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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 03:49 PM
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origin of term "to get fired"
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

Pokemon stands for "pocket monster."

The name Ethiopia mean "land of sunburned faces" in Greek.

A coward was originally a boy who took care of cows.

MAFIA is an acronym for Morte Alla Francia Italia Anela, or "Death to the French is Italy's Cry"

The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."


http://www.angelfire.com/ca6/uselessfacts/words/002.htm...

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Cush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 03:54 PM
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1. Moooo
cows seem to be pretty common in the realm of 'useless facts'
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 03:54 PM
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2. a really slow day at your place, eh?
cool stuff, tho.

think i could work them into come-on lines when i got out cattin' tonite? :)
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 04:14 PM
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4. yeah
"think i could work them into come-on lines when i got out cattin' tonite?"

I don't know - most people probably aren't as interested in this stuff as I am.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-16-03 03:57 PM
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3. Ngombe is cow in Swahili
it also means stupid.

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HawkerHurricane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-17-03 09:40 AM
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5. I was always told that Mafia
came from the Sicilian variation of the name Mathew and was somehow a biblical reference.
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