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LOL The random fact of the day thread

Discussion in 'General' started by mars-bar-man, 14 Mar 2011.

  1. AmEv

    AmEv Meow meow. See yall in 2-ish years!

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    ^hehehehehehehehehehe




    For me, Kayin will be someone to look up to, figuratively and literally.


    I'm 18 and 6', with a 14-yo brother at 5'10".
     
  2. walle

    walle Minimodder

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    At this time there are over 100 regional dialects spoken in England, out of those around 40 or so are major dialects.

    Added: accents and dialects are not the same thing. An accent can always be readily understood, this is not so with a dialect.
     
  3. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    SHUT UP



    now they know my weakness
     
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  4. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card!

    There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos!

    There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants!


    A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface!


    In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.

    In West Virginia, only babies can ride in a baby carriage.

    In Georgia, it is against the law to slap a man on the back or front.

    A barber is not to advertise prices in the State of Georgia.

    In Michigan, married couples must live together or be imprisoned.


    In the state of Colorado, a pet cat, if loose, must have a tail-light
     
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  5. Virus44

    Virus44 What's a Dremel?

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    Well i would of thought that would be illegal anyway...
     
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  6. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    Ray Charles did and a motorbike :worried:
     
  7. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    The new Apple retina display is handled very oddly in OSX. Because of resolution scaling the GPU has to render at 2x the stated resolution. So what do you get?

    Well in 1440x900 mode you get the exact 2880x1800 of the panel. And the GPU renders all of it. What's interesting is if you use 1680x1080(?) or 1920x1200 mode, the GPU literally renders at 2x the resolution and shrinks it down.

    So if anyone at BT uses the new rMBP, just remember that Apple went beyond the norm for implementing the ultra high res display just so it's usable. It's quite admirable really. Yes I sound like an add, but the fact that they went above and beyond and forced the GPU to render 2x the pixels just to display it (and then scale it down) is pretty damn impressive.
     
  8. TheBlackSwordsMan

    TheBlackSwordsMan Far over the misty mountains cold

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    Both caffeine and theine are the same alkaloid, they just have been discovered at different times.
     
  9. KayinBlack

    KayinBlack Currently Rebuilding

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    Apparently live oak lasts forever in the elements, as I'm taking down a shed to reuse the wood in our house and it's indestructible. After over 50 years it's still hard to drive nails in.
     
  10. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    In Corpus Christie, Texas, it is illegal to raise alligators in your home.

    In Oklahoma, no baseball team can hit the ball over the fence or out of a ballpark.

    In Utah, birds have the right of way on any public highway.

    More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world!

    The elephant is one of the few mammals that can't jump!

    The penguin is the only bird who can swim, but not fly!

    A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!
     
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  11. TheCherub

    TheCherub Minimodder

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    That one's not true. There was a single year when they printed more than the Royal Mint.
     
  12. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    Lobsters also come in varations of Blue and Yellow. They're rare, but it's possible.

    Also Lobsters (and most crustaceans it seems) can potentially live forever.
     
  13. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    It is still illegal for cab drivers to carry rabid dogs or indeed corpses and by law they must ask each and every passenger if they have small pox or 'The Plague'.

    Londoners are not allowed to keep a pigsty in the front of their homes.

    It is illegal for a Member of Parliament to enter the House of Commons wearing a full suit of armour
     
  14. Zinfandel

    Zinfandel Modder

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    Before roundabouts were called roundabouts they were called gyroscopic circuses.
     
  15. asura

    asura jack of all trades

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    The carat in gold (karat in the US to avoid confusion...) and the carat in diamond are basically the same thing not just in name but in reality. Both are based of the mass of a carob seed, roughly 0.2g with incredible consistency from seed to seed.

    Today's carat weight has been normalised as 0.2g, but what has the mass of a seed got to do with the purity of gold? Well there is a Roman coin called the solidus which was pure gold, and has a mass of (yes, you've guessed it) ≈ 4.8g, or 24 carats. So pure gold is 24 parts Au, and 0 parts anything else. Today a gold purity is most often not only quoted in carats but also fineness which is quoted in parts per thousand.
     
  16. Alekoy

    Alekoy Ostekake!

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    Only trust people who like big butts.
    They cannot lie.
     
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  17. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

    The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old!

    In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can't flow down their faces!

    Britain is he only country in the world which doesn’t have the country’s name in its postage stamps.


    Nowhere in Britain is more than 74½ miles from the sea
     
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  18. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Multimodder

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    I have no proof, but I'd probably have to argue this one, I don't know if I'd count the English Channel, Bristol Channel as seas, and what about the west coast of Scotland, does that not meet the Atlantic Ocean?

    Someone put me right without burning me please.
     
  19. suenstar

    suenstar Collector of Things

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    In relation to Teelzebub's fact about stamps:
    Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps in 1840


    Other random facts:
    Dandelion root can be roasted and ground as a coffee substitute.

    Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

    One pound of maple syrup can make eight pounds of candy or sugar.

    An elephant is the only land mammal that cannot jump.
     
  20. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    I'd think that actually breaks quite a few laws of the universe right there ;)
    It's actually one gallon of maple syrup to produce eight pounds of sugar (source)
     

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