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Post 9761

Lusus - a national treasure

The web address itanimulli.com is owned by someone called John Fenley, who is not connected with the NSA.

https://itanimullihoax.wordpress.com/ explains everything


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Post 9762

Mr. X

"This fact was not useless to his mother when she called him to dinner."

It's useless to us though.

smiley - pirate


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Post 9763

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - snork True.


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Post 9764

Florida Sailor - Truth is Stranger than Fiction

I once met Colonel Harland Sanderssmiley - erm
He gave a motivational talk at my Junior High Schoolsmiley - groan

That's two useless fakes in a single postsmiley - ok

F smiley - dolphin S


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Post 9765

Florida Sailor - Truth is Stranger than Fiction

that should be factssmiley - sorry


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Post 9766

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - rofl I thought you meant you'd made them up. I was all geared up to reply with a useless quote by Oscar Wilde...

What could Harlan Saunders motivate junior high kids to do? Learn to fry chicken?


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Post 9767

Mr. X

He did create a highly-successful fast food chain.

...

Eventually.

smiley - pirate


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Post 9768

Florida Sailor - Truth is Stranger than Fiction

As I recall it was along the lines of how anyone could succeed in America, if we only tried harder and stayed in school. I believe he also mentioned how he didn't start his franchise until he was 65, probably because he dropped out of school himself.

I told you it was uselesssmiley - biggrin

F smiley - dolphin S


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Post 9769

Baron Grim

After he sold the restaurant chain, he Col. Sanders once described their gravy as "nothing more than wallpaper paste."


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Post 9770

Baron Grim

Actor Willem Dafoe was expelled from high school for shooting a porno.


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Post 9771

Baron Grim

Here is an excellent article about that Most Useless of Factoids, "a duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why."*

http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/duckecho.asp




*It does.


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Post 9772

Mr. Dreadful - Those who sacrifice style for comfort are deserving of neither.

Hippocrates believed that the ibis used its bill to self-administer salt water enemas.


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Post 9773

Baron Grim

Bill Paxton is the only actor to be killed on screen by The Terminator, Alien and Predator.

http://youtu.be/DHg6S4AYlb4 [NSFW: language]


"Game over, man... game over!"


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Post 9774

Baron Grim

smiley - starI should have read the comments first. Lance Henrickson was also killed by all three, but as he was playing an android in Aliens he was counted merely as damaged equipment.


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Post 9775

Pink Paisley

Winston Churchill made his 'We shall fight them on the beaches' speech in the House of Commons in 1940. However, since there were no recording facilities there at that time, the recording that we hear from time to time, was actually made in 1947 - 2 years after the war had ended.

PP.


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Post 9776

Dmitri Gheorgheni

So it didn't include asides? smiley - winkeye

I have read - though this may be apocryphal - that he covered the microphone and said, 'And we'll hit 'em over the head with beer bottles, because that's all we've got left.' Or similar.

Thus the need for Lend Lease.


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Post 9777

Florida Sailor - Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Without looking at the backlog I will add that

Franklin Delano Roosevelt never said 'day of infamy'

The proper quote is 'December 7th, 1941 is a date that will live in infamy'

F smiley - dolphin S


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Post 9778

~ jwf ~ scribblo ergo sum

smiley - bigeyes
In 1901 HG Wells published a short novel on the prospects
and negative possibilities of a drug like 'speed' or one of the
methamphedamines. That was114 years ago - and they say
he wasn't a proper sci-fi writer, prophet or 'see-er'. Ha!

The text is here:

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/wells/hg/w45tw/chapter8.html

The BBC reading is available for another month at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jzbk#auto

smiley - doctor
~jwf~


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Post 9779

ITIWBS

Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde" is interpretable as early and pioneering anti-drug literature, the effect of Dr. Jekyl's unspecified potion stikingly similar that which can in a worst case be produced by LSD, though LSD hadn't been discovered yet in those times.


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