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swears
11-11-2009, 12:03 AM
General thread for suprising/interesting/weird trivia


About 10 percent of electricity in the United States is generated by fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, including Russian ones. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/business/energy-environment/10nukes.html)

zhao
11-11-2009, 06:13 AM
thats mad.

i didn't know Chopin died at age 39 until yesterday.

the 1 in 3 (or something like that) girls were sexually molested is a real shocker. (but i'm guessing that might include minor things such as seeing a flasher in the park?)

but did you know that 86% of all statistics were made up?

STN
11-11-2009, 09:15 AM
Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee was an unused substitute in the second leg of IFK Gothenburg's 1987 uefa final win over Dundee United.

Bang Diddley
11-11-2009, 11:15 AM
Well I know it now, but when found out that Gil Scot Heron's dad was the first black footballer to play for Celtic (a Scotish football/soccer team for the overseas ppl) in the 1950's. I was like W0w, I didnt know that.

baboon2004
11-11-2009, 11:42 AM
Well I know it now, but when found out that Gil Scot Heron's dad was the first black footballer to play for Celtic (a Scotish football/soccer team for the overseas ppl) in the 1950's. I was like W0w, I didnt know that.

There's a brilliant BBC4 documentary on GSH that has five minutes talking about this. Not sure if it's be findable...actually, it is!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UFJThh3GZM

zhao
11-11-2009, 11:49 AM
if a sperm is the size of a whale, it would swim at faster than the speed of sound.

PeteUM
11-11-2009, 01:39 PM
if a sperm is the size of a whale, it would swim at faster than the speed of sound.

Man, that's some potential goriness!

paolo
11-11-2009, 02:00 PM
A cubic mile of sunlight weighs about eight pounds. I know that's true cos I read it somewhere

massrock
11-11-2009, 02:05 PM
Man, that's some potential goriness!
Not to mention nuts the size of Mars!

hucks
11-11-2009, 06:03 PM
Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee was an unused substitute in the second leg of IFK Gothenburg's 1987 uefa final win over Dundee United.

Blimey (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/nov/10/the-fiver-liverpool-david-ngog)



THE FIVER'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! (THE LATEST AND, MORE THAN LIKELY, LAST IN A SERIES OF ASTONISHING FOOTBALL 'FACTS' WITH WHICH YOU CAN AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS DOWN THE DRINKER TONIGHT)

*COUGH*

*SCREECH OF MICROPHONE FEEDBACK*

*HUSHED SILENCE*

Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee was an unused substitute in the second leg of IFK Gothenburg's 1987 Euro Vase final win over Dundee United.

So it must be true

Sick Boy
11-11-2009, 07:38 PM
"An interview with the man who designed the ambient sound at Disney World, ensuring a constant experience rather than one that ends with the end of the ride. It was initially a little uneven, with sound changing volumes depending on where you stood, so they used algorithms to position 15,000 speakers around the park so that the levels would never change."

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/08/how-the-ambient-soun.html

Mr. Tea
12-11-2009, 01:22 AM
if a sperm is the size of a whale, it would swim at faster than the speed of sound.


Not to mention nuts the size of Mars!

Aww, c'mon you guys, my ears are burning here...

zhao
12-11-2009, 05:31 AM
things we know =

2% of things we think we know =

0.034% of things we know we don't know =

0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000173% of things we don't know we don't know.

yes i am reading the black swan.

paolo
12-11-2009, 08:14 AM
I always thought that Donald Rumsfeld 'known unknowns' and 'unknown unknowns' quote (which I recall he was widely mocked for) actually made quite a lot of sense

zhao
12-11-2009, 08:30 AM
I always thought that Donald Rumsfeld 'known unknowns' and 'unknown unknowns' quote (which I recall he was widely mocked for) actually made quite a lot of sense


"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we do not know we don’t know.”

This seems to be a skewed take on Confucius, as quoted in Thoreau's Walden: "To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge."[1]

The statement won the 2003 Foot in Mouth award from the Plain English Campaign,[3] and is also hailed as an example of found poetry by the GOP Ministry of Official Poetry.

Psychoanalytic philosopher Slavoj Zizek extrapolates from these three categories a fourth, the unknown known, that which we don't know or intentionally refuse to acknowledge that we know:[7]
“ If Rumsfeld thinks that the main dangers in the confrontation with Iraq were the "unknown unknowns," that is, the threats from Saddam whose nature we cannot even suspect, then the Abu Ghraib scandal shows that the main dangers lie in the "unknown knowns" - the disavowed beliefs, suppositions and obscene practices we pretend not to known about, even though they form the background of our public values.

The term was in use within the United States military establishment long before Rumsfeld's quote to the press in 2002. An early use of the term comes from a paper entitled Clausewitz and Modern War Gaming: losing can be better than winning by Raymond B. Furlong



...

Mr. Tea
12-11-2009, 08:40 AM
yes i am reading the black swan.

Actually I assumed your were channelling Donny Rumsfeld. ;)

Edit: dammit, note to self - read to end of thread before replying.

I think Rummy's comment does make sense, as does Zizek's lemma to it.

baboon2004
12-11-2009, 09:07 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/nov/11/the-forgotten-story-of-ali-inoki

full of wide-eyed facts.

scottdisco
12-11-2009, 09:33 AM
Well I know it now, but when found out that Gil Scot Heron's dad was the first black footballer to play for Celtic (a Scotish football/soccer team for the overseas ppl) in the 1950's. I was like W0w, I didnt know that.

gosh yes i read about that in a newspaper about three weeks ago and was gobsmacked

viktorvaughn
12-11-2009, 09:45 AM
The root of the words peasant and pagan is the same.

Mr. Tea
13-11-2009, 12:59 AM
The Ancient Egyptians worshipped cats because they thought they were funny.

These giant cat heads were built underground, and seen by no-one:

http://katze-mit-wut.azundris.com/uploads/BrassEye_for_the_Queer_Guy-Pyramid_Cat.png

Pestario
13-11-2009, 03:47 PM
Immryr's search for a Go gameboard in another thread lead me to some interesting facts on wikipedia:


The game complexity of Go is such that describing even elementary strategy fills many introductory books. In fact, numerical estimates show that the number of possible games of Go far exceeds the number of atoms in the known universe

and


As of June 2008, the most powerful supercomputer in the world, IBM's "Roadrunner" distributed cluster, can sustain 1.02 petaflops. At this rate, even given an exceedingly low estimate of 10 flops required to assess the value of one play of a stone, Roadrunner would require 138 hours, more than five days, to assess all possible combinations of the next eight moves in order to make a single play.

vimothy
13-11-2009, 04:05 PM
yes i am reading the black swan.

I have gone off NNT big time. The man is a self-obssessed crank.

zhao
14-11-2009, 08:38 AM
I have gone off NNT big time. The man is a self-obssessed crank.

well the beginning is certainly not without eyebrow raising passages, either total cliche or simply "oh wow he goes from that... all the way to this in one sentence. as if a simple matter of course???"

but not ready to give up since i like the premise (a lot), and i'm hoping there are rewards later. did you find it completely a waste of time?

any suggestions for better along these lines?

HMGovt
16-11-2009, 01:38 PM
all the gold in the world would fit in the space beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower

fish are not soluble in water

speaking of gold, i learnt this week that there has been no independent audit of the amount of gold in Fort Knox since the 1950s. It might be long gone for all anyone outside the Federal Reserve knows.

routes
17-11-2009, 12:59 PM
most toilets flush in E flat!

polystyle desu
17-11-2009, 04:57 PM
Didn't know this either
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/18/world/europe/18czech.html?hp

swears
17-11-2009, 06:32 PM
The president and prime minister of Poland are identical twin brothers.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5161446.stm

zhao
17-11-2009, 06:45 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_%28crocodile%29


Gustave is a massive Nile crocodile living in Burundi. Estimated to be around 6.7 metres (22 ft) in length and weighing around 1.3 tons, he is the largest confirmed crocodile ever seen in Africa.[1] He is a notorious man-eater, who is rumored to have claimed as many as 300 victims from the banks of the Ruzizi River and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika. While this number is likely exaggerated, Gustave has attained a near-mythical status and is greatly feared by people in the region. He is said to hunt and leave his victims' corpses uneaten.

Mr. Tea
17-11-2009, 07:15 PM
If you were to lay all the wearisome cliches about the total length of blood vessels, nerves etc. in the human body end-to-end, they'd stretch to the moon and back.

zhao
18-11-2009, 11:29 AM
todd edwards is from New Jersey.

allegiant
19-11-2009, 10:16 PM
Once upon a time there was an actual documented 'dancing plague' in France, in the 16th century. Numerous people began throwing shapes for days without rest, and over the period of a few weeks, most of the participants died from heart failure, strokes, or enfeeblement.

grizzleb
19-11-2009, 10:29 PM
Once upon a time there was an actual documented 'dancing plague' in France, in the 16th century. Numerous people began throwing shapes for days without rest, and over the period of a few weeks, most of the participants died from heart failure, strokes, or enfeeblement.
Haha, yeah I remember reading about that. Fucking hilarious.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania

hahaha

baboon2004
03-12-2009, 02:04 PM
Dissensus quiz question for Thursday - name cities that are built on seven hills.

After Rome, I'll give you Bath (apparently - I didn't know any aside from Rome). Ten (at least) to get in all.

vimothy
03-12-2009, 02:17 PM
Sheff, obv.

Pestario
03-12-2009, 04:50 PM
Barcelona, I think

baboon2004
03-12-2009, 05:11 PM
Amman, Bath, Iasi, Istanbul, Moscow, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, Sheffield, and Yaounde.

Apparently.

andrewdigits
07-12-2009, 11:13 PM
Is Edinburgh correct?

lanugo
08-12-2009, 01:02 AM
At the end of the 17th century Tsar Peter the Great introduced a tax on beards in Russia. Every man fond of his facial hair had to pay in order to be allowed to keep it. The fee for full beards was especially high.

I, for one, absolutely support this policy and call for it to be reintroduced immediately! Beards are just silly.

padraig (u.s.)
08-12-2009, 04:31 AM
I, for one, absolutely support this policy and call for it to be reintroduced immediately! Beards are just silly.

you'll have to pry my beard from my cold dead hands. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0B_UZNtEk4&feature=related)

zhao
10-01-2010, 07:56 AM
http://religiouscomics.net/my_images/spaceb.jpg
.

sufi
10-01-2010, 12:58 PM
nice one dear zhao,
you probably saw this, on a similar theme, but getting smaller:

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/

jenks
10-01-2010, 01:21 PM
cheers zhao - that's my son's homework done for him. He had a free hand to research something about space!!!

We have just sat there and gone wow alot over the pix.

jenks
10-01-2010, 02:14 PM
don't suppose you got a link for it - we're having trouble printing it out!

zhao
10-01-2010, 03:08 PM
not sure what you mean by a link... just open the image in photoshop and print it out? might have to cut it up into a few pieces though...

that micro one is nice soofie :)

jenks
10-01-2010, 04:02 PM
not sure what you mean by a link... just open the image in photoshop and print it out? might have to cut it up into a few pieces though...

that micro one is nice soofie :)

All ok now - the nipper figured it out long before his old man!

don_quixote
10-01-2010, 04:38 PM
zhao, i sort of knew that but WOW. it always blows your mind the enormity of it all

lanugo
10-01-2010, 05:48 PM
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PeteUM
10-01-2010, 06:22 PM
Yeah nice one Zhao. I think you just put my half-hour cycle ride to the venue in perspective, and possibly quite a few other things besides. Will also definitely show my son that to try and instill a sense of wonder but also a sense of "fuck it-ness" with regards to earthly cares.

zhao
10-01-2010, 06:29 PM
^^ what Dr. Luc Montagnier says here is completely in line with various things i have heard from AIDS sceptics who question the official story, as well as flat-out deniers who say the entire phenomenon is full of lies and largely a conspiracy.

• general health is more important to a person's well being than having or not having the virus.

• the drugs they sell (and make a LOT of money from) either help very little, do not help, or are actually harmful.

• there are a great number of people who are living extra-ordinarily healthy lives WITH the HIV virus, after switching to super conscious and healthy diets.

but of course when i brought them up in this thread (http://dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=3236&highlight=aids) with the admittedly over-sensationalist title, ideas like these were not only shot down by everyone on this forum, but used as an proof, by some, of my "kooky californian" loose screws.

I'm going to post this video up in that thread. thanks lanugo.

scottdisco
10-01-2010, 10:48 PM
top work Zhao, kudos, takes the breath away, the comparative stuff.

think board jury out on the HIV stuff ;)

(of course not to deny nutrition is fundamental; but i'll leave it at that on this thread)

Mr. Tea
11-01-2010, 12:00 AM
That chart of the relative sizes of various astronomical bodies is incomplete - the final object in the sequence is in fact your mum.

mixed_biscuits
11-01-2010, 08:15 AM
lol

luka
11-01-2010, 08:23 AM
i dont beleive in nutrition. you can adapt to anything and be healthy. my hippie cousin has been eatving exclusively raw vegan food for years and he looks like an athlete.
then what about those eskimos? they eat nothing but meat and i bet they're fit as fiddles.

baboon2004
11-01-2010, 08:35 AM
http://discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-paradox

PeteUM
11-01-2010, 06:59 PM
That chart of the relative sizes of various astronomical bodies is incomplete - the final object in the sequence is in fact your mum.


Even in a universe as wondrous and seemingly infinite as ours one would have thought there were a limited number of 'your Mum' jokes, but no here is Mr. T to dazzle us with science yet again.

Mr. Tea
11-01-2010, 10:45 PM
Since your mum is infinitely slutty and infinitely fat, there exists an infinite set of jokes than may be made about her. (Russell & Hilbert, 1922)

Edit: lemma - though I will concede it is merely a countably infinite set.

Mr. Tea
11-01-2010, 11:45 PM
http://discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-paradox

This one's for zhao:


In general, hunter-gatherers tend to eat more animal protein than we do in our standard Western diet, with its reliance on agriculture and carbohydrates derived from grains and starchy plants.

PeteUM
12-01-2010, 02:06 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by 'Discover' magazine
In general, hunter-gatherers tend to eat more animal protein than we do in our standard Western diet, with its reliance on agriculture and carbohydrates derived from grains and starchy plants.

And also, presumably, your mum.

nomadthethird
12-01-2010, 06:03 AM
This one's for zhao:

Not to mention the massive subsidies paid to corn farmers that has led to a diet filled with corn-derived sugars/starches, fueling the junk-food industry and contributing to the obesity epidemic.

Mr. Tea
12-01-2010, 10:17 AM
and also, presumably, your mum.

:)

baboon2004
12-01-2010, 10:51 AM
From that article.

"We used seal oil for our cooking and as a dipping sauce for food."

In a gastropub near you, soon.

Ish.

Mr. Tea
12-01-2010, 11:08 AM
Ha, yeah, a kind of Jeremy Clarkson/AA Gill-approved gastropub that deliberately sources horrifically unsustainable and unethical ingredients from endangered animals and really fragile ecosystems...

baboon2004
12-01-2010, 11:10 AM
Daily special: Stir-fried panda.

Mr. Tea
12-01-2010, 11:19 AM
Daily special: Stir-fried panda.

*salivates*

Edit: cripes, cannibalism! I am slow today. :confused:

baboon2004
12-01-2010, 11:22 AM
maybe they could employ an animal rights extremist to harangue you during the meal, to make everything ok ethically.

Mr. Tea
12-01-2010, 11:32 AM
Or simply to augment the frisson of doing something Really Bad.

STN
12-01-2010, 11:38 AM
They wouldn't let you in unless every member of your party had driven there separately.

Mr. Tea
12-01-2010, 02:16 PM
...having already got half-cut at another pub en route...

paolo
12-01-2010, 02:36 PM
That space image...goodness me

STN
12-01-2010, 02:39 PM
I think they'd have to have a tank so you could pick which 'beardy, sandal-wearing, muesli-eating Guardian reader' you want to eat.

RobJC
12-01-2010, 03:18 PM
On the macro/micro scale tip

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mr_3u5vh2QM&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mr_3u5vh2QM&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

baboon2004
12-01-2010, 04:11 PM
I think they'd have to have a tank so you could pick which 'beardy, sandal-wearing, muesli-eating Guardian reader' you want to eat.

There would have to be a 'How We Make Foie Gras' video on permanent loop, and possibly staff torturing Arakan Forest turtles in the back room.

And you wouldn't be able to drive there - you'd have to fly.

Mr. Tea
12-01-2010, 04:21 PM
This is starting to sound like something from a Pynchon novel. Or maybe Robert Rankin.

STN
12-01-2010, 04:24 PM
I think they'd let you drive if you made sure you knocked a cyclist over on the way.

baboon2004
12-01-2010, 04:31 PM
and then dragged him/her behind your car to the restaurant, where they would be added to a daily ongoing roadkill stew.

BareBones
18-01-2010, 05:24 PM
That space image...goodness me

on a similarly far-out tip:
http://www.ted.com/talks/george_smoot_on_the_design_of_the_universe.html

Mr. Tea
26-01-2010, 12:19 PM
Even in a universe as wondrous and seemingly infinite as ours one would have thought there were a limited number of 'your Mum' jokes, but no here is Mr. T to dazzle us with science yet again.

This just in: cosmologists think they've finally solved the mystery of the missing three-quarters of the universe's mass...

http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/6910/cosmic.jpg

PeteUM
26-01-2010, 02:52 PM
I tip my hat. Very good.

Mr. Tea
26-01-2010, 03:39 PM
I tip my hat. Very good.

No doubt a fine hat indeed, from what I've seen.

In retrospect I could probably have gone with "zhao's head" instead of "your mum", but I thought I'd keep in theme...

Corpsey
06-02-2010, 12:55 AM
All those universe related videos/pics are mindblowing.

massrock
21-03-2010, 04:46 PM
Did we have this one:

http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe.swf

paolo
22-03-2010, 02:55 PM
For those massive stars - how can we tell how far away they are? How can we tell whether a star's not that big and fairly close, or absolutely massive and really far away? Is it something to do with the wavelengths of the light that we receive from them?

Mr. Tea
22-03-2010, 03:43 PM
Good question - it's not my field, but I think there are pretty well-understood relationships between the temperature of a star, its composition (both of which you can derive from its spectrum) and its overall power output, which along with the distance determines the apparent brightness. So you can work it out with a reasonable degree of certainty.

You can estimate the distance of stars that are 'nearby', in astronomical terms, by making measurements of their apparent position in the sky at a certain time of year and again six months later. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallax#Stellar_parallax) This information can then be used to calibrate the estimated distances of much more distant stars.

Edit - I just realised this is astronomical Father Ted - to Dougal: "These are very small; those are far. Away." :D

zhao
08-05-2010, 04:44 PM
BBC wrote: in this deeply spiritual country, the line between myth and reality may sometimes be blurred, but for the first time it's been made to stand up to scientific scrutiny.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8652837.stm?ls

grizzleb
08-05-2010, 04:46 PM
Hahaha, I love that all those doctors totally believe it.

nomadthethird
08-05-2010, 04:54 PM
Hahaha, I love that all those doctors totally believe it.

Chuckle. I've already heard about this, but the video makes it even more ridiculous.

Let's say the guy hasn't eaten in a while... he's clearly low on fat reserves and fluids. Those doctors should have their licenses revoked for not putting that fucker on IV nutrients/fluids.

massrock
25-05-2010, 02:33 AM
Actress Hedy Lamarr co-invented radio technology that is the basis of Wi-Fi.

grizzleb
03-06-2010, 02:22 AM
Some of the chat on links from that fasting Indian.

http://www.rationalistinternational.net/article/20031201_en.htm

http://www.helium.com/items/1830574-how-a-man-can-live-seven-decades-without-food-or-water

Some quality capers.




In 1992, Sanal Edamaruku exposed the godman Pilot Baba who claimed that he survived in meditation under water for five days without breathing. Pilot Baba's under-water feat attracted national and international attention. He constructed a huge swimming pool in a Delhi public park, climbed down in front of a crowd of 4000, ordered water to be pumped in and stayed there underwater for four days. That was at least the claim.

But Edamaruku and his assistants exposed him. They found out that there was a special secret pipeline connection. Though water was pumped in, the tarpaulin-covered pool did not get wet inside, and the Baba had a comfortable time on its dry ground. Four years later, in 1996, he tried it again. This time he claimed to stay for four days buried under the earth. Edamaruku exposed him again in front of television cameras. This time he was sitting comfortably in an underground dug-up room.


Hahah. Sneaky.

Sectionfive
03-06-2010, 04:22 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn0-Upn4mJ8


Inspiration for Jamie Principal at 2:15 apparently

lanugo
28-09-2010, 01:30 AM
To spare a stranded terminally ill whale an agonising death and put it to sleep the International Whaling Commission officially recommends - explosives.

zhao
28-09-2010, 06:07 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8652837.stm?ls


Prahlad Jani, an 82-year-old yogi who claimed he hadn’t eaten or drunk anything for 70 years , was observed by 30 medics in a hospital in the Indian state of Gujarat. He spent two weeks under constant surveillance in an area equipped with cameras and closed circuit television. During the 15-day period, which ended Thursday, Jani didn’t eat, drink or go to the toilet.

From AFP:

“We still do not know how he survives,” neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters after the end of the experiment. “It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is.”

“If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one,” said Shah. “As medical practitioners we cannot shut our eyes to possibilities, to a source of energy other than calories.”

The study was done by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the state defense and military research institute. They hope to unlock the key to Jani’s mysterious ability so that others can benefit, such as soldiers in the field, astronauts in space, and victims trapped in natural disasters.

Doctors performed several tests on Jani’s heart, lungs and memory capacity and took scans of his organs, brain and blood vessels. Lab work will also be completed on his hormones, enzymes, energy metabolism and genes. The findings will be revealed in greater detail over the next several months.

Jani claimed that he has not had anything to eat or drink since 1940, and called himself a breatharian, sustaining himself on air and meditation. According to AFP, Jani said he was given his special powers after being blessed by a goddess when he was young. After the observation and tests were completed, he returned to his village in northern Gujarat where he will continue his routine of yoga and meditation.


http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/05/10/indian-man-survives-without-food-and-water-baffles-doctors/#ixzz10nU06wNg

they studied him back in 2003 too: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3236118.stm

michael
28-09-2010, 07:52 AM
To spare a stranded terminally ill whale an agonising death and put it to sleep the International Whaling Commission officially recommends - explosives.

I heard a radio report about that, if it's the one off Australia. They were planning to lay large amounts of explosives on its head, then cover that with sandbags, then set them off, so the blast would only detonate inwards/downwards.

Night-night.

zhao
29-09-2010, 10:06 AM
moved to FUSH.

Sectionfive
23-10-2010, 10:25 PM
'..."Technics SL-1200" series since its launch in 1972, sold a total of about 350 million units.'

zhao
24-10-2010, 10:34 AM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs797.snc4/67746_451718778257_558333257_5240510_8071888_n.jpg

sites of violent deaths in downtown baghdad 2004-2009

http://warlogs.wikileaks.org/


The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 'civilians'; 23,984 'enemy' (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 'host nation' (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 'friendly' (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the 'Afghan War Diaries', previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivallent population size.

Sectionfive
24-10-2010, 03:01 PM
^
Google insights wikileaks searches
(http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=wikileaks&cmpt=q)
No sign of the US in the top ten, and Kenya number one.


Regional interest
1. Kenya
2. Sweden
3. Pakistan
4. Australia
5. Norway
6. United Arab Emirates
7. Finland
8. New Zealand
9. United Kingdom
10. Ireland

Makes ya think...

sufi
24-10-2010, 04:41 PM
sites of violent deaths in downtown baghdad 2004-2009

http://warlogs.wikileaks.org/

depressingly, nothing much in those 400,000 documents seems very surprising... :(

Sectionfive
08-11-2010, 03:08 AM
http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/toiletpaper/history.html :)

Slothrop
09-11-2010, 11:18 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benford%27s_law

Sectionfive
15-11-2010, 01:44 AM
http://s3.amazonaws.com/twitpic/photos/large/193031405.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=0ZRYP5X5F6FSMBCCSE82&Expires=1289785456&Signature=xDcOAySHJoGAdDZqCRdTQAxQtjM%3D

Obviously I knew we had electricity and that but I never knew you could tweet from space.

Mr. Tea
18-11-2010, 12:31 PM
The Wikileaks saga continues, with a Swedish prosecutor issuing a detainment order against Assange due to a reopening of the (previously retracted) rape case against him: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11785281

Sectionfive
18-11-2010, 01:36 PM
CERN have been able to create and capture antimatter ( http://www.labmate-online.com/news/news-and-views/5/breaking_news/cern_scientists_capture_antimatter/12833/)

Sectionfive
19-11-2010, 01:22 PM
Can You Read the Smallest Legible Computer Font? (http://gizmodo.com/5690408/can-you-read-the-smallest-legible-computer-font)


http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2010/11/minifont.jpg

Sectionfive
16-01-2011, 09:29 PM
http://vimeo.com/18623681

zhao
04-03-2011, 04:52 PM
http://www.bigpichost.com/files/turtlesnatcher_76k0nrfp.gif

slowtrain
11-03-2011, 07:29 AM
http://www.bigpichost.com/files/turtlesnatcher_76k0nrfp.gif

Yes - snapping turtles really are very evil animals. (Some very disgusting vids on youtube if you are messed up enough to watch)

hucks
17-03-2011, 06:43 PM
Like, dude.... (http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/)

BareBones
19-03-2011, 02:10 PM
this maybe should go in the technology forum but whatever, lots of good stuff here -

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/15/sxsw-2011-internet-online?INTCMP=SRCH

including the claim:"credit card companies can predict with 98% accuracy, two years in advance, when a couple is going to divorce, based on spending patterns alone."

Leo
19-03-2011, 03:13 PM
Like, dude.... (http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/)

holy shit! cool, thanks.

Sectionfive
19-03-2011, 11:16 PM
Like, dude.... (http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/)
Cheers for that.



http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lhwrnh4Jv61qzy0ygo1_500.jpg

Sectionfive
18-11-2011, 11:05 PM
http://i.imgur.com/ENoeh.jpg

bandshell
18-11-2011, 11:13 PM
David Silva started out as a goalkeeper

slowtrain
19-11-2011, 12:25 AM
http://i.imgur.com/ENoeh.jpg

Haha, wow, just saw this posted on another website.

Odd.

Mr. Tea
27-11-2013, 01:04 PM
Bet you can't guess which Wiktionary has the second-most entries after English. Seriously.

HMGovt
29-11-2013, 01:34 PM
Bet you can't guess which Wiktionary has the second-most entries after English. Seriously.

Fuck knows. Tagalog?

Mr. Tea
29-11-2013, 01:59 PM
Fuck knows. Tagalog?

Surprisingly close! Go on, have a look.

sufi
29-11-2013, 03:33 PM
well i never
any idea why that is??
i should brush up, i used to be able to speak it up to very basic conversational standard

Mr. Tea
29-11-2013, 03:36 PM
well i never
any idea why that is??

Not the foggiest. It's quite cool though.

griftert
29-11-2013, 04:27 PM
Can somebody tell me what it is? That's about three times now I've tried to find out and I'm getting annoyed

Mr. Tea
29-11-2013, 04:49 PM
Can somebody tell me what it is? That's about three times now I've tried to find out and I'm getting annoyed

Um, can't you just look?

griftert
29-11-2013, 04:55 PM
Yeah I've been trying to look on google 'second most entries wiktionary' etc isn't doing it

griftert
29-11-2013, 04:56 PM
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Index:All_languages
And this just has a list. Cheers for being snide though

Mr. Tea
29-11-2013, 05:13 PM
Mate, I'm not being tricksy - the answer is staring you in the face at http://www.wiktionary.org/!

griftert
29-11-2013, 10:25 PM
spent about 20 minutes trying to find that lol! the one question google doesn't have the answer for

ooft...excuse my idiocy

Mr. Tea
30-11-2013, 10:01 AM
Heh, no worries.

It's Malagasy (spoken in Madagascar but related to Tagalog, Maori, Malay etc.) for anyone still wondering.

baboon2004
21-01-2014, 05:46 PM
http://tjournal.ru/paper/two-closets

really?

mistersloane
23-01-2014, 02:22 PM
http://tjournal.ru/paper/two-closets

really?

biathlon

hahahahaha

baboon2004
23-01-2014, 04:56 PM
it's like some kind of paranoid nightmare. But real.

mistersloane
28-01-2014, 01:31 PM
it's like some kind of paranoid nightmare. But real.

Hello Baboon. Come and play with us Baboon.

Mr. Tea
28-01-2014, 05:33 PM
play <==> poo

mistersloane
28-01-2014, 10:52 PM
scat liberation front

Mr. Tea
20-03-2014, 02:17 PM
'Blame It On The Boogie' was written by Michael Jackson. No, not *that* Michael Jackson, the other Michael Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Jackson_%28singer%29). :rolleyes:

Leo
02-01-2015, 07:48 PM
places you can legally get high at a same-sex wedding!

https://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/eVfIeV8jWvPIQ9C50dt1nlD1Uug=/1400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/2897736/same-sex_marriage_marijuana_legalization.0.png

Leo
08-08-2016, 02:47 PM
Reading Makes You Carsick Because Your Brain Thinks It’s Being Poisoned

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/08/a-very-weird-explanation-for-car-sickness.html

droid
08-08-2016, 02:50 PM
Yeah, thats how motion sickness works. See also: VR nausea.

Mr. Tea
09-08-2016, 02:11 PM
I heard about this the other day and it blew my mind.

You know how lichens are a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and an alga, right? Actually it turns out many - perhaps most - of them are a community of an alga, a filamentous fungus (which has been known about since the 19th century) and another fungus that exists as a unicellular yeast. It's this second fungus that's the new discovery. And just to make it even more interesting, the two fungi are from completely separate phyla that diverged hundreds of millions of years ago.

http://www.popsci.com/new-research-finds-lichens-are-not-just-two-organism-marriage

Leo
09-08-2016, 02:35 PM
You know how lichens are a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and an alga, right?


yeah, of course. i mean, really, who doesn't know that, c'mon tea.

Mr. Tea
09-08-2016, 03:19 PM
It's general knowledge!

Leo
28-09-2016, 07:11 PM
delroy edwards' real name is brendon perlman, and he's the son of actor ron perlman (hellboy, sons of anarchy, many others).

https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2664

sadmanbarty
01-02-2017, 05:00 PM
A nice trick to counteract your confirmation bias:

"The motivational instructions told participants to be "as objective and unbiased as possible", to consider themselves "as a judge or juror asked to weigh all of the evidence in a fair and impartial manner". The alternative, cognition-focused, instructions were silent on the desired outcome of the participants’ consideration, instead focusing only on the strategy to employ: "Ask yourself at each step whether you would have made the same high or low evaluations had exactly the same study produced results on the other side of the issue." So, for example, if presented with a piece of research that suggested the death penalty lowered murder rates, the participants were asked to analyse the study's methodology and imagine the results pointed the opposite way.
They called this the "consider the opposite" strategy, and the results were striking. Instructed to be fair and impartial, participants showed the exact same biases when weighing the evidence as in the original experiment. Pro-death penalty participants thought the evidence supported the death penalty. Anti-death penalty participants thought it supported abolition. Wanting to make unbiased decisions wasn't enough. The "consider the opposite" participants, on the other hand, completely overcame the biased assimilation effect – they weren't driven to rate the studies which agreed with their preconceptions as better than the ones that disagreed, and didn't become more extreme in their views regardless of which evidence they read."

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170131-why-wont-some-people-listen-to-reason?ocid=fbfut

Leo
28-03-2017, 10:50 PM
The Rock ’n’ Roll Casualty Who Became a War Hero


I asked if he ever talked about it. Jason shook his head no. Did they find out anyway? “Always.”

The first time was at Fort Benning in 1994, in the middle of the hell of basic training. The ex-cop recruits in boot camp with him said that prisoners had more freedom than they did. There were guys who faked suicide attempts to get out of basic. But Everman never had any doubts. “I was 100 percent,” he told me. “If I wasn’t, there was no way I’d get through it.”

He had three drill sergeants, two of whom were sadists. Thank God it was the easygoing one who saw it. He was reading a magazine, when he slowly looked up and stared at Everman. Then the sergeant walked over, pointing to a page in the magazine. “Is this you?” It was a photo of the biggest band in the world, Nirvana. Kurt Cobain had just killed himself, and this was a story about his suicide. Next to Cobain was the band’s onetime second guitarist. A guy with long, strawberry blond curls. “Is this you?”

Everman exhaled. “Yes, Drill Sergeant.”

And that was only half of it. Jason Everman has the unique distinction of being the guy who was kicked out of Nirvana and Soundgarden, two rock bands that would sell roughly 100 million records combined. At 26, he wasn’t just Pete Best, the guy the Beatles left behind. He was Pete Best twice.

Then again, he wasn’t remotely. What Everman did afterward put him far outside the category of rock’n’roll footnote. He became an elite member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, one of those bearded guys riding around on horseback in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/magazine/evermans-war.html

sadmanbarty
07-09-2017, 10:59 PM
The chicken crossing the road is not a non-sequitur but a pun. To get to the 'other side' meaning the afterlife.

droid
08-09-2017, 10:20 AM
Not sure about that. Recently learned it originated in minstrel performances from the mid 1800's, presumably long before crossing a rural road was a dangerous activity.

sadmanbarty
08-09-2017, 10:38 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTlENVT12xY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovaY1KlQRi4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFVrOW8TnJM

sadmanbarty
08-09-2017, 10:39 AM
What were you doing learning about that joke?

droid
08-09-2017, 10:55 AM
Well, if you really want to know...

Some friends of mine do a radio show and I was listening to it the other day and heard a tune by Pigmeat Markham called 'Here Comes The Judge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Here_Comes_the_Judge_(Pigmeat_Markham_song))' with a lovely break at the start.

https://www.mixcloud.com/nowyoureswinging/now-youre-swingin-episode-22/

So I thought 'I have to nab that break', and went searching. Couldnt find the break, but did discover that Pigmeat is claimed by some to be the originator of hip hop.

http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2011/04/did-pigmeat-markham-release-the-first-hip-hop-song/

Well that's an interesting theory, what else did this guy get up to? Turns out he was a minstrel and performed in blackface for most of his career. Found a reference to his autobiography, and whilst trying to find an ebook of that I found this article.

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/11/the-forgotten-pigmeat-markham.html

Which contained a reference to the blackface origins of the chicken joke.


All of which turned out to be perfect timing for a pedantic Dissensus debunking!

Mr. Tea
08-09-2017, 12:11 PM
TIL black music hall performers used to perform in blackface. That is astonishing.

Leo
26-10-2017, 02:30 AM
trevor horn and writing partners originally wrote "slave to the rhythm" for frankie goes to hollywood, it was supposed to be their follow up single to "relax" but he later decided to give it instead to grace jones. apparently, FGTH even recorded a demo of the track (mostly instrumental and more rock sounding) which at one point was slated to be on the reissue of "welcome to the pleasure dome", but the only recording they could fine was a low-fi version on a cassette.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0XLzIswI2s