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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2021, 03:09:39 AM »
Mockingbirds and crows also remember individual people and if you were kind or mean to them.

I read a National Geographic article about this, and it's so cool! There was this little girl that befriended the crows in her yard by leaving them trinkets, and they would bring her gifts in return.

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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2021, 02:23:13 PM »
Oil pumps have an alarm that sounds for several minutes before they turn on.



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« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2021, 04:18:56 PM »
A living mermaid named Serpentina traveled with a trained Flea Circus (complete with juggling fleas) and marine show.  The picture of her makes it look like she was a real mermaid.  It doesn't look like a costume...  Found an article on her along with a picture.  Apparently she was born with no bones below her shoulders.  So she had arm bones but not a backbone. 
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2021, 10:46:10 PM »
The 1931 paper I'm going through now has advertisements for sliced bread. 

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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2021, 03:05:01 AM »
Betty White is older than sliced bread.
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2021, 03:04:36 PM »
Betty White is older than sliced bread.

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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2021, 03:22:29 PM »
There's apparently a troll conspiracy theory according to which birds don't exist and are actually surveillance drones used by CIA.
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2021, 04:02:26 PM »
A favourite detail from my years doing classical Japanese.

The Japanese word for thunder and lightning (kaminari) comes orthographically from kami (god) and roar (naru).

So a storm is the roar of the gods in Japanese.

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« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2021, 08:53:29 PM »
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #24 on: July 15, 2021, 12:13:23 AM »
There's apparently a troll conspiracy theory according to which birds don't exist and are actually surveillance drones used by CIA.

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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2021, 02:38:10 PM »
A favourite detail from my years doing classical Japanese.

The Japanese word for thunder and lightning (kaminari) comes orthographically from kami (god) and roar (naru).

So a storm is the roar of the gods in Japanese.



That's really interesting. :)  I always enjoy learning about words.


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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2021, 09:54:27 PM »
Scar tissue is held together by vitamin C (among others) and if you have a vit C deficiency not only will you get scurvy but all your scars will open.

I learned this while googling scar tissue. I have an 11 inch scar on my scalp. Part of it didn't heal together correctly and it's smooth on one side and bumpy and raised on the other. This part of my scar sometimes feels tight and it hurts. I used to have nightmares about it coming undone. I didn't think it could happen but yep, it can! I think I'm going to take extra vitamin C from now on...
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2021, 01:03:57 AM »
I learned an interesting hack that lets you win almost any game of Guess Who? (as long as the opponent doesn't know it too), it is based on some computer search of ordered sets or something. Basically, your first question is "Does the person's name start with a letter that is after M in the alphabet?" and if the opponent says "yes", you eliminate all names that start with something between A and M, if "no" - all between N and Z. Either way, you already have it narrowed down to only a half after just the first question. Then in the next turn you ask the same question except this time for either G or T, depending on which half you're left with. Then in every subsequent question you replace it with whatever letter is in the middle of your current range, and usually you should win after just four or five turns. And the best thing is, it's not even against the rules, since nothing says you can't ask these types of questions!
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2021, 01:31:56 AM »
I just learned that in the Sims games 'Live Mode' is pronounced live as in liver and not live rhymes with five. I've been saying it wrong for 20 years.

This comment literally changed my entire life.


Similarly, when you see shampoo that says "no more tears" it isn't referencing the kind that comes out of your eyes. It means the kind you do to paper for example. How crazy is that? I know I'm not the only one that interpreted it like, if it gets in your eyes it won't sting.

BUT, on the same note, did you know that those shampoo bottles with the eyes are meant to be shaped like fish? It's really not a random detail!
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2021, 02:57:32 AM »
One quarter of all the bones in your body are located in your feet!!

Each foot has 26 different bones, which is 52 bones in both. Your body has 206 bones.
I learned this when I got a Lisfranc fracture in my right foot back in February.
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