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TIL a French convict used oranges painted like grenades to escape prison via a helicopter piloted by his wife who took flight lessons solely for the escape.

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TIL a French convict used oranges painted like grenades to escape prison via a helicopter piloted by his wife who took flight lessons solely for the escape. Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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TIL that American speech is punctuated with “uh” & “um”, English speech with “er” & “erm”, Japanese with “ā”, “anō”, & “ēto”, German with “äh”, French with “euh”– basically, every language uses different sounds to interrupt themselves while their brain is working on forming thoughts into words.

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TIL that American speech is punctuated with “uh” & “um”, English speech with “er” & “erm”, Japanese with “ā”, “anō”, & “ēto”, German with “äh”, French with “euh”– basically, every language uses different sounds to interrupt themselves while their brain

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TIL any member of the French Foreign Legion wounded while defending France can immediately apply for French citizenship as he is “French by spilled blood”

TIL any member of the French Foreign Legion wounded while defending France can immediately apply for French citizenship as he is “French by spilled blood” submitted by mrcchapman [link] [1394 comments] Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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TIL Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers

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TIL Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers submitted by boxspider [link] [877 comments] Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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TIL we say “pardon my French” after swearing because in the 19th century, English-speaking people would drop French phrases into conversation to display class, apologizing because many of their listeners wouldn’t know the language. Then people hid swear words under the pretense of them being French.

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TIL we say “pardon my French” after swearing because in the 19th century, English-speaking people would drop French phrases into conversation to display class, apologizing because many of their listeners wouldn’t know the language. Then people hid swear words under

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What is the Italian or French term for each of these jobs?

What is the Italian or French term for each of these jobs? Coffee/espresso-makers are called 'baristas' (or baristi) in much of the Anglophone world. Wine stewards are typically called 'sommeliers'. These are Italian and French words respectively. I'm trying to

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TIL that when Syphilis first surfaced, the English called it the ‘French disease’, the French called it the ‘Spanish disease’, Germans called it the French evil, Russians called it Polish disease, Poles called it Turkish disease, Turks called it Christian disease & Japan called it ‘Chinese pox’

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TIL that when Syphilis first surfaced, the English called it the ‘French disease’, the French called it the ‘Spanish disease’, Germans called it the French evil, Russians called it Polish disease, Poles called it Turkish disease, Turks called it Christian

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TIL For nearly a century, the French have prohibited entry into an area of more than 460 square miles because there is an almost impossible amount of ammunition and dead bodies to recover from the battlefield’s of World War One. The area is called “Zone Rouge”, and much of it is still off limits

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TIL For nearly a century, the French have prohibited entry into an area of more than 460 square miles because there is an almost impossible amount of ammunition and dead bodies to recover from the battlefield’s of World War One.

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TIL the oldest person ever was a French woman who died in 1997 at 122 years old. One of her early memories includes selling colored pencils to Vincent Van Gogh

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TIL the oldest person ever was a French woman who died in 1997 at 122 years old. One of her early memories includes selling colored pencils to Vincent Van Gogh submitted by rocketkielbasa [link] [469 comments] Source: top scoring links

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In French email, why is “Subject” written as “Object” (objet)? Aren’t they opposite concepts?

In French email, why is “Subject” written as “Object” (objet)? Aren’t they opposite concepts? submitted by aurochs [link] [7 comments] Source: reddit answers: a knowledgebase built on reddit

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