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First, news is not an acronym. Acronyms are a purely 20th century concept, even the word "acronym" wasn't coined until c1940-50. Abbreviations have been around longer, but weren't heavily used. The word "news" comes from Middle English :
Online Etymology Dictionary
1382, plural of new (n.) "new thing," from new (adj.), q.v.; after Fr. nouvelles, used in Bible translations to render M.L. nova (neut. pl.) "news," lit. "new things." Sometimes still regarded as plural, 17c.-19c. Meaning "tidings" is 1423; newspaper is first attested 1670, though the thing itself is much older. Newsreel was first recorded 1916; newscast is from 1930. Newsletter is attested from 1674, but fell from use until it was revived 20c. Newsworthy first attested 1932.
Second, the statistic about 40,000 toilet injuries every year in the U.S. is pure fiction. I'm not saying it's wrong, per se, rather there is no statistic for toilet injuries. A simple Google search will demonstrate that this figure is reported on anecdotal trivia sites, and no where else. There have been a small number of over-reported instances of injuries sustained by toilets, but that's it. Check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet-related_injury (yes, there really is a wikipage for anything).
Oh, and the answer that you're probably looking for on the yo-yo question is that it was originally a weapon. This also is a myth, deriving from one of the James Bond films. The yo-yo was originally developed in the Philippines as a toy.
[Edited by Lemmus, 8/15/2007 9:41:25 AM]
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