wildernesscat: (touristinfo)
Reading this made me wonder - are there any new haunted buildings? Or do ghosts only like the ancient crumbling type?

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  • The address range of IPV6 is so big, that every sqare meter of the planet's surface may have 13,000 distinct IP addresses.
  • In Israel, with a population of 7 million people, there are 8 million cellphones. This makes Israel one of the few countries that have more cellphones than people.
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(came through the office mail)



answer inside )

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Yesterday on the 'Historic Hour' program on the radio, Prof. Harsegor claimed that Red Square in Moscow was named 'red' after all the bloodshed that went on there. I've always thought that 'red' meant 'beautiful', as in 'красна девица' (*red maiden = beautiful maiden). I wonder where he got that notion.

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A look-up chart for determining a person's ethnicity, used by the Soviet police (militia) in the 90's.

with English subtitles! )

Trivia.

Aug. 7th, 2006 04:11 pm
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What is the official currency of Ecuador? (from the top of your head)

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What can you tell me about Freemasonry? (except from what I can find in Wikipedia)?

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The numbers, as of the year 2005. I never imagined that Estonia has a larger Jewish population than, say, Finland. America is still in the lead - no surprise there. Afghanistan has only one Jew left. I wonder if he knows who he is.

Dunce Hat.

Nov. 23rd, 2005 06:06 pm
wildernesscat: (kfaryona)
Yesterday I went to the local movie theater with Yahelchik, to see some Tom & Jerry cartoons. The cartoons rolled one after the other on the big screen, until in one of them I saw something that looked unfamiliar. Jerry was teaching his young nephew the different ways to outsmart Tom, but always got one-upped by the resourceful toddler. In the final scene Jerry gives up, passes the pointer to his nephew, puts on a big cone shaped hat with the word "Dunce" on it, and sits in the corner. I knew there was a meaning to it, but couldn't figure out what it was.

Anyways, it turns out that the hat thing was common in Victorian schools. Teachers believed that all children could learn at the same speed, and if some fell behind then they should be punished for not trying hard enough. Students had to stand on a stool at the back of the class, and wear the hat as punishment for being stupid or lazy.

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How do flies get into sealed lamp covers?

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