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There is no such thing as cold, merely the absence of heat/energy.

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the sun is actually orbiting around the center of the galaxy....

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The center of the galaxy is a black hole. There are several stars so close to it that their orbits have been observed and converted to an animated GIF. Here it is!

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Oooh moving shinies! *Must. Resist. Urge. To. Chase*

Neither the Emu nor the Kangaroo can move backwards. Hence the reason they are on the Australian coat of arms.

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Collecting all the electrons used to make the internet work, it will all weigh about 50g.
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And would promptly explode due to electrostatic repulsion.

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The Catatumbo Lightning is a lightning storm over the mouth of the Catatumbo river in Venezuela. It occurs on 140-160 days per year for 10 hours per day with up to 280 lightning strikes per hour. The first recorded reference to this perculiar phenomenon was in 1597!
No one really understand for sure why it occurs.

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When launching small rockets to trigger lightning strikes, experimenters use a pneumatic launching system for the rocket that involves blowing into a plastic tube to trigger the igniter at the far end.

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awww why do you have to show off.....

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Do you know how useless it is to be full of useless information?

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fact:we all have useless information.....

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Such as the fact that I'm not wearing socks right now. That's information and it's useless!

Of course it's also uninteresting, unlike most of the information in this thread.

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Later this year* a cloud of gas and dust with approximately three times the mass of the Earth will pass into the accretion zone of the central black hole of our galaxy. It is not known what effect this will have.

* Technically, this happened 26,000 years ago, but you know what I mean.

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i am chewing gum right now......did you know that this now sounds like twitter.....

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield originally didn't want to sing for the band. Boy am I glad he changed his mind on that.


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The Tasmanian Devil has the strongest bite per unit body mass of any animal.
They are also the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial.

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The now-extinct Thylacine could open its jaw as far as 120 degrees. Holy crap that could've been Nightmare Fuel.


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A hurricane can release an amount of energy equivalent of about 10,000 Hiroshima bombs. But this energy is spread over a larger volume and longer time, thus, it's effects are much weaker than a nuclear bomb.

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The Unicorn is the National Animal of Scotland.

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The ringtail is the state animal of Arizona.

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the mocking bird is the state bird of Texas...

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The mockingbird can imitate a car alarm PERFECTLY.

Ask me how I know this.

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All right, Argent. I'll bite. How do you know this?

The lyrebird is also an expert at imitating. They can imitate any sound from a jackhammer to car alarms to human voices on the radio. They're also on the Australian 10 cent piece.

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Had one outside my bleeding window, cobber.

Indian grocer Radhakant Baijpai has the world's longest ear hair, at 25cm.

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did you know that there is a modern artist that practices puke art......(and im sure that argent will know about this one so lets hear it!)

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Most books intended for readers above college age are written at a fifth-grade level.

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Spens wrote:
The now-extinct Thylacine could open its jaw as far as 120 degrees. Holy crap that could've been Nightmare Fuel.


The Thylacine is one of a number of recently extinct animals (caused by humans) that scientist are planning to clone and return to the wild.

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the cockroach can in fact survive a nuclear bomb.

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Quinine, the ingredient in Schweppe's that gives it its bitter taste, also helps cure malaria.

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The saddest thing about the extinction of the thylacine is that despite being blamed for and hunted to extinction for killing sheep, they were actually unable to kill anything bigger than a possum. They could not physically have brought down a sheep due to the weakness of their jaw.

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Dropbears are a giant relative of the Koala. Measuring at 6'1" they live in trees in Australia and drop down on unsuspecting tourists, hence their name. They are now scientifically proven to prefer tourists to Australians. It is thought that this is due to their lower blood vegemite levels not reacting with the sweat glands to produce sufficient Dropbear deterrent chemical signals.

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ummm Dropbears are NOT real. like the tree octopus.........

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I think you missed the part about blood-vegemite levels, at which point it obviously became a joke.

The jackalope on the other hand is completely real

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Guys, I know it's a joke. I am Australian. We all prank the tourists with it. It's quite amusing watching them clicking sticks as they walk around. :lol:

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I remember Kage and 2 talking about them as if they were real when they were talking at MFF. I'm not sure if they believed it or if they were trying to prank the audience too.

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I'm sure the Americans on here would have a similar prank they'd play on Aussie tourists?

Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe is the largest sheet of falling water in the world with a width of 1708m and height of 108m.

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Tara river canyon in Montenegro is the deepest river canyon in Europe (it's ~1300 meters t its deepest)

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The wheel was invented and patented in 2001 by John Keogh of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia. The Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) has granted Innovation Patent #2001100012.

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Barack Obama is America's first first African American president.....in all technical sense some Americans still think he is from a different country...

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The Mecca Clock Tower hotel is the biggest hotel in the world. It has 8,000 rooms.

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The term "It's all Greek to me." was coined by Shakespeare.
Also Shakespeare spelled his name something like 57 different ways.
But then, I suppose they hadn't invented standardised spelling yet so he DID have an excuse. :P

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