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Monday, March 10, 2014

Wondering, Did You Ever Wonder about This?

There are a lot of things I wonder about, as all my readers know.  But then in real life, I keep running across things that I really wonder about.  So, I looked up a few of them to try to get some answers:

Most of us have grown up with a TV in the house, so maybe you are like me and wonder why there is no channel one.  So, why isn't there a channel 1?  Well, according to: http://www.totallyuselessknowledge.com/history.php
the FCC assigned the channel one frequency to mobile services like two-way radio and taxicabs.  BTW, the rest of the stuff following is from this same website.

Did you know that Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance?  Those English are a tough breed for sure.

Abraham Lincoln's mother died when the family dairy cow ate white snakeroot and Ms. Lincoln drank the milk.  Apparently it didn't agree with her.

Annie Oakley, the sure shot who performed in the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, was never further west than Ohio.

My home town of Butler, PA was where the first Jeep was made.  The first ones were not called that, it was a "general purpose" vehicle, shortened to GP, pronounced "jeep".

Clans of long ago, to rid the area of unwanted people, burned the unwanted peoples' houses down.  That is where the word "fired" came from.  A way to get rid of an unwanted employee.

Before indoor plumbing, some places had two outhouses, one for the men and one for the women.  The one for the men had a half moon and the one for women had a star.  Now, I am wondering why we still see the half moon but never the star?  At least I haven't seen any with a star.

I think that is enough useless facts for today and I sure do hope you all have a great day, you hear?

18 comments:

  1. Good info, Diz. I had never heard any of these facts before.

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    1. It is hard to find new stuff to blog about. Glad you liked it.

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  2. Gotta love information like this! I'm a sucker for trivia of all kinds, as you know!

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    1. Your blog has fascinated me for quite awhile now with the info you dig up.

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  3. HAhaaa... I never ... great useless information! BUT I heard the opposite for the half moon and star lore...

    "In frontier days the moon stood out as a feminine symbol, so public outhouses were affixed with crescent-moon cutouts to signify that the outhouses was intended for use by women.

    Conversely, the sun, star or sunburst pattern was used to signify the male outhouse, as the sun stood for masculinity."

    AND that it came from pagan religions...

    how about that for more useless information ... I like it. what else you got?

    Did you know that pie came from the Egyptians? Drawings were found etched on the tomb walls of Ramses II in the Valley of the Kings....

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    1. Are you talking "PIE" or "PI". I wouldn't be surprised if pi came from the Egyptians, but good old pie came from south of the mason dixon line!

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    2. lol... well? as I truly believe we southerners perfected the pie... it has an interesting origin...

      http://www.everythingpies.com/history-of-pie.html

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    3. What is the difference between a pie and a sandwich? They are both goodies between to layers.

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    4. Even as bored and relaxed as I am at this moment I ain't going to explain to someone the difference between pie and a sandwich. OR maybe I will.

      A sandwich is made with bread and it doesn't do a really good job of holding custard type stuff in it. Even if you use Pita bread ... custard doesn't work well in a pocket.

      There are non custardy type pies, however, but most are made from ingredients that your normal bread buns won't take to.

      Graham cracker crusts and baked pastry dough crusts hold pie ingredients much better.

      A chocolate sandwich just doesn't sound very good. EVEn to me... well? I guess it would be a sandwich if you sliced a doughnut and put chocolate custard in it .. but then it would come out the hole.

      nah.... pies have crusts .... sandwiches have bread.

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  4. My early childhood we lived in the country... we had an outhouse... I don't remember any shapes cut out of the door, but I do remember it was a "two-hole" outhouse... one of the "seats" was scaled down so a child could sit on it ;-) So far I've never been fired from a job, and, thank goodness, nobody has set fire to my home, wherever it might be.

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    1. My grandparents had an outhouse and it was a three holer, two higher and one low. You could take your pick and sit on what ever one fit. . .

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  5. moons and stars, I like that.

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    1. I am sure you have been to camps in the woods that had outhouses, so what was on their doors? The ones I have used just had an open area at the top of the door.

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  6. I remember the moon too, and we had those until about 1950. As a kid, didn't mind. lol

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    1. Up north, you would get a cold draft coming up those holes. That would make you pucker up.

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  7. Oh gawd. It just hit me. I thought you meant the star, and the half-moon, were the holes in the outhouses! Then I started wondering how men managed to hit the half moon (since they can't hit the entire toilet), and wondering if women ever fell in through the star.

    THEN I realized you meant ON THE DOOR.

    *embarrassing*

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    1. One seat had a slot and the other a round hole. . . still trying to figure where you put the quarter in.

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  8. Any man born in the ladies room ought to be tough mate, maybe that's where the stiff upper lip saying came from, ha ha ha.

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