04.11.2001 // Puns'n'slips // by Evgenia Pochepko
Strange but interesting facts
A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.
The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
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The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat", which means "the king is dead".
Texas is the only state that is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.
Since light travels faster than sound, isn't that why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.
Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.
Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.
Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%. Percentage of American women who say they'd marry the same man: 50%.