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TOPIC: Fun Facts
Created by: Goodenuff
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I was trying to remember which eggs in the refrigerator were hard boiled and which were not, when an idea for a thread topic occurred to me.

Does anybody have any fun facts to share? You know, those always fun and often useless facts that just might come in handy to know someday?

For example....

Did you know that if you were to take all of the veins from your body and lay them end to end along the equator that you would die?

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I could have put it in the Bitchfest but since I don't really know her, it's more like "just interesting" to me.

My grandmother's youngest sister has died. I don't think I've seen her since 1999 when my grandfather died, and I didn't know her at all. But what is interesting is that she was the last of my family driven from their land and fled the Soviet Union in 1925. She was just a baby but the last of my family born overseas that came here as refugees. The end of an era, of sorts.

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Being a subject of Her Majesty myself, I am probably more familiar with HM Queen Elizabeth than most people here. This story doesn't surprise me as much as it likely does most people here.

The story was excerpted in The Sunday Times from a memoir by British diplomat Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, who was appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 2003. It begins with Abdullah -- then the crown prince and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia -- visiting Balmoral, the Queen’s estate in Scotland.

“After lunch, the Queen had asked her royal guest whether he would like a tour of the estate,” wrote Cowper-Coles, who is said to have heard the tale from both Elizabeth and Abdullah themselves. “Prompted by his foreign minister the urbane Prince Saud, an initially hesitant Abdullah had agreed. The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat of the front Land Rover, his interpreter in the seat behind.”

Little did Abdullah know, however, that his driver for the day would be none other than Elizabeth herself.

“To his surprise, the Queen climbed into the driving seat, turned the ignition and drove off,” Cowper-Coles wrote. “Women are not -- yet -- allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen.”

Not to mention a queen who can drive like the wind. According to Cowper-Coles, Elizabeth didn’t just drive the SUV, but rapidly whizzed along the estate’s roads as she chatted, prompting Abdullah to become increasingly anxious.

“Through his interpreter, the Crown Prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead,” the diplomat said.

For those who are not aware, HM was a trained truck mechanic during WW2 and was apparently known as a skillful driver. While virtually never "allowed" to drive off her own property, she happens to own quite a bit of it and has kept her driving skills up during her tenure as monarch.

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Mongolian beef originated in America.

Well, at least the dish "Mongolian Beef" did.

French Fries didn't originate in France either. But the Canadians bastardized them by putting gravy on them. Maybe blame the French Canadians for that?

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The only time "incorrectly" is spelled incorrectly is when it's spelled incorrectly.

Take that autocorrect.

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Zipper is the most common cause of penile injuries. The zipper-related genital injuries send 1,700 men to the ER each year.

I had to look this one up after seeing recent post someone made about leaving their zipper open in another thread.

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Trying to stay on the theme of fun fact...

FF: Several US firms are eager to begin business in Cuba. Perhaps they're hoping to tap the US tourist market.

FF: Cubans can finally import directly those new 60's model Chevrolets (built Ford tough) they weren't able to get after the Revolution.

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There was always food in the USSR including after the break up of the USSR and the rise of the NIS. The problem was the no middle class. So you had the ultra rich and ultra poor. The rich had everything. The poor nothing.

As the Cuba....that will be a nightmare for the USA in the long run. There is literally nothing to gain, and everything to lose from normalizing our relationship with them.


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Well you as a tourist won't be starving. My friend remembered in the first few years after the USSR collapsed and their food aid dried up overnight; going to be hungry was really common. Things have improved somewhat but food is still a problem.

Things are better since the stores began accepting Cuban pesos (I know that sounds crazy but that's how it was - you were given ration cards and worthless Cuban pesos, which the stores wouldn't take.)

Their currency system is still bizarre but hey - it's Cuba. Without tourism I don't know what the hell they would do.

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Yeah, I know; Mrs. G is from one of those 2 cities.

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Food you actually get in Cuba is bland and boring. The common phrase is: for the best Cuban food, go to Miami or Tampa.

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