Your How To Source: Issues of Value, Ethics, Human Needs and Deeds Edited by Heinz Dinter, PhD
Twenty more things you might not know (2006-07-19)
A continuation from the February 2006 issue.
· Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.
· Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
· Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
· There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
· The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before.
· There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple and silver.
· Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.
· A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
· The mask used by Michael Myers in the original “Halloween” was a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
· If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
· By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless).
· 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.
· American Airlines saved $40,000 in ’87 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
· The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola
· Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It’s the same with apples.
· Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
· The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
· Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
· Back in the mid to late ’80s, an IBM compatible computer wasn’t considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft’s Flight Simulator game.
· Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages them.
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