Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Here are some little known (and probably little cared about) facts.

Did you know that Charlie Brown invented soccer? Well, not the game, but the word? Here's the facts ...

The first football club (what we call soccer) was formed in Sheffield, England, in 1857. The Football Association was founded on 26 October 1863 by 11 clubs meeting in London. (The word association was abbreviated to assoc., which became "soc.")

In the 1880s students of Oxford university abbreviated words by adding "er" to the end; for instance, breakfast became "brekkers" and "rugby rules" was referred to as "rugger." When one student, Charles Wreford Brown, was asked if he'd like to play rugger, he was the first to abbreviate "association rules" (Football Association rules) by answering, "No, soccer." Brown later became an England International and Football Association vice president. ... Now you know!

Jean Genevieve Garnerin was the first female parachutists, jumping from a hot air balloon in 1799.

The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef.

About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the approximately 650 matches in the Wimbledon Championship.

About 50 Bibles are sold every minute. making it the world's best-selling book. It is also the world's most shoplifted book.

Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible, and lions 55 times, but domestic cats are not mentioned at all.

The name Wendy was first used in JM Barrie's Peter Pan.

HAIL CAESAR: Julius Caesar was known as a great swimmer.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously.

A house fly lives only 14 days.

A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle — a group of geese in the air is a skein.

The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.

On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day — although almost 80 percent of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself) — I thought I was the only one who did that ...

If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1 percent, you'll feel thirsty.

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, suggested that a woman could enlarge her bust line by singing loudly and often.

Men loose about 40 hairs a day. Women loose about 70 hairs a day.

The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. It allows you to blink 5 times a second. On average, you blink 15,000 times a day. Women blink twice as much as men.

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

And last but not least ...
Facts are often unsubstantiated or made up ...

And there are your useless facts for the day.


Bruce said...

Very interesting post - I learned a lot. I know little about England. We did not learn a lot about it in school. Happy thanksgiving! I miss the US at this time of year the most.

debbie said...

Enjoyaable!! I now care a little and know a little. Thanks, have a good day.


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