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41. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

vexillology is the study of flags

42. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

"Canada" is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".
great facts

43. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

In 1961, Antonio Abertondo was the first to swim the English Channel non-stop in both directions

44. Posted by proserpina (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

I love these fun facts...I must get in on this.....

Coca-Cola was originally green.

Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "Mind your P's and Q's."

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

I got these from http://www.etni.org.il/farside/interestingfacts.htm

45. Posted by TravelMc (Respected Member 93 posts) 10y

Quoting Canadiana

There are alot of crazy old laws that don't make sense anymore...yet are still in place..

In Michigan, it is against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than 6 inches while walking through a mud puddle.

Alaska law says that you can't look at a moose from an airplane.

It is against the law to mispronounce the name of the State of Arkansas in that State.

In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping..hmm, I would hope so...

http://www.strangefacts.com/laws.html

In the city of York, you can shoot a scotsman with a crossbow...
No wonder I never saw any kilt wearing scotsmen when I was in York...

46. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting TravelMc

In the city of York, you can shoot a scotsman with a crossbow...
No wonder I never saw any kilt wearing scotsmen when I was in York...

I wonder if anyone has ever looked into these archaic laws to commit a crime. If, say, your husband is a Scotsman and you want to off him - can you get away with dolling him up in a kilt and shooting him with a crossbow?

MikeyBoab, beware...

47. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Vanuatu
Is the happiest nation on earth:
Happy Nation

48. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Quoting Jase007

Vanuatu
Is the happiest nation on earth:
Happy Nation

That's really very interesting. Somehow sad, too. Shows how we've all got it wrong in the "rich" western countries...

//Susanna

49. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Is it Vanuatu that is gradually getting washed away because its so low and the sea levels are rising?

50. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Did you know, that on average a Commercial Airplane is struck by lightening at least once a year.

Documentary about Lightening Strikes on Channel4 right now.