26 July 2005

Did You Know?

Did you know that:

  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

  • David Prowse, was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines, and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.

  • The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula.

  • Very small clouds that look like they have been broken off of bigger clouds are called scuds.

  • The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

  • The infinity sign is called a lemniscate.

  • Hacky-sack was invented in Turkey.

  • The Chinese ideogram for 'trouble' symbolizes 'two women living under one roof'.

  • Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.

  • Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.

  • U.S. Interstates which go north-south are numbered sequentially starting from the west with odd numbers, and Interstates which go east-west are numbered sequentially starting from the south with even numbers.

  • The tune for the "A-B-C" song is the same as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

  • Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz.

  • A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background -- when they say "walla-walla" it looks like they are actually talking.

  • The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'


I didn't know that stuff either :)

There are a LOT more things on that site that I bet you didn't know...