Thursday, April 19, 2012

TRIVIA BITS 19 APRIL

 

  • The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
  • The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off... Thus the saying.
  • The Scandinavian capital, Stockholm, is built on nine islands connected by bridges.
  • The science-fiction series "Lost in Space" (set in the year 1997) premiered on CBS in 1965.
  • The Scottish city Edinburgh is nicknamed 'Auld Reekie' meaning 'Old Smoky'
  • The 'Screwdriver' was invented by oilmen, who used the tool to stir the drink andwas invented before the screw.
  • The search for the existence of ghosts is Eidology
  • The second largest US state in the 1950's was California.
  • The second longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary is "floccinaucinihilipilification," which means "the act of estimating as worthless."
  • The septum linguae is found on the tongue.

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