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Yes folks - Goodwill And Custard is BACK for a second series! And we have a BRAND NEW set of FANTASTICAL factoids for you!!!!

It's hard to believe that it's been a WHOLE YEAR since we opened that first door, but HERE we are again!

So, without further ado - what do we all shout?

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?
Let's see, shall we? *opens door* Ooh, this is an interesting one!

Did You Know that the giraffe has the same number of bones in it's neck as a mouse? A giraffe's neck-bones are, of course, very much larger.

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Postby TeresaFoodie » December 2nd, 2018, 3:07 am

Love it that this is back! :tu: Can't believe it's been a year. Who needs a choccie advent calendar when you can have a calorie free Grassy factoid? Keep 'em coming! :)
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Here we are again - it's Day Two!

So, what do we all shout?

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?

Right - let's see shall we? *opens door* Ooh this is interesting!

Did You Know that you cannot sneeze while you are asleep.

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Goodwill And Custard!!!!!!
It's Day 3 - so, what do we all shout?

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?

Let's see *opens door*

We have a seasonal one today. Did You Know that since 1991, artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones?

Well, you do now! :D

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Postby TeresaFoodie » December 3rd, 2018, 10:19 pm

I'm not surprised about the switch in real v fake tree mentality. All those nuisance needles. Who needs them? I think I'd like small space outside for a real growing one that I could decorate each year and not have to pack a fake one up into the loft ever again!

The sleep free sneezing interested me enough to research what else our bodies cannot do whilst sleeping. You'd think a lot of bodily functions would be free to do whatever they want, but apparently not so. Much of our bodies shut down to regenerate through the night. How clever is that!?

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Goodwill And Custard! It's Day Four!

So ...........

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?

Let's see *opens door* A VERY interesting one, this. Did You Know that we have Sir David Attenborough - yes, THE Sir David Attenborough, to thank for having yellow tennis balls at Wimbledon? He came up with the idea while in charge of BBC2 Also, the men use fluffier balls than the women (MATRON! :lol: ) The fluffiness is to slow them down.

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Postby StokeySue » December 4th, 2018, 10:07 pm

Not sure the slowing down works very well with Djokovic or Raonic :D

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Postby Sloe-Gin » December 5th, 2018, 10:42 am

Love it. This is such fun!!

Now I know why some tennis balls just fly out of the ball flinger (women's) and others just stick around (men's!)
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Postby Ratatouille » December 5th, 2018, 1:01 pm

Re sleep free sneezing. It isn't true. I woke Mr R early this morning because I was sneezing and I didn't wake myself immediately.
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Goodwill And Custard!!!!!

It's Day Five!!!!

So .........

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?????

*opens door*

Did You Know that Praying Mantises are the ONLY insects thought to be able to see in 3D. That's on top of them only having one ear and being able to swivel their heads 360 degrees!

Interesting or what! :ugeek:

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Goodwill And Custard!!!!!
It's Day Six! So ...........

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Did You Know that in 2013, a stolen prosthetic arm was found, get this, in a second hand shop in Bournemouth.

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Goodwill And Custard!!!!!

It's Day Seven!

So .............

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY??????

And it's a quickie today - Did You Know that it's impossible to tickle yourself? Well, you do now!

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Goodwill And Custard!!!!!!

Day Eight already!!!!

So ............

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It's a biggie today!

Did You Know that gold worth $2 MILLION passes through Swiss sewers every year, that Augustus Caesar sent 10,000 troops to find the source of the world's frankincense, and that slugs HATE myrrh?

Three factoids in one!

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Day Nine!!!

So .............

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Did you Know that the Cuyaba dwarf frog inflates its bottom to scare off predators?

Interesting tactic! ;)

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Postby scullion » December 10th, 2018, 9:33 am

yeah, i do that too!
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Postby Grasshopper » December 10th, 2018, 9:00 pm

scullion wrote:yeah, i do that too!


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It's Day Ten!

So ...............

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?????

Did You Know that in 2018, a charity snail race was cancelled after cold weather caused all the competitors to go into hibernation?

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Postby StokeySue » December 10th, 2018, 9:04 pm

Hibernation is always a possible alternative to Christmas ;)
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Postby Grasshopper » December 10th, 2018, 9:21 pm

Ah, but for mammals of a certain size, like us, such a thing isn't possible ;)

The only thing I DON'T like about Xmas is that we have it in the Winter, when it's COLD! Brrrrrrrrr!

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Bears hibernate?
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Postby Grasshopper » December 11th, 2018, 9:19 pm

Yes they do, but they also put on lots of weight before they to to sleep. ;)

Goodwill And Custard!!!! It's Day 11!

So ...........

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?

We have a seasonal one today. Did You Know that if you added up all the gifts in the song 'The 12 Days Of Christmas', you would get a staggering 364!

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Goodwill And Custard!
It's Day 12 - which means we are halfway through already! :o
So ............
WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?
This is an interesting one. Did You Know that J.K.Rowling couldn't submit her final changes to The Casual Vacancy because an aardvark had chewed through a power cable?

Funny creatures, aardvarks :?

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Goodwill And Custard!

It's Day 13!!!!!!! :shock:

So ..............
WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?????

Did You Know that the useful lifespan of a coffee stirrer is just four seconds?

I suppose that makes them difficult to breed in captivity.

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Goodwill And Custard!!!!!

Day 14 folks!

So ..............

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY???

Did You Know that people with auto-brewery syndrome can get drunk from eating chips?

Good thing I don't have it, then ;)

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Goodwill And Custard!!!!!!
It's Day 15!
So .........

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY???

Let's have a look, shall we? *does a little dance*

This is a strange one!

Did You Know that two tech billionaires who think we live in a computer simulation have hired a team to work on how to break out of it?

No, me neither. What STRANGE people! :shock:

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Goodwill And Custard!!!!
Day 16 folks!
So ...........
WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY???

Did You Know that in the Disney classic, 'Snow White', 6 of the dwarfs have eyebrows modelled on Walt Disney's own? The exception is Happy, whose brows are white and bushy.

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Goodwill And Custard!!!

Day 17! Not many doors left now!

So ..........

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?????

Did You Know that Pandas can distinguish 18 shades of grey?

But not 50 ;)

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Goodwill And Custard!!!

Day 18 (and a bit on the late side!), but here we are again!

So ............

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY???

Did You Know that 69 ants' nests in the UK have listed building status?

Ants' nests??? :?

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Postby TeresaFoodie » December 18th, 2018, 10:31 pm

Wow, really? Where are they? And why? I'll no doubt be fidgety researching that after beddy byes....

Interesting stuff Grassy. :tu:
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Postby Grasshopper » December 19th, 2018, 8:34 pm

I have no idea where they are, but that particular factoid came from the latest QI book.

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Goodwill And Custard!!!!!
It's Day 19!
So ..................

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?????

*opens door*

Ooh, this is a special one! Did You Know that 'A Christmas Carol was first published on this day in 1843? That makes it 175 years old! It was a big hit when it was first released. The first print run of 6000 copies had been sold out by Christmas eve, that's more than 1000 copies a day - not bad for 1843! The book has NEVER been out of print and remains as popular is it did when first published.

Beat THAT, 50 Shades! :tu:

Also, in a survey to find the most popular Christmas films of all, the top 20 contained no fewer than FOUR different versions of the story, including my personal favourite, the 1984 film with George C Scott as Scrooge and Frank Finlay as Marley.

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Postby TeresaFoodie » December 19th, 2018, 10:17 pm

Northumberland apparently. Busy little creatures!

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... protection

Good old Charles Dickens. Amazing how one brain can have such an impact on so many. A lovely toid of the fact variety there! :tu:
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Goodwill and Custard!!!!

It's Day 20!!! :o

Doors almost gone now :(

So ...........

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?????

Did You Know that in 2003 the Tate announced that two Turner paintings of Venice were actually of PORTSMOUTH?

BIG difference there! :rolleyes: :lol:

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Postby scullion » December 21st, 2018, 10:24 am

i can understand the confusion - his pictures of pendennis castle in falmouth look far more mountainous than they are (i wouldn't have guessed where they were) so i think he took more than a little artistic licence in some of his paintings.
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Postby Grasshopper » December 21st, 2018, 9:36 pm

Goodwill And Custard!!!

It's day 21! And a little bit late - but here we are again!

So ...........

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY?????

Did You Know that in 2013 police in the Maldives arrested a coconut on suspicion of vote-rigging?

A COCONUT??? :?

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Postby Grasshopper » December 22nd, 2018, 8:26 pm

Goodwill And Custard!!!!!
Here we are again!!!
So .........

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY???

Now this IS an interesting one!

Did You Know that the dinosaur noises in the film 'Jurassic Park' were made using recordings of tortoises ...... ahem .........mating?

:oops:

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Postby TeresaFoodie » December 23rd, 2018, 1:11 am

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Postby musselsandfries » December 23rd, 2018, 10:06 am

Keep forgetting to post to say Thank you, such a broad range of of facts !!

Think the only one I actually knew was David Attenborough and the yellow tennis balls !!

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Postby Grasshopper » December 23rd, 2018, 8:28 pm

Goodwill And Custard!!!

Well, we are almost there - it's the very last door tomorrow! :(
I know, I know - it doesn't seem like 2 mins since we were opening the first one, does it?

Ah well, here we go .....

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY???

Did You Know that Britons spend five months of their lives complaining about the weather?

Only 5 months??? :shock:

:lol:

'Till next time and the last door.
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Postby Grasshopper » December 24th, 2018, 9:16 pm

GOODWILL AND CUSTARD!!!!!
Well, this is is, folks, the VERY LAST DOOR! :(
So come on, let's raise the roof!
For one last time, what do we all shout?

WHAT'S BEHIND THE DOOR TODAY???

Here we go! *opens last door*

And we end on a seasonal note. Did You Know that during the 1914 Christmas truce, German troops put up a sign that said 'Gott mitt uns', meaning 'God with us'. A British sign in response said 'We got mittens too.'

Well, that was it, the last random factoid. It's been an interesting journey, during which we've discovered that mice and giraffes have the same number of neck-bones, the Cuyaba Dwarf frog has an interesting way of deterring predators, that coffee stirrers have very brief lifespans, 'A Christmas Carol' reached a special milestone, and it is possible to be arrested in the Maldives for vote-rigging, even if you are a coconut.

But it would be unfair to leave without a quote from Clement Moore, author of 'The Night Before Christmas'.

But I heard him exclaim
as he drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to all,
and to all a good night!"


Merry Christmas everybode!

And God bless us, every one! ;)

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Postby earthmaiden » December 24th, 2018, 9:53 pm

Thank you Grassy - have a Happy Christmas! x
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Postby slimpersoninside » December 24th, 2018, 10:03 pm

Merry Christmas grassy.

Thanks for the factoids.
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