Dec-13 19:29:21

Bruce Willis and Bonnie Bedelia aren't siblings, but Bonnie Bedelia IS Macauley Culkin's aunt...

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 19:31:45

A possible origin of the fuck word is from the "Fukken" meaning "to hit or to strike"

Lettucesnow Tue 17-Dec-13 19:31:53

All Chow dogs have a blue tongue.

sazzle82 Tue 17-Dec-13 19:33:10

If humans ceased to exist so would bananas. We have genetically grown them to remove the seeds over the centuries so now they have to be planted.

softlysoftly Tue 17-Dec-13 19:33:20

Hang on how can a dolphin rape another dolphin? How do they hold on??

RealAleandOpenFires Tue 17-Dec-13 19:34:11

Polar Bears have black skin, also their fur/hair is actually transparent.

softlysoftly Tue 17-Dec-13 19:35:48

Tumeric is antibacterial.

Strawberry milk and other pink coloured stuff mostly can't be labelled vegetarian as the colouring is made from crushed insects. Cochineal bug I think it's called.

noitsachicken Tue 17-Dec-13 19:36:11

I heard this on the radio, not sure if its true, but apparently there are more people alive today than have ever died.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 17-Dec-13 19:36:14

Your instep is on the top of your foot!

MelanieRavenswood Tue 17-Dec-13 19:36:44

The sister of Judge James Pickles is Christina Pickles who played Ross and Monica's mother in friends

FolkGirl Tue 17-Dec-13 19:37:10

Paganini was considered to have sold his soul to the devil because no one believed he could have been as talented a violinist as he was without having done so.

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