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22nd Sep 2006, 01:52
A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's firsflight
A grasshopper needs a minimum temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit in order to be able to hop
A bee could travel 4 million miles (6.5 million km) at 7 mph (11 km/h) on the energy it would obtain from 1 gallon (3.785 liters) of nectar
Alexander Graham Bell's wife and mother were both deaf
Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones were once roommatesadd what you come across . . .

Atlas Shrugged
22nd Sep 2006, 05:28
My hovercraft is full of eels :suspect:

22nd Sep 2006, 06:02
The ass-end of a turkey is called a popes nose and is considered quite a delicacy.

22nd Sep 2006, 06:49
The ass-end of a turkey is called a popes nose and is considered quite a delicacy.
Parson's nose in the CofE, and YES, it's like dining on pudenda. :ok:

22nd Sep 2006, 08:22
Each testicle of the Blue Whale is the same size as a medium family car

Arm out the window
22nd Sep 2006, 08:38
Well, that's a huge load of bollocks!

22nd Sep 2006, 09:13
Once a cat sits on a hot stove, it will never again sit on any stove, hot or cold. - Mark Twain

22nd Sep 2006, 09:19
If you added together all the trivia in the world you would have enough for at least three Pprune threads.

22nd Sep 2006, 09:38
The Collective noun for:

Jellyfish - Smack
Crows - Murder
Rattlesnakes - Rhumba
Ravens - Unkindness


pentheraphobia - mother-in-law
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - Long Words
gnosiophobia - knowledge
hedonophobia - Feeling Pleasure
urophobia - Urine/Urination

22nd Sep 2006, 11:19
Has anybody, like me, ever wondered who makes up this nonsense? Did one person think all of these up? Or did somebody go around the country noting down what the locals called a bunch of parrots, peacocks, etc?

'Oo Arr round these parts we calls that an ostentation'.

I think it's an elaborate practical joke. And very non-PC if you happen to be a crow, a raven or a lapwing.

22nd Sep 2006, 11:36
And that isn´t even half of them....Repository of collective nouns (http://community-2.webtv.net/solis-boo/Collectives/) :ouch:

I like some of the people ones though.....

a grid of engineers
an exaggeration of fishermen
a blast of hunters
a multiply of husbands
a sentence of judges
a damning of jurors
an eloquence of lawyers
a stack of librarians
an example of martyrs
a set of mathematicians
a cloud of meteorologists
a complex of psychologists

22nd Sep 2006, 12:05
sucking a fishermans friend is legal in the uk.
whereas muffin the mule is not legal.

Ascend Charlie
22nd Sep 2006, 12:08
If all the cars in the world were lined up nose to tail, some d1ck in a WRX would pull out to pass.:8

22nd Sep 2006, 12:45
For some years, my missus did not realise a 12" Murphy was in fact a television, consequently, we spent many holidays in Sligo, mooching from pub to pub.

Lon More
22nd Sep 2006, 13:24
A group of Californians = a cluster of nuts

22nd Sep 2006, 13:49
Beer nuts is the official disease of Milwaukee.

22nd Sep 2006, 15:02
A Wunch of Bankers.

22nd Sep 2006, 15:04
Oh! And a Load of Billhooks.

22nd Sep 2006, 15:21
Beer nuts is the official disease of Milwaukee.
I don’t believe you
As well as a State Flag and a State Coat of Arms, Wisconsin also has the following State Symbols:
State Motto: ‘Forward’
State Song: ‘On Wisconsin’
State Flower: Wood Violet
State Bird: Robin
State Tree: Sugar Maple
State Fish: Muskellunge
State Animal: Badger
State Wildlife Animal: White-Tailed Deer
State Domesticated Animal: Dairy Cow
State Mineral: Galena
State Rock: Red Granite
State Symbol of Peace: Mourning Dove
State Insect: Honeybee
State Soil: Antigo Silt Loam
State Fossil: Trilobite
State Dog: American Water Spaniel
State Beverage: Milk
State Grain: Corn
State Dance: Polka
Beer doesn’t even make it as the State Drink, so there.

22nd Sep 2006, 16:03
the ones we came across in aviation:
1) nothing is as easy as it looks
2) everything always takes longer than expected
3) if anything can go wrong, it will - and at the worst possible moment.


In nature, nothing is ever right. Therefore, if everything is going right ... something is wrong
It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious
In order to get a loan, you must first prove you don't need it
Having the right of way, won't make you any less dead

22nd Sep 2006, 19:43
The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word enthousiasmos which means "the god within us". :8

A fall of woodcocks
A descent of woodpeckers ....does anybody see a pattern here?:hmm:

22nd Sep 2006, 21:19
Where in the Universe can you find the greatest cluster of burnt-out stars ??
The Betty Ford Clinic of course. :)

23rd Sep 2006, 00:44
"87% of all statistics are made up on the spot" (read on toilet wall)

25th Sep 2006, 08:38
Florida has an official State Pie, that's cool
Massachusetts has a State Poem which is possibly the worst poetry in the world (http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/poem/ma_poem.htm).

25th Sep 2006, 10:51
you've heard the word before:rolleyes: .it comes from the time when furtilizer was shipped in boats ,and as the dry furtilizer was put into the bilge it got wet and started to produce...metane..and as you man with the lantern ,went in to see whats happening .....:} ....BOOOOM..

so they came up with the word S.H.I.T.

(i.e store above the bilge)

heard that in a bar one nite

talking s.h.i.t. i taught:}

A V 8
26th Sep 2006, 00:09
Apparently, back in Ye Olden Days, if Mrs AV8 and I wanted to get "busy" then we'd need authorisation!

The word, F*CK is allegedly an acronym and was not classed as it is today:

Fraternisation Under Consent of King

Got absolutely no idea if there's any truth in that though.

1st Oct 2006, 08:12
sucking a fishermans friend is legal in the uk.

What's wrong with sucking a cough lolly???
Aside from that:

An ambush of tigers
An array of ants
An aurora of polar bears
A bask of crocodiles (crocs rule!!!)
A bed of snakes
A blessing of unicorns
A business of flies
A chorus of angels
A cloud of grasshoppers
A congress of baboons
A corps of giragges
A crash of hippos
A flink of cows
A flock of ducks
A giggle of fish
A knot of toads
A leap of leopards
A mischief of mice
A mission of monkeys
A mob of kangaroos
A parade of elephants
A parliment of owls
A peep of chickens
A raffle of turkeys
A rainbow of butterflies (my favourite!!!)
A rascal of boys
A screech of gulls
A slew of homework
A sloth of bears
A smank of jellyfish
A spring of seals
A string of ponies
An ugly of walruses
A wisdom of grandparents
A waddle of penguins
A woop of gorillas
A zeal of zebra.

1st Oct 2006, 08:19
Apparently, back in Ye Olden Days, if Mrs AV8 and I wanted to get "busy" then we'd need authorisation!

The word, F*CK is allegedly an acronym and was not classed as it is today:

Fraternisation Under Consent of King

Got absolutely no idea if there's any truth in that though.

I was told that it came from "Forced Underaged Carnal Knowledge" :confused::confused::confused:

1st Oct 2006, 08:21
A corps of giragges

You learn something every day on here!

1st Oct 2006, 08:22
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge?

1st Oct 2006, 11:37
Fraternisation Under Consent of King

Define consent.................. ;)

1st Oct 2006, 12:22
Taken from the "Earth from the Air Desk Diary 2006":

90% of the world's population has never made a telephone call. (May 21)

The making of a personal computer necessitates 8 - 14 tonnes of non-renewable raw materials. (July 17)

eticket takes cover and awaits incoming howls of derision as eticket has no idea how true the above really are.

1st Oct 2006, 12:46
ok ..... I have to ask....what is a girrage and why do they gather in corps?:cool:

1st Oct 2006, 16:31
Apparently, back in Ye Olden Days, if Mrs AV8 and I wanted to get "busy" then we'd need authorisation!

The word, F*CK is allegedly an acronym and was not classed as it is today:

Fraternisation Under Consent of King

Got absolutely no idea if there's any truth in that though.

Snopes is your friend :)

1st Oct 2006, 17:19
The second greatest human fear is that of flying.

And the first? ..... Public speaking :confused:

You learn so much from Parky's programme on Radio2 on a Sunday morning

1st Oct 2006, 18:10
I'm only frightened of flying when I'm up a ladder.

1st Oct 2006, 18:57
Snopes is your friend :)

Ahhh, you make me smile :ok:

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Oct 2006, 19:07
Quis custodiet Snopes et al, wibble plonk marmalade.....?:}

Capt. Queeg
1st Oct 2006, 19:53
List of Collective Nouns

ItemProper noun to use
conies A bury of conies
hogs A parcel of hogs
hogs A passel of hogs
information A wealth of information
islands A chain of islands
islands An archipelago of islands
jays A party of jays
jays A band of jays
jellyfish A fluther of jellyfish
jellyfish A smack of jellyfish
jewels A cache of jewels
jugglers A neverthriving of jugglers
kangaroos A mob of kangaroos
kangaroos A troop of kangaroos
keys A ring of keys
kittens (rabbits) A wrack of kittens (rabbits)
knights A rout of knights
knights A banner of knights
ladies A bevy of ladies
lambs A fall of lambs
lapwings A desert of lapwings
lapwings A deceit of lapwings
larks An ascension of larks
larks An exaltation of larks
leopards A leap of leopards
lepers A colony of lepers
lesbians A pride of lesbians
lies A bunch of lies
lions A pride of lions
lions A sowse of lions
lions A sault of lions
locusts A plague of locusts
lorries A convoy of lorries
magpies A tiding(s) of magpies
mallards A sord of mallards
maps An atlas of maps
martens A richness of martens
mathematicians A number of mathematicians
mathematicians A set of mathematicians
men A band of (merry) men
mice A nest of mice
mice A mischief of mice
moles A labour of moles
moles A company of moles
moles A movement of moles
money A wad of money
monitors A bank of monitors
monkeys A tribe of monkeys
monkeys A mission of monkeys
mosquitoes A scourge of mosquitoes
mountains A range of mountains
mules A barren of mules
mules A Rake of mules
natives A tribe of natives
nightingales A watch of nightingales
nouns A collective of nouns
nuns A superfluity of nuns
objects A collection of objects
onlookers A crowd of onlookers
owls A parliament of owls
owls A stare of owls
oxen A team of oxen
oxen A yoke of oxen
oxen A span of oxen
oysters A bed of oysters
parrots A company of parrots
partridges A covey of partridges
peacocks A pride of peacocks
peacocks A muster of peacocks
peacocks An ostentation of peacocks
pekinese A pomp of pekinese
penguins A creche of penguins
penguins A huddle of penguins
penguins A colony of penguins
performers A troupe of performers
pheasants A covey of pheasants
pheasants A nye of pheasants
pheasants A bouquet of pheasants
philosophers A ponder of philosophers
pigeons A loft of pigeons
piglets A farrow of piglets
piglets A litter of piglets
pigs A drove of pigs
pigs A herd of pigs
pigs A sounder of pigs
pistols A brace of pistols
plovers A congregation of plovers
polecats A chine of polecats
poofters A bunch of poofters
preachers A converting of preachers
prose An anthology of prose
quail A covey of quail
quail A bevy of quail
rabbits A colony of rabbits
rabbits A bury of rabbits
rabbits A nest of rabbits
raccoons A gaze of raccoons
rats A pack of rats
rats A colony of rats
rats A swarm of rats
rats A rabble of rats
ravens An unkindness of ravens
ravens A conspiracy of ravens
rebuttals A quiver of rebuttals
rhinoceroses A crash of rhinoceroses
rooks A building of rooks
rooks A clamour of rooks
ruffs A hill of ruffs
sailors A crew of sailors
salmon A run of salmon
salmon A bind of salmon
sandpipers A fling of sandpipers
Scots A disworship of Scots
sea fowl A cloud of sea fowl
seagulls A flock of seagulls
seals A spring of seals
seals A pod of seals
senators A house of senators
sheep A flock of sheep
sheep A trip of sheep
sheldrakes A doading of sheldrakes
ships A flotilla of ships
ships A fleet of ships
ships An armada of ships
snails A rout of snails
snakes A den of snakes
snakes A bed of snakes
snakes A pit of snakes
snakes A nest of snakes
snakes A slither of snakes
snipe A walk of snipe
snipe A wisp of snipe
soldiers A company of soldiers
soldiers A brigade of soldiers
soldiers A squad of soldiers
soldiers A platoon of soldiers
soldiers A division of soldiers
sparrows A ubiquity of sparrows
sparrows A quarrel of sparrows
sparrows A host of sparrows
spiders A clutter of spiders
spiders A cluster of spiders
squirrels A dray of squirrels
stairs A flight of stairs
starlings A murmuration of starlings
stars A galaxy of stars
sticks A fagot of sticks
storks A muster of storks
students A class of students
submarines A pack of submarines
swallows A flight of swallows
swans A bevy of swans
swans A bank of swans
swans (flying) A wedge of swans (flying)
swine A sounder of swine
swine A drift of swine
tasks An agenda of tasks
teal A spring of teal
teal A diving of teal
tennis games A set of tennis games
tests A battery of tests
thieves A den of thieves
things A bunch of things
thrushes A mutation of thrushes
tigers A streak of tigers
tigers An ambush of tigers
toads A knot of toads
tourists A flock of tourists
trash A heap of trash
trees A grove of trees
trees A thicket of trees
trees A stand of trees
troops A parel of troops
trout A hover of trout
trucks A convoy of trucks
turkeys A rafter of turkeys
turkeys A raffle of turkeys
turtledoves A pitying of turtledoves
turtles A turn of turtles
turtles A dule of turtles
turtles A bale of turtles
unicorns A blessing of unicorns
vicaries (vicars) A prudence of vicaries (vicars)
vipers A nest of vipers
wagers A book of wagers
walruses A herd of walruses
walruses An ugly of walruses
waterfowl A plump of waterfowl
weasels A sneak of weasels
whales A school of whales
whales A herd of whales
whales A pod of whales
whales A gam of whales
widgeon A coil of widgeon
wikipedians A page of wikipedians
winnings A purse of winnings
witches A coven of witches
wolves A pack of wolves
wolves A rout of wolves
woodpeckers A descent of woodpeckers
worshipers A congregation of worshipers
yeomen A fellowship of yeomen
young oysters A set of young oysters
zebra A zeal of zebra
zebra A herd of zebra

I wrote these all up myself, of course. No googling here.......

1st Oct 2006, 20:30
Apparently, back in Ye Olden Days, if Mrs AV8 and I wanted to get "busy" then we'd need authorisation!

The word, F*CK is allegedly an acronym and was not classed as it is today:

Fraternisation Under Consent of King

Got absolutely no idea if there's any truth in that though.

Your close, it actually stood for "Fornication Under Command of the King"

After the black death the populations of many western countries were obviously crippled. Small populations = small army, the monarchs needed a population boom so, F.U.C.K

Capt. Queeg
1st Oct 2006, 21:06
From wikipedia (so it must be true):

There are several urban-legend (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_legend)false etymologies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_etymology) postulating an acronymic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acronym) origin for the word. One legend holds that the word F.U.C.K came from Irish law. If a couple were caught committing adultery (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adultery) they would be punished "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge In the Nude", with "FCUKIN'" written on the stocks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stocks) above them to denote the crime.

Alternative explanations for F.U.C.K. as an acronym for adultery pin it as "Fornication Under Cardinal/Carnal Knowledge," or "Fornication Under [the] Control/Consent/Command of the King."

Another story is that it was written in the log book as F.U.C.K. when people in the military or navy who had homosexual intercourse were being punished. Variants of this include "Found Under Carnal Knowledge", "For Using Carnal Knowledge", "Felonious Use of Carnal Knowledge", "Fornication Under the Christian King", "Full-On Unlawful Carnal Knowledge", "False Use of Carnal Knowledge" and "Forced Unlawful Carnal Knowledge", a label supposedly applied to the crime of rape (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape).

In some reports, there are tombstones around English (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England)cemeteries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cemeteries) that had the word engraved in uppercase letters. These referred to those who were put to death for crimes against the state and the church. These reports have yet to be corroborated since no such tombstone has been identified.

In another story, a sign reading "Fornication Under Consent of the King" was supposedly placed on signs above houses in medieval Britain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britain_in_the_Middle_Ages) during times of population control and was special permission given to knights (droit de seigneur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Droit_de_seigneur)), by their king, when a knight wished to have sex with a woman.

None of these acronyms were ever heard before the 1960s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960s), according to the authoritative lexicographical (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexicographer) work, The F-Word, and thus are backronyms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym).

Howard Hughes
1st Oct 2006, 23:22
I wrote these all up myself, of course. No googling here.......
Just to give this thread some aviation content, what is the collective noun for a group of pilots?

Answer = A Whinge....;)

2nd Oct 2006, 04:39
Pronounced wing, naturally.

Loose rivets
2nd Oct 2006, 05:27
Don't say it Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!