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cropdribble.jpg (8727 bytes)"Spermophobia" isn't what you think. It's the fear of germs.

The people in the famous painting American Gothic aren't husband and wife as most people assume. Presumably, they're father and daughter.

Dr. Seuss wasn't a real doctor. He used the "Dr." as a joke because his father always wanted him to get a doctorate and become a professor.

French toast isn't French. It's Russian.

Now you know. In truth, the "low man" on the totem pole is actually the most important man in the tribe.

The name of the film Easy Rider had nothing to do with riding motorcycles. An "easy rider" was the term used for a man living with a whore (because he had an "easy ride").

Sweetbread isn't bread. It's a dish made of the thymus or pancreas of an animal younger than one year old, usually piglets or calves.

A volcano never has fire in it, only heat.

Most people believe the story of Noah says he brought two of each animal on the ark. Actually, the Bible says, "Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth."

The slash character on keyboards is called a "virgule" or "solidus." For the record, URLs use forward slash characters, not back slash characters.

It's not "Daylight Savings Time," it's "Daylight Saving Time."

Hitler was not a vegetarian, as it is widely claimed. He ate sausages for breakfast every day.

Despite how they're commonly depicted, most barns are white, not red.

The phrase "balls to the wall" probably doesn't refer to what you think it refers to. It originated with pilots. It refers to the ball-shaped grip on the end of a pilot's throttle. Pushing the throttle (the ball) toward the wall (of the cockpit) meant to go fast.

Hyenas are more closely related to cats than dogs.

Tin cans aren't. They're 97 percent steel.

Most people think our air is mostly oxygen. However, Earth's atmosphere is actually about 80% nitrogen.

Nagasaki wasn't the intended target for the second atom bomb dropped in WWII. The original target was Kokura, but the pilot couldn't find it due to bad weather and switched to the backup city.

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