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There is a community in Ontario, Canada, called Moose Factory. It is located on Moose Factory Island, near the mouth of the Moose River.

Between 1934 and 1968, the Catholic censorship guidelines that had led to the Motion Picture Production Code forbade Hollywood films to show innuendo, infidelity, nudity, sexual hygiene, prostitution, homosexuality, drugs, interracial relations, white slavery, and ridicule of the clergy.

An excerpt of Sir Roger Moore’s Twitter account description once read 007. Saint. UNICEF Ambassador.

Over 25,000 people died on the First Day of the Somme.

In The Simpsons (Season 5, Episode 5) “Treehouse of Horror IV”, Homer Simpson is put on trial by the Devil. The jury consists of Benedict Arnold, Lizzy Borden, Richard Nixon, John Wilkes Booth, Blackbeard the Pirate, John Herbert Dillinger, and the starting line-up of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers.

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In English, a jill is a female ferret; to jill means female masturbation.

When Navajo babies laugh for the first time, they get a party. The food is paid for by whoever made the baby laugh.

The Republican Party is the only political party in U.S. history to win a Presidential Election without achieving a majority of the popular vote. As a result, three Republicans were elected President even though their main opponent received more votes.

More than half the world’s population has seen a James Bond film.

During the Second World War, the Führer oath that every party member, officer and soldier had to take contained the words “I swear in the name of almighty God, my loyalty to the Führer.” Also, the belt buckles of German soldiers were inscribed with ‘Gott mit uns’ (God on our side).

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Horseshoe crabs have blue blood, marine worms have green blood and cockroaches’ blood is colourless.

The James Bond movie Goldfinger was once banned in Israel.

Typically less than a half of one percent of Romans were eligible to vote in Rome’s ‘democratic’ elections.

The reverse side of the flag of Oregon features a gold beaver.

Before becoming Queen of England, Mary Tudor would spend one third of her income gambling.

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Quail pipe was Victorian slang for ‘woman’s tongue’.

The newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst once wanted an answer to the question ‘Is there life on Mars?’ he asked an astronomer via telegram ‘Please cable 1000 words.’ The scientist’s reply was ‘Nobody knows’ – written 500 times.

Main-belt asteroid 9007 is called James Bond.

In Fort Worth, Texas, the Museum of Science and History is adjacent to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Dame Nellie Melba, the legendary Australian operatic soprano after who Escoffier named Melba Toast, believed oral sex was good for the voice.

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Misogyny of James Bond


Dame Judi Dench said it best when she chastised Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye for being a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur”. But isn’t that part of his charm?

Skyfall beauty Berenice Marlohe may insist that her role as the enigmatic Severine isn’t “a Bond girl” but rather a “unique character”. But isn’t she just repeating the same old mantra peddled by countless Bond birds before her? Indeed, James may not be the most PC spy on the secret agent block. Truly, though, would the audience want him any other way?

Let’s look back at some of James’ most questionable moments.

“Man talk” (Goldfinger)
“Run along now,” Sean Connery tells Dink the masseuse when Felix Leiter turns up with some news. “Man talk!” And with that he sends her on her way with a slap on her rear. “I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong about hitting a woman,” Sean would later claim.

“My dear girl…” (Goldfinger)
Have you got a girlfriend who won’t leave you alone when you’re on the phone? Well, why not do what Sean Connery does: place a hand on her face and shove her on to the bed. She won’t be mad, provided you then regale her with a soliloquy on Dom Perignon ’53.

Tracy: “You’re hurting me.”
Bond: “I thought that was the idea for tonight.”
– On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

“Like a blowtorch through butter” (Goldfinger)
Being menaced with a pistol doesn’t stop Connery giving Pussy Galore a condescending lecture on the perils of shooting fire-arms in pressurised compartments. “You know a lot more about planes than guns,” he declares airily. “That’s a Smith and Wesson .45.” Like she was thinking it was a hairbrush.

“I’ve been admiring your form” (Thunderball)
The 1960s Bond was such a patronising git he could not pay a lady a compliment without denigrating her gender in virtually the same breath. “Most girls just paddle around,” Sean Connery’s 007 tells Claudine Auger’s Domino following their first underwater encounter. “You swim like a man.” High praise indeed.

Honey Ryder: “Looking for shells?”
Bond: “No. I’m just looking.”
– Dr. No (1962)

“The things I do for England” (You Only Live Twice)
“What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” a bound Sean Connery tells Helga Brandt as she threatens to take a scalpel to his mug. In no time at all though, his hands are free and he’s using that scalpel to slice through Helga’s dress straps.

“Women drivers” (The Spy Who Loved Me)
The van Roger Moore is in might be under attack by Jaws, yet he still finds time to mock Barbara Bach’s motoring. “Would you like me to drive?” 007 says, having sneered at her ignition skills (“Try the big one!”) and stick-shift technique (“Can you play any other tune?”).

Bond: “What can I bring you back from Holland?”
Moneypenny: “A diamond… in a ring.”
Bond: “Would you settle for a tulip?”
(drives off)
Moneypenny: (calls after him) “Yes!”
– Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

“Do you come with the suite?” (Moonraker)
Newly arrived in Brazil, Roger Moore gets over his jetlag by spending some quality time with vodka martini-making beauty Manuela (Emily Bolton). “How do you kill five hours in Rio if you don’t samba?” he asks the lissome lovely, pulling at the belt that lies around her impossibly narrow waist.

“Close but no cigar” (The World Is Not Enough)
Instead of bringing Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) chocolates or an engagement ring back from his trip to Bilbao, Pierce Brosnan’s Bond gives her a cigar inside a distinctly phallic metal tube. “I know exactly where to put that,” M’s loyal secretary smirks suggestively, only to toss it immediately in the nearest waste basket.

Tanya: “I think my mouth is too big!”
Bond: “It’s just the right size… for me that is.”
– From Russia With Love (1963)

“You’re Miss Stephanie Broadchest” (Casino Royale)
Sexist quips don’t exactly trip off the tongue of Daniel Craig’s Bond, but he can still rise to the occasion when the occasion demands. Witness the saucy alias he assigns to Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), or their subsequent risqué banter about what he can achieve with only his little finger.

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Berliner Luft is a dessert cream, liqueur, and canned air – a famous Berlin souvenir – a small can filled with air supposedly from the German capital.

Camels store fat in their humps, not water.

One day on the Moon is 29 1/2 Earth days. This rotation coincides perfectly with its rotation around the Earth so that we always only see one side of the Moon.

On 11 February 2013, confirmed Pope Benedict XVI would resign the papacy on 28 February 2013 as a result of his advanced age, becoming the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415. The move was considered unexpected. In modern times, all popes have stayed in office until death. Not only that, Benedict will be the first Pope to have resigned voluntarily since Pope Celestine V in 1294.

In the Eon Production James Bond films, the third actress to play Miss Moneypenny was called Samantha Bond.

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The Alcoholism Of James Bond


Research has been done into the alcohol consumption of James Bond ‘as if he were a real person’. The objective of the research was to create a retrospective literature review quantifying James Bond’s consumption of alcohol as detailed in the series of novels by Ian Fleming. Essentially, the researchers measured the weekly alcohol consumption by Commander Bond.

Martini ‘shaken, not stirred’ is Bond’s favourite drink

The research was conducted as follows: all 14 James Bond books were read by two of the authors. Contemporaneous notes were taken detailing every alcoholic drink taken; predefined alcohol unit levels were used to calculate consumption; and days when Bond was unable to consume alcohol (such as through incarceration) were noted.

The results were quite surprising: after exclusion of days when Bond was unable to drink, his weekly alcohol consumption was 92 units a week, over four times the recommended amount in the United Kingdom. His maximum daily consumption was 49.8 units. He had only 12.5 alcohol free days out of 87.5 days on which he was able to drink.

In conclusion, if James Bond were a real person, his level of alcohol intake would put him at high risk of multiple alcohol related diseases and an early death. Bond would be considered a grade 3 drinker, putting him in the highest risk group for malignancies, depression, hypertension, cirrhosis and sexual dysfunction. Researchers estimate death at 56.

“You only live twice:
Once when you’re born
And once when you look death in the face.”
― Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice

The level of functioning as displayed in the books is inconsistent with the physical, mental, and indeed sexual functioning expected from someone drinking this much alcohol. Bond’s alcohol consumption resembles a pattern that is commonly seen in people suffering from chronic liver disease; although he has enough in his life to be stressed about, his drinking is probably enduced by a cerebellar tremor (also known as an intention tremor, the result of dysfunction of the cerebellum).

Besides the fact that Bond has quite a dangerous job, his heavy alcoholism is not his only danger in his life; a chapter in Casino Royale begins with the line ‘Bond lit his 80th cigarette of the day’. – Ian Fleming, coincidentally, was an ardent smoker.