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DID YOU KNOW ... ?

Crazy Eddie 25 Apr 01 - 02:03 AM
Amos 25 Apr 01 - 12:51 AM
Bill D 25 Apr 01 - 12:16 AM
Art Thieme 24 Apr 01 - 09:49 PM
GUEST,Blind Desert Pete 24 Apr 01 - 12:41 PM
GUEST,Gimbo 24 Apr 01 - 12:55 AM
kendall 06 Aug 00 - 09:06 AM
GUEST 05 Aug 00 - 07:38 PM
Bill D 05 Aug 00 - 06:21 PM
Liz the Squeak 05 Aug 00 - 06:17 PM
Mbo 05 Aug 00 - 06:16 PM
kendall 05 Aug 00 - 05:49 PM
Mbo 05 Aug 00 - 12:34 AM
Branwen23 05 Aug 00 - 12:23 AM
WyoWoman 05 Aug 00 - 12:11 AM
GUEST,LDB 04 Aug 00 - 11:16 PM
Bill D 03 Aug 00 - 05:42 PM
Liz the Squeak 03 Aug 00 - 04:18 PM
SINSULL 03 Aug 00 - 01:30 PM
Mbo 03 Aug 00 - 01:18 PM
katlaughing 03 Aug 00 - 12:24 PM
SINSULL 03 Aug 00 - 12:11 PM
kendall 03 Aug 00 - 11:49 AM
SINSULL 03 Aug 00 - 11:44 AM
Uncle_DaveO 03 Aug 00 - 11:43 AM
Alice 03 Aug 00 - 11:26 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 03 Aug 00 - 11:11 AM
Bert 03 Aug 00 - 10:59 AM
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katlaughing 02 Aug 00 - 11:52 PM
Mbo 02 Aug 00 - 11:19 PM
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kendall 02 Aug 00 - 10:04 PM
GUEST,winterbright 02 Aug 00 - 05:49 PM
Wesley S 02 Aug 00 - 05:06 PM
bbelle 02 Aug 00 - 04:25 PM
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bbelle 02 Aug 00 - 01:06 PM
Bill D 02 Aug 00 - 12:59 PM
reggie miles 02 Aug 00 - 12:08 PM
Bert 02 Aug 00 - 11:16 AM
Mbo 02 Aug 00 - 11:12 AM
katlaughing 02 Aug 00 - 09:34 AM
catspaw49 02 Aug 00 - 09:15 AM
Allan C. 02 Aug 00 - 09:04 AM
kendall 02 Aug 00 - 08:34 AM
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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Crazy Eddie
Date: 25 Apr 01 - 02:03 AM

Did you know, that the flea can jump over one hundred times as high as it's own body height?
Imagine that a hundred times it's own height! This means, that if giraffes could leap, proportionally, pound for pound, as high as fleas, they'd avoid a lot of trouble!

And of course the whale is not really a fish, it's an insect; and it lives entirely on bananas!
I think facts are really interesting, don't you?
Well, I told you I was crazy, didn't I?


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From: Amos
Date: 25 Apr 01 - 12:51 AM

"Pluck your Magic Twanger, Froggie!!!!"
"Boioi--in--ing--ing--innnngggggg!!!"
"Oh, FROGGIE!!!! You've done it AGAIN!!!!"
"I'll be good, I'll be good, I willIwillIwillIwill!!!!"

"Whatcha doin", Rootie Kazootie?"
"I'm searching HIGH and LOW for Polka Dottie!!!"

"Captain!!! Is that...is that....."
"Yes, Ranger!!! It's TOBOR!!!! We've got to get lift off, quick!"

"WAIT FOR MEEEEE, Wild BILL!!!!!!!!"

"They'rrrrreeeee GRRREEEEEAAATT!!"

"Donnie!!! Pattie!!! Michaerl!!! Annette!!!"

"Why???? Because we LIKE you!!!!!"

I think this brings us up to fourth grade.....

"Raised in the woods, til he knew every tree!
Kilt him a bar, when he was only three...."

I guess I better quit....I think I see teenage angst coming up around the corner......

"Dreeeeeaaaam....dream, dream, dreammmmm...."
"Ohhhhhh, Doooonnnnna! oooooh, Doonnna!"

Exit stage right, pursued by rampaging nostalgia.....

A


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From: Bill D
Date: 25 Apr 01 - 12:16 AM

condom-minimums


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From: Art Thieme
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 09:49 PM

Did you know what brand condoms Mudcatters prefer ???

Art


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From: GUEST,Blind Desert Pete
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 12:41 PM

Kat, So why did you bring that book I didnt want to be read to out of up for? TX that was great BDP


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Subject: Don't fence me in...
From: GUEST,Gimbo
Date: 24 Apr 01 - 12:55 AM

A while ago, someone stated that don't fence me in was actually written by someone from montana, which is partially true. The title and several of the western phrases in the refrain were from a book of poems by Montana traffic engineer Robert H. Fletcher, the verses and the music were pure Porter though. It was due to an oversight that on the part of the publishing company that Fletcher god no credit. Fletcher did sue though. Gimbo


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: kendall
Date: 06 Aug 00 - 09:06 AM

lizards can lick their own eyes


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 07:38 PM

Kat! Thanks for the linguistics lesson! Wish my linguistics prof had touched on that... tho I think I'd grasped the concept intuitively. Now if we could justdo something about 'me and him did (whatever)' and 'I had came'...


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Bill D
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 06:21 PM

Moooooo!


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From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 06:17 PM

Cows can lick their own nostrils....

LTS


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Mbo
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 06:16 PM

I sure did know that kendall!


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: kendall
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 05:49 PM

Did you know that the expression, "She's a DOOZIE" came from the automobile Deusenberg? Probably the finest car ever built in this country. (By the way Sin, I wasn't responding to an idiot, thats why I posted here instead of the garbage thread)Mbo is not an idiot, he's..well..young.


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Mbo
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 12:34 AM

Yep, and children were also NOT encouraged to see it. It was considered an "adult" film. Jolly good fun!

--Matt


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From: Branwen23
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 12:23 AM

when "The Wizard of Oz" first came out it was badly reviewed by critics. They said it was "dull and unimaginative".


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From: WyoWoman
Date: 05 Aug 00 - 12:11 AM

did you know that ants never sleep?

ww


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From: GUEST,LDB
Date: 04 Aug 00 - 11:16 PM

Did you know . . . That if you cook it right, cat tastes a lot like dog?


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 05:42 PM

doesterr...*grin*...and I heard it "arrant nonsense"...it may be pedantry instead of nonsense, but it IS 'arrant'...


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 04:18 PM

An average tastebud lasts for only 10 days..... less if you eat Spaw's chilli.....

1 in 7 people in the UK have Rhesus negative blood, and 1 in 5 are left handed. What are the odds of that being the same person? For three generations?? And all female???

LTS


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 01:30 PM

aND aLL tHE bROTHERS wERE vALIANT. Damn Capslock!


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Mbo
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 01:18 PM

Too right, Sins, all ships are proud. Not only that, the Monitor was the first U.S. ironclad, becoming the prototype for the Monitorclass ironclads to be built soon after. And no one "lost" the battle. It was a stalemate. That's what happens when you have 2 ships with 6 inches of iron plating bouncing cannonballs off each other. And the reason it sank was not crew error either. It was being towed off the coast of North Carolina when during a fierce storm (normal in NC) caused it the break loose, whereupon it became another part of the Graveyard of the Atlantic, off Cape Hatteras. And Ken Doll, I'm REALLY sure that none of the boats you captained ever won any battles either, but they were still proud.


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 12:24 PM

DaveO, I just copied and pasted from the Phantom Linguist's article at the Article section www.yourdictionary.com, so if s/he really has the quote wrong, ya oughta go tell her/him! Thanks for pointing that out.

kat


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 12:11 PM

kENDALL? dID WE NOT HAVE OUR BRAN THIS MORNING? tAKE YOUR SMARTASS TO A GARBAGE THREAD. By the way, ALL ships are proud - you of all people should know that! It's the idiots on board who lost the battle and sent her to the bottom, did you know?


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: kendall
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 11:49 AM

the Monitor was a PROUD shiP? she fought one indecisive battle, and then sank in a storm..what's proud about that?


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 11:44 AM

bILLd,
"pLUCK YOUR MAGIC TWANGER, fROGGY" Yes!!!Do you also remember Midnight the cat riding a bicycle? My family thinks I am insane when I talk about the Andy Devine Show. They think I am hallucinating.

Re: English. Of course we do apply case rules to pronouns - I, to me. He, to him.


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 11:43 AM

Kat:
You quoted Churchill thusly: "This is the sort of English up with which I will not put."

To my understanding it's "This is the sort of errant pedantry up with which I will not put."

Dave (errant pedant) Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Alice
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 11:26 AM

bert, that's an atlatl.


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 11:11 AM

As Michael Caine might have said (well, he might...)not axolotl people know that. ?Spearchucker? I'm sure native Australians used them, did the Aztecs, too? If Hansell of Arabia says so it must be true.
RtS


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Bert
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 10:59 AM

If that's an axolotl, then what is one of those Aztec spear throwing divices?


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Alice
Date: 03 Aug 00 - 10:28 AM

Did you know there is an Axolotl Lake in Montana wherein live axolotls?


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 11:52 PM

Will I be Arrested if I End a Sentence with a Preposition?

A Southerner stopped a stranger on the Harvard campus and asked, "Could you please tell me where the library is at?" The stranger responded, "Educated people never end their sentences with a preposition." The overly polite Southerner then apologetically repeated himself: "Could you please tell me where the library is at, you jerk?"

While editing the proof of one of his books, Winston Churchill spotted a sentence that had been clumsily rewritten by the editor to eliminate a preposition at the end. The elder statesman mocked the intention with a comment in the margin: "This is the sort of English up with which I will not put."

These two anecdotes reflect an intolerance on both sides of the Atlantic for the rule prohibiting sentence-final prepositions. So where did the rule come from, anyway?

Before the science of language, linguistics, schools and universities taught what is known as 'prescriptive grammar'. Prescriptive grammar is not grammar (the rules of spoken language) at all but a list of "do's and don'ts" prescribing the way those in or striving for the upper class should talk. Because all upper-class private schools of the time emphasized, if not required Latin, 'good' grammar was presumed to be grammar that emulated Latin grammar.

The problem is, English is not Latin, an insight lost on prescriptivists. Latin has cases and every Latin preposition is associated with a case. For example, the word for "wine" in Latin is vinum. However, the prepositional phrase corresponding to "in wine" is in vino (as in 'in vino veritas'; 'wine brings out the truth') ending on the Ablative case marker, -o, because in was associated with the Ablative case. So the suffix of vin-o identifies the noun vin-um as the object of the preposition in and not the object of any other preposition in the sentence; in short, they go together.

Because sentences usually contain several prepositional phrases like this (e.g., "A relative of the fruitfly was doing something like the backstroke in the wine on the table in the library."), it is important to keep up with which noun goes with which preposition. The easiest way to do that is by a rule that prepositions are never separated from their object noun (or noun phrase if the noun is modified by adjectives). Latin has that rule.

Believing that Latin grammar represents grammatical perfection and unintimidated by the onerous task of molding English in the image of Latin, prescriptive grammarians proscribed the use of prepositions anywhere other than immediately before their object noun. For example, one should not say "the prescriptivist John clashed with," but rather "the prescriptivist with whom John clashed", not "the rule John laughed at," but "the rule at which John laughed".

The fact of the matter is, however, English simply does not have case endings on nouns that are objects of prepositions, so the reason for keeping prepositions and their object nouns together is wholly irrelevant to English. You may keep them together or not. You'll never spend a night in jail either way. However, because of the upper-class bias in the rule's history, its use now makes you sound pretentious: "the chap in whom I invested my trust". (Is that you? It isn't me; nor was it Winston Churchill.)

This example teaches us two important lessons about language. First, each and every language has its own set of grammatical rules and everyone who speaks that language knows what they are in his or her region. (They do vary slightly from region to region--big deal.) That is what speech is: the use of grammatical rules to express oneself. Second, prescriptive grammar is based on misconceptions about language and causes far more mischief than good.

Better to stick with the linguists.

The Phantom Linguist strikes again!


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Mbo
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 11:19 PM

Yep kendall, she was a U.S. steam frigate (with sails and all) Merrimac before she was sunk. The Confederace refloated her, stripped her masts, covered her with steel plates, and renamed her the C.S.S. Virginia. BTW the wreck of the Monitor is right off the coast of North Carolina. A team from East Carolina University (my college) is the head research team for the preservation of the remains on the once proud ship.

--Matt


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From: Bill D
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 10:06 PM

Maybe that is what Allen Sherman was talking about


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From: kendall
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 10:04 PM

did you know that the Monitor never fought a vessel named the Merrimac? She was actually named the Virginia, not Merrimac


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From: GUEST,winterbright
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 05:49 PM

Did you all know that if you make love for the first time in a vat of clear beef broth it is known as connsomme-ing a relationship?!


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From: Wesley S
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 05:06 PM

DID YOU KNOW - In the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" there is a scene early in the movie when James Stewart and Donna Reed are dancing in the high school gym?? And the floor over the swimming pool opens up and everyone falls in ?? The little jerk that pulls that prank on everyone is Alfalfa from the Little Rascals movies???


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From: bbelle
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 04:25 PM

Not if you had the trouble I do when it comes to restringing your guitar (just ask Bill Sables and Max!) doing anything that requires turning a knob. I use both hands and have to think about "righty-tighty" and "lefty-loosey," otherwise it can be a real mess. I'm just hoping this new set of strings (thank you, dear max) holds out 'til the getaway.

moonchild


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From: jeffp
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 04:15 PM

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.


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From: Bert
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 02:23 PM

....give the ambidextrous a leg up?? Can you BE ambidextrous in your legs? *BG*


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: bbelle
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 01:06 PM

That was going to be my next question ... What if you're ambidextrous? If the righthand knows what the lefthand is doing, does that give the ambidextrous a leg up?

moonchild


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From: Bill D
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 12:59 PM

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do. (If you're ambidextrous do you split the difference?)

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. (What can be so tasty on the bottom of the pond?)


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From: reggie miles
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 12:08 PM

Did you know that until recently when traveling west from the small town of Sultan,WA the sign on the highway said it was 7 miles to the next city Monroe. Oddly though when heading east to Sultan from Monroe the sign on the highway says you will have to travel only 6 miles. I'm not certain how many years the signs stood unquestioned at least 10 years by my estimation. Recently though someone decided to cover up the 7 with a 6 on the Sultan sign, though a bit of the seven can still be seen peeking out from under the 6. Yep another government coverup exposed. What I want to know is how much money were we the tax payers charged for the construction and upkeep of the phantom mile of roadway and how many other phantom miles exist scattered throughout the country unquestioned? And while we're at it, whose pockets are being lined with our tax dollars for these miles of roadway that don't exist except on paper? It may have taken more than ten years to shine the light of truth on this little plot of "hide the mile" but now the word is out.

Truth is stranger than fiction.


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From: Bert
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 11:16 AM

Did you know - that Allen Damron was the first person to record 'Bo Jangles'


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From: Mbo
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 11:12 AM

Did you know that when Hans Christian Anderson died, he had a love letter from his first love on his person? It was found that he carried with him his entire life...


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From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 09:34 AM

Dick Tracey!


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From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 09:15 AM

I dunnq, but that brings "Dondi" to mind Allan.

Kendall........'Spark Plug'

Thanks Brendy!

Spaw


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From: Allan C.
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 09:04 AM

Was it Terry and the Pirates or Steve Canyon who befriended an oriental boy who shares the same name as a North Carolina 'Catter?


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From: kendall
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 08:34 AM

Barney Google had a horse..what was its name?


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From: Allan C.
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 08:21 AM

Did you know that it was BeauDangles original idea to have people sign the Mudcat Adventure Guitar?


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: Elise
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 01:36 AM

Is this the non-sequtor thread?


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Subject: RE: DID YOU KNOW ... ?
From: bbelle
Date: 02 Aug 00 - 12:47 AM

Steve Canyon, anyone? Or Apartment 4D?


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