Friday, February 24, 2006

Ten things you may not know

Exhaustive search of the interweb has yielded these gemettes of astoundingly interesting trivia. Remember, you probably heard it here second.


After the wren, Golden Eagles are England’s most common bird. The huge colonies around the Norfolk Broads are a constant threat to pleasure boaters, as they often prey on moorhens and other small waterfowl attracted by bread thrown overboard by children.

Mad Mullah and Al Qaeda frontman Osama Bin Laden used to play the Scott Gorham figure in a Thin Lizzy tribute band while on a year-long study course in Geneva in the early 80s. He is said to still have his blond wig and to play “Whiskey in the Jar” continuously on his i-Pod.

Now 80 years old, Her Majesty the Queen still stands on her head for ten minutes every morning before breakfasting on a single, lightly boiled egg sent daily from her private siege of herons at Sandringham.

Infra-red remote control devices can cause certain houseplants, especially African Violets, to shed their leaves and hyacinths to change colour.

In 1985, Transport secretary Alistair Darling spent a year as a “Steve Martin” for a Dunfirmline-based look-a-like agency in order to raise funds for his successful 1987 election campaign.

The electrical field caused by securely taping a common or garden stainless steel teaspoon to the underside of a fuel tank can improve fuel efficiency in common rail diesel injection engines by at least 3%.

Due to an unintentional and long overlooked ambiguity in bye-laws drawn up by 19th century borough legislators anxious to curb prostitution in the vicinity of the town’s garrison, it is actually illegal to enjoy sexual congress in Colchester between the hours of 9pm and 1am.

Leave cheaper DVD-R or DVD+R discs in a bowl of warm water with a couple of used alkaline batteries for 15 minutes and they will become re-writeable.

When played backwards, the second verse of the hit single “Champagne Supernova” by staunch Manchester City supporters Oasis begins, “Colin Bell was gay, Eric Cantona is my hero, Man U, Man U.”

Eating an orange immediately after a glass of Pernod can produce a mild hallucinogenic effect not unlike consuming a whole bottle of absinthe, the drink Pernod was intended to be a substitute for.

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Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Please note that it is illegal to practise sexual congress in Colchester during said period. It is very difficult to enjoy it there at any time.

6:08 am  
Blogger Steve Middleton said...

My wealth of knowledge has quadrupled. It also explains why the women of Colchester universally suffer from the affliction of having faces like slapped arses.

9:31 pm  
Blogger Sharon J said...

There's many a man would delight in the sight of slapped arse, whether below or above the waist. ~Sharon

2:39 pm  

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