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06 Feb 2009, 10:13 pm

Social_Fantom - the dark hour sounds really interesting!

the zodiac is divided into 4 elements: earth, air, fire & water

in the recent filming of The Phantom of the Opera when Gerard Butler played the phantom, all the music was lowered by a third step so instead of hitting the (in)famous high E at the end of the phantom of the opera, Christine only hit a high C


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06 Feb 2009, 11:15 pm

The most densely populated city in the united states is none other than...Union City, New Jersey (although it is not the most densely populated municipality in New Jersey, this particular distinction goes to possibly Guttenberg NJ)


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07 Feb 2009, 2:42 pm

(from one source only but ~) did you know that the average life expectancy over the world in 1800 was about 27 years. Around 1900 it was 30 years and around 2000 it increased to about 65 years old.

And still rising.



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09 Feb 2009, 3:59 am

Scientists believe that the greenland shark lives up to 200 years, perhaps even more? 8)


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09 Feb 2009, 2:06 pm

Many species of adult mayflies live for only about 30 minutes.
They emerge from the nymph state of metamorphosis, mate, then die.


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09 Feb 2009, 10:53 pm

The New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area (an means of evaluating the area encompassed by NYC and satellites) has more people and a larger economy than the entire country of Australia.


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09 Feb 2009, 10:57 pm

The largest major city in size is Jacksonville, FL.



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09 Feb 2009, 11:04 pm

The male platypus has venomous spurs on their hind legs that's powerful enough to kill a dog.



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10 Feb 2009, 5:21 pm

The word "sine" (as in the sin(x)) in English comes from an Anglicization of a Latin word which was a mistranslation of a crude Arabic transliteration of a Sanskrit word.

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10 Feb 2009, 7:02 pm

Before there were motorways in the UK, A-roads were the highest level roads. And when they were originally numbered, the most important national roads were those given single numbers, i.e. A1, A2, through to A9.

Well, Edinburgh was the starting/ending point of four of these. Three of them, the A1, A7 and A8, still meet at the same junction. This is the junction of Waterloo Place, North Bridge and Princes Street respectively (and a fourth street, Leith Street, the A900).

The A9 also - originally - terminated in Edinburgh, though it split from the A8 in the suburb of Corstorphine. A long stretch of the A9 was over time declassified because Edinburgh Airport was built over part of it. Then part was downgraded to B-road and part renumbered since of the arrival of the M9 motorway running parallel. As a result, now the A9 only comes as far south as Falkirk, and doesn't even join with any other single-digit A-road.

But the sheer importance of Edinburgh to the road network is shown in these four roads converging on it, as well as some 2-digit A-roads and many other main roads. This importance should be immediately obvious if you look at Edinburgh on a road map.

Road distances to Edinburgh are measured to the A1/A7/A8 junction. This is where the GPO used to stand, and GPO's tended to be the point where road distances to a town or city are measured. A clue to this is given by a sign in the West End which says:

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City Centre 1

'City Centre', in road terms, being what was the GPO.



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10 Feb 2009, 9:59 pm

I've been craving tacos really bad, so I bought everything to make them, or so I thought. Duh, I forgot that you need lettuce and tomatoes. Dumbass. :wall: :lol:


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11 Feb 2009, 12:59 am

The earth and anything else in an orbit travels in a straight line.



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11 Feb 2009, 2:31 am

Things have slowed down to a crawl. :scratch:


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11 Feb 2009, 6:59 pm

There was just a restaurant on TV that goes through 10,000 pounds of bacon.....per week! 8O


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11 Feb 2009, 8:00 pm

Places on the A9 road (original route, which has been altered over the years):

Edinburgh
Kirkliston, Winchburgh, Linlithgow
Polmont, Falkirk
Bannockburn, Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane
Blackford, Auchterarder
Perth
Dunkeld
Pitlochry
Blair Atholl
Dalwhinnie
Newtonmore, Kingussie, Aviemore
Inverness
Beauly
Dingwall
Invergordon
Tain
Bonar Bridge
Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale
Latheron
Wick
John o' Groats