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Pope John Paul II created more saints than all his predecessors in the previous 500 years put together.

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Ringo Starr will be 77 on Friday.

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Albert Einstein famously said that "if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live."

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Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees.

These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace.

Such "apocalyptic scenarios" are overblown, said Rabobank. The staples of corn, wheat, and rice are all pollinated by wind.

However, animal pollination is essential for nuts, melons and berries, and plays varying roles in citrus fruits, apples, onions, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, courgettes, peppers, aubergines, avocados, cucumbers, coconuts, tomatoes and broad beans, as well as coffee and cocoa.

This is the fastest growing and most valuable part of the global farm economy. Between 80pc and 90pc of pollination comes from domesticated honey bees. Moths and butterflies lack the range to penetrate large fields.

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Not "useless" at all - a very interesting fact... thank our lucky stars this man had his full dose of common sense.

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A coffin-making community group has popped up in Tasmania's north-west, allowing people to make their caskets dirt cheap.

The Community Coffin Club meets once a week at the Ulverstone Community Shed, where mentors help people make coffins for themselves and their family.

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Do you remember in the film, Bridge Over The River Kwai" how all the prisoners were marching and whistling to the tune, "Colonel Bogey". Of course you do!

Now I know I worry about the strangest things but I often wondered who the mysterious Colonel Bogey was, and how did he manage with a name like that?

It all started with a game of golf and a song.

Back in the late nineteenth century, golf was becoming increasingly popular but it was difficult to compare games and scores at different holes. The Coventry club in England finally devised a scheme where every hole was given a score that a reasonable golfer should be able to obtain. The idea caught on and soon other clubs did the same for their courses.

In 1890, the secretary of the club at Great Yarmouth was playing against a certain Major Wellman who was not having a good day, failing to reach the expected score. Back at the club, he complained bitterly about this mysterious Bogeyman who had been able to complete the round with that score. His choice of words could have been due to a popular song at the time, "Here comes the Bogeyman".

In jest, the club declared that the mysterious opponent that members should be able to equal or beat was indeed, The Bogeyman. This also spread widely.

After a while, the Bogeyman became shortened and what we now more commonly call "par", became known as simply "the bogey".

Later, at the Portsmouth United Services Club it was decided that, as members were mainly officers, this Mr. Bogey should also be one and so they gave him the rank of Colonel. Portsmouth, as well as being a large naval base, is home to the Royal Marines and so, when the official marine marching tune was composed, they named it Colonel Bogey.

Here it is if you feel like whistling along.
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The average number of legs per person in Sweden is 1.999 .

As some people have only one, and some have no legs, more than 99% of the population has more than the average !




I think this probably applies to many other countries as well!
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Spiral staircases in medieval castles run clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs, they would not be able to use their right hand, which was holding the sword, because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no trouble, except left-handed people could never become knights because they were assumed to be descendants of the devil.

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jjarmstrong47 wrote:
19 Jul 2017 19:34
Do you remember in the film, "Bridge Over The River Kwai" how all the prisoners were marching and whistling to the tune, "Colonel Bogey". Of course you do!
Useless fact: 99.9% of people get the title of this film wrong.

It's: The Bridge on the River Kwai
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Extra fact... its not over a river called Kwai.

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bazza4338 wrote:
09 Jul 2017 08:20
Not "useless" at all - a very interesting fact... thank our lucky stars this man had his full dose of common sense.

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bazza4338 wrote:
07 Sep 2021 18:56
Spiral staircases in medieval castles run clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs, they would not be able to use their right hand, which was holding the sword, because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no trouble, except left-handed people could never become knights because they were assumed to be descendants of the devil.

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The Kerr/Ker family of the Scottish Borders were often left-handed and built some of their castles accordingly.

A good example is Ferniehirst Castle which has a left-handed spiral staircase to help its defenders.
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