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Reagan was well doolally by then!

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Violets can be smelled for only a few moments at a time because they get their scent from ionine which shuts the smell receptors off after simulating them. After a few breaths the scent pops up again but the brain registers it as a new stimulus. So every time you smell a violet is a first time

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Whatever number you multiply by 9, the digits in the result always add up to 9, or a multiple of 9, and you can then repeat the process to end up with 9.

Eg:  45 x 9 = 405.

4 + 0 + 5 = 9.

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The surface area of an average-sized brick is 79 cm squared

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The theme music to the iconic BBC school soap Grange Hill (pictured below) was not actually written specially for the show, but was a library track called "Chicken Man" by Alan Hawkshaw, a track from the Themes International music library composed one hour before it was recorded during a session in Munich, Germany. And somewhat peculiarly, the popular quiz show Give Us a Clue, also used it from 1979 to 1982, at the same time as it was being used on Grane Hill. The conclusion we can draw from this is that Alan Hawkshaw must have been raking it in.

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Dust made of grain, flour, starch, sugar, powdered milk, cocoa, coffee, or pollen, can be explosive.

(See 'dust explosion' on Wikipedia. I can't get the firkin link to work)

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The Battle of Towton was fought during the English 'Wars of the Roses' on 29 March 1461, near the village of Towton in Yorkshire.
Between 28 and 36 thousand men died in one day, which was more than 1% of the population at the time.

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28 minutes ago, acute said:

The Battle of Towton was fought during the English 'Wars of the Roses' on 29 March 1461, near the village of Towton in Yorkshire.
Between 28 and 36 thousand men died in one day, which was more than 1% of the population at the time.

Wow Towton must have been a huge town back then.

(Sorry couldn't resist)

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2 minutes ago, Noteverythingisaconspiracy said:

Wow Towton must have been a huge town back then.

(Sorry couldn't resist)

Yes, rather unfortunate wording!

1% of the population of Britain, I believe, or possibly England.

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99,86 % of the mass in  the solar system is the Sun. Jupiter is around 0,1 % of the mass, meaning that all of the solar system rest masses a whopping 0,04 % !

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5 minutes ago, acute said:

Yes, rather unfortunate wording!

1% of the population of Britain, I believe, or possibly England.

Not really. It was pretty obvious what you meant, it was just me being a d*** about it.

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On 2017-9-22 at 0:04 AM, acute said:

Yes, rather unfortunate wording!

1% of the population of Britain, I believe, or possibly England.

The population of England. There was no such country as Britain in 1461.

Towton is the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil.

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It was so cold in England in January 1205 that wine and ale froze and were sold by weight, not volume.

The Yorkshire greeting ‘eh up’ was originally used by Vikings, who settled there.

Britons use the winking emoji twice as often as any other nationality.

The King of Rwanda lives in a terrace house in Manchester.

During the 1914 Christmas truce, German troops put up a sign that said: ‘Gott mitt uns’ (‘God with us’). A cheeky British sign in response read: ‘We got mittens, too’.

The most common word in British movie titles since 1911 is "man" - it has appeared 221 times.

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Nigels are nearing extinction after no British babies were given the name last year

well how about that, no Nigel`s born in the UK last year.

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Muhammad has replaced William in the top ten most popular boys' names in England and Wales.

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13 minutes ago, .ZZ. said:

Muhammad has replaced William in the top ten most popular boys' names in England and Wales.

Well that's because of the popularity of Princes Muhammad and Harry.

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Eleven plus two is an anagram of twelve plus one

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17 hours ago, freetoroam said:

well how about that, no Nigel`s born in the UK last year.

Nigels aren't born, they are made.

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23 hours ago, Black Monk said:

It was so cold in England in January 1205 that wine and ale froze and were sold by weight, not volume.

The Yorkshire greeting ‘eh up’ was originally used by Vikings, who settled there.

Britons use the winking emoji twice as often as any other nationality.

The King of Rwanda lives in a terrace house in Manchester.

During the 1914 Christmas truce, German troops put up a sign that said: ‘Gott mitt uns’ (‘God with us’). A cheeky British sign in response read: ‘We got mittens, too’.

The most common word in British movie titles since 1911 is "man" - it has appeared 221 times.

the winking emoji here appears to have been replaced by . Does anyone think it'll catch on?

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More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes

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In Victorian Britain the sentence for attempting but failing to commit suicide was to be hanged.

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3 hours ago, Matt221 said:

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes

without wanting to make an ass of myself  by believing this, i had to look into this  one, it was mainly to find out in which country so many people are dying by donkeys, cos i have not seen this as a regular thing in the UK.

as it happens this is not true

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NO, this statement has been plaguing us for several years now. It first appeared somewhere as a “factoid”, but it, along with several others on that list, is TOTALLY FALSE.

So for those who did not want to ride  their donkey into the city London in case it killed a pedestrian,  carry on, and for those who took the plane instead of a donkey ride across the country, you can now take your donkey ride.

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(The number of airline-related fatalities varies from year to year, but a figure of 1,200 deaths per year is a reasonable average.)

Notice they don't say where they got that completely-made-up "figure" from. That site they link to is thoroughly misleading in that it counts all crashes including, and predominantly, those of poorly trained private pilots many of whom shouldn't be allowed to drive a car when it's wet, let alone some little homebuilt plane powered by a lawnmower engine that they knocked up in their garage.

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Perhaps More donkeys are killed by people annually than are killed in plane crashes