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Random stuff you've learned!
« on: July 08, 2021, 11:56:05 PM »
In going through old Newspapers on microfilm, I've learned some really random things lately.  So I thought I'd make a thread about it and then others can chime in with things they've learned that others might find interesting.

There was a butter surplus in 1939. 

Shirley Temple's pet dog was in "Just Around the Corner" and she gives it a bath in one of the scenes.  It got paid $7.50 a day.

One article I saw today talked about the cost of Ed Wynn's shoes.  He'd found a pair that was perfect for his act (they got him laughs) and since he couldn't ever find a suitable replacement pair, he paid to have them re-soled and repaired when they wore out.  He estimated he'd spent somewhere around $2,000 on his shoes. 

The local papers that I'm going through list all the outstanding taxes on properties from the previous year every January.  I guess that's one way to find out how in debt your neighbors really are!

When Babe Ruth played some exhibition games in Japan the posters that were made to advertise the events changed his eyes to make him appear more Japanese.

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 #1 on: July 09, 2021, 12:21:14 AM »
I just learnt right now that some cars get confused on really hot days and stall.
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2021, 12:58:22 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.
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2021, 03:17:02 AM »
I read an article about Soviet kamikaze dogs, basically during WW2 soviets would train dogs to crawl under German tanks while strapped with timed explosives that would then explode destroying not only the poor doggo but the tank too. The problem was that all dogs were trained on parked unmanned tanks, whereas in the battlefield the tanks were moving and firing. The dogs would either be too scarred to approach the moving noisy tanks, or the firing guns would frighten them so much that they'd run right back to the trenches with the bomb still ticking, killing the Soviets inside :lol: Another problem was that apparently the dogs were trained on Soviet diesel tanks whereas German tanks ran on gasoline, and since dogs mainly use smell for orientation, you can guess which tanks they often picked to crawl under based on familiar scent... I guess the moral of the story is: don't use dogs as bombs.
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2021, 03:41:50 AM »
I learned the Japanese word for idiot from Diamond no Ace.

Thanks to the Shoutbox I learned that an eyeliner sharpener works well on colored pencils. 

An amusement park ride that terrified me as a child was redesigned into a much less scary ride a few years after I rode it.  The ride still standing but no longer operates due to flood damage that cannot be repaired.


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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2021, 06:19:12 AM »
I like to think I can write, so I do for fun, & for a fanfiction I had to research some animals & I rapidly became hooked on sharks. They're jawesome!!! There are over 500 species & only four have EVER attacked humans (& that's a rare occurrence indeed). One can walk on reef shallows, one has a beard (that one's name even means shaggy beard), one can gulp air for buoyancy, most (except your pelagic - ocean-roaming - sharks) can buccal pump, they can sense electric currents... If you want more fun sharky facts come to me. If you have sharky facts feel free to share xxx

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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2021, 10:00:25 PM »
i'm not sure why it's taken me 30 something years to realize that when my Polish ancestors came to the united states sometime around the turn of the 20th century Poland wasn't a country. it was partitioned.

it dawned on me a while back when i was reading a book about the Russian revolution. I can't believe i never thought about it before :blush:
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2021, 01:04:07 AM »
There was also a plan to have pigeon piloted bombs in the second world war. Thankfully it didn't happen BUT a pigeon was decorated for bravery in one of the wars after managing to deliver a message despite taking injury and losing a leg en route.

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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2021, 11:21:34 AM »
There was also a plan to have pigeon piloted bombs in the second world war. Thankfully it didn't happen BUT a pigeon was decorated for bravery in one of the wars after managing to deliver a message despite taking injury and losing a leg en route.
Was that Cher Ami??? Apt name I think (anybody who risked life & literal limb to rescue me would be a dear friend indeed)
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2021, 12:10:58 PM »
There was also a plan to have pigeon piloted bombs in the second world war. Thankfully it didn't happen BUT a pigeon was decorated for bravery in one of the wars after managing to deliver a message despite taking injury and losing a leg en route.
Was that Cher Ami??? Apt name I think (anybody who risked life & literal limb to rescue me would be a dear friend indeed)

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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2021, 02:22:25 PM »
That wasps like bees can recognize individuals faces, and remember them.

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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2021, 11:36:23 PM »
That wasps like bees can recognize individuals faces, and remember them.

oh no. i just chased one off my patio this morning. it almost went in the house!
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2021, 02:43:13 AM »
Mockingbirds and crows also remember individual people and if you were kind or mean to them.
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2021, 11:22:55 AM »
That wasps like bees can recognize individuals faces, and remember them.

oh no. i just chased one off my patio this morning. it almost went in the house!

Heheh, it's definitely better to be gentle, skirt around them, and try to make peace, as they will eventually get used to you and leave you alone. Wasps are quite nice to have around! But yeah, one probably wouldn't want them inside the house  ^^;

On a slightly related topic, I just learned about the Boll Weevil Monument and now I want my own miniature replica  XD
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Re: Random stuff you've learned!
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2021, 01:44:55 AM »
I recently learned about this "brilliant" inventor who came up with a totally revolutionary way of storing excess energy in form of a huge crane that uses the energy surplus to lift heavy concrete blocks and then converts it back to electricity when needed by lowering them back to power the generator with gravity... which is pretty much like the plain old pumped storage except needlessly more complicated and much less practical :rolleyes:
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