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Superstitions about Death


A bird in the house is a sign of a death.

If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.


Light candles on the night after November 1. One for each deceased relative should be placed in the window in the room where death occurred.


You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.


If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family.

You will have bad luck if you do not stop the clock in the room where someone dies.


If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family.

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.

Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next.


Dogs howling in the dark of night,
Howl for death before daylight.


If you dream of death it’s a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it’s a sign of death.

If you touch a loved one who has died, you won’t have dreams about them


A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven.

A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven because the gates of heaven are open at that time.

All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave.

The soul of a dying person can’t escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house.


If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.


Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year.

It’s bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege.

It’s bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on.

Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person’s soul has reached heaven.

Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes.

Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within the month

Pregnant women should not attend funerals.


If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave. If the person was evil, weeds will grow.


If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.


A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.


If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.


If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.


Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.

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Movie Blunders

In the movie ‘Now and Then’, when the girls are talking to the hippie (Brenden Fraser), and they get up to leave, Teeny (Thora Birch) puts out her cigarette twice.

In Hitchcock’s movie, “Rear Window”, Jimmy Stewart plays a character wearing a leg cast from the waist down. In one scene, the cast switches legs, and in another, the signature on the cast is missing.

In the movie “Two Jakes,” which is set in the 1940’s, Jack Nicholson walks right by a BankOne automatic teller machine. Didn’t know there were too many of those around in the 1940’s.

In the movie “Bustin’ Loose” where Richard Pryor and Cicely Tyson take a group of underprivileged kids to the west coast, the car in which Cicely Tyson’s boyfriend is pursuing them changes interior color from red to white and then back to red several times.

In the movie Ghost (Patrick and Demi) when Demi is making something on the pottery wheel her hands are covered in clay. But when her husband comes up behind her to give her a kiss she turns around and they are completely clean.

In Forrest Gump, when Forrest goes to see Jenny toward the end, in one scene, in Jenny’s apartment, the iron is up, later, the iron is faced down steaming.

In the Mario Brothers movie, the Princess’ first name is Daisy, but in Mario 64, the game, her first name is Peach. Before that, it’s Princess Toadstool.

“60 Minutes” is the only show on CBS that doesn’t have a theme song.

Dooley Wilson appeared as Sam in the movie Casablanca. Dooley was a drummer – not a pianist in real life. The man who really played the piano in Casablanca was a Warner Brothers staff musician who was at a piano off camera during the filming.

The TV sitcom Seinfeld was originally named “The Seinfeld Chronicles”. The pilot which was broadcast in 1989 also featured a kooky neighbor named Kessler. This character later became known as Kramer.

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Turkey Toads


Kleenex was called “Celluwipes” when first introduced in 1924.

There are 11 points on the leaf on the Canadian flag.

Montgomery Waed’s first catalog was printed in 1872- on one sheet of paper.

Ray Charles dropped his last name, Robinson, to avoid confusion with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.

the words loosen and unloosen mean the same thing.

Almost half the bones in your body are found in the hands and feet.

Istanbul, Turkey is in two continents-Europe and Asia.

Toads do not have teeth.

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Music News

Jethro Tull is not the name of the rock singer/flautist responsible for such songs as “Aqualung” and “Thick as a Brick”. Jethro Tull is the name of normal_fifties_jukeboxthe band. The singer is Ian Anderson. The original Jethro Tull was an English horticulturalist who invented the seed drill.

In the early days of silent films, there was blatant thievery. Unscrupulous film companies would steal the film print, reshoot a scene or two, and release it as a new production. To combat this, the Biograph company put the company’s trademark initials AB somewhere in every scene — on a door, a wall, or window.

Ever think you’re hearing something in a song, but they’re really singing something else? The word for mis-heard lyrics is ‘mondegreen,’ and it comes from a folk song in the ’50’s. The singer was actually singing “They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on the green,” but this came off sounding like ‘They slew the Earl of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.’

The 80s song “Rosanna” from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress.

Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.

The only member of the band ZZ Top to not have a beard has the last name Beard.

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Crayola Galaxy

Crayola is a French word that means “Oily chalk.” 1

Every year, Burger King restaurants prepare over 950,000 pounds of bacon for their breakfast customers .

Isaac Newton used to be a member of parliament .

Dumbest Dog: Afghan hound .

At just four years old Mozart was able to learn a piece of music in half an hour .

It would take twenty new mid-size cars to generate the same amount of pollution that a mid-size 1960’s car did.

The honey badger can withstand hundreds of bee stings that would otherwise kill another animal .

There are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year .

Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world .

In Greece, the climate is so warm that many of the cinemas do not even have roofs .

The word “moose” comes from the native Algonquian Indian word meaning “twig eater.”

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill .

An armadillo can walk under water .

There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars .

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Full Moon


Elizabeth Goose, who lived in Massachusetts in the late 1600’s, is credited by some with the nursery rhymes read to us as children. However, most of those rhymes existed before her time in the form of satirical poems and drinking songs. Some were based on actual events or characters. Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, published a collection of these rhymes in 1697 and an illustration accompanying the text showed an old woman telling stories, with the words “Mother Goose” appearing behind her. The book was eventually published in England and the United States and more rhymes were added with each new publication. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that a relative of Mrs. Goose claimed the stories originated with Elizabeth.

Back in 1956 recording artist Johnny Mathis was forced to make the decision between trying out for the United States Olympic team (his specialty was track) or recording his first album for Columbia Records.  He chose the latter and went on to become the eighth biggest selling album artist of all time.  His 1958 album, Johnny’s Greatest Hits, was the first Greatest Hits album ever marketed, spending three weeks at #1 and 490 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Pop Album chart (that’s almost 9 ½ years!).

Everyone knows that spinach is loaded in iron and makes you stronger – Just look what it has done for Popeye’s career.  Well, Popeye was wrong.  So were all of those parents that stuffed it down their kids’ throats.  In reality, spinach has no more iron in it than any other vegetable.  This spinach misconception dates back to the 1950’s when a food analyst made an error while calculating the iron in spinach.  His decimal place was off by one place, suggesting that spinach had ten times as much iron content than it really did.

At a glance, the Celsius scale makes more sense than the Fahrenheit scale for temperature measuring. But its creator, Anders Celsius, was an oddball scientist. When he first developed his scale, he made freezing 100 degrees and boiling 0 degrees, or upside down. No one dared point this out to him, so fellow scientists waited until Celsius died to change the scale.

The first full moon to occur on the winter solstice, Dec. 22, commonly called the first day of winter, happened in 1999. Since a full moon on the winter solstice occurred in conjunction with a lunar perigee (point in the moon’s orbit that is closest to Earth), the moon appeared about 14% larger than it does at apogee (the point in it’s elliptical orbit that is farthest from the Earth). Since the Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun at that time of the year than in the summer, sunlight striking the moon was about 7% stronger making it brighter. Also, this was the closest perigee of the Moon of the year since the moon’s orbit is constantly deforming. In places where the weather was clear and there was a snow cover, even car headlights were superfluous.

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Old Testament Cruelty

Casanova learned to read in less than a month.

Thug Behram, a member of the Indian Thugee cult, holds the record for most murders by a single individual. He strangled 931 people between 1790-1840 with a piece of ceremonial cloth called a “ruhmal.”

pianoCoprastasophobia is the fear of constipation.

Early in his career, Liberace performed as Walter Busterkeys.

During World War II, W.C. Fields kept $50,000 in Germany. His reason? “In case the little bastard wins.”

The official name for Silly Putty is “Dow Corning Dilatant Compound 3179.”

The first magician to saw a woman in half was Count de Grisley. He did the famous illusion in 1799.gorilla

Gorilla penises are just one-third the size of an average man’s.

At one time, Baskin Robbins made ketchup ice cream.

It’s against the law to ride a tricycle faster than 10 m.p.h. in Vancouver, Canada.

In the Old Testament, before David could marry Saul’s daughter, Michal, he had to collect the foreskins of 100

The world’s shortest alphabet is Rotokas, from the Soloman Islands. It has only 11 letters.

Your body grows 40 feet of hair each night.

The world’s deepest lake is Lake Baikal, in the south central part of Siberia. It is 5,712 feet deep.

Englishman Sean Stewart became the youngest documented father in 1998 at the age of 12.

There are 200 million privately owned guns in the U.S., including 65 million handguns.

“Arithmophobia” is the fear of numbers.

Earthworms have five hearts.

The most frequently performed stage illusion is the “Zig Zag Girl.” In this trick, a woman stands in a cabinet and appears to be cut into three pieces.

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Saddam Hussein Received A Key To The City Of Detroit

Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The lifespan of a rhinoceros is generally 50 years.

41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day.

The largest ice cream sundae was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream, was 12 feet high and had 7000 pounds of toppings on it. This was made in Anaheim, California in 1985.

The name of the award given to honor the best sites on the Internet is called “The Webby Award.”

The United States Mint once considered producing donut-shaped coins.

A Hungarian named Ladislo Biro invented the first ballpoint pen in 1938.chocolate cake

Adolf Hitler loved chocolate cake.

Many years ago, a fish was caught that was 33 inches long and seemed to be heavier than it should. When they cut the fish, fishermen found a full of bottle of ale inside it.

George Washington grew hemp in his garden.

In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.

In 1980, Saddam Hussein received a key to the city of Detroit.

The song “Strawberry Fields Forever” sung by the Beatles refers to an orphanage located in Liverpool.

In 1952, the first TV toy commercial aired. It was for Mr. Potato Head.

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First brewery in North America: opened in New Amsterdam (Manhatten) in 1612.big-beer

First pro sports organization in the U.S.: the Maryland Jockey Club, founded in 1743.

First American to fly in a hot air balloon: Edward Warren (1784).

First American cookbook:  American Cookery, published by Amelia Simmons in 1796.

First electric refrigerator: invented by Thomas Moore in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1803.

First flea circus performance: took place in New York City in 1835.

First American novel to sell a million copies: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852). First drive-in theater: opened in Camden, New Jersey, in 1933.

First female celebrity to wear pants in public: Actress Sarah Bernhardt was photographed wearing men’s trousers in 1876.

First blood transfusion: June 1667, by Jean-baptiste Denys, a French doctor, to a 15 year old boy.

Firs electric hand drill: invented by Wilhelm Fein of Norwell, Massachusetts, in 1895.

First tank: built in 1916 and nicknasmed “Little Willy,” it could only go 2 mph and never saw duty in battle.

First drink of Kool-Aid: taken by chemist Edwin Perkins of Hastings, Nebraska, in 1927. Worlds first flight attendant: Ellen Church, hired in 1930.

First coast-to-coast direct-dial phone call: made from Engelwood, New Jersey, to Alameda, California, in 1951.

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Termite Moles

Termites are roasted and eaten like popcorn in South Africa

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined

In 1890, Scott Paper produced the first toilet paper to be available on a roll

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin

Over 500 million gallons of Kool-Aid drink are consumed each year

The country of Fiji is made up of 332 islands

The Sears Tower in Chicago contains enough steel to build 50,000 automobiles

A mole can dig a tunnel three hundred feet long in a single night


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