Amazing and True

Wednesday, July 16, 2008
* The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
* The internet is NOT FREE, a group of companies actually own the internet.
* The Jazz Singer, 1927, was the first movie with audible dialogue.
* The Jordanian city Amman was once called Philadelphia.
* The Kama Sutra was written by Mallanga Vatsyayana, who was rumored to be celibate.
* The kangaroo and the emu are shown supporting the shield on Australia's coat of arms.
* The kangaroo rat can cover ground at a rate of 17 feet per second. It can leap as much as 18 inches straight up and can switch directions at the peak of its jump.
* The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs.
* The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.


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