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  1. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    I love facts. Post a fact... any interesting fact, so we can ooh and ahh collectively. I will start us off.

    French author Michel Thayer published a 233 page novel which has no verbs.
    (Isn't that fabulous?!!!)

    1. bethperry profile image89
      bethperryposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      In nature, an octopus's eye is more alike a human eye than any other living creature.

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        But do they sneeze in their sleep?

    2. brakel2 profile image85
      brakel2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The major cable companies charge more for Internet in US than in any other country.

      1. Lionrhod profile image93
        Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Not surprised. Before I switched to DSL, my cable company was a ripoff.

    3. eugbug profile image93
      eugbugposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It would take 880 years to cycle to the Sun on a bicycle, 24 / 7 that is, with no breaks and no vacation. Methinks the scenery would become a little boring after the first 100 years!

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        At what speed?

        1. chasmac profile image100
          chasmacposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Having nothing better to do right now, and as my recent upgrade to Windows 8.1 seems to have given me a fancy new calculator app, I worked out for you that the average speed would be about 12 miles per hour. That was easy. The real problem is working out how to pedal in free space in a way that would make the bike actually move. When they eventually build a road there, that will no longer be a problem.

          1. eugbug profile image93
            eugbugposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, I picked 12 mph as a nice gentle cruising speed. As regards the road, apparently empty space isn't really empty, as subatomic particles constantly wink in and out of existence. It might be possible to get some reaction from these if flaps were added onto the tires, sort of like a paddle steamer (Newton's Third Law - "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction") . It might take another few hundred years though to reach 12mph!

            1. chasmac profile image100
              chasmacposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Good suggestion about the flaps. See? Human ingenuity can take us anywhere. Also, I think you could make up those extra years needed to get to 12MPH because the last part of the journey is all downhill, so you could easily exceed 12MPH without any extra effort and make up lost time. I'd hate to try it in the opposite direction. That initial hill to climb is the steepest in the whole solar system.

          2. Sed-me profile image84
            Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            lol. Thanks! Now, can you tell me what SPF your sun block needs to be at this distance?

    4. eugbug profile image93
      eugbugposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The cochlea in the human year can detect sound vibrations whose amplitude is almost the diameter of the hydrogen atom

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        Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I would say that it lies within the human ear, instead smile
        Kidding

        1. eugbug profile image93
          eugbugposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Well spotted, it was a Freudian slip thinking about my 880 year cycle trip to the Sun! smile

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            Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            yikes smile

    5. eugbug profile image93
      eugbugposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Food doesn't fall down into your stomach, it is "massaged" there by a muscular contraction process called peristalsis. This means you can eat while standing on your head. The same applies to the other end and peristalsis takes place in the intestines, so you can poop while standing on your head.... (probably not advisable big_smile)

      1. S Jayaseeli profile image60
        S Jayaseeliposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        yikes

        1. jonnycomelately profile image87
          jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          mmmmm...I agree, especially since peristalsis starts as a suction, not as a push! yikes

      2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
        DzyMsLizzyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Ugh!  LOL  Not advisable, indeed, in the second scenario!  However true that may be, technically speaking, gravity does assist...  wink

        HOWever, I know from (painful) experience as a child, that you canNOT swallow liquids while standing on your head:  it comes right back out your nose!!!!  Yes--I actually tried this with a glass of 7-up, after seeing it done by a comic book character!
        (Told you: comics and cartoons are bad influences that get kids into trouble!  lol )

        1. Jessica Gina profile image61
          Jessica Ginaposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

          lol, that's so funny, hilarious. Well done.
          What a great way to start my day, you have me in fits, thanks!

    6. Calypso02 profile image60
      Calypso02posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The capital of the USA was once New York City.

    7. ladyguitarpicker profile image84
      ladyguitarpickerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Dalmatian dogs do not need to get a bath every week, or two weeks. They do not need a bath every month, but once a year or when absolutely necessary is plenty. The dog has a natural coat that if brushed once or  two times a week keeps him clean.

    8. Nancy Hardin profile image59
      Nancy Hardinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The King of Hearts in a deck of standard playing cards is the only King in the deck without a mustache.

      Also, dolphins sleep with one eye open.

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I would too if I were a dolphin.

    9. Nancy Hardin profile image59
      Nancy Hardinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      There are no clocks in any Las Vegas Casino. Look all you want, you'll never find one. Time is not a friend of casinos.

    10. Jackie Lynnley profile image76
      Jackie Lynnleyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      There is a strand of silk for every kernel of corn on the cob. They lead right to the individual kernel supplying it with needed nutrition.

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        nu uh! like little blood vessels.

        1. Jackie Lynnley profile image76
          Jackie Lynnleyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Exactly!

          1. Sed-me profile image84
            Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Makes "shucking corn" seem kind of gory.

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              Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              LOL smile

      2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
        DzyMsLizzyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Well, well, well!!  You learn something new every day!  No wonder those silks are so entrenched and hard to get rid of!

    11. ijdmtoy profile image57
      ijdmtoyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Must be hard to read and understand.

      Reading sometimes require a little bit taste to make the process joyful!

    12. easylearningweb profile image91
      easylearningwebposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You can't sneeze with your eyes open.

    13. easylearningweb profile image91
      easylearningwebposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You can't sneeze with your eyes open.

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Believe it or not, that is a myth. I saw it on Mythbusters. smile

        http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythb … s-pop-out/

        1. easylearningweb profile image91
          easylearningwebposted 24 months ago in reply to this

          Oh wow, I never knew this, I just thought it was always true. Thanks for the info. ;-)

        2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
          DzyMsLizzyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Yep--busted!--I also saw that Mythbusters episode. 
          However, it is true that you cannot stick your elbow in your ear. lol

          1. Sed-me profile image84
            Sed-meposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            I know... and yet I try it at least once every 5 years.

    14. Matthew Meyer profile image78
      Matthew Meyerposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Most of my pants are too large.

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        lol
        Feel free to post a pic.

      2. NateB11 profile image91
        NateB11posted 23 months ago in reply to this

        lol

    15. jonnycomelately profile image87
      jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      1.  When you make a lather, whether it be to shave your face or put detergent in to washing machine, that lather is not soap, or detergent.

      The lather is, in fact, millions of tiny bubble -- in other words, pockets of air tied up with a film of water.

      2.  When you use soap or detergent, neither is the "cleaner."  Water is the "cleaner," in every each case.   

      Soap or detergent is used primarily as a wetting agent.  It changes surface tension of the water and allows it to come in close contact with the dirt.  (Dirt, whether it be greasy or not, tends to repel water normally.) 

      You can check this action out by taking a whole, unbroken, ripe tomato.  Run a little cold water over the tomato.  The water runs off immediately, leaving only a few rounded drops of water on the surface.

      Now, wipe your finger over the tip of the dish washing liquid cap...just a smidgin of detergent on your finger....and now wipe this detergent over the tomato.  Repeat with the same amount of water....you will find the tomato is "wetted."   A similar trial can be done with your feet...before washing them, that is.

      The important lesson from this:   Using more detergent or soap than really necessary, does NOT improve the cleaning of your dishes.  Only just the right amount, a very tiny amount in fact, is  needed... no more.

      1. saleh muhammed profile image49
        saleh muhammedposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        awesome,  i wud be saving more deterjent from now...., smile

    16. eugbug profile image93
      eugbugposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      If you had a lever long enough, and used the Moon as a fulcrum, you could lift the Earth with one finger

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        Im going to call this a theory and not fact b/c I tried it and failed.

      2. jonnycomelately profile image87
        jonnycomelatelyposted 21 months ago in reply to this

        A million people with a million shovels could move a mountain.  I tried it but failed, 'cause a million people refused to help me.

        1. DrMark1961 profile image91
          DrMark1961posted 21 months ago in reply to this

          Do you have a sign up list? You can put me down and drop me an email and I will be right over as soon as the others are ready to help.

          1. jonnycomelately profile image87
            jonnycomelatelyposted 21 months ago in reply to this

            yikes  lol

    17. eugbug profile image93
      eugbugposted 19 months ago in reply to this

      Matter is mostly empty space. However because of tremendously strong  gravitational forces, matter becomes incredibly densely packed together in a neutron star. The average density is 4 x 10 to the power of 17 kg per cubic metre. To put this into perspective, a matchbox of star material would weigh about the same as a cubic kilometre of Earth rock

    18. Copper Man profile image86
      Copper Manposted 5 months ago in reply to this

      To communicate, the wood duck whistles instead of quacks.

      1. jonnycomelately profile image87
        jonnycomelatelyposted 5 months ago in reply to this

        I would whistle too, if I ducked and quacked my head!  mad

    19. Copper Man profile image86
      Copper Manposted 5 months ago in reply to this

      Here in America, we call them moose. Europeans refer to them as elk. Moose or elk, they belong to the deer family of animals.

    20. SakinaNasir53 profile image78
      SakinaNasir53posted 6 weeks ago in reply to this

      Pets can understand feelings and follow what we say (example : if said "go poop" your bird will follow that). But these must be asked daily.
      Pets can get jealous too! I know, it's adorable watching them like that, but I feel sad too. I believe pets are just like small children. ☺

  2. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    Shakespeare invented the word assassination and bump.
    (Say what?! I could do this all day.)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqEpgAxh2AY

  3. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    In Ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was considered a marriage proposal.
    (Do you love that?!)

    1. S Jayaseeli profile image60
      S Jayaseeliposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I don't love that!

      Come on!

      Men are too impatient these days. Throwing an apple "to a woman" will be misunderstood as throwing "at a woman" and who knows..... some moron might think whoever hits her real hard will strike the deal. hmm

      O.o

      1. saleh muhammed profile image49
        saleh muhammedposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        that's easier than getting a ring...., ;D

    2. MelangeSpace1 profile image82
      MelangeSpace1posted 5 months ago in reply to this

      lol.....

  4. sosown profile image60
    sosownposted 2 years ago

    Did you know every yellow silk string in an ear of corn is equivalent to the amount of kernels on the corn cob.  If you count the yellow strings it will be the exact amount of corn kernels on the cob.  Who knew?

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      AHHHH! I love that... That's insane. Good to know.

    2. J - R - Fr13m9n profile image85
      J - R - Fr13m9nposted 20 months ago in reply to this

      The great mathematicians of the past would have contemplated in awe over this fact. I never would thought about the total of corn silk equals the total of kernels. Interesting!

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image89
        Rochelle Frankposted 20 months ago in reply to this

        Each strand of silk starts at the kernal like the stamen on a flower-- so how would it be otherwise?

        1. Sed-me profile image84
          Sed-meposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          You have a lot more corn knowledge than the rest of us. You are the Orvil Reddenbocker of hubbers.

          1. Rochelle Frank profile image89
            Rochelle Frankposted 20 months ago in reply to this

            I know a lot of corny jokes, too. (but that wasn't one of 'em.)

            1. Sed-me profile image84
              Sed-meposted 20 months ago in reply to this

              lol

              1. jonnycomelately profile image87
                jonnycomelatelyposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                A-corns become old 'okes.

                1. Sed-me profile image84
                  Sed-meposted 20 months ago in reply to this

                  ouch

        2. J - R - Fr13m9n profile image85
          J - R - Fr13m9nposted 20 months ago in reply to this

          Obviously. Nature is so interesting! In my imagination I keep picturing a cross section of a many chambered spiral nautilus. That is also awesome!

  5. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    In 1935 Krueger Beer, brewed in Newark, New Jersey, became the first beer to be sold in cans.

    Hooray beer!

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      hahaha. I can always count on you for a beer or rock in roll factoid.

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image94
        FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        They are the two defining factors in my life.

        1. Sed-me profile image84
          Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Also facts.

    2. CuAllaidh profile image81
      CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Figures an American "beer" would come up with the abomination that is canned beer wink

  6. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    Relative to size, the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.
    (Shut the front door!)

  7. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    Women's hearts typically beat faster than men's hearts.
    ('Cause duh! Am I right?)

  8. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    A lemon contains more sugar than a strawberry.
    (Say what?!)

    1. Cat333 profile image82
      Cat333posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      What?

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      No effing way!!  Ack!!  My mouth is puckering in protest at the thought!

  9. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    People don't sneeze when they are asleep because the nerves involved in the sneeze reflex are also resting.

    1. bethperry profile image89
      bethperryposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, I always wondered about that!

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I have blown pepper in your face while you were sleeping so many times... nothin'.

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 21 months ago in reply to this

      I dunno about that; I suffer from hay fever, which involves a lot of sneezing, and more than once, I've been awakened by a sneeze!

  10. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    A strand from the web of a golden spider is as strong as a steel wire of the same size.
    (So awesome.)

    1. Cat333 profile image82
      Cat333posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Wow!

  11. Sed-me profile image84
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    The Valley of Square Trees in Panama is the only known place in the world where trees have rectangular trunks.

    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/11958687.jpg

    1. eugbug profile image93
      eugbugposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Great, I learned a new Spanish adjective today!

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        Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        This is the first time I've ever seen a square tree

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      Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You could cut down these trees and build a square house, with no other tools but a hammer, nails, and some concrete

  12. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Perfect way to shed pounds.  Take a photo of yourself and photoshop it. There, now you have the perfect figure.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You are the smartest person I know.

  13. clivewilliams profile image80
    clivewilliamsposted 2 years ago

    Google slapped hubpages with Panda

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I know that means something. I will have to google it. lol

  14. ArtFag profile image60
    ArtFagposted 2 years ago

    I thought the chewing muscles were the strongest yikes And your butt muscle the largest, haha. Cushioning?

    In Belgium, you have to pay for your water in a restaurant.

    In Japan, you do not tip waiters.

    In Vietnam, crossing your fingers is a dirty gesture.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Im moving to Japan.

      1. Jodah profile image85
        Jodahposted 17 months ago in reply to this

        In Australia you don't tip anyone.

  15. clivewilliams profile image80
    clivewilliamsposted 2 years ago

    Fact: Not all Jamaicans smoke weed
    Fact:Not all Jamaicans are Rasts

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmm... facts based on perceptions. A new entrance into our game.

  16. Lionrhod profile image93
    Lionrhodposted 2 years ago

    Parsley has more vitamin C than oranges. (Found that out when I was doing some research to add to one of my hubs.)

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Ugh... parsley. The garbage of vegetables. lol

      1. Lionrhod profile image93
        Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        LOL I love parsley. And it's super healthy for you.

  17. Lionrhod profile image93
    Lionrhodposted 2 years ago

    Another one. In Arabic countries, nodding your head means "no."

    1. Cat333 profile image82
      Cat333posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That's a good one to know.

  18. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    Orange carrots are the result of years of crossbreading by the dutch to prove their supremacy (orange was the national colour). Prior to the introduction of the orange carrots the most common colour of carrots was purple and white, although yellow and red were fairly common colours too. The orange carrot took off in Europe as a novelty and eventually became the most common colour of carrot to the point where any other colour is now considered a "Heritage Vegetable".

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Ok, if that's true, and you're not some crazy weirdo who makes things up... that's the most interesting fact ever.

      1. CuAllaidh profile image81
        CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        LOL.... it's easy enough to verify... But ya I am not really a crazy wierdo (ok most of my friends would disagree but what do they know)... I am just a history buff who likes odd facts smile

        1. Sed-me profile image84
          Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          That's a good one for sure.

  19. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    When Sir Walter Raliegh brought the potato to England from the new world Queen Elizabeth ordered her cooks to prepare her court a feast with the potato as the centre piece. The problem was though no one told the cook what a potato was or how to prepare it. The cook thought the plant looked fairly similar to other vegetables, specifically greens. So the cook cut the greens off the potato and tossed the tubers (the potato) and cooked the greens and served them. The greens of potatoes are inedible, not quite toxic, but not pleasant. The entire court got extremely ill and Elizabeth banned Potatoes from being served to her. It took man years before the reputation of potatoes was restored in England.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image84
      Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That one is interesting.

    2. S Jayaseeli profile image60
      S Jayaseeliposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      That's cool! smile

  20. colorfulone profile image88
    colorfuloneposted 2 years ago

    Good morning! smile
    Kona coffee is one of the best.
    (I need more coffee)

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      How dare you! In my opinion, it is totally inappropriate to post opinions on a fact thread.

      1. colorfulone profile image88
        colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Oops, I am so sorry for stating my opinion, Sed-me. I really thought it is a fact because I honestly think it is one of the best coffees in the world, and that is my honest feelings. (duh) wink

        It really is a good morning though, and I do need more coffee. And, those are facts. smile

  21. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    I research sports and games from history... I have dug up a number of interesting games, one of the most interesting ones I came across is a wedding tradition from Medieval Germany. When a couple got married they'd take a ball made from leather and stuffed with feathers or scrap cloth and add spikes to it, metal and sharp. This ball would be thrown over the roof of the church to the other side. The interesting and more than slightly terrifying part is that on the other side were children who were tasked with catching the ball. Not sure why anyone would agree to let their children participate, but the it was apparently quite the honour for the child who caught the ball, especially if they did so without it hitting the ground first.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Ay yi yi... Was there ever a time when ppl weren't crazy?

      1. CuAllaidh profile image81
        CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        yes, for one day in 1125, June the 48th I believe, everyone on the planet was completely sane for the entire 24 hours (this is a fact made up by me and verified the other voices in my head)

        1. Lionrhod profile image93
          Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          LOL!

        2. colorfulone profile image88
          colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Can't dispute facts like voices in ones own head. Its so real.

          I better go ... hahaha, so no one thinks I am being sarcastic.

        3. Sed-me profile image84
          Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          lol

  22. Lionrhod profile image93
    Lionrhodposted 2 years ago

    Napoleon was once attacked by rabbits. He threw a hunt party and gathered 100s of bunnies in cages. Possibly as many as 3000. But instead of scattering, the rabbits started swarming the hunters. They climbed up Napoleon's legs and jacket. He tried beating them off with his riding crop and his men grabbed sticks to defend him. He finally managed to get to his carriage and the onslaught only ended when he drove away. Turns out the gameskeeper had gotten tame domestic rabbits instead of trapping wild ones, and these bunnies were accustomed to seeing humans as sources of food.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Seriously? 'Cause that is awesome.

    2. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      OMG, I just looked that up. Its a fact jack!
      I had not read about that before.

      Makes me wonder if those hungry rabbits were use to eating human flesh.

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        What a weird thing to have on your tombstone.

        "Killed by bunnies."

        1. bBerean profile image60
          bBereanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Hefner?

          1. Sed-me profile image84
            Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            hahahaha... that's a good one.
            "When bunnies attack."

            1. colorfulone profile image88
              colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Laughing and drinking coffee do not work well at the same time.

    3. CuAllaidh profile image81
      CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      How did I not know this one... that is freaking hilarious..... I wonder if the bunnies were gathered from Caerbannog

    4. bBerean profile image60
      bBereanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Truly a hare raising experience! 

      (I know how Sed-Me loves puns).

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry, I couldn't hear you. I was listening to the sound of my breakfast coming back up.

  23. lisavollrath profile image86
    lisavollrathposted 2 years ago

    The city of Crush, Texas existed for one day in 1896, as a promotional site for a staged train crash.  40,000 people showed up for the event, making it temporarily the second largest city in the state.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      How interesting!

  24. Lionrhod profile image93
    Lionrhodposted 2 years ago

    That rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide!

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It's cause ppl always made fun of his buck teeth. sad

  25. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    Back to to the original topic:

    Hero of Alexandria was a greek philosopher, engineer, and inventor (amongst other things). Many of his groundbreaking devices have been lost, but one of the things he invented was an automatic temple door opener, so as you approached a temple the door would swing open on its own. Some claim he even had it set up so torches would light up as you entered the temple to make it seem more mystical as well.

    He also created the worlds first (we assume) vending machine.

    This was all done between 10 CE and 70 CE (CE stands for Common Era and means the same thing as AD)

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Every person owes their automatic garage door opener to him... and we keep giving credit to some genie.

  26. word55 profile image83
    word55posted 2 years ago

    If you have the will to learn then you will have the will to earn people, places and things.

    Excerpt from "Love Is Our Law" Author Al Wordlaw

  27. kerbev profile image78
    kerbevposted 2 years ago

    In 1946, Walt Disney made a cartoon named "The Story of Menstruation" and it was shown in health classes until the sixties.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I knew Walt was to blame for all this.

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      Kathleen Moralesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Gasp! I saw this in the 4th grade! Jiminy Cricket narrated it.... And people thought i made it up, huh...

  28. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    As I mentioned earlier I research historical games... a cool fact about researching sports and recreation, one of the best sources of research is laws banning activities. I have uncovered more references thanks to laws banning the playing of specific games than any other source. England was particularly bad for banning sports and games all in the name of ensuring that every male practiced archery every day for at least an hour.

    1. Lionrhod profile image93
      Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, that's fascinating. I love the whole concept of archery and finally got my first bow just a couple months before my house fire. So much for the bow. I've yet to replace it. A gorgeous recursive.

      Despite the fact that my eyesight is lousy, I love the somewhat feral nature of bow hunting, the connection with ancient goddesses. and so on. Robin Hood was probably one of my earliest heroes. LOL Katniss and Legolas have introduced a new cool factor too.

      Let's not forget the Battle of Hastings or the amazing power of the English Longbow. I had no idea they were so pushed to train. Thanks for the nifty fact!

      1. CuAllaidh profile image81
        CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Well if you love archery, particularly the English Longbow you'll like these archery facts:

        The Mary Rose was a boat found with some intact English Longbows from the time of the 100 years war (roughly), some of those bows had an estimated draw weight of 300 lbs, now anything over 150lbs is considered a warbow (for English Longbow anyways) and have been tested as capable of piercing plate armour, so soldiers during Hastings may have been pulling 300 pound bows.

        Some bodies of archers were found to have a deformed right arm it is estimated that these archers with deformed arms probably had their draw arm twice or three times the size of their other arm.

        1. Lionrhod profile image93
          Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Please do explain draw weight if you can. (Never really understood how it works, since we can't have all that weight in our arms.) As a 130 or so lb woman, I don't imagine I can have a lot of that. I suppose that compound bows help leverage weight.

          LOL my 65 lb boxer mix is capable of dragging me across the room even though I outweigh him almost twice. Then again he has 4 legs so better traction.

          1. CuAllaidh profile image81
            CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Draw weight, when talking archery is related to how much force is required to pull back the bow to a full draw. So a 65 pound bow requires the same force to pull it back to draw length as picking up a 65 lb object. A 300 pound bow requires 300 lbs of force to pull back the bow to full draw, it's a massively powerful bow.

            1. Lionrhod profile image93
              Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Wow. Granted I have a bad back, but picking up something over 50 lbs.... Sure I can do it, but I'm going to be hurting later.

              LOL back when we were living on the farm we had to sling hay bales (35-50 lbs on a daily basis.)

              1. CuAllaidh profile image81
                CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Imagine being in a battle where you have to fire dozens if not hundreds of arrows.

                1. LuisEGonzalez profile image81
                  LuisEGonzalezposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Would you happen to know the origin of the Olympic recurve bow. I practice Olympic archery but have never investigated it's origins. Thanks.

                  1. CuAllaidh profile image81
                    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    The recurve bow is one of the oldest designs for bows,they were particularly popular in regions that shot bow from horseback such as the mongols (though the mongols devised their own specialty bow for this which, is a recurve, but a different design with one limb shorter than the other). The exact origin of the design is harder to document since it was common pretty much everywhere at different times. It is just one of those inventions that every culture seems to come up with on their own.

  29. Zeron87 profile image95
    Zeron87posted 2 years ago

    Video games have been used to successfully treat ADHD. 
    Gamers have higher hand-eye coordination skills than those who don't game or regularly play sports, and can usually perform well at sports requiring such skills (tennis, baseball, basketball)

    1. Cat333 profile image82
      Cat333posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Well, that's good to know. I was a little conflicted about letting my five-old-son begin to play games, but this makes me feel there's some good in it.

    2. ShirleyJCJohnson profile image87
      ShirleyJCJohnsonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Oh my, I have four children, all of whom have ADHD/ADD.  If I were to let them all play the Xbox in order to help keep them calm, I would never get any television watched.  But, this is interesting.  Along the same lines, a child who has ADHD/ADD can drink a mug of coffee and be calmed down.  It follows the theory that a hyper kid reacts opposite on coffee as what an adult would drink coffee for.

  30. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    Babar the elephant liked to wear a bright green suit.

    1. Lionrhod profile image93
      Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Oh! I remember Babar!

  31. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    In the 2006 "Curious George" animated film, it was revealed for the first time that the Man in the Yellow Hat's name is "Ted."

    1. CuAllaidh profile image81
      CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I refuse to acknowledge that movie as canon.... wink

      1. DrMark1961 profile image91
        DrMark1961posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        With a screen name like CuAllaidh, I would have thought you would have the first dog fact. Well, here is one. Dogs, contrary to common belief, are not color blind.
        Their color vision is similar to that of color-blind humans.

        1. Lionrhod profile image93
          Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          +1 for knowing what Cu means.

        2. CuAllaidh profile image81
          CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          LOL nice catch on my name.... yes it means hound, wild hound, dog, or wolf in Gaelic.

    2. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I find that shocking.

  32. Lionrhod profile image93
    Lionrhodposted 2 years ago

    The Cathar sect believed that burping and farting created "bubbles" that brought them closer to god.

  33. Lionrhod profile image93
    Lionrhodposted 2 years ago

    Another dog fact - Based on temperament tests, Chihuahuas, and Dachshunds and Spaniels are more likely to bite than pit bulls.

    1. ShirleyJCJohnson profile image87
      ShirleyJCJohnsonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Chihuahuas can be very mean and nippy.  I had one (unfortunately she's not with anymore), and now I have another.  If they don't want to be messed with, they will definitely let you know!

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
        DzyMsLizzyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        My husband swears that he new a person who supposedly proved, scientifically, and accepted in a court of law over a 'no dogs' dispute with a landlord, that Chihuahuas are more closely related to rodents than to other canines; she was able to prove she was not keeping a dog, which was against the building's rules.
        (I just Googled it, and it is true:  (remove spaces to make link work)
        http:/ /www.watleyreview.com/ 2004/052504-3. html  )

  34. Mel92114 profile image59
    Mel92114posted 2 years ago

    In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Would he put his hand... never mind.

  35. Mel92114 profile image59
    Mel92114posted 2 years ago

    The Bible is the world's best-selling book...it is also the most shoplifted hmm

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      When I was a kid, we would go out to dinner after church. My mom would tell my dad to lock the car doors. He'd say, "The only thing in there are the Bibles. If someone stole those, then they probably needed them."

      1. Cat333 profile image82
        Cat333posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        My mother used to say that same thing word for word!

      2. S Jayaseeli profile image60
        S Jayaseeliposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Just love this! <3

    2. Cat333 profile image82
      Cat333posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Yes! The Bible is the best-selling book every year and vastly outsells the next several combined!

    3. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That stands to reason that the Bible would be the most shopped lifted.
      Interesting. I didn't know that, but knew it is the hottest seller.

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        lol. They're all like, "Why can't I stop doing bad things?! Maybe this will help. <zoinks>"

      2. Glenis Rix profile image84
        Glenis Rixposted 16 months ago in reply to this

        Can't see why it stands to reason  - is it because people steal the copy that is in most hotel rooms?

  36. ShirleyJCJohnson profile image87
    ShirleyJCJohnsonposted 2 years ago

    A pound of paper bills (US) [does not matter the denomination] equals 434 bills.

  37. Barbara Kay profile image84
    Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago

    There are 6 empty houses in the US for each homeless person. Someone needs to figure out how to make more of them available to homeless people.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      sad

    2. Cat333 profile image82
      Cat333posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Agreed!!

    3. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Indeed!  Something is very wrong with that picture!

  38. Cat333 profile image82
    Cat333posted 2 years ago

    Thanks for this thread, Sed-me. It's an especially good one for when you're up late.

    Here's a fact I think is interesting: First-borns tend to associate with other first-borns, middle-borns with other middle-borns and last-borns with last-borns.

    I'm sure there have to be a lot of exceptions, but it's an interesting tendency. My husband and I are both middle borns.

  39. LeanMan profile image82
    LeanManposted 2 years ago

    Did you know that 79.3% of all statistics used online are made up??

    1. DrMark1961 profile image91
      DrMark1961posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Really? Or did you just make that up?

  40. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    When Michael Jackson appeared on "The Simpsons" as a mental patient who befriends Homer in the hospital, he was credited under the pseudonym "John Jay Smith" for contractual reasons.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I don't know if it's a good thing that I knew that.

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image94
        FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Did you know that Dustin Hoffman also appeared on "The Simpsons" under a fake name ("Sam Etic")?

        My mind is full of useless nonsense like that.  I wish I had a nickel for every time my wife has asked, "WHY do you KNOW these things??"

  41. Buildreps profile image95
    Buildrepsposted 2 years ago

    In Greece, when a man wants to impress a woman, especially in a restaurant, he buys from the restaurant a stack of nice plates, let's say thirty. He holds the stack in one hand, dances in circles on the table and smashes the plates on the ground. It's nice to see and this is Europe too smile

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thirty years and 3 kids later, she's throwing plates at his head.
      The circle of life.

      1. Buildreps profile image95
        Buildrepsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        For sure smile

  42. colorfulone profile image88
    colorfuloneposted 2 years ago

    After Fredric Baur died, his ashes were buried in a Pringles can.
    BTW, he invented those cans we love to recycle & re-purpose.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      lol

  43. The Examiner-1 profile image82
    The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago

    Thomas Edison created the light bulb.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Where did you find that fact?

    2. CuAllaidh profile image81
      CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Not technically true, Edison improved previous designs but he was not the first person to create a lightbulb, he wasn't even the first to produce an incandescent lightbulb. There were a number of inventors who worked on the design before Edison came along, and his lightbulb didn't really resemble our modern ones too closely.

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        How dare you.
        Now you're going to tell us Washington wasn't our first president... that Marilyn Monroe wasn't really a blond... that natural gas doesn't really have a smell!
        This thread has taken an ugly turn.

      2. The Examiner-1 profile image82
        The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        My mistake. I did not know that.

        1. Sed-me profile image84
          Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I didn't know the Pringles can thing so we are in the same boat.

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image82
            The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I did not know that one either.

        2. CuAllaidh profile image81
          CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          It's a common belief, I've seen it reported as fact in Science textbooks.

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image82
            The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I guess that I do not read enough of them.

      3. ShirleyJCJohnson profile image87
        ShirleyJCJohnsonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        And, Nicolai Tesla had more to do with electricity than Benjamin Franklin.

  44. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Monroe was not a natural blonde.  Her real hair color was a reddish-brown.  Many assume she was dumb, but dumb she was not.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      lol.. I know, I was just kidding. They actually receded her hairline to give it the shape it had... weird huh?

  45. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    The game of Go is an ancient board game, while it may not be the oldest board game known to man it does hold the record for having the same rule set for the longest period of time, it is played today in the same manner as it was played in the 6th century BCE, so for close to 3000 years the game of Go has not changed it's rules (well there are modern variants that do use different rules, but the traditional Chinese rules are the same now as they were in the time of Confucius).

  46. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    Ian Fleming's "James Bond" spy character is named after a real life bird expert who'd authored a field guide to bird species which Fleming owned. Fleming thought the name sounded "masculine" but "dull," which made it a perfect name for a deep-cover spy.

  47. Barbara Kay profile image84
    Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago

    Betsy Ross didn't really sew the first American flag. A man sewed it.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Shut the front door! Is that true? Im so angry. School House Rock lied to a whole generations of kids. sad

      1. colorfulone profile image88
        colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        “History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
        ― Napoleon (there's that name again)

        1. Cat333 profile image82
          Cat333posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Now that I believe! People often can't keep straight on what people say and do minutes afterward (just look at some of the posts around here and what people are said to have said when they didn't), but we often believe what historians tell us! So if we hear about what this or that group allegedly did or didn't do... who knows what the truth was.

          1. colorfulone profile image88
            colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I believe true historians because factual history is their passion. smile
            Its the revisionists that change the facts to read like fiction. sad

      2. Barbara Kay profile image84
        Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        And Columbus wasn't the first to discover America. We were told what they wanted us to believe.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
          DzyMsLizzyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Funny, how that has gotten buried in recent years; I learned that in 4th grade.  The first 'discoverer' was Amerigo Vespucci...after whom the continent is actually named... Amerigo  -- America ... get it?

    2. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It is called "Historical revisionism (negationism)" - Wikipedia

      1. Sed-me profile image84
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Well it breaks my heart. I don't think I can go to work today. At least I'm going to see if it will serve as a valid excuse.

        1. Barbara Kay profile image84
          Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          LOL I don't think your boss will go for that one.

  48. CuAllaidh profile image81
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    During the war of 1812 Canadian soldiers (British citizens at the time) burned down the white house after trying to burn down the capitol building but finding it too hard to set aflame due to the stone construction (although they did burn the 300 books of the Library of Congress held in the capitol building at the time). This remains the only time foreign forces occupied the US Capitol (excluding the revolutionary war).

    1. colorfulone profile image88
      colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Do I hear a conspiracy? wink

    2. lawrence01 profile image91
      lawrence01posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      And they burned the library of congress on Christmas day

  49. 0
    Deborah Sextonposted 2 years ago

    In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead — he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory.

    1. Sed-me profile image84
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Wow!

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      DANG!  Gives new meaning to the term, "going out with a bang!"

  50. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    One year ago this week (November 6th, 2013), Blockbuster Video announced that they would begin shutting down the last 300 of their video store locations.

    Reaction from movie buffs nationwide was immediate: "You mean, Blockbuster Video was still a thing? Seriously?"

 
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