Snapple Fact #210

English: Peanuts with skin

English: Peanuts with skin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1.3 billion pounds of peanuts are produced in Georgia each year.

 

Shh! Obama gets anti-secrecy award | POLITICO 44

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President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.

via Shh! Obama gets anti-secrecy award | POLITICO 44.

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Snapple Fact #209

Pumpkins

Pumpkins (Photo credit: RichardBowen)

The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,061 lbs.

 

English as the preferred language for European communications

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The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, “s” will be used instead of the soft “c”. Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy.

Also, the hard “c” will be replaced with “k”. Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced by “f”. This will make words like “fotograf” 20 per sent shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent “e”s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” by “z” and “w” by ” v”.

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou”, and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst place….

Snapple Fact #208

Dice

Dice (Photo credit: matsuyuki)

Add up opposing sides of a dice cue and you’ll always get seven.

 

Snapple Fact #207

English: Zytglogge tower in Bern, Switzerland....

English: Zytglogge tower in Bern, Switzerland. Architectural detail: eastern clock face. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before 1687 clocks were made with only an hour hand.

 

Snapple Fact #206

English: The line of Earth on the Sun Magyar: ...

English: The line of Earth on the Sun Magyar: A Föld pályája a nap körül (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over 1 million earths would fit inside the sun.