Sunday, December 10, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. Paul McCartney’s first name is James.
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2. The practice of comparing the horoscope of two individuals to determine their compatibility is called synastry.
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3. The skirt worn by ballerinas is called a tutu.
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4. Jazz musician and band-leader Glenn Miller disappeared without a trace on a flight between England and France in 1944.
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5. There is a London in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, that also lies on the banks of a river named Thames.
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6. Kiwis are so remarkably unbirdlike - they dig burrows, their faces bristle with catlike whiskers, their shaggy plumage looks more like fur than feathers which gives them a rat like appearance, they have poor vision (unlike most birds) and on the other hand very well-developed sense of touch, hearing and particularly smell (again unlike birds) - that they are often referred to as ‘honorary mammals.’
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7. Anthony Hopkins was initially offered the role of Gandhi in the 1982 Richard Attenborough film and rejected it.
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8. Edinburgh has also been known as Dunedin. In fact, Dunedin in New Zealand was originally called ‘New Edinburgh’ and is still known as ‘Edinburgh of the South’.
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9. Fez, the hat, gets its name from Fez, the town in Morocco.
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10. The state of Illinois is known as ‘Land Of Lincoln’ because the 16th US President spent most of his life and career there.
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