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    Facts that seem untrue

    I thought there was a similar thread but can't find it. Anyway found a good thread online with many, some of them

    I'll start with one: Johnny Cash was the first, if not one of the first, American to know that Stalin died

    Chevy Chase played drums in a band that became Steely Dan.

    Sometimes they turn Niagara falls off for maintenance

    Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh are brothers-in-law

    Birds that navigate by the stars are older than the zodiac. Several zodiacs. Constellations have come and gone over millions of years as the sun moves and stars die, and each generation of bird learns the current sky as a hatchling

    The FBI spent a whole year investigating the lyrics to the Kingmen's hit song Louie Louie

    What we call fish are actually several distinct groups of animals only very distantly related to each other.

    Or to put it another way, a salmon is more closely related to your mom than it is to a shark

    One of the favourite shades of paint used by Pre-Raphaelite painters, Mummy Brown, was made by adding ground up remains of Egyptian mummies


    Ground up remains of mummified Egyptian people were also a popular pseudoscientific "cure-all" for everything (especially bruises).
    The best part is that this practice is all based off a MISTRANSLATION of the arabic term "mūmiyā" which actually means bitumen (asphalt)

    Judith Love Cohen NASA engineer helped create the Abort-Guidance System which rescued the Apollo 13 astronauts. She took a printout of a problem she was working on to hospital the day she went in to labour. She finished the problem, let her boss know then gave birth to Jack Black

    In a 1946 congressional race JFK ran against a guy named Joe Russo. Another guy named Joe Russo was encouraged to run and put on the ballot so voters wouldn't know which Joe Russo to vote for.

    Hitler, Trotsky, Stalin, Tito and Freud all lived within 2 square miles of each other in Vienna in 1913

    Your mouth hurts after eating a lot of pineapple because there is an enzyme in pineapple that is a meat tenderizer. Eventually, pineapple starts eating YOU!

    In the late 60s, The Zombies already had disbanded by the time their music became popular in the US, so a company hired a couple fake bands to travel the country pretending to be The Zombies. One of those bands eventually became ZZ Top

    Gary Numan is 13 days older than Gary Oldman

    Gary Numan has his pilot's license

    Gary Oldman's sister is Big Mo Slater from Eastenders

    The last guillotining in France occurred the year Star Wars first premiered

    The amount of time between Stegosaurus and T Rex is almost 1/3rd longer than the time between T rex and today

    Thought to be Forrest fires at the time but Japan bombed the United States mainland west coast during WW2 with Fu Go weather balloon bombs that utilized the Jet Stream

    When André the Giant was a teenager, Samuel Beckett used to drive him to school.

    Rosa Parks lived long enough to see Shrek 2 in theaters

    There are about 150 million starlings in North America. They are all descended from 60 birds released in Central Park, by a guy whose motivation was to introduce them to America because they had been mentioned in Shakespeare

    The winner of the 1904 Olympic marathon was disqualified because he rode half the race in a car waving to spectators. The next runner was severely dehydrated and his team gave him strychnine to keep him going. He was hallucinating for the last half of the race


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stairway 2 7 View Post
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    I thought there was a similar thread but can't find it. Anyway found a good thread online with many, some of them

    I'll start with one: Johnny Cash was the first, if not one of the first, American to know that Stalin died

    Chevy Chase played drums in a band that became Steely Dan.

    Sometimes they turn Niagara falls off for maintenance

    Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh are brothers-in-law

    Birds that navigate by the stars are older than the zodiac. Several zodiacs. Constellations have come and gone over millions of years as the sun moves and stars die, and each generation of bird learns the current sky as a hatchling

    The FBI spent a whole year investigating the lyrics to the Kingmen's hit song Louie Louie

    What we call fish are actually several distinct groups of animals only very distantly related to each other.

    Or to put it another way, a salmon is more closely related to your mom than it is to a shark

    One of the favourite shades of paint used by Pre-Raphaelite painters, Mummy Brown, was made by adding ground up remains of Egyptian mummies


    Ground up remains of mummified Egyptian people were also a popular pseudoscientific "cure-all" for everything (especially bruises).
    The best part is that this practice is all based off a MISTRANSLATION of the arabic term "mūmiyā" which actually means bitumen (asphalt)

    Judith Love Cohen NASA engineer helped create the Abort-Guidance System which rescued the Apollo 13 astronauts. She took a printout of a problem she was working on to hospital the day she went in to labour. She finished the problem, let her boss know then gave birth to Jack Black

    In a 1946 congressional race JFK ran against a guy named Joe Russo. Another guy named Joe Russo was encouraged to run and put on the ballot so voters wouldn't know which Joe Russo to vote for.

    Hitler, Trotsky, Stalin, Tito and Freud all lived within 2 square miles of each other in Vienna in 1913

    Your mouth hurts after eating a lot of pineapple because there is an enzyme in pineapple that is a meat tenderizer. Eventually, pineapple starts eating YOU!

    In the late 60s, The Zombies already had disbanded by the time their music became popular in the US, so a company hired a couple fake bands to travel the country pretending to be The Zombies. One of those bands eventually became ZZ Top

    Gary Numan is 13 days older than Gary Oldman

    Gary Numan has his pilot's license

    Gary Oldman's sister is Big Mo Slater from Eastenders

    The last guillotining in France occurred the year Star Wars first premiered

    The amount of time between Stegosaurus and T Rex is almost 1/3rd longer than the time between T rex and today

    Thought to be Forrest fires at the time but Japan bombed the United States mainland west coast during WW2 with Fu Go weather balloon bombs that utilized the Jet Stream

    When André the Giant was a teenager, Samuel Beckett used to drive him to school.

    Rosa Parks lived long enough to see Shrek 2 in theaters

    There are about 150 million starlings in North America. They are all descended from 60 birds released in Central Park, by a guy whose motivation was to introduce them to America because they had been mentioned in Shakespeare

    The winner of the 1904 Olympic marathon was disqualified because he rode half the race in a car waving to spectators. The next runner was severely dehydrated and his team gave him strychnine to keep him going. He was hallucinating for the last half of the race

    Great idea for a thread.

    Johnny Cash was the first person outside the Soviet Union to know Stalin had died as he was a morse code cracker

    Gary Numan was going to quit music altogether in favour of flying when he got his license. Still touring now.

    Harrison Ford is a qualified pilot and once landed on the wrong runway and got written up for it, theres a recording of the radio communications on YouTube.

    The Beastie Boys supported Madonna on her 'Like A Virgin' tour in 1985 before they made it big in 86. The jacket Madonna wears on that tour was gifted to her by Prince.
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    More people have walked on the moon than won Takeshi’s Castle.


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    Put a grain of rice on the first square of a chessboard, two grains on the second square, four grains on the third square, and continue doubling the grains until the final square.

    By the time you reach it, the amount of rice you would be putting on it would be well over a thousand years' worth of all rice currently produced in a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernhibee View Post
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    More people have walked on the moon than won Takeshi’s Castle.
    That’s terrific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stairway 2 7 View Post
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    I thought there was a similar thread but can't find it. Anyway found a good thread online with many, some of them

    I'll start with one: Johnny Cash was the first, if not one of the first, American to know that Stalin died

    Chevy Chase played drums in a band that became Steely Dan.

    Sometimes they turn Niagara falls off for maintenance

    Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh are brothers-in-law

    Birds that navigate by the stars are older than the zodiac. Several zodiacs. Constellations have come and gone over millions of years as the sun moves and stars die, and each generation of bird learns the current sky as a hatchling

    The FBI spent a whole year investigating the lyrics to the Kingmen's hit song Louie Louie

    What we call fish are actually several distinct groups of animals only very distantly related to each other.

    Or to put it another way, a salmon is more closely related to your mom than it is to a shark

    One of the favourite shades of paint used by Pre-Raphaelite painters, Mummy Brown, was made by adding ground up remains of Egyptian mummies


    Ground up remains of mummified Egyptian people were also a popular pseudoscientific "cure-all" for everything (especially bruises).
    The best part is that this practice is all based off a MISTRANSLATION of the arabic term "mūmiyā" which actually means bitumen (asphalt)

    Judith Love Cohen NASA engineer helped create the Abort-Guidance System which rescued the Apollo 13 astronauts. She took a printout of a problem she was working on to hospital the day she went in to labour. She finished the problem, let her boss know then gave birth to Jack Black

    In a 1946 congressional race JFK ran against a guy named Joe Russo. Another guy named Joe Russo was encouraged to run and put on the ballot so voters wouldn't know which Joe Russo to vote for.

    Hitler, Trotsky, Stalin, Tito and Freud all lived within 2 square miles of each other in Vienna in 1913

    Your mouth hurts after eating a lot of pineapple because there is an enzyme in pineapple that is a meat tenderizer. Eventually, pineapple starts eating YOU!

    In the late 60s, The Zombies already had disbanded by the time their music became popular in the US, so a company hired a couple fake bands to travel the country pretending to be The Zombies. One of those bands eventually became ZZ Top

    Gary Numan is 13 days older than Gary Oldman

    Gary Numan has his pilot's license

    Gary Oldman's sister is Big Mo Slater from Eastenders

    The last guillotining in France occurred the year Star Wars first premiered

    The amount of time between Stegosaurus and T Rex is almost 1/3rd longer than the time between T rex and today

    Thought to be Forrest fires at the time but Japan bombed the United States mainland west coast during WW2 with Fu Go weather balloon bombs that utilized the Jet Stream

    When André the Giant was a teenager, Samuel Beckett used to drive him to school.

    Rosa Parks lived long enough to see Shrek 2 in theaters

    There are about 150 million starlings in North America. They are all descended from 60 birds released in Central Park, by a guy whose motivation was to introduce them to America because they had been mentioned in Shakespeare

    The winner of the 1904 Olympic marathon was disqualified because he rode half the race in a car waving to spectators. The next runner was severely dehydrated and his team gave him strychnine to keep him going. He was hallucinating for the last half of the race
    Was it the useless facts thread you were thinking of?

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    Hannibal Lecter never says 'hello, Clarice' in Silence of the Lambs despite it being an often quoted line. Likewise Darth Vader never says 'Luke, I am your father'. The lines are a simple 'good morning' and just 'I am your father'.

    Both are examples of the Mandela effect and there are loads of them in films. Gandalf never says 'Run, you fools', Forrest Gump doesn't say 'life is like a box of chocolates' and the Queen in Snow White never says 'mirror, mirror on the wall'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northernhibee View Post
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    More people have walked on the moon than won Takeshi’s Castle.
    😆

    On the subject of the moon. You could fit all the other planets in our solar system between the earth and the moon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killiehibbie View Post
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    Was it the useless facts thread you were thinking of?
    That's it scrolled a few pages back but couldn't see one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    Hannibal Lecter never says 'hello, Clarice' in Silence of the Lambs despite it being an often quoted line. Likewise Darth Vader never says 'Luke, I am your father'. The lines are a simple 'good morning' and just 'I am your father'.

    Both are examples of the Mandela effect and there are loads of them in films. Gandalf never says 'Run, you fools', Forrest Gump doesn't say 'life is like a box of chocolates' and the Queen in Snow White never says 'mirror, mirror on the wall'.
    Had heard the first two shook with the others. Casablanca play it again Sam, is a famous one

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    Love this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    Hannibal Lecter never says 'hello, Clarice' in Silence of the Lambs despite it being an often quoted line. Likewise Darth Vader never says 'Luke, I am your father'. The lines are a simple 'good morning' and just 'I am your father'.

    Both are examples of the Mandela effect and there are loads of them in films. Gandalf never says 'Run, you fools', Forrest Gump doesn't say 'life is like a box of chocolates' and the Queen in Snow White never says 'mirror, mirror on the wall'.

    A lot of that scene in the prison cell was ad libbed by Hopkins and he genuinely offended Jodie Foster with his lines about sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars and her Virginia accent, this was before she was open about her sexuality and he genuinely scared her as well and thats why her reaction is so genuine.
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    If you folded a piece of paper 42 times it would be thick enough to reach the moon, fold it 102 times it would go further than the observable universe

    Jimi Hendrix opened for the Monkees on an American tour

    Follicle mites make the journey across a sleeping person’s face from nose to ear in six hours

    Because of a deal struck with the Mafia, the word ‘mafia’ was never used in The Godfather


    Malcolm X was a busboy at the Parker House Hotel in Boston.Ho Chi Minh was a baker there and JFK proposed to Jackie there in the restaurant

    The missionary who was lost in Africa for decades Dr Livingstone in the 19thC as in ‘Dr Livingstone I presume’ who Henry Stanley travelled across Africa to find, risking his life, people died finding him, only converted one person to Christianity & even he lapsed & rejected it.

    Alice Cooper befriended Groucho Marx toward the end of his life. Groucho had insomnia, & Alice would watch old movies with him until he nodded off, & Alice would help him to bed. Groucho would then take his comedian friends to Alice's concerts

    Maine is the state closest to Africa

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    Boris Johnson is the paternal grandson of Ali Kemal Bey, a late Ottoman interior minister who was mostly shunned by the Turkish nationalists including Kemalists. If Boris’s grandfather had’t adopted his English mother’s last name (Johnson), Boris would have been Boris Kemal

    The University of Oxford is older than the Aztec Empire

    The time between the birth of cleopatra and today is less than the time between her birth and the construction of the pyramids

    Mammoths were around at the same time as the ancient Egyptians

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    Ferdinand Porche not only invented the VW beetle and the 1st electric car and hybrid,he was also Archduke Franz Ferdinand's chauffeur.

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    Listerine was originally a floor cleaner, and a cure for gonorrhea. Failing all that, the company invented the term 'halitosis' (bad breath), which isn't medical, and sold it as a treatment

    All the gold ever mined in the history of the world would together fit in 2 Olympic-size swimming pools. To put this into perspective, all the water a person would drink in a typical lifetime would fill up about 10% of an Olympic pool.

    Depending on whose estimate you use, something like one quarter to one third of all the gold ever mined has been lost to shipwrecks

    If you were to make $50,000 a day since the great pyramids were built over 4,500 years ago you still wouldn’t crack the top 10 richest people in the world list

    If you were to make $50,000 a day since the great pyramids were built over 4,500 years ago you still wouldn’t crack the top 10 richest people in the world list

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    The Walt Disney Company is the world’s second largest purchaser of explosives, behind the United States Army

    Future Vice President Al Gore and future Academy Award Winning Actor, Tommy Lee Jones, roommates at Harvard

    The first person killed in the building of Hoover Dam was J.G. Tierney, who drowned on December 20, 1922, while surveying in the waters of the Colorado River. Exactly 13 years later, on December 20, 1935, the last man who died was Patrick Tierney, his son

    The first fax sent was in 1843,
    The last living Samurai died in 1877.
    Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

    This means that there was a period where a Samurai could have sent a fax to President Abraham Lincoln

    Charlie Chaplin once lost a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest

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    Ed Tudor Pole sold the rights to the song Swords of a Thousand Men for £200 because he was skint.
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    Mine is Bob Geldof saying "give us your ****ing money" live on TV during Live Aid. He didn't.
    Last edited by Santa Cruz; 23-03-2022 at 08:43 AM. Reason: totally misunderstood the point of thread so took first sentence out.

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    Replying to the OP too long to directly reply to.

    Gary Oldman is Big Mo fae Eastenders sister.

    Mine is Bob Geldof saying "give us your ****ing money" live on TV during Live Aid. He didn't.
    You mean he's her brother shirley?

    Anyway, her stage name is Laila Morse which is an anagram of mia sorella - Italian for 'my sister'. It was suggested by an Italian actress (Isabella Rosselini IIRC) who Gary was dating at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caversham Green View Post
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    You mean he's her brother shirley?

    Anyway, her stage name is Laila Morse which is an anagram of mia sorella - Italian for 'my sister'. It was suggested by an Italian actress (Isabella Rosselini IIRC) who Gary was dating at the time.
    hahaha yeah, didn't even notice that error. Went back and edited my OP cos think I misunderstood the point of the thread. I shouldn't post first thing in the morning!

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    I posted this on the previous thread, but I'm going to do it again.....

    In the UK October is the longest month of the year.

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    I take it everyones been listening to the No Such Thing as a FIsh podcast :-)

    I listen every day, fall asleep to it...Last one I remember is if you snap a polo mint in half in the dark, it will glow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalianwanda View Post
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    I take it everyones been listening to the No Such Thing as a FIsh podcast :-)

    I listen every day, fall asleep to it...Last one I remember is if you snap a polo mint in half in the dark, it will glow
    That's class fact. Is that the one from the people that do QI, if so I'll need to try it. Love QI particularly the early series

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stairway 2 7 View Post
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    That's class fact. Is that the one from the people that do QI, if so I'll need to try it. Love QI particularly the early series
    Actually I think its more a wee flash of light rather than glow Yeah thats the one, hundred of episodes. I like QI but prefer the podcast. Id hope to remember more facts in my sleep but it doesnt seem to happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    Hannibal Lecter never says 'hello, Clarice' in Silence of the Lambs despite it being an often quoted line. Likewise Darth Vader never says 'Luke, I am your father'. The lines are a simple 'good morning' and just 'I am your father'.

    Both are examples of the Mandela effect and there are loads of them in films. Gandalf never says 'Run, you fools', Forrest Gump doesn't say 'life is like a box of chocolates' and the Queen in Snow White never says 'mirror, mirror on the wall'.
    Can add to that with ET actually saying "ET home phone" rather that "ET phone home".
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    The closest distance between the PNG and Australian mainlands is about 80 nautical miles (about 150 km). In 1972, several (presumed) Australian islands lay close to the PNG coast. At high tide, the nearest such island (Kussa) was less than one kilometre distant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stairway 2 7 View Post
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    Chevy Chase played drums in a band that became Steely Dan.

    Sometimes they turn Niagara falls off for maintenance
    There are actually two hydroelectric power stations located at the falls, they supply one quarter of all power to both New York State and Ontario, and as your fact states they can divert water to essentially 'turn off' the falls

    The band Chevy Chase was in with Don Fagen and Walter Becker was called The Leather Canary, they were a jazz trio who only played a few gigs in New York in the late 60s, Fagen and Becker obviously went on to form Steely Dan.


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