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Useless Stuff You've Learned, But That You Were Surprised to Learn, Anyway

A thread about trivial things that mean nothing. I'll start.

Daryl Hall wrote Diana Ross' 1984 hit, 'Swept Away," and sings backup vocals on it.

Never knew. How about that?

by Anonymousreply 108September 24, 2023 9:28 AM

Mick Jagger sang back up on Your So Vain.

by Anonymousreply 1September 18, 2023 4:21 PM

You can’t hum while you’re pinching your nose

by Anonymousreply 2September 18, 2023 4:21 PM

Beyoncé was originally going to be the singer for Miley's "Wrecking Ball"

by Anonymousreply 3September 18, 2023 4:22 PM

Paula Abdul co-wrote Kylie Minogue's "Spinning Around."

by Anonymousreply 4September 18, 2023 4:23 PM

Famous 1970s and 80s straight porn star Paul Thomas had a starring role in the 1973 film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," playing Paul the apostle.

by Anonymousreply 5September 18, 2023 4:25 PM

That the hot saxophone player in The Lost Boys, was the believer and a vampire hunter.

by Anonymousreply 6September 18, 2023 4:26 PM

[quote] Mick Jagger sang back up on Your So Vain.

That it's You're and not Your. Six minutes ago.

by Anonymousreply 7September 18, 2023 4:27 PM

The part of the body that sweats the most is the back.

by Anonymousreply 8September 18, 2023 4:28 PM

Blondie Bumstead's maiden name is Boopadoop.

by Anonymousreply 9September 18, 2023 4:30 PM

The fastest way to teach a kid of just about any age to ride a two wheeler quickly is to take the pedals off for a day or so, sometimes less.

by Anonymousreply 10September 18, 2023 4:31 PM

Fat hips sink ships.

by Anonymousreply 11September 18, 2023 4:33 PM

The "Nancy" comic strip was a spinoff of "Fritzi Ritz," about Nancy's Aunt Fritzi.

That cunt Nancy stole Fritzi's job.

by Anonymousreply 12September 18, 2023 4:33 PM

Cathy Dennis wrote "Toxic" and offered it to Kylie Minogue first, but Kylie turned it down.

by Anonymousreply 13September 18, 2023 4:34 PM

Fritzi was a tart, r12.

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by Anonymousreply 14September 18, 2023 4:38 PM

This animal position, with all four limbs out and tum on the ground, is called a "sploot".

Corgis are famous for it, but other dog breeds and other species do it too.

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by Anonymousreply 15September 18, 2023 4:43 PM

Christopher Plummer hated doing the Sound of Music and called it The Sound of Mucus.

by Anonymousreply 16September 18, 2023 4:43 PM

Louise Brooks was childhood friends with Vivian Vance and her older sister, Venus, in Cherryvale, Kansas.

by Anonymousreply 17September 18, 2023 4:44 PM

My cat's kangaroo pouch, as I like to call it (an adorable sack of loose skin under his belly) is there to help them break terminal velocity when falling from a high place - working as a sort of parachute when the splay all four limbs out in free fall. Cats are amazing.

by Anonymousreply 18September 18, 2023 4:53 PM

Cherryvale, Kansas.

God that sounds beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 19September 18, 2023 4:54 PM

r19 = MARY!!!

by Anonymousreply 20September 18, 2023 4:55 PM

Coretta Scott King paid the hospital bill for Julia Roberts’s birth.

by Anonymousreply 21September 18, 2023 5:15 PM

R19 Sounds better still when sung by Cyd Charrise, who was beautiful: "I was the Lillian Russell of Cherryvale, Kansas"

From "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe" from MGM's The Harvey Girls at 4:07

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by Anonymousreply 22September 18, 2023 5:21 PM

Cheryl Ladd sings backup on Bertie Higgins' song, Key Largo.

She's the one who goes, "We had it all..."

by Anonymousreply 23September 18, 2023 8:09 PM

Bad breath is basically the smell of bacterial organisms taking shits in your mouth.

by Anonymousreply 24September 18, 2023 8:16 PM

r23 Proven incorrect recently - just an urban legend

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by Anonymousreply 25September 18, 2023 8:57 PM

The Allman Brothers' father was murdered by a hitchhiker.

by Anonymousreply 26September 18, 2023 10:00 PM

Bryan Cranston was once a suspect in a murder investigation

by Anonymousreply 27September 18, 2023 10:04 PM

Did he do it?

by Anonymousreply 28September 18, 2023 10:10 PM

TBD r28

by Anonymousreply 29September 18, 2023 10:12 PM

Men are slightly more likely (2%) to be left handed than women.

by Anonymousreply 30September 18, 2023 10:16 PM

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."

by Anonymousreply 31September 18, 2023 10:23 PM

[Quote] Bryan Cranston was once a suspect in a murder investigation

I'll bet he hasn't stopped talking about it since. Insufferable twat.

by Anonymousreply 32September 18, 2023 11:10 PM

Tyne Daley is Timothy Daley's (Wings and Madam Secretary) sister!?

That one had me slapping myself: WTF?

by Anonymousreply 33September 19, 2023 12:06 AM

^ Daly. No e-- sorry!

by Anonymousreply 34September 19, 2023 12:07 AM

Thanks, R24! I love it.

by Anonymousreply 35September 19, 2023 4:57 PM

Oh NO. I meant R22, not R24.

Thanks, R22! I still love it.

by Anonymousreply 36September 19, 2023 4:59 PM

Steve Jobs made the apple the logo for his company because he was a fruitarian at the time. The bite out of it is not making a reference to The Tree of Knowledge, it’s just because the designer thought the bite made it more aesthetically pleasing.

by Anonymousreply 37September 19, 2023 6:35 PM

The plastic cylinder at the end of a shoelace is called an aglet.

by Anonymousreply 38September 19, 2023 6:43 PM

R1 On a similar vein, John Lennon does back up for Bowie in "Fame".

by Anonymousreply 39September 19, 2023 7:49 PM

The wheel was invented to make pottery.

by Anonymousreply 40September 19, 2023 7:54 PM

Black people benefited from slavery because it taught them useful skills. Just learned that this year.

by Anonymousreply 41September 19, 2023 7:58 PM

Dolly Sharp, who starred with Linda Lovelace in "Deep Throat," was once a famous dancer and actress named Helen Wood and had a leading role in the 1953 movie "Give a Girl a Break," starring alongside Debbie Reynolds and Marge Champion.

by Anonymousreply 42September 19, 2023 8:42 PM

Sardines are baby herring

by Anonymousreply 43September 19, 2023 10:34 PM

Or are related… or something 🐟

by Anonymousreply 44September 19, 2023 10:36 PM

Diana Ross' "Chain Reaction" was written by the Bee Gees and you can hear Barry Gibb singing backup vocals clearly once you know to listen.

by Anonymousreply 45September 19, 2023 10:37 PM

Ah r13, but Cathy Dennis also wrote "Can't Get You Out of My Head" so she and Kylie both came out ahead.

by Anonymousreply 46September 19, 2023 10:41 PM

R43, Sardines are packaged under one name but can actually be from several different types of small fish.

by Anonymousreply 47September 19, 2023 10:45 PM

Sardinia Island is where sardines got their name.

by Anonymousreply 48September 19, 2023 10:46 PM

There original Broadway version of "Oklahoma" had a song called "Boys and Girls Like You and Me", which was ultimately cut.

The song was purchased and filmed by MGM for "Meet Me in St. Louis" to be sung right after "The Trolley Song", but it was ultimately cut.

It was recorded and shot again for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" but it was ultimately cut.

This would lead one to believe it's not a good song, but it is!

by Anonymousreply 49September 19, 2023 10:47 PM

Today I learned that hundreds of Germans on Reddit agree that you cannot be truly German unless you own a bowl like this. Apparently every family has several of them.

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by Anonymousreply 50September 19, 2023 11:14 PM

I read this an article decades ago, with the article citing findings from a few different studies that the third son in a family containing 3 or more sons is likely to be gay, and each son after that, subsequently more likely to be gay.

I don't know if this is true or not, but if i recall correctly, the article/studies said it had something to do with declining testosterone levels in the birthing mother?

I'm sure I'm getting part of that wrong. At this point, maybe those findings have been rendered untrue or obsolete.

by Anonymousreply 51September 19, 2023 11:15 PM

R50 It's sort of true. That's Luminarc "Aspen". So it's French. But the Germans adore glass tableware from Luminarc and Arcoroc. I have huge collections, pristine condition, from thrift shops. Many different patterns. But Aspen is actually very pretty.

Young people don't want it anymore. I think just recently it's disappeared from the supermarkets and downmarket department stores where it's been a stable for decades.


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by Anonymousreply 52September 19, 2023 11:20 PM

But the glass tableware the Germans absolutely adored is the ultra 80s "Octime". When it's in pristine condition it's very stylish. Except that it's also associated with small German hotels who haven't updated since the 80s!

Goes well with Nagel prints.

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by Anonymousreply 53September 19, 2023 11:23 PM

R51 I'd read something like that but only if the second son is the second child arriving not that long after the first son was born. The theory was that Mom was still awash with elevated levels of whatever hormones appeared as a result of the first boy, but that their presence upped the odds considerably that the second boy in a row is/was gay. Not an absolute, but statistically significant.

by Anonymousreply 54September 20, 2023 12:11 AM

The Carpenters huge breakthrough hit 1970 single, "(They Long to Be) Close to You" was originally recorded and released as a single in 1963 by DL fave Richard Chamberlain.

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by Anonymousreply 55September 20, 2023 1:51 AM

^^That's actually not a bad version and he has a better voice than one would imagine.

by Anonymousreply 56September 20, 2023 1:54 AM

The gas tank symbol on the dashboard shows which side of the car the gas cap is located.... e.g. the symbol on the left side of the gas gauge shows that the gas cap is also on the left side.

by Anonymousreply 57September 20, 2023 2:07 AM

that's true, r57 (in most cases). i did encounter a car that didn't actually have that symbol near the gas tank, or anywhere else on the dashboard, but i can't recall which one it was.

It's interesting to note that i didn't learn about that until my 40s even though i've been driving since i was 15 1/2 years old.

by Anonymousreply 58September 20, 2023 2:30 AM

Bruce Springsteen wrote the song, “Fire,” by the Pointer Sisters.

by Anonymousreply 59September 20, 2023 2:39 AM

The Mexican Freetail Bat is the only pollinator of the state flower of Arizona, which is the saguaro cactus.

by Anonymousreply 60September 20, 2023 2:47 AM

Many whales exhibit "vertical sleeping" which means they sleep with the heads down and tails upwards.

by Anonymousreply 61September 20, 2023 3:27 AM

Charlton Heston was a trained Shakespearean actor. Who knew?

by Anonymousreply 62September 20, 2023 3:04 PM

R45 Chain Reaction is also about oral sex.

"You make me tremble when your hand goes lower. You taste a little, then you swallow slower. Nature has a way of yielding treasure. Pleasure made for you."


"You let me hold you for the first explosion."

by Anonymousreply 63September 20, 2023 3:15 PM

It's impossible to kiss your elbow.

by Anonymousreply 64September 20, 2023 3:31 PM

In the movie "Making Love," when Michael Ontkean and Harry Hamlin are naked in bed making out, it's not them.

The director went down to Santa Monica Boulevard and hired two hustlers to perform that scene. You never see the guys' faces.

by Anonymousreply 65September 20, 2023 3:34 PM

I was creating a Jeopardy-type game today and in the process I learned that Grover Cleveland's first name was actually STEPHEN, and Ulysses S. Grant's birth name was HIRAM Ulysses Grant.

by Anonymousreply 66September 21, 2023 3:32 AM

Black Magic Woman is originally a Fleetwood Mac song

by Anonymousreply 67September 21, 2023 3:42 AM

The real name of hot General Hospital actor and big-dicked Playgirl model Steve Bond is Shlomo Goldberg.

by Anonymousreply 68September 21, 2023 11:59 AM

That everyone who read this thread tried what R2 said.

by Anonymousreply 69September 21, 2023 12:09 PM

Female spotted hyenas give birth through their clitoris, a pseudo-penis that also serves as a urinary tract. Because it is only an inch in diameter, birthing cubs is a very painful process and 60% of cubs suffocate on their way out.

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by Anonymousreply 70September 22, 2023 1:30 AM

r64 It's actually not for some people

by Anonymousreply 71September 22, 2023 1:35 AM

Super Dave was Albert Einstein’s brother.

by Anonymousreply 72September 22, 2023 2:58 AM

Benny Goodman's hit "Sing, Sing, Sing" was written by Louis Prima, the Just-a-Gigolo singer.

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by Anonymousreply 73September 22, 2023 5:21 AM

When on long migratory flights, birds can sleep while flying - they are able to put one half of their brain to sleep at a time, allowing the other half to keep an eye open and some awareness of where they are relative to their flock and to the features of the land underneath them.

by Anonymousreply 74September 22, 2023 7:55 AM

r72 Not the old Al you're likely implying, but...

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by Anonymousreply 75September 22, 2023 11:08 AM

I implied nothing. I stated a simple fact that fits the thread title.

by Anonymousreply 76September 22, 2023 11:17 AM

My cooter’s itchin real bad y’all. I’m serious!

by Anonymousreply 77September 22, 2023 11:51 AM

The Woody Harrelson / Matthew McConaughey hitman dad 1/2 brother possibility

by Anonymousreply 78September 22, 2023 3:16 PM

Margaret Hamilton was only 36 when she played the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz."

by Anonymousreply 79September 22, 2023 3:32 PM

"Female spotted hyenas give birth through their clitoris, a pseudo-penis that also serves as a urinary tract."

Because of this, the Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that all hyenas were male.

I have no idea when this ancient belief was debunked, and the existence of female hyenas were concerned, but I suspect it was after the believe in an all-male species had persisted for thousands of years.

by Anonymousreply 80September 22, 2023 3:33 PM

Trans hyenas ARE hyenas!

by Anonymousreply 81September 23, 2023 2:39 AM

John Candy and former TV personalty Jane Pauley were born the same day: Hallowe'en, 1950. He apparently was even the subject of, along with SCTV, an episode of her news show, 'Time & Again,' in June, 2000. Don't know if she mentioned the birthdays.

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by Anonymousreply 82September 23, 2023 3:29 AM

The song "Believe" was shopped around as a demo for years but nobody wanted it. It was retooled and became a surprise megahit for Cher, whose career was in the doldrums at the time.

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by Anonymousreply 83September 23, 2023 3:38 AM

Retooled! I see what you did there…

by Anonymousreply 84September 23, 2023 3:47 AM

Without feathers, owls look CRAZY.

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by Anonymousreply 85September 23, 2023 4:11 AM

Right wing nut bag Steven Crowder voiced a character on Arthur.

by Anonymousreply 86September 23, 2023 4:20 AM

R55, Chamberlain was probably thinking about Vince Edwards when he sang that song.

“Close to You” was written by the breathtakingly prolific Burt Bacharach. So was – surprisingly to me - “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me”, originally recorded in 1964 by Lou Johnson. It’s a decent recording, but if you’re my age it's impossible not to superimpose the unforgettable Naked Eyes version from 1983.

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by Anonymousreply 87September 23, 2023 7:00 AM

Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U” was written about his housekeeper while she was on an extended leave.

by Anonymousreply 88September 23, 2023 7:04 AM

That freaky owl picture really reinforced that dinosaurs still live among us, because, yes, birds are dinosaurs.

by Anonymousreply 89September 23, 2023 8:42 AM

R87, "There's Always Something..." would be nothing without Hal David, the lyricist. Yes, I sound pedantic; Burt gave life to Hal's words but they are Hal's words and they are wonderful.

I think Hal David gets short-changed. Some his lyrics are amazing.

by Anonymousreply 90September 23, 2023 10:35 AM

Willie Nelson wrote "Crazy" and shopped it around. Patsy Cline really wasn't that thrilled about the song, but recorded it anyway.

by Anonymousreply 91September 23, 2023 11:28 AM

Dick Gautier (Hymie the robot in Get Smart) was in the Broadway Bye Bye Birdie as Birdie as the rock star.

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by Anonymousreply 92September 23, 2023 11:37 AM

R89 to be clear birds are descended from dinosaurs. That’s very different. You should have paid more attention in paleontology class.

by Anonymousreply 93September 23, 2023 11:39 AM

Useless stuff I've learned but was surprised to learn anyway? There is no edit button on DataLounge.

by Anonymousreply 94September 23, 2023 11:45 AM

I'm getting out my popcorn after seeing R93. That won't be left unanswered.

by Anonymousreply 95September 23, 2023 11:52 AM

R92 Speaking of "Bye Bye Birdie," Jesse Pearson, who played Conrad Birdie in the movie version, was gay. His career really never took off after making that movie, and he ended up writing and directing porn films in the 1970s.

by Anonymousreply 96September 23, 2023 11:55 AM

Ok pedants… I’ll step back because you’ll also tell me crocodiles are living dinosaurs too.


by Anonymousreply 97September 23, 2023 12:01 PM

r97 You really think we care enough

by Anonymousreply 98September 23, 2023 12:13 PM

Could r93 BE any more annoying?

by Anonymousreply 99September 23, 2023 12:26 PM

Actually, R97, crocodiles predate the dinosaurs.

And if that isn't a useless fact, you tell me what is.

by Anonymousreply 100September 23, 2023 1:29 PM

i can do it, r2.

by Anonymousreply 101September 23, 2023 1:37 PM

Steve Jobs hired a guy to create the original Apple logo, and paid him with about $700 in Apple stock. A week later, the guy got nervous and went back and asked for the cash instead.

That $700 in founding stock would be worth about $12 billion dollars today.

by Anonymousreply 102September 23, 2023 1:47 PM

R59 Yes Bruce Springsteen wrote Fire and the Pointer Sisters recorded it. In the same week in January 2020 Bruce’s son and Ruth Pointer’s son were both sworn in as firefighters. That must be a very rare example of the child of a mega superstar having a ‘normal’ job.

by Anonymousreply 103September 24, 2023 7:34 AM

This is the twitter link

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by Anonymousreply 104September 24, 2023 7:56 AM

Magnolia trees predate bees.

by Anonymousreply 105September 24, 2023 8:34 AM

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

by Anonymousreply 106September 24, 2023 8:35 AM

r93, I'm so sorry that you failed both biology and paleontology. How embarrassing for you.

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by Anonymousreply 107September 24, 2023 9:14 AM

That puppies who are neutered and spayed before maturity will inevitably develop bone/joint problems and are at a higher risk for certain cancers, but the problem of dog overpopulation overrides dog health in most city shelters.

by Anonymousreply 108September 24, 2023 9:28 AM
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