Did you Know?

... train whistle, Checkmate, vigule

by Florence Shea

No other month ends on the same day of the week as September in any year.

September 14 was the day that Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States.

George Washington Whistler, father of artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler, invented the railroad train whistle.

The average American spends 120 hours a month watching television, the equivalent of five complete days in front of the TV.

The average person drinks about 16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime.

It takes a lobster approximately 7 years to grow to one pound.

In Philadelphia, you can’t put pretzels in bags based on an Act of 1760.

A group of parrots is called a company.

Bromidrosiphobia is the fear of body smells.

Geliophobia is the fear of laughter.

Peladophobia is the fear of bald people.

The Irish word for left-handed is “ciatog”. Many superstitions are linked to lefties in Ireland. Often times they are thought to be treacherous and

The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat” which means “the king is dead”.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

No piece of square paper can be folded more than seven times in half.

About twenty-five percent of the population sneeze when exposed to light.

More people use blue toothbrushes, than red ones.

The slanted line that divided dates, fractions, choices etc. is called a vigule.

    Sources: wikipedia.com, triviacountry.com, corsinet.com, strangefacts.com, coolquiz.com, alltrivia.com, funfunnyfacts.com

September 7, 2012

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