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01-13-2006, 10:25
* The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

* No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

* "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

* Almonds are members of the peach family.

* Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

* Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

* There are only four words in the English language which end in"-dous" tremendous,horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

* Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

* A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

* An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.

* Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

* In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

* Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

* The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life".

* A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

* A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

* It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

* The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

* John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.

* The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

01-13-2006, 10:34

What is the longest one-syllable English word?

The one most commonly cited is screeched (nine letters). However, one ought to mention also scratched, scrounged, scrunched, stretched, and the plural nouns straights and strengths (all with nine letters).

The complete Oxford English Dictionary also indicates the existence of scraughed, scrinched, scritched, scrooched, sprainged, spreathed, throughed, and thrutched.

The OED also cites a single instance of the ten-letter word scraunched, from the 1620 English translation of Don Quixote.

01-13-2006, 10:54
* The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

That is an urban legend according to the actual inventors. The heating properties of high frequency RF was well known years before the first microwave, the RadarRange, was introduced.

01-13-2006, 12:23
a haircut ;g