Today I learned of the 13 languages attested from before 1000BC, only two (Ancient Chinese and Mycenaean Greek) have descendants which continue to be spoken to this day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
The first attestation of the Shroud of Turin claims that it's a forgery and that a local man had admitted to creating it in 1390 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrโ€ฆ
There's an archaic Cyrillic character, ๊™ฎ, called the "Multiocular O", only attested in a manuscript in the word for "multieyed seraphim" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulโ€ฆ
As the crow flies is an idiom for the most direct path between two points. This meaning is attested from the early 19th century, and appeared in Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist: "We cut over the fields at the back with him between us โ€“ straight as the crow flies" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_โ€ฆ
Henry Ford published an anti-smoking book, circulated to youth in 1914, called The Case Against the Little White Slaver, which documented many dangers of cigarette smoking attested to by many researchers and luminaries. Www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heโ€ฆ
The laws that governed the Universe and which were controlled by Anu, the earliest attested God, were known as the **_meh_**. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anu
There are wild wallabies in France. When one gets killed by a car, authorities provide an official attestation to the driver, otherwise insurers wouldn't believe it. youtube.com/watch?v=iio-5โ€ฆ
The use of [SPOILER ALERT] is attested as early as 1982, and it was concerning the plot of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan theawl.com/2010/07/the-hiโ€ฆ
A Connecticut court executed George Spencer in 1642 for bestiality. The court needed two witnesses, though. One was the man Spencer confessed to. The other: the stillborn piglet, who happened to have one eye like Spencer, thus attesting to his guilt. The sow was also executed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exeโ€ฆ
The first known reference in English to the word "cunt" apparently is in a compound, an Oxford street name "Gropecuntlane" cited from c.1230 (and attested through late 14c.) in "Place-Names of Oxfordshire" (Gelling & Stenton, 1953), presumably a haunt of prostitutes. 15c.; dictionary.com/browse/cunโ€ฆ
Testicle is related to words like testify, testimony, attest and testament, presumably because testes were witness to a man's virility. worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-โ€ฆ
The smooth form of the Egyptian pyramids were gradually developed and not by some supernatural means as attested by the Bent Pyramid en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benโ€ฆ
Spectral imaging revealed that a 13th century religious text was written over a 10th century copy of a lost manuscript of Archimedes. The work contains the first attested explicit use of indivisibles and other mathematical theorems lost to science for hundreds of years. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aโ€ฆ
In Western Europe in 1750 a female donkey was put on trial for bestiality. It was acquitted after witnesses attested to its "virtue and good behavior", and its human co-conspirators were sentenced to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aniโ€ฆ
The house mouse (domestic mouse) migrated from regions within India to the rest of the world. This has large scale implications to the origin and spread of agriculture, human settlement and human civilization itself. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artiโ€ฆ
Several forms of irony/sarcasm punctuation have been proposed, among the oldest and frequently attested is the "percontation point" invented by English printer Henry Denham in the 1580s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroโ€ฆ
Tolar, NM has the distinction of being the only town in the USA to be bombed out of existence in World War II. Not that it was a large town at the time. The explosion from an accidental railroad disaster left a crater about 20-feet deep and 60-feet wide - the town was pretty much obliterated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolโ€ฆ
There is speculation that, in 1547โ€“48, Queen Catherine Parr, widow of Henry VIII, and her fourth husband Thomas Seymour were involved in a mรฉnage ร  trois with the future Queen Elizabeth; there were well attested episodes of sexually charged horseplay involving the three. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%Cโ€ฆ
The term 'lumberjack' is apparently of Canadian derivation. The first attested use of the word is in 1831 in the passage: "my misfortunes have been brought upon me chiefly by an incorrigible, though perhaps useful, race of mortals called LUMBERJACKS, whom, however, I would name the.." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumโ€ฆ
During World War II, Ferdynand Arczyล„ski produced hundreds of false IDs, work cards, service attestations, birth, and marriage certificates, distributed free some 4,000 Jews hiding on the "Aryan" side of the ghetto. He also helped with providing aid to Jews in concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferโ€ฆ
It ain't over till the fat lady sings is a phrase generally understood to be referencing the stereotypically overweight sopranos of the opera. The "fat lady" is the Valkyrie Brรผnnhilde, who is traditionally presented as a very buxom lady. Her farewell scene lasts almost twenty minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_โ€ฆ
The little holes on top of pens caps were created so pen chewers won't choke. mentalfloss.com/article/5โ€ฆ
William Shakespeare invent the name Jessica grandparents.com/food-andโ€ฆ
The phrase โ€œget someโ€ (in the sexual sense) is attributed to Abraham Lincoln. dictionary.reference.com/โ€ฆ
Most people can catch unexpectedly thrown objects faster than they can consciously process , which suggests that catching can be a learned, but unconscious reflex. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2โ€ฆ
The phrases "Lock, stock, and barrel" and "Cold shoulder" were both coined by Sir Walter Scott. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colโ€ฆ
A Japanese samurai could kill anyone of the lower class if they compromised their honour (insults them). They needed a witness to show that the victim actually insulted the samurai otherwise he could get severely punished. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirโ€ฆ
The word "synonym" has a synonym and it's "Poecilonym" en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/โ€ฆ
Etymologists do not truly know the origins of the word "dog", they were generally called hounds before changing at some stage to dogs etymonline.com/index.php?โ€ฆ
Denver International Airport is almost twice the size of Manhattan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denโ€ฆ
Alcohol is more dangerous than ecstasy. health.howstuffworks.com/โ€ฆ
In the movie โ€œDeliverance,โ€ the banjo boy was played by a local (Billy Redden) who looked like an intellectually disabled inbred enhanced with special makeup, but was neither. He couldnโ€™t play the banjo, so another musician reached around him from behind disguised with careful camera angles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilโ€ฆ
Ice-T once ascribed his success in the world of entertainment to his experience as a pimp, saying "I can't act, I really can't act, I ain't no rapper, it's all game" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceโ€ฆ
Victor Willis, lead singer of the Village People, was heterosexual en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y.Mโ€ฆ
Compliment and complement were once interchangeable, but now have different meanings. public.wsu.edu/~brians/erโ€ฆ
The contraceptive implant is four times more effective at preventing pregnancy than surgical sterilisation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impโ€ฆ
Tickle torture was used in China as a punishment for nobility because it left no marks and recovery was quick en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ticโ€ฆ
The Beastie Boys coined and popularized the term "mullet". public.oed.com/appeals/muโ€ฆ
Some domain name registrars let you search for names and then register them in their own name if you do not buy them immediately. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domโ€ฆ
In a Washington DC park, wild coyotes are allowed to den and raise their young. They are allowed to stay in order to scavenge roadkill and reduce the rodent population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyโ€ฆ
Slugs will drink beer and drown themselves, making it(beer) a good garden tool __ And lottsa other unusual uses stumbleupon.com/su/2GA5ubโ€ฆ
The word JAZZ was changed from โ€˜jassโ€™ to โ€˜jazzโ€™ to discourage hooligans from crossing out the โ€˜jโ€™ on billboards. 30daysofjazz.wordpress.coโ€ฆ
The Dogo Argentino was bred to be a fierce hunter, but to also have enough love to protect its owner to the death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogโ€ฆ
Pizzelles,the oldest cookie in the world, are often made with irons that have family crests built into them whatscookingamerica.net/Hโ€ฆ
Fashion retailer Zara has been successful without any advertising, relying on word of mouth alone. guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyโ€ฆ

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