Mar 30, 2006

* A cocktail of gin and vermouth is called a Gibson if it has an onion in it. A cocktail of gin and vermouth is called a martini if it has an olive in it.

* The name given to the villain in The Usual Suspects, Keyser Söze, was inspired by the name of an attorney, Keyser Sume, with whom the screenwriter, Chris McQuarrie, worked. To avoid a lawsuit, McQuarrie used the Turkish word for "verbal" as the character's last name instead.

* Mercedes Benz cars are named after Mercedes Jellinek, the daughter of Emil Jellinek, the Austrian businessman who founded the company.

* The movie Jaws was based on the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, in which four people were killed and one was seriously injured.

* Before "SOS" was introduced as the most recognized distress signal, the signal was "CQD." "CQ" stood for "seek you" and "D" stood for "danger."

* The jewelry store Tiffany & Co. was established on September 18, 1837 in New York City. Sales on the first day amounted to $4.98.

* The average popping temperature for popcorn is around 347° Fahrenheit.

* Mark Twain was born in 1835, the year Halley's Comet appeared. He died in 1910, the year the comet again made an appearance.
* From development to ejaculation, the lifespan of a sperm is about 2.5 months.

* Qantas, the Australian airline, stands for Queensland and Northern Territories Aerial Service.

* The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 200 million books worldwide.

* For every older brother a man has, his chances of being gay increase by one-third.

* The Supremes started out as a quartet known as the Primettes.

* A recent survey showed 75% of women made their bed every day, while 45% of men do so.

* About a quarter of the world still drives on the left side of the road.

* "Synesthesia" is a rare condition where the human senses are combined. Synesthetes can "see" words, "taste" colors and shapes, and "feel" flavors.

* It is estimated that around 10% of Americans have picked someone else's nose.

* In Italy, a man can be arrested if he wears a skirt in public.

* Hugh Hefner had ancestors on the Mayflower.

* At various times, Casanova was employed as a clergyman, secretary, soldier and violinist.

Mar 9, 2006

* "Spermophobia" isn't what you think. It's the fear of germs.

* The people in the famous painting American Gothic aren't husband and
wife as most people assume. The people depicted are supposed to be
father and daughter.

* Dr. Seuss wasn't a real doctor. He used the "Dr." as a joke because
his father always wanted him to get a doctorate and become a professor.

* French toast isn't French. It's Russian.

* Now you know. In truth, the "low man" on the totem pole is actually
the most important man in the tribe.

* Sweetbread isn't bread. It's a dish made of the thymus or pancreas
of an animal younger than one year old, usually piglets or calves.

* It's not "Daylight Savings Time," it's "Daylight Saving Time."

* Despite how they're commonly depicted, most barns are white, not red.

* The phrase "balls to the wall" probably doesn't refer to what you
think it refers to. It originated with pilots. It refers to the
ball-shaped grip on the end of a pilot's throttle. Pushing the
throttle (the ball) toward the wall (of the cockpit) meant to go fast.

* Hyenas are more closely related to cats than dogs.