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Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first cartoon couple to be seen in bed together.
fact-o-rama fact ever.
first cartoon couple that went to bed together then?
Would have preferred it to be Betty and Barney - Wilma had a face like a bag of spanners
it's a great fact.
i'll chip in with: the opium wars against china have often been criticised for making china a nation of addicts but one of the main reasons to fight was to maintain our own addiction- to tea.
I'm drinking tea right now, and it's delicious. God bless tea.
and way out of Fred and Barney's league, really.
is one ugly bitch
Did you know that Karl and Susan Kennedy from Neighbours were based on Fred and Wilma Flintstone?
nothing like Fred and Wilma? You're a bare-faced liar.
you bare-arsed Friar
what is Karl's 'tramp' phase all about?
He looks like me
but seriously. What? Why? Dave looks more like Ned anyway.
you can forget about tomorrow
In turn, Fred and Wilma's personalities were based on those of Ralph and Alice Kramden from "The Honeymooners"
conducted by a prehistoric bird reading from a rock.
The most syndicated comic strip is Peanuts by Charles Schulz. It appears in 2,620 different news papers in 75 different countries.
but occasionally there'll be a strip which is absolutely hilarious.
they're so good!
some of the really old strips are great:
Lucy: I've figured out why no-one likes you, Charlie Brown.
Charlie: Why's that?
Lucy: Because you're unpopular!
Also: Race For Your Life Charlie Brown is celluloid gold.
about as funny as Garfield
Roddy Pipers bodyguard
the old stuff is so clever.
It gets torn apart pretty conclusively here:
its still nowhere near as terrible as Nemi.
I have no fucking clue how that is still published.
It is more offensive to me than someone doing that.
I HAVE to read it everyday
he was a strange guy.
does this make me strange?
Wilma Flinstone was probably the first US cartoon character to ever say 'bollocks'.
I was actually being serious.
In 1933 Mickey Mouse is believed to have received 800,000 fan letters. Stupid fat american cunts.
He also has super powers, as I saw him in 3 different places at once.
Hitler received 800,000 kilos of sausage from Alfred Hugenberg as a gift for receiving the Chancellorship
should have used Cauldron
Do you prefer the Lincolnshire ones or the Cumberland ones?
But my girlfriend prefers Lincolnshire. We take turns
Wilma Flinstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal and Betty Rubble’s maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
Continuing yesterday's musical theme, a Hendon fan has come up with a new terrace 'anthem' to the tune of Morrissey's Irish Blood English Heart.. It goes thus.
Hendon Blood Hendon Heart
Hendon blood, Hendon heart
This I'm made of
There is no team on earth I'm afraid of
And no fans can out sing me
I've been dreaming of a time when
to be a Hendon fan is not painful
to be standing behind the goal, not feeling shameful,
angry or crying
Hendon blood, Hendon heart
this I'm made of
There is no team on earth I'm afraid of
And I will die with my head held high
I've been dreaming of a time when
the Hendon are sick to death
of Wealdstone, and Harrow
and spit upon the name Matthew Downey
and denounce the referees that still salute him
and will salute him
I heard an arsenal fan sing THIS once, to the tune of 'maria maria' by Carlos santana:
He reminds me of a west stand story,
Growing up in senegal,
He's living a life just like a football star'
Christ on a bike.
I have only ever written one poem, and it was after Marc Vivien Foe died. It was good though
I was very upset and 20,000 miles from home
ho is matthew downey?
inept excuse of a referee you'll ever come across. Seriously, he's the only referee I've ever seen being shadowed by fans as he warms up calling him a useless cunt incessantly.
Today's is ridiculous.
so on this day in 2002 a Ricci Crace hattrick saw Hendon cruise to a 3-1 win over Croydon. His 5th, 6th and 7th goals inside 4 games.
who also played Pancho Villa in "Viva Zapata!" and Sally Tomato in "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Barney was voiced by legendary Looney Tunes character actor Mel Blanc.
In England in 1843 a series of drawings appeared in Punch magazine that parodied the fresco cartoons submitted in a competition for the decoration of the new Houses of Parliament. In this way cartoon, in journalistic parlance, came to mean any single humorous or satirical drawing employing distortion for emphasis, often accompanied by a caption or a legend.
why do you have to be rude.
Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on the cartoon show "Scooby-Doo." Casey Kasem, being a strict vegetarian, also requested that Shaggy follow the same diet on the show.
Also, I want this fact-o-rama to break the 300 post mark today.
The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card
The term "déjà vu" was coined by the C19th French psychic researcher, Émile Boirac, in his book The Future of Psychic Sciences.
The term "déjà vu" was coined by the C19th French psychic researcher, Émile Boirac, in his book The Future of Psychic Sciences.
comes from the Frank Sinatra song 'Strangers in the Night'.
Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland
That's a good fact. I'm unsure whether the last sentence is true or playing on stereotypes though.
song 'Peace Train' was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train'.
The cartoon character Popeye was actually based on a real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who was a tough guy who was quite similar to Popeye physically.
The names of Popeye's four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye
Lobsters are among the few creatures that exhibit 'handedness' (i.e. they can be left or right handed and favour one claw over the other).
Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it's known as Tennessee
The names of Popeye's nephews are Peepeye, Poopeye, Pipeye, Pupeye.
During his lifetime, Herman Melville's Moby Dick sold only 50 copies.
the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed 15 million gallons of wine.
by the looks of things.
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
this must be the most repeated fact in fact-o-rama history.
I have never seen it before! And I post facts daily.
Mel Blanc's been mentioned twice today, though. That's interesting.
was originally called 'Happy Rabbit'
A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.
Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear trousers.
men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland.
is the name of Donald Duck's father.
over 100 posts in under 40 minutes. That must be a record?
The phrase "Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride," actually originates from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash from 1924.
China produced 1.74 TRILLION cigarettes. 90% of which were smoked in China.
The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing their hands in Jelly.
from Scooby-Doo's real name is Norville Rogers. His home address is 224 Maple Street, Coolsville.
For the blockbuster movie "The Terminator," O.J. Simpson was considered to play the role of the Terminator, but producers did not choose him as they thought he would not be taken seriously.
I would LOVE to have seen OJ playing the Terminator. He's already got plenty of experience of thrilling chase sequences, anyway.
based Nicholas Angel in Hot Fuzz on the T-1000 - there's even a scene where he runs the same way, with his arms completely rigid and his fingers outstretched.
They jump backwards.
that only one American politican has ever died in a plane, but three have died in post offices?
William Cassius Goodloe (1841-1889)
Christian Widule (1845-1916)
Leon Chase Phillips (1890-1958)
all died in Post Offices
Whilst only, president Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) died in a plane
in post offices that can be that life threatening?
www.politicalgraveyard.com - "The Web Site That Tells Where the Dead Politicians are Buried"
According to Wikipedia, LBJ was found dead in his bed, reaching for his phone. I don't know who to believe.
on a plane?
Died from a heart attack, on a plane en route to a hospital, near San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas January 22, 1973. Interment at LBJ Ranch, Stonewall, Texas
How many kids did you kill today
JohnsonFact: At six foot three and a half inches he's the second tallest US President in history, after Abraham Lincoln who was six foot three and three-quarters.
The shortest president was James Madison, who was five foot three and three-quarter inches.
In a 1631 edition of the King James Bible - in Exodus 20 verse 14 - the word "not" was left out. This changed the 7th commandment to read - "Thou shalt commit adultery." Most of the copies were recalled immediately and destroyed on the orders of Charles I. But there are 11 copies still remaining. They are known as the "Wicked Bible." The printer was fined the equivelant of £200.
There are some great errors here:
I think "Printers have persecuted me without cause" is my favourite
The Murderer's Bible - printed in 1801 - declared: "these are murderers" (instead of murmurers) and continued - "let the children first be killed" (instead of "filled.")
The first instance of global electronic communications took place in 1871 when news of the Derby winner was telegraphed from London to Calcutta in under 5 minutes.
Album(s) claimed to have sold at least 100 million copies:
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Albums claimed to have sold at least 40 million copies:
AC/DC - Back in Black 1980
The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
Various Artists/Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever
Albums claimed to have sold at least 30 million copies:
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
Backstreet Boys - Millennium
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Boyz II Men - II
Céline Dion - Falling Into You
Céline Dion - Let's Talk About Love
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
James Horner - Titanic (soundtrack)
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
Mariah Carey - Music Box
Meat Loaf - Bat out of Hell
Michael Jackson - Bad
Michael Jackson - Dangerous
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Shania Twain - Come on Over
Various Artists/Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard
Various Artists - Dirty Dancing
I wasn't expecting that!
When the French navy ceased using Morse code in 1997, the final message transmitted was "Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence."
those Frogs ain't half poetic.
Theodore Roosevelt had a son called Kermit. He had a son called Kermit Roosevelt Jr. Then HE had a son called Kermit Roosevelt III. Madness.
Also, Kermit the Frog is the only amphibian to have had the honour of addressing the Oxford Union.
was paid £5000 for his appearance as host on HIGNFY, as was Ann Widdecombe and William Hague.
or is that the same as everyone else got?
I can't think of any Labour cabinet members or even MPs that have hosted it.
Robin Cook, Neil Kinnock and Charlie Kennedy.
I quite like him, not least because he's trying his hardest to scupper the Tories' chances of ever getting elected again.
The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.
but I just did a rough measurement, and it seems to be the case...
but with your arm bent you should be able to touch your palm with your middle finger - however, if your arm is outstretched, you can't as the tendon isn't long enough or something.
with my arm fully outstretched. I could feel the strain on the tendon though.
I thought this might happen. My muscles are so useless I can't even sit cross-legged, so that would probably explain it.
with absolutely no strain at all.
I don't know who is the weird one out of me or you guys....
it's as easy as
and im old
The Bible, the world's best-selling book, is also the world's most shoplifted book
The 10 plagues of Egypt:
1. Water turns to blood
3. Lice and fleas
5. Cattle die of diseases
6. Boils and sores
10. Death of first-born
#4 located entirely around my mums car and the conservatory roof.
I think its gods way of telling me to stop being so middle class.
of Taggart which focused around a religious cult, and the murderer picked off his victims in a manner emulating each of the plagues.
but with the plagues?
And it predates Seven. Seven TOTALLY ripped off Taggart.
The best murder in the episode was when the blind psychiatrist got bludgeoned to death... the only apparent motive being that the murderer couldn't think of another way to check 'darkness' off the list.
Taggart > Seven
It looks truly diabolical.
is the most overrated actress ever.
In other news I once watched a programme on the plagues, saying that they were all naturally explicable
the eruption of santorini led to many rivers being poisoned, fish dying and hence rivers of blood.
got a pair you weak-willed lily-livered little mummy's boy famine child
That is one of the greatest things anyone has ever said to me.
but i t has stringer bell from the wire in it.
Towards the end of the Forrest Gump, Forrest narrates that his wife died on a Saturday. When he is at her grave in the next scene, the tomb stone shows her passing on March 22, 1982, which is a Monday.
it's a godawful sack of shit.
he doesn't know any better.
Incidentally, the novel "Forrest Gump" by Winston Groom is very good, and not as mawkish as the film adaptation. He wrote a sequel called "Gump and Co." although I've not read it. Might check it out. Apparently he plays football for the New Orleans Saints, sells encyclopedias, works on a pig farm, helps develop the infamous New Coke, accidentally crashes the Exxon Valdez, helps destroy the Berlin Wall, and fights in Operation Desert Storm. Way to go.
Travis Barker plays the drums right-handed. Fancy that.
The longest kiss in a movie is in Andy Warhol's Kiss. Rufus Collins and Naomi Levine kissed for the entire 50 minutes of the movie.
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Raymond van Barneveld
Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater
Johnny "The Bull" Stamboli
I'm amazed that Leslie "Hell-LO" Phillips isn't dead yet.
and I <3 that film! But he is a bit of a mincer.
was a wrestler wasn't he?
I thought you'd appreciate that
thankyou. He was godawful though.
I knew I recognised the name. He was in a really bad Italian-American gang.
Jimmy saville. You are a pillock.
(if no-one's already pointed this out)
in 1985, 'We are the world' by USA for Africa was number 1 in the charts.
I'm getting you for your birthday
Best title of a book ever.
Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament (1653); Enoch Powell made his "Rivers of Blood" speech (1968); the Columbine massacre (1999); and this bizarre incident:
referring to Santorini?
"The President confessed to having had limited experience with enraged rabbits. He was unable to reach a definite conclusion about its state of mind. What was obvious, however, was that this large, wet animal, making strange hissing noises and gnashing its teeth, was intent upon climbing into the Presidential boat."]
I feel I should confess that I, too, have limited experience with enraged rabbits. I am however the world's foremost expert on perplexed molluscs.
Using my mollusc knowledge:
Knowing Castro's fascination for scuba-diving off the coast of Cuba, the CIA at one time invested in a large volume of Caribbean molluscs. The idea was to find a shell big enough to contain a lethal quantity of explosives, which would then be painted in colours lurid and bright enough to attract Castro's attention when he was underwater.
In 1961, Matisse's Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 2 months in the Museum of Modern Art, New York - none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed.
The victims of the Columbine High School Massacre
Fact: I stayed up till 5.30am watching much of series one of buffy the vampire slayer... hence I feel like shit.
I can't have any sympathy with you. Well done though.
I got through a large proportion of series one.
a large proportion of the first episode of series one is a fine achievement, hence the well done :)
Benny Hill - did anyone find him funny? I never did... Not even the randy milkman.
Benny Hill > Ross Noble
AIDS is funnier
plus the speeded up bits: that is always funny.
reminded me of this:
In 1954, once a new banknote design was released in Canada, people began to notice a weird devil's face formed by the curls of the queen's hair.
The world's longest nonfiction work is The Yongle Dadian, a 10,000-volume encyclopaedia produced by 5,000 scholars during the Ming Dynasty in China 500 years ago.
or completely prevent a vote on its passage. Strom Thurmond (D-SC) set a record in 1957 by filibustering the Civil Rights Act of 1957 for 24 hours and 18 minutes; he visited a steam room before his filibuster in order to dehydrate himself so he could drink without urinating, and an aide stood by in the cloakroom with a pail in case of emergency. Despite this effort, the bill was ultimately passed.
He's dead now.
if so. keep up the good work.
where are your facts?
I didn't realise this was like eye-spy in that you had to take turns.
I'll get back to you with some facts.
No insect has a lifespan of only one day - even mayflies live for several months underwater as larvae before emerging as winged adults.
Personal fact, the evil dragonfly larvae have eaten all the tadpoles in my pond. the cunting fucks.
maybe I should have spread them out....
they look like aliens, have a gander yourself
Shame they're so vicious.
the second is a sad one. On the other hand, doesn't this mean you'll have dragonflies in your garden?
You could hatch some frogspawn in a fishtank and then release the baby frogs when they're big enough to not get et by larvae. Would that work?
but it didn't work. they hatched too early and died that way instead :(
it's not all bad news those, we have loads of newts and big frogs. I just miss the ickle ones.
Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French journalist suffering from "locked-in" syndrome, wrote the book "The Driving Bell and the Butterfly" by blinking his left eyelid - the only part of his body that could move.
The QWERTY keyboard layout was devised and created in the 1860s by the creator of the first modern typewriter, Christopher Sholes, a newspaper editor who lived in Milwaukee. Originally, the characters on the typewriters he invented were arranged alphabetically, set on the end of a metal bar which struck the paper when its key was pressed. However, once an operator had learned to type at speed, the bars attached to letters that lay close together on the keyboard became entangled with one another, forcing the typist to manually unstick the typebars, and also frequently blotting the document. A business associate of Sholes, James Densmore, suggested splitting up keys for letters commonly used together to speed up typing by preventing common pairs of typebars from striking the platen at the same time and sticking together.
It has also been suggested the top row was designed to have all the letters for the word "typewriter" so that typewriter salesmen could "peck" the word "typewriter" more quickly and easily without appearing to have to "hunt" for the keys.
Especially the 'typewriter' bit, I hadn't noticed this.
but I'd not heard about it being a ploy for typewriter salesmen. Excellent fact, Chuff.
In 1816, Frenchman J.R. Ronden tried to stage a play that did not contain the letter "a." The Paris audience was offended, rioted and did not allow the play to finish.
since 'nothing' came out I've been against that letter too.
When writing "A Clergyman's Daughter", it was George Orwell's aim not to use any semicolons, as he felt they were an unnecessary and redundant article of punctuation. However, someone diligently went through the book and found that he'd used not one but TWO semicolons in the course of the novel. Making the whole thing a colossal waste of everybody's time.
The Kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can't fly, lives in a hole in the ground, is almost blind and lays only one egg each year. Yet is has survived for 70 million years.
Juninho was the last world cup winner to play for Middlesbrough. Prior to him was Christian Karambeu and prior to him was BRANCO!!!
There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee. Of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.
I WAS actually enjoying my coffee.
I'm sure the other 987 chemicals are perfectly safe.
For the health benefits, yunno.
jesus. in leeds we can only get intensively farmed, pesticided up ones. still at least there will be no slugs in our fags though.
Yeah, that's what puts me off cigarettes - the thought of inadvertently smoking an invertebrate.
And yes, you can get organic cigs:
we get organic marijana and cocaine.
and raw coca probably is too. Can't see anyone applying for an accreditation certificate from the Soil Association, though.
Adult frogs are carnivorous and will eat just about anything smaller than themselves, including insects, worms and even other frogs. Some frogs are tiny but the largest of them all, the Goliath frog, is the size of a baby deer.
21 minutes to go. Got 21 minutes to go
it must be a bad sign. :)
I'm going to listen to it when I got home. Hopefully cram it in before Newsround
got offered £10 to EAT that album. I didn't.
I'm fat enough already
I'll give you a tenner to eat devonmalcolm's copy!
erm, Paris was the first city to use numbering on all it's houses
"It is large enough to swallow a duck."
Incredible. Look at the size of the fucker!
looks like he's just eaten one of the frogs. Look at me. I'm Paul Merton
in Cameroon and thereabouts, although they're increasingly endangered. This kid looks like he can't wait to get home for his tea:
Julio Iglesias used to play in goal for Real Madrid's junior side, until a car accident in 1963 put paid to his footballing career at the age of 20.
Clint Eastwood wrote many of the themes songs of his movies
Exquisite corpse (also known as "exquisite cadaver" or "rotating corpse") is a method by which a collection of words or images are collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corpse or cadavre exquis in French. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun") or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.
The technique was invented by Surrealists in 1925, and is similar to an old parlour game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution.
The name "exquisite corpse" actually comes from a phrase that was thrown up by a game of consequences the Surrealists played. And there's an example of one of their drawings in the Surrealism room at Tate Modern.
Here's a Jake & Dinos Chapman example:
The word encyclopaedia comes from two Greek words meaning "a circle of learning." The oldest known encyclopaedia was written in Greece about 2,000 years ago. It's no longer in existence. The oldest encyclopaedia in existence was written in the 1st century by Roman scholar Pliny the Elder. His encyclopaedia, called Natural History has 37 volumes.
Copyrights are not forever. Typically, a copyright lasts for 50 years past the natural life of the original author
The youngest language in the world is Afrikaans, spoken by South Africans. Dutch and German Protestants fled persecution from the Roman Catholic Church in the 17th and 18th century to settle in the Dutch colony of Cape of Good Hope on the southern point of Africa. By the early-20th century Afrikaans had developed from Dutch, German and other influences into a fully fledged language with its own dictionaries. After a mere 100 years, it is the second most spoken language in South Africa (Zulu being the most spoken, the Zulu people being the largest ethnic group there).
WOOOP! Record breaking fact-o-rama!
I've never had anal sex
It would have been worse if I said i had, surely
have had to have imagined it
I'm not sure whether it was an intentional pun.
with but when I got to the second 'g' I realised it was brilliant
Those last few posts were like watching the end of a Test match. Amazing.
was when we lost it, clean bowled by Ricky Ponting
please, because inevitbaly I will start harping on about how crap F1 is.
Go ahead harp away.
The Finnish language doesn't actually have an F in it.
I'm going home to have anal sex
I have to meet dave in 20 mins.
Have fun, boys...
I knew it was going to be a special day.
Best fact-o-rama EVER.