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  • Triple Play - in words

    KNOW EVERYTHING?

    A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

    A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

    A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

    A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

    A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

    A snail can sleep for three years.

    Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

    All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

    Almonds are a member of the peach family.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

    Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

    Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

    "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

    February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

    In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

    If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

    If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open

    Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

    Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

    No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

    On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

    Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

    One of the ingredients of dynamite is peanuts.

    Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

    "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.

    The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

    The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

    The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

    The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

    The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

    The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

    There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

    There are more chickens than people in the world.

    There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous

    There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

    There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewable Vitamins.

    Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

    TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

    Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.


    Now you DO know everything
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    The last time I was in San Francisco I went to their world famous Chinatown and wandered the streets window shopping. On a side street I found a storefront with the sign – Benjamin Schwartz Hand Laundry. I was amazed to see such a sign in China town, and walked into the shop. I asked if I could speak to Benjamin Schwartz, and the elderly Oriental gentleman behind the counter said that he was Benjamin Schwartz.
    I said I did not mean to pry, but I was curious as to how he got such a name. He explained that he was one of the last people to pass through Ellis Island. One day, while he was there, all the people lined up to talk to the processing people and get their American names.
    As it turned out the man ahead of him gave his name as Benjamin Schwartz, and the processor wrote it down. Next it was his turn, and when the processor asked his name, he replied, “Mei Tu.”
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    A SALTY TALE
    Burt Borrok

    With a ship that was true
    Sporting sails that were new
    And a crew that was hearty and hale,
    We slipped out of port
    And soon we were caught
    In the midst of a towering gale.

    Oh, the ship she did buck
    Though the sails had been struck
    And some warps we had started to tow.
    Then the captain was seen
    With his gills turning green
    As he quickly retreated below.

    The hands were 'tween decks,
    And, as battened down wrecks,
    They moaned in the bunks where they lay.
    While in slicker and hood
    By the tiller I stood
    As I battled that storm night and day.

    When at last we had won,
    With a plot of the sun
    I soon charted a course for the bay,
    And we ended that trip
    At the very same slip
    That we left when we first sailed away.

    As I walked from the pier
    I chucked all of my gear
    And swore sailing was not my desire.
    Now you say you'd be fond
    Of a sail on the pond ... ?
    Well good luck, --- I'll be here by the fire.

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