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Old 01-26-2014, 11:06   #1
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Odd Knowledge and Obscure Facts

I keep finding out things I never knew before. Some are interesting, some I wish I didn't know. Here is one, as an example.

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In ancient times, when being attacked by war elephants, pigs were used to break up the attack. The elephants were distressed by their squealing and so they would break formation and run.

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They also used flaming pigs as catapult loads, where the pigs on fire would be sent over the walls to start interior fires on the wooden structures.

What can you share with me to amaze and amuse?
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:18   #2
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Before the days of paper money, Americans traded animal skins, including deer and elk bucks, for goods and services. Hence the word "buck" to describe money.
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The Ka-Bar Knife (pronounced "KAY BAR"), revered combat knife of the United States Marine Corps got its name thanks to a testimonial letter sent to the company by a fur trapper in the 1920s. The trapper wrote, in very broken English, that he used a Union Cutlery knife to kill a wounded bear after his gun jammed. All that was legible of his scrawled writing was k a bar. So honored were corporate executives that they used the phrase as their trademark, Ka-Bar. In 1952, the Ka-Bar name had achieved such fame that the company changed its name to Ka-Bar Cutlery.

The television series Bonanza was created specifically to provide a product for RCA's new color TV sets.

WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt. That's how many tries it took Norm Larsen, a chemist, to concoct a formula that would prevent corrosion by displacing water.

Major George Welch (USAF) was the first pilot to break the sound barrier. Welch was the chief test pilot of the F-86 and completed the flight at Muroc AFB, California on October 1st, 1949. He went supersonic a second time on October 14th, about thirty minutes before Chuck Yeager flew the X-1 through the sound barrier. Yeager got credit for it because the capabilities of the F-86 were kept classified until just recently.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:38   #4
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Reno, Nevada is further West than Los Angeles, CA.

If you were in Detroit, MI and started going south, the first foreign country you would encounter is….. Canada.

In order to take the Panama canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, you sail in a generally West direction!
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:39   #5
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The term "The whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific.When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
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The term "The whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific.When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
The phrase presumably pre-dates WW II.

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Old 01-26-2014, 14:29   #7
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The phrase presumably pre-dates WW II.

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Correct. Many uses of the phrase in the 1800s. Mostly from the textile industry.
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The phrase presumably pre-dates WW II.

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Yeah, I thought it was attributed to WWI pilots and their guns.
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The term "The whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific.When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
Well, were you wrong about this one?

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The word "salary" originates from Roman Legionnaires, who were originally paid in rations of salt. The "salarium" referred to the weekly distribution of salt to the troops by their Centurians.

Later on, Roman troops were paid in small gold coins or equivalent 5 gram shares of gold nuggets known as "solidus". From this form of payment comes the term "soldier".
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Well, were you wrong about this one?

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This one is very subjective, that is true. The whole 9 yards could have originated with the the textile industry, as the finest suits required 9 yards of materials to keep the fabric weave running in the same direction. But the most common phrase that came from it was one being "dressed to the 9's" indicating a high level of quality.

But the term "whole 9 yards" itself is not really documented prior to WWII. But it was commonly used in WWII. So there is no hard evidence that it was a textile originated phrase. But that doesn't mean it couldn't be.

What it does mean is that the most common application, and first documented uses were military related. Thus, the most probable origin was military related. I could be wrong on this one, and you could be right. Any reference you can provide me would be great, as I am always open to expanding my knowledge. It would be impossible that I am so smart that I could never be wrong, which I would like to correct if I can!

My referance piece is: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/t...ine-yards.html
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:33   #12
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Reno, Nevada is further West than Los Angeles, CA.
I call shenanigans on this one. Prove it.
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I call shenanigans on this one. Prove it.
Reno: 39.5272° N, 119.8219° W

Los Angeles: 34.0500° N, 118.2500° W

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Reno: 39.5272° N, 119.8219° W

Los Angeles: 34.0500° N, 118.2500° W

Los Angeles, CA - Google Maps
I guess that's why they call you atlas and not me. Thank you for bringing me into the light.

So let me ask you this, since you've provided your bonifides.
My father say the northern most, southern most eastern most, and western most state in the union is Alaska, or Hawaii, is this true?
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Major George Welch (USAF) was the first pilot to break the sound barrier. Welch was the chief test pilot of the F-86 and completed the flight at Muroc AFB, California on October 1st, 1949. He went supersonic a second time on October 14th, about thirty minutes before Chuck Yeager flew the X-1 through the sound barrier. Yeager got credit for it because the capabilities of the F-86 were kept classified until just recently.
< cough > 1947 < cough >

Welch, along with Ken Taylor, was nominated for the MoH at Pearl Harbor for shooting down three Japanese planes. They were awarded the DSC instead because they were not at their post when the attack began. Welch died test-piloting an F-100.
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You can't fit a cubic foot of dirt in a 5 gallon bucket.

A cubic foot of dirt is 7.48 gallons of dirt.
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You can't fit a cubic foot of dirt in a 5 gallon bucket.

A cubic foot of dirt is 7.48 gallons of dirt.
Whoa....really?
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Whoa....really?
I guess he ever had to pile up dirt.
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You can't fit a cubic foot of dirt in a 5 gallon bucket.

A cubic foot of dirt is 7.48 gallons of dirt.
A cubit foot of anything is 7.48 gallons.
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A shrimp's stomach is in its head.

A starfish has no brain.

Abraham Lincoln once when challenged to a duel and given the choice of weapons, chose broadswords. Due to his significantly greater height he had a massive reach advantage, causing his opponent to rethink his challenge.

Due to the natural decay of potassium, bananas are mildly radioactive.

You can tell the age of a clam by counting the rings. Some clams can live to be multiple centuries old.

Similar to skyscrapers in the US having no 13th floor, hospitals in Japan have no 4th floor, due to the Japanese word for four being "shi" which is similar to "shini" meaning death.

The reason onions make you tear up is because the sulfur in onion juice mixes with tears to produce sulfuric acid, which your body is desperately trying to flush out.

A group of crows is called a murder.

A group of baboons is called a congress.

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