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MrMet

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I love these word ones. Here's a related one:

Which words have all the vowels in order? Lots of them apparently...

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:English_words_that_use_all_vowels_in_alphabetical_order

My personal favorite is facetiously, because it includes y, and because I thought of it without looking. Couldn't think of any of the others though :-(
I’m also a big fan of the word ones...

And without cheating, but based off your word, words that end in the “ious” must make up a good part of that list...so, off the top of the head...capreciously ...dang it, I spelled it wrong...capriciously...that doesn’t work...crap, I give up, I’m gonna have to cheat...


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finestkind

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Leominster! I stayed there one time for a job. My co-worker in the other room got bedbugs. Bit him good in a ring all around his belly. Hahaha. Leominster was one of those places that struck me as pretty awesome back in its day, but prosperity had passed it by. Would have liked to visit it in say the 1940's...or 1890's...
Leominster was all shoe and machine manufacturing until the late 40's. The got their power from the rivers and streams near by.
 

MrMet

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Your Fact Of the day for September 5th...

While living in Tennessee, a Cherokee Silversmith named Sequoyah developed the first written language for his Native American people. In doing so, he also become the only known man in history to singlehandedly create a system of writing.


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MrMet

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Today’s fact of the day for September 6th...

This one goes out to [MENTION=2026]tramers[/MENTION], did you know this?

Wisconsin is the “Toilet paper Capital Of the World” because the first ever splinter free toilet paper was invented by Northern Paper, which eventually became Quilted Northern, in Green Bay, Wisconsin in the 1930s.


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Today’s fact of the day for September 6th...

This one goes out to [MENTION=2026]tramers[/MENTION], did you know this?

Wisconsin is the “Toilet paper Capital Of the World” because the first ever splinter free toilet paper was invented by Northern Paper, which eventually became Quilted Northern, in Green Bay, Wisconsin in the 1930s.


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No i didn't . Company i worked for received almost a million pounds of paper a day to be cut to size at plant i was at . That was about 1% of daily used in USA . Also have plants in Memphis / Las Vegas / Mississipi / Rockingham NC . Some plants recycle paper by removing ink - like a soup - never saw that
 

finestkind

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Crane Currency in the small town of Dalton in western Massachusetts makes the paper that all the US currency is printed on. It looks like a very old paper mill from the outside. Just a little piece of my useless information for today.
 

MrMet

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Catch up time...again...

Your Fact Of the day for September 7th...

The thing used to measure your feet at the shoe store is called the Brannock Device and it was invented by Charles Brannock and patented in 1926.

Your Fact Of the Day for September 8th...

Quebec City is the only walled city in North America.

Your Fact Of the day for September 9th...

In 1948, The Rams were the first NFL team to wear a logo, the rams horns, on their helmets.

Your Fact Of the day for September 10th...

New Orleans was awarded an NFL franchise on November 1st, 1966, All-Saints Day, hence the team was named the Saints.

Your Fact Of the day for September 11th...

New York’s nickname, the Big Apple, originated in the 1920’s in reference to the prizes, or “big apples” rewarded at the many horse races in and around NYC. It was officially adopted as the city’s nickname in 1971 as the result of an ad campaign intended to attract tourists.


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banjar

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Ah. So that's what they made there. I was only there one night so didn't have time to learn much, but I do remember thinking it was clearly a pretty significant industrial center back in its day.

Leominster was all shoe and machine manufacturing until the late 40's. The got their power from the rivers and streams near by.
 

MrMet

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Your Fact Of the day for today, September 12th...

Frank Sinatra was offered the role of John McClane in Die Hard that eventually went to Bruce Willis, but it’s not as weird as it sounds, it was due to contractual obligations. Sinatra starred in 1968’s The Detective, based on 1966’s novel of the same name by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard was based on the sequel to The Detective, 1979’s Nothing Lasts Forever and when Sinatra signed on for the first film it was in his contract that the studio had to offer him the main part in the sequel. Of course, since he was in his 70’s by then, he refused the role.


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MrMet

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Oh man, it’s been a while....

Your Fact Of the day for September 13th...

One quarter of all your bones are in your feet. There are 26 bones and 33 joints in each foot. That’s 52 bones in both feet, out of 206 total bones in your body, which is more than 25 percent.

Your Fact Of the day for September 14th...

Not sure when this study was done, but night crew guys will be happy to know that, according to security firm Symantec, you’re more likely to get a computer virus from a religious site than a porn site. The average number of security threats on religious sites was 115, compared to adult content sites which was around 25. In fact, only 2.4% of adult sites were infected with malware. The researchers hypothesized that porn sites need to generate a profit, so there’s a financial interest in keeping them virus free to encourage repeat business.

Your Fact Of the day for September 15th...

Your odds of catching a foul ball at an MLB game are 1 in 835.

Your Fact Of the day for September 16th...

Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine, could have patented it and made an estimated 7 billion dollars, according to Forbes, but he never did.




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Your Fact Of the day for September 17th...

Dallas Fort Worth Airport, at 26.9 square miles is bigger than the entire island of Manhattan, which is 22.8 square miles.

Your Fact Of the day for September 18th...

Camels milk doesn’t curdle, and therefore you can’t make cheese out of it.

Your Fact Of the day for September 19th...

Fish cough...and according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it’s called a “Gill purge”.

Your Fact Of the day for September 20th....

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert VonTilzer, both of whom had never been to a baseball game.




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finestkind

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Oh man, it’s been a while....

Your Fact Of the day for September 13th...

One quarter of all your bones are in your feet. There are 26 bones and 33 joints in each foot. That’s 52 bones in both feet, out of 206 total bones in your body, which is more than 25 percent.

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I have two extra bones in my body. One in each foot. I broke one at some point. I have no idea when or how.
 

banjar

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GTFOOH.

But I have no reason to doubt your credibility, so I'm gonna take a leap of faith and assume that's true. I'm tempted to hit snopes.com to confirm, but not going to!


Your Fact Of the day for today, September 12th...

Frank Sinatra was offered the role of John McClane in Die Hard that eventually went to Bruce Willis, but it’s not as weird as it sounds, it was due to contractual obligations. Sinatra starred in 1968’s The Detective, based on 1966’s novel of the same name by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard was based on the sequel to The Detective, 1979’s Nothing Lasts Forever and when Sinatra signed on for the first film it was in his contract that the studio had to offer him the main part in the sequel. Of course, since he was in his 70’s by then, he refused the role.


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MrMet

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GTFOOH.

But I have no reason to doubt your credibility, so I'm gonna take a leap of faith and assume that's true. I'm tempted to hit snopes.com to confirm, but not going to!
Although I don’t think snopes would confirm or deny that one, it is all over the Internet... and here’s some more from that vein...

Your Fact Of the day for September 22nd...

Bruce Willis’s big screen debut was with Sinatra. In 1980, Willis made his film debut (albeit uncredited) in the crime thriller The First Deadly Sin. He has no name and if you blink you’ll miss him, but the role simply required that Willis entered a diner as Sinatra’s character left it.

And your Fact Of the day for today, September 23rd...

If Die Hard was to be a success, the studio knew they needed a bona fide action star in the part, so they set about offering it to a seemingly never-ending list of A-listers of the time. Rumor has it that Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro, Charles Bronson, Nick Nolte, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Don Johnson, Burt Reynolds, and Richard Dean Anderson (yes, MacGyver!) were all considered for the role of John McClane. And all declined it. Also, Originally, it was Clint Eastwood who owned the movie rights to Nothing Lasts Forever (see the original Sinatra note), which he had planned to star in in the early 1980s. That obviously never happened.




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finestkind

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The longest word in the English language with only one vowel? Dramatic pause to let you come up with guesses....










...the answer is "STRENGTHS"

Since the country of Wales is part of England. And they speak English (sort of) in England. Here's the name of a village in Wale's.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

What this has to do with anything ? I don't know.
 

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