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chrissy
2008-Oct-24, 10:05 PM
*poke*

The Huang He (Yellow River) has flooded more than 1500 times in the last 1800 years. In 1931 catastrophic flooding was responsible for the deaths of 3.7 million people. The river has also changed its course at least nine times.

PraedSt
2008-Oct-24, 10:30 PM
A friend of mine bought The Times Concise Atlas of the World yesterday. :p

Joe Boy
2008-Oct-25, 03:29 AM
A wolverine which is the largest and most ferocious member of the weasel family has been known to attack and kill a black bear which can be ten times the wolverine's size.

parallaxicality
2008-Oct-25, 08:28 AM
The Tasmanian devil has independently evolved a lifestyle very similar to that of the wolverine

Nadme
2008-Oct-25, 08:18 PM
Kim Kardashian's stepfather is Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner.

parallaxicality
2008-Oct-25, 08:58 PM
James Bond believes that homosexuals can't whistle.

chrissy
2008-Oct-25, 09:00 PM
Found only in the forest of New Guinea, Queen Alexander's Birdwing, with a wingspan of 11 inches (280 mm), is the largest butterfly in the world.

Frog march
2008-Oct-26, 04:52 AM
elephants seldom buy toilet paper

sarongsong
2008-Oct-26, 06:27 AM
Early Hollywood films were sold by the foot.

thorkil2
2008-Oct-26, 03:38 PM
When Kodak established the Kodascope Libraries in the 1920's to rent copies of box office and other films in the new 16mm format to home users, the film footages were listed in their early catalogs in the standard 35mm footage, possibly because at one foot per second projection speed, it made calculation of projection time easier.

tdvance
2008-Oct-26, 07:31 PM
Newspapers are as big and unwieldy as they are because at one time, they were taxed per page. They remain that way today because smaller ones ("tabloid" format) have such a stigma attached....

Sarawak
2008-Oct-26, 10:11 PM
When I tried to edit my "friends" list, I learned this random fact.


You can't be friends with yourself.

tdvance
2008-Oct-27, 06:02 PM
"x is the same species as y" (using the "fertile offspring" definition) is not an equivalence relation. In fact, one can draw a line from US coast, Canada, Greenland, UK and Europe and Africa in which there are various species of seagulls. Seagulls can mate and produce fertile offspring with neighboring seagulls all down that line, but the seagulls at one end of the line can't produce fertile offspring with the seagulls at the other end. So "speciesism" is not transitive.

chrissy
2008-Oct-27, 11:19 PM
Rich oil shale deposits in Northern Estonia are quarried, crushed and heated to produce almost 32,000 barrels of oil a day.

interstellaryeller
2008-Oct-27, 11:24 PM
a cucumber begins life as a pickle,

Sarawak
2008-Oct-28, 12:27 AM
There is a grave threat to the Fun-n-Games forum here (http://www.bautforum.com/about-baut/80473-should-posts-f-g-count-peoples-post-counts.html).

Currently posts in Fun-n-Games are pegged to posts in other forums at a 1:1 ratio. But Frog March's proposal is to make Fun-n-Games posts worthless. This sudden and complete devaluation of Fun-n-Games posts will have serious repurcussions in the Fun-n-Games economy, leading to lowering standards of living, high unemployment, decreased life span, and possibly total collapse of Fun-n-Games civilization. Poor conditions in Fun-n-Games will then lead to mass migration to other forums, who may close their borders and force Fun-n-Games inhabitants to settle in refugee camps.

Here is what others think of Fun-n-Games posts:


I feel no such compulsion to take action. There are people who, if they keep posting at the rates they are posting will pass ToSeek next year in total posts, but they won't pass him in total respect from the community.

I have responded in PM to one of these people:



I feel no such compulsion to take action. There are people who, if they keep posting at the rates they are posting will pass ToSeek next year in total posts, but they won't pass him in total respect from the community.

Well, I respect you, Chrissy. :)

But if this proposal is enacted, we in Fun-n-Games will not receive any respect from others.

Stop this grave humanitarian catastrophe before it happens.

chrissy
2008-Oct-28, 08:26 PM
We might all be living in the gutter with no respect from others.
Don't venture out of fun and games, because you will be accused of going to places you "have no right to know about".

Yeah! I have one person who respects me.

Gigabyte
2008-Oct-28, 09:38 PM
The real way to tell somebodies status here is the number of page views on their bio page. :D

chrissy
2008-Oct-28, 09:44 PM
I am not that far behind you on that one. fact.

parallaxicality
2008-Oct-29, 08:16 AM
Humans lose 38 bones as they mature

thorkil2
2008-Oct-29, 08:21 AM
Many a Daguerreotypist in the 1840's and 50's ended his career suffering from what was then termed the "Mad Hatter's Disease," resulting from long-term exposure to mercury fumes.

Gigabyte
2008-Oct-29, 08:23 PM
Hmm ...

Sarawak
2008-Oct-30, 01:53 AM
"Hmm ..." is not a fact.

sarongsong
2008-Oct-30, 02:04 AM
http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon10.gif
I don't think Robinson quite understood the premise------
Public outcry caused the Lincoln cent designer's initials, VDB (Victor D. Brenner), to be removed from the coins shortly after they were introduced.

Sarawak
2008-Oct-30, 02:08 AM
China has both one yuan notes and coins.

Gigabyte
2008-Oct-30, 03:13 AM
Hmm ...

That was an edited post, due to time slippage of the previous post, which made it nonsense, so it was edited to Hmm ...

which is as random a fact as you might see.

Gigabyte
2008-Oct-30, 03:15 AM
Sirsalis is a relatively young lunar impact crater located near the western lunar limb, to the southwest of the Oceanus Procellarum.

Sarawak
2008-Oct-30, 06:37 PM
Impact craters are often round even if the object making the crater comes in at an angle.

mahesh
2008-Oct-30, 07:45 PM
Roundly-shaped anglers roundly land fish and skedaddle to the kitchens, to create an impact.

chrissy
2008-Oct-30, 11:17 PM
We had a white out of hail stones earlier tonight.

Sarawak
2008-Oct-31, 04:24 AM
Hailstones and onions both have layers, but most hailstones have fewer layers than most onions.

slang
2008-Oct-31, 09:54 AM
Homo Bibiens has a funny sig.

parallaxicality
2008-Oct-31, 02:49 PM
According to a 1996 survey, there are as many as 2000 native speakers of Esperanto.

Gigabyte
2008-Oct-31, 03:32 PM
Gymnosporangium is a genus of heteroecious plant-pathogenic fungi which alternately infect members of the family Cupressaceae, primarily species in the genus Juniperus , and members of the family Rosaceae in the subfamily Maloideae.

In junipers, the fungus forms a ball about 2-4 cm in diameter which produces a set of orange tentacle-like spore tubes called telial horns. These horns expand and have a jelly like consistency when wet. The spores are released and travel on the wind until they infect an apple, pear, or hawthorn tree.

Sarawak
2008-Nov-01, 12:13 AM
Homo Bibiens has a funny sig.

:)

Saint-Petersburg was the capital of Russia for 206 years.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-01, 02:02 AM
St. George is the patron saint of England and Russia.

Sarawak
2008-Nov-01, 03:02 AM
Sevastopol used to be part of Russia, but was transferred to Ukraine during the Soviet era.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-01, 08:08 AM
The Russians are angling to get Crimea back, and are openly claiming that they will do to Ukraine what they did to Georgia to do it.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-02, 12:20 AM
...openly claiming that they will do to Ukraine what they did to Georgia...Reference?

Sarawak
2008-Nov-02, 02:49 PM
There are no dinosaurs in Wisconsin.

thorkil2
2008-Nov-02, 05:54 PM
There are no dinosaurs in Wisconsin.

...And haven't been for quite a long time, I'll warrant...:)

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-02, 06:22 PM
Reference?

Actually, I may have to take that back. I thought the quote I read was by a Russian minister, but in fact was by the head of the pro-Russian party in Ukraine.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-02, 06:23 PM
...And haven't been for quite a long time, I'll warrant...:)

Don't bones count?

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-02, 06:47 PM
Shishiga (from the Russian: шишига) is a female creature similar to the wood-goblin in Russian folklore and mythology. She is described as white, nude with tousled hair, and is considered to harass people and bring misfortune to drunkards

chrissy
2008-Nov-02, 08:41 PM
Shishiga (from the Russian: шишига) is a female creature similar to the wood-goblin in Russian folklore and mythology. She is described as white, nude with tousled hair, and is considered to harass people and bring misfortune to drunkards

That would be an off duty police officer who didn't get time to put clothes on. :D

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-02, 11:06 PM
Maybe in England.


























:whistle:

slang
2008-Nov-03, 12:06 AM
Bones have never been observed to count.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-03, 02:57 AM
The Takarazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female musical theater in the city of Takarazuka, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Women play both male and female roles in lavish, Broadway-style productions.

thorkil2
2008-Nov-03, 09:36 AM
The 16mm width was selected by Kodak as the minimum size for optimum projection results with reversal processing, that would also make slitting highly flammable 35mm nitrate-based films for home use uneconomical. No 16mm film has ever been permitted to be made on a Nitrate base, and the degree of security applied to prevent accidental production of even a small amount is as impressive as anything the military has ever devised to keep secrets.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-03, 03:44 PM
Wow.

mike alexander
2008-Nov-04, 12:02 AM
The U.S. Presidential election takes place on November 5th.

Thank GOD.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-04, 01:11 AM
In Virginia, the police have caught the dude who was passing our flyers telling Democrats they vote on Nov 5. He claimed it was a joke that got out of hand.

Sarawak
2008-Nov-04, 01:15 AM
The general three-body problem is chaotic.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-04, 01:39 AM
I have never been able to solve the three body problem. The two body problem I understand.

KaiYeves
2008-Nov-04, 01:40 AM
The three orbits on the Unisphere are believed to represent the flight paths of Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn, and Telestar.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-04, 02:16 AM
The original design was to have a ring for each of a dozen satellites in place at the time of the Fair.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-04, 08:51 AM
Mary Wollstonecraft [the younger] married Percy Shelley, the poet, at age 16, and wrote Frankenstein at the suggestion of her husband and Lord Byron.

tdvance
2008-Nov-04, 03:46 PM
....and little did she know she would inspire a berry-flavored breakfast cereal.

tdvance
2008-Nov-04, 03:46 PM
We used to have a coworker named Lt. Frankenberry.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-04, 04:24 PM
I find that hard to believe.

thorkil2
2008-Nov-04, 06:44 PM
I don't know...I once worked with an Air Force Colonel (which means he had once been a major) whose name was Frank Burns. Don't you suppose he led a charmed professional life....

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-04, 07:22 PM
Life is funny.

thorkil2
2008-Nov-04, 08:16 PM
A curious sort of ontology: It takes people to make life funny. It may be true therefore that funny is people.

KaiYeves
2008-Nov-04, 08:26 PM
The Olympic flame is lit at Olympia using a mirror and the rays of the sun.

mahesh
2008-Nov-04, 11:46 PM
Robinson...i'd ease up with the whistling, already. anything you say or whistle at/by/for/about, may be taken down and held against you! This is The Met, you know!

the prospects become mind-boggling.....

i think i'll be off to ogle at the bbc, for activities across the pond.....

mugaliens
2008-Nov-05, 01:39 AM
The 16mm width was selected by Kodak as the minimum size for optimum projection results with reversal processing, that would also make slitting highly flammable 35mm nitrate-based films for home use uneconomical. No 16mm film has ever been permitted to be made on a Nitrate base, and the degree of security applied to prevent accidental production of even a small amount is as impressive as anything the military has ever devised to keep secrets.

Jules Verne let the cat out of the bag many years before in his novel, The Mysterious Island.

mahesh
2008-Nov-05, 06:18 AM
having watched the activities across the water, i love this 'watershed'!
of dreams and mountain-tops!

sarongsong
2008-Nov-05, 09:35 AM
The American writer Louis "Studs" Terkel (May 16, 1912 – October 31, 2008) was nicknamed after Studs Lonigan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studs_Lonigan).

tdvance
2008-Nov-05, 06:37 PM
The Rubik's Cube group has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 elements, and using the usual generators (the various twistings of the faces of the cube), any element is a product of 25 or fewer generators. Nevertheless, most people take more than 25 moves to solve a sufficiently-scrambled Rubik's cube. It is a semi-direct product of the normal subgroup of mini-cube orientation changes, and a group of mini-cube permutations.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-05, 08:21 PM
Alexander the Great introduced the banana and crucifixion to Europe.

Sarawak
2008-Nov-05, 11:10 PM
Japan gained its independence from Brazil in 1931, after the sushi rebels defeated the guarana occupiers.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-06, 03:33 AM
Sushi is vinegared rice, topped with other ingredients like fish or vegetables. Round eyes think sushi means raw fish. Raw fish called sashimi. The word sushi come from word no longer used, "sushi" means "it's sour".

sarongsong
2008-Nov-06, 03:33 AM
Japan gained its independence from Brazil in 1931, after the sushi rebels defeated the guarana occupiers.Reference?

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-06, 03:36 AM
http://www.japanesefoodculture.net/sushi/

Sarawak
2008-Nov-06, 03:42 AM
Reference?

Oops, I thought I was in this thread (http://www.bautforum.com/fun-n-games/76717-leave-untrue-fact-31.html), which qualifies both as an explanation and as a random fact.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-06, 04:19 AM
If you knew sushi, like I knew sushi ...

sarongsong
2008-Nov-06, 06:32 AM
That's 'Donald Fauntleroy Duck'... (http://www.answers.com/topic/donald-duck-2) http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-06, 09:50 AM
Arabs call Arabic numerals Western numerals

tdvance
2008-Nov-06, 03:52 PM
French call French Fries "fried apples". I don't know what they call French toast.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-06, 04:33 PM
No one in England has ever heard of English muffins

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-06, 04:40 PM
In England, a muffin is called a muffin.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-06, 04:41 PM
The French call french toast pain perdu. Which translates as "lost bread".

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-06, 04:45 PM
The two previous posts were not random.

Nadme
2008-Nov-06, 06:12 PM
1950's rock icon Ricky Nelson was brother-in-law to TV star Mark Harmon. At the height of his popularity, Nelson was 2nd only to Elvis Presley.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-07, 01:58 AM
Hey, Ricky was a TV star, too, before he picked up a guitar. :)

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-07, 02:18 AM
De Kalb is a city in Bowie County, Texas, the birthplace of Dan Blocker, who played the character "Hoss Cartwright" on the NBC television Western Bonanza.

Sarawak
2008-Nov-07, 03:55 AM
The English renamed New Amsterdam as New York, receiving it from the Dutch in exchange for Suriname.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-08, 05:55 AM
Tiger Woods shot his first hole-in-one at age six.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-08, 11:28 AM
The Pilgrims brought turkeys with them from England on the Mayflower.

tdvance
2008-Nov-08, 03:26 PM
I shot my first hole in one, at a mini golf in 7th grade. (never got one on a real course--only made par once in my life--I gave up golf, takes too much time to become moderately bad at it)

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-08, 04:00 PM
George Washington had a staghound named Sweetlips.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-09, 12:39 AM
The lowest temperature ever recorded on earth was at Vostok Station, Antarctica with −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F).

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-09, 03:46 PM
The number of Jovian Trojans is approximately equal to the number of asteroids in the Main Asteroid Belt. The number of Neptunian Trojans is several times larger.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-09, 06:45 PM
Supposedly. To date onlyfour Neptunian Trojans have been found.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-09, 07:15 PM
Oh those tricky Neptunian Trojans.


... such a sighting means observers can make a statistical inference that there must be many more. "This finding strongly supports the idea that Neptune Trojans fill a thick disc with a population comparable to, or even larger than, that of [the 2000 known] Jupiter Trojans," says Francesco Marzari, at the University of Padova, Italy, in a commentary on the paper in the journal Science.
http://space.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn9340&feedId=online-news_rss20

hhEb09'1
2008-Nov-10, 01:50 AM
The French don't call French fries "fried apples," they call them "pommes frites" which is short for "pommes de terre frites". "Pommes de terre" means potatoes, in French, etc.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-10, 03:59 AM
Babelfish translates pommes frites as "fried apples".

Pommes de terre means "earth apple", which is obviously a potato.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-10, 06:11 AM
The Academy Awards' first Best Picture award went to Wings (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018578/) (1927).

cjameshuff
2008-Nov-10, 04:22 PM
Automated translation systems are notoriously inaccurate.


The lowest temperature ever recorded on earth was at Vostok Station, Antarctica with −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F).

Superconductive materials have been discovered that have critical temperatures higher than that, meaning they would be superconductive at ambient temperature without cooling. Also, at that temperature, CO2 can exist as a solid at atmospheric pressure.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-10, 05:24 PM
Lake Vostok, near Vostok Station, is the largest subglacial lake in Antarctica, with an estimated area of 15,690 km² (about the same as Lake Ontario) and an average depth of 344 m. It is located beneath 13,000 feet of glacial ice and is believed to possess an oxygen saturation level 50 times that of any other lake.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-10, 06:15 PM
Francesco Maria Grimaldi coined the term diffraction, from the Latin diffringere, 'to break into pieces', referring to light breaking up into different directions.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-11, 09:44 AM
Every person has a unique fragrance, similar to a fingerprint or DNA sample, (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/3414573/Odourprinting-could-be-used-to-identify-people.html)

sarongsong
2008-Nov-13, 07:11 AM
The current land speed record is 1,228kph/763.055mph.

tdvance
2008-Nov-13, 06:13 PM
If a signal has no frequency component higher than some constant f cycles per second, and you sample 2*f equally spaced points per second, you can recover the original signal *exactly*.

(of course in practice, no signal has *no* frequency component higher than f cycles per second, and to recover such a signal exactly, you need a perfect low-pass filter, which in practice can only be made to an approximation)

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-13, 06:14 PM
No one has survived attempting to break the world water speed record since 1978

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-13, 06:48 PM
But many have received Darwin Awards for trying.

hhEb09'1
2008-Nov-14, 10:06 AM
For extremely low values of "many" :)

There have only been two official attempts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_speed_record) since 1978, and the first death was during a test run.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-14, 05:32 PM
"there have only been two official attempts to break it"

Translation: Everyone else died during testing.

Nadme
2008-Nov-14, 07:54 PM
Joyce DeWitt of 3's Company fame is 2nd cousin to Stepfanie Kramer of Hunter fame.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-14, 08:05 PM
Vertigo was a thrill ride at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.

In January 2002, one of the 265 foot-tall towers collapsed.

Soon after the incident, Cedar Fair stated that the attraction would be demolished, because the ride was likely to face popularity issues after the incident.

hhEb09'1
2008-Nov-15, 04:43 PM
Everyone else died during testing.You may be thinking of Don Campbell, who died trying in 1967 but "Prolonged searches over the next two weeks located the wreck, but it was not until May 2001 that Campbell's body was finally located and recovered."

Sarawak
2008-Nov-15, 06:27 PM
The Pribaltiyskaya Hotel is on the Baltic Sea.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-16, 12:03 AM
The Pribaltiyskaya Hotel is on the Baltic Sea.http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon5.gif
...This huge Swedish-built hotel is located on Vasilievskii Island in the Gulf of Finland...
wcities (http://www.wcities.com/en/record/,257773/258/record.html)

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-16, 04:35 AM
Renal ectopia is when both kidneys occur on the same side of the body.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-16, 02:21 PM
A Roman centurion was actually in charge of 80 men, not 100

Sarawak
2008-Nov-16, 04:54 PM
...This huge Swedish-built hotel is located on Vasilievskii Island in the Gulf of Finland...

The Gulf of Finland (Finnish: Suomenlahti, Russian: Финский залив, Finskiy zaliv, Swedish: Finska viken, Estonian: Soome laht) is the easternmost arm of the Baltic Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Finland)

:)

sarongsong
2008-Nov-16, 10:16 PM
:clap: Nice map!
________________

The first spy novel was ‘The Spy' (1821), written by James Fenimore Cooper. (http://student.britannica.com/comptons/article-9277194/spy-fiction)

Alaric
2008-Nov-16, 10:44 PM
The cell walls of mushrooms (and other fungi) are made mostly of chitin, the same substance that the exoskeletons of insects are made of. In part because of this, fungi are currently thought to be more closely related to animals than to plants (though they are neither).

Sarawak
2008-Nov-16, 11:16 PM
'grep' is an actual command in most versions of Unix, not something you do when you are sick.

tdvance
2008-Nov-17, 01:50 AM
GREP stands for general regular-expression parser.

A "regular expression" was invented by and named by the theoretical computer scientist/mathematician Kleene who first came up with the idea for using an asterisk to represent 0 or more repetitions of something (and at the same time, meaning "the free monoid generated by" whatever precedes the asterisk).

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-17, 02:05 AM
In The Ark (a serial in the television series Doctor Who), The Doctor and his friends are held captive by mute, identical alien beings, each with a single eye.

They are called Monoids.

Later in the series, more stuff happens. Involving the Monoids.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-17, 03:00 PM
"The Ark" is set in the year 10 million, and depicts the Earth falling into the Sun. However, "The End of the World" is set in the year 5 billion, and claims that the Sun has been kept from destroying the Earth though conservation efforts.

Doctor Who has never been big on continuity

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-18, 05:10 AM
In Dave Barry's novel, Tricky Business, the song In The Year 2525 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2525), is used as a "revenge tune": a band plays this song to punish its audience for requesting songs they are bored of playing.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-18, 09:11 AM
Stephen Lynch is so sick of being asked to play his early work, "Almighty Malachi, Professional Bowling God" that he will often swear out audience members who ask for it.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-18, 12:15 PM
Jerry Goldsmith composed the scores to Alien and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. James Horner composed the scores to Aliens and Star Trek II.

thorkil2
2008-Nov-19, 05:55 AM
Today is the 80th anniversary of the premier of "Steamboat Willy."

sarongsong
2008-Nov-19, 07:27 AM
(Thought it was the eighteenth...of November) :)
__________________________

Lucy Webb Hayes was the first wife of a president to be officially designated “First Lady.”

thorkil2
2008-Nov-19, 12:47 PM
(Thought it was the eighteenth...of November) :)

(...which is when I posted it.)

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-19, 05:01 PM
Fact: The time you see displayed may not be the actual time it is.

Redrum
2008-Nov-20, 05:22 PM
Coca Cola, the drink, used to contain cocain.

cosmocrazy
2008-Nov-20, 06:00 PM
Adolf Hitler really did have one ball! after a WW1 battle.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-21, 11:31 PM
Darwin's Second Theory introduced the idea of sexual selection.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-24, 05:20 AM
It costs the U.S. government 4¢ each to produce a 'paper' treasury note, whether for $1 or $100.

tdvance
2008-Nov-24, 07:12 PM
The surreal number field (see JH Conway's "On Numbers and Games") contains the real numbers, (and in fact a copy of every characteristic-0 field), all the ordinal and cardinal numbers (including infinite), and their reciprocals (the "infinitesimals"), as well as stranger quantities like the square root of an infinite ordinal. It is not a set because for any set, you can prove it's bigger.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-25, 11:46 PM
Viagra (sildenafil citrate) was devised to treat high blood pressure in arteries of the lungs.

chrissy
2008-Nov-25, 11:54 PM
The O-Zone smells like geraniums.

EndeavorRX7
2008-Nov-27, 05:00 AM
the world isn't round

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-27, 05:06 AM
Neither is the sun

PraedSt
2008-Nov-27, 08:08 PM
My Geography Quiz question went unanswered for exactly 5 minutes.

thorkil2
2008-Nov-27, 08:35 PM
The second 16mm camera on the market, the 1923 Victor Cine Camera was designed to crank out 14 frames per second instead of the standard 16 for a small additional film economy.

cosmocrazy
2008-Nov-27, 08:41 PM
Queen Victoria was the longest reigning British monarch in history.

PraedSt
2008-Nov-27, 09:43 PM
Cosmocrazy once stepped on a garden rake.

cosmocrazy
2008-Nov-27, 11:21 PM
And i saw stars!

cosmocrazy
2008-Nov-27, 11:22 PM
And it really hurt!

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-28, 09:52 AM
While widely considered nonsense, if not outright crazy, the Time Cube (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Cube#The_Time_Cube_concept) has an entire Wikipedia article about it. The current version of Time Cube uses the word "evil" 274 times. The word "love" is only used five times.

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-28, 01:27 PM
A half is a third plus a half of a third.

Gigabyte
2008-Nov-28, 05:42 PM
A half is a quarter, plus half of a half.

EndeavorRX7
2008-Nov-29, 07:03 AM
Q. what gets bigger everytime you take something out of it?

A. a hole

sarongsong
2008-Nov-30, 12:29 PM
Columbus came within 12 miles of finding the Pacific Ocean in 1502. (http://books.google.com/books?id=pYt_HjpC70oC&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=length+%22panama+canal%22+columbus&source=web&ots=_jXncP6Zdu&sig=TTKA3x6k_OUTdrOihF8gtrwP61Y&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result)

parallaxicality
2008-Nov-30, 02:54 PM
There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible colour combinations on a Rubik's Cube

tdvance
2008-Dec-01, 02:36 PM
If you have dollar coins, half-dollar coins, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, you have 293 ways to make a dollar.

Sarawak
2008-Dec-02, 02:23 AM
There are even more ways than that to earn a dollar.

Gigabyte
2008-Dec-02, 04:50 PM
And far more ways to lose one.

sarongsong
2008-Dec-04, 02:44 AM
The Cobalt Blue Tarantula (Haplopelma lividum) is native to Southeast Asia. (http://www.bighairyspiders.com/cobalt.shtml)

Sarawak
2008-Dec-04, 11:45 AM
There exist integers a, b, and c, such that

an+bn=cn

for some integer n>2.

PraedSt
2008-Dec-04, 01:55 PM
Increasing the font size has no affect on smilies.

Look, see? -------> :neutral:

hhEb09'1
2008-Dec-04, 02:32 PM
There exist integers a, b, and c, such that

an+bn=cn

for some integer n>2.Well, sure! a=0, b=c :)

Fact: Buffalo Bill never killed any buffalo

Gigabyte
2008-Dec-04, 03:52 PM
http://tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:CtMqx7vSfy7l6M:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/85/Smiley.svg/800px-Smiley.svg.png

tdvance
2008-Dec-04, 05:07 PM
There exist integers a, b, and c, such that

an+bn=cn

for some integer n>2.


only if at least one of a, b, c, is 0!

tdvance
2008-Dec-04, 05:07 PM
Fermat never proved his "last theorem"!

hhEb09'1
2008-Dec-04, 05:23 PM
Fermat never proved his "last theorem"!At least, he didn't publish it :)

When Sonny and Cher released the song I Got You Babe with the lyric "They say we're young", Sonny was thirty.

Sarawak
2008-Dec-04, 06:14 PM
only if at least one of a, b, c, is 0!

:) See here (http://www.bautforum.com/fun-n-games/76717-leave-untrue-fact-36.html#post1379919) for the untrue version :)

If, for some integers a, b, and c, and some integer m>2

am+bm=cm

then it is also true that

an+bn=cn

for every integer n>0.

Gigabyte
2008-Dec-04, 11:00 PM
According to mathematical historian Howard Eves, "Fermat's Last Theorem, has the peculiar distinction of being the mathematical problem for which the greatest number of incorrect proofs have been published."

tdvance
2008-Dec-04, 11:27 PM
I bet it's also the one with the most "provers" who, when told where the mistake is, argued vehemently that mathematicans are in a conspiracy to keep new ideas out.

Sarawak
2008-Dec-05, 02:23 AM
The ratio of any two bounded, nonzero, entire functions is also a bounded, nonzero, entire function.

PraedSt
2008-Dec-05, 10:39 PM
A thread on BAUT was once hijacked by mathematicians. :)

Sarawak
2008-Dec-05, 11:06 PM
A thread on BAUT was once hijacked by mathematicians. :)

Well, sort of :)

The point of my post is that any bounded entire function is a constant. So the post is an extremely complicated way of saying something that is extremely simple - one non-zero number divided by another non-zero number is a third non-zero number.

I'll use that as my random fact :)

tdvance
2008-Dec-06, 04:36 PM
No thread ever gets hijacked by mathematicians.

By the way,

a convex polytope (n-dimensional polygon/polyhedron) can be defined as the feasible region of a bounded linear program.

A convex polytope can also be defined as what you get if you take a finite number of points in n-dimensional space, and wrap your hyperdimensional saran wrap around them as tightly as possible.

These two definitions are equivalent. Although after drawing a few pictures, it seems obvious, the proof of it takes several pages.

Buttercup
2008-Dec-13, 08:21 PM
Joe Turkel, who portrayed Dr. Eldon Tyrell in "Blade Runner" also portrayed Lloyd the bartender in "The Shining." I thought Lloyd looked a bit familiar but never connected the two. (Also, footage from The Shining was used in Blade Runner, the aerial shot of a winding forest road: Deckard and Rachael are fleeing L.A.; it's the same road the Torrances will take en route to The Overlook Hotel)

chrissy
2008-Dec-13, 10:22 PM
I have one ugly Christmas tree this year, I have always had a beautiful one, decorated with whites/silvers and ice blues, this year my daughter wanted red and black, OH! Boy it is ugly, I am scared to fall against it and hit every branch on the way down because of the ugliness of it might rub of on me even more. :(

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-13, 10:41 PM
I don't have a tree this year, but the one i got for my son is so wide it almost fills the whole room! it has the silver tinsel and blue lights!

Sarawak
2008-Dec-14, 08:08 AM
How do you get a red and black tree?

parallaxicality
2008-Dec-14, 11:34 AM
set it on fire?

You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day than in any other weather.

And also more likely to burn trees.

chrissy
2008-Dec-14, 09:05 PM
*LOL*

My tree is black and the decorations are red and black.

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-14, 10:26 PM
sounds a bit goth to me Chrissy.

chrissy
2008-Dec-14, 11:04 PM
It makes a change from the regular green tree we normally go for. ;)

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-14, 11:08 PM
woooo.. sounds like you are being in vogue! hee hee

Sarawak
2008-Dec-15, 07:16 PM
ToSeek and Antoniseb are in the Politburo now.

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-15, 11:42 PM
Chrissy 's knee desperately needs attention!

Sarawak
2008-Dec-17, 07:57 AM
Sharks bite.

tdvance
2008-Dec-17, 12:45 PM
There are more bacteria in the human body than human cells.

Sarawak
2008-Dec-17, 02:47 PM
Flying pigs are not responsible for most UFO sightings.

tdvance
2008-Dec-17, 03:57 PM
I'll believe in flying saucers when pigs fly--uh oh, what's that out the window going "oink"?

mcamp14
2008-Dec-18, 12:40 AM
Naperville, Illinois is the 3rd best place to live in the United States (as of 2008)

Sarawak
2008-Dec-19, 04:10 AM
Naperville, Illinois is the 3rd best place to live in the United States (as of 2008)

I had to check to see if this was the untrue facts thread! :)

sarongsong
2008-Dec-20, 12:21 PM
The earth contains more than twice the carbon than is present in its atmosphere.

tdvance
2008-Dec-20, 04:13 PM
A (possible) property of the number 42:

In 2 dimensions, wrap string around a set of identical circles in such a way as to minimize area enclosed by string pulled tight. For 6 or fewer circles, the best arrangement puts the circles in a straight line. For 7 or more, you can do better by making a more "circular" arrangement of circles (e.g. a hexagon of 6 circles with 7th in center if there are exactly 7).

In 3 dimensions, if there are 55 or fewer identical spheres (and you wrap with paper instead of string, to minimize volume inside of paper, paper pulled tight), the best arrangement is a straight line of spheres. For 56 or more, the best arrangement involves clumping then into a roughly spherical arrangement.

In four dimensions, the cutoff point is somewhere (not exactly known) between 50,000 and 100,000 -- below the cutoff, a straight line is best; above the cutoff, a clump is best.

From 5 to 41, it is not known what the cutoff is, or even if it is finite! (in fact, it is conjectured to be infinite for all those cases).

42 is the smallest number of dimensions in which it is proven that the cutoff is infinite--it is ALWAYS best to put the hyperspheres in a straight line.

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-20, 10:12 PM
Britney Gallivan has folded a piece of paper in half twelve times.

http://www.pomonahistorical.org/12times.htm

tdvance
2008-Dec-20, 10:53 PM
Humans lose an average of one neuron per second

Sarawak
2008-Dec-21, 04:17 AM
The time from the first airplane flight to the first moon landing was less than 66 years.

sarongsong
2008-Dec-21, 09:45 AM
65.638356 years http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon10.gif
________________

Vanilla is an orchid.

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-21, 01:40 PM
sarongsong is a smarty pants! :lol:

sarongsong
2008-Dec-21, 05:45 PM
Flattery will get you everywhere! http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon12.gif

Sarawak
2008-Dec-21, 09:15 PM
There is nothing people find easier to believe than that which is flattering to them.

BetaDust
2008-Dec-22, 06:12 PM
This is my 600th. Post.

tdvance
2008-Dec-22, 10:58 PM
Aristotle thought "thought" was in the heart and the brain was a radiator to cool the body. Later ancient Greeks thought "thought" was in the cerebrial-spinal fluid in the brain's ventricals, and the soul connected with the brain through the Pineal gland. This view prevailed for about 1500 years until it was determined that a 3-millimeter-thick sheet of gray matter, folded and wrinkled to take up more volume and have more surface area, performs the highest functions of the brain.

Nick
2008-Dec-24, 12:07 PM
River Phoenixs' (the young actor who died from a drug overdose) real name was....

River Bottom http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Phoenix

Nick

tdvance
2008-Dec-24, 02:46 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger's real name was Arnold Schwarzenegger--even though he was advised to change it because nobody would be able to pronounce it.

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-24, 05:08 PM
His Father was also a police officer in Austria.

sarongsong
2008-Dec-25, 12:07 AM
The only movie that Marlon Brando ever directed was "One-Eyed Jacks".

mike alexander
2008-Dec-25, 12:12 AM
I'm not smart enough to participate in the "Are You Smart Enough?" thread.

Sarawak
2008-Dec-25, 05:13 AM
Turkish was written in a script similar to Arabic prior to 1928, but in a Latin-based script from that time on.

princemyheart
2008-Dec-25, 11:27 AM
The Kookaburra or Laughing Jackass, well known for it's laughing birdsong actually requires two Kookaburras to produce the 'laugh'.

mahesh
2008-Dec-26, 12:02 AM
BendItLikeBeckham is on now on BBC, I might just watch it! see if it generates a laugh.
This is coming from a oh-no-not-football-again?-man!

sarongsong
2008-Dec-26, 08:58 PM
Dolphins are mammals.

chrissy
2008-Dec-27, 12:41 AM
I have 133 Private messages. I had more but removed a lot earlier.

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-27, 12:48 AM
chrissy is very popular, and a nice person!

chrissy
2008-Dec-27, 12:52 AM
:o Now look what you have done :o

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-27, 12:59 AM
chrissy gets embarrassed too easily! ;)

parallaxicality
2008-Dec-27, 01:34 AM
The word "mortgage" literally means "death grip"

sarongsong
2008-Dec-27, 10:31 PM
John Wayne holds the record for the film actor with the most leading parts; 142. (http://www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/john_wayne/index.shtml)

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-27, 10:37 PM
He also has a nephew, Tommy Morrison, who stared in one of the Rocky movies

Sarawak
2008-Dec-28, 12:09 AM
Temujin later became Genghis Khan.

tdvance
2008-Dec-28, 10:08 PM
Writing was originally right-to-left. It is believed the Greeks were the first to reverse the direction.

cosmocrazy
2008-Dec-28, 10:28 PM
Dougie Lampkin was 7 times outdoor motorcycle trials champion, a feat which matched the Spaniard's, Jordi Tarres, record.

Gigabyte
2008-Dec-28, 11:39 PM
2MASX J00482185-2507365 is the name given to a pair of Galaxies notable for their rare alignment. Discovered when a Hubble Space Telescope photo of NGC 253 was taken in September 2006.

tdvance
2008-Dec-29, 02:36 AM
Visual imagination and visual perception use the same area of the brain (visual cortex on the occipital lobe)--but in reverse order--visual perception goes from where the optic nerve attaches to the brain (V1) to higher-order processing centers (V2 through V5) and then to cognitive processing, whereas imagination starts with the cognitive processors, through V5 to V4, and V1 last, where the imagined image exists. Halucinations may happen if the brain forgets this is imaginary and it all goes through V2 through V5 again as if it were seen.

Gigabyte
2008-Dec-29, 02:17 PM
A recent study (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7796073.stm) found doses of vitamin B1 (thiamine) can reverse early kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes.

sarongsong
2008-Dec-30, 09:27 PM
Frankincense and myrrh are dried tree resins. (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/86/8651sci2.html)

sarongsong
2009-Jan-01, 08:42 PM
`Domestic cats purr at ~26 cycles per second.

Gigabyte
2009-Jan-02, 02:30 AM
Outstanding!

I love random facts.

parallaxicality
2009-Jan-02, 02:34 AM
Writing was originally right-to-left. It is believed the Greeks were the first to reverse the direction.

Actually, cuneiform, the first true writing system, began as top-to-bottom and then switched to left-to-right. I think you mean alphabetic writing.

sarongsong
2009-Jan-02, 05:48 AM
...I love random facts.Randomer; it's the same frequency as an idling diesel engine. http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon10.gif

Sarawak
2009-Jan-02, 05:52 PM
Krugerrands come in a variety of sizes.

Susannah Dingley
2009-Jan-02, 07:52 PM
Although the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) has an almost exclusively vegetarian diet, it is a mammal belonging to the order Carnivora – which makes it a herbivorous carnivore!

Buttercup
2009-Jan-02, 11:50 PM
Krugerrands come in a variety of sizes.

I didn't know that. :)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson was named by Time Magazine as 1 of the 10 best novels of 1962.

tdvance
2009-Jan-03, 02:03 AM
The movie "A Christmas Story" was based largely on short stories appearing in "In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash".

Gigabyte
2009-Jan-03, 03:14 AM
Named after Troyes, France, the troy system of weights was known to exist in medieval times, at the celebrated fair at Troyes in North Eastern France. One cubic inch of distilled water, at 62 °F (17 °C), and at a barometric pressure of 30 inches of mercury, was determined to weigh 252.458 troy grains (gr).

A Troy ounce is equal to 31.1034768 grams.

Sarawak
2009-Jan-03, 03:43 AM
Since 1958, inches, feet, and yards have been metric units.

sarongsong
2009-Jan-03, 05:13 AM
The Pentagon spent about $22 billion in fiscal year 2008 on its space program. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aOvrNO0OJ41g&refer=worldwide)

Gigabyte
2009-Jan-03, 03:10 PM
You have to be kidding.

tdvance
2009-Jan-03, 04:32 PM
Heinlein was an advocate of turning NASA over to the US Navy.

tdvance
2009-Jan-04, 02:17 AM
Larry and Jerry are finally writing a sequel to Protector called "Destroyer of Worlds". The only timeline info is "it won't be out before 2010'.

Sarawak
2009-Jan-04, 05:36 AM
Ben and Jerry make ice cream.

sarongsong
2009-Jan-04, 06:13 AM
Spent coffee grounds contain between 11 and 20 percent vegetable oil by weight. (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-12/acs-wcg121008.php)

cosmocrazy
2009-Jan-04, 06:10 PM
Since 1958, inches, feet, and yards have been metric units.

Am i missing something?

Here in the UK and i think Europe in general inches, feet and yards are considered imperial units. Millimetres, centimetres, metres and so on are considered the metric derivation.

But i could be wrong. :)

Susannah Dingley
2009-Jan-05, 05:01 AM
The Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) is not a whale but a dolphin.

tdvance
2009-Jan-05, 05:02 PM
Whales have brains several times the volume of humans' and are deeply fissured, giving them several nearly-independent lobes (was just at the National Zoo yesterday).

tdvance
2009-Jan-05, 05:02 PM
Orangutans can whistle (only one known instance--at the National Zoo).

Chunky
2009-Jan-05, 05:48 PM
the moment you read this is not the moment it was wrote.

chrissy
2009-Jan-05, 10:07 PM
This post was my 14,000 post... but it will be short lived.

tdvance
2009-Jan-05, 10:58 PM
The guy who invented the Hawaiian Shirt passed away. (http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?Inventor_of_the_Hawaiian_shirt_dies&in_article_id=459255&in_page_id=34)

Seeka
2009-Jan-05, 11:09 PM
The first horse since Desert Orchid to win three consecutive King George iii stakes is Kauto Star, who achieved this on the 26th Dec 2008 at Kempton Park.

Sarawak
2009-Jan-06, 02:01 AM
This post was my 14,000 post... but it will be short lived.

This post is my 1812th. I have more than 10% of your count!

sarongsong
2009-Jan-06, 03:16 AM
The biggest and brightest full moon of 2009 occurs on January 10, at 10:27 pm EST.

tdvance
2009-Jan-06, 02:59 PM
One cannot hear the shape of a drum. (I forgot the mathematician of spectral manifold theory who proved that).

Gigabyte
2009-Jan-07, 05:12 AM
Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree Quercus suber L, which is native to the west Mediterranean basin.

mike alexander
2009-Jan-07, 07:08 AM
An average person farts fourteen (http://www.smellypoop.com/facts_on_farts.php) times per day.

Gigabyte
2009-Jan-07, 01:01 PM
Over 800 videos about "breaking wind" are uploaded to YouTube each day.

Seeka
2009-Jan-07, 10:33 PM
Today, i drove a golf ball 200 yards.