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Interesting facts

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RightHand, May 11, 2015.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

    Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.

    Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

    If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

    Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

    Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

    The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every
    English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

    Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

    Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.

    The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

    Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

    The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

    Airports at higher altitudes-require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

    The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

    The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

    In ancient Greece tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

    Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

    Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

    A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

    The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

    Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

    The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in
    armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

    If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

    When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

    In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

    Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

    Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

    The moon-moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

    The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

    Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000

    Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.

    Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

    Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

    For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

    The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
  2. vonslob

    vonslob Monkey++

    neat, thanks for the post
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  3. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    That just reafirms the old adage, you learn something new every day...... Thanks @RightHand !! :)
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  4. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    I have to disagree with one of your facts. Bananas can and do reproduce without the hand of man. I have seen this first hand. Banana trees, bananas themselves, banana root systems or whatever, can be scattered on moist fertile soil miles from their previous location to grow and thrive and produce fruiting trees totally without the hand of man by Hurricanes. Believe it or not. Tac
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  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    "The moon-moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

    The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust"

    Odd. If the earth is getting heavier every day, then our gravity should be increasing by the same margin, meaning the pull on the moon is also increasing.
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  6. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    Must be difficult getting to class on time in Alaska U. [tongue]

    Oh, and [tongue] reminds me, I can think of another "muscle" connected at one end. [OO]
  7. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Gravity isn't a weight driven. It's the mass of the earth's core that affects gravity

    Gravity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  8. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Correct, it isn't weight, it's the mass, and not just the core. However, weight can be related directly to mass. Each mote of dust has mass that will add to the earth's total gravity attraction. One might also assume the moon gets hit with a few dust motes as well. That said, there is much more to orbital dynamics than mass, so the moon's slowly increasing average distance is otherwise affected.
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  9. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Gravity is most accurately described by the general theory of relativity (proposed by Albert Einstein in 1915) which describes gravity, not as a force, but as a consequence of the curvature of spacetime caused by the uneven distribution of mass/energy.( from your article)
    Why do mass and distance affect gravity?
    Why do mass and distance affect gravity?
    Gravity is a fundamental underlying force in the universe. The amount of gravity that something possesses is proportional to its mass and distance between it and another object. This relationship was first published by Sir Issac Newton. His law of universal gravitation says that the force (F) of gravitational attraction between two objects with Mass1 and Mass2 at distance D is:
    F = G(mass1*mass2)/D squared."
    IE: mass DOES effect gravity.
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Gravity follows the Inverse Square Law, as does all forms of Radiation.....
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  11. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    DANG. Y'all made my head hurt with all the smartness in here.
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  12. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Trivia can be a hoot and educational as well, but always keep an eye out for the updates. Teeth for example, actually do heal themselves. (Same as the brain.) There is an enzyme in saliva that continuously lays down new layers of enamel, protecting the tooth against both wear and decay. Unfortunately, it only works on clean teeth. That was no problem in the old days--you just ate something you chased the buzzards away from and then washed it down with a slurp of puddle water. Then you were good to go until you ate again next week. Plenty of time between meals for all the little toothies to get brawny.
    Unfortunately, in the present day we eat frequently, and then brush our teeth with a nice toxic Fluoride toothpaste. That not only rots the teeth (and harms people in many other ways), but it also stops that enzyme in its tracks.
    Want better teeth? Avoid all Fluorides and never use toothpaste. Brush with plain soap instead. (Note: Not perfumed, and not antibacterial. Just plain old super-cheap soap). It takes seven rinses to get toothpaste out of your mouth. Soap takes two.
    Brush with soap and your teeth will be so clean they'll squeek when you rub them. And that plaque on your tongue that toothpaste can't touch will go away, too. Right along with the Death Breath, if you have it.
  13. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    I brush with soap and I don't have Death Breath. I have Gorilla Breath.
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  14. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I remember the taste of Ivory soap from when I was around 7 y.o. I'll pass.
  15. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    Probably for the same reason I got to taste it, lol. I'm just thrilled Dad didn't have a bar of Lava handy
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  16. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Yep, foul language required cleaning.;)
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  17. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    A tried and true remedy for the little potty mouths we all were at one time or another. I remember it well....
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  18. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Hard to forget. We had to take a bite of a bar of soap, chew it up and spit.it out. No rinse allowed. It was a lesson that stayed with you for a while.
    And yes, I have had reason to pass that lesson on. ;) (rarely)

    Side note: you could blow the most amazing bubbles though....:)
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  19. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Soap? Just shoot me now! I will stick with baking soda
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