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March 9, 2010 @ 1:00 am

Strange Facts

I found a fun web site while trolling for Strange(r) topic material for this month.

There are a lot of interesting and amusing tidbits on this site, and here are some of my initial thoughts or reactions to some of them (’cause I know everybody out there is on the edge of their seats, wondering what I think):

Strange Facts, Page One

  • It is estimated that 4 million “junk” telephone calls, phone solicitations by persons or programmed machine are made every day in the United States!
    I believe this; I answer the phones where I work.

Strange Facts, Page Two

  • Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!
    How is this logistically possible?  For instance, how does the worm digest itself if it eats itself, thus consuming its own digestive system?  I guess it just eats parts of itself at a time.  Do those parts grow back?  Now that would be interesting . . . an animal that grows its own food supply and carries it around everywhere it goes . . .
  • In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can’t flow down their faces!
    I hate it when my tears get stuck in my eyes.
  • Owls are one of the only birds who can see the color blue!
    . . . But, how do we know this?

Strange Facts, Page Three

  • In England, in the 1880’s, “Pants” was considered a dirty word!
    Really?  Ok, maybe in the context of “would like to get into your”, but what about “When my dog is overheated, he”?
  • Dogs can hear sounds that you can’t!
    This one isn’t really strange, or a surprise, now, is it?
  • Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, “Gadsby”, which contains over 50,000 words — none of them with the letter E!
    Oh boy, a whole new layer of challenge to add to NaNoWromo!  Wait.  Really?  No E’s at all?  I’ll hav to chck that novl out . . . Wow!  Amazing.  Look inside.  I’m impressed.

Strange Laws Page

So many times, when I read or hear about strange laws that are still on the books in various areas, I have to wonder how those laws came about in the first place.  Can  you imagine a scenario that would make it logical for someone to say, “We need a law” about some of these?

  • In Philadelphia, you can’t put pretzels in bags based on an Act of 1760.
    But what about all the soft pretzels in bags that they sell on street corners there?
  • In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.
    This isn’t against the law everywhere?  Really?
  • In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.
    Again, I ask . . .
  • In New Jersey, cabbage can’t be sold on Sunday.
    I will have to keep that in mind when I move to New Jersey.  *Scratching my head*
  • In North Carolina, it is against the law for dogs and cats to fight.
    Who gets arrested if they do?  The cats or the dogs?  And do the people there look at you in confusion if you use the phrase “fighting like cats and dogs”?
  • In the state of Colorado, a pet cat, if loose, must have a tail-light.
    What, maybe something like this?
  • In West Virginia, one can’t cook sauerkraut or cabbage due to the odors and the offense is subject to imprisonment.
    You’ll have to go to New Jersey to cook it, but remember not to buy it on Sunday!

Thoughts?

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