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I bet you didn't know....
Dec 20th, 2007 at 1:26am
 
... aka the "useless facts" thread

The first commercial Microwave oven was marketed in 1954.
The first domestic Microwave oven was launched in 1967.

SOURCE: http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/story068.htm
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Reply #1 - Dec 20th, 2007 at 1:30am
 
The origins of the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty was not a person pilloried in the famous rhyme. Humpty Dumpty was in fact a huge canon!  The canon, Humpty Dumpty, was strategically placed on the protective wall of "St Mary's Wall Church" in Colchester, England. During the English Civil War (1642 - 1649) the town of Colchester was fiercely fought for by the Roundheads and Cavaliers. A shot from a Parliamentary canon succeeded in damaging the wall beneath Humpty Dumpty which caused the canon to tumble to the ground. The Royalists, or Cavaliers, 'all the King's men' attempted to raise Humpty Dumpty on to another part of the wall. However, because the canon , or Humpty Dumpty, was so heavy ' All the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again!' This had a drastic consequence for the Royalists as the strategically important town of Colchester fell to the Parliamentarians after a siege lasting eleven weeks.

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Reply #2 - Dec 20th, 2007 at 1:34am
 
A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in relation to its size.
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Reply #3 - May 16th, 2008 at 10:16am
 
OMG! The microwave is older than I am!!


Here's my fact:

A person uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day.



hmmm.. does that little flap go OVER or UNDER?

I say "over", hubby says "under".... My household is harmonious except for this one small detail.
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Reply #4 - May 16th, 2008 at 4:14pm
 
In Japan, they have a species of Hornet that reaches up to 4.5cm (1.8inch) with up to 3 inches wingspan... while the Queen of the species may reach up to 5.5cm in length (2.2inch).

SOURCE: saw something about 'em on the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC channel a couple of years ago, then followed it up at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Giant_Hornet
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Reply #5 - May 16th, 2008 at 5:58pm
 
According to GOOGLE, today is the 48th Anniversary of the First Ever Laser being fired up / demonstrated.
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Reply #6 - May 31st, 2008 at 12:38am
 
Once there was a "Pineapple Mars bar": This early tropical-flavoured prototype was not a lasting success

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Reply #7 - May 31st, 2008 at 12:45am
 
The UK Conservative Party has a history stretching back to 1783.

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Reply #8 - Oct 28th, 2009 at 2:04am
 
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Re: I bet you didn't know....
Reply #9 - Nov 3rd, 2011 at 9:50am
 
Facts are never useless.
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