Interesting facts about English Language

1.    Symbols, “@#$%&!”, to represent an obscenity or swearword are called grawlixes.
2.    “queue” – The word “queue” is the only word in the English Language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
3.    “Dammit I’m mad” is the same spelt backwards
4.    “Set” of all the words in the English Language, the word “set” has the most definitions.
5.    “Bookkeeper” & “Bookkeeping” are only words in English language with three consecutive double letters.
6.    The least used letter in the alphabet is Q.
7.    The most commonly used word in English conversation is ‘I’
8.    The dot on top of the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
9.    There are only 4 words in the English language which end in ‘dous’ (they are: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous)
10.    The oldest word in the English language is ‘town’.
11.    The word ‘Strengths’ is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.
12.    The past tense for the English word ‘dare’ is ‘durst’.
13.    The word ‘testify’ derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles.
14.    The first English dictionary was written in 1755.
15.    The word old English word ‘juke’ meaning dancing lends its name to the juke box.
16.    The longest one syllable word in the English language is ‘screeched’.
17.    All pilots on international flights identify themselves in English regardless of their country of origin.
18.    The expression to ‘knuckle down’ originated from playing marbles (players used to put their knuckles to the ground for their best shots)
19.    The word ‘almost’ is the longest in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

20.    The number 4 is the only number that has the same number of letters in it – FOUR
21.    Did you know the word ‘Underground’ is the only word that begins and ends with the letters ‘und’.
22.    The word ‘Uncopyrightable’ is the is the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating any letter.
23.    The word ‘Typewriter’ is the longest word that can be typed using only the top row of a keyboard.
24.    Did you know the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English alphabet.
25.    The sentence “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs” uses every letter of the alphabet and uses the least letters to do so!
26.    The word ‘Rhythm’ is the longest word without a vowel.
27.    “Dreamt” is the only word that ends in mt.
28.    Did you know there are only 3 sets of letters on a keyboard which are in alphabetical order – ‘F G H’, ‘J K L’, ‘O P’
29.    Did you know “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” is the Longest English word in the English dictionary it contains 45 letters.
30.    No words in the English language rhyme with “month”, “orange”, “silver” or “purple”.
31.    “Hungry” and “Angry” are the only words in the English language that end in “-gry.
32.    The only three words in the English language to have 2 consecutive u’s is vacuum, residuum, and continuum.
33.    In the English language there are only three words that have a letter that repeats six times. Degenerescence (six e’s), Indivisibility (six i’s), and nonannouncement (six n’s).
34.    The word “alphabet” is derived from the first two letters in the Greek alphabet: “alpha” and “beta”.
35.    Goddessship is the only word in the English language with a triple letter.
36.    There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
37.    ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
38.    The first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON (July August September October November).

Interesting facts about Hair

1.    On average, a man spends about five months of his life shaving.
2.    On average, a hair strand’s life span is five and a half years.
3.    On average redheads have 90,000 hairs. People with black hair have about 110,000 hairs.
4.    Next to bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body.
5.    In a lifetime, an average man will shave 20,000 times.
6.    Humans have about the same number of hair follicles as a chimpanzee has.
7.    Hair will fall out faster on a person that is on a crash diet.
8.    The longest human beard on record is 17.5 feet, held by Hans N. Langseth who was born in Norway in 1846.
9.    The average human head weighs about eight pounds.
10.    The reason why some people get a cowlick is because the growth of their hair is in a spiral pattern, which causes the hair to either stand straight up, or goes to a certain angle.
11.    The reason why hair turns gray as we age is because the pigment cells in the hair follicle start to die, which is responsible for producing “melanin” which gives the hair colour.
12.    The fastest growing tissue in the human body is hair.

13.    A lifespan of an eyelash is approximately 150 days.
14.    A survey done by Clairol 10 years ago came up with 46% of men stating that it was okay to color their hair. Now 66% of men admit to coloring their hair.
15.    The big toe is the foot reflexology pressure point for the head.
16.    The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.
17.    The first hair dryer was a vacuum cleaner that was used for drying hair.
18.    Ancient Egyptians used to think having facial hair was an indication of personal neglect.
19.    The loss of eyelashes is referred to as madarosis.
20.    Hair and fingernails are made from the same substance, keratin.
21.    Eyebrow hair lasts between 3-5 months before it sheds.
22.    A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax.
23.    Everyday approximately 35 meters of hair fiber is produced on the scalp of an adult.
24.    Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.
25.    Brylcreem, which was created in 1929, was the first man’s hair product.

Why do we define the rat race as “keeping up with the Joneses”?

Keeping up with the Joneses has come to mean trying to keep up with your neighbours, in terms of material possessions, at any cost. The expression comes from the title of a comic strip that ran in newspapers between 1913 and 1931 and chronicled the experiences of a newly married man in Cedarhurst, New York. Originally titled “Keeping Up With the Smiths,” the cartoon was changed to the “Keeping Up With the Joneses” because it sounded better.

What is the Joshua tree?

The Joshua tree is a desert tree that grows in southwestern North America, in California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. A native of the Mojave Desert, these droughttolerant trees thrive in the open grasslands of California’s Joshua Tree National Park. The Mormon pioneers named this tree after the prophet Joshua, because its extended branches resembled the outstretched arm of Joshua as he pointed with his spear to the ancient city of Ai. The trees are twisted and spiky, with tough leaves, and look a little bit like a tree from a Dr. Seuss book. Joshua trees can grow from seed or from an underground rhizome of another Joshua tree. They grow very slowly, sometimes 3.9 to 7.8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) in their first few years.

The tallest trees reach about 49 feet (15 meters) tall. The trunk of a Joshua tree is made of thousands of small fibers and does not have yearly growth rings, Which makes it hard for scientists to tell the tree’s age. Although the fragile tree has shallow roots, if it survives the harsh desert environment, it can live hundreds— even thousands—of years.

Why are hot summer days called “the dog days”?

Sirius, the “dog star,” is within the constellation Canis Major and is the brightest in the heavens. The ancient Egyptians noted that the dog star’s arrival in July coincided with the annual flooding of the Nile, which was important for a good harvest.

The Romans believed that, because of its brightness, the dog star Sirius added to the heat of the summer sun, and so they called July and August “the dog days.”

Which tree was used in the fledgling shipbuilding industry?

During colonial times the U.S. Navy used the oak tree’s hard wood to build its ships. The U.S.S. Constitution received its nickname, “Old Ironsides,” during the War of 1812 because its live oak hull was so tough that British war ships’ cannonballs lit erally bounced off it. Because the Constitution was built before shipbuilders learned to bend or steam wood into shape, the live oak’s long, arching branches were used as braces to connect the ship’s hull to its deck floors. Throughout the years, oak wood has been used as lumber, railroad ties, fenceposts, veneer, and fuel wood. Today it is manufactured into flooring, furniture, and crates.

Where can you stand in four states at the same time?

The Four Corners, located 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Cortez, Colorado, is the only place in the United States where four states come together at one place. Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado meet at the Four Corners. Here, a person can put each of his or her hands and feet in four states at the same time. The unique landmark is on Navajo Nation land and is open for visits from the public. The area surrounding the monument is also Indian land, which includes part of New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona and covers 25,000 square miles (64,750 square kilometers). The Four Corners Monument was originally established by the U.S. Government Surveyors and Astronomers in 1868 with the survey of Colorado’s southern boundary. Surveys followed of New Mexico’s west boundary and Utah’s east boundary in 1878.

The northern boundary of Arizona was surveyed in 1901. A small permanent marker was made in 1912 to show where the boundaries of the four states intersect. The Monument was refurbished in 1992 with a bronze disk embedded in granite. The disk shows the state boundaries and each state’s seal rests within that state’s boundary.

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When is earthquake season?

There is no such thing as “earthquake season.” Earthquakes happen in cold weather, hot weather, dry weather, and rainy weather. Weather, which takes place above Earth’s surface, does not affect the forces several miles beneath the surface, where earthquakes originate.

The changes in air pressure that are related to the weather are very small compared to the forces in Earth’s crust, and the effect of air pressure does not reach beneath the soil.

How does a search engine work?

Internet search engines are like computerized card catalogs at libraries. Viewed through a Web browser with an Internet connection, they provide a hyperlinked listing of locations on the World Wide Web according to the requested keyword or pattern of words submitted by the searcher. Search engines use computer software called “spiders” or “bots” to search out, inventory, and index Web pages automatically.

The spiders scan each Web page’s content for words and the frequency of words, then stores that information in a database. When the user submits words or terms, the search engine returns a list of sites from the database and ranks them according to the relevancy of the search terms.