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« Reply #25 on: 05/06/2007 01:11:46 »
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« Reply #26 on: 05/06/2007 02:16:21 »
I don't have any at the moment.
 

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« Reply #27 on: 05/06/2007 02:52:52 »
Yes, I am not alone! Thanks Ben! Karen you know Anthony is still here. He was at band last night and his band is playing on Friday. I don't know why he is not here though.
 

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« Reply #28 on: 05/06/2007 04:25:09 »
  Well If you see him tell him Good luck on friday! Maybe he is not allowed on at night! 

I am glad you are not alone! LOL Interesting fact no. 1
 

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« Reply #29 on: 05/06/2007 07:37:58 »
OK, I stand corrected about the glass thing, though I didn't get the fact from a net-trawl. I'm also sure that I heard about it on the NS not long ago. However, another urban myth bites the dust! This link has a good science base to it about glass:

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/Glass/glass.html
 

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« Reply #30 on: 05/06/2007 09:03:02 »
I'm sure this is true too - I've heard it from 2 seperate and respected sources...

Isaac Newton invented the catflap
 

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« Reply #31 on: 05/06/2007 09:16:09 »
Beobab trees can reach 180 feet in circumference. If you hollow out the trunk, 20 people would be able to fit inside it.

The Hubble telescope transmits enough data every day to fill 10,000 CDs.

If you extracted all the gold from the oceans and seas, every person in the world would get about 20kgs each.

It would take twenty modern cars to generate the same amount of pollution that a 1960's car did.

In 1943 Thomas Watson, who was the chairman of IBM, predicted that their would only be a world demand for five computers.
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« Reply #32 on: 05/06/2007 09:23:18 »
The oldest tree in the world is the Bristle cone pine in California. It is called "Methuselah" and is 4,767 years old (you can tell the age of a tree by taking core samples, not just cutting it down!)
 

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« Reply #33 on: 05/06/2007 09:24:29 »
Does it wear a badge saying "I'm 4,767"?  :D
 

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« Reply #34 on: 05/06/2007 09:34:01 »
Ah, here we have a philosophical question about how old we really are. Most of our cells regenerate, and therefore much of our own bodies are not more than a decade or so old. With trees, the new growth goes onto the outside, a bit like a new coat, just under the bark, and so this part is only a year old. The further into the tree you go, the older it becomes, and so the only part that is 4767, is the very centre, ie., the first year it was alive. 
 

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« Reply #35 on: 05/06/2007 09:44:47 »
Ah, here we have a philosophical question about how old we really are. Most of our cells regenerate, and therefore much of our own bodies are not more than a decade or so old. With trees, the new growth goes onto the outside, a bit like a new coat, just under the bark, and so this part is only a year old. The further into the tree you go, the older it becomes, and so the only part that is 4767, is the very centre, ie., the first year it was alive. 

Spoilsport  >:(
 

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« Reply #36 on: 05/06/2007 10:08:16 »
I think its better - it can wear badges from 1 all the way through to 4767! Pacified?
 

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« Reply #37 on: 05/06/2007 10:16:04 »
Very true. I never thought of that!  :D

I take back what I said previously.
 

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« Reply #38 on: 05/06/2007 10:21:08 »
You're a gentleman and a scholar!
 

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« Reply #39 on: 05/06/2007 14:09:17 »
LOL... That tree I believe is close to me!  I live here in SNorthern California!
 

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« Reply #40 on: 05/06/2007 14:29:41 »
Hi Karen - Do they sleep a lot in SNorthern california ;-)
(or is that really southern northern california??!!?)

I don't know if its location is generally known, for the protection of the tree. You never know what some people will do! BTW, aren't you also close to the Redwood forest - that must be a great thing to see!
 

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« Reply #41 on: 05/06/2007 14:43:36 »
Yes I am in the middle of it.. They have cut most of the ones down outside of my house over the last two months but I still have them To look at if I want to . there ar mor in the private property aras around me also. A mill bought the adjacent property and cut out th redwoods leaving pines scrub oaks pepperwood and brush... Looks funny out here right now.. the rains helped the brush growth and things are filling in, but it is weird.

I love the redwood forest it is awsome.. The ferns and trees and the amazing size of the trees are great!

Sorry bout my drag on that s.. LOL my pinkie must have hit it! LOL
 

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« Reply #42 on: 05/06/2007 15:02:57 »
Its ok! I guess you're a touch typer - better than me then, I'm just learning it - I still spend half the time looking at the keyboard!

It is a problem within forestry, that when an area of trees is felled, it can look pretty awful. But, usually natural regeneration of trees happens relatively quickly, and you get lots of lovely new growth. It might be part of a fire prevention policy too - do you get fires locally? Hear about it a lot in the news...

Do you have any pics of the forest near you?

 

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« Reply #43 on: 05/06/2007 15:20:39 »
 Well We don't get many right here where I am. Just over the hill they get many more due to the trmendous heat duing the summer and the amount of camp grounds hikers etc. Most sre caused by neglect someone doesn't attend to a fire, or throws a ciggerette out the window into the bushes as if they can't use the ashtray in their dang cars! Makes me MAD! I have been behind people traveling who drive down the road throwing trash out of their car windows ... It makes me so mad!!

 I have some piccys! I will post a couple I took for a friend! I will do it later as right now this dial up is too slow. There should be a repair person here before my doctor appointment ..I hope! LOL I have become a spoiled girl.. I like me high speed hook up! LOL
 

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« Reply #44 on: 05/06/2007 15:39:49 »
The long jump record for men is around 29 feet!
 

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« Reply #45 on: 05/06/2007 17:32:12 »
You're a gentleman and a scholar!

gawd!  [:0]
 

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« Reply #46 on: 05/06/2007 17:49:37 »
I am back up and at top speed Had a wet line! LOL All better now!
 

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« Reply #47 on: 05/06/2007 17:57:04 »
*Sleepily walks through the maximum security of Area 51*

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« Reply #48 on: 05/06/2007 18:58:18 »
I thought we would not be seeing you in here so soon!
 

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« Reply #49 on: 05/06/2007 18:59:02 »
Do I have to wait for your coffee break before the rescue??? LOL
 

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