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Title: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Cyanea on April 17, 2019, 02:29:01 am
Post a random fact that few people seem to know about.

Ok, I'll start.


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The European Parliament has made more binding decisions with regard to its member states than were made by the USSR Supreme Soviet with regard to the former Soviet republics.

Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: oglop on April 17, 2019, 05:41:54 am
Crab sticks do not actually contain any crab. From 1993, manufacturers have been legally obliged to label them 'Crab Flavoured Sticks'
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: tylerthegloob on April 17, 2019, 07:35:54 am
Per capita cheese consumption correlates with the number of people who died  by becoming tangled in their bedsheets. (correlation =  94.71%)

for more: http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations (full disclosure: i am not that tyler)
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: eggieguffer on April 17, 2019, 07:53:17 am
Crab sticks do not actually contain any crab. From 1993, manufacturers have been legally obliged to label them 'Crab Flavoured Sticks'

The Titanic had over 1,000 miles of pleasurable and uneventful sailing before it hit the iceberg.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 17, 2019, 07:57:31 am
Crab sticks do not actually contain any crab. From 1993, manufacturers have been legally obliged to label them 'Crab Flavoured Sticks'

The Titanic had over 1,000 miles of pleasurable and uneventful sailing before it hit the iceberg.

the fourth funnel at the back of the Titanic didn't actually do anything.  the boat designer just thought it'd look more epic if it had four funnels. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: AvecPommesFrites on April 17, 2019, 09:02:41 am
Not every foreigner in Korea lives in Seoul and has access to English speaking staff at banks, the post office, phone shops, immigration etc.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JNM on April 17, 2019, 09:39:55 am
Not every foreigner in Korea lives in Seoul and has access to English speaking staff at banks, the post office, phone shops, immigration etc.
Post office and immigration in Seoul are also hit-or-miss.

Banks and phone shops advertise which branches have service, but not 100% true once you get there!
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: waygo0k on April 17, 2019, 09:50:53 am
Gangwon province is actually split between the two Koreas.

Southern gangwon in SK, northern gangwon in NK.

SK has a governor for northern gangwon province, but the role is largely ceremonial
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Titus Groan on April 17, 2019, 11:38:30 am
Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real psychiatric disorder...! Imagine that!
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: tylerthegloob on April 17, 2019, 11:58:14 am
Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real psychiatric disorder...! Imagine that!

the thread is about little known facts
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 17, 2019, 12:27:22 pm
you can lead a horse to water, but can't make  it drink.  but, you can lead a pony to water and then just push it in the water or something.  same thing really.  fact.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: annataleen on April 17, 2019, 01:11:20 pm
Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation estimates that more than 90% of American films made before 1929 are lost, and the Library of Congress estimates that 75% of all silent films are lost forever.
Most lost films are from the silent film and early talkie era, from about 1894 to 1930, and of American sound films made from 1927 to 1950, perhaps half have been lost.

I read that on Wikipedia while back and for some reason it surprised me, 90% of silent films lost. :o
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_film
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 17, 2019, 01:31:12 pm
It's physiologically impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
But, apparently, it *is* possible to lick your own elbow.

Oh, also, put all five fingertips on the table. Fold your middle finger in. Now try raise each fingertip (individually) off the table without moving your hand or the folded middle finger. It's impossible to raise the ring finger because it shares the same tendon with your middle finger.

These pointless facts brought to you by my first year kinesiology class.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: tylerthegloob on April 17, 2019, 01:33:55 pm
It's physiologically impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
But, apparently, it *is* possible to lick your own elbow.

Oh, also, put all five fingertips on the table. Fold your middle finger in. Now try raise each fingertip (individually) off the table without moving your hand or the folded middle finger. It's impossible to raise the ring finger because it shares the same tendon with your middle finger.

These pointless facts brought to you by my first year kinesiology class.

But why can I raise my middle finger when my ring finger is folded in?
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: robin_teacher on April 17, 2019, 02:22:15 pm
It's physiologically impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
But, apparently, it *is* possible to lick your own elbow.

Oh, also, put all five fingertips on the table. Fold your middle finger in. Now try raise each fingertip (individually) off the table without moving your hand or the folded middle finger. It's impossible to raise the ring finger because it shares the same tendon with your middle finger.

These pointless facts brought to you by my first year kinesiology class.

That was a fun 5 seconds.

My fact: In some parts of France miscarried babies used to be buried under the kitchen floor.

This pointless fact brought to you by briefly specializing in death-studies during my master's.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 17, 2019, 03:04:36 pm
Oh, also, put all five fingertips on the table. Fold your middle finger in. Now try raise each fingertip (individually) off the table without moving your hand or the folded middle finger. It's impossible to raise the ring finger because it shares the same tendon with your middle finger.
But why can I raise my middle finger when my ring finger is folded in?
This has more to do with nerves than tendons.
The ring finger uses the same nerve as the middle finger (radial nerve), which makes independent movement very difficult. On the other hand (pun) the middle finger also gets signals from the nerves that direct the index finger (the ulnar nerve), which allows it more independent movement.

Apparently, some musicians can train a greater degree of independence for their ring finger, which suggests that some degree of dependence/independence may also be attributed to signal processing in the brain.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CypherSoul on April 17, 2019, 03:10:02 pm
Magnetic resonance imaging reveals that the nucleus accumbens, the part of the brain that is activated in people in love, is the same part that lights up in cocaine users and gamblers when they act out their addiction.

Basically!

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17845/why-falling-in-love-makes-people-crazy.html
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: leaponover on April 17, 2019, 07:03:28 pm
The human male ejaculate is fitted for warfare, anticipating that there will be combat to fertilize an egg.  It's made of three types of sperm.  The older sperm wedges itself in the cervical crypts that lead to the womb working as blockers.  The younger sperm rams against foreign sperm rubbing a toxin on them to kill them.  Only 1 % of the male ejaculate actually has the role of fertilizing the egg.   Our bodies are actually designed to anticipate and combat against multiple sexual encounters.

I used enough scientific words that this shouldn't lead to a violation in terms of service, but if it does please just delete and don't punish me.  I thought it was fascinating enough to share (and do a thesis on!).
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on April 17, 2019, 07:27:38 pm
50  years after WWII, U.S. gov't files were finally open and covered by the mainstream press for a few days, before people prompting ignored/forgot about it:

THE REASON WHY America bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki was NOT to end the war but to get their post-war plan: The Japanese had ONE condition for surrender: keep their emperor. But documents showed the US planners worried their post-war industrial plan for Japan as a manufacturer of products for America could be hampered by an emperor who might be hard to control - a democracy was needed. THEREFORE America rejected that one condition and demanded unconditional surrender, then bombed the cities, killing so many women, children and elderly people under the fake excuse that.it was necessary to stop the bloodshed of battle and end the war.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Cyanea on April 18, 2019, 02:37:56 am
THEREFORE America rejected that one condition and demanded unconditional surrender, then bombed the cities, killing so many women, children and elderly people under the fake excuse that.it was necessary to stop the bloodshed of battle and end the war.

I always believed that until I found out that in fact Japan had already made attempts to surrender before the bomb was dropped.


Fact:

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Saturn has a continual perfect hexagon at its north pole (a pattern nowhere found in natural weather) - and scientists cannot explain it.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on April 18, 2019, 03:46:48 am
I knew bees made hexagons for the honeycomb and the element Carbon has a hexagon shape.

But I didn't know Saturn had that shape.

Hexagon is a shape from nature, not a man-made formation. So I'm not surprised. But I am interested in the mechanics of it.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: SanderB on April 18, 2019, 03:56:39 am
There is so much nitrogen oxide sequestered in the frozen tundras that once it melts it will cause another Permian 'event'. :sad:
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Allpointseast on April 18, 2019, 04:25:05 am
 NO, Saturn does not have that shape. But there is a weather system in the part of Saturn's atmosphere around the planet's north pole which does have that shape. There is carbon compound known as the benzine ring. It is composed of 6 carbon atoms in a hexagon formation, joined to hydrogen atoms facing inwards. Chemists like to draw this molecule as a simple hexagon with a circle inside of it, because the electrons in carbon atoms are shared equally between the atoms. Benzine has a strong aroma and its derivatives are sometimes called aromatic compounds. It's a carcinogen. My chemistry teacher told me this at school.


As regards hexagonal cells in a hive, that shape is structurally very stable. The same is true of triangles, but here my knowledge runs out.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: SanderB on April 18, 2019, 05:16:38 am
samsung is a Christian company: sam=3 song=star= god-jesus-holy spirit
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CO2 on April 18, 2019, 07:45:20 am
There is so much nitrogen oxide sequestered in the frozen tundras that once it melts it will cause another Permian 'event'. :sad:
Do you mean methane?
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 18, 2019, 09:38:55 am
As regards hexagonal cells in a hive, that shape is structurally very stable. The same is true of triangles, but here my knowledge runs out.
Bees use a hexagonal structure because it maximizes the number of cells in a given space, while minimizing the amount of wax (metabolically expensive to produce) necessary to do so.
Essentially, what the bees are doing is making circular cells (by puking up wax while pivoting around a central point). Each row is staggered so that each circular cells is placed halfway between  two cells in the previous row. Because very little material is used, the shape of the new cell is distorted  by the proximity of adjacent cells, forming a hexagonal pattern.
  They don't make triangles or octagons etc because those shapes would be a result of an inefficient placement pattern (eg octagons), and/or because the bees technique of essentially just sticking circles together doesn't lend itself to forming other geometries (eg triangular cells).
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JNM on April 18, 2019, 09:40:02 am
The comment on African Killer bees reminded me how they get the hive to calm down. They introduce bees known as “docile Italian males” to the hive.

Chills them right down.

Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Liechtenstein on April 18, 2019, 09:48:31 am
The longest covered bridge in the world is in Hartland, New Brunswick.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CO2 on April 18, 2019, 09:52:30 am
The second tallest smokestack in the world, and second tallest structure in Canada is the Inco Superstack.

(https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/06/b0/c3/f0/inco-superstack.jpg)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inco_Superstack
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 18, 2019, 09:53:37 am
The comment on African Killer bees reminded me how they get the hive to calm down. They introduce bees known as “docile Italian males” to the hive.
Yep, but it's a temporary measure at best.
The reason why European hives get Africanized, but not vice versa is because of mating schedules.
Africanized drones develop faster (Africanized bees in general do, making them more resistant to hive parasites like varroa mites, which is why the Africanized strain was developed in the first place) and therefore leave the hive earlier than their European counterparts.
  As virgin queens are usually out before drones, the first drones she'll encounter will be the Africanized ones, meaning that her future hive will have a much higher chance of being the brood of an Africanized drone.

   Introducing other non-Africanized drones is only useful if they can beat the African drone mating schedule (ie drones from a greenhouse hive that has had a head start in its development cycle).

  When I was working on a bee farm, Africanized bees were just spreading north through the USA, and were estimated to reach the Canadian border withing a year or 2. There was a lot of discussion of what to do about it, and eventually they figured the easiest way at the time would be to cloister the queens for a week or two during the early part of spring until after the European drones were out and about.
   It was easier than it sounds, mostly because their main business was queen breeding, so they had nooks and techniques at hand that would make separating out queens easier. (Still a godawful job).

This was a while ago, so I'm sure things are different now.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Liechtenstein on April 18, 2019, 10:04:58 am
The highest tides in the world are in the Bay of Fundy. They rise so high and so quickly that the St. John River reverses. The reversing falls. Stompin' Tom Connors sang about them.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CO2 on April 18, 2019, 10:09:11 am
The highest tides in the world are in the Bay of Fundy. They rise so high and so quickly that the St. John River reverses. The reversing falls. Stompin' Tom Connors sang about them.

I gather you're an East Coaster. hahahahaha
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JNM on April 18, 2019, 10:12:13 am
The highest tides in the world are in the Bay of Fundy. They rise so high and so quickly that the St. John River reverses. The reversing falls. Stompin' Tom Connors sang about them.

I can see Saint John Harbour from my office’s lunch room.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 18, 2019, 10:19:25 am
The highest tides in the world are in the Bay of Fundy. They rise so high and so quickly that the St. John River reverses. The reversing falls. Stompin' Tom Connors sang about them.
That's pretty cool!

In Normandy there is an area of flat-lands that are pretty well known. It's strongly recommended not to walk on these plains, because, while they're covered with reeds and grass, they're actually under the high-tide mark. The tide comes in over the plains at over 20km/h, which is faster than most people can run for more than a minute or 2.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: alexisalex on April 18, 2019, 10:25:43 am
Reading this thread makes me feel really uneducated  :laugh:  I don't know how you can retain (let alone know) this kind of stuff.  Kyndo in particular!
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 18, 2019, 10:30:42 am
Reading this thread makes me feel really uneducated  :laugh:  I don't know how you can retain (let alone know) this kind of stuff.  Kyndo in particular!
Nah, I'm like Forrest Gump (without the mental issues, mostly) in that this conversation is following (weirdly) things I know from past experience.
   Also, I'm a lot dumber when I don't have access to the interwebz.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: MaximusPrime on April 18, 2019, 10:42:49 am
The reason that plants grow upward is not  because it is the direction of the sun.  It is due to gravity and molecules which concentrate higher as they move toward the bottom (roots). This also signals which parts to be roots/stem.
Which is why so much research has been done about growing plants in space. (Also because of radiation concentrations are much higher.)
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 18, 2019, 11:42:58 am
The reason that plants grow upward is not  because it is the direction of the sun.  It is due to gravity and molecules which concentrate higher as they move toward the bottom (roots). This also signals which parts to be roots/stem.
Which is why so much research has been done about growing plants in space. (Also because of radiation concentrations are much higher.)
I wonder if plants can differentiate between angular momentum (a 'pushing' force) and true gravity (a 'pulling' force).  Might explain why plants grown in centrifuges simulating Earth gravity still don't do so well.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: waygo0k on April 18, 2019, 12:24:44 pm
NO, Saturn does not have that shape. But there is a weather system in the part of Saturn's atmosphere around the planet's north pole which does have that shape. There is carbon compound known as the benzine ring. It is composed of 6 carbon atoms in a hexagon formation, joined to hydrogen atoms facing inwards. Chemists like to draw this molecule as a simple hexagon with a circle inside of it, because the electrons in carbon atoms are shared equally between the atoms. Benzine has a strong aroma and its derivatives are sometimes called aromatic compounds. It's a carcinogen. My chemistry teacher told me this at school.


As regards hexagonal cells in a hive, that shape is structurally very stable. The same is true of triangles, but here my knowledge runs out.

Amateur chemists and those still in high school.

Once you get to your first semester of chemistry at uni, drawing benzene with a ring in the middle will get you a big fat zero.

This is because benzene, as you said, is an aromatic compound and is incredibly stable. One main reason for this stability is that benzene has an alternating sequence of C-C and C=C bonds. The electrons don't stay put and are constantly moving around the ring, thereby causing the C-C and C=C positions to shift back and forth by one position (hence the ring + circle).

As shown below:

(https://www.worldofmolecules.com/solvents/Benz3.png)

As a chemist either at uni or post uni, you are expected to draw benzene showing its single and double bonds, so you can work out its reaction mechanism and demonstrate the movement of electrons and changes in bonds/polarity. In such cases, you only need to draw one version of the molecule.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Aristocrat on April 18, 2019, 01:49:03 pm
Fact 1
The terms key change and modulation are often used interchangeably when they're distinct in application. A key change usually involves shifting up a semitone, particularly with Disney songs to give the final chorus a boost. K-pop and K-ballads seem to abuse this to an obscene degree. Personally, I usually find these type of key changes as cheesy and outdated as the mullet.
Modulation is a lot more subtle, tasteful and deliberate as it usually  involves borrowing, or using, one or a few key notes from parallel major/minor scales, negative harmony or modes i.e. a natural minor borrowing the sharp 6th from Dorian.

Where the above key changes crudely 'lift' the song like a fat cheerleader, the possibilities of skillful modulation are near infinite, just as one could add almost any topping on bread.

Fact 2
The term anti-semitism while a rather popular misnomer and has become conventionally understood, is still a misnomer nonetheless.  Anti-Semitism typically refers to prejudice or hostility to those belonging to the Jewish faith. The term 'semite', however, refers to speakers of the semitic languages which includes: Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Tigrinya, Aramaic and others. The term anti-semitic therefore refers to prejudice against speakers of these languages, which is not restricted to people of any one race, nationality, ethnicity or faith.

Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: T.J. on April 18, 2019, 02:01:14 pm
In a little town in southern Alabama, named Enterprise, there is a monument celebrating the Boll Weevil. It is the only monument for an insect in the world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boll_Weevil_Monument
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JNM on April 18, 2019, 10:09:45 pm
NO, Saturn does not have that shape. But there is a weather system in the part of Saturn's atmosphere around the planet's north pole which does have that shape. There is carbon compound known as the benzine ring. It is composed of 6 carbon atoms in a hexagon formation, joined to hydrogen atoms facing inwards. Chemists like to draw this molecule as a simple hexagon with a circle inside of it, because the electrons in carbon atoms are shared equally between the atoms. Benzine has a strong aroma and its derivatives are sometimes called aromatic compounds. It's a carcinogen. My chemistry teacher told me this at school.


As regards hexagonal cells in a hive, that shape is structurally very stable. The same is true of triangles, but here my knowledge runs out.

Amateur chemists and those still in high school.

Once you get to your first semester of chemistry at uni, drawing benzene with a ring in the middle will get you a big fat zero.

This is because benzene, as you said, is an aromatic compound and is incredibly stable. One main reason for this stability is that benzene has an alternating sequence of C-C and C=C bonds. The electrons don't stay put and are constantly moving around the ring, thereby causing the C-C and C=C positions to shift back and forth by one position (hence the ring + circle).

As shown below:

(https://www.worldofmolecules.com/solvents/Benz3.png)

As a chemist either at uni or post uni, you are expected to draw benzene showing its single and double bonds, so you can work out its reaction mechanism and demonstrate the movement of electrons and changes in bonds/polarity. In such cases, you only need to draw one version of the molecule.
By 2nd year they get more flexible on how things are drawn.

Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on April 18, 2019, 10:58:56 pm
7 facts on health in the sea of outrageous controversy and muddied perceptions:

1. "Vitamin D" is actually like a hormone, but was miscategorized;

2. Vitamin B12 is stored in the liver for years (about 2-6 years supply), and is by no means a daily, weekly or monthly requirement;

3. Table salt (sodium chloride) is not needed by the body and that form actually harms the functions of several organs and the circulatory system (yes, your body needs some form of sodium: eat your onions!);

4. Peppers are fruit; coffee "beans" are not beans; peanuts are not nuts; bananas are not a great source of potassium;

5. The human body makes all the protein it needs as long as it gets the essential amino acids (we, like horses, gorillas and elephants, don't need to eat any protein whatsoever!);

6. It's better to suntan for minutes at high noon than it is to get the equivalent beneficial UV rays over a longer period of time in the early mornings and late afternoons (because the ratio of healthy to unhealthy UV ray types is greater when the sun is most intensely beating down on us);

7. Fluoride used to be in rat poison and was an industrial byproduct classified as hazardous waste; the U.S. treasury secretary of the 1920's lobbied to turn an expensive effluent of production into a profitable product by getting cities in Michigan and Wisconsin to put it in the water supply.





Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Cyanea on April 18, 2019, 11:38:19 pm
As regards hexagonal cells in a hive, that shape is structurally very stable.

  :rolleyes: Mentioning that bees deliberately create honey cells hardly equates to a 32000km-wide cloud formation with its own matching jet stream formation.

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There is carbon compound known as the benzine ring. It is composed of 6 carbon atoms in a hexagon formation, joined to hydrogen atoms facing inwards.


So? A vague comment about benzine is totally unrelated to a massive and constant weather formation that is unheard of on any other planet or body in the universe. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JNM on April 19, 2019, 03:55:49 am
As regards hexagonal cells in a hive, that shape is structurally very stable.

  :rolleyes: Mentioning that bees deliberately create honey cells hardly equates to a 32000km-wide cloud formation with its own matching jet stream formation.

Quote
There is carbon compound known as the benzine ring. It is composed of 6 carbon atoms in a hexagon formation, joined to hydrogen atoms facing inwards.


So? A vague comment about benzine is totally unrelated to a massive and constant weather formation that is unheard of on any other planet or body in the universe. 

Yet they all fit the “little known fact” theme of this thread.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 19, 2019, 07:06:27 am
As regards hexagonal cells in a hive, that shape is structurally very stable.

  :rolleyes: Mentioning that bees deliberately create honey cells hardly equates to a 32000km-wide cloud formation with its own matching jet stream formation.

Quote
There is carbon compound known as the benzine ring. It is composed of 6 carbon atoms in a hexagon formation, joined to hydrogen atoms facing inwards.


So? A vague comment about benzine is totally unrelated to a massive and constant weather formation that is unheard of on any other planet or body in the universe. 

Yet they all fit the “little known fact” theme of this thread.

 :laugh:

would appear that cyanea misunderstood the thread title...

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: OldmanESL on April 19, 2019, 07:37:10 am
All numbers are interesting; and this can be proven with a negative example: if there were even a single number that had no interesting properties, that fact in itself would make it unique and interesting.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Mr C on April 19, 2019, 07:44:58 am
All numbers are interesting; and this can be proven with a negative example: if there were even a single number that had no interesting properties, that fact in itself would make it unique and interesting.
Well, as long as you don't make the distinction between "mathematically interesting" and "culturally interesting".
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Liechtenstein on April 22, 2019, 03:07:04 pm
Hank Snow left home when he was 12 years old with a battered old guitar. He made it to the top of the top of the heap in Nashville. A superstar in a room full of superstars.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 22, 2019, 03:19:56 pm
Koalas have one of the smallest brain to body ratio in the animal kingdom, partly due to the lack of nutrition they get from eucalyptus, which is a reason why they sleep a lot. 

(I didn't know this, until I read the text today on next week's test paper)
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 22, 2019, 03:51:19 pm
Koalas have one of the smallest brain to body ratio in the animal kingdom, partly due to the lack of nutrition they get from eucalyptus, which is a reason why they sleep a lot. 

(I didn't know this, until I read the text today on next week's test paper)
That ratio only applies to mammals though.
Reptiles and all the other lower orders cheat by not bothering to develop a number of the brain lobal stuff that mammals are forced to.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 23, 2019, 07:19:04 am
Koalas have one of the smallest brain to body ratio in the animal kingdom, partly due to the lack of nutrition they get from eucalyptus, which is a reason why they sleep a lot. 

(I didn't know this, until I read the text today on next week's test paper)
That ratio only applies to mammals though.
Reptiles and all the other lower orders cheat by not bothering to develop a number of the brain lobal stuff that mammals are forced to.

okay Dr Dolittle!!  :laugh:

(https://resizing.flixster.com/i6RE0gGpu3vezbK00jFpudRtmco=/300x300/v1.bjs0MzU4MjE7ajsxODA1MDsxMjAwOzE2MDA7MTIwMA)
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 23, 2019, 09:25:16 am
okay Dr Dolittle!!  :laugh:

(https://resizing.flixster.com/i6RE0gGpu3vezbK00jFpudRtmco=/300x300/v1.bjs0MzU4MjE7ajsxODA1MDsxMjAwOzE2MDA7MTIwMA)
I rather Dolittle than Knowlittle.  :wink:
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 23, 2019, 09:34:28 am
okay Dr Dolittle!!  :laugh:

(https://resizing.flixster.com/i6RE0gGpu3vezbK00jFpudRtmco=/300x300/v1.bjs0MzU4MjE7ajsxODA1MDsxMjAwOzE2MDA7MTIwMA)
I rather Dolittle than Knowlittle.  :wink:

aw, I got owned by a Level 1 moderator.   I'll never live this down...

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7c/73/06/7c7306f5939025f765725ddaca47202c.gif)

don't tell my dog friends about this...
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Datasapien on April 24, 2019, 11:48:00 am
From the time Pluto was first discovered until the time it was reclassified as a dwarf planet (73 years) it still hadn't completed a single orbit of the sun (orbital period = 248 years).
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 24, 2019, 12:01:44 pm
From the time Pluto was first discovered until the time it was reclassified as a dwarf planet (73 years) it still hadn't completed a single orbit of the sun (orbital period = 248 years).

Ha!  That's what you get for being slow Pluto.  All the other planets did it in time, while the Sun football coach watched on with his whistle ready.  'Get a move on Uranus or no shower for you!'  'Pick those legs up Mars!'  'Hey Saturn, my mum can orbit faster than you and she's only a Quasar.  Don't tell her or else she'll go supernovae on me!' 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 24, 2019, 12:05:16 pm
Those puns were astronomically bad. They should be cast into the black hole of oblivion and the punner kicked where the sun don't shine.  >:(
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CO2 on April 24, 2019, 12:07:04 pm
From the time Pluto was first discovered until the time it was reclassified as a dwarf planet (73 years) it still hadn't completed a single orbit of the sun (orbital period = 248 years).

That fact is far out.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Datasapien on April 24, 2019, 12:08:06 pm
Ha!  That's what you get for being slow Pluto.  All the other planets did it in time, while the Sun football coach watched on with his whistle ready.  'Get a move on Uranus or no shower for you!'  'Pick those legs up Mars!'  'Hey Saturn, my mum can orbit faster than you and she's only a Quasar.  Don't tell her or else she'll go supernovae on me!' 

Guessing they were playing on astroturf?  :P
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Liechtenstein on April 29, 2019, 12:41:06 pm
The elephant is the only 4-legged animal with 4 knees.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: waygo0k on April 29, 2019, 12:49:47 pm
Tormund Giantsbane killed a giant as a child...but is he the only one to have done so at such a tender age?

#nospoilers
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JVPrice on April 29, 2019, 01:19:06 pm
Licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 29, 2019, 01:30:24 pm
The elephant is the only 4-legged animal with 4 knees.
Nah.
Elephants have 2 knees and 2 elbows (https://www.quora.com/Why-do-elephants-have-four-knees) just like most other mammals.

They do *appear* to have 4 knees, though.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CO2 on April 29, 2019, 01:40:27 pm
Licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets

What about regular knobs?
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on April 29, 2019, 02:05:41 pm
Licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets

What about regular knobs?

what I want to know is, can you swing a sack of doorknobs?
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CO2 on April 29, 2019, 02:31:30 pm
what I want to know is, can you swing a sack of doorknobs?

I'll sack any knob swinger who comes my way.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Chinguetti on April 29, 2019, 02:46:06 pm
Squid brains are donut-shaped. Their esophagus goes right through the hole.

So if a squid swallows something larger than that hole, it could suffer massive brain damage/death.

Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on April 29, 2019, 04:48:42 pm
Squid brains are donut-shaped. Their esophagus goes right through the hole.

So if a squid swallows something larger than that hole, it could suffer massive brain damage/death.
(https://rsdy.github.io/images/passwd_home_bad_design.jpg)
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Mr C on April 29, 2019, 10:15:56 pm
7 facts on health in the sea of outrageous controversy and muddied perceptions:

1. "Vitamin D" is actually like a hormone, but was miscategorized;

2. Vitamin B12 is stored in the liver for years (about 2-6 years supply), and is by no means a daily, weekly or monthly requirement;

3. Table salt (sodium chloride) is not needed by the body and that form actually harms the functions of several organs and the circulatory system (yes, your body needs some form of sodium: eat your onions!);

4. Peppers are fruit; coffee "beans" are not beans; peanuts are not nuts; bananas are not a great source of potassium;

5. The human body makes all the protein it needs as long as it gets the essential amino acids (we, like horses, gorillas and elephants, don't need to eat any protein whatsoever!);

6. It's better to suntan for minutes at high noon than it is to get the equivalent beneficial UV rays over a longer period of time in the early mornings and late afternoons (because the ratio of healthy to unhealthy UV ray types is greater when the sun is most intensely beating down on us);

7. Fluoride used to be in rat poison and was an industrial byproduct classified as hazardous waste; the U.S. treasury secretary of the 1920's lobbied to turn an expensive effluent of production into a profitable product by getting cities in Michigan and Wisconsin to put it in the water supply.
You sir are a dangerous wielder of half-facts.
1) While "Vitamin D" is a "prehormone", its precourser 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D) we ingest is essential for health in particular bone growth and healthy immunity.  Get your vitamin D!
2,3,4) Yawn, although bananas are indeed a very good source of potassium, even if there are other, "better" sources.  Also, sodium is quickly depleted from the body, but you don't have to get it from table salt.
5) Horses and elephants have vast digestive tracts which make their metabolism not really on point when compared to humans.  Gorillas actually eat large quantities of protein, from 15 to a whopping 30% of their energy, depending on seasonal availability of foods.  Humans of course can survive without ingesting proteins directly, but this is a challenge for a typical first world person.
6) I'm not all that schooled on this topic, so I'll rely on the Mayo Clinic:
"Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days."  So … BS?
7) Oh, please, fluoride is a poison.  Yeah, if you take in high concentrations, it is.  Decades of research shows fluoridation at correct levels is safe and prevents tooth decay--the CDC has named community water fluoridation one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Liechtenstein on May 04, 2019, 02:27:23 pm
I have never made someone vomit from my flatulence but that hasn't stopped me from trying.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: gogators! on May 05, 2019, 03:56:10 am
The reason sequoias grow so tall is that they get moisture directly from the atmosphere due to the  climate in northern California.  Trees don't have enough energy to bring water from the ground up that high.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: L I on May 05, 2019, 06:24:57 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vg0dR_jEw4
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on May 07, 2019, 07:51:36 am
The reason sequoias grow so tall is that they get moisture directly from the atmosphere due to the  climate in northern California.  Trees don't have enough energy to bring water from the ground up that high.
    It's true that Sequoias can absorb moisture through their leaves (foliar uptake), and that other plant species in northern California do the same, but the reason for it isn't so much because of energy limitations -- root pressure combined with transpiration vacuum can lift water hundreds of feet without much energy expenditure (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-large-trees-such-a/) -- but because it's the only readily available source of water (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2727584/) for long periods of the year.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on June 20, 2019, 08:58:26 am
We're doing it all wrong...

Quote
Gymnasium

The name comes from the Ancient Greek term 'gymnos' meaning "naked". Only adult males were allowed to use the gymnasia.

Athletes competed nude, a practice which was said to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body, and to be a tribute to the gods.

Let's see how long I can train tonight in my local gym 'au naturale', before getting kicked out...
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: jimwall5 on June 20, 2019, 09:13:25 am
My favourite soft drink is Barq's root beer, even though I'm not from the US.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Liechtenstein on June 20, 2019, 09:16:53 am
Sussex Golden Ginger Ale is the best ginger ale on the planet.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on June 20, 2019, 10:03:37 pm
99% of people you meet cannot answer this factual question:

WHERE ARE CAMELS FROM? On which continent did they originate?

Answer: N. America

And, no, not in any desert climate, but the mostly Canadian Arctic, where their hooves evolved to balance on snow not sand, and their storage of back fat (not water - that's a myth) evolved to help them survive a long winter without food.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: AvecPommesFrites on June 21, 2019, 08:42:36 am
You have to answer a phone call on your driving test in Korea and send a minimum of 25 text messages in order to pass your test.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on June 21, 2019, 08:48:11 am
You have to answer a phone call on your driving test in Korea and send a minimum of 25 text messages in order to pass your test.

Actually, that's true.  I've heard that if you do some perfect parking in the Korean test, they fail you instantly.  Whereas if you park inconveniencing at least ten people and endangering the lives of at least five school children, they pass you instantly and the test is finished.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: elsbethm on June 21, 2019, 10:13:43 am
The name of a waygook user who has been posting a lot lately reminded me of a fact:

The original concept art for R2D2 included a design very similar to BB8's.  It would have been a robot that moved around on a single ball like BB8.  However, they were unable to actually make a functional version at the time.  Advancements, especially in special effects, finally allowed the design to come to life in the recent installments.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: stoat on June 21, 2019, 10:21:19 am
I can't remember where I heard this, maybe Bill Bryson. The guy who Mt Everest is named after (A surveyor called George Everest) actually pronounced his name 'Eve' (as in Christmas Eve) rest, so his name has been mispronounced for years.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: oglop on June 21, 2019, 11:22:36 am
I can't remember where I heard this, maybe Bill Bryson. The guy who Mt Everest is named after (A surveyor called George Everest) actually pronounced his name 'Eve' (as in Christmas Eve) rest, so his name has been mispronounced for years.
i thought it was because when you get to the top you want to 'av a rest
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on June 21, 2019, 11:30:24 am
I can't remember where I heard this, maybe Bill Bryson. The guy who Mt Everest is named after (A surveyor called George Everest) actually pronounced his name 'Eve' (as in Christmas Eve) rest, so his name has been mispronounced for years.
i thought it was because when you get to the top you want to 'av a rest
Flagged.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Ronnie Omelettes on June 21, 2019, 11:52:39 am
I can't remember where I heard this, maybe Bill Bryson. The guy who Mt Everest is named after (A surveyor called George Everest) actually pronounced his name 'Eve' (as in Christmas Eve) rest, so his name has been mispronounced for years.
i thought it was because when you get to the top you want to 'av a rest

 :laugh:

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7170/6510639755_c0901bfd12_m.jpg)

 >:(  Dinosaur and man never co-existed? 
 :undecided:  They must have, who gave them all them names.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on June 21, 2019, 01:11:40 pm
99% of people you meet cannot answer this factual question:

WHERE ARE CAMELS FROM? On which continent did they originate?
Answer: N. America

And, no, not in any desert climate, but the mostly Canadian Arctic, where their hooves evolved to balance on snow not sand, and their storage of back fat (not water - that's a myth) evolved to help them survive a long winter without food.

    Well, *technically*, most of the area in North America where camels originated would have been considered a cold climate desert: the Beringia passage from Siberia into North America was (and the remnants of it still are, I guess) super arid, which meant very little snow, which in turn allowed for year round grazing, even during the height of the last glaciation period. This allowed for convenient passage of both people and critters between Asia and the Americas.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beringia

And it wasn't just camels: horses were originally from North America as well, as were wolves, bears, and caribou (reindeer) .
More animals went the opposite direction though: beavers, moose, bison, humans, and mammoths were all originally from Asia.

      Interesting about the hump: I always though that camels metabolized the fat to replenish their water as well as for energy, but that isn't the case. They just drink a bajillion litres of water, and it's stored in their bloodstream. Cool.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Mr C on June 21, 2019, 01:50:11 pm
I can't remember where I heard this, maybe Bill Bryson. The guy who Mt Everest is named after (A surveyor called George Everest) actually pronounced his name 'Eve' (as in Christmas Eve) rest, so his name has been mispronounced for years.
Stephen Fry mentioned it on QI...
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JNM on June 22, 2019, 03:43:01 am
I can't remember where I heard this, maybe Bill Bryson. The guy who Mt Everest is named after (A surveyor called George Everest) actually pronounced his name 'Eve' (as in Christmas Eve) rest, so his name has been mispronounced for years.
Stephen Fry mentioned it on QI...

Great source of trivia!
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on March 30, 2021, 09:45:01 am
The Sahara has been expanding at a rate of 11,000 square kilometers *per year* since 1950.
That's an entire Jamaica worth of desert every year, or a South Korea every 9!
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Chinguetti on March 30, 2021, 09:53:21 am
Stephen Fry mentioned it on QI...


Great source of trivia!

Also, Sir Everest didn't even want the peak named after him as he believed that local names should be respected, but his wish wasn't honored because it was claimed that a local name couldn't be confirmed at the time.

It has since been revealed that "Chomolungma" is the local name, but Mount Everest has persisted as the global standard.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Chinguetti on March 30, 2021, 10:14:30 am
No, I'm joshing. There's the occasional gold buried here in the banter.  :smiley:

The term "joshing" originates from the story of a guy named Josh Tatum who made a small fortune by misrepresenting Liberty Head nickels as $5 gold pieces (as the story goes, Mr. Tatum lived during the 1800s and supposedly noticed that these nickels were almost the same size and weight as the gold pieces, so he electroplated them and used them to purchase cheap items from hundreds of shops). He was eventually caught but was never prosecuted for some of the more serious crimes against him because, the laws being what they were at the time, there wasn't enough evidence against him to prove intentional deceit.

There's actually a lot of debate on whether or not this Josh Tatum actually existed, and, if he did, if he even lived during the time period in question, but, even so, that's where the term "joshing" comes from. :)

Read up more here if you're curious:

https://coinweek.com/us-coins/fact-or-myth-josh-tatum-and-racketeer-nickels/
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on March 30, 2021, 11:15:52 am
I hear that Josh Tatum also eventually managed to enroll in and play basketball for the University of Texas. After graduating, he moved back east where he currently litigates with the Chief Justice of Indiana. A man of many talents, I josh you not.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Chinguetti on November 11, 2021, 10:41:22 am
The slow loris is the only venomous primate in the world.

It also looks more like a marsupial than a primate, but it's a primate.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: OnNut81 on November 11, 2021, 12:14:21 pm
The slow loris is the only venomous primate in the world.

It also looks more like a marsupial than a primate, but it's a primate.

Many people also don't know that the slow loris is a real jerk! 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CO2 on November 11, 2021, 12:18:59 pm
Many people also don't know that the slow loris is a real jerk! 

(https://quotefancy.com/media/wallpaper/3840x2160/2545106-Norm-MacDonald-Quote-You-know-with-Hitler-the-more-I-learn-about.jpg)
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: OnNut81 on November 11, 2021, 01:29:51 pm
(https://quotefancy.com/media/wallpaper/3840x2160/2545106-Norm-MacDonald-Quote-You-know-with-Hitler-the-more-I-learn-about.jpg)

My faith in believing you would place that was not misplaced. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: gogators! on November 11, 2021, 01:51:48 pm
"Bees do not scream with their mouths but with their bodies. When giant hornets draw near and threaten their colony, Asian honeybees cock their abdomens into the air and run while vibrating their wings. The noise can sound eerily like a human scream.

In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers describe the Asian honeybee’s unique acoustic signal, which is called an antipredator pipe. The researchers colloquially refer to it as a “bee scream.”
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Mr C on November 11, 2021, 02:43:07 pm
(https://quotefancy.com/media/wallpaper/3840x2160/2545106-Norm-MacDonald-Quote-You-know-with-Hitler-the-more-I-learn-about.jpg)

The thing about Hitler is that, he did kill Hitler.  So ...
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Liechtenstein on November 11, 2021, 02:55:13 pm
The term "you guys" has nothing to do with sex. It goes back to the secret followers of Guy Fawkes who would ask newcomers if they were "one of the guys".
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: CO2 on November 11, 2021, 03:01:04 pm
Makgeolli is a bit of a misnomer. once you do your first filter and store it, this liquid is called wonju. If you leave it, it will settle in to a golden clear top layer and a milky solid sediment layer at the bottom. You can siphon the top part off and make cheongju. This is very strong (around 15-16%).

That bottom layer is still useful though. It is called takju. You can add water to it. This lessens the ABV and you get a much milder drink.

Wonju is also drinkable, too. Simply mix the golden liquid and the sediment around and you get a thicker 16% drink. I don't recommend that, seeing as cheongju is such an absolute pleasure to drink.

Makgeolli generally refers to the low ABV brew with the water added to the takju. Look at any makgeolli label (the legal one, with the ingredients and such) and they are classified as takju, NOT makgeolli.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on November 19, 2021, 06:10:59 am
Red bell peppers, i mean red capsicums, i mean red paprika peppers, i mean red sweet peppers...

Are both A FRUIT & #1 in Vitamin C content.

(Not enuf known facts)

When I have a half raw pepper (and hot sauce) with my Korean rice roll (kimbap) at the 10-minute absurdly-short dinner break we have, the locals look at me like i have two heads. They eat their provided cheap dinner with sugar and cream powdered coffee sticks while staring at my imported Japanese "drip" black coffee.

That said, the hot green peppers and variety of lettuce in EVERY supermarket makes up for it, nutritionwise.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on November 22, 2021, 04:27:08 am
Hungary is clearly #1 in colorectal cancer. South Korea is clearly #2.

I grew up with a Hungarian father cook of the household; I have lived and gorged on Korean food for the last 19 years.

I. Am. F***ed!

I will simply nod when the doctor informs me. ...

Though,...  I have in my fifties tried to go "never add salt", eat meat only once a week or so when Korean friends want to, no dairy, eat the equivalent of two bananas a day for fiber (hate the bowel effects of this). Am not far from saying f it! But i sip herbal tea at work and snack on nuts cuz research shows such good results (a smartphone can be smart if used to surf for info instead of for playing games and watching videos.) Ugh.

Eat 2 kinds of fruit and drink 2 L of water daily.

An 87 year old gave me that advice 24 years ago. I think she may have been right.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: hangook77 on November 22, 2021, 07:52:09 am
Beets are actually good in stew. 

Who knew?

I traditionally didn't like them.  But had to improvise this past weekend.  Actually pretty good.  Learn something new everyday.  Little known fact.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on November 22, 2021, 10:04:14 am
Beets are a stable in borscht, which is wildly popular in the predominantly Russian Doukhobor town I lived in.
Main, that stuff was *amazing*.
I used to mow the lawn of my 80 year old neighbour in return for a big jug of that stuff. Wish I still could today!


If you're looking for a good recipe involving beets, a lot of Ukrainian and Russian recipes use them.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on November 22, 2021, 10:36:02 am
Love beets.

Never have cooked them just ordered them at every opportunity.

Like rutabaga.

The nitrates in beets are supposedly why it's a superfood for athletes.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on November 22, 2021, 11:10:24 am
'Ive read that they're good for reducing blood pressure as well, when eaten in quantity.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: OnNut81 on November 22, 2021, 12:02:18 pm
Beets are a stable in borscht,


Beets being a stable is definitely a little know fact. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: hangook77 on November 22, 2021, 12:08:37 pm
Beets are a stable in borscht, which is wildly popular in the predominantly Russian Doukhobor town I lived in.
Main, that stuff was *amazing*.
I used to mow the lawn of my 80 year old neighbour in return for a big jug of that stuff. Wish I still could today!


If you're looking for a good recipe involving beets, a lot of Ukrainian and Russian recipes use them.

I use to hate them as a kid.  But I when I put it in the stew with the beef and the other veggies it gave a nice balance and was quit surprisingly good.  If I had of found rutabega, I prob would never have tried the beet root.  Glad I did.  I will check the Russian and Ukraine recipes. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: hangook77 on November 22, 2021, 12:13:02 pm
Stew with beets. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on November 22, 2021, 12:37:49 pm
Looks good!
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: hangook77 on November 22, 2021, 12:57:18 pm
Looks good!

I will definately make again.  Got leftovers for tonights supper too. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on November 25, 2021, 08:22:06 am
Mushrooms contain all the essential amino acids your body needs to make protein plus eight nonessential ones.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: grimlock2 on November 25, 2021, 04:42:31 pm
Harmless posts can disappear from this thread without any apparent reason
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: hippo on November 25, 2021, 05:05:53 pm
https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/how-much-horsepower-does-a-horse-have/

Horse effort can be measured in horse power.  And it is far more than 1 HP for a single horse.


“How much horsepower does a horse have?
Watt’s estimates were fairly accurate: one horsepower is roughly the average rate of work a healthy draught horse can do over a full day, confirmed by data from the 1925 Iowa State Fair and by English veterinary surgeon William Youatt.

In 1993, biologists R. D. Stevenson and R. J. Wassersug published a letter to Nature in which they estimated the maximum power output a horse can muster. Previous studies had shown that the maximum sustainable mechanical power per kilogram of muscle is between 100 and 200W. Using the lower bound, they calculated a theoretical peak performance of 18,000W, or around 24 horsepower.

Looking at data from the 1925 Iowa State Fair, they found a much lower real-world value. Over a short period of time, they calculate, a horse can exert up to 14.9 horsepower.“
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on November 25, 2021, 05:07:20 pm
Harmless posts can disappear from this thread without any apparent reason
This may be a little-known fact:

(I don't know which other mod did it, but ...) It is a longstanding practice to split threads if a significant side discussion happens or to "clean up" threads to keep discussion on topic.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on November 26, 2021, 07:07:52 am
It was me! I did it! Sorry!

But seriously, I binned a few political comments before they could hijack this thread as they often tend to do. I apologize for not splitting the topic or moving them to an existing one, but couldn't think of an appropriate place to put them... aside from where they ended up, that is.   :wink:
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: hangook77 on November 26, 2021, 10:28:13 am
New Kimchi is the best.  헷김치.  Not sure if I am spelling that right.  But, I am told that is what it is.  My Thursday school has loaded up on this.  I gobbled it down like a garbage disposal in the sink taking all the refuse.  The other regular kimchi I barely touch.  But that new stuff, just inject it into my veins directly. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: hippo on November 26, 2021, 09:37:40 pm
maybe true about new kimchi but not a fact https://i.pinimg.com/originals/bc/7d/99/bc7d998ddd37ece9696185b2b4c51fcd.gif (https://i.pinimg.com/originals/bc/7d/99/bc7d998ddd37ece9696185b2b4c51fcd.gif)
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on November 26, 2021, 10:56:08 pm
What is new kimchi?

Is it fresh kimchi?
(recently made, not "old kimchi")


I assume not, as fresh kimchi vs. old kimchi has been a debate for a long time. But,... the Internet has alternative expressions galore!
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Chester Jim on November 27, 2021, 06:43:36 am
The increase in heart attacks this year in athletes is because of the lack of exercise and definitely not the vaccine. 
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: chimp on November 27, 2021, 09:49:05 am
The increase in heart attacks this year in athletes is because of the lack of exercise and definitely not the vaccine. 

World Ecommunist Forum sounds legit.

I like how even that shitty source image you put up as a source just says "collapsed" yet in your telling it becomes "heart attack".
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on November 27, 2021, 10:40:48 am
The increase in heart attacks this year in athletes is because of the lack of exercise and definitely not the vaccine. 
It would be a fact if there was a study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated athletes post-COVID that showed no significant difference in heart attacks AND if another study was done independently by another scientist to repeat the results and confirm the finding AND there were no studies showing contrary results AND the scientific community had no widespread concerns over the methods used in the studies.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: gogators! on December 01, 2021, 04:22:21 am
Red bell peppers, i mean red capsicums, i mean red paprika peppers, i mean red sweet peppers...

Are both A FRUIT & #1 in Vitamin C content.

(Not enuf known facts)

When I have a half raw pepper (and hot sauce) with my Korean rice roll (kimbap) at the 10-minute absurdly-short dinner break we have, the locals look at me like i have two heads. They eat their provided cheap dinner with sugar and cream powdered coffee sticks while staring at my imported Japanese "drip" black coffee.

That said, the hot green peppers and variety of lettuce in EVERY supermarket makes up for it, nutritionwise.
I think the fact that peppers are high in vitamin C is pretty well known.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: gogators! on December 01, 2021, 04:23:27 am
Beets are a stable in borscht, which is wildly popular in the predominantly Russian Doukhobor town I lived in.
Main, that stuff was *amazing*.
I used to mow the lawn of my 80 year old neighbour in return for a big jug of that stuff. Wish I still could today!


If you're looking for a good recipe involving beets, a lot of Ukrainian and Russian recipes use them.
Yep, borscht is delicious. Don't forget the sour cream.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JNM on December 01, 2021, 07:20:41 pm
You can fit ~62 Earths in Uranus.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Liechtenstein on December 09, 2021, 02:23:51 pm
You can fit ~62 Earths in Uranus.

That would have to hurt.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: gogators! on December 10, 2021, 11:26:01 pm
Not actually fact, but strange and probably unknown to most:

"The Birds Aren't Real movement exists to spread awareness that the U.S. Government genocided over 12 Billion birds from 1959-2001, and replaced these birds with surveillance drone replicas, which still watch us every day. Once a preventative cause, our initial goal was to stop the forced extinction of real birds. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful, and the government has since replaced every living bird with robotic replicas. Now our movement's prerogative is to make everyone aware of this fact.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: JNM on December 10, 2021, 11:47:23 pm
I thought that chicken had a metallic taste!
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on December 10, 2021, 11:51:35 pm
... the U.S. Government genocided over 12 Billion birds from 1959-2001, and replaced these birds with surveillance drone replicas, which still watch us every day. Once a preventative cause, our initial goal was to stop the forced extinction of real birds. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful,...
No. Your local puddy cat did that. You indeed saw a puddy cat.

https://youtu.be/w-tZef9gmug

Seriously, a massive reduction and extinction of bird species up and down the urbanized east coast of the U.S. of A is due to domesticated felines.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: Kyndo on December 13, 2021, 07:00:49 am
The catch-neuter-and release method isn't enough.
What needs to be done (in addition to the above) is to breed a subspecies of Felis catus so that when it breeds with feral cats, it produces sterile offspring (a common trait of related species hybrids).
This will ensure that both subspecies will remain, but greatly reduce reproductive viability, which will crash feral populations after 2 or 3 generations (less than a decade).

Something like this is being used to control several species of malaria mosquitos and has shown to be very effective.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: T_Rex on December 19, 2021, 02:01:27 pm
80% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border.

(https://unofficialnetworks.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/88/2021/07/Capture-44.jpg)

It seems kind of weird that such a large country is mostly uninhabited.
Title: Re: Tell me a little-known fact.
Post by: VanIslander on December 19, 2021, 02:50:34 pm
80% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border.

(https://unofficialnetworks.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/88/2021/07/Capture-44.jpg)

It seems kind of weird that such a large country is mostly uninhabited.
You are clearly not Canadian. It is a well-known fact.

Yeah, Edmonton may be the northernmost significant city in Canada, but it is farther from the U.S. border than Pyongyang, North Korea is from Busan, South Korea.