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This is everything I know
  1. The shortest complete sentence in the English language might actually be "Go."
  2. Roger Doucet was born in 1919 and died in 1981.
  3. Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" first played London in 1885.
  4. I have moved 16 times and lived in 17 places. I think.
  5. Adult black flies live for about 2-3 weeks. Only the female bites.
  6. Wicca is a religion derived from pre-Christian times which practices a benevolent reverence for nature.
  7. The pentagram symbolizes the union of five elements: earth, air, fire, water, spirit.
  8. The constellation Ursa Major contains the group of stars commonly called the Big Dipper.
  9. A blood-clotting compound found in bat saliva can be used for treating a stroke.
  10. Bugs Bunny's vampire nemesis is named Count Bloodcount.
  11. Adolph Coors co-founded "The Golden Brewery" in Denver in 1873.
  12. Canada's Tim Horton Donuts is owned by the American Wendy's franchise.
  13. Bruichladdich is an islay whisky. It means "bank on the shore."
  14. Malt is any grain which has been made to germinate, and then been dried to arrest growth.
  15. Grist is the ground-up grain to which water is added to form the "mash" in whisky making.
  16. Cask strength is the strength at which the whisky comes out of the cask. It's usually stronger than 40 - 43% vol.
  17. The starchy, highly-fermented liquid that's drained off the mash is called "Wort."
  18. When malt is dried over a peat fire, the grains absorb the aromas which are called "phenols."
  19. A sound is a long, wide ocean inlet.
  20. A spirit cannot legally be termed Scotch Whisky until it has been matured in oak casks for at least three years.
  21. "Slainte Mhath" (pronounced "slahnje va") is a Gaelic toast meaning "good health."
  22. Kirsty MacColl's step-mother is Peggy Seeger, Pete's half-sister.
  23. Soho Square was originally named King's Square in honour of King Charles II.
  24. Steve Lillywhite was once married to Kirsty MacColl.
  25. Jack Wild was the Artful Dodger in "Oliver!" and Jimmy in H.R. Pufnstuf.
  26. Cat scratch disease is an infectious illness caused by bacteria transmitted by cat scratches, bites, or exposure to cat saliva.
  27. The dot above the letter "i" is called a "tittle."
  28. G.O.P. is an acronym for Grand Old Party. Who knew?
  29. There are 118 ridges on the outside of a dime.
  30. "Hey Jude" was written by Paul McCartney for Julien Lennon.
  31. St. Nicholas day is celebrated on December 6th.
  32. Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
  33. It's against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland.
  34. All polar bears are left-handed.
  35. Hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
  36. Mike Myers was born in Scarborough. His Mum came from Liverpool.
  37. When ice crystals form a white deposit on trees and stuff it's called hoar frost.
  38. Pinocchio is an Italian word meaning "pine head."
  39. A flamingo can only eat when its head is upside-down.
  40. The Canadian Senate has 105 members who are appointed by the Governor General on advice from the Prime Minister.
  41. The Northern Shrike will eat mice and small birds after impaling them on a fencepost.
  42. A periodontist specializes in gum disease treatment and crown lengthening. (EW!!)
  43. GPS is an acronym for Global Positioning System. Not satellite.
  44. In 1976, André Thornton had a .388 slugging percentage with the Montreal Expos.
  45. Rabbits aren't rodents, they belong to their own order and are called lagomorphs.
  46. The odds against a pure white squirrel being born are 1 in 100,000.
  47. The official colours of Wimbledon are green and purple.
  48. The movie quote, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity," is from the movie, "Mr. Moto on Danger Island."
  49. The Jack rabbit gets its name from the fact that its ears look like those of a jack ass.
  50. Louis XIV is known as The Sun King.

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