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Baron Grim Posted 3 Weeks Ago
They didn't. It was noticed later that the 321 area code wasn't taken. Originally all area codes had either a 1 or a 0 as its middle digit. (According to the discussion on Reddit today about this, I believe theirs was originally 407). When they had an opportunity to add a new area code due to population growht, they picked the obvious 321.
ITIWBS Posted 3 Weeks Ago
"Officer Joe Friday's" badge number from Jack Webb's "Dragnet" TV serial was "714", at the time, the area code for the greater Los Angeles area.
You can call me TC Posted Last Week
Wasn't Alice Cooper's dad a church minister (of some reformed church I think)? He's quite orn'ry really.
Baron Grim Posted Last Week
I wouldn't be surprised. One of my favorite little facts about Alice Cooper is that The Amazing Randi designed his early stage stunts and performed on stage with him.
swl Posted 4 Days Ago
WWI German gas masks were made from dog skins. Dogs don't sweat so their skin isn't porous.
Baron Grim Posted 4 Days Ago
I didn't want to know this.
I follow Snopes on Boofcake and Twatter and they've recently featured a preposterous internet rumor that Microsoft uses dog noses for the thumb sticks on their Game Cube controllers (image shows a Sony Playstation controller).
Nick, thrice retired, thrice slain in fiction Posted 4 Days Ago
Being Canadian and ex-military - most folks here associate the wedge cap with badge as Royal Canadian Air Force attire. But as with many aspects of military uniform, it originated in the Royal Canadian Army.
Dmitri Gheorgheni Posted 3 Days Ago
swl Posted 3 Days Ago
The fuse used in British artillery shells during WWI was actually a German design. After the war, the British Government had to pay Krupps a fee for every shell used to cover the licensing rights.
Nick, thrice retired, thrice slain in fiction Posted 3 Days Ago
Dmitri Gheorgheni Posted 2 Days Ago
All right, just to bore everybody, an equal-opportunity useless factoid:
In the US, cornhole tournaments (a kind of bean-bag toss) are growing in popularity at regional festivals.
They are often held to benefit psychiatric clinics and addiction-recovery centres.
The connection between trying to get a bagful of dried maize into the hole in a board and the promotion of mental health is not entirely clear...
ITIWBS Posted 2 Days Ago
Catatonic schizophrenic* mental patients often can reflexively catch objects like bean bags tossed to them, a point developed in one of Robin Williams films on a mental health theme, though they're incapable of social responsiveness in most other ways.
*One of the most gravely pathetic and debilitating mental diseases.
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