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Old 01-27-2014, 17:40   #81
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The municipal government of Paris passed a resolution to prohibit Tom Cruise from becoming an honorary citizen of the city.

There’s a mathematical theorem called the “hairy ball theorem.” It states that you can’t comb a hairy 3D ball without getting a cowlick.

The British Army issues antimicrobial underwear that can be worn for three months at a time.
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Old 01-27-2014, 17:47   #82
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Old 01-27-2014, 17:55   #83
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Old 01-27-2014, 18:50   #84
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There is a town in Brazil that powers its streetlights by having convicts pedal bicycles attached to generators.

When Yao Ming played his first game in Miami, the Heat promoted the game by passing out 8,000 fortune cookies. Yao wasn’t offended because he had never seen a fortune cookie, and assumed it was an American invention.

The term "Mayday" is used for signaling for help. It comes from the French term "M'aidez" which is pronounced "MayDay" and means, "Help Me."
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Old 01-27-2014, 21:38   #85
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You'll have to search on some keywords like "Treadmill" etc., but it may be so old as to have fallen away. I don't know how far back this stuff is kept on the servers.


I kind of get a smile inside every time I think of that thread. It was truly one of the all time greats on GT.




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Old 01-27-2014, 21:58   #86
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Old 01-27-2014, 22:04   #87
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They're called 'Canada Geese' because the man who discovered them as a species was Mr. Canada. To refer to them as 'Canadian Geese' is a misnomer.
The Canada Goose was one of the many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his 18th-century work Systema Naturae.[2] It belongs to the Branta genus of geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey species of the Anser genus. The specific epithet canadensis is a New Latin word meaning "from Canada". According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first citation for the 'Canada Goose' dates back to 1772. The Canada Goose is often incorrectly referred to as the "Canadian Goose".[3][4][5]

Not named for "Mr. Canada", named for the region.

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Old 01-27-2014, 22:22   #88
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The Star Spangled Banner's melody was originally a popular drinking song.

A perfect cylinder is an incredibly strong structure along its length, but weak from the sides. A person of average weight can if the can is entirely undamaged, stand on an empty soda can that could easily be crushed in the hand.

McDonald's sells more chicken each year than KFC.

A modern "tin" can contains no tin, but is rather rolled and pressed steel coated with a polymer film to prevent corrosion.

During their expedition Lewis and Clark carried a magazine fed airgun that would put most modern airguns to shame.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:10   #89
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Tetris is so addictive because of deep-seated psychological drive to tidy up.


There is a law that states every high school in New Zealand may hold 1 pound of uranium and 1 pound of thorium, for conducting nuclear experiments, and will be fined $1,000,000 for a nuclear explosion.


There actually was a John Rambo in Vietnam and his name can be found on the Vietnam Memorial.
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My father say the northern most, southern most eastern most, and western most state in the union is Alaska, or Hawaii, is this true?
Yes. There's an island of Alaska that's on the other side of the International Date Line.

N, W, E - Alaska
S - Hawaii

I got a kick out of having one foot on the Southern most point of the US and the other foot in the Pacific. Got a pic of it somewhere at Mom's house.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:47   #91
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A New York Times Reporter (of course) named William Seabrook, in the interests of research, obtained a chunk of human meat from the body of a healthy human killed in an accident, then cooked and ate it. He reported, “It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef.” Ewwwww.


When you say the term "devil's advocate", it comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.

up until Sunday, September 3rd, 1967, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. They changed to the right-hand side on a weekend at 5 p.m. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize 'this' was the day of the changeover.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:58   #92
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The term "Mayday" comes from the French term "M'aidez" which is pronounced "MayDay" and means, "Help Me."



When filming “Never Say Never Again,” Sean Connery pissed off his martial arts instructor so much that he broke Connery’s wrist. The instructor was Steven Seagal.


In WWII, Germans tank drivers in Africa would drive tanks over camel poop for luck. So the Allies started planting land mines disguised as camel dung. Germans got wind of this and began riding over dung that was already overrun with tank tracks. In turn, Allies made mines looking like overrun dung.
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Old 01-28-2014, 14:07   #93
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SOG had a boot with a footprint on the bottom of it for use by Raider teams in Laos.
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Old 01-28-2014, 14:17   #94
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In 2006, some guys climbed Britain’s highest mountain and discovered a piano on top of it.

Human birth control pills will work on gorillas.

The Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia is the deepest hole ever created by man. It reached a depth of 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles.
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Old 01-28-2014, 14:21   #95
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SOG had a boot with a footprint on the bottom of it for use by Raider teams in Laos.
Wow, I was going to claim BS, but low and behold its true!
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Old 01-28-2014, 14:28   #96
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Yeah, oftentimes the muddy terrain caused it to sink too far into the ground and reveal that in fact was just another boot.

And getting caught with it surely couldn't be good. But then again, getting caught as a SOF guy wasn't good at all. Very few of those guys made it back. Namely, the ones who escaped made it back.
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Photoshop detects if you are trying to edit an image of currency, and attempts to stop you from opening/printing the file.

A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second!
Adding to both of these:

Most modern color laser copiers will detect an attempt to photocopy a $20 or higher bill and replace it with a black box.

Most modern color laser copiers and printers also print a reference number, unique to the printer or copier and including a time and date stamp, using microscopic yellow dots, on every page.

A "shake" is also a unit of time, equal to 10 nanoseconds. This unit of measure was developed during the Manhattan project, where it made for a convenient way to describe the amount of time required for a piece of a nuclear reaction. The initial fission in an implosion-type weapon requires 20 nanoseconds, or two shakes (of a lamb's tail).

In his official biography, Kim Jong Il was credited with the following accomplishments:
1. Low score of 38 on a standard 72-par course.
2. The ability to control the weather.
3. He did not poop.
4. He invented the hamburger.

The human eye has the equivalent of 576 megapixels.

It would take about 600 hours to actually read the Terms of Service that an average American agrees to in a single year.

Astronauts have a small patch of velcro inside their helmets, placed so that they can use it to scratch their noses.
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Old 01-28-2014, 16:22   #98
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The Swedish Navy detected underwater sounds and suspected hostile Russian submarines in the 1980s. This turned into a diplomatic conflict between Sweden and Russia. As it turned out, the sounds came from flatulent fish. The finding turned into a Nobel Prize after the fact.


"Niblings" is the plural, gender-neutral term for “nieces and nephews”.

The term Jeep may have come from the term GP, but "GP" did not come from "General Purpose". It came from Ford production codes: G for government, and P for the 80-inch-wheelbase of the vehicle.
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The term Jeep may have come from the term GP, but "GP" did not come from "General Purpose". It came from Ford production codes: G for government, and P for the 80-inch-wheelbase of the vehicle.
I think it came from Eugene the Jeep.
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There is home brew cola named OpenCola. It is a public recipe anyone may use, make or modify. Anybody can make the drink, and anyone can modify and improve on the recipe as long as they, too, license their recipe under the GNU General Public License.

Every December 25th a town In a Peruvian town, every December 25 they celebrate “Takanakuy”. Men, women, and children settle grudges with fistfights. Then everyone goes drinking together, ready to start the new year with a clean slate.
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