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    Today's useless fact: QWERTY keyboard

    The arrangement of keys on a typewriter is called "QWERTY" for
    the first six letters in the top alphabet row (sometimes people
    use all 10 letters and call it the "QWERTYUIOP" keyboard). For
    over 125 years people have been saying that the layout of letters on the typewriter keyboard is awkward, inefficient, confusing to learn, and makes no sense. Yet in spite of the complaints, even sophisticated computers and word processors use the same keyboard layout. Why?

    Some writers have accused Sholes (the inventor of the typewriter) of arranging the keyboard so it would slow down fast typists and prevent jamming of his slow machine. The truth is just the opposite.
    The problem was that if two typebars were close to each other,
    they would jam if typed in succession. Sholes rearranged the
    letters so that common combinations, such as "TH," would be far
    away from each other. This arrangement greatly reduced the
    jamming problem and eventually led to faster typing speeds.
    In the years following the invention of the typewriter, many
    different keyboards were adopted and quietly died. The most
    famous was the "Dvorak" keyboard created by Professor August
    Dvorak of Washington State University. Although developed in
    1932, it is still not widely accepted today.

    In 1953 a study by the U.S. General Services Administration
    proved that it doesn't matter what keyboard is used. Good typists type fast while bad typists do not.

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    "Go" is the shortest sentence in the english language.
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    i thought "i am" was the shortest

    so, what's the LONGEST sentence?
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    i dunno bout that but i do know fiona apple had (at least at one point) the longest album title with...

    "WHEN THE PAWN HITS THE CONFLICTS HE THINKS LIKE A KING
    WHAT HE KNOWS THROWS THE BLOWS WHEN HE GOES TO THE FIGHT
    AND HE'LL WIN THE WHOLE THING 'FORE HE ENTERS THE RING
    THERE'S NO BODY TO BATTER WHEN YOUR MIND IS YOUR MIGHT
    SO WHEN YOU GO SOLO, YOU HOLD YOUR OWN HAND
    AND REMEMBER THAT DEPTH IS THE GREATEST OF HEIGHTS
    AND IF YOU KNOW WHERE YOU STAND, THEN YOU KNOW WHERE TO LAND
    AND IF YOU FALL IT WON'T MATTER, CUZ YOU'LL KNOW THAT YOU'RE RIGHT"

    90 words....

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    Wasn't it just called, "When the Pawn"?

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    no that was just cause no one wanted to say the whole title...nest time your out shoppin, look for it, the title doesnt even fit on the front cover of the cd....it conitinues to the inside of the book

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    Ignore all harumphing fuddy-duddies who say that this phenomenon is preposterous: It happens, and with greater frequency than you'd guess. The skies are constantly dropping stuff,and not just frogs. There are well-documented stories of crabs, birds, spiders, turtles, snails, crayfish, maggots, and even
    livestock raining down from the firmament.

    In 1997 a Korean fisherman was knocked unconscious by a frozen lump of heaven-sent squid. And a Japanese vessel sank in 1990 after being clobbered by a falling cow. How does this happen? In most cases, the culprit is a waterspout or tornado that has sucked up the unsuspecting wildlife into the upper registers of a powerful storm cell—often freezing them before hurling them earthward with the rain, sometimes up to twenty miles away from where they started. Although nature obviously isn't picky about its victims, young froglets and tadpoles do seem to be especiallygood candidates for this sort of mass animal hoovering. They're just the right size—small, but offering enough wind resistance and heft to get airborne. And they can be outrageously prolific.
    Considering that a single frog can lay as many as twenty thousand eggs, a funnel that happens to make a direct hit along the banks of a lake or pond a few weeks after all those eggs have hatched can vacuum up untold legions of amphibians and blow them sky-high. You'll be glad to know that they don't all perish, however. In 1954, thousands of live juvenile frogs "came down like snowflakes" on the West Midlands of Great Britain, over an area of fifty square yards. And in 1882, eyewitnesses in Dubuque, Iowa, reported finding a hailstone that contained two frogs in it. The frogs crawled away after the ice melted—alive and well, if a little dazed from their ordeal.

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    People who drink coffee are less likey to commit suicide than people who don't.
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    Parachute divers & virgins are the only people who can't make their mistake twice.. :shrug:

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    Human thigh bone is stronger than concrete
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