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my name means god heard me....( its a practical joke in my family.....i was meant to be a girl....)
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The first telephone was pretty useless untill someone invented the second telephone.
Also you had to shout very loudly to make yourself heard while using it.
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House artist Deadmau5 is known for his random titles; the crown jewel of the random titles would be "Asdfghjkl."
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Mar 10, 2008 – A Boston lab assistant has the dubious distinction of being the first worker ever summoned to his boss' office on the phone. "Mister Watson, come here, I want you." Watson later recounted that Bell had spilled battery acid and had called for him over the phone with these words.
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Ah that's good. That call was a bit... awkward out of context. =P

The first computer did not even have the power of one of todays calculators despite the fact that it was big enough to fill a whole room.
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"In between surviving multiple point-blank-range assassination attempts and a failed kidnapping in which he emerged alive from the burning wreckage of a battleship his own air force had just bombed, [Field Marshall] Pibulsongkram decided that Thailand needed noodles that would advance the country’s industry and economy." [link]

So, Pad Thai was created by the Thai military as a cheap and patriotically Thai dish just before World War II.
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In electrical engineering the irrational number i is represented as j.
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Hlaoroo wrote:In electrical engineering the irrational number i is represented as j.
That's not useless! Also it's imaginary, not irrational. The reason they use j is because i is already used to represent current, so it'd be confusing if they used the standard symbol for the square root of -1.
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You are quite correct. It is imaginary and not irrational. My mistake. ;)
And it is useless if you aren't studying/working as an engineer or physicist.

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The word "Apocalypse" doesn't mean the end of the world, or a disaster, it means a revealing of secret knowledge.
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The surface pressure on Venus is 92 times greater than that on Earth!
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Mercury hosts no life, and has no geological or meteorological activity whatsoever. It is, quite literally, a dead planet.
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Saturn is so not-dense that if you could find a bath big enough, fill it with water and chuck in Saturn it would float.
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Venus's atmospheric pressure and temperature profile is such that an Earth air-filled vessel could theoretically float in the sky with no propulsion.
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During the early stages of the solar system, the asteroid belt could have been a site of a forming planet. Gravitational perturbations from the planet Jupiter gave them too much energy to clump together, instead, their collisions tend to be violent and they get shattered. This eventually caused most of the mass of the body to be lost, some eventually crashing into other planets like the Earth.
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Winds have been measured inside Neptune's Great Dark Spot at speeds of up to 2400 kilometers/hour!
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Pluto is the only planet* discovered in the 20th century, and the first planet discovered by an American.

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I reckon it's a bit unfair that Pluto is no longer a planet.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist who thought that a quick shock would knock out his patients for long enough to pull a tooth.
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That vote was totally rigged! PLUTO IS TOO A PLANET!

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Sorry, Argent, but that's not true. What happens is that the skin loses its elasticity and tone and pulls back from around the nails and follicles giving the appearance of extra length. It's a common misconception.
See here for more info on the topic.

Ratty from The Wind In The Willows is actually a water vole, not a rat.
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it's creepy either way.

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The flower Rafflesia arnoldi may be up to 100cm across and weigh up to 11kg. They smell like a rotting corpse and will only flower for a few days.
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the period ends the sentence.
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The gostak distims the doshes.
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The deepest lake in the world is Lake Baikal in Russia. It is 1600m deep and has 20% of the world's unfrozen fresh water, and it has one of only three species of fresh water seals.
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The surface of the Dead Sea is 423m BELOW sea level making it the lowest point on land on Earth.
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The word "panjandrum" comes from a piece of nonsense prose created by Samuel Foote to stump a famed mnemonicist: So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf to make an apple-pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. "What! No soap?" So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber; and there were present the Picninnies, and the Joblillies, and the Garyulies, and the grand Panjandrum himself, with the little round button at top, and they all fell to playing the game of catch-as-catch-can till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots.
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Usage of toilet paper has been recorded as early as 589AD in China! Most cultures of the time either used water, moss, sponges or just didn't use anything.
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Anatidaephobia is the pervasive, irrational fear that, somewhere in the world, a duck is watching you.
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Not so irrational. :P :lol:

Triskadekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.
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Pantophobia and Panophobia are the fear of everything and condition of irrational fear, respectively. They are usually used interchangeably.
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Vertigo and acrophobia are often confused. Acrophobia is the fear of heights. Vertigo is a feeling of nausea/unbalance/disorientation which can be brought on by many things including but certainly not limited to heights. They should not be used interchangeably.
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the cake is in fact a lie.....
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lasthunter wrote:the cake is in fact a lie.....
Really? I thought that it is a lie, that the cake is a lie. Lieception 8-) !

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i wear a size 13 and a half size shoe.......
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The Pitch Drop experiment is also, I believe, the worlds longest running experiment.
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Pitch is a liquid that can be broken with a hammer.
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Silence can be broken with a word.
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And vice-versa.

A duck's quack actually does echo, it's just very quiet and difficult to hear.
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the battleship is considered obsolete in the navy....
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