…that the Greek scientist Archimedes invented a workable perambulator, but was denied a patent on technical grounds?

…that, if all the toilets in North America were flushed simultaneously, it would lift the continent by five feet?

…that the city of Portland, Maine, is the only city in the United States named after itself?

…that, as part of an elaborate experiment designed to prove the hypothesis that professional journalists have no longer memories than mayflies, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake has succeeded in planting the same psychic-dog story over and over again for decades?

…that, in the entire record of classical history, and up to the end of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, there is not one recorded mention of a T-shirt with a slogan printed on it?

…that Leonardo da Vinci, for all his brilliant accomplishments, could never quite get the hang of charades?


  1. This comment is dishonest – because it is really a request for contact. I would like to ask you a question about Rupert Sheldrake, if you know or have opinions about his work. If so, you could e-mail me at


    I have long been interested in him but wish I had someone else to talk to about him – I am myself not compentent really to judge his stuff.


  2. John M says:

    Is it also true that the first act of the Ottoman Empire was to print t-Shirt saying “It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople”?

  3. Dr. Bjorn Bjornsen says:

    Its nobody’s business but the Turks.

  4. Evan says:

    [QUOTE]…that the city of Portland, Maine, is the only city in the United States named after itself?[/QUOTE]

    I believe there is an error here. Is not Walla, Washington named after itself. Hence it is commonly known as Walla Walla. This may have been overlooked as Washington is one of the newer states (42nd of 50)

  5. Also, if merely all the toilets in Chicago were flushed at once, neither the continent nor the local region would rise by any significant amount, but every basement in New Orleans would flood simultaneously about one week later.

  6. However, Da Vinci was excellent at pin-the-tail on the donkey!

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