The "Useless Information" Thread

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    I stole this idea from Poisonivy, who has a similar thread going on the iPhone Forum, so my thanks go to her for that.

    Share what you please. It doesn't have to be earth shatteringly brilliant.

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    I'll start. Vowels.


    As I just used the word in another thread, the word "facetious" is the shortest word in the English language to use all the vowels in order.

    The shortest word to use all the vowels in any order is the French word "oiseau" meaning "bird".

    Dutch isn't content with five vowels. The letters I and J, when printed together are considered to be one letter, IJ, and are both capitalized when starting a sentence or a proper noun, eg IJselmeer.

    Welsh is the only language to use W as a vowel. As in the word "cwm"

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    Herbal tea contains no tea.


    Plum pudding contains no plums.
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    I always wondered about that.
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    Here's another one.

    White chocolate contains no chocolate.
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    Ozone, although made up entirely of oxygen atoms, is as poisonous as carbon monoxide.

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    No sugar added on a product label does not mean no sugar.
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    ...just as "no trans fat" doesn't mean no fat.

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    It takes 8 minutes for the light from the sun to reach the earth.

    Seasons are caused by the tilt of the earth, not the distance from the sun. In fact, the earth is closer to the sun in winter (northern hemisphere)

    Tides are caused by the gravity of the moon acting on the oceans. It is this tidal effect that has stopped the spin of the moon, and the reason one side always faces the earth.

    The moon is receding from the earth. In a few thousand years it will no longer be capable of causing a total eclipse. All eclipses will be partial or annular.

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    Not sure that qualifies as useless information. ;)
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    There are only a few words that contain two letter "U"s in a row:

    Continuum
    Duumvir or duumvirate
    Vacuum
    Residuum
    Muumuu

    Let me know if you've heard of any others...I collect them! I know, need to get a life!
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    The political map of the world has no respect for geography.


    Point Roberts, in WA, USA is physically unconnected to the rest of the US. It is south of Vancouver, BC, and is US territory by virtue of the fact that it lies south of the 49th parallel.

    Llivia, Spain is surrounded by France. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the residents that they were French, when the border was moved, so they carried on being Spanish.

    Baarle-Nassau is Belgian, but is within the territory of the Netherlands, except those parts of the town that are Dutch. These are enclosed completely by Belgian territory. Complex, huh?

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    If we're talking about parts of the US unconnected with the rest of the country, there's the North-West angle in Lake of the Woods. You can reach it from the rest of the US only by boat or by driving through Canadian territory.

    There's also San Marino, the only independent city state on the Italian peninsula that wasn't included in the unification of Italy, with the exception of the Vatican State, of course.
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    Most people in California don't realize ALL of Florida is south of the southernmost part of California, neither do most Floridians
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    The only words with three consecutive double letters are "bookkeeper" and "bookkeeping."

    Oh, and while double-checking the above fact, I came across this:

    In the English language, "[T]he letter combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways, which can be heard in this sentence: A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." (from the Brain Candy web site).

    English is a scary crazy language! :)

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