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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 6th Oct 19, 3:40 PM
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    Random Facts Thread
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    • 6th Oct 19, 3:40 PM
    Random Facts Thread 6th Oct 19 at 3:40 PM
    E.g.

    There are 300 threads on the forum where the title contains the phrase "what would you do".

    You're welcome.
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    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 6th Oct 19, 3:43 PM
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    • 6th Oct 19, 3:43 PM
    You want a random fact ?

    Here's one: The Earth is sometimes noted for having more than one moon, the second one being called 'Cruithne' , although I don't -think- it qualifies as a moon, rather a near-earth-object.
    • Chapter24
    • By Chapter24 6th Oct 19, 3:53 PM
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    • 6th Oct 19, 3:53 PM
    Most animals, with the exception of primates, can see in UV.

    apparently!

    We could too, in theory, our eyes have the UV sensors, but our brains aren't wired up for it.
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 6th Oct 19, 5:36 PM
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    We could too, in theory, our eyes have the UV sensors, but our brains aren't wired up for it.
    Originally posted by Chapter24
    OK, now I want to figure how to upgrade the system...
    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 6th Oct 19, 5:50 PM
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    • 6th Oct 19, 5:50 PM
    OK, now I want to figure how to upgrade the system...
    Originally posted by DigForVictory
    I was going to say view everything via a digital camera or phone camera (I think it works with these but I'm not sure) but that's infra-red not Ultra-Violet, oops.

    Just thinking of that for another reason mainly 'testing' remotes to see if they are alive or not.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 6th Oct 19, 7:18 PM
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    • 6th Oct 19, 7:18 PM
    A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 100,000 slices of bread. ...

    If you consider that each bolt of lightning contains more than 5 billion Joules of energy, then the average 1000-watt, two-slice toaster could be powered for 84,000 minutes with just one strike. That’s just enough time to toast about 100,000 slices of bread
    Last edited by Sleazy; 06-10-2019 at 7:22 PM.
    Weekly Distance Walked 19km / Total For Year 1290 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 6th Oct 19, 9:06 PM
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    Nearly 3% of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.

    Bats always turn left when leaving a cave.

    The fingerprints of a koala are so indistinguishable from humans that they have on occasion been confused at a crime scene.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 6th Oct 19, 9:46 PM
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    • 6th Oct 19, 9:46 PM
    OK, now I want to figure how to upgrade the system...
    Originally posted by DigForVictory
    You'll have to find where to download the firmware from.
    Put it on a memory stick.
    And then find the correct port to plug it in to.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 6th Oct 19, 10:23 PM
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    If the energy used by a single dog to chase its tail , could be harnessed , it would be enough to boil a kettle for a year.
    ( I made this up)
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 7th Oct 19, 11:48 AM
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    Cats sleep on average 15 hours a day, and can sleep for 20 hours a day.
    Just like me when I was a teenager!
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 7th Oct 19, 1:49 PM
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    In 2015 the rules of succesion to the British crown were changed so a younger son no longer took precedence over an older duaghter in the line of succession.

    If this law change had occurred in the 1830s, Queen Victoria would have been succeeded on her death in January 1901 by her daughter who would have been Victoria II. She only outlived her mother by 7 months however and in August 1901 would have been succeeded by her son who would have reigned as William V, better known to history as Kaiser Wilhelm, ruler of Germany in World War 1
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 7th Oct 19, 1:56 PM
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    A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 100,000 slices of bread. ...
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    12,100 watts per slice??
    • duncanthedog
    • By duncanthedog 9th Oct 19, 1:18 PM
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    One in every 1,000 babies is born with a tooth.
    • ceredigion
    • By ceredigion 9th Oct 19, 9:07 PM
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    0.5% of the male population are plus 2m tall.
    • JIL
    • By JIL 9th Oct 19, 11:04 PM
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    Bananas are radioactive.
    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 10th Oct 19, 12:04 AM
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    Bananas are radioactive.
    Originally posted by JIL
    Yep, they contain antimatter (positrons).
    Human flesh releases more energy than the plasma in the sun (weight for weight).

    Most animals, with the exception of primates, can see in UV.

    apparently!

    We could too, in theory, our eyes have the UV sensors, but our brains aren't wired up for it.
    Originally posted by Chapter24
    Monet had an operation that gave him the UV-vision upgrade and he changed the colours he used for his waterlilies paintings.
    There is no honour to be had in not knowing a thing that can be known - Danny Baker
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 10th Oct 19, 12:18 AM
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    Wisdom teeth, or a lack of them developing is a sign of evolution as humans jaws change shape. Pretty soon no one will have them and it's why they cause problems for many that do.
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 12th Oct 19, 7:52 AM
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    Well these random facts are all great.

    Monet had an operation that gave him the UV-vision upgrade and he changed the colours he used for his waterlilies paintings.
    Originally posted by zagubov
    Sure I read somewhere that people who undergo cataract operations can see into the UV? Was that in a Bill Bryson book? Can't remember.
    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 12th Oct 19, 8:05 AM
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    Well these random facts are all great.



    Sure I read somewhere that people who undergo cataract operations can see into the UV? Was that in a Bill Bryson book? Can't remember.
    Originally posted by coffeehound
    That's the op that Monet had.
    There is no honour to be had in not knowing a thing that can be known - Danny Baker
    • z1a
    • By z1a 14th Oct 19, 10:08 PM
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    You want a random fact ?

    Here's one: The Earth is sometimes noted for having more than one moon, the second one being called 'Cruithne' , although I don't -think- it qualifies as a moon, rather a near-earth-object.
    Originally posted by AndyCF
    Not usually near Earth, it can be up to 180 million miles away. It just (almost) shares the Earths orbit.
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