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The Milwaukee Area T.I. User Group Newsletter
********* June 1999 **********

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President - Ted Zychowicz - tedzychowicz@juno.com - 414-453-1034
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Index:

(01) Microsoft Bashing
(02) Bizarre death - A True Story
(03) Greetings from Joe
(04) FREE MeMail publications
(05) Calling Technical Support....
(06) TI P-system and Y2K
(07) DM2K Version 1.5
(08) TI99: Mouse software
(09) TI99: TIMUG'99 (Final Update)
(10) FunnelWeb from SCS2 (WDS2)
(11) A Little Humor
(12) 40 Random and Relatively Useless Facts

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A blonde went to her mail box several times before it was even time for the mailman to make his rounds.

A neighbor noticed her repeated trips to the curb and asked if she was waiting for a special delivery.

Her reply: "My computer keeps telling me I have mail".

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(01) Microsoft Bashing

Software prices rising: Blame Microsoft

No matter how the "antitrust trial of the century" turns out, one verdict,is already in: The consumers have lost.
According to system vendors, industry analysts, internal Microsoft documents, and a report by an independent consumer group, Microsoft's overwhelming domination of the markets for operating systems (over 80 percent) and for productivity software (nearly 80 percent) has translated into higher prices and limited choices for consumers.
PC vendors won't say how much they pay for copies of Windows, and they're understandably nervous about critisizing Microsoft. But ask them off the record, and they'll tell you that Microsoft has more than doubled what it charges computer makers for its OSes - from a low of $15 in 1991 to as high as $70 in 1998.
Companies that make disk drives, monitors, and memory - those that have real competition - have cut prices, while Microsoft, which has killed off its competition, has raised prices.
Compare prices in markets where Microsoft faces strong competition with those in markets it dominates. For example, Intuit's popular Quicken Deluxe personal finance program costs about $60, a bit less than it did a couple years ago; Microsoft's Money 99, which lags behind Quicken in market share, costs roughly the same. It's a different story in the office suite arena, where Microsoft has a 78 percent share. According to a survey of online software stores, Microsoft's Office 97 costs from 33% to 50% more than its rivals.
Consumers buying from large computer makers can't substitute Lotus Smartsuite or Corel's Wordperfect Suite for Microsoft Office or will have to charge you for both. The larger computer makers pay Microsoft $100 or less for Microsoft Office while second-tier PC vendors are charged over $150. Some second-tier vendors thus, preinstall Lotus Smartsuite on their systems for a mere $24 a copy.
One thing is clear, consumers are paying higher prices for, and have less choice in, software products than they would if Microsoft didn't dominate that market.
Jeffrey Rothfelder -- PC World, February 1999

Will Linux Replace Microsoft on the Desktop??

No way! Not that it isn't a much better bug-free system because it is.
Not that it's so hard to install and setup, because although it is at present, it is getting easier and soon will be just as easy to install as Windows. Not that there aren't enough applications to run on it, although at the present time the list is a bit short, more and more applications are being ported over and right now they are also completely free. No, the reason is Microsoft's monopolistic predominance in the consumer market. Just look at the office suite and browser markets. Most unbrainwashed people have to agree that while Wordperfect is a far better word processor than Microsoft's Word and costs much less, and Netscape is also a better browser than Internet Explorer, the huge majority still use Word and Explorer, under the impression that using all Microsoft products makes them work better together and coordinates better with Microsoft's Windows operating system. It'd be the same situation with Linux. It may take over a certain share of the market with the rebels, but the die-hard Microsoft robots would still be too afraid to jump ship.

... And notice all those viruses rampant now?

No one ever bothered to mention that those template viruses that are introduced through email messages only infect if you're running Microsoft's Word, that the Melissa virus that attacks email lists only affects Microsoft's Outlook & Express, and now there's a new one out that's supposed to affect Microsoft's Excel. What a strange coincidence!

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(02) Bizarre death - A True Story

At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, AAFS president Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death.

Here is the story:

On March 23, 1994 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. The decedent had jumped from the top of a ten story building intending to commit suicide.

He left a note to that effect indicating his despondency. As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the decedent was aware that a safety net had been installed just below at the eighth floor level to protect some building workers, and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.

Ordinarily, Dr. Mills continued, "a person who sets out to commit suicide and ultimately succeeds, even though the mechanism might not be what he "intended" is still defined as committing suicide. That Mr. Opus was shot on the way to certain death nine stories below at street level, but that this suicide attempt probably would not have been successful because of the safety net, caused the medical examiner to feel that he had a homicide on his hands.

The room on the ninth floor from whence the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously, and he was threatening her with a shotgun. The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger he completely missed his wife and the pellets went through the window striking Mr. Opus.

When one intends to kill subject A, but kills subject B in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject B.

When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant. They both said they thought the shotgun was unloaded. The old man said it was his long standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her. Therefore the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be an accident, that is, the gun had been accidentally loaded.

The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple's son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the fatal accident. It transpired that the old lady had cut off her sons financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother. The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus. Now comes the exquisite twist. Further investigation revealed that the son was in fact Ronald Opus. He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother's murder. This led him to jump off the ten story building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window. The son had actually murdered himself so the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.

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(03) Greetings from Joe

I just wanted to let people know that I have my site up and running and have been slowly adding pieces to it. I've added some forums for people to begin drumming up discussions. Since this is a work of art in progress, I'll look to the folks in the community here to help point out problems (as they have been doing thus far) suggest some improvements and changes while it is being built from the ground up. In the meantime, please note the following:

1) This is a free service for TI community members here. Although you need an ISP to connect, it is meant to be a virtual community that will allow:

a) free access through a variety of interfaces, ASCII, HTML or Client/Server;

b) *no* advertising from outside sources. This is a not-for-profit effort meant to be a gift to the community as the TI-99/4A brought me where I am today.

2) This service will offer you a free e-mail account, along with the use of our own mail client (for all three interfaces).

3) This service will offer file libraries, to be broken down as members suggest, so that you can easily search for and find the files you need in any category and share with other members.

4) This service offers discussion forums, their topics (although some now exist) up to the members as suggested. Forum messages do allow file attachments that may be uploaded with your terminal emulator or IE 4/Netscape Communicator.

5) This service offers polls and questionnaires (which I hope to use soon) to gather important feedback from members.

6) This service offers real-time chat, private chat and local paging services which I hope can be used to have 'round-table' conversations or allow community members to share knowledge/information about their products or services.

7) The service has a "user registry" so that you can share things about yourself with your fellow TI community members.

I do not have a list-server, nor would I desire to offer one. (Feel free to use your account there to subscribe to Mr. Wills' excellent service, however).

I sincerely hope that some of you out there don't find this material offensive in your in-boxes, because it didn't offer anything explicit. To the fellow who complained about the off-topic posts, I hope you realize that your lack of tolerance has done nothing more than elicit another flood of off-topic posts to address a need for either defending or excusing those posts. I call that poetic justice for wanting to have the last word... ;)

For others who have sites, specifically Mr. Wills for his list-server, Mr. Wright for PC99, WHT for their SCSI card, etc., etc., I would formally like to ask for permission to add links to your pages or services so that others looking for these products can have another venue to find them. Please?

Joe Delekto -- jdelekto@gcomm.com

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(05) Calling Technical Support....

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Thank you for calling Technical Support. All of our technicians are currently busy helping people who are even less competent than you, so please hold for the next available technician. The waiting time is now estimated at between fifteen minutes and eternity.

In order to expedite your call, please punch your 58-digit product identification number on to your telephone, followed by your product serial number, which can be found in a secret compartment inside your computer where, for security purposes, it is printed in the smallest typeface possible to prevent being seen. Please note that you made need a size 11 3/4 torx screwdriver which may only be available from your original equipment manufacturer.
Do that NOW!

Thank you again for calling Technical Support. We recommend that you sit at your computer, preferably turning it on at some point, and have at hand all your floppy disks, CD-ROM disks, computer manuals and original packing materials in order to allow the technician to aid you in the unlikely event that he ever gets to your call. If you were an inconsiderate jerk -- we mean forgetful customer -- and threw away your original packing materials, please call the company that sent you the computer and ask them to resend you the empty box with the plastic bubbles, fake popcorn and the wasted paper advertising that they recycle. We will hold your place in line on the phone while you wait for your boxes to be delivered. (yeah right !) ...

It would also be helpful for you to refrain from sobbing while explaining your problem to the technician. Shouting obscene threats will cause you to be immediately disconnected and blackballed from further communication with Technical Support, not only from ours but that of every other electronics-related firm in the industrialized world. (we all talk you know)...

Thank you once again for calling Technical Support. In order to enable us to better assist you, it would be helpful to know more about you and your equipment. Have you called Technical Support before? If you have, please press the numeral "one" on your telephone touch pad.

If not, press the numeral "two." If you are not sure, using the letters on your touch pad, spell out the phrase: "I am confused and despondent and quickly losing the will to live." Once you have finished, hang up your phone and make arrangements to sell your computer because by the time the technician takes your call, it will be obsolete, and you will be too senile to use it anyway.
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Thank you for calling Technical Support. Before talking to the technician about your problem and risking the possibility that you may be wasting his valuable time, please ask yourself the following questions:

1. If my monitor screen is dark, is it possible I have forgotten to plug in my computer?

2. Have I exhausted every possible means of help before utilizing the sacred, last-resort-only telephone option?

3. Have I sent a fax to Fast Fax Technical Support?

4. Have I consulted my manual?

5. Have I read the Read-Me notice on the floppy disk?

6. Have I called up my know-it-all geek cousin who I can't stand but who can probably fix this thing for me in under five minutes?

6. Have I given the central processing unit of my computer a good, solid whack?

If you can not honestly answer "yes" to all these questions, please get off the line immediately so that our overworked technicians can help those truly desperate customers whose suffering is so much greater than yours. You must be really be so bored that you have to call technical support just to have someone to speak to about geek stuff.
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(06) TI P-system and Y2K

Since there was a lot of discussion about the TI P-system and Y2K, I thought I would check out the version for the GENEVE.

This is the PECAN "Power System", a "DOS-hosted" variant developed after Softech went belly up. Lou had a license that PECAN failed to support so Paul Charlton wrote the "host" (=boot) program as an MDOS executable. (In one of my last conversations with Lou, he said that he was transferring a (or was it "the") license to me, but I have no idea what that meant).

So anyway -- I booted it up and invoked the SET option. It lets you set a date in the range "00 to 99", so I tried a few with the following results:

70 to 99 are translated to 1970 to 1999. 00 to 69 are translated to 2000 to 2069.

So I guess its Y2K consistent, but you still have to set the date (and time) manually (and the time doesn't change unless you add code to read a clock chip).

Jerry L. Coffey -- jlcoffey@comm-plus.net

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(07) DM2K Version 1.5
From: Dano Eicher

I have just placed DM2K Version 1.5 on Don's website (ftp.whtech.com)
I'm guessing he will move it into SCSI, though it also works with HFDC, RAMDISK and Diskette.

Version 1.5 includes a number of enhancements..

Improved support for ramdisk's at CRUs over >1000.
A source / destination copy.
Geneve Archive bit handled.
Ramdisk named A-Z.
Bug fixed on Disks with no name.
and probably more that I forget..

This disk manager is rock solid!

EICHER@delphi.com

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(08) TI99: Mouse software
From: Carmany, Bob

There is actually quite a bit of mouse software available for the TI. I have one of the Horizon (serial mouse) models and it comes with a software package including a driver for TI-Artist. I have a mouse driven XB menu program and an A/L mouse-driven menu program. Ron Markus sells a package called "Mouse Development Package" (Asgard Software) that has source code and finished routines that work very nicely with a serial mouse. There have been other routines from time to time in MICROpendium as well. With a little initiative, one could adapt the source (both A/L and c99) to fit almost any application.

Carmany, Bob -- bob.carmany@ci.greensboro.nc.us

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(09) TI99: TIMUG'99 (Final Update)

Remember TIers, TIMUG'99 is scheduled for Saturday, June 12th, from
7:00AM to 7:00 PM at Spang Mansion, 6388 Kolthoff Drive in Brook Park, Ohio. (Just South of the I-X Center.)
We are also happy to announce we have secured Spang Mansion for Friday evening, June 11th from 7:00PM to 10:00PM for the preconference get together. If you are planning to arrive on Friday, June 11th for TIMUG'99 or are a local TIer, why not come to the get together social at Spang Mansion? This will give you a chance to have a good time renewing old acquaintances and swapping tales, ideas and information as well as finding out just where Spang Mansion is located before the conference on Saturday morning. Snacks and soft drinks will be served.

Please remember Spang Mansion is a Brook Park, Ohio NONSMOKING, public facility and this restriction is strictly enforced.

Also, DO NOT bring any equipment or valuables to the get together to be left over night at Spang Mansion. Over night security will NOT be provided.

TIMUG'99 Conference Schedule (Subject to Last Minute Changes):

7:00 - 8:50AM Spang Mansion
All Participants Set-up Conference Site

9:00 - 10:00 AM TI-99/4A Room
Bruce Harrison The End Of An Era"

10:15 - 11:15 AM Geneve Room
Tony Knerr SGCPU & HSGPL Card Demos

10:15 - 11:15 AM TI-99/4A Room
Ron Markus Software and Hardware offered by RamCharged Computers

11:30 - 12:30 PM Geneve Room
Tim Tesch & Ted Zychowicz Open Forum for Geneve 9640

11:30 - 12:30 PM TI-99/4A Room
Dan Eicher GPL Development Kit Demo

1:00 - 2:30 PM TI-99/4A Room
All TIers Invited Multi-User Group Conference

2:45 - 5:00 PM Geneve Room for All Geneve Users
Tutoring and Consultation by Dave Connery, Tony Knerr,Tim Tesch, Ted Zychowicz

2:45 - 3:45 PM TI-99/4A Room Lew King
Using a modem at 43,000+ bps with a stock TI-99/4A and an Interrupt Modification.

4:00 - 5:00 PM TI-99/4A Room
Charles Good Demonstrating the TI-74

5:15 - 5:30 PM TI-99/4A Room
All TIers Invited Jim Peterson Achievement Awards

5:30 - 6:00 PM Spang Mansion
All Participants Conference Site Clean Up

6:00 - 7:00 PM Spang Mansion
All TIers Invited Pizza Party!

(Mike Wright will be showing the latest version of PC99 at the Cadd Electronics table.)

User Groups Represented:
Chicago User Group
Computer Users of Erie
Hoosiers User Group
Lima User Group
Mid-South 99 User Group
Milwaukee Area User Group
North Coast 99ers
TI-Chips
West Penn 99ers

The TIMUG'99 grand raffle prize will be an Epson Inkjet Color Printer.
This will be a 'break-even' raffle. Therefore raffle tickets will be sold ONLY up to the cost of the printer.

For more details of TIMUG'99, just click on the following hyperlink to Harry Hoffman's web site: http://members.stratos.net/harryhoffy/newsletter/

Glenn Bernasek
Secretary - TI-Chips
GBBasics@aol.com

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(10) FunnelWeb from SCS2 (WDS2)

Has anyone ever tried to run FunnelWeb from SCS2 (WDS2) with any success?
 

Here is how to do this with SCS1.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN JUNE 1995 LIMA NEWSLETTER

HOW TO INSTALL FUNNELWEB ON A HARD DRIVE
by Charles Good Lima Ohio User Group

This article assumes you are installing Funnelweb on SCSI hard drive #1. The device name is SCS1 (that's a "one"). If you are installing on a hard drive controlled by a Myarc HFDC card substitute the letters "HDS" or "WDS" each time "SCS" is used in this article.

You need to put all the Funnelweb files you plan to put on your hard drive on a floppy disk, configure these files on disk, and then upload them to your hard drive. Funnelweb only recognizes a directory named "FWB", so from MDOS on the Geneve and create this directory from the root directory by entering "MD FWB". The Geneve should respond with "Done".

The important files to configure are FW, CF, CG, and to a lesser extent LOAD. Once properly set up and uploaded to your hard drive, not only will Funnelweb operate properly, but you can reconfigure at any time from the hard drive by running Funnelweb's configuration program.

Start Funnelweb from disk. One way is to use EXEC and type "EXEC A:FW". Run Funnelweb's Configure and under the LOADING heading press H for hard disk path until WDS.FWB is displayed. Press Back (Fctn/8). Now select DEVICES and press "W" to configure a workfile name. This should be the subdirectory where most of your text files will be stored when you use Funnelweb's word processor. I suggest entering "SCS1.TEXT." for the workfile name. Press Back (Fctn/8). Now save your configuration to SYSCON, then press Back again and INSTALL this hard disk path to files FW and LOAD. Then QUIT Configure and go back to a Funnelweb central menu.

Start Disk Review and bring up a directory of the disk containing your Funnelweb files. Move the cursor next to file FW and press I (for inspect). Select 2 File Search. Select ASCII and search for the string WDS1.FWB. Press 2 to edit and change this to "SCS1.FWB".
Press CTRL/W and then CTRL/A to write this change back to disk. Then press Back a few times to abandon the search. Move the cursor next to the file LOAD, press I, and in a similar manner change WDS1.FWB. to "SCS1.FWB.". Press Back a few times to abandon the search and return to the disk directory listing.

Now move the cursor next to file CG and press I. Select 2 file search and search for the ascii string DSK1.S which should be at the very end of a sector. Press 2 to edit this sector and change this to SCS1.F and then move the cursor in the ascii field to the character immediately in front of the "S" that you just typed. Press Ctrl/H to go to the hex display and change this byte to 0F. Now go back to ascii by pressing Ctrl/A and move to the next sector by pressing Ctrl/N, and you will see YSCON at the beginning of the sector. Put the cursor over the Y and type WB.SYSCON and save this change with Ctrl/W followed by Ctrl/A.
What you just did was change the string DSK1.SYSCON, which was spread over two sectors, to the string SCS1.FWB.SYSCON and you also altered the length byte at the beginning of the string to reflect the new longer length of the string.

Press Back a few times and again search file CG, this time for "DSK1.FW" which you should type over with "SCS1.FWB.FW". Now move to the space immediately before the first S and press Ctrl/H to switch to hex.
Type "0B" here to change the length byte to the new longer length and write these changes to disk with Ctrl/W and then Ctrl/A.

In a similar manner search file CG for "DSK1.LOAD" and change this to SCS1.FWB.LOAD and change the length byte immediately in front of the first S to "0D". Now search for "DSK1.UL" and type over this with "SCS1.FWB.UL". Move the cursor to the space in front of the first S, do Ctrl/H for hex and change the length byte to "0B".
Write these changes to disk with Ctrl/W and then Ctrl/A.

Now press Back a few times to the Disk Review directory and move the cursor to file CF. Press I and search this file for the string "WDS.FWB.", which should be changed to "SCS1.FWB." and written back to disk.

You are almost done. Exit Funnelweb and go to MDOS. Copy all the files on the modified Funnelweb disk to the FWB direcotory. If the disk is in the A drive and your hard drive is drive H then you can type "A:" and enter, then "COPY * SCS1.FWB." and enter will copy the files.

Funnelweb should now run properly from your hard drive. You can boot it any time from extended basic, or directly from MDOS using EXEC. I have a one line batch file called FWBAT that does this.
The one line in the file is "H:EXEC H:\FWB\FW". You can also from your hard drive within Funnelweb successfully run Funnelweb's CONFIGURE, which is the result of all the above changes to CF and CG.

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(11) A Little Humor

A pastor, who was previously a sailor, was very aware that ships are addressed as 'she' and 'her'. He often wondered what gender computers should be addressed as. To answer that question, he set up two groups of computer experts.

The first was composed of women, and the second of men. Each group was asked to recommend whether computers should be referred to in the feminine gender or the masculine gender. They were asked to give 4 reasons for their recommendation.

The group of women reported that the computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because:

1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.

2. They have a lot of data, but are still clueless.

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem.

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realise that, if you had waited a little longer you could have had a better model.

The men, on the other hand concluded that Computers should be referred to in the feminine gender because:

1. No one but the Creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

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My son and his girlfriend were watching the news during the Gulf War.
They were showing a clip of a "Smart Bomb" being released from a plane and traveling straight into the target with the TV camera in the nose of the bomb picking up everything right up to the point of impact. Whereupon, she (a blonde of course) turned to my son and asked, "I wonder how they get the film back?"

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Traveling eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike, just past Toledo, we drove past a sign that read:

NEW YORK 490 Miles 789 Kilometers Via Turnpikes

My friend, a man almost done with his undergraduate studies at a Big Ten university, looked at me and said, "See, that's why I hope we never go to the Metric System; it'll take so much longer to get to places."  

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(12) 40 Random and Relatively Useless Facts:

1. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
2. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
3. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one has memorized all 158 verses.
4. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
5. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
6. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
7. There are more chickens than people in the world.
8. Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
9. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched.
10. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag over the Parliament Building is an American flag.
11. All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
12. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
13. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."
14. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
15. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
16. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
17. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
18. There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
19. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula", and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: "L.A"
20. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
21. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
22. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
23. In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10
24. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
25. The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.
26. When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.
27. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life.
28. A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
29. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
30. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
31. On an American one dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner. ( Looking at a dollar bill from the front, the "shield" is the upper right-hand "1").
32. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (DON'T try this at home! )
33. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
34. Who's that playing the piano on the "Mad About You" theme? Paul Reiser himself.
35. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
36. The name for Oz in the "Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz"
37. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
38. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
39. John Lennon's first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
40. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
41. Coca-Cola was originally green.

 

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