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Old 12-07-2009, 09:10 AM   #1
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Random Facts

Hehe I just saw this somewhere and thought I would share it

1. Hello wasn’t always the first thing people said when they answered the phone. After the first proper phone service was started in the US in 1878, people said “Ahoy”.

2. Bagpipes were invented in Iran and then brought to Scotland by the Romans.

3. In medieval Japan, it was fashionable for women to sport black teeth.

4. Apollo 11 had 20 seconds of fuel left when it landed.

5. The Chinese used “the fingerprint technique” as a means of identification as far back as AD700.

6. Charles Dickens earned as much for his lectures as he did for his twenty novels.

7. When the Mayflower was no longer of use, they took it apart and recycled it as a barn (pictured above).

8. In English gambling dens in the 18th century, there was a person who was hired solely to swallow the dice in the event of a police raid.

9. The gold ring that many sailors wore were often used to pay for a decent burial after their deaths.

10. A model named Grace Robin was the first person to demonstrate contact lenses in 1930.

11. In ancient Rome, a person with a crooked nose was considered to have great leadership potential.

12. In 1915 William Wrigley Jr. Sent chewing gum to everyone in the phone .

13. In 18th Century Britain, you could take out insurance against going to hell.

14. The youngest parents in recorded history were eight and nine and lived in china in 1910.

15. In 17th Century England, a woman had, on average 13 children.

16. Out of the 266 men who have been appointed Pope, 33 have died in violent circumstances.

17. Olive oil was once used for washing the body in some Mediterranean countries. It is still, however, a lot more seldom practiced today.

18. India was one of the richest countries in the world until the British invasions in the 17th Century.

19. In ancient Egypt, noblewomen were given a few days to ripen after death in order to remove “temptation” from embalmers.

20. George Washington’s false teeth were actually carved from cows teeth and hippopotamus ivory and were fixed together with metal springs.

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Old 12-07-2009, 09:56 AM   #2
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9. Should that be EARring? Thats what my dad told me anyway. (Old navy man)
17. They used oil and something called a strigil. You would coat your body with oil and then use the strigil to scrape it off along with whatever crud it loosened on your skin. Then jump in the hot pools. Ancient squeegee. UGH.

Cool facts, thanks! I'm a trivia junkie (as LT could tell you) so this is right up my alley.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:23 AM   #3
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These are really some interesting facts.. some are quite peculiar... mmmm, I definitely learnt some new things today!!

13. In 18th Century Britain, you could take out insurance against going to hell. - This is almost unbelievable, how would they reimburse the money after you have passed away?? How would they even know where you have gone?? Silly really
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:35 AM   #4
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... 13. In 18th Century Britain, you could take out insurance against going to hell. - This is almost unbelievable, how would they reimburse the money after you have passed away?? How would they even know where you have gone?? Silly really
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The insurance companies certainly didn't think it was silly. They no doubt made a bundle. Lots of premiums and no payouts.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:00 AM   #5
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... 13. In 18th Century Britain, you could take out insurance against going to hell. - This is almost unbelievable, how would they reimburse the money after you have passed away?? How would they even know where you have gone?? Silly really
The insurance companies certainly didn't think it was silly. They no doubt made a bundle. Lots of premiums and no payouts.[/QUOTE]


Haha I think so! Good little list of weird facts! I love stuff like this and thought I would share it
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:53 AM   #6
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Lol... very true, it is actually a blatant scam, how people could not figure this out, is beyond my understanding.


I think the reason why people are so sceptic about insurance companies these days are mainly because of insurance cover like that, but actually taking it... stupidity is putting it mildly, hahahahahaha....
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:15 AM   #7
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That insurance company was the Catholic church, I am pretty sure! :)
Pay enough, and the local bishop issued a Get Out of Hell Free card.
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That insurance company was the Catholic church, I am pretty sure! :)
Pay enough, and the local bishop issued a Get Out of Hell Free card.
That is absolutely brilliant!!!!



They would probably use the money to buy those obscure robes that they where. What will people think of next?
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:03 AM   #9
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Haha yes I bet it was and you can bet they used the money for thier "special" robes and stuff haha!
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