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Old Sep 02, 2001, 12:07 PM   #61
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The capuchin monkey was named after a European hairstyle because the distinctive crown of hair resembles the cowl, or capuche, of an order of Franciscan friars. Capuchins, the stereotypical "organ grinder monkeys," are extremely intelligent monkeys, demonstrating cue-producing behaviors and the use of tools. Their intelligence and even temperament make them excellent choices for film and television roles.

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Why do fireflies glow? The glow is a form of sexual communication between male and female fireflies. The male's light is twice as bright as the female's. As can be expected, the males fly around flashing their light while the females hide in the grass or bushes, giving off their light to attract the males. Most interesting: different species flash at different rates to ensure that a mate of the same species answers.

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Technically, there's no such thing as bullet-proof glass. The material is really "bullet-resistant laminated glass," but it's not the glass that provides the protection. It's the layers of strong, clear plastic sheets sandwiched between the layers of tempered glass.

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The Boston Tea Party was not a protest by colonial Americans against higher taxes on imported British tea. Actually, the price of tea was lowered by the British, and colonists reacted by throwing some of it into the harbor. Most American tea was smuggled Dutch tea, and as a result, British manufacturers accumulated 17 million pounds of surplus tea. To sell it, the Tea Act was passed, eliminating all duties on British tea (lowering its price significantly). The Americans at the Boston Tea Party were protesting the unloading of the cheaper tea.



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Silkworms, offspring of moths, produce their highly-desirable, pricey silk, by spewing out thread from tiny holes in their jaws, which they use to spin into their egg-bearing cocoons. This entire production takes a mere 72 hours, during which time they produce between 500-1200 silken threads. These miniature, mulberry leaf-munching marvels lay, at minimum, 500 eggs each spring, thereby increasing the number of workers for the production line.

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America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.

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The New York phone book had 22 Hitlers listed before World War II...

and none after.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Sans-Serif">Quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted By bearkat77:
The New York phone book had 22 Hitlers listed before World War II...

and none after.

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Bet there aren't many Clinton's these days either.


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Old Sep 04, 2001, 08:16 AM   #72
 
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"Aibohphobia" is the fear of palindromes, and is itself a palindrome.

A man, a plan, a caret, a ban, a myriad, a sum, a lac, a liar, a hoop, a pint, a catalpa, a gas, an oil, a bird, a yell, a vat, a caw, a pax, a wag, a tax, a nay, a ram, a cap, a yam, a gay, a tsar, a wall, a car, a luger, a ward, a bin, a woman, a vassal, a wolf, a tuna, a nit, a pall, a fret, a watt, a bay, a daub, a tan, a cab, a datum, a gall, a hat, a fag, a zap, a say, a jaw, a lay, a wet, a gallop, a tug, a trot, a trap, a tram, a torr, a caper, a top, a tonk, a toll, a ball, a fair, a sax, a minim, a tenor, a bass, a passer, a capital, a rut, an amen, a ted, a cabal, a tang, a sun, an ass, a maw, a sag, a jam, a dam, a sub, a salt, an axon, a sail, an ad, a wadi, a radian, a room, a rood, a rip, a tad, a pariah, a revel, a reel, a reed, a pool, a plug, a pin, a peek, a parabola, a dog, a pat, a cud, a nu, a fan, a pal, a rum, a nod, an eta, a lag, an eel, a batik, a mug, a mot, a nap, a maxim, a mood, a leek, a grub, a gob, a gel, a drab, a citadel, a total, a cedar, a tap, a gag, a rat, a manor, a bar, a gal, a cola, a pap, a yaw, a tab, a raj, a gab, a nag, a pagan, a bag, a jar, a bat, a way, a papa, a local, a gar, a baron, a mat, a rag, a gap, a tar, a decal, a tot, a led, a tic, a bard, a leg, a bog, a burg, a keel, a doom, a mix, a map, an atom, a gum, a kit, a baleen, a gala, a ten, a don, a mural, a pan, a faun, a ducat, a pagoda, a lob, a rap, a keep, a nip, a gulp, a loop, a deer, a leer, a lever, a hair, a pad, a tapir, a door, a moor, an aid, a raid, a wad, an alias, an ox, an atlas, a bus, a madam, a jag, a saw, a mass, an anus, a gnat, a lab, a cadet, an em, a natural, a tip, a caress, a pass, a baronet, a minimax, a sari, a fall, a ballot, a knot, a pot, a rep, a carrot, a mart, a part, a tort, a gut, a poll, a gateway, a law, a jay, a sap, a zag, a fat, a hall, a gamut, a dab, a can, a tabu, a day, a batt, a waterfall, a patina, a nut, a flow, a lass, a van, a mow, a nib, a draw, a regular, a call, a war, a stay, a gam, a yap, a cam, a ray, an ax, a tag, a wax, a paw, a cat, a valley, a drib, a lion, a saga, a plat, a catnip, a pooh, a rail, a calamus, a dairyman, a bater, a canal - Panama.





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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Sans-Serif">Quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted By Nowhere Man:
The average woman uses about six pounds of lipstick during her lifetime. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Laying it on a little thick, huh?

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Old Sep 04, 2001, 09:56 PM   #74
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In Milan, Italy, there is a law on the books that requires a smile on the face of all citizens at all times. Exemptions include time spent visiting patients in hospitals or attending funerals. Otherwise, the fine is $100 if they are seen in public without a smile on their face.

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Old Sep 04, 2001, 09:57 PM   #75
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Psyche is a young woman in ancient mythology who attracts the interest of the god of love (Eros, better known by his Roman name, Cupid). Cupid is the son of the goddess of love, Venus (Aphrodite), and is instructed by his mother to punish Psyche by making her fall in love with a monster. When Cupid sees her, however, he falls in love with her himself. Careful to avoid the ire of his mother, he arranges to marry Psyche, but only visits her under cover of darkness. She has no idea who her husband really is and gradually becomes convinced (with the help of some jealous sisters) that she might be married to a monster. One night she violates Cupid's order never to try to discover his true identity and uses a lamp to gaze on him when he sleeps. Thereafter, she has to undergo many trials at the hands of Venus to win him back. She does, and is granted immortality. From her name, Psyche, we get our word for "soul."

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The first heart transplant occurred in 1967 in Capetown, South Africa. The patient lived for only 18 days. A second transplant, performed several days later in New York, was no more successful - the patient lived only a few hours. Techniques have improved greatly since then and some heart recipients have lived for six years or more.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Sans-Serif">Quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted By bearkat77:
In Milan, Italy, there is a law on the books that requires a smile on the face of all citizens at all times. Exemptions include time spent visiting patients in hospitals or attending funerals. Otherwise, the fine is $100 if they are seen in public without a smile on their face.

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So what happens if someone gets hit by a car?

"It's ok everyone, just a couple of broken legs!"


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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Sans-Serif">Quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted By bearkat77:
The first heart transplant occurred in 1967 in Capetown, South Africa. The patient lived for only 18 days. A second transplant, performed several days later in New York, was no more successful - the patient lived only a few hours. Techniques have improved greatly since then and some heart recipients have lived for six years or more.

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Speaking of, and on a sad note, Dr Christiaan Barnard - the man and pioneer of heart transplants who performed that succesful operation and who has since saved countless lives - passed away just 3 days ago.

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"Getting our just deserts" has nothing to do with a desert, nor a dessert, for that matter. The expression comes from "deservir," French for "to deserve." So, the expression means you are simply getting what's coming to you.

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The expression "getting off scot free" has nothing to do with Scots. It refers to a medieval tax or fine called the scot, once pronounced "shot." The expression came into use around the 16th century to mean someone who was excused from making such a payment.

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