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    Default Pointless but it makes me go: "Wow, didn't know that."


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    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?

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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bang Diddley View Post
    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!:


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    if a sperm is the size of a whale, it would swim at faster than the speed of sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhao View Post
    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!

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    A cubic mile of sunlight weighs about eight pounds. I know that's true cos I read it somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteUM View Post
    Man, that's some potential goriness!
    Not to mention nuts the size of Mars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by STN View Post
    Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee was an unused substitute in the second leg of IFK Gothenburg's 1987 uefa final win over Dundee United.
    Blimey

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    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)

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    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
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    "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...ient-soun.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhao View Post
    if a sperm is the size of a whale, it would swim at faster than the speed of sound.
    Quote Originally Posted by massrock View Post
    Not to mention nuts the size of Mars!
    Aww, c'mon you guys, my ears are burning here...
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    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.
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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by paolo View Post
    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
    Quote Originally Posted by wiki View Post
    "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
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