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What do you know?
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:18:50 PM »

 
Did you know...

A violin's bow 'strings' are made from the hair from a horse's tail, but only male horse hair!
Due to the "anatomical design" of the male horse, males don't.... pee ...  on its tail hair, the ammonia of which spoils the hair!


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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2015, 08:24:34 PM »

You may Have lost the plot  :} %) %)

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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2015, 08:28:27 PM »

Never eat yellow snow
 
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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2015, 08:29:38 PM »

I am so glad that the forum is back up and running, otherwise we'd never had known that, or its possible implications in building model boats.   %%
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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2015, 08:32:03 PM »

 
OK...   <*<


Starboard
Man sailing a corbita (a small coastal vessel with two masts). Marble relief, ca. 256 AD, probably made in Africa Proconsularis (Tunisia). Found at Carthage.

The origin of the term starboard comes from early boating practices. Before ships had rudders on their centrelines, they were steered by use of a specialized steering oar, which was held by an oarsman located in the stern of the ship and, due to the prevalence of right-handed sailors, on the right-hand side of it. The word starboard comes from Old English steorbord, literally meaning the side on which the ship is steered, cognate with the Old Norse words stri meaning "rudder" (from the verb stra, "to steer" or "to govern") and bor meaning etymologically "board", then the "side of a ship".

Port
An early version of "port" is larboard, which itself derives from Middle-English ladebord. In Old English the word was bcbord, of which cognates are used in other European languages, for example as the German Backbord and the French term bbord (derived from Middle Dutch). The origin of lade has not been determined but some would connect it with the verb lade (to load), referring to the side on which cargo was loaded.[1] The term larboard, when shouted in the wind, was presumably too easy to confuse with starboard[2] and so the word port came to replace it. Port is derived from the practice of sailors mooring ships on the left side at ports in order to prevent the steering oar from being crushed.

Larboard continued to be used well into the 1850s by whalers, despite being long superseded by "port" in the merchant vessel service at the time. "Port" was not officially adopted by the Royal Navy until 1844 (Ray Parkin, H. M. Bark Endeavour). Robert FitzRoy, captain of Darwin's HMS Beagle, is said to have taught his crew to use the term port instead of larboard, thus propelling the use of the word into the Naval Services vocabulary.

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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2015, 09:33:25 PM »

Feeling bored, Martin?
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2015, 10:17:27 PM »

I was only kidding  {-)

Just so pleased to have Mayhem to read again, in between bouts of deck plank laying.
Many thanks to Martin and his Team  :-))
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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2015, 10:59:07 PM »

This is why I worry about you, Martin...


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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2015, 05:24:58 AM »

Too much time on your hands Martin? {-)  Nevertheless, very interesting facts which I'll file away in my memory banks - where they'll be lost among all the other trivia :o :}


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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2015, 05:53:20 AM »


 O0...jus a little more of the story..... whist waiting for our WEB site to awaken  {-)........Derek

"Many years ago British and European ships  had side rudders ( like Viking ships) not rudders hung on the stern like today  the rudder was hung on the right hand quarter and this was known as the steer board side of the ship over the centuries it got corrupted to starboard side ... because seaman did not wish to damage the rudder they used to tie up in harbour and lay along side on the opposite side and this was called the layaboard side --- It became corrupted to larboard side and some time in the 16th /17th century it became the port side  (the side to be to the port or harbour) as a point of interest most modern single screw ships still prefer to go port side too as the transverse thrust of the propeller aids them to do it"
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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2015, 09:43:33 AM »

Martin if you/ve drifted of on this muse you must have run out of boats to build  Bill.......
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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2015, 01:01:05 PM »

How about there are more canals in Birmingham than in Venice.

Shame there are no gondolas to go with them.

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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2015, 06:25:16 PM »

How about there are more canals in Birmingham than in Venice.

Shame there are no gondolas to go with them.
but Birmingham  has cornettos whereas Venice doesn't
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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2015, 06:29:12 PM »

Hmm..
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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2015, 06:34:01 PM »

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A violin's bow 'strings' are made from the hair from a horse's tail, but only male horse hair!
Due to the "anatomical design" of the male horse, males don't.... pee ...  on its tail hair, the ammonia of which spoils the hair!

Is that anything to do with the musical 'Piddler on the Hoof'?
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Re: What do you know?
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2015, 06:35:58 PM »

Groans loudly...




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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2015, 07:01:45 PM »

Groans loudly...




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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2015, 08:28:23 PM »

Are you off work again Martin?   O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
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« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2015, 08:58:15 PM »

Something that I should know is Douglas Adams' theory of the 3 ages of technology -
1  Anything that is in the world when you are born is normal
2  Anything invented between your being 15 and 35 is new and exciting and you can get a job on the strength of it
3  Anything invented after you pass 35 is against the natural order of things.
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2015, 09:07:19 PM »

WALES are going to BEAT England on friday
 
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« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2015, 09:08:53 PM »

No wonder the site keeps breaking down, it becomes a nervous wreck not knowing what is going to be posted next,and just cannot handle all this wonderful information!
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« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2015, 09:18:35 PM »




Anyone count the total number of words on the Forum  ?


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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2015, 09:20:09 PM »

WALES are going to BEAT England on friday
 
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« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2015, 09:30:05 PM »



Anyone count the total number of words on the Forum  ?

 
Ill start counting in the morning just for YOU Ken
 
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« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2015, 09:37:53 PM »

Are you off work again Martin?   O0 O0 O0 O0 O0

Naaa, just letting 'off-shore' to do some software stuff on a server I'm working on..... and waiting for them to come back and ask how it's done..... !

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