Sunday’s Interesting Facts & Hilariously Wrong Headlines
Discerning reader, in the build up to my company rebrand (in just 2 weeks!) you’ll appreciate that I won’t be delving into many meaty subjects as my director’s speech is more than making up my writing quota!
But rest assured that I’ll be right back with you straight after with a special report from inside ‘The Evolution’ as we’re affectionately calling what promises to be a thrillingly exciting evening (for many reasons!)
However, to cheer you up in my absence, I thought I’d publish some more Sunday facts along with some amusing real newspaper headlines. Enjoy!
Have a great Sunday!
10 Interesting Facts
- Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
- The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti
- Stewardesses’ is the longest English word that is typed with only the left hand.
- The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways; the following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”
- The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
- Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”
- Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian seal for that reason.
- Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
- The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead.”
- The reason fire houses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
And, just in case you missed them first time round… here are some hilarious real headlines!
- Include Your Children when Baking Cookies
- Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
- Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
- Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted
- Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case
- Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents
- Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
- Prostitutes Appeal to Pope
- Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
- British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands
- Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms
- Eye Drops Off Shelf
- Teachers Strike Idle Kids
- Clinton Wins on Budget, But More Lies Ahead
- Enraged Cow Injures Farmer With Ax
- Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told
- Miners Refuse to Work after Death
- Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
- Stolen Painting Found by Tree
- Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years in Checkout Counter
- Killer Sentenced to Die for Second Time in 10 Years
- Never Withhold Herpes Infection from Loved One
- War Dims Hope for Peace
- If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
- Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
- Deer Kill 17,000
- Enfields Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
- Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
- Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
- Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge
- New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
- Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
- Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
- Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
- Arson Suspect Held in Massachusetts Fire
- Ban On Soliciting Dead in Trotwood
- Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
- New Vaccine May Contain Rabies
- Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors