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Frank Bullitt

Useless Facts

I'm sure we know loads of useless facts about cars, so this one might be worth making a sticky.

On surfing through Wikipedia the other day I read something which surprised me as I'd never heard it before but a check of piccies confirms it as a fact;

(One of the) reasons the Peugeot 309 looks slightly gawky is that it uses the same front and (on 5dr models) rear doors as the Peugeot 205 in an effort to save money.
BeN

That's not really useless! That basically makes it a 205 sedan!

I'll go dig up some. I'm sure I know a few...
Bob Sacamano

Re: Useless Facts

Frank Bullitt wrote:
I'm sure we know loads of useless facts about cars, so this one might be worth making a sticky.

On surfing through Wikipedia the other day I read something which surprised me as I'd never heard it before but a check of piccies confirms it as a fact;

(One of the) reasons the Peugeot 309 looks slightly gawky is that it uses the same front and (on 5dr models) rear doors as the Peugeot 205 in an effort to save money.


Well bugger me, I never knew that. I remember when I first started work and all the reps had their Mk2 Cavaliers replaced by 1.9D 309s to save money. They were up in arms, complaining they were smaller and slower and just genrally shit. My boss had a 2.0 GL Cavalier which he loved and this was due to be replaced by a 309 and he literally hid for 2 weeks so they guy trying to deliver his new car couldn't track him down. In the end it was given to another rep and Chas ended up with a 305 which was even shitter, but bigger. He then spent every driving minute trying to shag the car so he could have it break down on a Friday so he could hire a petrol replacement for the weekend.
Michael

BeN wrote:
That's not really useless! That basically makes it a 205 sedan!


Wasn't the 309 also a hatch? I never knew that fact.
Tim

The word Trivia comes from Roman times when news stories were posted at road intersections, usually consisting or 3 roads or Tri Via.
gonnabuildabuggy

Michael wrote:
BeN wrote:
That's not really useless! That basically makes it a 205 sedan!


Wasn't the 309 also a hatch? I never knew that fact.


Twas only a 3 or 5 dr hatch.

I had a late 405 and loved it but I remember the early ones were made from lego.

I once had the gearstick of a 1.6 come off in my hand going round a roundabout in Gloucester
Giant

Tim wrote:
The word Trivia comes from Roman times when news stories were posted at road intersections, usually consisting or 3 roads or Tri Via.


I used to know loads of Latin based facts like this, my Latin lessons taught me far more about the English language than my English Language lessons did!
Giant

Reminded by the poetry thread:

'Rap' music is an acronym for Radical American Poetry.
Bob Sacamano

Giant wrote:
Reminded by the poetry thread:

'Rap' music is an acronym for Radical American Poetry.


Ha Ha. No it isn't.  

Great thread but we need forfeits for useless facts that can be de-bunked. Bring an element of danger to it.
Giant

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Giant wrote:
Reminded by the poetry thread:

'Rap' music is an acronym for Radical American Poetry.


Ha Ha. No it isn't.  

Great thread but we need forfeits for useless facts that can be de-bunked. Bring an element of danger to it.


Oh dear! Is that not true?  
PhilD

Giant wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Giant wrote:
Reminded by the poetry thread:

'Rap' music is an acronym for Radical American Poetry.


Ha Ha. No it isn't.  

Great thread but we need forfeits for useless facts that can be de-bunked. Bring an element of danger to it.


Oh dear! Is that not true?  


90% of known facts are not true. FACT.
Giant

76.8% of stats are made up!
Blarno

I'd heard it was Rythmically Accentuated Poetry.
Bob Sacamano

Blarno wrote:
I'd heard it was Rythmically Accentuated Poetry.


It's just "rap" - it just a word that is slang for talking (rapping). It's not an acronym.

I'm waiting for; "Did you know "fuck" is an acronym for "Fornication Under Consent of the King"

or, more topically:

"Did you know Lexus stands for Luxury Export to US".
Blarno

And I was under the impression Fuck was For Unlawful Carnal Knowldege.

Or at least that's what Van Halen reckon.
Bob Sacamano

Van Halen are old but quite as old as the word "fuck" that goes back to the 15th century with it's roots in Germanic and Dutch languages.

Can we have Posh - Port Out, Starboad Home and Golf - Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden as a nother couple of good ones?
Giant

Almost is the longest word in the English dictionary with all the letters in alphabetical order.

Uncopyrightable is the longest word that does not repeat a letter.
BeN

The world's biggest airport by land area is the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It has four terminals, of which one has been unused since its construction in 1982.
Giant

NSFW:

http://thechive.com/2011/11/18/hot-girls-with-random-facts-27-photos/
Big TC

TYPEWRITER is typed by using letters from only the top line (of letters) on a QWERTY keyboard.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

The McLaren F1 concept was previewed by the Ferrari 365P in 1965.
Giant

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
The McLaren F1 concept was previewed by the Ferrari 365P in 1965.


No it wasn't, it was all utterly original and from the great mind of Gordon Murray. It was, is and always will be utterly perfect and we should all bow down to Car God Murray at least once a month.

I can understand your mistake, as Murray is ever so modest and self effacing, you'll never find him talking about the F1, let alone his involvement in it.
Blarno

You cannot lick your own elbow.
him

^^^ She can, but you are correct in that I cannot...  



(She was the least unappealing person I could find that could...)
Matt

Giant wrote:
Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
The McLaren F1 concept was previewed by the Ferrari 365P in 1965.


No it wasn't, it was all utterly original and from the great mind of Gordon Murray. It was, is and always will be utterly perfect and we should all bow down to Car God Murray at least once a month.

I can understand your mistake, as Murray is ever so modest and self effacing, you'll never find him talking about the F1, let alone his involvement in it.


BeN

him wrote:
^^^ She can, but you are correct in that I cannot...  



(She was the least unappealing person I could find that could...)


Blimey.

That could be useful...  
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Giant wrote:
Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
The McLaren F1 concept was previewed by the Ferrari 365P in 1965.


No it wasn't, it was all utterly original and from the great mind of Gordon Murray. It was, is and always will be utterly perfect and we should all bow down to Car God Murray at least once a month.

I can understand your mistake, as Murray is ever so modest and self effacing, you'll never find him talking about the F1, let alone his involvement in it.

Actually, we're both wrong - the Auto Union Type 52 had the same layout in the 1930s, though never went into production.
gooner

Most people who have read this thread will go on to attempt to lick their elbow.
Humphrey The Pug

Gooner wrote:
Most people who have read this thread will go on to attempt to lick their elbow.


I didn't, however I have tried in the past.
tali

Creating farting noises from hand clasping is called Manualism.It's one of my (ahem many)skills
Phaaaarpppp!
Twelfth Monkey

The world's ten highest mountains were all first climbed within a seven year period (53-60).
kitten

I thought it was impossible to lick ones elbow O.O
Blarno

Unless you have video proof to the contrary...

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