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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:22 pm


The word "curfew" comes from the french word couvre feu, or "cover the fire".
A curfew was originally the time when you had to extinguish fires, candles, and
lamps.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:19 pm

The Puritans brought beer to America. According to Mourt's Relation (1622),
the Mayflower Pilgrims settled at Plymouth because supplies, especially beer,
were running low. Beer was a dietary mainstay on long voyages, because,
having been boiled, it was purer than water.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:03 pm

The Bayer Company introduced heroin as a nonaddictive substitute for
morphine in 1898.Ironically, morphine was eventually used to treat heroin
addiction.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:08 pm

Morphine was named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:15 pm

Chocolate magnate Milton Hershey had reservations on the Titanic.
He canceled at the last minute because his wife was ill.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:18 pm

High quality crystal produces a clear ringing sound when struck, hence
the phrase "crystal clear".


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:26 pm

Henry Ford invented the charcoal briquette from sawdust and scrap wood
generated in his automobile factory. Ford encouraged people to use their
cars on picnic outings by offering barbecue grills and Ford Charcoal at his
automobile dealerships.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:34 pm

American inventor Thomas Edison held over 1,500 patents, including those for
the phonograph, kinetoscope, dictaphone, radio, lightbulb, autographic printer,
and tattoo gun.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:41 pm

Skin is the body's largest organ. An average adult's skin weighs 8
to 10 pounds, making it two to three times as heavy as the brain.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:47 pm

The word "deadline" originated in Civil War prisons, where lines
were drawn that prisoners passed only at the risk of being shot.


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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:21 am

i've been meaning to share this useless info for a while! when i was in high school i borrowed a book my creative writing teacher had about schizophrenics and how their illness impacted their art. late 19th - early 20th century artist Louis Wain was one of many featured in the book. he's been a source of debate and fascination because his subjects were almost exclusively cats, and many psychologists say the 'deterioration' in his artistic style in his later years is the result of the worsening of his mental illness, for which he eventually had to be institutionalized. for example...

one from the early years....


two from the later years....


the book and the subject always stuck with me, and the paintings of his later years are always in my mind when i think of pris and her art-making, though i think she has more of a globular curved line dali style. =D

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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:46 pm

Christopher Columbus believed until he died that he'd landed in Asia instead
of the "new world".


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:51 pm

Light slows when shown through a diamond. There have been many experiments done with timers that prove when you shine a beam of light through a diamond, there is an appreciable slowing down-timwise-for the beam to come out the other side.

Somehow the beam gets caught up in the structure and takes longer to escape the
diamond. Some scientists believe that there may even be images trapped in the
diamond that may one day be recovered to show an event from the past.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:14 pm

In the 1970s, the Tin Man's son (Jack Haley, Jr) was married to Dorothy's
daughter (Liza Minelli).


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:19 pm

The U.S. state of Maine has 3,500 miles of coastline.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:25 pm

New York was the first state to require the licensing of motor vehicles.
The law was adopted in 1901.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:36 pm

Brylcreem (pronounced brill-cream) is a men's hair grooming product created in
1928. Brylcreem's purpose is to keep combed hair in place while giving it a shine
or gloss. It is an emulsion of water and mineral oil stabilised with beeswax.

The shiny "wet" look it gave hair was de rigueur for men for many years.

Brylcreem's use declined during the 1960s as hair fashions changed to favor the
"dry look". However, it has seen a comeback since the late 1990s.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:07 pm

The Wendy's fast food chain is named after founder Dave Thomas's daughter -
Melinda Lou Thomas. Her older siblings had nicknamed her Wendy and it stuck.
Her father Dave, got his start working for Kentucky Fried Chicken.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:39 am

There are four states where the first letter of the capital city is the same letter
as the first letter of the state: Dover, Delaware; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis,
Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:55 pm

A coal-mine fire in Haas Canyon, Colorado, was ignited by spontaneous
combustion in 1916 and withstood all efforts to put it out. The 900 to 1700
degree fire was eventually quenched by heat-resistant foam mixed with
grout in 2000.


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Post by Gawain on Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:57 am

Gwendolyn Zoi wrote:Brylcreem (pronounced brill-cream) is a men's hair grooming product created in
1928. Brylcreem's purpose is to keep combed hair in place while giving it a shine
or gloss. It is an emulsion of water and mineral oil stabilised with beeswax.

The shiny "wet" look it gave hair was de rigueur for men for many years.

Brylcreem's use declined during the 1960s as hair fashions changed to favor the
"dry look". However, it has seen a comeback since the late 1990s.

A little dab'll do ya.....sheesh. If people wanted their hair to look greasy, save money and stop washing it? O.o
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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:40 pm

Napoleon Bonaparte is the historical figure most often portrayed in movies.
He has been featured in 194 movies, while Jesus Christ has featured in 152
and Abraham Lincoln in 137.


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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:46 pm

Donald Duck lives at 1313 Webfoot Walk, Duckburg, Calisota.


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Post by Albino on Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:03 pm

Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first city in the U.S. to put flouride in their water, doing so in 1945.
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Post by Gwendolyn Zoi on Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:19 pm


In 1994, there were more than 420,000 accidents caused by kitchen knives,
122,000 by drinking glasses, 29,000 by refrigerators, and 7,000 by dishwashers.

The big toes have two bones each while the rest have three.

Fingernails are made from the same substance as a bird's beak.

Fidgeting can burn about 350 calories a day.

Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.

The attachment of human muscles to skin is what causes dimples.


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