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In Indonesia, a person points with their thumb as it’s considered very rude to point with a forefinger. Laughing out loud

The Bahai People of Iran have their own calendar consisting of nineteen months each with nineteen days. Shock

In Thailand it’s considered very rude to cross your legs in public. Tongue

In Greece, a child’s tooth is thrown onto the roof for good luck. Laughing out loud

Japanese children cover their tummy button when they hear thunder. Wink

‘Morning Mr Magpie’ is often said by people in the UK to counteract the bad luck brought by the sighting of a single magpie. Smile

In the Philippines, it is prohibited for a couple to get married if a relative dies on the same year the wedding is supposed to happen. It is also a bad omen when 2 members of the family got married on the same year. Sad

Elf

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Lion's eyes

Klandank wrote:
kathycf wrote:
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to bring a lion to the movies.

I tried to sneak one in, but I found out the hard way...you can't hide your lion's eyes.


This might be of comfort, if you like (american) football. You can bring a member of the Detroit Lions team to a movie. You might want to get an extra large bucket of popcorn though.

At first I saw the pun and was all *groan* but then I realized I was guilty of the very same thing. Punsters unite? *grin*

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Bringing lions to the movies

kathycf wrote:
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to bring a lion to the movies.

I tried to sneak one in, but I found out the hard way...you can't hide your lion's eyes.

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I'd be lyin'

ghastley wrote:

And Kathy, is that lion prohibition for African lions only, or do mountain lions count, too? Is there an exception for MGM films?

FWIW, the first MGM lion was born in Dublin, Ireland.


I'd be *Lyin'* if I said I knew the answer...

The websites I looked at don't actually describe which sort of lion is illegal, although Maryland has the exact same law on their books. Apparently any type of lion would be illegal, but perhaps a person could take a Liger or a Tigon as they are only a half lion hybrid.

I can't think why this is even a thing. Were movie theatres being mobbed with lions? Maybe the lions roared at inappropriate times, hogged the popcorn or made a mess on the seat. But I would think the law should for sure make an exception in the case of a lion attending an MGM movie.

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Giant

First, the Cerne Giant is thought to be 17th century, not Roman. There are no records before that, and it's not inconspicuous.

Second. the current layout is probably not the original one, and that extra detail is likely to have been added in one of the refreshes. He's also thought to have lost a pelt draped over his other arm.

The really old chalk figure is the White Horse that gives its name to the Vale of White Horse (about 3000 years old - one millennium pre-Roman). That also appears on bronze age coinage from the area.

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And Kathy, is that lion prohibition for African lions only, or do mountain lions count, too? Is there an exception for MGM films?

FWIW, the first MGM lion was born in Dublin, Ireland.

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Poor Kitties!

In Massachusetts, it is illegal to bring a lion to the movies.

In the town of Dudley, one cannot own more than three cats.

Laws in Massachusetts that aren't fair to other animals:

Roosters aren't allowed in bakeries.
Dogs may not ride in an ambulance.
Gorillas are forbidden to be in the back seat of a car.

But!
It is illegal to scare pigeons.

um?

ChickenGeorge, if you mean the Cerne Abbas figure, blaming it on the Romans is a theory new to me.

King George III used to take his seaside hols at Weymouth (which in those 18th century days, long before railways, was the back of beyond, miles from anywhere). Townsfolk, thinking to honour him and advertise their royal connection, cut a geoglyph on the chalk downs overlooking the town of him riding his horse. It is a side-on view of his right side, i.e. he is riding from left to right, west to east which is the direction he'd go back towards London. The story I've heard is that he took umbrage at this (thinking it to be a hint they'd be glad to see him leave) and never went there again.

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Roman TV and Giraffes

bare_elf wrote:
The ancient Romans used urine as mouthwash, toothpaste and laundry detergent. Must have drank lots of beer to get enough urine to do the laundry. What a stinky place to live.

Dentures where made from the teeth of dead people in the late 1700s and 1800s. Must have been lots of dentures made after the civil war.

In legal history, an animal trial was the criminal trial of a non-human animal. Such trials are recorded as having taken place in Europe from the thirteenth century until the eighteenth. In modern times, it is considered in most criminal justice systems that non-human creatures lack moral agency and so cannot be held culpable for an act.

I'm glad we live in more civilized times. There is a large geoglyph the Romans built on the side of a hill in the UK. It um, has an arousement of sorts. Guess that's what ancient Romans stared at when not conquering the locals.

In NY it is illegal to tie up a giraffe.

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This is not really funny

The ancient Romans used urine as mouthwash, toothpaste and laundry detergent. Must have drank lots of beer to get enough urine to do the laundry. What a stinky place to live.

Dentures where made from the teeth of dead people in the late 1700s and 1800s. Must have been lots of dentures made after the civil war.

In legal history, an animal trial was the criminal trial of a non-human animal. Such trials are recorded as having taken place in Europe from the thirteenth century until the eighteenth. In modern times, it is considered in most criminal justice systems that non-human creatures lack moral agency and so cannot be held culpable for an act.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers.

kathycf wrote:
Wasn't that a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers?.

In our defense, Moros, the two words do look quite similar.

Kathy do you know what the first band name of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was, where they performed, and what the wore on stage?

I found it super funny and super cool

A hint: sweat socks are involved one for each band member.

Elf

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Califormication

Wasn't that a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Tongue

In our defense, Moros, the two words do look quite similar.

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I did :)

KathyCF wrote:
HAhaha! you caught me, at first I did think you meant the other word, lol. Laughing out loud Formication: definitely another fun fact.
Moros wrote:
Crikey, I must have a filthy mind as I found it so easy to misread that word, I think that crafty little elf intended it that way as well. Big smile

giggle giggle giggle giggle Tongue I did Wink

Elf

Crikey, I must have a filthy

Crikey, I must have a filthy mind as I found it so easy to misread that word, I think that crafty little elf intended it that way as well. Big smile

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buttery toast

sigofmugmort1 wrote:
that's how specific individuals and groups scent mark territory and the like(do NOT ask how it's made Sick

Dwarf


"hyena Butter" -
They explained the scent marking thing in the article plus the program I watched. Definitely NOT made in a butter churn. Yuck! Not the kind of butter anyone wants on their toast! Shock Shocked

bare_elf wrote:
Kathy Feliformia sounds like someone who has nerve damage in the hands and can not feel Formica counter tops so can not remodel their kitchen.

OR

Maybe someone who formicates - Formication is the medical term for a sensation that exactly resembles that of small insects crawling on (or under) the skin. It is one specific form of a set of sensations known as paresthesias, which also include the more common prickling, tingling sensation known as "pins and needles". Formication is a well documented symptom, which has numerous possible causes. Laughing out loud You thought I meant something else and just misspelled it didn't you
Elf

HAhaha! you caught me, at first I did think you meant the other word, lol. Laughing out loud Formication: definitely another fun fact.

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I scent mark my territory

sigofmugmort1 wrote:
that's how specific individuals and groups scent mark territory and the like(do NOT ask how it's made Sick

Dwarf

I scent mark my territory to old fashion way.
Elf

hyena Butter

that's how specific individuals and groups scent mark territory and the like(do NOT ask how it's made Sick

Dwarf

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Feliformia sounds like.

Kathy
Feliformia sounds like someone who has nerve damage in the hands and can not feel Formica counter tops so can not remodel their kitchen.

OR

Maybe someone who formicates - Formication is the medical term for a sensation that exactly resembles that of small insects crawling on (or under) the skin. It is one specific form of a set of sensations known as paresthesias, which also include the more common prickling, tingling sensation known as "pins and needles". Formication is a well documented symptom, which has numerous possible causes. Laughing out loud You thought I meant something else and just misspelled it didn't you
Elf

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Feliformia!

Feliformia-

Quote:
... is one of two suborders within the order Carnivora and consists of the "cat-like" carnivores, such as the felids (true cats), hyenas, mongooses, civets, and related taxa.

I watched a program about a month or so ago about hyenas and thought they were interesting and qualified (at least to me) as a fun fact sort of thing. I had always thought Hyenas were related to the wolf/fox/dog families because to me they look kind of doggy-ish, but nope. Spotted Hyenas in particular are somewhat unique as they are primarily hunters, NOT scavengers as many folks seem to think.

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Spotted hyena

The spotted hyena or laughing hyena (Crocuta crocuta) are native to Africa and are best known for a chirping, birdlike bark that resembles the sound of hysterical human laughter. Though often labeled incorrectly as a scavenger, the spotted hyena is actually a powerful hunter, the majority of its nourishment being derived from live prey. Spotted hyenas are the most common predator in sub-Saharan Africa, living in savanna, dry woodland, and desert habitats. Spotted hyenas are successful pack hunters of small to large sized ungulates.

(Crocuta crocuta strikes me as something to put on a salad, like a crouton. I know, I'm a weirdo).

Anyway, the female spotted hyenas are larger and dominant over the males. Additionally, there are very minor differences in the appearance between the sexes so a person would have to get uh, very personal to tell the difference. I don't think the lady hyenas would be too pleased about that and their big ass powerful jaws would do a ton of damage to the looky-loo who dared peek at them.

Smile

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Fun?

Mart Valdez wrote:
fun fact about the Philippines: authorities give more credit/priorities to foreigners that to it's own citizens. which i hate because i am a Filipino XD.

Well, that doesn't seem very fun or fair at all. Sad

Crubeens (Crúibín) is an Irish dish made with with pig feet that are boiled and then breaded and fried. I would try it, can't be any worse than when I tried black (pig blood) pudding...

blech Sick

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fun fact about the

fun fact about the Philippines:
authorities give more credit/priorities to foreigners that to it's own citizens. which i hate because i am a Filipino XD.

How's your mate?

"Good morning Mr. Magpie, how's your mate?"

Those extra words on the end are key, you have to remind the magpie it is one of a pair. According to my mother, who learnt to say this quite recently - neither of us had heard about it before then. ("One for sorrow, two for joy", etc, we have known for ages, of course.)