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The game is simple, post any stupid, useless or interesting facts you know or find here! Lets see what kind of things we can dig up. :cap_haloween:


 

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. 

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The plastic caps on the ends of your shoelaces are called "aglets". Their true purpose is sinister.

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The country of New Zealand is listed as a State of the Australian Commonwealth within the Preamble of the Constitution of Australia

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Texas could well be a state of its own if it wasn't for some laws preventing it.

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The earliest archaeological evidence for the consumption of soup dates back to 6000 BCE, and it was hippopotamus soup

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I forget whether it is Switzerland or Sweden...but in 1 of those 2 counties it is against the law to flush a toilet after 10:00 PM or for a man to stand while draining after 10:00 PM.

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After the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt searched for a bulletproof car. However, because government regulation prohibited spending more than $750 to buy a car, the only one they could find was Al Capone’s limo, which had been seized by the Treasury Department after he was arrested for tax evasion. FDR said, “I hope Mr. Capone won’t mind.”

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The dangerous bull shark can tolerate fresh water and, in fact, has been found in the Mississippi River as far north as Illinois.

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Admiral Lord Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar. In order to preserve his body for burial back in Britain(normal practice was burial at sea), he was placed in a barrel of brandy. Upon return to London, it was discovered that the level of brandy in the barrel was much less. Apparently the crew had been partaking of the brandy on the return trip!

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It is possible to submerge a fly underwater long enough for it to appear dead, then bring it back to life by covering it with salt.

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Around Portland, Oregon you can find Nutria, a large semi-aquatic South American rodent. They escaped from fur farms in the 1930s and have inhabited the creeks of the area ever since.

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A group of ravens is called a "conspiracy" or an "unkindness", a group of bats are a "cauldron", ferrets are a "business", salamanders are a "maelstrom", lobsters are a "risk", caterpillars are an "army", and snails are a "hood".

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Small town are no longer quiet. They may be "quiet" relative to large cities but the transition from trains to semis and the rise of UPS, Fed-Ex, Amazon, and other online vendors has changed it from you hearing the train come through twice a week to a constant rumble of semis passing through day and night. Farmers no longer use grain trucks, like I used to drive when I was in high school, but now use semis. Small farms around here are pretty much a thing of the past too. You have to be a multi-millionaire to farm. The taxes alone preclude someone from running a "traditional" subsistence farm. Not to mention that a tractor, a few implements, and a combine will set you back a couple million dollars. My next-door neighbor's new tractor is worth five times more than my house.

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7 hours ago, Landsraad said:

A group of ravens is called a "conspiracy" or an "unkindness", a group of bats are a "cauldron", ferrets are a "business", salamanders are a "maelstrom", lobsters are a "risk", caterpillars are an "army", and snails are a "hood".

Crows are called a "murder".

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The first person to prove that cow's milk was drinkable was very, very thirsty!

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17 minutes ago, Sventex said:

The first person to prove that cow's milk was drinkable was very, very thirsty!

Since we are mammals, and observant mammals to boot, I'd say that this occurred very early on in human history. It may not have been a cow but there's a good chance that a non-human suckled a human infant sometime as it occurs all the time with cats and dogs that raise litters of non-cats or non-dogs.

 

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A coconut has hair. A coconut has flesh. A coconut has milk.

A coconut is a mammal.

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1 hour ago, Chobittsu said:

A coconut has hair. A coconut has flesh. A coconut has milk.

A coconut is a mammal.

LOL, I could have used this when I was presenting mammalogy papers at scientific meetings.

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5 hours ago, XXRed_DawnXX said:

 

Anime characters have eyes comparable to their head size as does the tarsier.

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It is safer to fly in a plane than it is to fly in a car.

 

Almost half of average people are torsos.

 

You are more likely to die in a terrible accident than in a wonderful accident.

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3 hours ago, Carrier_Lexington said:

It is safer to fly in a plane than it is to fly in a car.

Well, unless it's a small plane, and you are a musician.

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Traditionally, soups are classified into two main groups: clear soups and thick soups. The established French classifications of clear soups are bouillon and consommé. Thick soups are classified depending upon the type of thickening agent used: purées are vegetable soups thickened with starch.

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