Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained. Fact 12


In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.

In Hardford, Connecut, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands.

In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.

In ancient Greece, where the mouse was sacred to Apollo, mice were sometimes devoured by temple priests.

In eighteenth century England, women's wigs were sometimes 4 feet high. These remarkable headdresses were dusted with flour and decorated with stuffed birds, replicas of gardens, plates of fruit, or even model ships.

In eighteenth century English gambling dens, there was an employee whose only job was to swallow the dice if there was a police raid.

In England, in the 1800's pants was considered a dirty word.

In the 19th century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday was an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The Keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday, she was named HMS Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday, and finally went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crews were ever heard of again.

In the 40's, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it 'Bitch.'

In the Balanta tribe of Africa, a bride remained married until her wedding gown was worn out. If she wanted a divorce after 2 weeks, all she had to do was rip up her dress.
In the country of Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.

IN the flim 'Star Trek: First Contact, when Picard shows Lilly she is orbiting Earth, Australia and Papa New Guinea are clearly visible .. But New Zealand is missing.

In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.

In the heart of the Antarctic winter, temperatures drop to as low as 127 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the Marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the Couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.

In the middle Ages, the highest court in France ordered the execution of a cow for injuring a human.

In the United States there is one birth every 8 seconds and one death every 14 seconds.

In the White House, there are 13,092 Knives, forks, and spoons.

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