Today’s Trivia

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The word “oxymoron” is an oxymoron. The Greek word “oxy” means “sharp” and “moron” means “dull”. (source)

 

Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman ran away from home at age 14 and hitchhiked all over America. Since then, he has worked as a certified dive master, wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, pet shop owner, animal wrangler, machinist, concrete inspector, chef, and television show host. (source)

 

110 people once tied for second prize in the Powerball lottery. Officials suspected cheating but discovered that the winners had all used the “lucky numbers” off copies of the same fortune from fortune cookies. (source)

 

The first item bought on Ebay was a broken laser pointer. The buyer? A collector for broken laser pointers. (source)

 

In the USA during the 1920s pedestrian deaths were considered public tragedies with monuments built for killed children, and their mothers were given honorary emblems. Then the automotive industry created the term ‘jaywalker’ to shift the blame onto the victims and ridicule them. (source)

 

 

 


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  • johnbronkhorst

    “Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman ran away from home at age 14 and hitchhiked all over America. Since then, he has worked as a certified dive master, wilderness survival expert, boat captain, linguist, pet shop owner, ……”
    For all those unemployed here, the key word is…..WORKED.

  • Hazards001

    “Then the automotive industry created the term ‘jaywalker’ to shift the blame onto the victims and ridicule them.”
    So now today we have the equally ironic situation that as I like to say goes…”If you don’t like the way I drive get off the fucking footpath!”

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      The claim that Kiwis are poor drivers is another myth spread by the media to empower driving meddlers like the AA and the transport agency to mulct taxpayers even more. Come to China and I guarantee you’ll re-evaluate your stance on Kiwi drivers. ;-p

      • Patrick

        & Greece although the recession may have thinned out the numbers a bit

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          Thinning out the numbers of friends, shortland street and big bang theory fans by means of road fatalities is welcome in my book. I don’t understand why so-called conservatives and libertarians don’t share my stance. Who wants to empower bureaucrats? Not me! I’d sooner live in a concrete jungle than an adult daycare centre.

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