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Bizarre Fact #41:
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The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port. This was so that they didn't knock off the starboard.

Bizarre Fact #42:
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Ever wonder where the phrase "two bits" came from? Some coins used in the American colonies before the Revolutionary War were Spanish dollars, which could be cut into pieces, or bits. Since two pieces equaled one-fourth dollar, the expression "two bits" came into being as a name for 25 cents.

Bizarre Fact #43:
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Montgomery Ward was the first to advertise "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" in 1874 — two years after Aaron Montgomery Ward, launched his first mail-order catalog.

Bizarre Fact #44:
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OK is the most successful of all Americanisms. It has invaded hundreds of other languages and been adopted by them as a word. Mencken claims that US troops deployed overseas during WWII found it already in use by Bedouins in the Sahara to the Japanese in the Pacific. It was also the fourth word spoken on the surface of the moon. It stands for oll korrect, a misspelling of all correct.

Bizarre Fact #45:
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When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole".

Bizarre Fact #46:
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Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

Bizarre Fact #47:
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Pokemon stands for "pocket monster."

Bizarre Fact #48:
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The name Ethiopia mean "land of sunburned faces" in Greek.

Bizarre Fact #49:
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A coward was originally a boy who took care of cows.

Bizarre Fact #50:
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MAFIA is an acronym for Morte Alla Francia Italia Anela, or "Death to the French is Italy's Cry"


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