Monday, November 06, 2006
did you know...
No animal, once frozen solid (i.e., water solidifies and turns to ice) survives when thawed, because the ice crystals formed inside cells would break open the cell membranes. However there are certain frogs that can survive the experience of being frozen. These frogs make special proteins which prevent the formation of ice (or at least keep the crystals from becoming very large), so that they actually never freeze even though their body temperature is below zero Celsius. The water in them remains liquid: a phenomenon known as 'supercooling.' If you disturb one of these frogs (just touching them even), the water in them quickly freezes solid and they die.

John Larroquette of "Night Court" and "The John Larroquette Show" was the narrator of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
Lenny Kravitz's mother played the part of "Helen" on "The Jeffersons."
Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 did start in a barn belonging to Patrick and Katherine O'Leary. The O'Leary's house was one of the few that survived the fire. The O'Leary's house had to be guarded by soldiers for weeks afterwards, however, because many enraged residents wanted to burn it down.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
Walt Disney had wooden teeth.
If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning first before you will die of oxygen deprivation.
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds recieved in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Ballroom dancing is a major at Brigham Young University.
Impotence is legal grounds for divorce in 24 American states.
Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.
Both Hitler and Napoleon were missing one testicle
Cleopatra's last name was Ptolemy, and she was Greek rather than Egyptian.
Chia Pets are only sold in December.
Money is made of woven linen, not paper
Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition.
Elephants have been found swimming miles from shore in the Indian Ocean.
Cockroaches' favorite food is the glue on envelopes and on the back of postage stamps
Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
The Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
something new...
Middle Eastern Monday
who gets your vote?





I have a terrible cold (thanks to my son, the little punk!) I am not feeling so well and am *cough* at work (not good). That's why this is so brief (and without substance, which bothers me) I just can't think straight today. Loopy, stuffy and with a sore throat.
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Blogger vuboq said...
Back when i was teaching biology, my students always wanted to test the "you can't freeze animals" statement for their science projects. I wouldn't allow it. I was so mean.

I'll vote for #4 :-)

Blogger Rian said...
Why do they name a condom brand after someone who fathered more than 160 children? It's like naming a nuclear power plant after e.g. one of the founders of Greenpeace. ;-)
I'll vote for #4 as well.
I hope you get better soon!

Blogger Donald said...
Hope you're better soon. # 4 gets my vote too.

Blogger Dave said...
I'm confused... what are we voting for?

Blogger daveincleveland said...
#2 then #4.........go home, take thera-flu, climb into bed and i'll bring ya some chicken soup....hope ya feel better handsome

It's a tossup between
Feel better. Long distance hugs for you.

Blogger Polt said...
Not sure what we're voting for, but I go for #4...just because of his hair. But I htink #3 has the cutest face.


Blogger Doug said...
Hope your day got better. *hugs*

Oh, and I vote for #3. Not sure what office he's running for, but based on the information I have, he's who I vote for. ;)

Blogger steve'swhirlyworld said...
NUMBER 2...look at those eyes! Hope you feel better guy. Colds suck!

Blogger . said...
Hope you feel better soon! Watched the deleted scene of BORAT. I wasn't really interested in seeing it but after reacing this I may have to check it out...and finally...WHERE THE HELL DO YOU FIND THESE SNIPPITS???

Blogger dirk.mancuso said...
I love little facts like these.

Blogger Ur-spo said...
that was an interesting list o' facts. I like that sort of thing.

Blogger Phoenixboi said...
Number 4 for me..

Hope you feel better soon bello. x

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Blogger Spider said...
I knew about Lenny Kravitz's mom, Warren and Shirley (they were born in Richmond,Va.), the stamp thing, the fire, the statue thing (one exception to that rule is the statue of Stonewall Jackson on Monument Blvd. in Richmond - he was shot by his own men during a battle but his horse has all 4 legs on the ground, Hitler and the money thing - I LOVE SHIT like this - this is why I can't find my car keys - this crap is cluttering up my brain... as for the vote, give me #4

Blogger Scott E D said...
Did you know that in MA it's illegal to serve coffee to minors.

I like number 3.

Blogger Jason said...
What an interesting list. Thanks for those.
Hope you're feeling better :)

Blogger Jeepy said...
Number 4!

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