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Interesting facts thread - trivia - did you know that..?

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Let's start an interesting trivia thread. History, science, geography whatever........

 

 

Did you know that ........?

 

 

 

The term, parthian shot (parting shot) originates from the mounted archers of ancient Parthia. They would retreat on a galloping horse and then turn back their bodies as they were departing from the enemy and shoot. Sometimes this tactic would be used to feign retreat. What made the parthian shot even more amazing was at that time stirrups hadn't been invented and the archer relied on pressure from his legs to guide his horse, because his hands were tied from holding a bow.

 

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Let's start an interesting trivia thread. History, science, geography whatever........
 
Did you know that ........?
  
The term, parthian shot (parting shot) originates from the mounted archers of ancient Parthia. They would retreat on a galloping horse and then turn back their bodies as they were departing from the enemy and shoot ...


The ancient Romans feared of the Parthians.

from The Six Seals of Revelation 6

"The four elements in the description of the rider on the white horse in Revelation 6 bear this out. He rides a white horse, holds a bow, is given a crown and goes out 'as a conqueror bent on conquest' (6:2).

"White is said to be the color of victory. Apparently, many victorious warriors rode white horses as an emblem of their triumph. The symbol has persisted. In the old cowboy movies, the hero was dressed in light clothing and often rode a white horse.

"The bow is also a symbol of war and conquest. Some see here a reference to the feared Parthians. They were well known for their archery skills in battle. 'A 'Parthian shot' still means a final, devastating blow, to which there is no possible answer' (William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, 'The Revelation of John,' volume 2, revised edition, p. 4).

"The dreaded Parthians, on Rome's eastern flank, were an undefeated enemy. In a failed invasion, the Roman armies were defeated in A. D. 62 by the Parthian general Vologeses in the Tigris river valley. The disaster must still have been remembered in the days when Revelation was written. The churches in the Roman province of Asia (to whom the book was written) must have been quite aware of the Parthians as bowmen riding white horses. Such a horseman could serve as an immediate metaphor of military power and conquest."

http://www.gci.org/bible/rev/sixseals

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Which two countries have eagles on their flags?



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Which two countries have eagles on their flags?

A lot of countries have eagles on their flags: Zambia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Moldova, and Egypt.   Montenegro, Serbia, and Albania have 2-headed eagles on their flags.   I don't know if you count autonomous territories, but the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Azores (territory of Portugal) have eagles on their flags as well. 



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The Elizabethans


(Sugar was expensive and the wealthy could not get enough of the stuff)


Extensive use of sugar was known to blacken the teeth and black teeth became an Elizabethan status symbol.

This fashion fad was so popular amongst Upper Class Elizabethans that cosmetics were used to create an illusion of black teeth!






Nice......😐

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The Elizabethans


(Sugar was expensive and the wealthy could not get enough of the stuff)


Extensive use of sugar was known to blacken the teeth and black teeth became an Elizabethan status symbol.

This fashion fad was so popular amongst Upper Class Elizabethans that cosmetics were used to create an illusion of black teeth!






Nice......

 

Apparently Queen Elizabeth herself was proud of her personal hygiene and had a bath twice a year, whether she needed it or not!



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The Elizabethans
(Sugar was expensive and the wealthy could not get enough of the stuff)
Extensive use of sugar was known to blacken the teeth and black teeth became an Elizabethan status symbol.
This fashion fad was so popular amongst Upper Class Elizabethans that cosmetics were used to create an illusion of black teeth!
Nice......

 
Apparently Queen Elizabeth herself was proud of her personal hygiene and had a bath twice a year, whether she needed it or not!


Say it isn't so!

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Christians Test to see if the person coming in the clouds is really Jesus?????

 

Just look down.....   if your feet are on the ground......   it aint' Jesus.



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Christians Test to see if the person coming in the clouds is really Jesus?????

 

Just look down.....   if your feet are on the ground......   it aint' Jesus.

 

That's an interesting fact that I'll have to remember. :laughing:



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Christians Test to see if the person coming in the clouds is really Jesus?????

 

Just look down.....   if your feet are on the ground......   it aint' Jesus.

Jesus will have His angels escorting them.



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Oakwood, thanks for the info on the Parthians. Let's see now, can I give you a Parthian shot? What country has men with a cart going down the road shouting, Rag Bone! Rag Bone! Raaaaaag Bone! ?

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Oakwood, thanks for the info on the Parthians. Let's see now, can I give you a Parthian shot? What country has men with a cart going down the road shouting, Rag Bone! Rag Bone! Raaaaaag Bone! ?

 

Britain?



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your pinkey toe tastes like chicken when you lick it after a shower.



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your pinkey toe tastes like chicken when you lick it after a shower.

I'll just take your word on that



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your pinkey toe tastes like chicken when you lick it after a shower.

 

That's one of the most bizarre facts I have ever heard (if indeed it is a fact). I couldn't even reach my pinky toe at my age - I would probably injure my back trying!



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your pinkey toe tastes like chicken when you lick it after a shower.

 
That's one of the most bizarre facts I have ever heard (if indeed it is a fact). I couldn't even reach my pinky toe at my age - I would probably injure my back trying!


So nightly calisthenics is not your thing?

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LoL              how many of us can still lick our little toe?   Maybe this fall after I loose this other 60 pounds.



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Apparently, locusts taste like prawns.

 

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Still  :rofl: about tasting your little toe - is that after a hot water shower or does it matter if it is cool??

 

Did you know that the inside of a banana peel can shine your shoes  better than shoe polish? Use peel then buff.



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Apparently, locusts taste like prawns.
 
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I thought locusts had a buttery chestnutty flavour ......well there you go!!




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