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Odd Knowledge and Obscure Facts

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Marcus Unrealious, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    The house used in filming of "Downton Abbey" is the ancestral home of the Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered King Tut's tomb and was one of the first victims of its curse.
     


  2. PPinesRon

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    There's no spot in Florida more than 60 miles from an ocean.

    The distance from Miami, FL to Pensacola, FL is the same distance as Pensacola to Chicago.
     
  3. vettely

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    A clock runs clockwise because that is how a sundial shadow runs.
     
  4. Marcus Unrealious

    Marcus Unrealious Great Sage

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    Clement Vallandigham was a lawyer was trying to prove, in a murder trial, that someone shot themselves, accidentally. While the lawyer was reenacting it he accidentally shot himself and died. He proved his point and the defendant was acquitted.

    It takes 42 muscles in your face to frown. It only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and smack someone upside the head.

    Nicholas Stephen Alkemade was a rear gunner in Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster heavy bombers during World War II. He jumped out of a plane without a parachute rather than burn to death. He fell 18,000 feet and survived. He was captured and questioned by the Gestapo. They were so impressed, they issued him a certificate verifying the story.
     
  5. Marcus Unrealious

    Marcus Unrealious Great Sage

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    I had never actually thought about 'why' it did! Fun fact!
     
  6. aspartz

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    Not according to google maps

    ARS
     
  7. Marcus Unrealious

    Marcus Unrealious Great Sage

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    Photoshop detects if you are trying to edit an image of currency, and attempts to stop you from opening/printing the file.

    A floating British base was abandoned until a rogue DJ moved there. He declared the floating fortress the Principality of Sealand. He raised a flag, named himself Prince and his wife Princess. Sealand withstood court challenges, and remains an independent nation to this day.

    If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

    A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second!

    In the ancient Persian Empire, men used to debate ideas twice, once sober and once drunk, because the idea had to sound good in both states in order to be considered a good idea.
     
  8. Batesmotel

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    Because of our family name, my sons can purchase citizenship and noble title.
     
  9. Marcus Unrealious

    Marcus Unrealious Great Sage

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    Has the Wile E. Coyote ever caught the Road Runner?
    Only once.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KJJW7EF5aVk"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KJJW7EF5aVk[/ame]
     
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  10. Marcus Unrealious

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    Jack Woolams, a test pilot, once joined a group of trainee pilots while flying the experimental P-59 jet airplane. The trainees, surprised to see a plane flying without propellers, were astonished to see Woolans flying the plane wearing an old Halloween gorilla mask, a bowler hat and smoking a cigar. Woolans waved at them and flew away. He had worn the outfit so that no one would believe the rookie pilots about and the plane with no prop.


    Pick a number between 1 and 99, write it as a word, then count the letters to get a new number. Write the new number as a word, and count its letters- repeat. if you try it you’ll find you get stuck at the number 4- the only number equal to its letter-count. Try it!

    W.C. Fields kept US $50,000 in Germany during WWII 'in case the little bastard wins'.
     
  11. Marcus Unrealious

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    Adrian Carton de Wiart was a British soldier who fought in both World Wars and the Boar War. He was shot in the face, head, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He later said “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

    A garbage man won 9 million in the lottery, spent it all on drugs, demolition derbys, and jewelry. Now he’s a garbage man again
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    Gandhi would not let doctors give penicillin to his wife, which led to her death, yet accepted quinine to save his own life.

    A “moment” is a medieval unit of time equal to 90 seconds.

    The first US Marines wore high leather collars to protect their necks from sabres, hence the name "leathernecks."

    The US Supreme Court building has a basketball court on the top floor known as “The Highest Court in the Land“.
     
  12. RyanSBHF

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    Marcus Unrealious Great Sage

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    Bob Marley was buried with his red Gibson guitar, a Bible opened to Psalm 23, and bud of marijuana.

    When the United States Office of Strategic Services, precursors of the C.I.A, wanted a way to guide bombs down on enemy ships, they turned to cats for the solution. It was theorized that when dropped from a plane with a parachute, the cats’ natural disdain for water would instinctively force it to guide itself – and the bomb – to enemy decks. Unfortunately the program never got past testing stages because the cats regularly passed out during the fall.

    The only person a 5-star U.S. general will salute first (other than the president) is a Medal of Honor recipient.

    Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Baker was gravely wounded and had his comrades leave him behind, propped up against a tree with a pistol that had 8 bullets remaining. Later they found his body next to the tree, surrounded by 8 dead Japanese soldiers
     
  14. Marcus Unrealious

    Marcus Unrealious Great Sage

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    Nicholas Stephen Alkemade (1922–1987) was a rear gunner in Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster heavy bombers during World War IIA British tail gunner in WWII jumped out of a plane without a parachute rather than burn to death. He fell 18,000 feet and survived. He was captured and questioned by the Gestapo. They were so impressed, they issued him a certificate verifying the story.

    Jonathan Lee Riches got the Guinness world record for having filed the highest number of lawsuits in the world. When he heard of this, he sued the Guinness Book of World Records.

    During the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, 9 Soviet scientists died of starvation while protecting the world’s largest seed bank, refusing to eat what they saw as their country’s future.
     
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  15. Dr. Bill

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    It's called 'Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard' because it was formulated by Mr. Grey and Mr. Poupon, and all the ingredients used were grown in Dijon, France.

    They're called 'Canada Geese' because the man who discovered them as a species was Mr. Canada. To refer to them as 'Canadian Geese' is a misnomer.
     
  16. tsmo1066

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    Adolf Hitler was a huge fan of American motion pictures, and he revered Clark Gable above all other actors. When Hitler learned that Gable was serving in the Army Air Corps as a waist gunner, and that he had been assigned to duties in England, Hitler actually held a command meeting with his senior military staff instructing them to offer a sizeable monetary reward to any German soldier that managed to capture Gable unharmed.

    Hitler's hope was to get his hands on Gable and make a movie with him.
     
  17. 2bgop

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    Not true.
     
  18. willie_pete

    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    I wonder where some of you are getting you "obscure facts" from?

    WP
     
  19. Atlas

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    The FBI spent a couple of years and about $1M of your tax money investigating the lyrics of the rock-n-roll song "Louie-Louie" because they believed it to have obscene lyrics.

    The FBI had guys in white lab-coats using high-tech laboratory gear trying to hear obscene lyrics that just were not there.
    They interrogated members of the band "The Kingsmen", who messed with the FBI agents' minds for the fun of it.


    http://www.louielouie.net/11-fbi.htm

    From the FBI's own archives:
    http://vault.fbi.gov/louie-louie-the-song
     
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