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Title: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 27, 2010, 03:04:57 AM
Useless fact of the day: If all retired US ships that now serve as memorials were used to form a new navy, it would rank as the third largest in the world.

What's your favorite nerdy factoid?  The more inane you can go, the better!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Alex on April 27, 2010, 03:18:15 AM
okay.
did you know that the 5th note of the treble line in the 13th measure of Chopin's Prelude in E minor is D#?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 27, 2010, 03:18:47 AM
NO I DID NOT!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Alex on April 27, 2010, 03:25:05 AM
was that inane enough for you? ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on April 27, 2010, 03:39:23 AM
If Texas were its own country, it would be the ___th biggest country.

California is bigger than Japan.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 27, 2010, 03:40:50 AM
See. I knew this thread would be a great idea.  A wonderful excuse for us all to act like idiots.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on April 27, 2010, 04:13:27 AM
Flavius Josephus was married 4 times- once while in prison, by command of Emperor Vespasian.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Nacreous on April 27, 2010, 07:18:54 AM

Dogs kill more people every year in the USA than sharks and poisonous snakes combined.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 27, 2010, 07:45:06 AM
I wonder how she (http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/article5651.ece) is doing today.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rai on April 27, 2010, 08:40:40 AM
Sloths love eating poo (http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2010/04/two-toed_toilet_sloths.php)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 12:42:41 AM
Really didn't want to know that, to be honest.

But, my new outcry will be, "Holy Poo-Eating Sloths, Batman!"
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on April 28, 2010, 01:09:08 AM
Benjamin Franklin's slaves were named King and George.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Knight VII on April 28, 2010, 01:59:24 AM
Hammerhead sharks have six senses. They can sense electro-magnetic waves with receptors on their weird shaped heads.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Alex on April 28, 2010, 03:41:14 AM
Hammerhead sharks have six senses. They can sense electro-magnetic waves with receptors on their weird shaped heads.

as well as most, if not all sharks.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 28, 2010, 06:05:54 AM
Ted Haggard is not completely heterosexual.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JLK on April 28, 2010, 06:05:59 AM
Hammerhead sharks have six senses. They can sense electro-magnetic waves with receptors on their weird shaped heads.

as well as most, if not all sharks.

and some rays too.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 28, 2010, 06:08:40 AM
The Silver Surfer's real name is Norrin Radd.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on April 28, 2010, 06:59:36 AM
Dumbo the elephant's real name was "Jumbo Junior".
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: spiney on April 28, 2010, 10:44:32 AM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on April 28, 2010, 11:24:51 AM
the Boston Red Sox were the last Major League team to "integrate". In some of their marketing materials they tout the fact that they gave a try out to Jackie Robinson before the Brooklyn Dodgers, but they neglect to mention that the try out was forced upon them by a progressive Boston City Council member who threatened to sanction them if they did not, and despite attendance at the try out being restricted to select members of the Boston press, Red Sox ownership and management, and a few community leaders, Robinson was subjected to racial epithets and taunting from the small group of onlookers in the stands.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on April 28, 2010, 11:34:48 AM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

This isn't a lying thread.

True: Unfermented beer is called Wort, while unfermented wine is called Must.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 28, 2010, 11:53:09 AM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

This isn't a lying thread.

But he said so himself!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on April 28, 2010, 11:55:30 AM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

This isn't a lying thread.

But he said so himself!
And Nick Santorum (http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/) claimed WMDs were found in Iraq. What's your point?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 12:59:12 PM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

This isn't a lying thread.

But he said so himself!
And Nick Santorum (http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/) claimed WMDs were found in Iraq. What's your point?

Wait, there weren't any WMD's in Iraq?  FUCK!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Hanes on April 28, 2010, 01:04:18 PM
Useless fact of the day:  "Santorum" is also the name of a disgusting sex related thing.  Look it up.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on April 28, 2010, 01:06:19 PM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

This isn't a lying thread.

But this guy agrees....

http://www.youtube.com/watch/v/HZmHC75FDqQ
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on April 28, 2010, 01:08:16 PM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

This isn't a lying thread.

But he said so himself!
And Nick Santorum (http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/) claimed WMDs were found in Iraq. What's your point?

Wait, there weren't any WMD's in Iraq?  FUCK!

It was a translation error:

Deep within a hidden bunker south of Baghdad, Saddam Hussein inspects his weapons of ass destruction.
(http://www.ibiblio.org/Dave/Dr-Fun/df200302/df20030217.jpg) (http://www.ibiblio.org/Dave/Dr-Fun)

(http://punditkitchen.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/129110502774392894.jpg)

Useless fact of the day:  "Santorum" is also the name of a disgusting sex related thing.  Look it up.

I'm pretty sure the Santorum family got it's name as a result of having been willing to engage in sex acts that resulted in spilled Santorum back when they were prostitutes in the middle ages. I guess this means Nick Santorum's career hasn't changed much from that of his ancestors.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on April 28, 2010, 01:15:45 PM
Human beings only use 10% of their brains.  Also, people in Nigeria are very generous -- they've promised me millions of dollars in exchange for just a few thousand dollars.  Suckers!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: spiney on April 28, 2010, 01:35:48 PM
I thought this was facts
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 01:40:36 PM
Well, technically, a fact that is wrong would be useless, and it's Useless Facts, so I'd say it's all in good fun.

But yeah, you're right.

Wal-Mart's off-brand for Dr. Pepper is called DR. THUNDER!!!

EDIT:  I looked all over the internet for a picture of Thor wearing a stethoscope, but I couldn't find one.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on April 28, 2010, 01:41:57 PM
At a food bank I once saw an off-brand cereal called Corn Hexagons.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on April 28, 2010, 01:43:24 PM
A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on April 28, 2010, 01:45:27 PM
At a food bank I once saw an off-brand cereal called Corn Hexagons.

they sell those at my grocery store.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on April 28, 2010, 01:47:36 PM

Wal-Mart's off-brand for Dr. Pepper is called DR. THUNDER!!!


I buy "Dr. Skipper" from the local grocery store.  My co-workers make fun of me for that.  :'(
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on April 28, 2010, 01:49:30 PM
Well, technically, a fact that is wrong would be useless, and it's Useless Facts, so I'd say it's all in good fun.

But yeah, you're right.

Wal-Mart's off-brand for Dr. Pepper is called DR. THUNDER!!!

EDIT:  I looked all over the internet for a picture of Thor wearing a stethoscope, but I couldn't find one.

Now that you've said that, it will only be a matter of time before this image is not only produced, but used for pornographic purposes.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 01:49:47 PM
A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.

I hate that.  That's like saying "A british Pound weighs less than a pound of feathers"

It's different measures of "pound."  It's not an interesting fact, it's a brain teaser.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on April 28, 2010, 01:52:51 PM
Harry Potter is thinly-veiled homosexual propaganda (http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2007/7/16/162353/730)

(click to show/hide)

:roflolmao:
:withstupid:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on April 28, 2010, 01:54:47 PM
A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.

I hate that.  That's like saying "A british Pound weighs less than a pound of feathers"

It's different measures of "pound."  It's not an interesting fact, it's a brain teaser.
Still a bloody fact though isn't it.  ;D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Joe B on April 28, 2010, 02:00:27 PM
Harry Potter is thinly-veiled homosexual propaganda (http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2007/7/16/162353/730)

(click to show/hide)

:roflolmao:
:withstupid:

I lol'ed at that.


For every 100 fastballs thrown to Alfonso Soriano he adds two runs of offensive production over average. For every 100 sliders he contributes -1.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/alfonso-soriano-dislikes-slow-things (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/alfonso-soriano-dislikes-slow-things)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 02:02:07 PM
A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.

I hate that.  That's like saying "A british Pound weighs less than a pound of feathers"

It's different measures of "pound."  It's not an interesting fact, it's a brain teaser.
Still a bloody fact though isn't it.  ;D

No, it really isn't.  A pound of feathers weighs exactly as much as a pound of gold.

A pound of feathers weighs about three ounces more than a Troy Pound of gold.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on April 28, 2010, 02:25:16 PM
A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.

I hate that.  That's like saying "A british Pound weighs less than a pound of feathers"

It's different measures of "pound."  It's not an interesting fact, it's a brain teaser.
Still a bloody fact though isn't it.  ;D

No, it really isn't.  A pound of feathers weighs exactly as much as a pound of gold.

A pound of feathers weighs about three ounces more than a Troy Pound of gold.
Picky picky picky. Sheesh. But hey, it's your thread.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 28, 2010, 02:27:20 PM
A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.

I hate that.  That's like saying "A british Pound weighs less than a pound of feathers"

It's different measures of "pound."  It's not an interesting fact, it's a brain teaser.
Still a bloody fact though isn't it.  ;D

No, it really isn't.  A pound of feathers weighs exactly as much as a pound of gold.

A pound of feathers weighs about three ounces more than a Troy Pound of gold.

It's your fault for sticking with an insane weights and measures system. Ever heard of metric?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 02:29:35 PM
A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.

I hate that.  That's like saying "A british Pound weighs less than a pound of feathers"

It's different measures of "pound."  It's not an interesting fact, it's a brain teaser.
Still a bloody fact though isn't it.  ;D

No, it really isn't.  A pound of feathers weighs exactly as much as a pound of gold.

A pound of feathers weighs about three ounces more than a Troy Pound of gold.
Picky picky picky. Sheesh. But hey, it's your thread.

No, if I were picky, I would have said 2.834 ounces, and not "about three ounces."  :P

EDIT:  And anders, the Troy weight system is French.  The Avoirdupois weight system is likewise French.  And the GBP is, amazingly enough, British.

Also, ironically enough, Swedish jewelers still use Troy weight.  So *PBBBBTT*

(http://howgoodisthat.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/raspberry.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 28, 2010, 02:42:20 PM
A pound of feathers weighs more than a pound of gold.

I hate that.  That's like saying "A british Pound weighs less than a pound of feathers"

It's different measures of "pound."  It's not an interesting fact, it's a brain teaser.
Still a bloody fact though isn't it.  ;D

No, it really isn't.  A pound of feathers weighs exactly as much as a pound of gold.

A pound of feathers weighs about three ounces more than a Troy Pound of gold.
Picky picky picky. Sheesh. But hey, it's your thread.

No, if I were picky, I would have said 2.834 ounces, and not "about three ounces."  :P

EDIT:  And anders, the Troy weight system is French.  The Avoirdupois weight system is likewise French.  And the GBP is, amazingly enough, British.

Also, ironically enough, Swedish jewelers still use Troy weight.  So *PBBBBTT*

So you mean you use something so impractical it was rejected by the French? That's like reading a book that was deemed "too stupid" by Homer Simpson.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 02:57:13 PM
So you mean you use something so impractical it was rejected by the French? That's like reading a book that was deemed "too stupid" by Homer Simpson.

Oh, Franco-bashing.  That's real original.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xnnXKOizkbo/Sb_Wyvl2KAI/AAAAAAAABRM/TE-kEEjTTzw/s400/comic-book-guy-explaining-753993.gif)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on April 28, 2010, 03:08:00 PM

What's your favorite nerdy factoid?  The more inane you can go, the better!

Factoid means a falsehood that is repeated so often it is believed to be true.  Sorry, thats actually a fact not a factoid. >:D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 03:12:33 PM

What's your favorite nerdy factoid?  The more inane you can go, the better!

Factoid means a falsehood that is repeated so often it is believed to be true.  Sorry, thats actually a fact not a factoid. >:D

Huh, learn something new every day.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 28, 2010, 03:15:29 PM
So you mean you use something so impractical it was rejected by the French? That's like reading a book that was deemed "too stupid" by Homer Simpson.

Oh, Franco-bashing.  That's real original.

I'd rather be right than original.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 03:17:52 PM
So you mean you use something so impractical it was rejected by the French? That's like reading a book that was deemed "too stupid" by Homer Simpson.

Oh, Franco-bashing.  That's real original.

I'd rather be right than original.

I think you missed the part where you guys use it too.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 28, 2010, 03:19:48 PM
Well, there's always the insane minority. I can criticize the Germans for loving homeopathy even though there are a few Swedes who use it too. At least the vast majority use a superior system.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 03:21:17 PM
Well, there's always the insane minority. I can criticize the Germans for loving homeopathy even though there are a few Swedes who use it too. At least the vast majority use a superior system.

I think you're still missing it.  It's the gold standard in Sweden.

Hah!  See what I did there?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 28, 2010, 03:24:26 PM
Alas, what can a man do in the face of wit like that? I concede defeat.

It's still a lousy system.[/quote]
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on April 28, 2010, 03:43:35 PM
It's still a lousy system.
No one is arguing against that point.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Hanes on April 28, 2010, 03:54:21 PM
The worst unit is still the "ton of cooling."
Quote
It is the amount of power needed to melt one short ton of ice in 24 hours, and is approximately 3.51 kW.

It's how a lot of air conditioners are rated here in the States.

Yes, there is a unit stupider than the BTU.  This is your uselss fact for today.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on April 28, 2010, 03:57:10 PM
The worst unit is still the "ton of cooling."
Quote
It is the amount of power needed to melt one short ton of ice in 24 hours, and is approximately 3.51 kW.

It's how a lot of air conditioners are rated here in the States.

Yes, there is a unit stupider than the BTU.  This is your uselss fact for today.
I'm a structural engineer.  The other day a question came in from the builder, it said "ton" on it.  So they sent it to me.  When I quit laughing, I sent it back with a note, "you should ask the Mechanical engineer". 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on April 28, 2010, 06:36:42 PM
Railroad tracks are 4 feet 8 1/2 inches apart, indirectly because of Roman Chariots.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on April 28, 2010, 08:26:30 PM

Dogs kill more people every year in the USA than sharks and poisonous snakes combined.

Venomous
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on April 28, 2010, 08:28:26 PM
Tears are antibiotic.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on April 28, 2010, 08:34:31 PM
The bar the rats hit in a skinner box is called a mandapalladium (sp?)!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on April 28, 2010, 08:37:17 PM
40% of all sick days occur on Mondays and Fridays.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Caffiene on April 28, 2010, 08:47:15 PM
40% of all sick days occur on Mondays and Fridays.

Im amused.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on April 28, 2010, 08:52:06 PM
I have a hard time remembering useless facts.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on April 28, 2010, 09:05:12 PM
40% of all sick days occur on Mondays and Fridays.

Im amused.
I am but I bet money its higher than that.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on April 28, 2010, 09:17:51 PM
40% of all sick days occur on Mondays and Fridays.

Im amused.
I am but I bet money its higher than that.

Probably.

If you are one in a million, there are seven just like you in Manahatten.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on April 28, 2010, 10:59:59 PM
40% of all sick days occur on Mondays and Fridays.

Oh, I'd thought it would be higher than 40%
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 28, 2010, 11:08:25 PM
Yeah, isn't 40% statistically average for a five day work week?  That's like... an unfact, or something.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: postwaste on April 29, 2010, 12:47:46 AM
The Texas Capitol is 15 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol.  The San Jacinto Monument is 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Joe B on April 29, 2010, 12:58:24 AM
Colts 4th round pick Jaquez McClendon is about to finish a Sports Management Masters Degree after an Econ undergrad in just 4 years of college, while playing football.

He can also bench press 1.433 Mark Manginos* and run 40 yards in under 5 seconds despite weighing 324lbs.

*
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 29, 2010, 01:10:48 AM
I think "the Mark Mangino" should be the new gold standard measurement for how much you can bench.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on April 29, 2010, 01:18:56 AM
Yeah, isn't 40% statistically average for a five day work week?  That's like... an unfact, or something.

that's kind of the point ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 29, 2010, 01:19:42 AM
Awesome.  I feel like I tend to miss Wednesdays and Thursday.  Like I have to build up strength again to get to the end of the week or something.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on April 29, 2010, 01:39:16 AM
Awesome.  I feel like I tend to miss Wednesdays and Thursday.  Like I have to build up strength again to get to the end of the week or something.

I love taking Wednesday off. It breaks up your week, and makes it feel like two short weeks instead of a long one.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Alex on April 29, 2010, 02:33:47 AM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".
http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space (http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on April 29, 2010, 02:36:21 AM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".
http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space (http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space)
:fry:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Caffiene on April 29, 2010, 02:37:30 AM
Yeah, isn't 40% statistically average for a five day work week?  That's like... an unfact, or something.

that's kind of the point ;)

If you consider the small percentage of people who weekends, of course, it actually could end up that 40% for those two days is slightly higher than average and roughly what would be expected under the "common wisdom" of taking long weekends.

That wouldnt be as amusing, though. :P
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Alex on April 29, 2010, 02:41:16 AM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".
http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space (http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space)
:fry:

thank you for appreciating my knowledge base.
:-*
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 29, 2010, 02:43:24 AM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".
http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space (http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space)
:fry:

thank you for appreciating my knowledge base.
:-*

If you weren't a man, I would do you right now, you hot, sexy, hot little minxy man-thing wonder.

I vote best useless fact of the year!  Who's with me?!?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Alex on April 29, 2010, 04:34:45 AM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".
http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space (http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Popliteal_space)
:fry:

thank you for appreciating my knowledge base.
:-*

If you weren't a man, I would do you right now, you hot, sexy, hot little minxy man-thing wonder.

I vote best useless fact of the year!  Who's with me?!?
which one?the fact that it has a name, or that fact that you would do me right now if I weren't a man because I am a "hot, sexy, hot little minxy man-thing wonder"?

and btw, not to be rude or anything...
but felt really isn't "my thing" if you catch my drift...

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 29, 2010, 01:33:29 PM
Awesome.

:D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on April 29, 2010, 01:51:05 PM
I posted this "fact" in another thread, but I loved it so much that it deserves repeating:

Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 29, 2010, 01:53:42 PM
And hamsters are just Guinea Pigs for pussies.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 29, 2010, 01:53:59 PM
A gorilla penis is between 1 and two inches long.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on April 29, 2010, 01:55:47 PM
A gorilla penis is between 1 and two inches long.

So even gorillas have me beat? :'(

(self deprecating humor FTW!!!)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 29, 2010, 01:58:38 PM
Well... you're still bigger than Winston Wuu.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on April 29, 2010, 02:28:42 PM
Well... you're still bigger than Winston Wuu.

(http://cheezcomixed.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/129127381672313233.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on April 29, 2010, 02:33:11 PM
The top picture in that series made me realize how much Obama can look like Richard Nixon with the right angles.

It's not strikingly similar, or anything, but I never noticed before that the jowels, chin, and eyebrows match up pretty well.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on April 29, 2010, 02:34:45 PM
The top picture in that series made me realize how much Obama can look like Richard Nixon with the right angles.

It's not strikingly similar, or anything, but I never noticed before that the jowels, chin, and eyebrows match up pretty well.

Careful now, or you'll start a whole new conspiracy theory.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on April 29, 2010, 02:46:10 PM
The top picture in that series made me realize how much Obama can look like Richard Nixon with the right angles.

And that's pretty useless to know.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on May 01, 2010, 11:26:51 AM
Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rai on May 01, 2010, 01:44:45 PM
Whales and dolphins are even-toed ungulates
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 01, 2010, 01:51:11 PM
Whales and dolphins are even-toed ungulates

No they aren't. They may have branched from even toed ungulates

http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/view.php?tid=2&did=27273 (http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/view.php?tid=2&did=27273)

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Origins and taxonomy
All cetaceans, including whales, dolphins and porpoises, are descendants of land-living mammals of the Artiodactyl order (even-toed ungulate animals). Both cetaceans and artiodactyl are now classified under the super-order Cetartiodactyla which includes both whales and hippos. In fact, whales are the closest living relatives of hippos; they evolved from a common ancestor at around 54 million years ago. Whales entered the water roughly 50 million years ago.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rai on May 01, 2010, 02:08:41 PM
Whales and dolphins are even-toed ungulates

No they aren't. They may have branched from even toed ungulates

http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/view.php?tid=2&did=27273 (http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/view.php?tid=2&did=27273)

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Origins and taxonomy
All cetaceans, including whales, dolphins and porpoises, are descendants of land-living mammals of the Artiodactyl order (even-toed ungulate animals). Both cetaceans and artiodactyl are now classified under the super-order Cetartiodactyla which includes both whales and hippos. In fact, whales are the closest living relatives of hippos; they evolved from a common ancestor at around 54 million years ago. Whales entered the water roughly 50 million years ago.

Since, let's say deer, and whales are more closely related then deer and pigs, I think it's fair to call our blubberous friends even-toed ungulates. Taxonomy isn't an exact science anyway. You know, just because they have no hooves you can't discriminate against them, that's racist!
(http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2007/08/31/HitlerCORBIS.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 01, 2010, 03:29:23 PM
Ridicule. I get your point. There is no objective line and any taxonomic classificationis somewhat artificial beyond a species, but as things stand they are is differnt orders.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Hanes on May 01, 2010, 03:44:53 PM
Ridicule. I get your point. There is no objective line and any taxonomic classificationis somewhat artificial beyond a species, but as things stand they are is differnt orders.

If deer and hippos are both even toed ungulates, and whales are more closely related to hippos than deer are, then any classification that includes both hippos and deer must include whales.  This whole "paraphyletic group" thing is a crock of shit.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: maydont on May 01, 2010, 04:31:17 PM
A whale's penis is called a dork...

...and coincidentally so is a person who knows this fact...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on May 01, 2010, 04:34:48 PM
A "geek" is a circus performer who bites the heads off of chickens.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on May 01, 2010, 06:00:50 PM
A "geek" is a circus performer who bites the heads off of chickens.

Not exclusively.  Geeks can do lots of things in the circus.  Swallow nails, push wire hangers up their noses, eat live cockroaches and regurgitate them, pretty much anything you wouldn't want to do yourself.

Only the original definition of circus geek is the whole chicken-eating bit.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Boßel on May 01, 2010, 09:00:38 PM
Fact: It is my opinion that a freshly opened bag of potato chips smells like a fart.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 01, 2010, 09:20:21 PM
Fact: It is my opinion that a freshly opened bag of potato chips smells like a fart.

OMG I laughed!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 01, 2010, 11:16:49 PM
According Etymonline' entry for geek:
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The modern form and the popular use with ref. to circus sideshow "wild men" is from 1946, in William Lindsay Gresham's novel "Nightmare Alley" (made into a film in 1947 starring Tyrone Power).
Before that a geek was any "sideshow freak" and before that it was just a fool.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on May 02, 2010, 01:06:20 AM
A "geek" is a circus performer who bites the heads off of chickens.

Not exclusively.  Geeks can do lots of things in the circus.  Swallow nails, push wire hangers up their noses, eat live cockroaches and regurgitate them, pretty much anything you wouldn't want to do yourself.

Only the original definition of circus geek is the whole chicken-eating bit.
You asked for factoids, Bunsen! ;D A factoid is a fact derived from dubious sources(it's a portmanteau of "fact" and "tabloid").



I got that one from this video:
Geek vs. Kevin Smith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OrTRCe6rsE#lq-lq2-hq)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on May 02, 2010, 01:17:01 AM
Geek vs. Kevin Smith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OrTRCe6rsE#lq-lq2-hq)

I lost.

And I LOVED IT!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: David E. on May 02, 2010, 01:27:45 AM
Someone no one knows on this board just died.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Hanes on May 02, 2010, 01:30:24 AM
Someone no one knows on this board just died.
:'(

You don't need to highlight the painful fact of sentient pain and suffering to someone in an inebriated state.  Seriously.  You're killing my fun drunk and turning it into a pissed off drunk.  Thanks, asshole.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on May 02, 2010, 01:31:27 AM
Geek vs. Kevin Smith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OrTRCe6rsE#lq-lq2-hq)

I lost.

And I LOVED IT!

Fact: Kevin Smith's Q&As and podcasts are usually funnier than his movies.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MikeHz on May 02, 2010, 03:25:35 AM
Geek vs. Kevin Smith (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OrTRCe6rsE#lq-lq2-hq)

I lost.

And I LOVED IT!

Wrong thread.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: David E. on May 02, 2010, 09:52:30 AM
Someone no one knows on this board just died.
:'(

You don't need to highlight the painful fact of sentient pain and suffering to someone in an inebriated state.  Seriously.  You're killing my fun drunk and turning it into a pissed off drunk.  Thanks, asshole.

Maybe that person wanted to die.  There, feel better now?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Phil Clemence on May 02, 2010, 10:56:53 AM
Sloths love eating poo (http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2010/04/two-toed_toilet_sloths.php)

That triggered me to remember something from an Attenborough film:
Sloths rarely come down from the trees EXCEPT to poo.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 02, 2010, 11:04:57 AM
The largest nematode is the Placentonema gigantisma growing some nine meters in the the gut of the sperm whale.

Holy crap.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootlace_worm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootlace_worm)

Bootlace worm can grow to 60 meters!

(http://www.marlin.ac.uk/imgs/o_linlon2.jpg)

(http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/img/eunicid1.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 02, 2010, 11:17:48 AM
The largest known virus is the mimivirus (the Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus), with mature particles of 400 nm in diameter.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on May 02, 2010, 11:18:11 AM
The first cubicle in public toilets is usually the least used and therefore the cleanest.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 02, 2010, 11:25:18 AM
The first cubicle in public toilets is usually the least used and therefore the cleanest.

That's not useless.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on May 02, 2010, 11:31:59 AM
The first cubicle in public toilets is usually the least used and therefore the cleanest.

That's not useless.

Well, most people I tell that gem to seem to think so.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 02, 2010, 11:33:39 AM
The first cubicle in public toilets is usually the least used and therefore the cleanest.

That's not useless.

Well, most people I tell that gem to seem to think so.


Do you associate with slobs?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Phil Clemence on May 02, 2010, 12:26:01 PM
The first cubicle in public toilets is usually the least used and therefore the cleanest.

That's not useless.

Well, most people I tell that gem to seem to think so.


Do you associate with slobs?
Or sloths?
Sloths love eating poo (http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2010/04/two-toed_toilet_sloths.php)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on May 02, 2010, 12:30:16 PM
The word 'gay' is used by young folks to mean stupid.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 02, 2010, 12:34:36 PM
The word 'gay' is used by young folks to mean stupid.

and fags are people who annoy me.. your point?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on May 02, 2010, 12:39:40 PM
Faggot.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rai on May 02, 2010, 12:45:30 PM
Some Argentine lake ducks (Oxyura vittata) have a penis that's longer then the animal itself.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 02, 2010, 12:56:02 PM
The word 'gay' is used by young folks to mean stupid.

weird that the confederate flag can only mean one thing but gay used as an insult gets this linguistic reach around
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on May 02, 2010, 01:00:10 PM
The word 'gay' is used by young folks to mean stupid.

weird that the confederate flag can only mean one thing but gay used as an insult gets this linguistic reach around

Oh, are we in that thread again?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 02, 2010, 01:05:02 PM
Just funny that people can see some slurs through a different lens if you know the people using the slur. Everone return to comfortable certainty.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on May 02, 2010, 01:08:26 PM
Just funny that people can see some slurs through a different lens if you know the people using the slur. Everone return to comfortable certainty.

As an ex-Southerner myself, it's precisely my sense of "comfortable certainty" with the battle-flag loving Southerners that makes me believe the flag primarily means only one thing.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 02, 2010, 01:25:32 PM
I'll agree with that read the thread again for my views on the flag. I know what the primary meaning of fag is too. Crap I meant gay used as an insult.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 02, 2010, 06:59:35 PM
A symbol can have more than one meaning yet the person using that symbol may have little control over that meaning. Oh, wait, that was supposed to go in the "Useful common sense of the day." Never mind.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on May 02, 2010, 07:37:35 PM
1-in-31: The odds of a woman delivering twins.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on May 02, 2010, 09:58:19 PM
Fact: It is my opinion that a freshly opened bag of potato chips smells like a fart.

I'm just glad that I am not the only person that noticed this fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on May 02, 2010, 09:59:51 PM
Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on May 02, 2010, 10:00:28 PM
I missed my 12345 post.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 03, 2010, 04:05:05 AM
1-in-31: The odds of a woman delivering twins.
Aren't the odds the same when the stork is male?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 03, 2010, 10:24:30 AM
The word 'gay' is used by young folks to mean stupid.

weird that the confederate flag can only mean one thing but gay used as an insult gets this linguistic reach around

but the word gay wasn't invented to describe homosexuals, whereas the Confederate flag was invented to perpetuate the subjugation of colored people.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on May 03, 2010, 10:30:17 AM
The word 'gay' is used by young folks to mean stupid.

weird that the confederate flag can only mean one thing but gay used as an insult gets this linguistic reach around

but the word gay wasn't invented to describe homosexuals, whereas the Confederate flag was invented to perpetuate the subjugation of colored people.

Uhm No.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 03, 2010, 10:36:55 AM
sure it was ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on May 03, 2010, 11:04:11 AM
sure it was ;)

I get it now...

Like the Swastika was created for the Nazis.  ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 03, 2010, 11:19:04 AM
no, of course not. And I'm not saying the Union Jack was created for Southern slave owners, but what I am saying is that the Confederate flag with 13 stars for the 13 secessionist states was created to symbolize the perpetuation of white slave ownership. Whatever it means now, whether "heritage" or racism is irrelevant, but you can't fault people for still reading the original intent of the flag into any public display of the flag.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on May 03, 2010, 11:45:15 AM
Now, back to useless facts.

Namacurra District is a district of Zambezia Province in Mozambique.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on May 03, 2010, 11:46:11 AM
20,000 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.

Every day.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rand Walker on May 03, 2010, 12:18:19 PM
Fact: It is my opinion that a freshly opened bag of potato chips smells like a fart.

I'm just glad that I am not the only person that noticed this fact.

I overheard this one

"Your farts only smell good to you."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: spiney on May 03, 2010, 12:39:12 PM
Everyone elses' farts smell ?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rand Walker on May 03, 2010, 12:45:45 PM
Everyone elses' farts smell ?

rotfl
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on May 03, 2010, 12:57:29 PM
I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on May 03, 2010, 12:58:31 PM
I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
Technically no, depending on your age you are much older than your tongue as well.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 03, 2010, 01:04:17 PM
FACT: Chickens are dinosaurs in disguise
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on May 03, 2010, 01:16:12 PM
I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
Technically no, depending on your age you are much older than your tongue as well.

The phrase "as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth" was used in the past to indicate that one has dentures.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on May 03, 2010, 01:36:50 PM
I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
Technically no, depending on your age you are much older than your tongue as well.

The phrase "as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth" was used in the past to indicate that one has dentures.
Hmm, that's new to me.  I thought it was in reference to the fact that we're all born toothless and even those beginner teeth are gone by adulthood.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Hanes on May 03, 2010, 01:37:59 PM
Useless fact to you, crucial fact to me:  Gas diffusivity is not only proportional to temperature to the 7/4 power, but also inversely proportional to pressure!  Don't omit that pressure dependency! :D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on May 03, 2010, 01:44:50 PM
The only part of the Dandelion that isn't edible is the blossom after it has gone to seed. The root can be used to bitter beer.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on May 03, 2010, 02:25:41 PM
I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
Technically no, depending on your age you are much older than your tongue as well.

The phrase "as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth" was used in the past to indicate that one has dentures.
Hmm, that's new to me.  I thought it was in reference to the fact that we're all born toothless and even those beginner teeth are gone by adulthood.

Yeah I thought it was born toothless as well.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 03, 2010, 02:32:47 PM
Rhode Island is neither a state nor an island, discuss amongst yahselves.


(and if you don't get that joke, you're probably too young)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on May 03, 2010, 03:41:25 PM
Rhode Island is neither a state nor an island, discuss amongst yahselves.


(and if you don't get that joke, you're probably too young)

Its not a state?  Do you mean a road?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on May 03, 2010, 03:46:24 PM
Coffee (already brewed) is the best cleaner of stains on floor tile. - Just don't let it sit.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 03, 2010, 03:50:59 PM
Rhode Island is neither a state nor an island, discuss amongst yahselves.


(and if you don't get that joke, you're probably too young)

Its not a state?  Do you mean a road?

damnit, I failed miserably. :(
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 03, 2010, 03:52:36 PM
The flag that everyone calls the "Confederate flag" was never the flag of the Confederate States.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 03, 2010, 03:58:24 PM
The flag that everyone calls the "Confederate flag" was never the flag of the Confederate States.

sort of kind of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Confederate_National_Flag_since_Mai_1_1863_to_Mar_4_1865.svg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Confederate_National_Flag_since_Mai_1_1863_to_Mar_4_1865.svg)

it was used as part of the second national flag, but was abandoned because it too closely resembled a white "surrender" flag.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 03, 2010, 04:04:41 PM
it was used as part of the second national flag, but was abandoned because it too closely resembled a white "surrender" flag.
Sorry to nitpick but you used the word "it" with two different meanings. It was used as part of the second flag, which was abandoned, partly because it was too white. (Did someone say "too white"? :) )
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on May 03, 2010, 04:07:41 PM
it was used as part of the second national flag, but was abandoned because it too closely resembled a white "surrender" flag.
Sorry to nitpick but you used the word "it" with two different meanings. It was used as part of the second flag, which was abandoned, partly because it was too white. (Did someone say "too white"? :) )

See, this is why I can't be a grammar Nazi. Writing is for communication, and I totally understood what was being said, and therefore don't see the issue with his pronouns. If there were something else the other "it" could have been, I'd have wanted to know what "it" referred to, but it's pretty clear that jaypee was talking about a flag and just a flag.

this is why we can't have nice things. >.<
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 03, 2010, 04:10:05 PM
The only part of the Dandelion that isn't edible is the blossom after it has gone to seed. The root can be used to bitter beer.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Say that last part again? About the root being used to bitter beer?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on May 03, 2010, 04:16:07 PM
The only part of the Dandelion that isn't edible is the blossom after it has gone to seed. The root can be used to bitter beer.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Say that last part again? About the root being used to bitter beer?

It CAN be used to bitter beer, but is not a common ingredient. I have a recipe for a Dandelion beer from "The Homebrewer's Garden (http://www.amazon.com/Homebrewers-Garden-Easily-Prepare-Brewing/dp/1580170102)". I haven't tried it yet myself, as most of the dandelions my wife and I pull from the lawn go straight to our pet rabbits.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on May 03, 2010, 04:16:32 PM
http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/brewing/fetch-recipe.php?rid=dandelion-beer (http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/brewing/fetch-recipe.php?rid=dandelion-beer)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 03, 2010, 04:16:41 PM
it was used as part of the second national flag, but was abandoned because it too closely resembled a white "surrender" flag.
Sorry to nitpick but you used the word "it" with two different meanings. It was used as part of the second flag, which was abandoned, partly because it was too white. (Did someone say "too white"? :) )

duly noted, my English comprehension skills get progressively worse the closer I get to bedtime.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on May 03, 2010, 04:23:23 PM
http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/brewing/fetch-recipe.php?rid=dandelion-beer (http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/brewing/fetch-recipe.php?rid=dandelion-beer)

That sounds a lot like the one I have. The one I mentioned above includes malt and hops, making it an actual beer. That recipe, like this one, uses the entire plant, roots and all. I forgot that the entire dandelion is used and not just the roots.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 03, 2010, 10:45:35 PM
See, this is why I can't be a grammar Nazi.
The correct spelling is knotsie.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 11, 2010, 04:06:47 PM
The first Japanese prisoner of war in Word War II was one of the sailors from one of the midgets submarines involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 11, 2010, 08:38:04 PM
good one

the Japanese were the first to design and build submersible aircraft carriers which carried planes capable of attacking enemy targets (as opposed to just scout aircraft)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on May 11, 2010, 09:00:28 PM
damnit, I failed miserably. :(

Relax, you're among the best:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 11, 2010, 09:20:39 PM
The USS Batfish sank 3 Japanese submarines in 4 days during WW II.

Germany lost 767 U-boats in action during WW II, including 41 in one month (May 1943).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on May 11, 2010, 09:46:04 PM
1.U-boat actually stands for DAS UNTERSEABOOT.
2. Walking up to random people and yelling that at them will result in lulz.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 11, 2010, 09:50:48 PM
Jawohl! All your unterseeboot are belong to us!

Das Boot - Emergency dive scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBPGZEVRH0#lq-lq2-hq-vhq)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 11, 2010, 09:55:42 PM
Jawohl! All your unterseeboot are belong to us!

Das Boot - Emergency dive scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBPGZEVRH0#lq-lq2-hq-vhq)

wait, you mean that Das Boot isn't a training film for Wehrmacht recruits about how to properly maintain their footwear?

 :-\
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 11, 2010, 09:59:42 PM
Nein!

Physics quiz: why do they run forward?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 11, 2010, 10:14:30 PM
Nein!

Physics quiz: why do they run forward?

who? Germans?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 11, 2010, 10:17:03 PM
Nein!

Physics quiz: why do they run forward?

who? Germans?

Yes, in the video. An officer yelled "All men forward". Why run forward?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 11, 2010, 10:18:49 PM
oh right, didn't watch the video.

uh, to dip the nose of the submarine and speed the rate of descent?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on May 11, 2010, 10:19:04 PM
Nein!

Physics quiz: why do they run forward?

who? Germans?

Yes, in the video. An officer yelled "All men forward". Why run forward?

To give DAS BOOT some forward momentum when they stop?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 11, 2010, 10:19:49 PM
oh right, didn't watch the video.

uh, to dip the nose of the submarine and speed the rate of descent?

Jawohl!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 12, 2010, 09:14:38 AM
I haven't watched that movie in years, but it was epic.

useless fact: did you know they built two full scale mock-ups of a Type VII-C U-Boat for that movie, and that one of those mock-ups was actually built by Steven Spielberg for Raiders of the Lost Ark and he was just lending it to the German filmmakers?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on May 12, 2010, 09:54:04 AM
Unrelated fact:

Desert when pronounced dessert means "suitable reward or punishments."  So if I'm a good boy, my deserts will be dessert.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on May 12, 2010, 10:01:14 AM
Unrelated fact:

Desert when pronounced dessert means "suitable reward or punishments."  So if I'm a good boy, my deserts will be dessert.

Unless your mistress has other ideas for your reward.

(http://julieluongo.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/superhero-whip-snap.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 12, 2010, 03:35:11 PM
the second to largest toenail on my left foot recently fell off.
Now that it's grown back in some, it looks weird.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on May 12, 2010, 07:02:32 PM
May is National Burger, Strawberry, Egg, Salad, and Salsa Month.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on May 12, 2010, 07:46:44 PM
My cat's breath smells like cat food.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on May 12, 2010, 09:01:01 PM
The average man cuts himself 5 times shaving and you will do so tomorrow.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on May 12, 2010, 09:04:09 PM
The average man cuts himself 5 times shaving and you will do so tomorrow.

I've got an electric razor.  I guess that means someone else here will get 10 cuts to make up for me.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 12, 2010, 09:35:26 PM
The average man cuts himself 5 times shaving and you will do so tomorrow.

(http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/bsflag.gif)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 12, 2010, 09:48:00 PM
One average, each person has one testicle and one mammary.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on May 12, 2010, 09:54:19 PM
Finally!  Some truly useless facts!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on May 12, 2010, 10:01:22 PM
One average, each person has one testicle and one mammary.

Except not.  Because some men have no testicles, and some women have no mammaries.

So on average, each person has a little less than one testicle and one mammary.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 12, 2010, 10:02:48 PM
One average, each person has one testicle and one mammary.

Except not.  Because some men have no testicles, and some women have no mammaries.

So on average, each person has a little less than one testicle and one mammary.

what about women with undescended testicles? or men with breast development?

surely these statistics are flawed.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on May 12, 2010, 10:04:56 PM
You are right of course.  But, I'm still betting more women have had mastectomies than have undescended testicles.

Same probably with the moobs.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 12, 2010, 10:05:04 PM
Haven't you guys ever heard of rounding? Sheesh. :)  ETA - Actually, since the mammaries develop in puberty and losing a mammary or a testicle to cancer or other circumstances is not uncommon, it's probably considerably less than one each. Also, the word "mammary" doesn't mean breast. But these facts are supposed to be useless!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Caffiene on May 12, 2010, 10:08:25 PM
Haven't you guys ever heard of rounding? Sheesh. :) 

On average, each person has one testicle and one "rounding".
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: craig on May 12, 2010, 10:09:03 PM
I am uncomfortable about the idea of rounding off testicles :-\
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 12, 2010, 10:13:38 PM
I am uncomfortable about the idea of rounding off testicles :-\
Well, I was going to say "truncation of insignificant digits" but that's another operation altogether. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 12, 2010, 10:14:49 PM
Haven't you guys ever heard of rounding? Sheesh. :)  ETA - Actually, since the mammaries develop in puberty and losing a mammary or a testicle to cancer or other circumstances is not uncommon, it's probably considerably less than one each. Also, the word "mammary" doesn't mean breast. But these facts are supposed to be useless!

no facts are useless, it's just a matter of putting them to good use.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DG on May 13, 2010, 01:35:37 AM
I am uncomfortable about the idea of rounding off testicles :-\

I don't know that he was suggesting that one use a belt sander or cheese grater to get the job done... but then again.... 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 13, 2010, 06:00:38 AM
On average, I have 3.2 testicles.

Fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on May 13, 2010, 06:35:01 AM
I recommend seeing a doctor.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ganzfeld on May 13, 2010, 08:23:03 AM
I don't think it's the proper place to give relationship advice.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 13, 2010, 08:28:27 AM
I prefer homeopaths and naturopaths for BDSM anyway.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on May 13, 2010, 09:21:24 AM
I am uncomfortable about the idea of rounding off testicles :-\

I don't know that he was suggesting that one use a belt sander or cheese grater to get the job done... but then again....

Can we please NOT take this thread into the territory of ball popping?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on May 13, 2010, 09:48:40 AM
Human lungs are about 100 times easier to inflate than balloons
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 13, 2010, 11:20:36 AM
does that mean that the atmosphere we live in has a higher density than the materials that compose our chest, or is it all about the material the balloons/lungs are made of?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on May 13, 2010, 01:48:28 PM
Human lungs are about 100 times easier to inflate than balloons

And, I have the birthday party pictures to prove it!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 13, 2010, 04:29:52 PM
Christian Science killed Jim Henson.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Nacreous on May 13, 2010, 06:51:46 PM
Christian Science kill Jim Henson.

It do?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 13, 2010, 06:55:21 PM
Christian Science kill Jim Henson.

It do?

fuck, what is about this thread which kills my language skills?

anyway, its debatable, but he was a Christian Scientist and he put off going to the hospital until it was far too late, although he did go see a doctor about a week before he died who must have gone to Ozarks Medical School because said doctor couldn't detect the pneumonia developing in Henson's lungs and just prescribed him aspirin and sent him on his way.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on May 13, 2010, 07:20:04 PM
fuck, what is about this thread which kills my language skills?

I don't know, but...

anyway, its debatable, but he was a Christian Scientist and he put off going to the hospital until it was far too late, although he did go see a doctor about a week before he died who must have gone to Ozarks Medical School because said doctor couldn't detect the pneumonia developing in Henson's lungs and just prescribed him aspirin and sent him on his way.

No capital letter to begin the sentence.  "Its" should be "it's".  Plus, this sentence is a complete run-on.

 >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on May 13, 2010, 07:54:36 PM
Facts.  Some are useless.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: AxeGrrl on May 14, 2010, 02:01:58 AM


the area of skin between your eyebrows, directly above your nose, is called your 'glabella'.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 14, 2010, 07:35:31 AM
the area of skin between your eyebrows, directly above your nose, is called your 'glabella'.

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on May 14, 2010, 07:51:37 AM
(http://www.blogcdn.com/nintendo.joystiq.com/media/2007/11/inappropriate111107.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 14, 2010, 08:00:12 AM
you're right.
I added spoilers.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on May 14, 2010, 08:09:21 AM
the area of skin between your eyebrows, directly above your nose, is called your 'glabella'.

(click to show/hide)

Why did you name your badger "Your Tongue"?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 14, 2010, 08:12:12 AM
the area of skin between your eyebrows, directly above your nose, is called your 'glabella'.

(click to show/hide)

Why did you name your badger "Your Tongue"?
to confuse and bewilder...

it worked.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on May 14, 2010, 12:47:31 PM
Hey guys, this isn't Explicit. Keep it cleaner, please, spoilers notwithstanding.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 14, 2010, 01:19:40 PM
 :ughh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 14, 2010, 01:21:39 PM
Hey guys Skeptic Cattus, this isn't Explicit 4chan. Keep it cleaner, please, spoilers notwithstanding.

FTFY
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 14, 2010, 01:44:29 PM
Hey guys Skeptic Cattus, this isn't Explicit 4chan. Keep it cleaner, please, spoilers notwithstanding.

FTFY

Been there, done that...

I didn't realize text in spoilers could cross the imaginary line too.
oh well. now I know.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on May 14, 2010, 02:00:40 PM
Hey guys Skeptic Cattus, this isn't Explicit 4chan. Keep it cleaner, please, spoilers notwithstanding.

FTFY

Been there, done that...

I didn't realize text in spoilers could cross the imaginary line too.
oh well. now I know.

to be fair, I didn't click on the spoiler tag, because I've learned my lesson from having clicked on some of your previous spoilers.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rand Walker on May 14, 2010, 04:31:15 PM
The person who graduated last in their class at Harvard Med is called Dr.

useless enough?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 14, 2010, 05:22:28 PM
Hey guys Skeptic Cattus, this isn't Explicit 4chan. Keep it cleaner, please, spoilers notwithstanding.

FTFY

Been there, done that...

I didn't realize text in spoilers could cross the imaginary line too.
oh well. now I know.

to be fair, I didn't click on the spoiler tag, because I've learned my lesson from having clicked on some of your previous spoilers.
That's not fair. I got my hand slapped and stopped pulling the other kids' hair.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: GodBlessDarwin on May 22, 2010, 02:06:48 AM
Taoist masters practicing taoist alchemy consumed concoctions of minerals and chemicals (including cinnabar) in an attempt to achieve immortality.  The funny thing is, of course, they died from poisoning. 

Also, Tao and Dao are both correct.  Dependent on translator.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on May 22, 2010, 02:26:03 AM
Two different transliteration systems, eh?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: quirk3k on May 22, 2010, 11:52:33 AM
Two different transliteration systems, eh?

Pinyin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin) sucks, that's all.

Quote
Rules given in terms of English pronunciation
All rules given here in terms of English pronunciation are approximate, as several of these sounds do not correspond directly to sounds in English.

PinyinIPAExplanation
d[t]unaspirated t, as in stop

All pinyin romanizied words are like this. Dong sounds more like tong, etc.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Woolf on May 22, 2010, 12:44:34 PM
Osama bin Laden is now called Patrick Chan and keeps terrorizing people. After military bombed his apartment in Tora Bora and Baghdad, the Internet is his last undestroyed hideout. Until December.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on May 22, 2010, 07:41:23 PM
Two different transliteration systems, eh?

Pinyin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin) sucks, that's all.

Quote
Rules given in terms of English pronunciation
All rules given here in terms of English pronunciation are approximate, as several of these sounds do not correspond directly to sounds in English.

PinyinIPAExplanation
d[t]unaspirated t, as in stop

All pinyin romanizied words are like this. Dong sounds more like tong, etc.

So how do you pronounce "General Tso's Chicken"? The wiki article is indecipherable.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on May 22, 2010, 08:02:38 PM
i've always pronounced it with a silent T. Like "General So"
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: GodBlessDarwin on May 22, 2010, 11:11:57 PM
General Tso is a good question. I've always pronounced it with a sort of pseudo-"t" sound, subtle, like I was going to start a "t" word, but then changed to an "s" word. If that makes any sense whatsoever. I'm no expert in any Asian languages.

I was referring to the spelling of "Tao," which is most commonly pronounced "Dao," as in Dow Jones. No relation.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on May 23, 2010, 02:58:27 AM
I just asked my Mandarin friend to say the word "Tso" over and over again.  If I were to be forced to spell the pronunciation in the Roman Alphabet, I would have to spell his pronunciation as "Dhso."

Which tells us exactly nothing about how it's actually pronounced.  Damn, I wish I'd paid attention in my linguistic principles courses in college.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on May 23, 2010, 02:59:56 AM
Just call it General's Chicken


I've also seen it as Govenor's Chicken. lulz
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on May 23, 2010, 03:02:49 AM
Just call it General's Chicken


I've also seen it as Govenor's Chicken. lulz


What about Colonel's Chicken?

(http://www.jason71.com/blog/uploaded_images/9-the-Colonel-713220.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on May 23, 2010, 12:30:34 PM
Does it sound like the tsu (つ) in Japanese?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on May 23, 2010, 06:02:31 PM
Does it sound like the tsu (つ) in Japanese?

But like tso(ツォ)?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on May 23, 2010, 06:31:03 PM
There you go. I was just focusing on the consonant sound with that example.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: quirk3k on May 23, 2010, 08:13:14 PM
So how do you pronounce "General Tso's Chicken"? The wiki article is indecipherable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Tso%27s_chicken (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Tso%27s_chicken)

In Pinyin his name is spelled Zuǒ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuo_Zongtang).

z: unaspirated c, similar to something between suds and cats
uo: as u + o; the o is pronounced shorter and lighter than in the o final
ˇ: Falling-Rising or Low Tone
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: maydont on June 17, 2010, 04:01:21 PM
Can't remember where I read this, but it was a fairly credible source although I still have my doubts.

Apparently some albatrosses have thought to have been flying non-stop for 10 years.  Apparently they only alight to mate.  The original Virgin Atlantic, I guess.  ;)  anybody shed some light on this?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on June 17, 2010, 04:03:34 PM
How would they eat?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on June 17, 2010, 04:06:39 PM
On the wing
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on June 17, 2010, 04:07:17 PM
On the wing

Oh.. you!!!

 :argh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on June 17, 2010, 04:16:03 PM
(http://www.playkon.ro/uploads/2008/02/No-U.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on June 17, 2010, 04:16:39 PM
Seriously, they scoop up food and eat it while flying.  Or gliding.  They mostly glide.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on June 17, 2010, 04:23:16 PM
(http://skrie.danoli3.com/no_U.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on June 17, 2010, 04:27:36 PM
Tar balls look like sandy cow patties.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 17, 2010, 04:29:56 PM
I have a couple tomatoes starting to turn red.

The US Senate spends more time on quorum calls than everything else they do combined. Literally.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on June 17, 2010, 07:03:47 PM
seaotter has ulcers from all the green plums he has eaten, but that will not stop him from eating more.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 17, 2010, 07:32:41 PM
Lead Farmer has split feelings on people talking in third person...and doesn't.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on June 17, 2010, 07:37:12 PM
Thought third person was the form for a useless fact
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on June 17, 2010, 08:30:33 PM
Thought third person was the form for a useless fact

Don't you mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?"
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 17, 2010, 09:56:11 PM
Thought third person was the form for a useless fact

Don't you mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?"
Lead Farmer thinks that Bunsen meant to say,
Quote
Bunsen thinks that SeaOtter meant, "Don't you mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?""
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on June 17, 2010, 11:42:40 PM
Thought third person was the form for a useless fact

Don't you mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?"
Lead Farmer thinks that Bunsen meant to say,
Quote
Bunsen thinks that SeaOtter meant, "Don't you mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?""

THAT POST WAS FUCKING META(L)!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 19, 2010, 09:43:49 PM
Ricky Gervais has a new free audiobook out. It's a continuation of his "Guid To..." series. This one is on the World Cup.
As usual, it contains barely any talk about the World Cup.
Good to know if you're like me and don't give a shit about soccer.
You'll love hearing what Karl spent fifteen minutes doing in his garden.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Moon Police on June 19, 2010, 10:06:43 PM
Ricky Gervais has a new free audiobook out. It's a continuation of his "Guid To..." series. This one is on the World Cup.
As usual, it contains barely any talk about the World Cup.
Good to know if you're like me and don't give a shit about soccer.
You'll love hearing what Karl spent fifteen minutes doing in his garden.

Where can I find this!?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Boßel on June 20, 2010, 02:40:39 AM
Fact: It is my opinion that Dakota Fanning was the inspiration for the looks of Stewie on Family Guy.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on June 20, 2010, 04:26:14 AM
Ricky Gervais has a new free audiobook out. It's a continuation of his "Guid To..." series. This one is on the World Cup.
As usual, it contains barely any talk about the World Cup.
Good to know if you're like me and don't give a shit about soccer.
You'll love hearing what Karl spent fifteen minutes doing in his garden.

Where can I find this!?

iTunes!

Karl is my hero, i have his books!  (he might want them back, but tough cookies!)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 20, 2010, 10:50:56 AM
Ricky Gervais has a new free audiobook out. It's a continuation of his "Guid To..." series. This one is on the World Cup.
As usual, it contains barely any talk about the World Cup.
Good to know if you're like me and don't give a shit about soccer.
You'll love hearing what Karl spent fifteen minutes doing in his garden.

Where can I find this!?

iTunes!

Karl is my hero, i have his books!  (he might want them back, but tough cookies!)
yup. iTunes.
I decided to pop by RickyGervais.com last night to catch up on his blog and see what else was new, and saw the ad for it. It's a clickable link that will open your iTunes and take you directly to the appropriate file. If you don't have iTunes, you'd have to find another way of getting. Seriously though, at this point who doesn't use iTunes? I pretty much hate all things Apple related and even I use iTunes.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on June 22, 2010, 04:10:52 PM
wastrel fixed this:

Thought third person was the form for a useless fact

Don't you mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?"
Lead Farmer thinks that Bunsen meant to say,
Quote
Bunsen thinks that SeaOtter meant, "Doesn't LEAD FARMER mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?""
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on June 22, 2010, 04:11:48 PM
Useless fact of the day:

jaypee has no uvula. he had it surgically removed in order to increase his fighting prowess.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on June 22, 2010, 04:14:32 PM
wastrel fixed this:

Thought third person was the form for a useless fact

Don't you mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?"
Lead Farmer thinks that Bunsen meant to say,
Quote
Bunsen thinks that SeaOtter meant, "Doesn't LEAD FARMER mean "Seaotter thought third person was the form for a useless fact?""

(http://media.skateboard.com.au/forum/images/LOLWUT5.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: craig on June 22, 2010, 05:00:21 PM
Useless fact of the day:

jaypee has no uvula. he had it surgically removed in order to increase his fighting prowess.

People with uvulas are pathetic!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on June 22, 2010, 05:06:51 PM
I am part of the 1% of Caucasians that have a bifid uvula.

(http://image.absoluteastronomy.com/images/encyclopediaimages/b/bi/bifid_uvula.jpg)

\o/


Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on June 22, 2010, 05:29:08 PM
I am part of the 1% of Caucasians that have a bifid uvula.

(http://image.absoluteastronomy.com/images/encyclopediaimages/b/bi/bifid_uvula.jpg)

\o/

So, your uvula swings both ways, huh?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wastrel on June 22, 2010, 05:31:53 PM
Indeed it does.

I should add, pic related, but not my specific bifid uvula.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 22, 2010, 06:03:34 PM
Useless fact of the day:

jaypee has no uvula. he had it surgically removed in order to remove his gag reflex.

FTFY
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rand Walker on June 22, 2010, 06:21:45 PM
I am part of the 1% of Caucasians that have a bifid uvula.

(http://image.absoluteastronomy.com/images/encyclopediaimages/b/bi/bifid_uvula.jpg)

\o/

Any extra nipples?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on June 22, 2010, 06:23:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQkD-L9EMuk

The "matchstick men" of the song refer to the paintings of L.S. Lowry.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on June 22, 2010, 08:47:18 PM
Useless fact of the day:

jaypee has no uvula. he had it surgically removed in order to remove his gag reflex.

FTFY

I wish! My already strong gag reflex was only made stronger by the new post nasal drip I developed after my surgery. I gag while brushing my teeth now, whereas I used to only gag while getting dental work done (yep, four years of orthodontia was awesome)

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 22, 2010, 09:17:04 PM
I just registered at the VA forum.
Not sure why I waited until now.
Been a View Askew fan for over a decade.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on June 22, 2010, 10:26:59 PM
I am part of the 1% of Caucasians that have a bifid uvula.

(http://image.absoluteastronomy.com/images/encyclopediaimages/b/bi/bifid_uvula.jpg)

\o/

I'm surprised LEAD FARMER or Bunsen haven't comment on this.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: craig on June 22, 2010, 10:39:44 PM
Useless fact of the day:

jaypee has no uvula. he had it surgically removed in order to remove his gag reflex.

FTFY

I wish! My already strong gag reflex was only made stronger by the new post nasal drip I developed after my surgery. I gag while brushing my teeth now, whereas I used to only gag while getting dental work done (yep, four years of orthodontia was awesome)

That is weird.  My gag reflex is much weaker after the surgery.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 22, 2010, 10:46:55 PM
Useless fact of the day:

jaypee has no uvula. he had it surgically removed in order to remove his gag reflex.

FTFY

I wish! My already strong gag reflex was only made stronger by the new post nasal drip I developed after my surgery. I gag while brushing my teeth now, whereas I used to only gag while getting dental work done (yep, four years of orthodontia was awesome)

That is weird.  My gag reflex is much weaker after the surgery.
So what you doin' later?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on June 22, 2010, 10:47:49 PM
I'm surprised LEAD FARMER or Bunsen haven't comment on this.

Your goading, sir, I am above it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: craig on June 22, 2010, 10:53:36 PM
Sorry.  I'm monogamous :-*
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on June 23, 2010, 07:26:01 AM
Useless fact of the day:

jaypee has no uvula. he had it surgically removed in order to remove his gag reflex.

FTFY

I wish! My already strong gag reflex was only made stronger by the new post nasal drip I developed after my surgery. I gag while brushing my teeth now, whereas I used to only gag while getting dental work done (yep, four years of orthodontia was awesome)

That is weird.  My gag reflex is much weaker after the surgery.

I also had large parts of my nasopharynx and soft palate removed.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 23, 2010, 08:42:41 AM
my dick curves slightly to the right.
I think it's from masturbating too much with my left hand.
I'm right handed, but my left wrist has a pivoting action that puts my right wrist to shame.
That's a fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on June 23, 2010, 08:54:00 AM
Again. Reminder. NOT Explicit forum.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 23, 2010, 09:28:30 AM
meh, I've done much worse in "General".
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on June 30, 2010, 10:02:28 AM
The "LV50" (Lethal Velocity 50%) for an adult human impacting a solid non-yielding surface is 17 m/s (38 mph). This equates to a fall from 14.7 meters (48 feet) on Earth.

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/doctrine/dod/fm8-9/1ch4.htm (http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/doctrine/dod/fm8-9/1ch4.htm)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MikeHz on June 30, 2010, 10:14:16 AM
Ants outweigh humans on the earth.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on June 30, 2010, 12:50:13 PM
Ants outweigh humans on the earth.

Give us time.  We're getting fatter every day!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 30, 2010, 02:39:33 PM
I mowed my front and back yard this morning. It was hot and humid. I had to change shirts 3 times.
Thunderstorm just rolled through.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on June 30, 2010, 03:30:27 PM
What in the hell were you doing wearing a shirt while doing yard work? Did you not get the memo?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on June 30, 2010, 03:38:32 PM
I have eaten mint chocolate chip ice cream, where the chocolate chips were chocolate covered grasshoppers.

It was delicious.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on June 30, 2010, 04:16:29 PM
chocolate covered crickets tastes like chocolate covered raisins.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on June 30, 2010, 05:34:57 PM
 :munch:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 30, 2010, 06:36:51 PM
What in the hell were you doing wearing a shirt while doing yard work? Did you not get the memo?
I'm too considerate of my neighbors.

one word...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2711/4399273013_a31808be05_o.gif)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rand Walker on June 30, 2010, 07:29:08 PM
Well thank you. Now to get that image out of my mind I will need to go watch Centipede again.
 :crying:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on June 30, 2010, 07:30:25 PM
Useless Fact of the Day:  On the SGU Forums, you can ignore your own posts.  I have myself on ignore right now.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DG on June 30, 2010, 08:20:14 PM
Useless Fact of the Day:  On the SGU Forums, you can ignore your own posts.  I have myself on ignore right now.

Does that mean we can fairly lodge the "Are you even listening to yourself?" refrain when questioning your opinion on anything?  ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on June 30, 2010, 08:25:28 PM
USELESS FACT OF THE DAY: Bunsen just got burned by a noob.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on June 30, 2010, 09:59:02 PM
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on June 30, 2010, 11:12:15 PM
(click to show/hide)

Imagine that 8 times in a row every time he posts.

It's almost tolerable.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on July 27, 2010, 02:35:41 PM
Water is compressible. If water weren't compressible, sea level would be 90 feet higher than it is.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on July 27, 2010, 02:42:35 PM
Well thank you. Now to get that image out of my mind I will need to go watch Centipede again.
 :crying:

Read about this Russian Sleep Experiment (http://www.tengaged.com/blog/Beautiful/189125/russian-sleep-experiment-o) instead.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on July 27, 2010, 02:50:40 PM
For every decent post on the internet, there are two million pieces of crap.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on July 27, 2010, 02:51:10 PM
Well thank you. Now to get that image out of my mind I will need to go watch Centipede again.
 :crying:

Read about this Russian Sleep Experiment (http://www.tengaged.com/blog/Beautiful/189125/russian-sleep-experiment-o) instead.

Holy shit.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on July 27, 2010, 02:54:33 PM
For every decent post on the internet, there are two million pieces of crap.

So which one was that?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on July 27, 2010, 02:56:16 PM
Obviously one of the millions.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on July 27, 2010, 02:57:06 PM
Well thank you. Now to get that image out of my mind I will need to go watch Centipede again.
 :crying:

Read about this Russian Sleep Experiment (http://www.tengaged.com/blog/Beautiful/189125/russian-sleep-experiment-o) instead.

Holy shit.

That's the short version. The long version details what happens when a couple of researchers and a few guards are added to the experiment after the first batch crumbles into insanity.

And then there's the diary and the visions of the dream world bleeding into the waking world, edited from this version. I linked to the happy go lucky version. The short version that ends with a few deaths and a canned, easy to understand explanation to wrap it up neatly. This is the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, without the pain of walking on broken glass or the prince who makes Ariel dance for his amusement when he realizes how much she's suffering. This is the version where she doesn't dissolve into sentient, suffering sea foam.

It's all fiction of course. It has to be. The alternative is too disturbing to contemplate. One must preserve one's sanity, even if it occasionally requires a little reality denial.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on July 27, 2010, 02:59:33 PM
I'm pretty sure it's fiction, at least that's what I'm banking on.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on July 27, 2010, 03:23:49 PM
I'm pretty sure it's fiction, at least that's what I'm banking on.

I can think of a number of people who would be very happy if this one were non-fiction:
http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-113 (http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-113)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on July 27, 2010, 03:32:07 PM
Bananas are actually a kind of berry.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: cerveauxfrits on July 27, 2010, 03:41:03 PM
I'm pretty sure it's fiction, at least that's what I'm banking on.

I can think of a number of people who would be very happy if this one were non-fiction:
http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-113 (http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-113)

Quote
The third-stage process of transformation has a failure rate of approximately 25%. In about half of failed transformation, partial or complete obliteration of the genitals is experienced, along with lacerations of the skin and abdominal organs as they transform at slightly different rates. An additional half of failed cases result in death of the subject by severe organ trauma or internal bleeding, or partial or complete paralysis.

 :pervert:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on July 27, 2010, 03:45:39 PM
An adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on July 27, 2010, 03:47:21 PM
An adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length.

Gorillas are from Sweden???
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on July 27, 2010, 03:49:26 PM
I'm pretty sure it's fiction, at least that's what I'm banking on.

I can think of a number of people who would be very happy if this one were non-fiction:
http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-113 (http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-113)

Quote
The third-stage process of transformation has a failure rate of approximately 25%. In about half of failed transformation, partial or complete obliteration of the genitals is experienced, along with lacerations of the skin and abdominal organs as they transform at slightly different rates. An additional half of failed cases result in death of the subject by severe organ trauma or internal bleeding, or partial or complete paralysis.

 :pervert:

Well, I suspect anyone using it would prefer that pesky failure rate be resolved first.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on July 27, 2010, 04:10:32 PM
Wow, the internet is strange, wonderful and awful all at once.  And yeah the Russian sleep experiment is at least 90% BS.  The article claims that 4 test subjects survived having their internal organs removed from the abdomen for 10 days and survived by eating their own flesh.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on July 27, 2010, 04:53:52 PM
Internets, spreading bullshit since 1979
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on July 27, 2010, 04:59:37 PM
The first three letters to go through the internet were "LOL"
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Boßel on July 27, 2010, 05:31:11 PM
An adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length.

Ha! Got them beat by a centimeter!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on July 27, 2010, 05:45:31 PM
An adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length.

Ha! Got them beat by a centimeter!

I lost.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on July 27, 2010, 05:51:28 PM
An adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length.

Ha! Got them beat by a centimeter!

I lost.
You lost to the Gorilla ?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on July 27, 2010, 05:58:31 PM
An adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length.

Ha! Got them beat by a centimeter!

I lost.
You lost to the Gorilla ?  :laugh:

That's what she said?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on July 27, 2010, 06:00:14 PM
An adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length.

Ha! Got them beat by a centimeter!

I lost.
You lost to the Gorilla ?  :laugh:

Okay, I really should have seen that coming...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on July 27, 2010, 06:05:05 PM
An adult gorilla's erect penis is about 4 cm (1.5 in) in length.

Ha! Got them beat by a centimeter!

I lost.
You lost to the Gorilla ?  :laugh:

Okay, I really should have seen that coming...
When you pitch lines like that , yes.  :D  When you can take the joke from my hand it will be time for you to go grasshopper.  ;D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on July 27, 2010, 06:11:28 PM
The penis of a bonobo is bigger and longer than a chimpanzee (and could rival a human male's).   If humans had the same testicle size to body ratio as a bonobo or a chimp, a human male's testicles would be almost FOUR to TEN times bigger.  Source (http://georgezaharoff.com/2009/06/15/bonobo-biology--adults-only.aspx).

A picture of an erect bonobo penis.
(click to show/hide)

Don't worry, it's not a threat.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on July 27, 2010, 08:27:56 PM
The largest sundial in the world is in Jaipur, India. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jantar_Mantar_%28Jaipur%29)

(http://photos.travelblog.org/Photos/2461/130033/f/966599-The-Largest-Sundial-in-the-World-0.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on July 27, 2010, 08:58:51 PM
picture is broken.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on July 27, 2010, 09:03:57 PM
Link:
http://photos.travelblog.org/Photos/2461/130033/f/966599-The-Largest-Sundial-in-the-World-0.jpg (http://photos.travelblog.org/Photos/2461/130033/f/966599-The-Largest-Sundial-in-the-World-0.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on July 27, 2010, 09:14:59 PM
I can see it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on July 28, 2010, 08:20:42 AM
At least one historian believes that the Cerne Abbas Giant is a cartoon depiction of Oliver Cromwell dating to the mid 17th Century.

What do you think?

(http://websupport1.citytech.cuny.edu/Faculty/pcatapano/lectures_wc2/oliver_cromwell4.jpg)

(http://www.sacred-destinations.com/england/images/cerne-abbas/giant/cerne-abas-giant-c-sacredsites.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on July 28, 2010, 08:32:00 AM
Looks more like FX a certain other poster...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on July 28, 2010, 12:09:45 PM
At least one historian believes that the Cerne Abbas Giant is a cartoon depiction of Oliver Cromwell dating to the mid 17th Century.

What do you think?

(http://websupport1.citytech.cuny.edu/Faculty/pcatapano/lectures_wc2/oliver_cromwell4.jpg)

(http://www.sacred-destinations.com/england/images/cerne-abbas/giant/cerne-abas-giant-c-sacredsites.jpg)

I think that one historian needs to get his meds adjusted.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on July 28, 2010, 12:16:37 PM
This is gold. From wikipedia Cerne Abbas Giant (http://Cerne Abbas giant):
Quote
As a publicity stunt for the opening of The Simpsons Movie on the 16 July 2007, a giant Homer Simpson brandishing a doughnut was outlined in water-based biodegradable paint to the left of the Cerne Abbas giant. This act angered local neopagans, who pledged to perform rain magic to wash the figure away.

joint Wessex district manager for The Pagan Federation (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article246377.ece) - there's a title I'd like for my business card.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on July 28, 2010, 12:19:37 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/Homer_Simpson_in_Cerne_Abbans.JPG)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on July 28, 2010, 02:38:02 PM
No Homer penis?

That's a missed opportunity right there.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on July 28, 2010, 02:55:00 PM
While the Cromwell hypothesis seems... ill-founded, there is some controversy surrounding the giant's age. Apparently it doesn't appear in any records until the 18th century, whereas other Stone Age monuments (like the Uffington White Horse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffington_White_Horse)) appear as early as the Middle Ages.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on July 28, 2010, 03:01:12 PM
No Homer penis?

That's a missed opportunity right there.

The sad thing is, it IS depicted.

Homer is no porn star.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on July 28, 2010, 03:17:02 PM
Damn Internet Simpsons porn.  They lied man, they lied.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Daws on July 31, 2010, 09:01:12 PM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

Okay, now yer just making stuff up...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on July 31, 2010, 10:11:34 PM
Liverpool, England is likely named after a mass of brackish water.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 01, 2010, 07:47:53 AM
Never piss of the person serving you food.  It might be their last night at work, and they are really pissed off already.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on August 02, 2010, 01:55:34 PM
These are supposed to be useless facts.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on August 23, 2010, 12:55:06 PM
Useless fact of the day:  Mafia II comes out tomorrow.  This is useless, since apparently nobody but me cares.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on August 23, 2010, 12:55:54 PM
Useless fact of the day:  Mafia II comes out tomorrow.  This is useless, since apparently nobody but me cares.

It looks really cool, but I don't have a PS3.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on August 23, 2010, 01:03:35 PM
Useless fact of the day:  Mafia II comes out tomorrow.  This is useless, since apparently nobody but me cares.

It looks really cool, but I don't have a PS3.

Or an Xbox or PC?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on August 23, 2010, 01:12:33 PM
Hmm, I thought it was exclusive to PS3, damned deceptive advertising.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on August 23, 2010, 01:14:56 PM
Hell no.

If you really are getting it, not to sound like I'm advertising, but the preorder benefits at most retailers are awesome for Mafia II.  If you do want to get it, you should try to preorder it today so you get the DLC.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on August 23, 2010, 01:50:17 PM
"Being yelled at by a furious woman should be treated as a semi-formal occasion" -Dexter (The serial killer)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on August 23, 2010, 01:52:08 PM
Hell no.

If you really are getting it, not to sound like I'm advertising, but the preorder benefits at most retailers are awesome for Mafia II.  If you do want to get it, you should try to preorder it today so you get the DLC.

Yeah, well.. I don't have the money, and with the fall semester starting in two weeks I won't have the time.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on August 23, 2010, 06:06:32 PM
Hell no.

If you really are getting it, not to sound like I'm advertising, but the preorder benefits at most retailers are awesome for Mafia II.  If you do want to get it, you should try to preorder it today so you get the DLC.

Yeah, well.. I don't have the money, and with the fall semester starting in two weeks I won't have the time.

Harvard?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on August 23, 2010, 06:13:47 PM
I wish.

UMass Boston.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on August 23, 2010, 07:11:35 PM
I have almost 6 gigs of porn on this computer.
Most of it is Claudia Rossi.
She is a dead ringer for an ex.
I don't know why I have all that porn.
I use the same clip from the same video most of the time.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on August 23, 2010, 07:13:05 PM
I have almost 6 gigs of porn on this computer.

Pfft. Amateur.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on August 23, 2010, 07:14:34 PM

I use the same clip from the same video most of the time.

Dude, for really.

I don't understand why they even bother making porno scenes longer than 5 minutes, it's not like I have time to kill, I want to get in and get out.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on August 23, 2010, 08:47:25 PM

Dude, for really.

I don't understand why they even bother making porno scenes longer than 5 minutes,

Character development?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on August 23, 2010, 09:48:59 PM
I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on August 23, 2010, 10:06:20 PM
I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.

I think we have a winner for 'most useless fact'.  ;D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on August 24, 2010, 06:34:08 AM
I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.

Dude, you have way too much time on your hands!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on August 24, 2010, 07:20:35 AM
I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.

I think we have a winner for 'most useless fact'.  ;D
I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.
Dude, you have way too much time on your hands!

Ah yeah... it rains a lot here.
The scales in the mailroom at work are sensitive to 3 decimal places.
I thought my black specs weighed more when wearing 'em.
Nobody believed me. So naturally I tested my hypothesis.

The only reasons I could think of for the difference in weight are
A: The plastic of the frames are different densities.
B: The lenses on the black specs have that auto tint coat on 'em.

I have many more facts of varying degrees of uselessness.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on August 24, 2010, 07:58:56 AM
Out of such boredom comes many new discoveries.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on August 24, 2010, 09:32:46 AM
Dennis Markuze aka David Mabus has spammed by blog again and in the process has given me an excuse, however flimsy, to suggest he may be a transsexual. (http://blog.matthewmiller.net/2010/08/wise-quote.html)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on August 24, 2010, 09:42:29 AM
Dennis Markuze aka David Mabus has spammed by blog again and in the process has given me an excuse, however flimsy, to suggest he may be a transsexual. (http://blog.matthewmiller.net/2010/08/wise-quote.html)

Dude, the guy's name is Dennis and you don't go for the obvious trans name change to Denise?

Being related to a pre-op, I can tell you (anecdotally, of course) that they usually try to keep their new names as close to their old names as possible.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on August 24, 2010, 09:53:49 AM
Dennis Markuze aka David Mabus has spammed by blog again and in the process has given me an excuse, however flimsy, to suggest he may be a transsexual. (http://blog.matthewmiller.net/2010/08/wise-quote.html)

Dude, the guy's name is Dennis and you don't go for the obvious trans name change to Denise?

Being related to a pre-op, I can tell you (anecdotally, of course) that they usually try to keep their new names as close to their old names as possible.

The name choice was not one I thought out very carefully. I like the name Danielle.

It makes sense however that someone in transition would want to keep the name from changing too much. There's enough major life changes going on already! I would imagine that a transsexual whose birth name was "Chris" would be inclined to keep their original name.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on August 24, 2010, 09:55:57 AM
I guess I'm all set if I wanna turn my penis into a vagina.
My name is Gene, easily converted to Jean.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 08, 2010, 03:45:30 PM
Polaris, the current North Star, is the 45th brightest star in the sky.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: maydont on September 08, 2010, 04:07:19 PM
Nelson Mandela acted in Malcolm X
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 08, 2010, 10:22:53 PM
Polaris, the current North Star, is the 45th brightest star in the sky.

That's not useless. Lots of folks think it's the brightest star in the sky.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 08, 2010, 10:36:53 PM
Nelson Mandela acted in Malcolm X

Malcolm X was a terrible film, and I recommend not watching it.

Also, Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey helped finance the film when studio backing fell through.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 09, 2010, 01:24:15 AM
In about a month it's going to be 10/10/10

I'm going to celebrate at 10:10.10 AM on 10/10/10 by doing 10 shots.

I'm hoping to get 9 friends to join me.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 09, 2010, 02:40:08 AM
In about a month it's going to be 10/10/10

I'm going to celebrate at 10:10.10 AM on 10/10/10 by doing 10 shots.

I'm hoping to get 9 friends to join me.

You doing this in an hour?
Or starting at breakfast?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 09, 2010, 02:48:41 AM
You doing this in an hour?
Or starting at breakfast?

Dude.  It's September right now.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 09, 2010, 07:52:03 AM
Polaris, the current North Star, is the 45th brightest star in the sky.

That's not useless. Lots of folks think it's the brightest star in the sky.
I was at a high school football game recently (my son is in the band) and someone was asking if that was the north star in the sky since it was the brightest.

It was Venus.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 09, 2010, 08:25:49 AM
Could you build a Dennis Mabus mail generator? One that puts together Mabus-mail from unrelated sentences on the Internet?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 09, 2010, 08:29:34 AM
Over half the world's supply of vanilla is produced on the African island of Madagascar.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 09, 2010, 11:13:52 AM
Polaris' elevation ("altitude" in navigation speak) is within 0.8o of your latitude.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Hanes on September 09, 2010, 11:21:00 AM
Over half the world's supply of vanilla is produced on the African island of Madagascar.

And because vanilla supply is so much greater than demand, many Madagasi are turning to the rare lumber trade, cutting down vast swaths of ecosystem to sell Rosewood for six dollars a tree.  They're worth several thousand to the exporters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_logging_in_Madagascar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_logging_in_Madagascar)

It really is a sad situation.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on September 09, 2010, 01:09:50 PM
Fyffes, a fruit import company based in Ireland, handles the entire banana export produce for the country of Belize. It also owns the largest ripening facility in Europe.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 09, 2010, 01:14:31 PM
Could you build a Dennis Mabus mail generator? One that puts together Mabus-mail from unrelated sentences on the Internet?

Yes. I've worked on similar projects before. Why do you ask?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: slicendice on September 09, 2010, 01:21:45 PM
Wu tang Clan ain't nuttin' to fuck with.

And now you know.

edit: I'm not sure if this is really appropriate for this thread, after all that fact is very useful.



Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 09, 2010, 02:14:14 PM
Most of Dave Chappelle's racial humor in his amazingly popular and funny TV show was co-written by his white writing partner. So was Half Baked. And I believe he either wrote or directed the film Let's Go To Prison.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: slicendice on September 09, 2010, 02:29:12 PM
Most of Dave Chappelle's racial humor in his amazingly popular and funny TV show was co-written by his white writing partner. So was Half Baked. And I believe he either wrote or directed the film Let's Go To Prison.

Nah Neal Brennan didn't have anything to do with Lets go to Prison, it was written by Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, and directed by Bob Odenkirk. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 09, 2010, 05:32:14 PM
Could you build a Dennis Mabus mail generator? One that puts together Mabus-mail from unrelated sentences on the Internet?

Yes. I've worked on similar projects before. Why do you ask?

Actually nothing. But knowing that you could is a piece of useless information, isn't it?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MikeHz on September 09, 2010, 07:28:03 PM
The brain of a racing homer pigeon is 25% larger than that of its wild ancestor.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: khendar on September 09, 2010, 08:09:12 PM
If you're walking with a mug in your hand, you are less likely to spill it if you do not look at it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 09, 2010, 08:36:38 PM
Most of Dave Chappelle's racial humor in his amazingly popular and funny TV show was co-written by his white writing partner. So was Half Baked. And I believe he either wrote or directed the film Let's Go To Prison.

Nah Neal Brennan didn't have anything to do with Lets go to Prison, it was written by Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, and directed by Bob Odenkirk.
Holy shit! My life is a lie!
I wonder why I thought that...
oh well. I suppose I should have looked at IMDB before having diarrhea of the mouth.


In other news...
I just bought a truck. Nothing special, just a little thing to get to and from work and classes. '90 S-10 4-cylinder 5-speed. The body is in better shape than many cars I've seen made after 2000, and it only has 98k on the odometer. Brand new shocks and tires, no leaks, really nothing bad I could find at all. Everything is original, never been wrecked. $1,200 US, which means I'm payment free. Nice to not have the hassle of payments over my head. Craigs list is good for two things now...cockshots and the occasional vehicle.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on September 09, 2010, 10:23:03 PM
From a thread about Brazil, or something:
Hmm.. Did you know that the nursery rhyme "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo" used to have "Catch a nigger by the toe" as its second line? The things you learn.

Yeesh.
Agatha Christie's second most famous novel, And Then There Were None, was originally titled Ten Little Niggers in the UK and Ten Little Indians in the US.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 09, 2010, 10:30:26 PM
Anatidaephobia is the fear of being watched by a duck.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 10, 2010, 03:18:12 AM
From a thread about Brazil, or something:
Hmm.. Did you know that the nursery rhyme "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo" used to have "Catch a nigger by the toe" as its second line? The things you learn.

Yeesh.
Agatha Christie's second most famous novel, And Then There Were None, was originally titled Ten Little Niggers in the UK and Ten Little Indians in the US.

And in sweden it's as far as i know still called "tio små negerpojkar"
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: slicendice on September 10, 2010, 10:15:29 AM
This new Ramen I'm trying out is way too goddamn spicy.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 10, 2010, 11:24:09 AM
There is no such thing as too goddamn spicey, you priss.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on September 10, 2010, 11:27:51 AM
This new Ramen I'm trying out is way too goddamn spicy.

I just take regular chicken or beef ramen and add as much cayanne pepper as I like after its cooked.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 10, 2010, 01:24:44 PM
Ramen Noodles is also known in medical circles as stroke in a bag.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 10, 2010, 02:35:46 PM
Anatidaephobia is the fear of being watched by a duck.

Would that be a fear that suggests you may be quacking up?

(http://fohn.net/duck-pictures-facts/mallard-duck.jpg)(http://www.freefoto.com/images/01/08/01_08_52---Duck_web.jpg?&k=Duck)(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ZGlRYU4fAh54CM:http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj101/thegabrielle/CityDuck.gif&t=1)(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0NDgsoqJRJs/TGMEHK0lwrI/AAAAAAAAAwk/GgHVOOjRpS8/s1600/looney-tunes-daffy-duck-5000804%5B1%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 10, 2010, 02:53:41 PM
Anatidaephobia is the fear of being watched by a duck.

Would that be a fear that suggests you may be quacking up?

Oh, booo!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 10, 2010, 03:16:12 PM
FACT: Goat cheese and chive crackers are an amazing combination.

In all fairness, that fact is not useless. Put it to good use, I implore you.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 10, 2010, 03:25:22 PM
Oh, now you done gone and made me hungry, bastard!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 10, 2010, 03:27:48 PM
Sorry :)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 10, 2010, 03:29:29 PM
That's ok, i have some pudding!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:41:31 PM
Goat cheese is often made with milk from cows.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:42:00 PM
No, I'm not kidding.  Look at the ingredients.  It's just so wrong.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 10, 2010, 03:42:18 PM
No it's not. At least not any goat cheese I've ever eaten, and I read the labels.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:43:04 PM
Are you saying it's an untrue fact?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 10, 2010, 03:44:02 PM
No, I'm saying that you're a habitual chain yanker.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:46:18 PM
Does that mean I yanked you?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:47:23 PM
OK I was talking about Feta cheese in the US.  It is most often made from cows milk, not goat milk.

Feta cheese (Greek goat milk cheese) gets no respect in the US.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 10, 2010, 03:47:50 PM
He's actually right.  Many "Fetas" in the U.S. and Western Europe are made with all or part cow's milk, and still marketed as Feta.

I find it shameful and vile.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:48:38 PM
I only care about this because I can eat goat milk, but not cows milk.  So it matters to me.

Which makes it a real fact, not a useless one, which means I am off topic.  I guess I am a real yanker.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 10, 2010, 03:50:34 PM
Well, I wasn't talking about feta.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:51:21 PM
What kind of goat cheese were you talking about?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 10, 2010, 03:54:30 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Montchevre-LOG-Pepper-Pack-Logs/dp/B002Q85ZHC (http://www.amazon.com/Montchevre-LOG-Pepper-Pack-Logs/dp/B002Q85ZHC)

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:56:33 PM
Ever had Rubing?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 10, 2010, 03:56:57 PM
Ever had Rubing?
Every time my wife will agree to it...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on September 10, 2010, 03:58:15 PM
You should try some of this-

http://www.amazon.com/Purple-Haze-Goat-Cheese-Cypress/dp/B002QWQGAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1284148672&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Purple-Haze-Goat-Cheese-Cypress/dp/B002QWQGAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1284148672&sr=1-1)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 03:58:42 PM
I would almost kill for some real fresh Anthotyros
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stonesean on September 10, 2010, 04:05:35 PM
My wife came home from the Stuttgart Markthalle today with two big blocks of Crottin de Chavignol, a baguette and a jar of sun dried tomatoes in olive oil....

I did a bit of a happy dance, and asked her when we were going to crack that stuff open and start eating, and she said it wasn't for us, she was taking it to her friends house with a couple bottles of wine for a "girls night" with her and 3-4 of her pals.

Shit!

Interesting fact:  Almost half a million Purple Heart Medals were made near the end of WWII, in the anticipation of the invasion of Japan, which never came. Most medals still in circulation were made during WWII.  There were enough Purple Hearts made during WWII that many units today in Afghanistan and Iraq have WWII era Purple Hearts on hand to give to wounded soldiers immediately.

(Caveat: The ribbons are all new, but many many guys are getting issued WWII Purple Hearts today..)


Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 04:06:57 PM
In one day, two asteroids buzz the Earth (http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/08/earth.two.asteroids/index.html?iref=obnetwork)

Two small asteroids passed within the moon's distance from the Earth about 12 hours apart on Wednesday, NASA confirmed.

Near-Earth  asteroid 2010 RX30, which is estimated to be 32 to 65 feet in diameter,  passed within 154,000 miles of Earth around 5:51 a.m. ET Wednesday.

The  second object, 2010 RF12, estimated to be 20 to 46 feet in diameter,  passed within 49,088 miles of Earth close to 5:12 pm ET.


That means the two asteroids passed within 0.6 and 0.2 lunar distances from the Earth, respectively.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 10, 2010, 04:10:28 PM
No, I'm not kidding.  Look at the ingredients.  It's just so wrong.

And dog food isn't made from dogs?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 10, 2010, 05:02:30 PM
Ever had Rubing?
Every time my wife will agree to it...
:laugh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 10, 2010, 08:24:52 PM
In Animal Crossing for Game Cube, Despite its name and appearance, the Lovely Phone is not part of the "Lovely" series of furniture. It is given through the mail on Mother's Day.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 10, 2010, 08:46:00 PM
Now THAT is a useless fact.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 10, 2010, 11:03:00 PM
(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l02nmlRjAD1qbnyl6o1_500.jpg)

This is Arceus, the God of Pokemon.

He has seventeen forms, all but his basic form being obtained by having Arceus hold one of 16 plates.

(There is WAY more, but Pokemon mythology is extensive, and I might fall asleep before finishing it.)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on September 10, 2010, 11:07:53 PM
You're good at this.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: slicendice on September 11, 2010, 05:25:56 AM
I secretly enjoy the music of Phil Collins, but would never admit it to anyone.

WHAT HAVE I DONE
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 11, 2010, 07:35:28 AM
That is not useless as it could be used in a blackmail type situation!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skeptic Flyer on September 11, 2010, 09:55:18 AM
The normal operating speed of the Wellington Cable Car, located Wellington in New Zealand, is 4.25 m/s. The maximum gradient is 19.8% and occurs on a section of track just uphill from Clifton station  :-X
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: postwaste on September 11, 2010, 06:12:38 PM
The normal operating speed of the Wellington Cable Car, located Wellington in New Zealand, is 4.25 m/s. The maximum gradient is 19.8% and occurs on a section of track just uphill from Clifton station  :-X

Thanks for that. I've been trying to remember that for weeks now. It's been driving me crazy.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 11, 2010, 08:01:15 PM
Chicken has as much tryptophan as turkey.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stonesean on September 11, 2010, 08:15:50 PM
Fuel oil travels back through the cylinder heads cooling the fire decks and cleaning/lubricating the injectors.  80% of fuel goes from the heads and enters a manifold where the split is brought back together.  Through the fuel pressure sensor and the fuel cooler where it is cooled below 90F to prevent loss of power.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 11, 2010, 08:46:47 PM
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Boßel on September 11, 2010, 08:49:00 PM
I have a German class that starts at 7:30 am and ends at 8:20 am.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 11, 2010, 09:15:22 PM
I secretly enjoy the music of Phil Collins, but would never admit it to anyone.

WHAT HAVE I DONE

Dude, I and Ray Lewis would both tell you that "In The Air Tonight" is the best song ever made.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stonesean on September 11, 2010, 09:31:21 PM
I secretly enjoy the music of Phil Collins, but would never admit it to anyone.

WHAT HAVE I DONE

Dude, I and Ray Lewis would both tell you that "In The Air Tonight" is the best song ever made.


pffffft.

Please.

"Land Of Confusion", obviously!  Though technically a "Genesis" song...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: slicendice on September 12, 2010, 01:50:02 AM
In the Air tonight LIVE- phil collins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=manxPVTLth8#normal)

Doo Doo Da Doo Da Doo Do Do DooDooDoo

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 12, 2010, 11:59:57 AM
Kiss - I was made for loving you (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNGNLo8K6Fk#normal)

Simmons said he wrote that to show how easy a disco song was to write.  Nobody was more surprised than he when it became a huge hit.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 12, 2010, 12:09:45 PM
Simmons said he wrote that to show how easy a disco song was to write.  Nobody was more surprised than he when it became a huge hit.

If he did it to prove how easy it was to write a hit, why would he be surprised when it was a hit?  Especially in 1979, when they were at the top of their game, and had just had a streak of four platinum albums, two of which were 6x platinum or better, and when Dynasty pre-sold Platinum, too?

By definition, if he'd written a song that was nine minutes of a recording of him on the john taking a wicked dump, it still would have been a hit before it ever hit shelves.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 12, 2010, 12:10:55 PM
He, like every other real rocker in the world, hated Disco.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 12, 2010, 12:11:43 PM
Oh God, now we are going to argue about what somebody thought 41 years ago.  Now THAT will be some useless facts.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: slicendice on September 12, 2010, 02:07:36 PM
I bought a copy of "love gun" on vinyl for $2 and it came with all the original pack ins and a set of vintage kiss temporary tattoos. I love people that don't know the value of what they have.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stonesean on September 12, 2010, 02:11:04 PM
I once had a very friendly, well meaning,  German fellow discuss heavy metal music with me at the Stuttgart Beerfest.

I had to extract myself from the conversation when he countered my claim that Black Sabbath was the first (and still arguably greatest) of all Heavy Metal bands when he came back and said, no, Kiss was in fact the first and greatest......nice guy, but seriously?  Kiss?  Heavy Metal?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 12, 2010, 02:37:40 PM
Interesting.  Both bands have sold over a 100 million albums.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 12, 2010, 10:33:35 PM
Quote
Harry Dick Randy Highman Assman Junior (commonly referred to as Dick Assman) is a man born in ohio in 1994. he only just got sentenced to jail for rape and murder. at the age of 14
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on September 12, 2010, 10:40:41 PM
Quote
Harry Dick Randy Highman Assman Junior (commonly referred to as Dick Assman) is a man born in ohio in 1994. he only just got sentenced to jail for rape and murder. at the age of 14
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ewNS7V81NbZCbM:http://www.websown.com/~jdonahue/xkcd_citation_needed_edit.jpg&t=1)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 12, 2010, 10:48:52 PM
Quote
Harry Dick Randy Highman Assman Junior (commonly referred to as Dick Assman) is a man born in ohio in 1994. he only just got sentenced to jail for rape and murder. at the age of 14
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ewNS7V81NbZCbM:http://www.websown.com/~jdonahue/xkcd_citation_needed_edit.jpg&t=1)

LAWL, that was actually satire:

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/People_with_distinguished_names#Dick_Assman (http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/People_with_distinguished_names#Dick_Assman)

but there really is a Dick Assman:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,983508,00.html (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,983508,00.html)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: khendar on September 13, 2010, 01:56:33 AM
I secretly enjoy the music of Phil Collins, but would never admit it to anyone.

WHAT HAVE I DONE

Dude, I and Ray Lewis would both tell you that "In The Air Tonight" is the best song ever made.

Only when the drum part is played by a gorilla:

Phil Collins "Gorilla Drummer" Cadbury Ad (Dairy Milk) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy52yueBX_s#normal)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Joe B on September 13, 2010, 02:08:42 AM
Yesterday the Colts allowed under 4 yards per carry on the 25 carries that came while they were trailing by 7 points or less and over 11 yards per carry on the 13 carries that came while they trailed by 8+ points.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 13, 2010, 02:10:28 AM
Yesterday the Colts allowed under 4 yards per carry on the 25 carries that came while they were trailing by 7 points or less and over 11 yards per carry on the 13 carries that came while they trailed by 8+ points.

Damn it man, speak English!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: khendar on September 13, 2010, 02:12:49 AM
Yesterday the Colts allowed under 4 yards per carry on the 25 carries that came while they were trailing by 7 points or less and over 11 yards per carry on the 13 carries that came while they trailed by 8+ points.

Damn it man, speak English!

I think he's referring to that cute form of Rugby they have over in the states. The one with all the helmets and pads and breaks for advertisements every 15 seconds.

 ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 13, 2010, 06:22:53 AM
The world's most beloved glitch is being replaced by a small mammal with wings on its butt.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 13, 2010, 07:23:57 AM
Yesterday the Colts allowed under 4 yards per carry on the 25 carries that came while they were trailing by 7 points or less and over 11 yards per carry on the 13 carries that came while they trailed by 8+ points.

Damn it man, speak English!

I think he's referring to that cute form of Rugby they have over in the states. The one with all the helmets and pads and breaks for advertisements every 15 seconds.

 ;)

Oh I think I've seen that on the wireless picture tube. Sissies. :P
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 13, 2010, 09:56:56 AM
Yesterday the Colts allowed under 4 yards per carry on the 25 carries that came while they were trailing by 7 points or less and over 11 yards per carry on the 13 carries that came while they trailed by 8+ points.

Damn it man, speak English!

I think he's referring to that cute form of Rugby they have over in the states. The one with all the helmets and pads and breaks for advertisements every 15 seconds.

 ;)

Oh I think I've seen that on the wireless picture tube. Sissies. :P

Haha.. yeah, unlike that wimpy form of Football played on the other side of the Atlantic with no forward pass.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 13, 2010, 11:04:52 AM

LAWL, that was actually satire:

Please refrain from posting satire in the useless facts thread. Thank you.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 13, 2010, 11:06:58 AM

LAWL, that was actually satire:

Please refrain from posting satire in the useless facts thread. Thank you.

(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/viaherekittyitty-tumblr-com2.gif?w=400&h=225)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 13, 2010, 02:00:35 PM
The Bioethics office at the Cleveland Clinic is actually on the sixth floor of parking structure 1.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 13, 2010, 02:32:42 PM

LAWL, that was actually satire:

Please refrain from posting satire in the useless facts thread. Thank you.

I wasn't paying attention. I thought I was on Wikipedia.

AND THAT'S A FACT!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 13, 2010, 02:47:47 PM
Utah is the only state that starts with a U.

makes it easy to pick out of a slide down menu
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 13, 2010, 03:07:52 PM
Kiss - I was made for loving you (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNGNLo8K6Fk#normal)

Simmons said he wrote that to show how easy a disco song was to write.  Nobody was more surprised than he when it became a huge hit.

It was, however, actually written by Paul Stanley.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 13, 2010, 03:59:58 PM
The Bioethics office at the Cleveland Clinic is actually on the sixth floor of parking structure 1.

Not useless if you're an extremist fundamentalist.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 13, 2010, 04:02:26 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 13, 2010, 04:03:50 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.

Useless fact to append to that: No one cares
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 13, 2010, 04:04:51 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.

Useless fact to append to that: No one cares
that's not a fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 13, 2010, 04:11:05 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.

Useless fact to append to that: No one cares
that's not a fact.

Technically it is.

A fact can be true, or false, but is still a fact if it is a declarative sentence.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 13, 2010, 04:38:57 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.

Useless fact to append to that: No one cares
that's not a fact.

Technically it is.

A fact can be true, or false, but is still a fact if it is a declarative sentence.
IaN prefers interracial, gay, midget, clown porn.
Fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 13, 2010, 04:42:43 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.

Useless fact to append to that: No one cares
that's not a fact.

Technically it is.

A fact can be true, or false, but is still a fact if it is a declarative sentence.
IaN prefers interracial, gay, midget, clown porn.
Fact.

Very good. See snuggle monkey, everyone? He gets it! Facts don't have to be true!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on September 13, 2010, 04:47:10 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.


Sorry bud: facts are true by definition.  And thats a fact: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fact (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fact)
Useless fact to append to that: No one cares
that's not a fact.

Technically it is.

A fact can be true, or false, but is still a fact if it is a declarative sentence.
IaN prefers interracial, gay, midget, clown porn.
Fact.

Very good. See snuggle monkey, everyone? He gets it! Facts don't have to be true!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 13, 2010, 04:49:57 PM
my statement about IaN's sexual preferences stands.
Fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 13, 2010, 04:52:25 PM
we are all waves.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 13, 2010, 04:52:50 PM
I challenge you to find a porno incorporating all of those elements in one scene.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on September 13, 2010, 05:01:13 PM
What the hell, my last post was blank... 

Anyway,  Facts by definition MUST be true.  Thats a fact:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fact (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fact)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on September 13, 2010, 05:02:46 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.

Useless fact to append to that: No one cares
that's not a fact.
We could do a poll if you want.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 13, 2010, 05:08:32 PM
coke would be green if food coloring wasn't added!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 05:11:31 PM
It was, however, actually written by Paul Stanley.

You sir, are a true fan. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 13, 2010, 05:15:30 PM
I challenge you to find a porno incorporating all of those elements [interracial, gay, midget, clown porn] in one scene.

Oh come on, give us a challenge.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 13, 2010, 05:33:03 PM
I have one muscle just to the inside of my left shoulder blade that I pull quite regularly. About once every few months. I never know how I did it, and it's always the same muscle. It gets tender for a few days, then waits for it's next chance to bother me.

Useless fact to append to that: No one cares
that's not a fact.
We could do a poll if you want.
you don't need to bother.
I care, so it's not a fact...

...wait a minute...no I don't.

 :ssj: GODDAMMIT! >:(
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 13, 2010, 05:34:21 PM
The forum averages 666 replies per day.  >:D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 13, 2010, 05:34:41 PM
The forum averages 666 replies per day.  >:D

lol really?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 13, 2010, 05:35:27 PM
The forum averages 666 replies per day.  >:D

lol really?

http://sguforums.com/index.php?action=stats (http://sguforums.com/index.php?action=stats)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 05:43:49 PM
666.90

Ha!  Nice try buddy.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 05:44:09 PM
Half of those are from just three members.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 13, 2010, 06:03:06 PM
There is no article on wikipedia dedicated to disco-style dance.

There is one about the music, but not the dance.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 06:06:10 PM
In Occupied France, jazz and bebop music, and the jitterbug dance were banned by the Nazis as decadent American influences, so members of the French underground met at hidden underground basement dance clubs called discotheques where they danced to American swing music.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 13, 2010, 06:09:50 PM
666.90

Ha!  Nice try buddy.

Rounding up is for nerds. It is weird how many times it is 666.**
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 06:12:29 PM
Now it is 666.93

Cmon people, make an effort here.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 13, 2010, 06:17:29 PM
People are more likely to look up useless facts than they are to look up AIDS facts.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 06:26:50 PM
That's because unlike AIDS, we can do something about the useless facts.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on September 13, 2010, 06:48:48 PM
Hydrox cookies are actually older than Oreo cookies by 4 years.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 07:49:18 PM
Wouldn't that make them really stale?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 07:50:03 PM
666.98

My work is almost done
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 07:56:33 PM
666.99

Oh it so close now.

See?  Unlike AIDS, we can do something about useless facts.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 08:03:39 PM
See?

Average posts per day - 667.00
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 13, 2010, 08:09:17 PM
See?

Average posts per day - 667.00

They killed my useless fact! You bastards!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 13, 2010, 08:22:37 PM
See?

Average posts per day - 667.00

They killed my useless fact! You bastards!

The fact is that it was a fact at the time of posting, the new fact is for the current time, but your fact will remain as a document of the heady times in which we lived, for but a post.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 08:23:34 PM
Facts change all the time.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 13, 2010, 08:43:28 PM
Facts change all the time.

That my friend in useless!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 13, 2010, 08:50:10 PM
That my friend is useless!

ftfy
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 13, 2010, 08:51:07 PM
That my friend is useless!

ftfy

Need a drink, took me forever to see what was wrong.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 13, 2010, 09:17:23 PM
666.90

Ha!  Nice try buddy.

Rounding up is for nerds. It is weird how many times it is 666.**

No it isn't. Nerds are used to truncating their floating points to integers.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 13, 2010, 09:24:11 PM
666.90

Ha!  Nice try buddy.

Rounding up is for nerds. It is weird how many times it is 666.**

No it isn't. Nerds are used to truncating their floating points to integers.

Just for the record, everyone who understood that raise your hand.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 13, 2010, 09:24:39 PM
666.90

Ha!  Nice try buddy.

Rounding up is for nerds. It is weird how many times it is 666.**

No it isn't. Nerds are used to truncating their floating points to integers.

Think that's geeks.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 14, 2010, 01:10:24 AM
I raised my hand.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 14, 2010, 07:41:31 AM
666.90

Ha!  Nice try buddy.

Rounding up is for nerds. It is weird how many times it is 666.**

No it isn't. Nerds are used to truncating their floating points to integers.

Think that's geeks.

Good point.  ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 14, 2010, 09:14:54 AM
666.90

Ha!  Nice try buddy.

Rounding up is for nerds. It is weird how many times it is 666.**

No it isn't. Nerds are used to truncating their floating points to integers.

Just for the record, everyone who understood that raise your hand.

I raised my hands in the air and waved them like I just don't care.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 14, 2010, 10:07:18 AM
It is sort of odd.

Back down to 666.67 today

It's both useless, and fascinating.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 14, 2010, 11:13:51 AM
The above post has no context.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: slicendice on September 14, 2010, 11:23:27 AM
The word 'Context' does not contain the letter 'R', nor is it 10 letters long.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 14, 2010, 01:54:04 PM
My office is currently having network and Internet issues.

I can't VPN to our remote hosting site.

I can's access internal database servers.

It takes at LEAST 10 minutes to download a single short e-mail from the Exchange server.

I can't even get into my gmail or other google services.

The SGU Forum web site however still loads fast enough to be usable.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 14, 2010, 01:55:24 PM
My office is currently having network and Internet issues.

I can't VPN to our remote hosting site.

I can's access internal database servers.

It takes at LEAST 10 minutes to download a single short e-mail from the Exchange server.

I can't even get into my gmail or other google services.

The SGU Forum web site however still loads fast enough to be usable.

The Miracle of Skepticism!  Reminds me of when those candles stayed lit for 8 days...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 14, 2010, 04:02:24 PM
Oysters should be harvested only in months whose names include the letter "R."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 14, 2010, 04:08:30 PM
Oysters should not be harvested in May, June, July or August.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 14, 2010, 04:11:00 PM
A huge majority of villains are poor planners, regardless of their level of intelligence.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 14, 2010, 04:30:23 PM
A huge majority of villains are poor planners, regardless of their level of intelligence.

Which is why they don't realize that no matter how big the "Score", they could probably make more money on a YTY average from working a 9-5 job than they ever could in robbing a bank.

"Probably" means in > 99.99% of the situations.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 14, 2010, 06:57:32 PM
There are multiple articles on world domination on eHow.com.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 14, 2010, 07:35:38 PM
Even with out any effort on my part

The current stats
Average posts per day:                      667.16

what the hell?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Alex on September 14, 2010, 08:44:06 PM
Utah removed firing squad as an option for executing criminals.......................
.....................
in 2004.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Moloch on September 14, 2010, 08:57:58 PM
At it's longest, this is the full name of the Roman Emperor Commodus:

Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus Augustus Herculeus Romanus Exsuperatorius Amazonius Invictus Felix Pius
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 14, 2010, 09:02:40 PM
Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 14, 2010, 10:40:19 PM
Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.

Explain this then....
Why do Australian Bower Birds decorate their nests in Blue Stuff?
It was so much of a problem, that milk bottle tops where changed from blue to any other colour.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 14, 2010, 10:41:57 PM
http://www.instantsfun.es/ (http://www.instantsfun.es/)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 14, 2010, 10:45:38 PM
That page makes me laugh.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 14, 2010, 11:42:48 PM
http://www.instantsfun.es/ (http://www.instantsfun.es/)

you sir win.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 15, 2010, 01:25:10 AM
http://www.instantsfun.es/ (http://www.instantsfun.es/)

OMFSM; THAT IS THE BEST THING LIKE EWAR!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 15, 2010, 11:43:11 AM
Utah removed firing squad as an option for executing criminals.......................
.....................
in 2004.

I remember that my dad told me about how they did it.

aparently they have 5 guys but only one of them has an actual bullet.  they all aim for the same spot and they're given a week off after its done so none of them can think it was 'their shot that killed him' or her.

i thought lethal injection would suck because yes you 'fall asleep' (penn and teller ftw) but the doctor knows he's killing people for a living.  how shitty would that be.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 15, 2010, 11:50:51 AM
Utah removed firing squad as an option for executing criminals.......................
.....................
in 2004.

I remember that my dad told me about how they did it.

aparently they have 5 guys but only one of them has an actual bullet.  they all aim for the same spot and they're given a week off after its done so none of them can think it was 'their shot that killed him' or her.

i thought lethal injection would suck because yes you 'fall asleep' (penn and teller ftw) but the doctor knows he's killing people for a living.  how shitty would that be.

Nope, you've got it backwards. In any firing squad one shooter is given a blank, the others all have live bullets. The reason for this is it sows doubt among the shooters about who actually killed the condemned, and gives the shooters a psychological "out"--allowing them to believe that they may have had the blank and therefore weren't responsible for taking a man's life.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 15, 2010, 11:53:36 AM
i thought lethal injection would suck because yes you 'fall asleep' (penn and teller ftw) but the doctor knows he's killing people for a living.  how shitty would that be.

These days lethal injection is administered by a machine. This is done for two reasons. 1. so the different drugs can be timed exactly and 2 so TWO activation buttons can be put on the machine, only 1 of which actually activates the machine. That way the two executioners both push the button but neither knows who did the actual killing.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 15, 2010, 12:29:38 PM
Utah removed firing squad as an option for executing criminals.......................
.....................
in 2004.

I remember that my dad told me about how they did it.

aparently they have 5 guys but only one of them has an actual bullet.  they all aim for the same spot and they're given a week off after its done so none of them can think it was 'their shot that killed him' or her.

i thought lethal injection would suck because yes you 'fall asleep' (penn and teller ftw) but the doctor knows he's killing people for a living.  how shitty would that be.

Nope, you've got it backwards. In any firing squad one shooter is given a blank, the others all have live bullets. The reason for this is it sows doubt among the shooters about who actually killed the condemned, and gives the shooters a psychological "out"--allowing them to believe that they may have had the blank and therefore weren't responsible for taking a man's life.

that sounds right.

I remember seeing an interview with the hiroshima pilot who dropped the bomb.  he said in regular bombing runs you never knew how many people you killed because everyone was bombing.  when he dropped the nuke he knew exactly what he had done. 

I was trying to remember wich way it was i couldn't figure out if one guy had a bullet or if one had a blank thanks.  ;D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 15, 2010, 04:30:17 PM
On my first ship, an aircraft carrier, while on deployment, you had to roll a pair of dice to see if you would get patted down for contraband when returning to the ship. They had "The Number of the Day": if you rolled it, you got searched. After a while, they shifted to letting people pick a number between 2 and 12. You can see the best way not to get searched if you know anything about probability.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 15, 2010, 04:31:09 PM
On my first ship, an aircraft carrier, while on deployment, you had to roll a pair of dice to see if you would get patted down for contraband when returning to the ship. They had "The Number of the Day": if you rolled it, you got searched. After a while, they shifted to letting people pick a number between 2 and 12. You can see the best way not to get searched if you know anything about probability.

lol not 7
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 15, 2010, 04:44:47 PM
On my first ship, an aircraft carrier, while on deployment, you had to roll a pair of dice to see if you would get patted down for contraband when returning to the ship. They had "The Number of the Day": if you rolled it, you got searched. After a while, they shifted to letting people pick a number between 2 and 12. You can see the best way not to get searched if you know anything about probability.

lol not 7

It was a long line to wait for your chance to roll. I heard people call 5, 6, 7, etc. I told my friend to pick 2 or 12 and he asked why. I told him I'd tell him later which I did.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 15, 2010, 05:04:20 PM
On my first ship, an aircraft carrier, while on deployment, you had to roll a pair of dice to see if you would get patted down for contraband when returning to the ship. They had "The Number of the Day": if you rolled it, you got searched. After a while, they shifted to letting people pick a number between 2 and 12. You can see the best way not to get searched if you know anything about probability.

lol not 7

It was a long line to wait for your chance to roll. I heard people call 5, 6, 7, etc. I told my friend to pick 2 or 12 and he asked why. I told him I'd tell him later which I did.

YAY science! or math idunno.

so what goodies did you smuggle on?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 15, 2010, 05:15:21 PM
On my first ship, an aircraft carrier, while on deployment, you had to roll a pair of dice to see if you would get patted down for contraband when returning to the ship. They had "The Number of the Day": if you rolled it, you got searched. After a while, they shifted to letting people pick a number between 2 and 12. You can see the best way not to get searched if you know anything about probability.

lol not 7

It was a long line to wait for your chance to roll. I heard people call 5, 6, 7, etc. I told my friend to pick 2 or 12 and he asked why. I told him I'd tell him later which I did.

YAY science! or math idunno.

so what goodies did you smuggle on?
I think that statistics is actually both... Mostly math though.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 15, 2010, 10:12:35 PM
thi xit vi kali

May occur during a chemistry experiment.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 16, 2010, 01:00:08 AM
this thread has more than one (on average) useless fact of the day each day.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 16, 2010, 01:42:33 AM
Average posts per day:     667.09
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 16, 2010, 06:49:44 AM
My dog has such a good internal clock that she started waking up 45 minutes earlier after I started waking up 45 minutes earlier, even though she doesn't get out of bed until a full hour after I do.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on September 16, 2010, 08:16:45 AM
My dog has such a good internal clock that she started waking up 45 minutes earlier after I started waking up 45 minutes earlier, even though she doesn't get out of bed until a full hour after I do.

I remember that. GOod old dog wakes up, but stays in bed and just eyes you as you wander about the kitchen/room getting ready.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 16, 2010, 09:17:15 AM
Yeah, although this dog just stays under the blankets, which makes her internal clock even more amazing.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 16, 2010, 11:15:12 AM
The LD50 (Lethal Dose 50%) for table salt is 3g of salt for every kg of a person's weight.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 16, 2010, 11:26:49 AM
The LD50 (Lethal Dose 50%) for table salt is 3g of salt for every kg of a person's weight.

That means 300 grams of table salt could kill me.

Thank God the salt in potato chips is measured in milligrams.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 16, 2010, 12:38:37 PM
The LD50 (Lethal Dose 50%) for table salt is 3g of salt for every kg of a person's weight.

That means 300 grams of table salt could kill me.

Thank God the salt in potato chips is measured in milligrams.

Or, two large fries from McDonalds.  ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on September 16, 2010, 03:52:58 PM
At it's longest, this is the full name of the Roman Emperor Commodus:

Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus Augustus Herculeus Romanus Exsuperatorius Amazonius Invictus Felix Pius

I'll do you one better.

At it's longest, this is the full name of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso:

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on September 16, 2010, 04:00:19 PM
Longest town name in Europe

(http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/rr240/SkepticsGuide/800px-LlanfairLARGE.jpg?t=1284667096)

And, yes, it is in Wales.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 16, 2010, 04:01:32 PM
The longest word typable by alternating left and right hands is antiskepticism
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 16, 2010, 04:02:07 PM
Longest town name in Europe

(http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/rr240/SkepticsGuide/800px-LlanfairLARGE.jpg?t=1284667096)

And, yes, it is in Wales.

My last name is welsh.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 16, 2010, 04:23:19 PM
The longest word typable by alternating left and right hands is antiskepticism

Not when using a Dvorak keyboard right?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 16, 2010, 04:40:09 PM
no one uses those. (at least no one important)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 16, 2010, 04:43:48 PM
Only people who use a digital keyboard and not an old mechanical typewriter!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 16, 2010, 04:52:16 PM
In relative terms, the animal with the longest penis is a duck.

Quote
The Argentine Blue-bill or Argentine Lake Duck (Oxyura vittata) is a small South American stiff duck. What's paradoxical in this equation is that most birds do not even have a penis, except ostriches (and related groups, like kiwi and tinamous), ducks, geese and swans.

Bird penis in flaccid state curled up inside the cloaca. Well, a specimen of Argentine blue-bill duck had a remarkable 42.5 cm (17 inches) long penis (photo center) (the average length of this species is 20 cm (8 inches))!

The flaccid penis is coiled but fully erect is twice the size of the bird: it is like us having a 3.5 m (12 feet) penis...

Biologists believe that the remarkable size of this penis may have evolved in response to competitive pressure in these highly promiscuous species, removing sperm from previous matings in the manner of a bottlebrush.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 16, 2010, 05:13:26 PM
In relative terms, the animal with the longest penis is a duck.


Followed closely by The Skulker?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 16, 2010, 05:15:32 PM
In relative terms, the animal with the longest penis is a duck.


Followed closely by The Skulker?
That's what she said  ;)  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Nacreous on September 16, 2010, 05:18:33 PM
Longest town name in Europe

(http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/rr240/SkepticsGuide/800px-LlanfairLARGE.jpg?t=1284667096)

I can pronounce that.  :words:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 16, 2010, 05:22:28 PM
Longest town name in Europe

(http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/rr240/SkepticsGuide/800px-LlanfairLARGE.jpg?t=1284667096)

I can pronounce that.  :words:

I demand proof!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MikeHz on September 16, 2010, 06:09:35 PM
Steam is an invisible gas. What we see as "steam" is just water droplets trapped in the gas. Dry steam is water gas that has been heated enough to remove all the vapor (droplets), and is invisible.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 16, 2010, 06:57:47 PM
SGU forum caused me to miss breakfast and be late for work.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 16, 2010, 07:27:09 PM
You have a poor locus of control.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 16, 2010, 07:35:25 PM
You have a poor locus of control.

Never said I didn't.

I should've added something at the beginning of that sentence like.
"my addiction to posting"
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on September 16, 2010, 09:58:21 PM
SGU forum caused me to miss breakfast and be late for work.

Your doing it wrong. Your supposed to read an dpost on sgu forum AT work, not before or AFTER you silly goose.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 16, 2010, 10:06:49 PM
SGU forum caused me to miss breakfast and be late for work.

Your doing it wrong. Your supposed to read an dpost on sgu forum AT work, not before or AFTER you silly goose.

+1
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 16, 2010, 10:23:50 PM
but I do that too!

Fact: I am a silly goose
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 17, 2010, 08:01:04 AM
Harvesting oysters in months ending in "r" is not a fact. It's a general guideline.
Whether or not you should eat an oyster has to do with water temperature and refrigeration, not the spelling of the month they are harvested in.
The "r" rule is a carryover from the old days when refrigeration wasn't as good as it is now. I live in the deep south, and eat fresh oysters all through the summer.
The winter ones do taste better and are less likely to get you sick, but the summer ones are good enough to get by.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 17, 2010, 12:19:36 PM
SGU forum caused me to miss breakfast and be late for work.

Your doing it wrong. Your supposed to read an dpost on sgu forum AT work, not before or AFTER you silly goose.
+2
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 17, 2010, 01:59:49 PM
What jobs do you guys have where you have time to check the forums?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 17, 2010, 02:20:20 PM
What jobs do you guys have where you have time to check the forums?

answer phones..  at least till i get my state license its just a temp job at this company till i can be an agent.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 17, 2010, 02:25:11 PM
http://www.barnorama.com/the-tallest-teen-girl-in-the-world/ (http://www.barnorama.com/the-tallest-teen-girl-in-the-world/)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on September 17, 2010, 02:34:50 PM
World's Biggest Full English Breakfast (http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/09/the-biggest-full-english-breakfast-in-the-world-marios-cafe-bar-uk.html)

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 17, 2010, 02:40:05 PM
Harvesting oysters in months ending in "r" is not a fact.
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/viaherekittyitty-tumblr-com2.gif?w=400&h=225)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 17, 2010, 02:49:39 PM
Harvesting oysters in months ending in "r" is not a fact.
(http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/viaherekittyitty-tumblr-com2.gif?w=400&h=225)

you can raise a sunken boat with ping pong balls. 

also that cat is my hero,
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 17, 2010, 03:00:22 PM
What jobs do you guys have where you have time to check the forums?

answer phones..  at least till i get my state license its just a temp job at this company till i can be an agent.

Ah, i see!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 17, 2010, 03:02:45 PM
What jobs do you guys have where you have time to check the forums?

answer phones..  at least till i get my state license its just a temp job at this company till i can be an agent.

Ah, i see!

ya... yay medicare
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: crazyivan on September 17, 2010, 03:08:39 PM
I'm sure somewhere along the line somebody's corrected this but if not, from page one, the back of the knee is called the 'Popliteal'.  Didn't bother sifting through 36 pages to find out if anyone else caught that.

I know biological terms like I know my dorsum.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 17, 2010, 03:40:51 PM
http://www.barnorama.com/the-tallest-teen-girl-in-the-world/ (http://www.barnorama.com/the-tallest-teen-girl-in-the-world/)

If she weren't 15.. yowza.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 17, 2010, 03:52:53 PM
meh, I'd still hit it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 17, 2010, 03:53:30 PM
That's the difference between you and me.. one day you'll end up in prison.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 17, 2010, 03:55:51 PM
You're gonna force me to keep on making pedophile jokes. Dammit.
OK then.


It's only against the law if you get caught.

If there's grass on the field, play ball. If not, play in the mud.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 17, 2010, 04:10:07 PM
You're gonna force me to keep on making pedophile jokes. Dammit.
OK then.


It's only against the law if you get caught.

If there's grass on the field, play ball. If not, play in the mud.

Dude.

No.

Wait until she's at LEAST old enough to drink. I can't fathom the notion of dating a woman younger than my preferred scotch.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: hsilgnede on September 17, 2010, 04:14:32 PM
If everyone in China jumped at the same time the Earth would NOT be thrown off it's orbit.

Fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: craig on September 17, 2010, 05:54:24 PM
http://s328.photobucket.com/albums/l334/cdphelps-photos/?action=view&current=ayap.flv (http://s328.photobucket.com/albums/l334/cdphelps-photos/?action=view&current=ayap.flv)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 17, 2010, 07:16:31 PM
What jobs do you guys have where you have time to check the forums?

answer phones..  at least till i get my state license its just a temp job at this company till i can be an agent.

Ah, i see!

I hassle people to pay their legal bills.
Most of my work is done by email. Some by phone.
Also management is in another city 1000km away :)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Unlimited on September 17, 2010, 09:43:31 PM
Banana peel's conduct electricity.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Noir LeSable on September 17, 2010, 11:43:08 PM
Unlike other types of cheese, Edam is made backwards.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Unlimited on September 18, 2010, 12:58:34 AM
If everyone in China jumped at the same time the Earth would NOT be thrown off it's orbit.

Fact.

So... How many days of jumping, say 1 hour of jumping a day, until we all careen off into oblivion?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 18, 2010, 02:15:14 AM
Unlike other types of cheese, Edam is made backwards.

so i eat it then milk the cow?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 18, 2010, 04:49:13 AM
The best kind of coffee comes from beans an animals has eaten and pooped out.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Alex on September 18, 2010, 07:16:36 AM
I'm sure somewhere along the line somebody's corrected this but if not, from page one, the back of the knee is called the 'Popliteal'.  Didn't bother sifting through 36 pages to find out if anyone else caught that.

I know biological terms like I know my dorsum.

i caught it! internet High-Five!

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 18, 2010, 07:50:43 AM
You're gonna force me to keep on making pedophile jokes. Dammit.
OK then.


It's only against the law if you get caught.

If there's grass on the field, play ball. If not, play in the mud.

Dude.

No.

Wait until she's at LEAST old enough to drink. I can't fathom the notion of dating a woman younger than my preferred scotch.

Too thin. She needs to eat more.

Useless fact: There are plenty of people in this thread I wouldn't let my teenage daughter date. If I had one, that is.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 18, 2010, 09:32:36 AM
The best kind of coffee comes from beans an animals has eaten and pooped out.

That is an opinion, not a fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 18, 2010, 09:48:19 AM
The best kind of coffee comes from beans an animals has eaten and pooped out.

That is an opinion, not a fact.

*grumble, grumble*

There are people who will actually drink coffee made from beans that have passed through an animal's digestive system. And relish it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 18, 2010, 09:50:40 AM
The best kind of coffee comes from beans an animals has eaten and pooped out.

That is an opinion, not a fact.

*grumble, grumble*

There are people who will actually drink coffee made from beans that have passed through an animal's digestive system. And relish it.

Kopi Luwak. It's ok.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 18, 2010, 10:01:08 AM
The best kind of coffee comes from beans an animals has eaten and pooped out.[citation needed]
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 18, 2010, 10:09:32 AM
The "useless fact of the day" thread contains more opinions and false information than actual facts.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 18, 2010, 10:48:35 AM
So, it's just like the rest of the internet.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Unlimited on September 18, 2010, 12:44:41 PM
fax 2 liv by
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: hsilgnede on September 18, 2010, 03:55:53 PM
If everyone in China jumped at the same time the Earth would NOT be thrown off it's orbit.

Fact.

Fucked if I know. Bet there's someone here who does though.

Would it ever happen. Could a sequence of small impacts repeated enough times throw the earth out of it's orbit????

So... How many days of jumping, say 1 hour of jumping a day, until we all careen off into oblivion?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 18, 2010, 04:21:09 PM
If enough people jumped up it could move the Earth. Then when they landed they would move it right back to where it was.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 18, 2010, 04:52:30 PM
The night sky over the planet Krikkit is the least interesting sight in the universe.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Unlimited on September 18, 2010, 05:59:39 PM
If everyone in China jumped at the same time the Earth would NOT be thrown off it's orbit.

Fact.

So... How many days of jumping, say 1 hour of jumping a day, until we all careen off into oblivion?

If everyone in China jumped at the same time the Earth would NOT be thrown off it's orbit.

Fact.

Fucked if I know. Bet there's someone here who does though.

Would it ever happen. Could a sequence of small impacts repeated enough times throw the earth out of it's orbit????

So... How many days of jumping, say 1 hour of jumping a day, until we all careen off into oblivion?

Ummmm wtf?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 18, 2010, 07:06:18 PM
The best kind of coffee comes from beans an animals has eaten and pooped out.[citation needed]
http://www.animalcoffee.com/ (http://www.animalcoffee.com/)
(http://www.animalcoffee.com/images/sidebar.jpg)
(http://www.animalcoffee.com/images/home_box.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 18, 2010, 07:31:22 PM
Coffee beans are actually the seeds of a fruit.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 19, 2010, 09:30:29 PM
Peter Griffin is 42.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 19, 2010, 10:08:25 PM
I have a shot glass from San Diego on my work computer.
The print has chilli's in wearing sombreros.
I've never been to San Diego.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Moloch on September 19, 2010, 10:17:48 PM
The roman helmet thimble I bought fits perfectly onto the head of my Charles Darwin action figure.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 19, 2010, 10:20:10 PM
The roman helmet thimble I bought fits perfectly onto the head of my Charles Darwin action figure.

The most awesome thing I've seen all day!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Moloch on September 19, 2010, 10:59:44 PM
(http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/khorne00/20092010065.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Unlimited on September 20, 2010, 12:34:49 AM
I really hope thats Jesus, in a suit, in a roman helmet.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 20, 2010, 12:52:39 AM
I really hope thats Jesus, in a suit, in a roman helmet.

It's a Roman Businessman.
Not to be confused with an Italian Businessman.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Moloch on September 20, 2010, 02:28:15 AM
If anyones curious it's from this set: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/a7f1/ (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/a7f1/)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 20, 2010, 02:52:16 AM
If anyones curious it's from this set: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/a7f1/ (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/a7f1/)

Even more aweseome!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 20, 2010, 05:49:34 PM
There are 17 species of penguins.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 20, 2010, 05:52:18 PM
I saved 10.03 at the grocery store saturday.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Rai on September 20, 2010, 05:53:49 PM
There are 17 species of penguins.

And over 60% of them are endangered.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 20, 2010, 05:55:14 PM
There are 17 species of penguins.

And over 60% of them are endangered.

That's not good enough, come on people! If we work together we can get that up to 90%
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 20, 2010, 05:56:15 PM
There are 17 species of penguins.

And over 60% of them are endangered.

At least 10 of them can surf
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 20, 2010, 07:59:37 PM
There are 17 species of penguins.

And over 60% of them are endangered.

At least 10 of them can surf


I thought they sang?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 20, 2010, 09:39:10 PM
There are 17 species of penguins.

And over 60% of them are endangered.

At least 10 of them can surf

I thought they sang?
But they learned to dance too  :D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 20, 2010, 09:48:49 PM
i'm going to buy this.

(http://www.coolminiornot.com/shop/media/catalog/product/S/P/SPM09002.jpg)

and this

(http://www.coolminiornot.com/shop/media/catalog/product/s/o/soda001_3.JPG)

so i have something to paint.

and their resin, thats a fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 21, 2010, 06:50:18 AM
The image in my signature doubles as a link to my FB page.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 21, 2010, 11:25:18 AM
utah is named after the ute tribe meaning 'people of the mountains'

we have very dry snow and can get up to 500inches of powder on avrage.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 21, 2010, 04:19:11 PM
utah is named after the ute tribe meaning 'people of the mountains'

we have very dry snow and can get up to 500inches of powder on avrage.
People from Utah can't spell the word, "average."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 21, 2010, 04:22:37 PM
utah is named after the ute tribe meaning 'people of the mountains'

we have very dry snow and can get up to 500inches of powder on avrage.
People from Utah can't spell the word, "average."

there was a party in salt lake that was very loud last night,

there was also someone who is very tired in utah today.

just law of avrages  :D 

i need to sleep
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 21, 2010, 04:27:01 PM
The estimated 39 million senior citizens with dementia worldwide are costing the global economy an estimated $600bn a year.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 21, 2010, 04:29:22 PM
I've shaken hands with Rainier Munns before.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 21, 2010, 04:34:43 PM
the fed ex logo has an arrow in it. between the E and the X...

(http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc169/kweidler/ground_logo.gif)

try not looking at a fed ex truck and seeing the arrow now. it haunts you.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 21, 2010, 04:38:14 PM
the fed ex logo has an arrow in it. between the E and the X...

(http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc169/kweidler/ground_logo.gif)

try not looking at a fed ex truck and seeing the arrow now. it haunts you.

I know, I used to work for FedEx. It haunts my dreams.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 21, 2010, 04:44:02 PM
the fed ex logo has an arrow in it. between the E and the X...

(http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc169/kweidler/ground_logo.gif)

try not looking at a fed ex truck and seeing the arrow now. it haunts you.

I know, I used to work for FedEx. It haunts my dreams.
I heard FedEx was in merger talks with UPS. The new company would be called FedUP.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 21, 2010, 04:44:50 PM
Dang, and I was hoping for UPSEX.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 21, 2010, 04:48:49 PM
Dang, and I was hoping for UPSEX.
:laugh: That could prove more popular.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 21, 2010, 04:50:04 PM
Dang, and I was hoping for UPSEX.
:laugh: That could prove more popular.

When our company got bought by FedEx we were hoping they'd call it Kinko'sEx.

That had so many possibilities.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 21, 2010, 05:14:23 PM
You guys are freaking me out. This is literally the shirt I'm wearing at this moment.

(http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv40/SilentMewesDNG/DSC01365.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 21, 2010, 05:15:50 PM
You guys are freaking me out. This is literally the shirt I'm wearing at this moment.

(http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv40/SilentMewesDNG/DSC01365.jpg)
Damn ! He knows about the spy cam  >:(
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 21, 2010, 05:18:10 PM
back to useless facts...

I keep a piece of tape across the webcam built into my netbook.
I don't trust technology.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 21, 2010, 05:20:41 PM
back to useless facts...

I keep a piece of tape across the webcam built into my netbook.
I don't trust technology.
Then you haven't found out about our advancements in X-ray webcams.  ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 21, 2010, 05:28:53 PM
Holy Shit! Are you serious?! I swear, it isn't what it looks like...I was...uhh...eating a banana.

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 21, 2010, 05:42:40 PM
Man, I never thought I'd see an MRI of that
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 21, 2010, 05:43:20 PM
Man, I never thought I'd see an MRI of that
You still haven't!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 21, 2010, 05:45:13 PM
I'm guessing you mean it's shopped?

There's no way that could be an MRI, now that I think about it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 21, 2010, 05:47:46 PM
(http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/wxyz/images/xray_humanhead.lg.JPG)

vs

(click to show/hide)

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 21, 2010, 05:49:02 PM
The estimated 39 million senior citizens with dementia worldwide are costing the global economy an estimated $600bn a year.

The cost of the drugs needed to euthanize an elderly person amounts to $1.39.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 21, 2010, 05:51:31 PM
That was my unstated conclusion, yes :)

The cost of not euthanizing the elderly is about $16,000 per person per year.

Just throwin that out there for comparison.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 21, 2010, 05:54:03 PM
That was my unstated conclusion, yes :)

The cost of not euthanizing the elderly is about $16,000 per person per year.

Just throwin that out there for comparison.

a .22 round for a rifle costs .04 cents.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/winchester-wildcat-50-rds-22-long-rifle-40-gr-lrn-ammo.aspx?a=355806 (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/winchester-wildcat-50-rds-22-long-rifle-40-gr-lrn-ammo.aspx?a=355806)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on September 21, 2010, 05:54:37 PM
That was my unstated conclusion, yes :)

The cost of not euthanizing the elderly is about $16,000 per person per year.

Just throwin that out there for comparison.

I think we should start with eutanizing criminals who are in prison for terms for murder/armed robbery/drug dealing/ and rape and embezzlement.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 21, 2010, 05:56:30 PM
The only flaw in that is the pesky little issue of people being exonerated years later based on DNA evidence.

Old people are old. No getting around that.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on September 21, 2010, 06:00:12 PM
The only flaw in that is the pesky little issue of people being exonerated years later based on DNA evidence.

Old people are old. No getting around that.
So we only execute the ones based on DNA evidences.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 21, 2010, 06:13:09 PM
That was my unstated conclusion, yes :)

The cost of not euthanizing the elderly is about $16,000 per person per year.

Just throwin that out there for comparison.

a .22 round for a rifle costs .04 cents.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/winchester-wildcat-50-rds-22-long-rifle-40-gr-lrn-ammo.aspx?a=355806 (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/winchester-wildcat-50-rds-22-long-rifle-40-gr-lrn-ammo.aspx?a=355806)

How about electricity? Let's see, 2000 watts, 40 seconds, 11 cents/kwh, that comes out to one quarter of a cent! (We can keep the bullet as a backup.)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 21, 2010, 06:14:08 PM
The only flaw in that is the pesky little issue of people being exonerated years later based on DNA evidence.

Old people are old. No getting around that.
So we only execute the ones based on DNA evidences.
I'm still more comfortable with killing off the elderly.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on September 21, 2010, 06:31:52 PM
That was my unstated conclusion, yes :)

The cost of not euthanizing the elderly is about $16,000 per person per year.

Just throwin that out there for comparison.

a .22 round for a rifle costs .04 cents.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/winchester-wildcat-50-rds-22-long-rifle-40-gr-lrn-ammo.aspx?a=355806 (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/winchester-wildcat-50-rds-22-long-rifle-40-gr-lrn-ammo.aspx?a=355806)
It's that cheap. So I can buy 100 rounds for four cents?!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 21, 2010, 06:43:50 PM
The only flaw in that is the pesky little issue of people being exonerated years later based on DNA evidence.

Old people are old. No getting around that.
So we only execute the ones based on DNA evidences.
And yet, people are still let off right before getting the needle.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 06:54:11 PM
A baseball bat doesn't work anymore?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 21, 2010, 06:56:53 PM
A baseball bat doesn't work anymore?
It did for the bearJew.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 07:38:07 PM
Was that movie fucking awesome or what?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 07:39:54 PM
Today and tonight are both almost exactly 12 hours long. 
The Autumnal Equinox

The Last Day of Summer in the NH, last day of winter in the SH
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: khendar on September 21, 2010, 07:44:44 PM
I just bought one of these:
(http://www.modifiedcars.com/pix/cars_large/21170_25846.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 21, 2010, 07:54:20 PM
Was that movie fucking awesome or what?
I was with it right up until they reinvented history by killing Hitler.
I know the world shared a collective cheer when they saw that for the first time, but I felt like Tarantino was just pandering to the audience.
"I know...I'll kill the shit out of Hitler...everyone will love that!"

I wasn't fond of it. I did love the way Pitt's character double-crossed the JewHunter in the end though.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 21, 2010, 08:33:24 PM
I just bought one of these:
(http://www.modifiedcars.com/pix/cars_large/21170_25846.jpg)

Well last night I got one of these for almost nothing! (swapped some old toys WTF?).
(http://www.vintagesynth.com/korg/mopo.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 21, 2010, 08:51:40 PM
Today and tonight are both almost exactly 12 hours long. 
The Autumnal Equinox

The Last Day of Summer in the NH, last day of winter in the SH

Almost exactly 12 hours long. Due to the size of the Sun and atmospheric refraction, September 27 will be the day closest to having 12 hours of daylight (it depends on your latitude but this is true for most of the northern hemisphere).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 09:23:11 PM
It's already dark 24 hours a day at the North Pole
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 21, 2010, 09:39:27 PM
It's already dark 24 hours a day at the North Pole

Because of the Sun's size (16') and atmospheric refraction (34'), the Sun will set at the North Pole on September 25.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 10:13:47 PM
At the Autumn Equinox, approximately September 21, the sun sinks below the horizon, and the North Pole is in twilight until early October, after which it is in full darkness for the Winter.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 10:14:22 PM
Twilight and complete darkness are exactly the same thing.  And because you read this on the internets it has to be true.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 21, 2010, 10:16:35 PM
There are three twilights:
Civil twilight is when the Sun is 6 degrees below the horizon.
Nautical twilight is when the Sun is 12 degrees below the horizon.
Astronomical twilight is when the Sun is 18 degrees below the horizon.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 21, 2010, 10:17:05 PM
beer kills braincells in lab conditions, not in your head.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 21, 2010, 10:20:13 PM
At the Autumn Equinox, approximately September 21, the sun sinks below the horizon, and the North Pole is in twilight until early October, after which it is in full darkness for the Winter.

At the Autumnal Equinox, the center of the Sun is on the Celestial Horizon. Astronomical twilight occurs on 14 November.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 10:22:39 PM
The more useless facts you know, the smarter you are.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 21, 2010, 10:26:20 PM
is that really true?

I know lots of useless stuff and don't feel like they add to my smart making.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 10:27:07 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_YtxGNf8GgRA/TDZBVdi2zOI/AAAAAAAAE68/4Lpf_Dz0RAQ/s1600/Screen+shot+2010-07-08+at+22.20.49.png)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 10:27:42 PM
is that really true?

No, like many useless facts, it isn't really true.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 21, 2010, 10:31:15 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_YtxGNf8GgRA/TDZBVdi2zOI/AAAAAAAAE68/4Lpf_Dz0RAQ/s1600/Screen+shot+2010-07-08+at+22.20.49.png)

Fact: I freaked out the first time I saw pics of that hexagon.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 21, 2010, 10:36:04 PM
is that really true?

No, like many useless facts, it isn't really true.

 :'(
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 21, 2010, 10:45:50 PM
Osama bin Laden is now called Patrick Chan and keeps terrorizing people. After military bombed his apartment in Tora Bora and Baghdad, the Internet is his last undestroyed hideout. Until December.

See?  Not all facts are created equal.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 21, 2010, 11:01:12 PM
Glen Miller's last gift to his wife was a performance of "Little Brown Jug."

He hated this song, and his wife loved it.

He died shortly before it was able to be performed, which made the gift that much more significant to his wife.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 22, 2010, 07:49:50 AM
who the hell is Glen Miller?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 22, 2010, 08:05:48 AM
who the hell is Glen Miller?
:wth:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 22, 2010, 08:12:47 AM
who the hell is Glen Miller?

Some music dude.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on September 22, 2010, 08:47:52 AM
who the hell is Glen Miller?
Wow....wow....

Maybe you don't know him by name, but you have, without a dobut, heard of his music.

In The Mood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR3K5uB-wMA#normal)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 22, 2010, 09:50:18 AM
who the hell is Glen Miller?
:wth:

Well, there's also this Glenn Miller:

KMBZ Glenn Miller U.S. Senate Ad #2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTE0nM9lLcA#normal)

Glenn Miller Speaks! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAibTKQEOcc#normal)

Fortunately he's far less well known than the musician.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 22, 2010, 11:50:00 AM
Is it really so surprising that someone doesn't know who Glen Miller is? I don't act shocked when people say they don't know who Butch Walker is...

hint..."Many of his songs have been mega-hits for other artists, including Avril Lavigne, Sevendust, Injected, The Donnas, Hot Hot Heat, American Hi-Fi, Default, Gob, Midtown, Puffy AmiYumi, Pete Yorn, Fall Out Boy, Quietdrive, All-American Rejects, SR-71, The Academy Is... and recently The Cab, Saosin, NeverShoutNever!, Weezer, Dashboard Confessional and All Time Low." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Walker)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 22, 2010, 11:56:13 AM
Well, most of Glen Miller's songs that became famous were released by...the Glen Miller Orchestra.

I'm OK with people not knowing Bernie Taupin if they know Elton John because those great songs were released under Elton's name.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 22, 2010, 01:36:48 PM
Who's Elton John?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 22, 2010, 01:39:24 PM
Who's Elton John?
Olivia Newton John's father.  ;D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 22, 2010, 01:41:44 PM
Who's Elton John?
Olivia Newton John's father.  ;D

 :ughh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 22, 2010, 01:45:16 PM
Who's Elton John?

That's a joke, right???

The Muppet Show with guest Elton John (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lilZb_9MMHQ#normal)

Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" on The Muppet Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OX2WErOvD4#normal)

The Muppet Show - Elton John (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvu2Q4BsE2U#normal)

Elton John On the Muppet Show - Crocodile Rock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL3mYAsEp9g#normal)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 22, 2010, 01:46:36 PM
where you just looking for an excuse to post that sh!t?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 22, 2010, 01:48:09 PM
where you just looking for an excuse to post that sh!t?

It's one of my favorite episodes of the Muppets.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 22, 2010, 01:52:19 PM
If you're going to post Elton John music in a location that's fairly anti-religion:
Burn Down The Mission - Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection 10 of 10) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdEQkRq_xrw&feature=related#normal)

But for muppets:
ALICE COOPER You & Me The Muppet Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gEv4HdAcJY#normal)

Alice Cooper & the Muppets-Welcome to my Nightmare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlfa-JCRAUM#normal)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 22, 2010, 01:57:20 PM
If you're going to post Elton John music in a location that's fairly anti-religion:
Burn Down The Mission - Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection 10 of 10) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdEQkRq_xrw&feature=related#normal)

But for muppets:
ALICE COOPER You & Me The Muppet Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gEv4HdAcJY#normal)

Alice Cooper & the Muppets-Welcome to my Nightmare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlfa-JCRAUM#normal)

But Alice Cooper is a born again Christian and was one when he made those videos.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 22, 2010, 01:58:25 PM
He use to employ James Randi.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 22, 2010, 02:59:10 PM
Who's Elton John?

That's a joke, right???

The Muppet Show with guest Elton John (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lilZb_9MMHQ#normal)

Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" on The Muppet Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OX2WErOvD4#normal)

The Muppet Show - Elton John (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvu2Q4BsE2U#normal)

Elton John On the Muppet Show - Crocodile Rock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL3mYAsEp9g#normal)

Great, now he's going to think Elton John was a muppet!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 22, 2010, 03:00:17 PM
I make it a point not to give much of a shit about artists beliefs in religion or politics.  It keeps me able to watch movies and listen to music.

After all, can you not still love Handel without believing in god?  Do I have to now hate the Lethal Weapon movies since the star is a raving looney?

I just leave it my default position that actors and musicians are basically clueless outside of their art...and leave it at that.

That being said, I still can't listen to some music that really tries to drive the religion message home...or that mentions god too many times.  It strikes me as desperate to win conversions, or to be accepted by the converted.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 22, 2010, 03:08:10 PM
I make it a point not to give much of a shit about artists beliefs in religion or politics.  It keeps me able to watch movies and listen to music.

After all, can you not still love Handel without believing in god?  Do I have to now hate the Lethal Weapon movies since the star is a raving looney?

I just leave it my default position that actors and musicians are basically clueless outside of their art...and leave it at that.

That being said, I still can't listen to some music that really tries to drive the religion message home...or that mentions god too many times.  It strikes me as desperate to win conversions, or to be accepted by the converted.

You mean like:
Christmas Shoes (by: Newsong) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNsvE33pRSw#normal)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 22, 2010, 03:15:50 PM
Sorry, won't click on the link.

First...I really hate most Christmas music.  At least newer christmas music.  Although, in all fairness, White Wine In The Sun is fantastic.

Secondly, I've seen this band's name on car stickers next to bullshit like "The Bible Says it, I believe it, that does it" etc.etc. and I'm afraid the sounds will give me a reaction much like a Ceti Eel.  Unable to think or act for myself, just follow the commands of my master...the 700 Club.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 22, 2010, 03:22:54 PM
Back to the topic:

It’s against the law to leave your house in Thailand if you’re not wearing underwear.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 03:23:40 PM
there are now inflatable ties for when you need a nap at work.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 22, 2010, 03:25:38 PM
The gay-adoption ban here in Florida was just declared unconstitutional.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 03:27:48 PM
The gay-adoption ban here in Florida was just declared unconstitutional.

see that i don't get, how is it unconstitutional?  thats not an argument i'm familiar with.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 22, 2010, 03:32:13 PM
Today is "American Businesswoman's Day"

The gay-adoption ban here in Florida was just declared unconstitutional.

see that i don't get, how is it unconstitutional?  thats not an argument i'm familiar with.

Because it's discrimination against gay people.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 03:34:21 PM
Today is "American Businesswoman's Day"

The gay-adoption ban here in Florida was just declared unconstitutional.

see that i don't get, how is it unconstitutional?  thats not an argument i'm familiar with.

Because it's discrimination against gay people.

How is that unconstitutional though?  wouldn't poligamy fall under the same thing.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 22, 2010, 03:38:23 PM
Today is "American Businesswoman's Day"

The gay-adoption ban here in Florida was just declared unconstitutional.

see that i don't get, how is it unconstitutional?  thats not an argument i'm familiar with.

Because it's discrimination against gay people.

How is that unconstitutional though?  wouldn't poligamy fall under the same thing.

That's unconstitutional, because it's discrimination against someone for something they have no say in. You can't choose to be gay or straight.

Poligamy is a choice. Although it may also have something to do with taxes.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on September 22, 2010, 04:05:31 PM
Remember, something can be unconstitutional in Florida because it violates the Florida constitution.  It may be completely unrelated to anything in the US constitution.  As an example it is unconstitutional in California for the state to spend less than 39% of the state budget on education or less than the previous years budget.  It is also unconstitutional in CA to increase property taxes by more than 2% per year. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 04:21:38 PM
Today is "American Businesswoman's Day"

The gay-adoption ban here in Florida was just declared unconstitutional.

see that i don't get, how is it unconstitutional?  thats not an argument i'm familiar with.

Because it's discrimination against gay people.

How is that unconstitutional though?  wouldn't poligamy fall under the same thing.

That's unconstitutional, because it's discrimination against someone for something they have no say in. You can't choose to be gay or straight.

Poligamy is a choice. Although it may also have something to do with taxes.

so are they refering to calis constitution or the US constitution?

i can love two wemon just as much as i can love 1 women...  why can't i get married again if my wife and i both love her?  or him for that matter?

i do say gays should get married but marriage has become such a sticky issue to me, what does it even mean?  if i love someone (that much) what does a slip of paper represent, and 'traditional' marriage doesn't seam very promising considering both my parents have been divorced twice.  if the divorce rate is so high maybe marriage is just old fashioned?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 22, 2010, 04:26:03 PM
Today is "American Businesswoman's Day"

The gay-adoption ban here in Florida was just declared unconstitutional.

see that i don't get, how is it unconstitutional?  thats not an argument i'm familiar with.

Because it's discrimination against gay people.

How is that unconstitutional though?  wouldn't poligamy fall under the same thing.

That's unconstitutional, because it's discrimination against someone for something they have no say in. You can't choose to be gay or straight.

Poligamy is a choice. Although it may also have something to do with taxes.

so are they refering to calis constitution or the US constitution?

i can love two wemon just as much as i can love 1 women...  why can't i get married again if my wife and i both love her?  or him for that matter?

i do say gays should get married but marriage has become such a sticky issue to me, what does it even mean?  if i love someone (that much) what does a slip of paper represent, and 'traditional' marriage doesn't seam very promising considering both my parents have been divorced twice.  if the divorce rate is so high maybe marriage is just old fashioned?

Because wanting to marry two people is not a human condition, it is a choice.

Being gay is a human condition, i.e. something you're born with, and you cannot discriminate against people on the basis of race, class, creed, gender, or sexual orientation.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 04:29:48 PM
i don't see why, there is a specific evolutionary advantage to me having more then one wife.  I can be attracted to more then one woman, fall in love with more then one woman, if i was born to only love one woman why would I love more then one?

*devils advocate* it is discrimination but i want to resolve this thought excercise.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: craig on September 22, 2010, 04:30:16 PM
I believe that it is called the "equal protection" clause.  It says that you cannot give a right or priveledge to one person but not another based on age, gender, etc.

Since some people can adopt children, it is illegal to not let gay people do it.

Since nobody is allowed to have multiple marriages, it is okay.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 22, 2010, 04:34:13 PM
i don't see why, there is a specific evolutionary advantage to me having more then one wife.  I can be attracted to more then one woman, fall in love with more then one woman, if i was born to only love one woman why would I love more then one?

*devils advocate* it is discrimination but i want to resolve this thought excercise.

No. You're conflating "having more than one wife" with "spreading your genetic material to as many healthy mates as possible". If you want to have multiple partners no one is stopping you. You can even get legally married to one woman and if you can convince your wife and another woman to enter into a polygamous relationship you can bring the new woman into your household as long as you don't try to enter into a marriage contract with her. Since there are no tax benefits for having multiple wives, no one is depriving you of equal protection under the law by forbidding you from marrying your second wife, therefore there is no constitutional issue.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 22, 2010, 04:38:51 PM
I do say gays should get married but marriage has become such a sticky issue to me, what does it even mean?
In the US, it's mostly defined as a tax status.

i don't see why, there is a specific evolutionary advantage to me having more then one wife.  I can be attracted to more then one woman, fall in love with more then one woman, if i was born to only love one woman why would I love more then one?

*devils advocate* it is discrimination but i want to resolve this thought excercise.
I know guys who don't like to deal with one spouse, let alone many.

[spoiler: Masogeny]Most men don't want to deal with one woman constantly complaining. Logic states that more than one, and having them babble to eachother would cause some sort of mental problem in the man.[/spoiler]

Also, marriage evolved so the man would have someone to guard/cook the food, while he was out hunting mammoths and other game. Evolutionarily, that makes poligamy a disadvantage, because now he has to hunt more. It is also an evolutionary disadvantage to the women, because their offspring now have much closer contact with any competition.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 04:41:04 PM
I believe that it is called the "equal protection" clause.  It says that you cannot give a right or priveledge to one person but not another based on age, gender, etc.

Since some people can adopt children, it is illegal to not let gay people do it.

Since nobody is allowed to have multiple marriages, it is okay.

That makes sense thank you,

@jaypee,  that also makes sense but the hypotheticall is if i love someone, i can marry them, if i love two someones why can't i marry them both?

if the reason was just discrimination i would say poligamy must be included because it is natural for men (and wemon) to have more the one partner. 

however I do agree with craig so i get why their saying that.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 22, 2010, 04:43:33 PM
I believe that it is called the "equal protection" clause.  It says that you cannot give a right or priveledge to one person but not another based on age, gender, etc.

Since some people can adopt children, it is illegal to not let gay people do it.

Since nobody is allowed to have multiple marriages, it is okay.

That makes sense thank you,

@jaypee,  that also makes sense but the hypotheticall is if i love someone, i can marry them, if i love two someones why can't i marry them both?

if the reason was just discrimination i would say poligamy must be included because it is natural for men (and wemon) to have more the one partner. 

however I do agree with craig so i get why their saying that.

Marriage has nothing to do with love, at least not in the eyes of the law.

I do say gays should get married but marriage has become such a sticky issue to me, what does it even mean?
In the US, it's mostly defined as a tax status.


This. This is what marriage is in the eyes of the law. It is a legal and tax status which defines two people as one legal entity who can jointly purchase property and pay taxes, it has nothing to do with love.

If you love two people, and they're OK with it, then knock yourself out. Get 'em both pregnant, marry one of them (or don't), but you don't (or shouldn't) get to marry both of them just because gay people get to adopt kids.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 04:47:23 PM
Legally a family of 3 paren'ts should have the same rights as a family of 2 regardless of genders then.

if i'm only married to one and we get divorced the third girl gets nothing out of it.  what about 5 people who are married, what about 20? 

if i'm in the hospital and my wife wants to see me and my partner can't because we're not married.

[i don't support poligamy just a thought excersize...]
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 22, 2010, 04:50:00 PM
This thread keeps getting hi-jacked.

The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker.”
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 04:50:49 PM
This thread keeps getting hi-jacked.

The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker.”

My sisters kissing fish killed my angel fish 2 years ago
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 22, 2010, 04:57:06 PM
Legally a family of 3 paren'ts should have the same rights as a family of 2 regardless of genders then.

if i'm only married to one and we get divorced the third girl gets nothing out of it.  what about 5 people who are married, what about 20? 

if i'm in the hospital and my wife wants to see me and my partner can't because we're not married.

[i don't support poligamy just a thought excersize...]

Arguably the illegitimate children of your illegal "spirit" marriages aren't entitled to any of your money, however, the parents could make a successful claim to salimony in many cases.

At any rate, your thought exercise is absurd and pointless because there is no constitutional right to get married to multiple partners simultaneously, so no one is denying you your rights by saying you can only have one married partner at a time.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 22, 2010, 05:00:48 PM
Legally a family of 3 paren'ts should have the same rights as a family of 2 regardless of genders then.

if i'm only married to one and we get divorced the third girl gets nothing out of it.  what about 5 people who are married, what about 20? 

if i'm in the hospital and my wife wants to see me and my partner can't because we're not married.

[i don't support poligamy just a thought excersize...]

Arguably the illegitimate children of your illegal "spirit" marriages aren't entitled to any of your money, however, the parents could make a successful claim to salimony in many cases.

At any rate, your thought exercise is absurd and pointless because there is no constitutional right to get married to multiple partners simultaneously, so no one is denying you your rights by saying you can only have one married partner at a time.

its not 'pointless' if i'm trying to learn something.  there's no right in the constitution to marry at all unless i missed that day in class.

I don't see whats absurd about legally marrying two women?

i wouldn't bring this up if i hadn't ran into this point when an anti gay guy was talking here.  if all it is is a tax status why can't i claim two partners?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 22, 2010, 05:06:42 PM
Complication to the contract.

I have no moral problem with polygamy as long as all partners are fully informed and legally able to make such decisions (age, mental acuity etc.).

However, not only is tax status an issue, there's property rights and automatic powers of attorney in the case of severe injury...estate planning etc.etc.  With two partners you can have a quite simple contract.  With three it gets more complicated.  As I've said in other threads, if you get hit by a car and are on life support which of your wives gets to make the decisions?  What if they disagree?  These are things that should be worked out in advance.  If polygamy were legal, it would have to come with a caveat that the details need to be worked out with a lawyer in advance as you can't expect the state to presuppose all of the potentials in their standard marriage contract.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 22, 2010, 05:17:34 PM
Complication to the contract.

I have no moral problem with polygamy as long as all partners are fully informed and legally able to make such decisions (age, mental acuity etc.).

However, not only is tax status an issue, there's property rights and automatic powers of attorney in the case of severe injury...estate planning etc.etc.  With two partners you can have a quite simple contract.  With three it gets more complicated.  As I've said in other threads, if you get hit by a car and are on life support which of your wives gets to make the decisions?  What if they disagree?  These are things that should be worked out in advance.  If polygamy were legal, it would have to come with a caveat that the details need to be worked out with a lawyer in advance as you can't expect the state to presuppose all of the potentials in their standard marriage contract.

I know a lot of people who are polyamarous.

I am not aware of any of them wanting group marriages of any kind legalized. Some of them are quite vocal to their opposition of the idea when the topic comes up. Most of them reference one or two key "cohousing" debacles as examples of why it would be a bad idea.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 22, 2010, 07:21:51 PM
Fact: this thread has been hijacked by hypothetical concepts and not useless facts.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 22, 2010, 07:34:27 PM
Is that a fact?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 22, 2010, 07:56:40 PM
Is that a fact?

I think it is.
Here's another fact: I'm often wrong.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on September 22, 2010, 08:28:18 PM
(http://www.funnyforumpics.com/forums/Thread-Hijack/1/Hijack-In_progress.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Unlimited on September 22, 2010, 08:52:15 PM
What about the right to adopt a child?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 22, 2010, 09:11:47 PM
Today is 9 years and 11 days after the 9-11 attacks.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 22, 2010, 09:12:44 PM
Today is 9 years and 11 days after the 9-11 attacks.
:o
That was an accident... Look at what time the post was.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 22, 2010, 10:40:22 PM
It says "21:11:47".

Hoo ya!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 22, 2010, 10:44:37 PM
Today is 9 years and 11 days after the 9-11 attacks.
:o
That was an accident... Look at what time the post was.

20:11:47?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 22, 2010, 10:50:28 PM
Aren't you two in the same time zone?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 22, 2010, 11:00:43 PM
Today is 9 years and 11 days after the 9-11 attacks.
:o
That was an accident... Look at what time the post was.

20:11:47?

You haven't set your time zone...

Aren't you two in the same time zone?
Yes. In fact, we had him over last weekend.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 23, 2010, 12:56:17 AM
I skipped the last two pages.

I know who Elton John is, it was a joke.

I was in Lowes earlier and the Stevie Wonder song "I just called to say I love you" was on the music system for a few minutes. I found myself singing along. I'm so glad it was a dead hour.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 09:38:16 AM
Solid waste disposal is the third largest municipal government expense after police protection and education.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 23, 2010, 09:51:33 AM
Solid waste disposal is the third largest municipal government expense after police protection and education.
The Yes Men have a nice solution for that.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 23, 2010, 10:28:49 AM
In 25 years, the U.S. average bra size has gone from a B to a C cup.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 10:30:03 AM
In 25 years, the U.S. average bra size has gone from a B to a C cup.
Maybe it's all the hormones in the food supply?

If you eat an entire full big bag of Lay's Origional Potato Chips, which is 170 chips, you will get your complete 100% of Vitamin C for the day.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 23, 2010, 10:48:33 AM
In 25 years, the U.S. average bra size has gone from a B to a C cup.
Maybe it's all the hormones in the food supply?

If you eat an entire full big bag of Lay's Origional Potato Chips, which is 170 chips, you will get your complete 100% of Vitamin C for the day.

I'd blame rampant obesity before I blame hormones.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 10:58:53 AM
In 25 years, the U.S. average bra size has gone from a B to a C cup.
Maybe it's all the hormones in the food supply?

If you eat an entire full big bag of Lay's Origional Potato Chips, which is 170 chips, you will get your complete 100% of Vitamin C for the day.

I'd blame rampant obesity before I blame hormones.

sadly true  :-\
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 23, 2010, 11:16:22 AM
In 25 years, the U.S. average bra size has gone from a B to a C cup.
Maybe it's all the hormones in the food supply?

If you eat an entire full big bag of Lay's Origional Potato Chips, which is 170 chips, you will get your complete 100% of Vitamin C for the day.

I'd blame rampant obesity before I blame hormones.

sadly true  :-\

Mmmm, but I like the curvy ladies. Now if only I could get Cosmo to start including chocolate and potato chip samples in their magazines instead of gag inducing perfume and "become an anorexic in 3 easy steps" articles.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 11:22:36 AM
In 25 years, the U.S. average bra size has gone from a B to a C cup.
Maybe it's all the hormones in the food supply?

If you eat an entire full big bag of Lay's Origional Potato Chips, which is 170 chips, you will get your complete 100% of Vitamin C for the day.

I'd blame rampant obesity before I blame hormones.

sadly true  :-\

Mmmm, but I like the curvy ladies. Now if only I could get Cosmo to start including chocolate and potato chip samples in their magazines instead of gag inducing perfume and "become an anorexic in 3 easy steps" articles.

Curvy isn't round  ;) 

i'd rather have a girl with a nice curve then a muffintop with DD's
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 23, 2010, 12:10:02 PM
In 25 years, the U.S. average bra size has gone from a B to a C cup.
Maybe it's all the hormones in the food supply?

If you eat an entire full big bag of Lay's Origional Potato Chips, which is 170 chips, you will get your complete 100% of Vitamin C for the day.

I'd blame rampant obesity before I blame hormones.

sadly true  :-\

Mmmm, but I like the curvy ladies. Now if only I could get Cosmo to start including chocolate and potato chip samples in their magazines instead of gag inducing perfume and "become an anorexic in 3 easy steps" articles.

Curvy isn't round  ;) 

i'd rather have a girl with a nice curve then a muffintop with DD's

There are certain logistical issues with a spheroid paramour.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 23, 2010, 12:14:15 PM
There's definitely a difference between nice curves and just fat.
I don't understand why guys who are into fat chicks don't just call it what it is.
If a chick is 5'8" and weighs 200lbs, shes not curvy. She's fat. Nothing wrong with being into fat chicks, just stop disguising it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 12:17:01 PM
There's definitely a difference between nice curves and just fat.
I don't understand why guys who are into fat chicks don't just call it what it is.
If a chick is 5'8" and weighs 200lbs, shes not curvy. She's fat. Nothing wrong with being into fat chicks, just stop disguising it.

every guy i've talked to that was into 'curvy' girls just started with the super hot big busted girls and after rejection slowly moved down the ladder to the more 'fullfilling' women.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 12:26:47 PM
Stop hi-jacking this thread with meaningful conversation.  >:(


The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 23, 2010, 12:27:47 PM
Stop hi-jacking this thread with meaningful conversation.  >:(


The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

And if you tap the bottle right above the 57 it helps the ketchup flow out of the glass bottle faster, but not so fast that it just spews out.

My wife is from Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 23, 2010, 12:28:09 PM
There's definitely a difference between nice curves and just fat.
I don't understand why guys who are into fat chicks don't just call it what it is.
If a chick is 5'8" and weighs 200lbs, shes not curvy. She's fat. Nothing wrong with being into fat chicks, just stop disguising it.

every guy i've talked to that was into 'curvy' girls just started with the super hot big busted girls and after rejection slowly moved down the ladder to the more 'fullfilling' women.

I like curvy women. I also like fat women. I have a broad range.

Being married and monogamous, this is only really relevant in preparing yourself for the size of the "Wonder Tracy" folder in my porn collection.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 23, 2010, 12:47:55 PM
The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.


No?

Quote
The only hint of decoration is the row of tiny 57s carved on to the neck as a reminder of Heinz’s “57 Varieties” slogan, which was coined by the founder Henry John Heinz to impress the public with the breadth of his product range. (The company made more than 60 products at the time, but he chose 57, because 5 was his lucky number and 7 his wife’s.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/fashion/13iht-design13.html?_r=2 (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/fashion/13iht-design13.html?_r=2)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 12:59:54 PM
Peladophobia is the irrational fear of becoming bald or fear of being around bald people
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 23, 2010, 01:00:42 PM
Peladophobia is the irrational fear of becoming bald or fear of being around bald people

You scare me.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 01:01:12 PM
Does it still count if they are bald because of chemotherapy?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 23, 2010, 01:02:58 PM
Coulrophobia -- an abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns.

(http://4chanmemeandmotivational.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/coulrophobia_-_oh_jesus_dont_let_it_get_me.jpg?w=720&h=576)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 01:05:17 PM
Well, it does have a squirt gun filled with gay piss.  You want to get that on you?  Huh?  Huh?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 01:05:37 PM
Apeirophobia - The abnormal haunting by thoughts of infinity
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 01:23:36 PM
Make it stop!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 23, 2010, 01:31:12 PM
Make it stop!
Does this express your feelings?
(http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/images/88200842423PM_bettywhite.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 01:42:19 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 23, 2010, 02:18:56 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 02:21:19 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
I think it's just that the external water pressure exceeds the internal gas pressure in the bowels at that depth.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 02:23:48 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
I think it's just that the external water pressure exceeds the internal gas pressure in the bowels at that depth.

Could you imagine rapid ascension and you ate to many pre-scuba beans?  forget the nitrogen build up you'd be shot out of the lake.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 02:32:39 PM
In 1926, women were banned from competing in marathons because it was believed it caused infertility
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 23, 2010, 02:33:22 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
I think it's just that the external water pressure exceeds the internal gas pressure in the bowels at that depth.

Damn, I was hoping there were funny butt explosions.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 02:33:35 PM
Make it stop!
Does this express your feelings?
(http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/images/88200842423PM_bettywhite.jpg)

lost!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 23, 2010, 02:41:48 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
I think it's just that the external water pressure exceeds the internal gas pressure in the bowels at that depth.

Could you imagine rapid ascension and you ate to many pre-scuba beans?  forget the nitrogen build up you'd be shot out of the lake.

I wonder if that results in added acceleration during ascent.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 23, 2010, 02:57:53 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
I think it's just that the external water pressure exceeds the internal gas pressure in the bowels at that depth.

Shouldn't the internal and external pressures be equalized?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 03:01:16 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
I think it's just that the external water pressure exceeds the internal gas pressure in the bowels at that depth.

Shouldn't the internal and external pressures be equalized?
How? The only pressurized air is going into your lungs.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 23, 2010, 03:02:03 PM
The SGU has never numbered a podcast in the complex plane. Haven't we had this non-complexism long enough now? I demand equality for complex numbers!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 03:05:53 PM
The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 03:09:09 PM
That should go in the cool facts thread.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 23, 2010, 03:10:17 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

That is an awesome useless fact.  :)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 03:10:45 PM
I KNOW!!!

Now I want to test it out.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 23, 2010, 03:13:29 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
I think it's just that the external water pressure exceeds the internal gas pressure in the bowels at that depth.

Shouldn't the internal and external pressures be equalized?
How? The only pressurized air is going into your lungs.

The water pressure will pressurize the entire body.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 03:19:04 PM
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?
I think it's just that the external water pressure exceeds the internal gas pressure in the bowels at that depth.

Shouldn't the internal and external pressures be equalized?
How? The only pressurized air is going into your lungs.

The water pressure will pressurize the entire body.
Please explain. The water has no access to the inside of your body to equalize the pressure. That's why you'll be crushed if you dive too deep. As a navy man you should know this stuff.  ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 03:22:45 PM
And there goes the thread ....
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 03:25:14 PM
And there goes the thread ....
Right! Sorry.
*hangs head in shame and runs off to search for more useless facts*
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 23, 2010, 03:27:02 PM
Pepsico is actually a subsidiary of Coca-Cola.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 03:27:36 PM
Pepsico is actually a subsidiary of Coca-Cola.

proof sir, the discovery channel says otherwise.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 03:28:11 PM
Pepsico (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PepsiCo)?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 03:29:28 PM
I don't think so
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 03:30:03 PM
But at least we aren't going to witness the fart in a wet suit wars
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 03:33:12 PM
Every year, an igloo hotel is built in Sweden that has the capacity to sleep 100 people.*





*maybe Anders can vet this one.
Title: Complete Bullshit...
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 23, 2010, 03:36:49 PM
HERPES WAS NAMED AFTER THE PAGAN DEITY HERPUS, WHO WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE STRUCK THE EVIL PAGAN GODS IN THE MOUTHS WITH A CLUB, LEAVING THEM WITH A SCAR WHICH THEY HAD TO CARRY AROUND FOR LIFE.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 03:42:48 PM
Minnie Munro from Australia is the oldest bride to marry. She was a mere 102 years when she married her boyfriend of 82 years.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 23, 2010, 03:44:15 PM
Please explain. The water has no access to the inside of your body to equalize the pressure. That's why you'll be crushed if you dive too deep. As a navy man you should know this stuff.  ;)

Access to the inside? Right now my body is under atmospheric pressure, 14.7 PSI. I go down 33 feet under (salt) water and it'll be at 29.4 PSI. In order words, I would think your guts, and therefore, your farts would be compressed, too. I know a few divers at work. I'll ask them. But there has to be some members on this forum with practical experience who can answer this all-consuming question!

The human body is mostly water and water is minimally compressible. So the water in your body is pressurized but not proportionally compressed. Maybe there is a fart zone: below 33 feet you cannot fart until you pass 50 feet, or something like that.

Rapid pressure changes will kill you, like in the Byford Dolphin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byford_Dolphin) accident, but gradual change won't kill you. Some organs, like the brain, the heart, etc, are vulnerable to high pressures but most of the body is safe from high pressures.
Title: Complete Bullshit...
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 23, 2010, 03:45:39 PM
M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN WAS BORN IN INDIA IN 1974 TO JOHN AND KIMBERLY JONES. IRONICALLY ENOUGH, HIS NAME ROUGHLY TRANSLATES TO “BAD MOVIE” IN ENGLISH.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 23, 2010, 03:55:02 PM
Typing in all caps is screaming or yelling
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 04:04:28 PM
Not sure about this one:

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that 1 mile in every 5 must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in emergency situations.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 23, 2010, 04:07:07 PM
A rabbit rescue group my wife and I volunteer with will have a fundraiser this Tuesday, September 28, 2010. The event will happen at the "flatbread" pizza restaurant.

The fund raiser will include a raffle and among the prizes are a bottle of my prickly pear mead and a half case of my homebrewed beer.

You can see details and a list of prizes at:
http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/flatbread.shtml (http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/flatbread.shtml)

Quote
HRN Benefit at Flatbread!
Tuesday September 28
4pm - 9pm

Flatbread is a unique restaurant that promotes organic farming and the community. Tuesday nights are Benefit Nights where Flatbread donates $3.50 from every large flatbread and $1.75 from a small flatbread to a local charity. HRN is honored to be the chosen charity for September 28th.

Please keep the date open and come join your friends for dinner that night at Flatbread! HRN members will be there the entire night. Hang out, eat and chat with your fellow rabbit friends. We will have a Chinese Auction with prizes too! If your schedule is tight, you can also purchase a flatbread to go, and HRN will still benefit!

Check out their menu. For vegetarians, Flatbread has many options, including a vegan flatbread or an organic salad. Check out Flatbread's website for more information about this local and generous company.

Where is Flatbread?
213 Burlington Rd, on the Bedford/Burlington line. That is the corner of rte 62 and Network Drive. Easily accessible from both routes 3 and 128/95. It is across the street from Mitre and about a mile from the Burlington Mall.

From Rt 3N exit at Rt 62 Bedford and go right off the ramp on Rt 62 (Burlington Road). Go two lights and turn right into our parking lot.

From Rt 3S (from Lowell), exit at Rt 62 Bedford and go left off the ramp on Rt 62 (Burlington Road). Go three lights and turn right into our parking lot.

From Rt 128 exit onto Rt 3 North (Lowell, Nashua) and take the first exit (Rt 62 Bedford). Go right off the ramp, east on Rt 62 (Burlington Road). Go two lights and turn right into our parking lot on the corner of Network Drive.

For more information,
Contact HRN at 781-431-1211
or Flatbread Bedford at 781-275-8200

Help us spread the word!
Download this full size flyer and hang it up at your office, grocery stores, vet offices or any other public bulletin board! We also have convenient smaller flyers that are great for handing out!

Pick a Prize Auction Prizes!!
Keep Checking Back! This list will be continually updated as prizes come in. Purchase tickets and place them into the bag of the prizes you wish to win. At the end of the night we will draw a winner from each bag.

Ticket Prices:

    * 1 ticket for $1
    * 7 tickets for $5
    * 30 tickets for $20

Auction will be held at 8:30pm! You do not need to be present to win, however you will need to pick up any prizes within 30 days from the Billerica-Burlington-Bedford area.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 23, 2010, 04:11:00 PM
We only use 10% of our brain. The rest is busy thinking about sex.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 04:11:54 PM
Not sure about this one:

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that 1 mile in every 5 must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in emergency situations.

Then idaho wasn't built using the Eisenhower system...  or the mountains where to busy being huge to care.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 04:16:21 PM
Back in 1919, the Russian transplant pioneer Serge Voronoff made headlines by grafting monkey testicle tissue onto human males.


I just find 'em I don't explain 'em.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 23, 2010, 04:17:18 PM
Not sure about this one:

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that 1 mile in every 5 must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in emergency situations.

http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/airstrip.asp (http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/airstrip.asp)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 04:18:32 PM
we have
cool
stuff  :D  :D  :laugh:  :D  :D

fact
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 23, 2010, 04:18:58 PM
Not sure about this one:

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that 1 mile in every 5 must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in emergency situations.

http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/airstrip.asp (http://www.snopes.com/autos/law/airstrip.asp)
I didn't think that one sounded right but being false makes it more useless  ;D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 04:22:48 PM
i F***ing hate cowboys,

Queen inspired me to jump off a mountain once,

when flying a glider on a hot day flying over highways will slow your decent as air rises around you. (and its awesome to fly in and out of these.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 04:35:26 PM
The United States government pays the salaries of Russian nuclear scientists.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 23, 2010, 04:39:10 PM
The United States government pays the salaries of Russian nuclear scientists.

OH?  ;D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on September 23, 2010, 04:43:35 PM
The "black rose" in nature actually exists, however it is actually a very deep red.

(http://blackrosefever.com/wp-content/uploads/black_rose_sml.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on September 23, 2010, 04:44:13 PM
The United States government pays the salaries of Russian nuclear scientists.

Source?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 04:44:22 PM
The United States government pays the salaries of Russian nuclear scientists.

OH?  ;D
YUH-HUH! :patriot:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 04:46:52 PM
The United States government pays the salaries of Russian nuclear scientists.

Source?
The "Logically Critical" podcast. I don't remember which one, but I think it was the one about specialization.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on September 23, 2010, 04:52:52 PM
The United States government pays the salaries of Russian nuclear scientists.

Source?
The "Logically Critical" podcast. I don't remember which one, but I think it was the one about specialization.

Could it have possibly been meant as snark?

P.S. - That was episode 11.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 05:28:10 PM
The United States government pays the salaries of Russian nuclear scientists.

Source?
The "Logically Critical" podcast. I don't remember which one, but I think it was the one about specialization.

Could it have possibly been meant as snark?

P.S. - That was episode 11.
No. You know more than anyone that I would recognize sarcasm.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 23, 2010, 05:32:24 PM
Today is 9 years and 11 days after the 9-11 attacks.
:o
That was an accident... Look at what time the post was.

20:11:47?

You haven't set your time zone...

Aren't you two in the same time zone?
Yes. In fact, we had him over last weekend.

I set it before. Sure enough. I need to add a one hour offset.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 23, 2010, 05:40:53 PM
The longest name of a standard exception in Java is "ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException".
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 23, 2010, 05:46:17 PM
Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?

Goatse.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 05:55:53 PM
Like, they physically are unable to, or if they do something tragic will happen to their poo-hole?

Goatse.
That's actually fairly believable.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 05:58:13 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 23, 2010, 06:00:12 PM
The longest possible profile name on the SGUF is 60 characters.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 06:07:11 PM
The longest possible profile name on the SGUF is 60 characters.
Ya don't say?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 23, 2010, 06:09:07 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 06:09:51 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.

What?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 23, 2010, 06:18:53 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.

What?

Are you deaf, too? Steve has mentioned antepenultimate numerous times when trying to help the rogues out (i.e. Jay) with pronunciation.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 06:19:43 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.

What?

Are you deaf, too? Steve has mentioned antepenultimate numerous times when trying to help the rogues out (i.e. Jay) with pronunciation.

You just made me realize... I STILL HAVEN'T LISTENED TO IT!!!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 23, 2010, 06:21:54 PM
No problem. They're from the old, old episodes anyway.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Evil Eye on September 23, 2010, 06:23:30 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.

What?

Are you deaf, too? Steve has mentioned antepenultimate numerous times when trying to help the rogues out (i.e. Jay) with pronunciation.

You just made me realize... I STILL HAVEN'T LISTENED TO IT!!!

You're fucked for sleep when you get here then. TONS of podcasts to catch up on.

You may listen whilst cleaning the royal bedroom/laundry-room.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 06:27:29 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.

What?

Are you deaf, too? Steve has mentioned antepenultimate numerous times when trying to help the rogues out (i.e. Jay) with pronunciation.

You just made me realize... I STILL HAVEN'T LISTENED TO IT!!!

You're fucked for sleep when you get here then. TONS of podcasts to catch up on.

You may listen whilst cleaning the royal bedroom/laundry-room.

I'm sorry, but royal bedrooms don't have the light switch behind the door.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 23, 2010, 06:30:41 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.

What?

Are you deaf, too? Steve has mentioned antepenultimate numerous times when trying to help the rogues out (i.e. Jay) with pronunciation.

You just made me realize... I STILL HAVEN'T LISTENED TO IT!!!

You're fucked for sleep when you get here then. TONS of podcasts to catch up on.

You may listen whilst cleaning the royal bedroom/laundry-room.

And, when you're done with that, dad told me that he wants you to come to my place for some fun chores.  Bring a plunger, a mop...and a raincoat.  (You'll see why when you get here...)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 23, 2010, 06:35:50 PM
The Mean Elevation of the state of Florida is only 100 feet.

NOAA has placed DART buoys  (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/dart/dart.shtml)(Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis) off various coasts of the world. Buoy locations and graphed data can be seen here. (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/dart.shtml) Mouse over a buoy for its graph.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 06:42:14 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.

What?

Are you deaf, too? Steve has mentioned antepenultimate numerous times when trying to help the rogues out (i.e. Jay) with pronunciation.

You just made me realize... I STILL HAVEN'T LISTENED TO IT!!!

You're fucked for sleep when you get here then. TONS of podcasts to catch up on.

You may listen whilst cleaning the royal bedroom/laundry-room.

And, when you're done with that, dad told me that he wants you to come to my place for some fun chores.  Bring a plunger, a mop...and a raincoat.  (You'll see why when you get here...)

$50.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 23, 2010, 07:03:59 PM
antepenultimate means "third from last in a series."

As mentioned about a dozen times on the podcast. EE, up the boy's meds.

What?

Are you deaf, too? Steve has mentioned antepenultimate numerous times when trying to help the rogues out (i.e. Jay) with pronunciation.

You just made me realize... I STILL HAVEN'T LISTENED TO IT!!!

You're fucked for sleep when you get here then. TONS of podcasts to catch up on.

You may listen whilst cleaning the royal bedroom/laundry-room.

I'm sorry, but royal bedrooms don't have the light switch behind the door.
I lost!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 23, 2010, 10:19:22 PM
Picasso was a member of the Communist Party.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 23, 2010, 11:50:18 PM
I drank too much of my own homebrew tnight.

I';m drunk. NOt technaclor yawn drunk but "sleepy and ararousd" drunk. My wife is having dinner with friends tonight so the "amorous" part is goig to be as wasted as I am.

Good night. I think it wa sthe mede that done  me ion.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 24, 2010, 09:21:41 AM
Citronella, Catnip, Rosemary and Marigolds are 4 plants that will keep mosquitoes away.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 24, 2010, 09:31:59 AM
Citronella, Catnip, Rosemary and Marigolds are 4 plants that will keep mosquitoes away.

Rosemary?

My 2 year old son LOVES to pick rosemary and eat it fresh.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 24, 2010, 09:32:45 AM
Does he repel mosquitoes?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 24, 2010, 09:37:08 AM
Does he repel mosquitoes?

I don't think so. He doesn't eat THAT much of it.

Since the this is the useless fact thread though I will mention that it is possible to buy and actual can of Whoop-Ass.

(http://www.jonessoda.com/gifs7/whoopass-can_us.jpg) (http://www.jonessoda.com/files_4/products-energy.php)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 24, 2010, 09:39:37 AM
Over 60 plants use caffeine as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kill insects
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 24, 2010, 09:46:17 AM
Over 60 plants use caffeine as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kill insects

Where can I find a list of them?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 24, 2010, 09:53:55 AM
Over 60 plants use caffeine as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kill insects

Where can I find a list of them?
What? If I gave you that it would make it a useful fact.  :laugh:


Actually the site where I found this did not list them.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 24, 2010, 10:02:45 AM
unverifiable facts are useless.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 24, 2010, 11:10:02 AM
My cat is the cutest in the world.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on September 24, 2010, 11:11:20 AM
cutest football?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 24, 2010, 11:12:12 AM
Over 60 plants use caffeine as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kill insects

Where can I find a list of them?
What? If I gave you that it would make it a useful fact.  :laugh:


Actually the site where I found this did not list them.

I did some hunting and it looks like most of those 60 plants are species of coffee, cola or tea.

My cat is the cutest in the world.

I am skeptical of this claim. Citation needed.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 24, 2010, 11:21:45 AM
Citation given. (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,27702.msg816076.html#msg816076)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 24, 2010, 11:23:59 AM
Citation given. (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,27702.msg816076.html#msg816076)
I lost
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 24, 2010, 11:42:24 AM
Tomatina is the legendary Spanish tomato-throwing festival held in Bunol, Spain.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 24, 2010, 01:19:13 PM
The following picture is not Photoshopped


(http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/8/6/30286.jpg?v=1)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 24, 2010, 03:06:42 PM
My cat is the cutest in the world.

Once again, you are confusing opinion with fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 24, 2010, 03:09:44 PM
Please explain. The water has no access to the inside of your body to equalize the pressure. That's why you'll be crushed if you dive too deep. As a navy man you should know this stuff.  ;)

Access to the inside? Right now my body is under atmospheric pressure, 14.7 PSI. I go down 33 feet under (salt) water and it'll be at 29.4 PSI. In order words, I would think your guts, and therefore, your farts would be compressed, too. I know a few divers at work. I'll ask them. But there has to be some members on this forum with practical experience who can answer this all-consuming question!

The human body is mostly water and water is minimally compressible. So the water in your body is pressurized but not proportionally compressed. Maybe there is a fart zone: below 33 feet you cannot fart until you pass 50 feet, or something like that.

Rapid pressure changes will kill you, like in the Byford Dolphin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byford_Dolphin) accident, but gradual change won't kill you. Some organs, like the brain, the heart, etc, are vulnerable to high pressures but most of the body is safe from high pressures.

A few divers at work have verified that one can indeed fart below 33 feet.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 24, 2010, 03:21:38 PM
Over 60 plants use caffeine as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kill insects

Fact: using caffeine to prevent themselves form getting consumed did not work very well.

As a survival strategy on the other hand...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 24, 2010, 03:29:16 PM
Please explain. The water has no access to the inside of your body to equalize the pressure. That's why you'll be crushed if you dive too deep. As a navy man you should know this stuff.  ;)

Access to the inside? Right now my body is under atmospheric pressure, 14.7 PSI. I go down 33 feet under (salt) water and it'll be at 29.4 PSI. In order words, I would think your guts, and therefore, your farts would be compressed, too. I know a few divers at work. I'll ask them. But there has to be some members on this forum with practical experience who can answer this all-consuming question!

The human body is mostly water and water is minimally compressible. So the water in your body is pressurized but not proportionally compressed. Maybe there is a fart zone: below 33 feet you cannot fart until you pass 50 feet, or something like that.

Rapid pressure changes will kill you, like in the Byford Dolphin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byford_Dolphin) accident, but gradual change won't kill you. Some organs, like the brain, the heart, etc, are vulnerable to high pressures but most of the body is safe from high pressures.

A few divers at work have verified that one can indeed fart below 33 feet.

Without their butts asploding?

Color me disappointed.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 24, 2010, 03:30:13 PM
Please explain. The water has no access to the inside of your body to equalize the pressure. That's why you'll be crushed if you dive too deep. As a navy man you should know this stuff.  ;)

Access to the inside? Right now my body is under atmospheric pressure, 14.7 PSI. I go down 33 feet under (salt) water and it'll be at 29.4 PSI. In order words, I would think your guts, and therefore, your farts would be compressed, too. I know a few divers at work. I'll ask them. But there has to be some members on this forum with practical experience who can answer this all-consuming question!

The human body is mostly water and water is minimally compressible. So the water in your body is pressurized but not proportionally compressed. Maybe there is a fart zone: below 33 feet you cannot fart until you pass 50 feet, or something like that.

Rapid pressure changes will kill you, like in the Byford Dolphin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byford_Dolphin) accident, but gradual change won't kill you. Some organs, like the brain, the heart, etc, are vulnerable to high pressures but most of the body is safe from high pressures.

A few divers at work have verified that one can indeed fart below 33 feet.

Was this anecdotal information or did they go out and verify it experimentally? If they verified it experimentally you could write up a paper and submit it for publication. If articles discussing how the Red Sea could have been parted by wind can get published in respectable peer reviewed journals an article about SCUBA flatulence stands a chance. All you need is someone who knows something about pressure and gas dynamics to add a sheen of mathematics and respectability.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 24, 2010, 03:51:26 PM
Citronella, Catnip, Rosemary and Marigolds are 4 plants that will keep mosquitoes away.
The fake Ficus in my bedroom does an even better job.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 24, 2010, 04:10:10 PM
Was this anecdotal information or did they go out and verify it experimentally? If they verified it experimentally you could write up a paper and submit it for publication. If articles discussing how the Red Sea could have been parted by wind can get published in respectable peer reviewed journals an article about SCUBA flatulence stands a chance. All you need is someone who knows something about pressure and gas dynamics to add a sheen of mathematics and respectability.

I could answer that but it would violate the spirit of the topic of this thread.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 24, 2010, 05:13:08 PM
I need to get this t-shirt for my wife:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/womens/9d05/action/212f03c/ (http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/womens/9d05/action/212f03c/)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 24, 2010, 05:36:54 PM
Please explain. The water has no access to the inside of your body to equalize the pressure. That's why you'll be crushed if you dive too deep. As a navy man you should know this stuff.  ;)

Access to the inside? Right now my body is under atmospheric pressure, 14.7 PSI. I go down 33 feet under (salt) water and it'll be at 29.4 PSI. In order words, I would think your guts, and therefore, your farts would be compressed, too. I know a few divers at work. I'll ask them. But there has to be some members on this forum with practical experience who can answer this all-consuming question!

The human body is mostly water and water is minimally compressible. So the water in your body is pressurized but not proportionally compressed. Maybe there is a fart zone: below 33 feet you cannot fart until you pass 50 feet, or something like that.

Rapid pressure changes will kill you, like in the Byford Dolphin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byford_Dolphin) accident, but gradual change won't kill you. Some organs, like the brain, the heart, etc, are vulnerable to high pressures but most of the body is safe from high pressures.

A few divers at work have verified that one can indeed fart below 33 feet.

Without their butts asploding?

Color me disappointed.

Apparently, the code says "disappointed" is a shade of gray.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 26, 2010, 05:28:17 AM
My cat is the cutest in the world.

Once again, you are confusing opinion with fact.

This is as much a fact as can be.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 26, 2010, 06:43:18 AM
I am choosing a bowl of spanish rice over a bowl of Total w/ sliced banana for breakfast. Bad choices haunt me, but that rice is soo good.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 26, 2010, 07:04:06 AM
I had hiccups from Friday night to Saturday night.
It wasn't fun.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 26, 2010, 09:28:29 AM
I had hiccups from Friday night to Saturday night.
It wasn't fun.

If you hold your breath until you literally can't hold your breath anymore that usually cures your hiccups.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 26, 2010, 09:45:26 AM
Or cures his pesky 'life' condition.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 26, 2010, 09:52:32 AM
Exodus 20:3: (http://bible.cc/exodus/20-3.htm) God prohibits his people to have cats.

Matthew 6:24: (http://bible.cc/matthew/6-24.htm) Jesus reinforces the prohibition.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 26, 2010, 05:31:22 PM
I had hiccups from Friday night to Saturday night.
It wasn't fun.

If you hold your breath until you literally can't hold your breath anymore that usually cures your hiccups.

Worked one time, but they came back.
Also drank glasses of water while holding my nose. Worked twice, and each time they returned when I ate or drank something.

It went on so long, I have muscular pain!
Its ok, it only hurts on the deep breaths now.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 27, 2010, 07:14:16 AM
I had hiccups from Friday night to Saturday night.
It wasn't fun.

If you hold your breath until you literally can't hold your breath anymore that usually cures your hiccups.

Worked one time, but they came back.
Also drank glasses of water while holding my nose. Worked twice, and each time they returned when I ate or drank something.

It went on so long, I have muscular pain!
Its ok, it only hurts on the deep breaths now.

Wow, crazy. I've never had hiccups that bad. That near-asphyxiation trick usually works like a charm.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 27, 2010, 07:32:58 AM
I've always found that sitting in a quiet place and concentrating on not hiccuping while taking deep, slow, deliberate breaths works. I've never had them for more than ten to fifteen minutes though. That could be a whole different beast.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on September 27, 2010, 08:34:54 AM
Just be thankful you're not Charles Osborne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Osborne_%28hiccups%29) who suffered from hiccups for 68 years.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 27, 2010, 09:18:42 AM
somebody just needs to scare the shit out of you  :laugh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 27, 2010, 09:36:27 AM
Soooooo, hiccups are caused by one being full of shit?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 27, 2010, 09:45:21 AM
Soooooo, hiccups are caused by one being full of shit?

It cant be any more than a risk factor. If it were a true causation issue then the only TV news anchor could could say more than three sentences in a row would be Jon Stewart and even he would only manage that a few days a week.

Glenn Beck, Alex Jones and David Icke would be unintelligible through all their hiccuping.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skeptress on September 27, 2010, 09:56:29 AM
I used to get hiccups like that for days at a time.  Pregnancy seemed to have cured mine.  I still get them but not nearly as often and holding my breath until I almost pass out usually works. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 27, 2010, 10:13:44 AM
back to useless facts...

I'm headed to the Verizon Store to get my free "new every two" upgrade. I'm upgrading from the LG Voyager to something better, but I don't know what yet.
Maybe a Blackberry or one of those Android phones. I have a list of phones like that that I can upgrade to for free, but don't know what I want yet.
So many choices...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 27, 2010, 10:15:38 AM
Don't get a Blackberry, the OS is lame, and their apps are pretty much worthless. Get an Android phone.

I can't wait to upgrade my Blackberry.

This is a non useless fact, if you sign a new 2 year contract you can get a new phone every year from Verizon. My friend is something of a phone nerd and he upgrades his phone every year through Verizon.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 27, 2010, 10:25:51 AM
The inside of a man’s wallet is a great breeding ground for germs. It functions as an incubator. While you sit on it, the contents (germy money and other degradable stuff) is kept warm and moist.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skeptress on September 27, 2010, 10:31:35 AM
The inside of a man’s wallet is a great breeding ground for germs. It functions as an incubator. While you sit on it, the contents (germy money and other degradable stuff) is kept warm and moist.

Makes me finally glad to be a woman.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 27, 2010, 10:34:54 AM
Don't get a Blackberry, the OS is lame, and their apps are pretty much worthless. Get an Android phone.

I can't wait to upgrade my Blackberry.

This is a non useless fact, if you sign a new 2 year contract you can get a new phone every year from Verizon. My friend is something of a phone nerd and he upgrades his phone every year through Verizon.
yeah, that's what I'm doing, the "new every 2" deal.
I signed my contract back when the Voyager came out, and I've been up for a new phone upgrade for a while now, but never got around to it. Right now, I'm looking at the Samsung Fascinate. It's an Android Phone, and after all the discounts, I can get it for $99. It's full retail price is $579.

I'll probably just end up getting one of the other ones though that are completely free. There are several options other than Blackberrys.
I can get the Droid Incredible for $49 too. I really gotts look into these phones more. Fuck the in store BS, I'm looking at discounts of anywhere from $50 to $200 for buying online.


The inside of a man’s wallet is a great breeding ground for germs. It functions as an incubator. While you sit on it, the contents (germy money and other degradable stuff) is kept warm and moist.

Makes me finally glad to be a woman.
I would imagine the inside of a purse is even worse.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 27, 2010, 10:51:38 AM
The inside of a man’s wallet is a great breeding ground for germs. It functions as an incubator. While you sit on it, the contents (germy money and other degradable stuff) is kept warm and moist.

Makes me finally glad to be a woman.
The inside of a woman's purse may be cluttered, but it’s the bottom that’s crawling with tens of thousands of germs (like E. coli and salmonella) from having been set down on filthy surfaces (like the bathroom floor).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 27, 2010, 10:59:24 AM
The inside of a man’s wallet is a great breeding ground for germs. It functions as an incubator. While you sit on it, the contents (germy money and other degradable stuff) is kept warm and moist.

Makes me finally glad to be a woman.
The inside of a woman's purse may be cluttered, but it’s the bottom that’s crawling with tens of thousands of germs (like E. coli and salmonella) from having been set down on filthy surfaces (like the bathroom floor).
Am I the only one who has distant memories of reaching into grandmother's purse for a piece of candy and having do sort through soiled tissues?
Guess my granny was just a dirty whore...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 27, 2010, 11:00:06 AM
The inside of a man’s wallet is a great breeding ground for germs. It functions as an incubator. While you sit on it, the contents (germy money and other degradable stuff) is kept warm and moist.

Makes me finally glad to be a woman.
The inside of a woman's purse may be cluttered, but it’s the bottom that’s crawling with tens of thousands of germs (like E. coli and salmonella) from having been set down on filthy surfaces (like the bathroom floor).
Am I the only one who has distant memories of reaching into grandmother's purse for a piece of candy and having do sort through soiled tissues?
Guess my granny was just a dirty whore...
That depends on what the tissues were soiled with...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Lead Farmer on September 27, 2010, 11:00:45 AM
The inside of a man’s wallet is a great breeding ground for germs. It functions as an incubator. While you sit on it, the contents (germy money and other degradable stuff) is kept warm and moist.

Makes me finally glad to be a woman.
The inside of a woman's purse may be cluttered, but it’s the bottom that’s crawling with tens of thousands of germs (like E. coli and salmonella) from having been set down on filthy surfaces (like the bathroom floor).
Am I the only one who has distant memories of reaching into grandmother's purse for a piece of candy and having do sort through soiled tissues?
Guess my granny was just a dirty whore...
That depends on what the tissues were soiled with...
:fry:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 27, 2010, 12:41:50 PM
Boys who have unusual first names are more likely to have mental problems than boys with conventional names. Girls don't seem to have this problem.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 27, 2010, 02:30:18 PM
Boys who have unusual first names are more likely to have mental problems than boys with conventional names. Girls don't seem to have this problem.

my first nam is arlow,  YOU CAN ALL GO TO HELL.

wait what?  :D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 27, 2010, 02:35:38 PM
My son was named after his great-grandfather.

James Jones

Yes, we allow Kool-Aid in the house.

He actually goes by his middle name...as does my grandfather, although their middle names are different.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 27, 2010, 02:52:24 PM
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has the largest bar per capita than anywhere else in the world.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 27, 2010, 04:56:28 PM
Debating a homeopath is like swimming in the ocean, fun for a while but in the end really exhausting!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 27, 2010, 05:25:35 PM
Nobody misses those annoying messages saying an error occurred
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 27, 2010, 05:30:28 PM
It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world's population is drunk.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 27, 2010, 05:33:27 PM
Jimi Heselden, the British multi-millionaire defense contractor and philanthropist, who bought the Segway company last December from inventor Dean Kamen, died yesterday  after an accident while riding one of the machines. While using a ruggedized X2 version of the two-wheeled balancing scooter at his estate in North Yorkshire, he apparently drove over the edge of a precipice and into the River Wharfe. He was found later by a passerby and declared dead on the scene.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 27, 2010, 06:08:58 PM
Forty percent of Americans iron their clothes while wearing their underwear or being completely naked.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 27, 2010, 08:22:04 PM
Frying bacon while in the nude is usually only done once.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Joe B on September 27, 2010, 08:29:56 PM
According to teammate Broderick Binns, Mike Daniels only has "one mode, and that's beast mode."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on September 27, 2010, 08:36:09 PM
Fact: In attempting to inject myself in the butt with Glatrarimer Acetate, I somehow missed actually injecting myself and just ended up spraying the contents of the syringe down my leg...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on September 27, 2010, 09:09:53 PM
The analog of cheetos that Aldi carries is made with real cheese and contains no trans fats.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 27, 2010, 10:33:02 PM
Each Apollo mission used more than 210 explosive pyrotechnic devices (explosive bolts, line cutters, etc).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 28, 2010, 09:05:53 AM
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on September 28, 2010, 09:09:28 AM
The 1495 war between Sweden and Russia ended in the "eternal peace of 1508"

So, in case you hadn't noticed there has been peace ever since, and you can thank us for that!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 28, 2010, 09:10:09 AM
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The above claim is bullshit.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2550/does-rule-of-thumb-refer-to-an-old-law-permitting-wife-beating (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2550/does-rule-of-thumb-refer-to-an-old-law-permitting-wife-beating)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thumb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thumb)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 28, 2010, 09:12:56 AM
You can't do much damage with that, can you?

Perhaps it should have been the rule of wrist...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 28, 2010, 09:15:15 AM
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The above claim is bullshit.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2550/does-rule-of-thumb-refer-to-an-old-law-permitting-wife-beating (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2550/does-rule-of-thumb-refer-to-an-old-law-permitting-wife-beating)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thumb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thumb)
I make no claims to the veracity of these factoids.  :laugh: :laugh: I just pass them along for your amusement and research.  ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 28, 2010, 09:15:30 AM
You can't do much damage with that, can you?

Perhaps it should have been the rule of wrist...

I'd point out that the movie "Boondock Saints" kicks ass, but that's not a "useless" fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 28, 2010, 09:18:34 AM
You can't do much damage with that, can you?

Perhaps it should have been the rule of wrist...

I'd point out that the movie "Boondock Saints" kicks ass, but that's not a "useless" fact.
And I would point out that Willem Dafoe is particularly weird in that movie...giving Christopher Walken (in any movie) a run for his money.  That, at least, is probably useless :)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 28, 2010, 09:21:01 AM
The longest Hollywood kiss was from the 1941 film, "You're in the Army Now." It lasted for three minutes and three seconds.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 28, 2010, 09:29:02 AM
You can't do much damage with that, can you?

Perhaps it should have been the rule of wrist...

I'd point out that the movie "Boondock Saints" kicks ass, but that's not a "useless" fact.

I'd point out that the sequel, "All Saints Day" was the worst steaming pile of cinematic dog shit I've ever subjected myself to, but that is also not a useless fact. Watch that movie at your own peril.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 28, 2010, 09:35:26 AM
Since Halloween is coming up next month:

Jim Bristoe, an American, invented a 30-foot-long, 2-ton pumpkin cannon that can fire pumpkins up to five miles.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 28, 2010, 10:13:46 AM
Since Halloween is coming up next month:

Jim Bristoe, an American, invented a 30-foot-long, 2-ton pumpkin cannon that can fire pumpkins up to five miles.

I call bullshit.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on September 28, 2010, 10:19:55 AM
I found an AP report that gave it a velocity of 900MPH coming out of the barrel.  No mention of range.

That was reported in several locations word for word so as far as I can tell it's the only source.  I'd like to see some video or something to give it credence.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 28, 2010, 10:20:30 AM
Since Halloween is coming up next month:

Jim Bristoe, an American, invented a 30-foot-long, 2-ton pumpkin cannon that can fire pumpkins up to five miles.

I call bullshit.
I make no claims to the veracity of these factoids.  :laugh: :laugh: I just pass them along for your amusement and research.  ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 28, 2010, 10:25:55 AM
Since Halloween is coming up next month:

Jim Bristoe, an American, invented a 30-foot-long, 2-ton pumpkin cannon that can fire pumpkins up to five miles.

I call bullshit.
I make no claims to the veracity of these factoids.  :laugh: :laugh: I just pass them along for your amusement and research.  ;)

What part about the word "fact" do you not understand?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 28, 2010, 10:44:30 AM
Since Halloween is coming up next month:

Jim Bristoe, an American, invented a 30-foot-long, 2-ton pumpkin cannon that can fire pumpkins up to five miles.

I call bullshit.
I make no claims to the veracity of these factoids.  :laugh: :laugh: I just pass them along for your amusement and research.  ;)

What part about the word "fact" do you not understand?
Don't take the thread so seriously , sheesh .  ::)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 28, 2010, 10:48:11 AM
Since Halloween is coming up next month:

Jim Bristoe, an American, invented a 30-foot-long, 2-ton pumpkin cannon that can fire pumpkins up to five miles.

I call bullshit.
I make no claims to the veracity of these factoids.  :laugh: :laugh: I just pass them along for your amusement and research.  ;)

What part about the word "fact" do you not understand?
Don't take the thread so seriously , sheesh .  ::)

I'll stop taking it seriously when you get your head out of your ass.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 28, 2010, 10:49:16 AM
Man, someone woke up on the wrong side of the submarine today.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 28, 2010, 10:49:49 AM
Man, someone woke up on the wrong side of the submarine today.
Tell me about it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 28, 2010, 11:02:33 AM
I've had to deal with all kinds of stupid this morning. I come here to get a reprieve and immediately run into more stupid.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 28, 2010, 11:06:51 AM
At any rate, I agree with Chew on the calling of shenanigans, this is the most recent news story about pumpkin cannons I could find:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iRKA9rk__59pf76CRG1BR-xflC_QD9I5814G0 (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iRKA9rk__59pf76CRG1BR-xflC_QD9I5814G0)

Quote
Team claims record-breaking pumpkin launch in Utah

(AP) – Sep 10, 2010

MOAB, Utah — A team that shoots pumpkins from a giant air cannon says it achieved the holy grail of the sport - chucking a pumpkin a distance of more than one mile.

The "Big 10 Inch Team" from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey says it launched the 9.5-pound pumpkin at Moab's old airport on Friday.

The team used a 90-foot, compressed-air cannon and traveled to southern Utah hoping the high elevation and thin air would help the vegetable sail farther.

The group launched a pumpkin near Moab last year that traveled short of a mile, or 4,623 feet, but still set a Guinness World Record.

A licensed professional surveyor was to verify the distance later Friday.


So it sounds like the myth of a 30 foot cannon firing a pumpkin 5 miles is...

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_FsAvWjAq4eU/Sifo9NODJzI/AAAAAAAAAAU/u_pPN2DAAtI/s320/mythbusters_busted..png)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on September 28, 2010, 11:23:53 AM
Well done jaypee.
You guys carry on. I won't post anything more here that might cause some people to have another hissy fit. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 28, 2010, 11:30:42 AM
What the fuck is everyone's problem here lately?

This whole forum is having a tweeny-bopper meltdown.

Can't we all just discuss useless facts like adults instead of socially awkward kids polishing their d20s?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on September 28, 2010, 11:32:30 AM
Victorian era Valentine cards were often insulting and usually handmade. Today insulting Valentines have all but vanished and handmade cards appear most frequently in elementary school classrooms.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 28, 2010, 12:48:39 PM
Today insulting Valentines have all but vanished

Wrong!  (Ok, maybe this isn't particularly insulting, but...)

(http://mitchieville.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/valentine-card.bmp)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 28, 2010, 01:37:03 PM
What the fuck is everyone's problem here lately?

This whole forum is having a tweeny-bopper meltdown.

Can't we all just discuss useless facts like adults instead of socially awkward kids polishing their d20s?

How about as socially awkward ADULTS polishing our D20s?

Wait, is "polishing your D20" a euphemism??
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on September 28, 2010, 02:27:14 PM
What the fuck is everyone's problem here lately?

This whole forum is having a tweeny-bopper meltdown.

Can't we all just discuss useless facts like adults instead of socially awkward kids polishing their d20s?

How about as socially awkward ADULTS polishing our D20s?

Wait, is "polishing your D20" a euphemism??

congrats you made me feel dirty for thinking about the D20 sets i have at home... (and i don't even play RPG's... I just worked at a game store to long)

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 28, 2010, 02:36:43 PM
What the fuck is everyone's problem here lately?

This whole forum is having a tweeny-bopper meltdown.

Can't we all just discuss useless facts like adults instead of socially awkward kids polishing their d20s?

How about as socially awkward ADULTS polishing our D20s?

Wait, is "polishing your D20" a euphemism??

congrats you made me feel dirty for thinking about the D20 sets i have at home... (and i don't even play RPG's... I just worked at a game store to long)

This bodes poorly for owners of a staff of +9 endurance...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 28, 2010, 03:18:00 PM
A normal ejaculate contains between 5 and 7 calories.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on September 28, 2010, 04:50:12 PM
A normal ejaculate contains between 5 and 7 calories.

<-----Insert "I see you're putting on a bit of weight" joke here.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 29, 2010, 02:26:50 PM
The amount of information that we know for a fact about William Shakespeare would fit on a post-it note.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 29, 2010, 02:31:51 PM
Shakespeare spelled his own name three different ways.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 29, 2010, 02:32:26 PM
But if you try that your English instructor will torment you.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on September 29, 2010, 03:01:40 PM
Elvis had a stillborn twin brother.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 29, 2010, 03:06:01 PM
In the past two days my office has received two Nigerian 419 scams via fax.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Nacreous on September 29, 2010, 03:50:59 PM
In the past two days my office has received two Nigerian 419 scams via fax.

This belongs in the useless fax of the day thread.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on September 29, 2010, 03:55:28 PM
In the past two days my office has received two Nigerian 419 scams via fax.

This belongs in the useless fax of the day thread.

OH.. DAMN YOU NACREOUS
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on September 29, 2010, 04:07:03 PM
In the past two days my office has received two Nigerian 419 scams via fax.

This belongs in the useless fax of the day thread.
:rimshot:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on September 29, 2010, 05:32:34 PM
In the past two days my office has received two Nigerian 419 scams via fax.

This belongs in the useless fax of the day thread.

People have been banned for less.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on September 29, 2010, 06:28:01 PM
Thank you ladies and gentlemen, he'll be here all week.  Don't forget to tip the bartender and waitresses.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on September 29, 2010, 07:06:18 PM
Blessed are the cheesemakers.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on October 01, 2010, 06:12:41 PM
For every ingredient a pizzeria has on its menu, the number of different pizzas you can order doubles.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on October 02, 2010, 11:26:05 PM
For every ingredient a pizzeria has on its menu, the number of different pizzas you can order doubles.
Unless they offer half-and-half pizzas.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on October 03, 2010, 12:03:41 AM
For every ingredient a pizzeria has on its menu, the number of different pizzas you can order doubles.
Unless they offer half-and-half pizzas.
Then it would be doubled squared! (minus number of ingredients squared)

And that doesn't even count how they are layered.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on October 03, 2010, 12:43:29 AM
For every ingredient a pizzeria has on its menu, the number of different pizzas you can order doubles.
Unless they offer half-and-half pizzas.
Then it would be doubled squared! (minus number of ingredients squared)

And that doesn't even count how they are layered.
Don't forget different sizes and crust types. Also, you can get different amounts of certain ingredients like cheese and pepperoni.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Traveler on October 03, 2010, 02:09:02 AM
Pizza delivery is unavailable in my town.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on October 03, 2010, 02:20:57 AM
Pizza delivery is unavailable in my town.

What town is that, Hell?

Oh, wait, they have pizza delivery there from Pinckney, the next town over.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on October 03, 2010, 10:27:32 AM
The Sun is in the Northern Hemisphere 8 days longer per year than it is in the southern hemisphere.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on October 03, 2010, 12:08:14 PM
Senator George Voinovich [R-OH] has just sponsored a bill (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-2373) "to suspend temporarily the duty on certain pencil pouches."

Your tax dollars and mine, hard at work adding pork for the pencil pouch special interests.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on October 03, 2010, 08:04:54 PM
Legendary guitarist Nokie Edwards of instrumental band "The Ventures" appeared in Deadwood as a mysterious friend of Wild Bill Hickok.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on October 10, 2010, 03:58:00 PM
There 7 Uniformed Services in the USA:

Army
Marine Corps
Navy
Air Force
Coast Guard
Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on October 10, 2010, 04:51:39 PM
Bret Easton Ellis has written 6 novels: Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, The Informers, Glamorama, Lunar Park, and Imperial Bedrooms. The first four books on that list have already been made into films, while an adaption of Lunar Park is set for release this year; a purposed adaption of Glamorama was canceled for unknown reasons; a film version of the Less Than Zero sequel Imperial Bedrooms, which was literally published this year, has been mentioned by Ellis, though he said he would want the original Less Than Zero cast to be in it, including the then relatively unknown Robert Downing Jr. It's also worth mentioning that all of the adaptions have retained their source's original titles.



The second measure of the forth study in Jakob Dont's 24 Etudes and Caprices Op. 35 starts with an E minor triad in a 6/3 inversion, which, because it's a violin study, is played pizzicato. It's meant to be played in allegretto scherzando, which means "lively and sportive" in Italian.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on October 11, 2010, 05:57:50 AM
Quote
The calmest place on Earth is on top of an icy plateau in Antarctica known as Ridge A, several hundred miles from the South Pole. It is so still that stars do not twinkle in the sky because there is no turbulence in the atmosphere to distort the light.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on October 11, 2010, 06:07:18 AM
Quote
Cockroaches hold their breath for five to seven minutes at a time through a respiratory system that delivers oxygen directly to cells from air-filled tubes. One reason they hold their breath may be to prevent their bodies from getting too much oxygen, which could be toxic to them.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on October 11, 2010, 06:47:50 AM
Chocolate can kill a man.

It takes a lot, but it can become toxic!
What a delicious way to pop your clogs!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on October 14, 2010, 02:27:41 PM
There is a new official shortest man of the world. He is called Khagendra Thapa Magar and he hails from Nepal, reaching a height of 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in) and weighs 5.5kg (12lb).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on October 14, 2010, 02:28:54 PM
You forgot to mention he just turned 18 to qualify as a man.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: wash-away on October 14, 2010, 02:40:11 PM
There is a new official shortest man of the world. He is called Khagendra Thapa Magar and he hails from Nepal, reaching a height of 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in) and weighs 5.5kg (12lb).

 :picsstfu:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on October 14, 2010, 02:45:24 PM
There is a new official shortest man of the world. He is called Khagendra Thapa Magar and he hails from Nepal, reaching a height of 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in) and weighs 5.5kg (12lb).

 :picsstfu:

Loads here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11388384).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on October 14, 2010, 04:11:52 PM
200 decibels of a sound will kill you.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on October 14, 2010, 04:33:27 PM
I heard that on radiolab. Also they went out on a limb and said it was freaking impossible to knock down the walls of jerherico with a horn.

Teal: I was shocked. It always seemed like such a reasonable story. End teal.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on October 15, 2010, 12:22:38 AM
The name of the elementary particle "quark" comes from the James Joyce novel Finnegans Wake.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on October 15, 2010, 09:07:56 AM
This morning my shoulder bag weighed 20 lbs, but it felt like it weighed 40 lbs.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on October 15, 2010, 09:47:12 AM
Dwojniak is a mead made by diluting honey in a 1:1 ratio. The potential alcohol content is substantial as this of far more sugar per ounce than is normally used for making fermented beverages. A specific gravity of 1.045 will get you to beer strength (http://mbhp.forgottensea.org/sgpat.html). Dwojniak can result in specific gravities of 1.215 or higher. This gets you over 20% potential alcohol, which is about as high as most yeast strains can be coaxed and that's with some careful care.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on October 15, 2010, 08:46:49 PM
You should not use WD-40 as a personal lubricant.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on October 15, 2010, 11:00:55 PM
That seems like a particularly useful fact to me, actually.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on October 16, 2010, 10:06:41 PM
The Kepler spacecraft, the NASA project to search for exoplanets, is only searching a 105 square degree area of space (0.25% of the sky) but has found 7 exoplanets amongst the 150,000 stars in its field of view. NASA never intended for Kepler to search any other section of space.

Here is its search area:

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on November 01, 2010, 03:42:31 PM
Simulated view of Saturn based on current ephemeris data as seen from the Cassini spacecraft.

(http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/wspace?tbody=699&vbody=-82&month=11&day=1&year=2010&hour=19&minute=30&fovmul=1&rfov=30&bfov=50&showsc=1)

Courtesy of JPL's Solar System Simulator. (http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/) You can select any body (planet, moon, spacecraft) to look from and any body to look at.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on November 01, 2010, 03:45:22 PM
That link is not a useless fact!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 01, 2010, 05:18:48 PM
I just opened a container that contains cut lemons, which has been sitting out, sealed, for a few days.

It smells exactly like a sharpie.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on November 01, 2010, 08:48:01 PM
Bag of peanuts I'm eating says "May contain traces of peanuts."
Who would have thought?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 02, 2010, 07:27:30 PM
My yellow highlighter at work smells like cheap white vinegar.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 03, 2010, 04:44:55 AM
I live on the street where Australia's first saint was born.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MikeHz on November 03, 2010, 05:03:35 AM
I live on the street where Australia's first saint was born.

What town is that?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 03, 2010, 05:22:10 AM
I live on the street where Australia's first saint was born.

What town is that?

Fitzroy.

Just around the corner from St Vincents hospital.

I've walked over the commemoration plate every day for 4 years and only read that she was born there today.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MikeHz on November 03, 2010, 03:21:36 PM
I live on the street where Australia's first saint was born.

What town is that?

Fitzroy.

Just around the corner from St Vincents hospital.

I've walked over the commemoration plate every day for 4 years and only read that she was born there today.

I walked by there just the other day.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on November 03, 2010, 03:23:55 PM
Chatbot Wears Down Proponents of Anti-Science Nonsense (http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/mimssbits/25964/?p1=A3)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on November 03, 2010, 03:40:04 PM
Martin Sheen has been arrested 66 times.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on November 03, 2010, 03:45:11 PM
Chatbot Wears Down Proponents of Anti-Science Nonsense (http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/mimssbits/25964/?p1=A3)

That's brilliant!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on November 03, 2010, 03:54:31 PM
We should invite him to the forum.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on November 03, 2010, 04:16:11 PM
Martin Sheen has been arrested 66 times.

Martin Sheen or Charlie Sheen?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on November 04, 2010, 12:22:54 PM
Martin Sheen has been arrested 66 times.

Martin Sheen or Charlie Sheen?

Martin. All those protests he goes on.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on November 04, 2010, 12:38:09 PM
Martin Sheen has been arrested 66 times.

Martin Sheen or Charlie Sheen?

Martin. All those protests he goes on.

He's been married to the same woman for 48 years. That's even more impressive!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on November 04, 2010, 12:50:00 PM
Woo vs woo! This one made me laugh out loud. (http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,30719.msg841526.html#msg841526)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 05, 2010, 01:19:47 AM
OMFG I'm going to be flying on one of these next Saturday.
Makes me think I wish I were religious.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bb/Dash_8_2007-3-13_Kochi_Airport.jpg)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_Dash_8 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_Dash_8)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MikeHz on November 05, 2010, 01:32:46 AM
OMFG I'm going to be flying on one of these next Saturday.
Makes me think I wish I were religious.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bb/Dash_8_2007-3-13_Kochi_Airport.jpg)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_Dash_8 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_Dash_8)

I'm supposed to fly in a couple of weeks on a Qantus A380--at least, was suppose to fly on one until yesterday, when an engine on one of their A380s blew apart. Now, the airline has grounded them, so I don't know what they'll stick me on.

Oh--and we'll also be taking a Dash 8 once we get into the states. I think I'll be ordering a drink or two once we're off the ground.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on November 05, 2010, 01:46:39 AM
So.... what were you doing near my house anyway?

I'm flying to see my sick mother. My sister better appreciate me going prop style.
Though I also kinda feel a little retro catching this thing.

Need to gut a walkman to hide my mp3 player inside.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on November 06, 2010, 07:28:00 PM
Word in English starting with SP have to do with water:

SPLATTER SPRINKLE SPIGOT SPILL SPIT SPRING SPRAY SPOUT etc


Words in English staring with fl usually do with motion
FLAIL FLICK FLUTTER FLAP FLY FLOUNCE etc


Words in English ending with -ash usually associated with hitting.
SMASH SPLASH BASH CRASH TRASH THRASH SLASH etc


Of course we all know about the Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes that denote various meanings, but this is pretty intersting, no?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on November 06, 2010, 11:33:21 PM
Flabby Spelling awash
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JLK on November 08, 2010, 07:51:04 AM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

This isn't a lying thread.

But he said so himself!
And Nick Santorum (http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/) claimed WMDs were found in Iraq. What's your point?

Wait, there weren't any WMD's in Iraq?  FUCK!

What about the hundred of tons of Uranium the US removed from Iraq?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Moloch on November 08, 2010, 09:11:52 AM
Most birds have one ovary
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 08, 2010, 09:27:54 AM
Word in English starting with SP have to do with water:

SPLATTER SPRINKLE SPIGOT SPILL SPIT SPRING SPRAY SPOUT etc
Spool, Split, Spite, Spoof, Sprite, Spin, Span, Spam

Words in English staring with fl usually do with motion
FLAIL FLICK FLUTTER FLAP FLY FLOUNCE etc
flat, flute, flea, flack, flock, fleet, flu,

Words in English ending with -ash usually associated with hitting.
SMASH SPLASH BASH CRASH TRASH THRASH SLASH etc
Cash, hash, ash, flash, pash, rash, fash, stash.

Of course we all know about the Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes that denote various meanings, but this is pretty intersting, no?

Some of them may come from the same words, some of them sound onomatopoeic.  I don't think there's much in it.  There's a lot of words in english and a lot words mean can mean different things.  There's prolly more things like this then you'd think, if you're willing to look hard enough...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on November 08, 2010, 09:30:55 AM
Go read a linguistics book or a book about the history of english
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Unlimited on November 08, 2010, 01:48:16 PM
Don't do it, it's a trick.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 08, 2010, 04:59:41 PM
Don't do it, it's a trick trap.

FTFY
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on November 08, 2010, 05:02:31 PM
Word in English starting with SP have to do with water:

SPLATTER SPRINKLE SPIGOT SPILL SPIT SPRING SPRAY SPOUT etc
Spool, Split, Spite, Spoof, Sprite, Spin, Span, Spam

Words in English staring with fl usually do with motion
FLAIL FLICK FLUTTER FLAP FLY FLOUNCE etc
flat, flute, flea, flack, flock, fleet, flu,

Words in English ending with -ash usually associated with hitting.
SMASH SPLASH BASH CRASH TRASH THRASH SLASH etc
Cash, hash, ash, flash, pash, rash, fash, stash.

Of course we all know about the Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes that denote various meanings, but this is pretty intersting, no?

Some of them may come from the same words, some of them sound onomatopoeic. 

exactly!!!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 08, 2010, 05:39:06 PM
Cows go "moo."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 08, 2010, 05:40:04 PM
Some of them, not all of them.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php)
there's no evidence that the letters "sp" have any 'sp'ecific relation to water, they are just some words that fit the idea. 


Troupe, traipse, trail, travel, trip, traverse.  Do all "tr" words have to do with moving?  No, it just happens that you can think of some "tr" words that do.  Of course, you have to ignore all the words that don't fit, but if you're willing to ignore stuff that doesn't support what you think you can prove pretty much anything.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on November 08, 2010, 05:42:05 PM
Some of them, not all of them.
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php)
there's no evidence that the letters "sp" have any 'sp'ecific relation to water, they are just some words that fit the idea. 


Troupe, traipse, trail, travel, trip, traverse.  Do all "tr" words have to do with moving?  No, it just happens that you can think of some "tr" words that do.  Of course, you have to ignore all the words that don't fit, but if you're willing to ignore stuff that doesn't support what you think you can prove pretty much anything.

you're missing the point.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 08, 2010, 06:06:28 PM
Word in English starting with SP have to do with water

I am a pedant and maybe i misread your meaning.
Did you mean "Word in English starting with SP have to do with water" or did you mean to say I've found a bunch of words in English that start with 'sp' and are related to water and I find this interesting?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on November 08, 2010, 06:08:21 PM
Word in English starting with SP have to do with water

I am a pedant and maybe i misread your meaning.
Did you mean "Word in English starting with SP have to do with water" or did you mean to say I've found a bunch of words in English that start with 'sp' and are related to water and I find this interesting?

Neither.  I read it in a an linguistic book and said on acounta some base words come many of having do with a water.  it is not something that I , stumbled across myself and made a theory about.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jack on November 09, 2010, 08:04:21 PM
On this forum you can still vote in a poll even if its thread has been locked.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on November 17, 2010, 05:20:29 PM
The Yellow Fleet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Fleet) was the name given to 14 ships trapped inside the Suez Canal at the start of the Six Days War from 1967 to 1975.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 17, 2010, 07:00:00 PM
Sitting Bull was a member of the Hunkpapa tribe.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Bunsen on November 17, 2010, 07:05:41 PM
Jenna and Barbara Bush's Secret Service Code Names were "Twinkle," and "Turquoise."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Noir LeSable on November 17, 2010, 09:53:16 PM
The appendix of a koala is over two meters long.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: maydont on November 17, 2010, 11:48:56 PM
Word in English starting with SP have to do with water

I am a pedant and maybe i misread your meaning.
Did you mean "Word in English starting with SP have to do with water" or did you mean to say I've found a bunch of words in English that start with 'sp' and are related to water and I find this interesting?

It's pedants like you up with which I will not put!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 18, 2010, 12:00:53 AM
"Horny" is a house song by producer Mousse T. and pop duo Hot 'n' Juicy, which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in June 1998.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: maydont on November 18, 2010, 11:33:53 AM
The only palindromic nationality is Nauruan...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 18, 2010, 11:40:37 AM
if you punch a tapir in the face it may make you feel better but more importantly it may also make the tapir feel worse...bloody tapirs
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on November 18, 2010, 11:44:37 AM
If I punch you in the face you would feel worse too.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 18, 2010, 11:45:26 AM
I'm a masochist  :D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on November 18, 2010, 12:05:40 PM
I'm a masochist  :D

And you'd think your avatar icon would have clued more people into that. :)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Entropydave on November 18, 2010, 12:08:43 PM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".

popliteal fossa?

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 18, 2010, 12:15:51 PM
I'm a masochist  :D

And you'd think your avatar icon would have clued more people into that. :)

Lol, have you ever thought about becoming a P.I?  You've got some mean detectoring skills there :p

Facts:
The colour purple is the heaviest of all colours.
If you soak a steak in coca cola for 14 hours it turns into venison.
Racists, on average, have 2.7867 more fingers than geese.
In 1903 it was thought that there was no such thing as left, only right and anti-right.  Experimental physicists to this day speculate there may be an anti-anti-right but have yet to find somebody with enough sides to test the theory.
If your favourite musician isn't Tom Waits you are entirely wrong.
If you have ginger hair you're much more likely to see ghosts on a tuesday.
Also, and this may well be a fact, when asked for facts I am much more likely to make crap up.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 18, 2010, 12:17:16 PM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".

Dude!
If you got that from Sir Henry at Rawlinson End by Vivian Stanshall I'm gonna give you so many go'damn cool points you'll be crushed under their weight!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on November 18, 2010, 12:52:56 PM
Facts change as more information is gathered.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: maydont on November 18, 2010, 03:31:04 PM
Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true! ---HOMER SIMPSON
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: MountainManPan on November 18, 2010, 04:24:59 PM
This is a tank:

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Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 18, 2010, 04:44:25 PM
This is a tank:

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I think you'll find that this is a tank:

(http://www.redesign-day.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Fish-Tank-Toilet.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on November 18, 2010, 05:04:26 PM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".

popliteal fossa?

There is a Swedish term for it - "knäveck", or roughly "knee fold". My cat likes to sleep there.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Entropydave on November 18, 2010, 05:29:39 PM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".

popliteal fossa?

There is a Swedish term for it - "knäveck", or roughly "knee fold". My cat likes to sleep there.

Mine too (or is that 'two'?)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on November 18, 2010, 06:26:17 PM
This is a tank:

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My ninja-pose Weavile (which I made myself, I might add) is not impressed.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on November 18, 2010, 06:28:27 PM
This is a tank:

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   *"I  I"*
  K  I  I  Z
 1 : V  V : 1
I  M M  M M  I
 ":XY "" YX:"
   T..()..T
.-":"T  T":"-.
--"". - w.""--
     "++"
     .::.
   .".  .".
,:":":"":":":,
VVV W:  :  VVV
  "WWI  I
   .WI AA
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     IIXX
     ::VV
     ::
     VV


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My ninja-pose Weavile (which I made myself, I might add) is not impressed.

I see  Cthulhu...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on November 18, 2010, 11:48:31 PM
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Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on December 09, 2010, 10:14:26 PM
Kennewick Man, the 9300 year old human remains found in 1996 in Washington state, has an arrow point stuck in his hip bone.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: I am Nintendo on December 09, 2010, 10:22:44 PM
The Arrernte word for subincision is arilta.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on December 11, 2010, 09:19:36 PM
The corpses of 150 mountaineers are still on Mount Everett.

Warning: there are graphic pictures in this article:
http://godheadv.blogspot.com/2010/04/abandoned-on-everest.html (http://godheadv.blogspot.com/2010/04/abandoned-on-everest.html)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on December 13, 2010, 03:07:18 PM
Schizophrenics can tickle themselves.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on December 13, 2010, 03:09:21 PM
Woah.. that's a pretty awesome redeeming quality if you ask me.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The_Woolly_Sammoth on December 13, 2010, 03:23:26 PM
Schizophrenics can tickle themselves.

Does that mean they can give themselves a "Stranger" at will?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: kb on December 13, 2010, 03:26:49 PM
Schizophrenics can tickle themselves.
A common misconception is that schizophrenia = split personality.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on January 16, 2011, 12:31:53 PM
The New Horizons spacecraft only has 2 billion km left to go!

(http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/wspace?tbody=999&vbody=-98&month=1&day=16&year=2011&hour=00&minute=00&fovmul=1&rfov=60&bfov=30&porbs=1&showsc=1)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on January 16, 2011, 12:37:08 PM
New horizons is moving at 15.940 km per second!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on January 16, 2011, 05:17:13 PM
There is a strong correlation here:
When people post in the anti bitching thread, they will post in the bitching thread as well (or vice versa).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on February 03, 2011, 12:19:48 PM
Barnacle penises can grow up to 40 times the body length.

I feel so inadequate.  :-[
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on February 03, 2011, 12:44:02 PM
Barnacle penises can grow up to 40 times the body length.

I feel so inadequate.  :-[

What the hell would you do with a penis that was 40 times your body length?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 03, 2011, 12:48:53 PM
Barnacle penises can grow up to 40 times the body length.

I feel so inadequate.  :-[

What the hell would you do with a penis that was 40 times your body length?

Mate with a barnacle that's 40 feet away of course!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on February 03, 2011, 01:06:18 PM
Barnacle penises can grow up to 40 times the body length.

I feel so inadequate.  :-[

What the hell would you do with a penis that was 40 times your body length?

Deflower virgins who slept one floor under me?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 03, 2011, 01:09:32 PM
Barnacle penises can grow up to 40 times the body length.

I feel so inadequate.  :-[

What the hell would you do with a penis that was 40 times your body length?

Mate with a barnacle that's 40 feet away of course!

Assuming you're of average height for a human male, a penis which was 40 times your body length would be closer to 233.33 feet long.

Just sayin'

/pedant
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 03, 2011, 01:12:15 PM
      Bunsen hasn't logged on for almost a month.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on February 03, 2011, 01:12:59 PM
      Bunsen hasn't logged on for almost a month.

Are you implying that Bunsen has a 233' penis?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on February 03, 2011, 01:20:41 PM
No, that something may have happened to Bunsen. Which is a valid concern.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 03, 2011, 01:23:10 PM
      I am Nintendo has also not logged in, for almost the exact same amount of time!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on February 03, 2011, 01:31:43 PM
These are useless facts but what are you implying ?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on February 03, 2011, 01:33:09 PM
Or EvilEye.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on February 03, 2011, 01:35:53 PM
Or EvilEye.

EE PMed me the other day, so he's still around.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on February 12, 2011, 02:09:34 PM
I'm one of several volunteers helping a guy with a webpage about debunking the Moon landing hoax claims and I'm doing the section on radio tracking. I put together a Google Earth file that shows the Manned Space Flight Network (MSFN, pronounced "mis'fin" in NASAese) tracking stations used for the Apollo program.

The stations marked with small pins used 30 foot dish antennae, the large pins used 85 foot dishes. Two stations, Goldstone MARS and the Australian Parkes Radio Observatory, used 210 foot dishes, but they were only used for a few missions. It was the Parkes Observatory that received the TV transmissions from Apollo 11 during the moon walk.

Each 85 foot station also has a nearby "Wing" station to act as a back-up. The 85 foot dishes were used during the Lunar orbit and Lunar surface phase of the missions. Zoom out and adjust the view and you can see the three 85 foot dishes provided constant, uninterrupted coverage of the Moon.

The 30 foot stations were used mostly during the Earth orbit phase and as passive back-ups for the larger stations.

https://sites.google.com/site/chewtansy/msfn/MSFN.kmz?attredirects=0&d=1
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 14, 2011, 10:24:58 AM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

Bullshit. Even HE admits to being "bi".
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on February 14, 2011, 02:13:08 PM
The t-statistic was developed and first used at the Guinness brewery in Dublin.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 14, 2011, 02:18:41 PM
There are copious indications that recent conditions in Greenland do not represent an aberrant fluctuation in the region’s climate. Instead, conditions currently lie within the known limits of natural variations.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on February 14, 2011, 02:18:57 PM
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.

Bullshit. Even HE admits to being "bi".

I think you'll find you misquoted me, scoundrel!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 14, 2011, 02:34:11 PM
Suzi Found a Weapon

Randy Vanwarmer Suzi Found A Weapon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlxUmXgQCbw#)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 14, 2011, 03:35:36 PM
???
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 14, 2011, 03:37:53 PM
???

The useless fact is that "Suzi Found a Weapon". The video was just documentary evidence of the claim.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 14, 2011, 03:41:45 PM
WTF? 

seriously, wtf man
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on February 14, 2011, 07:14:54 PM
Napoleon's kitchen staff started a roast chicken every 15 minutes in case the Emperor got hungry between meals.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 15, 2011, 05:50:30 AM
Damn.. I love roast chicken. I guess it is good to be the king.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ravenhull on February 15, 2011, 07:05:12 AM
Was it that, or was it that the kitchen crew liked the chicken themselves and this meant there was a regular supply of 'excess' roast chickens.... "Burp!...."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 16, 2011, 07:27:23 PM
As of right this second, this thread has been read 11650 times.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 17, 2011, 09:12:59 AM
As of right this second, this thread has been read 11650 times.

Now it's 11,684.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 17, 2011, 09:15:50 AM
      The originator of this thread has not logged in for 6 weeks.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 17, 2011, 09:21:00 AM
      The originator of this thread has not logged in for 6 weeks.

Yeah, what's the deal with that?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 17, 2011, 09:23:10 AM
     It's a useless fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 17, 2011, 09:23:53 AM
      First it was Lead Farmer, then Bunsen, then IaN, then .... well ....  people are vanishing man, vanishing.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 17, 2011, 09:24:44 AM
And yet FX remains  :-\

Just kidding, buddy.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on February 17, 2011, 11:13:28 AM
      First it was Lead Farmer, then Bunsen, then IaN, then .... well ....  people are vanishing man, vanishing.
Just simple alien abductions. They must have gotten too close to the Truth and made Xenu angry.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on February 17, 2011, 02:11:14 PM
      First it was Lead Farmer, then Bunsen, then IaN, then .... well ....  people are vanishing man, vanishing.
Just simple alien abductions. They must have gotten too close to the Truth and made Xenu angry.  :laugh:

Well, you could send Xenu (http://sguforums.com/index.php?action=profile;u=49) a message and ask him for them back.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Traveler on February 18, 2011, 02:45:18 AM
      First it was Lead Farmer, then Bunsen, then IaN, then .... well ....  people are vanishing man, vanishing.

I wonder if they're sharing the same bunkhouse at the secret FEMA concentration camp?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 18, 2011, 05:42:50 AM
You shouldn't talk about that.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 18, 2011, 01:31:25 PM
You shouldn't talk about that.
What are we not talking about?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 18, 2011, 01:33:41 PM
We're not not talking about FEMA Concentration Camps Happy Government Fun Time Camps
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 18, 2011, 01:59:55 PM
We're not not talking about FEMA Concentration Camps Happy Government Fun Time Camps
Excellent.  I love not talking about that.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on February 18, 2011, 02:32:17 PM
We're not not talking about FEMA Concentration Camps Happy Government Fun Time Camps
Excellent.  I love not talking about that.
Thought crime is not punishable by death, thought crime is death.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 18, 2011, 03:13:53 PM
       When Orwell wrote 1984, it was about England.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 18, 2011, 03:23:57 PM
Was it? I thought it was loosely based on the rise of East Germany and the Stasi.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 18, 2011, 03:44:46 PM
       In 1972, Broward Artificial Reef Inc. (BARINC) proposed the construction of an enlarged artificial reef to Broward County as a way to both dispose of old tires as well as lure more game fish to the area.  The company made a tidy profit off of each waste tire disposed of.

Gregory McIntosh lauded the project to the attendees of a 1974 conference on artificial reefs: "Tires, which were an esthetic pollutant ashore, could be recycled, so to speak, to build a fishing reef at sea."

With endorsement of the project by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Broward County government approved the project: that spring more than 100 privately owned boats enthusiastically volunteered to assist with the project; accompanied by the USS Thrush thousands of tire bundles were simultaneously dropped onto the reef. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company provided equipment for the auspicious undertaking; even supporting the project so far as to drop a gold-painted tire from a Goodyear Blimp to christen the site. The culmination of the project was the deposit of over two million tires bound with steel clips over 36 acres of the ocean floor, approximately 7,000 feet  offshore and at a depth of 65 feet.

Today this environmental disaster is known as the Osborne Waste Tire Removal Project.  17 US dollars is spent to remove each tire.  It is expected to be finished in the year 2035

And yes, the taxpayer is paying for it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on February 18, 2011, 03:52:55 PM
Is this the same hard-nosed investigation you do when posting in the global warming thread?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 18, 2011, 04:04:53 PM
       Not only did no reef grow from the tires, a storm bashed them into a nearby real reef, destroying it, killing millions of fish, and thousands of tires washed up on the beach.  But no worries, there are still 1,342,876 tires still left.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on February 18, 2011, 04:20:40 PM
And the $17 a tire comes from... ?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 18, 2011, 04:21:53 PM
     The cost of removing and disposing of them. From the ocean.  That's what they bill the taxpayer.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 18, 2011, 04:22:48 PM
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/tires/pages/osborneproject.htm (http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/tires/pages/osborneproject.htm)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 18, 2011, 04:25:21 PM
      Some stupid hippies and surfers protested the whole affair (before any tires were dumped into the ocean), to no avail of course.  They claimed it would be a bad thing.  Even insisted on a small experimental site first to see what would happen.

     Stupid hippies.  All concerned over the environment.  They just don't trust the consensus for some reason.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on February 18, 2011, 04:40:41 PM
Yeah, I already saw where the 17$ per tire came from a small pilot program but I don't see where it says that same cost will be passed to the citizens with the military program.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 18, 2011, 05:11:38 PM
      I guess I need to do some more digging.  Useless facts, they can be hard.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Entropydave on February 18, 2011, 05:32:51 PM
There is no anatomical term for "the back of the knee".

Dude!
If you got that from Sir Henry at Rawlinson End by Vivian Stanshall I'm gonna give you so many go'damn cool points you'll be crushed under their weight!

Aaah know it well!  Old Scrote, the wrinkled retainer....
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 18, 2011, 08:20:40 PM
Some people have never heard of the  Popliteal Fossa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popliteal_fossa)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Entropydave on February 19, 2011, 04:25:03 AM
Some people have never heard of the  Popliteal Fossa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popliteal_fossa)
...certainly Viv Stanshall didn't seem to!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on February 20, 2011, 11:42:42 AM
After failing to convince his fellow French astronomers to search for a planet in the position he predicted it to be based on perturbations of Uranus, Le Verrier sent a letter to the Berlin Observatory asking them to search for it. The letter arrived in the evening and the new planet was discovered that night after less than an hour of searching and within 1o of the position predicted by Le Verrier.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 20, 2011, 12:27:22 PM
Buck Owens was born August 12, 1929.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on February 21, 2011, 11:20:07 AM
Justin Bieber was born on March 1st, 1994.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 21, 2011, 12:28:12 PM
Ayn Rand was an extra in  Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 22, 2011, 11:13:20 AM
Prior to this post, no one had posted on this thread since February 21, 2011, 11:28:12 AM.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Green Ideas on February 22, 2011, 11:59:55 AM
After failing to convince his fellow French astronomers to search for a planet in the position he predicted it to be based on perturbations of Uranus, Le Verrier sent a letter to the Berlin Observatory asking them to search for it. The letter arrived in the evening and the new planet was discovered that night after less than an hour of searching and within 1o of the position predicted by Le Verrier.

That's not useless. My saying so is.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on February 22, 2011, 02:23:37 PM
Yesterday was George Washington's Birthday (observed) not Presidents' or President's day.  It will never fall on George Washington's actual birthday.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on February 22, 2011, 03:25:57 PM
Yesterday was George Washington's Birthday (observed) not Presidents' or President's day.  It will never fall on George Washington's actual birthday.

Yep...yet, my Greenpeace calendar declares the day as being "Presidents' Day"!

For the record, I only bought that calendar because it was the end of January, meaning my local Borders was selling all their calendars at a deep discount; so, the Greenpeace calendar has cute pictures of animals, and my other options were a Twilight calendar or some boy band.)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on February 22, 2011, 03:31:28 PM
Most considered Dom DeLawise to be overweight.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on February 22, 2011, 03:53:24 PM
Most considered Dom DeLawise to be overweight.

Which one of his chins did they look at to come up with such a preposterous idea??

(http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Celebrities/A_F/Di_Do/Dom_Deluise/1/dom-deluise2.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on February 22, 2011, 04:34:59 PM
Britain (and its colonies) did not adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1752. Before then the new year started on Mar 25.

George Washington was born Feb 11, 1731. After the shift to the Gregorian calendar his birthday was adjusted to Feb 22, 1732.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 22, 2011, 11:02:15 PM
Most considered Dom DeLawise to be overweight.

Which one of his chins did they look at to come up with such a preposterous idea??

(http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Celebrities/A_F/Di_Do/Dom_Deluise/1/dom-deluise2.jpg)

Back in the mid 1990's, Playboy did a survey, asking men which they would rather see, the interior of a then-hot actress' lingerie closet, or the inside of Dom DeLawise's refrigerator.

Almost 90% of men said they would rather see the fridge.

It's critical to note that the famous people would, in both cases, be absent in the theoretical viewing, so you wouldn't see the hot actress IN the naughty underthings, just her underthings.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 23, 2011, 04:33:01 PM
If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Green Ideas on February 23, 2011, 06:52:29 PM
We used to have 20 cent coins in Brazil, like most countries which use the metric system. Then a decade or two ago some idiot in the government thought it'd be a good idea for us to have quarters. Now if I'm buying something that costs $4.80 and give the cashier $5.05, they never understand wtf that 5 cent coin is doing there.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on February 23, 2011, 07:04:10 PM
We used to have 20 cent coins in Brazil, like most countries which use the metric system. Then a decade or two ago some idiot in the government thought it'd be a good idea for us to have quarters. Now if I'm buying something that costs $4.80 and give the cashier $5.05, they never understand wtf that 5 cent coin is doing there.
Man I hate that.  You're a cashier, figure it out.

edit to fix your.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 23, 2011, 08:08:16 PM
The rap song "gin and juice" was inspired by an elderly, drug using, alcoholic woman who introduced Snoop to a mixture of prune juice and gin as a means of staying drunk and fighting off heroin induced constipation.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 23, 2011, 09:03:25 PM
      Holy crap!  I just saw that mentioned in another thread.  The drink, not the song.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on February 24, 2011, 06:07:17 AM
The rap song "gin and juice" was inspired by an elderly, drug using, alcoholic woman who introduced Snoop to a mixture of prune juice and gin as a means of staying drunk and fighting off heroin induced constipation.

Prune juice.. I never would have thought of that. I remember one time a few friends and I were at a bar after work on some Wednesday, and it was slow enough at the bar that day that our bartender friend sat with us and mixed gin with every type of juice behind the bar because we were trying to figure out what "gin and juice" was. This was all because earlier in the evening the song had come on at the bar.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 24, 2011, 11:25:58 AM
The rap song "gin and juice" was inspired by an elderly, drug using, alcoholic woman who introduced Snoop to a mixture of prune juice and gin as a means of staying drunk and fighting off heroin induced constipation.

Prune juice.. I never would have thought of that. I remember one time a few friends and I were at a bar after work on some Wednesday, and it was slow enough at the bar that day that our bartender friend sat with us and mixed gin with every type of juice behind the bar because we were trying to figure out what "gin and juice" was. This was all because earlier in the evening the song had come on at the bar.

It is, however, a waste of perfectly good gin, as the prune flavor wipes out the gin flavor.

Juice and Vodka on the other hand is tasty.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 24, 2011, 11:26:31 AM
The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 24, 2011, 11:34:36 AM
The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

Well, a raging vaginal bacterial infection wold probably do a lot to discourage a pregnancy.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on February 24, 2011, 05:02:58 PM
In high school, my friend threw up all over herself, in the shower (fully clothed) after drinking beer and vodka milk shakes.
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on February 24, 2011, 07:19:28 PM
You can booby trap deodorant.

Booby Trap a Stick of Deodorant! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yHH0VfVHxQ&feature=player_embedded#)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on February 26, 2011, 03:13:37 PM
The Older and Younger Dryas periods are named after a shrub (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dryas_octopetala) because large quantities of its pollen has been found in ice core samples from those periods.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on February 26, 2011, 04:21:11 PM
      While 'explaining away' the evidence of a comet impact, as the reason for the Younger Dryas period, and the extinction of the Clovis people, one scientist said they might have just changed arrowhead designs, "much like the appearance and disappearance of tail fins on American cars in the late 1950s and early 1960s".
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on February 27, 2011, 11:59:41 AM
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on February 27, 2011, 02:30:59 PM
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

Continuing with the Dewey theme. Keith Richards collects antique books and organised them himself according to the Dewey system.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on February 27, 2011, 02:41:25 PM
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.
I thought he was short one category?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: BBPrivate on March 01, 2011, 07:12:34 PM
Hey guys, Bunsen here.

I created a sockpuppet because my account couldn't seem to login after the changeover to the email logins.

Anyhow, I was just writing to let you know that I'm okay, and that I'm sorry that I left without telling anybody, but I had a really good, important reason why which is personal and I'll not be sharing in this thread.

I already PM'd Panda to let her know that I'll not be returning to the forum, and I just wanted to drop into this thread and let you guys all know that I'll miss you all dearly.  So many of you were good friends to me, and I feel sorry that I had to leave.

Be well, and be safe out there,

-Bunsen
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 01, 2011, 07:38:39 PM
     Holy crap!  Hey Bunsen!  I wish you well.  And thanks for checking back in.  I saw this thread active and while I was waiting for it to load I was thinking about all the many people that vanish from forums, and how I will probably never know what happened to most of them, and BAM there was a post from you.  (I hope it is for reals)

Thanks again.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on March 01, 2011, 07:58:28 PM
Hey guys, Bunsen here.

I created a sockpuppet because my account couldn't seem to login after the changeover to the email logins.

Anyhow, I was just writing to let you know that I'm okay, and that I'm sorry that I left without telling anybody, but I had a really good, important reason why which is personal and I'll not be sharing in this thread.

I already PM'd Panda to let her know that I'll not be returning to the forum, and I just wanted to drop into this thread and let you guys all know that I'll miss you all dearly.  So many of you were good friends to me, and I feel sorry that I had to leave.

Be well, and be safe out there,

-Bunsen

Good luck pal.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 01, 2011, 08:11:50 PM
Take care.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on March 01, 2011, 08:36:43 PM
@ Bunsen  :(
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 01, 2011, 09:12:05 PM
Wait! How do we know this isn't another sockpuppet of RM36 or A220?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 01, 2011, 09:18:20 PM
       I'm assuming Panda can see the secret data behind the scenes.  Even if it is a fraud, I still wish you well Bunsen.  Wherever you may be.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: BBPrivate on March 01, 2011, 10:48:31 PM
As a general rule, socks don't succeed too well when they self identify as socks.  This is, indeed, the one and only Bunsen.

I've received confirmation now from P-da that she'll be deleting this account soon.  Just going to take this one last post to thank you all and say just how much you all mean to me.

-Bunsen

(http://www.driko.org/blogicons/drhoneydew_beaker.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stands2reason on March 01, 2011, 11:32:39 PM
Well that was cryptic.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on March 02, 2011, 01:05:47 AM
Live long and prosper Bunsen!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on March 02, 2011, 02:21:48 AM
 :-\
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 02, 2011, 05:10:43 AM
I don't see how this is a useless fact, but good luck.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 02, 2011, 07:40:04 AM
It is well known, as Emperor Justinian declared, that buggery is a principal cause of earthquakes, and so must be prohibited
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on March 02, 2011, 09:01:34 AM
Bunsen, whatever it is, hope it works out well.

I bought the Qi app. Be prepared for tonnes of useless facts.  ;D

In North America, 75% of all pencils sold are yellow.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 02, 2011, 09:53:46 AM
Aw, Bunsen.. I wish you well, and wish you would come back (eventually, at least).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 02, 2011, 09:59:04 AM
If the continent of Africa was dropped on your head your chances of survival would not be good.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 02, 2011, 12:59:05 PM
With the exception of human being, all mammals, on average, will experience approximately 2.5 billion heart beats during the course of its life.  A human being's heart will beat approximately 5 billions times in his or her lifetime, on average.  However, our ancestors (i.e. prior to the development of modern medicine, sanitation, etc) experienced approximately 2.5 billion heart beats.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on March 02, 2011, 01:07:30 PM
If the continent of Africa was dropped on your head your chances of survival would not be good.

Shockingly, this fact applies to the other continents as well as any random combination of the continents.

The above is also true of every Ford truck EVER MANUFACTURED.

Most supermodels on the other hand would simply shatter if dropped on the average healthy human skull, so being on the sidelines of NYC's "Fashion week" is fairly safe, unless you take a stiletto to the eyeball.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DG on March 02, 2011, 01:26:41 PM
With the exception of human being, all mammals, on average, will experience approximately 2.5 billion heart beats during the course of its life.  A human being's heart will beat approximately 5 billions times in his or her lifetime, on average.  However, our ancestors (i.e. prior to the development of modern medicine, sanitation, etc) experienced approximately 2.5 billion heart beats.

(1) - no wonder heart disease is such a problem.

(2) - if you managed to avoid exercise, keep your heat rate at a steady 60bpm you would live more than 7000 years ;)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 02, 2011, 01:33:48 PM
With the exception of human being, all mammals, on average, will experience approximately 2.5 billion heart beats during the course of its life.  A human being's heart will beat approximately 5 billions times in his or her lifetime, on average.  However, our ancestors (i.e. prior to the development of modern medicine, sanitation, etc) experienced approximately 2.5 billion heart beats.

(1) - no wonder heart disease is such a problem.

(2) - if you managed to avoid exercise, keep your heat rate at a steady 60bpm you would live more than 7000 years ;)

 :D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 02, 2011, 01:44:48 PM
THAT IS ACTUALLY TRUE!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 02, 2011, 01:57:12 PM
Light travels faster than your average marquee.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 02, 2011, 02:04:24 PM
       This thread should be moved to games.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ugsmike on March 02, 2011, 04:04:26 PM
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 02, 2011, 04:29:25 PM
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
That's actually not useless, I'm dialing right now.


I often derogatorily refer to humans as hairless apes, but the fact is we have more hair on average than chimps.

From wikipedia: Although humans appear hairless compared to other primates, with notable hair growth occurring chiefly on the top of the head, underarms and pubic area, the average human has more hair follicles on his or her body than the average chimpanzee. The main distinction is that human hairs are shorter, finer, and less heavily pigmented than the average chimpanzee's, thus making them harder to see
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 02, 2011, 04:56:15 PM
The Grand Canyon wouldn't be near as impressive if it were a lot smaller and shallower.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 02, 2011, 04:59:46 PM
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
That's actually not useless, I'm dialing right now.


I often derogatorily refer to humans as hairless apes, but the fact is we have more hair on average than chimps.

From wikipedia: Although humans appear hairless compared to other primates, with notable hair growth occurring chiefly on the top of the head, underarms and pubic area, the average human has more hair follicles on his or her body than the average chimpanzee. The main distinction is that human hairs are shorter, finer, and less heavily pigmented than the average chimpanzee's, thus making them harder to see

Does this take into account the fact that we're much, much larger than chimps??
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: postwaste on March 02, 2011, 08:36:55 PM
The Grand Canyon wouldn't be near as impressive if it were a lot smaller and shallower.

The "Meh" Canyon
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 03, 2011, 07:15:13 AM
Kent Hovind is still in jail. Useless, but immensely satisfying, fact.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 03, 2011, 07:34:16 AM
Mars has the highest mountain in the Solar System.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 03, 2011, 07:39:22 AM
Planet Earth has the hottest women.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on March 03, 2011, 09:10:11 AM
No one has ever successfully bred an eel in captivity.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on March 03, 2011, 09:17:24 AM
People have died trying to breed with eels.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 03, 2011, 10:01:11 AM
Some people actually eat eel pies.  These people are disturbing.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Morvis13 on March 03, 2011, 10:08:11 AM
BBQ Eel Sushi. YUM!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 03, 2011, 10:09:18 AM
The weight of a standard lego brick (4 knobs length-wise, two knobs width-wise) is 2.5 grams, which equals 0.088184 ounces.

Math wizards out there.... how much would the Hoover Dam weigh if it were made out of lego bricks?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 03, 2011, 10:20:28 AM
       2.351 billion metric tons
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 03, 2011, 10:20:53 AM
      Like many internet facts, that was completely made up.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 03, 2011, 11:31:30 AM
The weight of a standard lego brick (4 knobs length-wise, two knobs width-wise) is 2.5 grams, which equals 0.088184 ounces.

Math wizards out there.... how much would the Hoover Dam weigh if it were made out of lego bricks?

I'm not a math wizard but I come up with 1.07 billion metric tons.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: David E. on March 03, 2011, 11:46:35 AM
The Harvad Bridge in Boston/Cambridge is 364.4 smoots (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot) (620.1 m) plus or minus one ear, long.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 03, 2011, 11:55:52 AM
The Harvad Bridge in Boston/Cambridge is 364.4 smoots (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot) (620.1 m) plus or minus one ear, long.

Quote
Oliver Smoot graduated from MIT with the class of 1962, became a lawyer, and later became chairman of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

That is too funny!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 03, 2011, 12:11:03 PM
Heh, I knew about the Smoots, but I never knew he went on to a career in the field of measurements. I guess that makes sense.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on March 03, 2011, 01:37:08 PM
Heh, I knew about the Smoots, but I never knew he went on to a career in the field of measurements. I guess that makes sense.

You could say that drunken night gave us the real measure of the man.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: David E. on March 03, 2011, 01:41:36 PM
The MIT prank that I wish I could have experienced was the time they changed all the Outbound to Harvard signs at Kendall MIT station to Hellbound to Harvard.

That is awesome. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 03, 2011, 02:52:39 PM
What? That sounds like the lamest prank ever. They've stolen entire cannons from other technical institutes, they put a police car on the roof of an MIT building, then there's the infamous Balloon Hack

The Balloon Hack of '82 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLg2XpY0L3w#)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: David E. on March 03, 2011, 03:07:05 PM
What? That sounds like the lamest prank ever. They've stolen entire cannons from other technical institutes, they put a police car on the roof of an MIT building, then there's the infamous Balloon Hack

The Balloon Hack of '82 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLg2XpY0L3w#)

I know it's not the best Hack, but it's still awesome.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 07, 2011, 01:50:55 AM
The ruler in Google Earth has a smoots option.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on March 07, 2011, 05:28:56 AM
The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are free of ice and snow and have not seen rainfall in 2 million years, thus making it the driest place on earth.

The next driest place is Atacama Desert in Chile, which on average has 0.1mm (0.004 inches) of rain a year. Some areas haven't had rain in 400 years.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on March 07, 2011, 05:39:20 AM
Interestingly, (possibly) the highest lake in the world, and also the site of the highest altitude SCUBA dive cuz why not, lake Licancabur in the Andes, contains life.

http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16649 (http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16649)

Down the slope from the lake there are several volcanic pools filled with hot cyanide water, which also contain life. Because life is awesome, and hardcore.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 07, 2011, 06:13:49 AM
The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are free of ice and snow and have not seen rainfall in 2 million years, thus making it the driest place on earth.

The next driest place is Atacama Desert in Chile, which on average has 0.1mm (0.004 inches) of rain a year. Some areas haven't had rain in 400 years.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Antarctica the driest continent on Earth? I mean, it has a lot of ice and snow, but very little liquid water.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on March 07, 2011, 06:26:54 AM
Seems like it could be, since as a continent it doesn't inhabit a broad swath of latitudes :P
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on March 07, 2011, 07:38:14 AM
The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are free of ice and snow and have not seen rainfall in 2 million years, thus making it the driest place on earth.

The next driest place is Atacama Desert in Chile, which on average has 0.1mm (0.004 inches) of rain a year. Some areas haven't had rain in 400 years.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Antarctica the driest continent on Earth? I mean, it has a lot of ice and snow, but very little liquid water.

You're not wrong. Technically a desert is anywhere that gets less than 254mm (10 inches) of rain a year. Antarctica gets on average about 25mm (1 inch) a year, same as the Sahara, but the Dry Valleys are weird and get none. Something to do with the winds there that cause all moisture to be evaporated before they hit the ground.

And yes, I'm pretty much copying that from the Qi app.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 07, 2011, 09:31:03 AM
I remember my 5th grade science teacher saying that, but in the years since I've heard other people say otherwise, and I've never thought to look it up because it was so irrelevant.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on March 07, 2011, 09:39:05 AM
I remember my 5th grade science teacher saying that, but in the years since I've heard other people say otherwise, and I've never thought to look it up because it was so irrelevant.

Or, possibly, useless?

My work here is done.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 07, 2011, 09:41:01 AM
Well played, sir. Well played.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 08, 2011, 09:20:01 AM
Hummus was invented by Walter Gregory Hummus in 1815 by accident when he was trying to invent a new cheaper cement to build slave stables out of... he knew that he had both succeeded and failed when the slaves kept eating their houses with stale hard bread. He and his friend John Melba, who owned a toast factory, soon went into business together selling what they called, "Chickpea Cement, and Super Hard Toast."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 08, 2011, 09:21:58 AM
There's no such things as Drop Bears.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 08, 2011, 01:15:44 PM
While the Longman's beaked whale is incredibly rare, and almost nothing is known about it, there is an even more reclusive and mysterious whale species that lives in the southern ocean.











     The Japanese want to eat it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 08, 2011, 01:16:00 PM
Hummus was invented by Walter Gregory Hummus in 1815 by accident when he was trying to invent a new cheaper cement to build slave stables out of... he knew that he had both succeeded and failed when the slaves kept eating their houses with stale hard bread. He and his friend John Melba, who owned a toast factory, soon went into business together selling what they called, "Chickpea Cement, and Super Hard Toast."
What are the chances a guy with the name Hummus would invent hummus and his buddy Melba would invent melba toast?!
I think this is not coincidence, but proof of a divine power!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 08, 2011, 01:17:38 PM
I posted this fact elsewhere, but figured it deserves a mention here:

Hyenas are more closely related to cats than to dogs.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 08, 2011, 01:20:11 PM
I just saw that!  Elsewhere.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 08, 2011, 01:25:26 PM
I posted this fact elsewhere, but figured it deserves a mention here:

Hyenas are more closely related to cats than to dogs.
On a related note, like dogs and unlike cats, cheetahs cannot retract their claws.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 09, 2011, 12:47:29 PM
If you had a lever long enough you probably couldn't move the world because first of all you would be out in outer space and would probably freeze to death and also what would be the fulcrum.... Jupiter? That's just stupid. There aren't even trees that long that you could make a lever of that size.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 09, 2011, 01:07:24 PM
Angry Birds is coming to Facebook.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 09, 2011, 01:20:17 PM
        Thanks to the lost squadron of planes that safely landed on a Greenland Glacier in 1942, we know that in that region of Greenland, there is at least 50 feet of snow each year.   Because the planes, completely intact, (one is now flying again), were found in the exact same location in 1992, buried under 265 feet of ice. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 09, 2011, 01:28:05 PM
50 feet of snow? Is there some other calculation which you're not including? Because 50 ft of snow * 50 years would be 2,500 feet
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 09, 2011, 01:30:25 PM
10 inches of snow compresses to about one inch of ice (which isn't a useless fact)

Of course powder is different from wet snow.  Hence the 'about' included above.

Greenland ice sheet estimated to be 100,000 years old in the middle where it is about 300000 cm thick (deep)

3 cm ice each year = 30cm snow

which might make you wonder about the estimates for the age



Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 09, 2011, 01:33:36 PM
OK, that makes more sense.

That's a lotta snow.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 09, 2011, 01:35:36 PM
      Correction to a previous fact - only one plane was in decent shape.  The big bomber was crushed.  They removed the plane from 265 feet deep in the ice through a small hole, one part at a time. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on March 09, 2011, 02:09:47 PM
Angry Birds is coming to Facebook.

Is this YRYL? In that case, WIN!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 09, 2011, 02:23:25 PM
The Farmville crossover, where you can adopt the game’s birds and pigs to live on your farm, is expected to make a combined total of at least 6 billion dollars for the two companies.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on March 09, 2011, 02:28:21 PM
The Farmville crossover, where you can adopt the game’s birds and pigs to live on your farm, is expected to make a combined total of at least 6 billion dollars for the two companies.

But will they FIGHT?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 09, 2011, 02:39:05 PM
     Ha!  I just had a horrific vision of the future.  Angry Birds, the movie.


Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 09, 2011, 02:50:09 PM
     Ha!  I just had a horrific vision of the future.  Angry Birds, the movie.

How prophetic

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/08/22/angry-birds-the-movie/ (http://www.tuaw.com/2010/08/22/angry-birds-the-movie/)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 09, 2011, 02:50:17 PM
If you did a karate chop fast enough your hand could have more mass than the Earth.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 09, 2011, 02:59:03 PM
     Holy crap.  I was joking about an Angry birds movie.   I mean, just when I think I have seen the dumbest shit ever in my life, somebody raises the bar.  Or is that 'lowers the bar'?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 09, 2011, 03:09:18 PM
     Holy crap.  I was joking about an Angry birds movie.   I mean, just when I think I have seen the dumbest shit ever in my life, somebody raises the bar.  Or is that 'lowers the bar'?

I think both are valid figures of speech.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Calinthalus on March 09, 2011, 03:46:59 PM
They are making a Stretch Armstrong movie.


They are also making a Battleship, and Magic 8 Ball movie.

Oh, and Top Gun 2.







And nobody wants to shell out the cash for a sequel to Serenity  :'(
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 09, 2011, 05:28:26 PM
They are making a Stretch Armstrong movie.


They are also making a Battleship, and Magic 8 Ball movie.

Oh, and Top Gun 2.







And nobody wants to shell out the cash for a sequel to Serenity  :'(

They should incorporate Stretch Armstrong into the Top Gun 2 movie!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 09, 2011, 05:32:27 PM
Today the global temperature at sea level is .73 C cooler than last year.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on March 10, 2011, 09:35:04 AM
They are making a Stretch Armstrong movie.


They are also making a Battleship, and Magic 8 Ball movie.

Oh, and Top Gun 2.







And nobody wants to shell out the cash for a sequel to Serenity  :'(

They should incorporate Stretch Armstrong into the Top Gun 2 movie!

No, no, he should be caught cheating in the Battleship movie.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 11, 2011, 03:06:02 PM
Cats are unable to taste sweet things (i.e. they lack the sweetness receptor.)  Giant pandas, on the other hand, have a pronounced sweetness receptor, and tend to love sweet things.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stonesean on March 11, 2011, 05:39:33 PM
I've seen a Panda go to town on a block of frozen apple juice at the National Zoo, so I don't doubt it!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 11, 2011, 05:41:00 PM
I've seen a Panda go to town on a block of frozen apple juice at the National Zoo, so I don't doubt it!

That seems rather undignified for one of our mods to do in public, but...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stonesean on March 11, 2011, 05:41:37 PM
I've seen a Panda go to town on a block of frozen apple juice at the National Zoo, so I don't doubt it!

That seems rather undignified for one of our mods to do in public, but...

A Panda...not THE Panda.....heh.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on March 11, 2011, 09:03:58 PM
Well, today she did go to town with a bag full of muffins, so maybe.......
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 12, 2011, 09:32:11 AM
I've seen a Panda go to town on a block of frozen apple juice at the National Zoo, so I don't doubt it!

That seems rather undignified for one of our mods to do in public, but...

If it had been applejack, on the other hand...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 12, 2011, 05:26:16 PM
I definitely have a sweet tooth, though I've never been one to go at giant blocks of frozen apple juice. I prefer the unfrozen kind.

Well, today she did go to town with a bag full of muffins, so maybe.......
I have a perfectly valid reason for doing that! I always find myself, whenever I go on day adventures, suddenly in need of food and no where near a decent food place, and no, that seedy liquor store on the corner doesn't really count. Riding your bike in SF is bad enough without being in need of sustenance while navigating hills, cars, and other bikers.

Besides, they were tasty muffins. A bit heavy on the flax, and a bit stale because they're over on sell-by date, but carrot raisin, man! Carrot raisin!

I actually came into this thread to contribute my useless fact of the day (which isn't useless, so much as it is random):
Lactose tolerance developed independently between European populations of humans and certain populations of Africans. To quote from my textbook: "Recent molecular evidence has supported this hypothesis [retaining the ability to produce lactase because of their continued consumption of fresh milk], showing a similar coevolution of humans and cattle in East Africa. The patter of DNA mutations in Africa is different from that seen in Europe, strongly suggesting that lactase persistence has evolved independently in the two regions. In fact, the data show that lactase persistence has evolved several times just in East Africa."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Boßel on March 13, 2011, 12:21:09 AM
My avatar is of a Drosophila with legs on its face. Homeobox genes unite!

The Giant Sequoia is the largest living organism.
The Bristlecone pine is the oldest living organism.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Belgarath on March 13, 2011, 12:27:37 AM

The Bristlecone pine is the oldest living organism.

I'm pretty sure Pando is older:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pando_(tree) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pando_(tree))
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The Latinist on March 13, 2011, 12:31:17 AM
I'm pretty sure Pando is older: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pando_(tree) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pando_(tree))

It depends on whether you count clonal colonies.  Individual bristlecones can live to 5,000, well beyond the age of any individual quaking aspen.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Traveler on March 13, 2011, 07:26:15 PM
Speaking of clonal colonies... Creosote bushes can eventually form rings as they spread outward while the original growth at the center dies and decays. The rings are easily seen in satellite photos, and can be over 11,000 years old.

Like these rings here (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Bessemer+Mine+Rd,+San+Bernardino,+California&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=44.793449,107.138672&ie=UTF8&geocode=FQGgDgIdhR0M-Q&split=0&hq=&hnear=Bessemer+Mine+Rd,+San+Bernardino,+California&t=h&ll=34.419954,-116.705599&spn=0.001432,0.00327&z=19)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 13, 2011, 07:57:05 PM
The Japanese earthquake was 8000 times more powerful than the Feb '11 quake in NZ.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The Latinist on March 13, 2011, 08:25:44 PM
The Chicxulub meteor impact in the Yucatan Penninsula had a moment magnitude of 12.5 -- 400,000 times more powerful than the Japanese earthquake.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 13, 2011, 08:38:58 PM
The Chicxulub meteor impact in the Yucatan Penninsula had a moment magnitude of 12.5 -- 400,000 times more powerful than the Japanese earthquake.

Mw 12.5, yes, but where did you get the 400,000 factor from?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: The Latinist on March 13, 2011, 09:09:10 PM
Mw 12.5, yes, but where did you get the 400,000 factor from?

Estimated energy of the impact divided by seismic moment of the earthquake.  I was using figures of 8x1027 Nm for Chicxulub and 2x1022 Nm for the Sendai earthquake.  I realize that most of the energy of an earthquake is dissipated underground, so the effects at the surface would not be comparable.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 13, 2011, 09:18:25 PM
     Large volcanic eruptions scare me.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 14, 2011, 04:29:29 AM
Neandertals may have been a subspecies of Homo sapiens rather than a separate species. (That is to say, Homo sapiens neandertalensis instead of Homo neandertalensis.)

Also, physical anthropology is awesome.

Oh, and H. sapiens neandertalensis was capable of speech (they had a hyoid bone).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: stonesean on March 14, 2011, 05:37:17 AM
     Large volcanic eruptions scare me.

As well they should!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 14, 2011, 05:38:31 AM
     Large volcanic eruptions scare me.

As well they should!
Fact: volcanoes is some scary shit.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 14, 2011, 01:32:29 PM
       There is a worldwide run on iodine at the moment.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on March 14, 2011, 02:00:32 PM
fact: Hoarding iodine is not easy.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 14, 2011, 02:12:57 PM
fact: Hoarding iodine is not easy.

That's why I keep a 100 pound supply of kelp on hand at all times.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 14, 2011, 04:31:33 PM
fact: Hoarding iodine is not easy.

That's why I keep a 100 pound supply of kelp on hand at all times.
Fact: Sushi can save lives.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on March 14, 2011, 08:21:21 PM
Neandertals may have been a subspecies of Homo sapiens rather than a separate species. (That is to say, Homo sapiens neandertalensis instead of Homo neandertalensis.)

Also, physical anthropology is awesome.

Oh, and H. sapiens neandertalensis was capable of speech (they had a hyoid bone).
Fact: that distinction is arbitrary, particularly with extinct species.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 14, 2011, 08:27:19 PM
Neandertals may have been a subspecies of Homo sapiens rather than a separate species. (That is to say, Homo sapiens neandertalensis instead of Homo neandertalensis.)

Also, physical anthropology is awesome.

Oh, and H. sapiens neandertalensis was capable of speech (they had a hyoid bone).
Fact: that distinction is arbitrary, particularly with extinct species.
Opinion: your correction is useless, therefore it was a very useful contribution to this thread.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 14, 2011, 08:31:27 PM
Neandertals may have been a subspecies of Homo sapiens rather than a separate species. (That is to say, Homo sapiens neandertalensis instead of Homo neandertalensis.)

Also, physical anthropology is awesome.

Oh, and H. sapiens neandertalensis was capable of speech (they had a hyoid bone).
Fact: that distinction is arbitrary, particularly with extinct species.
Well, if I understand it correctly, Neandertals as a supspecies of H. sapiens might indicate Neandertal speciation occurring later or not completely (eg, hot caveman/Neandertal action). And we're the only known H. sapiens, so having another H. sapiens is an interesting idea, but pretty much academic, I agree. I only added it because it's on topic and my professor uses H. sapien neandertalensis rather than Homo neandertalensis in his lecture notes.

Granted, if we wait long enough, we'll probably have H. sapiens singularius or H. spaiens zombicius or H. sapiens superior or something like that. Modern humans are still similar enough to archaic humans for there to be only one classification. But you just wait.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 14, 2011, 08:40:21 PM
Well, if I understand it correctly, Neandertals as a supspecies of H. sapiens might indicate Neandertal speciation occurring later or not completely (eg, hot caveman/Neandertal action). And we're the only known H. sapiens, so having another H. sapiens is an interesting idea, but pretty much academic, I agree. I only added it because it's on topic and my professor uses H. sapien neandertalensis rather than Homo neandertalensis in his lecture notes.

Granted, if we wait long enough, we'll probably have H. sapiens singularius or H. spaiens zombicius or H. sapiens superior or something like that. Modern humans are still similar enough to archaic humans for there to be only one classification. But you just wait.

H. sapiens skepticius?

Wasn't there a new H. sapiens subspecies discovered in China recently?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 14, 2011, 09:21:49 PM
Well, if I understand it correctly, Neandertals as a supspecies of H. sapiens might indicate Neandertal speciation occurring later or not completely (eg, hot caveman/Neandertal action). And we're the only known H. sapiens, so having another H. sapiens is an interesting idea, but pretty much academic, I agree. I only added it because it's on topic and my professor uses H. sapien neandertalensis rather than Homo neandertalensis in his lecture notes.

Granted, if we wait long enough, we'll probably have H. sapiens singularius or H. spaiens zombicius or H. sapiens superior or something like that. Modern humans are still similar enough to archaic humans for there to be only one classification. But you just wait.

H. sapiens skepticius?

Wasn't there a new H. sapiens subspecies discovered in China recently?
I haven't heard of it. The last species I've heard about that was discovered recently was Homo floresiensis - aka, the Hobbit. It wasn't in China, it was on the island of Flores (as you might gather from the name).

H. erectus have been found in China, but Erectus is a separate species of hominid. At the very least, Google isn't telling me anything I haven't read in my anthropology text.

Homo sapiens idaltu is probably a sub-species most of us haven't read about. It's from Africa, though. I think most sub-species of Homo sapiens will be found in Africa and Europe (as Europe was the first migration stop)*. Homo rhodesiensis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_rhodesiensis) is considered by a minority to be a subspecies of Homo sapiens, but it's also from Africa.

*I say this because of the migration theories - the most recent migration out of Africa being made by Homo sapiens. Homo sapiens replaced other hominid species around the world.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on March 14, 2011, 09:32:53 PM
There was sorta, I'm still skeptical that it does represent a sepatate lineage.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101222-new-human-species-dna-nature-science-evolution-fossil-finger/ (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101222-new-human-species-dna-nature-science-evolution-fossil-finger/)
I wasn't trying to be snarking, just a pet peeve, particularly with older extinct species.  Take a bunch of skeleton parts that look like they kinda sorta come from the same animal and confidently call it a species. 

If all we had of dogs was a bunch of skeletons we would think there were 100s of different dog species when the aren't really even a distinct species from grey wolves.  Yet we take hominid fossils stretching over hundreds of thousands of years and pretend they are all certainly the same species.  Its always just bothered me that these things are presented with such certainty. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 14, 2011, 10:05:17 PM
There was sorta, I'm still skeptical that it does represent a sepatate lineage.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101222-new-human-species-dna-nature-science-evolution-fossil-finger/ (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101222-new-human-species-dna-nature-science-evolution-fossil-finger/)
I wasn't trying to be snarking, just a pet peeve, particularly with older extinct species.  Take a bunch of skeleton parts that look like they kinda sorta come from the same animal and confidently call it a species. 

If all we had of dogs was a bunch of skeletons we would think there were 100s of different dog species when the aren't really even a distinct species from grey wolves.  Yet we take hominid fossils stretching over hundreds of thousands of years and pretend they are all certainly the same species.  Its always just bothered me that these things are presented with such certainty.
Fact: pop sci is diluted and generalized for a public that does not have the vocabulary or technical knowledge to understand the processes and tools that working scientists use.

That is to say, there really are people who are bone experts.

eta: yeah, that article seems to imply that the Denisovan hominins are a population of Homo sapiens that were very closely related to a more modern subspecies of Homo sapiens but just starting to speciate while interbreeding with what would later become Homo sapiens sapiens. It's a plausible theory, it sounds like a ring-species sort of thing to me. Heck, if humans weren't so good at migration, in a few hundred thousand years we might have seen even more splitting of the Homo line. At this point, however, we're keeping the variation alive and well in our species. :pervert:

or, as Terry Brown sez:
""This whole species thing is a red herring, something that makes a nice headline but does not in my view contribute much to the scientific debate," Brown said in an email."

further eta: Yeah, it looks like they are considering the Denisovans a population of Homo sapiens which was isolated enough for a time to become distinct enough from archaic humans and Neandertals, but not so distinct that they were a different species, and maybe barely a subspecies. I like to think of this in terms of dog breeds, if that helps. :P
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 14, 2011, 11:18:21 PM
Not that I haven't contributed enough for today, but thought I'd add a slightly less useless fact:
Smallpox may be responsible for HIV resistance seen in European populations. (http://www.virology.ws/2009/02/20/hiv-1/)

I never thought I would say this, but thank god for smallpox. :D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 14, 2011, 11:25:17 PM
further eta: Yeah, it looks like they are considering the Denisovans a population of Homo sapiens which was isolated enough for a time to become distinct enough from archaic humans and Neandertals, but not so distinct that they were a different species, and maybe barely a subspecies. I like to think of this in terms of dog breeds, if that helps. :P

(http://www.myemoticons.com/emoticons/images/msn/our-favourite/raspberry.gif)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 14, 2011, 11:27:57 PM
further eta: Yeah, it looks like they are considering the Denisovans a population of Homo sapiens which was isolated enough for a time to become distinct enough from archaic humans and Neandertals, but not so distinct that they were a different species, and maybe barely a subspecies. I like to think of this in terms of dog breeds, if that helps. :P

(http://www.myemoticons.com/emoticons/images/msn/our-favourite/raspberry.gif)
Clearly, modern humans are the German shepherds and Labrador retrievers of the human world, whereas Devonisans and Neadnertals are the Chihuahuas and Poms. :P
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 15, 2011, 12:46:38 AM
The forest surrounding Chernobyl became known as the Red Forest  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Forest)when all the trees died when the radioactive plume landed on them.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 15, 2011, 12:47:56 AM
Less depressing fact: my cat is a bed hog.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 15, 2011, 01:20:41 AM
The first indications to the outside world that there had been a nuclear accident at Chernobyl came two days after the accident when a nuclear power plant in Sweden found radioactive particles on their worker's clothes.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 15, 2011, 01:39:54 PM
The Richter scale  (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/aboutus/docs/020204mag_policy.php)was intended to measure moderate earthquakes in southern California.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 15, 2011, 01:43:28 PM
Useless fact:

You can make at least a dozen different "your momma's so fat" jokes that all incorporate the Richter Scale in the punch line.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Traveler on March 15, 2011, 02:30:09 PM
Useless fact:

You can make at least a dozen different "your momma's so fat" jokes that all incorporate the Richter Scale in the punch line.

Each joke must be logarithmically funnier than the last if you want to do it right.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on March 15, 2011, 02:46:55 PM
Golden beets taste almost identical to normal red beets, and present a much lower risk of staining every goddamn thing in your kitche.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 15, 2011, 02:50:52 PM
Useless fact:

You can make at least a dozen different "your momma's so fat" jokes that all incorporate the Richter Scale in the punch line.

Each joke must be logarithmically funnier than the last if you want to do it right.

They're "yo momma" jokes.  They're all equally awesome in their dry wit, humor, and in improving the human condition.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 15, 2011, 03:31:39 PM
Golden beets taste almost identical to normal red beets, and present a much lower risk of staining every goddamn thing in your kitche.
Fact: getting beet juice on your hands is the suck.

Also, what's so great about beets?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 15, 2011, 04:07:45 PM
Useless fact:

You can make at least a dozen different "your momma's so fat" jokes that all incorporate the Richter Scale in the punch line.

Each joke must be logarithmically funnier than the last if you want to do it right.

They're "yo momma" jokes.  They're all equally awesome in their dry wit, humor, and in improving the human condition.
The difference between "yo mama" and "your mother" is that yo mama is often fat, lazy and slow witted, whereas your mother often has sexual intercourse with your friends who brag about their exploits to embarrass and mock you.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 15, 2011, 04:54:14 PM
      Beet pollen was the secret ingredient for the immortality potion.  If you know the book that is from, then I might secretly love you.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 16, 2011, 04:39:27 AM
      Beet pollen was the secret ingredient for the immortality potion.  If you know the book that is from, then I might secretly love you.
This one? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jitterbug_Perfume) I haven't read it, but I might now.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on March 16, 2011, 04:48:32 AM
You want useless?
I'll give you useless!

Last year I posted the following.

I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 16, 2011, 04:53:30 AM
You want useless?
I'll give you useless!

Last year I posted the following.

I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.
Well done, sir. Well done.

eta: Fact: drinking coffee at midnight does help get homework done. :fu:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 16, 2011, 01:35:54 PM
You want useless?
I'll give you useless!

Last year I posted the following.

I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.
Well done, sir. Well done.

eta: Fact: drinking coffee at midnight does help get homework done. :fu:

I can't quite equal MissionBrown's most excellent useless fact, but I will say that drinking coffee at most any time makes me have to poop about 2 hours later.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 16, 2011, 01:36:42 PM
      Watching the helicopters drop water is giving me flashbacks.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 16, 2011, 01:38:39 PM
       To keep bandwidth open, the US military has blocked the most popular sites (http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/03/15/us.military.websites/index.html?eref=rss_politics&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_allpolitics+%28RSS%3A+Politics%29) used by the US military personnel.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 16, 2011, 01:49:29 PM
You want useless?
I'll give you useless!

Last year I posted the following.

I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.
Well done, sir. Well done.

eta: Fact: drinking coffee at midnight does help get homework done. :fu:

I can't quite equal MissionBrown's most excellent useless fact, but I will say that drinking coffee at most any time makes me have to poop about 2 hours later.

Two hours? Damn, I thought I had an iron constitution but I only last about one hour.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 16, 2011, 01:57:24 PM
       To keep bandwidth open, the US military has blocked the most popular sites (http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/03/15/us.military.websites/index.html?eref=rss_politics&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_allpolitics+%28RSS%3A+Politics%29) used by the US military personnel.

Most of those sites were already blocked by the Navy. I joined the wrong branch of service.  :P
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 16, 2011, 01:57:47 PM
It is bad for your body to lick spent nuclear fuel rods.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on March 16, 2011, 02:02:58 PM
You want useless?
I'll give you useless!

Last year I posted the following.

I have two pairs of specs with the same frame style.
The black frame is heavier than the brown frame by 1 gram.
Well done, sir. Well done.

eta: Fact: drinking coffee at midnight does help get homework done. :fu:

I can't quite equal MissionBrown's most excellent useless fact, but I will say that drinking coffee at most any time makes me have to poop about 2 hours later.

Two hours? Damn, I thought I had an iron constitution but I only last about one hour.

Morning coffee, about 2 minutes. Evening coffee, about 2 hours.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 17, 2011, 05:27:57 AM
I have never noticed a correlation between drinking coffee and going poop. Weirdos.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on March 17, 2011, 07:50:10 AM
I have never noticed a correlation between drinking coffee and going poop. Weirdos.

What do you do all day then, fancypants?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 17, 2011, 09:16:18 AM
I have never noticed a correlation between drinking coffee and going poop. Weirdos.

You must be drinking shitty coffee then. In my experience, the more expensive the coffee, the faster I'm running to the toilet.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Shibboleth on March 17, 2011, 11:51:50 AM
Magnus Ver Magnusson was good at pulling trucks and throwing kegs.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on March 17, 2011, 12:05:57 PM
If I ever help produce a male child, and can get his mother to not pay attention while I fill out the birth certificate, I'm naming him Magnus.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 17, 2011, 01:43:50 PM
If I ever help produce a male child, and can get his mother to not pay attention while I fill out the birth certificate, I'm naming him Magnus.
fact: this is the only way in which children are ever named Magnus.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 17, 2011, 01:45:59 PM
He is not amused
(http://www.chess-theory.com/images3/magnus_carlsen.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on March 17, 2011, 02:16:51 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus)

http://www.magnus-samuelsson.net/ (http://www.magnus-samuelsson.net/)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 17, 2011, 02:18:39 PM
     He is REALLY not amused.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 17, 2011, 02:38:39 PM
If I ever help produce a male child, and can get his mother to not pay attention while I fill out the birth certificate, I'm naming him Magnus.

When my daughter was born the nurses handed the birth certificate form straight to my wife, bypassing me entirely. I think they're wise to this strategy and are justifiably afraid of any smart ass dads giving their kids stupid names.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: whitedevilbrewing on March 17, 2011, 02:41:14 PM
Good, now I know what to look out for. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 18, 2011, 05:29:28 AM
If I ever help produce a male child, and can get his mother to not pay attention while I fill out the birth certificate, I'm naming him Magnus.
When my daughter was born the nurses handed the birth certificate form straight to my wife, bypassing me entirely. I think they're wise to this strategy and are justifiably afraid of any smart ass dads giving their kids stupid names.
Then can you explain why my father is named Lynn Francis?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 18, 2011, 09:50:01 AM
If I ever help produce a male child, and can get his mother to not pay attention while I fill out the birth certificate, I'm naming him Magnus.
When my daughter was born the nurses handed the birth certificate form straight to my wife, bypassing me entirely. I think they're wise to this strategy and are justifiably afraid of any smart ass dads giving their kids stupid names.
Then can you explain why my father is named Lynn Francis?

I think this policy is relatively new.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 18, 2011, 01:18:44 PM
My parents didn't speak English very well when I was born.  I wasn't supposed to have a middle name, but somehow my mom didn't understand what they were asking her, and I ended up with the middle name "Abraham". 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 18, 2011, 02:09:39 PM
My parents didn't speak English very well when I was born.  I wasn't supposed to have a middle name, but somehow my mom didn't understand what they were asking her, and I ended up with the middle name "Abraham".
Is this why your last name is Why?

"Your child's first name is Joel, did you want a last name too?"

"Why?"

"Okay, Why it is."
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 18, 2011, 02:16:03 PM
Ha!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 18, 2011, 02:22:20 PM
My parents didn't speak English very well when I was born.  I wasn't supposed to have a middle name, but somehow my mom didn't understand what they were asking her, and I ended up with the middle name "Abraham".
Is this why your last name is Why?

"Your child's first name is Joel, did you want a last name too?"

"Why?"

"Okay, Why it is."

You're actually more right than you know.  My last name is not actually "Why".  It starts with the letter "Y".  I used to teach in a public school, where the kids call me Mr. Y.  I would then constantly have kids making 'jokes' such as "Why, Mr. Y?"  Yes, those jokes just got funnier and funnier... ::) Anyhow, I kept the name for my online personas.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 18, 2011, 07:11:23 PM
Christianity became the official religion of Rome 1132 years after Rome was founded. 95 years later Rome fell.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 18, 2011, 07:43:15 PM
Christianity became the official religion of Rome 1132 years after Rome was founded. 95 years later Rome fell.

Coincidence?  I think not!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 18, 2011, 08:18:08 PM
    Some people believe the Romans created the whole Jesus myth.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: rreppy on March 18, 2011, 09:57:03 PM

Dogs kill more people every year in the USA than sharks and poisonous snakes combined.

... Shows what you can get away with if you're cute.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 18, 2011, 10:01:52 PM
And when you number in the millions.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 19, 2011, 05:40:04 AM
And when you're on land instead of in the ocean.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 19, 2011, 07:50:01 AM
Pandamonium has a secret identity:

Death Pandaデス! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCnMtECjVeE#)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 19, 2011, 04:13:32 PM
Pandamonium has a secret identity:

Death Pandaデス! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCnMtECjVeE#)
Ha!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 19, 2011, 04:35:52 PM
Vitamin D toxicity can result in kidney stones.

 :sun:*The More You Know* :sun:
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on March 19, 2011, 04:39:32 PM
Vitamin D toxicity can result in kidney stones.

 :sun:*The More You Know* :sun:

I've had kidney stones. No laughing matter.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 19, 2011, 04:59:23 PM
Didn't some 'health guru' OD on his own megadoses of Vitamin D and have to go to hospital for kidney failure?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 19, 2011, 05:21:10 PM
    Too much Vit D will get you high. 
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: seaotter on March 19, 2011, 09:33:17 PM
I'm really getting mixed messages on vitamin d round these parts!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 19, 2011, 09:44:04 PM
Didn't some 'health guru' OD on his own megadoses of Vitamin D and have to go to hospital for kidney failure?

Mike Adams of naturalnews.com.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Pieter B on March 19, 2011, 09:57:27 PM
Didn't some 'health guru' OD on his own megadoses of Vitamin D and have to go to hospital for kidney failure?

Mike Adams of naturalnews.com.

Close. It was Gary Null (http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/04/too_deliciously_ironic_for_words_gary_nu.php).
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 19, 2011, 10:12:10 PM
Didn't some 'health guru' OD on his own megadoses of Vitamin D and have to go to hospital for kidney failure?

Mike Adams of naturalnews.com.

Close. It was Gary Null (http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/04/too_deliciously_ironic_for_words_gary_nu.php).

A douchebag by any other name...

Thanks for the correction.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 20, 2011, 01:30:03 PM
(http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad176/pazzanda/26628.png)

The Death Panda
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 20, 2011, 02:17:35 PM
There are more shut down reactors in the US than there are running ones.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on March 20, 2011, 06:38:35 PM
Australia only has one nuclear facility and it's not for power generation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Flux_Australian_Reactor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Flux_Australian_Reactor)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3284/2504392871_66f711a164_z.jpg?zz=1)
(http://www.ornl.gov/info/swords/hfir.gif)
(http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev25-34/89-901.jpg)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on March 20, 2011, 06:40:25 PM
The pictures in my previous post, are in order of pixel size, from highest to lowest.

Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 21, 2011, 09:44:30 AM
Didn't some 'health guru' OD on his own megadoses of Vitamin D and have to go to hospital for kidney failure?

Mike Adams of naturalnews.com.

Close. It was Gary Null (http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2010/04/too_deliciously_ironic_for_words_gary_nu.php).

Oh man.. that would have been more awesome if it had been Mike Adams. Oh well.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 21, 2011, 10:56:44 AM
Until 1990, it was legal to kill Turks in Iceland.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on March 21, 2011, 11:19:54 AM
It is illegal to wear a suit of armour in the Houses of Parliament.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 21, 2011, 12:46:18 PM
Until 1990, it was legal to kill Turks in Iceland.

WTF?!!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 21, 2011, 05:35:37 PM
Apparently the Turks were raiding Iceland for slaves and it was decided that to simplify the legal process, all Turks were considered fair game. It was removed in 1990 when the country was host to an international handball competition. It was felt that the law might offend the Turkish players...

That's the explanation I received from an Icelandic lawyer I asked (over the net). It sounds implausible, but...

Remember, it was legal to kill mormons in Missouri until 1976.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: JoelWhy on March 21, 2011, 05:45:45 PM
It was felt that the law might offend the Turkish players...

Ya think?! lol

Remember, it was legal to kill mormons in Missouri until 1976.

Well, hard to argue with the logic of that one...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Unlimited on March 21, 2011, 10:22:08 PM
Damn mormons...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DK on March 22, 2011, 05:23:02 AM
Apparently the Turks were raiding Iceland for slaves and it was decided that to simplify the legal process, all Turks were considered fair game. It was removed in 1990 when the country was host to an international handball competition. It was felt that the law might offend the Turkish players...

That's the explanation I received from an Icelandic lawyer I asked (over the net). It sounds implausible, but...

Remember, it was legal to kill mormons in Missouri until 1976.

Urban legend has it that it is legal to kill Welsh people who are within the city walls of Chester after sunset. Most people seem to think that its law, but I'm having trouble confirming it.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 22, 2011, 06:00:48 AM
Dumb Laws in United Kingdom. (http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/international/united-kingdom)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 22, 2011, 09:41:08 AM
We still have all sorts of those dumb laws here too. It's illegal for a man to bring his family to church on Sunday in the city of Cambridge, MA if he isn't armed with a musket or blunderbuss. There is a law dating back to the times when the Boston Common was an open air cattle market that says that there must be at least one head of cattle on the common at all times.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Ah.hell on March 22, 2011, 10:25:43 AM
Dumb Laws in United Kingdom. (http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/international/united-kingdom)
I like this one:

Quote
It is illegal for two adult men to have sex in the same house as a third person.

Buggery is fine, as long as nobody can over hear you?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 22, 2011, 04:03:09 PM
In my state (CT) a pickle cannot be cannot be called a pickle unless it bounces. A about week after I'd read that someone at work brought in some of his wife's homemade pickles. I told him about the law and we immediately tested a few of the pickles. They failed to bounce. He said he was going to report his wife to the police.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Traveler on March 22, 2011, 05:29:07 PM
In my state (CT) a pickle cannot be cannot be called a pickle unless it bounces. A about week after I'd read that someone at work brought in some of his wife's homemade pickles. I told him about the law and we immediately tested a few of the pickles. They failed to bounce. He said he was going to report his wife to the police.

"I want to file a complaint about my wife. Thanks to her I have a limp pickle!"
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DayB4TheEnd on March 22, 2011, 10:05:56 PM
Since we're talking laws, there used to be one here, can't fully remember the details but it was something along the lines of "It is illegal to cross the street with (farm animal) while eating ice cream, after curfew." Something strange like that.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: pandamonium on March 23, 2011, 03:14:13 AM
Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses in CA. (http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/california)

Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour. :roflolmao: "Arrest that car, it's going over 60 mph without a driver!!!" :roflolmao:

In Carmel: Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk. (Repealed when Clint Eastwood was mayor)

In Chico: Detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine. (WTF?!)

In Fresno: No one may annoy a lizard in a city park. Elementary schools may not host poker tournaments. It is illegal to sell gasoline to a drunken person. Skipping rocks in a city park is not allowed. Permanent markers may not be sold in the city limits.

In Indian Wells: Fortelling the future for donations is illegal. <-Not dumb.

In LA: It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent. (WTF.) It is illegal to cry on the witness stand. Zoot suits are prohibited. HA!

In Pacific Grove: It is illegal to molest butterflies. LOL

In San Francisco: Prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash. It is illegal to wipe one’s car with used underwear. Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street. It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner. Giving or receiving oral sex is prohibited. <-all of SF is criminals.


eta: in Yamhill, OR, it is illegal to predict the future. Nice.
Holy shit, oral sex is illegal in Missouri, too! LOL
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DoctorOHM on March 23, 2011, 04:09:08 AM
Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street.
This in not such a bad idea, the problem is classifying them, where to draw the line so to say.



edit, quote #fail
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 23, 2011, 09:47:07 AM
In Memphis, Tennessee it is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.

In Clinton, Oklahoma it is illegal to molest an automobile.

Crazy Traffic Laws. (http://www.trafficticketsecrets.com/crazy-traffic-laws.html)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: SnobGoblin on March 23, 2011, 09:50:40 AM
What if the automobile is of age and it's consensual?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Kessdawg on March 23, 2011, 10:15:49 AM
I dunno man.  None of these laws have citations.  My skepti-sense is tingling.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on March 23, 2011, 11:33:44 AM
In LA: It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent. (WTF.)

That's the BDSM loophole.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 23, 2011, 12:40:37 PM
I dunno man.  None of these laws have citations.  My skepti-sense is tingling.
This is why most people consider us skeptics killjoys.  :-X
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: DayB4TheEnd on March 23, 2011, 03:24:29 PM
Here's one for those Phelps F*CKERS. A good reason not to be associated with KS in my opinion. Too bad I live here.

http://www.dumblaws.com/law/1142 (http://www.dumblaws.com/law/1142)
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: sgilti shakes on March 23, 2011, 04:13:43 PM
Hope this hasn't been covered yet, but...

Bed bugs typically mate through a process called traumatic insemination, by which the male injects his sperm by piercing any part of the female's body and releasing it into her hemolymph. As bed bugs identify mates by their engorged size after feeding, this quite often results in males "mating" with other males in a manner that is almost horrifying to contemplate.

Bed bug 1: Ahh! That was a refreshing meal. Hey! Steve! Get off me. What are you doing? What are you- [bed bug 2 stabs bed bug 1]. ARRRRRGH!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 23, 2011, 04:39:53 PM
Hope this hasn't been covered yet, but...

Bed bugs typically mate through a process called traumatic insemination, by which the male injects his sperm by piercing any part of the female's body and releasing it into her hemolymph. As bed bugs identify mates by their engorged size after feeding, this quite often results in males "mating" with other males in a manner that is almost horrifying to contemplate.

Bed bug 1: Ahh! That was a refreshing meal. Hey! Steve! Get off me. What are you doing? What are you- [bed bug 2 stabs bed bug 1]. ARRRRRGH!
So wait, are you saying that after biting me they are stabbing each other in coitus on me?! WTF?!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: David E. on March 23, 2011, 04:43:14 PM
Hope this hasn't been covered yet, but...

Bed bugs typically mate through a process called traumatic insemination, by which the male injects his sperm by piercing any part of the female's body and releasing it into her hemolymph. As bed bugs identify mates by their engorged size after feeding, this quite often results in males "mating" with other males in a manner that is almost horrifying to contemplate.

Bed bug 1: Ahh! That was a refreshing meal. Hey! Steve! Get off me. What are you doing? What are you- [bed bug 2 stabs bed bug 1]. ARRRRRGH!
So wait, are you saying that after biting me they are stabbing each other in coitus on me?! WTF?!

You are pregnant, congratz!!!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 23, 2011, 04:50:33 PM
Hope this hasn't been covered yet, but...

Bed bugs typically mate through a process called traumatic insemination, by which the male injects his sperm by piercing any part of the female's body and releasing it into her hemolymph. As bed bugs identify mates by their engorged size after feeding, this quite often results in males "mating" with other males in a manner that is almost horrifying to contemplate.

Bed bug 1: Ahh! That was a refreshing meal. Hey! Steve! Get off me. What are you doing? What are you- [bed bug 2 stabs bed bug 1]. ARRRRRGH!
So wait, are you saying that after biting me they are stabbing each other in coitus on me?! WTF?!

You are pregnant, congratz!!!
I have conflicting emotions of pride and revulsion...
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: sgilti shakes on March 23, 2011, 05:47:59 PM
Hope this hasn't been covered yet, but...

Bed bugs typically mate through a process called traumatic insemination, by which the male injects his sperm by piercing any part of the female's body and releasing it into her hemolymph. As bed bugs identify mates by their engorged size after feeding, this quite often results in males "mating" with other males in a manner that is almost horrifying to contemplate.

Bed bug 1: Ahh! That was a refreshing meal. Hey! Steve! Get off me. What are you doing? What are you- [bed bug 2 stabs bed bug 1]. ARRRRRGH!
So wait, are you saying that after biting me they are stabbing each other in coitus on me?! WTF?!

You are pregnant, congratz!!!
I have conflicting emotions of pride and revulsion...

Weeeeeelll... I'd doubt they're doing it ON you. In the same room or bed as you, though? I'd say definitely.

Follow up fact: It's still unknown if there is a reproductive advantage to this behavior, but one theory with some data behind it suggests that the more *ahem* aggressive male get a benefit out of it because it might lead to the submissive male transferring the former's sperm into the female rather than its own.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Jeremy's Sea on March 23, 2011, 07:41:51 PM
Follow up fact: It's still unknown if there is a reproductive advantage to this behavior, but one theory with some data behind it suggests that the more *ahem* aggressive male get a benefit out of it because it might lead to the submissive male transferring the former's sperm into the female rather than its own.
Intelligent design my proboscis!
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 24, 2011, 05:59:24 PM
Paraguay produces 100% of its electricity from hydroelectric dams, and exports 90% of its production to Brazil and to Argentina
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 24, 2011, 07:20:21 PM
The state of Tennessee won't allow windmills to be put up.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Chew on March 24, 2011, 08:37:10 PM
The state of Tennessee won't allow windmills to be put up.

I thought we were done with the Dumb Laws portion of the thread?
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: T.A.P.O.R. on March 24, 2011, 08:43:32 PM
Yeah, at least when I post a fact, it's through hard won personal research and completely of no use to anyone :D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 24, 2011, 08:55:01 PM
     Sorry.  The state of Tennessee won't allow windmill permits because there is no wind in the state of Tennessee.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Skulker on March 25, 2011, 12:00:11 PM
     Sorry.  The state of Tennessee won't allow windmill permits because there is no wind in the state of Tennessee.
They have politicians don't they ?   ;D
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 26, 2011, 10:43:28 AM
Listerine was originally a cure for gonorrhea.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 26, 2011, 11:05:54 AM
Listerine was originally a cure for gonorrhea.

Robitussin was originally an expectorant, but because so many people complained that it made their symptoms temporarily worse they added a cough suppressant to the formula.

The boner inducing properties of viagra were discovered accidentally during the development of a blood pressure medication which was abandoned so that the researchers could focus on boners.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: ♫♪ FX ♪♫ on March 26, 2011, 11:38:12 AM
Tennessee gets most of its electric power from dams.  When the dams were originally built, residents were to receive power for almost nothing, to compensate for fucking up all the rivers in the state beyond repair.   That agreement was long ago breached, and now the electric companies fuck the people over, just like they do everywhere else.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 26, 2011, 02:39:22 PM
Tennessee gets most of it's electric power from dams.  When the dams were originally built, residents were to receive power for almost nothing, to compensate for fucking up all the rivers in the state beyond repair.   That agreement was long ago breached, and now the electric companies fuck the people over, just like they do everywhere else.

Putting an apostrophe after "it" is a shorter way to write "it is", whereas you were trying to write the possessive "its".

FACT.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Anders on March 26, 2011, 04:10:33 PM
Listerine was originally a cure for gonorrhea.

Robitussin was originally an expectorant, but because so many people complained that it made their symptoms temporarily worse they added a cough suppressant to the formula.

The boner inducing properties of viagra were discovered accidentally during the development of a blood pressure medication which was abandoned so that the researchers could focus on boners.

Yeah, but imagine applying Listerine to the parts of your body associated with Gonorrhea.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: jaypee on March 26, 2011, 07:53:57 PM
Been there, done that.
Title: Re: Useless fact of the day
Post by: Halleyscomet on March 28, 2011, 10:53:47 AM
Listerine was originally a cure for gonorrhea.

Robitussin was originally an expectorant, but because so many people complained that it made their symptoms temporarily worse they added a cough suppressant to the formula.

The boner inducing properties of viagra were discovered accidentally during the development of a blood pressure medication which was abandoned so that the researchers could focus on boners.

Yeah, but imagine applying Listerine to the parts of your body associated with Gonorrhea.

Been there, done that.

YEOUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!
 :crying: :vomit::aaa: