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Everyone should know?

How many of the items listed are actually something that everyone should know?

Im gonna spitball a figure for ya….. maybe like 10.

50 Things Everyone Should Know

  1. The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
  2. Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
  3. Of all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions!
  4. What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.
  5. “Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
  6. “Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.
  7. In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
  8. A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  9. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath
  10. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  11. It’s against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland!
  12. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
  13. Horatio Nelson, one of England’s most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.
  14. The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London
  15. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people
  16. Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe!
  17. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump!
  18. One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!
  19. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different!
  20. The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man
  21. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!
  22. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
  23. The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.
  24. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  25. Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.
  26. Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
  27. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
  28. Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.
  29. On average a hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute.
  30. More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
  31. The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
  32. More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.
  33. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
  34. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!
  35. The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
  36. Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
  37. It’s against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.
  38. You’re born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.
  39. Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!
  40. Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
  41. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
  42. The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
  43. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds
  44. Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not
  45. Slugs have 4 noses.
  46. Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.
  47. A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!
  48. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
  49. The average person laughs 10 times a day!
  50. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain

 

http://www.amazingposts.com/2011/03/50-things-everyone-should-know.html?m=1

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The UN-Grammafication of America continues

 The UN-Grammafication of America continues and continues to piss off Grandmas everywhere…Psychologically, it is an evolutionary imperative that language will evolve, much like its speakers. The problem is, this phonetic evolution usually leaves the previous generation feeling a bit communicatively chafed. Theres a whole group of Syntax Scorned Seniors shaking a rigid finger at an out of control youth.

I am a rabid word blender on a mission to make my modifications mainstream. I advise everyone to get on board and become their own Grammar Guru.

One of my favorite sites:

http://wordlust.blogspot.com/

http://www.good.is/post/word-blending-linguistic-crossbreeds-from-smog-to-snowverload/

http://muse.dillfrog.com/ambiguous_words.php

Some other links on the subject:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/linguistics/change.jsp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_change

http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/sezwho/change/

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/langevol.html

http://www.drgrammar.org/frequently-asked-questions

 

 

 

 

EUREKA! I’ve got an idea.

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EUREKA! I’ve got an idea.

To be cont…

And now for the Cont…

Ok, so i am not the most organized chica I know and, well, neither is my blog. So, I’ve decided the best way of categorizing this sucker would be to title the categories to rhyme with the word IDEA.

Thank God for the Rhyme Dictionary and RhymeZone. I’ve pasted below a list of all the possibilities.  : )

This should be fun.

http://www.rhymezone.com/?loc=bar

http://tinyurl.com/4k72r4k

And then I got sidetracked checking out all the other cool dictionaries.

http://tinyurl.com/4fuzg6r

One last thing to note, is it odd that I wanna spend my time looking up a lot of the words like; 

mear, meir, mere, mir, myhre  …. really, five words that sound the same but have different meanings

schweer …. and don’t even pretend you don’t wanna know what in the world this word means. Im about to find out, I schweer, I would never lie to you, lol.

  Words and phrases that rhyme with dear:   (302 results)
1 syllable:
beare, beer, bere, briere, cheer, clear, cleere, crear, creer, cyr, deer, deere, ear, fear, fier, fleer, frear, freire, frere, gear, geer, gere, gier, giere, grear, greer, jeer, kear, kier, kir, kleer, kneer, lear, mear, meir, mere, mir, myhre, near, neer, nir, peer, pier, queer, rear, schear, scheer, schweer, sear, sere, shear, sheer, shere, smear, sneer, spear, speer, speir, sphere, stear, steer, steere, tear, teer, veer, vere, we’re, wier, year, zerr, zier

2 syllables:
adhere, all clear, alvear, amir, appear, austere, bahir, bashir, bassir, bear’s ear, bebear, birch beer, bock beer, bronx cheer, career, cashier, chachere, church year, chusmir, cohere, come near, dark beer, davir, desir, dornier, draw near, dyneer, each year, emir, first gear, frontier, give ear, great year, guinier, high gear, in gear, kamir, king’s spear, laimbeer, lanier, lazear, leap year, life peer, light beer, light year, low gear, mateer, mclear, mcnear, mcneer, mcteer, menear, minear, minteer, mouse deer, mouse ear, mule deer, musk deer, near beer, olear, o’lear, oneyear, orear, pap smear, per year, plenmeer, premier, premiere, puryear, rainier, red deer, revere, roe deer, root beer, rosevear, sabir, safier, sameer, samir, schenk beer, school year, severe, shamir, sincere, small beer, spruce beer, spur gear, st cyr, sun gear, termeer, third gear, unclear, up here, vanleer, vanliere, veneer, wazir, weiss beer, worm gear, yasir, zahir, zaire, zamfir, zegeer

3 syllables:
auctioneer, bandolier, barking deer, bartle frere, belvedere, bevel gear, bombardier, brigadeer, brigadier, budgeteer, burro deer, casebeer, cavalier, chandelier, charpentier, chevalier, christian year, civil year, commandeer, common year, crochetiere, crystal clear, disappear, domineer, dubilier, edward lear, engineer, exovir, fallow deer, far and near, financier, financiere, fiscal year, fishing gear, ginger beer, gondolier, holy year, inner ear, in one ear, insincere, interfere, lagardere, landing gear, last frontier, lunar year, marketeer, mctier, middle ear, munich beer, mutineer, outer ear, over here, pamphleteer, pelletier, persevere, pioneer, planet gear, porter’s beer, profiteer, racketeer, rayonier, reappear, rensselaer, second gear, solar year, souvenir, stable gear, steering gear, summiteer, time of year, to one ear, volunteer, wagoneer, water deer, whitetail deer, without fear, world premiere

4 syllables:
black marketeer, calendar year, celestial sphere, cervical smear, conventioneer, electioneer, elephant ear, elephant’s ear, every year, external ear, financial year, flight engineer, imagineer, internal ear, japanese deer, jewish new year, pere david’s deer, platonic year, reengineer, tropical year, virginia deer

5 syllables:
academic year, army engineer, bioengineer, cauliflower ear, civil engineer, differential gear, highway engineer, marine engineer, mining engineer, naval engineer, pinion and ring gear, planetary gear, political sphere, railroad engineer, sabbatical year, software engineer

6 syllables:
aerospace engineer, astronomical year, capital of zaire, vestibule of the ear

7 syllables:
automotive engineer, efficiency engineer, elasticity of shear, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, military engineer, military volunteer

8 syllables:
aeronautical engineer, metallurgical engineer

What does your body language say about you?

A study in body language.

Image via Wikipedia

I stumbled a great site about body language and figured I would share.

As we all know, communication is essential in society. Advancements in technology have transformed the way that we correspond with others in the modern world, yet when conversing face-to-face, it’s not only speech we verbalize that matters. Body language is truly a language of its own. We all have quirks and habits that are uniquely our own. What does your body language say about you? And what can you learn about others by becoming aware of what some of the signs mean?
 
I thought it would be fun to list some of the well-known signs that body language experts study and recognize. It is said that when talking to a person the information that we receive can be broken down as:

  • 10% from what the person actually says
  • 40% from the tone and speed of voice
  • 50% is from their body language.

http://tinyurl.com/248m9ut