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pete41(9ab FL.)May 26, 2007

Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin? Today it is known as Tennessee.

I didn't.

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michaelalreadytaken

I did not know that.

MichaelAT

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 9:17PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

So tell us more. Why was it changed from Franklin to Tennessee?

Inquiring minds want to know--since you brought it up.

Kate

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 9:57PM
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pete41(9ab FL.)

It was on a did you know-no explanation.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 9:59PM
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pagan(8b)

did you know that Queen Christina of Scotland had a tiny cannon that she used to fire at fleas?/ she also had teeny tiny little bows and arrows to shoot the fleas...

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 9:58AM
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labrea_gw

David Rich Atchinson (President of the Senate) was president of the United States after James Polk and before Zachary Taylor, between noon, March 4, 1849 and noon, March 5, 1849. This is because Taylor was to take office on a Sunday, but being quite religious, waited until Monday

One-fourth of the world's population lives on less than $200 a year. Ninety million people survive on less than $75 a year.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 10:20AM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

I should have known that, Pete... had to take Tennessee history the year we moved to Tennessee. I was probably too busy flirting with George Thomas, 7th grade.

I've got a million of them and nobody ever cares ;] The words for handcuff and wife are the same in Spanish. Niche [fr] also means doghouse... oh I won't bother with the other subjects 'cos really I'm too easily amused...

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 2:34PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

oh one more... Kennedy's famous 'ich bin ein Berliner' meant that he was a jelly doughnut. "A berliner" was a common pastry; in German you don't say "AN American" etc: Ich bin Berliner. Berlinerin for gals.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 2:37PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Some interesting information about the Lost State of Franklin

Here is a link that might be useful: The lost state of Franklin

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 5:17PM
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pagan(8b)

maybe kennedy WANTED a jelly donut?? OK

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 8:33AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I think that is called misogyny, Pagan. Not you, but built into the Arabic language. Not that English doesn't have that problem also. I haven't read the studies lately, but at one time there were 2-3 times as many demeaning/insulting words for women's privates as for men's.

Kate

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 9:15AM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

Is that true, pagan?! LOL. No kidding, Kate. The handcuff thing was kind of bad, too. I do know an Arabic cuss word for a female part... briefly dated a Moroccan dude and he wanted to know what words not to say here.

I read a whole Wiki about how the jelly donut thing wasn't exactly true because Berliners didn't so much know Berliners [hey I heard it from a German, anyway]. It gave every "Ich bin ein" in movies, Southpark, etc. so I still got a huge laugh.

OMG, I think at this moment I am devoid of little-known facts. I am NOT Norm Peterson from Cheers after all!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 2:18PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

OK, Norm here again...

To be correct, BTW, the plural of wife is the word that means handcuffs.

I just read a funny one, but may have translated wrong so I'll post the quote as is, too:

Quizás te caiga cómico esto: en kanji (una de las formas de escribir chino que se usan los japoneses), el símbolo que indica "paz" es un techo sobre una mujer. ¿El símbolo por "caos"? Un techo sobre dos mujeres. jajaja

In Kanji script, the symbol for peace is a roof over a woman [or wife]. The symbol for chaos? A roof over 2 women [or wives]! That is funny.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 2:40PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

It was Cliff! Gotta brush up on my Cheers trivia ;]

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 12:56AM
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