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Here are a few items of Useful/Useless Information that is perhaps best described as miscellaneous trivia.

 

Sandringham Time

 

Yes, there really was another Time Zone. King Edward VII was so enthusiastic about his shooting that he arranged for all of the 180 or so clocks on the Sandringham Estate to be set half-an-hour early to allow him more time for his sport. Anyone having business with the King needed to ensure they kept their appointment to 'Sandringham Time'. George V maintained this same tradition throughout his reign, however Edward VIII, when he took the throne in 1936, arranged for all of the clocks to be reset and kept in line with those in the rest of his kingdom.

 

Longest Words

 

Antitransubstantiationalist - [27] - one who doubts the validity of transubstantiation.

Antidisestablishmentarianism - [28] - opposition of those that oppose the link between the State and the Church.

Floccinaucinihilipilification - [29] - the estimation of a thing as worthless

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis - [45] - disease caused by the inhalation of fine particles

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serylglycylleucylvalyltryptophylthreonylserylalanylprolylalanylserine - [1185] - the name of the Dahlemense Strain of the Tobacco Mosaic Virus.

 

 

Counting Fruit Stones

   
When shall I marry? ~ This year, next year, sometime, never.
What will be my husband's trade? ~ Tinker, Tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief.
What shall I wear ? ~ Silk, satin, cotton, rags.
How shall I get it ?  ~ Given, borrowed, bought, stolen
How shall I get to church? ~ Coach, carriage, wheelbarrow, cart
Where shall I live?  ~ Big house, little house, pig-sty, barn.

 

 

Contradictory Proverbs

   
Many hands make light work or Too many cooks spoil the broth
No fool like an old fool or With age comes wisdom
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread or He who hesitates is lost
Great minds think alike or Idiots seldom differ
You're never too old to learn or You can't teach an old dog new tricks
Familiarity breeds contempt or Better the devil you know
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts or Never look a gift horse in the mouth
Tomorrow's another day or Tomorrow never comes
Great minds think alike or Two of a trade never agree
Absence makes the heart grow fonder or Out of sight, out of mind
The tailor maketh the man or Never judge a book by it's cover