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    The necktie is not actually French as most people assume, it actually owes its history to the Cravat a kind of knotted neckerchief worn by Croatian mercenaries. The word "cravat" is a corruption of the French pronunciation of "Hr̀vāt" or "Croat" — in Croatian: hence, ''Croatia'' means ''tie-land'' (take that Thailand and your so called ''land of the free'').

    The French fought more military campaigns than any other European nation, winning twice as many battles as they have lost. It also explains why the language of war is essentially French: ambush, patrol, camouflage, combat, reconnaissance (military tactics);artillery, bayonet, epaulette, lance (weapon); soldier,flotilla, volunteer, regiment, platoon, Battalion (organisation).

    French does not have an individual word for ''girl', the word 'fille' which most non-Fench people assume means 'girl' arguably means daughter or prostitute, as in Gaetano Donizetti's ''La fille du régiment'' (The Daughter of the Regiment) , or euphemism, fille de joie ( lady of the night); the same is true for ''garçon'' which can either mean ''boy'' or just as often a ''waiter''. The word ''aimer'' isn’t even a separate word for ''Love'', as it also means ''to like''. Despite being an original French phrase meaning the same as it does in English (double meaning), no one uses the phrase “double entendre” in France these days because in modern French ''entendre'' translates nowadays to "hear" (hence, it now literally means ''double heard'' in modern French). They now say ''double sens'' instead which really means ''double direction''.
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    'Fille' is most certainly the French word for 'girl'. It just so happens that it can mean 'daughter' and 'prostitute' too, but it depends on context. This happens in English all the time too. For example "That's my girl," could mean "That's my daughter," or could mean "That's the woman I have sex with on a regular basis."

    "Double sens" means "double meaning", not "double direction"... Again, 'sens' means many things depending on context. It can mean 'sense', as in "les cinq sens"/"the five senses", or "sens commun"/"common sense". It can mean 'direction' or 'way', as in "dans le mauvais sens"/"the wrong way". It can mean 'meaning', as in "sens propre"/"literal meaning" or "dépourvu de sens"/"without meaning" or "meaningless". Figuratively it could even have sexual connotations, as in "réjouir les sens" meaning "giving sensual pleasure" (roughly speaking).

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    -Butterflies taste with their feet.
    -It is impossible to lick your elbow.
    -People fear spiders more than death, on average.
    -Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
    -Termite mounds can be so humungous, if an average-sized one were to be scaled up (proportionally of a termite to a human being) it would reach over 2.5 miles into the sky!
    -Diamond is the hardest substance known to man. It is a polymorph of carbon (as is graphite), and was produced by high pressure, and temperature over what's believed to be billions of years under the Earth's crust.

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    Diamond is the hardest natural substance as measured on the Mohs hardness scale known to man. There are a few synthetic materials harder than diamond on the Mohs scale, and there are many hardness scales (Vickers, Brinell, Rockwell...). The Mohs scale is for 'scratch' hardness; resistance to scratching.

    The misnomer that diamond is the hardest substance we know of leads many people to believe it is nearly indestructible, which is balderdash of course. Diamond is not particularly tough and can be shattered fairly easily with a steel hammer.

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    When a mosquito bites, she leaves behind saliva. In fact, the saliva present in mosquito bites serves the mosquito well, since it works as an anti-coagulant. These means the mosquito can quickly draw blood without catching your attention.The saliva injected when a mosquito bites causes our bodies to produce a histamine response. We have a slight allergy response, and thus our skin around the bite area gets itchy. Since the saliva goes into our bodies first and is sucked up last it might be better not to interupt a misquito half way after they bite us to limit the itching effect.
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    Useless Facts

    There's too many to copy and paste here, so just did the first few.

    •The Paomnnehal Pweor Of The Hmuan Mnid.
    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch as Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,
    it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are,
    the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
    The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm.
    Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.



    •The original game of "Monopoly" was circular.
    •It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.
    •One-fourth of the world's population lives on less than $200 a year.
    •Ninety million people survive on less than $75 a year.
    •The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.
    •The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
    •TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
    •Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.
    •A snail can sleep for 3 years.
    •Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
    •The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.
    •More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
    •Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
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    Beethoven was the first composer who never had an official court position, thus the first known freelance musician. Born in 1770, he grew up poor, but published his first work at age 12. By age 20 he was famous. He often sold the same score to six or seven different publishers simultaneously, and demanded unreasonably large fees for the simplest work. He was short, stocky, dressed badly, didn’t like to bath, lived in squalor, used crude language, openly conducted affairs
    with married women, and had syphilis. Beethoven was deaf when he composed his Ninth Symphony.
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    BDSM
    •BDSM stands for Bondage, Discipline, Domination/Submission, Sadism/Masochism.
    •In a small sample there were no significant differences between BDSM practitioners and the general population on measures of psychopathology, depression, anxiety, OCD, and psychological sadism and masochism. (Connoly 2006)
    •A study looking at message board posts found 71% of heterosexual males but only 11% of heterosexual females and 12% of homosexual males prefer a dominant role when engaging in sexual bondage. (Ernulf, 1995.)
    •The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a national organization committed to supporting the equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression, conducted an informal survey of SM practitioners in 1998-1999. Some survey results are available on the NCSF website, and indicate that SM practitioners may be at greater risk for harassment, violence, and damage to property.(NCSF, 1999)
    •5-10% of the U.S. engages in SM for sexual pleasure on at least an occasional basis (Lowe, 1983).
    •12% of females and 22% of males reported erotic response to a SM story (Kinsey, Martin, Gebhard, 1953).
    •55% of females and 50% of males reported having responded erotically to being bitten (Kinsey, Martin, Gebhard, 1953).
    •14% of men and 11% of women have had some sexual experience with sadomasochism (Janus & Janus, 1993).
    •11% of men and 17% of women reported trying bondage (Lowe, 1983).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    •Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
    http://journals.lww.com/optvissci/Ci..._Blink.13.aspx

    "There was "no difference detected between men and women" when it came to frequency of eye blinks."

    Also, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a fictional phobia.
    “Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside
    them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” -Neil Gaiman

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