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Welsh Halfwit wrote:The largest city in the world (By area covered) is Honolulu. The city and the county are the same entity, covering the island of Oahu and all the northwestern Hawaiian island except Midway, making a city of several thousand square miles.
Isn't that cheating? In similar news, we can comfortably fit the entire population of the Earth, about 7 billion and counting, within an area of 500 square miles, provided everyone stood shoulder to shoulder. This area is roughly equivalent to Los Angeles, but we would have to level the city first.
Sounds like a good first step.
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The Disney film "The Emperor's New Groove" was originally titled "Kingdom of the Sun" and it was going to be a dramatic musical based on the Mark Twain story "The Prince and the Pauper".
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Wow. That is a big change. o.o
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"Taking an arrow to the knee" was old Nordic slang for getting married. None of the soldiers actually took an arrow to the knee; they got married. This also explains why you go down on one knee when you propose.
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UVB-76 is a radio station located somewhere in Russia. It broadcasts on the frequency 4625 kHz. It broadcasts a short, monotonous buzz tone of approximately 25 tones per minute, for 24 hours per day, occasionally with buzz stops and a robotic-like male voice lists names and numbers in Russian. The signal has only been interrupted a few times since it began broadcasting around 1982.

The true purpose of UVB-76 is unknown. It has been suggested that it is contact with everything from spies to beings from other dimensions.

A recorded UVB-76 transmission.

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Ambers are actually fossilized tree resin, not tree sap. The younger/intermediate stage of amber is called copal.
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Dreamworks' "Turbo" might be their first animated film since "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" and their first computer animated film to bomb at the box office.
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Really? There hasn't been another CGI box office bomb before?

The funny thing is Turbo isn't even that bad apparently.
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Sleet wrote:Really? There hasn't been another CGI box office bomb before?
No what means is that most of Dreamworks' computer animated films like the Shrek series, Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, Rise of the Guardians, and even Shark Tale managed to outgrossed more than what their budget costed. Turbo isn't even close, but I could be wrong.
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just cause something makes back it's budget doesn't mean it isn't considered a box office failure. most movies need to make twice it's budget or something. Rise of the Guardians, while a good movie, is considered a box office failure by the studio if I've heard right
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Which is a shame, because that movie was actually good.
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To add to this, Warner Brothers has produced more box office bombs than any other studio. But, of the top 10 (or bottom, depending on how you look at it) biggest box office failures of all time, half of them were produced by Disney or one of its subsidiaries.
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The military salute evolved from medieval times when knights would raise the visors of their helmets to reveal their identity.
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GeckoZY wrote:Ambers are actually fossilized tree resin, not tree sap.
What's the difference?

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GeckoZY wrote:Ambers are actually fossilized tree resin, not tree sap.
What's the difference?
Sap is actually the sugars in the phloem cells of a woody tree. Resin is a type of liquid that is stored in outer cells of a tree that when broken release the resin to clog the hole created.*
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Oh, right. I never realised that. I always thought the sticky stuff that came out was sap.


When you make jelly (jell-o) the protein (gelatin) in the gelly crystals is actually holding up to 400 (or more) times its own weight of water through capillary action in the matrix/lattice created between the protein fibres!
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This is why it's a colloid, a mixture of multiple phases of matter.
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Something about the English language: despite the pineapple fruit being known in other languages like Latin, Hebrew and Hindi as 'ananas' or any variation of the base word 'ananas', it is still known in English in a completely different word 'pineapple', the only one between 28 languages to do that.

Oh, and pineapple in my native language, Malay, is 'nenas' or 'nanas'. Just saying.
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It's "piña" in Spanish, which is pretty close to the English.
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This is the 583rd post in this thread.
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While this is the 583rd reply in this thread. :lol:
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And it's adorable. <3
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The term Christmas is never actually mentioned in the Bible.
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4,000 pies were thrown in the pie fight scene in the movie The Great Race. The pastries cost $18,000 and the scene took five days and cost $200,000 to shoot.
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The English language, unlike languages, one example being German, has no plural form of the word "you". So we Southerners had to improvise.

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Y'All is singular. All Y'All is plural. Except in Noo Yoik, where they use Youse.
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It can be but its primary function is plural. As in "Y'all shut up! I'm on the phone!"
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I actually legitimately support "y'all" as the plural for "you." In all types of English, not just informal. It's a useful word. Useful words should exist.

I also support the singular androgynous "they." Technically incorrect grammar, but it shouldn't be. English needs it.
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For more glorious information pertaining to regional language variance, check out http://www.aschmann.net/AmEng/

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The United States, Liberia and Myanmar (Burma) are the only countries in the world that do not officially use the metric system.
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Radio Blue Heart wrote:The United States, Liberia and Myanmar (Burma) are the only countries in the world that do not officially use the metric system.
And to further this, a meter is actually 0.2 millimeters shorter than what a meter is actually based on (1/10000000 the distance from the north pole to the equator.)
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Now it is based on the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. Which is constant.
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Radio Blue Heart wrote:The United States, Liberia and Myanmar (Burma) are the only countries in the world that do not officially use the metric system.
??? The United States, by act of Congress, officially recognized the metric system in 1866. In 1893, the Mendenhall Order based our fundamental measures of length and mass on metric units. All extant countries officially recognize or use the metric system, despite persistent myth to the contrary.
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Radio Blue Heart wrote:Now it is based on the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. Which is constant.
The second being defined based on the decay of a cesium atom.
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Radio Blue Heart wrote:Now it is based on the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. Which is constant.
That's assuming that the time interval is constant, which according to Einstein, it wouldn't be since time and space are linked (spacetime) and are affected by gravity.
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