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There's a lot of strange stuff out there. TMO digs around at the bottom of the monkey barrel to bring you the strange and the bizarre.
Did you know ?
- Hummingbirds can't walk.
- June Foray, the voice of Talking Tina from the classic Twilight Zone episode "Living Doll", was also the voice of Rocky the talking squirrel from "Rocky & Bullwinkle".
- The dunce cap of schoolhouse fame originates from a paper cone that was placed on the heads of accused witches during the Middle Ages. When Joan of Arc was martyred, she was wearing one of them.
- Despite the hump, a camel's spine is straight.
- "Rhythm" and "syzygy" are the longest English words without vowels.
- There is no mention of Adam and Eve eating an apple in the Bible.
- The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
- Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II.
- More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
- "Halloween" took place in the town of Haddonfield, Illinois but almost all the cars in the film had California license plates.
- A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
- There are more nutrients in the cornflake package itself than there are in the actual cornflakes.
- Peanuts are used in the production of dynamite.
- The bubbles in Guiness Beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top like all other beers. No one knows why.
- Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo."
- Soda water does not contain soda.
- A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
- "Smithee" is a pseudonym that filmmakers use when they don't want their names to appear in the credits.
- The lifespan of a tastebud is ten days.
- Bob May played the Robot on "Lost In Space" (1965-68) and Dick Tufeld was the voice.
- Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.
- When opossums are playing opossum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.
- Liquid paper was invented by Mike Nesmith's (of the Monkees) mother, Bette Nesmith Graham, in 1951.
- The turkey was wrongly named after what was thought to be its country of origin.
- More money is printed daily for the Monopoly game than by the U.S. Treasury.
- There is a city called Rome on every continent.
- The screwdriver was invented before the screw.
- Four people played Darth Vader: David Prowse was his body, James Earl Jones did the voice, Sebastian Shaw was his face and a fourth person did the breathing.
- Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.
- The names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru: See no evil, Mikazaru: Hear no evil, and Mazaru: Speak no evil.
- There are no rivers in Saudi Arabia.
Strange news story:
Court tells defendant he's dead
A defendant has arrived for his trial only to be told he was dead.
Steven James Hill's file had been mistakenly updated by the Crown Prosecution Service to say he had died.
Witnesses were told the trial at Mold Magistrates' Court was cancelled.
When Hill arrived at court the CPS realised their error and requested the trial be adjourned.
A CPS spokeswoman says another defendant with the same surname had died and his details had been "incorrectly attributed" to Hill, of Saltney, Flintshire.
She adds the CPS apologised to the court and will be sending letters to the witnesses to advise them the case is ongoing.
Hill, 31, said: "I had quite a shock to be told that I was supposed to be dead but they could see I was not."
He faces a charge of intimidating a witness and is scheduled to attend court on March 12 for a new trial date to be fixed.
(Copyright 2002 by The Ananova. All rights reserved.)