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100 Things We Didn't Know This Time Last Year

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the you-live-you-learn dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 276

An anonymous reader wrote to mention a BBC list of 100 topical pieces of information that they've reported on over the course of 2005. While some of them are very Brit-specific ("16. The London borough of Westminster has an average of 20 pieces of chewing gum for every square metre of pavement."), there are some interesting, touching, and humorous stories in there. "20. The Queen has never been on a computer, she told Bill Gates as she awarded him an honorary knighthood. 32. 'Restaurant' is the most mis-spelled word in search engines. 65. Actor James Doohan, who played Scotty, had a hand in creating the Klingon language that was used in the movies, and which Shakespeare plays were subsequently translated into."

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GNAA announces 2005 a success (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373091)

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MOD PARENT UP ^^^^^ (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373096)

First comment of 2006 by GNAA

#65: Incorrect (5, Funny)

jvalenzu (96614) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373095)

Uh, 65 is incorrect. I think we all remember Star Trek VI where Chancellor Gorkon mentions that Shakespeare was originally written in Klingon. I can't believe they let this one through.

Re:#65: Incorrect (5, Funny)

ZachPruckowski (918562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373109)

Dude, it's New Year's Eve, one of the biggest party nights of the year, and you're correcting some news story about Klingons and Star Trek on a website for nerds. That's so geeky and nonsocial that I have to say... wait a second....%*&@!

Re:#65: Incorrect (2, Funny)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373130)

And, uh, you're correcting someone correcting some news story about Klingons and Star Trek on a website for nerds.

And I'm correcting someone someone correcting some news story about Klingons and Star Trek on a website for nerds.

I think that the geekiness is about to make my modem explo

*No Carrier*

Re:#65: Incorrect (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373165)

I don't think geekiness can make modems explode.
But they can make...oh crap, what's burning?

Re:#65: Incorrect (1, Funny)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373218)

They can if you're part borg like me.

"Is that an .iso in your hard drive, or are you just happy to see me?"

Re:#65: Incorrect (5, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373196)

And I just impressed a couple of chicks by showing them that I'm one out of 18 people,... :-)

Re:#65: Incorrect (0, Troll)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373183)

New Year's is a god damn *retarded* reason to celebrate. OHMYGOD! My odometer hig six figures! Time to party!!!

Seriously. Come on. Be a man and VOLUNTEER to work shitty hours over holidays like this while all the lazy fucks go boozing. There's a reason some are successful and others aren't. Using any idiotic excuse to go get drunk and avoid work puts you in one of those categories. Guess which?

mnb Re:#65: Incorrect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373253)

Us lazy folks go boozing, meet chicks, get laid, have kids, spread our genes, win.

Re:#65: Incorrect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373233)

You must be new here.

Re:#65: Incorrect (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373185)

That wasn't a serious part of the story, that was just one of many lame Cold War references in the movie. (In the 60s, the stereotypical Russian always insisted "We invented it first!" Yes, just like Chekov in TOS.) The lamest reference of all is "Don't wait for the translation!" A free copy of the Vulcan Joke Book to the first person to correctly identify this reference — persons born before JFK was shot are not eligible!

In Soviet Russia... (3, Informative)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373234)

Russian translates YOU!

Seriously though:

Does this have anything to do with the Adlai Stevenson incident?

"
"Do you, Ambassador Zorin, deny that the U.S.S.R. has placed and is placing medium- and intermediate-range missiles and sites in Cuba?... Don't wait for the translation! Yes or no?" Zorin responded, "I am not in an American courtroom, sir, and I do not wish to answer a question put to me in the manner in which a prosecutor does-" Then Stevenson interrupted and said, "You are in the courtroom of world opinion right now, and you can answer yes or no. You have denied that they exist, and I want to know whether I have understood you correctly.... I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over, if that's your decision. And I am also prepared to present the evidence in this room."
"

(Hilarious site: http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/world_language s/36160 [suite101.com] )

Re:In Soviet Russia... (1)

DaHat (247651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373267)

Yes, props for knowing it (or did you have to look it up?)

One of the few great, cool and quotable things ever to happen at the UN I fear.

Re:In Soviet Russia... (1)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373281)

I had to look it up, unfortunately.

Way too young to know it from personal experience, and it's never something that's come up.

Great quote though, I'll definitely remember it.

#53 Also incorrect (1)

LeonGeeste (917243) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373189)

It takes 75kg of raw materials to make a mobile phone.

It doesn't. You would have to believe ~750x as much raw materials are thrown away to make each phone as is actually part of it. Doesn't pass the laugh test I'm afraid.

Qapla! (5, Informative)

kyouteki (835576) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373099)

It's been well known for a very long time that Jimmy Doohan helped create the Klingon language. He created the Klingon dialogue for Star Trek 1, which Marc Okrand developed into the tlhIngan'Hol we know today.

It's an issue of which "we" (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373148)

I don't think the article is trying to say "we as a species didn't know these things." Clearly Doohan knew he helped write the Klingon language for the twenty years between doing so and his death. It's not a "discovery."

"Each week the Magazine picks out snippets from the news, and compiles them into 10 Things We Didn't Know This Time Last Week. Here's an end of year almanac."

It's just a neat little piece where the writers of the Magazine get together and list the most interesting things they learned while doing their jobs as reporters.

Re:Qapla! (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373184)

It's been well known for a very long time that Jimmy Doohan helped create the Klingon language.
for a in $articles_2005;
do
grep surprising_facts $a >> yearly_wrapup
done

In other words, this is a list of things one person in the BBC didn't know this time last year.

99. chokuegambo (2, Funny)

megrims (839585) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373101)

Why didn't we know the japanese word "chokuegambo" last year?
Is it a new word? Or are they assuming that nobody here speaks japanese?

Re:99. chokuegambo (4, Funny)

LordHatrus (763508) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373118)

Clearly, you haven't been playing Japanese games like Final Fantasy. I spent years inbreeding my chokuegambos until I got the illustrious Golden Chokuegambo!

101. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373104)

32% of all Slashdot stories are duplicates :)

Re:101. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373188)

No.
We already knew that.

Re:101. (0, Redundant)

Darthmalt (775250) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373296)

You must be new here

I dont think this guy was born in the 1600s (5, Funny)

Tezkah (771144) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373106)

19. The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to" in his equations. He chose the two lines because "noe 2 thynges can be moare equalle".


16th Century? I'm pretty sure that guy posts on slashdot regularly. "oi got frist psot"

Re:I dont think this guy was born in the 1600s (0)

Tezkah (771144) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373111)

That is because the 16th century was 1501-1600, of course he wasnt born in the 1600s, retard!!!


It's okay Tezkah, I only hurt you because I love me.

Re:I dont think this guy was born in the 1600s (1)

setirw (854029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373116)

No, that's the guy who invented "==" "OMG, moi post == fyrst"

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373205)

because he seems so insightful because I have been drinking!!!

boring (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373107)

what a load of boring shit!

From the title I was expecting scientific discoveries made in the last year, not a whole lot of tabloid headlines!

how shit!

Gee... (3, Funny)

setirw (854029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373110)

Bill Gates does not own an iPod. That's odd... Number 101: Steve Jobs does not run Windows!

Re:Gee... (1)

hahafaha (844574) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373137)

I was quite surprised when I read this, as well (not because I thought Bill Gates owned an iPod but because they even put that in there). Interesting that the author listed this as 100 things we did not know last year.

102 (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373259)

On the subject of wether the PS3 or the Xbox 360 or the revolution would win the next generation war IBM was heared to say "Money money money, were in the money". (If you have been paying attention it is not Sony vs MS vs Nintendo but IBM vs IBM vs IBM. I like a three horse race where there is only 1 horse.

#39 (2, Insightful)

Sarcastic Assassin (788575) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373113)

I think if #39 was true in America we wouldn't need such a controversial/ineffective/(insert your own adjective here) president to get people to vote more often.

39. Australians host barbecues at polling stations on general election days.

Re:#39 (1, Informative)

matt21811 (830841) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373145)

Voting in Australia is compulsary. Thats why they have barbecues, to keep people (and their kids) happy and entertained while they perform their civic duty.

Re:#39 (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373225)

And may I just say- this idea works. I know of a good half dozen people who turn up for the sausage sandwich, the voting being a rather unimportant part of the proceedings.
I worry sometimes that these demographics are easily swayed by the flashiest advertisement on tv, and in fact rely on little else, but I find it inarguable that the tactic does indeed draw more voters, if of somewhat lesser political savvy.

Re:#39 (2, Funny)

gshirley (627932) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373232)

Voting is not compulsory. Turning up to get your name ticked off is.

Re:#39 (2)

matt21811 (830841) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373242)

Actually, by the letter of the law, voting is compulsary.
Interestingly, advising people to vote "informally" is also illegal in Australia.
That isnt saying much as 99.9% of iPod use in Autralia is also illegal and no-one seems to have been arrested for that either.

Re:#39 (1)

gshirley (627932) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373260)

If that was the case they'd have to witness you put your vote in. I can turn up, get my name signed off and walk out.

Re:#39 (1)

matt21811 (830841) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373280)

I agree, "they" would have to witness you leave without voting and then be motivated enough to organise getting you charged. In practice, it never happens.

Re:#39 (4, Informative)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373211)

Actually, we have em to make money. Polling stations are usually setup at schools. The school gets a couple of parents to come down and organize a barbecue. You get a good couple of thousand people through even a small polling station, that's a pretty darn big market for the cost of gas and a few sausages.

For what it's worth, the one I go to sells lamingtons.

bah... (2, Funny)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373117)

bah, Neatorama [neatorama.com] had this many days ago, and they had the sense to hilight No. #78, "One in 18 people has a third nipple".

Re:bah... (1)

crlove (857212) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373197)

Well, it's really more of a "nubbin".

I like this one (5, Funny)

Kohath (38547) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373120)

One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed.

That must be a pretty sturdy bed.

Re:I like this one (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373210)

One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed.

That must be a pretty sturdy bed.

It's clear that Europeans are taking socialism a bit too far.

Step 4. ?????? (4, Funny)

matt21811 (830841) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373121)

32. 'Restaurant' is the most mis-spelled word in search engines.

There is a lot of money to be made if you could get the top list of mispelled words in search engines.

Re:Step 4. ?????? (1)

the real darkskye (723822) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373241)

indeed, the most mispelled word is bukkake.

Or is it bukakke?
Maybe its buckake?
No, its Bucakey!

Re:Step 4. ?????? (1)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373291)

That's not a word.

It's an abomination.

Re:Step 4. ?????? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373263)

That's because in all Latin America and other places, it is spelled 'restaurante' (Spanish and Portuguese), so whenever a Brazilian, Mexican, or Spainard look for that, it counts as a misspelling. If you look for an Italian restaurant with the word 'ristorante' in its name, there is another misspelling count.

Hmmph. (4, Interesting)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373123)

Interesting list, but some of the stuff is either bogus or filler. For example:

"41. Tactically, the best Monopoly properties to buy are the orange ones: Vine Street, Marlborough Street and Bow Street."

I believe they're called New York, Tennessee Avenue and St. James Place. And this is just common sense - their relationship with jail, and the fact that they're on the end of a row (More bang for buck, house/hotel wise, and a 6,8, or 9 after jail yields a hit), makes them ideal.

"43. The spiciness of sauces is measured in Scoville Units."

What does this have to do with '05? I've known that for a long time.

"61. You can bet on your own death."

That's a safe bet - but what do I get once my win has been confirmed?

Meanwhile, others are just best LEFT OUT:

"67. Giant squid eat each other - especially during sex."
"11. One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed."
"78. One in 18 people has a third nipple."

Thanks for the list, BBC.

Re:Hmmph. (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373160)

I believe they're called New York, Tennessee Avenue and St. James Place. And this is just common sense - their relationship with jail, and the fact that they're on the end of a row (More bang for buck, house/hotel wise, and a 6,8, or 9 after jail yields a hit), makes them ideal.

Not just that:

The hit rate is further increased by the fact that the most-landed on chance square (hit it with a 12 after leaving jail) is three spaces after New York, and there's a move back three chance card.

There's also a move to the nearest utility chance card that puts you 4, 6, and 7 spaces from the oranges. (Two of the three chance squares will send you to electric if if you draw that card; only 1 will send you to water works.)

Still, I think it's pretty far from "common sense." Once you see it, it makes sense, but if you ask most people what properties they want they'll probably say the dark blues.

(And this has also been known for a LOT longer than the last year...)

Re:Hmmph. (5, Informative)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373191)

BTW, if you're curious, here's the rank of the different color groups based upon the average rate of return of that group with hotels. What that means is that every time someone completes a circuit of the board, a player that owns that color group with hotels will make back that percentage of their initial investment. I've also included the dollar amount that translates to. (I tried to space this nicely, but neither tt nor ecode kept whitespace; sorry.)
# Group %ret $ret
1 Orange 23.5 484.10
2 Lite Blue 20.7 221.49
3 Red 17.8 521.54
4 Lt Purple 17.7 343.38
5 Dark Blue 17.3 475.75
6 Yellow 17.2 524.60
7 Railroads 16.0 128.00
8 Green 15.1 591.92
9 Dk Purple 13.6 84.32
A Utilities 7.5 22.50
You can also see from this list that oranges are only best if you're using % return. The way to interpret this is that if you're reasonably early in the game, and people are just building, you want oranges because they are cheap to develop, and you need to get three houses up ASAP. However, if you're late in the game and hotels are already up, you should look to the absolute income for the best property, and there the rank changes:

1. Green
2. Yellow
3. Red
4. Orange
5. Dark Blue

Re:Hmmph. (1)

Will2k_is_here (675262) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373231)

Which is why it makes sense to give the player free money when they land on free parking. Unfortunately, this has never been an official rule AFAIK.

Re:Hmmph. (4, Informative)

EoinOL (833833) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373166)

"41. Tactically, the best Monopoly properties to buy are the orange ones: Vine Street, Marlborough Street and Bow Street."

I believe they're called New York, Tennessee Avenue and St. James Place. And this is just common sense - their relationship with jail, and the fact that they're on the end of a row (More bang for buck, house/hotel wise, and a 6,8, or 9 after jail yields a hit), makes them ideal.

It seems to have escaped your notice, but there are about a million different versions of Monopoly, including localised ones for lots of countries. The BBC are obviously using the (main) UK one.

Re:Hmmph. (1)

James_G (71902) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373190)

It seems to have escaped your notice, but there are about a million different versions of Monopoly, including localised ones for lots of countries. The BBC are obviously using the (main) UK one.

Not sure why you think the UK one is the "main" version of the board. The original version was the US version [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Hmmph. (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373193)

He's not saying the UK version is the main version, he's saying that the one with Vine Street and whatnot is what's on the most common version in the UK. If you scroll down to the "London Version", you'll see that it has the three properties mentioned in the article. There are doubtless other versions sold in the UK, just as there are in the US, and that was why the "main" qualifier was in there.

Re:Hmmph. (1)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373204)

I, being a monopoly purist, prefer to call them by their original names ;)

It was just a sidenote, anyway.

Re:Hmmph. (2, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373182)

. . .what do I get once my win has been confirmed?

Cremated.

KFG

Re:Hmmph. (3, Insightful)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373224)

I believe they're called New York, Tennessee Avenue and St. James Place.

No, they're called Vine Street, Marlborough Street and Bow Street. The BBC is, funnily enough, British. Why should they use the American version of the game for their list?

And personally my biggest WTF is #29. When faced with danger, the octopus can wrap six of its legs around its head to disguise itself as a fallen coconut shell and escape by walking backwards on the other two legs, scientists discovered.

How the hell do they know it was trying to pretned to be a coconut shell? Were these research scientists cast members of Monty Python's Flying Circus by any chance?

Re:Hmmph. (1)

cos(0) (455098) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373272)

Meanwhile, others are just best LEFT OUT:

"67. Giant squid eat each other - especially during sex."
"11. One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed."
"78. One in 18 people has a third nipple."


Why should they be left out? If they are new discoveries, the world would like to know about them. The fact that they are anatomy/sex related is no reason to leave research out of publication/dissemination.

Re:Hmmph. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373279)

Most importantly of all, how the heck is it possible that, with all the crap I've seen photographs of on the Internet since, oh, circa 1993, I have never seen a photograph of a person with a third nipple? If it happens to freaking 1 out of 18 people, how is this possible?!

Inquiring minds want to know!

Re:Hmmph. (1)

KuRa_Scvls (932317) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373282)

"78. One in 18 people has a third nipple."??????????? if my other two best friends don't have one.....then...... OMFG WTF IS ON MY CHEST!

Re:Hmmph. (1)

KuRa_Scvls (932317) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373305)

Oh, it's just a chest hair:D thank god the ratio is 1 in 18;)

Topical? (1)

DyslexicLegume (875291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373133)

Under what resolution?

Certainly it doesn't meet THIS year's...what does Shakespeare have to do with Civil Liberties?

Re:Topical? (3, Funny)

Rellik66 (596729) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373146)

Under what resolution?

umm, 1024x768?

Re:Topical? (1)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373149)

Actually, I believe the resolution is "Resolved: The use of the state's power of eminent domain to promote private enterprise is unjust."

Bananas too (3, Interesting)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373138)

"12. Until the 1940s rhubarb was considered a vegetable. It became a fruit when US customs officials, baffled by the foreign food, decided it should be classified according to the way it was eaten."

Funny, but pretty much the same goes for bananas. They are considered fruits, as they really are vegetables (and africans consider them as such, according to what I heard)

Re:Bananas too (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373162)

Umm no. Fruits contain seeds, vegetables are any other part of a plant.
Tomatoes are fruit, bananas are fruit, rhubarb is a vegetable. Bananas
are a staple in many parts of the world, though we don't normally think
of fruits as staples. More often it's tubers or grains...

One thing you didn't know last year... (0, Offtopic)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373152)

One thing you didn't know last year is that I would get the first post of /.'s 2006!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Re:One thing you didn't know last year... (0, Offtopic)

DAVEO (61670) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373157)

you outdid me.

next year we're ON.

Re:One thing you didn't know last year... (1)

Vitriol+Angst (458300) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373256)

That I'd have first post 2006 on SlashDot!

Yeah foor me!

Re:One thing you didn't know last year... (0, Offtopic)

Gertlex (722812) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373167)

Haha... I just knew I'd come onto slashdot and find this. Certainly better than first post of a topic.

Frist frost 2006 NYC US Easterm (-1, Offtopic)

DAVEO (61670) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373155)

DAVOE WON'ts 2 b ur freidn.

shouts to spree & wade

Only? (0)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373158)

"50. Only 36% of the world's newspapers are tabloid."

lol. only 36%? Only the British could write such a thing!

Btw, some of these facts could have been known more than one year ago... the title is weird

Gates/iPod (2, Funny)

kitzilla (266382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373163)

Actually, I believe Gates has been a major iPod fanboy [ipoditude.com] for a long time ... going back, it would seem, to the days of the 5-1/4" floppy. Talk about an early adopter!

Re:Gates/iPod (1)

Ruff_ilb (769396) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373168)

Actually, that's a pic of Gates using the winPod.

Further proof that apple steals divine MS concepts. ;)

A bunch of hot air..... (4, Funny)

jakebluez (40824) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373164)

66. The hotter it is, the more difficult it is for aeroplanes to take off. Air passengers in Nevada, where temperatures have reached 120F, have been told they can't fly.

Funny. I was sure my flight instructor told me this the first day of flight school. I guess this explains the success of the European aerospace industry.

Re:A bunch of hot air..... (0)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373171)

Does it have to do with the density of fuel at such a temperature or what?

Re:A bunch of hot air..... (1)

Baron_Yam (643147) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373172)

I'd think hotter air would be thinner, what with all the molecules being more excited.

However, on second thought I'd guess that whatever air mass is over the high temp zone would compress the air resulting in higher pressure, so the effects should cancel out. Never mind that planes have flown over hot deserts before...

I'll admit I'm confused by this bit of information.

Re:A bunch of hot air..... (1)

CthulhuDreamer (844223) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373302)

"Never mind that planes have flown over hot deserts before..."

The problem is taking off, not staying airborne. The low pressure air means the plane needs to be going faster to generate enough lift to take off. Going faster means a longer takeoff run, and running out of pavement first can ruin your entire day.

Re:A bunch of hot air..... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373175)

Does it have to do with the density of fuel at such a temperature or what?

The density of air is lower at higher temperatures. This makes it harder for the wings to generate lift. Incidently it also makes it harder to breathe. I always seem to have less trouble getting oxygen on my bike in cooler conditions.

happy new year! (-1, Offtopic)

tommertron (640180) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373173)

Hi! I don't know what this subject is about, but it's the new year! happy fuckin' new year! woooo! I'm durnk....

Do you take... cash? Cha-Ching! (4, Funny)

James_G (71902) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373181)

100. Musical instrument shops must pay an annual royalty to cover shoppers who perform a recognisable riff before they buy, thereby making a "public performance".

No Stairway? Denied!

Re:Do you take... cash? Cha-Ching! (1)

Bullfish (858648) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373248)

So, if I have this right, if you suck, it's free.

20 is obvious (3, Funny)

twitter (104583) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373192)

20. The Queen has never been on a computer, she told Bill Gates as she awarded him an honorary knighthood.

Obviously. Had she ever used his software, she would have cut off his head.

I hope this one only applies to Brits... (1)

bmvaughn (913521) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373198)

36. The average employee spends 14 working days a year on personal e-mails, phone calls and web browsing, outside official breaks, according to employment analysts Captor.

Wait, so you're saying I have to start working on January 23rd?

Re:I hope this one only applies to Brits... (1)

NerveGas (168686) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373209)

Just 14 days? That must mean... I'm... above average!

Animal Language (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373201)

7. Baboons can tell the difference between English and French.

Well, yeah. All animals you can communicate with verbally (dogs, cats, birds, etc.) learn the words you use, no matter what the language. If a dog's been taught commands in French, he's hardly going to respond to the English equivalents until he learns those as well. This is not new or exciting.

bill gates (1)

Ruede (824831) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373217)

well i think it is more interessting that bill gates himself had spyware on his computer ^^
afaik it was the reason for developing own anti spyware-software

huhu mr. gates do not click on every funny picture or what so ever ;)

First-born (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373247)

"First-born children are less creative but more stable, while last-born are more promiscuous, says US research."
So, what about only children?

Queen's Computer (3, Interesting)

rapidweather (567364) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373254)

20. The Queen has never been on a computer, she told Bill Gates as she awarded him an honorary knighthood.
I take her word for it, no computer in Buckingham Palace.
Grandmotherly types (like the Queen) tend to say things like that. Basically, they want to make you look good. I'll bet Bill Gates felt 10 feet tall after she said that.
In this day and age of new discoveries, etc. grandmothers have lots of material. Anyone ever had their grandmother say, "Who would ever have thought of such a thing!" concerning some new technology.
Having said that, here is a link to a report [royal.gov.uk] that says the Queen apparently knows how to email school children, having set a record for the largest group email the Queen has ever sent.
The Queen does not really touch the computer though, she has it done...
But, did anyone see that picture of Pope John Paul II on his laptop?
They took it down after he died, but he was supposedly answering email when the picture was taken. The top of the laptop had the papal crest, if that is what it is called.
Here is a link [theworkofgod.org] to a statement from 1989 by John Paul II that has some sections concerning computers. What a great guy he was, we all miss him. Goodbye, 2005!

Heeeeeeere Boy!!! (1)

NapoleonDynamite (855889) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373257)

Number 7 is a gimme. Don't all domestic animals that respond to spoken commands recognize "languages"? Go to another nation, use your favorite "Here Boy" or "Here kitty kitty" on a foreign pet, and see how it works. You might want to use your handy translation book if you want that animal to come to you.

Hmmm... (1)

Tanmi-Daiow (802793) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373258)

"#23 In America it's possible to subpoena a dog."

Hmmm....do i detect a hint of mockery of our right to subpoena whatever we wish?

100 Things We Knew Then That We Don't Now (1)

AndreiK (908718) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373268)

1. ...

I really don't know.

Number 11 (2, Funny)

AndreiK (908718) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373275)

"11. One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed." I wonder if Ikea can take claims to those children as prior art?

78. One in 18 people has a third nipple ... (1)

The Sith Lord (111494) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373276)

Of all the discoveries made the past few hundred years, this is clearly the most entertaining fact :D

100 is nasty (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373283)

100. Musical instrument shops must pay an annual royalty to cover shoppers who perform a recognisable riff before they buy, thereby making a "public performance".

Geez, the music industry is really grabbing every penny it can eh. What about charging a fee on my iPod because I might hum along? Cops patrolling the streets for illegal whistlers?

I hope in 365 days we will have the following story "top 1000 things that happened in 2006 that nobody cared about: 1000 rampaging citizens slaughterd music execs and police cheered them on".

All on one page! (2, Insightful)

Infe (52681) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373287)

Wow! I can't believe all 100 things were on a single page, not even separated by giant ads! Just shows you can make a decent news site if you really want to...

Well that explains it then! (1, Redundant)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373290)

"20. The Queen has never been on a computer, she told Bill Gates as she awarded him an honorary knighthood."

If she had been on a computer, she would see how awful Windows really is, and would have given Bill Gates something else instead of Knighthood.

"Mr. Gates, we have used Windows, and we are not amused! The screen turned blue, before we could save our document."

100 Things That I did not know eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14373295)

I see on the link to the BBC's list there is a picture of poppies. I can't find anywhere in the list a reference to poppies or any thing related to them. What is up with that? Maybe i'm missing something...

-- Anonymous Coward

Re:100 Things That I did not know eh? (1)

Kredal (566494) | more than 8 years ago | (#14373304)

Something they do every weekend there is a "picture of 10 items" contest... This week, they're doing the "100 things" list, and showing off their favorite "10 things" pictures. None of the pictures have anything to do with the list, they're just filler.
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