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Can you guess which of the following are true or false?


1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the
morning.

2. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a bellybutton.

3. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot
more.

4. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop even your heart!

5. Only seven ( 7 ) per cent of the population are lefties.

6. 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.

7. Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until they are
2-6 years old.

8. The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

9. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

10. The average housefly lives for one month.

11. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

12. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

13. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.

14. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.

15. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.

16. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand to search for
water.

17. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it's
head are the rabbit and the parrot.

18. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a
Gentleman" and "Tootsie".

19. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.

20. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white
paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.

21. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane
just in case there is a crash.
22. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato
can for a carburetor.

23. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from
women who give birth. They are reused in vein transplant surgery.

24. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th
cousins.

25. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.

ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE TRUE
#15 really bugs me
 

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stangmata50l said:

11. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.:wtf
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My cousin sliced is foot open a few weeks ago while taking a piss
 

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10. The average housefly lives for one month.

This one is BS.

Ask any Entomolotgist.

The Diptera (Common house hold fly) lives apx. 24 -48 hours.
Its sole purpose is to find flesh to lay eggs in which eventually turn into Maggots.

The rest i have no idea.
 

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Beerman said:
10. The average housefly lives for one month.

This one is BS.

Ask any Entomolotgist.

The Diptera (Common house hold fly) lives apx. 24 -48 hours.
Its sole purpose is to find flesh to lay eggs in which eventually turn into Maggots.

The rest i have no idea.
no you are wrong! The sole purpose of the housefly is to catch them freeze them, and while they are stun you glue them to a plane made from match sticks and watch them fly away.:thumbup
 

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um for #20 ive seen them use cream cuse ive seen some photoshoots and the people have a glass of cream and drink a little bit to get it on their lip. If im wrong then ummmm sucks to be the people that drank white paint and paint thinner for a photoshoot! :toothless
 

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Blaze said:
:stupid How can that happen?? he had to have an imbilical chord!!! What was Alfred an alien????
What happens is the small intestines are clogged into the umbilical chord at birth. It is extremely rare.
The Dr. will cut the chord, then has to literaly stuff the organs back into the stomach and sew the hole shut.

My friend was born that way and he doesnt have a belly button. Just a scar with a whole bunch of skin webbing around it from where they stretched it and sewn it closed.
 

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HortFACT
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Housefly Life Cycle



Housefly, Musca domestics (Linnaeus)
Identification

The adult is dark, mottled with grey and usually 6-7mm long with a 13-15mm wingspan. The transparent wings are folded back over the bode when at rest and the compound eyes are reddish brown in colour. The mouthparts are the ''sponging" type and therefore houseflies cannot bite. The body has a yellowish shade on the side and four dark bands lengthwise on top which are clearly visible in the front. The fourth vein in the wings bends sharply and nearly meets the third vein at the wing margin.

The eggs are pearly white, cylindrical and about 1mm long. They resemble minute pine kernels or rice grains.

The larva or maggot is white, legless and when fully grown about 12mm long. The body consists of thirteen segments arranged to form a shallow cone. The mouth is at the point of the cone. At the posterior end there are two large, black, D-shaped spiracles for breathing. The tough cuticle is thin and flexible.

The puparium is barrel-shaped, over 6mm long and changes during development from yellow through reddish-brown to black.

Hosts

Houseflies are not agricultural pests but are vectors of human and animal diseases. Indeed they are the greatest carriers of dirt and disease known to man. They breed in a wide variety of substrates which provide moist, fermenting or putrefying conditions.

Maggots feed and develop on the manure of all animals, grass clippings, decaying fruit and vegetables and garbage. Adult flies feed on manure piles, sewage, garbage, sputum, food of all kinds and the carcasses of animals. They will also gather round the lips, eyes and nursing bottles of very young children.

Adults can take food only in a liquid state and solids must first be dissolved in their saliva. The adults have a keen sense of smell.

Damage

Houseflies annoy man and his animals and they are extremely important as disease carriers. By crawling over and feeding upon filth, the flies gather disease germs on their legs and bodies and take them into the digestive tract with food. In later visits to human foodstuffs the flies leave behind some of these organisms. Their habit of disgorging some of their food and expelling faeces, both of which may contain germs, thus contaminates food used for human consumption.

Diseases spread by flies include typhoid, diarrhoea, amoebic and bacillary dysentry, cholera, poliomyelitis, anthrax and tuberculosis. They also act as intermediate hosts for roundworms which they transfer to sores and to the lips and eyes of horses. They can also carry tapeworms which infest poultry.

Distribution

The housefly is world-wide in distribution and lives in close association with human dwellings.

Life cycle


Egg
Larvae
Pupae
Adult

Breeding continues throughout the year in warm parts of the country. In colder climates the larvae or pupae over winters and adults enter a resting state (diapause) in sheltered situations.

Mating may occur within 24 hours of emergence from the puparium and one successful mating is sufficient to fertilise the female for her lifetime. Under normal conditions, houseflies are sexually mature in 3-4 days and commence depositing eggs from the ninth day after emergence. Egg-laying may continue throughout the lifetime, i.e. for more than two months. Eggs are laid singly with 100-150 piled up into a mass and 2-7 batches may be deposited by a single female. The average production from one fly may be 500 eggs, however there is a record of 21 batches totalling 2387 eggs laid during 31 days from emergence.

The whole life cycle from egg to adult may be completed in 8-20 days depending on ambient temperature and a new generation may be started anywhere from 2-20 days later. Under favourable conditions the eggs hatch in 8-30 hours and larval development through three instars is completed in 5-14 days. Pupation occurs over 3-10 days and the pre-oviposition period ranges from 2-23 days. Adults may live from 19-70 days. Some 10-12 generations can be completed during the warmer months. A typical life cycle in summer is depicted opposite.




They actually live a while if you read this...

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i just wish there were a more comfy backrest. maybe a retractable foot rest too? like the one Homer designed. just lie back & let 'er rip... :p
 

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sorry but I wish a I had a recliner built on mine with those handycap handles that are in the public bathroom's Also maybe a heated seat for the winter and maybe lumbar support:shrug
 
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