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Useless Trivia

  1. Apr 29, 2005 #1

    brewnog

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    'Useless' Trivia

    After being prompted by the bathroom reading thread, I decided that I'd better start one of these.

    Post your snippets of information which are of use to few people, but of (possible) interest to many.


    I'll kick off, with a list of places where you must drive on the left:

    Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bhutan, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Channel Island, Cooke Islands, Cocos Island, Cyprus, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Macao, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Naunu, Nepal, New Zealand, Norfolk Islands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairin Island, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turke and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2005 #2

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    All right:
    The mountain Galdhøpiggen ("The peak by the trail across the mountain plateau")
    is Norway's highest mountain, but if you add the 10 meters on snow lying on top of Glittertind ("The Glittering Mountain") to its actual (rock) height, then Glittertind is the highest.
     
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  4. Apr 29, 2005 #3

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    I was about to offer Sylvia's phone number, but thought better of it. That would violate the decency laws of at least half the countries represented here. :biggrin:
     
  5. Apr 29, 2005 #4

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    "Useless trivia" is redundant. Trivia is, by definition, useless.

    (Or it was, until the invention of 'Trivial Pursuit'. Now, Trivia is useful.)
     
  6. Apr 29, 2005 #5

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    I was under the impression that trivia was insignificant, rather than useless, but hey ho.

    Anyway, I'll continue...


    A list of E-numbers:

    100-199 Colourings
    200-299 Preservatives
    300-399 Antioxidants, phosphates and complexing agents
    400-499 Thickeners, emulsifiers, and gelling agents
    500-599 Salts and related compounds
    600-699 Flavour enhancers
    700-899 Things which aren't used in food for human consumption
    900-999 Gases, sweeteners, surface coating agents
    1000-1399 Miscellaneous
    1400-1499 Starch derivatives
     
  7. Apr 29, 2005 #6
    Smoking is bad for you. Crack is supposedly bad too but i woulndt know. Its the only one i havent done.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2005 #7

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    Norway never gave up sovereignty over the Hebridean islands (around 1250 or so); we just pawned them off to the Scots, that's all. It's still Norwegian land.
     
  9. Apr 29, 2005 #8

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    People from Norway are not called Norweeds and they do not speak Norweedish. (my sister in law is from Norway)
     
  10. Apr 29, 2005 #9

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    NORWEEDS????
    :grumpy:
     
  11. Apr 29, 2005 #10

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    I was driving my daughter and some of her friends one day and someone asked what people from Norway were called. One kid piped up "I think they're called Norweeds" and another kid said "oh, that's right, they speak Norweedish". :rofl:
     
  12. Apr 29, 2005 #11

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    It's not funny at all; it sounds horrendously wimpish.

    We pillaged, burned and raped as much of the globe we were able to,
    And what did we get out of it in the end?
    We are called norweeds by a bunch of kids..
     
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  13. Apr 29, 2005 #12

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    It's alright, we call them Norsemen. :smile: Obviously we know it's inaccurate, but it sounds a lot better, you've got to agree.



    The only palindromic hit song by a palindromic artist is S.O.S by ABBA.
     
  14. Apr 29, 2005 #13

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    And this only goes to stregnthen the general consensus that palindromes are evil by nature.
     
  15. Apr 29, 2005 #14

    Ivan Seeking

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    You are more likely to be killed by a pig than by a shark

    At over 22 inches long, the longest fingernails took 27 years to grow.

    Techtonic plates move about as fast as your fingernails grow ~ 1 cm per year.

    In Trivial Pursuit[if anyone still plays this], if the answer is a city but you don't know which one, guess Paris.

    There are between 330 and 500 dimples on a golfball

    The longest boxing match lasted seven and a half hours and went 110 rounds
     
  16. Apr 29, 2005 #15

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    Mr. Potato Head revolutionized the toy industry in 1952 - he was the first toy to be advertised on televesion.

    In spite of being the first toy to realize the power of television, Mr. Potato Head only received four votes (all write-in) in Boise's 1985 Mayoral election.
     
  17. Apr 29, 2005 #16
    isnt it illegal to chew gum in spain?
     
  18. Apr 29, 2005 #17

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    The only death directly by an animal in Yosemite was by a deer.

    At least 3 people drown in Yosemite Valley and you never hear about them.
     
  19. Apr 29, 2005 #18

    Evo

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    On land or in the water?
     
  20. Apr 29, 2005 #19

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    Something here doesn't quite add up... :P

    On the subject of tectonics- The world's longest mountain range is the spreading ridge that stretches from Mexico, round the South Pacific, southern Indian Ocean, and up the legnth of the Atlantic. It breaks the sea's surface very infrequently, most notably at Iceland.
     
  21. Apr 29, 2005 #20

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    My first name is not Warren.

    - Warren
     
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