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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, January 20, 2005
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Things you always never wanted to know

  • Sylvia Plath was a famous poet who killed herself at age 31 by sticking her head in an oven. Sylvia Plath's husband, Ted Hughes, was married three times, and two of the women he married committed suicide.

  • The Rams are the only NFL team that plays its home games in a domed stadium and have won a Super Bowl.

  • In "Casablanca," Humphrey Bogart never said, "Play it again, Sam." Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson." Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty," but he did say, "Beam me up, Mr. Scott."

  • The name "blimp" came from the U.S. Army's designation of lighter-than-air ships. Because they have no internal structure (they are a pressure vessel), they are referred to as "limps." The first series of such airships were referred to as "A-limps", and the second series as "B-limps." The Lakehurst, N.J., blimp hanger is so large that it actually rains inside the hanger. Blimps were used during WWII to escort convoys across the Atlantic Ocean, and no convoy that was escorted by blimps ever lost a ship to a U-boat attack.

  • Mt. Vernon in Washington grows more tulips than the entire country of Holland.

  • The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is "Live Free or Die." These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.

  • The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive vowels.

  • All three major 1996 presidential candidates, Clinton, Dole and Perot, are left-handed.

  • The silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.

  • The silhouette on the MLB logo is Harmon Killebrew.


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