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beware of trojan horses

Anti virus

Viruses are the biggest scourge of computer user and even experienced users can be caught by them. There are a lot of programs on the market and most of them are effective as long as you keep them up to date. The free edition of AVG is a bit more basic than the full featured commercial products, but does a good job of basic protection.

Spyware remover

You don’t have to be surfing to dubious sites or file swapping to have your computer clogged with spyware. Even respectable websites can add tracking cookies and data miners. We recommend using at least two spyware removers, which you should run every few weeks to keep your system clean.

Our current favourite is Malware Bytes, but there are plenty of others that are both paid and free.

Spybot looks for software that snoops on your web surfing while advertising software is the target of Adaware. Using the two together catches most of the unwanted rubbish that can clog up your browser. We recommend running them once a month. Like virus checkers, they need to be kept up to date


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more absolutely useless facts

Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.)
# Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is number 47. Until August 7, 1953, congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.
# If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
# Only 1/3 of the people that can twitch their ears can twitch only one at a time.
# The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
# Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
# The largest city in the United States with a one syllable name is Flint, Michigan.
# On the cartoon show ‘The Jetsons’, Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.
# In Mel Brooks’ ‘Silent Movie,’ mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role.
# Only humans and horses have hymens.
# The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
# The state with the longest coastline in the US is Alaska.
# We will have four consecutive full moons making two blue moons in 1999 (January 2 and 31, March 2 and 31.) The only other time it happened this century was in 1915 (January 1 and 31, March 1 and 31.)
# Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make – $5 million going to actor’s salaries.
# Spot, Data’s cat on Star Trek: The Next Generation, was played by six different cats.
# The longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California…
# The number of the trash compactor in Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977) is 3263827.
# “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”
# A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.
# If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
# The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F.
# Mr. Snuffleupagas’ first name was Alyoisus.
# In the movie “the Right Stuff” there is a scene where a government recruiter for the Mercury astronaut program (played by Jeff Goldblum) is in a bar at Muroc Dry Lake, California. His partner suggests Chuck Yeager as a good astronaut candidate. Jeff proceeds to bad mouth Yeager claiming they need someone who went to college. During the conversation the real Chuck Yeager is playing a bartender who is standing behind the recruiters eavesdropping. General Yeager is listed low in the movie credits as ‘Fred.’
# Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
# There are only four words in the English language which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
# The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopics- ilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovol- canoconioses, its plural.
# The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatan- gihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokai- whenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
# Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”
# A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
# An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.
# Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
# After the Civil War the U.S. sued Great Britain for damages that were caused by them building ships for the Confederacy. We originally asked for $1 billion but settled on $25 Million.
# There are 22 stars surrounding the mountain on the Paramount Pictures logo.
# Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.
# There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility.
# In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
# The only Dutch word to contain eight consecutive consonants is ‘angstschreeuw’.
# Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
# The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan’s original name was Temujin.
# The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was “Smile”.
# Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order.
# Geller and Huchra have made three-dimensional maps of the distribution of galaxies. In each layer of the map some galaxies are grouped together in such a way that they resemble a human being.
# Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
# Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
# The second longest word in the English language is “antidisestablishmentarianism”.
# When two words are combined to form a single word (e.g., motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a “portmanteau.”
# Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth … and whose shame created the expression for ignominy, “His name is Mudd.”
# The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint – no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
# In 1969, the last Corvair was painted gold.
# The real name of the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” lady is Edith Fore.
# Betsy Ross was born with a fully formed set of teeth.
# Betsy Ross’s other contribution to the American Revolution, beside sewing the first American flag, was running a munitions factory in her basement.
# The only real people to be a Pez head are
Betsy Ross, Paul Revere and Daniel Boone.
# Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book ‘The Naked Lunch’.
# Bob Dylan’s real name is Robert Zimmerman.
# Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
# Lenny Kravitz’s mother played the part of “Helen” on “The Jeffersons.”
# Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
# A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
# 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
# The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
# There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein.
# When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.
# John Larroquette of “Night Court” and “The John Larroquette Show” was the narrator of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
# A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
# A pig’s penis is shaped like a corkscrew.
# A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
# A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
# A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge.
# A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
# On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1” encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.
# It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
# “Evian” spelled backwards is naive.
# The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
# Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.
# It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up it’s stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it’s mouth. Then the frog uses it’s forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
# The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright.
# A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.
# Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.
# Lake Nicaragua boasts the only fresh-water sharks in the entire world.
# Charles de Gaulle’s final words were, “It hurts.”
# There are four cars and ten lightposts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.
# ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni- frid.)
# What five digit number, when multiplied by the number 4, is the same number with the digits in reverse order?
21978; 21978 x 4 = 87912.
# It was illegal to sell ET dolls in France because there is a law against selling dolls without human faces.
# In the 1983 film “JAWS 3D” the shark blows up. Some of the shark guts were the stuffed ET dolls being sold at the time.
# Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
# The Beatles song “Dear Prudence” was written about Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence, when she wouldn’t come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.
# Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
# The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
# St. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there.
# The numbers ‘172’ can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
# Moon was Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon in 1969.)
# Who’s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? It’s Paul Reiser himself.. And Greg Evigan sang the “My Two Dads” theme. Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser.Alan Thicke, the father in the TV show Growing Pains wrote the theme songs for The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes .
# In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, “They’ll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run.” On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run.
# The Grateful Dead were once called The Warlocks.
# Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy.
# The Skipper’s real name on Gilligan’s Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radios newscast about the wreck.
# The Professor’s real name was Roy Hinkley, Mary Ann’s last name was Summers and Mrs. Howell’s maiden name was Wentworth.
# The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
# In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
# Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.
# The “L.L.” in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.
# The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.
# The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
# Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
# The lead singer of The Knack, famous for “My Sharona,” and Jack Kevorkian’s lead defense attorney are brothers, Doug & Jeffrey Feiger.
# The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

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