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Checkmate Scrabble

The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.chessboard_&_pieces_2

The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii.

Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”

“Polish” is the only word in the English language that when capitalized is changed from a noun or a verb to a nationality.

“Corduroy” comes from the French, “cord du roi” or “cloth of the king.”

The slash character is called a virgule, or solidus. A URL uses slash characters, not back slash characters.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

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 highest scoring word in the English language game of Scrabble is ‘Quartzy’. This will score 164 points if played across a red triple-word square with the Z on a light blue double-letter square. It will score 162 points if played across two pink double-word squares with the Q and the Y on those squares. ‘Bezique’ and ‘Cazique’ are next with a possible 161 points. All three words score an extra 50 points for having seven letters and therefore emptying the letter rack in one go.

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Smokeless Bananas

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in Banana clipartthem, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

The official name of the St. Louis Gateway Arch is “The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.” The Gateway Arch looks taller than it is wider, but it is exactly 630 feet by 630 feet.

A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.

Bird eggs come in a wide variety of sizes. The largest egg from a living bird belongs to the ostrich. It is more than 2,000 times larger than the smallest bird egg, which is produced by the hummingbird. Ostrich eggs are about 7.1 inches long, 5.5 inches wide and typically weigh 2.7 pounds. Hummingbird eggs are half an inch long, a third of an inch wide and weigh half a gram, or less than one-fifty-fifth of an ounce

The original Scrabble game didn’t have a board. It was played with tiles only.

The Boeing 767 aircraft is a collection of 3.1 million parts from 800 different suppliers around the world. For example, a 767’s fuselage parts come from Japan, the center wing section originates in Southern California, and the flaps are fabricated in Italy

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