Today’s Trivia

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When Pete Conrad, who was somewhat shorter than Neil Armstrong, stepped onto the lunar surface during the Apollo 12 mission, his first words were “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”  This was not an off-the-cuff remark: Conrad had made a $500 bet with reporter Oriana Fallaci he would say these words, after she had queried whether NASA had instructed Neil Armstrong what to say as he stepped onto the Moon. Conrad later said he was never able to collect the money. (source)

 

The ruins of Pompeii are so well preserved that you can still read graffiti from the period. (source)

 

An Atomic Typo is a typo that creates a different correctly-spelled word, immune to spellcheck. (source)

 

English words for livestock (cow, sheep) are Germanic-based and the words for meats (beef, mutton) are French-based because in the Middle Ages the people who raised the animals were Anglo-Saxon peasants and the people who ate them were Norman aristocrats. (source)

 

90% of all adoptions in Japan are adult adoptions, mostly men in their 20-30´s. Reason: Business leaders need a succesfull son to take over the business. (source)

 

 


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