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Learn (or re-discover) something new every day  ;D



Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200

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« Reply #1 on: 30/11/2007 14:47:18 »

There are 1600 calories in a pint of Hippopotamus milk.

... now you know why....  ;D
 

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« Reply #2 on: 01/12/2007 12:47:06 »
In Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips of less than 50 minutes!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 01/12/2007 22:22:36 »
Chuck norris can belive its not butter,
Chuck Norris is not Politically Correct. He is just Correct. Always.


lol

well anyway heres one

Did you know that An elephant trunk has no bone but 40,000 muscles?
A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation.
Ocean waves can travel as fast as a JET Plane.
The cicada, a fly found in Africa, spends 17 years of its life sleeping; and only two weeks is awake during which mates and then dies.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/12/2007 22:25:30 »

Chuck Norris is not Politically Correct. He is just Correct. Always.



Chuck Norris, has just come out in support of one of the presidentual hopfulls. So time will tell if he is politically correct or not.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 05/12/2007 16:17:56 »
In a full grown rye plant, the total length of roots may reach 380 miles (613 km)




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« Reply #6 on: 05/12/2007 21:43:39 »

One more before I log out


In Vienna, after playing the Moor of Venice in the opera Othello, Placcido Domingo received 80 minutes of solid clapping and took 101 curtain calls.



What a voice!

Recommended: To hear him sing, listen to http://www.musicremedy.com/p/Placido_Domingo/videos/TAmo_Piu-5483.html



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« Reply #7 on: 05/12/2007 21:45:26 »

I swear.... this is the last for today


The world's longest acronym was found in the USSR:

NIIOMTPLABOPARMBETZHELBETRABSBOMONIMONKONOTDTEKHSTROMONT

Meaning:
Laboratory for Shuttering, Reinforcement, Concrete and Ferroconcrete Operations for Composite-monolithic and Monolithic Constructions of the Department of Technology of Building Assembly Operations of the Scientific Research Institute of the Organization for Building Mechanization and Technical Aid of the Academy of Building and Architecture of the USSR.

That's easy to remember. Now just tell me what it means!


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« Reply #8 on: 07/12/2007 05:25:29 »
In a full grown rye plant, the total length of roots may reach 380 miles (613 km)




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Ergot, that is a LOT of root.     





 

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« Reply #9 on: 07/12/2007 06:45:00 »
Sperm whales have the heaviest brain of any presently living animal.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 07/12/2007 16:06:21 »
on the topic of brains and furrows and such......






Wrinkles Are Good





I'm NOT kidding ~ you can relax now  ;D





Your brain is folded in on itself which gives it a wrinkled look


Scientific fact - the more wrinkles, the better off (smarter) you are


So there  ;D


 

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« Reply #11 on: 08/12/2007 01:40:13 »
During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants!

See the Native Amreican elephants at http://www.tappedintoelephants.com/asp/index.php

These elephants also enjoy scientific puns, UNLIKE "certain" people whose name starts with "A" on this site.
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« Reply #12 on: 08/12/2007 01:41:07 »
Slugs have 4 noses.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 08/12/2007 20:51:20 »
Elephants and slugs.....what made you pick those I wonder?



And there we are thinking we know ourselves so very well..... or do we?


- It is impossible to lick your elbow [edited to add, *after* boredChemists post] THE OUTSIDE !!!  ;D

- Your brain operates on the same amount of power that would light a 10-watt light bulb

- You use 200 muscles to take one step

- There are 5 million hair follicles on an average adult

- Your brain is more active during the night than the day


Sweet dreams  ;D
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« Reply #14 on: 08/12/2007 20:52:11 »



































Now be honest.... who's just tried to DO the first one listed above??


PS: I just noticed - this has become a sticky  :o! Thanks - it's an honour  ;D
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« Reply #15 on: 08/12/2007 21:17:53 »
Me, and it's perfectly possible to lick the inside of your elbow.
 

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« Reply #16 on: 09/12/2007 01:36:13 »

PS: I just noticed - this has become a sticky  :o! Thanks - it's an honour  ;D


Yes, it is getting to be rather popular. SO ....

                           

 

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« Reply #17 on: 09/12/2007 04:54:00 »



































Now be honest.... who's just tried to DO the first one listed above??


PS: I just noticed - this has become a sticky  :o! Thanks - it's an honour  ;D


Me too, and I was only about an inch away from the outside of my elbow! LOL.. My arm is short! LOL!


 

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« Reply #18 on: 09/12/2007 20:48:17 »
Bored Chemist is ever so smart of course, so much so I had to go and edit the post LOL

Short arm, aye, Karen? Almost did it then ??? What do they say about practice.....LOLOLOL




Nature power for you today:



Seeds from a wild flower, the Arctic Lupine, found in Alaska, have grown in the lab after being frozen in the ground for 10,000 years.




On February 20, 1943 in a cornfield near the village of Paricutin, Mexico, the ground cracked open and began to spew red-hot rocks. A volcano was born. It grew to 35 feet the first day. By 1952, it had soared to 1,352 feet.




There are giant waterfalls under the ocean!
The largest cataract exists beneath the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland. This underwater waterfall drops nearly 11,500 feet, more than three times Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the earth’s highest waterfall at 3,212 feet. The submarine waterfall carries at least 175 million cubic feet of water per second, making it 350 times as voluminous as Guaira Falls on the border of Brazil and Paraguay which was once considered to carry more water than any other waterfall on the earth’s surface.
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« Reply #19 on: 09/12/2007 21:34:51 »
The largest nematode can grow up to 6 ft long and lives in a sperm whale.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 10/12/2007 19:28:22 »
..... that is......... gross!!!

LOL


But some (many!) oddities are definitely man's doing. Just have a look at these laws




- Minnesota:  It is illegal to mock skunks.

- Ohio:  It is illegal to sell beer while wearing a Santa Claus suit, even if you are a dog.

- Seattle, Washington:= It is illegal to sell lollipops. Suckers are fine.

- Virginia:  All bathtubs must be outside, not in the house.

- Toronto, Canada: It is illegal to ride a streetcar on Sunday after eating garlic.

- Arizona:  It is illegal to hunt camels.

- Kentucky:  It is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.

- Christiansburg, Virginia: It is illegal to spit. (China is trying to make that legislation stick too)

- Texas: It is illegal to milk another person's cow (but it's ok to ride it)




And some more from the UK




- No cows may be driven down the roadway between 10 AM and 7 PM unless there is prior approval from the Commissioner of Police.

- Since 1313, MPs are not allowed to don armor in Parliament.

- With the exception of carrots, most goods may not be sold on Sunday.

- All English males over the age 14 are to carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy. get to it then, lads   ;D   

- London Hackney Carriages (taxis/cabs) must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats.

- Any person found breaking a boiled egg at the sharp end will be sentenced to 24 hours in the village stocks (enacted by Edward VI).

- Picking up abandoned baggage is an act of terrorism


watch it    ::) ;D
 

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« Reply #21 on: 11/12/2007 04:54:14 »
Alaskan????

These are the state flowers of TEXAS !!!!

They are Bluebonnets - but then they are lupines as well

ALASKA

Oh, I guess these are sort of purple.....

BELOW ARE REAL BLUEBONNETS - F.Y.I. - those are cows in the background. We have a lot of them here in Texas.



Bluebonnets

Scientific Name: (Lupinus texensis)
Definition: Bluebonnets, the official state flower, blanket large portions of the state in early spring. Their peak blooming season is in late March and early April. Bluebonnets depend on abundant winter rains and warm spring weather.

They are part of the Blancoan Flora and Fauna left over from the last glacial age coolness here in Texas ~ 15,000 YA. NOW THERE IS A LITTLE KNOWN FACT !

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« Reply #22 on: 11/12/2007 10:24:31 »


it's just a flower........



here's are some


Daffodils - the national flower of Wales

Here we have, to be precise,  Narcissus obvallaris, a species only growing wild around Tenby.
In Wales it is traditional to wear a daffodil on Saint David's Day (March 1).

The Egyptians used bunches of the flowers in funeral wreaths, and the Romans raised the plants in greenhouses for the decoration of patrician homes and to add grace to banquets.
The name Narcissus is from the Greek narkissos, which was derived from narkao, meaning to be stupefied. The inspiration for the name is thought to come from the poisonous or narcotic effects of the bulbs -- or from the myth about a boy of the same name who drowned while stupefied with admiration of his own reflection in water. Take your pick.
 
 

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« Reply #23 on: 11/12/2007 19:58:58 »
In fairness, this law " London Hackney Carriages (taxis/cabs) must carry a bale of hay and a sack of oats" made perfectly good sense when it was drawn up. What else were you suposed to feed the horse with?
 
 

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« Reply #24 on: 12/12/2007 06:30:59 »
ok... so i can see why we ohioans don't want santa sellin beer... but a dog santa selling beer? now how did that become part of that law i wonder? lol
 

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