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Discussion in 'Whatnots' started by Buggo, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Son of Bhaal Gems: 17/31
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    - Red is the most commonly colored vehical involved in accidents each year.

    - Cows have four stomachs.

    - Cows and horses sleep standing up.

    - If you get the recomended 8 hours of sleep each night you will sleep over 2,900 hours each year.

    - The average family will spend $250,000 (thats a quarter million dollars) on each child from the time he/she is born until he/she turns 18.

    - The oldest person to live was Jeanne Louise Calment, she lived for a whopping 122 years until she died of smoking related complications. Don't Smoke!

    - If your like Jeanne Calment and live over 100, you are considered a Centurian.

    - Christopher Columbus was the greatest explorer NEVER to discover America. In fact, he didn't even come close.

    - There are, on average, 259 raisins in a box of Raisin Bran and 388 in a box of Premium Raisin Bran.

    - There is no ice covering Iceland.

    - MacDonalds fries are made with beef flavoring. mmmmmmm.

    - The internet is NOT FREE, a group of companies actually own the internet.

    - Latin is a dead language.

    - Dolplins are the only other mamals besides humans that have sex for fun.

    - Dogs can't decifer size. Thats why little dogs are mean.

    - The swastika was origionaly a symbol of peace and honor and is still used by Buddhists today.

    - Bart Simpson's voice on the Simpsons is actually done by a woman, Nancy Cartwright.

    - Giraffe's tongues are 22 inches long and black with pink dots.
     
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    Not true! Oxford, iirc, brought out a dictionary the other year with words for helicopter, computer, internet... plus you still need to come up with terms for the latin halves of the scientific names of new species. Go Latin!
    Also, it's the swastik that's the sybol of peace. The 3rd Reich reversed it.

    The rest of it's gold though - must have been an educational month away :)

    (Honestly, you leave for a few weeks and then the new guy starts hassling you... :p )
     
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    Actualy Orwell always said he hated the way in which his book[s?] was always used as social commentry on the Soviet Union and was never intended to work in that way.
     
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    The trunk of an Elephant has 32000 muscles in it...
     
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    Morgoth La lune ne garde aucune rancune Veteran

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    Didn't he 'discover' the bahamas? Then he reached America right?
     
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    TYPEWRITER is the longest word in English that can be typed using a single row of the keyboard.
     
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    Svastika also means 'group sex'

    Mcdonalds fries used to be made of beef tallow, but now they are made of artificial flavourings - how healthy

    How do you know?

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    Though Ireland is a Republic, every year a wild mountain goat gets crowned King of Ireland.
     
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    1cm3 of c20 concrete cube can carry 50 cars (sedans)
    in compression
     
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    If you get a number between 1 and 10 (not including 10...) multiply it by 5, times it by 2, divide it by the original number and subtract 7...you always get 3... It was a tad obvious but i couldnt resist typing something...
     
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    Isn't it centenarian?
     
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    No, it's centurion! :p
     
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    A human brain works like a mouse trapped in a maze. However, in our brains, there is no cheese...
     
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    Arabwel Screaming towards Apotheosis Veteran

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    June 6th is the National Day of Sweden.
     
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    Generally true however some people beleive that the frutition of the maze (the completion) is actually the cheese in itself, being only of metaphorical value... and some other people also beleive that when the completion of the maze is acheived then the acheiver learns the ability to make their own cheese, and mazes for others!!!!!
     
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    Only female mice play basketball.
     
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    The festival of Samhain is celebrated the day before Hallo'ween (which Hallo'ween is based on), and according to Irish folklore is the day in which the border which separates the spirit world and 'our world' is at its weakest point. Masks are used to scare and amuse malevolent spirits.

    Samhain is pronounced as 'So-ween'.

    Unfortunately this holiday has been ruined by silly wiccans and silly 'death to false believers' Christians saying that Samhain is the Irish god of Death! Its actually a celebration of the harvest, and is associated with Lugh, the god of Light.
     
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    Strange thing. We bulgarians also have such time when the border between this world and the netherworld is fading, but it is a whole week just before new year and it is called "the dirty days", in which, according to the folklore the ghosts, goblins and vampires (yes, we have vampires) walk the earth. Again according to the folklore people are supposed to restrain from washing, cleaning or bathing because water is unclean in these days, also restrain from having sex because any child made in the dirty days will carry an evil spirit inside and turn into a vampire after it dies. Ashes from the fireplace should not be dumped outside, because this will take out the understanding and fortunate life in the house and give it to the demons... and so on.
    Again I am amazed by the similarities in folklore.

    On the other hand the same thing exists in roman mythology again around new year (march), and this is one of the main reasons for the cleansing (lustratio) of the roman army in march, at the begining of a new year of wars and battles.
     
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    Those customes are almost the same as the Irish ones for Samhain, thats very amazing and I will look more into Bulgurian mythology. Do you have any websites that you can recommend?

    Sorry to go off topic...
     
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    Off topic (sorry folks) :)

    This is not the first time I notice similarities between Bulgarian and Irish folklore. The most clear one is in the traditional songs and dances though, as well as some traditional instruments. This is really odd, since historically the two nations have nothing in common. (or if they had it is not yet proven) Yet the close things are many, so I cannot help wondering... I have studied celtic mythology and tradition for some time because I was interested in druidism, which by the way is very close to protobulgarian shamanism, to the strong shamanic connection to nature, to their totemism and orendism (belief that a certain part of human or animal body contains divine power). I was stunned to know the huge similarity between the information about the druids, based on the songs of Amergin and Taliesin (spelling may be incorrect) and the info on protobulgarian shamanic rituals and believes and abilities, given by various early medieval historians.

    Another important similarity is that both countries managed to preserve the old pagan rituals in their folklore by mixing them with christianity, so if you take a look at bulgarian folklore, what you will see is I.E. a few pagan holidays celebrated paralel with Christmas through a mixture of old shamanic and christian rituals.

    As for links - this one mentions many rituals (like firedancing, wolves' day and s.o.) just barely, but enough to form a vision:
    web page

    This one clings a bit slavic-nationalistic (that sucks) but has a lot of useful info about slavs' mythology:

    web page
     
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    [​IMG] Just open a new thread in AoDA to discuss this, no need to keep going off-topic here.
     
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