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Offline jax

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useless facts people
« on: 14/02/2005 02:54:44 »

first im new i thought u might want some useless facts


The venom in a Daddy Long-legs spider is more poisnous than a Black Widow's or a Brown Recluse, but they cannot bite humans because their jaws won't open wide enough.
If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture wieghs more, so it ends up on the bottom.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
The pop you get when you crack your knuckles is actually a bubble of gas bursting.
101 Dalmations and Peter Pan are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents who are present and don't die throughout the movie.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
There's no Betty Rubble in Flinstones Chewable Vitamins.
In Minnesota it is illegal to cross state lines with a duck on your head.
In Indiana it is illegal to ride public transportation for at least 30 minutes after eating garlic.
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
Polar bears are left-handed.
A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
Shakespeare invented the words "assassination" and "bump."
Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
If you keep a Goldfish in a dark room , it will eventually turn white.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
A snail can sleep for 3 years.
American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
China has more people that speak English than the United States.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with a population of 1,000 and a size of 108.7 acres.
You share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
No president of the United States was an only child.
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencencys.

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Re: useless facts people
« Reply #1 on: 14/02/2005 17:56:47 »
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The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.


Don't know what they call them elsewhere:

North America
South America
Oceania

If you take just America and Australia then yeah thats true [:p]

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Re: useless facts people
« Reply #2 on: 14/02/2005 18:21:00 »
well I found that interesting, although I knew some of it already, most interesting was the last point, it makes a lot of sense, and Ultima do ya have to pick fualts in everything mate? :)

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« Reply #3 on: 14/02/2005 20:17:32 »
Some good stuff in that list. But let's remember that we are scientifically minded people and it's our duty to question things now and then (not pick faults ;)) and not just accept what we are told.

I thought assasination derives from an ancient midle eastern sect "Hashashins" who smoked a bit and like to kill. I could be wrong?





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Re: useless facts people
« Reply #4 on: 14/02/2005 21:01:46 »
Is that true about daddy-long-legs vemon ?.......and how do you know all polar bears are left-pawed ?....I just arm wrestled one and it's right paw was decidedly stronger than the left !!!

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« Reply #5 on: 14/02/2005 22:35:11 »
I'm with you Neil. The urban myth about daddy long leg spiders is just that. No-one has been able to milk one for their venom, it's just an assumption based on the fact that these spiders eat red back (black widow) spiders for lunch, therefore must have stronger venom than a red back. Also, the left handed polar bit sounds a bit dodgy. How is that checked?
And Ultima, I also thought North and South America were different continents.
« Last Edit: 14/02/2005 22:37:22 by roberth »
 

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« Reply #6 on: 22/02/2005 11:16:18 »
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Originally posted by roberth

I'm with you Neil. The urban myth about daddy long leg spiders is just that. No-one has been able to milk one for their venom, it's just an assumption based on the fact that these spiders eat red back (black widow) spiders for lunch, therefore must have stronger venom than a red back. Also, the left handed polar bit sounds a bit dodgy. How is that checked?
And Ultima, I also thought North and South America were different continents.



There's a show on cable television here in the US called Mythbusters.  The guys who are on it are engineers / special effects professionals who test urban legends for feasibility.  They did a show where they tested the daddy-long-legs myth and found it to be false.  They also found that the myth about its mandibles being too small to bite humans also false.  How did they test it?  One of the guys stuck his hands into a container filled with them and pulled it out, covered with spider bites.  He had no problems and the myth was busted.  I highly recommend this program, it's insightful and funny as hell.

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« Reply #8 on: 29/04/2005 19:58:37 »
Yeah I like that program. Also I can agree with the fact theat the daddy long legs thing is false because if a tiny midget or something can bite you then I would have thought a daddy long legs could too.

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« Reply #9 on: 25/06/2005 22:37:21 »
hows this for a useless fact..

sumo wrestlers have such control of their bodys they can withdraw their genitals inside their body

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« Reply #10 on: 26/06/2005 08:51:39 »
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sumo wrestlers have such control of their bodys they can withdraw their genitals inside their body

It's not just Sumo wrestlers. Most advanced practitioners of Oriental martial arts can do it. It's not actually that difficult.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 26/06/2005 10:56:20 »
RE: Sumo, how do they know when their genitals are withdrawn :)

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« Reply #12 on: 26/06/2005 11:02:55 »
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Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.


That's a nice urban legend, but FALSE. :)

The true story can be found here:

http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/finland.htm
« Last Edit: 26/06/2005 11:03:58 by memasa »
 

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« Reply #13 on: 08/07/2005 15:29:16 »
As for the daddy long legs thing, i was alway under the understanding it was because the spider didn't produce enough of the venom to kill a human, if you look at body size the size of a red back is tiny to that of a human so it would take less vemon to kill, if a daddy long legs can only produce that small an amount isn't it still possible that it's venom is more poisonous?

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« Reply #14 on: 08/07/2005 22:58:06 »
That didnt make sense. If the venum is poisoness enough then it wont need much at all to kill a human

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« Reply #15 on: 11/07/2005 11:32:42 »
The Daddy Longlegs thing is another urban legend, snopes covers this one as well

newbielink:http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/longlegs.htm [nonactive]

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« Reply #16 on: 14/07/2005 17:45:44 »
OK, but here is really useless information:

An egg cooked for five minutes, at 14,000 feet above sea level, is still slightly underdone.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 15/07/2005 09:54:03 »
More useless information: in an ordinary pencil there is enough graphite to draw a line that is 48 kilometers long i.e. 45 000 words.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 15/07/2005 11:51:26 »
Here's a useless fact...I had quite a good nights sleep last night.

Men are the same as women.... just inside out !!
 

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« Reply #19 on: 16/07/2005 01:30:24 »
there are two types of "daddy Long legs" which also might add to the confusion of the information.

http://www.arachnology.be/pages/Opilio_QandA.html#B

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« Reply #20 on: 16/07/2005 20:14:03 »
simeonie: It's not 45 000 words in 48 kilometers. Just words on paper.
Also, the number of words depends on the language you use. I don't know whether it has any significance or not, but I obtained the information from a Finnish website, and we certainly have much longer words than English-speaking people have.
 

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« Reply #21 on: 17/07/2005 20:55:17 »
hmm alright them :D

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« Reply #22 on: 17/07/2005 21:33:43 »
Memasa...they would still be hugely long words, just over 100cm per word !!..what ever language it is !!...do you think you might have meant either 4.8 km or 450,000 words ?

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« Reply #23 on: 18/07/2005 07:55:08 »
If you intend to refute facts on a scientific forum could you please kindly refrain from using "Mythbusters" as a guide?  Live around engineers and computer techs long enough and the weekly "post episode dissection" will drive one insane.  I don't want the disease to spread.[:p]
 

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« Reply #24 on: 18/07/2005 15:06:38 »
Neilep: Sorry for the inexactness... That's exactly what I wanted to say.


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