The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted November 20, 2014


Did You Know …

Or Strange/Worthless Facts from the BC's



Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.


Tug of War was an Olympic event between 1900 and 1920.


The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache on a standard playing card!


The practice of identifying baseball players by number was started by the Yankees in 1929.


Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.


The electric chair was invented by a dentist!


The first alarm clock could only ring at 4 a.m.


Thomas Alva Edison patented almost 1,300 inventions in his lifetime!


It takes six months to build a Rolls Royce … and 13 hours to build a Toyota.


The first hard drive available for the Apple II had a capacity of only 5 megabytes.


First four countries to have television: England, the U.S., the U.S.S.R., and Brazil.


To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours!


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice, in the movie “Hercules”, was dubbed.


The filming of the movie “Titanic” cost more than the Titanic itself!


The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye!


The Muppet Show was banned from Saudi Arabian TV because one if its stars was a pig.


The first video aired on MTV was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles in 1981.


Rain contains vitamin B12.


Dirty snow melts faster than clean.


The speed of a typical raindrop is 17 miles per hour.


Oak trees are struck by lightning more than any other tree.


The Earth sees about 760 thunderstorms every hour.


The winter of 1932 in the US was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid!


In ten minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined!


To dream of a lizard is a sign that you have a secret enemy.


A white butterfly brings good luck if it’s the first one you had seen in a year.


Bring a new broom if you move to your new house, never ever carry your old one with you.


Pirates believed that piercing the ears with such precious metals as silver and gold improved one’s eyesight.


Catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn and it is believed that you will not catch a cold in that entire season.


Collect seven or nine different flowers on midsummer eve and place them under your pillow and it is said that you will dream of your future spouse.


The legendary Mark Twain was born in 1835 and died in 1910. He was born on a day when Halley’s Comet appeared and before his death he said, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” And he did died in 1910 when Comet appeared.


History repeats itself is what we all know, here is a classic example of it. On February 13, 1746, Jean Marie Dubarry was punished because he had murdered his father. Exactly after 100 years, on February 13, 1846 another person named Jean Marie Dubarry, was punished because he had killed his father.


In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That’s where the phrase, “goodnight, sleep tight” came from.


The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter in the alphabet.


The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.


The term “the whole 9 yards” came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”


The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.






Just Thought You Might Want To Know ...





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