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Posted 11 Feb 10 by Tatyana

From the MIT student planner (there WILL be a quiz at the end):

     
  1. "The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly.”
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  3. "Stressed is desserts spelled backwards.” (…and "diet” is "die” with a "t”)
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  5. "There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: indivisibility.”
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  7. "Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order.”
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  9. "There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.”
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  11. "‘Acre’ literally means the amount of land plowable in one day.”
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  13. "Coca-Cola was never green.”
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  15. "Any month that has a Friday the 13th also has a Wednesday the 25th.” (…and a Thu the 13th)

Quiz: (a) Who figures these things out?,  (b) How many starving children could be fed if we donated the money paid to people in part (a) to developing countries?, and (c) Who would ever think Coca-Cola used to be green and why?

Cool fact from MIT planner: "Al Gore’s roommate in college was Tommy Lee Jones”


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