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firstcontact
2006-Jul-21, 03:36 PM
I'll start!
our fingernails are the same substance as a turtles shell-kelatin

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-21, 03:39 PM
There is no medical name for the 'back of the knee'.

firstcontact
2006-Jul-21, 03:45 PM
lol.
Put a mentos freshmaker in a bottle of diet coke and you'll get an explosion!

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-21, 04:05 PM
set fire to a saltpeter & sugar mix and you'll get smoke and something that looks like elephant dropping.

i only ponder
2006-Jul-21, 04:06 PM
13 people a year are killed by falling vending machines

firstcontact
2006-Jul-21, 04:07 PM
Birds actually prefer to crap on humans if they have the chance.
throughout our life a human will eat 7 bugs while sleeping

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-21, 04:17 PM
In Poland it is illegal to drive without your headlights on, day or night, during winter months.

firstcontact
2006-Jul-21, 04:21 PM
If we had ham we could have ham and eggs if we had eggs.

firstcontact
2006-Jul-21, 04:22 PM
This statement is false

Gruesome
2006-Jul-21, 04:28 PM
The Zip Code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, New York.

firstcontact
2006-Jul-21, 04:33 PM
No other Moon orbits it's planet closer then Phobos of mars. (that we know of)

Swift
2006-Jul-21, 04:54 PM
We had several power outages today in Stow, Ohio

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-21, 05:21 PM
Some of the oldest rocks in the world are in Barberton, Mpumalanga.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-21, 05:26 PM
The area code 321 is assigned to the part of Florida containing the Kennedy Space Center.

Click Ticker
2006-Jul-21, 06:03 PM
13 people a year are killed by falling vending machines

What a horrible fate to meet while trying to shake that $1.00 bag of chips free.

St. Peter: "And what brings you here?"

Me: "That machine ate my dollar!"

My fact. The Detroit Tigers have the best record in Major League Baseball right now.

snarkophilus
2006-Jul-21, 09:50 PM
In Africa, hippos kill more people per year than any other animal (except perhaps some insects). Don't become a statistic -- don't feed the hippopotamus!

GDwarf
2006-Jul-21, 10:52 PM
The Ostrich is actually a very deadly bird, more then capable of clawing a human to death.

The Cassowary, in Australia, is, if anything, more dangerous as it doesn't particularly fear humans but is of a similar size to the ostrich. They're actually considered dangerous enough that people are warned against approaching them. (Mind you, that seems to be true for everything with a mouth, or tentacles, in that part of the world...)

Lord Jubjub
2006-Jul-21, 11:10 PM
The forecast high for this day for Victoria, BC, is cooler than the forecast low for Houston, TX.

Ronald Brak
2006-Jul-22, 01:30 AM
More people die from beestings in Australia than sharks, crocodiles or cassowarys put together. (Probably because the sharks, crocodiles and cassowarys are too busy fighting each other to kill people when put together.)

ToSeek
2006-Jul-22, 03:35 AM
There is only one American state with a one-syllable name.

firstcontact
2006-Jul-22, 06:43 AM
There is only one American state with a one-syllable name.

maine

ggremlin
2006-Jul-22, 08:20 AM
A nanosecond is 17 inches long.

Cugel
2006-Jul-22, 09:39 AM
The Apollo-13 RTG, loaded with plutonium, is currently located at the bottom of the Tonga Trench, one of the deepest points in the Pacific Ocean.

antoniseb
2006-Jul-22, 11:45 AM
In 1884, National League Pitcher Charles Radbourn had an ERA of 1.38, 441 strikeouts, and a record of 60 wins 12 losses, which is possibly the best year any major league pitcher ever had. His team, the Providence Grays, won the pennant that year.

Roy Batty
2006-Jul-22, 12:05 PM
The Banana plant is a herb and its fruit a berry.

firstcontact
2006-Jul-22, 02:50 PM
The seed bearing device of an oak tree is what is commonly refered to as an "oak ball"

turbo-1
2006-Jul-22, 03:21 PM
There is only one American state with a one-syllable name.
I live there. The state was named after a province in France centered around the city of Le Mans.

turbo-1
2006-Jul-22, 03:24 PM
The word "sabotage" came from the practice (by French peasant laborers) of throwing wooden shoes (sabots) into the wooden cogs of factory machinery to wreck them. The industrial revolution did not benefit everybody.

firstcontact
2006-Jul-22, 03:36 PM
Here's a good one:
Thousand Oaks, CA is the safest city in the country to live in. and i happen to work there.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-22, 07:24 PM
The air in a sneeze leaves your body at over 200 mph.

Nereid
2006-Jul-22, 10:31 PM
The most simple chinese character (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_character) has just one stroke; the most complex 64, 36, 48, 57, or 84 (depends on what you allow as 'most complex').

ToSeek
2006-Jul-23, 03:32 AM
The word "gullible" isn't found in any dictionary.

Frog march
2006-Jul-23, 03:47 AM
http://gullible.com/ "maybe for sale", but then again maybe it isn't.

Titana
2006-Jul-23, 03:52 PM
The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

Frog march
2006-Jul-23, 07:09 PM
The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting in lines. that woulds mean an average of 2.4 hours in line every day for the whole of the 50years!

edit-I suppose if that included traffic lines that would make sense.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-24, 01:33 AM
The most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. Because of their habits of visiting animal waste, they transmit more diseases than any other animal.

Titana
2006-Jul-24, 03:12 AM
Forty is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order. One is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.

Four is the only number whose number of letters in the name equals the number.


Titana

ToSeek
2006-Jul-24, 03:24 AM
The body of a human child contains nearly 300 bones. The body of a human adult contains only about 210 because the bones fuse as you grow.

Titana
2006-Jul-24, 04:11 AM
Happy Birthday was the first song to be performed in outer space, sung by the Apollo IX astronauts on March 8, 1969.


Titana

Swift
2006-Jul-24, 01:29 PM
The groundhog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog) is also know as the woodchuck or the whistle pig (for their alarm call).

ToSeek
2006-Jul-24, 03:08 PM
Google has interfaces in 36 languages, including Klingon (http://www.google.com/intl/xx-klingon/).

brianok
2006-Jul-24, 03:15 PM
Bananas are one of Icelands' major exports.

Titana
2006-Jul-24, 03:52 PM
23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks......:think:



Titana

ToSeek
2006-Jul-24, 03:56 PM
Honorary U.S. citizenship has been conferred only four times--to British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill; Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved at least 20,000 Jews from the Nazis; Pennsylvania founder William Penn and his wife, Hannah; and to Mother Teresa for her work around the world caring for the sick and destitute.

Swift
2006-Jul-24, 05:17 PM
Bananas are one of Icelands' major exports.
I thought these were supposed to be random facts, not random lies.
Or are bananas made from fish ?(LINK (http://www.randburg.com/is/general/general_4.html)). :naughty:

Roy Batty
2006-Jul-24, 05:36 PM
The actual fact is that Iceland don't have to import Bananas (which i'll mention again, are a berry from a herb:)) since they can grow all their own!

ToSeek
2006-Jul-24, 07:49 PM
The Washington Monument is sinking at a rate of 5.64 inches per century.

GDwarf
2006-Jul-24, 09:51 PM
The Washington Monument is sinking at a rate of 5.64 inches per century.
From which we can conclude that 4.5 billion years ago it would've been 635 000km above the surface of the Earth! Since that's silly the Earth obviously has to be much younger. :P

Anywho, There's a species of squid that can 'fly' through the air for 50 yards, they also leap 6 feet out of the water and can achieve speeds of up to 45 mph. I can just picture some early sailor standing on deck when all of a sudden a squid bullet flies alongside his boat and off into the distance...

ToSeek
2006-Jul-24, 10:25 PM
There are as many whole numbers as there are fractions.

Lance
2006-Jul-24, 10:46 PM
0.999... = 1

ToSeek
2006-Jul-24, 11:01 PM
Over 10% of Lance's posts on this forum mention llamas.

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-25, 12:34 AM
Inglind is moving away from Europe at 20cm per year. Is the channel tunnel built like a concertina?

ToSeek
2006-Jul-25, 01:26 AM
Are you sure that's right? 20cm is an awfully fast pace for continental drift. Africa and South America are only moving apart at the rate of 3 cm/year.

ggremlin
2006-Jul-25, 04:50 AM
Almost 100% of all mobile homes move once, less than 1% move twice or more.

BigDon
2006-Jul-25, 07:03 AM
When watering your lawn remember one inch of water soaks six inchs deep of ground.

brianok
2006-Jul-25, 08:01 AM
HERE IS PROOF ABOUT ICELANDS' BANANAS

http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/SLNgeography@Iceland1.htm

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-25, 08:20 AM
Are you sure that's right? 20cm is an awfully fast pace for continental drift. Africa and South America are only moving apart at the rate of 3 cm/year.

sorry that should have read 20mm (about an inch).
tch...tch...you just can't believe everything you write can you?

Swift
2006-Jul-25, 01:39 PM
HERE IS PROOF ABOUT ICELANDS' BANANAS

http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/SLNgeography@Iceland1.htm
By that standard, Cleveland is the largest grower of bananas in Ohio.
LINK - see page 1 of the Gallery (http://rockefellergreenhouse.org/)

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-25, 02:14 PM
What ever happened to Herb Banas?

ToSeek
2006-Jul-25, 02:30 PM
HERE IS PROOF ABOUT ICELANDS' BANANAS

http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/SLNgeography@Iceland1.htm

There's no question that Iceland grows its own bananas. I think the real issue is whether it exports many of them. From what I can tell, bananas are not one of the countries major exports.

It is still cool that they can grow bananas - I didn't know that.

firstcontact
2006-Jul-25, 02:31 PM
Every 1-2 months we have a completely new heart.

pghnative
2006-Jul-25, 04:08 PM
The area code 321 is assigned to the part of Florida containing the Kennedy Space Center. And the phone number 321-543-8633 belongs (or, at least, initially belonged) to the man who petitioned the Florida utility board to have the area code 321 thusly assigned to KSC.

(That would be 321-LIFTOFF)

ToSeek
2006-Jul-25, 05:19 PM
There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are humans on the planet.

pghnative
2006-Jul-25, 05:33 PM
There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are humans on the planet.Before or after using Lysterine??

ToSeek
2006-Jul-25, 05:43 PM
Probably before, but it doesn't take them long to rebound.

Lance
2006-Jul-25, 05:56 PM
Llamas get very lonely without other llamas to keep them company.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-25, 07:41 PM
Despite the name, the Dalai Lama is not actually a llama.

Lance
2006-Jul-25, 07:52 PM
He is, however, a lama.

Roy Batty
2006-Jul-25, 08:14 PM
and not a Deli... (http://www.vikkilee.com/cartoons1.html)

Oops, I thought this was the Llama thread, can't think why?!:think:

Ok a random fact: It's not good to get anywhere near a Taikodai (http://www.rpgamer.com/news/japan/images/Q4-2005/taikodai012.jpg) when it's being hurtled towards you by a lot of Sake fuelled Japanese people!

Murff
2006-Jul-25, 08:52 PM
If you peel a banana the opposite way, you won't have those string things hanging around. ;)


(By backwards I mean pinch and start at the tip instead of the stalk)

Swift
2006-Jul-25, 08:59 PM
Originally Posted by ToSeek
There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are humans on the planet.Before or after using Lysterine??
Lysterine has an effect on the number of humans on the planet?!?

But of course it does, significant others are much friendlier if you use Lysterine. :doh:

Nereid
2006-Jul-25, 10:56 PM
There are no llamas on Mars (yet).

Lance
2006-Jul-25, 11:35 PM
There are no llamas on Mars (yet).
Cite?

You are making the claim here so please back it up.

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

My fact: The above is just a joke.

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-25, 11:44 PM
Llamas on Mars drive cars. Nearly almost everyone everywhere knows that.

pghnative
2006-Jul-26, 12:33 AM
I ate chicken for dinner tonight.

pghnative
2006-Jul-26, 12:36 AM
Immediately after making the last post, I went to the "today's posts" in Quick Links, and saw this thread (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?t=44785) for the first time.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-26, 03:18 AM
Cary Grant, Tony Curtis and Joan Crawford have never been in my kitchen.

Nereid
2006-Jul-26, 03:28 AM
Cite?

You are making the claim here so please back it up.

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

My fact: The above is just a joke.Why, Van Rijn's invisible elf, of course ... and that's a (random) fact!

GDwarf
2006-Jul-26, 02:53 PM
Cary Grant, Tony Curtis and Joan Crawford have never been in my kitchen.
Individually or at the same time? :P

Japan has the world's longest reigning royal family, the current emperor is a direct descendant from the original emperor of Japan!

ToSeek
2006-Jul-26, 02:55 PM
The greatest tide change on earth occurs in the Bay of Fundy. The difference between low tide and high tide can be as great as 54 ft. 6 in. (16.6 meters).

Titana
2006-Jul-26, 03:44 PM
The longest name of a location in English-speaking country is:
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakit anatahu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakit anatahu).....:think:



Titana

Gruesome
2006-Jul-26, 04:09 PM
Underneath my clothes, I'm completely naked.

Nereid
2006-Jul-26, 04:25 PM
The LSST, if built according to current plans, in its normal operational mode, will image the whole night sky, at its location (in Chile), every three days.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-26, 06:23 PM
There are no poisonous snakes in Maine.

Nereid
2006-Jul-26, 06:38 PM
There are no poisonous snakes in Antartica (or Greenland).

ToSeek
2006-Jul-26, 07:26 PM
The Skylab astronauts grew 1.5 - 2.25 inches (3.8 - 5.7 centimeters) due to spinal lengthening and straightening as a result of zero gravity.

Peter Wilson
2006-Jul-26, 09:24 PM
Forty is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order. One is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.

Four is the only number whose number of letters in the name equals the number.


Titana
That was three facts...non-random, no less.

Oops!

ToSeek
2006-Jul-27, 02:25 AM
I'll make up for it by making a post with no facts.

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-27, 09:53 AM
Infact, I will do the same.

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-27, 09:56 AM
Can anyone recall an American president quoted as saying " Facts are stupid things ..." ?

ToSeek
2006-Jul-27, 02:32 PM
Now we're one fact down. Someone needs to post two.

Titana
2006-Jul-27, 03:10 PM
That was three facts...non-random, no less.

Oops!



Yes, three facts, but one post............:shifty:



Titana

Titana
2006-Jul-27, 03:11 PM
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


Titana

pghnative
2006-Jul-27, 04:31 PM
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
TitanaHey, this is the "Post a fact"-thread, not the "Post a legend" (http://www.snopes.com/military/statue.htm) thread.

The two rivers to the up and right of my avatar are the Allegheny (up-right) and Monongahela (bottom right). They combine to form the Ohio River (to bottom left)

This is either three or four facts, which may or not bring us up to equilibrium. (By saying "may or may not", I prevent that sentance from being a fact and throwing us into dis-equilibrium.......maybe)

Titana
2006-Jul-27, 04:44 PM
Hey, this is the "Post a fact"-thread, not the "Post a legend" thread.

Yeah, I new it was probably not true, I got it from here. (http://funny2.com/facts.htm).....:rolleyes:



Titana

ToSeek
2006-Jul-27, 06:39 PM
The first coast-to-coast telephone line was established in 1914.

pghnative
2006-Jul-27, 08:05 PM
The precurser to "Coast to Coast AM" started in 1989 as a political call-in show before morphing into the realm of Planet X, paranormal activities, Moon Hoax and other unskeptical tripe.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-27, 08:33 PM
Believe it or not, there is no "Planet X"/Niburu the size of Neptune careening around the inner solar system and about to cause - really, any day now - the Earth to shift its poles.

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Jul-27, 10:29 PM
But pole shift has happened a lot in the past, what causes it? And other than magnetic navigation, what else will it change?
Sorry, as this is the 'leave a random fact' thread...my friend the 9yr old says the facts indicate, no changes.

Roy Batty
2006-Jul-28, 12:42 AM
What causes the Magnetic Pole to shift by miles on a weekly basis? our Earth's molten, moving, iron rich, core. Which is why we need a ship to burrow down and... :D ;)

ToSeek
2006-Jul-28, 03:41 AM
Well, Nancy's talking about the Earth's geographic poles inverting, not just the magnetic poles (though she lets the ambiguity work in her favor whenever possible). It has been pointed out that the amount of energy required to do that would melt the planet, but it doesn't faze her.

brianok
2006-Jul-28, 01:03 PM
National Pi Day is March 14, at 1:59. (3/14 1:59)

Swift
2006-Jul-28, 01:06 PM
National Mole Day (http://www.moleday.org/) is October 23, from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. (a mole is 6.02 x 10^23 units of whatever you are measuring, such as atoms - which is called Avogadro's Number).

Nereid
2006-Jul-28, 01:33 PM
Jeanne Calment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Calment), who died at the young age of 122, quit smoking ... when she was 117.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-28, 02:30 PM
Today is national milk chocolate day.

Peter Wilson
2006-Jul-28, 09:23 PM
Underneath my clothes, I'm completely naked.(Ahem)
The category, if you will? Random facts, no scary ones :p

pghnative
2006-Jul-28, 09:29 PM
For years, the Grant Building in Pittsburgh would flash a giant red beacon on and off from the top of the building. It was Morse code for P-I-T-T-S-B-U-R-G-H.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-28, 09:52 PM
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

antoniseb
2006-Jul-28, 10:15 PM
ToSeek has posted well over 100 posts today.

ToSeek
2006-Jul-28, 10:28 PM
Nope, only 78 since midnight. But I haven't stopped yet....

antoniseb posted 130 times on Independence Day. ;)

cjl
2006-Jul-28, 10:55 PM
ToSeek will soon break 20k posts, the only poster on any forum to which I belong to do so.

Edited: he now has 20k posts

Roy Batty
2006-Jul-28, 11:30 PM
We don't have to lick stamps anymore in the UK :)

Chuck
2006-Jul-28, 11:41 PM
Wreck Likely That of Nazi Aircraft Carrier (http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/wreck-likely-that-of-nazi-aircraft/20060727101109990002?ncid=NWS00010000000001)
WARSAW, Poland (July 27) - Poland's Navy said Thursday that it has identified a sunken shipwreck in the Baltic Sea as almost certainly being Nazi Germany's only aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin - a find that promises to shed light on a 59-year-old mystery surrounding the ship's fate.

Van Rijn
2006-Jul-28, 11:55 PM
We don't have to lick stamps anymore in the UK :)

You don't have to in the U.S. either. Self-stick stamps are common, though lick-and-stick stamps are still available.

Van Rijn
2006-Jul-29, 12:02 AM
The average human brain weighs in at about 3 pounds. However, Lord Byron's brain was well over 4 pounds (I've seen estimates of 5-6 pounds, and some have even said 10 pounds, but that's nonsense). On the other hand, French Writer Anatole France's brain weighed in at mere 2 1/4 pounds.

I always thought a good B-movie title would be "The Man with the Five Pound Brain!"

Chunky
2006-Jul-29, 01:12 AM
a single thunder storm cloud weighs as much as all the elefants alive on earth today, all the clouds added together could weigh as much as all the elefants that have ever lived, added together

(discovery channel)
P.S i dont know how to spell elefant:shifty:

GDwarf
2006-Jul-29, 01:24 AM
Not-so-random-fact: Elephant is spelt E-l-e-p-h-a-n-t. :P

Van Rijn
2006-Jul-29, 01:25 AM
P.S i dont know how to spell elefant:shifty:

You almost have it: "Elephant."

(darn, timing . . .)

mickal555
2006-Jul-29, 06:35 AM
In Africa, hippos kill more people per year than any other animal (except perhaps some insects). Don't become a statistic -- don't feed the hippopotamus!

:D:think:

Nereid
2006-Jul-29, 06:58 AM
The US military knew about GRBs long before the astrophysics community did (they were looking for 'secret' bomb tests, and discovered a very different kind of explosion instead).

Cugel
2006-Jul-30, 11:57 PM
This thread is now on top of the index page.

Blue Fire
2006-Jul-31, 06:46 PM
A nanosecond is 17 inches long.
17 light-inches?

Lance
2006-Jul-31, 09:03 PM
A nanosecond is 17 inches long.17 light-inches?
I get 11.8

Peter Wilson
2006-Jul-31, 10:39 PM
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

You mean wagging your tongue to lick the stamp consumes 1/10th calorie, or there is 1/10th calorie worth of digestible material on the stamp :confused:

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-01, 01:58 AM
The vein that was in my inner lower left thigh is now camping out in my chest attached to my heart. So are both mammary arteries.

Click Ticker
2006-Aug-01, 11:50 AM
The vein that was in my inner lower left thigh is now camping out in my chest attached to my heart. So are both mammary arteries.

I am also a member of the zipper club. Plastic valve for me.

VARN
2006-Aug-01, 11:12 PM
hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Definition: fear of long words

phunk
2006-Aug-01, 11:20 PM
I once found a 6 leaf clover, but a monkey ate it.

ToSeek
2006-Aug-02, 07:19 PM
You mean wagging your tongue to lick the stamp consumes 1/10th calorie, or there is 1/10th calorie worth of digestible material on the stamp :confused:

I assume that we're referring to the amount of exertion involved.

pghnative
2006-Aug-02, 07:31 PM
I assume that we're referring to the amount of exertion involved.Really??? My assumption was the exact opposite, that stamp glue (some of which will enter your digestive track) has a small amount of caloric content.

Hmm - based on this website (http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.html), a 200 lb person walking for 3 miles at 3MPH = 300 calories burned. Assuming a step of 2.5 feet, this means that 2 steps burns 0.09 (or ~ 0.1) calorie. I would think wagging your tongue is less exertive than taking two walking steps.

Assuming the stamp glue is carbohydrate/protein, then 0.1 calorie = 25 mg of stamp glue. That seems possible -- 25 mg is a pretty small quantity

parallaxicality
2006-Aug-02, 07:58 PM
The Da Vinci Code is Tom Hanks's highest grossing film worldwide.

Peter Wilson
2006-Aug-02, 09:10 PM
Really??? My assumption was the exact opposite, that stamp glue (some of which will enter your digestive track) has a small amount of caloric content.

Hmm - based on this website (http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.html), a 200 lb person walking for 3 miles at 3MPH = 300 calories burned. Assuming a step of 2.5 feet, this means that 2 steps burns 0.09 (or ~ 0.1) calorie. I would think wagging your tongue is less exertive than taking two walking steps.

Assuming the stamp glue is carbohydrate/protein, then 0.1 calorie = 25 mg of stamp glue. That seems possible -- 25 mg is a pretty small quantity

The calories on that web site are kilo-calories. The 1/10th calorie involved in licking a stamp is the regular, un-extrasized mono-calorie. The only thing unclear is whether the 1/10th calorie is a net gain from the sweet, sticky stuff on the stamp, or a net loss due to tongue exertion. I'm guessing its a zero-sum game.

And that's a fact ;)

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-02, 11:23 PM
Elephants can't jump, . . . can they?

Bird eggs are bigger than their brains. At least I can't think of any bird that has a brain bigger than their eggs.

VARN
2006-Aug-03, 04:10 AM
The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18mph.

pghnative
2006-Aug-03, 10:26 AM
The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18mph.Unless you are flying upward at 50 mph.:p

korjik
2006-Aug-03, 08:49 PM
or driving at any speed along the ground.

VARN
2006-Aug-03, 09:17 PM
The raindrop hits you, you do not hit it

A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.

ToSeek
2006-Aug-03, 10:06 PM
Really??? My assumption was the exact opposite, that stamp glue (some of which will enter your digestive track) has a small amount of caloric content.

Hmm - based on this website (http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.html), a 200 lb person walking for 3 miles at 3MPH = 300 calories burned. Assuming a step of 2.5 feet, this means that 2 steps burns 0.09 (or ~ 0.1) calorie. I would think wagging your tongue is less exertive than taking two walking steps.

Assuming the stamp glue is carbohydrate/protein, then 0.1 calorie = 25 mg of stamp glue. That seems possible -- 25 mg is a pretty small quantity

After more Googling, I think you're right: they're saying that the glue is 0.1 calories.

VARN
2006-Aug-04, 12:26 AM
Moon was Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-04, 12:37 AM
A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.
Before or After the glass breaks? :razz:

VARN
2006-Aug-04, 12:58 AM
random fact: I was the 7th person to join universe today

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-04, 12:59 AM
A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.
Bounced off what? :)

VARN
2006-Aug-04, 01:22 AM
One human hair can support 6.6 pounds.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-04, 01:32 PM
Myth: the daddy-longlegs spider isn't really a spider and it's poisonous but it's mouth is too small to bite people.

Truth, according to:
http://spiders.ucr.edu/daddylonglegs.html
The spider we most commonly see and call a daddy-longlegs actually is a spider, and the claim that it's poisonous but can't bite us is not based on any known facts.

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-04, 02:05 PM
Interesting. Not only had I not heard of that myth, I wasn't even aware there was a Daddy Longlegs spider. Here in the UK, we know the Crane Fly (http://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th6g.htm) as a Daddy Longlegs :)

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-04, 08:06 PM
Interesting. Not only had I not heard of that myth, I wasn't even aware there was a Daddy Longlegs spider. Here in the UK, we know the Crane Fly (http://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th6g.htm) as a Daddy Longlegs :)
Oooops, sorry, I wasn't keeping in mind that we have an international community here. I was talking U.S. Many folks in rural settings in the U.S. run across Daddy Longlegs (the real spider kind) quite commonly. I confess to spreading the myth myself in my ignorant days not to long ago.

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-04, 08:31 PM
No apologies required, I've learnt something :)

Swift
2006-Aug-04, 09:10 PM
This is post # 148 in this thread

Arneb
2006-Aug-04, 09:39 PM
Our fingernails grow at the same speed at which the Americas and Europe/Africa are currently drifting apart along the mid-Atlantic ridge,

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-04, 11:57 PM
Our fingernails grow at the same speed at which the Americas and Europe/Africa are currently drifting apart along the mid-Atlantic ridge,
Now There's a random fact that I'll bet all of us here can use non-randomly to illustrate in person the process of contninental drift. I Like It!

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Aug-05, 07:52 PM
The San Andreas is not my fault!

Lance
2006-Aug-06, 03:30 AM
Random Fact: There are too many posts about llamas.

cjl
2006-Aug-06, 05:05 AM
This post is utterly pointless...

Lance
2006-Aug-07, 04:41 PM
It's been almost 24 hours since the last post in this thread.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-07, 07:08 PM
Evian (the bottled water) spelled backwards is "naive."
Anyone remember the old Gnip Gnop game for kids that used to be advertised on TV? It's "Ping Pong" spelled backwards.

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-07, 07:15 PM
'Naive' is not actually in the English dictionary.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-07, 07:49 PM
"Naive" is in The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition.

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-07, 07:56 PM
"Naive" is in The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition.
You checked? Gotcha! :D;)
Sorry :)

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-07, 08:10 PM
Roy Batty got me.
I don't get mad, I get even! :-)

VARN
2006-Aug-09, 10:29 PM
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you will have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-09, 11:50 PM
To what temperature? :)

GDwarf
2006-Aug-10, 12:14 AM
To what temperature? :)
And from what temperature?

VARN
2006-Aug-10, 12:59 AM
From room temperature to whatever temperature you drink it at (not a coffee drinker)

Apples are a member of the rose family.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-10, 01:01 AM
To what temperature? :)
I think it's all relative, quite possibly proportional to the amount of annoyance produced in however many people within hearing distance are "heated" to their boiling point. :razz:

(Yeehaa! My 100th post. Do I get a cookie to dunk in my hot coffee now?)

TaoTeFarrell
2006-Aug-10, 03:04 AM
in order to break 20 minutes in a 5k road race, you must average at least 6:26 per mile.

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Aug-11, 02:06 AM
Tomatoes are a fruit, officially.

Van Rijn
2006-Aug-11, 08:37 AM
I'm writing this from a not completely disclosed (on BAUT) location on the planet earth.

And I'm not in a bunker.

VARN
2006-Aug-11, 09:31 PM
A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened.

redshifter
2006-Aug-11, 10:44 PM
The fact that started this thread is incorrect or misspelled. It should read keratin.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-12, 12:22 AM
The baleen plates of filter-feeding whales are made of keratin(s).

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-12, 01:23 PM
A coat hanger is 44 inches long if straightened.
By George, that's right! (one ruined coat hanger later) :)

Lance
2006-Aug-12, 11:45 PM
Random Fact: You are expecting this post to be about llamas, but instead, it is about what you expect of me.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-13, 12:00 AM
The body of this post has exactly twelve words in it . . . now.

ToSeek
2006-Aug-14, 02:36 PM
People will think this post is false.

parallaxicality
2006-Aug-14, 04:06 PM
"llama" is actually pronounced "yama."


"shack" is ultimately derived from Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. It is a shortening of "chacalli", "wooden hut"

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-14, 04:34 PM
The B-52's Love Shack came out in 1989 & it was a Cosmic Thing :)

Lance
2006-Aug-14, 06:27 PM
"llama" is correctly pronounced (http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionary-tb?book=Dictionary&va=llama) two different ways.

parallaxicality
2006-Aug-14, 08:54 PM
The plural of "octopus" is "octopodes."

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-14, 09:28 PM
The plural of "octopus" is "octopodes."
Only in the antipodes :)

VARN
2006-Aug-14, 10:46 PM
Barophobia
Definition: a fear of gravity

Keraunothnetophobia
Definition: a fear of falling man-made satellites

mugaliens
2006-Aug-15, 12:19 AM
Month-old chip dip does not smell nice when opened.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-15, 02:02 AM
Month-old chip dip does not smell nice when opened.
Give it ANOTHER Month, it'll Turn into Yogurt!

Blob
2006-Aug-15, 02:03 AM
Jesus was really called Yoshua, or Yahushua.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-15, 02:12 AM
Buddha was Born Siddhartha Gautama!

parallaxicality
2006-Aug-15, 06:49 AM
Prince Siddhartha Gautama of Sakya, to be precise.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-15, 01:51 PM
Prince Siddhartha Gautama of Sakya, to be precise.
Ah Yes, True ...

Syrian Hamsters Can Have Anywhere Between Two and TWENTY Pups in a Single Litter, Although Eight Is The Most Common!

sarongsong
2006-Aug-17, 02:19 PM
Antarctica is the largest desert on Earth.

parallaxicality
2006-Aug-17, 04:56 PM
Technically, Madagascar is a continent

It's natives speak an Austronesian language related to Maori and Hawaiian. It's nearest relative is Maanyan, which is only spoken on the island of Borneo, 4000 miles away

Peter Wilson
2006-Aug-17, 11:55 PM
Month-old chip dip does not smell nice when opened.
Nothing smells bad to a dog.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-18, 12:01 AM
Nothing smells bad to a dog.
Clarification: Dogs were ORIGINALLY Domesticated, to Eat Trash!!!

:sick:

montebianco
2006-Aug-18, 12:19 AM
0.999~ == 1

VARN
2006-Aug-18, 01:55 AM
Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

Thomas(believer)
2006-Aug-19, 11:09 PM
Rasta comes from Ras-Tafari which is the original name of Haile Selassie I.

Mellow
2006-Aug-21, 07:10 AM
Dubai has 17% of the world's cranes.

parallaxicality
2006-Aug-21, 07:40 AM
One of the main exports of Georgian London was soot.

Peter Wilson
2006-Aug-21, 09:03 PM
Rasta comes from Ras-Tafari which is the original name of Haile Selassie I.
Pasta comes from Italy.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-21, 10:17 PM
Pasta comes from Italy.
China ...

:naughty:

parallaxicality
2006-Aug-21, 10:27 PM
Pasta comes from Italy.

Pot Noodle comes from Welsh mines. The got the pot noodle strata while Italy got the pasta strata.
__________________________________________________ ___________________

The potato chip (crisp) was invented in 1853 as an act of revenge by a disgruntled New England chef against an uppity customer, who continuously returned his fried potatoes, claiming they were too thick and soggy. Exasperated, he decided to give the prissy toff all the thinness and crispiness he could handle. But the joke backfired; the customer was ecstatic about his meal and the prank became a staple of the restaurant.

Peter Wilson
2006-Aug-21, 11:43 PM
China comes from England.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-22, 01:45 AM
Pet Hamsters Can Give HOUDINI a Run for his Money in Escapology!

Big Brother Dunk
2006-Aug-22, 04:09 AM
Pet Hamsters Can Give HOUDINI a Run for his Money in Escapology!
So can Irish Setters.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-22, 06:45 AM
So can Irish Setters.
True, But a Further Fact:

6 Week Old Baby Hamsters Attempting to Tumble Down Stairs ...

Make a LOT of Noise!!!

:wall:

Peter Wilson
2006-Aug-22, 06:03 PM
Some Oriental languages orient their script vertically.

94z07
2006-Aug-23, 07:08 PM
On 24 May 1991 an El Al Boeing 747 broke a record by taking off with 1,087 on board. The same plane broke another record when that flight landed with 1,088 on board.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-23, 07:29 PM
On 24 May 1991 an El Al Boeing 747 broke a record by taking off with 1,087 on board. The same plane broke another record when that flight landed with 1,088 on board.
Related Fact:

Airlines Do NOT Usually Allow Passangers to Fly Pregnant!!!

:wall:

pghnative
2006-Aug-23, 07:35 PM
On 24 May 1991 an El Al Boeing 747 broke a record by taking off with 1,087 on board. The same plane broke another record when that flight landed with 1,088 on board.
Fact: I've found several web references that confirm the 1087 figure
Fact: None of those references confirm the 1088 figure.

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-23, 07:49 PM
Of course you can fly pregnant, just depends how pregnant :)

I've found a couple of websites stating the 1088 landing figure, some claiming that two babies were born on board!
(but still not stating the number at takeoff) :)

cjbirch
2006-Aug-23, 08:10 PM
Assuming you could walk to the sun it would take about 2000 years.

94z07
2006-Aug-23, 08:10 PM
Fact: I've found several web references that confirm the 1087 figure
Fact: None of those references confirm the 1088 figure.

Easy enough to find. (http://theunknownaviator.blogspot.com/)


During the evacuation an El Al B747-200 aircraft transported 1087 passengers in one single flight (apparently a baby was born on board bringing the total to 1088). The lack of seats and obvious suspension of normal safety considerations made such a flight possible. To this day this is the maximum number of passengers ever transported on a single flight and El Al has the honour of holding this unusual world record.

You just have to look in obscure places like Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_747)


On 24 May 1991 an El Al Boeing 747 airlifted a record-breaking 1,087 passengers - Ethiopian Jews flying from Addis Ababa to Israel as part of Operation Solomon. The passenger count became 1,088 when a baby was born in-flight.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-23, 08:37 PM
Easy enough to find. (http://theunknownaviator.blogspot.com/)



You just have to look in obscure places like Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_747)
Companion Fact:

Those Ethiopian Jews are Believed to Be Decendants of The Biblical Tribe of Dan!!!

:think:

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-24, 05:42 AM
1 + 1 = 10 (in base 2, or binary)

montebianco
2006-Aug-24, 06:29 AM
1 + 1 = 10 (in base 2, or binary)

1 * 1 = 1 (in base 19)

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-24, 06:35 AM
Curiously, 10 * 10 = 100 in both base 10 and base 2.

montebianco
2006-Aug-24, 06:39 AM
Curiously, 10 * 10 = 100 in both base 10 and base 2.

And also in base 46 :D

pghnative
2006-Aug-24, 02:38 PM
0.999...<> 1 in base 46. Perhaps that was what all the fuss was about.

montebianco
2006-Aug-24, 02:57 PM
0.999...<> 1 in base 46. Perhaps that was what all the fuss was about.

Good one :) But 0.111... == 1 in base 2.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-24, 08:14 PM
Good one :) But 0.111... == 1 in base 2.
My posts were for the numerically challenged - to confuse them even more with obvious principles disguised as random facts. :shhh:

ToSeek
2006-Aug-24, 08:32 PM
Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

A year can have up to three Friday the 13ths: February, March, and November. But that's only for non-leap years. Leap years can't have more than two.

pghnative
2006-Aug-24, 09:30 PM
A year can have up to three Friday the 13ths: February, March, and November. But that's only for non-leap years. Leap years can't have more than two.It's not possible for a year (leap, or non-leap) to not have a Friday the 13th.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-25, 02:36 AM
It's not possible for a year (leap, or non-leap) to not have a Friday the 13th.
Companion Fact:

There are ONLY 14 Possible Configurations of The Gregorian Calendar ...

One for Each Day of The Week 1st January Falls, Plus One Leap Year Version, Each!!!

:think:

VARN
2006-Aug-25, 11:05 PM
If you type "javascript:document.body.contentEditable%20=%20'tr ue';%20document.designMode='on';%20void%200" into your address bar you can edit any post (only on your computer)

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Aug-27, 02:43 AM
Snow on December 25, in London, is unlikely.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Aug-27, 04:39 AM
Snow on December 25, in London, is unlikely.
Snow in Moscow, on December 25, is Almost CERTAIN!!!

94z07
2006-Aug-27, 05:39 AM
<Yakov Smirnoff>In Russia, weatherman laughs at your forecasts!</Yakov Smirnoff>

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-27, 01:42 PM
Smirnoff used to be Smirnov (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smirnoff).

Ozzy
2006-Aug-27, 03:34 PM
Mongolian wrestlers wear open chested shirts because in the past a woman disguised as a man entered the competition ..... and won!!

Can't have that!

parallaxicality
2006-Aug-27, 09:33 PM
Mongolians drink a spirit fermented from mare's milk.

When toasting, a Mongolain says "To Toy!"

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-29, 05:07 PM
From StraightDope:
Not needing to store liquid wastes, birds lack a bladder. Instead urine passes from the ureters into the cloaca, a common chamber for the passage of digestive and urinary wastes, as well as for reproductive products. A bird dropping usually contains both white uric acid crystals, and a concentrated mass of digestive wastes such as insect cuticle or seeds.

SeanF
2006-Aug-29, 06:24 PM
Leap years can't have more than two (Friday the 13ths).
January, April, and July.

Impium Orexis
2006-Aug-30, 12:01 AM
Fingernails and hair do NOT continue to grow after death, despite popular sentiment.

Dave Mitsky
2006-Aug-30, 03:42 PM
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Dave Mitsky

montebianco
2006-Aug-30, 03:58 PM
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 111,111,110,000,000,001

Mr Gorsky
2006-Aug-30, 04:37 PM
Well, Win XP's Calculator goes with Dave Mitsky's arithmetic.

Roy Batty
2006-Aug-30, 05:34 PM
And it also goes with montibianco's, in Binary :)

montebianco
2006-Aug-30, 06:47 PM
And it also goes with montibianco's, in Binary :)


:D :D :D Dave Mitsky was using base 1010 arithmetic. . .

Peter Wilson
2006-Aug-30, 10:09 PM
Assuming you could walk to the sun it would take about 2000 years.Assuming you could shed the angular momentum, you could fall the distance in about 2000 hours.

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-31, 01:13 AM
What we are witnessing here is evolution in action: from just plain leave-a-random-fact to dueling-random-facts. Natural selection will shortly become distinctively operative as the less fit facts slowly give way to the more competitive facts. :)

Peter Wilson
2006-Aug-31, 07:00 PM
Facts multiply?

Blue Fire
2006-Aug-31, 09:40 PM
Facts multiply?
fact x fact = facts ;)

parallaxicality
2006-Sep-02, 02:40 PM
I think fact x fact = square fact. I for one do not approve of square facts. I like my facts cool and hip.

If I have three oranges, and multiply them by three more oranges, I get nine square oranges.

Eric Vaxxine
2006-Sep-02, 10:45 PM
Square oranges are not only rare, but uncool and un-hip.

parallaxicality
2006-Sep-03, 11:32 AM
The Vietnamese call the Vietnam war the "American war."

Blue Fire
2006-Sep-06, 07:59 PM
The original IBM-PCs, that had hard drives, referred to the hard drives as Winchester drives. This is due to the fact that the original Winchester drive had a model number of 3030. This is, of course, a Winchester firearm.

parallaxicality
2006-Sep-08, 10:42 PM
the lyrics to The Battle Hymn of the Republic were written by a poet and author named Julia Ward Howe, a committed pacifist.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Sep-08, 10:49 PM
The Music to The Star-Spangled Banner, Was Originally to a British Driinking Song!

Arneb
2006-Sep-09, 12:44 AM
Similarly, the melody of a popular German christmas carol (Oh, Du Fr÷hliche...) was plucked from a Sicilian drinking song.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Sep-09, 12:54 AM
Similarly, the melody of a popular German christmas carol (Oh, Du Fr&#246;hliche...) was plucked from a Sicilian drinking song.
So, Coincidence ...

Or, Does it Juust Go and Prove The Ol' Roman Saying Riight ...

"In Vino Veritas!"

:wall:

Arneb
2006-Sep-09, 12:40 PM
Yeah probably.

By the way, Mozart composed his trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano in E flat, K498, during a skittles (similar to bowling) match.

I take it he wasn't entirely sober at that time, and hey it's a wonderful piece :boohoo: !

Blue Fire
2006-Sep-09, 02:59 PM
TWAIN stands for Technology Without An Interesting Name.

ZaphodBeeblebrox
2006-Sep-09, 09:30 PM
Mark Twain was Originally a Way of Signifying Two Fathoms, and Therefore Safe Water for River Boats ...

It Was Only Later Used as a Pseudonym, By Writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens!