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    Default The 'Weird Facts You Think Nobody Knows About' Thread.

    I think the title explains most of that, really. Has to be true, has to be proven. Anybody is at their own liberty to disprove another's fact, of course.

    Hit me with large clubs if a thread like this has been made.

    Hit me harder with spades if this is the wrong section for this sorta thing. (I was thinking silly threads, but this is a bit more intellectual. )

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    Oh, and please make it facts which may be able to obtained universally, not simply just 'I wear my pants on my head when the full moon comes and play the lute' or something similarly personal.
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    Default Re: The 'Weird Facts You Think Nobody Knows About' Thread.

    There's already a very recent Useless Trivia thread. And it's even still on Page 1. Only the 20th thread listed.



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    Default Re: The 'Weird Facts You Think Nobody Knows About' Thread.

    Hit me with large clubs if a thread like this has been made.
    Gladely. It only just died, I think. *bashes with large clubs*

    Edit: Gah! Simu'd!
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    Hey, actually, I think this can pass. The trivia isn't useless. Just because the facts are weird, doesn't mean they can't be used as ice-breakers at parties. Seriously, I think this thread may- just may- live.

    Thanks for enlightening me simulatenously by the way I didn't know there was a thread like this one. I thought I'd thought of something original. Wrong wrong wrong wrong!
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    On December 14, 1853, a water company named Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE) was created by an Imperial decree of Napoleon III. In 1854, CGE obtained a concession in order to supply water to the public in Lyon, serving in this capacity for over a hundred years

    this company now makes video games

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    all five breads available at subway are pretty much the same. if you ask for one that is "healthier than the others" or "good for you" the employees will mock you when you leave.

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    Kiwano, or horned melon, are the only fruit in the world that don't have potassium in them.
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    People are radioactive. You give off over four thousand "radiations" per second, and that's just from the potassium in your body.

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    I've always liked wierd animal facts myself, such as:

    - Porcupines are naturally buoyant. They're nature's floatation devices!

    - A duck's quack does not echo, and scientists still haven't figured out why.

    - If an elephant gets hungry enough that its stomach begins to growl, you could hear it fromm almost 600 feet away! (That's two NFL football fields!)
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    At the final battle at Battle of Thermopylae there were over 700-1000 other soliders from Thespiae and about 900 Helot serfs from Sparta died at the final battle as well. So the battle of the "300" is really more like the "2200".
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    I thought it was at least 4000 other troops as well as the Spartans O_o

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireSpark View Post
    - A duck's quack does not echo, and scientists still haven't figured out why.
    Messieurs Hyneman and Savage might have something to say about that.

    Contrary to the popular belief, polar bears do not stalk the streets of Finnish cities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Attilargh View Post
    Messieurs Hyneman and Savage might have something to say about that.

    Contrary to the popular belief, polar bears do not stalk the streets of Finnish cities.
    I had not seen that episode, but then I don't entirely agree with the statement. If the returning sound cannot be seperated from the originating sound, how do you define it as an 'echo'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireSpark View Post
    If the returning sound cannot be seperated from the originating sound, how do you define it as an 'echo'?
    Because it's going the wrong direction. The myth's also been disproved by university people. They're in an university, they know science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tannish2 View Post
    On December 14, 1853, a water company named Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE) was created by an Imperial decree of Napoleon III. In 1854, CGE obtained a concession in order to supply water to the public in Lyon, serving in this capacity for over a hundred years

    this company now makes video games
    You aren't talking about Vivendi, are you?

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    No viking ever wore a horned helmet. Those helmets where worn in the bronze age, not the iron age.
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    Weird facts, eh? Ok, I can swing that way.

    Chocolate contains much MORE iron then spinach.

    The only animal that is still a complete mystery to science (last time I checked anyways, whihc was, admittedly, a few years ago) is the worm.

    In Japan, they have already invented 3D television.

    And they are working on Smell-O-Vision as we speak/type.

    Also in Japan, they have genetically engineered Chicken-Fish (fish with chicken heads and chicken like meat) so they can be cultivated in less space.

    Somewhere else on the world (or who knows, yet again in Japan) they are working on a new kind of light-weight kevlar (stronger than kevlar, in fact, and as light as a shirt) made out of spider rag. They cultivate the spider rag by injecting spider DNA in goats and harvesting the rag from their milk.

    Somewhere (England? America?) they were going to ban Spongebob because he was too gay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Attilargh View Post
    Contrary to the popular belief, polar bears do not stalk the streets of Finnish cities.
    Nor the streets of Norwegian cities. Well, not usually at least.

    You can actually dream your own death.

    A drop of water is not shaped like the image of a drop of water.

    And the heart symbol does not look like the real heart, though both have the same general shape.

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    Slugs are born pregnant. Takes the fun away somewhat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrEdwardNigma View Post
    Weird facts, eh? Ok, I can swing that way.

    Somewhere else on the world (or who knows, yet again in Japan) they are working on a new kind of light-weight kevlar (stronger than kevlar, in fact, and as light as a shirt) made out of spider rag. They cultivate the spider rag by injecting spider DNA in goats and harvesting the rag from their milk.
    Actually, I've read an article that states that the goat thing is incomplete. They apparently have 2 of 3 essential proteins that are necessary for the goat milk - spider silk process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrEdwardNigma View Post
    Chocolate contains much MORE iron then spinach.
    Chocolate is a poison.
    Although it's a very weak poison.

    So I'll eat that chocolate for you, to save you from the poison.
    You'd die of eating too much chocolate before dying of poisoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Castaras View Post
    Chocolate is a poison.
    Although it's a very weak poison.

    So I'll eat that chocolate for you, to save you from the poison.
    You'd die of eating too much chocolate before dying of poisoning.

    Ain't that nice of me?
    It's only poison after you get at it. Which is why I never ever trust Cadbury Chocolate. Do you have any idea how easy it is for a pie to infiltrate that place?

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    The term scapegoat came from a breed of goat that when they are scared their legs muscles lock up causing them to fall down. Farmers would put one of these goats along with the more important livestock so when the wild critters attacked, the goat would get scared and the rest of the animals could run off while the critters feasted on paralyzed goat.

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    Here's two, although I'm not 100% sure on the them as I am taking them from memory:
    70% of all statistics are made up on the spot, and...
    more deaths are caused by lightning than from shark attacks.

    Oh and one more, flying is in fact the safest way to travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrEdwardNigma View Post
    Chocolate contains much MORE iron then spinach.
    You know what... my chocolate had better not have ANY spinach in it, or I'll be upset.
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    A chocolate bar has an average of..I think 5 bug legs in it.
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    You can actually dream your own death
    Absolutely true. I've done it several times, so I should know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maryring View Post
    A drop of water is not shaped like the image of a drop of water
    True again, they're shaped like orbs.

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    Slugs are born pregnant. Takes the fun away somewhat
    Hmmmm, I've actually seen videos of slugs "having sex". Strange that nature would provide them with that capability if it's not needed. (Except off course for fun...)

    Oh, and I've thought of some more fact myself: about 80% of all eyewitnesses are inaccurate, while about 30% is completely off.

    Vegetarians are the biggest eaters of insects in Europe.

    On average you swallow about three spiders a night while asleep (or something like that).
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    On average you swallow about three spiders a night while asleep (or something like that).
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