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  • ...about Alliteration articulating an artistic approach aimed at annotating and arranging alphabetic accoutrements as alarmingly asinine alignments?
  • ...that Afghanistan is known for its lush dirt farms, where dirt and dust are cultivated by villagers to enhance the scenic emptiness for which the region is known?
  • ...that air is a fictional substance that was once believed to fill the space above the surface of the Earth? While this "air theory" was once used to explain various phenomena, air theory, at last refuted, has joined the gene, the atom, Antarctica, and the free lunch in a long list of scientific red herrings.
  • ...that Anonymous has written over 4,323,904,528 poems and 23,900,241 short stories, among a million other kinds of written word?
  • ...that, because of Anonymous' credibility, he has become a frequent source of information for news articles?
  • ...that Flying Spaghetti Monsterism is the world's most intelligent and fastest-growing religion?
  • ...that in 2001 George W. Bush passed the No Child Left Behind Act, which forbids soldiers in Iraq from leaving their children behind?
  • ... that it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the reason for 50% of modern marriages ending in divorce is because those people try to go to IKEA together for a relaxing afternoon?
  • ...that it is important to tune your Air Guitar constantly, as any dust particles that stick to the complicated arrangement of air will completely deform it?
  • ...that Kitten Huffing is a popular, though controversial, alternative to street drugs such as skag and crank?
  • ...that Phonics (pronounced Pa-hon-iks.) is one of the deadliest and most addictive drugs on the streets? It is said to get children "hooked" in four weeks or your money back.
  • ...that St. Peter's Basilica is a large reptilian creature with breath of fire and a gaze that can turn people into stone?
  • ...that The Oldest Trick in the Book is the infamous "Tapping on a person's left shoulder when you're standing on their right"? This trick was first chronicled in cuneiform by the Ancient Sumerians, who lived on the windswept steppes of Mesopotamia.
  • ...that the process of dying and coming back to life as a cow is known as reincownation?
  • ...that while Pong! the Movie followed suit with the wildly popular video game genre, such as The Super Mario Brothers movie and Resident Evil, it did not play out as well in the box offices?
  • ...that at any second, of any minute, of any hour, of any day, a massive nuclear bomb could land on your house?
  • ...that the oozy, off-colored mound of bloody what-ever-it-is stretching its way out of what used to be a tiny hole is a baby's head?
  • ...that in a world where movie trailers are crucial to a film's success... one man will provide his voice in innumerable trailers?
  • ...that the United States presidential election of 1948 saw the overwhelming defeat of then-President Harry S. Truman at the hands of Thomas Dewey, the Republican governor of New York and former partner in the law firm, Dewey, Cheatem & Howe?
  • ...that the amazing sensation of excruciatingly warm liquid on the genitals is just one of many reasons to pour boiling hot water down your trousers?
  • ...that if we lose cabin pressure, masks will drop from just above your head?
  • ...that Barns and Nobles is the most successful medieval farming roleplaying game, played by millions of teenage nerds worldwide?
  • ...that you should accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, today!
  • ...that it takes a great amount of sexual commitment to get a computer turned on, but once your computer is properly aroused, it can offer you some of the greatest sexual thrills you may ever experience?
  • ...that Martin Van Buren is a total dick and nobody likes him?
  • ...that the keyboard you have been using has more germs than your toilet seat?
  • ...that Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A?
  • ...that Euroipods is a website giving away free ipods in return for completing offers and reffering freinds to do the same?
  • ...that paper beats rock, but guns beat everything?
  • ...that people residing or visiting Canada often ask themselves, "Why am I in Canada?"
  • ...that Alexander isn't really that Great?
  • ...that bipolar bears are not to be messed with, more-so than polar bears?
  • ...that Witch-Hunting For Fun and Profit has mostly turned into Witch-Hunting For Fun in this modern era of cheaply produced Chinese assembly line witches?
  • ...that Calvin and Hobbes was an action-packed buddy comedy series that ran from 1542-1549, featuring philosophers John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes as themselves?</option>
  • ...that the handgun is one of the most pitiful guns you can find, seeing as it's part of your hand?
  • ...that torture is better to give than to receive?
  • ...that Godot isn't coming?
  • ...that you have probably broken at least three of the Ten Commandments just by visiting this website?
  • ...that making a band usually involves frantically begging family and strangers to join?
  • ...that the Rorschach inkblots all look kinda like my Aunt Gladys giving head to Satan?
  • ...that the great Wall Street Crash of 1929 led to many opportunities for great photography of homeless people and farmers covered in dust the following years?
  • ...that Former President Bush prefers his Tuskegee airmen with a side of risotto and mushrooms?
  • ...that the Byzantine Empire is pretty much the same as the Roman Empire, only not as cool?
  • ...that colorless green ideas sleep furiously?
  • ...that bestiality just got 15 percent more legal?
  • ...that Jackson Pollock is the Jackson Pollock of painting?
  • ...that the The Root of All Evil is fishsticks?
  • ...that we all smell a little bit like teen spirit, if we go a while without washing?
  • ...that the sport of Water Polo can be greatly improved with the addition of sharks?
  • ...that the Pope recently announced that the whole "Christianity" thing is a whole load of shit?
  • ...that the French Revolution was just a rip-off of the American Revolution?
  • ...that midget cockpunching terrorists are a threat to America and her allies?
  • ...that testicles are edible and a good source of protein?
  • ...that under Communism, everyone gets an C?
  • ...that recent advances in nanobiotechnology have led to advanced, implantable music players capable of holding up to three seconds of low-quality MP3 audio?
  • ...that Heaven has met its quota, and your dead granny has just been waitlisted?
  • ...that Thomas Edison was arrested on charges of pornography following the release of his short film, Woman Whose Ankle is Partly Visible?
  • ...that the bow-tie is an aphrodisiac worn by male humans which instantly increases the sexual appeal of the wearer by 16%?
  • ...that apparently, this Charles Norris fellow is quite the ruffian?
  • ...that on 17 June 2007, Britain was mercilessly hit by an attack of 'falling water'?
  • ...that the Russian Reversal is the common English term for the phenomenon during which a person descended from Russia is spontaneously turned around?
  • ...that a hammer is a great diplomatic tool?
    • ...although on an international level, a nuclear arsenal is even better?
  • ...that hitting your kids may be beneficial to their health, or at the very least amusing to you?
  • ...that pillow fighting is a violent trend among the world's pillow population, and must be stopped?
  • ...that we must nuke the whales, or the hippies will win?
  • ...that Ben Stiller makes everything funny?
  • ...that the White House is really off-white?
  • ...that the butler did it?
  • ...that being safe with guns is- *BANG*
  • ...that Iran is all set to invade itself?
  • ...taht wrods and snetnces are raedalbe eevn wehn tehy are toatlly fckued up?
  • ...that Cup Stacking is a real sport? No, really.
  • ...that you can get great deals on Vietnamese clothing imports if you buy now?
  • ...that ten out of ten cigarette manufacturers agree that Cancer is great?
  • ...that Alaska is a mooseocracy, in which citizens select a moose to lead them?
    • ...that bears have been known to challenge for the role of Alaska's leader?
  • ...that at some point, hanging in there just makes you look like an even bigger loser?
  • ...that to the untrained ear, John Aglethorpe's Ode to the Monotony of Life may simply sound like one continuous, monotonous tone, but the song is actually composed mostly of alterations between the A sharp and B flat notes tied together?
  • ...that in the Mesozoic Era, toasters ruled the earth?
  • ...that there's more to the 9/11 attacks than the conspiracy theorists would have you believe?
  • ...that back in my day, we didn't have no fancy Did you know sections on our wikis? We had to get all of our factoids from the library, like decent folk! And after we walked there barefoot across three counties 'cause bicycles hadn't been invented yet, we had to teach ourselves how to read the books - none of that fancy free-contents education you kids're all on about...
  • ...that sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from science?
  • ...that Stupendous Tropical Meningitis Vaccination A, the sister drug to Stupendous Tropical Meningitis Vaccination B, is very effective against Stupendous Tropical Meningitis?
  • ...that wearing a Top Hat is not only a sound fashion choice, it gives you somewhere to hide candy?
  • ...that half of all American schoolchildren graduate in the bottom 50% of their class?
  • ...that Uncyclopedia is riddled with subliminal messages? DRINK COCA COLA
  • ...that two wrongs don't make a right, but two Wrights make an airplane?
  • ...that censorship is a tactic practiced by oppressive governments who believe in upholding an arbitrary social standard for the so-called "good of the people" while simultaneously imposing their peremptory moral values on their unwilling populace by dictating what is and what is not necessary for them to experience?
  • ...that since haste makes waste, and slow and steady wins the race, it follows that everybody who loses a race must therefore be charged with littering?
  • ...that there is no other word for thesaurus?
  • ...that it's probably not the weekend (The chance is 5/7)?
  • ...that a bird in the hand is better than crabs in your bush?
  • ...that there are at least three other businesses like show business?
  • ...the muffin man?
  • ...that life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% fatality rate?
  • ...that if you laid out all of the nerves in your body end-to-end, you'd die?
  • ...that it was I who let the dogs out?
  • ...that the American Civil War was actually marked by many instances of uncivil behavior?
  • ...that male vampires are delighted when the female vampire goes on her period?
  • ...that George Washington was an avid heterosexual?
  • ...that 90% of all video game high scores are set by one guy called "AAA"?
  • ...that when it says 'Do not try at home', it actually means 'Do not try this at all'?
  • ...that food is probably the most addictive substance known to man?
    • ...that withdrawal symptoms include nausea, hallucinations and possibly death?
      • ...that the reason the government does not ban it is because of the tax money it gets from the food industry?
  • ...that, despite the invention of the doorbell, knock-knock jokes have yet to be replaced by ding-dong jokes?
  • ...that my dad reproduces asexually, thus making me impervious to yo momma jokes?
  • ... that when a suicide bomber dies and goes to paradise, he is given 72 virgins?
  • ...that [Wiki|wiki formatting]] is perfect]? It never malfunctions'!
  • ...that if Abraham Lincoln was alive today, he would be clawing desperately at the lid of his coffin and screaming for help?
  • ...that en passant is actually French for "inventing new rules as you go along?"
  • ...that if Mommy is willing to lie about a freaky old dude who sneaks into children's bedrooms in the middle of the night to eat your cookies and drink your milk, she'll no doubt be willing to deceive you about everything else?
  • ...that anyone who dies at Disneyland receives a free lifetime pass?
  • ...that a rose by any other name would be called something else?
  • ...that you can always pay your credit card bills using your credit card?
  • ...that originally, Hell was an acronym for "Happiness, Euphoria, and Lively Laughter?"
  • ...that babies explode when you put them in the microwave?
  • ...that one person can change the world?
  • ...that 100% of divorces start with marriage?
  • ...that forgetting to carry the one is the leading cause of disaster for world domination plans
  • ...that the Virgin Birth is no longer considered a miracle? Women have been giving birth to virgins for centuries!
  • ...that the only thing money can't buy is poverty?
  • ...that the life of Jesus Christ contains many allusions to Superman?
  • ...that while laughter is the best medicine, many cancer patients prefer chemotherapy?
  • ...that the first use of "LOL" is in Shakespeare's play, As You Like It, and that the first use of "OMG" may be found in Macbeth?
  • ...that every time you shoot yourself in the head, someone somewhere in the world dies?
  • ...that if you die in Canada, you die in real life?
  • ...that sheep shrink when it rains?
  • ...that the dolphin is the only animal other than man that laughs at its own farts?
  • ...that the Japanese have a saying: "A man cannot read the same Wikipedia page twice"? The pages are constantly being edited, and the act of reading it will make you a different person. Therefore, when a man goes back to re-read it, both the text and the man have been changed.
  • ...that many diseases can be prevented by washing hands before eating, after eating, during eating, and another couple of times just in case?
  • ...that (\tan^{-1}((\frac{-5\pm\sqrt{5^2+(4\times3)\times2}}{2\times3}\div2)\div(\frac{-5\pm\sqrt{5^2+(4\times3)\times2}}{2\times3}\div2)))\times2 is 8th grade math?
  • ...that really fat people cannot wash themselves but must avail of car washes late at night?
  • ...that telling someone you masturbated to their Facebook picture is frowned upon in society?
  • ...that the song "Harder Better Faster Stronger" by Daft Punk is a giant "That's what she said" joke?
  • ...that dihydrogen monoxide is a substance found in car exhaust, pesticides, acid rain, and YOUR ENERGY DRINK!?!?!
  • ...that the universe is made up of protons, electrons, neutrons... and morons?
  • ...that water is bad for your health because fish have sex in it?
  • ...that the rumors that you are paranoid were started by someone who's out to get you?
  • ...that abstinence is only 99.999% effective?
  • ...that Uranus is a gas giant?
  • ...that more people have been inside Paris Hilton, than in the Hilton in Paris?
  • ...that if a tree falls in the forest and no one's there to hear it, the tree will begin to sing Nightwish until somebody approaches within earshot?
  • ...that cats only pretend not to like to swim?
    • ...and that they like it even more while inside a burlap sack?
  • ...that the amount of cats in the area is directly proportionate to the distance from the Hot Dog factory?
  • ...that if we used a language without homonyms, a certain type of pun would be impossible, and thereby much gaiety would be lost?
  • ...that the populations of many endangered species can be increased with a simple Wikipedia edit?
  • ...that none of the links in this sentence have anything to do with it?
  • ...that packets of silica gel that say "DO NOT EAT" on them are actually delicious?
  • ...that contrary to popular belief, popular belief isn't all that popular?
  • ...that oxygen is a highly addictive drug, with 100% of all users becoming addicted with their first hit?
  • ...that my girlfriend has herpes? Neither did I.
  • ...that I like cats, but could never eat a whole one?
  • ...that Sarcasm is a higher form of wit than the Russian Reversal?
  • ...that I am a schizophrenic?
    • ...and so am I?
      • ...me too?
        • ...shut up Frank, you're not even supposed to be here today.
  • ...that this is just a distraction while we take your car?
  • ...there's a ninja behind you but it left when you turned around?
  • ...that the average human male between the ages of 13 and 18 is has thought about sex with Brad Pitt at least once?
    • ...and if you haven't before you just did after reading the above statement.
  • ...that people who "have their cake and eat it too" are 10 times more likely to die of obesity than people who only "have their cake"?
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  • ...that it's not butter?
  • ...that genocide is a perfectly healthy response to any personal problems you may have?
    • ...and that every person considers it at least once a month?
  • ...that within a few weeks of being held in captivity dolphins are able to train humans to stand at the side of a pool and throw them fish?
  • ...that your birth certificate is an apology letter from condom factory?
  • ...that Wikipedia features DYKs about mosaic floors that were discovered between 1932 and 1939?
  • ...that Freddie Mercury was banned in some European countries due to his extremely radioactive last name?
  • ...that the road to hell is identical to the stairs to heaven, but with elevator music and traffic?
  • ...that the light at the end of the tunnel is commonly reported to be a strobe light accented with techno?
  • ...that the sky is up and the ground is down, except in Australia where the opposite is true?
  • ...that a broken clock is correct twice a day?
  • ...that there is no truth to the rumour that Candlejack kidnaps people who s-
  • ...that a drummer is someone who hangs out with musicians?
  • ...that reading this section is a severe waste of time?
  • ...that this statement is not not not not not not not not not not not possibly confusing to no one somewhere right now?
  • ...that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales lost his virginity at age 34, but he found it again at age 35?
  • ...that many children in third world countries don't have enough to eat, but most have access to the Food Network?
  • ...that 69% percent of statistics contain sexual innuendo?
  • ...that the phrase "¡Ay Chihuahua!" can be used to mean both "no, I don't have any bathtub cheese" and "yes, I have a great deal of bathtub cheese"?
  • ...that the sound of a kitten falling into a wood chipper is still more pleasant than listening to Kidz Bop?
  • ...that Deus ex machina is Latin for "cop out"?
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