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Little Known Facts, part 4:

The Green Party was actually named after John Spenser Greene, 14th Duke of Greene. In England, the Greene Party primarily builds its platform on reformation of parking laws and taller hats on police officers and military guard. The name was Americanized when it crossed the Atlantic in 1920. This will be Nader's 22nd consecutive bid for the presidency.

In Africa, badgers are colonial organisms, and form mounds that may rise as much as 80 feet above the ground. Each mound is ruled by a queen badger, but not very effectively.

Most species of gourd change their gender several times over the course of their lives. Only other gourds can tell the difference, though.

After his visit to their native lands in Tanganyika, the indiginous Sansipo people revered then-president Howard Taft as a storm-god, son of the great sky-goddess Mielikki, herself consort of the raven-god Upso. When informed of this, Taft reportedly responded with "Muhrhuhuh," and finished his tapioca.

Technically, coyotes are not of the order "canidae." They are, in fact, finches. This is one of the many oddities of the Linnaen classification system.

Not only do female spotted hyenas share the external sexual characteristics of the male spotted hyena, they also have the same pay bracket.

The ruling royal family of Morroco has suffered from fallen arches for 13 generations.

Originally, the Girl Scouts of America sold "Thin Mints" under the name "Fat Mints," with only two cookies per 12.5-oz package.

After the health scares surrounding strawberries in 2002, Lammes Candies unsuccessfully marketted chocolate-covered grapefruit, spaghetti squash, and mussels. A copy boy suggested they work with chocolate-covered grapes.

No two elephants have the exact same pattern of wrinkles.

Amazingly, only one statement in this post is untrue!


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Mar. 26th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Me and Upso broke up. He kept stealing my shiny things.
Mar. 26th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
What, like the stars?
Mar. 26th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Must be the Taft statement for two reasons:

1) Tanganyika is in East Africa but Mielikki and Upso were Finnish gods.

2) Taft never left the country while president. In fact, the first sitting President to leave the country was Woodrow Wilson to attend the Paris Peace Conference in 1919

though I suspect that the male hyenas would dispute your comment about being in the same pay bracket as the females ;?P
Mar. 26th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Curses! Thwarted by mythology!
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I have Deities and Demi-gods too ;?P
Mar. 26th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
You're thinking Ukko. And I left Finland; too cold and the people were too nice. Like a bunch of blond Canadians, they were.
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I stand corrected :?)

so who's "Upso", probably somebody Sptty made up. I'll consult my Larouse Encyclopedia of Mythology
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
You'd do better consulting the Encyclopedia of Ancient Gods. I don't think there's any one- or two-syllable words that haven't been the name of some ancient god or hero or monster. Anyway, it certainly *sounds* like it could be a god :) Or some ghastly world-devouring serpent.
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
But I don't have that :?P
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
It's a fantastic resource for gamers!
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'll have to try to get my hands on it someday. Thanks for the tip!
Mar. 26th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Not only do female spotted hyenas share the external sexual characteristics of the male spotted hyena, they also have the same pay bracket

Awright! Let's hear it for no glass ceiling!

Also, I have this strange urge now to draw a badger mound ruled by a queen badger. Unfortunately, I think Blotch has already done a picture like that for Anthrocon - I think the starting bid is $890, but I'm not certain.
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Lordy, if you couldn't draw something Blotch has already drawn, that rules out every possible combination of fox, wolf, and dingo :)
Mar. 26th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
even more uncalled for furry snark
... but that does permit for pretty much every domestic dog breed except for huskies, malamutes, and coon hounds.
Mar. 26th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: even more uncalled for furry snark
Aww, the Blotch's have done some really cute collies, too :) But broadly, you're right...
Mar. 26th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Fat mints! :) :) :9
Mar. 26th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Mar. 26th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
If you like trivia, like I do sometimes, you should visit Snow's silly facts: http://www.geocities.com/snowyssillyfacts/

The one about coyotes not being canidae seems hard to believe since they can breed with dogs and wolves.
Mar. 26th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Nope, finches. Tragically misclassified.

(Well, technically they're all a bunch of lies...)
Mar. 26th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)

My guess is that the final statement is false. Therefore, more than one statement in this post is false.

Mar. 27th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, that would follow :)
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