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Postby Mbwun » Fri May 20, 2011 3:28 pm

If a cow gives birth to twin calves of opposite sexes, the female calf is always sterile.
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Postby Baidhnobas » Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:14 pm

It takes a dog an hour to ejaculate.

In the 1970s, an employee of the US Mint stole bags of gold dust by rolling them up in his newspaper. Leaving the mint, he would hold his arms over his head to be searched with the paper in one hand. He was so tall that none of the security guards could reach the paper with the handheld metal detector and missed the gold.
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Postby GINGER » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:29 pm

When the Pope is about to become Pope...
He is required to sit naked on a chair, with a hole cut out of it, So a cardinal can check to see if the pope is a male..

Casino Royale torture scene anybody?
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Postby GINGER » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:14 pm

Benjamin Franklin had pirates working for him, and they invaded Holyhead in Wales, GB.. to get back prisoners..


Did anybody see this on National Geographic?

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/e ... s/09865_00

http://www.suite101.com/content/the-iri ... in-a200815
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Postby Mbwun » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:40 pm

GINGER wrote:When the Pope is about to become Pope...
He is required to sit naked on a chair, with a hole cut out of it, So a cardinal can check to see if the pope is a male..

Casino Royale torture scene anybody?


There was a scene like that in last night's episode of THE BORGIAS. Although, Jeremy Irons was wearing something that looked like a long white nightshirt.
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Postby i.am.sladist » Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:19 am

Baidhnobas wrote
It takes a dog an hour to ejaculate.


wow. Too bad men can't hold out that long ....

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Postby EZ Rhino » Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:33 pm

Anyways, how 'bout those Toronto Blue Jays, eh?
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Postby Baidhnobas » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:07 pm

Dan Brown used to be an English professor. What? I think that's weird.
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Postby Mbwun » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:39 pm

Another strange fact that someone sent me. Again, I have no clue as to its validity:

Manure

In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.


It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a byproduct is methane gas of course.. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ' Stow high in transit ' on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.


Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this word.
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Postby GINGER » Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:02 pm

Is the era of the PC coming to a close..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14490709
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Postby GINGER » Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:07 pm

Mbwun...
SHIT was used in texts from 1700's
This is what I found..

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl-s-word.htm

For most of its history "shit" was spelled "shite" (and sometimes still is), but the modern, four-letter spelling of the word can be found in texts dating as far back as the mid-1700s.

It most certainly did not originate as an acronym used by 19th-century sailors. Apropos that false premise, Rawson observes that "shit" has long been the subject of naughty wordplay, very often based on made-up acronyms on the order of "Ship High in Transit."
For example: In the Army, officers who did not go to West Point have been known to disparage the military academy as the South Hudson Institute of Technology.... And if an angelic six-year-old asks, "Would you like to have some Sugar Honey Iced Tea?", the safest course is to pretend that you have suddenly gone stone deaf.
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Postby Mbwun » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:41 pm

Well, since the problem with shipping it began in the 1500s and 1600s, then it would make sense that the 'Ship High In Transit' aka S.H.I.T. would have been in full use by the 1700s.
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Postby dreab trawets » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:53 pm

I suppose it is like anything..
You say one thing we say another..

In the end they are both interesting snippets..

According to the dictionary, the word is much older than the 1800s, appearing in its earliest form about 1,000 years ago as the Old English verb scitan. That is confirmed by lexicographer Hugh Rawson in his bawdily edifying book, Wicked Words (New York: Crown, 1989), where it is further noted that the expletive is distantly related to words like science, schedule and shield, all of which derive from the Indo-European root skei-, meaning "to cut" or "to split." You get the idea.
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Postby GINGER » Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:49 pm

Here's one for you D. T.
And for anybody else out there, always read the small print, as Apple MAC users found out with the latest web only upgrade..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14437653
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Postby Baidhnobas » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:09 pm

The word squirrel comes from a Greek phrase meaning shadow tail.

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