Random Thursday

Time for more fascinating facts about obscure topics with That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser!


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"The word 'deadline' originated in Civil War prisons, where lines were drawn that prisoners passed only at risk of being shot."

Whoa. Definitely gives new meaning to writers on deadlines!!


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"The 'D' in D-Day doesn't stand for anything. In military terms, D-Day and H-Hour are sometimes used for the day and hour on which a combat operation is to be initiated."

That's interesting! Always had scarier thoughts about what D-Day meant. Which in essence I supposed could still be true for whoever is using it!


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"The term 'the whole nine yards' dates from World War II. When fighter pilots armed their planes, the .50 caliber machine-gun ammunition belts loaded into the fuselage measured exactly 27 feet. If a pilot freed all his ammo at one target it got 'the whole nine yards.'"

Never really knew that term had military connotations!



2 comments:

  1. Today's facts are so cool. I guess I'm never going to miss a deadline for my writing ever!!

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