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  1. FarrahJobling

    FarrahJobling FarrahJobling

    Dec 17, 2012
    What is a totally random fun fact you know?

    I learned a long time ago that the plastic bit at the end of a shoelace is called an aglet.

    I also recently learned that in Baseball, there are SEVEN ways to get on first base. Seven!
  2. gonewiththewind

    gonewiththewind I choose joy.

    Dec 15, 2009
    The accent mark over the e in French words is called accent aigu. The one that looks like this:[​IMG]

    I learned that in three years of French, and for some reason, that particular one stuck with. I like the way "accent aigu" sounds. LOL
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  3. HavaDrPepper

    HavaDrPepper Space. The final frontier

    Dec 27, 2015
    My name as given to me when I was born included this accent aigu. And, when writing it I use it. But the usage of typewriters had me just using e followed by the apostrophe. And, with computers I do the same because not every font can show the accent aigu correctly. But so much of my legal paperwork just has Rene because it is hard to explain the accent aigu. And, my mother refused to spell my name Renee.
  4. bcgal00

    bcgal00 Say, "birdseed!"

    Nov 18, 2010
    Here's one that boggles my mind!
    Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale...isn't that crazy??? Think about how big and heavy an elephant LOL
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  5. IntenseMagic

    IntenseMagic I like my pillow Rock hard

    Feb 28, 2012
    I just learned this the other day and thought it was a really cool piece of information.
    The ampersand (&) started out as the ligature of e and t, so they were connected to each other and represented the word "and". For a while it was used as the 27th letter of the alphabet. They would use the phrase "per se" to set it apart from the rest of the letters, so in reciting the alphabet, they would say "X, Y, Z, and per se and" indicating that it stood by itself. The "and per se and" morphed into ampersand and it was eventually dropped from the alphabet.
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  6. bestcee

    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

    Dec 18, 2013
    The reason you sometimes see Jvstice instead of Justice is because u and v were the same letter once upon a time. They were just used in different circumstances.

    My favorite one? Brains mature up until about age 25. So technically - teenagers really are still brain damaged. :giggle
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  7. Karen

    Karen Wiggle it, just a little bit!

    Jun 28, 2008
    I cannot wrap my mind around this! :eek:

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