Odd, entirely unrelated facts
October 15th, 2008
Neither birds nor naked mole rats are sensitive to the heat (capsaicin) in chili peppers.
Few people have ever read a real
King James bible (1611). The one you normally see is a
1769 modernization of it.
Icelanders like to eat shark meat that’s been fermented for six months. They call it
hakarl. In this sense they have something in common with the Japanese, who before the
era of modern refrigeration made their sushi this way.
From her roles and persona most people assumed that character actress Nancy Walker was
Jewish, but she wasn’t. Also, she was very small at 4′10″ (1.5m) — a fact to which I can attest
because she walked past me once on a sidewalk.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has detected a mysterous
underwater noise called “the bloop” on several occasions. Researchers say it appears to
be biological, but any animal producing it must be many times larger than a blue whale.
Jerome “Curly” Howard of the Three Stooges hated having a shaved head, so each year
during the summer hiatus he would let his hair grow out.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s native language was Corsican. He learned French in school beginning at the age of nine.
A tossed penny isn’t perfectly fair. The obverse (“heads”) is slightly heavier so the
coin lands with “tails” up about 50.5% of the time.
Actor Khigh Dheigh, best remembered as the North Korean brainwasher in The Manchurian
and recurring arch-criminal Wo Fat in the TV series Hawaii Five-O
, wasn’t even Asian. His real name
was Kenneth Dickerson, he was born in New Jersey of north African ancestry, and he lived
out his retirement years in Arizona.
Thank you very much indeed
October 8th, 2008
Lists of US versus UK terms for various items are pretty easy to find, but here are a few
you don’t hear of as often.
| || || |
|cotton swab|| ||cotton wool|
|crib death|| ||cot death|
|drunk driving|| ||drink driving|
|[illegal] dumping|| ||fly tipping|
|[football] field|| ||pitch|
|legally blind|| ||registered blind|
|[police] lineup|| ||identity parade|
|liquid detergent|| ||washup liquid|
|[highway] median|| ||reservation|
|nail polish|| ||nail varnish|
|[highway] overpass|| ||flyover|
|riding lawnmower|| ||sit-on lawnmower|
|run [for office]|| ||stand|
|shopping cart|| ||trolley|
|steel wool|| ||iron wool|
|takeout [food]|| ||takeaway|
|trash bag|| ||bin liner|
(In other words, some cotton is made of wool and some wool is made of cotton.)