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Postby Sweet Peace » October 24th, 2008, 3:31 am

............a place for snippets of interesting information.
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It is a curious sidelight that in my collection of stories told by children, boys' most common adjective by far is BIG and girls' most common adjective is LITTLE -Valerie Yule

Retired psychologist Valerie Yule discusses how simple arithmetic helps with everyday tasks and understanding the world around us on Ockam's Razor (radio science show)
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Postby Sprocket » October 24th, 2008, 8:56 am

According to today's 'Garudain', whoever wins the US presidency, he'll be a left-hander, and what's more, he'll be the fourth left-hander in the last five, only Dubya being right-handed, and sixth out of the 12 post-war presidents. The normal proportion in the general population is only 10% (which includes me, Fidel Castro and Osama Bin Laden).
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Postby gwinnie » October 24th, 2008, 4:19 pm

Sinister comes from the latin 'sinistra', for left.
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Postby Theophilus » October 25th, 2008, 5:29 pm

And dextrous comes from the Latin for "right" :mrgreen:
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Postby GregB » October 25th, 2008, 7:32 pm

Following on from that, interesting that 'ambidextrous', meaning good with either hand, should use the term for the right hand only, implying that such a person seems to have two right hands (rather than two left hands.)
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Postby Pondero » October 25th, 2008, 8:45 pm

Sweet Peace wrote:............a place for snippets of interesting information.
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It is a curious sidelight that in my collection of stories told by children, boys' most common adjective by far is BIG and girls' most common adjective is LITTLE -Valerie Yule

Retired psychologist Valerie Yule discusses how simple arithmetic helps with everyday tasks and understanding the world around us on Ockam's Razor (radio science show)



The ability to use mental arithmetic in supermarkets so you can check whether that larger package of stuff is really cheaper per gram or litre than the smaller one is important. As is dexterity with percentages, and compound interest ( I use a TI 83 for this and the book that goes with it)it is very useful in checking bank interest given. Practise makes perfect.
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Postby Sprocket » October 27th, 2008, 9:10 am

Being rubbish at mental arithmetic, I'm rather glad that in this country at least, and in the supermarkets I use, that necessity is removed, because the price label indicates the price per litre, kilogramme, etc., so that you can compare one with another.
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Postby Sprocket » October 27th, 2008, 9:12 am

Another left-hander is Ned Flanders, Homer Simpson's well-meaning, deeply irritating neighbour.
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Postby Pondero » October 28th, 2008, 9:51 am




Australian Parliament Speaker Wants Lord's Prayer Dropped

By Kathleen Gilbert

CANBERRA, Australia, October 27, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Australian House of Representatives Speaker Harry Jenkins has called for a public debate as to whether the Lord's Prayer ought to be written out of parliamentary procedures, and replaced by an acknowledgement of the country's Aboriginal ancestors.

Jenkins questioned if the prayer was relevant to the 21st century, according to the Herald-Sun, and also suggested that it be rewritten. The Lord's Prayer has been in the standing orders since 1901, the year the British colonies of Australia came together as a federation.

But senators from several of Australia's political parties largely squelched the idea, and a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that he considers the prayer an important tradition that must not be changed.

"The Lord's Prayer is a long standing tradition of the Australian parliament and the Prime Minister believes it should continue,'' she said.



I wonder if Harry Jenkins is relevant to the 21st century.
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Postby Sprocket » October 28th, 2008, 10:14 am

What on earth has the above post got to do with the theme of this thread, which is for odd facts, and is supposed to be uncontroversial? Couldn't it have gone in the Christianity forum, or the Politics one?

Btaim:

'SOS' by Abba is believed to be the only palindromic song by a palindromic group ever to reach the UK top 10: it got to number 6 in 1975.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest single human fart was timed at almost three minutes.

Some cliff-dwelling birds, such as Puffins, lay highly conical eggs, which roll in a circle when pushed, and are thus less likely to fall off a cliff ledge.

In the early 1950s, 'blowjob' was the nickname of a type of aeroplane. I'm told it means something else nowadays.
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