Today’s Trivia

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During a lecture, an Oxford philosopher made the claim that although a double negative in English implies a positive meaning, there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative. To which Philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser responded with a dismissive tone, “Yeah, yeah.”  (source)


Newspapers became so big (broadsheet) because the british government began taxing newspapers in 1712 based on the number of their pages.  (source)


Your nose constantly goes through “nasal cycles” where the 2 nasal cavities alternate being partially congested to enhance your sense of smell and help lighten the workload.  (source)


Psycho (1960) was the first movie in the USA to show a flushing toilet which was a “cause of concern for the censors”.  (source)


The tradition of the wedding ring being worn on the left hand ring finger was derived from the Romans because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ said to be directly connected to the heart.  (source)



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  • LabTested

    Wedding ring can not be correct. Source says in western cultures it is worn on the left hand, but in many (most) european countries (which are western) the wedding ring is worn on the right hand.

  • TomTom

    Regarding the first one – another reason why I fuckin’ hate the English language even though it’s the only one I know.

  • hotbitch

    The first one reminds me of a recent episode of The Simpsons. At the start, Bart’s blackboard line was: “We DO need no education”.

  • parorchestia

    “Yeah. Right”, is a New Zealand example of a double positive expressing a negative. Thank you Tui.