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Old 12 September 2013, 02:34 AM
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It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that
is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy .

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
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Old 12 September 2013, 03:10 AM
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Why, why, why do these always seem to be almost equal parts easily confirmed interesting facts and easily debunked utter bullNFBSK?
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Old 12 September 2013, 03:30 AM
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And then there are the facts that are simply not that interesting.

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Old 12 September 2013, 01:16 PM
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Why, why, why do these always seem to be almost equal parts easily confirmed interesting facts and easily debunked utter bullNFBSK?
I learned last week that a factoid is a "fact" that is told as true or believed to be true, but is actually false.

Many on this list fall into the category of factoid.
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Old 12 September 2013, 02:49 PM
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It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
Decompose, sure, but how long does it take for it to wear out or break?

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Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.
I doubt it. I suspect most of the noble metals can do that. Quicksilver could also do it.

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Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
True.

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Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
I'm pretty sure they don't manage negative numbers either. The romans did know about zero, though, they just didn't see it as a number or something useful in calculations.

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Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
True.

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The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
Actually, minor cavities can fix themselves.

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A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
True.

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The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
I doubt it. Either way, very difficult to actually prove, either way.

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Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that
is why it is found in some medicines.
I've been told that it's to counter the drowsiness these painkillers can cause.

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The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
I've heard it's so, but hav no idea if it's true.

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When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
I'd call bullshit on that, for the simple reason that I simply can't imagine an experiment that could prove it.

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In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
I've heard that, but unsure if it's true. My gut feeling is that it's true, because almost all greeting traditions (such as waving, raising a hand, shaking hands) show that your hands are empty.

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Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
OK, a relative to the strawberry, but still a separate species is Fragaria vesca (smultron in Swedish), the, in my opinion, superior fruit compared to strawberries taste-wise, also has the seeds on the outside.

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The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
I'm unsure about the rate, but it does move away.

I have a theory that the dinosaurs died out because they grew too tall, and couldn't duck when the moon passed (because, since it was a long time ago, it must have been pretty darn low). Somehow, I have failed to gain popular acceptance for this theory...

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Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
I would say that's wrong. It's just a matter of how much matter there is beneath them, as they float on the molten core.

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Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy .
True. http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topolino

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Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
False as to the part that the bridge could collapse (Mythbusters killed that one pretty good). Could very well be true as to some commanders not knowing that it's a myth and commandinf their soldiers to not march in step.

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Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
Actually, it's slightly more than 0.5%, so true, even if the rounding is a bit misleading.

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For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
Well, that depends on the vessel. The number sounds about right, but one has to remember that the weight also includes some structural bits to handle the extra fuel, which in turn require more fuel to lift. So, depending on if the vessel can already handle more fuel or not, the number may vary a bit.

The bottom line, though, is that the sad truth of rocketry is that it's pretty damn expensive to put stuff in space.

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The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
True, at the moment. One never know what the next element will be called...
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Interesting fact: if bananas can only be spread by the hand of man, does that mean that we accept that man descends from apes, since apes and monkeys most probably also spread bananas with their "hands"?

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Old 12 September 2013, 03:41 PM
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Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
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The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
Yeah baby! Wooh Wooh!
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Old 12 September 2013, 03:55 PM
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Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
Those "seeds" are the actual fruits.
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Old 12 September 2013, 03:56 PM
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Interesting fact: if bananas can only be spread by the hand of man, does that mean that we accept that man descends from apes, since apes and monkeys most probably also spread bananas with their "hands"?
Wild bananas have seeds. The ones you buy at the grocery store have tiny, undeveloped, nonviable seeds and must be propagated asexually.

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"It takes six months to build a Rolls Royce & only 13 hours to build a
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No:2.
"The sound made by Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is so loud that it can be
heard 40 miles away."

No:3.
"It takes approximately 40 minutes for your brain to know that your
stomach is full."

No:4.
"Space dust tastes like raspberries & smells like rum."

No:5.
"A Rubik's cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations."

No:6.
"Albert Einstein said that if the Honey bees were to disappear from the
Earth, we would see an apocalypse within 4 years."

No:7.
"Deep breathing gives you health benefits similar to aerobics."

No:8.
"A one minute kiss burns about 26 calories."

No:9.
"The rarest coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak, which is found in
Indonesia. It cost about $300 a pound."

No:10.
"Lamborghini cars were created because Lamborghini Tractor Company was
insulted by the founder of Ferrari."

No:11.
"The human mind is 10 times more creative at night than it is in the
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No:12.
"There's a temple in Sri Lanka dedicated to a tooth of the Buddha."


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Old 13 September 2013, 05:15 AM
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No:9.
"The rarest coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak, which is found in
Indonesia. It cost about $300 a pound."
Kopi Luwak is not a type but rather a process were beans of coffee berries are eaten and then excreted by the Asian Palm Civet.
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Old 13 September 2013, 10:18 AM
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If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
Somebody on that snopes site says it ain't so.
http://www.snopes.com/science/well.asp
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Old 13 September 2013, 11:32 AM
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The Lamborghini comment is more or less true:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini#Origin

Some guy on the internet can't find any evidence that Einstein spoke about bees:

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/einstein/bees.asp

The "raspberries and rum" factoid is a tongue-in-cheek comment based on the observation that ethyl format is present in space:

http://www.spectroscopynow.com/detai...html?tzcheck=1

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2...s-astrobiology

Fun fact:
I just discovered that all my life I've been misspelling "raspberries."

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Old 13 September 2013, 01:58 PM
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"There's a temple in Sri Lanka dedicated to a tooth of the Buddha."
That is plausible at least. There is a stupa in Kathmandu (Boudnanath) which was frequently told as having been built around one of Bhudda's teeth (although the wiki article does not support that).
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Old 13 September 2013, 07:21 PM
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No:1.
"It takes six months to build a Rolls Royce & only 13 hours to build a
Toyota"
I'm betting this one is time on floor in assembly rather than man hours to assemble. I'm sure it take more than 13 man hours to assemble a Toyota. Since Rolls Royces does a lot of hand manufactring assembly process, do those hours get added to the assembly man hours. It is sort of like comparing apples to oranges.
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Old 13 September 2013, 07:36 PM
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According to Wikipedia, Rolls-Royce Motor cars sold 3,538 cars and employed 1,000 people in 2001. That works out to 588 man-hours per car assuming none of those employees did things like make spare parts or work other than on the production line. 588 hours is about 3 months and 3 weeks. So unless they let the paint on the body dry for 2 months, it would take just under 4 months to build a Rolls-Royce at worst.

ETA: This Car and Driver article from 2008 says that Harbour Report found that it took just over 30 hours to make the average vehicle.
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Old 14 September 2013, 05:13 AM
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Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters
I keep coming up with equations and various sites that put it about 10K or 33K above sea level is the max height of a mountain. So I would say 15K meters above sea level is not possible.

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The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
About 3.8 cm (1.5 in) per year.

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Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
That is because zero is not really a number. The Roman Numbers were a type of tally system so there was no need of a place holder. If a person need to say none, they used the word null. In order for a Base Numbering system to work you need something a each base location to represent nothing or a blank space. That is were the symbol "0" become important, for it represents the null in that location if there is the absents of a value.
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Never mind, I was wrong...

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Old 14 September 2013, 04:53 PM
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The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
Maybe before Sunday, April 24, when Alaska changed from four to two time zones. Now almost all of Alaska is in the Alaska time zone (UTC-9) with the western Aleutian Islands in Hawaii-Aleutian time zone (UTC-10).
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Old 14 September 2013, 04:55 PM
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I keep coming up with equations and various sites that put it about 10K or 33K above sea level is the max height of a mountain. So I would say 15K meters above sea level is not possible.
It was getting late, but that was suppose to be 10K meters (33K feet) above sea level.
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