Sunday, February 11, 2007

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. Lego is the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres - making upwards of 300 million tiny rubber tyres every year.
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2. Lake Michigan is the only one of the 5 Great Lakes to be entirely situated within the US.
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3. A grue language is one that ascribes the same word to the visual spectrum encompasssing the colors blue and green. Its formed by combining the words green and blue; examples of grue languages are Japanese and Welsh.
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4. Botticelli literally means “little barrel.”
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5. Peter Sellers was the first man to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine.
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6. In the original story, Cinderella’s shoes were made of fur. A mistranslation by a 17th century author ended up making them of glass and they have remained so since.
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7. Frogs have teeth; toads do not.
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8. Navel orange is a seedless mutation of oranges that causes a smaller orange to be embedded within the larger fuit.
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9. Karaoke in Japanese means ‘empty orchestra.’
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10. According to popular lore, Buster Keaton was contractually precluded by MGM from smiling on screen. Snopes.com, however, rules that the urban legend is most definitely false and was probably concocted by the studio PR department.
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