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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Little known facts

All of these facts must be true because I got them from the Internet - except for the one that I made up! Can you spot my one?
Can you spot the made up fact?
  • Japanese research has concluded that moderate drinking can boost IQ levels.
  • The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia.
  • Macadamia nuts are not sold in their shells because it takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell.
  • Florida: An elephant tied to a parking meter must pay the regular parking fee.
  • In Samoa, it is illegal to forget your wife's birthday.
  • In Alabama it is illegal to stab yourself to gain someone's pity.
  • In the UK it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  • London taxis (black cabs) must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats.
  • Descendants of Sweeney Todd, the cannibalistic barber, founded a sausage factory in Somerset, England after the First World War.
  • The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
  • Queen Elizabeth Ist regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain
The answer is now in the comments; see my reply to Kelly!


Anonymous said...

Hot from the desk of Sir Tom Eagerly:
Bazza! I never thought you were the sort of chap to show pictures of pussy on your blog. However - it is a very cute pussy.
I'm certain the first fact about alcohol being good for you is true. One only has to see what a bottle of Scotch a day has done for Sir Tom.....

bazza said...

Er, it definitely says moderate Sir Tom you rascal

John said...

Is it the Sweeney Todd one? I didn`t think he was a real person, so there can`t be descendants? Probably wrong!

THE SNEE said...

These are so much fun Bazza! I'm torn between Sweeney Todd's sausage factory, elephants in Florida at parking meters, and black cabs who must carry hay and oats. Then again reality is stranger than fiction, so....

bazza said...

John: I am going to wait a few days before I reveal the truth, Of course, the really crazy fact is that the vast majority of them are (allegedly) true!

bazza said...

The Snee: (What is a Snee?) I refer you to my previous answer!

joanne fox said...

I think it's the one about the black cabs - or maybe it's the elephant? Or then again, perhaps the peanut butter. Oh hell, I vote for all of them!

bazza said...

joanne fox: Well they all seem a little looney, Joanne, with the exception of the first one but I assure you all but one is stated as being true or possibly formerly true.
If you included one of them in one of your works of fiction it would lack a little verisimilitude!

David said...

Dear bazza,
Well, I do know that it is illegal to die in the House of Commons (unfortunately). And, I think the one about the black cabs is also true. As for the rest, I have no idea. So, I think I'll go for the elephant one, although its so absurd that it's probably true aswell.
Looking forward to hearing the answer, bazza, you teaser, you.
Best Wishes,

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Cheers! you had me laughing so hard, I cried. Sweeney did meat pies with Mrs. Lovett; not sure what his daughter did after his death.

Elephants must pay! It's the law.

Being from the south of everything with good sense..I guess Alabama has updated the crime. You can't just freely stab yourself, you must be on antidepressants for 6+ months. LOL.(maybe not).

bazza said...

David: I will put you out of your misery in the middle of next week - meanwhile, people seem to be gravitating between the same few. I couldn't possibly comment!

bazza said...

dcrelief: How pleasing to learn you enjoyed reading this post! You appear to have some inside knowledge but - is it correct? We shall soon see!

rob said...


My hunch is that in Samoa it isn't illegal to forget the wife's birthday.

Kelly said...

It's the one about Sweeney Todd. He's fictional character that couldn't have had real life descendants. I liked the one about it being illegal to forget your wife's birthday. Hell, if I ever forgot my wife's birthday, it wouldn't be illegal, but it would sure be deadly. Hey, I quite enjoyed your pussy pic. Cute little stinker. Speaking of stinking, that fact about the queen made me say, "Pee you!"

bazza said...

Rob: Well if you're talking about a hunch then one's instinct is they are all unlikely! However, see my next comment.

bazza said...

Kelly: You are absolutely right! As John hinted, above, he is a fictional character so that has to be the one.
Incredibly that means that all the others are supposedly true.
If you live in Alabama (I'm pretty sure you don't) try not to stab yourself if it's only for sympathy otherwise go right ahead!
Thanks everyone for the lovely comments all round!

klahanie said...

Greetings bazza,
Aha, excellent stuff here, bazza. I note that the odd one out has been noted. And when I say, 'odd one out', that is not a reference to anyone in particular, Kelly.

Of course, "Sweeney Todd is a Canadian glam rock band that formed in 1975.

The band, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, originally consisted of vocalist Nick Gilder, guitarist Jim McCulloch, bassist Budd Marr, keyboardist Dan Gaudin and drummer John Booth. The single, "Roxy Roller", became a #1 hit in Canada, holding the top position in the RPM national singles chart for three weeks beginning on June 26, 1976, and winning a Juno Award for the band, but Gilder and McCulloch subsequently left the band to pursue solo careers. Gilder subsequently had hits with "Hot Child in the City", "Here Comes the Night" and "(You Really) Rock Me"."

bazza said...

Gary: Blimey! It sounds like you were a groupie.
Sadly, knowledge of this band's existence has passed me by. They're not fictional characters are they?

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness... you mentioned my name at the end of your post. I'm absolutely flushed with embarrassment because I'm so shy. I think I also farted but I'm not sure.

bazza said...

Kezza: You deserved the mention! You were the first positively correct one, although John hinted at it.