What is the weirdest fact that you know?

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05 Sep 2005, 9:49 am

If you stretched your arteries and vessels out end-to-end, the resulting chaine would be long enough to circle the world twice.


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06 Sep 2005, 1:15 pm

I know all about aeroplanes, aeroplane crashes and emergency systems in aeroplanes...
Is this weird enough? :nerdy:



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06 Sep 2005, 2:10 pm

PaulB [sorry for noticing this only now] wrote:
The six flavors are up, down, strange, charm, top, bottom. Originally top and bottom were called "truth" and "beauty". I guess they didn't want too many unusual, nonsensical names for quarks after strange and charm (i.e. which is the positive quark and which is the negative quark).

They'd do better staying with "nonsensical" names. Current terms cause divergence in terminology between English and languages that do not have separate words for pairs up-top and down-bottom. In these languages quarks are still "true" and "beautiful". One particular language I have in mind lacks not only "top" and "bottom", but "up" and "down" too, and uses "mountain" for up/top, and "pit" for down/bottom. This language also lacks words for north, south, east and west, to add to its directional deficiency. :)



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07 Sep 2005, 12:37 am

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Cows have 8 stomachs!! !
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Technically the cow has one stomach with four compartments.



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09 Oct 2005, 3:19 pm

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open



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09 Oct 2005, 7:14 pm

Aliens DO exist! mwahahahaha!



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09 Oct 2005, 9:33 pm

You can not hear the echo of a duck's quack. This is because the reverbating echo of the quack sounds exactly like the latter part of the original quack, and the human ear cannot hear any discernible difference.


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10 Oct 2005, 2:28 am

Interesting...

Did you know that the trombone is the closest musical instrument to the voice?


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10 Oct 2005, 7:04 am

Boxer Mik Tyson's career and actions can be traced back to a stolen pigeon. :lol:

When he was very young, a bully tried to steal his pigeon. Tyson, who was very much a victim of bullying and beatings, snapped and lashed back at the thief. A gang took notice who recruited him. The gang got caught, and he was sent to Elmswood Cottage. There he started learning to box, and drew the attention of retired boxing trainer, Cus D'Amato. He took Tyson under his wing and trained him until he died, a year before Tyson won his first championship. We're all fairly familiar of Tyson's downfall in the 90s, such as his conviction for rape, and biting off a part of Evander Holyfield's ear.

So, by tracing his steps back... Tyson's life is all attributed to a pigeon. :wink:

And yes, Tyson's character and life history is my obsession at the moment... apologies. :lol:


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10 Oct 2005, 7:10 pm

Alan Rickman and Anthony Daniels share the exact same birthday (21st Feb, 1946).



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10 Oct 2005, 11:27 pm

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The Andrewsarchus, or "Andrew's Beast," is believed to be the largest carnivorous land mammal that ever lived. It lived during the Cretaceous period, and it stood approximately 8 feet tall at the shoulder. Though it more closely resembles a wolf or hyena, it is actually more closely related to the the modern ungulate family (hoofed mammals).
Actually, Andrewsarchus lived between 60 and 33 million years ago, which is long after the Cretaceous. The largest known mammal that lived during the Mesozoic Era was a badger-sized creature called Repenomamus giganticus that evidentially ate a baby Psittacosaurus, as the remains of one was found in it's belly.


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11 Oct 2005, 12:08 am

The largest known volcano anywhere, olympus mons on the planets mars towers 88,000 feet above the martian surface and has a footprint the size of the state of arizona.

Due to mars small size, the entire profile of the mountain cannot be seen from the ground or at the summit. The horizion is too close to allow that. You can only see it completely from space.


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11 Oct 2005, 11:27 am

We're closer to Star Wars style technology than you think...

Take the ion engine, for example. There was a probe launched by NASA in the late 90's that relied on ion propulsion for changing direction in space. Although the engine only supplied .09 newtons worth of force (comparable to a paper resting on your hand), it was 10 times more efficient then a chemical rocket.


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11 Oct 2005, 2:13 pm

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

If you fart consistently for 6 years and 6 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.

the human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (Is that why Flipper was always smiling? And why isn't the pig included in this list?)

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

Polar bears are left handed.

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. That's like a human jumping the length of a football field.

A cockroach will live nine days without it's head, before it starves to death.

The male praying mantis canot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Starfish don't have brains.

Remember, when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown. BUT, it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and smack the jerk upside the head.


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11 Oct 2005, 3:18 pm

Thagomizer wrote:
Remember, when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown. BUT, it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and smack the jerk upside the head.


That's so beautiful a tear came to my eye.

Here's one that should depress a good amount of people given the population this is being told to (but it's interesting) (the following is a verbatim quote from "Authentic Happiness", which I am reading for a class and not of my own volition, I swear):

"Women who have stable sexual relationships ovulate more regularly, and the continue ovulating into middle age, reaching menopause later than married women in unstable relationships."

((Sweet god, as I typed this, the news on TV started talking about ovarian freezing and then retransplanting. FREAKY.))

Another one I from the same book:

"There are two kinds of smiles. The first, called a Duchenne smile (after its discoverer), is geniune. The corners of your mouth turn up and the skin areound the corners of your eyes crinkle (like crow's feet). The muscles that do this, called the orbicularis oculi and the zygomaticus, are exceedingly difficult to control voluntarily. The other smile, called the Pan American smile (after the flight attendants in the television ads for the now-defunct airline), is inauthentic, with none of the Duchenne features. Indeed, it is probably more related to the rictus that lower primates display when frightened than it is to happiness."



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17 Oct 2005, 11:06 am

aspiegirl2 wrote:
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Intestines are really really long. How do they fit? :?


They probably fit because of the way they are 'folded' into the body. It's like that one analogy with the backpack and the rope: if someone just bunches up a 30ft rope into a backpack, it won't fit. But, if someone carefully coils it, it will fit. I think that's the way that intestines fit into bodies.


I had a professor who did an experiment that involved putting a weight on one end of a pig small intestine (it's very similar to a humans) and dangling it from the top of a building in order to determine the length (you have to account for stretch, you know ;) ). Sorry, this is a bit late, and very random :-).

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