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Just heard something that blew my mind and thought stuff like this might be cool for a thread becasue we have some pretty interesting folks on the board.

So, having thought my whole life that chitlings were exclusive to the US, it turns out they originated in England.  Am I the only one who didn't know this?

 

http://www.foodsofengland.co.uk/chitterlingsorchitlings.htm

 

 

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Fun fact: the early settlers to the American colonies were so hungry they had to resort to cannibalism.

 

      "Driven thru insufferable hunger to eat those things which nature most abhorred, the flesh and excrements of man as well of our own nation as of an Indian. "

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17 minutes ago, southparkcpa said:

Jets suck.... FACT!😀

That's not random nor fun.

You suck 😜

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DId you know the average sink holds 15 gallons? 

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2 minutes ago, JiF said:

DId you know the average sink holds 15 gallons? 

of what?

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Just now, peebag said:

of what?

I mean any liquid I guess

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2 minutes ago, JiF said:

I mean any liquid I guess

Woulda been cooler if you said beer

true_detective_dazed_and_confused_2.jpg?

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At Andrew Jackson's funeral, his pet parrot got kicked out for cursing too much.  

That's one of my favorites.  More of an anecdote than a fact, but I think it counts for these purposes.

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The entire collection of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets has been spelled out in DNA by scientists in Cambridge to demonstrate the vast potential of genetic storage. Huge quantities of information could be written into specks of DNA and archived for tens of thousands of years, the researchers claim.

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1 hour ago, Jetsfan80 said:

The entire collection of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets has been spelled out in DNA by scientists in Cambridge to demonstrate the vast potential of genetic storage. Huge quantities of information could be written into specks of DNA and archived for tens of thousands of years, the researchers claim.

do you have a link for that?  Sounds interesting!

 

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  • 11 of the 12 men who have walked on the moon had been Boy Scouts in their youth.
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  • An Australian man (Otto Nothling) broke the national javelin record within the first three times he threw one, and then never threw one ever again.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien typed all 1,200 pages of The Lord of the Rings with two fingers.
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A woman (Marion Stokes) began recording the TV news and other shows beginning in 1979 until her death in 2012 amassing a total of 71,716 vhs and betamax tapes.

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4 hours ago, peebag said:

A woman (Marion Stokes) began recording the TV news and other shows beginning in 1979 until her death in 2012 amassing a total of 71,716 vhs and betamax tapes.

What a perfect COVID-19 binge watch.

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  • The last English woman tried for witchcraft was convinced in 1944.
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  • It would save 600,000 lives each year if everyone washed their hands properly.
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  • In 2009, a search of Loch Ness for the monster resulted in finding 100,000 golf balls.
  • 95 % of the spiders in your house have never been outside.
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  • Work is 3 times more dangerous than war.
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  • Until 1913, children in America could legally be sent by parcel post.
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  • Tennessee Williams choked to death on a bottle cap.
  • Henry Winkler ("The Fonz") never learned to ride a motorcycle.
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New York Penal Law 240.35(4) prohibits two or more people wearing masks or any face covering from congregating in a public place. 

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  • In a 2005 survey, 20 % of people admitted to taking Derbisol, a drug that doesn't exist.
  • In 2007, 210,000 Americans were injured by lawnmowers.
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  • 80 % of US Presidential elections have been won by the taller candidate.
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Nero was 35 miles away when fire broke out in Rome and the violin would not be developed for many centuries.

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9 hours ago, kelticwizard said:

Nero was 35 miles away when fire broke out in Rome and the violin would not be developed for many centuries.

It's still possible, though unlikely, that he played a stringed instrument of some sort:

 

https://www.history.com/news/did-nero-really-fiddle-while-rome-burned#:~:text=According to a well-known,in a time of crisis.

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For one thing, the fiddle didn’t exist in ancient Rome. Music historians believe the viol class of instruments (to which the fiddle belongs) was not developed until the 11th century. If Nero played anything, it would probably have been the cithara, a heavy wooden instrument with four to seven strings—but there is still no solid evidence that he played one during the Great Fire. The Roman historian Tacitus wrote that Nero was rumored to have sung about the destruction of Troy while watching the city burn; however, he stated clearly that this was unconfirmed by eyewitness accounts.

 

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  • The Pentagon has an emergency plan to deal with a zombie apocalypse (link below)
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  • Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin cut a hip-hop song with Snoop Dogg (video below).

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/pentagon-zombie-apocalypse-training-plan-2016-3

 

 

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This is a quote but also true.  Dennis Miller:  "Custer was considered a military genius until five minutes before the Battle of Big Horn".

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