Thursday, March 15, 2007

Things I didn't know: No 6

Abraham Lincoln liked popcorn, oysters, and good strong coffee.


Simon Spencer said...


1. Mother-in-law is an anagram of Woman Hitler.

2. The QE2 only does 6 inches to a gallon of fuel.

3. It is illegal to flush the loo in Switzerland after 10pm.

4. There is a dairy farm in England on which the cows are fed forty pints of Guinness a day.

5. Hermits have no peer pressure.

6. Jack Nicholson used to answer fan mail for Tom & Jerry.

7. Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same. - Oscar Wilde.

8. Coca-Cola was originally green.

9. U2 were playing a gig in Dublin, and Bono decided to try and convince the crowd to donate money to help poverty. He stood in front of the crowd, clicking his fingers once every two seconds. "Every time I click my fingers," he told the crowd, "a child dies in Africa." A heckler from the crowd shouted back, "Stop doing it then!"

10. The average 4 year-old asks 100 questions a day.

11. It is impossible to say, "beer can" without sounding like a Jamaican saying ‘bacon’.

12. Bibliomancy is the practice by some people of opening the Bible at random and being guided for the day by whatever verse they see first.

13. Papaphobia is the fear of Popes.

14. Laughter is the best form of medicine, unless you're which case it's insulin.

15. According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg.

16. On average smoking reduces your life expectancy by 8 years ... But, a male smoker can still, on average, out live a male non-smoker by being castrated. This is because castration increases you life expectancy, on average, by 13 years.

17. There are more chickens in the world than humans.

18. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

20. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

Danny said...

In my (albeit limited) experience of the Shed...he knows far more than we think.

In my extensive experience of the average 4 year old...they ask far more than 100 questions a day (try an hour...)

But I thank you for no 15, a question which always troubled me.

Dave Strain said...

Dave, as you may recall I'll be over for the PCRT conference in April. I get into Philly on the Thurs 26th and have most of the day to kill before the conference starts on the Friday. Any chance of hooking up? Give me an email and we can arrange it if possible. Alternatively let me know if you're going to the conference and we can hook up then- lunch, coffee or summat.