Dragons, Elves, Pirates and the fear of teabags, it's #FridayFunFacts
English is a difficult language to learn, but it can be taught through tough thorough thought, though. So here we go:
Subdermatoglyphic is the longest word in the English language that does not repeat a letter. And for anyone (probably just me) who’s wondering what subdermatoglyphic means, it’s your fingerprints. Or, more accurately, it’s the pattern-creating-matrix in the skin just beneath your fingerprints that determines what patterns will form on your fingertips.
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), certain students who take courses in Archery, Pistol Marksmanship, Fencing and Sailing are deemed as certified Pirates. So when you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, and they say Pirate, don't you dare tell them it's not possible!
Buildings in Hong Kong are built with large holes in them so as not to obstruct the dragons when they fly from the mountains to the sea. Obviously.
Similarly, in Iceland, building and construction plans are often rejected by the authorities, because the risk of upsetting the elves who live in the original landscape is too much to handle. The last thing a vast number of Icelanders want is to upset the elves.
And finally, in the list of things that people fear - tea bags. Yes, for many, the change from tea leaves to little bags filled with a specific amount of tea leaves, was too much. To overcome this, tea bags were first given away as free samples to ease people into the revolutionary new concept.