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Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and the US railroads were built by English expatriates.
Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Why did "they" use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons which used that wheel spacing.
Okay! Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.
So who built those old rutted roads? The first long distance roads in Europe (and England) were built by Imperial Rome for their legions. The roads have been used ever since.
And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots first formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for (or by) Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches derives from the original specification for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Specifications and bureaucracies live forever. So the next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse's ass came up with it, you may be exactly right, because the Imperial Roman war chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of two war horses. Thus, we have the answer to the original question.
Now the twist to the story.............. There's an interesting extension to the story about railroad gauges and horses' behinds. When we see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs might have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory had to run through a tunnel in the mountains. The SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track is about as wide as two horses' behinds.
So, the major design
feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system
was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a Horse's Ass!
at the bottom. NO Cheating!)
salt is considered bad luck, probably because it was once so valuable.
Superstition has it a person is doomed to shed as many tears as it takes
to dissolve the spilled salt.
100 years ago....
student on his way home to visit his parents fell between two railroad
cars at the station in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was rescued by an
actor on his way to visit a sister in Philadelphia. The student was Robert
Lincoln, heading for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The actor was Edwin Booth,
the brother of the man who a few weeks later would murder the student's
1. In many
states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to
remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
having nightmares for ten consecutive nights about a DC-10 crash, Cincinnati
office manager David Booth called American Airlines on May 22, 1979. Three
days later, 273 people died when an American DC-10 crashed at Chicago.
a Nashville psychic, correctly predicted the first three horses to cross
the finish line in the 1959 Kentucky Derby. Four days before the race,
he wrote the names on a piece of paper, sealed them, unread in an envelope
and placed it in a vault. The vault was opened after the race and the
paper had on it the names of the first three finishers.
idea of a romantic kiss was to go "blaah" an gag me with his
tongue. He only improved once he married Demi Moore. - Cybil Shepard on
Sexually Suggestive Town Names
Wood's famous painting of an old Indiana couple posing in front of their
farmhouse is considered the definitive portrait of the Midwestern farmer.
In actuality, the man and women aren't really a couple nor are they farmers.
Also, the "farmhouse" in the picture was once used as a bordello.
OF TRURO - As pet cats were found slaughtered in the Cape Cod area of
Massachusetts, speculation grew as to whether the beast was a mountain
lion even though none existed in the region. Its identity remains a mystery
the movie, Ben Affleck character was skilled in the ancient art of origami.
In reality, Americans didn't really understand Japanese culture prior
to the war.
Stretch Screamers by Manley Toy Quest. Ages five and up. How far can you
stretch your monster? Listen to him scream. Puss comes out of the head
of 2000, a team of scientists at the Department of Forensics at University
College London removed a row of passenger seats from a Central Line tube
carriage for analysis into cleanliness. Despite London Underground's
claim that the interior of their trains are cleaned on a regular
basis, the scientists made some alarming discoveries:
to travel by rocket than use the London Underground, according to BBC
Online, which reports that a ticket to travel between Covent Garden and
Leicester Square costs 1.50 British pounds.
the stops are only 300 metres apart, that works out at 8.04 pounds a mile,"
says the report. Amateur astronaut Dennis Tito's recent trip into space
cost him 14 million pounds - but his journey worked out at 5.61 pounds
bride was arrested at her wedding reception in 1995 for stabbing her new
husband with the knife they had just used to cut the wedding cake.
how true this is... but it's interesting reading...
Back in 23-70
AD, Roman nobleman Pliny the Elder believed that if you took two small
worms from the body of a certain species of spider and attached them --
wrapped in deer skin, mind you -- to a woman's body before sunrise, she
would not conceive.
a pebble clasped in the hand during coitus would also stop conception.
about a few Brain Teasers
All Hebrew originating names that end with the letters "el" have something to do with God.
Alma mater means bountiful mother.
Corduroy comes from the French, cord du roi or cloth of the king.
Fido means faithful in Latin.
January is named for the Roman god Janus.
Sekkusu is sex in Japanese.
Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'
The Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan finger-lickin' good came out as eat your fingers off in Chinese.
word 'Abracadabra' was originally intended for the specific purpose of
curing hay fever.
Penis Locking and Lacerating Vaginal
A Fart Collecting
A fart collecting device: It comprises a gas-tight collecting tube for insertion into the rectum of the subject. The tube is connected to a gas-tight collecting bag. The end of the tube inserted into the subject is apertured and covered with a gauze filter and a gas permeable bladder.
A glove for courting couples who wish to maintain palm-to-palm contact while holding hands. It has a common palm section, but two separate sets of fingers.
A chair for coition: Provides support for two people, one astride the other. In one preferred form, the seat vibrates.
An ashtray which warns you to quit smoking. When you pick up the box of matches from the holder, light passes through a hole to a photocell. This activates an audible warning device.
A ladder to enable spiders to climb out of a bath. It comprises a thin flexible latex rubber strip which follows the inner contours of the bath. A suction pad is attached to the top edge of the bath.
A car registration plate which indicates the sex of the driver. The inventor says that since the plate makes the driver's sex immediately apparent, other road users will change the way they behave. They will become more polite, and predict better the behavior of other drivers.
A nose filter was patented that would be attached in the nostril to purify and warm the air inside, and also moisten and medicate the mucous membrane of the sinus cavity.
Canine seasonal panties were created to prevent soiling or staining of clothing and furniture by the female canine's seasonal fluids.
A nose guard for horses was created to protect the nose from being sunburned.
A mattress with a wedge-shaped body with an inclined upper surface was designed with a concavity for the breasts.
An ear brace
for dogs was invented to train dogs of various breeds to hold their ears
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Some of the amazing and famous hoaxes around Darwin's time:
Barnum's Fiji Mermaid (he spelled it Fejee Mermaid). This was an ugly, dried-up, black object about three-feet (one-meter) long that was promoted as being half-monkey and half-fish. It was eventually found to be a hoax.
Poet Edgar Allan Poe ran a long-running hoax promotion of a manned balloon flight across the Atlantic.
The city of Palisade, Nevada, enticed tourists to visit the city because of its regular gunfights and street brawls. Tourists flocked into town to witness the gunfights, not knowing at the time that they were all staged.
A report in The Illustrated London News of February 9, 1856 claimed that a living pterodactyl (an extinct flying reptile) had been discovered in France.
A hotel operator hoaxed tourists to visit his city by creating a "Silver Lake Serpent" that lured many people to the area.
A cigar manufacturer named George Hull hired stonecutters to carve a 10-foot giant, which he buried on his property. In the wake of evolutionists' desire to find fossils of creatures that lived in the ancient past, this Cardiff giant was "accidentally" unearthed in 1869, and wagon-loads of tourists came to see Hull's find. He charged them 25 cents each for the privilege.
In 2001 an e-mail began circulating that the Lovenstein Institute in Pennsylvania had done research on the IQ of all U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush who came out at the bottom of the list with an IQ of 91. The e-mail turned out to be a joke. It originated on a Web site called linkydinky.com.
In 1977, Anglia TV in England broadcast a documentary called Alternative Three. It told the story of British scientists leaving the country to find higher-paying jobs, and then mysteriously disappearing from the Earth. The copyright for the show was dated April 1 (April Fool's Day). Some were still convinced it was real even after the hoax was uncovered. They believed it was all part of a government's plan.
In 1967, a book titled "Report From Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace" was published by Dial Press. The report claimed the U.S. government was against the idea of a warless existence. It caused a sensation among the public, sending it to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list. The hoax was designed to make people think the unthinkable.
CBS Radio broadcasted a breaking story of an alien invasion near Grover's
Mill, New Jersey. Hundreds of thousands panicked as the story came streaming
through their radios. They would soon find out, it was nothing but a recreation
of the Orson Wells play "War of the Worlds." CBS was broadcasting
Abraham Lincoln did not write the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope. In fact, he worked on that address for two weeks.
It was Cicero, not President John F. Kennedy, who first said words to the effect of, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
Some scholars believe Andrew Jackson was born at sea in 1755, not 1767, and thus was not eligible to be president of the U.S. However, at least two states, North Carolina and South Carolina, claim his birth place, about a mile apart.
In 1824, Andrew Jackson received more popular votes than John Adams, yet lost the election. The vote was so close that neither candidate received a majority of the electoral votes. The decision then went to the House of Representatives, which elected Adams.
Zachary Taylor, twelfth president of the U.S., did not vote until he was sixty-two. He did not even vote in his own election.
President Ulysses S. Grant was once arrested during his term of office. He was convicted of exceeding the Washington speed limit on his horse and was fined $20.
Author John Grisham is a sixteenth cousin of President Bill Clinton.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton designated a new national monument in southern Utah. Nearly three times the size of the state of Rhode Island, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is the nation's largest. The new national monument is the first to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management rather than the National Park Service.
Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph without mentioning that he was US President.
Talk show hosts Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Conan O'Brien made President Bill Clinton the chief target of their jokes 810 times in 1997.
Norfolk County, Massachusetts, is the birthplace of three United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and John F. Kennedy.
Zachary Taylor, formerly a professional soldier, never voted. He didn't even vote in the election that elected him U.S. president.
President William Howard Taft was a seventh cousin twice removed of Richard M. Nixon, and was a distant relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
John F. Kennedy
and Warren Harding were the only United States presidents to be survived
by their fathers.
In George Washington's day, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs" therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."
As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year! (May & October) Women always kept their hair covered while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs. The wigs couldn't be washed so to clean them, they could carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term "big wig." Today we often use the term "here comes the Big Wig" because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
In the late 1700's many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board was folded down from the wall and used for dining. The "head of the household" always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Once in a while an invited guest, almost always a man, would be offered this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge and you were referred to as the chair man. Today in business we use the expression/title "Chairman."
Needless to say, personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told "mind your own bee's wax." Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term "crack a smile." Also, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt and hence the expression "losing face."
Ladies wore corsets which would lace up in the front. A tightly tied lace was worn by a proper and dignified lady as in "straight laced".
Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the "ace of spades." To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't "playing with a full deck."
Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what was considered important to the people. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns and were told to "go sip some ale" and listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. "you go sip here" and "you go sip there." The two words "go sip" were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and thus, we have the term gossip."
taverns, pubs and bars, people drank from pint and quart sized containers.
A barmaid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks
coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in
"pints" and who was drinking in "quarts." Thus the
term "minding your P's and Q's."
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The year is 1902, only 100 years ago...what a difference a century makes.
The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven.
Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour. The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.
Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."
four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
leading causes of death in the US were:
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
about 230 reported murders in the US.
During an hour's swimming at a municipal pool, you will ingest 1/12 liter of urine.
In an average day, your hands will come into indirect contact with 15 penises by touching door handles, etc.
An average person's yearly fast food intake will contain 12 pubic hairs.
In a year, you will have swallowed 14 insects -- while you slept.
Annually, you will shake hands with 11 women who have recently masturbated and failed to wash their hands.
Annually, you will shake hands with 6 men who have recently masturbated and failed to wash their hands.
In a lifetime, 22 workmen will have examined the contents of your dirty linen basket.
At an average wedding reception, you have a 1/100 chance of getting a cold sore from one of the guests.
will breathe in 1 liter of other people's anal gases.
Isaac Newton's only recorded utterance while he was a member of parliament was a request to open the window.
No matter where she went Florence Nightingale carried a pet owl in a pocket.
During WWII, Soviet Minister V.M. Molotov stayed at the White House. His visit was kept a secret. He was listed as Mr. Brown. The White House servant who unpacked his bag found a chunk of black bread, a roll of sausage and a pistol.
Robert Moses, the planner largely responsible for many of New York's bridges, tunnels and parkways, never learned to drive a car.
was convinced soybean was a promising raw material. He appeared at a convention
wearing an entire outfit, except for his shoes, made from soybeans.
The scent of Crayola crayons is among the twenty most recognizable to American adults.
In the United States, more Frisbee discs are sold each year than baseballs, basketballs, and footballs combined.
The universally popular Hershey bar was used overseas during World War II as currency.
Ivory Soap is the best-selling soap in America because the air-laden bars dissolve twice as fast as other brands, compelling consumers to buy twice as much.
Surgeons treat an arterial venous fistulas, or entangled cluster of arteries, by injecting liquid acrylic agents into the abnormal blood vessels to seal off the excessive flow of blood. The material used, N-Butyl Cyanoacrylate, is similar to the ingredients in Krazy Glue.
At the turn of the century, unscrupulous spice dealers would cut shipments of peppercorns with mouse droppings.
Q-TIPS Cotton Swabs were originally called "Baby Gays."
War II, 3M stopped selling Scotch tape to civilians because the military
wanted it all. At least one American munitions factory used transparent
tape as a conveyor belt to move bullets.
Many diseases occur with disproportionate frequency in certain ethnic groups. For example, 43 percent of the persons suffering from Gilles de la Tourette syndrome are Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern European origin. Tourettes is classified by multiple tics, involuntary movements and uncontrollable impulses to be foul-mouthed (coprolalia). Also, sickle-cell anemia is most prominent among African Americans.
Sugar from, the urine of a diabetic is identical to grape sugar. Michel Eugene Chevreul, a French chemist, discovered this fact in 1815, which was the first step towards recognizing diabetes as a disease of sugar metabolism.
Responses to the plague began to emerge in some societies in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In Germany, Flagellants arose. They attempted to appease the wrath of God by beating one another and themselves profusely.
from about the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, the color red was
thought to have healing power. The sick or ailing were dressed in red
nightgowns and surrounded by as many red objects as possible to bring
Hornyhead Branch, Alabama
Blue Ball, Delaware
Santa Claus, Georgia
Gay Head, Massachusetts
Hoop and Hollar, Texas
Jackass Acres, Arizona
Bitch Mountain, New York
Are you the 2% or 98% of the population? Follow the Instructions.
NO PEEKING AHEAD!
* Do the
following exercise, guaranteed to raise an eyebrow.
Think of a number from 1 to 10
Multiply that number by 9
If the number is a 2-digit number, add the digits together
Now subtract 5 Determine which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number you ended up with (example: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c, etc.)
Think of a country that starts with that letter
Remember the last letter of the name of that country
Think of the name of an animal that starts with that letter
Remember the last letter in the name of that animal
Think of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter
Are you thinking
of a Kangaroo in Denmark eating an Orange?
in the Year 1902
Actor Walter Matthau's father was an Eastern Rite Catholic priest in Czarist Russia.
Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both parents are midgets or dwarfs.
so scarce in the arid regions of China that, in the grasslands, the people
never take baths, and sometimes must wash their faces in yak's milk.
Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.
Nolan Bushnell and Atari engineer Al Alcorn placed a prototype of their game in Andy Capp's Tavern, a Sunnyvale, California bar. Alcorn began work a home version of Pong. His project was code named "Darlene" after a female coworker who worked with Alcorn at the time. In the fall of 1974, Alcorn began developing the "Darlene" system. Several months later, Atari released Home Pong.
Soils require centuries, or even millennia, to form. According to the United States Soil Conservation Service, most topsoils cannot regenerate at rates of more than 5 tons per acre per year.
Americans consume more than 353 million pounds of turkey during National Turkey Lovers' Month (June). By comparison, more than 675 million pounds of turkey will be consumed at Thanksgiving.
Kittens can clock an amazing 31 mph at full speed and cover about 3 times their body length per leap.
If the world's oceans evaporated, enough salt would be crystallized to cover Britain to a depth of 50 miles.
Being hygroscopic, salt spread on dusty floors in equestrian centers and indoor arenas retains moisture and keeps down dust.
Until recently, salt bars were the standard currency of Ethiopia.
In ancient Greece, slaves were traded for salt, hence the expression "not worth his salt".
In his painting The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci put an over turned salt cellar in front of the ill-fated Judas.
In old Japanese theatres, salt was sprinkled on the stage before performances to prevent evil spirits from casting a spell on the actors and ruining the play.
In Arab countries salt was used to seal a bargain, and also as a sign of friendship.
used salt in their rituals at Stonehenge. It is thought that this was
as a symbol of the life-giving fruits of the earth.
This is very
tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head only.
and add 40 to it.
ANSWER: Did you get 5000? The correct answer is 4100. Don't believe it? Check with your calculator!
If nine thousand, nine hundred nine dollars is written as $9,909, how should twelve thousand, twelve hundred twelve dollars be written?
should be written as $13,212.
cities, Americans are photographed on the average of 20 times a day.
Your employer is allowed to read your E-Mail, and if you use your company's health insurance to purchase drugs, your employer has access to that information.
Your cell phone calls can be intercepted, and your access numbers can be cribbed by eavesdroppers with police scanners.
You are often being watched when you visit web sites. Servers know what you're looking at, what you download, and how long you stay on a page.
A political candidate found his career destroyed by a newspaper that published a list of all the videos he had ever rented.
Most "baby monitors" can be intercepted 100 feet outside the home.
A new technology
called TEMPEST can intercept what you are typing on your keypad (from
100 feet away through a cement wall.)
April Fools Pranks
The Taco Bell Liberty Bell - In 1996 the Taco Bell Corporation announced it had bought the Liberty Bell from the federal government and it would now be called the Taco Liberty Bell. Citizens were outraged.
UFO Lands In London - In 1989 the chairman of Virgin Records, Richard Branson, camouflaged his hot-air balloon to look like a flying saucer, dressed in a silver suit and landed it in a field on the outskirts of London. Thousands of motorists saw the "UFO" and pulled over. Local residents called the police to warn them of the alien invasion. Branson had planned to land in London's Hyde Park on April 1, but he was blown off track and had to land a day early.
President - In 1992 NPR's "Talk of the Nation" announced Richard
Nixon was running for President again. His slogan; "I didn't do anything
wrong, and I won't do it again." The station was flooded with response.
Two hours later, the host of the show, John Hockenberry, revealed it was
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important that we keep mentally alert. The saying; "If you don't use it, you will lose it" also applies to the brain. So below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence. So, take the following test presented here and determine if you are losing it or are still "with it." The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you have made your own.... OK, relax, clear your mind and.... begin.
The answer is "bread." If you said "toast," then give up now and go do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread," go to Question 2.
2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk." What do cows drink?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk," please do not attempt the next question. Your brain is obviously over stressed and may even overheat. It may be that you need to content yourself with reading something more appropriate such as Children's World." If you said, "water" then proceed to question 3.
3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a greenhouse made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "green bricks," what the devil are you still doing here reading these questions????? If you said "glass," then go on to Question 4.
4. Twenty years ago, a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany. If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight, TWO of the engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he has time and the plane crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors, East Germany or West Germany or in "no-man's land"?
Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated. If you said, "Don't bury the survivors" then proceed to the next question.
5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60 of a degree every minute then how many degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?
Answer: One degree. If you said "360 degrees" or anything other than "one degree," you are to be congratulated on getting this far, but you are obviously out of your league. Turn your pencil in and exit the room.
Everyone else proceed to the final question.
6. Without using a calculator-You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get in.
In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on. In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver?
Answer: Oh, for crying out loud! Don't you remember? It was YOU, you dummy. :-)
this along to all your "friends" and hope they do better than
If a person owns a piece of land do they own it all the way down to the core of the earth?
Why can't women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Is it possible to brush your teeth without wiggling your ass?
Why is it called Alcoholics Anonymous when the first thing you do is stand up and say, 'My name is Bob, and I am an alcoholic'?
If you mated a bulldog and a shitsu, would it be called a bullshit?
Why are they called stairs inside but steps outside?
If croutons are stale bread, why do they come in airtight packages?
Why does mineral water that 'has trickled through mountains for centuries have a 'use by' date?
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp no one would eat?
Is French kissing in France just called kissing?
Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here and drink whatever comes out'?
What do people in China call their good plates?
Can you sentence a homeless man to house arrest?
If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
Why do people
point to their wrist when asking for the time, but not to their crotch
when they ask where the toilet is?
In August 1999, Lori Lynn Lomeli set a record by spinning 82 Hula Hoops at the same time for three full revolutions.
Steve Fletcher holds the record for the largest gum wrapper collection. His collection has 5300 gum wrappers from all across the world.
The largest number of children born to one woman, who was a Russian peasant, is 69.
The longest kiss on record lasted 30 hours and 45 minutes. Dror Orpaz and Carmit Tsubara recorded it on April 5, 1999 at a kissing contest held in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The smallest man ever was Gul Mohammed (1957-1997) of India, who measured 1 feet, 10½ inches.
woman that ever lived was Zeng Jinlian who was 8 feet 2 inches tall of
China. She died at the age of 17.
The world record for finishing the Rubik's cube is 16.5 seconds.
record for time without sleep is 264 hours (11 days) by Randy Gardner