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neil4768
30-08-03, 22:10
10 things we didn't know this time last week

1. George W Bush kept French fries on the menu throughout the Franco-US rift over Iraq, his personal chef has revealed at an international summit in Paris of those who cook for those who count.

2. Not all spammers want to sell you porn, penile enlargement devices and dental plans. Robby Todino of Massachusetts - who was busted for spamming in 2001 - has since sent nearly 100 million messages seeking help in building a time machine, according to Wired News.

3. Customers who bought books about Margaret Thatcher's time in office also bought CDs by Enya and Sarah Brightman. Those who bought Mein Kampf also picked music by Eric Clapton and Prince, while those who chose George Bush Sr's musings also like the nu-metal band Creed. These choices are revealed in a new book by LA artist Angie Walker, who mined the records of the online bookseller Amazon for shoppers' preferences.

4. Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech was an ad-libbed passage at the end of his scripted address at a landmark equal rights march. He had started to wind up when the singer Mahalia Jackson said: "Tell them about your dream, Martin." He went on to flesh out a speech he had given many times before, describing his dream of a society where all races could live together as equals.

5. Just one-fifth of stolen masterpieces are recovered, and even then it may take decades for a famous artwork to be returned to its rightful owner. And contrary to popular belief, paintings such as the 30m da Vinci stolen from Scottish castle this week rarely grace the walls of a nefarious Mr Big, says Julian Radcliffe, of the Art Loss Register. "When we recovered a Cezanne not long ago of similar value to this [the da Vinci], it had been sitting in a bank vault for 25 years."

6. Bugs resistant to antibiotics can be killed off by bacteria-eating viruses known as bacteriophages. Discovered in the Ganges 100 years ago, the bacteria-eating phages had been eclipsed in the West by antibiotics - until now. Researchers are developing phage dressings and stitches for hospitals plagued by superbugs.

7. The world's biggest battery has been switched on this week in Alaska. The size of a football pitch, the rechargeable battery can provide 40 megawatts of emergency power - enough for 12,000 people for seven minutes - in the event of a blackout to Fairbanks, the state's second-largest city.

8. The last time Mars passed as close to the Earth, it was 57,617 BC. Early homo sapiens still shared the planet with the Neanderthals, and were just beginning to fan out from Africa by boat or raft to south-east Asia. While no images of the close encounter have been unearthed, early man was known to have made drawings of the heavens.

9. A mini-leopard named Zeus is the most expensive cat in the world, valued at a cool 100,000. The five-month-old Bengal crossbreed - he is 90% wild Asian leopard cat and 10% domestic moggy - is the creation of specialist breeder Esmond Gay. Prices for Bengal crossbreeds start from 800 and shoot upwards depending on how much wild blood the cat has.

10. Every US astronaut has been the eldest child or first-born boy in the family, and so have more than half of American presidents. An Australian parenting expert says first-born children are ambitious, while their younger siblings are more gregarious and prepared to take risks.

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Celli
30-08-03, 22:30
The one about the spam e-mails and time machines just cracked me up! :D :D

The one about oldest siblings is very true. My oldest sister is CFO of Citizens Bank. I would say that's very ambitious of her! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif But then again, I'm the youngest in the family, and I probably have the most ambition of anyone. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif :D

tippucat
31-08-03, 00:23
Very informative Neil. Where did you find these little known facts? George Bush: what a dweeb! Does he think that the French live on french fries? No wonder they wouldn't support him. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/pistol.gif

neil4768
31-08-03, 00:32
BBC and Reuters

shandroid
31-08-03, 00:46
Duh Tippucat :rolleyes: , obviously the French dont eat french fries--what they eat is GHASTLY!! Sorry, French folks. We American nitwits started the whole ban on all things French, not the Prez.

Our President is not a dweeb, sorry. I for one, am just happy to have a President that is thoughtful, straightforward, honest and tends to not have ulterior motives all the time. I loathed Bill Clinton because he was so duplicitous, dishonest and well, the obvious, unable to keep his pants on.

John Falstaff
31-08-03, 00:55
I'm sorry Shandroid,

But I do have to ask:

Bill Clinton may have had problems in keeping his pants on, but are you sure that his sucessor knows how to get his pants on?

;)

By the way, my offer on the cats still stands. Send a stamped addressed envelope and they can be yours!
;) :D

shandroid
31-08-03, 01:37
Hi John http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
I love callbacks!! Believe me those kitties would adore where we live. The adventures they would have!

And about the Prez. I know he is not Mister Podium. But I am a small town gal, and well, I like him. That does not mean I am not intelligent. He is well-educated and intelligent, but he is far from eloquent. I am a firm believer in people learning their language well; they need to learn how to speak and write intelligently and spell well too. If people dont, they APPEAR stupid. This sometimes happens to George.

I get tired of people thinking the Prez is stupid and way too gung ho when it comes to taking down horrible dictators. Personally, I hope he takes down every last dictator who treats himself like Royalty and his people like last month's garbage.

Flipper1987
31-08-03, 04:54
Shandroid said:
And about the Prez. I know he is not Mister Podium. But I am a small town gal, and well, I like him. That does not mean I am not intelligent. He is well-educated and intelligent, but he is far from eloquent. I am a firm believer in people learning their language well; they need to learn how to speak and write intelligently and spell well too. If people dont, they APPEAR stupid. This sometimes happens to George.

I get tired of people thinking the Prez is stupid and way too gung ho when it comes to taking down horrible dictators. Personally, I hope he takes down every last dictator who treats himself like Royalty and his people like last month's garbage. Well said Shandroid! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

FLIPPER