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Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:50 am
by GeckoZY
Rabbits have a near 360-degree vision and can even see behind them. They have just one blind spot right in front of their nose.

(which explains why it's hard to catch one X_X)

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:53 am
by Serence Frostbite
Hlaoroo wrote:Wait... You promised not to eat me? Yay! :D

I have never heard of the Bucks Bunny cartoon.
nooooo , my first character made an oath that she wouldn't harm any creature , which she broke like a week after that :lol:
contrary popular saying , rabbit's meat does not taste like chicken

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:08 am
by Hlaoroo
Not much does! :lol:

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:40 am
by VEB152
In July, 1961, TWA became the first airline to regularly show movies on scheduled flights

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:54 pm
by GeckoZY
Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:34 am
by Hlaoroo
There are no muscles in your fingers, only tendons. The same tendon controls your middle and ring fingers. You can prove this by placing your hand flat on the table/bench/desk/ground/whatever, palm facing downward, with your middle finger curled under and wiggling your ring finger. If you do this properly, you'll find you can't actually lift the ring finger off the table. Pretty cool, huh?

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:12 pm
by kurowolfe
I tried; almost broke my ring finger xD

The word 'sergal' comes from the Sanskrit word 'sergal' which means jackal. Oddly enough, in Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Indonesia, a similar word derived from 'sergal' (serigala), means wolf.

Another case is the word 'naga'. While in Bahasa Melayu it means dragon, 'naga' as a Sanskrit word means cobra.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:00 pm
by GeckoZY
Tough, though, through and thorough are formed by just adding a letter between t and ough but none of them rhymes with each other.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:41 am
by Mickey the Luxray
According to Car and Driver, fried kumbang tastes exactly like Fritos.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:32 pm
by Radio Blue Heart
There are 54 known species of seahorse.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:10 am
by Punchy
Jewish actors Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Leon Askin, and Howard Caine all played German officers in t.v. series Hogan's Heroes. Banner, Askin, and Caine all spent time in concentration camps, Klemperer fled Hitler's Germany with his family in 1933.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:10 am
by Hlaoroo
The dangly bit on a turkey's beak is called a "snood".

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:32 pm
by JeffCvt
I feel like I knew that at one point, but then forgot. And now I know it again.

That boggles my mind.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:37 pm
by Liam
The depression between your top lip and nose is called philtrum. It is formed when the three areas that grow facial skin meet and build up ridges through the clash.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:19 pm
by TinFoilHats
Many children born after 2010 will not know what a VHS is ;-;.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:51 pm
by GeckoZY
There are more than one leaning towers in Pisa, they are not replicas of the famous one but rather other church bell towers.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:02 am
by VEB152
Barra airport in Scotland is the only airport, located on the beach, that is served by regular scheduled flights.

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Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:23 pm
by Kyuunado
Pokemon will soon run out of names to be used, and this a mouse pokemon named Spo will be likely.
Pokemon might also go on to have over 2000 species and around 15 regions, bringing the question as to why it took so long to notice that more than one region and 150(151) pokemon existed.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:11 am
by Sleet
The unicorn is one of Scotland's national animals.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:49 am
by Lifio13
There is a protein named after Sonic The Hedgehog called Sonic Hedgehog, and a potential inhibitor of said protein called Robotnikinin, named after Sonic's nemesis, Dr Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik.

There's also a protein named after Pikachu called Pikachurin.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:53 am
by Sleet
There used to be a carcinogenic gene called POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic factor (or POKEMON for short) until Nintendo threatened to sue. It's now Zbtb7.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:00 pm
by Hlaoroo
"Minced Oaths" (E.g. "Howl", "Carp") can also be called "Euphemistic Dysphemism". This is different from a regular euphemism (e.g. "Restroom" instead of "toilet" or "pass away" instead of "die") since instead of completely replacing the offensive material, it still provides the offensive material but in an "softened" form. Dysphemism, on the other hand, is deliberately using an offensive term when a less offensive one could be used instead.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:53 pm
by Kyuunado
Dexterity is noticeable when you perform the same movement with both hands. You can play piano easier with both hands instead of each one individually. The same applies to other contexts, so you can learn to be ambidextrous.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:06 am
by Punchy
Johnny Smith, who composed "Walk- Don't Run" in 1954, passed away on June 11th, he was one day away from his 91st birthday.
On July 18th, 1960 the Ventures´╗┐ version of "Walk - Don't Run" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #2 {for 1 week} and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:39 am
by Hlaoroo
It is impossible (are you ready for this?) to prove that (this will blow your mind!) anything exists at all! That's right. You can't prove that anything exists.

Let me explain why.

Everything we know about the world around us and even about our own bodies comes through our senses and is interpreted by our brain. In order to prove that something exists, we have to prove that the information provided by our senses is correct AND that this information has been interpreted correctly by our brain. This is something we cannot do since to recieve and interpret that data which would prove this our senses must sense it and our brains must interpret it. We know that our senses can be fooled (magic, optical illusions, tactile illusions (e.g. cross your fingers and gently rub up and down your nose and it will feel like you have two noses)) and we know that our brains can be confused (confusion, seizures, disorientation, motion sickness etc). This means, therefore, that since we cannot prove that our senses are providing us with accurate information or that our brains are interpreting it in the right way, we actually cannot prove definitively that anything exists.

Here's an example which may help to clarify this. If you smell a rose, you would think that it exists. If another guy also smells the same rose, you would think that that proves its existance since the two of you smelt it. HOWEVER, you only think that the other guy smelt the rose because of the audiovisual cues picked up by your senses and interpreted by your brain. If your senses were fooled and your interpretation of their signals in your brain is inaccurate then that guy may not have existed at all, nor even the rose but you would have absolutely no way of knowing this.

For all we know the Matrix may be real. It's impossible to prove otherwise.

Here's a video which explains it probably better than I did.

Is your mind blown yet? ;)

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:11 pm
by Radio Blue Heart
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Mercury, Venus, and Saturn align with the Pyramids of Giza for the first time in 2,737 years on December 3, 2012.

Cosmic...

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:51 pm
by Argent
Back in the '80s, they considered making a "Doctor Who" movie starring Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby.

No, I didn't post this in the wrong thread.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:10 pm
by Kyuunado
There is a Michael Jackson game on the Megadrive called moonwalker, and very oddly the main objective of each level is to find a number of children scattered around...
No joke...

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:25 pm
by hypernovatic
The universe resonates a concert b flat.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:37 pm
by Argent

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:50 pm
by Radio Blue Heart
My trust in Tumblr has been shattered forever.

Will I ever get my innocence back?

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:29 pm
by charmyte
The Stepan Company, in New Jersey, is the only company the United States Government allows to import coca leaves (which is the natural source for cocaine). The Stepan Company extracts these cocaine crystals from the leaves; they then send the leaves to the Coca-Cola Company and the cocaine crystals to Mallinckrodt, the only pharmaceutical company in the United States allowed to refine these crystals into medical cocaine.

On the topic, Coca-Cola gets its name from the two unique ingredients of its first formula: coca leaves (which gave early formulas of the drink various amounts of cocaine) and the kola nut (from which much of the syrup was created). Originally, Coca-Cola was considered a "cure-all" remedy and a non-alcoholic version of French Wine Cola. Also, multiple people created the same drink over the span of the late 1800s until copartnership agreements formed the Coca-Cola Company.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:59 am
by GeckoZY
There is a phenomenon known as the Frey effect where people can hear audible clicks or buzz from exposure from certain microwave frequencies. It was first reported by workers working at radar installations. The interesting element of this effect is that the microwave produces sound using your brain! Basically a portion of the brain is rapidly heated (although by a minuscule amount) by the microwave pulse, the resulting pressure wave propagates through the skull and into the cochlea. This meant that nobody else can hear that 'sound' except for the person himself.

Anyone interested in earphone-less hearing technology (involving microwaving your brain)?

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:50 am
by Argent
Pro tip - don't hang around military radar installations.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:49 am
by Hlaoroo
An alien abduction is actually a close encounter of the FOURTH kind!
A close encounter of the THIRD kind is actually when a person sees an alien and a UFO but has no contact with them.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:22 am
by Punchy
The name Pink Floyd comes from the given names of two blues musicians whose 'Piedmont' blues records Syd Barrett had in his´╗┐ collection, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:27 pm
by Sleet
So that's which one's Pink!

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:25 pm
by LionWolfHybrid
A square mile of fertile earth has 32,000,000 earthworms in it.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:31 am
by GeckoZY
The smell of old books mainly comes from the chemical Lignin, which is present in all wood-based paper, is closely related to Vanillin. As it breaks down, the lignin grants old books that faint vanilla scent. It also contains a number of other volatile organic compounds which adds to the smell.

Re: Useless Information Thread

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:13 am
by Rollofthedice
It's a commonly held assumption that Native American society was less 'urban' than societies in Europe and Asia. This is false. In the Middle Ages, the archeological site of Cahokia in Illinois held around 15,000 individuals. The cities of London and Paris were about the same size at that time.

It took until the year 1800 for any American city to beat Cahokia in terms of population.