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... rest room, doggy disco, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

by Florence Shea

November 10 is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

Advertisements for coffee in London in 1657 claimed that the beverage was a cure for scurvy, gout and other ills.

Abraham Lincoln, who invented a hydraulic device for lifting ships over shoals, was the only US president ever granted a patent.

The first hideaway bed ever patented in the United States was invented by Thomas Jefferson. The bed was hoisted and secured to the ceiling when it wasn’t in use.

At five cents a visit, the rest room concession at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933 earned $862,000 in just five months.

Tom Sawyer was the first novel written on a typewriter.

There are 13,092 spoons, forks and knives in the White House.

“Go” is the shortest complete sentence in the English Language.

Apples are more efficient at waking you up in the morning than caffeine.

There is a doggy disco held in Italy every year where owners can dance with their dogs.

Dromophobia is the fear of crossing streets.

A group of turkeys is called a rafter.

A promise you have no intention of keeping is called a “left-handed oath”.

In Tennessee it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

Live mice, believed to have great teeth, were often placed on the gums of a toothache sufferer by ancient Romans.

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. But it was Thomas Jefferson who opposed him. It is believed that Franklin then named the male turkey ‘tom’ to spite Jefferson.

    Sources: wikipedia.org; corsinet.com; triviacountry.com; triviachamp.com; alltrivia.net; coolquiz.com; strange facts.com; triviaplayimg.com; thanksgivingnovember.com              

November 2, 2012

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