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  • The QWERTY keyboard (the one we use today) has an interesting history. The early typewriters would jam if you typed too fast so they DESIGNED AN INEFFICIENT KEYBOARD TO SLOW TYPISTS DOWN. By the time typewriter technology improved it was too late to switch back to a keyboard that would put the most common keys within easy reach. It would seem you only get one chance to enter certain things into a culture.




    CRAZY!

  • How about the different laws that are passed around towns or cities in the United States. Some of them are pretty wild and who knows how they get passed.


    In Temple, Texas it is still a "hanging offense" to steal cattle.


    COW JACKING = BROKEN NECK


    Here are some other busted-ass laws in Texas, lookup somewhere and see what the cops can get you for.




    CRAZY texas laws


    A recently passed anticrime law requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.


    The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home.


    When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.


    It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers. You don't need a windshield, but you must have the wipers.


    You can be legally married by publically introducing a person as your husband or wife 3 times.


    A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.


    It is illegal for one to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.


    It is illegal to milk another person's cow.


    Abilene
    It is illegal to idle or loiter anyplace within the corporate limits of the city for the purpose of flirting or mashing.


    Austin
    Wire cutters can not be carried in your pocket.



    Clarendon
    It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster.


    El Paso
    Churches, hotels, halls of assembly, stores, markets, banking rooms, railroad depots, and saloons are required to provide spittoons "of a kind and number to efficiently contain expectorations into them."


    Houston
    Beer may not be purchased after midnight on a Sunday, but it may be purchased on Monday. ????? this one is swift



    Jasper
    Dogs must be on a leash at ALL times. Fine of 100 dollars.


    LeFors
    It is illegal to take more than three swallows of beer while standing.


    Lubbock County
    It is illegal to drive within an arm's length of alcohol - including alcohol in someone else's blood stream.


    Mesquite
    It is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,375 Posts
    The anus is the only human orifice that can excrete in the forms of liquid, gas, and solid.




    I just made that one up.

    - spidey

  • John Lennon sang back up on David Bowie's "Fame".

    he also played guitar on that lp, which was a young Luther Vandross's first appearance on wax

  • The anus is the only human orifice that can excrete in the forms of liquid, gas, and solid.




    I just made that one up.

    - spidey

    Can Kimbo do that? What about Alba?

    What about the mouth?

  • rootlesscosmorootlesscosmo 12,848 Posts
    Theodore "Ted" Shackley (July 16, 1927 - December 9, 2002) was an American CIA officer involved in many important and controversial CIA operations during 1960s and 1970s. He was commonly known as the ???Blond Ghost??? due to his dislike of being photographed.He was involved in masterminding operation pheonix in vietnam-where captured VC were tortured for useful information and then killed.Project pheonix also handled political assassinations.And he ran the secret war in Laos



    Hank Shocklee and Keith Shocklee were core members of the hip-hop production team "The Bomb Squad." The Bomb Squad are noted for their dense, distinct, highly innovative production style, often utilizing dozens of samples on just one track. They are also known for their ability to incorporate harsh, unmelodic sounds and samples into their songs, generally enhancing them.

    Although most famous for their work with Public Enemy, they have also contributed heavily to several hip hop albums released in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Slick Rick's The Great Adventures of Slick Rick and Run-D.M.C.'s Down With The King. They also produced a few tracks for New Jack/Hip-Hop group Bell Biv Devoe (A New Edition Spin-off group).


  • kitchenknightkitchenknight 4,922 Posts
    stewardesses is the longest word you can type using only the left hand on a Qwerty keyboard.

  • dayday 9,612 Posts

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

  • GuzzoGuzzo 8,611 Posts
    The anus is the only human orifice that can excrete in the forms of liquid, gas, and solid.




    I just made that one up.

    - spidey

    Can Kimbo do that? What about Alba?

    What about the mouth?

    only 22% of humans are born with functioning mouths

  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,875 Posts
    In Hollywood. It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.

  • SooksSooks 712 Posts
    In 2006, 14194 ships traversed the Panama canal carrying a total of 211,662,616 tons of cargo.

  • lepoohpoohlepoohpooh 296 Posts

    Butterflies taste with their feet.




  • Butterflies taste with their feet.




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  • prof_rockwellprof_rockwell 2,867 Posts
    Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.


    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.


    But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.


    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.


    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.


    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.


    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.


    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.


    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.


    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at wor k leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.


    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.


    Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.


    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.


    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!


    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

  • akoako 3,409 Posts
    Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.


    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.


    But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.


    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.


    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.


    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.


    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.


    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.


    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.


    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at wor k leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.


    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.


    Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.


    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.


    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!


    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!


    how come the us Ad Council doesnt have any "eat a banana, idiot" commercials yet? this list of facts is enough to make me go buy a few bunches.

  • Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.


    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.


    But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.


    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.


    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.


    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.


    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.


    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.


    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.


    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at wor k leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.


    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.


    Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.


    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.


    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!


    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!


    how come the us Ad Council doesnt have any "eat a banana, idiot" commercials yet? this list of facts is enough to make me go buy a few bunches.




  • WoimsahWoimsah 1,734 Posts
    robin williams sucks. its not obscure just thought id point it out.

    dude, is this you dizzy? did you know that my mom has called me eggbert since i was like 7 or something. it really damaged my street rep in clovis...

    CHURCH.

    I don't give a fuck if dude is good in dramatic roles. He's so fucking annoying it's beyond me. He is good in them dramatic roles though. But god does he fucking bug this dude.

  • Kuulilennuteetunneliluuk (bullet flightway tunnel hatch) is the longest palindrome in Estonian.

    in english, the longest palindrome (I think) is

    A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama

    "T. Eliot, Top Bard, Notes Putrid Tang Emanating, is sad. I???d
    Assign it a name: 'Gnat Dirt Upset on Drab Pot Toilet.'???

    Junior Year English.

  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts
    Kuulilennuteetunneliluuk (bullet flightway tunnel hatch) is the longest palindrome in Estonian.

    in english, the longest palindrome (I think) is

    A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama

    "T. Eliot, Top Bard, Notes Putrid Tang Emanating, is sad. I???d
    Assign it a name: 'Gnat Dirt Upset on Drab Pot Toilet.'???

    Junior Year English.

    So what's the longest palindrome that isn't nonsense?

    No but, seriously, what is the longest ONE-WORD palindrome
    in English, which is what the Estonian one quoted is - anyone?

  • 1219197712191977 323 Posts
    99.9% of all species have become extinct on Earth.

  • AlGarthAlGarth 353 Posts
    An uncovered sneeze travels 25+ feet.

  • Kuulilennuteetunneliluuk (bullet flightway tunnel hatch) is the longest palindrome in Estonian.

    in english, the longest palindrome (I think) is

    A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama

    "T. Eliot, Top Bard, Notes Putrid Tang Emanating, is sad. I???d
    Assign it a name: 'Gnat Dirt Upset on Drab Pot Toilet.'???

    Junior Year English.

    So what's the longest palindrome that isn't nonsense?

    No but, seriously, what is the longest ONE-WORD palindrome
    in English, which is what the Estonian one quoted is - anyone?

    Nonsense? I was taught that. By A Teacher.
    That actually isn't even the world's largest palindrome, the biggest being something like 17,000 letters. But I couldn't be bothered to write that.

    As far as the longest single word palindrome:
    "The word DETARTRATED (12) is also considered by some to be a word. It is a chemical term. "

  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts


    Nonsense? I was taught that. By A Teacher.

    That's great, but "T. Eliot, Top Bard, Notes Putrid Tang Emanating, is sad. I???d
    Assign it a name: 'Gnat Dirt Upset on Drab Pot Toilet.'??? is still nonsense
    talk that works out to a palindrome. It's close to being sensical,
    I suppose - but "gnat dirt" kills it.

    Nice work on "DETARTRATED"

  • nzshadownzshadow 5,517 Posts

    Smirnoff and Haagen Daas are both brandnames dreamt up by American marketers to make their product sound more 'foreign'

  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,375 Posts
    Can Kimbo do that? What about Alba?

    What about the mouth?

    I seriously believe Jessica Alba shits precious gemstones.



    - spidey

  • nzshadownzshadow 5,517 Posts


    I seriously believe Jessica Alba shits precious gemstones.

    That is truth. I have dreamt it.

  • eliseelise 3,252 Posts
    99.9% of all species have become extinct on Earth.
    if really true, then this is sad.

  • nzshadownzshadow 5,517 Posts
    99.9% of all species have become extinct on Earth.
    if really true, then this is sad.

    No its not. Its nature.

  • eliseelise 3,252 Posts
    99.9% of all species have become extinct on Earth.
    if really true, then this is sad.

    No its not. Its nature.

    well,okay, then im happy ...


    pffft.

  • nzshadownzshadow 5,517 Posts
    listen, species becoming extinct is part of Eltons Circle of Life.

    And if (when) we as a species are directly responsible, i guess you could consider it sad.
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