Klaus van der Kroft wrote:
In Gulliver's Travels, Swift just made up all (? some, anyway) of the nautical terms.
Hee hee! Jonathan Swift would've made a great internet troll.
Laufey is actually the name of Loki's mother in Norse Mythology. Neither his mother nor his father were frost giants.
His father was the frost giant Fárbauti. Who was married to Laufey or in some stories Nál, the mother of Loki. Laufey also seems to have been one of the Vanir. I looked this up quite extensively for my Norse/Russian/Finnish game I am currently off and on running.
Danica McKellar, who played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, graduated summa cum laude from UCLA. While still an undergrad, she helped to formulate the mathematical 'Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem'. She's also written three best-selling books aimed at encouraging middle-school and junior high school aged girls to learn and study mathematics.
Journey was formed from the remnants of Santana, after Carlos left the band. Steve Perry and his trademark voice didn't start with them until after they'd recorded a couple of totally fogettable albums.
Also, Santana's hit "Black Magic Woman" was originally a Fleetwood Mack song.
-You spend more calories eating and digesting celery than what the vegetable itself provides (I still don't like celery, though).
-The Vatican is the only World Heritage site to encompass a whole country.
-The Vatican is also the only carbon-neutral country in the world. Most of it was offset by funding the creation of a new forest in Hungary.
-In order to join the Swiss Guard, one must be at least 1,74m (5'8.5'') in height, male, Catholic, between the ages of 19 and 30, have completed basic training in the Swiss military, and of course, be Swiss.
-The ATMs in the Vatican have the option to display in Canonical Latin.
Crimson Jester wrote:
The man originally hired to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the lost ark could not do so due to a contractual obligation with an ongoing TV series. That mans name, Tom Selleck and the show, Magnum PI.
I can actually see Selleck in that kind of a role. Not as effectively as the guy from the movies, but I can still see it.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Before putting together the Attractions, Elvis Costello recorded his first album, My Aim Is True with a country-rock band called Clover who went on to become Huey Lewis and the News.
WHAT? I loved that album! Huey Lewis and the freakin' news? I think I just threw up a little.
-Turtles can breath through their butts.
-Cows can drown through their butts.
-Butter starts with butt.
-So does button.
-Buttingham Palace is not how you write Buckingham Palace, but it starts with butt.
-Farts have been clocked to travel at a speed of 10 feet per second.
-If you fart consistently for six years and nine months, you can produce enough gas to generate the energy equivalent of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.