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message 1: by Natalee (last edited Jun 12, 2009 03:11PM) (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Does anyone love trivia as much as me? I start every workday with a little tidbit of knowledge. If others are like me, I thought we could post them here.

Did you know....
Most cats don't have eyelashes? And chickens are 75% water?
It's illegal in the state of Alabama to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church!




message 2: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Hmm... both of my cats have eyelashes! :)

Maybe you could make a game out of this. You ask a trivia question and then whoever answers it right gets to ask the next question and so on.


message 3: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday in Ohio


message 4: by Kandice (new)

Kandice The first words you hear in Star Wars a New Hope are "Did you hear that?".


message 5: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Love that!

Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland.


message 6: by Luann (new)

Luann (azbookgal) | 274 comments Here's a bit of trivia you might know - Which word has all five vowels only once and in order - AEIOU? There are at least two words (that I know of) that will work.


message 7: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) facetious and if you count Y as a vowel facetiously

and the other 5 vowel word is abstentious

love questions like this : )


message 8: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Teresa wrote: "It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday in Ohio "

Because if there's one thing we're plagued by in the Midwest, it's whales...

Don't know if they still enforce this, or how they would, but:
It is illegal to eat pickles on a Sunday in Trenton, NJ.


message 9: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) what I don't get is how did these things become law and how do you enforce it?


message 10: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments random house-to-house pickle searches?


message 11: by Kandice (new)

Kandice It is against the law, in Carmel, CA to eat an ice cream cone on the sidewalk. I kid you not. It's a very touristy town, Clint Eastwood was mayor for years, and people always dropped those little papers they wrap around cones on the ground, so now, all the ice cream parlors there are eat-in only!


message 12: by Luann (new)

Luann (azbookgal) | 274 comments Teresa wrote: "facetious and if you count Y as a vowel facetiously

and the other 5 vowel word is abstentious

love questions like this : ) "


I love them, too. :) So it appears there are three words that work because the other word I was thinking of besides facetious is abstemious - which can also work with the "y" as abstemiously. :) And if there are three, I bet there are more as well.


message 13: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) I found these
acheilous,
anemious,
caesious,
annelidous,
arsenious.


message 14: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) Here's one:

What is the longest English word containing no letter more than once?


message 15: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments I know the answer because I cheated and looked it up, so I am not going to spill. Maybe someone actually just knows the answer.

Here's a random bizarre factoid courtesy my 9th grade biology teacher (weird, weird man):
A pig's orgasm last 30 minutes.


message 16: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Oink!


message 17: by Kandice (last edited Jun 15, 2009 02:44PM) (new)

Kandice Monkeys have the most thrusts, per sexual encounter, of the entire animal kingdom. (including humans!)


message 18: by Luann (new)

Luann (azbookgal) | 274 comments Misty wrote: "I know the answer because I cheated and looked it up, so I am not going to spill. Maybe someone actually just knows the answer."

I looked it up, too. You mean that's cheating?!? :) There are (at least) three words that could work for the answer. I'll have to try and remember at least one of the words so I can "just know" the answer next time someone asks. :)

I found one jokester who gave the answer "smiley" - because there is a mile between the first and last letter of the word. :) I want to remember that one, too.


message 19: by Hayes (new)

Hayes (hayes13) Kandice wrote: "It is against the law, in Carmel, CA to eat an ice cream cone on the sidewalk. I kid you not. It's a very touristy town, Clint Eastwood was mayor for years, and people always dropped those little p..."

I'd heard about that... wish they'd do somehting similar here! This is the land where people mop their floors each and every day, yet they throw everything on the street, out of their cars, out of the windows of their apartments...



message 20: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) Misty wrote: "I know the answer because I cheated and looked it up, so I am not going to spill. Maybe someone actually just knows the answer.

Here's a random bizarre factoid courtesy my 9th grade biology tea..."



I don't think this is cheating : )



message 21: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Kandice wrote: "Monkeys have the most thrusts, per sexual encounter, of the entire animal kingdom. (including humans!)"

I think I just turned the game into dirty trivia ( and I don't mind a bit ;p)


message 22: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Is this true??
What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.

For you word-nerds like me:
"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.



message 23: by Kandice (new)

Kandice This for Fiona, lover of WW2:

During World War 2, metal was so scarce, the Oscars presented those years were plaster.


message 24: by Jennifer W, WT Moderator (new)

Jennifer W | 1289 comments Mod
So what is the longest English word without reusing letters? (I used to know, but don't remember)


message 25: by Hayes (last edited Jun 23, 2009 03:45AM) (new)

Hayes (hayes13) Natalee wrote: "For you word-nerds like me:
"Almost" is the longest word in the English la..."


6 letters seems a little short... couldn't there be a longer one?

Highly recommend this if you like word-nerdiness: The Joy of Lex An Amazing and Amusing Z to A and A to Z of Words


message 26: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) Teresa wrote: "Here's one:

What is the longest English word containing no letter more than once?"


here's the answer to this question

uncopyrightable and dermatoglyphics.




message 27: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) Hayes wrote: "Natalee wrote: "For you word-nerds like me:
"Almost" is the longest word in the English la..."

6 letters seems a little short... couldn't there be a longer one?

Aegilops" is the longest English word spelled in alphabetical order,(Aegilops is a rare word describing an obscure kind of oat grass, and in medicine it's also a specific kind of sore that forms in the corner of an eye.)


there's "almost", "biopsy" and "chintz".

Not as common is





message 28: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Found a list with many possibilities. The two mentioned by ^ are the longest. Here are some more:
Here's the top lot!

14,"troublemakings"
14,"dermatoglyphic"
14,"ambidextrously"
13,"documentarily"
13,"consumptively"
13,"copyrightable"
13,"endolymphatic"
13,"flowchartings"
13,"hydromagnetic"
13,"lycanthropies"
13,"troublemaking"
13,"unpredictably"
13,"unproblematic"
13,"subordinately"
13,"metalworkings"
13,"multibranched"


message 29: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) Misty wrote: "Found a list with many possibilities. The two mentioned by ^ are the longest. Here are some more:
Here's the top lot!

14,"troublemakings"
14,"dermatoglyphic"
14,"ambidextrously"
13,"documentaril..."


that is an impressive list and most of them are everyday word too or at least words i have heard : )




message 30: by Jennifer W, WT Moderator (new)

Jennifer W | 1289 comments Mod
Whoohoo! I'm smarter already.

A twit is a pregnant goldfish.


message 31: by Kandice (new)

Kandice A fry is a baby fish.


message 32: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Jennifer W wrote: "Whoohoo! I'm smarter already.

A twit is a pregnant goldfish."


Really? I thought it was a girl I went to high school with...


message 33: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Misty you're rotten! I love it. ;-)

Speaking of fish, I read if you leave a goldfish in the dark long enough, it will turn white.


message 34: by Jennifer W, WT Moderator (new)

Jennifer W | 1289 comments Mod
Yes, I went to school with a few "twits" myself Isn't it more fun to know that you're calling them pregnant goldfish, though?


message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

Natalee wrote: "Misty you're rotten! I love it. ;-)

Speaking of fish, I read if you leave a goldfish in the dark long enough, it will turn white."


This is true... I have seen it happen. Well, they turn white and kinda transparent. It's actually a funny looking fish after this!




message 36: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Do you know which word in the English language contains three back to back double letter combinations? (ie aabbcc)


message 37: by Luann (new)

Luann (azbookgal) | 274 comments bookkeeper


message 38: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (JenJen1221) | 623 comments Natalee wrote: "Misty you're rotten! I love it. ;-)

Speaking of fish, I read if you leave a goldfish in the dark long enough, it will turn white."


This is very true. My brother had a bunch of goldfish and they turned white except one. And this one kept getting bigger and bigger. I came to the conclusion that it def. was not a goldfish. I even named it Rambo. (I named all the fish one was Schwarzenegger and the other one was Jean-Claude Van Damme. Oh and the scary looking algae eater was Gerth.)


message 39: by Misty (new)

Misty | 1505 comments Jennifer wrote: "Natalee wrote: "I even named it Rambo. (I named all the fish one was Schwarzenegger and the other one was Jean-Claude Van Damme. Oh and the scary looking algae eater was Gerth.)"

Have a thing for buff and barely intelligible muscle men?

My useless piece of trivia:
Jennifer has a thing for buff, barely intelligible muscle men...




message 40: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Luann wrote: "bookkeeper"

You're good!



message 41: by Luann (new)

Luann (azbookgal) | 274 comments And I didn't even look it up. I learned it some time ago and remembered it. I'm not sure if there are other words that fit your criteria.


message 42: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) bookkeeper or bookkeeping is the only answer I found


message 43: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) what is the longest ENGLISH word without vowels there are 2


message 44: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (JenJen1221) | 623 comments Misty wrote: "Jennifer wrote: "Natalee wrote: "I even named it Rambo. (I named all the fish one was Schwarzenegger and the other one was Jean-Claude Van Damme. Oh and the scary looking algae eater was Gerth.)"

..."


LOL...my siblings were watching a bunch of those old movies that day...and I was bored just staring at the huge fish tank...obviously I didn't have any books on me...shame on me!



Caroline Havenhand | 88 comments Teresa - 'rhythms' is the only one I could come up with, what was the other?



message 46: by Teresa (new)

Teresa (teresainohio) Caroline wrote: "Teresa - 'rhythms' is the only one I could come up with, what was the other?
"


rhythm" and "syzygy




message 47: by Hayes (new)

Hayes (hayes13) Teresa in Ohio wrote: "syzygy"

You learn something every day!! Never heard that word before, but isn't y a vowel...?

"a e i o u and sometimes y..."




message 48: by Andrez (new)

Andrez (andrez-ssi) I dont think so, at least not where I live...
did you know
Citizens may not greet each other by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers”.

(I found a site dedicated to USA's stupid laws...
http://www.dumblaws.com/)


message 49: by Kellee (new)

Kellee Moye (kelleemoye) Did you know...
That Mark Twain believed that the only way to cure himself was to fast, so whenever he was sick he would not eat for 2 or 3 days.


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