Monday, January 10, 2005


From the 100 things we didn't know last year article

Thanks to MR for the headsup on this BBC story...
"1. Street brawlers sometimes arm themselves with potato peelers, according to the Home Office, which wants to make them banned weapons. "

I also appreciate this one:

"11. The opening lines of the Communist Manifesto - "A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism" - were initially translated as 'A frightful hobgoblin stalks through Europe'. "

This one can't be right:

"82. Alan Smithee is a prolific director of film stinkers. His is the name directors use if a film is recut by the studio against their wishes. The alias was first used on the 1969 western, Death of a Gunfighter. Its origins are somewhat murky, but one theory goes that it is an anagram of "The Alias Men."

Finally the most useless tidbit I think I have read in several monthes:

"100. Bill Clinton sent just two e-mails while he was president. "

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Both of those e-mails were to citizens of Zaire. Clinton promised the recipients millions of dollars if they would only help him transfer funds through their bank accounts.
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