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171. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

Enjoy your Crack. I can see that this rule is another arbitrary piece of nonsense that impacts the sentence not at all, but allows Englishmen to feel proud of themselves.

Perhaps on your little island, it's only a consonant. On my BIG continent, It's often used as a vowel. The acid test, for those who prefer to use language as a living thing, is how the letter is used. If I say the word "sin" you hear two consonents and a vowel. If I say the word "tin" same thing. Bin, Fin, Chin, Bill Cosby's "Let's Do It Agin" The vowel sound is there. Now, Lynn and Flynn. The letter acts as the vowel....so, my teacher brother, it is ipso facto, a vowel

Occasionally, at my other job, we used our Walkie Talkies to bang nails in, when there was no hammer near....We called the radios Hammers. It functioned to do the task, so it took on the designation of it's function. This story being as unrelated to language as the "spoon that breaks things" story.

-The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

-Coca-Cola was originally green.

-Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

-It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Mar-2010, at 21:51 by Piecar ]

172. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 6y

Quoting Piecar

A very tricky and funny way to continue to deny truth.

Y is a vowel in some cases...Definitely. One Hundred Percent. Screw it, I'm going to the gym

Sorry Derek, I was getting mixed up with who had said what with regards to this vowel issue. .

Anyway, back to the fact of the day: google is actually a misspelling of the word googol, which was only pointed out once 'google' had been registered as a trademark.

173. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

Quoting Piecar

Enjoy your Crack. I can see that this rule is another arbitrary piece of nonsense that impacts the sentence not at all, but allows Englishmen to feel proud of themselves.

Perhaps on your little island, it's only a consonant. On my BIG continent, It's often used as a vowel. [/b]

But my little island invented it so it's a consenant.....and yes, it does make me feel proud

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Mar-2010, at 07:37 by bwiiian ]

174. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Quoting Claire2010

Quoting flyingbob

Concorde was over 12 inches longer whilst flying at mach 2 at 55,000 feet - than when it was stationary on the ground.

I'm intruiged why so? Claire x

I dunno. I went to NY on it once and we were able to go up to the cockpit.
The captain told us.
Thats all I know.

175. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

I assume the velocity of the Concorde streamlines the craft. Compresses it. This in turn, stretches it out. That's a neat bit of triv.

To the other matter.

http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutother/lettery?view=uk

Note the "UK" at the end.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/442747/y_as_a_consonant_a_vowel_and_a_vowel.html

Though, through research of this ridiculous "no vowel" assertion, I have discovered that there's myriad flat earthers that hold this idea. So you can blame this myth on a poor school system. It's a mystery as to how this type of dysfunctional idea began. I guess I shouldn't analyze it to closely or become over cynical about the syndrome. Some anonymous gypsy must have snuck it into the language and some embraced it as an idyllic concept.

Right. Onto trivia.

Shakespeare Trivia today

1.Other than what is found in a few church records and legal documents and in a few contemporary documents such as playgoers' diaries, most evidence of Shakespeare's life is circumstantial. Very little is known for certain.

2.More than 80 spelling variations are recorded for Shakespeare's name, from “Shappere” to “Shaxberd.”
One of the three signatures on Shakespeare's will, spelled "William Shakspeare"

3.In the few signatures that have survived, Shakespeare spelled his name “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” “Wm Shakspe,” “William Shakspere,” ”Willm Shakspere,” and “William Shakspeare”--but never “William Shakespeare.”

4.Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, just three days before the Stratford parish register recorded an outbreak of the plague.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Mar-2010, at 11:21 by Piecar ]

176. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

There is very little evidence, but indeed some, that Shakespeare had a Birmingham accent.
Imagine, 'To be - or not to be', spoken like that of Ozzy Osbourne.

177. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 6y

-A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.
-A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
-A jellyfish is 95 percent water.
-A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
-A jumbo jet uses 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.
-A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.
-A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.
-A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

Ah, Indiana.....

178. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

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[ Edit: Edited on 27-Mar-2010, at 06:00 by bwiiian ]

179. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 6y

Quoting Piecar

A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.

C'mon, everyone can do that.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis owned an extensive collection of beer cans from around the world.

Go figure.

180. Posted by razzaefc (Budding Member 109 posts) 6y

Quoting bwiiian

Liverpool has produced more Number 1 hit songs than anywhere else in the world.

im from liverpool and didnt no that, nice fact i can now pass on,cheers