Sunday, April 06, 2008

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. Facebook has a 5,000 friend limit.
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2. Britain’s wealthiest sportsperson is not David Beckham, but Eddie Irvine - best known for partnering Michael Schuamcher at Scuderia Ferrari between 1996 and 1999.
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3. Blighty - a slang term for England used by English troops serving abroad - is derived form the Urdu word ‘bilayati’ meaning ‘foreign.’
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4. Sheffield FC is the world’s oldest football club.
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5. Marilyn Monroe had been due to re-marry her second husband, Joe di Maggio, on 8th August 1962; she was found dead three days before that.
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6. Dolly Parton has written more than 3,000 songs.
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7. Even if only 51% of a mutilated dollar bill remains and can be proved to be genuine, the US Government will refund it.
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8. The first British census, in 1801, was to find out how many men were available for conscription; the first American census, 11 years earlier, was to count people so that they could be more fairly represented in government.
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9. It’s the first time in 50 years that neither the president nor his deputy will be seeking re-election in the United States.
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10. There is mobile phone reception at the summit of Mount Everest.
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