Strange Stuff  

sexyblokeinlincs 54M
337 posts
1/2/2006 2:47 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Strange Stuff

Not feeling very imaginative today so here are some strange but true facts gathered from the net...

A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second
- Am I right in remembering that there is a brand of condom called Jiffy which used to have the Ad line 'Come in a Jiffy'? Mind you I also remember in Australia the leading brand is / was Sellotape which sounds more than a little painful to us Brits! Which reminds me again of when I first saw a sanitary towel with it's sticky strip and I thought how painful that looked....

Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people
- Not sure which products or how...

Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland
- I don't understand why this should be so, or is it a 'wind-up'?!

If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion
- But why?

A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth
- Handy

Clinophobia is the fear of beds
- No fear here!

Porcupines float in water
- I guess it's the air in the spines, but don't most things float after a fashion?

Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eye"
- Used to love that film...

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"
- But are there also 14 or 16 letter words?

The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur
- I know some people like this...

Cat urine glows under a black-light
- I am not tempted to test this out

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1
- Let's hope they don't have an 'obesity epidemic'!

The electric chair was invented by a dentist
- Figures!

No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half
- So now you know..

A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein
- A group of bloggers is a .......

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand
- My first thought was 'why would they want to blow sand'...

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times
- Let's hope it's nose is not similarly skilled!

Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks
- Please do not test this!

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night
- I think this may be an American mole rather than the Western European one...

Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone
- So don't challenge them to a pillow fight!

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside
-please do not try this!

That's enough, it's a strange world out there!


tillerbabe 55F

1/3/2006 1:10 am

A "group of Bloggers" is a "Perval"

sexyblokeinlincs 54M
470 posts
1/3/2006 5:26 am

Tillerbabe I'll go with that!



helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
1/4/2006 4:45 am

When I lived in South Africa, a Jiffy was a plastic bag that you used to wrap sandwiches in, or use to freeze food in. The strap line was "Wrap it in a Jiffy"... lol, so imagine coming to the UK and discovering Jiffy was a condom... although the strap line would still work!!


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