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Chidham and Hambrook - General Interest - Did you know?

Did you know? (or 'How many of these do you believe?')
Almonds are members of the peach family.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors
Canada is an Indian word meaning " Big Village ".
The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat", which means "the king is dead".
Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head."
Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.
Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
The three largest land-owners in England are the Queen, the Church of England and Trinity College, Cambridge .
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammunition at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
The naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase "amir al bahr", which means "lord of the sea".
The word 'byte' is a contraction of 'by eight.'
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
QANTAS, the name of the Australian national airline, is a (former) acronym, for Queensland And Northern Territories Air Service.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."
The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself."
Madrid is the only European capital city not situated on a river
The pupil of an octopus' eye is rectangular.
The word "modem" is a contraction of the words "modulate, demodulate."
Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps. Hence, the postage stamps of Britain are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin. However, every stamp carries a relief image or a silhouette of the monarch's head instead.
The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light.
The dollar symbol ($) is a U combined with an S (U.S.)
The word 'pound' is abbreviated 'lb.' after the constellation 'libra' because it means 'pound' in Latin, and also 'scales'. The abbreviation for the British Pound Sterling comes from the same source: it is an 'L' for Libra/Lb. with a stroke through it to indicate abbreviation.
A peanut is not a nut; it is a legume
If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning first before you will die of oxygen deprivation
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.


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