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Re: Ducks

Danny said:
it is common knowledge that a swan has enough power in its wing to break a mans arm! - Does anybody know somebody who has sustained such an injury?

The mind boggles!

This is an old wive's tale. A mute swan weighs all of 40lb - it is on the limit of maximum weight for a flying bird.
Could a 40lb child break your arm.? No. Birds have very hollow bones to remain light. If it came to a contest between your arm with its heavy bones and its ultra light wing I know which one snap first.

I once saw a swan with fishing line and float wrapped around its beak. A man, who obviously knew this old wives tale was nonsense, strode up to the swan grabbed it, tucked it under his arm and extracted the fishing tackle. Although the swan made all the aggressive display behaviour, spitting, stamping and waving its wings there was just no contest.

But back to the useless info:
Did you know birds dont wee. The white stuff in their poo is uric acid.


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No European football team has won the World Cup when its been played outside Europe.

Hummingbirds and Swifts are the only birds that gain lift when bringing their wings up as well as down.

Roger Thorne

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Bradford has the cheapest curries in Britain.

Bradford has the most curries per square mile outside of New Delhi.

Omars curry house in Bradford sells the largest naan bread in Britain.


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The phrase "Cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey" comes from brass rings which where used to hold cannon balls together on warships. During the winter the cold would cause the metal to contract and the balls would roll out. (so nothing to do with monkeys privates :) ).

The female procupine will have sex with males to ascertain their suitability prior to actually choosing one as a mate.

Anyone know how many miles of tubing in a brass band?

Oh and anyone know where the phrase "Done up like a kipper" comes from?


BigHorn said:
A mute swan weighs all of 40lb - that an African swan?

Strange but true (honest)
It doesn't matter how hard you shake it, the last drop always ends up on your shoe.

Hens are completely unaffected by the active compounds in chilies!!


Finally a song, take it away daisy....



Multiply 37,037 by any single number (1-9), then multiply that number by 3. Every digit in the answer will be the same as that first single number.

If you multiply 111,111,111 by 111,111,111 you get 12,345,678,987,654,321.

A worrying one for the 'Lefties'.......More than 2500 left handed people are killed every year from using right handed products!

It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world's population are drunk. (Does this mean that 0.7% of the worl's population play in a Brass Band??)

Jo Elson

Anyone read 1984 by George Orwell? Well there is a word in this book called "duckspeak" which means to quack like a duck. It says it is an interesting word which has two contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it is abuse; applied to someoneyou agree with, it is praise.
Just thought you might be interested in this those of you who are obsessed with the duck thing!!!


was sent these today:

Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England - but only in
tropical fish stores. (But of course!)

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
(Who volunteers for this stuff?)

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
(From drinking little bottles of...?) (Did the govt. pay for this research??)

Butterflies taste with their feet.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
(I know some people like that.)

Starfish don't have brains.
(I know some people like that too)

And, the best for last..... Turtles can breathe through their butts.
(Do you think they have bad breath?)

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The most played song on American radio during the twentieth century was You've Lost That Loving Feeling which was written by Barry Mann, Phil Spector, and Cynthia Weil. Although recorded by different artists, the song is the only one in history to be played over 8 million times on the radio. That amounts to about 45 years if the song was played back to back! Three songs were played 7 million times: Never My Love, Yesterday, and Stand By Me (in that order).

There are approximately ten million bricks in the Empire State Building.

The lightning that we see actually goes from the ground to the sky in what is known as the "return stroke" at 1/3 the speed of light. We can't see the initial "stepped leader" that passes from the sky to the ground.

From space, the brightest man-made place is Las Vegas, Nevada



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Frederick the Great, ruler of Prussia from 1740 to 1786 was annoyed that his soldiers wiped blood and sweat from their face with their uniform sleeves, making them look dirty. So he ordered buttons to be sewed on all uniform sleeves to stop them doing it.
This caught on around Europe and is why modern suits and blazers have buttons on the sleeves that have no practical purpose.


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In Athens, Greece, a driver's license can be lifted by the law if the driver is deemed either 'poorly dressed' or 'unbathed'.

On the island of Jersey it's against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

In Alabama it is illegal to carry a comb in your pocket, because it may be used as a weapon. This comes after a 13 year old boy was killed when he was stabbed with a comb.

In Michigan, it is illegal to chain an alligator to a fire hydrant.

It is against the law to whale hunt in Oklahoma.

In Fairbanks, Alaska it is illegal for a moose to walk on the side walk. This dates back to the early days if the town when the owner of the bar had a pet moose that he used to get drunk. The moose would then stumble around the town drunk. The only way the law makers could prevent this from happining was to create the law so the moose could not cross the sidewalk and get into the bar.

In Quebec, Canada, an old law states that margarine must be a different colour from butter. This law is the result of Quebec dairy lobbyists' pressure to ''protect'' their dairy business. They claimed margarine was beginning to resemble butter, as to be mistaken for real butter. Make margarine unattractive, and consumers would stick to butter. The Quebec government caved in, and tried to impose a dark vermilion-coloured margarine, which was disgusting. The colour, finally, at the other extreme, is a pallid almost-white-colourless margarine.

According to a british law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

It is illegal to sell an ET doll in France. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not have human faces.

Salt Lake City, Utah, has a law against carrying an unwrapped ukulele on the street.

All English men over 14 are meant to carry out two hours of longbow
practice per week (supervised by the local clergy).

London Hackney Carriages (taxis/cabs) must carry a bale of hay or a sack
of oats for their horse (if they've got one).

It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises (ie: a pub or bar).

It is illegal for two adult men to have sex in the same house as a third

It is illegal to impersonate a Chelsea Pensioner.

It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance.

It is illegal for a Member of Parliament to enter the House of Commons
wearing a full suit of armour.

Strange Individual City Laws

You are allowed to shoot a Welshman with a bow and arrow caught inside
the city walls and after midnight.

You can shoot a Welsh person all day Sunday, with a Longbow, in
Cathedral Close.

You are considered a freeman if you can drive your geese down Cheapside.

Upon sight of a Scotsman, it is still legal to shoot him with a bow and
arrow, except on Sundays.


Fishsta said:
On the island of Jersey it's against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

Wuhoo! There's loads of strange laws in Jersey, there's a 6' by 4' rectangle in the Royal Square that it's illegal to arrest a man in, but as soon as he steps out of the rectangle its fine.

More american laws :
And again:
Yet again:
There's 6 pages of them.

Throughout the whole of England it is illegal to eat mince pies on the 25th of December.

It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle.


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If you buy a lottery ticket more than 30 minutes before the draw, you have a higher chance of dying before the draw than you do of winning it.


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leisa said:
You are allowed to shoot a Welshman with a bow and arrow caught inside
the city walls and after midnight.

Which day is it that it's legal in England to kill a Welshman on English soil with a longbow, heard that one today...

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