“We are an ironic people; irony and some sourness is mixed in our nature. It is a matter of climate. We are a northern people.”
– Robertson Davies
1. Rick Moranis is no longer working– he retired after his wife’s death, so he could raise his children.
2. Michael Bay turned down an offer by Scarlett Johansson to go topless in “The Island”.
3. The colour of Karate belts progresses from light to dark because it was easier to just dye the belt every time they reached a new rank.
4.The notion that goldfish have a memory span of just a few seconds is incorrect. The internet generation, on the other hand…
5. The Immaculate Conception does not refer to the Virgin Birth of Jesus, or the possible virgin birth of Mary. It refers to Mary not being subject to original sin when she was conceived.
6. The Catholic Church recognizes the theory of evolution as factual, unlike most Americans.
7. An ant cannot die by falling from any height.
8. This might not be a factoid, but want to know a good way to help the homeless? Give them new pairs of socks.
9. In German, birth control is “antibabypille”.
10. One joint is not equal to a whole pack of cigarettes. The largest study on this issue, by the University of California – Los Angeles, found that people who smoke marijuana are no more likely to develop lung cancer or head and neck cancers than non-smokers. In addition, while prolonged heavy use of cannabis may lead to bronchitis, there is no scientific evidence that cannabis causes emphysema.
11. When filming the Singin’ in the Rain scene, Gene Kelly had a 103 degree fever. He did it one take, by the way.
12. The (legend?) of flexible glass: the craftsman who invented the technique brought before Tiberius Caesar a drinking bowl made of flexible glass, and threw it to the floor, whereupon the material dented, rather than shattering. The inventor then repaired the bowl easily with a small hammer. After the inventor swore to the Emperor that he alone knew the technique of manufacture, Caesar had the man killed, fearing such a material could undermine the value of the precious metals.
13. When cattle graze, they often eat barbed wire, nails, and other metallic objects. How do farmers stop this from becoming a problem? Cow magnets. Fed to calves, and remaining in the in the reticulum for the rest of their lives. I don’t know if they’re reused.
14. In Toronto, even with a valid permit you can be towed if you don’t move your vehicle every seven days. A surprisingly high amount of people don’t know this.
15. Harper does not have a cell phone.
16. The Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada is Georges Laraque, a former scrapper for the NHL.
17. Nova Scotians drove on the left until 1923, Newfies until 1947.
18. Led Zeppelin road manager Richard Cole, on an event which purportedly occurred in 1969 at a seaside Seattle hotel with the band Vanilla Fudge, known as “The Shark Episode” (WARNING: Safe for adults only): “It wasn’t Bonzo, it was me. It wasn’t shark parts anyway: It was the nose that got put in. We caught a lot of big sharks, at least two dozen, stuck coat hangers through the gills and left ’em in the closet . . . But the true shark story was that it wasn’t even a shark. It was a red snapper and the chick happened to be a ******* redheaded broad / ginger *****. And that is the truth. Bonzo was in the room, but I did it. Mark Stein [of Vanilla Fudge] filmed the whole thing. And she loved it. It was like, “You’d like a bit of *******, eh? Let’s see how your red snapper likes this red snapper!” That was it. It was the nose of the fish, and that girl must have *** 20 times. But it was nothing malicious or harmful, no way! No one was ever hurt.”
19. There are more American troops in Germany than Iraq.
20. Bill O’Reilly’s wife dated Flava Flav.
21. Earlier hits by this songwriter include “I Want It That Way”, “…Baby One More Time”, “Larger Than Life”, “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely”, “Oops!…I Did It Again”, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”, “That’s the Way It Is”, and “It’s My Life”. His 11 hits since 2008 include “So What” and “Raise Your Glass” by Pink, “Hot n Cold”, “I Kissed a Girl”, “E.T.”, “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls” by Katy Perry, “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson, and “If U Seek Amy”, “3” by Britney Spears. His name is Max Martin, and I’ve never heard of him till today.
22. Nuclear reactors glow blue.
23. Toronto was once considered the worldwide centre of Methodism, and named Methodist Rome.
24. If you’re using Firefox, Control + Shift + Tab will open the most recently closed tab. Saved me many a time.
25. 45 years later, there has yet to be an accident-related death on a bullet train.
26. When Southwest Airlines was sued by Stevens Aviation over the trademark “Just Plane Smart”, the two CEOs decided to have an arm wrestle to settle the affair. The rules: best two out of three kept the slogan, and each loss meant the loser paid $5000 to charity. The Stevens CEO won, but decided to allow Southwest to keep using it anyway.
27. By the time a child reaches four, ~48 million words will have been addressed to him/her in a rich home, compared to ~13 million in a poor one.
28. If you get sick after trying a new food, for whatever reason, you’re most likely to hate it for the rest of your life. It’s called “taste aversion”.
29. “It’s totally ridiculous, has no meaning, is simply confusing and has no dignity…” Charles Schulz on the name “Peanuts”, which was chosen by his distribution company.
30. The voice actors of Mickey and Minnie Mouse were husband and wife.