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Title: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 10, 2011, 01:26:39 PM
Originally Cola-Cola's main ingredient was cocaine leading to the name "coco-cola".


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Killer Bees on February 11, 2011, 04:45:12 AM
Creme brulee is TRULY God's food.

That's a fact   :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on February 11, 2011, 04:52:00 AM
Ted Moore BSC was the first South African to win an Academy Award, not Charlize Theron.  :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on February 11, 2011, 05:59:16 AM
Lady Gaga sucks. And her new song too.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 11, 2011, 07:07:38 AM
President Andrew Johnson made pets of the White House mice.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 11, 2011, 01:59:01 PM
Jell-o is made from gelatin, an animal product rendered from the hides and bones of animals.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flick James on February 11, 2011, 02:41:54 PM
Jell-o is made from gelatin, an animal product rendered from the hides and bones of animals.

Pigs are included, which is why Jell-O is considered non-kosher.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: SPazzo on February 11, 2011, 04:27:40 PM
Cats and dogs sweat through the pads of their feet.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Ed, Ego and Superego on February 11, 2011, 04:40:20 PM
Jell-o is made from gelatin, an animal product rendered from the hides and bones of animals.

Pigs are included, which is why Jell-O is considered non-kosher.

Chinese gelatin is usually made from Duck Feet


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 11, 2011, 05:12:29 PM
Horses can't vomit.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Silverlady on February 11, 2011, 06:00:20 PM


Sharks do not have bones. Their skeletons are made of cartilage.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: theedinburghbteam on February 11, 2011, 06:03:18 PM
The actor who played Uncle Phil in the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is the same man who voiced Shredder in the original series of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".


That is literally my favourite fact.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 12, 2011, 01:54:52 AM
Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin is known to be plagiarized from the instrumental song Taurus by Spirit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Sdbg2is2zQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyvLsutfI5M&feature=related


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on February 12, 2011, 02:21:57 AM
Red Velvet Cake / Cupcakes contain bug juice.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril The Unfeathered on February 12, 2011, 12:41:02 PM
I'm not wearing any underwear; film at 11   :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 12, 2011, 01:57:00 PM
There's a place on Mars where the women smoke cigars.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 12, 2011, 01:59:06 PM
Russell Hoban, author of "Pilgermann" and "Riddley Walker", also wrote the "Frances the Badger" series and "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" for children.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 12, 2011, 02:07:11 PM
Cats, Camels, and Giraffes are the only quadupeds who walk with the 'side step'; i.e. they move both legs on the same side of the body when they walk.  All others move opposite legs (front left with rear right) together when walking.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 12, 2011, 02:42:51 PM
Cats, Camels, and Giraffes are the only quadupeds who walk with the 'side step'; i.e. they move both legs on the same side of the body when they walk.  All others move opposite legs (front left with rear right) together when walking.



Some dogs and horses do it too, Raffine!  It's called "pacing"


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: The Gravekeeper on February 12, 2011, 03:30:39 PM
Cats, Camels, and Giraffes are the only quadupeds who walk with the 'side step'; i.e. they move both legs on the same side of the body when they walk.  All others move opposite legs (front left with rear right) together when walking.




At slow speeds, most quadrupeds do it since they're better balanced that way (three legs on the ground as opposed to two. Now go to a museum that features posed skeletons, stuffed specimens or sculptures of quadruped animals walking. Odds are, they got the gait wrong.)

http://www.livescience.com/5304-museum-animal-displays-dont-walk-walk.html (http://www.livescience.com/5304-museum-animal-displays-dont-walk-walk.html)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Cthulhu on February 12, 2011, 04:06:16 PM
Did you know that the letter "S" comes right after "R"?
It blows your mind, doesn't it?



I really don't know what I'm doing.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on February 12, 2011, 04:51:25 PM
The moon gets 3.8 centimeters farther away from the earth each year.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 12, 2011, 05:13:48 PM
Cats, Camels, and Giraffes are the only quadupeds who walk with the 'side step'; i.e. they move both legs on the same side of the body when they walk.  All others move opposite legs (front left with rear right) together when walking.




At slow speeds, most quadrupeds do it since they're better balanced that way (three legs on the ground as opposed to two. Now go to a museum that features posed skeletons, stuffed specimens or sculptures of quadruped animals walking. Odds are, they got the gait wrong.)

[url]http://www.livescience.com/5304-museum-animal-displays-dont-walk-walk.html[/url] ([url]http://www.livescience.com/5304-museum-animal-displays-dont-walk-walk.html[/url])


He's talking about the legs moving in pairs, producing a two-beat gait with the four legs.  The walk is a four-beat gait as each leg moves on its own as you noted.  In the trot each diagonal pair (LF and RH, RF and LH) moves, lands and pushes off together.  In the pace - such as camels do - the lateral pair (the two legs on the same side: LF and LH, RF and RH) move in time.  Pacing is a much less common gait.

From Wiki:

Quote
The Pace is a lateral two-beat gait. In the pace, the two legs on the same side of the horse move forward together, unlike the trot, where the two legs diagonally opposite from each other move forward together. In both the pace and the trot, two feet are always off the ground. The trot is much more common, but some horses, particularly in breeds bred for harness racing, naturally prefer to pace.

...With one exception, a fast pace is uncomfortable for riding and very difficult to sit, because the rider is moved rapidly from side to side. The motion feels somewhat as if the rider is on a camel, another animal that naturally paces.


From an article about gaits in the German Shepherd:  http://www.shawlein.com/The_Standard/08_Overview_of_Gait/Overview_of_Gait.html

Quote

 All dogs pace at one time or another. It's a gait that offers more speed than the walk without the energy consumption of the trot, which is probably why it is seen as a lazy gait. It appears clumsy because the body shifts from side to side, in exactly the same fashion as the camel, nature's best pacer. In fact, what is happening is quite interesting. Normally, a leg, front or rear, must be hauled forward by muscular work, and then thrust forward with more muscular work. But at the pace, the slight shift of the body to one side allows the legs of the opposite side to be swung forward by pendulum action, with very little muscular exertion. The camel uses this gait because of the incredibly harsh nature of its environment and the shortage of resources. It cannot afford to expend a drop more energy than is required. Generally, it is movement without any period of suspension. This would require extra speed and exertion, which the pace is not intended to provide. The Standardbred pacing horse specializes in a highly artificial, high speed, suspended pace because of breeding, training and special harnesses. For the horse, this gait prevents hoof interference and injury, allowing a huge overreach which is more difficult to achieve at the trot.


Sorry to run on - quadrupedal gaits and their analysis and variations are something I deal with in detail on a daily basis.  (Sigh) You hit one of my 'buttons'!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 12, 2011, 08:09:11 PM
Did you know that Mills Darden, of North Carolina, was 7 feet tall and weighed in at 1000 pounds?  He could lift a live calf under each arm and walk across the feed lot with them!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril The Unfeathered on February 12, 2011, 10:20:08 PM
Did you know that Mills Darden, of North Carolina, was 7 feet tall and weighed in at 1000 pounds?  He could lift a live calf under each arm and walk across the feed lot with them!

Whoa, Indy! 

North Carolina, huh? And I thought you guys were always going on about how they always grew em' bigger and better in Texas...  :wink: :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 13, 2011, 12:41:06 AM
We actually had a whole family of giants from here in Hunt County that toured with P.T. Barnum back in the late 1800's/  They were four brothers, last name Shields, who all stood over seven feet tall!  They were billed as the "Texas Giants." 

What made Mills Darden so unique was not just his height but his enormous size.  Seven feet tall and a thousand pounds - he weighed twice as much as Shaq!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: venomx on February 13, 2011, 12:45:01 AM
If you find a discarded panda tooth, you have the power to summon Godzilla.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 13, 2011, 01:30:31 AM
In the disney film The Rescuers a topless woman can be seen in the background. Since 1999 Disney has fixed it.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on February 13, 2011, 05:03:32 AM
Ted Moore BSC was the first South African to win an Academy Award, not Charlize Theron.  :smile:

Bronze Swimming Certificate?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Killer Bees on February 13, 2011, 06:29:04 AM
Javier Bardem is one seriously hot and sexy hunk of man meat.   :tongueout:

*sigh*   


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 13, 2011, 07:31:22 AM
Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida in 2010, is the great granddaughter of original Siamese twin Chang Bunker.

EDIT: I have no idea what quadrupedal gait Chang and Eng used.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 13, 2011, 08:54:31 AM
Armadilloes always give birth to identical quadruplets.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on February 13, 2011, 09:31:47 AM
Armadilloes always give birth to identical quadruplets.

Thd 9-banded armidillo is the only animal besides humans that gets leprocy. (sp?)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 13, 2011, 10:29:00 AM
When armadillos started showing up in Alabama they were jokingly called 'Possum on the Half Shell'.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril The Unfeathered on February 13, 2011, 10:48:27 AM
Armadilloes always give birth to identical quadruplets.

T
hd 9-banded armidillo is the only animal besides humans that gets leprocy. (sp?)

I know..I heard that awhile back and I was a bit suprised. It's amazing that certain of animals get the things they get,  such as reptiles and birds with salmonella.

Then again, as they are genetically similar, such seems natural with both creatures.

Leprosy and armadillos, huh? Well that really bites..


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 14, 2011, 02:35:18 AM
Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "That Smell" was written by Ronnie Van Zant. The song was written as a sign of his disappoint of lead guitarist Gary Rossington's lifestyle of his alcohol and drug use. Three days later after the album was released the band died in a plane crash. Gary Rossington survived. The album showing the band standing over a fire was recalled.

(http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/l/lynyrd-skynyrd/album-street-survivors.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Killer Bees on February 17, 2011, 05:20:51 AM
Getting older sucks.  If I'm not 100% on top of my diet every day my knees start hurting  :buggedout:

When did I turn into an old lady??????      :bluesad:     :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on February 17, 2011, 06:05:21 AM
When did I turn into an old lady??????      :bluesad:     :buggedout:

Hopefully on the 12th of never.  :teddyr: :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on February 17, 2011, 06:37:20 AM
The actor who played Uncle Phil in the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is the same man who voiced Shredder in the original series of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".
That is literally my favourite fact.

I have to give you karma for that: I never knew that at all.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 17, 2011, 07:16:28 AM
Four out of five dentists surveyed recommend sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 18, 2011, 03:53:20 AM
Led Zeppelin's In Through the Out Door album when in contact with water the inner sleeve will change color


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Killer Bees on February 18, 2011, 04:17:13 AM
When did I turn into an old lady??????      :bluesad:     :buggedout:

Hopefully on the 12th of never.  :teddyr: :wink:

Thanks Trevor.  I just came over all warm and fuzzy inside   :twirl:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Killer Bees on February 18, 2011, 04:26:14 AM
In spite of what the haters might say, Starbucks coffee beans make an excellent cup of coffee, especially when you make it at home yourself.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on February 18, 2011, 09:11:22 AM
In spite of what the haters might say, Starbucks coffee beans make an excellent cup of coffee, especially when you make it at home yourself.   :thumbup:

We don't have Starbucks here but we do have Wild Bean coffee: you buy this at any BP garage / gas station and it. is. heaven. in. a cup.  :teddyr: :drink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 19, 2011, 05:58:29 AM
Originally, The Flintstones was made for adults not kids & was sponsored by Winston cigarettes, Flintstones even did a commercial for Winston cigarettes. It wasn't to the third season to The Flintstones added a theme song & made the show family friendly.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Killer Bees on February 19, 2011, 08:31:43 PM
In spite of what the haters might say, Starbucks coffee beans make an excellent cup of coffee, especially when you make it at home yourself.   :thumbup:

We don't have Starbucks here but we do have Wild Bean coffee: you buy this at any BP garage / gas station and it. is. heaven. in. a cup.  :teddyr: :drink:

Trevor, we have Wild Bean here too at the BPs, but it's not as good as Starbucks.  Maybe you guys get your beans sourced from somewhere else.   :question:

That doesn't stop me from getting a cup whenever I'm on the road.  A mediocre cup of coffee is better than no cup of coffee  :thumbup:

But they do have wicked donuts   :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 19, 2011, 09:01:33 PM
Even though it was made in 1958 Ed Woods' NIGHT OF THE GHOULS wasn't released until 1982. It had been sitting in a film post-production house for all those years because of an unpaid lab bill. Woods' widow Kathy told producer Wade Williams about it so he paid the bill and got control of the film.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 20, 2011, 12:18:46 AM
Stephen King Will allow aspiring film-makers to purchase the film rights to any of his short stories (and only short-stories, not novels) for a dollar. The resulting films are sent directly to him and, if he enjoys them, placed on a shelf marked "Dollar-Babies."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: The Gravekeeper on February 20, 2011, 03:16:55 AM
Stephen King Will allow aspiring film-makers to purchase the film rights to any of his short stories (and only short-stories, not novels) for a dollar. The resulting films are sent directly to him and, if he enjoys them, placed on a shelf marked "Dollar-Babies."

Really? I think I need to spread the word around here; lots of aspiring filmmakers who could benefit from having the burden of coming up with the plot removed from their shoulders.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on February 20, 2011, 03:55:04 AM
The first school shooting in the United States happened in Bethel Alaska.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on February 21, 2011, 07:17:50 PM
The expression "15 minutes of fame" was coined by Andy Warhol.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 30, 2011, 09:05:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-_UChElOho&feature=related

As I write this, I am not wearing pants.  It's a fact.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on April 30, 2011, 11:42:45 PM
Armadillos always give birth to identical quadruplets.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on May 01, 2011, 04:00:20 PM
Armadillos always give birth to identical quadruplets.


http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,133061.msg389416.html#msg389416

Deja-vu?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on May 01, 2011, 04:04:11 PM
The Ford Pinto SHOULD have been one of the safest cars on the road. It was meant to feature three highly advanced safety features that were cut out of production due to cost. Those features were anti-lock brakes, Airbags, and bladderized fuel tanks. Instead its potential for disaster is almost cliche.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on May 01, 2011, 06:35:42 PM
Reminds me of a recurring bit the Frantics did on their TV show in the 80s - Mr. Interesting.
"Here's an interesting fact. If you were to take every woman in the world and line them up, naked, I'd be right over."

Here's a real one I touched on in another thread recently. Superman creator Joe Shuster was the cousin of Frank Shuster, of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster. Wayne and Shuster appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 67 times.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on June 24, 2011, 06:09:35 PM
(http://i53.tinypic.com/10xvltf.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on June 24, 2011, 06:47:33 PM
It is almost impossible for an opossum to get rabies. Their normal body temperature is way too low.

So if you see a opossum, give it a hug.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on June 25, 2011, 04:14:20 PM
Ice cream cake is the Breakfast of champions for children. :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on June 26, 2011, 08:09:42 AM
Possums are the only marsupial native to North America.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on June 26, 2011, 08:31:09 AM
The Spanish have a wider range of foods flavoured with almonds than any other country in the world.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on June 26, 2011, 09:07:17 AM
The opossum is part of the Earth's oldest surviving mammal family.

Opossums lived during the Age of the Dinosaurs... fossil remains have been found from 70 million years ago.

It is speculated Albertosaurus, commonly refered to as the 'Hillbilly Dinosaur', regularly feasted on possum.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: venomx on June 27, 2011, 08:21:06 PM
Fact. There are 3 types of Jet Jaguar. :thumbup:

Jet Jaguar from Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) a Medical Jet Jaguar from 90's television series Godzilla Island and a Fire Fighter Jet Jaguar, both work for G-Guard on the Island.

(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090106214529/godzilla/images/6/63/Midic_Jet_Jaguar.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on June 28, 2011, 10:04:54 AM
Some fish individuals are both males and females, either simultaneously or sequentially. There is no genetic or physical reason why hermaphroditism should not be present. About 21 families of fish are hermaphrodites.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on June 28, 2011, 10:23:53 AM
Grover Cleveland was one of three U.S. Presidents to get married while in office.  He was a 47 year old bachelor at the time . . . his bride, Frances, was 22 - the youngest First Lady in American History!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on June 28, 2011, 10:33:58 AM
The 3rd Infantry Regiment of the French Foreign Legion is stationed in the town of Kourou, French Guiana. Ironically, its base is in the Forget neighbourhood.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flick James on June 28, 2011, 10:59:53 AM
Portugal is the largest producer of cork in the world.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on June 28, 2011, 12:13:00 PM
Until he was nine years old, the woman Eric Clapton thought was his sister was actually his mother.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: diamondwaspvenom on June 28, 2011, 03:07:55 PM
Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. fame once auditioned for the part of the T-1000 in Terminator 2.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on June 28, 2011, 04:25:33 PM
Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. fame once auditioned for the part of the T-1000 in Terminator 2.

:thumbup:  Yeah, but at 6'5 he was deemed too tall. Plus, when you meet him in person (still in stage gear) and he's got 3-4 inch heels on, he's about 7ft tall!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zombie #1 on June 28, 2011, 08:24:45 PM
botulinum (aka botox) is the most toxic substance known to man. 1 kilogram would be enough to kill over 8 million people


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on June 29, 2011, 04:35:57 AM
The current CEO of the South African National Blood Service was once rejected as a blood donor because she is black.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on June 29, 2011, 07:05:25 AM
Culled from the "Who Is This Person?" thread:

Irene "Granny Clampett" Ryan had a recording contract with Motown Records.

Animal Fun Fact:

Mantis shrimp aka "Thumb Splitters" can crack aquarium glass with one punch.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zombie #1 on June 29, 2011, 07:52:26 AM
Honey is the only food that never goes off


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on June 29, 2011, 08:35:15 AM
Dinocampus coccinellae is a braconid wasp parasite . It has been described as turning its ladybird host into a temporary "zombie" guarding the wasp cocoon. About 25% of ladybirds recover after the cocoon they are guarding matures.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on June 29, 2011, 08:38:39 AM
Dogs can't look up.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on June 29, 2011, 05:39:34 PM
Some new winconsin quarters contain an error that can leave you rich.

http://www.snopes.com/business/money/quarter.asp


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on June 30, 2011, 04:54:08 AM
The nine blue and white stripes of the Greek flag stand for the nine syllables of the slogan of the war of independence from Turkey, Eleutheria i Thanatos ('Freedom or Death').


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on June 30, 2011, 08:30:17 AM
In 1987 The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the Canadian one-dollar coin, commonly known as the Loonie.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: bob on June 30, 2011, 09:17:40 AM
Some new winconsin quarters contain an error that can leave you rich.

[url]http://www.snopes.com/business/money/quarter.asp[/url]


the sad thing is that I may have accidently spent the valueable quarter :(


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: venomx on June 30, 2011, 10:51:00 AM
Fact. I didn't enjoy the 1st 2 Transformers movies. :thumbdown:

(http://www.threadbombing.com/data/media/2/prime.gif)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 03, 2011, 12:37:01 PM
The phrase "Jumping the shark" comes from a episode of happy days where fonzie jumps over a shark while wearing a motorcycle jacket and swiming trunks.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on July 03, 2011, 12:52:59 PM
The phrase "Jumping the shark" comes from a episode of happy days where fonzie jumps over a shark while wearing a motorcycle jacket and swiming trunks.

He jumps another shark in Arrested Development.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 04, 2011, 01:27:04 PM
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28,874. In Britain, the figure was 207.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 04, 2011, 01:57:13 PM
Surely a few of those plugged in the U.S. were British . . . just trying to keep your total up! LOL


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: venomx on July 04, 2011, 02:07:18 PM
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28,874. In Britain, the figure was 207.


Welcome to the jungle...

(http://www.gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs4/1569711_o.gif)

Nah, I joke. That's sad really. We can only hope our numbers drop. Hats off to Britain! :thumbup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on July 04, 2011, 02:47:41 PM
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28,874. In Britain, the figure was 207.

To be fair though, USA has several times as many people, AND Dick Cheney was on a political hiatus in '99. He probably constitutes a large part of the difference.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 04, 2011, 02:52:13 PM
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28,874. In Britain, the figure was 207.

To be fair though, USA has several times as many people, AND Dick Cheney was on a political hiatus in '99. He probably constitutes a large part of the difference.

Just for the record, I wasn't posting this to highlight anything or make claim that Britain is safer/better. North America is gargantuan in comparison, so there's obviously going to be a higher rate of gun fatalities.  Just a fact I happened to read today. :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on July 04, 2011, 02:56:12 PM
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28,874. In Britain, the figure was 207.

To be fair though, USA has several times as many people, AND Dick Cheney was on a political hiatus in '99. He probably constitutes a large part of the difference.

Just for the record, I wasn't posting this to highlight anything or make claim that Britain is safer/better. North America is gargantuan in comparison, so there's obviously going to be a higher rate of gun fatalities.  Just a fact I happened to read today. :smile:

I thought you were pointing out how much better aim we have than you guys.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 04, 2011, 03:00:49 PM
Well, I personally can shoot a hummingbird off a high wire 40 feet away . . . with a BB gun!!


Or, at least, I did that once!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: venomx on July 04, 2011, 03:03:05 PM
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28,874. In Britain, the figure was 207.

To be fair though, USA has several times as many people, AND Dick Cheney was on a political hiatus in '99. He probably constitutes a large part of the difference.


(http://jenn98.com/bugs/images/bugs-elmer-daffy.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 04, 2011, 03:27:33 PM
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28,874. In Britain, the figure was 207.

To be fair though, USA has several times as many people, AND Dick Cheney was on a political hiatus in '99. He probably constitutes a large part of the difference.

Just for the record, I wasn't posting this to highlight anything or make claim that Britain is safer/better. North America is gargantuan in comparison, so there's obviously going to be a higher rate of gun fatalities.  Just a fact I happened to read today. :smile:

I thought you were pointing out how much better aim we have than you guys.  :teddyr:

Yeah, that's what I meant to say  :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 04, 2011, 05:30:08 PM
The Signers of The Declaration of Independence Did So On August 2nd, 1776 Not July 4th


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on July 04, 2011, 05:39:36 PM
Well, I personally can shoot a hummingbird off a high wire 40 feet away . . . with a BB gun!!


Or, at least, I did that once!

That's not very nice.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on July 05, 2011, 02:49:53 AM
When you grill FROZEN hot dogs at 390 F for 35 minutes in the oven they will increase in size, split open, and have a crispy crust.

Won't get the same results when grilling thawed hot dogs  :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 05, 2011, 08:52:51 AM
Well, I personally can shoot a hummingbird off a high wire 40 feet away . . . with a BB gun!!


Or, at least, I did that once!

That's not very nice.

I was young and stupid and it was on a dare . . . I would not do it today.
Still, it was a heck of a shot!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 05, 2011, 04:51:56 PM
More gun fun....  :wink:

Guns were introduced into Japan by the Portuguese in 1543, but banned by the government 100 years later. The only weapon a samurai was allowed to carry was a sword, and no one else was allowed a weapon of any kind.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 05, 2011, 07:38:31 PM
The actor who played Scotty on Star Trek was shot six times on D-day.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 06, 2011, 03:04:38 PM
The word aa is the first in the Dictionary of Official Scrabble Words. It is a kind of lava emitted by Hawaiian volcanoes.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on July 08, 2011, 07:45:58 AM
The actor who played Scotty on Star Trek was shot six times on D-day.

He also lost the middle finger of his right hand. Even they went through pains to hide it this fact can sometimes be spotted on Star Trek.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on July 08, 2011, 08:54:29 AM
In 1999, the total number of people killed by guns in the USA was 28,874. In Britain, the figure was 207.

To be fair though, USA has several times as many people, AND Dick Cheney was on a political hiatus in '99. He probably constitutes a large part of the difference.

Just for the record, I wasn't posting this to highlight anything or make claim that Britain is safer/better. North America is gargantuan in comparison, so there's obviously going to be a higher rate of gun fatalities.  Just a fact I happened to read today. :smile:

I live in a house full of math geeks:  if you do the math, relative to the population of each country in 1999 it turns out that you are something on the order of thirty times more likely to be shot and killed in the US than in the UK.  That is a much higher rate and has nothing to do with the larger population (unless that makes the Americans testier?)

Surrounded by math geeks.  I cannot help it.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on July 08, 2011, 09:02:16 AM
Our chief of police just told the general public not to be concerned about the recent spate of shootings since it was only thugs shooting thugs.

If you are not a thug you have nothing to worry about!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on July 08, 2011, 10:35:20 AM
The Theil–Sen estimator can accurately fit a line to a set of sample points even when up to 29% of the points have been arbitrarily corrupted. :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: venomx on July 08, 2011, 10:39:09 AM
The actor who played Scotty on Star Trek was shot six times on D-day.

What does that mean? :question:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 08, 2011, 03:29:17 PM
What that means is this:  James Doohan ("Scotty")  served in World War II and was one of the young soldiers who stormed onto the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.  He stopped six German bullets and lived to tell the tale.  In short, James Doohan was a real, honest to gosh war hero - not the phony kind from movies and video games!!!!


Sorry to sound testy, but as a history teacher, I threw up in my mouth a little when I read that question.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: venomx on July 08, 2011, 05:10:23 PM
What that means is this:  James Doohan ("Scotty")  served in World War II and was one of the young soldiers who stormed onto the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.  He stopped six German bullets and lived to tell the tale.  In short, James Doohan was a real, honest to gosh war hero - not the phony kind from movies and video games!!!!
Sorry to sound testy, but as a history teacher, I threw up in my mouth a little when I read that question.

Thanks for that info, Indiana. Yeah, sorry I'm not that brite or as smart as you apparently. I mean, I know what D day is I just didn't understand that fact, smartass... I never knew Scotty was a war hero. That's cool! :smile:

I hope you didn't swallow any of that vomit?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on July 08, 2011, 05:40:45 PM
What that means is this:  James Doohan ("Scotty")  served in World War II and was one of the young soldiers who stormed onto the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.  He stopped six German bullets and lived to tell the tale.  In short, James Doohan was a real, honest to gosh war hero - not the phony kind from movies and video games!!!!


Sorry to sound testy, but as a history teacher, I threw up in my mouth a little when I read that question.

D-Day is when Doohan lost his finger, too.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 09, 2011, 04:59:31 AM
The word 'abbeys' appears only once in the whole of Shakespeare. There are 8,597 other words that Shakespeare uses only once.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Killer Bees on July 09, 2011, 09:08:14 PM
Fact No. 1:  Love is the ultimate lie

Fact No. 2:  Life is the ultimate practical joke

Fact No. 3:  Leroy Jethro Gibbs is cooler and tougher than Arnie and Chuck combined

Fact No. 4:  Baileys is the drink of choice for the heartbroken the world over


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zombie #1 on July 09, 2011, 09:45:23 PM
If you put 367 people in a room, the odds that at least 2 of them will share a birthday are 100%

But with just 57 people in a room, the odds are still over 99% that 2 of them will share a birthday


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 09, 2011, 09:57:23 PM
The term Soft Drinks comes from any drink that doesnt contain alcohol.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 09, 2011, 11:22:44 PM
If you catch four young goats in 100+ degree heat in the middle of the afternoon, and carry each of them to the buyer's truck 100 yards from the barn you caught them in, you will sweat approximately 1 1/2 quarts in the process! :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Silverlady on July 11, 2011, 02:39:21 PM


Ducks have 3 eyelids.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 11, 2011, 02:51:20 PM
Aberdeen has the largest and busiest civilian heliport in the world, though the world record for helicopter flights during a single day occurred at Silverstone heliport during the 1999 Grand Prix.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on July 12, 2011, 08:39:51 AM
Catfish is high in Vitamin D.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 12, 2011, 09:28:18 AM
Snakes cannot blink.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 12, 2011, 12:46:52 PM
It is against the law to sing off-key in North Carolina.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 12, 2011, 08:01:56 PM
Tootsie Rolls were named after creator Leo Hirshfield’s five year old daughter whose nickname was “Tootsie” (her real name was Clara Hirshfield).


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 13, 2011, 12:22:36 PM
Abkhazian, spoken in the Caucasus, is said to be the world's hardest language to learn, with 70 sounds but only two vowels. Each verb has several million forms.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 15, 2011, 05:39:17 PM
What that means is this:  James Doohan ("Scotty")  served in World War II and was one of the young soldiers who stormed onto the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.  He stopped six German bullets and lived to tell the tale.  In short, James Doohan was a real, honest to gosh war hero - not the phony kind from movies and video games!!!!


Sorry to sound testy, but as a history teacher, I threw up in my mouth a little when I read that question.

D-Day is when Doohan lost his finger, too.

But, it apparently pays to smoke. One of the bullets, or so I heard, would have gone straight through his heart, killing him, except it was stopped by a silver cigarette case, which he just happend to be carrying in his breast pocket. Whether this is true or not, he was a great actor, and one I miss deeply.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on July 15, 2011, 11:07:01 PM
Lemonade from fast food restaurants contains 0 to 3% real juice.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: flackbait on July 15, 2011, 11:59:30 PM
People should not eat polar bear and/or certain types of seal liver because it has a lethal concentration of vitamen A.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 16, 2011, 05:37:38 AM
Tadpoles of the horned frog Ceratophrys ornata let out an audible scream when they come under attack.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 16, 2011, 10:07:47 AM
A man is accused of murder was acquitted of all charges when he is seen at a dodges game on an Curb Your Enthusiasm episode.

(http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/5/1/9/49519.jpg?v=1)
How's that for an alibi?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: The Burgomaster on July 16, 2011, 10:27:00 AM
Lemonade from fast food restaurants contains 0 to 3% real juice.

My mother went to lunch with a friend.  Her friend asked for water with lemon and also asked for extra lemons.  Then she said, "this is how I get free lemonade."  The waitress heard her and put lemonade on the bill.  JUSTICE!




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on July 16, 2011, 04:39:00 PM
99% of the Internet traffic flowing between countries travels through underwater cables


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: bob on July 16, 2011, 06:06:32 PM
no one goes to Hooters for wings, although their food is damn good


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 17, 2011, 05:28:00 AM
Abortion was illegal in the UK for 164 years, between 1803 and 1967.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 19, 2011, 08:02:05 PM
Nicolas Cage was originally offered the part of Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.  Cage stated in an interview that he turned down the offer due to the around three year time commitment.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 19, 2011, 11:38:12 PM
Without nostrils, your nose would just be a bump on your face!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on July 20, 2011, 09:08:31 AM
Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago.

(http://www.reptilechannel.com/images/article-images/painted-turtle-500.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: bob on July 20, 2011, 01:05:55 PM
I'm not wearing any panties


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on July 20, 2011, 01:24:33 PM
Leslie Nielson's tombstone reads "Let 'er rip".

(http://www.snopes.com/photos/people/graphics/nielsengrave.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 21, 2011, 12:35:51 PM
Abulia is the inability to make decisions.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 25, 2011, 12:53:46 PM
The word accismus means 'the pretence of turning down something desperately wanted'.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on July 25, 2011, 01:04:28 PM
If you are in America or Canada and want to make a canversation much more Interesting, use British words as in Peckish, Rubbish and/or Albeit. :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on July 25, 2011, 01:11:22 PM
Evel Knievel  suffered 433 broken bones during his career.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 25, 2011, 07:21:05 PM
Burt Reynolds was promised a free Trans-Am if the movie[Smokey And The Bandit] became a hit. It did and the 1977 T-Top Trans-Am became one of the hottest selling cars of the year. When the movie became a hit, Reynolds expected the executive to come through with his promise. But the Trans-Am never came. After a few months, Reynolds, who was afraid of looking like one of those pretentious stars looking for freebies, finally called Pontiac. As it turned out, the exec who made the promise had retired and the new exec refused to honor the deal.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 27, 2011, 03:41:43 PM
The acnestis is any part of the back that's impossible to scratch.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 27, 2011, 06:46:57 PM
WD-40 got its name from the fact that it was the 40th try at creating a water displacement substance.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on July 28, 2011, 08:51:07 AM
Horses do not have clavicles ('collar bones').


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 28, 2011, 12:14:32 PM
Acorns can be tested to find which ones will grow into oak trees. When put into water, the good ones will sink.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on July 28, 2011, 12:42:59 PM
The red-tailed black shark, a very popular freshwater aquarium fish, is extinct in the wild.

(http://jasonberguk.com/assets/a_sub/fish/shark/redtailshark.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on July 28, 2011, 02:05:49 PM
It has been estimated that the total number of nematode(round worm) species might be approximately 1,000,000.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: bob on July 29, 2011, 01:38:12 AM
bob spelled backwards is bob


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on July 29, 2011, 10:05:28 AM
In astronomy, the word Trojan refers to a minor planet or natural satellite (moon) that shares an orbit with a larger planet or moon, but does not collide with it because it orbits around one of the two Lagrangian points of stability (Trojan points), L4 and L5, which lie approximately 60° ahead of and behind the larger body


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on July 29, 2011, 10:06:40 AM
There is a limit to what one can wear to Wal Mart


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 29, 2011, 01:08:18 PM
An acosmist is one who denies the existence of the universe.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on July 29, 2011, 01:42:59 PM
Before becoming one of the world’s most famous TV chefs, Julia Child was a top secret research assistant for the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the CIA.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Allhallowsday on July 29, 2011, 11:05:09 PM
An acosmist is one who denies the existence of the universe.
I am about to explode and we're talkin' nuclear proportions.  
 :bouncegiggle:  You ARE an Evil Clown.

You make me laugh.  I feel the same way often.  That's life in the 21st century.  

Who luvs ya baby?   :question: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvRnrIv3mpM&ob=av2n


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on July 30, 2011, 01:12:23 AM
The red-tailed black shark, a very popular freshwater aquarium fish, is extinct in the wild.

([url]http://jasonberguk.com/assets/a_sub/fish/shark/redtailshark.jpg[/url])


For some reason those are sold as "Rainbow Sharks", I never understood why though.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on July 30, 2011, 07:24:11 AM
The word acrobatics is Greek for 'walking on tiptoe'.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 03, 2011, 07:46:27 AM
According to Top Gear (U.K.), Communism has never made a good car, from the Soviet Union to East Germany.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on August 03, 2011, 08:50:19 AM
The sea cucumber Synaptula lamperti feeds on detritus from the elephant ear sponge.

Sea Cucumber

(http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/storage/animals/520x260/Johnsons_sea_cucumber.jpg)

Elephant Ear Sponge

(http://www.reefnews.com/reefnews/news/v05n05/srod_spg.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 03, 2011, 11:49:46 AM
An Adamite is someone who, for religious reasons, goes around in public with no clothes on.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 07, 2011, 09:06:11 AM
It is illegal in American Samoa to beg with the aid of a public address system.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on August 07, 2011, 03:02:23 PM
A cat with motion sickness can throw up five times its own body weight!!!


Oh . . .  and putting cats in the dryer will give them motion sickness! :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 08, 2011, 09:49:59 AM
The Seawise Giant was the longest ship ever made. If you put the Empire state Building on its side to compare it to the ship, the ship is longer than the building.  :buggedout:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/df/Building_and_ship_comparison2.svg/600px-Building_and_ship_comparison2.svg.png)                                                                                                                                                                           The Pentagon, 431 m
 RMS Queen Mary 2, 345 m
 USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 342 m
 Hindenburg, 245 m
 Yamato, 263 m
 Empire State Building, 443 m
 Knock Nevis, ex Seawise Giant, 458 m


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on August 08, 2011, 10:55:10 AM
The black sea cucumber releases special chemicals into the water to warn potential predators that it may taste bad.

  I don't think I'd need special chemicals to tell me that.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3if2HX90j_M/SUaVyOKopQI/AAAAAAAAGZo/KheZdaxZcQk/s400/i)+black+sea+cucumber.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 08, 2011, 01:33:47 PM
Eddie Izzard was born in Aden, now known as Yemen.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: The Burgomaster on August 08, 2011, 02:27:45 PM
An Adamite is someone who, for religious reasons, goes around in public with no clothes on.


I don't do it for religious reasons, but people often point at me and say, "Oh, God!  Oh, Jesus!"



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 09, 2011, 02:51:40 PM
The word 'adolescent' comes from one of two Latin verbs spelt adoleo. One means 'to make bigger' and the other means 'to emit a smell'.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on August 10, 2011, 09:48:20 AM
Wild sea cucumbers are caught by divers in Alaska and these wild Alaskan sea cucumbers have higher nutritional value and are larger than farmed Chinese sea cucumbers.

  YUUUMMM!!!!
(http://www.footloosemoose.com/sam_wp/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/sea-cucumber1.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on August 10, 2011, 09:51:04 AM
 :bluesad:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 10, 2011, 10:03:45 AM
The McLaren MP4-12C is the only new best handling super car not developed for the Nurburing, instead it was developed at the Top Gear Test Track.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 11, 2011, 01:25:44 PM
Advertisements for wristwatches always show the time as ten past ten.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on August 11, 2011, 01:56:31 PM
Jack Daniels is made in Lynchberg,TN which happens to be a dry county.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: retrorussell on August 11, 2011, 01:56:43 PM
Man.. I keep thinking that says "Fart of the day".  Where's the thread for that?  I had some doozies lately..


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 13, 2011, 08:30:56 AM
Aerodontia is the branch of dentistry dealing with problems caused by flying.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 14, 2011, 10:55:40 AM
In order to cheat a speeding camera, you must be doing 170 mph because the camera won't catch it.  thank you Top Gear (U.K.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 15, 2011, 09:30:24 AM
Water that has previously been boiled and cooled boils faster than water of the same temperature that's never been boiled.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 15, 2011, 04:01:34 PM
The coastline of Africa is shorter than the coastline of Greenland.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on August 16, 2011, 08:26:16 AM
A baby humpback whale gains about 100 pounds a day.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 16, 2011, 12:25:09 PM
In 1950, less than 10% of Africa had been mapped.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 18, 2011, 06:25:57 PM
The coastline of Africa is shorter than the coastline of Greenland.


And the coastline of Greenland may be longer than we think. Now that the icecap that covers Greenland is melting,  some people think that Greenland is actually several islands. We were just unaware of this fact, because Greenland was covered by the ice cap.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Silverlady on August 18, 2011, 06:51:40 PM


Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly BACKWARDS!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on August 19, 2011, 12:46:48 AM


Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly BACKWARDS!


Thats pretty interesting.

Dolph Lundgren(Ivan Drago-Rocky IV)has an IQ of around 160; he speaks 7 languages (French, Swedish, German, English, Spanish, some Japanese and some Italian) and was a graduate in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.He also holds a 3rd degree black belt in Kyokushin karate
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/33/Lundgren_Ivan_Drago.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 19, 2011, 07:36:31 AM
in the world of a practical super cars, the Koenigsegg is the best alternative because it can, by mistake, can fit golf clubs in the bonnet.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on August 19, 2011, 10:41:37 AM
Sea cucumbers have no true brain. A ring of neural tissue surrounds the oral cavity, and sends nerves to the tentacles and the pharynx. The animal is, however, quite capable of functioning and moving about if the nerve ring is surgically removed.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 19, 2011, 03:41:10 PM
South Africa has nine official languages and three official capitals.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Silverlady on August 25, 2011, 06:40:04 PM

A Fact Of Life:

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says

W  T  F ..........................


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 26, 2011, 04:44:25 PM
I have been In love for 22 months  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on August 26, 2011, 09:10:17 PM
I have been In love for 22 months  :bluesad:

Then why haven't you kissed me yet?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 27, 2011, 02:22:48 AM
I have been In love for 22 months  :bluesad:

Then why haven't you kissed me yet?

Because you need to shave Mr.!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on August 27, 2011, 05:32:58 PM
I have been In love for 22 months  :bluesad:

Then why haven't you kissed me yet?

Because you need to shave Mr.!

I did, and now my legs are super-smooth. I didn't think THAT would effect you kissing me, I guess I didn't realize you were going to kiss me THERE. . .


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 27, 2011, 10:30:15 PM
Rats are one of the animals you're least likely to get sick from.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 28, 2011, 06:32:54 AM
Under US law, Alcoholics Anonymous has the status of a religion.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 28, 2011, 09:11:11 AM
Lenticular clouds happenwhen the clouds are positioned perpendicular to the wind direction, where they get spun into something like this:
(http://cdn-www.cracked.com/articleimages/dan/cantbelieve5/ufo.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 28, 2011, 10:00:08 AM
Under US law, Alcoholics Anonymous has the status of a religion.


I don't believe that's quite accurate.  A Supreme Court ruling that said that requiring prisoners to attend AA meetings violated the separation of church and state, but they also made it fairly clear that they did not see AA as a religion---just that the meetings involved "religious activity."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 28, 2011, 10:09:08 AM
Under US law, Alcoholics Anonymous has the status of a religion.

I don't believe that's quite accurate.  A Supreme Court ruling that said that requiring prisoners to attend AA meetings violated the separation of church and state, but they also made it fairly clear that they did not see AA as a religion---just that the meetings involved "religious activity."

It was ruled that it contained enough religious components to make coerced attendance at AA meetings a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the constitution. We're going back 3-4 years with that though.

I've pulled some of these facts out of my ass to see if anyone was actually paying attention. Most have been true, some debatable and one or two totally false. Funny how people will read something and believe it to be factually solid without any thought. Trust nothing until you have questioned everything.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on August 28, 2011, 10:12:55 AM
Under US law, Alcoholics Anonymous has the status of a religion.

I don't believe that's quite accurate.  A Supreme Court ruling that said that requiring prisoners to attend AA meetings violated the separation of church and state, but they also made it fairly clear that they did not see AA as a religion---just that the meetings involved "religious activity."

It was ruled that it contained enough religious components to make coerced attendance at AA meetings a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the constitution. We're going back 3-4 years with that though.

I've pulled some of these facts out of my ass to see if anyone was actually paying attention. Most have been true, some debatable and one or two totally false. Funny how people will read something and believe it to be factually solid without any thought. Trust nothing until you have questioned everything.

In the law there are no facts---just interpretations.   :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 28, 2011, 10:14:29 AM
In the law there are no facts---just interpretations.   :wink:

Of course!  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 30, 2011, 07:03:29 AM
In 1994, 35,000 Americans insured themselves against being kidnapped and eaten by aliens.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on August 30, 2011, 07:44:45 AM
There's this guy in South Africa who wakes up every weekday morning at 05h00 Monday to Friday to watch The O'Reilly Factor. Dunno if he needs help: this guy, I mean, not Bill O' Reilly.  :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on August 30, 2011, 07:03:37 PM
Thirty-three people were killed in wood-chipper accidents between 1992 and 2005 in the US, according to a 2005 report by the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on August 30, 2011, 09:52:20 PM
On January 15, 1919, 21 people were killed and 150 injured when a huge storage tank of molasses burst and flooded the streets of North Boston. Residents claim that on hot summer days the area still smells of molasses.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on August 31, 2011, 01:27:07 PM
8% of the population of California claim to have been abducted by aliens.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on August 31, 2011, 01:28:50 PM
8% of the population of California claim to have been abducted by aliens.


I'm calling BS. . .


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Vik on August 31, 2011, 01:44:35 PM
On Feb. 25, 1942, a large, dark object over the Los Angeles coastline was mistaken for a Japanese attack and drew a barrage of anti-aircraft fire. Memos to President Roosevelt confirmed the existence of unidentified aerial objects.

(I have no idea if this is actually true.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on August 31, 2011, 02:22:03 PM
The London Beer Flood occurred on 17 October 1814 in London, England. A huge vat containing over 135,000 gallons of beer ruptured, causing other vats in the same building to succumb in a domino effect. As a result more than 323,000 gallons of beer burst out and gushed into the streets. Eight people drowned.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BTM on August 31, 2011, 05:24:38 PM
According to surveys, 75% of women prefer using mens' razor blades to womens.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BTM on August 31, 2011, 05:25:44 PM
Water that has previously been boiled and cooled boils faster than water of the same temperature that's never been boiled.

Is that cause all the sediment has been boiled out of the it the first time?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 01, 2011, 12:34:26 PM
Alligators have no lips.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Vik on September 01, 2011, 12:38:23 PM
Jail time- Charles Manson requested to stay in jail in 1967, long before the murder spree occurred. The legal system could not keep him in prison legally. Officials released Manson.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 03, 2011, 07:55:34 PM
Allodoxaphobia is the fear of opinions.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: A.J. Bauer on September 03, 2011, 08:41:21 PM
Allodoxaphobia is the fear of opinions.

I can name a few politicians that have that fear.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 04, 2011, 10:53:27 AM
You are more likely to be killed by a doctor than by a stroke, diabetes, a car wreck, a natural disaster, anything except a heart attack or cancer, in fact.

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, issue 7-26-00, errors associated with physician intervention are the third leading cause of death in the United States.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 04, 2011, 11:32:55 AM
80% of all the almonds in the world are grown in California.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 04, 2011, 11:52:05 AM
Water that has previously been boiled and cooled boils faster than water of the same temperature that's never been boiled.

Is that cause all the sediment has been boiled out of the it the first time?

You're on the right track.  It's not sediment, but dissolved oxygen that boils out.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 06, 2011, 12:04:27 AM
My dad was on in Dallas when Flight 191 happened. He was on the plane that landed before 191 was suppose to land.  :buggedout: and now he hates Dallas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on September 06, 2011, 02:06:31 PM
Sea cucumbers have inspired thousands of haiku in Japan, where they are called namako (海鼠), written with characters that can be translated "sea mice" (an example of gikun

(http://www.foodherald.com/images/sea-cucumber1.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 07, 2011, 01:12:31 PM
The word ambulance comes from the French for 'walking'.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 07, 2011, 08:03:55 PM
In Fed Ex, There's an arrow between the E & X
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/77/FedEx_Express_truck.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Silverlady on September 08, 2011, 08:02:19 AM


The Great Horned Owl and Barred Owl are a skunk's only predator in the wild.  Yet, cars kill more skunks than either.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 08, 2011, 01:38:45 PM
The word ambulance comes from the French for 'walking'.

^ How freaky is that!?  The day after I posted that, I was in one! :lookingup:

In 1996, 2,599 Americans were taken to hospital with injuries caused by room deodorizers and air fresheners.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 08, 2011, 05:03:40 PM
Child Bride was the only movie that MST3K REJECTED!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 12, 2011, 08:10:09 AM
In Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia, 'aye' means 'no'.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on September 12, 2011, 03:11:34 PM
The sea anemone Adamsia palliata growing on the exterior of a gastropod shell inhabited by the hermit crab Pagurus prideaux is capable of enlarging the shell to better accommodate the crab inside.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Eupagurus_prideauxi_and_Adamsia_palliata.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on September 13, 2011, 12:26:16 PM
From the Zubaz website...
The largest pair of Zubaz ever made were worn by the Miami Heat Mascot nicknamed "Burnie." The tallest pair of Zubaz ever made were sewn for a guy named George Bell who was over 7' 4" tall. The smallest pair of Zubaz ever made were produced for the Jesse Ventura Action Figure doll and had an inseam of 5 inches.

(http://www.womansday.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/09-zubaz-pants/1069201-1-eng-US/09-Zubaz-pants.jpg)

(http://www.puzzlezoo.com/assets/photos/WWCS25005f.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 13, 2011, 12:32:10 PM
Amsterdam is built on about 90 islands, connected by about 1,000 bridges.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 16, 2011, 05:51:19 PM
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 has earned 2 Platinum awards by Electronic Gaming Monthly


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 17, 2011, 04:03:50 AM
There is no word in ancient Greek for 'religion' and there were no sacred texts of any kind.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: RCMerchant on September 17, 2011, 08:26:38 AM
There is no word in ancient Greek for 'religion' and there were no sacred texts of any kind.
Smart people. Religion is booze fotr the masses. Makes em feel good..but its all a dream.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: RCMerchant on September 17, 2011, 08:29:49 AM
Heres a fact. If your dad beats the f**k out of you-if yer stepma hates you. You WILL turn into-
A.A serial killer
B. A Geek



Imma geek. :)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 17, 2011, 09:10:02 AM
Fact of the day- I'm a cheap guy. :twirl:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 18, 2011, 04:46:48 AM
The ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles believed he had been a shrub in a previous life and killed himself by jumping into a volcano.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 18, 2011, 09:18:46 PM
http://www.cracked.com/article_18795_6-habits-you-didnt-know-were-keeping-you-alive_p2.html?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=Science&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended (http://www.cracked.com/article_18795_6-habits-you-didnt-know-were-keeping-you-alive_p2.html?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=Science&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended)
just read #1, I ain't gonna write it on here.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 19, 2011, 04:12:03 AM
The ancient Phoenicians lived in what is now Lebanon. They invented glassblowing, clotted cream and the alphabet.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 19, 2011, 10:03:42 PM
2+2=4  :bouncegiggle: :bouncegiggle: :bouncegiggle: :thumbdown:

schools between California to Michigan won't have 'F' as a letter grade, it will be replaced by the letter 'H'


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 20, 2011, 06:46:53 AM
The ancient Romans invented concrete and the bikini.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on September 20, 2011, 01:10:16 PM
The Crab Nebula (catalogue designations M1, NGC 1952, Taurus A) is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula in the constellation of Taurus.

(http://www.solstation.com/x-objects/crab2vlt.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 20, 2011, 04:44:39 PM
Ultimate Nick Fury is based on Samuel L. Jackson.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on September 21, 2011, 06:49:04 AM
Thomas Anderson (1819-74) was the first person to discover what turnips are made of.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on September 21, 2011, 06:59:08 AM
Thomas Anderson (1819-74) was the first person to discover what turnips are made of.

I thought they were made of turnips..?  :question:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on September 21, 2011, 09:32:45 AM
Thomas Anderson (1819-74) was the first person to discover what turnips are made of.

I thought they were made of turnips..?  :question:

LOL. I've had turnips. They're made of something bad. :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 12, 2011, 12:49:45 PM
Gnarls Barkley's Crazy is on The Rolling Stones Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, ranked at number 100.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on October 12, 2011, 02:56:47 PM
In 1929, the first offense for alcohol was five years of prison and/or a 10,000 fine.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on October 12, 2011, 08:18:29 PM
A Mantis Shrimp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp) has a punch so powerful it can crack a clam shell, split a person's thumb, or shatter an aquarium.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 13, 2011, 01:54:24 PM
The groundbreaking architect Frank Lloyd Wright built 484 buildings. He lived to be 92 and practised for 72 years.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on October 13, 2011, 02:36:00 PM
The very first Apple logo was actually of Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree, with an apple falling on his head


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flick James on October 13, 2011, 02:59:45 PM
The FedEx logo contains and "arrow." Most people don't notice it until somebody tells them it's there. Can you spot it?

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AcBUSVxs82w/TEWrGlD0VBI/AAAAAAAAf9A/6nMV-EtrPNA/s1600/FedEx_Logo_Wallpaper.jpeg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on October 14, 2011, 11:25:00 AM
Sea cucumbers extract oxygen from water in a pair of 'respiratory trees' that branch off the cloaca just inside the anus, so that they 'breathe' by drawing water in through the anus and then expelling it.

(http://forestis.rsvs.ulaval.ca/REFERENCES_X/phylogeny.arizona.edu/tree/eukaryotes/animals/echinodermata/holothuroidea/holoana.gif)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on October 14, 2011, 02:48:10 PM
Sea Cucumbers are one of the only animals to practice evisceration as a self-defense method. This means if one feels threatened by hungry fishies the kooky cuke basically throws its guts up at the fish. Luckily, their guts grow back eventually.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flick James on October 14, 2011, 03:55:06 PM
Sea cucumbers extract oxygen from water in a pair of 'respiratory trees' that branch off the cloaca just inside the anus, so that they 'breathe' by drawing water in through the anus and then expelling it.

([url]http://forestis.rsvs.ulaval.ca/REFERENCES_X/phylogeny.arizona.edu/tree/eukaryotes/animals/echinodermata/holothuroidea/holoana.gif[/url])


So, what you're saying is that the sea cucumber is constantly getting a salt-water colonic?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 15, 2011, 05:00:07 AM
Scrabble was invented by an unemployed architect called Alfred Butts.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on October 15, 2011, 06:09:57 PM
In 1975,Elizabeth Montgomery starred in The Legend of Lizzie Borden where she played the role of Lizzie Borden. It was later discovered that Montgomery was related to Lizzie Borden.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 16, 2011, 06:12:54 AM
The tango was invented in Argentina. It was originally devised as a dance between two men.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 17, 2011, 09:17:14 AM
It is cheaper to insure an Aston Martin DB9 than a Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 17, 2011, 01:17:49 PM
Artichokes are a kind of thistle.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 17, 2011, 04:45:36 PM
The FedEx logo contains and "arrow." Most people don't notice it until somebody tells them it's there. Can you spot it?

([url]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AcBUSVxs82w/TEWrGlD0VBI/AAAAAAAAf9A/6nMV-EtrPNA/s1600/FedEx_Logo_Wallpaper.jpeg[/url])


Beat you to it!! :tongueout:
In Fed Ex, There's an arrow between the E & X
([url]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/77/FedEx_Express_truck.jpg[/url])



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 18, 2011, 12:10:45 AM
Iron Maiden's album Number of the Beast was panned by social conservatives, especially in the United States, where the band were accused of being Satanists. Steve Harris states that "it was mad. They completely got the wrong end of the stick. The obviously hadn't read the lyrics. They just wanted to believe all that rubbish about us being Satanists."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on October 18, 2011, 08:46:46 AM
Sea cucumbers extract oxygen from water in a pair of 'respiratory trees' that branch off the cloaca just inside the anus, so that they 'breathe' by drawing water in through the anus and then expelling it.

([url]http://forestis.rsvs.ulaval.ca/REFERENCES_X/phylogeny.arizona.edu/tree/eukaryotes/animals/echinodermata/holothuroidea/holoana.gif[/url])


So, what you're saying is that the sea cucumber is constantly getting a salt-water colonic?



 :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 18, 2011, 01:06:26 PM
The Antarctic is a continent entirely surrounded by oceans; the Arctic is an ocean almost entirely surrounded by continents.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on October 18, 2011, 01:10:58 PM
The Russian word "grozny" is mistranslated as "terrible" in the name Ivan the Terrible.  A better translation is "awesome" or "dread", denoting majesty.  

But then: "Ivan the Awesome" just does not have the same punch to it.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 22, 2011, 09:03:43 AM
They lyre bird can imitate just about every sound the bird hears.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 22, 2011, 09:07:23 AM
Fred Astaire's real name was Frederick Austerlitz.



Title: Fact
Post by: Trevor on October 22, 2011, 12:50:35 PM
Trevor actually has some clean underpants.


Title: Re: Fact
Post by: ghouck on October 22, 2011, 04:23:59 PM
Trevor actually has some clean underpants.

Yea, but not the Trevor that posts on this board. That just can't happen.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 24, 2011, 02:26:41 AM
The footprints of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon are still there. There is no weather on the moon.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on October 27, 2011, 05:54:08 PM
Robert Altman was paid $75,000 for directing the film MASH. His son, Mike Alton who wrote the song "Suicide Is Painless" was later paid 2 billion in song royalties.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on October 27, 2011, 06:03:25 PM
In molecular biology, "junk" DNA is a collective label for the portions of the DNA sequence of a chromosome or a genome for which no function has yet been identified. About 98.5% of the human genome has been designated as "junk".


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 28, 2011, 07:15:44 AM
here's a true horror story for ya!

On the evening of February 19th, 1994, Gloria Ramirez was admitted to a California emergency room, suffering from an advanced form of cancer. When a nurse drew Gloria's blood she detected a foul odor, so foul in fact that hospital staff started gagging and even collapsing around her. Eventually as many as 23 people were affected. The ER was evacuated and a decontamination unit brought in. The case was quickly written off as mass hysteria, but considering that the worst affected victim spent two weeks in intensive care suffering from hepatitis, pancreatitis and avascular necrosis (a condition which literally causes your bones to die). As for Gloria, she died just 40 minutes after arriving at the hospital. Her autopsy was performed by men in full hazmat moon suits and, despite one of the most extensive forensic investigations in history, it's still not known what exactly turned this woman's blood into toxic sludge.


Title: Re: Fact
Post by: Trevor on October 28, 2011, 07:53:09 AM
Trevor actually has some clean underpants.

Yea, but not the Trevor that posts on this board. That just can't happen.

 :bouncegiggle: :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on October 28, 2011, 10:15:59 AM
Rachael Ray was a cheerleader in high school.

Yeah, I know;  not exactly shocking news is it?  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on October 28, 2011, 11:06:37 AM
The smallest known cell in nature has the same mass as eight billion hydrogen atoms.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 04, 2011, 09:20:38 AM
Violet Jessop was a stewardess for the RMS Olympic, RMS Titanic, and the HMHS Britannic. while on the first ship, she was on it during the collision with the Hawke. She also survived the sinkings of both the Titanic and Britannic.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on November 04, 2011, 10:41:41 AM
JM Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, was under 5ft tall and didn't shave till he was 24.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on November 04, 2011, 01:07:50 PM
Mary Harron, director of American Psycho, is the daughter of Don Harron and Virginia Leith (AKA Charlie Farqhuarson and Jan in the Pan).


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on November 04, 2011, 05:02:43 PM
Only 20% of US soldiers serving in WWII saw combat. Less than 50% ever fired a gun.  (Source, The Best War Ever, Dr. Michael CC Adams)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flick James on November 04, 2011, 05:08:49 PM
Only 20% of US soldiers serving in WWII saw combat. Less than 50% ever fired a gun.  (Source, The Best War Ever, Dr. Michael CC Adams)

I would assume because of the word "soldiers" that this refers to the Army. I have to think that if it included the Marines in the Pacific that percentage would go up. Just a hunch.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 21, 2011, 09:16:25 PM
IMDB lists 780 movies tagged "vampire" and 722 tagged "zombie."  (Only 232 were tagged "werewolf.")

In 2011, 42 movies were tagged "vampire" and 67 were tagged "zombie."

Of upcoming movies (scheduled for 2012 or later), 12 were tagged "vampire" and 30 were tagged "zombie."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on November 22, 2011, 09:37:23 AM
Tomatoes were originally yellow: hence the Italian name pomodoro ('golden apple'). Red tomatoes came later, discovered in Mexico by two Jesuit priests who brought their seeds back to Europe.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 26, 2011, 01:10:25 AM
Quiet Riot's Cum on Feel the Noize is their most famous song, and it is truly an amazing accomplishment, because the band tried their best to make sure it was the worst song they'd ever recorded.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on November 28, 2011, 07:58:37 AM
Quiet Riot's Cum on Feel the Noize is their most famous song, and it is truly an amazing accomplishment, because the band tried their best to make sure it was the worst song they'd ever recorded.

They were forced by the management at Pasha records to cover it, doing a half-assed take that somehow turned out to be awesome. Slade hate Quiet Riot because they had more success with the track and because people always assume it's a QR original. Unfortunately for QR, their singer Kevin Dubrow (R.I.P) had a big, big mouth and halted their meteroic rise to superstardom with some ill-advised comments. Add to this the fact that they followed up "Metal Health" with practically, a carbon copy in "Condition Critical" complete with "Mama We're All Crazy Now" (another Slade song).


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on November 28, 2011, 02:13:46 PM
In Denmark, hedgehogs are protected by law. It is illegal to capture or hurt them, but it is accepted to house underweight hedgehogs found out during winter. Garden owners are encouraged to attract hedgehogs with a bit of dry cat food, to utilize their pest control abilities


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on November 28, 2011, 03:09:48 PM
     William Shatner has done many strange films, but the strangest has to be INCUBUS, a 1965 fantasy flick where the dialogue is done in the artificial language Esperanto.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW7AuyIwN2A


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on November 29, 2011, 02:20:12 AM
Adam West got the role of Batman primarily due to his playing a James Bond parody in a Nestlé Quik ad. 

Two years after the Batman series ended, he was offered the actual role of James Bond for the movie Diamonds Are Forever but he turned it down because he thought James Bond should always be played by somebody British. 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 30, 2011, 06:53:20 PM
There is something called "Gay Days" at Disney theme parks, but....
Disney steadfastly refuses to acknowledge that Gay Days is a thing (despite tens of thousands of participants), but that doesn't stop them from being the target of mass protest, veiled threats and sometimes even implied violence by the religious right (for... failing to stop it, we guess?).

The American Family Association sends "undercover photographers" to every Gay Days celebration, attempting to photograph "sexual misconduct," (which is totally not just a convenient excuse for some fundamentalist to volunteer for the cameraman position at a gay orgy, you know, "for the cause.") The Christian Action Network has a long-standing 10 year boycott of all Disney products in response to Gay Days, even going so far as to protest in Washington D.C. Their official petition states that they are "shocked and outraged" that Disney has transformed this traditionally macho and totally Christian establishment where men dance about in tights and anthropomorphic animals practice magic into an anti-family values terror-pit, like unto "Sodom and Gomorrah."*
From Cracked.com-
http://www.cracked.com/article_18511_6-true-stories-about-disneyland-they-dont-want-you-to-know_p2.html?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=Weird+World&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended (http://www.cracked.com/article_18511_6-true-stories-about-disneyland-they-dont-want-you-to-know_p2.html?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=Weird+World&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended)



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 04, 2011, 04:56:43 PM
Nick Cage's was christened Nicolas Copploa, but changed it so that he would say he isn't related to FFC, which he isn't


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on December 04, 2011, 05:51:52 PM
Horned Lizards AKA Horned Toads can squirt blood from their eyes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEl6TXrkZnk


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on December 05, 2011, 02:23:19 PM
That's the most awesome fact ever!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 06, 2011, 06:57:41 PM
Juan Baptista dos Santos was known as the man with three legs. He also had two working genitals. At the same time, there was a lady named Blanche Dumas who had three legs and two working genitalia. This is by far one of the most weirdest love stories I ever read.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on December 07, 2011, 09:34:31 AM
Indian cricketer Ibrahim Khaleel recently set a record for the number of wicket-keeper dismissals in a first-class match, taking 14 of his team's 20 wickets.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 13, 2011, 07:41:05 PM
Adam West got the role of Batman primarily due to his playing a James Bond parody in a Nestlé Quik ad. 

Two years after the Batman series ended, he was offered the actual role of James Bond for the movie Diamonds Are Forever but he turned it down because he thought James Bond should always be played by somebody British. 



On a TV special on the TV show "Batman," they showed that Nextle Quik ad, and Adam West was really good in it. Thus, one can see why he was then offered the title role in "Batman" the TV series.

As for James Bond should always be played by somebody British, there goes American actor Ed Nelson, who  was the first actor to assay the role on film, in 1954, on an episode of the TV series "Climax," or some eight years before Sean Connery played the part on the big screen. The villain opposite Ed Nelson was Peter Lorre in the part of Le Chiffre.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on December 14, 2011, 06:15:17 AM
Indian cricketer Ibrahim Khaleel recently set a record for the number of wicket-keeper dismissals in a first-class match, taking 14 of his team's 20 wickets.

 :cheers: We could use him in our national cricket team for sure.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on December 14, 2011, 01:58:46 PM
 One of pro wrestler Wahoo McDaniel's baseball coaches was George H. W. Bush.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fe/Wahoo_McDaniel.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 17, 2011, 03:29:00 PM
looners are people who have a balloon fetish.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on December 17, 2011, 04:45:15 PM
looners are people who have a balloon fetish.


Woolies have a fetish for wool clothing.

(http://www.oddee.com/_media/imgs/articles2/a96718_a469_wool.jpg)

I'd imagine this is one of the itchier fetishes.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on December 20, 2011, 12:56:02 PM
     It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so that the stomach dangles from its mouth. Then, the frog uses its forearms to scrape out the stomach contents, then re-swallows the stomach.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 27, 2011, 02:47:48 PM
Ever since Toy Story made it's debut, Pixar has used the Pizza Planet Truck in most of every Pixar film since then.
(http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/4/2/1/59421.jpg?v=1)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on December 29, 2011, 02:57:10 PM
Sea spiders, also called Pantopoda or pycnogonids will often insert their proboscis, a long appendage used for digestion and sucking food into its gut, into a sea anemone and suck out nourishment. The sea anemone, large in comparison to its predator, almost always survives this ordeal.

(http://www.mbari.org/news/homepage/2010/seaspider-proboscis-350.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on December 29, 2011, 03:11:49 PM
     One in every four Americans has appeared on television.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on January 03, 2012, 11:19:32 AM
The Norwegian butter crisis began in late 2011 with an acute shortage of butter (Norwegian: smųr) and inflation of its prices across markets in Norway. Due to the acute shortage, prices have soared and stores' stocks of butter have run out within minutes of fresh deliveries arriving. According to the Danish tabloid B.T., Norway has been gripped by a "smųr-panik" as a result of the lack of butter


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on January 03, 2012, 12:01:27 PM
There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on January 03, 2012, 05:48:10 PM
     CINDY SHEEHAN is still suckin' air....

(http://thewip.net/contributors/king_cindy.jpg)

     Painting a self-portrait in her child's blood must agree with her.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on January 04, 2012, 12:32:05 AM
Neil Armstrong was first to walk on the moon because of the layout of the lunar module. NASA's established practice on the Gemini missions was for the junior crewman to perform the extravehicular activities. On Apollo 11, it was expected early on that Buzz Aldrin would exit first, followed by Armstrong, the commander. However, the hatch of the LM opened inward, toward the lunar module pilot (Aldrin). With the LM interior as cramped as it was, it just made more sense for the commander to exit first.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on January 04, 2012, 10:54:46 AM
NASA believes human conception may be impossible in a zero gravity environment. (Can't you just hear the pick-up lines that could generate someday on deep space voyages....)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on January 04, 2012, 12:10:31 PM
 Newton's second law is not valid for variable-mass systems, such as rockets.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on January 04, 2012, 01:42:55 PM
Buzz Aldrin was the first human being to perform a religious ceremony on another celestial body, taking communion shortly after landing on the moon. As he did the cup and biscuit, he invited people on Earth to give thanks in their own way. A Presbyterian church in Houston (where Buzz attended at the time) has the cup, and celebrates a special communion every year on the Sunday closest to July 20.

On a lighter note, Buzz was also the first human being to pee on another celestial body. Not directly on it, of course, but while standing on it. Take that, Neil Armstrong. :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on January 04, 2012, 02:07:47 PM
Although the orbit of the Moon seems stable it's actually drifting away from earth at a rate of about 4 centimeters a year.  In about 50 billion years from now, the Moon will stop moving away from us. It will settle into a stable orbit, taking about 47 days to go around the Earth (it takes 27.3 days today). At that point, the Earth and the Moon will be tidally locked to each other. It will look like the Moon is always in the same spot in the sky.

Of course, the Sun is expected to consume the Earth in about 5 billion years, so this event may not happen.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on January 04, 2012, 03:14:10 PM
     Scorpions, for some reason, flouresce under black light....

(http://www.firesandsgraphics.com/uploads/processed/0017/0403252026501fluorescent_scorpion.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 05, 2012, 01:22:04 AM
In the painting The Ambassadors, there is a skull between the two ambassadors.
(http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/4/1/4/108414.jpg?v=4)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Vik on January 05, 2012, 05:51:06 AM
The tallest tree ever was an Australian Eucalyptus, in 1872 it was measured 435 feet tall.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on January 05, 2012, 09:53:05 AM
     Scorpions, for some reason, flouresce under black light....

([url]http://www.firesandsgraphics.com/uploads/processed/0017/0403252026501fluorescent_scorpion.jpg[/url])


I wonder if that means that they can see in the UV spectrum?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on January 05, 2012, 02:51:19 PM
     Scorpions, for some reason, flouresce under black light....

([url]http://www.firesandsgraphics.com/uploads/processed/0017/0403252026501fluorescent_scorpion.jpg[/url])


I wonder if that means that they can see in the UV spectrum?


     Evidently not....

http://www.thebestcontrol.com/bugstop/control_scorpions.htm


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ulthar on January 05, 2012, 03:18:04 PM

 Newton's second law is not valid for variable-mass systems, such as rockets.


Sorry, but this is not true at all.  It only seems true for the simplified statement of the Law given in Introductory texts:

F = ma

However, the more general and more correct expression for this law is

F = dp/dt,

which is that the force is equal to the first time derivative of momentum.

In the special case of constant mass and since p = m v,

F = m dv/dt,

or, mass times the first time derivative of velocity...or acceleration.  Thus, in the special case of constant mass,  F = m a.

So, F = ma is only a special case of the Law that is used for beginners, but it's not the actual general Law.

Back to regular programming....


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on January 06, 2012, 12:10:56 PM
On the subject of things that glow under ultraviolet light, tonic water has a pleasant bluish glow, thanks to the quinine it contains. I learned this many years ago when vodka and tonic was my drink of choice. Ordered one in a club with a lot of black lights, and got a surprise. Actually two surprises, if you include a naked woman (yes, it was that kind of club), coming over and asking about my drink.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b2/Tonic_water_uv.jpg/220px-Tonic_water_uv.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on January 06, 2012, 02:02:37 PM
     In Virginia, there is a state law making it illegal to place a house on the market without disclosing that it is haunted.

http://nvar.com/index.php/law-ethics/article/do_you_have_to_disclose_that_a_house_is_haunted


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 09, 2012, 05:15:03 PM
Vesna Vulovic survived a 33,000 ft drop when the plane she was on blew up from a terrorist attack.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on January 09, 2012, 05:21:28 PM
Vesna Vulovic survived a 33,000 ft drop when the plane she was on blew up from a terrorist attack.

      I'll bet her underwear didn't....


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on January 14, 2012, 10:08:38 AM
In 1814 Louis Comte was the first conjuror to publicly pull a rabbit from a top hat.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on January 16, 2012, 12:56:22 PM

 Newton's second law is not valid for variable-mass systems, such as rockets.


Sorry, but this is not true at all.  It only seems true for the simplified statement of the Law given in Introductory texts:

F = ma

However, the more general and more correct expression for this law is

F = dp/dt,

which is that the force is equal to the first time derivative of momentum.

In the special case of constant mass and since p = m v,

F = m dv/dt,

or, mass times the first time derivative of velocity...or acceleration.  Thus, in the special case of constant mass,  F = m a.

So, F = ma is only a special case of the Law that is used for beginners, but it's not the actual general Law.

Back to regular programming....

  Sorry Ulthar, everything I know about Physics I learned from Wikipedia ( And Real Genius)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on January 16, 2012, 12:58:52 PM
Molybdenum is a silvery metal that has the sixth-highest melting point of any element.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on January 17, 2012, 01:52:36 AM
     One in every four Americans has appeared on television.

I have a few times, and NO, none of them were episodes of COPS or America's Most Wanted.

One time it WAS Lockup: Raw though.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on January 17, 2012, 01:54:03 AM
There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut.

True, but that line is easily ignored.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on January 17, 2012, 01:56:19 AM
Newton's second law is not valid for variable-mass systems, such as rockets.

Yes it is, you just have to use the exact mass at the exact time you want to calculate the acceleration. Kind of like a 'snapshot' of it's physical properties.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on January 17, 2012, 08:40:32 AM
Marie and Pierre Curie's original notebooks are still sufficiently radioactive that they are stored in a shielded container and people who wish to examine them must sign waivers.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ulthar on January 17, 2012, 09:44:05 AM

  Sorry Ulthar, everything I know about Physics I learned from Wikipedia ( And Real Genius)


Of those two sources, REAL GENIUS is BY FAR the better source of information.

Wikipedia is feces.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on January 17, 2012, 10:15:45 AM

  Sorry Ulthar, everything I know about Physics I learned from Wikipedia ( And Real Genius)


Of those two sources, REAL GENIUS is BY FAR the better source of information.

Wikipedia is feces.


Citation needed.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on January 18, 2012, 05:14:26 PM
     The holothurian, or sea cucumber, can eject its own internal organs, to distract predators; it regrows them in time.

(http://files.campus.edublogs.org/blog.nus.edu.sg/dist/9/814/files/2010/04/pink-spotted-sea-cucumber.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on January 18, 2012, 06:47:56 PM
The emergency hotline "911" was designed in 1967 for rotary telephones.

The 9 was because 0 was the operator, & 1 was for non-local calls, thus the next to last number on the dial.
The two 1s were to help rotary phone users dial as fast as possible.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on January 19, 2012, 02:48:49 PM
     The face of the original Captain Marvel, as drawn by artist C.C. Beck, was based on the actor Fred Mac Murray.

(http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/c/ca/Captain_Marvel_Adventures_Vol_1_17.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 21, 2012, 11:07:01 PM
I am not a rational kid at all :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BTM on February 02, 2012, 04:49:32 PM
The word "gullible" is not in the dictionary.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: JayJayM12 on February 02, 2012, 04:53:32 PM
The word "gullible" is not in the dictionary.

I'm going to go check that right now!   :tongueout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 02, 2012, 07:47:54 PM
Boris Karloff worked on a local farm for about six months back in 1910 or so.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on February 02, 2012, 09:14:00 PM
Apollo astronauts had no facilities for going "number two." When one had to poop, he would get completely undressed, climb behind the couches for what privacy he could get, and go into a plastic bag, making sure that everything was caught and sealed inside. Bear in mind that there was no gravity, and the material would not necessarily fall into the bag as one would expect. This reportedly caused situations ranging from minor inconvenience to something resembling the "Baby Ruth" scene in Caddyshack. Further adding to the atmosphere in the command module was the flatulence caused by dissolved hydrogen in the water produced by the fuel cells.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 02, 2012, 10:25:21 PM
Ummmmm . . . OK!


The youngest First Lady in American history was Frances Folsom Cleveland, who married President Grover Cleveland during his first term of office.  She was 22, he was 47.  When he lost the Electoral College in 1888, she told the White House Staff to look after the place, because they would be back in residence 4 years later.  And they were, when Cleveland won a second term in 1892 - the only American President to serve non-consecutive terms.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on February 03, 2012, 08:00:06 AM
Apollo astronauts had no facilities for going "number two." When one had to poop, he would get completely undressed, climb behind the couches for what privacy he could get, and go into a plastic bag, making sure that everything was caught and sealed inside. Bear in mind that there was no gravity, and the material would not necessarily fall into the bag as one would expect. This reportedly caused situations ranging from minor inconvenience to something resembling the "Baby Ruth" scene in Caddyshack. Further adding to the atmosphere in the command module was the flatulence caused by dissolved hydrogen in the water produced by the fuel cells.

 :buggedout: :buggedout:

I'm so glad I gave up my dreams of being an astronaut!  :wink: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 03, 2012, 09:03:05 AM
Presidential Trivia Quiz!

Who is the earliest serving president who still has living grandchildren?

Calvin Coolidge, perhaps?  Maybe even back to Woodrow Wilson?


ANSWER! (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/former-president-john-tyler-1790-1862-grandchildren-still-191230189.html)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on February 03, 2012, 09:19:34 AM
Apollo astronauts had no facilities for going "number two." When one had to poop, he would get completely undressed, climb behind the couches for what privacy he could get, and go into a plastic bag, making sure that everything was caught and sealed inside. Bear in mind that there was no gravity, and the material would not necessarily fall into the bag as one would expect. This reportedly caused situations ranging from minor inconvenience to something resembling the "Baby Ruth" scene in Caddyshack. Further adding to the atmosphere in the command module was the flatulence caused by dissolved hydrogen in the water produced by the fuel cells.

 :buggedout: :buggedout:

I'm so glad I gave up my dreams of being an astronaut!  :wink: :teddyr:

Oh, they have toilets now, but it wasn't so easy in the old days. I wonder if there would be as many hoax nuts around these days if NASA had been up front about all the corners they cut and the risks they took to meet Kennedy's deadline and beat the dirty commies. It was much more quick and dirty and seat-of-the-pants than they ever let on. The Soviets, ironically enough, went to the extra trouble of putting a toilet on the original Soyuz, and were generally more cautious about testing things before putting people at risk. While the Americans decided, on short notice, to do a circumlunar flight and put people on the second Saturn V ever flown, the Soviets had planned to first send an unmanned Soyuz around the moon, and then possibly an animal, before sending a cosmonaut. That was one of the reasons they finally lost the space race. That and their technical genius died suddenly, and their counterpart to the Saturn V had a habit of blowing up. This was most likely due to it having a very complicated first stage, using 30 small engines because the Russians hadn't yet been able to develop big ones.

As to who actually won in the long term, consider that the Russians continued to improve on the same technology while NASA is now buying rides from them and paying billions to reinvent what they had with Apollo.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 03, 2012, 02:08:44 PM
Actor Andy Garcia was born with a malformed conjoined twin attached to his shoulder.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on February 07, 2012, 10:37:19 AM
The word “Arkansas” is a French pronunciation (“Arcansas”) of a Quapaw (a related “Kaw” tribe) word, akakaze, meaning “land of downriver people” or the Sioux word akakaze meaning “people of the south wind”.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on February 07, 2012, 03:43:53 PM
     My wife is the bestest woman I've ever slapped on the butt.

http://pointingthecannon.blogspot.com/2010/10/tracy-jean.html


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on February 14, 2012, 03:32:23 PM
Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment had the longest confirmed human life span in history, dying in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on February 20, 2012, 03:08:35 PM
(http://www.designweek.co.uk/Pictures/web/j/q/r/bananas.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on February 20, 2012, 11:28:50 PM
Today is Kurt Cobain's birthday, he would have been 45 today :bluesad:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on March 13, 2012, 06:21:57 PM
Wikipedia's article on "Two and a Half Men" is over twice as long as their article on Plato's "Symposium" (9,298 words to 3,954 words).


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: joejoe on March 14, 2012, 05:31:26 AM
The Dodge brothers started out making parts for Fords


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on March 14, 2012, 06:17:06 AM
The Dodge brothers started out making parts for Fords

There's a lot of weirdness in the auto industry. Lee Iacocca Helped engineer the Ford Mustang, John DeLorean Helped design the GTO for Pontiac.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on March 14, 2012, 02:47:25 PM
     The famous , romantic road-trip American highway, Route 66, was once a camel trail.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on March 16, 2012, 11:32:08 AM
Sea urchins are sensitive to touch, light, and chemicals. Although they do not have eyes or eye spots, recent research suggests that their entire body might function as one compound eye.


Title: Re:(OBVIOUS) Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on March 20, 2012, 01:13:14 PM
     The WonderTwins suck giant gorilla boogers.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Silverlady on March 29, 2012, 08:11:13 AM


This one's for Indy.  Today in 1848, Niagara Falls ceased to flow for 30 hours because of an ice jam; the only time in recorded history that both falls were completely stopped.  Visitors were able to walk out on the ice and recover artifacts from the riverbed.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Saucerman on March 29, 2012, 09:06:00 AM
There are currently eleven posts (counting this one) pertaining to sea cucumbers in this thread. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on March 30, 2012, 11:20:20 AM

A remarkable feature of sea cucumbers is the catch collagen that forms their body wall. This can be loosened and tightened at will, and if the animal wants to squeeze through a small gap, it can essentially liquefy its body and pour into the space. To keep itself safe in these crevices and cracks, the sea cucumber will hook up all its collagen fibres to make its body firm again.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gJOLgycnIAg/THjToa6_7FI/AAAAAAAAAeE/sjdk2SsTgkw/s400/sea+cucumbers1.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on March 30, 2012, 11:39:29 AM
Sea Cucumbers breathe by drawing water in through the anus and then expelling it.

(http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t214/morrisawilliams/cucumber-shark-2.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ulthar on March 30, 2012, 11:52:18 AM
Sea Cucumbers are a popular topic for "Fact of the Day."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on March 31, 2012, 03:35:23 PM

([url]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gJOLgycnIAg/THjToa6_7FI/AAAAAAAAAeE/sjdk2SsTgkw/s400/sea+cucumbers1.jpg[/url])


Sea Cucumbers look like very ambitiously designed yet poorly made sex toys.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on April 02, 2012, 09:06:54 AM
We climbed down out of the trees about 3.4 million years ago.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Frank81 on April 02, 2012, 12:01:29 PM
We climbed down out of the trees about 3.4 million years ago.

You must be very old. :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zombie #1 on April 02, 2012, 12:18:08 PM
Most cornflakes come from america


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on April 02, 2012, 01:09:21 PM
We climbed down out of the trees about 3.4 million years ago.

    My ancestors sinned in the Garden of Eden, and were banished.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Silverlady on April 02, 2012, 02:19:57 PM
Most cornflakes come from america

"Flakes" come from all over.   :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on April 05, 2012, 11:42:48 AM
According to a Kellog's fan site: Kellogg’s Corn Flakes was the only cereal to be eaten aboard Apollo 11, the first lunar landing.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Psycho Circus on April 27, 2012, 08:45:20 AM
We climbed down out of the trees about 3.4 million years ago.

My ancestors sinned in the Garden of Eden, and were banished.

 :lookingup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on April 27, 2012, 07:40:46 PM
Not everything is bigger in Texas- They can't through a wild party like New Orleans does; Mardi Gras  :tongueout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on April 27, 2012, 08:31:11 PM
You must be too young to remember a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl parade . . . . :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 27, 2012, 08:42:32 PM
Canada was founded as walrus farm by Sheryll Crow in 1995.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on April 27, 2012, 10:18:57 PM
You must be too young to remember a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl parade . . . . :teddyr:
...and you must've tried to forget the Saint's Post Super Bowl parade. :tongueout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 25, 2012, 09:16:15 PM
Bl****bs were illegal in Canada until 1969.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 26, 2012, 01:12:54 AM
Bl****bs were illegal in Canada until 1969.

They were technically illegal in many US states until 2003's Lawrence v. Texas decision.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on November 26, 2012, 02:46:10 AM
Bl****bs were illegal in Canada until 1969.

They were technically illegal in many US states until 2003's Lawrence v. Texas decision.

What on earth are bl****bs? [Light dawns] Oh, I see.  :lookingup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AndyC on November 26, 2012, 09:09:30 AM
Bl****bs were illegal in Canada until 1969.

And that is why Pierre Trudeau (who introduced the reforms as justice minister) was our most beloved prime minister. :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on November 26, 2012, 09:37:03 AM
I had to look up Lawrence vs. Texas before I could figure out what a Bl****b was.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on November 26, 2012, 12:08:59 PM
I had to look up Lawrence vs. Texas before I could figure out what a Bl****b was.

Where did you find the reference which may answer this question? :question:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on November 26, 2012, 01:04:17 PM
When they started talking about sodomy I finally figured out what it was that started with a bl and ended with a b  :smile:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_v._Texas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on November 26, 2012, 01:29:53 PM
When they started talking about sodomy I finally figured out what it was that started with a bl and ended with a b  :smile:

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_v._Texas[/url]


I still have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. :lookingup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on November 26, 2012, 02:08:41 PM
     In 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a Manson girl, was found guilty of trying to assassinate President Ford.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 26, 2012, 06:24:46 PM
When they started talking about sodomy I finally figured out what it was that started with a bl and ended with a b  :smile:

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_v._Texas[/url]


I still have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. :lookingup:


It starts with "blow" and is usually rendered as two words. Got it yet?

Until 2003 oral sex between heterosexuals was still illegal in 4 states, between homosexuals in 14 states. Lawrence held that all state sodomy laws were unconstitutional.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on November 26, 2012, 06:32:11 PM
Ah, now I get it. I haven't heard it called a bl****b since 1985!
When they started talking about sodomy I finally figured out what it was that started with a bl and ended with a b  :smile:

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_v._Texas[/url]


I still have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. :lookingup:


It starts with "blow" and is usually rendered as two words. Got it yet?

Until 2003 oral sex between heterosexuals was still illegal in 4 states, between homosexuals in 14 states. Lawrence held that all state sodomy laws were unconstitutional.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 26, 2012, 07:18:01 PM
Thank you What The f**k Facts! :smile:

11 people are injured every year from trying to ma******te with a vacuum.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 27, 2012, 09:02:58 AM
Eminem won an Academy Award.. And slept through the ceremony while at home watching cartoons with his daughter.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: FatFreddysCat on November 27, 2012, 04:34:04 PM
One of Jenna ("Dharma & Greg") Elfman's first acting jobs was in Anthrax's music video for the song "Black Lodge."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on November 27, 2012, 05:14:43 PM
When the American Civil War started, Confederate Robert E. Lee owned no slaves. Union general U.S. Grant did.

The Constitution of the Confederate States of America actually banned the slave trade.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 27, 2012, 05:23:35 PM

The Constitution of the Confederate States of America actually banned the slave trade.


A bit misleading - it only banned the importation of slaves from overseas. "Sec. 9. (I) The importation of negroes of the African race from any foreign country other than the slaveholding States or Territories of the United States of America, is hereby forbidden..." Importing slaves from Georgia to Alabama was perfectly fine.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 28, 2012, 01:29:25 AM
'Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia' is the fear of long words.


Someone was being a troll when he/she made up that word.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ghouck on November 29, 2012, 08:41:58 PM
Ted Moore BSC was the first South African to win an Academy Award, not Charlize Theron.  :smile:

Bronze Swimming Certificate?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on November 29, 2012, 08:52:06 PM
The oldest reliably dated stone spearpoints found in North America are called Clovis points, and they are over 12,000 years old.  They were frequently used to kill mammoths.


I have found four of them in 35 years of collecting!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on December 03, 2012, 01:39:13 AM
Ted Moore BSC was the first South African to win an Academy Award, not Charlize Theron.  :smile:

Bronze Swimming Certificate?

 :bouncegiggle: :teddyr: :teddyr:

British Society of Cinematographers.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 04, 2012, 01:27:18 PM
The reproductive organ of the male gorilla is about one inch in length. Its counterpart in the blue whale is about six feet. The proper name of that appendage among all cetaceans is a "dork".

Hmm, I guess I wasn't totally asleep in science class after all...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 05, 2012, 09:31:29 PM
The sarsen stones at Stonehenge were brought 160 miles from Wales to Wiltshire. It would have been a shorter distance but the men in charge of the project got lost on the way and refused to stop and ask for directions.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on December 06, 2012, 08:55:46 PM
All polar bears are left handed ... or left pawed anyway. 

Crocodiles can't stick out their tongues. 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 06, 2012, 10:40:51 PM
A strawberry is not an actual berry, but a banana is.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on December 07, 2012, 03:41:19 PM
Mother Goose was a real person.....
As a British immigrant to the United States, her earlier works were intended as bawdy political protest songs. (Particularly, The Cat & The Fiddle.)
(I forget her real name)
She got the name "Mother Goose" when she married an American widower named Goose, who already had ten children of his own, and by whom, she would have ten more children, thus inspiring The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 08, 2012, 03:38:10 PM
Mother Goose was a real person.....
As a British immigrant to the United States, her earlier works were intended as bawdy political protest songs. (Particularly, The Cat & The Fiddle.)
(I forget her real name)
She got the name "Mother Goose" when she married an American widower named Goose, who already had ten children of his own, and by whom, she would have ten more children, thus inspiring The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe.

Her real name was Elizabeth Foster or Mary, with no known last name. Historians are also divided as to when she lived and died.  Elizabeth Foster lived from 1665 to 1758, while Mary lived from 1648 to 1690. And her husband, Mr. Isaac Goose, was also known as Vergoose and Vertigoose. So, we could have had a Mother Vergoose and/or a Mother Vertigoose.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Pacman000 on December 08, 2012, 04:02:57 PM
Adam West got the role of Batman primarily due to his playing a James Bond parody in a Nestlé Quik ad. 

Two years after the Batman series ended, he was offered the actual role of James Bond for the movie Diamonds Are Forever but he turned it down because he thought James Bond should always be played by somebody British. 



On a TV special on the TV show "Batman," they showed that Nextle Quik ad, and Adam West was really good in it. Thus, one can see why he was then offered the title role in "Batman" the TV series.

As for James Bond should always be played by somebody British, there goes American actor Ed Nelson, who  was the first actor to assay the role on film, in 1954, on an episode of the TV series "Climax," or some eight years before Sean Connery played the part on the big screen. The villain opposite Ed Nelson was Peter Lorre in the part of Le Chiffre.
Technically, he played Jimmy Bond, an American secret agent.  (This was before the novels became popular, so the writers could take some liberties.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Pacman000 on December 08, 2012, 04:04:49 PM
Red Velvet Cake / Cupcakes contain bug juice.
And Mayonnaise.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 09, 2012, 02:15:39 PM
there is a book called The Pop up Book of Phobias

proof:
(http://img2.imagesbn.com/p/9780688171957_p0_v1_s260x420.JPG)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 12, 2012, 02:13:55 PM
Daniel Boone is not really buried in the tomb of Daniel Boone in Frankfort, Kentucky.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 20, 2012, 08:33:00 PM
Half of all high school graduates finished in the bottom half of their class.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on January 11, 2013, 01:53:46 PM
When threatened, some sea cucumbers discharge sticky threads to ensnare their enemies. Others can mutilate their own bodies as a defense mechanism. They violently contract their muscles and jettison some of their internal organs out of their anus. The missing body parts are quickly regenerated.

(http://madmikesamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Bohadschia-argus1.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on January 11, 2013, 03:23:25 PM
When threatened, some sea cucumbers discharge sticky threads to ensnare their enemies. Others can mutilate their own bodies as a defense mechanism. They violently contract their muscles and jettison some of their internal organs out of their anus. The missing body parts are quickly regenerated.

([url]http://madmikesamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Bohadschia-argus1.jpg[/url])


     The French eat these things....beche de' mer it's called.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: tracy on January 11, 2013, 03:24:49 PM
When threatened, some sea cucumbers discharge sticky threads to ensnare their enemies. Others can mutilate their own bodies as a defense mechanism. They violently contract their muscles and jettison some of their internal organs out of their anus. The missing body parts are quickly regenerated.

([url]http://madmikesamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Bohadschia-argus1.jpg[/url])


     The French eat these things....beche de' mer it's called.


More like BLECH!!!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 11, 2013, 04:16:26 PM
Russia and Japan are still technically at war because both countries still haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on January 11, 2013, 05:20:59 PM
Russia and Japan are still technically at war because both countries still haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II.

Which I believe ties into the ongoing battle over the ownership of the Kuril Islands, since the Russians used the defeat of Japan as an oppurtunity to chase the remaining Japanese soldiers from the islands and claim it as their own.  If my memory is working well, I believe that the Russo-Japanese war at the turn of the 20th century also involved a dispute over the Kuril Islands.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on January 11, 2013, 06:18:50 PM
The Civil War began and ended on the property of Virginia native Wilmer McClain.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on January 12, 2013, 12:18:56 AM
Sgt. Joe Friday would love this thread, because he the kind of guy who likes, "just the facts of the day, maam' "  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 19, 2013, 12:09:40 PM
Here's one for Indy, Tracy, and Alan- Texas is the only state in the US that allows its residents to vote from space.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on January 20, 2013, 01:09:35 AM
Disabling your friend's Games feed on facebook won't actually disable your friend's Games feed on facebook.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on January 20, 2013, 01:10:53 AM
The official State Stone of Texas is petrified palm wood.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 20, 2013, 11:57:59 AM
Here's a classic one- Louisiana was the last state to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21. :tongueout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on January 20, 2013, 12:43:58 PM
In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an "Honorary Harlem Globetrotter"!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on January 20, 2013, 02:00:55 PM
In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an "Honorary Harlem Globetrotter"!

Now there's a fact...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 20, 2013, 02:26:54 PM
In 2013, the Big 10 Conference has 12 teams, and the Big 12 Conference has 10 teams.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on January 20, 2013, 08:54:31 PM
When threatened, some sea cucumbers discharge sticky threads to ensnare their enemies. Others can mutilate their own bodies as a defense mechanism. They violently contract their muscles and jettison some of their internal organs out of their anus. The missing body parts are quickly regenerated.

([url]http://madmikesamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Bohadschia-argus1.jpg[/url])


Talk about the phrase, "blow it out your ass"....


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on January 20, 2013, 09:49:27 PM
A cat with stomach issues can regurgitate its own body weight . . . usually in a dark room, just inside the door, to insure quick discovery and clean up.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on January 21, 2013, 11:34:06 AM
Female red tabby cats are extremely rare.

So are male Calico cats.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on January 21, 2013, 02:14:15 PM
The Weekly World News has a Facts Checker.... And, they actually do check!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on January 21, 2013, 04:01:35 PM

The answer to the age-old question is finally in: scientists say the egg definitely came first, only after the chicken.     :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on January 21, 2013, 08:37:26 PM
It has been proven in most scientific studies that toast actually does land jelly side down a majority of the time, due to the added weight of the jelly on one side.
And we all know cats will land on their feet if dropped from a height of more than two feet.


So if we strapped toast, jelly side up, on the cat's back and dropped him from the top of a ladder . . . would he hover?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on January 21, 2013, 08:57:25 PM
Dogs like their privates because - they can.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on January 21, 2013, 10:51:19 PM
You mean you don't  like yours?  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on January 21, 2013, 11:19:24 PM
You mean you don't  like yours?  :buggedout:

Note to self: Do not type while wearing your 'long distance' glasses.

Dogs lick their privates because - they can.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on January 22, 2013, 01:58:52 AM
The Pretoria bus "service" officially sucks.  :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on January 22, 2013, 12:47:54 PM
A cat with stomach issues can regurgitate its own body weight . . . usually in a dark room, just inside the door, to insure quick discovery and clean up.

No denying that one, Indy. I've made many such discoveries, and continue to do so to this day... :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 22, 2013, 12:53:21 PM
Yesterday was my last day of......






WINTER BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on January 22, 2013, 02:14:51 PM
"Spat game" apparently means "flirted with a girl" in the lingo of the young people.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 25, 2013, 04:15:19 PM
"Harlequin ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. The skin forms large, diamond-shaped plates that are separated by deep cracks (fissures). These skin abnormalities affect the shape of the eyelids, nose, mouth, and ears, and limit movement of the arms and legs. Restricted movement of the chest can lead to breathing difficulties and respiratory failure.

The skin normally forms a protective barrier between the body and its surrounding environment. The skin abnormalities associated with harlequin ichthyosis disrupt this barrier, making it more difficult for affected infants to control water loss, regulate their body temperature, and fight infections. Infants with harlequin ichthyosis often experience an excessive loss of fluids (dehydration) and develop life-threatening infections in the first few weeks of life. It used to be very rare for affected infants to survive the newborn period. However, with intensive medical support and improved treatment, people with this disorder now have a better chance of living into childhood and adolescence."
http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/harlequin-ichthyosis (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/harlequin-ichthyosis)

The Harlequin Fetus disease disturbs me the most out of all of the things that disturbs me.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 25, 2013, 10:12:37 PM
"Harlequin ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. The skin forms large, diamond-shaped plates that are separated by deep cracks (fissures). These skin abnormalities affect the shape of the eyelids, nose, mouth, and ears, and limit movement of the arms and legs. Restricted movement of the chest can lead to breathing difficulties and respiratory failure.

The skin normally forms a protective barrier between the body and its surrounding environment. The skin abnormalities associated with harlequin ichthyosis disrupt this barrier, making it more difficult for affected infants to control water loss, regulate their body temperature, and fight infections. Infants with harlequin ichthyosis often experience an excessive loss of fluids (dehydration) and develop life-threatening infections in the first few weeks of life. It used to be very rare for affected infants to survive the newborn period. However, with intensive medical support and improved treatment, people with this disorder now have a better chance of living into childhood and adolescence."
[url]http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/harlequin-ichthyosis[/url] ([url]http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/harlequin-ichthyosis[/url])

The Harlequin Fetus disease disturbs me the most out of all of the things that disturbs me.




I am NOT posting an image of a victim of this rare disease. It's f**ked up man, really f**ked up.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on January 27, 2013, 08:46:44 AM
The first testicular guard, the 'cup', was used in hockey in 1874.
The first helmet was used in 1974.

It only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is important...too.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on January 27, 2013, 09:07:36 AM
The first testicular guard, the 'cup', was used in hockey in 1874.
The first helmet was used in 1974.

It only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is important...too.


To be fair, those are hockey players you're talking about  :tongueout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on January 27, 2013, 09:25:56 AM
The first testicular guard, the 'cup', was used in hockey in 1874.
The first helmet was used in 1974.

It only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is important...too.


To be fair, those are hockey players you're talking about  :tongueout:

 :bouncegiggle: Chicken-or-the-egg: Do they play hockey because they are that way or are they that way because they play hockey?  Besides...doesn't everyone play hockey?  :buggedout:  ( <- that's culture shock being manifested there)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on January 27, 2013, 09:38:56 AM
When John Sutter discovered gold at his mill site near Sacramento, CA in 1847, the U.S. Army officer who first viewed the samples and tested them for purity was none other than William T. Sherman.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 07, 2013, 03:08:27 PM
In France it is punishable by up to ten years in prison for a winemaker to deliberately misrepresent the alcohol content of a bottle of wine. They take this so seriously that a government official must visit each vineyard and certify the amount of alcohol in wine to within hundreds of a percentage point. The officials who do the certification must go through one of the most rigorous bonding processes in French law, more rigorous than that of a judge, doctor, or police officer. To attempt to bribe one or these officials is punishable by jail time roughly on the same level as that given to housebreakers.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 19, 2013, 10:24:11 AM
Artificial raspberry flavor is made from the anal glands of beavers.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on February 19, 2013, 10:37:24 AM
I really hate China now, for giving the biggest middle finger to a treaty between China and Korea that states if the Koreans seek Asylum, then they should be allowed into the Asylum.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Couchtr26 on February 19, 2013, 11:41:14 PM
"Harlequin ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. The skin forms large, diamond-shaped plates that are separated by deep cracks (fissures). These skin abnormalities affect the shape of the eyelids, nose, mouth, and ears, and limit movement of the arms and legs. Restricted movement of the chest can lead to breathing difficulties and respiratory failure.

The skin normally forms a protective barrier between the body and its surrounding environment. The skin abnormalities associated with harlequin ichthyosis disrupt this barrier, making it more difficult for affected infants to control water loss, regulate their body temperature, and fight infections. Infants with harlequin ichthyosis often experience an excessive loss of fluids (dehydration) and develop life-threatening infections in the first few weeks of life. It used to be very rare for affected infants to survive the newborn period. However, with intensive medical support and improved treatment, people with this disorder now have a better chance of living into childhood and adolescence."
[url]http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/harlequin-ichthyosis[/url] ([url]http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/harlequin-ichthyosis[/url])

The Harlequin Fetus disease disturbs me the most out of all of the things that disturbs me.




I am NOT posting an image of a victim of this rare disease. It's f**ked up man, really f**ked up.


I was introduced to it through Malady of the Month, used to read Morbid Fact du Jour quite a bit.  Avoid reading about anencephaly, it is also rather unfortunate. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 21, 2013, 05:44:32 PM
The color red in most lipsticks comes from crushing up insects known as cochineals.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on February 21, 2013, 08:44:06 PM
The color red in most lipsticks comes from crushing up insects known as cochineals.

Same thing with Red 40 in food and drinks.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on February 22, 2013, 09:26:47 AM
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakpikimaunahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the world's longest place-name.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 22, 2013, 09:31:27 AM
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakpikimaunahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the world's longest place-name.

It was until they founded East Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakpikimaunahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 22, 2013, 05:37:25 PM
The Gaelic word for the concept of deja vu is lang'ee.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 23, 2013, 06:35:43 PM
"Shotgun" marriages. With us since the 16th century.

While there is not historical proof of such, it seems like that William Shakespeare was involved in one, since he married at the relatively young age of 18. Then, like now, most 18-year-olds were not considered old enough to support a wife and family at that age.

That is odd enough, but even odder is that his wife, Anne Hathaway, was believed to be his senior by 8 or 9 years, when they were married in 1582. Now, that would raise eyebrows, if not get the law after the woman, and then, while that age difference would not be that great if the bride was 18 and the groom was 26 or 27, but to have a teenage groom marry a woman that much older . . . ?

But, what is oddest is that their daugher, Susanna, was born only 6 months after the wedding. Either the girl was born 3 months prematurely, which is doubtful, for she would not have survived, being born that early, or Will and Anne were going hot and heavy at least 3 months before their marriage.

Which makes me wonder, if Shakespeare did not identify to some extent with Romeo from Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet," as Romeo is believed to have married Juliet, when he was still in his teens.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 04, 2013, 03:24:36 PM
Fact: There is hardly a human sexual activity that is not mimiced by other animals.

Teenage esxploration
dolphins
Some sexually immature male dolphins will form sexual partnerships until such time they become sexually mature. Whereupon, they'll start chasing girl dolphins.

Stepparenting
flamingos
Sometimes when a female dolphin rejects one of her eggs, it'll be taken away from her and sometimes given to two male flamingos who live together. Who'll then hatch the egg and raise the chick just as if it was their own chick.

Situational homosexuality
seagulls
Sometimes when there is a shortage of male seagulls, two female seagulls we'll take up living together. With one acting as the male in the partnership, and one acting as the female in the partnership.

Sexual pleasure
bonobos
About 75% of the sex acts performed by bonobos in the wild are not for procreation, but for the simple reason that they enjoy having sex with each other.

Raping
chimps
Male chimps in the wild have been noted raping other male chimps that were smaller and weaker.

Lesbianism
Japanese macaques
Female Japanese macaques have been seen in the wild sexually pleasuring each other.

Homosexuality
ostriches
While alot of same sex is due to the shortage of one opposite sex or the other, some ostriches are apparently born gay. Even when there is a surplus of female ostriches, they'll only court other male ostriches.

Dominance-submission
deer
Sometimes an older buck will take an younger buck under its wing. Whereupon, the younger submissive buck will allow himself to be mounted by the older dominant buck.

Bisexuality
bonobos
Apparently, most bonobos are bisexual in nature.

"Tales of the Weird: Unbelievable True Stories" from the "National Geographic" website and other sources.

Next time: "Yo, Mama. There were some tough mamas back in the days of yore."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on March 04, 2013, 03:37:49 PM
The Gaelic word for the concept of deja vu is lang'ee.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on March 05, 2013, 12:18:09 PM
Jonathan Winters' first movie role was as the voice for Sir Quiggley Broken Bottom - an animated pig.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 06, 2013, 12:33:54 AM
The Alamo fell 177 years ago today.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 07, 2013, 10:58:56 AM
Not long after after finishing Star Trek, William Shatner was so broke he spent some time living in a van. (Unclear if said van was "down by the river...")


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 10, 2013, 01:43:19 PM
When filled to capacity on game days, Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska becomes the third largest 'city' in the state.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on March 10, 2013, 08:37:34 PM
People photocopying their butts are the cause of 23% of all photocopier errors worldwide.

"Hang on Sloopy" is the official rock song of Ohio.

85% of men who die of heartattacks during intercourse, are found to have been cheating on their wives.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on March 10, 2013, 09:07:43 PM
The Olympic traditions of carrying the torch & the doves was started by the Nazis.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on March 10, 2013, 09:35:36 PM
The German WW2 rifle, the SturmGewehr 44, was the first ever assault weapon in the world. It was the inspiration for the AK-47 and had 3 selective rates of fire, and was originally slated to come into service in 1942.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on March 10, 2013, 09:58:51 PM
The Olympic traditions of carrying the torch & the doves was started by the Nazis.

Deutsch Einfallsreichtum, mein Freund  :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 11, 2013, 05:32:09 PM
Fact: the Harley Davidson biker chick is not necessarily a present day phenomena.

Not when Iron Age women liked to wear wide leather belts studded with brass studs, especially when throwing back a cold brewski in the Iron Age equivalent of the biker bar.

And when driving the newest conveyance. The Harley Davidson chariot. 3hp.

Next time: He was so fat, that when he sat around the cave, he sat around the cave.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 11, 2013, 09:24:21 PM
Albert Einstein and his first wife, Meric, had a child together a year before they married. Einstein refused to look at this baby, a daughter named Liserl, and he stipulated that a condition of him marrying Meric was that the baby immediately be given away. The man could be a cold-hearted pashkudenyak when he wanted to be.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 16, 2013, 12:13:00 PM
Saint Patrick was English.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 19, 2013, 01:33:13 PM
Fact: the Neolithic Natufians, one of the first people to stop wandering and settle down, to maintain the community peace and honor their dead, use to hold communal feasts in the caves, where their dead were buried.

Here they dined on that Neolithic delicacy, wild auroch or wild ox.

They also ate what ever could be brought to the feast, including . . .

acorns -- almonds -- fish -- legumes -- mountain gazelle -- turtle -- venison -- wild boar -- wild ibex -- and duck.

Sounds like today's potluck suppers.

And how many Natufians attended these feasts. The most wild auroch eaten at one of these feasts was found to be 671 pounds. Knowing how much meat one normal person can eat, you are looking at--probably--between 200 and 300 people.

Next time: Is that a watermelon in your pants, or are you just glad to see me?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 19, 2013, 11:52:44 PM
The near-universal love of sweets possessed by humans is believed to be connected to the fact that the first milk mammals receive in life (the very first meal) has a high concentration of sugar in it which gives an infant a huge carbo boost. Therefore from the first moment on it is imprinted onto the brains of mammals that sweet is good.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 25, 2013, 03:43:26 PM
Fact: the largest male genitalia in the animal kingdom, in relation to body weight, belongs to the tuberous bushcricket, where it makes up 14% of the animal's weight, or in a 200 pound man, that'd be 28 pounds, or the size of a good size watermelon.

Here are some more facts about the male genitalia from the animal kingdom.

Industrial pollution is causing the male genitalia of the polar bear to shrink in size.

The genitalia of the male bat is in direct relation to its brain size. The larger the brain, the smaller the genitalia. The smaller the brain, the larger the genitalia.

There is a type of male waterbug that creatres a type of music by rubbing its genitalia against its stomach. Sounds like some of the men I know.

Next time: They just couldn't cut the mustard.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on March 26, 2013, 12:09:29 PM
The first person ever shown on a toilet in movie history was ... Orson Welles.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on March 26, 2013, 09:49:28 PM
The guitarist for the British rock group Yes has three spleens.
It was discovered following a motorcycle accident, surgeons found he had four, but had to remove one.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 01, 2013, 02:37:29 PM
Fact: You probably know about the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, but did you know about the 7 New Wonders of the World, that were chosen in 2005?

Not that I'm interested. Not in an unknown selection process that winnowed the 200 nominees to 21 finaiists. Not in the ballot stuffing that picked the 7 winners from the 21 finalists. What interests me is who failed to make the final cut. And here are some of them.

the giant statues of Easter Island -- Moscow's Kremlin -- Sydney Opera House -- England's Stonehenge -- Greece's Acropolis -- Paris' Eiffel Tower.

Next time: What's in a name?
and maybe two film casts from two upcoming films that are casting outside the box.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on April 04, 2013, 01:00:17 AM
Fact: You probably know about the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, but did you know about the 7 New Wonders of the World, that were chosen in 2005?

Not that I'm interested. Not in an unknown selection process that winnowed the 200 nominees to 21 finaiists. Not in the ballot stuffing that picked the 7 winners from the 21 finalists. What interests me is who failed to make the final cut. And here are some of them.

the giant statues of Easter Island -- Moscow's Kremlin -- Sydney Opera House -- England's Stonehenge -- Greece's Acropolis -- Paris' Eiffel Tower.

I think Table Mountain should be on that list.  :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 05, 2013, 03:58:13 PM
In Saudi Arabia men are allowed to hold hands in public but women are not, nor may a man and a woman, even if they are married.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 07, 2013, 01:48:43 PM
Fact: the dusky shark is also known as . . .

the bay shark -- the black whaler -- the bronze whaler -- the brown dusky shark -- the brown shark -- the common whaler -- the dusky ground shark -- the shovelnose -- and just "Shark! Shark!"

As for the two cast lists . . .

Cast lists for films don't interest me that much like they once did, but there were a couple of recent cast lists that caught my eye.

First, the voice cast for "Planes," which is Pixar's aerial version of "Cars," and is one of the most eclectic casts I have seen in some time, as it includes . . .

Val Kilmer -- Dane Cook -- Julia Louis Dreyfus -- Brad Garrett -- John Cleese -- Teri Hatcher -- Priyonka Chopra -- Anthony Edwards -- Stacy Keach -- Cedric the Entertainer -- Sinbad -- Carlos Jaime Alazzraqui -- and Brent Musburger, who voices a character called Brent Mustangburger.

Always good to see and/or hear John Cleese, and Stacy Keach is one of those 1st look/2nd look choices. At 1st look it is "No, that'll never work," but on 2nd look it is "Yeah, that might work afterall." Nice thinking out of the box, Pixar.

And it does look like Pixar is going for something that does not only have national appeal, but international appeal.

The only one that seems to be missing is John Ratzenberger.

The 2nd cast, not as eclectic, but it does have a couple of interesting actors in it.

Marvel's 'Captain America : the Winter War" w/ Scarlet Johanssen, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Robert Redford, and UCF Champion Georges St. Pierre, who plays one of the villains in the film.

Robert Redford. Not that "Captain America" needs it, but Redford adds some class to any film in which he appears. For while Redford was out of acting, but now he seems to be doing one film a year, and it looks like "Captain America" is his film for next year. I am so old I can remember when Redford was still doing episodic TV. That's over 50 years ago and still counting.

Marvel's out-of-the-box choice is UCF Champion Georges St. Pierre. Nice going, Marvel. Hope it works out.

Next time: "My pappy was a minion, and I'm his son of a gun" and "'Marvel Films,' it's just a license to print money."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on April 09, 2013, 07:16:11 AM
About 90% of all BBQ joints in America isn't real BBQ, it's cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on April 09, 2013, 10:37:04 AM
About 90% of all BBQ joints in America isn't real BBQ, it's cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

You Carolinians are all the same... :hatred:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Bushma on April 09, 2013, 11:28:29 AM
cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

Sounds like BBQ to me.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on April 09, 2013, 12:09:29 PM
About 90% of all BBQ joints in America isn't real BBQ, it's cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

You Carolinians are all the same... :hatred:

I'm from New Orleans.

cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

Sounds like BBQ to me.

REAL BBQ is actually slow roasted with sugar and spices caramelized into the meat.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 09, 2013, 04:34:55 PM
About 90% of all BBQ joints in America isn't real BBQ, it's cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

You Carolinians are all the same... :hatred:

I'm from New Orleans.

cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

Sounds like BBQ to me.

REAL BBQ is actually slow roasted with sugar and spices caramelized into the meat.

No Misfit - you're thinking of "barbecue." "BBQ" is meat smothered in sauce from a jar. (Wish I could find Joe Bob Briggs' column about the difference between barbecue and BBQ online, but I can't. I believe BBQ has to be served on a sloppy Joe bun and only two choices of sides are allowed---potato salad or pinto beans. And I think it has to be served by a lady wearing a hairnet to be genuine BBQ).


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on April 09, 2013, 04:48:18 PM
About 90% of all BBQ joints in America isn't real BBQ, it's cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

You Carolinians are all the same... :hatred:

I'm from New Orleans.

cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

Sounds like BBQ to me.

REAL BBQ is actually slow roasted with sugar and spices caramelized into the meat.

No Misfit - you're thinking of "barbecue." "BBQ" is meat smothered in sauce from a jar. (Wish I could find Joe Bob Briggs' column about the difference between barbecue and BBQ online, but I can't. I believe BBQ has to be served on a sloppy Joe bun and only two choices of sides are allowed---potato salad or pinto beans. And I think it has to be served by a lady wearing a hairnet to be genuine BBQ).

In the Carolinas, "real" barbecue is pulled pork fried in vinegar.
They have a pretty fierce attitude about it around here. What Misfit is describing, the Carolinians would call "ketchup" or Texas Style, even though it's neither.
Being from Texas, I get a little insulted when I'm served Kansas Style or Hawaiian Style barbecue, & they call it Texas Style because it's not Carolina Style.....
Class warfare & racism suck.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on April 11, 2013, 08:28:22 AM
The only literary influence Tolkien would admit to (Northern mythology aside) is H. Rider Haggard's She.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on April 11, 2013, 09:50:39 AM
About 90% of all BBQ joints in America isn't real BBQ, it's cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

You Carolinians are all the same... :hatred:

I'm from New Orleans.

cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

Sounds like BBQ to me.

REAL BBQ is actually slow roasted with sugar and spices caramelized into the meat.

No Misfit - you're thinking of "barbecue." "BBQ" is meat smothered in sauce from a jar. (Wish I could find Joe Bob Briggs' column about the difference between barbecue and BBQ online, but I can't. I believe BBQ has to be served on a sloppy Joe bun and only two choices of sides are allowed---potato salad or pinto beans. And I think it has to be served by a lady wearing a hairnet to be genuine BBQ).

In the Carolinas, "real" barbecue is pulled pork fried in vinegar.
They have a pretty fierce attitude about it around here. What Misfit is describing, the Carolinians would call "ketchup" or Texas Style, even though it's neither.
Being from Texas, I get a little insulted when I'm served Kansas Style or Hawaiian Style barbecue, & they call it Texas Style because it's not Carolina Style.....
Class warfare & racism suck.

Pulled pork and vinegar? sounds disgusting to be honest (really, pickled pulled pork?) Barbeque wars is something I'm not to knowledgeable about. However, I do see Cerb's Point- Everytime I see an advert for "Cajun Spiced chicken" All I can think of is that it is really an outsiders take on New Orleans style food.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Bushma on April 11, 2013, 12:07:20 PM
About 90% of all BBQ joints in America isn't real BBQ, it's cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

You Carolinians are all the same... :hatred:

I'm from New Orleans.

cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

Sounds like BBQ to me.

REAL BBQ is actually slow roasted with sugar and spices caramelized into the meat.

No Misfit - you're thinking of "barbecue." "BBQ" is meat smothered in sauce from a jar. (Wish I could find Joe Bob Briggs' column about the difference between barbecue and BBQ online, but I can't. I believe BBQ has to be served on a sloppy Joe bun and only two choices of sides are allowed---potato salad or pinto beans. And I think it has to be served by a lady wearing a hairnet to be genuine BBQ).

Just to clarify, I was right?  It doesn't happen very often so I want to double check.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 11, 2013, 06:35:38 PM
Fact: Minion. Definition of. 

Servant -- follower -- comrade -- companion -- favorite (sexual) -- type of cannon.

The last leads us to today's story. For when the water well at Jamestown, Virginia, went bad, it was bad news for them and good news for us, because it then became the Jamestown garbage dump. Which now gives us some insight into how the settlers at Jamestown lived, as we have found . . .

turtle shells -- oyster shells -- Native American pots -- trade beads -- mirror glass -- tobacco pipes -- medicinal jars -- military items, including parts from a mnion -- and a broken roof slate, which has writing on it.

Roof slates were often used for writing materials, instead of paper, because they could be erased and reused. And on this slate there was found North American floral and fauna; words, letters, and numbers; and drawings of people, including one man, who apparently lost his right hand.

They also found . . .

Chinese wine cups -- Venetian glassware -- German clay jugs -- Dutch wall tiles

which shows that international trade was not a recent phenomena.

As for my other remark about Marvel last time . . .

"Iron Man 3" will be out May 3, in the U.S., and it'll be playing in many theaters, as part of a movie marathon. "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and then "Iron Man 3." With special ticket prices, and looking at previous movie marathons, the ticket prices will probably range between $20 and $40 per ticket. Still, that's not bad for 4 films, and some theaters are also throwing in a concession coupon at that price.

As for the start time . . .? I'm guessing 12:01 a.m. on May 3.

At least, with the world wide web, one can now purchase the tickets on-line, when they go on sale. No more camping out for days to be the first in line to get tickets. That's the good news.

The bad news . . . ? At one time, the U.S. would be one of the first countries to get a release of an American film. Now it is one of the last. The first country to get the film will be New Zealand, where it opens April 18. So, if one wants to be one of the first people in the world to see it, you'll need to fly to New Zealand.

Next time: "It took 77,000 Garamantes or one Texan . . ." and "Do we need another new music award? Probably not, but . . "


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on April 12, 2013, 09:24:46 AM
EA Games is the first company, in America, to win the Worst Company In America award two times in a row.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 12, 2013, 02:29:42 PM
About 90% of all BBQ joints in America isn't real BBQ, it's cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

You Carolinians are all the same... :hatred:

I'm from New Orleans.

cooked meat with sauce from the jar smothered.

Sounds like BBQ to me.

REAL BBQ is actually slow roasted with sugar and spices caramelized into the meat.

No Misfit - you're thinking of "barbecue." "BBQ" is meat smothered in sauce from a jar. (Wish I could find Joe Bob Briggs' column about the difference between barbecue and BBQ online, but I can't. I believe BBQ has to be served on a sloppy Joe bun and only two choices of sides are allowed---potato salad or pinto beans. And I think it has to be served by a lady wearing a hairnet to be genuine BBQ).

Just to clarify, I was right?  It doesn't happen very often so I want to double check.

I've got no idea, I lost track.  :teddyr:

Bottom line: "real" barbecue is barbecue done in the style of whatever state you come from.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on April 12, 2013, 03:59:12 PM
A lot of boxes have these little locking tabs on the ends, so that when you pull some foil out, the whole roll doesn't fall out of the box.

(http://i702.photobucket.com/albums/ww28/jackc8/foil_2_zps0464879a.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 17, 2013, 11:18:46 AM
An average of one-hundred tornadoes a year strike the state of Texas; more than anyplace else on earth.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 18, 2013, 02:48:38 PM
Fact: The Garamantes, a people in the southwestern corner of modern Libya, ruled that part of Africa for almost 900 years. And they were able to do that, because of an extensive underground irrigation system, they were able to build.
But . . .

They were not only water engineers and farmers, they were also were known--well known to the ancient Greeks and Romans--weavers, metallurgists, and importers/exporters.

They imported . . .

metal ores -- olive oil -- olives -- slaves -- and wines.

And they exported . . .

barley -- figs -- grapes -- metal products -- pearl millet -- pulses -- slaves -- sorghum -- textiles -- and wheat.

Their rule came to an end in the 7th century A.D. for two main reasons. One external and one internal.  The external reason was the collapse of the Roman empire along the Libyan coast disrupted the trade routes upon which they were dependent. The internal reason was that they just ran out of water eventually.

As for the other . . .

The Aussie, the Limey, and the Texan. Cody Simpson, Ellie Golding, and Austin Malone are scheduled to perform and/or hand out awards at the 1st RDMA. (RDMA stands for Radio Disney Music Awards.) And they are to be joined by Selena Gomez, Bridget Mendler, and Coco Jones. And if you don't know who any of these are, just ask your children, if you do have children. While public voting is over for this year, the show is to be held live at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA on April 27. And to be broadcast on Radio Disney, and for all  I know, one or more of the networks owned by the Walt Disney Company.

Next time: "Take one cucumber" and an continuation.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ulthar on April 18, 2013, 02:56:55 PM

In the Carolinas, "real" barbecue is pulled pork fried in vinegar.
They have a pretty fierce attitude about it around here.


Hmmm...I've lived in one or the other Carolina for nearly 40 years, and I cannot say I've ever had pulled pork fried in vinegar.

We did used to slow cook whole hogs (split in two down the middle) over oak coals over 24 hours and sell it as "barbecue" twice a year as a fund raiser.  The pork was pulled and sold, not fried or any other 'treatment' after pulling.

Most eastern NC restaurants advertise slow cooking over hardwood, not frying.

I know that the vinegar based sauces are popular, but I've never heard of anyone frying the pork itself in vinegar.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 18, 2013, 05:20:58 PM
According to the Public Policy Polling Foundation, 5% of Americans who believe Obama is the Antichrist nevertheless voted for him in the last election.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 18, 2013, 11:05:07 PM
The soreness associated with exercise is largely caused by the dissipation of lactic acid from the muscles.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 20, 2013, 08:22:11 PM
Ohio University sued the Ohio State University and won the rights to the word "Ohio". High-five to the underdog from Athens for taking down the biggest bully on the block.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Bushma on April 22, 2013, 11:09:41 AM
Because nightmare material should be shared...

Quote
reptile reflexes remain deadly after death. In fact, they can still bite and deliver a killing dose of venom up to an hour after being decapitated


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SAQPZaFH3QY


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on April 22, 2013, 08:18:07 PM
There exists a plant named "horny goat weed". Consuming its leaves would work as an aphrodisiac for both men and women.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 23, 2013, 08:32:03 AM
There exists a plant named "horny goat weed".

That is a fact.

Consuming its leaves would work as an aphrodisiac for both men and women.

That is an advertising claim.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 24, 2013, 03:33:59 PM
Fact: Before mankind walked the earth, the following could be found.

(a) "Sea monsters" with teeth the size of cucumbers and a skull the size of a minicompact.

(b) Snakes longer than a city bus.

(c) Birds that used their wings like nunchucks and their heads like hatchets.

(d) And crocs that were vegetarians, since they ate nothing but plants.

Of course, they have since all died out.

As for the other . . .

We'll talk about the radio station, then about the listeners.

Like any good business, they saw a need and they fulfilled it. They saw a need for a radio network that catered to teens and pre-teens, and they have been remarkablely successful in filling that niche, since they began 17 years ago.
So, if one has a singer, a record, a band, or an album one wants to promote, one tries to place 'em on this network. Maybe because they broadcast not only in the U.S. and Canada, but also in Europe, Australia, and Asia. And they also have a Latin America division, which can be heard over much of the areaa south of Mexico.  Before they moved to California, they actually got their start here in the area  in which I live.

Next time: "The Great 8" and a conclusion.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 24, 2013, 11:28:05 PM
Steve Irwin said parrots made him nervous. Not pythons, not cobras, not sharks or scorpions or a twenty-foot croc called Aggro....parrots.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on April 24, 2013, 11:41:44 PM
I'm tired, and that's a fact!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on April 25, 2013, 02:45:02 AM
I'm tired, and that's a fact!

I'm receiving my DVD copy of Searching For Sugarman today and that is a cold fact.  :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 25, 2013, 08:26:39 AM
I'm tired, and that's a fact!

I'm receiving my DVD copy of Searching For Sugarman today and that is a cold fact.  :wink:

The temperature is 38 F outside my window right now, and that is a cold fact.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on April 25, 2013, 08:35:31 AM
I'm tired, and that's a fact!

I'm receiving my DVD copy of Searching For Sugarman today and that is a cold fact.  :wink:

The temperature is 38 F outside my window right now, and that is a cold fact.

 :buggedout: :buggedout:

Yikes: that is 3 degrees Celsius!  :buggedout:

* Sends coffee and blankets to the Rev*

Bloody hell: I'm African, I don't know cold like that.  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 25, 2013, 02:08:22 PM
Today is ANZAC Day, a day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, which memorializes all those who died in the service of those two countries.

To those everywhere who fell to defend those liberties enshrined in western civilization: thank you.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 26, 2013, 11:36:57 PM
During the Cold War the Soviet Union, not Cuba, was geographically the closest Communist nation to the United States.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 27, 2013, 11:59:43 PM
The bow and arrow did not seem to arrive in North America until about 500 AD. Among stone artifacts, true arrowheads are almost always under one inch in length. Anything larger was used on a spear, lance, or dart.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on April 28, 2013, 07:16:54 AM
The bow and arrow did not seem to arrive in North America until about 500 AD. Among stone artifacts, true arrowheads are almost always under one inch in length. Anything larger was used on a spear, lance, or dart.

The size is purely a practical consideration:  in order for an arrow to function as an arrow, the point needs to be under 4 grams (0.14 ounces). 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on April 28, 2013, 08:19:11 AM
Modern ATMs make almost no sounds by themselves. The clicks and whirrs of machinery that you hear are usually sound effects that are added to give the user confidence that it is working.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on April 28, 2013, 09:46:32 AM
Just three months after his death, Charlie Chaplin’s body was stolen on Christmas day in 1977, by two mechanics. They thought they could get money from his family in exchange for his body. However, the two grave robbers were captured and eleven weeks later and Chaplin’s body was recovered. To stop this from happening again, Chaplin was buried under 6 feet of concrete the second time around.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on April 28, 2013, 12:31:00 PM
Modern ATMs make almost no sounds by themselves. The clicks and whirrs of machinery that you hear are usually sound effects that are added to give the user confidence that it is working.

They do the same thing with the gear shift on motorcycles nowadays.
And the "Close Door" button on elevators doesn't do anything.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 29, 2013, 10:05:25 AM
Daniel Boone was never lost in the woods, though he did confess that at times he got turned around in there for a few days.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on May 01, 2013, 11:34:34 AM
In the 1980s a man with severe OCD shot himself in the head in an attempt to commit suicide. Instead of killing him, the bullet destroyed the part of his brain that was responsible for his OCD, and he went on to become a straight-A college student five years later.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on May 01, 2013, 11:48:57 AM
Aerosmith's "Walk This Way"¯ was inspired by Mel Brook's movie Young Frankenstein, specifically, the scenes where Igor (pronounced Eye-Gore) tells the doctor to ... "walk this way,".




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on May 01, 2013, 05:24:49 PM
Yesterday was the 68th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's death in the Reich Chancellery bunker in Berlin.


You know, you do have to say this for Hitler: at least he killed Hitler!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 01, 2013, 08:23:07 PM
This is May Day, the traditional beginning of summer across much of Europe.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 02, 2013, 04:23:42 PM
The 8 American companies that--this according to Michael Grunwald's book "The New New Deal"--that will lead us into a new and--hopefully--better future are . . .

apple -- cisco -- disney -- ebay -- facebook -- google -- intel -- twitter.

As for the other . . . ?

For anybody who has children, I'm not telling you what you don't already know, but . . .

1.) If I listen to their music, it helps me to understand how they think. Though, what does that say about our generation and our music, except, we had better music.

2.) I know better, but it is a reminder that children are not homogenuous, but are as heterogenuous as any other group out there.

3. Boys vs. girls

a.) I'd like to know the percentage of boys to girls that listen to the station. I bet it is more girls than boys, but with the number of boys who call in and/or win the on-air contests, I think the number of boys may be increasing.

b.) What do boys listen to, with the boy bands and boy singers, most of the music is seemingly geared toward girls, but while they are too cool to admit it, if you hold their little feet to the fire, they'll admit they'll listen to the same music as girls. And with the girl singers and now girl bands out there, boys can develop the same type of crush, that girls develop.

c.) No wonder women are beating our male butts. When girls call in, they'll be with some of their friends. Developing support groups at an early age. But, most boys, when they call in, will be by themselves.

d.) It is a reminder of something I hate. Until they reach puberty, alot of boys sound smiliar to girls, and with the increasing number of unisex names, I can't tell whether I'm listening to a boy or a girl. I hate that.

Next time: "It is all fun and board games till someone dies."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 03, 2013, 10:56:02 AM
But for a typo on a Mississippi birth certificate, Oprah would, as intended, have borne the Biblical name Orpah.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on May 04, 2013, 06:26:05 PM
Since 1995, May is celebrated as the National Masturbation Month.

A comparative study on men who watch porn and men who don't watch porn could not be completed because the researchers couldn't find any men who had never watched porn. :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 04, 2013, 10:48:59 PM
Fact: Some geographers rank India as a continent, not a subcontinent.

Fact: Some geographers rate Australia as an island instead of a continent.

Fact: Some geographers consider the land between the Arabian and Anatolian peninsulas to be Africa, not Asia.

Conjecture: At the end of the night geographers usually go home alone.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on May 04, 2013, 11:09:40 PM
Fact: Some geographers rank India as a continent, not a subcontinent.

Fact: Some geographers rate Australia as an island instead of a continent.

Fact: Some geographers consider the land between the Arabian and Anatolian peninsulas to be Africa, not Asia.

Conjecture: At the end of the night geographers usually go home alone.

Gee... And I was confused enough by the whole Eur-Asia thing...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on May 06, 2013, 07:33:59 AM
FACT: Dubai has four new cop cars: An Aston Martin One-77, Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, all very fast cars, ONLY FOR F**KING SHOW!!!!!!!!!! ಠ_ಠ
Here's the proof:
Lambo-https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/485452_521524521216141_1603398927_n.jpg (https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/485452_521524521216141_1603398927_n.jpg)
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Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 06, 2013, 10:18:16 AM
Pedra Furada, Brazil has a site that shows human occupation of the Americas dates to perhaps as early as 48,000 years before present. That fact leads to the question: if occupation so far south was in effect that early, what does that say about the possible dates of human presence in the far north?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on May 06, 2013, 04:23:25 PM
The Richmond PD did something similar recently as a ploy to get out giving their officers raises.
 :lookingup:
FACT: Dubai has four new cop cars: An Aston Martin One-77, Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, all very fast cars, ONLY FOR F**KING SHOW!!!!!!!!!! ಠ_ಠ
Here's the proof:
Lambo-https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/485452_521524521216141_1603398927_n.jpg ([url]https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/485452_521524521216141_1603398927_n.jpg[/url])
Aston Martin-https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298227_521884507846809_1122630445_n.jpg ([url]https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298227_521884507846809_1122630445_n.jpg[/url])
Mercedes-https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/944725_521980737837186_1245355162_n.png ([url]https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/944725_521980737837186_1245355162_n.png[/url])
Ferrari-http://www.drivearabia.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Ferrari-FF-Dubai-Police-3-450x337.jpg ([url]http://www.drivearabia.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Ferrari-FF-Dubai-Police-3-450x337.jpg[/url])
Bentley-http://images.thecarconnection.com/lrg/bentley-continental-gt-police-car--image-dubai-police_100426320_l.jpg ([url]http://images.thecarconnection.com/lrg/bentley-continental-gt-police-car--image-dubai-police_100426320_l.jpg[/url])


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 08, 2013, 02:45:27 PM
Fact:

the axe -- the bomb -- the poison -- the poker -- the shillelagh -- the syringe

were just some of the weapons used in the original version of Clue, or, as it is called in the U.K., Cluedo. Where the game actually got its start.

They make the weapons used in the newest version of Clue look almost mundane.

My favorite is the poker. For when you get hit by a poker, you know you've been hit. Just two problems: it is unwieldy, because it is unbalanced, and it is heavy as heck. So, choke up on it with a 2-handed grip and swing it like you would with a baseball bat.

There is also a version of Clue that features the Disney characters and takes place in the Haunted Mansion. The game is much the same, except no one is killed, but--instead--one of the characters is scared by one of the six ghosts inhabiting one of the nine rooms in the mansion.

There are also Disney variants of the following . . .

Candyland -- Chutes and Ladders -- Connect 4 -- The Game of Life -- Operation -- Pictionary -- Rubik's Cube -- Sorry -- Trivial Pursuit -- and Monopoly.

The last comes in Pixar, theme parks, and villains edition.

But, of course, the granddaddy of all variant boardgames is Monopoly, which comes in multiple versions of . . .

Animals -- Automobiles -- Cities -- Companies -- Films -- Sports -- States -- TV Shows -- Universities -- and Foreign Cities and Countries.

Next time: Christmas comes early this year. The 12 Days of Christmas.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 08, 2013, 04:12:02 PM
Only nine percent of the world's people own an automobile.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on May 13, 2013, 11:38:58 AM
The original GI Joe was a World War 1 carrier pigeon.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 13, 2013, 07:51:41 PM
Medieval western Europeans were roughly the same height as modern Europeans, circa 5'9" for men, 5'5" for women, with 6' men about as common in France and Britain a thousand years ago as nowadays. It was during the Industrial Age, when people crowded into cities and poor nutrition followed, that average height declined.

Medieval skeletons also show teeth far less impacted by decay than is typical of those peoples' 21st century descendants. A low-sugar diet is believed to be the cause.

Also bathing was really not uncommon throughout much of the Middle Ages, with there being more bathhouses in Chaucer's London than in Victoria's. Clean clothes were viewed as so necessary to life that one of the most common professions for women was laundress, with nearly everyone who could afford it making weekly use of laundress' services. One means for recruiting soldiers to your army was to hire the most skilled laundresses, and then advertising that fact among viable mercenaries. (And, no, these did not seem to be prostitutes since they were often widows quite on in years, and prostitution was otherwise openly practiced...) There was more soap per capita produced in Richard the Lionheart's England than in the time of Jane Austen.

A good mythbusting book on all this is If Walls Could Talk, by Lucy Worsley.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 14, 2013, 12:57:31 PM
Christmas comes early this year.

On the 1st day of Christmas . . .
The Weird and the Wonderful

ella fitzgerald's
santa claus got stuck in my chimney

dora bryan's
all i want for christmas is a beatle

spinal tap's
christmas with the devil

bob and doug mckenzie's
the twelve days of christmas

stan freberg's
green chri$tma$

the chipmunks'
chipmunk song

spike jones and his city slickers'
all i want for christmas is my two front teeth

fountain of wayne's
i want an alien for christmas

stan freberg's
nuttin' for christmas

tom lehrer's
christmas carol

These are, and most of the upcoming ones, will be from Joey Green's "Weird and Wonderful Christmas."

Next time: the 2nd day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 14, 2013, 10:25:20 PM
Ich bin mit Deutsch Wurzeln amerikanischer  ( I am German with American roots) and my grandmother used to tell me this little interesting fact about Anglo-Saxons:

The Sachsen is the knife that was carried by the Northwestern German tribes, including the Nederlanders and the Danish. This is where the name "Saxon" came from.

Now, when they settled along the banks of the Thames river, they stayed because the fishing was great, There, they were known as the Angel-Sachsen, "Angeln" being the German word for fishing. They also brought a great deal of English to Roman Brittania at the time that the Celtic language Brythonic was spoken, as well as Latin.

Looking on the relative similarity of some of the German and English words, it's got some credibility to it. Angel-Sachsen=Anglo-Saxon.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on May 15, 2013, 08:13:08 AM
It is fun to play with language in interpretations of the origins of names.  Many times the apparent logic, however satisfying and attractive in its tidiness, can be a bit misleading.

The Angles and the Saxons were Germanic tribes.  To paraphrase wiki:

The Anglo-Saxons were the population in Britain partly descended from the Germanic tribes who migrated from continental Europe and settled the south and east of the island beginning in the early 5th century.

The Benedictine monk Bede, writing in the early 8th century, identified the English as the descendants of three Germanic tribes:

The Angles, who probably came from Angeln (in what is now modern Germany) The name England (Old English: Engla land or Ęngla land) originates from this tribe.
 
The Saxons, from Lower Saxony (in modern Germany; German: Niedersachsen) and the Low Countries.

The Jutes, possibly from the Jutland peninsula (in modern Denmark; Danish: Jylland).

- The area for investigation being whether the tribes gave their names to the lands (and characterisitic practices and devices such as the 'sachsen' knife) or vice versa.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on May 15, 2013, 08:25:56 AM
........... not forgetting a certain South African who was descended (he came down minus a parachute  :buggedout: :wink:) from the legendary Underpantian Kingdom  :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 15, 2013, 04:01:35 PM
It is fun to play with language in interpretations of the origins of names.  Many times the apparent logic, however satisfying and attractive in its tidiness, can be a bit misleading.

The Angles and the Saxons were Germanic tribes.  To paraphrase wiki:

The Anglo-Saxons were the population in Britain partly descended from the Germanic tribes who migrated from continental Europe and settled the south and east of the island beginning in the early 5th century.

The Benedictine monk Bede, writing in the early 8th century, identified the English as the descendants of three Germanic tribes:

The Angles, who probably came from Angeln (in what is now modern Germany) The name England (Old English: Engla land or Ęngla land) originates from this tribe.
 
The Saxons, from Lower Saxony (in modern Germany; German: Niedersachsen) and the Low Countries.

The Jutes, possibly from the Jutland peninsula (in modern Denmark; Danish: Jylland).

- The area for investigation being whether the tribes gave their names to the lands (and characterisitic practices and devices such as the 'sachsen' knife) or vice versa.


Interesting, and I am aware of the tribal names you threw out. 

Despite this, it may be a good bet that there is some legitimacy to the phrase "Angel Sachsen" because the word "Angeln" is used to describe the act of fishing in German, and so may have been used to describe one particular tribe along the Thames instead of those who were in the area as a whole.

And, since the word "Angling" is an English description of the act of fishing, this slight difference may actually be a corruption, or a similarity, much in the way, for example. one tribe would say "isn't" and the other would say "ain't" for purposes of communication among a particular group or groups with comaptible but slightly similar dialects.

Whatever the case may be, Ich danke Ihnen fur Ihre Hilfe, mein Freundin.  Liebe und Frieden!

Umaril




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on May 15, 2013, 05:25:36 PM
More summarising of bits and pieces from here and there:

The Angles and the Saxons have been quite long-accepted as separate founding tribes of the British peoples. There are differences that distinguish and identify Angles, Saxons and Jutes. You will find that in any reference text to do with post-Roman Britain (C5th). 

The term "Anglo-Saxon" is a relatively modern one and was not in use at the time: at no point did any of the tribes call themselves "Anglo-Saxons", they only identified themselves as Angle, Saxon or Jute. Only later under King Alfred (reigning 871-899) did they become unified as a people, and then they called themselves "The English", never the "Anglo Saxons"

The term "Angli Saxones" seems to have first been used in continental writing nearly a century before Alfred's time, by Paul the Deacon, historian of the Lombards, probably to distinguish the English Saxons from the continental Saxons (Ealdseaxe, literally, 'old Saxons').

The term "Anglo-Saxon" is found in documents produced in the time of Alfred the Great, who frequently used the titles rex Anglorum Saxonum and rex Angul-Saxonum (king of the English Saxons).

English is a Germanic language - by way of the Angles and the Saxons - so many English words have Germanic origins and sounds.  Old English IS "Anglo-Saxon".  The roots of the modern word "angling" lie in the Latin and Greek words for "bend" or "hook".   The Angles took their name from their ancestral home in Jutland, Angul (modern Angeln), which has an area in the shape of a hook (Old English: angel, angul "fishhook", anga "hook").  There is your fishing connection: the tribe known as the "Angles" was named such long before they came to Britain and overrran the natives there.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on May 17, 2013, 09:10:39 PM
Hummingbirds have such a high metabolism that they are continuously hours away from starving to death.

A healthy person can drink about three gallons -- or 48 cups -- of water each day.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 19, 2013, 03:57:22 PM
On the 2nd day of Christmas . . .
Weird and Wonderful, Side B

Elmo and Patsy's
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Singing Dogs'
Jingle Bells

Allan Sherman
The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Gayla Peevey's
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Wild Man Fischer's
I'm a Christmas Tree

Kip Addotta's
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus

Weird Al Yaknovic's
Christmas at Ground Zero

Somebodt Stole My Santa Suit
Santa Got a DWI
Christmas Eve Can Kill You

The last 3 by the Everly Brothers

Next time: the 3rd Day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on May 19, 2013, 04:21:37 PM
The song, "Jingle Bells" makes no mention of Christmas, nor any holiday.

For that reason, my holiday mixer includes Holiday by Madonna, Holiday by The Bee Gees, and Holiday by The Other Ones (Y'Know, for the politically correct crowd).

Dinner Bell by They Might Be Giants, 'cause, I dunno, it just puts me in the mood for visiting all those relatives who avoid me the rest of the year.

The Order Of Death by Public Image Limited, because the movie Hardware takes place on Christmas, & well, the lyrics "This is what you want-This is what you get" just sorta' sums it up every year.....

Ding Dong by Splork.... Local group. Look it up!

On the 2nd day of Christmas . . .
Weird and Wonderful, Side B

Elmo and Patsy's
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Singing Dogs'
Jingle Bells

Allan Sherman
The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Gayla Peevey's
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Wild Man Fischer's
I'm a Christmas Tree

Kip Addotta's
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus

Weird Al Yaknovic's
Christmas at Ground Zero

Somebodt Stole My Santa Suit
Santa Got a DWI
Christmas Eve Can Kill You

The last 3 by the Everly Brothers

Next time: the 3rd Day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on May 20, 2013, 06:31:57 AM
(Fast) Food facts in Germany:

~ Taco Bell only tried once (mid-80s) but failed to branch out in Germany.
~ The most popular Mexican dish in Germany is chili con carne.
~ Original Frito-Lay Doritos are available at regular stores, but the bags are tiny compared to the U.S.
~ Domino's Pizza is planning to open 1000 restaurants in Germany in the next 10 years.
~ Wendy's failed to launch in Germany (mid-80s) because of complications regarding preparation of fresh beef (too time-consuming). Plus the salad bar didn't live up to German standards (whatever that means).
~ You'd be hard pressed finding cheddar cheese in German stores two years ago.
~ You still have to look up delicatessen/specialty/foreign food markets to find fresh cilantro in Germany.
~ The Kellog Company never introduced Pop-Tarts in Germany.
~ Original Nabisco Oreos in different flavors are available at German stores, sold in tiny boxes.
~ Until two years ago Ben & Jerry's was only available at gas stations or video rental stores (!). Only now a very limited flavors selection are making its way into regular grocery stores in Germany.
~ Cup cakes are usually called muffins in Germany, and real muffins still go by the name muffins.
~ Germans don't care about bacon. Though available in stores they are very thinly sliced, and hardly leave grease when frying them.
~ You'll only find breaded fried chicken (pieces) at KFC restaurants in Germany, non are available in frozen food sections.
~ Germans are crazy about American BBQ sauce.
~ Germans are crazy about Mountain Dew.
~ Germans are crazy about Skittles.
~ Marshmallow Fluff quietly made its way into German grocery stores last year, with instructions on how to make a Fluffernutter printed on the jar.
~ No onion rings or corn dogs at frozen food sections in Germany.
~ Grilled cheese sandwiches are unheard of in Germany. Though German foodie-magazines sometimes list grilled cheese recipes in combination with tomato soup as a dish for children.
~ Listed with worldwide markets, Reese's peanut butter cups never made it to regular stores in Germany, sometimes available as expensive imports at gas stations.
~ Soft drinks like Welch's grape soda, root beer, Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew are only available as expensive imports at gas stations.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 20, 2013, 04:24:24 PM
More summarising of bits and pieces from here and there:

English is a Germanic language - by way of the Angles and the Saxons - so many English words have Germanic origins and sounds.  Old English IS "Anglo-Saxon".  The roots of the modern word "angling" lie in the Latin and Greek words for "bend" or "hook".   The Angles took their name from their ancestral home in Jutland, Angul (modern Angeln), which has an area in the shape of a hook (Old English: angel, angul "fishhook", anga "hook").  There is your fishing connection: the tribe known as the "Angles" was named such long before they came to Britain and overran the natives there.

Right, as I have read before about the introduction of English to Britain, and yes, as one with German roots (and a grandmother and great-grandparents who spoke it, there is a very big connection between English and German words.

One example I can think of... Apple (English) Apfel (German).   Oh yes and Schulhaus (schoolhouse).  Nice to know we brought English to die Alte Welt.

In any case, the connections a bit clearer now, and it's a given that German peoples have a footprint in every yard in Europe (Welt Krieg Ein und Welt Krieg Zwei aside.)

Again, Vielen Dank fur Ihre Hilfe mit meinen Geschicte  (help with my history)

Mach's gut!  :cheers:

 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on May 21, 2013, 08:09:39 AM
Wendy's failed to launch in Germany (mid-80s) because of complications regarding preparation of fresh beef (too time-consuming)

That happened with Pizza Hut here too.

Quote
Soft drinks like root beer, Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew are only available as expensive imports at gas stations.

We get those here too: they are hideously expensive.  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 21, 2013, 09:58:20 AM
Although with enough effort they can be physically killed, sea anemones are otherwise apparently more or less immortal. They can survive being cut in half, being decapitated, having vital organs excised, and they are immune to cancer and all mutations associated with old age. Scientists have observed their cells regenerating "Fountain of Youth" style to the point of their regrowing missing limbs and even the most vital sections of their nervous systems that would correspond in function to the mammalian brain. A marine biologist who once lectured a class I took said there is no reason to think that there aren't anemones alive today which are millions of years old.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on May 21, 2013, 04:47:10 PM
Pope Leo XIII endorsed Vin Mariani, a "wine tonic" made with cocaine, and allowed his image to be used in ads.

(http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/food/url.jpeg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 22, 2013, 02:00:09 PM
Because Mars has less than 1% the air pressure found on Earth, hurricane force winds there would barely unfurl a flag.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 23, 2013, 08:31:54 PM
Because Mars has less than 1% the air pressure found on Earth, hurricane force winds there would barely unfurl a flag.

Gee I wish the hurricanes here on Earth were like that...OUR hurricanes won't only unfurl a flag, they'll rip the thing right off the post!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on May 23, 2013, 11:12:00 PM
Because Mars has less than 1% the air pressure found on Earth, hurricane force winds there would barely unfurl a flag.

Gee I wish the hurricanes here on Earth were like that...OUR hurricanes won't only unfurl a flag, they'll rip the thing right off the post!
and not to mention billions of dollars.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on May 24, 2013, 06:10:42 AM
~ Grilled cheese sandwiches are unheard of in Germany. Though German foodie-magazines sometimes list grilled cheese recipes in combination with tomato soup as a dish for children.

Hey grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup is a favorite of mine  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 24, 2013, 09:39:58 AM
In South Africa in 1967, a twenty-two foot long earthworm was discovered.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on May 24, 2013, 04:40:07 PM
The additive Red 40 is a bunch of small beetles crushed to give the red coloring


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on May 24, 2013, 05:22:12 PM
62.7% of all statistics are made up by the person who cites them.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 24, 2013, 05:54:58 PM
Because Mars has less than 1% the air pressure found on Earth, hurricane force winds there would barely unfurl a flag.

Gee I wish the hurricanes here on Earth were like that...OUR hurricanes won't only unfurl a flag, they'll rip the thing right off the post!
and not to mention billions of dollars.

True, true, if only hurricanes were fiction and not fact  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Bushma on May 25, 2013, 10:28:14 AM
In South Africa in 1967, a twenty-two foot long earthworm was discovered.

... and the discovering team was never heard from again.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 25, 2013, 02:26:21 PM
On the 3rd day of Christmas . . .
Holly Jolly?

Apparently, in England it is still illegal to . . .
(a.) drive your car to church on Chrstmas Day.
(b.) participate in any sport besides archery, leaping, and vaulting on Christmas Day.
(c.) eat mince pies and Christmas puddings on Christmas Day. Then, when do you eat 'em?

Next time: the 4th day of Christmas.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on May 25, 2013, 05:40:16 PM
... people celebrate Christmas earlier and earlier every year. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on May 25, 2013, 07:33:02 PM
Many parts of a hamster are edible.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on May 26, 2013, 03:06:46 PM

Actor Jerry Van Dyke turned down the role of Gilligan (you know, the guy that has an island named after him) so he could play the lead role in My Mother The Car. 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on May 26, 2013, 04:54:29 PM
When a young goat has diarrhea, puppies will follow him around and keep his little butt licked clean.  Dogs are disgusting! :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on May 26, 2013, 07:22:06 PM
A garbage can full of grass clippings + a week of rain + some idiot to dump it into another garbage can to get it all stirred up = a stink you shan't soon forget.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on May 27, 2013, 12:54:33 AM
In South Africa in 1967, a twenty-two foot long earthworm was discovered.

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

I can't be blamed for that.  :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 28, 2013, 01:12:31 AM
In South Africa in 1967, a twenty-two foot long earthworm was discovered.

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

I can't be blamed for that.  :wink:

No, you're not to blame,  but just imagine trying to put a worm that size on a fishing hook!  Be a hell of a time... :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 28, 2013, 01:14:50 AM
Many parts of a hamster are edible.

No thanks, Indy..there's a reason they call it a ham and cheese sandwich,  NOT hamster and cheese....


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 28, 2013, 02:51:10 PM
According to an insurance study, about 150 Americans a year die from injuries suffered after falling out of bed. That correlates to you having about a 1 in 2,000,000 chance of dying that way over the next twelve months. Good luck!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 28, 2013, 04:05:10 PM
According to an insurance study, about 150 Americans a year die from injuries suffered after falling out of bed. That correlates to you having about a 1 in 2,000,000 chance of dying that way over the next twelve months. Good luck!

Couple the fact that people die from falls out of bed, with the fact that politicians in some states still make laws depending what side of the bed they get out of every morning, and it's plain to see that a good night's rest is a very dangerous pursuit...  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on May 28, 2013, 10:49:01 PM
In 2007, Comcast accidently played porn on the Disney Channel. The schedule was suppose to play a cartoon called Handy Manny, but somehow, someone goofed up and played porn instead.

And yes, Manny must have been very Handy then.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on May 28, 2013, 11:01:36 PM
Hog-nosed snakes feed exclusively on toads.  When fire ants wiped out the local toad population in the early 1990's, hog-nosed snakes disappeared from NE Texas.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 02, 2013, 01:39:11 PM
On the 4th day of Christmas . . .

"Bah! Humbug!"

The record number of "Bah! Humbugs" heard in a film is 10 in 1938's "A Christmas Carol" w/ Reginald Owens.

Other films in which you hear it.

"Scrooge." 1970. Albert Finney. 6 times.
"Scrooge." 1935. Sir Seymour Hicks. 5 times.
"A Christmas Carol." 1951. Alastair Sim. 5 times.
"Mickey's Christmas Carol." 1983. Scrooge McDuck. 5 times.
"Scrooged." 1988. Bill Murray. 2 times.

Next time: the 5th day of Christmas.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on June 04, 2013, 03:00:04 PM
On the cover of Super Mario Brothers for the NES shows Mario dying because he has fallen into a lava pit. here's proof:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/6951_482609715149108_1712755718_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 05, 2013, 12:21:56 PM
The original plan was for Cincinnati, Ohio to be situated in Kentucky in order to make use of the north-flowing Licking River as a gateway to the southern interior. In 1788, the year of Cincinnati's founding, southwestern Ohio was dead center of the Miami Slaughterhouse, the colorfully named homeland of one of the more fierce peoples in the Northwest Territory. Kentucky was a safer option, the ground was more level, and the economics made more sense, and yet the settlers abruptly took it upon themselves to toss their carefully made plans and set up shop on the Ohio side because they found its seven hills more picturesque, proving once more that a whim inspired by beauty is one of the engines of human civilization.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on June 07, 2013, 02:29:15 PM
Dr. Suess's first book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was rejected by 27 different publishers (some sources say 29) for being too different, too silly, and not having a moral.  

His books have now sold over 600 million copies.  


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on June 08, 2013, 10:57:08 PM
Spencer Tracy's first film appearance was a non-speaking role as a robot in the science fiction fantasy R.U.R. (1922).


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on June 09, 2013, 12:36:21 PM
The first time a Navajo baby laughs, the family throws a party. The person who made the baby laugh provides the food.

America was actually the first country to spread the idea of having babies sleep in a different room than the parents. The Japanese sees this as barbaric.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 09, 2013, 02:25:52 PM
In 2007, Comcast accidently played porn on the Disney Channel. The schedule was suppose to play a cartoon called Handy Manny, but somehow, someone goofed up and played porn instead.

And yes, Manny must have been very Handy then.

Disney, huh? Reminds me of a little story I once heard:
Mickey Mouse wanted a divorce on the grounds of infidelity. When the cross examining lawyer began to grill him about his accusations of Minnie's mental instability, Mickey said, " I never said she was crazy, I said she was fu**ing Goofy"....


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 10, 2013, 01:25:00 PM
On the 5th Day of Christmas . . .
Inflation will always be with us.

The 12 gifts mentioned in "The 12 Days of Christmas" cost $12,623 in 1984.
In 2011, the price had almost doubled to $24,263.

The repetitions increased the price to $64,247.10 in 1984 and
$101,119.84 in 2011

The next time: the 6th day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 12, 2013, 02:44:31 PM
When Buddy Holly performed on Ed Sullivan in 1957, he did so with a white chicklet pushed into place of a missing tooth.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on June 13, 2013, 06:36:20 AM
The first female character to star in her own comic book was Sheena Queen of the Jungle. 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on June 13, 2013, 07:09:02 AM
It takes about two weeks of work to put a suitable 35mm film print together for a screening.  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on June 13, 2013, 08:43:37 AM
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo is a grammatically correct sentence in American English.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on June 21, 2013, 02:07:59 PM
The Titanic disaster could have been avoided had someone had been at their post when a warning from the Californian said that there was icebergs ahead.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on June 23, 2013, 11:38:22 AM
I heard somewhere once, that it's a felony to make a cake in the shape of The White House.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 23, 2013, 12:37:18 PM
I heard somewhere once, that it's a felony to make a cake in the shape of The White House.

That wouldn't suprise me...almost everything else is a felony today...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on June 23, 2013, 01:15:30 PM
I heard somewhere once, that it's a felony to make a cake in the shape of The White House.


That wouldn't suprise me...almost everything else is a felony today...


I actually don't know that for a fact, It was just a recurring theme in this movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095656/


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 23, 2013, 01:20:47 PM
On the 6th day of Christmas . . .
It is you are what you eat.

A fruit cake with alcohol in it and placed in a well sealed tin will still be edible up to 25 years later.

Or, about as long as Trevor's underpants last, before he has to replace them.

But, frankly, I'd rather eat the fruitcake. Sorry, Trevor!

Next time: the 7th day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on July 01, 2013, 10:27:18 AM
There are no teenager characters in the movie Pet Sematary (1989).


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on July 01, 2013, 03:36:05 PM
There are no teenager characters in the movie Pet Sematary (1989).

And, the most famous of the adults who played in the movie was Herman Munster, the one and only Fred Gwynne playing Judd Crandall. Hats off to Frankenstein's cousin!  :twirl:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 03, 2013, 02:46:59 PM
On the 7th Day of Christmas . . .
the greatest exhibit on earth

0006 continents
0019 years
0051 countries
1000 nativity scenes

The Marian Library
University of Dayton
Dayton, Ohio, USA

Next time: the 8th day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Allhallowsday on July 03, 2013, 03:40:33 PM
In order to allow wind and rain to complete the Mount Rushmore monument through erosion, sculptor GUTZON BORGLUM carved the figures a few inches higher than to the depth he wanted to perfect his design.  BORGLUM estimated that erosion would complete the monument in about 300,000 years. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on July 04, 2013, 07:21:05 PM
How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? 


A Purdue University study concluded that it takes an average of 364 licks to get to the center using a "licking machine".  (I don't know what a licking machine is; I don't want to know what a licking machine is.)  When using human volunteers, it took an average of 252 licks. 

A study by the university of Michigan concluded that it takes 411 licks.

A 1996 study by undergraduate students at Swarthmore College concluded that it takes an average of 144 licks. 

Harvard Grad students created a rotating mechanical tongue and concluded it took 2255 licks (2256 licks if it's raspberry.)

A student study from Cambridge concluded that it takes 3,481 licks. 

Mr. Owl has concluded that it takes 3.   


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on July 06, 2013, 04:04:10 PM
The original G.I. Joe was a World War One carrier Pigeon.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on July 08, 2013, 04:12:56 PM
For every 30 seconds of your life another half of minute has gone by.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on July 08, 2013, 05:14:42 PM
For every 30 seconds of your life another half of minute has gone by.

For every 60 seconds in Africa, a minute passes.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on July 08, 2013, 05:38:17 PM
For every 30 seconds of your life another half of minute has gone by.

For every 60 seconds in Africa, a minute passes.

Your style, I like it.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on July 09, 2013, 06:28:19 AM
If you ask a girl out while standing in front of a flower shop, she's much more likely to say yes than if you do it while standing in front of a shoe store.  I read that in an issue of Men's Health while I was waiting for my doctor's appt. yesterday.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 09, 2013, 10:49:57 AM
How about five facts, since I haven't posted in a while?

1. Though stereotyped as filthy barbarians, Viking spies, seeking to blend in with the native English, actually had to refrain from bathing lest they stand out by being too clean.

2. Despite it being a tradition to do so, kissing Oscar Wilde's tomb in Paris will now get you arrested for vandalism.

3. Sooner or later a baby will throw anything you give her off the tray of her high chair onto the floor, especially if the floor was just mopped. This is an unassailable truth.

4. Unless caught in an updraft, mosquitoes are rarely found more than two stories off the ground. Meaning people on high-rise balconies never need repellent.

5. Cable TV originates from a satellite, just as its so-called "satellite" competitors do.

Ars longa, vita brevis!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on July 09, 2013, 01:17:27 PM
How amazing is this: Tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about 6 times stronger than pressures found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than would kill a person, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for nearly 120 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on July 09, 2013, 01:43:08 PM
My body is ready for GTA V. :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on July 09, 2013, 11:34:45 PM
Kiefer Sutherland once retired from acting to work the rodeo circuit.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on July 10, 2013, 02:39:09 AM

Or, about as long as Trevor's underpants last, before he has to replace them.

But, frankly, I'd rather eat the fruitcake. Sorry, Trevor!


 :teddyr: :teddyr:

Ermmm: who said I replaced them?  :question: :wink:



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 10, 2013, 10:46:23 AM
A tour guide at the Empire State Building told us that the building's owners spent two grand its first year on rat traps. Two grand in 1930s dollars? Just how blinking many rats lived in the place????


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flangepart on July 10, 2013, 05:44:56 PM
Wow...imagine what they spent on the house and senate.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on July 11, 2013, 04:03:51 AM
On the first episode of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster tries to eat Kermit the Frog. 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ChaosTheory on July 11, 2013, 12:02:51 PM
On the first episode of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster tries to eat Kermit the Frog. 




voila:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MASUR7Oq7U


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 12, 2013, 01:28:05 PM
Fact: On February 19, 1982 Ozzy Osbourne relieved himself against a wall at the Alamo.

Conjecture: On February 20, 1982, sales of tar and feathers soared all across the Lone Star State.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 12, 2013, 04:12:12 PM
On the 8th day of Christmas
It's Unique

The only place to rent out living Christmas trees in the U.S. is in Portland, Oregon. In 2004, they rented out 419 trees at $55.00 each for a total of $23,045. Then when they were returned, they were sold at $10.00 each for a total of $4190. or a grand total of $27,235. I don't see how they can stay in business, but they've been in business since 1992.

Next time: the 9th day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zombie #1 on July 12, 2013, 04:39:43 PM
How amazing is this: Tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about 6 times stronger than pressures found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than would kill a person, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for nearly 120 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce.

ah yeah but can they do this

(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/Ji4m_6uV2eU/hqdefault.jpg?feature=og)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flangepart on July 12, 2013, 05:03:52 PM
How amazing is this: Tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about 6 times stronger than pressures found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than would kill a person, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for nearly 120 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce.



Yeah? If they're so cool, why ain't they staring in a movie with giant flying sharks, HUH!?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 14, 2013, 09:21:14 AM
As long as 51% or more of any denomination of US currency is intact, a bill is still legal tender and can even be traded in at a bank for a replacement. Which means in theory it used to cost Tupac nothing to light his blunts with those hundreds.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on July 14, 2013, 10:46:36 AM
ah yeah but can they do this: finny pic

 :tongueout:

re fact:

 Stephen King wrote The Running Man under another name.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on July 14, 2013, 02:56:24 PM
In his song about the pharaoh, Steve Martin sings, "Don't want no fancy funeral, just one like ol' King Tut."

Compared to to other pharaohs, Tutankhamun's funeral wasn't.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 17, 2013, 03:54:50 PM
On January 26, 1972 Serbian airline hostess Vesna Vulovic survived a 33,310 foot free-fall on a jet which exploded mid-air following a terrorist bombing. Though left in a coma for twenty-seven days and terribly injured, she eventually recovered and returned to work for the same airline.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on July 17, 2013, 04:14:17 PM
On January 26, 1972 Serbian airline hostess Vesna Vulovic survived a 33,310 foot free-fall on a jet which exploded mid-air following a terrorist bombing. Though left in a coma for twenty-seven days and terribly injured, she eventually recovered and returned to work for the same airline.

Good grief, that's amazing if true. I guess psychics don't apply to some people, huh?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flangepart on July 17, 2013, 05:29:50 PM
Read of a gunner from a burning RAF Lancaster who's chute burned, so he just decided to get it over with. Fell some 20.000 feet into a series of tree limbs and a deep snow drift. he lived, and the Germans didn't believe him till they found the remains of his plane.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on July 19, 2013, 03:49:49 PM
The amount of gold produced and ejected during the merger of two neutron stars may be as large as 10 moon masses.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 21, 2013, 03:44:50 PM
On the 9th day of Christmas . . .
Santa has his own . . .

Airport
Rovaniemi, Finland

Congress
Copenhagen, Denmark

Olympics
Gaellivan, Sweden
Samnaun, Switzerland

Theme Park
Santa Claus, Indiana, USA

University
Midland, Michigan, USA
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Next time: the 10th day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 22, 2013, 09:38:25 AM
1990s infomercial diva Miss Cleo does the voice of Auntie Poulet in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on July 22, 2013, 10:41:18 AM
In Metal Gear Solid, Solid Snake was supposedly designed as having the body of Jean Claude Van Damme and the face of Christopher Walken. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on July 22, 2013, 03:08:37 PM
In Metal Gear Solid, Solid Snake was supposedly designed as having the body of Jean Claude Van Damme and the face of Christopher Walken. 

Jean-Claude Walken...now there's an ideal!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on July 23, 2013, 11:27:47 AM
O.o
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1012423_695095580507303_667647359_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 23, 2013, 08:19:26 PM
In the late 1950s and early 1960s the CIA ran a secret program called "Operation Midnight Climax." Prostitutes lured men to CIA-run brothels where the johns were secretly dosed with LSD to observe the drug's effects.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on July 25, 2013, 11:00:01 AM
In the late 1950s and early 1960s the CIA ran a secret program called "Operation Midnight Climax." Prostitutes lured men to CIA-run brothels where the johns were secretly dosed with LSD to observe the drug's effects.
I heard it was called MKULTRA, and a up and coming police guy robbed a bar, hurt his career. Later, when he heard about this, he tried to file a lawsuit  against the CIA, only to discover that all files about MKULTRA were destroyed. Poor guy.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 25, 2013, 11:11:02 AM
In the late 1950s and early 1960s the CIA ran a secret program called "Operation Midnight Climax." Prostitutes lured men to CIA-run brothels where the johns were secretly dosed with LSD to observe the drug's effects.

I heard it was called MKULTRA, and a up and coming police guy robbed a bar, hurt his career. Later, when he heard about this, he tried to file a lawsuit  against the CIA, only to discover that all files about MKULTRA were destroyed. Poor guy.


"Midnight Climax" was a sub-program of MKULTRA, probably the craziest one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Midnight_Climax
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 28, 2013, 01:10:32 PM
Today the great Charles Addams...

His favorite pastime was said to be wandering through graveyards and imagining what the people buried under his feet looked like.

He never assigned names or defined relationships among the Addams Family in his New Yorker cartoons, hence the confusion on some TV episodes as to whether Uncle Fester is Gomez' brother or his uncle.

Also, Charles Addams wanted to name Pugsley Addams Pubert Addams, but network censors said that might offend people, so the name lay dormant until the feature films of the 1990s.

Two of his closest friends were Alfred Hitchcock and Ray Bradbury, both of whom referenced Addams in their work. (Hitchcock in North By Northwest, and Bradbury in several short stories.)

Addams was a firm disbeliever in the supernatural but loved the macabre and said he enjoyed Halloween more than any other day of the year.

Finally, perhaps best of all, his ashes were buried in a pet cemetery.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 31, 2013, 05:05:49 PM
On the 10th Day of Christmas . . .
. . . It pays to be Santa.

Someone working as Santa during the day at stores and malls, can earn up to $50.00 per hour. Then working nights as Santa at private parties, the same person can earn up to $200.00 per hour.

Which is why in 2005 "Forbes" magazine declared Santa the richest character in fiction with a net worth of $74,000,000,000. Other fictional billionaires include . . .

Daddy Warbucks
Richie Rich
Lex Luthor
and Scrooge McDuck.

Next time: the 11th day of Christmas.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on August 01, 2013, 06:46:00 PM
Fewer people were executed in the Spanish Inquisition than for witchcraft in any other country.

The Inquisitors approached their task much more cautiously than witchfinders, so much so, that they never found any evidence of witchcraft, & ultimately declared that it didn't exist.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: VenomX73 on August 01, 2013, 07:19:54 PM
There are an average of 70,000 reported UFO sightings every year, worldwide.
That's an average of 192 per day.


(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lte3epTHeN1r4yqaso1_400.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 01, 2013, 09:08:10 PM
apparently, it's legal to make moonshine in West Virgina, if the TV show is to be true. :s


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on August 01, 2013, 10:27:12 PM
apparently, it's legal to make moonshine in West Virgina, if the TV show is to be true. :s

It's not, but local juries won't convict, so it doesn't really matter......... :lookingup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on August 01, 2013, 11:41:20 PM
Mauricio Ferro of Brazil went in to rob a drugstore, leaving his car running so he could make a quick getaway. 

While he was inside, somebody stole his car. 

While he was trying to figure out how his was going to make his getaway he was robbed and another thief stold the money bag he had just stolen. 

When he went to report his stolen car, the person he had just robbed was there at that exact moment describing him to the police. 

He was immediatly arrested.





Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 09, 2013, 02:48:20 PM
On the 11th Day of Christmas
A Christmas Day Movie Marathon
(by year of release. From oldest to newest)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Black Christmas (1974)
Christmas Evil (1983)
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
A Jetson Christmas Carol (1985)
Santa Claus (1985)
A Very Brady Christmas (1988)
Elves (1990)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Black Christmas (remake 2006)

It was a very good decade: the 1980's

Next time: the 12th Day of Christmas


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 17, 2013, 06:10:50 PM
Scotland's nation animal is the Unicorn.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 18, 2013, 01:34:18 PM
On the 12th and last day of Christmas . . .
He giveth and He taketh away. Blessed be His name.

Born on Christmas Day
Sir Isaac Newton
Clara Barton
Humphrey Bogart
Anwar Sadat
Little Richard

Died on Chritmas Day or Christmas Eve
W. C. Fields
Charlie Chaplin
Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife
Jonbenet Ramsey
Johnny Ace

Next time: the most mouse infested place on this planet or any planet.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 23, 2013, 03:27:57 PM
Twice the size of Manhattan Island.

63,000 employees, or the largest one-site employer in the U.S. There are larger employers, but their employees are scattered across multiple sites.

47,000,000 visitors, or, if it was opened 24/7, that be 3 guests across the threshold every 2 seconds. 42% come sans children.

One out of every 300 state residents work here, and they have a choice of 2,500,000 costumes. The largest working wardrobe in the U.S.

Hotel rooms 29,546, or, if you decided to stay in a different room each night, beginning this year, it'd take you to 2094 to stay in 'em all. This includes the 2 unofficial hotels and Shades of Green, which we'll get to later, but not the "7 official hotels in LBV."

Prices range, per night, from $84.00 for a simple room to $4320.00 for a multi-room suite.

Next time: Shades of Green



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: carchase on August 23, 2013, 04:44:16 PM
In real life, actor Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky) hated the red Ford Gran Torino used on the show. To paraphrase what he said in an interview once,

1. the car is heavy, slow, handles like crap
2. Undercover cops would not drive something that sticks out
3. I don't like Ford products


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 23, 2013, 06:19:22 PM
Ride to Hell: Retribution maybe the worst video game of all time.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Bushma on August 27, 2013, 06:35:03 PM
I watched Law & Order SVU and I learned a new word Electroejaculation.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroejaculation


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 28, 2013, 03:59:36 PM
"You can't get there from here."

Shades of Green
a AFRC resort or (Armed Forces Recreation Center)

Rooms are only $93.00 per night, but more importantly, growing up in a military family, the beer there is cheap, and it is cold. But, it is only for . . .

active military and immediate family
retired military and immediate family
members of the Reserve and immediate family
members of the National Guard and immediate family
certain Department of Defense employees and their immediate family
and certain foreign military members based in the U.S. and their immediate family.

Other then that, it is like any other resort, as it has a . . .

health club
restaurants
sports bar and lounge
swimming pools
gameroom
tennis courts
kids' pool
and a gift shop

Next time: a couple of cheaper places to stay.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: VenomX73 on August 28, 2013, 05:03:02 PM
Ride to Hell: Retribution maybe the worst video game of all time.


More so then ET for Atari 2600?  :wink:

(http://suhailrafidi.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/et-the-feds.png)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 28, 2013, 06:12:10 PM
Ride to Hell: Retribution maybe the worst video game of all time.


More so then ET for Atari 2600?  :wink:

([url]http://suhailrafidi.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/et-the-feds.png[/url])


some people say it is, believe it or not.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on August 31, 2013, 06:24:50 PM
Charles Manson, who grew up in my hometown, once vowed he could fly, and to demonstrate leaped off the balcony of a third-floor bar, only to land face-down on the concrete parking lot. Over the years others at the bar have tried to duplicate his demonstration, and in time the act has become known locally as "the Manson Maneuver."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on August 31, 2013, 08:55:35 PM
There is a mineral called Cummingtonite, which was discovered in Cummington, Massachusetts.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 01, 2013, 10:58:15 AM
An onion has twelve times as much DNA as a human being. Amoeba dubia, a single-celled organism, has approximately two-hundred times the DNA of a human.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on September 05, 2013, 11:50:01 AM
Anthony Perkins was super gay before he married Berinthia Berenson. He later died of AIDs, and his wife was killed on American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11 attacks in 2001.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on September 06, 2013, 07:28:35 AM
Anthony Perkins was super gay before he married Berinthia Berenson.

So? That is old news and so what if he was gay? He didn't harm anyone by being gay. He was a good actor and adored his two sons. He was also a trailblazer for the LGBT community and he was in the first film I saw as a child.

Quote
He later died of AIDs, and his wife was killed on American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Again, old news: his wife died on my birthday as it happens.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on September 06, 2013, 09:15:59 AM
Anthony Perkins was super gay before he married Berinthia Berenson.

So? That is old news and so what if he was gay? He didn't harm anyone by being gay. He was a good actor and adored his two sons. He was also a trailblazer for the LGBT community and he was in the first film I saw as a child.

Quote
He later died of AIDs, and his wife was killed on American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Again, old news: his wife died on my birthday as it happens.

First of all don't even come at like that again, I don't need to explain myself to you. But if it sets your mind at ease, I don't have a problem with homosexuals and I think he was good actor, too.

Now to your other point: I don't particular care if it's old news, as almost everything in this thread is 'old news'. It's MY random fact of the day, and if it somehow hurts your little feelings then idk what to tell you. I mean I could tell you to just deal with it, but that would make me seem like an a***ole and that's not really what my intent, is.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 06, 2013, 11:00:04 AM
In Anglo-Saxon England, a method of execution reserved for treason, the murder of a parent, or blasphemy, was to take a take a large sack and place a condemned person in it, then drop a rooster, a cat, and an adder into the sack and sew it shut. The sack and its contents were then whipped thirty-three lashes and the entire sack was thrown into a river.

Not a good way to check out.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 07, 2013, 09:29:58 AM
A man received the transplanted heart of a suicide victim, married the donor's widow, killed himself exactly the same way the donor did.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 07, 2013, 03:57:51 PM
In Anglo-Saxon England, a method of execution reserved for treason, the murder of a parent, or blasphemy, was to take a take a large sack and place a condemned person in it, then drop a rooster, a cat, and an adder into the sack and sew it shut. The sack and its contents were then whipped thirty-three lashes and the entire sack was thrown into a river.

Not a good way to check out.

That was also the punishment for a patricide, or someone who killed their father, in Ancient Rome. Minus the whipping.

And as for my Fact of the Day, . . .

There are two places cheaper than Shades of Green on property. The Best Friends Resort, which charges $69.00 a night and for that price you get morning and night jogging, a flatscreen TV, your own playgroup, turndown service, a gift left on your pillow, but don't eat the chocolates, a webcam, bedtime storytime, and if you stay three nights or longer, they then give you a free bath. Of course, this is only for your pets.

And then there is the campground. If not the best campground in the U.S., then one of the best. Where you can camp in a tent for only $48.00 per night, or the cheapest on-site place to stay.

Next time: Where can I get a drink around here?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 09, 2013, 06:29:05 PM
Cetaceans have a number of emotional centers in their brains that humans do not, strongly suggesting they are capable of a unique array of emotions which humans probably cannot experience or even comprehend.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 09, 2013, 09:20:33 PM
The average citizen of Liechtenstein doesn’t even lock their door because crime in the country is so low -- Their last murder was in 1997.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 10, 2013, 12:40:43 PM
Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz ("The Girl from Impanema") was once arrested for attempting to hold up a drugstore. His call was traced when he telephoned to apologize to the pharmacist for the failed robbery.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 14, 2013, 01:08:55 PM
75 places to drink.

Excluding the champagne, which can run you $ 290.00 for a regular-size bottle of Cuvee Dom Perignon Brut, the most expensive drink is a 2 oz. pour of Johnnie Walker Blue Scotch Whiskey which runs $37.00 for that 2 oz. pour.

It is still illegal.
But, they still make it.
They still sell it.
Moonshine.
Toby and Sons Moonshine.
They'll mix you up a moonshine cocktail at one of the resorts.

But, wouldn't you all rather have a beer.

You wouldn't think it, but this place has become one of the most influential places in the U.S. at determining what the rest of the U.S. drinks. It also has more sommeliers in this one place, then anyother place in the U.S.

And you thought they didn't have a sense of humor.

Forty-thirst Street -- Frosty the Joe Man Coffee Shack -- Let's Go Slurpin' -- Mardi Grogs Bar -- Muddy Rivers Bar -- Sand Bar -- Team Spirits Bar . . .

. . . are some of the places you can get something to drink.

Next time: Where can I get a bite to eat?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 14, 2013, 05:16:55 PM
A woman fell in love with, has a sexual relationship with, and plans to marry, an amusement park ride.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on September 16, 2013, 02:21:09 AM
A variety of fish, most commonly pearl fish, have evolved a commensalistic symbiotic relationship with sea cucumbers in which the pearl fish will live in sea cucumber's cloaca using it for protection from predation, a source of food (the nutrients passing in and out of the anus from the water), and to develop into their adult stage of life.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_L3sNLmoKUl4/S-oV-FRYBdI/AAAAAAAAE2c/sXNXufDwfA0/s1600/Enbor_u3.jpg)

Bonus fact of the day: In zoological anatomy, a cloaca /kloʊˈeɪkə/ is the posterior opening that serves as the only opening for the intestinal, reproductive, and urinary tracts of certain animal species. All amphibians, birds, reptiles, and monotremes possess this orifice, from which they excrete both urine and feces, unlike most placental mammals, which possess two or three separate orifices for evacuation.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 16, 2013, 06:42:48 PM
1 GB is equal to approximately 500,000 pages of text.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on September 16, 2013, 10:40:58 PM
Adolf Hitler's favorite movie was KING KONG.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 18, 2013, 12:59:08 PM
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog says he thinks Jennifer Lopez is the best....the best to poop on!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 20, 2013, 04:44:46 PM
187 places to eat. Serving the following cuisines . . .

african -- american -- american fusion -- asian -- asian fusion -- barbecue -- buffet -- cajun -- californian -- canadian -- chinese -- contemporary french -- creole -- cuban-- ecletic -- english -- german -- global -- hawaiian -- indian -- international -- irish -- italian -- japanese -- latin american -- mediterranean -- mexican --moroccan -- norwegian -- nouvelle french -- pacific northwestern -- pacific rim -- pan-asian -- pizza -- polynesian -- seafood -- southern -- southern italian -- steakhouse -- and sushi.

Of course, not all in the same place.

Plus, each year 1.6 million turkey legs and 500 tons of watermelon are served up each year. What?! No fried chicken.

If you wondered where all the candy went. Each year beginning in September, they hold a big Halloween party almost every night, and expected that 220 tons of candy will be given away before the party is over.

And if you thought they had no sense of humor.

auntie gravity's fast food -- avalunch -- beaches and cream -- dinosaur gertie's ice cream of extinction -- fresh-a-peel -- good's food to go aka good's to go -- i. c. expeditions -- lottawatta lodge -- lunching pad -- picabu cafeteria -- pizzafari -- restaurantosaurus -- starring rolls cafe -- and trilo-bites.

Next time: don't play with your food.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 20, 2013, 08:11:32 PM
From Grand Theft Auto 3 and on, all of the console based game has a helicopter in the top left corner on the box art.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 24, 2013, 06:44:17 PM
You can and/or could get the following in a special surprise shape.

butter pats -- cakes -- cheeses -- cookies -- cucumbers -- cupcakes -- fruits -- ice cream bars (very popular) -- mashed potatoes -- muffins -- pancakes -- pastas -- sandwiches -- sundaes -- tomatoes -- and waffles.

Next time: they know what is important.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 24, 2013, 09:48:31 PM
within 24 hours of its release, Rockstar racked in $800 million from GTA V. Within three days from the release, GTA V raked in over $1 Billion dollars. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 took 15 days to rake in over $1 billion dollars.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 26, 2013, 09:31:33 AM
Honey is believed to be the only organic matter which does not decompose. Honey found in Pharaonic tombs from ancient Egypt was consumed in the twentieth century, and found to be identical in taste and physical consistency to honey that was produced by bees alive at that time. Honey also has powerful antiseptic properties, and when mixed with a paste of garlic and placed on a wound is as effective at fighting off infection as many modern drugs.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zombie #1 on September 26, 2013, 10:29:21 AM
There are more stars in the universe than there are individual brain cells of every human being that ever existed.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 27, 2013, 05:55:31 PM
Which is male, and which is female?

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SqhhJb_P3Kk/StNRTWx9aSI/AAAAAAAAJfE/27m12aAgeTg/s1600/male+and+female+faces.jpg)

The faces above are actually the exact same face. The only difference is that picture on the left is rendered in higher contrast.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 27, 2013, 09:50:00 PM
A Boeing 727 aircraft was stolen out of an airport in 2003. Neither the plane, nor the two men aboard were ever found.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zombie #1 on September 28, 2013, 09:03:59 PM
Which is male, and which is female?

([url]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SqhhJb_P3Kk/StNRTWx9aSI/AAAAAAAAJfE/27m12aAgeTg/s1600/male+and+female+faces.jpg[/url])

The faces above are actually the exact same face. The only difference is that picture on the left is rendered in higher contrast.

Interesting, but to be honest if you hadn't implied one was male and one female I'd have assumed they were both female. One on right perhaps looks a tad more 'masculine'?

Then again in my hometown there was this woman who was a mother of 5 and who was bald and had a beard, no exaggeration


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 29, 2013, 12:13:38 PM
In the Soviet Union many official maps distributed among the people were deliberately printed with misinformation, with the logic being that if you didn't already know how to get someplace, you likely had no business going there.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on September 29, 2013, 12:33:38 PM
Adolf Hitler's favorite movie was KING KONG.


A fitting metaphor for him and his Third Reich: Big ugly ape climbs to the top before getting gunned down by the powers-that-be.


Fact: Sir Ian Holm, who played the elder Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2003), also played the psychotic android Ash in Alien (1979).

(http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4687150515225360&pid=15.1&H=160&W=141)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on September 29, 2013, 01:07:06 PM
Adolf Hitler's favorite movie was KING KONG.


A fitting metaphor for him and his Third Reich: Big ugly ape climbs to the top before getting gunned down by the powers-that-be.


Fact: Sir Ian Holm, who played the elder Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2003), also played the psychotic android Ash in Alien (1979).

([url]http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4687150515225360&pid=15.1&H=160&W=141[/url])


Well, the post WW2 Communists turned to be real human beings, right?   :lookingup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on September 29, 2013, 09:12:06 PM
Yes Umaril, they are called Democrats.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 29, 2013, 09:59:51 PM
"Batman" is actually the real name of a city in Turkey.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on September 30, 2013, 07:36:18 AM
We use 100% of our brains all the time.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on September 30, 2013, 08:14:17 AM
"Never odd or even" spelled backwards is "Never odd or even"


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 30, 2013, 11:53:47 AM
In every propaganda film made by the Third Reich, soldiers are always shown marching from left to right or clockwise.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 30, 2013, 05:00:21 PM
They have 196 places to shop.

And each year, they sell 2,707,120 t-shirts (give or take a shirt or two.) Enough to outfit everyone who lives in Chicago and then some.

And you thought they lacked a sense of humor.

Boutiki souvenirs
Creature Comforts (kids' store)
Hoypoloi (art gallery)
Hundred Acres Goods
Merchant of Venus
Rock Around the Shop (music store)
Trend-D

Next time: the 4 lands


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: FatFreddysCat on September 30, 2013, 09:56:44 PM
The letters in the Christian hard rock band Stryper's name stand for "Salvation Through Redemption, Yielding Peace, Encouragement and Righteousness."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on October 01, 2013, 01:43:31 PM
Standing at the equator slightly elevates blood pressure, because of the clockwise/counterclockwise strain of the planet's differing hemispheres.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on October 01, 2013, 01:56:29 PM
Yes Umaril, they are called Democrats.

Oh is that what they're calling them these days? Where have I been?   :bouncegiggle: :tongueout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 01, 2013, 11:25:41 PM
Yes Umaril, they are called Democrats.

Oh is that what they're calling them these days? Where have I been?   :bouncegiggle: :tongueout:
In a video game maybe? :tongueout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on October 10, 2013, 09:38:19 PM
The Ku Klux Klan was for The Volstead Act.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: FatFreddysCat on October 10, 2013, 10:10:45 PM
"Norman Apstein," the director of 1995's cult horror comedy "Ice Cream Man," is better known as the director of more than 100 porno films under his pseudonym, "Paul Norman."

"Ice Cream Man" remains his sole "mainstream" directing credit.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on October 13, 2013, 05:33:20 PM
Yes Umaril, they are called Democrats.

Oh is that what they're calling them these days? Where have I been?   :bouncegiggle: :tongueout:
In a video game maybe? :tongueout:

Ha ha, yeah, my own video game!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on October 13, 2013, 05:44:15 PM
 I was watching a documentary about WW2 era German tech, and learned the the Horten 229 flying wing is actually the first stealth wing aircraft ever created. They aren't sure if the stealth was intended, or a by product of the material components of the plane. but it's a definite influence on the design (s) we have today.

That, and the STG 44 (Sturmgewehr 44) was the very first assault weapon, due to it;s selective fire feature, and it also was the father of the AK 47.   Compare it's physical resemblance to the AK-47:

mcfAp5h9i_g


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on October 14, 2013, 10:48:45 AM
Of all hard liquors, vodka is least likely to cause a hangover.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 14, 2013, 04:23:54 PM
Of the four lands . . .

One is known for its castle envy and for the horses having a better union than the humans, who work there.

The castle there is 225% taller than that other castle.

As for the horses . . .

They work shorter hours than the humans.

They can be petted by the guests. Try doing that with a human employee.

And while the human employees can get subsidized accomodations and meals, the room and board for the horses is free, and it is all they can eat.

And if it gets too hot for 'em out there, they can be hosed down. Try doing that with a human employee.

The 2nd land (110) acres is known for its TV marathons. Before one building was built, the building's designers watched all 156 episodes of Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone"--twice. How would you like a job that pays you to watch TV all day long.

The 3rd land (260 acres) is known for its red Georgia clay. One of the buildings was made out 106,000 bricks. 106,000 handmade bricks. 106,000 handmade bricks made out of red Georgia clay.

The 4th land (500 acres) is known for its pooping animals and its recycling efforts. The animals poop out 1600 tons of poop per year, some of which is recycled into fertilizer. Thus, a gross of Trevor's undies. STAT! And I do mean gross.
And the milk jugs are recycled into the park benches you see. 1350 jugs to 1 bench. So, drink your milk. They need to make another bench.

Next time: 2 waterparks and a sports complex.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on October 17, 2013, 03:16:15 PM
What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.

 The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 20, 2013, 04:18:46 PM
the 2001 AFC playoff game was won by the Patriots with an obscure rule, today the Patriots lose to the Jets due to another obscure rule.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on October 20, 2013, 04:29:14 PM
the 2001 AFC playoff game was won by the Patriots with an obscure rule, today the Patriots lose to the Jets due to another obscure rule.

A new one, at that. How is it "unsportsmanlike" to push your own teammate ahead of you? Apparently, it has the potential to hurt your teammate's feelings, because he wasn't moving fast enough.  :lookingup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 20, 2013, 04:31:39 PM
the 2001 AFC playoff game was won by the Patriots with an obscure rule, today the Patriots lose to the Jets due to another obscure rule.

A new one, at that. How is it "unsportsmanlike" to push your own teammate ahead of you? Apparently, it has the potential to hurt your teammate's feelings, because he wasn't moving fast enough.  :lookingup:

I'm just happy the Diva lost. :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on October 20, 2013, 04:59:14 PM
the 2001 AFC playoff game was won by the Patriots with an obscure rule, today the Patriots lose to the Jets due to another obscure rule.

A new one, at that. How is it "unsportsmanlike" to push your own teammate ahead of you? Apparently, it has the potential to hurt your teammate's feelings, because he wasn't moving fast enough.  :lookingup:

I'm just happy the Diva lost. :wink:


Yes, it was nice to see Marcia Brady lose for once.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on October 21, 2013, 12:43:07 AM
Thus, a gross of Trevor's undies. STAT! And I do mean gross.

 :bouncegiggle: :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on October 23, 2013, 09:09:41 AM
The lights in a news studio can get so hot that the anchors are often sitting in shorts under the desk, and it's an old trick for some to keep their feet soaking in a tub of cold water, to cool them off. Seriously.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 23, 2013, 04:26:16 PM
Wi-Fi doesn't stand for anything, it's simply a made up trademark that's fun to say.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on October 23, 2013, 05:24:33 PM
Wi-Fi doesn't stand for anything, it's simply a made up trademark that's fun to say.

It stands for "Wireless Fidelity". You know, like "High Fidelity" from the old stereo and audiophile days.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 23, 2013, 05:35:54 PM
Wi-Fi doesn't stand for anything, it's simply a made up trademark that's fun to say.

It stands for "Wireless Fidelity". You know, like "High Fidelity" from the old stereo and audiophile days.

That's what the companies want to yo know, it's actually just made up, only until after the release did the phrase Wireless fidelity make sense.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on October 23, 2013, 07:47:02 PM
Wi-Fi doesn't stand for anything, it's simply a made up trademark that's fun to say.


It stands for "Wireless Fidelity". You know, like "High Fidelity" from the old stereo and audiophile days.


That's what the companies want to yo know, it's actually just made up, only until after the release did the phrase Wireless fidelity make sense.




Here's a wonderful old article on the history of Wi-Fi: http://www.economist.com/node/2724397 (http://www.economist.com/node/2724397)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 24, 2013, 05:33:04 PM
Two waterparks

One has the world's tallest fastest free-fall speed slide and the longest family whitewater raft ride in the U.S.

The other has the largest wave pool in the U.S.

And you thought they had no sense of humor

Ketchakiddee Creek (kids' playarea)
Teamboat Springs (family raft ride)
Tike's Peak (another kids' playarea)
Mount Gushmore

One sports complex

15 diamonds that can be used for baseball or softball
12 tennis courts
6 indoor basketball courts
6 sand volleyball cours
4 fields for football or that other football "soccer"
1 fieldhouse for indoor volleyball and wrestling
1 track-and-field complex
and a partridge in a pear tree

Next time: all sports all the time


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on October 25, 2013, 09:25:45 PM

Quote
Vonlenska is the non-literal language that forms the unintelligible lyrics sung by the band on some songs,[49] in particular by Jónsi. It is also commonly known by the English translation of its name, Hopelandic. It takes its name from "Von", a song on Sigur Rós’s debut album Von where it was first used. However, not all Sigur Rós songs are in Hopelandic; many are sung in Icelandic.

Vonlenska has no fixed syntax and differs from constructed languages that can be used for communication. It focuses entirely on the sounds of language; lacking grammar, meaning, and even distinct words. Instead, it consists of emotive non-lexical vocables and phonemes; in effect, Vonlenska uses the melodic and rhythmic elements of singing without the conceptual content of language. In this way, it is similar to the use of scat singing in vocal jazz. The band's website describes it as "a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music";[50] it is similar in concept to the 'nonsense' language often used by Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser in the 1980s and 1990s or by Icelandic singer Björk. Most of the syllable strings sung by Jónsi are repeated many times throughout each song, and in the case of ( ), throughout the whole album.
#Sigur Rós


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 29, 2013, 06:36:56 PM
For a friendly or not so friendly pick-up game or for the individual, the following are availabl.e

archery -- badminton -- ballooning -- basketball -- biking -- boating -- canoeing -- croquet -- fishing -- horseback riding -- jet skiing -- jogging -- motor boating -- parasailing -- pool -- running -- sailboating -- shuffleboard -- snorkeling -- stockcar racing -- surfing -- table tennis -- tetherball -- tubing -- volleyball -- wakeboarding -- and water skiing

+72 holes of mini golf
+67 pools, excluding kiddie pools, whirlpools, and water parks
+63 holes of golf
+27 tennis courts

Next time: almost everything else


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Green on October 29, 2013, 09:08:58 PM
I've been drinking and now I'm posting about it.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 01, 2013, 11:14:57 PM
Over the whole Twilight series, there has been 24 minutes of just staring.

A California prison inmate smuggled 2 boxes of staples, a pencil sharpener, sharpener blades, and 3 jumbo binder rings in his rectum, earning him the nickname “O.D.”—“Office Depot.”

Season Two of "24" featured a terrorist plot that originated from a London mosque. A few months after the season ended, authorities raided the mosque and found that it was indeed a terrorist hub.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 06, 2013, 04:48:38 PM
This is a place that has succeeded Niagara Falls as a place to get married, as 1500 to 2000 couples get married there every year. The least expensive wedding goes for $1991.00. The most expensive . . . ? I tried to find out, but there are too many components to it, but I have heard they have exceeded 6 figures or over $100,000.00. The average wedding . . . ? $28,000.00 and includes 100 guests.

With two firework shows every night and twice on the 4th of July, this place is the largest purchaser of fireworks in the U.S. One show lasts 12 minutes and has 680 fireworks going off or 1 each second. The 2nd show lasts 13 minutes and has 2800 fireworks going off or 4 each second. Which means there are a minimum of 1,270,000 fireworks going off each year. And these people know their fireworks. At their 1st entry into an international fireworks competition, and yes there are international firework competitions, they placed 3rd.

"Dear? Would you finish mowing the lawn, while I finish the laundry?"--"Yes, dear. I'll see you sometime next year."
120 tons of laundry is done. Not each month or even each week, but each day. And there is 450,000 miles of lawn mowing each year, or almost 18 times around the earth at the equator.

Next time: they do Alice's Restaurant one better.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 06, 2013, 04:51:45 PM
This is a place that has succeeded Niagara Falls as a place to get married, as 1500 to 2000 couples get married there every year. The least expensive wedding goes for $1991.00. The most expensive . . . ? I tried to find out, but there are too many components to it, but I have heard they have exceeded 6 figures or over $100,000.00. The average wedding . . . ? $28,000.00 and includes 100 guests.


At my wedding, I'm requiring the guys to come in Gorilla suits with a Tux on top.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on November 09, 2013, 10:38:13 PM
 :tongueout: PT, For the Birther Conspiracy Crowd: :tongueout:

At the Time Barrack Obama was born, Kenya was not yet a country. It was part of the British Empire.

Meaning, if Obama had actually been born in Kenya, as the birthers claim, he'd be English...

Meaning, He's not just a socialist, but in fact, a bloody Tory spy seeking to return us to Colonial Rule under the Crown!  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 10, 2013, 12:02:57 AM
This can be debateable, but...

When someone obsesses over another person, to the point idoling them (I.e. saying there was no flaws) that person would be wrong, there's always a flaw in someone, be it a bad addiction or lover.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on November 10, 2013, 12:20:26 AM
:tongueout: PT, For the Birther Conspiracy Crowd: :tongueout:

At the Time Barrack Obama was born, Kenya was not yet a country. It was part of the British Empire.

Meaning, if Obama had actually been born in Kenya, as the birthers claim, he'd be English...

Meaning, He's not just a socialist, but in fact, a bloody Tory spy seeking to return us to Colonial Rule under the Crown!  :buggedout:

Either way, Obama is not a natural born citizen because he was born in Kenya. Which makes him not eligible to hold the office of President of the United States. Never mind his complete and utter incompetence in the White House.

Got health insurance, America? Not anymore!  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 10, 2013, 12:41:31 AM
Oh f**k off with it, you guys are so f**king butthurt about it. Maturity isn't one of your virtues if you keep complaining and complaining because you're sided.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on November 10, 2013, 01:18:26 AM
Gary Oldman thought the script for Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (1992) was awful, and he almost turned it down. He agreed to play the part of Dracula only because of this one line: "I have crossed oceans of time to find you." - Oldman admitted he was so touched reading that line it made him cry.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on November 10, 2013, 02:26:34 AM
Oh f**k off with it, you guys are so f**king butthurt about it. Maturity isn't one of your virtues if you keep complaining and complaining because you're sided.

You lost your health insurance too, didn't you? Don't get me wrong, I just like to watch Obama fail.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on November 10, 2013, 10:36:44 AM
The Smithsonian Institution has 137,000,000 artifacts and items in its collection.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 10, 2013, 11:03:26 AM
Oh f**k off with it, you guys are so f**king butthurt about it. Maturity isn't one of your virtues if you keep complaining and complaining because you're sided.

You lost your health insurance too, didn't you? Don't get me wrong, I just like to watch Obama fail.  :cheers:

It's not that, It's just that without Obamacare, my sister would be dead.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on November 10, 2013, 01:28:05 PM
How did you guys get logged in to the website to shop for your brand new insurance when it's not working for anyone else? I don't really have a dog in this hunt because I have VA coverage. I'm just curious as to how many people that the program is actually working for.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 10, 2013, 01:34:43 PM
Wait, so you are trying to get insurance online? Is there like a problem with going to an insurance place, or is there isn't any there?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on November 10, 2013, 02:08:11 PM
iwasafriadofthat............


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on November 10, 2013, 02:13:33 PM
Wait, so you are trying to get insurance online? Is there like a problem with going to an insurance place, or is there isn't any there?


The insurance places have to do it through the website too. That's what all the big fuss is about. Even if you do what Obama says to do and call the 1-800-f**k-YO number -- (I'm dead serious about that one too) http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/03/need-health-care-coverage-just-dial-1-800-f**kyo-to-reach-obamacares-national-hotline/ (http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/03/need-health-care-coverage-just-dial-1-800-f**kyo-to-reach-obamacares-national-hotline/) -- the health exchange assistant on the other end also has to do it through the inoperable healthcare.gov website: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/22/obamacare-phone_n_4144951.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/22/obamacare-phone_n_4144951.html)

So you're screwed either way.

These are the unfortunate Facts Of The Day, so we are still on the thread topic.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 10, 2013, 02:43:44 PM
Off topic, since I'm more confused about why pen and paper isn't good anymore, but that number is false, even if it did say F**k Yo, that would be a number short, being only 10 characters when it should be 11.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on November 10, 2013, 04:00:26 PM
I don't know why they didn't include the extra number in the headlines from a few weeks ago. Maybe for censorship reasons, who knows? I'm curious now as to how you managed to get ObamaCare when so many people in Louisiana still have not? Insurers are the ones that send your insurance information in to the providers. If you are, literally, one of the lucky few, then good on ya, mate!  :cheers:

I'm just saying that there are so many millions of Americans out there that are not so lucky.

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/obamacare_rollout_in_louisiana.html (http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/obamacare_rollout_in_louisiana.html)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 10, 2013, 04:03:25 PM
Gary Oldman thought the script for Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (1992) was awful, and he almost turned it down. He agreed to play the part of Dracula only because of this one line: "I have crossed oceans of time to find you." - Oldman admitted he was so touched reading that line it made him cry.

I think at the end of the film Oldman was not the only one crying. This is not a favorite among a lot of fans of Bram Stoker's "Dracula." I think a lot of them object to the liberties taken with the original story, especially the romance between Dracula and Mina. Though, it did gross enough at the box office, I believe, to make it one of the top 10 films in box office gross, so somebody besides myself must have liked it.

I have always liked it for a couple of reasons. (1) The running gun battle at the end between Dracula's pursuers and the Gypsies guarding Dracula's coffin. I think only the BBC version from 1977, which also had a shoot out at the end, had an ending as exciting.

And (2) I think Oldman's version is also the only version to feature the American Quincy P. Morris (here played by Bill Campbell) who is in the book but not in most of the screen versions. As I understand it, Stoker based the character on Buffalo Bill Cody. And whether it is true or not, I don't know, but I have also heard at the time that Stoker wrote "Dracula," Americans were not popular among British writers. There was only one other British writer, besides Stoker, who liked Americans. I have forgotten who it was, but it may have been British writer Rudyard Kipling, who actually lived in America for a while and gave it some thought to settle here permanently, before he gave up that idea.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 10, 2013, 04:50:08 PM
I don't know why they didn't include the extra number in the headlines from a few weeks ago. Maybe for censorship reasons, who knows? I'm curious now as to how you managed to get ObamaCare when so many people in Louisiana still have not? Insurers are the ones that send your insurance information in to the providers. If you are, literally, one of the lucky few, then good on ya, mate!  :cheers:

I'm just saying that there are so many millions of Americans out there that are not so lucky.

[url]http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/obamacare_rollout_in_louisiana.html[/url] ([url]http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/obamacare_rollout_in_louisiana.html[/url])


Because I live in a city where it's mainly Democratic, not like up north in Ruston/ Shreveport where "Jesus is my only health person I need" is used. :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on November 10, 2013, 05:33:27 PM
I always think of Japan as being such a technologically advanced country, but reading up on it a bit, I found out that throughout most of the country (except for the northern part) almost none of the houses, apartments or schools have insulation or central heating.  And Japanese winters are fairly cold, with an average low of 2 C (35 F) in Tokyo in January.  They basically only heat one room of the house, and then only barely, and sit around something called a kotatsu

(http://i702.photobucket.com/albums/ww28/jackc8/kotatsu2_zps049283ae.jpg)

which is a table with a small heater attached to the underside of the top, and a blanket around the edge.  I guess families grow close by all huddling around this table during the winter months, eating their dinner and watching TV together in the evenings.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on November 10, 2013, 07:02:13 PM
I can vouch for that.  My wife and I lived in Japan for the first year and a half of our marriage, and for nearly a year we lived in a small off-base apartment in a suburb of Yokosuka called Kita-Kurihama.  Our walls were paper thin and the only heat was from a kerosene heater we purchased; due to the danger of CO2 poisoning we could not leave it on overnight, so on those bitterly cold (to us Texans, anyway!) mornings, one person would climb out from under the blankets and turn the heat on, then jump back under and huddle for warmth until it dispelled the chill in the air.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 10, 2013, 07:19:46 PM
^So you never thought of using gorilla suits?  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on November 10, 2013, 09:49:44 PM
^So you never thought of using gorilla suits?  :teddyr:

.......or some Toho Monster suits, being it was Japan Indy lived in   :twirl:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Bushma on November 10, 2013, 10:22:23 PM
^So you never thought of using gorilla suits?  :teddyr:

.......or some Toho Monster suits, being it was Japan Indy lived in   :twirl:

Now I'm picturing Indy in a footed PJ Godzilla costume.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on November 10, 2013, 10:41:42 PM
No I sleep in a Star Trek Uniform (next generation version), complete with Vulcan ears.
And high heels, if romance is in the air!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on November 11, 2013, 06:04:46 PM
No I sleep in a Star Trek Uniform (next generation version), complete with Vulcan ears.
And high heels, if romance is in the air!

All you ever wanted to know about Indy but were afraid to ask....

^So you never thought of using gorilla suits?  :teddyr:

.......or some Toho Monster suits, being it was Japan Indy lived in   :twirl:

Now I'm picturing Indy in a footed PJ Godzilla costume.

Or crawling around on all fours in an Anguirus suit, with cute little monster paws and cute little rubber spikes on his back  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on November 13, 2013, 10:29:08 AM
In Rio de Janeiro you can opt to pay a fine for most minor civil offenses directly to the police officer who stops you over the matter.

I offer no further comment.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on November 14, 2013, 03:39:57 AM
In Rio de Janeiro you can opt to pay a fine for most minor civil offenses directly to the police officer who stops you over the matter.

That will surprise visitors to the 2014 World Cup no end.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on November 14, 2013, 07:09:52 AM
Adolf Hitler's dog was named Blondi.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on November 14, 2013, 07:23:03 AM
Adolf Hitler's dog was named Blondi.

You've brought back a good school memory for me: our history teacher told us that fact and most of us laughed - when we had stopped, he said "The next person who laughs - straight to the headmaster to explain why."

Oh well, it was quite a nice walk to his office.  :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on November 14, 2013, 08:13:03 AM
I believe It Happened One Night or something like that was Stalin's favorite movie, despite being American.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on November 14, 2013, 11:42:30 AM
I always think of Japan as being such a technologically advanced country, but reading up on it a bit, I found out that throughout most of the country (except for the northern part) almost none of the houses, apartments or schools have insulation or central heating.  And Japanese winters are fairly cold, with an average low of 2 C (35 F) in Tokyo in January.  They basically only heat one room of the house, and then only barely, and sit around something called a kotatsu

([url]http://i702.photobucket.com/albums/ww28/jackc8/kotatsu2_zps049283ae.jpg[/url])

which is a table with a small heater attached to the underside of the top, and a blanket around the edge.  I guess families grow close by all huddling around this table during the winter months, eating their dinner and watching TV together in the evenings.

From what I've read up on they also still rely heavily on fax machines, insisting on having actual paper copies of everything, and that the few banks that do have ATMS actually have them INSIDE the bank instead of outside, completley defeating the purpose of them.  Supposedly this is so that if anything goes wrong with the ATM, the bank can fix it right away.   


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on November 14, 2013, 11:45:41 AM
Clay cuneiform tablets from ancient Sumeria can still be read today, but most information stored on twenty-year-old floppy discs has degraded past effective use. Progress is not a straight road.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on November 14, 2013, 01:08:05 PM
If they did The Golden Girls in 2013, they could cast these actresses who are now the same age when the original cast began the series in 1985:

Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and Rose (Betty White) 63 Years Old

~ Cybill Shepherd
~ Tess Harper
~ Morgan Fairchild
~ Nancy Allen
~ Amy Madigan
~ Victoria Principal
~ Barbi Benton

 Sophia (Estelle Getty) 62 Years Old

~ Anjelica Huston
~ Cassandra Peterson
~ Kirstie Alley
~ Lynda Carter
~ Beverly D'Angelo
~ Cheryl Ladd


Blanche (Rue McClanahan) 51 Years Old

~ Demi Moore
~ Jodie Foster
~ Jennifer Jason Leigh
~ Gina Gershon
~ Melissa Sue Anderson
~ Kristy McNichol


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on November 14, 2013, 03:42:01 PM
If they did The Golden Girls in 2013, they could cast these actresses who are now the same age when the original cast began the series in 1985:

Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and Rose (Betty White) 63 Years Old

~ Cybill Shepherd
~ Tess Harper
~ Morgan Fairchild
~ Nancy Allen
~ Amy Madigan
~ Victoria Principal
~ Barbi Benton

 Sophia (Estelle Getty) 62 Years Old

~ Anjelica Huston
~ Cassandra Peterson
~ Kirstie Alley
~ Lynda Carter
~ Beverly D'Angelo
~ Cheryl Ladd


Blanche (Rue McClanahan) 51 Years Old

~ Demi Moore
~ Jodie Foster
~ Jennifer Jason Leigh
~ Gina Gershon
~ Melissa Sue Anderson
~ Kristy McNichol


Oh, I'm sure that is another reboot/remake that is already in the works.  :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 16, 2013, 04:02:25 PM
And you can get everything you want, including Alice, if it is Alice in Wornderland.

Yuletide items
Watches -- wines -- wood items -- woven items
Teas -- totes -- toys
Salts -- serigraphs -- snacks -- souvenirs -- spices -- sports equipment -- statues -- straw items -- sugars -- sunglasses
Pet supplies -- photo albums -- picture frames -- pillows -- pins (very popular) -- plush animals -- pop culture novelities -- postcards -- posters -- pottery
Notebooks
Magnets -- masks -- musical items
Lithographs -- loungewear -- luggage -- lunch boxes
Key chains -- kitchenware
Jewelry
Headgear -- home decor items -- houseware
Glassware
Figurines -- flags -- footware
Eyepatches
Dinnerware -- dolls -- DVDs
Cameras -- candy -- CDs -- cels -- ceramics -- character items -- charms -- chopsticks -- clocks -- clothing for kids -- coffees -- collectibles -- cookies -- costumes
Bags -- baskets -- bath items -- blankets -- books
Accessories -- active wear -- animation art -- apparel for adults

No wonder this place has more contracts to more companies, both foreign and domestic, to supply it with all it needs, than any one place in the U.S.

Next time: maybe something similiar or maybe something different. I haven't decided.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on November 22, 2013, 10:51:17 AM
Famous deaths on November 22, 1963 also included C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 27, 2013, 04:58:13 PM
Continuing from my previous post . . .

And with 55% more shopping opportunities . . .

Automobile accessories
Backpacks (or as the British sometimes call 'em knapsacks)
Calligraphy kits -- candles -- coats of arms -- combs -- computer hardware -- cookware -- cosmetics -- crystal items
Duffels
Food stuffs
Games
Handbags -- Hollywood memorabilia
iPad cases
Leather goods -- Lego bricks
Menorahs -- Mezuzahs
Ostrich eggs (empty, I hope)
Patches -- pencils -- pens -- perfumes -- pewter items -- pinatas -- playsets
Raingear -- rocks and minerals -- rugs
Seasonings -- sleepwear -- software -- Star Wars light sabers -- statutettes
Tea sets
Umbrellas
Veils (bridal and otherwise) -- Vinylmation characters
Zen paraphernalia

"Honest!" I swear. If you cannot find it at this one place, then it most likely no longer exists.

Next time: as I said before, I might continue on in this vein, or I might go on to something else. It just depends.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on December 12, 2013, 05:19:22 PM
Just got my American Motorcyclist magazine today.

The bike the t1000 runs up the stairs & out the window is a single cylinder Honda dressed up to look like a four cylinder Kawasaki KZ1000. the pipes were fake.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on December 12, 2013, 10:23:02 PM
Just got my American Motorcyclist magazine today.

The bike the t1000 runs up the stairs & out the window is a single cylinder Honda dressed up to look like a four cylinder Kawasaki KZ1000. the pipes were fake.

Was it fake only for the part going up the stairs and out the window, or were all the parts showing that brand of bike faked as well?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on December 12, 2013, 10:35:13 PM
Just got my American Motorcyclist magazine today.

The bike the t1000 runs up the stairs & out the window is a single cylinder Honda dressed up to look like a four cylinder Kawasaki KZ1000. the pipes were fake.

Was it fake only for the part going up the stairs and out the window, or were all the parts showing that brand of bike faked as well?

Just the stunt scenes. I've owned a couple of Kawasakis, and they are unusually top heavy bikes.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on December 12, 2013, 10:54:35 PM
Just got my American Motorcyclist magazine today.

The bike the t1000 runs up the stairs & out the window is a single cylinder Honda dressed up to look like a four cylinder Kawasaki KZ1000. the pipes were fake.

Was it fake only for the part going up the stairs and out the window, or were all the parts showing that brand of bike faked as well?

Just the stunt scenes. I've owned a couple of Kawasakis, and they are unusually top heavy bikes.

I figured as much. That bike went up the stairs rather easily. Even a T-1000 would have had more difficulty going up the stairs in one of those.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on December 12, 2013, 11:25:55 PM
Long before The Pretenders, & shortly before Devo....

Mark Mothersbaugh & Crissie Hynde come from the same town of Akron Ohio. Both went to Kent State University, were on campus during the Kent State Massacre, & both were in a band called Sat, Sun Mat.

imagine how that woulda' turned out. :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on December 13, 2013, 12:39:13 PM
General Custer was not actually a general during the famous Battle of the Little Bighorn.  His general's rank was only a temporary wartime promotion. 

 By the time of the massacre, he was only a lieutenant colonel


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on December 13, 2013, 07:55:51 PM
The song Stars Fell on Alabama is based on an l]actual historical astronomical event.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/02/130220-russia-meteorite-ann-hodges-science-space-hit/


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 13, 2013, 11:33:40 PM
For the first time in 112 years, it snowed in Cairo
(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1455861_1570966962951202_1869724552_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on December 13, 2013, 11:37:23 PM
Gee. I guess global warming isn't all that global...........
For the first time in 112 years, it snowed in Cairo
(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1455861_1570966962951202_1869724552_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on December 13, 2013, 11:50:13 PM
Global cooling! All that pollution is blocking out the sun. Where have all you greenies been???


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on December 14, 2013, 07:53:39 AM
Or maybe weather just does what it does . . . . :lookingup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 15, 2013, 01:41:15 PM
No one knows where Mozart is buried.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on December 15, 2013, 02:12:16 PM
Flaked bone tools dredged up from the Texas City Ship Channel dated to 20,000 BP.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on December 15, 2013, 04:03:59 PM
In 1958 the Air Force lost a fully armed 2,600 lb Mark 15 nuclear bomb in the waters just off Tybee Island, GA (about 10 miles from me). It was never recovered.


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Mk15.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on December 18, 2013, 08:19:15 AM
We close for the festive break on Friday: I don't know what I am going to do for those two weeks.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 18, 2013, 10:33:41 AM
Elvis Presley was a huge Monty Python fan.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on December 18, 2013, 10:51:46 AM
In 1958 the Air Force lost a fully armed 2,600 lb Mark 15 nuclear bomb in the waters just off Tybee Island, GA (about 10 miles from me). It was never recovered.


([url]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Mk15.jpg[/url])


The ocean water would absorb most of the blast. While much of the radiation would impact the Eastern seaboard, most of it would probably drift over into Europe. Then it would be mostly their problem. So no worries!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 18, 2013, 03:30:21 PM
We go from one of the happiest places on earth to probably one of the saddest, and while these statistics and statements were gathered in a survey in New York City, they are probably pertinent to most of the cities in the U.S.

45% of the teen street whores are boys. I think we forget how many are boys for reasons I'll get to later.
30% of the teen street whores have pimps. Thus, solely attacking the problem by attacking the pimp is not going to work.
15 the average age at which a boy or girl starts turning tricks on the street.

Clients
Rich
White
Male
The 1st and last makes sense, but why are there so few clients that are racial minorities? Smaller % than their population at large.

Whores
"damaged" The survey found that is the best way to describe 'em. Emotionally "damaged." "Damaged" by drugs, but in some way damaged.
"straight" If not the majority, a large plurality of the male teen street whores are not gay nor even bisexual but straight.
"off the street"  Most of the teen street whores are interested in getting off the street, or at least they express an interest on getting off the street.

Americans vs. Europeans
All of this is anecdotal evidence, from my readings, but . . . I do have a couple of wild and crazy ideas.

When American fiction writers of any kind write about teen street whores, most write about girls. Maybe because if they write about boys as teen street whores, which may be one of the reasons we don't think about teen boys as being street whores, their audiences will associate it with homosexuality, when often the two subjects are different things.

Europeans on the other hand, when they write about teen street whores, most write about boys. Maybe because boys make for better drama than girls. Also while I find both--using boys and girls--equally reprehensible, some European writers, not all European writers, but some European writers find using a boy for sexual purposes more reprehensible than using a girl for sexual purposes.

And one last thing that came out of this survey. We don't really know enough about the problem to deal effectively with the problem, and we need to learn more.

Next time: there are all kinds of bars.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 20, 2013, 12:44:02 AM
Pale Male, the famed red-tailed hawk of Central Park, built his nest on Woody Allen's balcony across from the park, which, under Federal law, meant Allen was unable to make use of the balcony while the nest was there.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 20, 2013, 08:58:45 AM
Showering naked is the best way to get clean.  :tongueout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on December 20, 2013, 10:54:56 PM
Frying bacon naked is generally considered inadvisable, however.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 26, 2013, 07:52:33 PM
There are all kinds of bars. There are gold bars, the Chicago Bars, and Smoky the Bar, but most of your bars are onboard your cruise ships. There are . . .

Drink Bars
champagne -- coffee -- cognac -- espresso -- juice -- martini -- sake -- tequila -- whiskey -- and wine.

Food Bars
antipasti -- burrito -- carvery -- frozen yogurt -- ice -- ice cream -- pasta -- pizza -- salad -- sashimi -- seafood -- snack -- sushi -- taco -- and tapas.

Location Bars
atrium -- casino -- indoor -- observation -- outdoor -- pool -- and swim-up.

and Miscellaneous Bars
cigar -- cyber -- golf -- jazz -- karaoke -- moving (it rotates in place) -- piano -- private -- public -- sports -- and wellness.

Next time: Rest and Recreation


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on December 26, 2013, 09:16:17 PM
Frying bacon naked is generally considered inadvisable, however.

Frying anything naked is generally considered inadvisable in my book.

 :teddyr:



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on December 26, 2013, 10:32:59 PM
There are all kinds of bars. There are gold bars, the Chicago Bars, and Smoky the Bar, but most of your bars are onboard your cruise ships. There are . . .

Drink Bars
champagne -- coffee -- cognac -- espresso -- juice -- martini -- sake -- tequila -- whiskey -- and wine.

Food Bars
antipasti -- burrito -- carvery -- frozen yogurt -- ice -- ice cream -- pasta -- pizza -- salad -- sashimi -- seafood -- snack -- sushi -- taco -- and tapas.

Location Bars
atrium -- casino -- indoor -- observation -- outdoor -- pool -- and swim-up.

and Miscellaneous Bars
cigar -- cyber -- golf -- jazz -- karaoke -- moving (it rotates in place) -- piano -- private -- public -- sports -- and wellness.

Next time: Rest and Recreation
And then there's the New Orleans Bars, which has the drunks wobbling wild on the streets with drinks in their hands. :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on December 26, 2013, 11:32:59 PM
Frying bacon naked is generally considered inadvisable, however.

It does wake you up early in the morning though, and it makes you forget about your hangover really quick!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on December 27, 2013, 12:35:58 AM
My nostrils have been voted the most sexy breathing apertures in the universe three years in a row!!!!*





*SOURCE: an unusually vivid dream after eating a peanut butter and mushroom pizza


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flangepart on December 27, 2013, 09:03:07 AM
Frying bacon naked is generally considered inadvisable, however.

Frying anything naked is generally considered inadvisable in my book.

 :teddyr:


Yes, if you fry something, put some cloths on it first! As long as it's not polyester.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on December 28, 2013, 07:45:49 PM
The last time a Republican was elected president of the united States without a Nixon or a Bush on the ticket was 1928.

'Sporange', a botany term meaning 'spore case', actually rhymes with 'orange'.

Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 07, 2014, 05:40:34 PM
I promised rest and relaxation, but I'll do that next time, as I need to get this out first.

"18 Things One Can Do to Grow One's Operation from a 2-Man Operation to an Operation That Is Worldwide."

01. Expand not contract.

02. But expand wisely.

03. Hire enough of the best.

04. The world is a changing place, so change with it.

05. But change carefully.

06. Promote! Promote! Promote!

07. Know how to use what you have.

08. If something does not work, then adapt! adapt! adapt! or get out.

09. Listen to your customers.

10. But use your own judgment.

11. Have and maintain a sense of humor.

12. Research! Research! Research!

13. Sucess comes not from what one has done yesterday, or last week, or last month, or even last year, but what was done a decade ago.

14. Spend money to make money.

15. But spend it wisely and carefully.

16. Make all welcome.

17. No one can live forever, so have a line of succession set up, ere you pass on.

18. And just get lucky.

Inspired by Marty Sklar's "Dream It! Do It!" Which we'll talk about more and later, when we review it.

Next time: rest and relaxation or recreation and relaxation


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 07, 2014, 06:04:32 PM
Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive.

That is the last time I eat from a Taco Trailer, made my farts radioactive.  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 07, 2014, 06:15:39 PM
Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive.

That is the last time I eat from a Taco Trailer, made my farts radioactive.  :bouncegiggle:

Fact: Wikipedia defines "non sequitur" as "something said that, because of its apparent lack of meaning relative to what preceded it, seems absurd to the point of being humorous or confusing."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 21, 2014, 02:01:59 PM
As promised, once you have eaten and drank your fill, you may want to do some recreation and relaxation. Just be aware that all these listed are onboard cruise ship activities.

Badminton -- baggo -- basketball -- blongo (I have no idea what this is) -- bocce ball -- bowling -- boxing -- British bowls
Croquet
Darts -- dodgeball
Foosball
Ice skating -- in-line skating
Jogging
Mini golf
Paddle tennis -- Pool
Quoits
Rappelling -- rock climbing -- roller skating
Scuba diving -- shuffleboard -- skydiving -- soccer -- squash -- surfing -- swimming
Table tennis -- tennis
Volleyball
Water polo
Ziplining

But, no more skeet shooting or obstacle courses.

Next time: Then and now.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on January 23, 2014, 02:05:01 AM
Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive.

That is the last time I eat from a Taco Trailer, made my farts radioactive.  :bouncegiggle:

 :buggedout:+ :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on January 23, 2014, 04:43:42 PM
Frying bacon naked is generally considered inadvisable, however.

Yeah, bent over the stove naked while frying bacon and you're libel to burn your sausage on top of it...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on January 24, 2014, 11:47:01 AM
Stanley Kubrick was so worried about being murdered by a deranged fan that he kept a file of known admirers he considered possible future suspects, to be handed over to the police in the event his fears proved correct.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: VenomX73 on January 25, 2014, 01:50:12 PM
The Munster's Mansion and the 'Desperate Housewives house' is the same...

and yes, I just found this out... I'm a little late lol  :smile:

(http://www.retroweb.com/universal/univ_munsters_023.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on January 26, 2014, 10:55:49 AM
A team of six Clydesdales first pulled an Anheuser-Busch wagon (filled with beer from the company's St Louis brewery) in 1933 to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 26, 2014, 12:28:34 PM
Ulysses Grant was to be Lincoln's guest at Ford theater the night of Lincoln's assassination, but changed his plans at the last minute.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on January 26, 2014, 03:01:20 PM
As of last year there were approximately 52,300 nuns serving in the United States, with an average age of sixty-one, down from a quarter-million in 1950, and about 175,000 in 1975. That means if I'd listened to the sisters who visited on career fair days in school trying to talk me into religious life, I could have had great odds at a promotion to the top with so little competition among the habit-wearing scene.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on January 27, 2014, 10:50:56 AM
FRUIT LOOPS are all the same flavor.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on January 27, 2014, 03:07:39 PM
Lizzie Borden and Elizabeth Montgomery (who played Borden in the terrific 1975 TV movie) were 6th cousins.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 27, 2014, 03:16:20 PM
I feel like a zombie today. :bluesad:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Josso on January 27, 2014, 03:16:45 PM
Lizzie Borden and Elizabeth Montgomery (who played Borden in the terrific 1975 TV movie) were 6th cousins.

How do you even determine that in casual conversation?  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 27, 2014, 04:34:15 PM
ER- I heard that on Stern show!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on January 27, 2014, 05:01:18 PM
Lizzie Borden and Elizabeth Montgomery (who played Borden in the terrific 1975 TV movie) were 6th cousins.


How do you even determine that in casual conversation?  :bouncegiggle:


Depends on the company you keep!  :teddyr:

By the way - my grandmother always said Machine Gun Kelly ws her second cousin.

This one:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/MachineGunKelly.jpg)

NOT this one:

(http://bourbontheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/MachineGunKelly.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 27, 2014, 05:11:34 PM
Gas is 5 cents a gallon in Venezuela http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/for-venezuela-the-magic-land-of-cheap-gas-a-big-hike/2014/01/19/cf52b096-7e1f-11e3-97d3-b9925ce2c57b_story.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/for-venezuela-the-magic-land-of-cheap-gas-a-big-hike/2014/01/19/cf52b096-7e1f-11e3-97d3-b9925ce2c57b_story.html)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on January 27, 2014, 06:25:50 PM
Contrary to popular opinion, DNA testing did NOT conclusively prove that Thomas Jefferson was the father of his slave Sally Hemings' children.  What the tests did show was that someone in Jefferson's bloodline fathered ONE of her children.  It could have been him - but it also could have been his brother or his nephew, who also lived at Monticello and had as much, if not more, contact with the slave population there as Jefferson did.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on January 27, 2014, 08:19:23 PM
Wheaties can be picked up with a magnet. I'm thinking alien recipe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MLS3dA72Tg#t=29 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MLS3dA72Tg#t=29)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 28, 2014, 04:40:24 PM
One advantage to being an old git is that you remember how things were. From Marty Sklar's "Dream It! Do It!'"

1952 - Tuition at UCLA was $100.00, and that is not per term nor semester, but per year.
Now - Tuition at UCLA is $14,000.00 per year.

1954 - L.A. had 4 papers that were published every day.
Now - L.A. has 1 paper that is published every day. And the last I heard, the Koch Brothers were interested in purchasing it.

To show how fast  California has grown.

1952 - Anaheim had a total population of 14,000.
Now - 353.643, and it is not the largest city in California, but only the 10th largest city, and it may not even be the largest city in Orange County. By some estimates Santa Ana is larger.

Next time: There are still places in America, where you can express yourself freely.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on January 28, 2014, 11:31:13 PM
The first reports of the yeti called it The Metoh Snow Man.
However, due to a telegraph error somewhere between The Himalayas & London, the report announced it as The Metch Snow Man.

Not knowing what the word "metch" meant, an editor look it up in the dictionary, and found the word metch defined as "capable of being abominated".

And that's how The Metoh Kangmi became The Abominable Snow Man.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on January 28, 2014, 11:44:03 PM
When I was a kid I thought he was the Abdominal Snowman!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on January 29, 2014, 12:25:38 AM
I thought the Yeti was Bigfoot's cousin.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on January 29, 2014, 01:58:24 PM
The Mapinguari, South America's version of big foot, is said to have one particularly odd physical characteristic: backwards feet.

As bizarre as this sounds the South American Kinkajou, a medium sized mammal related to raccoons, has the ability to turn its feet completely around and can reportedly run as fast backwards as it can forwards.

Some reports suggest the Mapingauri is actually a sort of giant sloth rather a humanoid primate.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 30, 2014, 09:47:59 AM
Netflix CEO Hastings says in 2000 he offered to sell 49% of co to Blockbuster & take their name. They said no.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 30, 2014, 09:55:32 AM
Dr. Seuss strongly supported America's internment of Japanese-American citizens during WWII.

(http://www.tofugu.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/signal-from-home.gif)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on January 30, 2014, 11:50:13 AM
On December 17, 1862 Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order Number 11, which expelled all Jews from the military district he oversaw via martial law. Grant claimed Jews were leaders of a black market which was undermining the economy in much of southwestern Kentucky, western Tennessee, and northern Mississippi. While there was evidence that Jewish merchants were indeed involved in black market activities, so were many Christian citizens, who were left unaffected by the law. The widespread outcry against this discriminatory edict was such that President Lincoln overturned the order shortly after learning of it. Grant's implementation of General Order 11 was a stain on the reputation of the otherwise honorable future President.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 30, 2014, 02:45:01 PM
Rev- not a feather in Suess's cap imo. regardless of one's view of that conflict


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 30, 2014, 03:32:42 PM
Rev- not a feather in Suess's cap imo. regardless of one's view of that conflict


No, not at all. He dedicated "Horton Hears a Who" to a Japanese friend and some people think that book was his apology for his views.

In his early years he used lots of ugly racial caricatures.

(http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/4f6c8135eab8eae014000062-1200/.jpg)

I think he grew up and changed his views.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on January 30, 2014, 08:03:00 PM
Amanda Knox is really hot.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on January 31, 2014, 08:19:44 PM
The cult classic sci fi film adaption of Harlan Ellison's A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975) was produced and written (uncredited) by Alvy Moore. Moore was best known as the bumbling county agent on Green Acres.

(http://images.sodahead.com/polls/001784441/3548396693_GreenA14_answer_5_xlarge.jpeg)
"Well, the story is all about a boy and his dog Blood. Uh, well, the boy doesn't actually have dog blood but a dog named Blood. Well maybe the boy has dog blood and a dog named Blood, too. The boy loves the dog Blood but I don't think he likes dog blood. I guess the dog Blood has dog blood but he does like people blood but he doesn't like dog blood, Well, I suppose he likes himself and the dog's name is Blood but.."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 01, 2014, 12:48:11 PM
It is thought lightning strikes may have been a leading cause of death and injury among mammoths, since they were the tallest objects on the plains in their era, and weighing what they did they also held a great deal of water in their bodies, which would have drawn electricity even more.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on February 01, 2014, 01:48:58 PM
     On this day in 1968, this famous photo was taken....

(http://www.pulpinternational.com/images/postimg/summery_execution.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on February 03, 2014, 11:38:54 AM
There is one word in the English language that ryhmes with orange. 

Sporange. 

Definition:  A single-celled or many-celled structure in which spores are produced, as in fungi, algae, mosses, and ferns. Also called spore case.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 03, 2014, 10:46:51 PM
Alex Sink, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor in 2010 who was narrowly defeated by Rick Scott, is the great granddaughter of Siamese Twin Chang Bunker.


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/30/ChangandEng.jpg)

That's Chang on the right...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 04, 2014, 01:30:29 PM
There are still places in America that allow you to express yourself freely.

The veteran who runs carrying the American flag.

The firefighters who run in full protective gear.

Juggle man who juggles as he runs.

Pizza man who carries a pizza as he runs. Well, at least, if he gets hungry along the 26.2 mile route, he'll have something to eat.

The ballerinas in their tutus. And the hula dancers in their grass skirts.

And that does not include all the runners in character costumes.

ariel -- belle -- cinderella -- cruella de ville -- donald duck -- the incredibles -- mickey -- minnie -- snow white -- tarzan -- tinkerbelle -- and vanelope.

The Walt Disney World Marathon, which is held every January.

Next time: "They're still playing our song."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 04, 2014, 05:40:40 PM
Raffine - The book "Chang and Eng" is AWESOME


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on February 05, 2014, 09:13:30 AM
there's a BS law that said that cars cannot be imported from other countries if it's less than 25 years old. It's total BS.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 07, 2014, 04:07:56 PM
A satisfying way to win a scholarly sort of bet is to challenge someone to show where the US Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. Nine times out of ten they'll leap to the First Amendment, but contrary to popular belief the Constitution says nothing on that subject in Amendment One or elsewhere.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 07, 2014, 04:22:08 PM
The youngest rider employed by the Pony Express was eleven years old.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 07, 2014, 06:11:31 PM
A satisfying way to win a scholarly sort of bet is to challenge someone to show where the US Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. Nine times out of ten they'll leap to the First Amendment, but contrary to popular belief the Constitution says nothing on that subject in Amendment One or elsewhere.

It is true that the phrase "separation of church and state" occurs nowhere in the Constitution - that was cribbed from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote over a decade AFTER the First Amendment was ratified.  However, I do think the actual wording was intended to create a certain level of separation - albeit nothing as draconian as the ACLU would have us believe.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on February 07, 2014, 07:20:55 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/9hS7HZK.jpg)

This is a picture of Andre the giant holding a standard sized beer can. 

it has been estimated that Andre the Giant drank 7,000 calories worth of booze every day. The figure doesn’t include food. Just booze.

When Andre was asked how much it took to get him drunk he said, “It usually takes two liters of vodka just to make me feel warm inside.” 

TWO LITERS of VODKA... and that's just warm and fuzy. 

Andre once drank 119 twelve ounce bottles in a six hour period.  That's a bottle of beer every three minutes non-stop, or to put it another way, he drank over 11 GALLONS of booze in one sitting. 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 07, 2014, 07:34:27 PM
That is just INSANE!!!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 07, 2014, 10:38:08 PM
Raffine - The book "Chang and Eng" is AWESOME


Yep - I've got a dog-eared copy somewhere.

Millie-Christine: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (http://www.amazon.com/Millie-Christine-Fearfully-Wonderfully-Joanne-Martell/dp/B0044KMUAK) is a good companion book.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 07, 2014, 10:40:01 PM
The Russian alphabet is very different from the English one - apparently...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 08, 2014, 07:25:50 AM
A horse's teeth weigh more than its brain.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flangepart on February 08, 2014, 09:37:23 AM
A horse's teeth weigh more than its brain.
Calling any politician...oh, wait...horses TEETH!...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 08, 2014, 07:43:44 PM
Because in 2004 Richard Hatch smuggled a book of matches in with him, all contestants on Survivor are now strip searched before setting foot on the island.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 08, 2014, 09:40:19 PM
A satisfying way to win a scholarly sort of bet is to challenge someone to show where the US Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. Nine times out of ten they'll leap to the First Amendment, but contrary to popular belief the Constitution says nothing on that subject in Amendment One or elsewhere.

It is true that the phrase "separation of church and state" occurs nowhere in the Constitution - that was cribbed from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote over a decade AFTER the First Amendment was ratified.  However, I do think the actual wording was intended to create a certain level of separation - albeit nothing as draconian as the ACLU would have us believe.

I think "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" is the correct answer to the challenge to find where the Constitution guarantees the separation of Church and state. Of course it all depends on how you define the concept of separation, establishment, and so forth, and how you apply them in difficult borderline cases. The answers to these questions are not always obvious. I'm sure the ACLU is on the "correct" side in some cases and the "wrong" side in others.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 09, 2014, 12:55:57 AM
Reasonable enough.  I remember a few years back the Supreme Court was hearing a case about commencement prayers.  A Christian historian prepared an amicus curiae brief on the case in which he cited over 400 instances of the men who authored the Constitution and the Bill of Rights offering up prayers at commencements - proof positive, in his view, that they did not view such activities as violating the Establishment Clause.  Well, the pro-prayer advocates lost that particular case, and the historian got a nice letter back from Justice David Souter, congratulating him on a well-researched and prepared brief.  Then Souter concluded with these words: "This proves something I have long suspected - either the Founding Fathers were complete hypocrites on the subject of church/state separation, or else they simply did not understand the Constitution."

I thought that one of the most arrogant statements I have ever read.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 09, 2014, 09:15:19 AM
Souter concluded with these words: "This proves something I have long suspected - either the Founding Fathers were complete hypocrites on the subject of church/state separation, or else they simply did not understand the Constitution."

I thought that one of the most arrogant statements I have ever read.

TO me that sounds more like a humorous observation---although Souter's not normally known for his sense of humor. The Founding Fathers signed onto the idea that "all men are created equal" while many of them kept slaves, so they were no strangers to hypocrisy. They were fallible men, not gods.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 09, 2014, 09:56:53 AM
True enough.  Yet they created the best system of government the world had seen up to that time.
We still govern ourselves by the document they created.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 09, 2014, 10:14:26 AM
I'm more of a Bill of Rights guy


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 09, 2014, 08:59:19 PM
That surprises me not at all!!!!
Yer my favorite libertarian, Lester!!!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 10, 2014, 07:37:33 AM
At its peak in the mid-eighties My Little Pony was more profitable than Barbie.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 11, 2014, 12:27:11 AM
At its peak in the mid-eighties My Little Pony was more profitable than Barbie.


Really? Well, nice to know I was doing my part for the Reagan-era economy!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 11, 2014, 01:00:26 AM
Today the MY LITTLE PONY franchise seems to have acquired a large fanbase of twentysomething males.  For some reason that creeps me out! :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 11, 2014, 08:22:06 AM
Today the MY LITTLE PONY franchise seems to have acquired a large fanbase of twentysomething males.  For some reason that creeps me out! :buggedout:


On a related note... (http://www.badmovies.org/forum/index.php/topic,142255.0.html)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 11, 2014, 08:33:12 AM
Mr Ed drank a gallon of sweet tea per day.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on February 11, 2014, 08:58:46 AM
"God helps those who help themselves" does not even come close to appearing in the Bible. http://www.gotquestions.org/God-help-themselves.html (http://www.gotquestions.org/God-help-themselves.html)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on February 11, 2014, 09:43:18 AM
I love my Nekrogoblikon shirt.

Here's what it looks like-
(https://d3eum8lucccgeh.cloudfront.net/designs/79653/poison_blk_01.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 13, 2014, 02:37:44 PM
According to an infallible declaration made by the great Counter Reformationist Pope Paul IV in the 16th century, should any Pope advocate heresy, he shall de facto be stripped of his office and the Church be considered devoid of a valid Pope until such time as a lawful successor to Saint Peter be elected. This condition of Papal absence is properly known in Latin as sedevacantism ("empty seat").

Many claim that if this doctrine of Paul IV's were to be strictly interpreted, then it could be said there has been no legitimate Pope since John XXIII's tradition-breaking liberal reforms of Vatican II in the early 1960s, many of which violated earlier points of Canon Law. To apply that doctrine, then each subsequent Pope who took office under the rules of Vatican II, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and today's Pope Francis, was or is himself an unlawful occupant of the office due to his upholding of heresy.

There are actually an unknown but substantial number of Roman Catholics worldwide who hold the view that there is no Pope, Mel Gibson being one of the more famous of that number.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 15, 2014, 06:38:01 PM
"It's twistin' time. Let's twist again like we did last summer. Round and round. Up and down."

Old rockers never die. They just go on to perform at the Flower Power Concerts from March to May at EPCOT at Walt Disney World.

One of them being Chubby Checker, who I can remember hearing on the radio over 50 years ago. I wonder if he is still spry enough to do the Twist without throwing his back out.

Another performer will be Herman's Hermits, who I actually planned on going to see a number of years ago, but their concert was canceled because of the lack of ticket sales.

Other performers will include . . .

The Guess Who
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
The Orchestra (remnants of The Electric Light Orchestra)
The Lovin' Spoonful
Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Village People
The Grass Roots
STARSHIP
and Alan Parsons

If any of you are down that way one weekend in March to May, you might stop in,  as the concerts are apparently free, but admission to EPCOT is not.

Also being offered during that time are . . .

A butterfly house
Food and drink booths
A humming bird exhibit
Kids' activities
Talks by the stars of HGTV
and my favorite the toparies.

Next time: if you can't get it there, then get it here.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on February 23, 2014, 01:57:46 AM
It took ten hours to put the Robocop suit on the first time.

It was considerably modified after that. 

Also, Robocop was originally intended to move quick and smoothly like Spider-man.  Even after modifications, this proved impossible, so they decided to go in the opposite direction and make him move even MORE slowly and stiffly. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on February 23, 2014, 07:38:01 AM
The horse is the state animal of New Jersey.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on February 23, 2014, 08:15:04 AM
A quarter of Americans don't know the Earth orbits the sun. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/15/newser-earth-circles-sun/5508413/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/15/newser-earth-circles-sun/5508413/)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 23, 2014, 05:46:59 PM
A quarter of Americans don't know the Earth orbits the sun. 

[url]http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/15/newser-earth-circles-sun/5508413/[/url] ([url]http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/15/newser-earth-circles-sun/5508413/[/url])


It does what now?  :question:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on February 24, 2014, 01:00:18 AM
A quarter of Americans don't know the Earth orbits the sun. 

[url]http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/15/newser-earth-circles-sun/5508413/[/url] ([url]http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/15/newser-earth-circles-sun/5508413/[/url])


It does what now?  :question:


 :bouncegiggle: :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on February 24, 2014, 01:42:38 PM
Two facts: Germans still listen to Techno music (think European 1990s style) and still worship Italian actor Bud Spencer, who was the king of beat-em-up comedy movies in the 1970s.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on February 24, 2014, 10:12:55 PM
Your voice sounds deeper to you because you hear the sound vibration through bone instead of though air like everybody else does. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Paquita on February 24, 2014, 10:24:30 PM
Two facts: Germans still listen to Techno music (think European 1990s style) and still worship Italian actor Bud Spencer, who was the king of beat-em-up comedy movies in the 1970s.

Three facts: I'm half German, I don't listen to techno music, but I do love me some Bud Spencer.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 25, 2014, 05:43:04 PM
We talked already about Christmas shopping at Walt Disney World, so here's available or what was available at its counterpart on the West Coast. Disneyland

Art -- ashtrays (though tobacco products are no longer sold there) -- autographs books
Beach towels -- Beauty products -- Bellhop bells (Front!) -- Bells -- Buttons
Chandeliers -- Coasters
Glass miniatures -- Glow merchandise
Lanyards
Magic tricks
Paperweights -- prints
Sculptures -- ships' lanterns -- snowglobes -- stationery

Next time: Here a character! There a character! Everywehere a character!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 26, 2014, 08:48:23 PM
A hyperchondriac is someone who is almost unshakably convinced his health is absolutely perfect, even when it isn't.

A hypochondriac is someone who is almost unshakably convinced his health is poor, even when it isn't.

The latter outnumber the former by about twenty to one.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 26, 2014, 09:20:38 PM
(http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Peanuts1.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 26, 2014, 09:29:11 PM
The minor league baseball team in Montgomery, AL is dubbed The Mongomery Biscuits, and their official mascot is an anthropomorphistic biscuit.


(http://www.bloggerstobenamedlater.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/5855.gif)

The biscuit's name is 'Monte'.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 27, 2014, 11:34:57 AM
When Lord Byron died in 1824 his publisher John Murray burned his diary, his letters, his half-completed memoirs, his unpublished poems, all his other personal papers, and a Turkish book of homoerotic ink sketches.

When Queen Victoria died in 1901 her personal letters filled 460 boxes. When the censors her son appointed, Viscount Esher and his son Lord Arthur Benson, were done combing through them, the contents of all but three of these boxes were burned.

When Elvis Presley died, it was reported that his friends immediately removed what was described as "several pillowcases full of films" from his bedroom.

In his will Pope John Paul II stated that though he left behind no property, he asked that all his papers be destroyed "unread."

When Whitney Houston died someone removed over half of her Twitter posts.

The tradition of cleaning-up for post-mortem posterity lives on.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on February 28, 2014, 08:14:44 PM
Many popular freshwater aquarium fishes are endangered in their natural habitiat, mainly through human development and loss of habitat.

The very popular Red Tailed Black Shark from Thailand -although still very common in pet stores - is believed to now be extinct in the wild due to loss of habitat.

(http://badmanstropicalfish.com/barb-pictures/redtail3.jpg)



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on March 01, 2014, 06:01:44 AM
Two facts: Germans still listen to Techno music (think European 1990s style) and still worship Italian actor Bud Spencer, who was the king of beat-em-up comedy movies in the 1970s.

Three facts: I'm half German, I don't listen to techno music, but I do love me some Bud Spencer.



I'm not German but grew up in Germany. Techno music and Bud Spencer are (still) part of German (pop) culture, so is "Al Bundy" (Married.... with Children) and "King of Queens". It's amazing to me how something dated like this is still celebrated here. It's like, imagine Americans in 2014 still quoting the "Where's the beef?" Lady from 1984.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on March 01, 2014, 07:46:29 AM
The messenger service known as The Pony Express existed for 18 months.

The Mongols had a similar network called the "Yam".  It lasted throughout the period of Mongol rule and remained intact, though cut back, until the empire crumbled in the 15th century.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: RCMerchant on March 01, 2014, 07:52:53 AM
Bela Lugosi was an avid stamp collector.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 05, 2014, 12:31:27 PM
When I was growing up, about the only non-generic product out there was Barbie and Ken. Nlow, with manufacturers getting wise to the fact that if you slap a character on a product, the people will come, you can get almost anything with a character on it. For example, no-prescription sunglasses . . .

For girls
Barbie
Doc McStuffin
Hello Kitty
Minnie Mouse
Princesses'
Sofia the 1st
Tinkerbelle

For boys
The Avengers
Cars
Jake and the Neverland Pirates
Planes
Spiderman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Toy Story

And kids' magazines are the same. I grew up with "Jack and Jill," if anybody is old enough to remember that one, which was mostly generic. Now there is . . .

For girls
Fairies
Friends
Princesses
Sparkles
Strawberry Shortcake

For boys
Cars
Phineas and Ferb
Marvel Superheroes
Scooby Doo
Thomas [Tank Engine] and Friends

For both
Disney Junior
and though some say they are above such commericalization "Sesame Street"

Of course, what I have said is somewhat given to stereotype, as there is no reason that boys cannot be as interested in "Princesses" as girls are in "Marvel Superheroes."

Next time: If you have ever wanted to dress up as a Tree or a Raccoon and . . .


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on March 05, 2014, 12:50:58 PM
Two facts: Germans still listen to Techno music (think European 1990s style) and still worship Italian actor Bud Spencer, who was the king of beat-em-up comedy movies in the 1970s.

Three facts: I'm half German, I don't listen to techno music, but I do love me some Bud Spencer.



Sind Sie halb Deutsch, Frau Paquita?  Das tut nicht, Alles klar  :smile:
(You're half German? Doesn't matter, it's all good.)

Ich bin Deutsch, beide Seiten meiner Familie.  (German on both sides of my family)

Funny, I've never even heard of Bud Spencer, I don't listen to techno, and I don't drink. I guess I'm one of the ones that slipped thru the cracks of cultural practices. Guess I'm the odd one out....


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on March 06, 2014, 04:36:30 AM
Sushi gives me joygasms.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 06, 2014, 04:34:31 PM
While I was in the woods last night I heard this crashing sound coming straight in my direction and long story short, came within about a yard of getting run into by a deer that swerved just at the last second. I figured I was unique but it turns out 2.9 million people are supposedly injured by deer each and every year. Can you imagine me taking that story to an emergency room, though? "I got hit by a deer." They'd think I was covering up domestic battery or something.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 08, 2014, 03:43:59 PM
While I was in the woods last night I heard this crashing sound coming straight in my direction and long story short, came within about a yard of getting run into by a deer that swerved just at the last second. I figured I was unique but it turns out 2.9 million people are supposedly injured by deer each and every year. Can you imagine me taking that story to an emergency room, though? "I got hit by a deer." They'd think I was covering up domestic battery or something.

If one has ever seen the TV show "The Middle" on ABC, the same thing happened to Sue Heck (Eden Sher), when she was trying out for the school X-country team and got lost in the woods. She got ran over by a deer.

But, if you don't want to worry about being ran over by deer and want to dress up like a tree or a gun-toting raccoon,
and one will be in southern California the weekend of November 14-16, there's the Marvel Super Heroes Half Marathon
in Anaheim, California.

There is also . . .
a %K Family Fun Run
a Diaper Dash for under 1s
a 100m for 1-3s
a 200m for 4-6s
a 400m for 7-8s
a pasta party Friday night
and a health expo.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 09, 2014, 12:15:59 AM
A handshake passes along more germs than a kiss.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on March 09, 2014, 07:23:41 AM
In the 1100's carousels were training devices used by the Turkish and Arabian cavalries.  The Spanish who first observed the manoeuvers named the practice "carosella", which means "little war".

(So now the junkyard that is my mind will forever be adding bagpipe-and-drum music whenever I see a merry-go-round.  'Cause that is what signifies 'martial' in there.   :lookingup: )


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on March 09, 2014, 11:40:51 AM
Jonathan Lee Riches holds the Guiness World Record for most lawsuits filed. 

Once he found out about his "honor" he sued Guinness Book of World Records. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on March 09, 2014, 01:39:45 PM
Mining lobbyist George M. Willing presented the name "Idaho" to congress for a new territory around Pike's Peak, claiming it was a Shoshone Indian word meaning "Gem of the Mountains." But it was just a word he made up.  By the time the deception was discovered, the name "Idaho" was already in common use.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 09, 2014, 02:36:16 PM
In the 1970s a randy dolphin had his wicked way with Carl Sagan on a swim with dolphins outing on the West Coast.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on March 23, 2014, 07:44:13 AM
Horseracing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world: jockeys have a 5% chance of getting seriously injured each time they ride, while in NASCAR racing drivers have about a 0.25% chance of getting into a serious accident.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on March 23, 2014, 03:45:13 PM
Horseracing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world: jockeys have a 5% chance of getting seriously injured each time they ride, while in NASCAR racing drivers have about a 0.25% chance of getting into a serious accident.

Interesting, Newt. One thing to consider though, no pun intended, but there's a lot of "horsepower" in both sports ( :wink:) and whether getting thrown from a horse or a race car, some serious injuries could (and have) resulted. With some of the crashes I've seen on TV and in real life, I'm amazed that some of these guys survived with as much as just  a scratch..


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on March 25, 2014, 03:08:07 AM
No offense to Flangepart, but I ALWAYS misread his name as Flagenpants  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 25, 2014, 02:14:02 PM
With the upcoming "Star Wars : Episode VII" upcoming this year, there are two new books on the past "Star Wars" films now out. The 1st is a collection of screencaps from "Episodes IV, V, and VI," and the 2nd is a collection of screencaps from "Episodes I, II, and III." And both books raised a number of thoughts.

1st. Two mistakes I feel were made. I saw the original "Star Wars : Episode IV," and only the original, and the screencaps for that episode come not from that version, but from one of the later versions, as there are scenes from that episode that were never in the original. And they let George Lucas pick the screencaps for both books. Who then plays down the violence in "Episode IV," which is actually quite violent, relatively speaking.

2nd. Whatever "Star Wars" has done or not done, they did once thing right, and that was the casting. Looking at all the screencaps, everyone looks like they belong in the film. Not only the stars, but also the co-stars, the small speaking roles, and even the silent extras.

3rd. If casting is important, then story is also important, as I can follow the plot of both episodes IV and V. Of course, I have seen episodes IV and V, but even not having seen episodes VI and I, I can follow the plot just looking at the screencaps. It is with the screencaps for episodes II and III, that I have no idea what is going on.

4th. Not much text. Not even captions for the screencaps, but there is a prologue by director Guillermo del Toro, who seems to be quite fond of the series, and as there seems to be no director yet for episodes VIII and IX, it'd be interesting to let him direct one of the films, especially as it looks like he has nothing scheduled for after 2015.

5th. And there is quite a bit of violence directed against children or the younglings in episode III. I don't know whether the violence happened on-screen or off-screen, not having seen the episode, but looking at a couple of screencaps from that episode it looks like 6 or 7 children died. If 7, it is tied for 8th most violent film in the number of children killed, that I have seen. And even if it is only 6, it'd still be among the top 10 films, that I have seen, for the number of children killed in 1 film.

Next time: Something else.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on March 25, 2014, 08:26:35 PM
 It was said that Sonny Chiba's movie, "Streetfighter", was the very first martial arts film to get an X rating due to the violence in it. After seeing the movie totally uncensored on the El Rey network, I can't say that I'm suprised....


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on March 26, 2014, 12:19:03 PM
When Billboard magazine originally introduced the chart for country music, it was called hillbilly music.  It didn't officially become country until years later. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on March 27, 2014, 08:06:30 AM
A breakthrough in machine learning came by way of Google Brain, which consisted of 1,000 servers (16,000 CPU cores) simulating a model of the brain with a billion synapses (connections). Google Brain was trained using ten million 200x200 images unsupervised in three days. At the end, Google Brain revealed that there are two types of images that show up on the Internet quite frequently: faces and cats.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on March 31, 2014, 10:10:15 PM
The first person to be Canonized by The Church was NOT El Blasto The Great.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on April 01, 2014, 04:40:22 PM
Sandra Harmon, second wife of Larry Harmon (aka Bozo The Clown) wrote a book about Harmon's unfaithfulness and his sex addiction, and his pathological lies. The book is entitled "Sleeping With Bozo And Other Clowns".  All you wanted to know about the man behind the red nose but were afraid to ask  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 06, 2014, 02:33:38 PM
Did you take a sea cruise last year? 20,000,000 of your fellow Americans did, including myself. And if you are interested in taking a sea cruise this year or next year, here is a list of the score or more of the cruise lines that sail out of the U.S. ports, and the year they began operations.

1840 Cunard
1872 Holland America
1950 Costa
1964 ACCL
1965 Princess
1966 Norwegian
1969 Royal Caribbean
1972 Carnival
1986 Cruise West
1986 Windstar
1987 Seabourn
1989 Celebrity
1990 Crystal
1990 RSCC
1991 Star Clippers
1994 Silver Sea
1995 MSC
1998 Disney
And "Frozen" has become so popular, that beginning next year or 2015, Disney Cruise Lines will begin cruises of the Norwegian fjords or the land that inspired the look of "Frozen." With embarkation and disembarkation in Copenhagen, Denmark. No doubt Anna and Elsa will put in appearances, so you'll have two choices: wait 4 hours to meet them on board ship or wait 4 hours to meet them at Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

2003 Oceania
2006 Azamara

Total = 867 years of service or an average of 43 years for each cruise line. More or less.

Next time: 29 and 25



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on April 06, 2014, 11:31:54 PM
Let's talk about heroin. 

Heroin was created as a painkiller.  It was in fact named for it's "heroic" ability to relieve pain.  Originally it was sold over the counter as a cough remedy.  The same company that produced it also made aspirin, which required a prescription. 

Morphine and heroin were both used as a "cure" for alcoholism at one point.  Heroin was also belived to be a cure for morphine addiction.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on April 07, 2014, 11:49:55 AM
Bill Cosby has a lifetime contract with the Harlem Globetrotters.  He gets paid a $1.05 a year.  Magic Johnson, who has a similar contract only get a dollar. 



Also, Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, Whoopi Goldberg, Nelson Mandela, and Pope John Paul II are all honorary Harlem Globetrotters. 

Sadly, I don't think they ever played an actual game. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 07, 2014, 05:30:27 PM

Morphine and heroin were both used as a "cure" for alcoholism at one point.  Heroin was also belived to be a cure for morphine addiction.

Heroin is a cure for morphine addiction, in the same way methadone is a cure for heroin addiction.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on April 07, 2014, 10:49:43 PM
The Twilight Zone episode, “The Last Night of a Jockey” (1963) was written specifically for Mickey Rooney as a one-man performance.  He played a jockey named Grady who has been banned from racing for life for doping horses, then gets a lesson in “careful what you wish for.”


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on April 08, 2014, 03:25:16 PM
The Twilight Zone episode, “The Last Night of a Jockey” (1963) was written specifically for Mickey Rooney as a one-man performance.  He played a jockey named Grady who has been banned from racing for life for doping horses, then gets a lesson in “careful what you wish for.”

I would assume that it was written for Rooney because of his relatively small frame as that's a major requirement for a horse racer? Just curious.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 09, 2014, 10:03:38 AM
Fifteen years ago today, this office where I am now sitting was in a certified disaster area, after an F-4 tornado hit, killing four people, injuring fifty, and leveling two-hundred homes and businesses.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 14, 2014, 07:13:30 PM
29 and 25

29 or the percentage of girls that are abused by their boyfriends.
25 or the percentage of boys that are abused by their girlfriends.

Almost the same percentage. Though, there are two differences between the two. The abuse of girls is mostly sexual abuse, while the abuse of boys is mostly physical abuse. And the abuse of girls is more likely to send them to the hospital, then the abuse of boys. Still . . .

Shortly, after this I saw a book on abusive relationships among teens, and it was all about girls being abused. Not one word about boys being abused, as if boys were never abused. I had another problem with the book, even forgetting that gay youth are also abused. All the information was about heterosexual girls. Nothing at all about girls who are in a lesbian relationship. Lesbians may or may not be more immune to abuse than their heterosexual sisters, but they are not entirely immune from being abused in a relationship.

Next time: Nice to see that some things never change, as the double standard continues to run rampant in some ways.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on April 14, 2014, 10:01:44 PM
149 years ago, minus about an hour, John Wilkes Booth pulled the trigger on a single shot Derringer and murdered the President of the United States.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on April 14, 2014, 10:25:33 PM
The Waffle Taco from Taco Bell isn't anything too special. It's edible, but nothing to get crazy about. Trust me, after trying ti twice, the second time around seemed to suck more.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on April 17, 2014, 12:44:28 PM
Even the Mythbusters couldn't devise a way to clean me undies.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Derelict Coin-op on April 20, 2014, 01:05:05 AM
Fun Fact: Turtles can breathe through their butt.


...the more you know!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on April 20, 2014, 03:17:01 AM
After washing your hair with shampoo, rub your hair with a towel and then apply conditioner. Let the conditioner settle for at least two minutes, and then rinse.
My hair tends to get a bit fuzzy without conditioner. It falls straight and is shiny when I do it the two-minutes way  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on April 20, 2014, 06:32:24 PM
Sssooo... For dopers, it's 4-20 day... Which coincides with Hitler's birthday...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 28, 2014, 12:25:30 PM
I just finished a biography of Edward VII, in which the author speculates that Winston Churchill's mother Jennie slept with two hundred men, including possibly Oscar Wilde (all right, Oscar!) and almost certainly the Prince of Wales. To get even weirder, her second husband, who was twenty years her junior and the same age as her son Winston, was most likely actually fathered by the Prince of Wales in an affair with another woman at the same time he was  involved with Jennie. This wedding disturbed the Prince so badly that he cut all ties with the former Lady Churchill.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on April 28, 2014, 10:38:04 PM
Churchill's mom was a skank.  A society skank, no doubt, but a skank nonetheless.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on April 28, 2014, 11:56:55 PM
I understand Churchill's Mon invented the whiskey & vermouth, & the Brits called it the Manhattan 'cause she's from there...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on April 29, 2014, 07:27:40 AM
Churchill's mom was a skank.  A society skank, no doubt, but a skank nonetheless.

And how many women did the rich men of the day sleep with?  Nice double standard there.

Besides, she was American.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on April 29, 2014, 07:19:26 PM
Not at all.  I hold men who cannot keep their marriage vows in equal contempt.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 01, 2014, 11:18:49 AM
Typically there are more tornadoes in the United States in May than any other month, but the tornadoes of April kill the most people.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 01, 2014, 06:13:53 PM
Churchill's mom was a skank.  A society skank, no doubt, but a skank nonetheless.

And how many women did the rich men of the day sleep with?  Nice double standard there.

Besides, she was American.

Well, qs far as skanks and cheating, it seems that one Camilla Parker Bowles was the third wheel in the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.  How many members of royalty slept with women too? Nice double standard there too.

How any man could have dared turn his back on such a lovely lady is beyond me, so Prince Charles gets a skank award too.

Also, they're both British (while we're naming nationalities here.) 
So as we can see, skanks exist on both sides of the Big Pond.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: zelmo73 on May 01, 2014, 08:58:13 PM
Churchill's mom was a skank.  A society skank, no doubt, but a skank nonetheless.

And how many women did the rich men of the day sleep with?  Nice double standard there.

Besides, she was American.

Well, qs far as skanks and cheating, it seems that one Camilla Parker Bowles was the third wheel in the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.  How many members of royalty slept with women too? Nice double standard there too.

How any man could have dared turn his back on such a lovely lady is beyond me, so Prince Charles gets a skank award too.

Also, they're both British (while we're naming nationalities here.) 
So as we can see, skanks exist on both sides of the Big Pond.

But British skanks are "proper" skanks, you see.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 10, 2014, 04:55:47 PM
There was a recent article in a newspaper, probably "The New York Times," as to how many of our young sons have ready access to pornography. The number was well into the six figures. Well over 100,000 viewers.

Then the article went on and said, despite all the time and money studying the subject of pornography, there is still no definitive conclusion as to whether pornography is harmless or not, but even those who think that it is harmless for the most part, don't want their young sons looking at it, because of the way it objectifies women.

What the article did not state, that while we may think we are doing a good job of protecting our children from pornography, we are actually not. Not when we ignore over half our children. For there was not one word in the article about our daughters not looking at it. And like the new book on how to prevent our children from being involved in an abusive relationship, while they are in school, the article failed to even mention gay youths and young lesbians. Even though there are types of poronography that are specialized for gays and lesbians.

Next time: Why does anything good begin in an year that ends in zero?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on May 15, 2014, 11:59:17 AM
Rick James was known for dissing Prince in interviews in the early 1980s. Whatever Prince did James claimed he could do better. When Prince had huge success with the Purple Rain movie and soundtrack in 1984, James' response was that his movie coming out in 1985 will be so much better. Rick James intended to produce, direct, star and write all the music for his movie debut.
However, declining record sales in 1984 and 1985 forced Rick James to abandon his film project.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on May 26, 2014, 12:08:29 PM
The working title of Shaun of the Dead was Tea-Time of the Dead.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on May 26, 2014, 03:00:37 PM
The original title of the Shaw Brothers "Five Deadly Venoms" was "Pick Your Poison".


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 27, 2014, 04:51:17 PM
Why does nearly everything good begin in an year ending in zero?

1910 Felix the Cat
1930 Betty Boop
1940 Bugs Bunny
1940 Tom and Jerry
1940 Woody Woodpecker
1950 Gerald McBoing-Boing

Off by 3 years. Popeye. 1933
Off by 2 years. Huckleberry Hound. 1958
And off by an year. Mr. Magoo and Rocky and Bullwinkle. 1949 and 1959 respectively.

And where are they now? For the most part gone and forgotten. Though, you can see Bugs Bunny and friends at Six Flgas.

As for Snow White, a teenager in 1937, a few more grey hairs, a few more wrinkles, but she is still going strong 77 years later.

Next time: Would you do this, if it meant your demise?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 27, 2014, 07:57:03 PM
In Japan in the 1980s a popular product for children was (translated as) "Whacky Pee." Apparently when a child swallowed a Whacky Pee tablet, which looked like the little Easter egg dye pellets we see each spring, his urine would temporarily be turned to one of a rainbow of pre-selected colors, from orange to blue, green to purple. The original intent of the product was for medical use, but it soon took off when introduced in toy stores in 1984.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on June 01, 2014, 06:30:24 AM
Since Europeans are not familiar with the flavor Cool Ranch, Frito-Lay made a name change when they launched Doritos Cool Ranch in Europe. In some parts of Europe they are known as Cool Original (UK), or Cool American (Germany).

(http://i.imgur.com/Ct9em4H.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 02, 2014, 07:23:57 AM
Since Europeans are not familiar with the flavor Cool Ranch, Frito-Lay made a name change when they launched Doritos Cool Ranch in Europe. In some parts of Europe they are known as Cool Original (UK), or Cool American (Germany).

([url]http://i.imgur.com/Ct9em4H.jpg[/url])


And, at one time, one of the Three Stooges held 51% stock in the company that makes this great snack, and they were thinking of calling them "Curly Joe Doritos"....   :twirl:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flangepart on June 02, 2014, 07:52:44 AM
In Japan in the 1980s a popular product for children was (translated as) "Whacky Pee." Apparently when a child swallowed a Whacky Pee tablet, which looked like the little Easter egg dye pellets we see each spring, his urine would temporarily be turned to one of a rainbow of pre-selected colors, from orange to blue, green to purple. The original intent of the product was for medical use, but it soon took off when introduced in toy stores in 1984.
On St. Patrick's day, Yankee adults get the green effect with green beer.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 03, 2014, 01:09:20 PM
J.K. Rowling says if Voldemort saw a boggart, it would take the shape of his dead body, since his own death was Voldemort's greatest fear.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on June 03, 2014, 01:32:38 PM
In 1837, the Navy of the Republic of Texas claimed the Island of Cozumel for the Republic.

WHY DID WE GIVE IT BACK???


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 06, 2014, 10:24:45 AM
Every freedom we hold dear, each right we enjoy as citizens of democracies, can be traced back to the bravery and sacrifices made by the veterans of World War Two who fought to protect them, especially those men who stormed the beaches of Normandy this day seventy years ago. Across time, from whatever Allied nation they came from, I thank them one and all for everything their sacrifices bestowed upon us.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 07, 2014, 04:46:55 PM
Would you do this, if it meant your demise?

I know some of us have already lost friends and family to violence. Other of us will die violently in the future, but the statistics are so good, at least here in the U.S., if I am correct, only about 3% of Americans will die a violent death from all causes.

It is harder to figure out how many people in the past died violently, but my best guesstimate is somewhere between 5% and 10%. Higher than now, but still not as high as . . .

Who Was Who in World Explorers
(Carl Waldset, editor)

A brief, if detailed, bio of 830 different explorers of the past from the time of the Ancient Phoenicians to the 20th century. It is detailed enough to give how each explorer died, if known.

83 (10%) never returned from their last exploration.
40 (05%) later died in battle
25 (03%) were later murdered
15 (02%) later disappeared and were never seen again
09 (01%) were later executed
09 (01%) were later mortally wounded
08 (01%) later committed suicide
14 (02%) later died violently from some other cause

That's 203 out of 830 or about 25%. When a figure gets to be that high, I have to think explorers must have had some secret death wish that set them off exploring.

People of the past lacked for many things, including some times a brain, but they never lacked for courage.

Next time: The Twenty


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 12, 2014, 01:03:56 PM
According to Luann Platter, the changing table at Whataburger is strong enough to hold one person, but not two.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 12, 2014, 02:22:15 PM

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were thinking of naming one of their kids after where he was conceived, but there wasn't enough room to put "Taco Bell, Men's Room Floor" on the birth certificate.   :twirl:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 14, 2014, 04:47:23 PM
Christopher Lee, famed British horror legend, was among thousands who traveled to Finland to fight against the Russians in the Winter War of 1939.  I can only wonder how many of his comrades saw him later on TV and went "Hey, that guy was in combat with me back in 1939!".   Very interesting fact.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on June 15, 2014, 09:45:54 PM
Christopher Lee, famed British horror legend, was among thousands who traveled to Finland to fight against the Russians in the Winter War of 1939.  I can only wonder how many of his comrades saw him later on TV and went "Hey, that guy was in combat with me back in 1939!".   Very interesting fact.
There's a nice story from the commentary of Lord of the Rings on that note. 

From Peter Jackson’s DVD commentary: “When I was shooting the stabbing shot with Christopher, as a director would, I was explaining to him what he should do… And he says, ‘Peter, have you ever heard the sound a man makes when he’s stabbed in the back?’ And I said, ‘Um, no.’ And he says ‘Well, I have, and I know what to do.’”

Another good one, one time he was pressed in an interview about his SAS past.  Lee leaned forward and whispered: “Can you keep a secret?”

The interviewer cried out "Yes!" with excitement.

"So can I." replied a smiling Lee, sitting back in his chair.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 16, 2014, 05:44:33 PM
Last year, 8,000,000 of your fellow Americans took a cruise. If anyone is interested in taking a cruise this year, or sometime in the future, here are the 20, and the year that they began operation, cruise lines that sail out of the U.S.

1840 Cunard
1872 Holland America
1950 Costa
1964 ACCL
1965 Princess
1966 Norwegian Cruise Line
1969 Royal Caribbean
1972 Carnival
1986 Cruise West
1986 Windstar
1987 Seabourn
1989 Celebrity
1990 Crystal
1990 RSSL
1991 Star Clippers
1994 Silver Sea
1995 MSC
1998 Disney
2003 Oceania
2006 Azamara

Total years experience 864
Average years experience 43

Next time: almost everyone's favorite topic . . . food


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 17, 2014, 08:53:42 AM
The 1965 Toho oddity Frankenstein Conquers The Worldwas the first full American and Japanese film collaboration ever. It was released in Japan on August 8, 1965, two days after the commemoration of Hiroshima.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 17, 2014, 11:20:47 AM
Mickey Rooney has the longest career acting regularly in motion pictures. His first credit came at the age of 6 in the 1926 short "Not to Be Trusted," and he continued acting in movies until his death in 2014, a record 88 years.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 18, 2014, 03:19:07 PM
Islam permits lying, cheating, stealing, killing, drinking alcohol and even praying to a god other than Allah, if it is done by one of the faithful in order to further the expansion of Islam. This dispensation is known as Al Taquia.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 18, 2014, 05:05:37 PM
On the 15-day Trans-Canal Cruise on Disney Cruise Line or from Florida to California with stops in the Caribbean, Columbia, and Mexico, the line will make use of 13 different dinner menus and offer . . .

50 different appetizers
24 different soups
24 different salads
63 different entrees
60 different desserts*
57 different vegetarian dishes**

*And that does not include sugar-free desserts of which 2 or 3 are offered each day at dinner, but it does include 14 different Sundaes. One of which is offered each day at dinner. And for dinner on the 15th day, Baked Alaska is offered in lieu of a Sundae.

**A vegetarian dish can include a soup, a salad, or an entree.

That may seem like a long time, and it is for DCL, but not for other lines which offer a world cruse, which can last from 82 days to 162 days and averages 114 days. And with dinner menus being repeated only once or maybe twice, one is looking at 28 to 57 different menus.

As for its competitor, Carnival Cruise Line . . .

a typical week cruise on a typical ship will purchase and consume 475,250 shrimp, 108,140 pounds of chicken, and 51, 175 pounds of beef. And a typical passenger will gain 8 pounds during that week.

Carnival Cruise Line, in toto, on all its ships, uses so much beef, that there is a farm/ranch in Iowa, that does nothing but raise beef cattle for CCL.

Next time: It's DC vs. Marvel in 14 rounds of rock 'em, sock 'em action.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on June 18, 2014, 07:40:53 PM
Quote
Christopher Lee, famed British horror legend, was among thousands who
traveled to Finland to fight against the Russians in the Winter War of
1939.  I can only wonder how many of his comrades saw him later on
TV and went "Hey, that guy was in combat with me back in
1939!".   Very interesting fact.


That is very interesting: I have Sir Christopher's autobiography LORD OF
MISRULE and he doesn't mention that at all. He was in Paris in 1939 and left before the Nazis invaded and he served in the RAF in Rhodesia, North Africa and Italy during WW2.  :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 19, 2014, 07:54:53 AM
Mickey Rooney has the longest career acting regularly in motion pictures. His first credit came at the age of 6 in the 1926 short "Not to Be Trusted," and he continued acting in movies until his death in 2014, a record 88 years.

WOW!   :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 19, 2014, 12:21:12 PM
Neil deGrasse Tyson was offered a wrestling scholarship after high school. To earn money during graduate school he once considered performing as an exotic dancer at a club that featured men wearing lighter fluid soaked jock straps set ablaze gyrating their hips to "Great Balls of Fire." He is a wine collector almost as noted within that community as he is within the science community. He says he thinks about God as little as he possibly can, and once confronted a heckler by telling him, "I can go on talking for hours and have facts to support everything I say. Can you?" The heckler could not. deGrasse Tyson can bench press 300 pounds, took boxing lessons from George Foreman, and says his favorite sandwich is his own secret invention named "the Ty-wich." However he refuses to disclose what goes on a Ty-wich.

I think he's mostly a pretty cool guy.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 21, 2014, 07:30:35 AM
Islam permits lying, cheating, stealing, killing, drinking alcohol and even praying to a god other than Allah, if it is done by one of the faithful in order to further the expansion of Islam. This dispensation is known as Al Taquia.

So this intentional activity appears to be for the purpose of having that one personthat exemplifies everything Islam is against so that the faithful can remind themselves not to be like this person? Sounds like "don't let this happen to you".  Interesting...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 21, 2014, 02:27:38 PM
Islam permits lying, cheating, stealing, killing, drinking alcohol and even praying to a god other than Allah, if it is done by one of the faithful in order to further the expansion of Islam. This dispensation is known as Al Taquia.


So this intentional activity appears to be for the purpose of having that one personthat exemplifies everything Islam is against so that the faithful can remind themselves not to be like this person? Sounds like "don't let this happen to you".  Interesting...


According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taqiyya#Examples), this dispensation was more intended for the protection of Muslims who were forcibly converted to Christianity, so that they could pretend to convert without being forced to face torture or exile.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 21, 2014, 02:57:52 PM
Islam permits lying, cheating, stealing, killing, drinking alcohol and even praying to a god other than Allah, if it is done by one of the faithful in order to further the expansion of Islam. This dispensation is known as Al Taquia.

So this intentional activity appears to be for the purpose of having that one personthat exemplifies everything Islam is against so that the faithful can remind themselves not to be like this person? Sounds like "don't let this happen to you".  Interesting...



Taquia is most frequently invoked today by Islamist subversives who live among western populations while they await orders to carry out violence in the name of Allah. Most famously Khalid Sheikh Mohammed urged a mindset of Taquia on the men who carried out the mass murders of September 11, 2001, after having spent several years living in American and German society passing themselves off as peaceful pro-western moderates even as they planned large-scale killings. Basically it is an "ends justify the means" sort of doctrine.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: VenomX73 on June 21, 2014, 03:24:36 PM
(http://blu.stb.s-msn.com/i/58/ED1CE58AD49EE69BA57D913CB6C.jpg)

Three-hundred-seventeen Dodge Chargers were used in filming "The Dukes of Hazard" TV show.
On average, 3 cars were wrecked during the filming of each episode


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on June 25, 2014, 08:07:45 AM
Most famously Khalid Sheikh Mohammed urged a mindset of Taquia on the men who carried out the mass murders of September 11, 2001, after having spent several years living in American and German society passing themselves off as peaceful pro-western moderates even as they planned large-scale killings.

[Expletive deleted] bastards, hiding behind their faith  :hatred:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 25, 2014, 09:48:57 AM
Islam permits lying, cheating, stealing, killing, drinking alcohol and even praying to a god other than Allah, if it is done by one of the faithful in order to further the expansion of Islam. This dispensation is known as Al Taquia.

So this intentional activity appears to be for the purpose of having that one personthat exemplifies everything Islam is against so that the faithful can remind themselves not to be like this person? Sounds like "don't let this happen to you".  Interesting...



Taquia is most frequently invoked today by Islamist subversives who live among western populations while they await orders to carry out violence in the name of Allah. Most famously Khalid Sheikh Mohammed urged a mindset of Taquia on the men who carried out the mass murders of September 11, 2001, after having spent several years living in American and German society passing themselves off as peaceful pro-western moderates even as they planned large-scale killings. Basically it is an "ends justify the means" sort of doctrine.

Making the sense that it does now after more reading up on it, it also seems as if it's a way to keep in character too, being that they're violent individuals. They have to stay that way to avoid getting soft or developing human feelings towards the culture they live in.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 25, 2014, 09:51:34 AM
Most famously Khalid Sheikh Mohammed urged a mindset of Taquia on the men who carried out the mass murders of September 11, 2001, after having spent several years living in American and German society passing themselves off as peaceful pro-western moderates even as they planned large-scale killings.

[Expletive deleted] bastards, hiding behind their faith  :hatred:

Those dirty extremists...you try rubbing, scrubbing, bombing and shooting and still you've got "Ring Around The Burqa".....   (a play on an old TV commercial for a famous laundry detergent.)    :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 25, 2014, 04:05:06 PM
Who makes the best films?
D.C. or Marvel?
That is too subjective, which I try to stay away from, so let me argue, who can best promote their product across multipromotional platforms? Which is also subjective, but more objective than the other question?
D.C. and Warner Bros. or Marvel and Walt Disney?                       
With the understanding that both Sony Universal NBC and 21st Century Fox have title to some of the Marvel characters, but are excluded from this list, which we'll treat as a 14-round boxing match of Warner Bros. vs. Walt Disney.

Round 1
domestic TV
And here and in the next round, we are not talking about producers and distributors, but channels and networks.

Warner Bros.: 50% of CW.
Walt Disney: ABC, ABC Family, the Disney Channel, Disney Junior for pre-schoolers, and Disney XD for tween boys + 80% of ESPN, 50% of A&E, and 32% of Hulu.

We'll give this one to Walt Disney.

Round 2
international TV

Warner Bros.: None
Walt Disney: channels and/or networks in almost 3 dozen specific foreign countries around the world, including South Africa (Ithere you go Trevor) + Asia, Latin America, and the Mid East (in both Arabic and English.)

We'll give this one to Walt Disney.

Round 3
tours

Warner Bros.: None
Walt Disney: you want to see the sites in Norway that inspired "Frozen." They offer a tour. You want to see the sites in Scotland that inspired "Brave." They offer a tour. Thus, during the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, they offer a special tour, that also includes many of the Disney sites in southern California (including the archives, the El Capitan Theater,  Imagineering building, the Jim Henson Studios, the Walt Disney Studios, etc.)

We'll give this one to Walt Disney

Round 4
Theme parks

Warner Bros.: Has recently gained a theme park footprint in conjunction with 6 Flags Amusement Parks, where a section of the park has been given over to the Warner Bros. characters, including a Superman roller coaster.
Walt Disney: meet 'n' greets with the Marvel characters, including Captain America, Thor, etc.

We'll call this one a tie.

Round 5
Sports

Warner Bros.: None
Walt Disney: the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The last one at Walt Disney World sold out in 2 weeks and attracted 50,000 runners and 50,000 more spectators.

We'll give this one to Walt Disney.

Round 6
Shows

Warner Bros.: None
Walt Disney: possible Broadway and ice shows, but nothing as of yet.

We'll call this one a tie.

Round 7
Ships

Warner Bros.: None
Walt Disney: Disney Cruise Line. Indeed an area in the children's section has been rethemed to reflect the Marvel characters.

We'll give this one to Walt Disney.

Next time: Rounds 8 to 14 and a finish.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 25, 2014, 10:07:02 PM
Thirteen of the last seventeen winners of the National Spelling Bee have been Indian-Americans.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on June 25, 2014, 11:30:58 PM
The galaxies we can observe contain 200-400 billion stars each.  If we assume each star has 1 planet, and not more, and we average a galaxy to 300 billion stars we can deduce The Hubble Deep Field image contains 10,000 galaxies.  At 2.5 arcminutes, that's roughly 1/2,000,000 of the visible universe in any direction. 

So if we multiply 3,000,000,000 x 10,000 x 2,000,000 we get 6 sextillion or  6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in the visible universe.

Yet so far the winner of every Miss Universe pageant has been from Earth. 
I'm beginning to think the contest is rigged. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 26, 2014, 09:16:27 AM
Quote
Christopher Lee, famed British horror legend, was among thousands who
traveled to Finland to fight against the Russians in the Winter War of
1939.  I can only wonder how many of his comrades saw him later on
TV and went "Hey, that guy was in combat with me back in
1939!".   Very interesting fact.


That is very interesting: I have Sir Christopher's autobiography LORD OF
MISRULE and he doesn't mention that at all. He was in Paris in 1939 and left before the Nazis invaded and he served in the RAF in Rhodesia, North Africa and Italy during WW2.  :smile:

The Wikipedia mentions that Lee was among thousands of volunteers who went to Finland to fight the Russians during the Winter War of 1939 shortly after the outbreak of  der Zweiter Welkrieg, oder Weltkrieg Zwei.   He may have been other places as well as most able-bodied British men were drafted for WW2.  I have no doubt he was in other places.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 28, 2014, 10:41:53 AM
For centuries Japanese men soaked in very hot tubs as a method of birth control. While the mechanics of why this was somewhat effective at preventing conception weren't understood, it was long noted that men who took very hot baths tended to father fewer children than those who bathed in more tepid water.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 28, 2014, 08:24:19 PM
It was 100 years ago today that Serbian teen Gavilo Principe assassinated the Austro-Hungarian Empire's arch duke Franz Ferdinand, the act seen as the ultimate reason for the start of WW1.   (auf Deutsch,  erste Weltkrieg.)

Can you believe it, 100 years ago today..

Für alle Deutsch und Österreichisch-Ungarische soldaten von Weltkrieg ein:
Ruhe in Freiden, mein Gebrüder. Gott sei mit dir und ihr Familien.  Sie sind echt Helden alle miteinander. Vergiss nicht diese fein Männer, schlafend jetzt mit unser liebe Gott in Himmel.

"Wir tragen seinen Geist, Kamerad. Den wir so lang Verloren"!




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 29, 2014, 01:49:52 PM
It was 100 years ago today that Serbian teen Gavilo Principe assassinated the Austro-Hungarian Empire's arch duke Franz Ferdinand, the act seen as the ultimate reason for the start of WW1.   (auf Deutsch,  erste Weltkrieg.)

Can you believe it, 100 years ago today..

Für alle Deutsch und Österreichisch-Ungarische soldaten von Weltkrieg ein:
Ruhe in Freiden, mein Gebrüder. Gott sei mit dir und ihr Familien.  Sie sind echt Helden alle miteinander. Vergiss nicht diese fein Männer, schlafend jetzt mit unser liebe Gott in Himmel.

"Wir tragen seinen Geist, Kamerad. Den wir so lang Verloren"!







Actually, yes.  As it was one of the items that made both the local and national news, and it is one of those events that I have a hard time comprehending, because, of course, it was way before my time.

Unfortunately, slightly more than 25 years later, another world war broke out in Europe. But, if anything can be said about both wars, that while there have been a number of other wars in Europe since the end of World War II. There never has been a war of the severity of either world wars. Thus, maybe people, especially in Europe, have taken something away from both wars.

As a side note, the last surviving veteran of the war from either side died two years ago. Her name was Florence Green, and she died on February 4, 2012, at the age of 110. The last male veteran from either side died almost an year earlier. He was an American named Frank Buckle, who died almost an year earlier on February 27, 2011, also at the age of 110. We owe a a lot to both Ms. Green and Mr. Buckle and the other veterans of the war.

The war even had an influence on people who were not veterans, but civilians, at that time. One of them was Walt Disney. His older brother Roy was in the U.S. Navy, and Walt wanted to do his part. He was too young to enlist in any of the armed forces, so he lied about his age and joined the Ambulance Corp to be an ambulance driver. He got to Europe after the war ended, but his time spent in Europe continued to be a major influence for the rest of his life. Actually, he earned some of his first money as an artist while he was in France. Drawing designs on the backs of the leather jackets that the men wore.

No, let us never forget the sacrifices that the people who came ahead of us made.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on June 29, 2014, 03:04:41 PM
It was 100 years ago today that Serbian teen Gavilo Principe assassinated the Austro-Hungarian Empire's arch duke Franz Ferdinand, the act seen as the ultimate reason for the start of WW1.   (auf Deutsch,  erste Weltkrieg.)

Can you believe it, 100 years ago today..

Für alle Deutsch und Österreichisch-Ungarische soldaten von Weltkrieg ein:
Ruhe in Freiden, mein Gebrüder. Gott sei mit dir und ihr Familien.  Sie sind echt Helden alle miteinander. Vergiss nicht diese fein Männer, schlafend jetzt mit unser liebe Gott in Himmel.

"Wir tragen seinen Geist, Kamerad. Den wir so lang Verloren"!







Actually, yes.  As it was one of the items that made both the local and national news, and it is one of those events that I have a hard time comprehending, because, of course, it was way before my time.

Unfortunately, slightly more than 25 years later, another world war broke out in Europe. But, if anything can be said about both wars, that while there have been a number of other wars in Europe since the end of World War II. There never has been a war of the severity of either world wars. Thus, maybe people, especially in Europe, have taken something away from both wars.

As a side note, the last surviving veteran of the war from either side died two years ago. Her name was Florence Green, and she died on February 4, 2012, at the age of 110. The last male veteran from either side died almost an year earlier. He was an American named Frank Buckle, who died almost an year earlier on February 27, 2011, also at the age of 110. We owe a a lot to both Ms. Green and Mr. Buckle and the other veterans of the war.

The war even had an influence on people who were not veterans, but civilians, at that time. One of them was Walt Disney. His older brother Roy was in the U.S. Navy, and Walt wanted to do his part. He was too young to enlist in any of the armed forces, so he lied about his age and joined the Ambulance Corp to be an ambulance driver. He got to Europe after the war ended, but his time spent in Europe continued to be a major influence for the rest of his life. Actually, he earned some of his first money as an artist while he was in France. Drawing designs on the backs of the leather jackets that the men wore.

No, let us never forget the sacrifices that the people who came ahead of us made.


I will agree with everything you said concerning the sacrifices of others.

However, as a man of German heritage on both sides, I have to respect the sacrifices of my relatives who fought for Germany, as well as my American-born relatives of German descent who fought for the U.S.  One of my German-speaking American cousins, Harold Molter. was a prisoner of the Germans. He was later released when the Soviets swept from the east and freed the camp. He served America faithfully, as someof my other relatives faithfully served Germany.

It's been hard for me to maintain balance in a unique and somewhat interesting situation such as this.  I don't wish it on anyone.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on July 04, 2014, 01:14:25 PM
The PEACE SYMBOL was drawn as the letters N and D for NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT...

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44497000/gif/_44497910_cnd_logo_203.gif (http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44497000/gif/_44497910_cnd_logo_203.gif)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 05, 2014, 12:59:54 PM
After a time out for station identification, we are back with Round 8.

Round 8
Retail

Does anybody remember the Warner Bros. Store? But, first . . . ?! I just can't see the popularity of Harry Potter (give me Artemis Fowl any day) but it has been good for NBCUniversal, where they have sold a ton of Harry Potter junk (ah, merchandise) at their theme parks, and as a product of Warner Bros., Warner Bros. gets a cut of that, but only a cut.
So, does anybody remember the Warner Bros. Store? I do, but they were all closed about the time Harry Potter got big, and if they had remained open, Warner Bros. would have gotten a bigger cut of the junk (ah, merchandise.)

On the other hand . . .?!

Not only does the Walt Disney Co. have a chain of stores here in the U.S., but in 13 countries around the world, including South Africa (Here you go Trevor.) and an on-line store in 3 more countries. As, unlike Warner Bros., they know the films are only a come on to buy all the ancillary junk (ah, merchandise) out there.

This round goes to Walt Disney.


Round 9
Resorts

Warner Bros.: None
Walt Disney Co.: Yes, in conjunction with and without their theme parks.

This round goes to Walt Disney.


Round 10
Radio

Warner Bros.: None
Walt Disney Co.: RadioDisney, and their live, call-in interviews with the stars of the Marvel Films, their red carpet events,  and their ads for the Marvel Films. "Guardians of the Galaxy" is still almost a month away from release, but ads are already running on RadioDisney. More on RadioDisney later.

This round goes to Walt Disney.


Round 11
Publishing

Both Warner Bros. and the Walt Disney Co. have a publishing arm, but Warner Bros. has the bigger thumbprint, so . . .

This round goes to Warner Bros.


Round 12
On-line

Both Warner Bros. and the Walt Disney Co. have a large presence, both officially and unofficially, on-line, so . . .

This round is scored as a tie.


Round 13
Music

Both Warner Bros, and the Walt Disney Co. have a musical arm, but Warner Bros. has the larger fingerprint, so . . .

This round goes to Warner Bros.


Round 14
Games

Both Warner Bros. and the Walt Disney Co. have game tie-ins to their characters, but Warner Bros. has the larger footprint. Indeed, it surprised me how large is the Warner Bros. footprint in games, so . . .

This round goes to Warner Bros.

Final total
3 rounds Warner Bros.
3 rounds a tie
8 rounds Walt Disney Co.

So, the Walt Disney Co. wins this fight as to who is best able to promote its product, and Marvel, so far, has done better in its ability to promote than D.C.

Finally, Warner Bros. is a great company. It has been a great company. And it will always be a great company, but it will never be as great as the Walt Disney Co., because it does not have the vision and imagination of a Walt Disney.

Next time: the 4th of July in poundage. City by city.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 09, 2014, 08:58:03 AM
Abdul Kassam Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. Four hundred camels carried the 117,000 volumes.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 12, 2014, 02:19:39 PM
4th of July in lbs. (tons) of fireworks.

50,000 (25) New York City

16,000 (08) Nashville

15,000 (7.5) St. Louis

07,000 (3.5) Seattle

03,500 (1.75) Addison, Texas
Not everything is bigger in Texas

02,000 (1) Chicago

Next time: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Fashionista?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on July 15, 2014, 12:24:01 AM
The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nintendo game was translated and released in Japan before any of the comics or cartoons where.  It was given a new title that roughly translates to Legend of the Radical Ninja Turtles.

Also April O'Neil was made Splinter's daughter for no reason. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Raffine on July 19, 2014, 01:34:20 PM
You can catch leprosy from eating undercooked armadillo.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 21, 2014, 04:18:27 PM
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
aka Princess Kate
Fashionista

I know she wanted to look good for the Aussies and Kiwis on her trip Down Under, but 22 outfits in 19 days?
High end: $3995.00
Low end: $520.00
Average end: $2257.50
$49,665.00 total
or $2613.95 per day

Her mother-in-law may be one of the wealthiest women in the world, but stretched out over a year, that is $954,091.75, and that does not include, as far as I know . . .

the shoes (a pair of which sometimes can cost more than the dress)
the purse
the hat
the underwear (She does wear underwear. Doesn't she? Maybe we can have our local expert on everything underwear, Trevor, look her up and check her out, the next time she is in South Africa.)

Next time: it's the music. He tells ya!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on July 22, 2014, 01:32:47 AM
the underwear (She does wear underwear. Doesn't she? Maybe we can have our local expert on everything underwear, Trevor, look her up and check her out, the next time she is in South Africa.)

At one point I was so obsessed with Princess Diana that I even managed to find out - via a fashion mag - that she liked wearing Donna Karan Intimates Collection lingerie.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on July 22, 2014, 12:18:48 PM
the underwear (She does wear underwear. Doesn't she? Maybe we can have our local expert on everything underwear, Trevor, look her up and check her out, the next time she is in South Africa.)

At one point I was so obsessed with Princess Diana that I even managed to find out - via a fashion mag - that she liked wearing Donna Karan Intimates Collection lingerie.  :teddyr:
I think we all just found out things about Trevor that we really didn't want to know. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on July 23, 2014, 06:52:05 AM
the underwear (She does wear underwear. Doesn't she? Maybe we can have our local expert on everything underwear, Trevor, look her up and check her out, the next time she is in South Africa.)

At one point I was so obsessed with Princess Diana that I even managed to find out - via a fashion mag - that she liked wearing Donna Karan Intimates Collection lingerie.  :teddyr:
I think we all just found out things about Trevor that we really didn't want to know. 

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

Oh, there's much more, plenty more.  :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 23, 2014, 07:58:44 AM
Beyond the realm of things we know lies the realm of things we DON'T know.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 27, 2014, 01:51:23 PM
There are a number of music award shows on TV.

The MTV Video
The Billboard
The American
and the grandfather of all music awards The Grammy, . . .

but none of them are more popular with the 2-17 crowd, nor more watched then . . .

The Radio Disney, . . .

which were on in April and the most watched show, of all the shows on TV, that day by the 2-17 crowd. And for girls 2-14, it was the most watched show that month. Which brings up several thoughts.

I doubt that Radio Disney, since they have their target audience, will do anything to appeal to an older audience, but the other award shows, are they going to do anything to appeal to an younger audience?

I must also admit, that polling the TV watching habits of a 2-year-old, makes me uncomfortable.

And since the show was so popular among its target audience, we will probably get a 3rd show next year.

And furthermore . . .

I also follow what is popular among adults by reading "Rolling Stone," and while our music has never been our parents' music, and our music is not our kids' music, I don't think the gap has ever been wider, as the only singer who seems to bridge the gap between the groups is singer Taylor Swift.

I will also say that the money is not in the album, but in the tour. The album is often released only to get people to come to the show. And while today's music may not have a chronological appeal, it--apparently--has an international appeal. For the American band R5 has toured overseas, and British band The vamps and Canadian singer Shawn Mendes are touring with Texan (not from Austin, but from San Antonio) Austin Mahone. 5 young men not out of their teens and the 6th only 20. Darn! That is testosterone driven tour. The only thing throwing cold water on the tour, is that--to make the broadest appeal to audiences--the all-girl group Fifth Harmony is also on the same tour.

Next time: If a pretty girl is like a melody, then a good business partnership is like a good marriage.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 27, 2014, 02:13:47 PM
When you're an extra in a movie, you're told not to make eye contact with the stars, even if it's between takes and they're not rolling.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on July 30, 2014, 10:13:42 PM
Once the parcel post service was introduced, at least two children were sent by mail.  With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on August 02, 2014, 06:04:50 PM
Murphy's Law was written by a woman.
She wrote her renowned manifesto in the 1930s after buying a "fixer upper" of a house, which turned out to be a money pit, that she ultimately sold at a loss.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 09, 2014, 01:16:40 PM
It is really surprising how much a good business partnership has in common with a good marriage.

Similar, but Not the Same
More so in a business than a marriage, but you do not want the exact same, as while he or she will enhance your strengths, he or she will also enhance your weaknesses. So get someone similar to you, but not the same.

Respect
Respect your partner and get someone who respects you.

Preparation
Your cannot prepare for every possibility, but do not go into a partnership totally blind neither.

Compromise
The lube that makes everything move and groove. Refuse to compromise, and you get something like the U.S. Congress. Compromise, and you get something like Marvel/Disney. When they bought Marvel, Disney wanted Marvel to move from Seal Beach to Burbank. Marvel wanted to stay in Seal Beach. They compromised. Marvel agreed to move to Burbank, but at a later date than first proposed.

Communicate
Not only inside the partnership, but also outside the partnership, as well.

Commitment
Commit oneself every day to trying to make the partnership work.

Next time: the Figures


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on August 10, 2014, 12:15:18 PM
One trick news anchors have of keeping cool under the hot studio lights is to sit behind the desk with their feet stuck in a bucket of cold water.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Dennis on August 15, 2014, 12:34:38 PM
In the movie "Sink the Bismark", Esmond Knight, the actor who plays the captain of HMS Prince of Wales actually served as the gunnery officer of the same battleship and was wounded badly during the fight with Bismark and Prince Eugen


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: RCMerchant on August 15, 2014, 01:07:53 PM
My ass smells like s**t-no really! I aint changed my dam drawers in a week-I been so drunk-Im outta work-got nothing to do except tell folks my ass stinks.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 18, 2014, 01:57:11 PM
"The Figures"

17 and under
girls: 1 out of every 4 or 25% will be sexually assaulted.
boys: 1 out of 8 or 12.5% will be sexually assaulted.
Or, 67% female and 33% male victims.

college students
18 to 22
women: 1 out of 5 or 20% will be sexually assaulted.
That is a decline of 20% from the previous figure.
men: 1 out of 16 or 6.25% to 6.7% will be sexually assaulted.
That is a decline of 50% from the previous figure.
Or, about 75% female and 25% male victims.

Now, what does all of this may mean?

1. Females are more vulnerable than males.

2. But, no one is totally invulnerable.
Not age
Nor sex
Nor sexual orientation.
But . . .?! Having said that . . .?!
And some studies of the subject have shown this, the older you get, the less vulnerable you get. Not totally invulnerable, but less vulnerable. As to why that may be so, I have no idea.

3. We have to stop thinking of this as a MALE problem or a FEMALE problem, but think of it as a PROBLEM. For even if colleges and universities get the co-ed sexual assault down to 0%, and that cannot come soon enough, they will still have, if there are an equal number of both men and women students, an sexual assault percentage of 3% to 4%, because they are dealing with only half of the problem.

4. Of course, not every male student on campus will sexually assault another student, male or female. Indeed, the percentage that do, is quite small. How small? Over 50% of the sexual assaults are committed by only 3% of the students.

Next time: "We called 'em yuppie puppies."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 24, 2014, 02:41:28 PM
"And we called them Yuppie's Puppies."

Harrods.

If you can't find it at Harrods, then it does not exist.

I've been there a couple of times, when in London, as it is a tourist attraction in and of itself. Of course, that was before . . .

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

. . . opened inside the store. And where the most expensive package for your little princess (aged 3-12) is . . .

$1640.00.

That price is not what gets me, as I believe, as long as no one breaks the law, they have the right to charge what they want, and I then have the right to decide whether I want to pay that much or not. No, what gets me is that there are parents out there who have that much money and are willing to spend that much money in one day on their little princess (aged 3-12.)

As for what you get for that . . . You get . . .

a ball gown -- a tiara -- shoes -- a sash -- a t-shirt -- a hairstyle -- hair accessories -- a face paint -- nail colour -- a filled beauty case -- a crystal slipper -- an empty travel case -- a photo album -- a photograph -- a commemorative certificate -- and a partridge in a pear tree. No, you get the complete doll collection, consisting of all 11 Disney princess dolls.

And your little knight (aged 3-12) is not forgotten. For him . . . you can get . . .

a t-shirt -- a sword -- a hairstyle -- a face paint -- a photograph -- and a commemorative certificate.

Much less, but at $82.00 a much less price, too.

And, of course, with "Frozen" being the big international hit it is, there are also "Frozen" packages. The most expensive being . . .

$1230.00

. . . for which you get . . .

3 dresses -- a tiara -- 2 pairs of shoes -- a sash -- a hairstyle -- hair accessories -- a face paint -- a filled beauty case -- an Olaf soft toy -- a doll set -- a photo album -- a photograph -- and a commemorative certificate.

And . . .

Next time: Shop there. And dine and eat there.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 05, 2014, 04:55:39 PM
Most large, stand-alone, independent department stores have someplace you can eat within the store. It makes sense, as they do not want you to leave the store before they extract all the money they can from you. What makes Harrod's in London different is the number, almost 2 dozen, and variety of places to eat.

Restaurants: Asian fusion, elegant dining, ice cream parlor, Italian, jazz cafe, Middle Eastern, pizzeria, rotisserie, seafood, steakhouse, Swiss fusion, and tea room.
Bars: caviar, champagne, coffee, and oyster.
Cafe: Disney

The adult menu has crepes, homemade soups, pastas, quiches, salads, sandwiches, stuffed potatoes, and an afternoon tea. And prices from $12.30 to $25.42.
The kids' menu has kids' favorites in kids' sizes, but also pizza and a Mickey shaped toasty or toasted sandwich. And prices from $10.66 to $15.88.
There is also a dessert menu and a drinks menu, where you can order and be served their house wines and lagers.

I have eaten at Harrod's, though not at the Disney Cafe. The food wasn't that bad. Though, I don't remember how much I paid for it. Though, those prices aren't that bad, considering this is London.

For the last time I was in London, I paid about $80.00 for breakfast. Two things made the price bearable. (1) It was buffet. So it was all you could eat. And (2) It was included in the price of the room at the hotel, where I was staying.

Next time: I'll think of something.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 05, 2014, 06:14:28 PM
Harrod's also has one hell of a strict dress code. I was with someone once and they wouldn't let her in because of what she had on. Still kid her about that sometimes...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 19, 2014, 05:31:59 PM
Of the last 52 to 54 books I have read, reviews will come in dibs and dabs, almost half had one or more children in peril, as the victim. Of those, half of the victims were boys and half of the victims were girls. Thus, no decision as to whether boys or girls make the better victim.

The difference between boys and girls as victims is that 64% of boys who are victims wind up dead in the book, and 55% of the girls who are victims, wind up dead in the book.

The other difference is that girls are more likely to be victims of some sort of sexual abuse. Of the books just mentioned in the 1st paragraph, 7 featured girls solely as victims of sexual abuse, and not one featured boys solely as victims of some sort of sexual abuse. The only book that had boys as victims of sexual abuse, also had girls as victims of the same abuse.

Next time: rights and left on the table.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 28, 2014, 04:42:14 PM
Rights and lefts on the table.

People have seen what Marvel/Disney has done with the rights to the Marvel characters that they have, and they look at what the other film studios have done with the rights to the Marvel characters that they have, and they wonder when Marvel/Disney will purchase those rights back.

It ain't going to happen. It's a sellers' market out there, and the cost to buy back the rights is not commiserate with the money that can be earned from those characters. Better to let the rights to the characters lapse and return to the original owners.

Besides the characters have never been effectively mined, even if they have existed for over 70 years, so there are a lot of characters, as proven by "Guardians of the Galaxy" that can be mined for future films. Whose rights to Marvel/Disney do own.

As for TV rights to these characters, not having had a TV for several years, I know less about what is out there on TV, then I do know what is in theaters. I do know that people are getting away from watching programming on TV and watching it on their computers. Which programming has to be filled. Which creates opportunities to use some of the Marvel characters.

There is also the rights to use the Marvel characters in theme park rides and attractions. Most of the rights being owned by NBC/Universal, which is why you won't see them, for the most part at your Disney theme parks till the rights revert back to Marvel/Disney.

Next time: Left on the table, and there is not much left.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 06, 2014, 03:15:41 PM
Lefts on the table.

Last time we talked about film rights, TV rights, and rides and attractions at amusement parks rights, but that is just some of the rights available, as there is . . .

Gaming rights
Both the characters from Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy are now available to be added to the basic Disney Infinity 2.0.

Merchandising rights
Actually, films are now just a means to bet people to buy the tie-ins associated with the films. For example, there are now Halloween costumes available for little boys that include . . .
The Avengers -- Captain America -- Guardians of the Galaxy -- Hulk -- Iron Man -- Spider-man -- Thor -- and Marvel in general.
Priced between $50.00 and $60.00 per costume, this and tie-ins in general will generate more money than the films themselves.

Publishing rights
Recently saw a book that was nothing less than a series of posters that feature the Marvel characters that could be detached from the book and posted on the walls of one's bedroom or wherever.

Recording rights
Audio books featuring the Marvel characters and the soundtracks from the films.

Staging rights
The Marvel Universe Live, featuring the Marvel characters, which is now touring the U.S. and seems likely, since the interest is there, to tour internationally. A show that allows little boys and big boys to get their inner geekdom on.

And to show that no one does it better than the Walt Disney Company, part of the children's area on board their cruise ships has been turned into a Marvel Training Academy, where after 2 days of training,  if one is young enough, one can help Captain America take on the Red Skull with Captain America putting in a live appearance.

And that is just domestic rights. Not to say what ever foreign rights are available.

Next time: something new


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 23, 2014, 04:26:28 PM
"People Magazine" celebrates its 40th anniversary this month with a special 40th edition. One of the features is the 40 worst murderers, as picked by the editors of "People," with some restrictions. The murderer has to be an American, which eliminates September 11, and the murder has to have happened within the past 40 years, which eliminates everything before 1974, but . . .?! having said that . . .?!

5 were of a racial minority or 12.5%
6 were female or 15%
29 were white males or 72.5%

Only 2 were free and walking around or 5%.
The rest were deceased or in prison.

deceased
--murdered in prison 1 or 2.5%
--died in prison 4 or 10%
--executed 5 or 12.5%
--suicide 10 or 25%

in prison. will die in prison 18 or 45%.

There were several things that surprised me. Not how few women were on the list, that I expected, but with the largest percentage of the prison population being a racial minority, maybe over half, what a large percentage of those murderers were white males.

And with our growing reluctance to execute anyone, even for murder, how many were actually executed, including one of the few women ever executed for murder, were actually executed for their crimes.

I was also surprised at how many committed suicide after their deed. I think which goes to show how disturbed some of these murderers actually were.

Next time: go for the shopping. Not the flying.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on October 24, 2014, 02:20:09 AM
I am working tomorrow and Sunday. No pay. Whoopee.  :tongueout: :twirl:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 29, 2014, 05:23:46 PM
Except for the smallest airports, all airports have a place to shop, as . . .

(a) . . . it serves as a revenue enhancer for the airport authority,
(b) . . . it gives passengers something to do, before their flight leaves,
(c) . . . and it allows passengers to pick up any last minute items they might have forgotten, such as souvenirs, etc.

And by some measures, one of the best places to shop is the Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida. Having been there, and maybe because it is such a mecca for tourists I'd have to agree. There you can find in the air terminal . . .

2 Disney stores
a Harley-Davidson store
a NASA store
a Sea World store
a Universal NBC store
etc.

Among all the other airports where I have been, both internationally and domestically, the only one that I think comes close is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

Next time: More Marvel


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 03, 2014, 06:32:16 PM
More Marvel

2008-2014
10 films
$7.1 billion collectively worldwide box office

Marvel's the Avengers
#1 opening $207.4 million
3rd biggest film of all time

Iron Man 3
#2 opening $174.4 million
6th biggest film of all time

Captain America: the Winter Soldier
Record April opening $95 million
$714 million worldwide
5th biggest film of 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy
Record August opening $94.3 million
$757 million worldwide
biggest film domestically of 2014
3rd biggest film internationally of 2014

It is simpler to have a hit like "Frozen" or "Maleficent" overseas, which are based on foreign sources. It is harder to have a hit overseas on a film that is based on American sources, such as the Marvel films, but that is what happened to "Guardians of the Galaxy," which set an October debut record in China and has taken in $90 million so far. I wonder how "I am Groot" sounds in Cantonese.

Thus, it looks like a bargain basement price, when the Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4.24 billion, since it has already made the purchase price back in only 5 years, but what is more . . .

every movie ticket sold
+ every advertising dollar for every TV show
+ every book bought
+ every toy purchased
- the expenses occurred for all this
= the gravy from now on.

Next time: a new topic to be decided later




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on November 04, 2014, 10:56:46 AM
If ever a stray cat comes and has kittens under your shed, and you need to find good homes for the babies, make your ad say:


Free To Good Home
3 Cute Kittens & 1 Ugly Kitten




Seriously, you'll sell that one ugly kitten way fast, four times over.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 17, 2014, 03:17:06 PM
This is the last year for which I have statistics, but in 2008, 1494 children were murder victims. That averages out to about 4 a day.

As girls are more vulnerable to sexual assault than boys, boys are more vulnerable to physical assault than girls. Of the 1494 victims . . .

1035 were boys or 69%
and 459 were girls or 31%.

Next time: a billion $ doesn't go as far as it once did.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Dennis on November 18, 2014, 11:52:37 AM
Wilmer McLean (May 3, 1814 - June 5, 1882) owned a farm on which the first Battle of Bull Run was fought, a cannon ball from the Union artillery damaged his kitchen fireplace. He moved himself and his family further south to the small town of Appomattox Court House and nearly four years later General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Grant in the parlor of his home.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 23, 2014, 04:31:42 PM
Between January 1, 2013, and November 15, 2014, the films released by the Walt Disney Company grossed over $8 billion, or about $135.17 every second. And that was before money made on Blu-ray/DVD sales and the sale of ancillary rights to TV. Or, to put it another way, between 1937 and 1967, or about the time that Walt Disney was CEO of the company, the films released by the company made $400 million. And that was when a $ was worth a $, so that's good money, but still today, the company is earning 10 times that amount each year, and that's for this year and last year, and it may earn that amount again next year. Here are some of the films and how they did.

Guardians of the Galaxy
#1 grossing film domestically so far this year.
$331 million domestic
$770 million international total

Captain America: Winter Soldier
#2 grossing film domestically so far this year
$260 million domestic
$714 million international total

Maleficent
$241 million domestic
$758 million international total

And here are some more films and their international totals for this year.

Transformers  : Age of Extinction
$1.087 billion

X-men : Days of Future Past
$746 million

Amazing Spiderman
$709 million

Domestic box office
11 of the top 12 grossing films so far this year were either superhero or animated films. The only one that was not was "22 Jump Street," which came in 10th.

It'll be interesting to see how the latest film in the "Hunger Games" series does, as it total at the opening box office was $123 million and change.

Next time: one of the few places and times Americans of all stripes and spots can come together and have fun.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 30, 2014, 05:56:37 PM
The 1st initial inaugural running of the Avenger's Super Heroes Half Marathon was held this month in Anaheim, California, USA.

Beginning at Disneyland and ending at Angels' Stadium, 18,000 runners and spectators from all 50 states and 12 foreign countries participated.

There was a half marathon
and a 5K for the adults

and shorter races for the kids

and even a diaper dash for the toddlers.

And the costumes . . .

Runners came as . . .

the Black Widow -- Captain America -- Donald Duck --- the Falcon -- Hulk -- Lady Thor -- Mickey Mouse -- Ms. Marvel -- She Hulk -- Spiderman -- and Thor.

And then there was . . .

Dr. Dribbler, who dribbled not 1, but 2 basketballs, 1 with each hand, from the start of the race to the end.
The man who ran in full hockey regalia - the ice skates.
The U.S. Marine who ran carrying the U.S. flag.
The woman who wore mouse ears.
But the oddest and strangest costume has to go to the man who ran as Thor's Hammer. Not Thor. Just the hammer.

Even the kids and toddlers ran and dashed in costume.

Captain America -- Hulk -- Iron Man -- Ms. Marvel -- and Thor.

One need not run to dress up. The Cosplay Club wore costumes and stood on the sidelines to cheer the runners on. Though, lord knows, what some of them came as.

And Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Thor were there to have their pictures taken with the runners.

Of course, it was the kids who came out best.

1st. The medals. Every kid who finished got a medal.
2nd. They got to dress up in costume and have fun.
3rd. They got to have some exercise, which hopefully they will continue with when they get home.
4th. As parents were allowed to run with their kids, everyone got in something kids and parents could do together, which will hopefully continue when they get home.
5th. And a new generation of super hero fans were created.

Though, the last is more of a benefit for Marvel and its parent company The Walt Disney Company.

And there will be a 2nd Avengers' Super Heroes Half Marathon next year in 2015 on some weekend in November. So, if you want to dress up and run next year, you can. Just sign up early, as all the spots are often taken 6 months before the start of the race.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 01, 2014, 01:08:37 PM
Popular Myths of History

George Washington had wooden teeth.
(His teeth were made of gold, ivory, lead, animal bone, and human teeth.)

The Red Baron was shot down by a fellow pilot, Roy Brown, of Canada.
(He was hit in the chest by a single bullet fired by an Australian ground gunner. He managed to land his tri-plane, and expired in a field behind enemy lines after smiling and uttering the ironic last word: “Kaput.”)

On the subject of airplanes, it’s said the Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber.
(Skilled though they may have been, according to USAF records, they lost twenty-five bombers in just five missions in 1944 alone.)

Guy Fawkes was a freedom fighting anarchist who stood up for the common man.
(Nothing could be farther from true. Fawkes was a Catholic supremacist who believed in absolute monarchy and the righteousness of the Spanish Inquisition. He plotted mass killings with a mind to establishing autocratic rule in England via the Catholic minority of the population, under whom Protestantism and Parliamentary democracy would soon be outlawed.)

Al Capone died of syphilis.
(He had syphilis but died of pneumonia.)

300 Spartans stood alone against the Persians at Thermopylae.
(There may have been as many as 8,000 other Greeks present in the battle.)

The British piled oppressive taxation on the American colonies.
(The colonists paid virtually zero taxes to England, and the tea tossed in Boston harbor was likely being sold at a loss.)

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
(He invented a telephone, but not the first telephone. That honor may rest with Antonio Meucci who in 1871 applied for a patent for a device that was to all intents and purposes a telephone.)

The American Civil War ended with Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
(Fighting under Johnston continued in North Carolina throughout April 1865, with some guerilla actions occurring during Reconstruction and after. In his self-justifying moments Jesse James regarded himself as an unconquered Confederate soldier and his crimes as patriotic acts carried out in an ongoing time of war. In truth he was probably your garden variety sociopath.)

Witches were burned at the stake in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.
(Convicted witches were hanged there, not burned.)

Birth rates soared nine months after the 1977 New York City blackout.
(People missed a great opportunity, because birth rates showed little change in those times versus surrounding months.)

Saxons invaded England after the fall of Rome.
(Saxons came in what was more like a centuries-long mass migration than an organized invasion.)

Medieval people were substantially shorter than modern people.
(Height has increased in the last century in most developed nations, but decreased significantly in industrial times, when crowded cities and poor nutrition took a toll. Medieval people were taller on average than urban dwellers at the apex of the industrial revolution, and in many parts of Europe, about the same height as their descendants are today.)

Dr. Guillotine, inventor of the device of like name, was executed by guillotine.
(He died of renal failure in 1814.)

Cleopatra was black.
(She was the product of generations of inbreeding by the royal family, who were of Macedonian---i.e. European---descent, having come to power in the chaos following the death of Alexander the Great, a Macedonian, who had conquered Egypt two and a half centuries earlier.)

And finally: Imbued with supernatural gifts, Rasputin survived being poisoned, shot, stabbed, clubbed, and finally drowned after being thrown into a frozen river, where he lived long enough to try to claw his way up from the ice, and expire while making the sign of the cross.
(No matter how Type-A the guy was, he couldn’t have survived all that. More of a con-man faith healer and avocational serial rapist than a wizard, Rasputin was able to survive the poison intended for him because he explained to his host that he suffered from “an acidic stomach” which reacted badly to sugar, and did not partake of the cyanide-infused cake. His death came about largely after he was fatally shot multiple times by one “Prince” Felix Yusupov, husband of the Czar’s half-niece. True Rasputin was beaten and stabbed as he lay dying, but by the time he was tossed into the Malya River off the Bolshoy Bridge, he was dead as a doornail and didn’t supernaturally linger in the water. He was no more mystical than you or me, just a superior BS-er. End of story.)




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 09, 2014, 12:46:01 PM
Why . . .?!
The hardest question to answer, but the most intriguing (at least to me;)
therefore . . .

Why . . .?!
And this touches mainly the comic books and only lightly on the films and TV shows

Why. . .?!
When DC Comics (hereafter known as the DC Universe--near enough) got there first or in 1934.
Though the Marvel Universe is older than I thought. It's beginning being in 1939.

Why . . .?!
When the DC Universe still has the two best known inhabitants in Batman and Superman

Why. . .?!
When at one time the DC Universe once outsold the Marvel Universe in comic books

Why. . .?!
Has the Marvel Universe surpassed the DC Universe and is likely to maintain its lead in the future?
Here are some possible reasons.

Better management
I don't see any question that Marvel is, at the moment, a better managed company than DC.

Better managed parent company
There again, I don't see any question that at this time, the Walt Disney Company which is the parent company of Marvel better managed than Warner Brothers, which is the parent company of DC.

Less Bold
While the artwork in the Marvel comics can get a little bizarre, of what I seen, it is not as bizarre as some of the artwork in DC comics.

More Bold
I don't know whether this is true or not, but it has been said to be true, that while there are some GLBT characters, even some young characters, in DC Universe, there are more GLBT characters in the Marvel Universe, even among the younger characters.
Though, that does raise the issue, if we ever get to the Teen Titans, the Avengers' Academy, the Runaways, the Young Avengers, etc. are the TV and screenwriters going to deal with that issue or just ignore it completely.

Less Dark vs. More Dark
While the Marvel Universe can get dark, there again, from what I see, it is lighter and just more appealing (IMHO) than the DC Universe.

More Grounded in Reality
This is not the Gotham City of Batman. This is not the Metropolis of Superman. This is New York City of the Marvel Universe. With places often named. And when other earth locations are necessary, actual earth places are often used in the Marvel Universe.

More Consistent Storytelling
While the stories in the Marvel Universe are often all over the map, they tend, from what I have seen, to be more consistent than the stories in the DC Universe.

More Respect
There again I do not know whether this is true or not, but there again I have heard it said, that Marvel has more respect for its fans than DC.

Success Breeds Success
While there are people who have no interest in reading the comic books, either past, present, or future, you can hook some of  them with a successful film or TV show, and make them want to find out all they can about something or someone in a TV show or film. And so far, the films and TV shows featuring the Marvel Universe have been more successful than the same from the DC Universe.

Better Use of Characters
While the TV show "The Flash" on CW is generating positive buzz for the upcoming film "The Flash," that buzz is somewhat negated by the fact that the actor appearing in the TV show as The Flash will not be the same actor appearing as The Flash in the film. On the other hand, "The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is being better used to generate a positive buzz about the upcoming film "The Inhumans.' With the rumored appearance of Vin Diesel as Black Bolt. Who just might make a cameo appearance in the TV show.

Next time: In the history of the Earth, there have been three mighty empires.
The Roman Empire
The British Empire
As to the 3rd, we'll take that up the next time.






Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 18, 2014, 04:43:23 PM
Since the dawn of man, there have been 3 mighty empires.

1st The Roman empire
2nd The British empire
and 3rd . . . ?

The entertainment empire of the Walt Disney Company.

How did they get so mighty?

1. Appeal to the powerless.
This really came through in "Big Hero 6," but thinking about it, their product has always appealed to the powerless. Of whom there may be less powerful than the powerful, but there are more of them, and their money is just as good.

Not bad
For a company that began as 2 brothers making black and white, silent cartoons in their uncle's garage.

2. Breed success with success.
There was a man, just a man, highly regarded in his field by his peers, who worked for 15 years making cartoons for the Cartoon Network. And where is he now? He is doing the same for the Company. Why? Because he wants to be with someone who shows more success than Cartoon Network.

Not bad
For a company that began with a bankruptcy and now has a total worth of over $150 billion, and that in less than a hundred years.

3. Mine what others do not.
When gold was struck in the past, most people would go where the gold was stuck, but there were some who went not where anyone else went, but someplace else that was similar, but not the same, and sometimes they found gold, and sometimes they did not, but if they did find gold, it was all theirs, because no one else was there. That's the company, but they are mining people.

Women
If you look at the executives of the company, not the ones that are the public face of the Company, but the ones that are toiling in the trenches. It is woman after woman after woman.

Racial minorities
Not only does their ABC have the most racially diverse programming of all the major networks, but the Company itself is one of the most racially diverse Companies of American Companies.

GLBTs
The Company is/was considered one of the best places for a non-heterosexual to work, and has recently scored a perfect score of 100, in that regard, from the HRC.

Not bad
That for a company in the 1930's that was a cartoon studio into real estate development and merchandise. Now some 80 years later, it is . . . and/or into . . .

Weddings and honeymoons -- vacation resorts -- a tour company -- theme parks -- a film and TV studio -- sporting events -- shows: touring, on-Broadway, off-Broadway, ice shows -- retail -- real estate development -- radio -- publishing -- music -- merchandise -- gaming -- cruise ships -- corporate education and training -- advertising -- and patents pending. Both foreign and domestic.

How mighty is it?
Mighty enough that all it needs to do is snap its fingers and its apps are compatible both with Apple's ios and Google's android.

Not bad

Next time: Something new or blue or used or . . .?




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 27, 2014, 03:33:39 PM
And then there were 6. There are 6 major film and TV studios left in the U.S. The 6 being . . .

NBC Universal
Paramount Viacom
Sony Columbia
Time Warner
Walt Disney
21st Century Fox

Next time: trivia from NBC Universal


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 04, 2015, 04:50:03 PM
I was going to do it in alphabetical order, but after that, I decided to do this one first.

01. Bruce, the shark, in "Finding Nemo," was named after the mechanical shark in "Jaws," which was named after Steven Spielberg's lawyer.

02. Cast members of this company (i.e. employees) when in a public area, where they can be seen by guests (i.e. customers) cannot sit down, but have to stand on their feet all day.

03. This animated star's 1st appearance in a full length feature film was in the non-Company "Hollywood Party" in 1934.

04. There are over 4000 trash cans at this theme park which have to be emptied each and every day.

05. To differentiate these three: H. is in red, D. is in blue, and L. is in green. And there are hints that the three are illegitimate sons of this animated character's sister.

06. Both the founder of this Company and Ray Kroc trained for WWI in Sound Beach, CT. No word as to whether they ever met while at Sound Beach.

07. He was once married to she. The voice of he, Wayne Anthony Allwine, married Russi Taylor, who voiced she in 1991. The marriage lasted to 2009, when Allwine died.

08. The founder of this company once played Peter Pan in a school play.

09. This animated character was the 1st animated character to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

10. Between 1955 and 2012, 3 babies have been born inside this theme park.  Contrary to rumors, that did not entitle them to a lifetime pass.

11. Next to the U.S. military, this company is the biggest buyer of explosives in the U.S.

12. Of them all, the only two who are NOT an only child, is the one who appears in "The Littlest Mermaid," and the one who appears in "Brave."

Walt Disney Company trivia.

Next time: a billion here. a billion there. And it soon adds up. What $5,000,000,000 may look like.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on January 05, 2015, 07:50:23 AM
Eric Clapton and George Harrison contributed to an anti-South African film:  :hatred:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 13, 2015, 05:09:33 PM
What does . . . look like? It looks like this.

01/23 Strange Magic
02/20 McFarland USA
03/13 Cinderella
04/17 Monkey Kingdom
05/01 Avengers: Age of Ultron
05/22 Tomorrow land
06/09 Inside Out
07/17 Ant Man
10/19 The Jungle Book
10/16 Unnamed Spielberg
11/25 The Good Dinosaur
12/18 Star Wars: the Force Awakens

People who crunch the numbers, now think that there is a possibility that these films could earn $6 billion at the international box office. With "Avengers" and "Star Wars" each earning $2 billion.
If so, that should be some sort of record for Hollywood, as no movie studio's releases have earned more than $5 billion in an year at the international box office.

Next time: Another 1 of the Big 6


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 25, 2015, 05:46:54 PM
1. It began as the Famous Players Film Company.

2. Making it the 5th oldest film studio in the world.

3. It's first film was a French silent film "The Loves of Queen Elizabeth" in 1912.

4. The old logo was last seen in 2007 in "The Adventures of Tintin."

5. Till then it was the longest existing original film studio logo in Hollywood film history.

6. The new logo was first seen on "Mission : Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" in 2011.

7. At one time it was in the them park business. Some of its theme parks included Canada Wonderland, Great America, King's Dominion, King's Island, etc.

8. Some of the animated characters created included Baby Huey; Buzzy the Crow;  Casper, the Friendly Ghost; Little Audrey, etc.

9. Its answer to MGMs Tom and Jerry were Herman and Katnip. And its answer to Warner's Bugs Bunny and Cecil Turtle was Moe Hare and Tommy Tortoise.

10. Since its founding it has distributed 1500 films.

11. Its best year was 2011, when its films earned between $4 billion and $5 billion at the international box office.

Paramount Viacom trivia

Next time: the films to be released by Paramount Viacom this year, if I can find the list.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 03, 2015, 06:44:36 PM
I found the little list.
Of movies you might miss.

01/30 Project Almanac
02/06 The SpongeBob Movie
02/20 Hot Tub Time Machine
03/13 Paranormal Activity : Ghost Dimension
04/10 The Moon and the Sun
07/01 Terminator : Genisys
07/21 Mission : Impossible 5
10/30 Scouts vs. Zombies
11/03 Friday the 13th (2015)
12/25 Monster Trucks

Paramount Viacom in 2015
The last film. The one on Christmas Day is animated. Which is why it probably snagged that day.

Next time: We'll talk about Chris Pratt


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 03, 2015, 10:25:32 PM

11/03 Friday the 13th (2015)


No way! Not again!  :hatred:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 12, 2015, 06:11:06 PM
I was going to state facts about Chris Pratt, whose career is an interesting point, at this time, but we'll put that off to next time, so, I can post these facts.

They love American films in Japan, the home of anime. And as an example, "Big Hero 6" just wrapped up being the top grossing film in Japan, where it was the top grossing film for 5 or 6 weeks in a row, and has earned $66 million to date at the box office. The filmmakers of "Big Hero 6" must have done something right.

Actually, American films so better overseas than they do here. "Big Hero 6," which has earned over $500 million to date at the box office. Of which, 43.6% was earned here in the U.S. and Canada, while 56.4% was earned overseas, and it has yet to open in China and France.

And this has been true for sometime. American films making more overseas than they do at home. The only question is when comes the tipping point. When does the domestic box office become secondary to the foreign box office?

I presume the purchase of movie tickets is limited, so a ticket purchased for an American film overseas means that a there are fewer movie tickets purchased for domestically made films. So, how did America come to give something to foreigners that their own filmmakers were unable to give them? That is a film which foreigners want to see. Which is just the opposite of how I feel personally. Preferring foreign films, whether in subtitles or dubbed into English, over American films.

Of course, American films have in some places been a godsend to the foreign film industry. For example: not only were most of the Bond films, which are basically American films, made in the U.K., but so was "Star wars : Episode VII," many of the Marvel films, as were "Maleficent," the upcoming "Cinderella," etc.

Next time: facts about Chris Pratt


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 16, 2015, 06:57:44 PM
If Apple were a country, it would have the 31st largest economy in the world, ahead of Denmark.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 16, 2015, 10:52:26 PM
Fun Facts for President's Day -
George Washington's Indian name, bestowed on him during the French and Indian War, translated to: "Eater of Villages"
 John Adams was married to his wife Abigail for 54 years and adored her to his dying day.
 Thomas Jefferson dressed so shabbily in the White House that the British Ambassador was going to reprimand the President for having such a slovenly butler - until he realized the "Butler" was the President.
 James Madison was the only U.S. President to lead troops in combat during wartime - he was also the shortest President at 5'4".
 James Monroe once had to break up a sword fight between the British and French ambassadors at a state dinner in the White House.
 John Quincy Adams liked to go skinny dipping in the Potomac; he also watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from his front porch when he was eight years old.
 Andrew Jackson carried a pistol ball in his shoulder from a duel with Thomas Hart Benton for 20 years. When he finally had it removed, he invited Benton to dinner and gave the ball back to him!
 Martin van Buren was nicknamed the "Old Fox."
 William Henry Harrison was President for 28 days, but gave the longest inaugural address on record.
 John Tyler fathered more children than any other President - fourteen kids by two wives! (Two of his grandchildren are still alive today!)
 James K. Polk was the youngest President, up to that point, at 49, and added more territory to the Union than any other President.
 Zachary Taylor was a crusty old general who had never voted in his life prior to being elected President.
 Millard Fillmore was the only actual Whig politician to serve as President.
 Franklin Pierce saw his ten year old son die in a train derailment on his way to Washington to be sworn in. He took to drinking to assuage his grief, and spent a good part of his presidency drunk.
 James Buchanan was America's only bachelor President.
 Abraham Lincoln was the only President to have an invention on file in the U.S. Patent Office.
 Andrew Johnson never attended a day of school in his life. His wife taught him to read as an adult.
 Ulysses Grant was actually named "Hiram," but the Army stenciled his name incorrectly on his luggage, so he just went with it.
 Rutherford Hayes was an ordained minister who took time off the Presidency to occasionally preach revivals.
 James Garfield was shot, but the bullet did not kill him - an infection from doctors probing the wound with unwashed hands was what carried him off.
 Chester A. Arthur was a more honest man during his Presidency than at any previous point in his life - he was a notorious "spoilsman" but wound up signing Civil Service reform into law.
 Grover Cleveland not only got married while in the White House, he married the youngest first lady in American history - his wife was 22 and he was 47 when they tied the knot!
 Benjamin Harrison was the last Civil War General to serve as President. He looked like a garden gnome.
 Grover Cleveland served the only non-consecutive Presidential terms in history.
 William McKinley had a photographic memory for names and faces, an invaluable trait in a politician. He also kept a bowl of white carnations on his desk at all times, and wore them in his lapel - until he gave them as gifts to White House visitors. Nice guy.
 Theodore Roosevelt is the only President to hold the Medal of Honor AND the Nobel Peace Prize.
 Woodrow Wilson lost his wife in the second year of his Presidency, and married again the following year.
 Warren G. Harding kept liquor in the Oval Office to toast his friends with DESPITE being an ardent supporter of Prohibition!
 Calvin Coolidge slept more during his terms of office than any American President - 14 hours a day, on average.
 Herbert Hoover directed food relief to Belgium during and after World War I, and there is a statue of him in Brussels. He is credited with saving hundreds of thousands from starvation and malnutrition.
 Franklin Roosevelt spent 90% of his time in a wheelchair, and 90% of Americans were unaware of that fact at the time.
 Harry S Truman was nearly assassinated by Puerto Rican radicals in 1947 - they killed a Washington Police officer and two of his Secret Service agents.
 Dwight Eisenhower had two heart attacks while in office.
 John F. Kennedy's famous robust health was a myth - he was hospitalized more than any other President, suffered from Addison's disease, and was addicted to painkillers.
 Lyndon Johnson would dictate letters to his secretaries while he was seated on the toilet taking care of other business.
 Richard Nixon would sometimes walk down to the White House fence and talk to the hippies gathered there to protest the Vietnam War.
 Gerald Ford locked himself out of the White House in his bathrobe one time and sat on the steps for an hour until the Secret Service realized he was missing and let him back in.
 Jimmy Carter was chased by a "killer rabbit" as President while vacationing in Georgia. He was also the only President to admit to seeing a UFO.
 Ronald Reagan's eyesight was so poor he did not recognize his son Mike at the boy's own graduation!
 George H.W. Bush was the youngest aviator to ever receive the Distinguished Flying Cross.
 Bill Clinton was actually born William Jefferson Blythe.
 George W. Bush personally met with the families of over 2500 soldiers who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. No photographs were allowed at these meetings.
 Barack Obama has at least eight step-siblings from his father's "other women." Obama Senior was apparently a busy guy.

 HAPPY PRESIDENT'S DAY!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on February 17, 2015, 01:06:47 AM
Benjamin Harrison was the last Civil War General to serve as President. He looked like a garden gnome.

I googled a picture of him and I see what you mean.  :teddyr:

Quote
Richard Nixon would sometimes walk down to the White House fence and talk to the hippies gathered there to protest the Vietnam War.

So that scene in Nixon where Anthony Hopkins speaks to the radicals at the Lincoln Memorial isn't that far-fetched.  :smile:

Quote
Ronald Reagan's eyesight was so poor he did not recognize his son Mike at the boy's own graduation!

I heard once he told his son Michael that he wanted John Hinckley's family to buy him a new suit "as their son shot through this one".  :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 17, 2015, 12:33:29 PM
Chris Pratt

6 years married this year

5 different ancestries
Mother was Norwegian,
while father was English, Swiss, German, French and Norwegian

4 nephews

3 trade marks
Tall.
Affable
Says "Dude!" a lot

2 siblings
1 brother + 1 sister
Both older

1 son
Named Jack
Did his parents ever think about that Mother Goose rhyme, when they named him Jack?

Jack Pratt could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And together they licked the platter clean.

And while he had an acting career before appearing in "Guardians of the Galaxy," his career has really taken off since then.

He stars in "Jurassic World," which will be out this year.

He has, at least, 2 more "Guardians of the Galaxy" films coming up
+ 1 or more appearances in the upcoming "Avengers" films.

They are thinking about reviving the Indiana Jones series with "Indiana Jones 5," where he'll star, with rumored, Harrison Ford. At least he looks like an young Indiana Jones.

But what excites me the most is the rumor that they'll remake "The Magnificent 7" with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, if no one else has been cast. So, far I like the cast. Denzel has the gravitas to pull off the Yul Brynner role, and Chris would be good in the Steve McQueen role, as the young up-and-comer. Now for the other 5. One of whom I expect to be a woman.

Next time: facts about films similar to "The Magnificent 7."



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 07, 2015, 03:48:08 PM
When you make a film about a disparate group, at least a half dozen, of individuals who volunteer to find something or lose something or protect something from something, then you have most likely made one of the most "democratic" (small d) films out there, as so little matters. Neither . . .

Wealth
the well off and the poverty stricken

Sexual orientation
gays and straights

Sex
both men and women

Religion
Catholics, Hindus, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, pagans, Protestants, etc.

Race
Africans, Afro-Americans, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, whites, etc.

Health
the healthy and the terminally ill, who see it as a chance to die with their dignity intact

Class
upper, middle, lower

Age
adults and children (both boys and girls)
As the film who has the youngest questers, it's probably between "Krull" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunder dome"

All come together to find something or to lose something or to protect something from something.

The only thing that seems to matter is the willingness to die for "The Cause," which the questers often do.

Next time: some 5 dozen films that I have seen that fit the definition in the 1st paragraph.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 07, 2015, 11:34:34 PM
According to most legal contracts I've seen, a new day apparently doesn't begin at midnight, it begins at 12:01 AM. Don't ask me why...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 14, 2015, 01:21:30 PM
Using the definition posted previously, there are approximately some 5 dozen films that I have seen, that fit that definition, and they cover all or almost all film genera.

And while most would think the 1st film that would fit that definition would be "The 7 Samurai" from 1954, there would actually a couple of films before that on the same subject. Both of them from a decade earlier, and both from 1943.

Sahara
In which we have a varied group of allies, including a South African, protecting a dry water well from the Germans, in the desert, and

Bataan
In which we have another varied group of allies, protecting the road to Manila from the Japanese, in the jungle.

And both films, before the era of Civil Rights, some 2 decades later, were some of the 1st to give major non-comedic roles to blacks. Rex Ingram in "Sahara" and Kenneth Spencer in "Baatan." The Spencer role was particularly noteworthy, for when most Afro-Americans were placed in labor battalions, and we have a black man fighting a common enemy, even if the enemy being the Japanese, still,  to see a black man in that role, put a lot of people's noses out of joint.

So here are the 5 dozen--films, TV miniseries, TV movies- that I have seen. By film genera.

Adventure
The Bushido Blade -- Flame Over India -- 7 Magnificent Gladiators -- Mad Max Beyond Thunder dome -- Season of the Witch -- Stunt 7 -- and The 13th Warrior

Animated
Flight of the Dragons -- Katy Meets the Alien -- Lord of the Rings -- Recess -- and Star Odyssey.

Comedy
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World -- Rat Race -- and Scavenger Hunt.

Crime
Dead Presidents -- The Devil's 8 -- Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) -- and The Heist.

Drama
The 7 Samurai

Fantasy
Adventures of Sinbad -- The Beast master -- Dragon storm -- Lord of the Rings -- Hawk the Slayer -- Krull -- and Willow.

Historical
Christopher Columbus: the Discovery -- The 1st Olympics -- Glory -- Lion heart -- Operation Dumbo Drop -- and Shaka Zulu.

Horror
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) -- It -- and The Mummy (1999)

Science Fiction
Armageddon -- Battle Beyond the Stars -- The Ewok Adventure -- The Lost World (1996) -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's the Lost World -- and  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's the Lost World (1998)

Sports
The Air Up There -- D2 -- Little Giants -- The Mighty Ducks -- Necessary Roughness -- and Wind.

War
Bataan -- and Sahara

and Western
Cannon for Cordoba -- The Deserter -- El Diablo -- The Gambler : the Adventure Continues -- The Guns of the 7 -- The Magnificent 7 -- The Magnificent 7 Ride -- Massacre at Fort Holman -- Only the Valiant -- and the Return of the 7.

Of course, these are only the ones that I have seen. Using the same definition, there are many that I have not seen.

Next time: I think we'll have some more major film studio trivia.






Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 22, 2015, 01:32:35 PM
Can you name the major film and TV studio from these 10 trivia facts?

01. The 1st Biograph girl was Florence Lawrence in 1910.

02. The 1st non-all black film to star a black actress in a major role was "Imitation of Life" in 1934.

03. The actress was Louise Beavers. It also starred Claudette Colbert.

04. It was remade 25 years later in 1959.

05. With Juanita Moore in the Louise Beavers role and Lana Turner in the Claudette Colbert role.

06. The employees of this studio won a gold medal in basketball in the Summer Olympics of 1936.

07. The 1st 3-color Technicolor film was "Arabian Nights" in 1942.

08. Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" in 1975 was considered the 1st "blockbuster" film in Hollywood history.

09. The top grossing film (international gross) during the last decade for this studio was "Mamma Mia" in 2008.

10. The top grossing film (domestic gross) during the same decade for the studio was "Fast and Furious" a year later.

And the answer is . . .
NBC Universal

Next time: the films to be released by this studio during the rest of this year.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on March 23, 2015, 08:02:05 AM
Dozens of common plants are toxic. Archaeologists have long suspected that our Palaeolithic ancestors used plant poisons to make their hunting weapons more lethal.  Now Dr Valentina Borgia has teamed up with a forensic chemist to develop a technique for detecting residues of deadly substances on archaeological objects.

...

Borgia denies that her family name (Lucrezia Borgia is legendary as a devious poisoner) prompted her interest in poisons but she delights in the Latin quip ‘nomen omen’. It translates roughly as ‘significant name’ and certainly the name Borgia has powerful historic resonances. Luckily for Borgia’s colleagues, her objectives are honourable and entirely academic.

Text supplied by University of Cambridge under a Creative Commons License

 :teddyr:
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2015/poisons-plants-and-palaeolithic-hunters (http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2015/poisons-plants-and-palaeolithic-hunters)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 30, 2015, 05:26:29 PM
Here are the films to be released by Universal NBC for the rest of 2015.

04/03/15 Furious 7
04/17/15 Unfriended
05/08/15 5 Flights Up
05/15/15 Pitch Perfect 2
06/05/15 Insidious Chapter 3
06/12/l5 Jurassic World
06/26/l5 Ted 2
07/03/15 Minions
07/10/15 Self/less
07/17/15 Train wreck
08/14/15 Straight Outta Compton
08/21/15 Sinister 2
09/11/15 The Visit
09/18/15 Everest
10/02/15 London Has Fallen
10/09/15 Steve Job
10/16/15 Crimson Peak
10/23/15 Jem and the Holograms
11/27/15 The Danish Girl
12/04/15 Krampus
12/18/15 Sisters

Not all of these are from Universal NBC. About a third or 7 of the films are from Focus Features of which Universal NBC acts as the distributor.

Interesting to compare these releases to the films being released by the Walt Disney Company, which is releasing only 12 films this year or about 1 a month, while Universal NBC for the rest of the year is releasing 21 films or about 1 film every 2 to 3 weeks. Also "quantity" at Universal NBC vs. "quality" at Walt Disney Company?

And while the films released by the Walt Disney Company this year, have been criticized for the lack of originality, only 2 of the films are sequels or about 17%, while 7 of the films released by Universal NBC this year, from the titles, seem to be sequels, or about 33%. Thus, even less originality than from the Walt Disney Company.

Outside of the Walt Disney Company, Universal NBC has the biggest presence, among the major film studios, in the theme park business. Thus, it is interesting to wonder how many of these films will later show up as part of an Universal NBC theme park, including its Halloween Horror Nights, as many of this year's films are of the horror genera.

And as I have never been good at picking which films, beforehand, will be hits or flops, I'll leave that up to you all.

Next time: trivia from another major film studio.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 08, 2015, 01:20:53 PM
Can you name the major film and TV studio from these 10 trivia items about the studio?

01. The highest grossing from this studio was in 2002 and grossed $403,706,375.00

02. It began as CBC Films in 1918.

03. That name comes from the 3 partners that founded the film: Cohn, Brandt, and Cohn.

04. It became part of this Japanese corporation on November 8, 1989.

05. Its logo, aka The Torch Lady, has undergone 6 variations since 1928, when it first appeared in front of one the studio's films.

06. Between 1928 and 1936, the logo was modeled on actress Evelyn Venable.

07. And between 1936 and 1976, it was based on a woman named Jane Chester Bartholomew.

08. The latest variation and the one used presently dates from 1993.

09. Between 1981 and 1993, it was also known as the Coke Bottle Torch Lady.

10. As the studio was then part of the Coca-Cola Company.

Answer: Sony Columbia

Next time: Normally, I'd list a films expected from this studio from now to the end of 2015, but--instead--we'll put that aside to the time after next, as next time I want to post a list of films expected to be released by Marvel from now to the end of this decade or 2020.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 08, 2015, 10:56:46 PM
As reported by ibn Fadlan, Viking men wore eyeliner.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 14, 2015, 09:03:36 AM
The Great Gatsby turned ninety this week.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 15, 2015, 05:36:59 PM
Marvel's lineup of films to be released to the end of this decade.

Yes. I have plans to see it.
No. I have no plans to see it.
?. I have neither plans to see it nor not plans to see it.

05/6/16 Captain America : Civil War (No)
I just don't like the storyline.

11/04/16 Doctor Strange (Yes)

05/05/17 Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Yes)
We can be thankful this did not tank at the box office. If it had tanked, there might be fewer films with some of the more minor characters in the Marvel Universe, as the thinking would be that there was no demand for such films.

11/02/17 Thor : Ragnarok (No)
Not having seen the 1st two, little interest in seeing this one, but I do wonder if the storyline will follow the storyline in the comic books, where Loki dies saving Valhalla, and then is reincarnated as an young boy. Loki the boy has always been more interesting to me, then Loki the man.

05/04/18 Avengers : Infinity War, part I (Yes)
Thanos will likely appear.

07/16/18 Black Panther (?)

11/02/18 Captain Marvel (Yes)

05/03/19 Avengers : Infinity War, part II (Yes)
A war so big, it required 2 films to make it.

07/12/19 Inhumans (?)

Next time: the film slate of Sony Columbia for the rest of this year.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on April 15, 2015, 08:04:54 PM
The Great Gatsby turned ninety this week.


He's looking it. I heard he had been unwell.
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Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 23, 2015, 07:10:30 PM
These are the films to be released by Sony Columbia for the rest of 2015.

05/29/15 Aloha
07/24/15 Pixels
09/04/15 Kitchen Sink
09/25/15 Transylvania Hotel 2
10/16/15 Goosebumps

The only one that interest me. I was never a fan of the book series or the TV program, but I do remember them from my time when I was younger than I am now. Till I saw the storyline for the film, which puts me off of it. Still, one reason to see it, might be to see R. L. Stine, who has a cameo as himself, who else, in it.

11/06/15 Spectre
11/25/15 Rogen/Levitt X-Mas Movie
12/25/15 Concussion

Sony Columbia's big film of the year, as Christmas Day is a prime date for a film to be released.

Next time: trivia for another major film studio


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Jack on April 25, 2015, 01:22:52 PM
"Greensleeves" and "What Child is This" are the same song.  Maybe everybody else in the world knew this, but I jut figured it out recently.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 30, 2015, 04:07:40 PM
"Greensleeves" and "What Child is This" are the same song.  Maybe everybody else in the world knew this, but I jut figured it out recently.

No, or I had forgotten they were the same song. Considering my age and mental capacity, it is probably the latter, but . . .?! That does remind me of another song. When Harry Belafonte sang it, it was known as "Day-O," but when the Tarriers covered the song, it was known as "The Banana Boat Song." One song. Two titles. Two singers, but . . .?! Either way, one of my favorites.

Now, I did say last time I wanted to do some more movie studio trivia, but . . .?! I wanted to get this out 1st, while the magazine was still on the racks.

Each year, "Time" magazine does an issue featuring "The 100 Most Influential People." This year, it is the 4/27-5/4 issue, and while their choice of people is interesting, what I find more interesting is who they get to sing the praises of each individual. For example: they got Bishop Desmond Tutu to sing the praises of Pope Francis. Thus . . .

Only in Hollywood would you have a Conservative Republican WASP sing the praises of a Liberal Democrat Jew, or, Rupert Murdoch sings the praises of Bob Iger.

The only thing stranger would be for a Conservative Roman Catholic male to sing the praises of a Liberal Jewish female. Oh, wait! That happened as Antonin Scalia sings the praises of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Which points out . . .

While there are differences between Hollywood and Washington, D.C., there are also similarities. One of them being, more so in Hollywood than Washington, D.C., but . . .?! One thing that trumps religion and politics is the business of doing business.

Also . . . be ware, when opponents make nice with each other. It makes one wonder what they are up to.

Is Fox going to join ESPN in a legal assault on Paramount Viacom's cable TV business?

While cable TV can change an agreement with a program provider, the change must be made in conjunction with the program provider. Which makes people who are familiar with legalities of media, wonder what Paramount Viacom is up to, as they, apparently, made the change unilaterally. The only thing people can think of the reason for doing this, is Paramount Viacom is willing to take a loss in court, as they don't have much of a case, to get a win with the FCC.

Thus . . .?! Those of you who still have cable TV might watch what is going on in the courts and Congress, as their decisions will affect you.

Or, it could be that we might see a mash up between the X-Men and the Avengers, as Fox has the rights to the X-Men and the Walt Disney Company, thru Marvel, has the rights to the Avengers.

Next time: more movie studio trivia


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 10, 2015, 01:52:01 PM
Can you recognize this major motion picture and TV studio from these 10 pieces of trivia?

01. Their motto is "Educate, Entertain, and Enlighten."

02. It was founded by 4 brothers: Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack, who had 8 more siblings. Four of whom died during childhood.

03. The studio was incorporated in 1923, but the Brothers had been making films since the 1910s.

04. Rin Tin Tin was their 1st major star.

05. Their 1st cartoon star was a pig, who was soon supplanted by another cartoon star, who made his debut in 1940.

06. All of James Dean's films were made for this studio.

07. DC Comics is a division of this studio.

08. Best Picture Oscar Winners range from 1937's "The Life of Emile Zola" to 2006's "The Departed."

09. Their top grossing film--internationally-- was 2011's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II," which grossed a total of $1.3 billion at the box office.

10. Their top grossing film--domestically--was 2008's "The Dark Knight," which grossed $533 million at the domestic box office.

And the answer is . . .

Time Warner

Next time: films for the rest of 2015 to be released by Time Warner.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 13, 2015, 09:47:44 AM
The Russian word "Mir", as in the Mir space station, means "village of cooperating equals".


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 17, 2015, 04:27:17 PM
Here are the films to be released by Time Warner for the rest of the year.

05/15/15 Mad Max : Fury Road
05/29/15 San Andreas Fault
06/03/15 Entourage
06/26/15 Bat Kid Begins
06/26/15 Max (2015)
07/01/15 Magic Mile XXL
07/10/15 The Gallows
07/24/15 Vacation
08/14/15 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
08/28/15 We Are Your Friends
09/15/15 Black Mass
09/25/15 The Intern
10/09/15 Pan
11/13/15 The 33
11/25/15 Creed
11/25/15 Midnight Special
12/01/15 In the Heart of the Sea
12/25/15 Point Break (2015)

(IMHO) There are two paths to go. Go with NBC Universal and quantity of films, or go with the Walt Disney Company and quality of films. It looks like Time Warner is taking the NBC Universal path. Though, with what I know about the films being released by Time Warner, the quality is higher than that of NBC Universal, even if it looks like they will be releasing a lot of horror, and while my attitude may change, as release dates near, and I find out more about subject and cast, the only film on this list I want to see is "Mad Max : Fury Road," which I'll give a report on later, after I have seen if.

I was going to do some more film studio trivia, but . . .?! I think I'll wait on that, so I can do this.

Next time: It was here. Then it was gone. But . . .?! It'll be back. Not next year, but . . .?! The year after.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 27, 2015, 04:53:09 PM
1977. Something called Star Wars : Episode IV : a New Hope was released to theaters, and the world has never been the same since. One of the next big events in the Star Wars Universe was some 22 years later, when the 1st official, more or less, Star Wars convention was held in Denver. It was followed thereafter every 2 to 3 years by another convention.

The 2nd in 2002 in Indianapolis
The 3rd in 2005 in Indianapolis
The 4th in 2007 in L.A.
The 5th in 2010 in Orlando
The 6th in 2012 in Orlando
The 7th in 2015 in Anaheim
and the 8th in 2017 in L.A.

Of course, one does not have to wait till 2017 for the next Star Wars convention. There will be one next year, and we'll say where and when, next time.

Another big event in the Star Wars Universe will now be Lucas' attempt to bring some coherence to the Star Wars backstory, which till now has been somewhat incoherent. This means new books, new graphic novels set in the Star Wars Universe, and maybe a new storyline for Star Tours--the Adventure Continues. Only its 3rd since 1987, when the attraction 1st came to the Disney theme parks.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 02, 2015, 05:23:28 PM
Star Wars Celebration is held not only here in the U.S., but . . .?! Overseas as well, though on a more erratic and infrequent schedule. The 1st one was held in . . .

2007 in London, England.

That was followed by . . .

2008 in Chiba, Japan.
2013 in Essen, Germany,

and if one can't wait for the next one here in the U.S., which I believe is in L.A. in 2017, there is one in . . .

2016 in London, England from July 15 to July 17. I wouldn't fly all the way to London just to see this, but . . . if one has previous plans to be in London on those dates, it might be worth taking in. All 3-days or one of the 3 days. There is a discount, if one purchases a ticket for all 3-days as opposed to purchasing individual tickets for each of the 3-days. There is also a small discount, if one purchases tickets now on-line, to be picked up at the door, as opposed to purchasing the tickets the days of the event.

And while it is still too early to see the guests, who will be there, and the events planned for the Celebration, the guests, over 80,  for the 2015 Celebration in Anaheim is posted on the world wide web, and I presume some ones similar will the at the London one in 2016. As for the events, a list of events for the 2015 Celebration in Anaheim is again posted on the world wide web, and some things similar will again be at the one in London in 2016.

And yes, you can expect to see cosplayers of all ages at the Celebration, even in London, England.

Next time: before there was the 1st Star Wars Celebration in 1999, there was this celebration of all-things Star Wars.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on June 03, 2015, 12:24:58 AM
Carrying a tote  bag full of fossilized bones down a river bed all afternoon give you sore shoulders.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 10, 2015, 12:23:38 PM
Even before the 1st "official" Star Wars convention, there was another celebration of all-things Star Wars. The 1st one was in 1997, or 2 years before the 1st "official" convention. It was an on-and-off affair till 2003. when it became an annual event. Held every year on weekends in May and June at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios. Some of the events at this event, which is called Star Wars Weekend, include . . .

an interactive attraction Carbon Freeze Me Faces, where you can get your face computer scanned and reproduced in carbonite.

a live show Snig and Oopli's Hyperspace Hoopla

a fireworks show Symphony in the Stars

and a live 30-minute talk show Obi Wan and Beyond.

And a couple of chances to dine with the Star Wars characters. Either the Disney characters in their Star Wars costumes or Darth Vader and his Storm troopers. The last while you watch film clips from the Star Wars films.

But . . . the 3 biggest events are . . .

When does the sun rise over central Florida? For there are people start lining up, when it is still dark out in the morning, so they can be one of the 1st to shop for Star Wars merchandise at Darth's Mall.

The Star Wars Parade, which is lead off by . . .

Mickey as a Jedi Knight
Minnie as Princess Leia
Donald as a Storm trooper
Goofy as Darth Vader
and Chip 'n' Dale as Ewoks.

I thought Daisy was to appear as Aurra Sing, but . . .?! I didn't see her in this year's parade.

Then about 3 dozen young Padawans from the Jedi Training Academy, which we'll get to later.

Then about 2 dozen guests in and out of costume.

Then, what is your favorite Star Wars character? There are over 180 in the parade, and if they are not in the parade, then you might find them wandering the streets of the Studio, posing for photos and signing autographs. No Jar Jar Binks though.

I can see why the Empire lost, as I have seldom seen a more unfit group of men and women, then the ones you see in the parade. Not that the Rebels are much better. Remember Porky from a "New Hope?" There must be a whole planet of Porkies out there.

The Jedi Training Academy, where young Padawans, 4 to 12, get a chance to fight a light saber duel with Darth Vader or Darth Maul. A popular event, it is held every day, but . . .?! It really becomes popular during the Star Wars Weekends. So popular, they have to add extra sessions. The 1st beginning at 8:45 a.m., or 15 minutes before the official opening time of the theme park, and the last beginning at 7:30 p.m. Even with the 19 sessions, 12 Padawans per session, and a waiting list of 70, 2 hours after they begin signing Padawans up, they have to close down the sign up desk.

And a good time is had by all, and why not?

For the guest stars, who are brought in, and who get to ride in the parade . . .

Transportation. Comp
Room. Comp
Meals. Comp
Admission. Comp
And, normally, they get to bring a guest, who has almost everything comp as well. And all these guest stars have to do is . . .

Answer questions.
Meet the fans.
Sign autographs.
Take a photo with the fans.
Wave to guests during the parade.

Thus, it becomes almost like a free mini-vacation.

As for the guests, during the parade . . . They are lined up 5 to 6 deep along both sides of the parade route, which I believe is .75 of a mile long, and at a maximum of 2 feet of frontage for each guest, you are looking at between 20,000 and 22,000 people, having a good time watching their favorite stars and characters,  along the parade route.

Next time: What is canon and not canon in the Star Wars Universe?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on June 11, 2015, 08:27:56 AM
We've all heard of a chimps' tea party, but researchers studying the primates in West Africa have found they may actually prefer a glass of wine or two (or three, or four…).

A 17-year-long study in the Bossou region of Guinea, published in Royal Society Open Science, has recorded the chimpanzees using sponges made of crushed leaves to drink fermented palm sap. Indeed, some of them were even found to drink to the point of being visibly inebriated.

http://wired.uk/XSzmRX (http://wired.uk/XSzmRX)

Which makes a heckuva lot of sense since drunken men do strongly resemble troops of chimpanzees.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: LilCerberus on June 18, 2015, 11:05:22 PM
Nothing rhymes with orange.

Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd was written as a protest of Southern Man and Alabama by Neil Young


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 20, 2015, 02:35:08 PM
Lucas has started putting his mark on the Star Wars Universe, even more so than in the past. Thus, as of today, this is what I understand is Canon.

These 6 films.
I. the phantom menace
ii. attack of the clones
iii. revenge of the sith
iv. a new hope
v. the empire strikes back
vi. return of the jedi

and the upcoming

vii. the force awakens

And I presume that when viii. and ix. are released to audiences, they also will be Canon.

These 2 TV series

after attack of the clones
the clone wars

after revenge of the sith
rebels

These 7 books

after attack of the clones
dark disciple

after revenge of the sith
lords of the sith
tarkin
a new dawn, where sexual equality has come to the Star Wars Universe. There are female storm troopers.

after a new hope
heir of the jedi
battle front

after return of the jedi
aftermath

As for all the other books, comic books, games, graphic novels, excluding the official tie-ins to the 1st 6 films, which I presume are Canon, who knows?

Now that Marvel Comics has apparently regained the rights to the Star War characters, I have heard, that we are due some new Star Wars comics, which leads me with a new hope, as (IMHO) some of the best stories were from the early Marvel Comics.

1. a story arc based on "The Magnificent 7."
2. a character named Dafi, as in Daffy Duck.
3. a character would disappear at the end of one story and reappear at the beginning of another story, which means the writers understood the concept of continuation.

But . . . ?! When Dark Horse Comics gained the comic rights to the Star Wars comics (IMHO) we got an extremely mixed bag of comics. Nothing wrong with the art work. The problem again (IMHO) was the storytelling, which ranged from great to good to mediocre and fair to readable to frankly--surprisingly--completely unreadable.

And we shall see what we shall see.

Next time: we'll finish up with the movie studio trivia.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on June 20, 2015, 11:37:40 PM
Winston Churchill was very fond of swimming.
Swimsuits, not so much.
That's right; the man who led England through World War II and defied Hitler's armed might was a serial skinny dipper.
Once, when visiting the USA, FDR sent Churchill to Florida for a couple of days' R&R.  Churchill went for his usual nude
swim and a shark came up to investigate.  Terrified Secret Service agents urged him to come ashore, but he stayed in
the water and the shark retreated.
Quoth Churchill: "I think my bulk frightened it off!"


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 21, 2015, 11:45:17 AM
John Quincy Adams was a skinny dipper too. Used to swim nude in the Potomac while President.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on June 23, 2015, 03:19:22 PM
Palaeoclimatology is the study of changes in climate taken on the scale of the entire history of Earth.

(Yes, you can study climate before weather records.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 23, 2015, 05:35:44 PM
Emily Dickinson's Black Powder Cake

3 1/4 cups white cake flour
4 1/2 teaspoons dry baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dry baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/4 teaspoons freshly-ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground or crushed cloves
1 1/4 teaspoons crushed mace
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly-ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground fresh ginger
1 1/2 pounds unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 dozen eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons "good" vanilla extract
3/4 cup molasses---room temperature in summer or warmed in winter

Pour batter into pan, one 14x18x3" deep sheet pan is best.

Bake 350 degrees F. for about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out dry.

Top with a sugared brandy sauce, and adorn with chopped raisins or other dried fruit.

(Write poems about death while baking.)

Serve warm with sauce or cool with butter or jam.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 26, 2015, 02:41:48 PM
We recently made a day trip to the Andy Warhol Museum, and I've been doing some reading on him. Some facts I've learned about his life have surprised me.

Andy Warhol was celibate, went to church almost every Sunday, and one passage in his diary seems to indicate he may even have been a virgin, though this is mostly discounted as him joking.

He was deeply superstitious, felt this world was a battlefield between the devil and God, and he left flasks of holy water, acquired by the gallon, lying open around his residence. His nephew was a priest, and Warhol called him weekly to have deep discussions about Christianity.

When on his birthday an avant-garde New York artist gave Warhol her painting, which depicted the Lord's Prayer (the "Our Father" Catholics would say) with certain words replaced with obscenities, Warhol was outraged and refused to accept the gift.

Warhol believed the woman who tried to murder him in 1968, Valerie Solanas, was demon possessed, and after she shot him, he prayed for her salvation, though spent the rest of his life terrified she was going to again come after him. (Which she did in 1971.)

At one point, convinced the building that housed his studio, the Factory, was haunted by the spirits of turn of the 20th century sweatshop workers, Warhol brought in a Catholic priest to perform a blessing. If this had not worked, he was prepared to petition for a full-scale exorcism.

He was obsessed with the cost of taxi fares and would record to the penny the expense of each ride he took cost.

Warhol changed his clothes three times daily, and took two showers a day. He rarely used intoxicants, but was fascinated by their affect on other people's personalities.

Ironically, a week before he died, Warhol encountered artist Robert Mapplethorpe, who was terminally ill with AIDS, and Warhol remarked to friends he'd give almost anything not to have to go to Mapplethorpe's impending funeral: an eventuality avoided by Warhol's own abrupt passing after a minor gall bladder operation.

Warhol was buried wearing sunglasses, with a package of red liquorice in his pocket. Since his coffin was solid copper, cemetery officials have three times arrested thieves who were apparently trying to dig up the coffin and sell it as scrap, since the price of copper has made it extremely valuable. Friends say Warhol would have found his coffin's allure quite funny.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 27, 2015, 04:27:36 PM
Can you name the major film and TV studio from these 10 bits of trivia?

01. It was founded in 1915.

02. It was a combination of 2 companies: the distribution company Greater New York Film Rental and the production company Box.

03. Its founder would control the company till 1930 or for 15 years, before was ousted in an hostile takeover.

That would not be the only hostile takeover in Hollywood. The man who founded and controlled Universal would also be ousted in a hostile takeover occurring about the same time.

04. The company's well known logo would make its 1st appearance in 1933.

05. The nickname for the logo has almost always been "The Searchlights."

06. The present version of the logo dates from 2009.

07. And is in its 5th variation.

08. In 1935, there was another merger with another company, which gives this studio its present name.

09. Today it is a subsidiary of another company with a similar name.

10. Though, caused this time, not by a merger, but by a split of the News Corporation into 2 companies.

The answer: 20th Century Fox.

Next time: films to be released by 20th Century Fox for the rest of the year and their dates.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on June 28, 2015, 09:05:14 PM
There are more female jousters in Canada, proportionately, than in any other country, world-wide.  :thumbup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on June 28, 2015, 10:04:42 PM
Paleoscatology is the study of coprolites - ancient, preserved fecal matter.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on June 29, 2015, 08:21:04 AM
Paleoscatology is the study of coprolites - ancient, preserved fecal matter.

 :buggedout: :buggedout:

Imagine archaeologists in two hundred years time inspecting the remnants of my undies:  :tongueout: :tongueout: :wink: :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 06, 2015, 05:12:26 PM
Here are the films to be released by 20th Century Fox for the rest of this year. With the dates.

07/24 Paper Towns
08/07 Fantastic Four
08/21 Hit man : Agent 47
09/18 Maze Runner : the Scorch Trials
11/06 The Peanuts Movie
(Having seen the trailer for this one, all I can say is: "Charles Schulz. We miss you.")
10/02 The Martian
11/25 Victor Frankenstein
12/23 Alvin and the Chipmunks the Road Chip
12/25 Joy
12/25 The Revenant

20th Century Fox, or, to give the proper title for the entire company, 21st Century Fox, is the 2nd largest entertainment company in the U.S. Even if it made less money in 2014 than it did in 2013. Which is probably why Rupert Murdoch is turning over most of the day-to-day operations to his son and heir, and why the company slid from being the 85th largest company in the U.S. to 97th.

Not that the next 3 largest are doing much better. All of whom made less money in 2014 than they did in 2013.

Time Warner
from 102nd to 104th largest

CBS
from 182nd to 212th largest

Viacom
from 210th to 222nd largest

Only the Walt Disney Company made more money in 2014 than it did in 2013 among the 5 largest entertainment companies in the U.S., which is probably why it grew from 61st to 57th largest company in the U.S.

One of the reasons might be that the Company is an enclosed entity or "All go in. None come out." For example . ., .

Disney Cruise Line (DCL)
"All go in."
Marvel/Pixar
and next year's "Star Wars"
"None come out."
Because the Company owns the rights to Marvel/Pixar/Star Wars.

In contrast to . . .

Carnival Cruise Line (CCL)
"Some come in."
Dr. Seuss characters
Which I believe the rights being owned by NBC Universal.
"Some come out."

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL)
"Some come in"
The DreamWorks characters
"Some come out."

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
"Some come in"
Nickelodeon characters
The rights being owned by Viacom, but . . .?!
Only to the end of this year, when the 2 companies part ways.
"Some come out."

Next time: Napoleon



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 06, 2015, 06:56:17 PM
During World War II, Lord Louis Mountbatten proposed the creation of giant aircraft carriers made entirely of ice to operate in the North Sea.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on July 07, 2015, 06:38:31 AM
Well, not strictly entirely of ice: they were Pycrete,  which is a mixture of sawdust and water that has some remarkable properties.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 07, 2015, 08:55:17 AM
In 1957, when Hollywood gangster Johnny Stompanato, boy-toy of Lana Turner (and later stabbed to death by Turner's daughter) pulled a gun on Sean Connery, Connery coolly disarmed him and punched Stompanato out.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on July 07, 2015, 09:00:51 AM
In 1957, when Hollywood gangster Johnny Stompanato, boy-toy of Lana Turner (and later stabbed to death by Turner's daughter) pulled a gun on Sean Connery, Connery coolly disarmed him and punched Stompanato out.


(http://s3.birthmoviesdeath.com/images/made/stompturner_1200_750_81_s.jpg)

Any man who raises his hands to a woman to hurt her should be punched out.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 08, 2015, 09:53:45 PM
Boris Karloff played Captain Hook in a Broadway production of Peter Pan.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 16, 2015, 06:30:45 PM
Napoleon

In the 24 hours at Waterloo . . .

high + low divided by 2 =

28,000 French casualties
17,200 Ally casualties
7,000 Prussian casualties
52,200 total casualties

or about 36.25 casualties every minute

64 French generals
26 casualties
or 40.625%

60 battles
won 48 80%
drew 5 8.33%
lost 7 11.66%
but . . .?! it is the last one that counts the most

In his life, he had only . . .
2 wives, but . . .?! he had
22 mistresses

15,000 books have been written about Lincoln, but . . .?!
300,000 books have been written about Napoleon
or 20 books about Napoleon for every book about Lincoln.

In his lifetime, he wrote
33,000 letters
or on the average almost 2 letters every day, since he was born.
Sometimes writing or dictating more than 1 letter at a time.

We consider him short, the "Napoleonic Complex," but . . .
he was actually tall for his time and place, as at
5'6" he was an 1" taller than the average Frenchman, who was only
5'5" tall.

At the heights of his empire Alexander the Great ruled over 40,000,000 people, but . . .?!
at the height of his empire Napoleon ruled over 70,000,000 people or 30,000,000 or 75% more.

25% of the legal systems in the world are based upon the Napoleonic Code, not including the state of Louisiana.

Next time: the future of Marvel and Star Wars






Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 21, 2015, 08:19:29 AM
The events that opened Peter Straub's novel If You Could See Me Now, happened sixty years ago today.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 28, 2015, 03:49:18 PM
Upcoming films from Marvel Films.

05/06/16 Captain America : Civil War
11/04/16 Doctor Strange
05/05/17 Guardians of the Galaxy 2
11/03/17 Thor : Ragnorak
05/04/18 Avengers : Infinity War, part 1
07/16/18 Black Panther
11/02/18 Captain Marvel
05/03/19 Avengers : Infinity War, part 2
07/12/19 Inhumans

The Captain Marvel is the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel. Oddly enough, or maybe not, DC/Warners also has a Captain Marvel film coming out the year after in 04/05/19. It'll be out under the better known title of "Shazam." And . . .

Every two years, D23, the fan club of the Walt Disney Company has a big to-do. This year its August 14-16 in Anaheim, California, and the rumor has it that the 1st peek of the upcoming "Captain America" will be shown. And rumor also has it, that Disney's Hollywood Studio at Walt Disney World will be undergoing a billion $ redo, with many of the rides and attractions based on the Marvel characters. At least those characters whose rights are not owned by NBC Universal. But . . .?! with NBC Universal's recent agreement with Nintendo to develop rides and attractions based on the Nintendo characters, they might kick back all  the rights they have to the Marvel characters to Marvel and Disney.

Next time: upcoming films from Lucas Films.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on August 03, 2015, 03:04:24 PM
Up until about 150 BC, Romans traditionally made oatmeal the basis of their diet. After they conquered Greece, they adopted the Greek custom of eating bread.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 03, 2015, 07:09:13 PM
Up until about 150 BC, Romans traditionally made oatmeal the basis of their diet. After they conquered Greece, they adopted the Greek custom of eating bread.

Did they put raisins in it?

And from Lucas Films . . .

Star Wars : Episode VII
12/18/15

Star Wars Anthology : Rogue One
12/10/16

Star Wars : Episode VIII
5/26/17
with Benicio Del Toro (rumored)

Star Wars Anthology : Untitled Han Solo film
5/25/18
with the Kasdans writing
Kathleen Kennedy producing
and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller directing

If the names Lord and Miller mean nothing to someone, then think "The Lego Movie."

Star Wars : Episode IX
2019

Star Wars Anthology
2020?

So far, only in the script stage. Though, one does wonder if this is to be the Boba Fett film that has long been rumored to be coming.

And, finally, from Marvel Comics what has long been rumored, a series of Star Wars comic books. So far, it looks to be a dozen titles, but . . .?! Unlike before, where everyone was lumped into the same comic, each character will get their own comic book or books. So far we have . . .

Darth Vader
Kanan
Lando
Princess Leia
and for the 1st time Chewbacca gets his own comic book.

Sometimes the local library will buy comic books. If they buy any of these, I'll have a review for later.

Next time: the power to influence


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on August 07, 2015, 08:14:57 PM
George Lucas originally envisioned Indiana Jones having an affair with Marion when she eleven but they finally decided on her being fifteen.

http://www.polygon.com/2015/8/3/9089181/indiana-jones-abusive-creep (http://www.polygon.com/2015/8/3/9089181/indiana-jones-abusive-creep)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 09, 2015, 04:16:37 PM
A baker's dozen of films that influenced human behavior, excluding fashions worn.

Billy Elliott
ballet lessons for boys

Dark Voyager
lighting 2 cigarettes at the same time

Lair of the White Worm
the scenes with the lady and the boy scout. From the time she picks him up from the side of the road till she drowns him in the tub. re-enacted by couples. snakes 'n' ladders game extra.

Last Year at Marenbad
the match game

The Princess Bride
the wedding ceremony. recreated by couples for their own wedding.

Saturday Night Fever
helped to inspire the disco craze

This Is Spinal Tap
Black Sabbath's 1974 Born Again Tour's Stonehenge stage set

Urban Cowboy
mechanical bull riding

Unfortunately, not all is fun and games

The Birth of a Nation
helped to revive the Klu Klux Klan

Jaws
shark killing

Natural Born Killers
robbery and murder

The Program
laying down on the white line on the highway

Thelma and Louise
method of suicide

Next time: American trails


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 19, 2015, 02:48:11 PM
American Trails

The 11 longest trails in the American trail system. From longest to shortest.

4600 miles North Country
3100 miles Continental Divide
2700 miles Pacific Crest
2200 miles Appalachian
1400 miles Floridian or Florida
1200 miles Ice Age
1200 miles Pacific Northwest
0800 miles Arizonian or Arizona
0800 miles Potomac Heritage
0444 miles Natchez Trace
0215 miles New England

total = 18,659 miles
average = 1696.25 miles approximately

Next time: cosplay


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on August 22, 2015, 11:18:34 PM
A group called "The Barbie Liberation Organization"  switched the voiceboxes of hundreds of GI Joes and Barbies and snuck them back into stores   in 1993.  

The Barbies would yell things like "Vengeance is mine," and "Eat Lead, Cobra!' while the Joes ended up saying "Want to go shopping? or "the Beach is the place for summer!""




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on August 22, 2015, 11:23:52 PM
It's a fact that this theory exists: Stanley Kubrick was a member of the Illuminati, which murdered him for exposing so much about it in Eyes Wide Shut.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on August 25, 2015, 10:33:34 PM
A 10 year old named Laura Buxton from Staffordshire, England released a balloon with her name and address on it, asking whoever found it to write back to her.  It was floated 400 miles and was by a different ten year old girl named Laura Buxton, who wrote back and included her phone number. 

When the two girls met, they were both wearing pink sweaters and blue jeans. 
They found out they were the exact same height, the same build, and had the same eye color.
They also found out they both had three year old black Labradors, a pet rabbit, and a guinea pig.
Both girls were also avid swimmers and had parents that married the same year.   








Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on August 27, 2015, 09:36:03 AM
Walter Brennan played a character named Groot in 1948's Red River.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on August 27, 2015, 06:23:01 PM
The CIA.

Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, the CIA is actually one of the most non-aggressive of all government agencies, contributing far fewer deaths per annum than the FBI or even most large police forces. According to FOIA files, 99.70% of CIA operations between 1990--2000 were classified as "non-violent." In the age of drone strikes, the CIA has been relegated more and more to a surveillance role, employing fewer field agents today for the purpose of intelligence gathering than at any time in its history, with greater reliance placed on information provided from cooperative foreign agencies than has previously been the case.

In 1997, the CIA saw more of its assets killed in the field than it in turn killed in its own operations, indicating it can be riskier to work for the CIA than it is to work against it.

The CIA employs fewer individuals than the Las Vegas Police Department, and is actually in danger of being absorbed in all but name by the larger, better-funded, and currently more productive, NSA.

Inter-agency rivalries between the FBI, ATF, NSA, DEA, and CIA can be bitter and counterproductive. Officially discouraged, they are unofficially a longstanding pastime with attached traditions similar to those found in, say, college football. Each of these agencies has its own derogatory slang for members of differing agencies.

The CIA is forbidden from operations on US soil, except in one of thirty-three conditions.

One who retires from a career in CIA service is dubbed a “Langer.”

If while on operation, a CIA agent should require assistance or pullout (known as “scamping”) a pre-determined, particular color of a specific item of clothing is prominently worn, and a code word (such as “mistress”) may be innocuously used in certain scheduled, monitored conversations. Generally these code words are used during telephone conversations, but common places of direct contact include well-traveled street corners, a restaurant or bar, or often a church.

All CIA employees receive agency IDs, and may cite their employment in the agency on any future resumes, conditional to restrictions regarding some specific operations.

Agents are paid on the first and fifteenth of every month, and may in certain cases claim something as mundane as a new hairbrush on expense accounts.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on August 27, 2015, 07:42:10 PM
In the Old Testament, Yahweh (God) actually sues Israel for breach of contract (the Sinai covenant). It is the only instance of God initiating a lawsuit against humans in the Bible.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on August 27, 2015, 10:46:53 PM
Just out of curiosity, what is the Scriptural reference for that?

I know God repeatedly reproached the Israelites for breaking their covenant with Him, but I don't recall him dragging them into court.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on August 28, 2015, 09:34:02 AM
Loose lips have never sunk even one ship. It's just crazy to think human lips could sink  a ship no matter how hard they hit it. Insane.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on August 28, 2015, 05:37:11 PM
Think Angelina Jolie lips . . . :teddyr:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on September 01, 2015, 05:35:06 PM
A few ABBA songs facts:

Honey, Honey (1974) spent 4 months in the top 5 in West Germany's singles music charts.
Hasta Mańana (1974) is still immensely popular to this day in South Africa.
SOS (1975) Pete Townshend has said "SOS" is one of the best pop songs ever written. John Lennon declared that it was one of his favorite pop songs.
Fernando (1976) still holds the record for the single spending the most weeks at number 1 (14 weeks) in Australia.
Dancing Queen (1976) ABBA's only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977) Benny named "Knowing Me, Knowing You" as one of ABBA's best recordings.
The Name of the Game (1977) The opening riff on bass and synthesizer is inspired by Stevie Wonder's "I Wish."
Take a Chance on Me (1978) #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 but sold more copies than "Dancing Queen" (#1).
Summer Night City (1978) Bjorn called the recording "really lousy" and Agnetha has been quoted as saying she didn't like the song to start with.
Voulez-Vous (1979) was recorded in Miami with disco group Foxy playing instruments. It's the only ABBA song to be recorded outside of Sweden.
The Winner Takes It All (1980) is Agnetha's favorite ABBA song.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 02, 2015, 04:41:24 PM
Comic Cons. Horror. Star Trek. Star Wars. Convos. Cosplayers.

D23, which recently wrapped up at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim (California) was no different.

Disney
--animation. attractions. live action.
Marvel
--animation. live action.
Pixar
--animation
Star Wars
--animation. live action.

Hard to get a grasp and a grip on how many attendees came in costume. My best guess would be 1 out of every 250 attendees. Which means several hundred. With a few surprises.

Women seemingly outnumbered the men 2 to 1. The women coming . . .

in singles
in pairs with their
--BFF
--significant other
in groups of 4 or more

The men also coming . . .
in singles
in pairs with their significant other
--both male and female
but . . .?! unlike the women--not in groups

Most of the women coming as a female character, and most of the men coming as a male character, but . . .?! You did get cross dressers. Women coming as a male character, and men coming as a female character. You also have men and women changing roles. For example: the woman would come as Prince Philip, and the man would come as Maleficent.

A couple of more surprises.

While there were some characters from Marvel, and some kids in costume. I was surprised how few there were of both. Maybe they are saving up for the 2nd annual Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon next year at Disneyland with kids' races. From a diaper dash for the under 1s to a 400 meter for the 7s to 8s. Then you'll see . . .

Little Thors
Little Ironmen
Little Hulks
Little Captain Americas, which is popular both with the boys and girls.

Whatever . . .?!

God bless 'em one and all. For the world would be a much less enjoyable place to live, if it was not for those who enjoyed dressing up in costume for a day, a weekend, a week.

And I do mean the world.

The next D23 is in Japan. So, it'll be interesting to see how many of the Japanese dress up in costume. And the next Star Wars is in London (England) next year, and from the last one that was held there, we know that the Brits like to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character.

Next time: the studios



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 12, 2015, 04:37:45 PM
And the rich just keep getting richer.

21st Century Fox
from 85th largest company in the U.S. to 97th

Time Warner
from 102nd largest company in the U.S. to 104th

CBS
from 182nd largest company in the U.S. to 212th

Viacom
from 210th largest company in the U.S. to 222nd

All of these U.S. entertainment companies either made less money in 2014 then they did in 2013, or they lost money in 2014. Only the . . .

Walt Disney Company
among the largest entertainment companies in the U.S.
made more money in 2014 then they did in 2013.
moving from 61st largest company in the U.S. to 57th.

That is not to say that they will make more money in 2015 then they did in 2014, or more likely 2016 then they did in 2015, as it is hard for any American company, entertainment or ortherwise to put together 2 really good years back to back. Why they may make more money in 2015 then in 2014 is that, the people who crunch those box office numbers, predict that Star Wars : Episode VII - The Force Awakens will make $2.3 billion at the box office, when all is said and done. That was the 1st prediction. Now the prediction is up to $3 billion. Either figure will make it the 2nd highest grossing film at the box office. Behind only "Titanic."

Next time: the mightiest entertainment empire the world has ever seen.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 15, 2015, 03:22:31 PM
FACT: BoyScoutKevin is the king of the Fact Of The Day topic.

Also a fact: Mr. Burns would trade everything he owns for a little more.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 18, 2015, 05:21:58 PM
FACT: BoyScoutKevin is the king of the Fact Of The Day topic.

Also a fact: Mr. Burns would trade everything he owns for a little more.

I don't know what Mr. Burns would say, but . . . ?! I just want to say thank-your for the comment. I'd also like to thank everyone, unlike some sites, for allowing me to have my say, and I hope to continue to bring everyone facts that, at least, I think are interesting and informative.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 19, 2015, 02:49:16 PM
The mightiest entertainment empire the earth has ever seen.

They have a beauty boutique for boys and girls and a café at Harrods
. . . in London (England)
If you cannot find it at Harrods, then it does not exist.

Their books are published
. . . worldwide with a creative center in Milan (Italy)
Actually, they are the largest publisher of children's books in the world.

Their comic books and comic strips are widely published and widely read
. . . in Europe.

Their concerts, ice shows, and stage productions can be seen and heard
. . . in London (England)

They host expos
. . . in Germany
Japan
London (England)

Their food products . . .
cat food
dog food
ham slices in the shape of a certain cartoon character
liver pate
etc.
can be bought
. . . in Europe

Their hotels are
. . . in China
France
Japan

Their merchandise can be bought on-line and/or in their retail stores
. . .in Australia
Canada
China
Denmark
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
the U.K.

Their motion pictures are seen
. . . worldwide

Their radio programs can be heard
. . .in Canada,
excluding Quebec

They have a research facility
. . .in Switzerland
81 research projects and counting

Their ships cruise the . . .
Caribbean
Med
North Atlantic

. . . and the waters of . . .
Canada
 Central America
Mexico
Northern Europe
South America

. . . and next year . . .
Ireland
U.K.

Their sporting events, when held
. . .in California
Florida
. . . attract athletes from o'er 30 foreign countries

. . .and next year, there'll be a sporting event near . . .
Paris (France)

Their TV programs are seen
. . .worldwide

Their tour company offers tours
. . .of Africa
Asia
Australia
Central America
Europe
North America
South America
. . .and the Danube River in Europe.

Their theme parks are
. . . China
France
Hong Kong
Japan

Not bad for a company that began less than a century ago in an one-car garage in L.A.

The Walt Disney Company

Next time: put on the old grey bonnet. with the blue ribbon on it.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 29, 2015, 04:41:50 PM
"Put on your old grey bonnet. With the blue ribbon on it."

Dapper Days.

dapper=retro finery. I can't explain it, but . . .?! You'll know it, when you see it.

Held twice a year. Once in the spring, when it is a daytime event, and once in the fall, when it is a nighttime event.

At theme parks in Anaheim (California), Orlando (Florida) and near Paris (France.)

If you want to put on your finest retro finery and strut your stuff, along with 10,000 like minded folks . . .

singletons
--men, women
BFFs
couples
--gay, straight
families
groups
--of 6 to a dozen or more

. . . or, the attendance figures of the 2013 at the Anaheim event, the dates for the next spring event are . . .

Paris (France) April 16, 2016
Orlando (Florida) April 16, 2016
Anaheim (California) April 30, 2016 to May 1, 2016

If the one at Anaheim is anything like past events, there'll also be a . . .

a retro slide show
a Friday night dance
a classic car show
and an expo

And it's nice to see photos of the kids dressed up. They're stylin'.

Next time: how old Hamlet?






Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 09, 2015, 05:00:13 PM
How old Hamlet?

Shakespearian scholars have pegged Hamlet's age at anything from 16 to 30. Thus, here are 8 actors, who have played the role on stage: the actor, their age, when they played the role, and the year that they played the role.

Branagh 28 (1988)
Burbage 32 (1600)
Burton 38 (1964)
Cumberbatch 39 (2015)
Fiennes 32 (1995)
Law 36 (2009)
Olivier 30 (1937)
Whishaw 23 (2004)
Average age: 32

If one things about it, Hamlet's actions are not the actions of a fully mature individual, but . . .?! He is still more mature than Romeo, or, in other words, the age of the actor playing Hamlet is probably not as important as the age of the actor playing Romeo, who is too often (IMHO) played by an actor who is too old for the role.

Next time: Star Wars figures, and he is not talking about the kind you get out of the cereal box, though, he'll talk about those as well.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Gene Worm on October 21, 2015, 11:05:24 AM
DID YOU KNOW:

The same staff that did the amazing(ly bad) three-episode Japanese show, "Assault! Armor Jack!" also did the Japanese show that was so bad, that they could only sell one DVD set of it, and it can be seen on YouTube, by the Japanese name. It is called "Sailor Fight!".


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on October 21, 2015, 03:21:18 PM
     Lorain, Ohio is the birthplace of Alan D Hopewell.

(http://photos.cinematreasures.org/production/users/57221/1339009413/large.jpg?1339009413)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZQUe-edrOA/TboRzH3IiNI/AAAAAAAACL0/vaBMrpLjZMU/s1600/Lorain+Postcard.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 22, 2015, 04:28:19 PM
Adjusted for inflation.

1977 Episode 4
Star Wars : a New Hope
$2,016,000,000

1980 Episode 5
Star Wars : the Empire Strikes Back
$1,185,000,000

1983 Episode 6
Star Wars : the Return of the Jedi
$912,000,000

1999 Episode 1
Star Wars : Phantom Menace
$1,318,000,000

2002 Episode 2
Star Wars : Attack of the Clones
$860,000,000

2005 Episode 3
Revenge of the Sith
$1,035,000,000

2015 Episode 7
Star Wars : the Force Awakens
Expected box office $2,000,000,000 to $2,500,000,000
Thus, either the 1st or 2nd highest grossing film in the series to date

5 things to note.

1st. One talks about the 10 year lag between Episode 3 and Episode 7, but . . .?! There was a 16 year lag between Episode 6 and Episode 1.

2nd. While nearly all say that they hated Episode 1, it did better at the box office then Episode 6 and even Episode 5, which nearly all say that they loved. Pent up demand?

3rd. The series has lasted for 5 decades or from the 1970s to the 2010s. Only the James Bond series, which is ongoing, has lasted longer, as it began in the 1960s.

4th. The series may continue up to and into the 2020s. With . . .

Episode 8 in 2017
Episode 9 in 2019
Episode 10 in 2021?

And standalone films from the Star Wars Universe expected in . . .

2016
2018
2020
2022?

5th. The speed at which the Episode films have been released has picked up. It use to be 1 every 3 years. Now it is 1 every 2 years. And . . .

Next time: more Star War figures. The ones you use to find in the cereal boxes of old.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 29, 2015, 05:50:11 PM
More Star Wars figures, but . . .?! First . . .

$700 million. That is how much "The Simpsons" generates annually in merchandise sales, and with Fox getting its standard 7.5%, that's an annual payday for Fox of $52.5 million, which is a nice payday. No wonder the series continues on Fox TV, but . . .?!

That pales in comparison with the figured merchandise sales for the most recent episode of Star Wars, "Star Wars : Episode VII : the Force Awakens" is suppose to generate, which is $5 billion internationally. I thought that figure was . . .?! But . . .?! Then there were these 2 stories from the U.K.

Grandparents bought their grandson the Kylo Ren hoodie (They call them a hoodie. We call them a jacket) with the pull-down mask, and now the boy is so taken with it, he wears it outdoors. He wears it indoors. He wears it in bad weather. He wears it in good weather. He wears it to school. He wears it at home. And he probably wears it to bed. Probably the only time he takes it off is when he is in the shower or tub. $12.16.

Parents bought their son the Kylo Ren costume, and the Kylo Ren light saber, because it looked cool, and because the mask that came with the costume was not enough, they bought him the voice altering mask, and so, they had to buy his little sister something, so they bought her the Captain Phasma costume. Now the 2 spend all their time in costume, he "threatening" her with the light saber and waving it about, and chasing each other around the backyard of their home. $62.43

And while nothing is assured, multiply those 2 stories X times across the U.K. and across Europe and even into Australia and India, where the merchandise is also being pushed, and $5 billion looks doable, which is 2 to 2.5 times what the box office gross is suppose to be.

And the Walt Disney Company gets not 7.5% of that, but 10%. Which makes sense for both parties, as you come to me with something I can sell $100 of, and I'll give you the standard 7.5%, but . . .?! if you come to me with something I can sell $200 of, without an increase in costs, but . . .?! want 10% of what I sell, then I give you the 10%, and we are both better off. You get $20.00 instead of $7.50, and I get $180.00 instead of $92.50.

That's only 10%. Who gets the other 90%? Well, there's the manufacturer, the retailer (the Disney Store, etc.), who ever is allowing their image to be used for the merchandise, the advertising company, the advertising medium (ABC, ABC Family, which is now Free Form, the Disney Channel, etc.) One reason the Company is doing so well at the moment, is that it is a "closed loop." Some of the money comes in and never goes out. It just goes round and round making more money.

One of the products being generated is over 20 book titles of various reading levels and for various interests. One of them being "The Ultimate Star Wars" by British publisher Dorling Kindersley, or the best book to date I have seen about the Star Wars series of films and TV shows.

Dorling Kindersley from the surnames of the 2 founding partners. Their books are heavy on the graphics and most often found in the children's section of the library, but . . .?! if one is looking for an introduction to a film or TV series, I have found nothing better.

Sometime: "it's always been like that. only more so--now" and "it's an one-way street, people," but . . .?! 1st "the rich are getting richer" and "the rest of the slate, or, where will you be 5 years from now?"



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 06, 2015, 01:45:22 PM
"And the rich get richer!"

$1.433 billion domestic box office
$2.575 billion international box office
$4.008 billion total box office, or . . .

35.75% domestic box office
64.25% international box office
100.0% total box office

We think the people in Hollywood are stupid. They do make mistakes, but . . .?! They are not stupid. Thus, what are they going to do, when they see that the success of an American film relies more and more on how it does overseas and less and less on the home market. They are going to start making films that appeal to the overseas market.

Last year, The Company also made o'er $4 billion at the box office, but . . .?! That was not to the 1st week of December. This year, they made the o'er $4 billion by the 1st week of October. That is from January 1 to October 1, inclusive, almost $165.67 every second.

The strength of that o'er $4 billion box office relying principally on 4 films:

Ant-man
Avengers : Age of Ultron
Cinderella
Inside Out

One wonders how NBC Universal is doing, as they have the top grossing film at the box office in Jurassic World, at this moment. And we will talk about that, but . . .?! later, as . . .

Next time: "the rest of the slate, or, where will you be 5 years from now?"



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on November 06, 2015, 03:14:24 PM
(http://www.issuesandalibis.org/hellinahandbasket.jpg)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on November 12, 2015, 07:57:25 AM
Since Florida holds a special place here:

25 Sun-Soaked Facts About Florida
http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/70934/25-sun-soaked-facts-about-florida (http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/70934/25-sun-soaked-facts-about-florida)

Ah, Florida. The land of palm trees, sunshine, and … a carnivorous pink cloud? Read on to learn more about the home of Disney World and the world's worst superhero.
...
3. The 3500-year-old cypress tree named “Senator” was the pride of Longwood, Florida (and the fifth oldest tree in the world). Then in 2012, a meth addict climbed inside the trunk and lit up. Senator was reduced to ashes. “I can’t believe I burned down a tree older than Jesus,”she later said.
4. People really, really, really love Walt Disney World—so much so that some of them never want to leave. It’s not legal to scatter human ashes in the park, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it on the sly. The Haunted Mansion is an especially popular choice. But that effort probably isn't worth it: staff members who find suspicious piles of dust call code “HEPA cleanup,” after the special vacuum the custodians use to suck up what’s left of Grandma.

6. Miami banks were losing business in the mid-'90s because rollerbladers didn’t feel like taking off their skates to go inside. To accommodate banking on the go, one Citibank installed a custom-built rollerblade ATM, complete with a flashy pink ramp. “Hey, that's a great thing for skaters,'' one waiter on wheels told the Orlando Sentinel. ''I'll be using that baby all the time.''
7. A 1998 Florida law requires all state-funded daycare centers and preschools to play classical music for the children. “I want all the kids in the state of Florida to be the best and brightest,” state senator Bill Turner said. The so-called Mozart effect has since been debunked, but the law holds.
8. Florida’s nasty mosquitoes have inspired some creative pest-control efforts. In 1929, the owner of a Florida Keys fishing lodge spent $10,000 of his own money to build a 30-foot wooden tower in the hopes of attracting bats. Equipped with “all the conveniences any little bat heart could possibly desire” and smeared with pheromone-rich bat poop, the tower would have been a big hit—if any bats ever showed up.

10. The very first meeting of the Homestead, Florida, Crime Watch group was interrupted when a 75-pound bale of cocaine fell out of the sky and into the meeting. The fugitives flying overhead had dropped another parcel of cocaine nearby—onto a church.
11. In 1982, the Florida Keys seceded from the United States and declared themselves the Conch Republic, in order to protest the placement of a Border Patrol-run road block in Florida City. Key West Mayor-turned-Prime Minister Dennis Wardlow declared war against the United States. The campaign was short-lived; within two minutes, Wardlow had surrendered and requested $1 million in foreign aid.
12. Florida has its own Bigfoot: the eight-foot tall, hairy, smelly monster known as the Skunk Ape. Sightings were so frequent in the '70s that legislators feared it was just a matter of time before the Skunk Ape was caught or killed. They tried to make it a misdemeanor to “take, possess, harm or molest anthropoid or humanoid animals.”
13. The South Florida Museum houses the world’s largest collection of fossilized poop.

15. Travelers in the 1950s and '60s reported being chased through the woods near Daytona by a strange pink cloud. Citizens told of a carnivorous cloud that would absorb people whole and spit out their bones.
16. Sarasota, Florida, is home to what may be the only Amish beach resort in the world.
17. In 2013, a Florida woman named Linda Ducharme renewed her vows to a Ferris wheel named Bruce. After a short ceremony, the bride fed the groom a slice of pizza.

21. Participants in the annual Interstate Mullet Toss throw dead fish over the state line from Florida into Alabama.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on November 12, 2015, 09:52:24 PM
In 1983 an Italian immigrant named Vigliotti was arrested on bigamy charges.  It turned out he had 105 wives in 14 countries.  He would marry them, talk them into moving in with him, pack all their stuff in a moving van and tell them he'd be back to get them . . . then drive off and sell their worldly goods at flea markets.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 18, 2015, 01:38:56 PM
The rest of the slate, or, where will you be 5 years from today?

From Marvel
Black Panther (2/16/18)
(and look for a new comic book series from Marvel)
Ant-man and the Wasp (7/6/18)
(a sequel to Ant-man)
Captain Marvel (3/8/19)
(the Carol Danvers version)

From Pixar
Cars 3
Coco (11/22/17)
(I still am not sure what this one is about, but . . .?! They must be expecting big things from it, as that is a prime date to release a film)
Toy Story 4 (6/15/18)
(rumor has it that it is a Woody and Jesse prequel, but . . .?! Buzz is in it. So, who knows?)
Incredibles 2 (6/21/19)
and 2 more in 2020.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios
Gigantic (3/19/18)
a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk
and 1 from Disney Toon Studios in (4/19)
(which is the studio within the studio, as they normally do the straight to DVD and TV animation)
and 1 more in (11/20)

from Walt Disney Live Action
The Jungle Book (4/16)
(a remake combining live action and animation)
Alice Thru the Looking Glass (5/16)
(a sequel to Alice in Wonderland)
Pete's Dragon (8/16)
(another remake)

Rumor has it that they want to do 15 live action films based on their animated films. Including those 3 and excluding Mary Poppins, Too, that is a dozen more films.
4 in 2017
1 in 2018
and 2 in 2019

Which would include . . .
Aladdin
Beauty and the Beast
Maleficent 2
Mulan
Pinocchio
Prince Charming
(we have heard her side of the story. Now, it's his turn.)
Some more further along than others.

As for Mary Poppins, Too
A sequel that takes place 20 years after the original. Hopefully, the '20's and not the '30's, where the Depression was as bad as in the U.S., if not worst. Jane and Michael Banks are now grown up and have children of their own.

Miscellaneous
Riley's First Date
(an animated short featuring the characters from Inside Out, and if Riley's date looks familiar, he is based on Harry Styles of 1 Dimension.
(and look for a new or 2nd new series of comic books from Marvel featuring the Star War characters. The 1st in this series takes place between Episodes IV and V.)

Next time: the 10 most popular Star War toys for Christmas and then a little myth busting.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 30, 2015, 06:55:22 PM
So, all can beat the rush. Here are the top 10 Star Wars toys for 2015, excluding Star Wars : Battlefront.

Yoda doll
(or, what my brother-in-law says, when I tease him about his collection of G.I. Joe dolls. "It's not a doll. It's an action figure.")
Risk : Star Wars edition.
(also Star Wars editions of Monopoly and Battleship. I can hear it now. "You sank my Millennium Falcon!")
Nerf Storm trooper Blaster
Lego's Millennium Falcon
Kylo Ren Light saber with cross-guard
Kylo Ren doll with motion detector
Jedi Master Light saber kit
Furbacca
(Furby + Chewbacca)
BB8 Sphero toy

With prices ranging from $30.00 to $149.06, they and the other Star Wars toys are expected to bring in $1 billion in 2015 and 2016, and that is domestically. They are expected to bring in another $4 billion internationally. And with Disney/Lucas getting 10% of the total sales, that's $100 to $500 million for Disney/Lucas.

A couple more surprises.

While the new characters will never match the appeal of the original characters, they have caught the appeal of today's audiences, especially Kylo Ren, who is becoming the 2nd greatest villain in the Star Wars Universe, next to Darth Vader.
And here, where I live, it must be pent up demand. It is not even December, and already the parking lots are full, and lines to check out are out the door.

Next time: a little myth busting, and then, she is an 150 years old this year, but she does not look a day older than 149.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 10, 2015, 06:04:23 PM
I said I'd give all some myth busting, but . . .?! As that is in the past, I want to put that off and get this out, as this is the future.

Within the next decade
2016 - 2026
We'll see what may be one of the greatest decades e'er from Hollywood.
For . . .

From Disney/Lucas
shooting now - in London
Rogue 1
pre-production
Episode VIII
a Boba Fett film
an young Han Solo film

From Disney/Marvel
17 films
+ 5 TV shows
The TV shows are what interest me, because we know about "Iron Fist," we know about "Luke Cage," but . . .?!  what are the other 3 shows to be?

From Warner
a Godzilla-King Kong mash-up
a Tarzan film. (Where's his loincloth?)

From Warner/DC
12 films

From Paramount Viacom
at least 1 Transformers film

From Universal NBC
a monster mash-up featuring . . .
Dracula + the Monster + the Mummy + the Wolf Man
(Why don't they just re-release "Monster Squad?")

Will all be successful? - No
How long will this last? - No one really knows.
Original? - No
But . . .?! There have been 4 great changes in films.
1st. From silent to sound.
2nd. From black-'n'-white to color.
3rd. Change in viewing format from theater to TV to other media formats.
4th. What people want to see. More and more people do not want to see individual films, they want to see films in a series. And if film studios do not change, as well, they'll go under.

And where will we all be 10 years from now?

This may or may not have anything to do with the above, but . . .?!
Steven Spielberg in conjunction with the Walt Disney Studio is adapting Roald Dahl's "BFG" for the big screen, for release in 2016, and while the Walt Disney Company has distributed Steven Spielberg's previous films, this is the 1st time that Spielberg has made a film for the Company.

Next time: she is 150 years old this year, but . . .?! she does not look a day past 149.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 11, 2015, 03:38:10 PM
If you could remove the spaces between its molecules, Earth could be reduced to the size of a baseball.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 19, 2015, 03:35:33 PM
If you could remove the spaces between its molecules, Earth could be reduced to the size of a baseball.

Get the team from "Fantastic Voyage" on this right away. Isn't this how they were able to shrink everything to miniature size in the 1966 film?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 20, 2015, 02:52:33 PM
She's 150 years old this year, but . . .?! She doesn't look a day past 149.

Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" was published 150 years ago this year in 1865. And that's not all, since the 1880's, except for the 1890's, there has been at least one adaptation of his book every decade, and the number seems to be increasing.

1880s 1 -- 1890s 0 -- 1900s 1 -- 1910s 2 -- 1920s 1 -- 1930s 6 -- 1940s 2 -- 1950s 3 -- 1960s 9 -- 1970s 6 -- 1980s 11 -- 1990s 11 -- 2000s 25 -- 2010-2015 (to date) 15 -- total 93.

The 1st film adaptation was in 1903. The 1st American stage adaptation was in 1932. 49% of the adaptations have been film. 40% of the adaptations have been TV with anime or animation making up 54% and live action 46% of that. And 11% of the adaptations have been stage.

The next stage adaptation was this year or 2015 and was a musical in London (England.) The next film adaptation is next year or 2016 and is based on the book's sequel "Alice Through the Looking Glass."

I am surprised there have been so many adaptations of something that is so difficult to adapt, which may be why the most successful adaptation was Tim Burton's film in 2010 of which the 2016 film is a sequel to it.

Cost of the 2010 film $200,000,000. Opening weekend $116,101,023. Gross U.S. receipts $334,185,206. Gross receipts (U.S. + international) $1,025,467,110. U.S. 32.5% International 67.5%. Which is why we are having a sequel next year or 2016, and why international box office is so important for the success of an American film.

As for the book . . .?! I suggest reading it. It is short. I read it and its sequel 1st as a child, then after seeing the 2010 film, I re-read it, and while a lot of books claim to be unique, Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" is one of the few books that I have read that is truly unique. There was nothing like it ere, and there has been little like it after.

Next time: a little myth busting.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 27, 2015, 02:42:32 PM
A little myth busting.

After 14 seasons on TV, "Myth busters" has come to a close. During that time it investigated 1015 myths.

548 busted (false) 53.79%
251 confirmed (true) 24.73%
216 plausible (maybe) 21.28
total 100%

There are 2 things that surprised me about those figures.

1st. Not that so many were proved to be false, but . . .?! So many were proved to be true or plausible. Almost 50%

2nd. How many people still held on to myths that were proved to be "false." And I wondered why till I saw the busted myth that driving and talking on the phone is as safe as driving and not talking on the phone, and the controversy that resulted, and the people that disagreed with that conclusion. Because many of these people are the same ones that you see driving and talking on the phone at the same time. But . . .?! One does not need the Myth Busters to bust that myth. Just look at the traffic studies on accidents, or, at least, some of the studies, which now show that talking on the phone  and driving now causes more accidents than drinking and driving. If there is any good out of those studies, it is that everyone's efforts to prevent drinking and driving is having some effect in reducing it.

Next time: dapper days : the French edition
and in a separate thread: Q : what's upcoming in 2016 and the decade thereafter


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 04, 2016, 07:23:18 PM
Dapper Days : the French edition

Dapper Days is an unofficial day in which hundreds of men, women, and children get dressed up in their finest retro fashions and meet at a Disney theme park in California or Florida. Though, the one in California has now expanded to 2 days and last year included a classic car show.

As for retro fashions, that is men's, women's, and children's fashions from the 1st half of the last or 20th century, or approximately from the 00's to the 60's.

There is also an European version which is held at the Disney theme park near Paris. Though there are differences between the American and European versions, the fashions are much the same, except . . .

1st You'll see people come in military uniform. That is Allied, not Axis, military uniforms.
2nd You'll see more children in costume.
3rd You'll see more groups of men in costume.

Next time: why I have joined the 3%.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 17, 2016, 03:00:48 PM
While I did say that  I'd talk about the 3%, I'm going to put that aside for now, and talk about . . .

Star Wars Celebration Europe
London, England
July 15, 2016 - July 17, 2016

Without knowing who is going to be there. Without knowing what events will be scheduled, if one is going to be in London that day, it is almost worthwhile to purchase a ticket for some of the following reasons.

1st. Pent up demand. Only the 3rd celebration to be held in Europe, and only the 2nd in London, and the last was in Germany 3 years ago.
2nd. If you think Americans are Star Wars mad, then you ain't seen nuthin' yet.
3rd. An European perspective on an American phenomena.
4th. While the variety available is more than you can shake a light saber at, at the American celebrations, with this one drawing fans from all over Europe, the 
       variety  will be even greater.
5th. 1st look at upcoming Star Wars for the year and the thereafter.

Without knowing what and who will be there, we do know some things.

There will be cosplayers there, as there is a costume contest in 6 categories with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes on the 1st day. The categories being . . .

Jedi and Rebels -- Empire and Sith -- Princesses -- Armed Troops -- Droids -- and Aliens, Creatures, and Outer Rim.

With those 18 winners no doubt going for Best in Show with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes.

And while this is only open to 12s and up, there will be a daily costume parade for children in the Family Area. Thus, there will be children there. Actually, maybe because there were fewer children's tickets offered, these tickets sold out faster than the tickets for adults.

And while there are older fans that begrudge anything that smacks of catering to the younger fans . . .

Darn! I miss Roy Rogers. The 1st or 2nd film I ever saw in the theater was a Roy Rogers' oater. And one can't believe his popularity in my hey day, but . . .?! Because they couldn't or wouldn't, as the older fans died off, bring in the younger fans, he exists only in the memory of those who remember him. And that is why it is needed to bring in the younger fans, as the older original fans of Star Wars die off.

The question is now where will the 2017 Star Wars Celebration be held. It has been suggested in . . .

Asia. It has been held previously in Japan.
Europe again. Maybe Germany.
L.A.
or Orlando

I'd put my money on the last, as to tie in with the opening of Star Wars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studio at Walt Disney World in 2017. The only problem is that when it was held in 2015 in the Anaheim Convention Center, it was only a hop, skip, and a jump from Disneyland. Yet the Orange County [Florida] Convention Center, where it was held last time, being in downtown Orlando, is not that near Walt Disney World. Of course, they could hold it at Walt Disney World, where they do have convention and meeting space. The question being whether they have enough.

Next time: a baker's dozen of quotes from SW7 : TFA. Good for every occasion


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on January 22, 2016, 12:55:34 PM
Falling is mostly harmless. It's landing you have to be careful of.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Nightowl on January 24, 2016, 02:53:15 AM
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Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 31, 2016, 05:10:16 PM
Lord, knows that I've underestimated any number of films in my film watching, and films do get underestimated. Though, normally, they are critical and/or box office failures. Seldom are they critical successes and even more successful at the box office. Yet, I think to a certain extent, that's what happened to "Star Wars : Episode 7 - The Force Awakens," especially when it comes to the writing, and, as proof here are a baker's dozen of quotes, good for any occasion, from the film.

01. Chewie, we're home.
Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

02. Tell that to the Kanjiklub.
Bala-Tik (Brian Vernall)

03. Droid, please.
Finn (John Boyega)

04. We're gonna do this.
Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac)

05. I assume you need something desperately.
Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyongo)

06. Where's my boyfriend. I love that Wookie.
Maz Kanata
And in this day and age, it can be said by a man or a woman.

07. I think I can handle myself.
Rey (Daisy Ridley)

08. I know how to run without you holding my hand.
Rey

09. We're not done yet.
Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)

10. You need a teacher.
Kylo Ren

11. I will finish what you started.
Kylo Ren

12. "Why are you doing this? -- Because it is the right thing to do. -- You need A pilot. -- I need a pilot."
 Poe Dameron and Finn

13. '" Okay, stay calm . . . stay calm." -- I am calm!" -- "I was talking to myself."
Finn and Poe Dameron

The last is the only one that originated with me. The others are from the official Star Wars website, but . . .?! So many good lines for so many characters.

And a couple of Star Wars related facts.

1st. "The Force is with the TSA." While passing airport security, your lightsaber, at last word, but . . .?! always check the TSA website before flying, is acceptable in your checked or carry on luggage.

2nd. It looks like Ewan McGregor will be back. Either in Episode VIII or in one of the stand-alone films.

Next time: a dozen more quotes from SW7 : TFA and good for every occasion.




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on February 04, 2016, 01:00:37 PM
The bite of the Brazilian wandering spider can be deadly to humans, but it can also cause priapism in men---spontaneous erections lasting 4 hours or longer.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 12, 2016, 10:49:39 AM
The United States technically did not come into existence until 1789. (1776, the colonies declared independence from Great Britain; 1783, independence was recognized at the end of the War of Revolution; 1789 the United States Constitution was ratified, and the current nation began.)

Fact Two: It is a slow, slow day today.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 13, 2016, 12:27:29 PM
A dozen more quotes from SW7 : TFA. And good for every occasion.

I have a bad feeling about this.
Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

"Growls"--"Oh, really. You're cold."
Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Han Solo.

Women always figure out the truth.
Han Solo.

"You changed your hair."--"Same jacket."
Han Solo and General Leia (Carrie Fisher)
Replace jacket with any other item of clothing, and the quote works just as well.

"I've already fixed it."--"Well, can you unfix it?"
Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega)

I didn't think there was that much green in the whole galaxy.
Rey.
Especially useful when counting out money.

"We came to rescue you. It was his idea." (Rey hugs Finn.) "Escape now, hug later."
Han Solo

Talking about Captain Phasma
"What should we do with her?"--Is there a garbage chute . . . a trash compactor?" Finn and Han Solo.

Hope is not lost today. It is found.
General Leia.

This will begin to make things right.
Ler San Tekka (Max von Sydow)

There's been awakening. Have you felt it?
Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis)

Today is the end of the Republic.
General Hux (Domhall Gleeson)
"Republic" can be replaced by another word, and the quote would still be good for any occasion.

Next time: as I said, why I have joined the 3%.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 25, 2016, 05:52:10 PM
Why I have joined the 3%, more or less, who do not have TV in their home.

1st "The Cost." I have better things to do with my money.
2nd. "The Wrong." Something will go wrong, and I have reached the point in my life, that I have tried to reduce as much as possible, what can go "wrong" in my life.
3rd. I have "thrown in the towel." As to the why of that . . .?!

My landline is with AT&T. Thus, I got an advisement from them, that they could also provide me with cable TV.

Now, from them, I can get the basic package, excluding the network channels, which includes 84 channels.

The next package is those 84 + 86 more or 170 channels.

Then the next package is those 170 + 32 more + 15 Encore + 22 Showtime + 18 Starz + 4 TMC or 261 channels.

Then the next package is those 261 + 2 more + 24 Cinemax + 28 HBO or 315 channels.

Then there is the sports package, which is extra. The basic is 12 channels, and the premium is those 12 + 48 more or 375 channels.

Then there is . . . (channels)

Epix (8) -- adult or Playboy in both English and/or Spanish (2) -- Spanish language (60) -- International (25) -- Music (75) or 545 channels.

And you know what . . .

I had a simpler time trying to find something to watch, when the maximum number of channels could be counted on 2 hands, then now, if I had 545 channels. And that is why I have "thrown in the towel."

Next time: something about the man who inspired "M," both the German and American versions, and the German "Tenderness of Wolves."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 26, 2016, 05:13:10 PM
Why I have joined the 3%, more or less, who do not have TV in their home.

1st "The Cost." I have better things to do with my money.
2nd. "The Wrong." Something will go wrong, and I have reached the point in my life, that I have tried to reduce as much as possible, what can go "wrong" in my life.
3rd. I have "thrown in the towel." As to the why of that . . .?!

My landline is with AT&T. Thus, I got an advisement from them, that they could also provide me with cable TV.

Now, from them, I can get the basic package, excluding the network channels, which includes 84 channels.

The next package is those 84 + 86 more or 170 channels.

Then the next package is those 170 + 32 more + 15 Encore + 22 Showtime + 18 Starz + 4 TMC or 261 channels.

Then the next package is those 261 + 2 more + 24 Cinemax + 28 HBO or 315 channels.

Then there is the sports package, which is extra. The basic is 12 channels, and the premium is those 12 + 48 more or 375 channels.

Then there is . . . (channels)

Epix (8) -- adult or Playboy in both English and/or Spanish (2) -- Spanish language (60) -- International (25) -- Music (75) or 545 channels.

And you know what . . .

I had a simpler time trying to find something to watch, when the maximum number of channels could be counted on 2 hands, then now, if I had 545 channels. And that is why I have "thrown in the towel."

Next time: something about the man who inspired "M," both the German and American versions, and the German "Tenderness of Wolves."

We only had one TV in the house when I was growing up, and I didn't have cable until I was in college, and in a way I may have missed out on some of the shows that were cultural sign posts in my youth, but you know, I bet I read a thousand books growing up, and I don't think I would have if we'd had anything like 545 channels. So good for you, BoyScoutKevin!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 01, 2016, 09:23:51 AM
For forty-two days a year two of my children are the same age, yet they're not twins.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 03, 2016, 08:46:01 PM
The German serial killer who inspired "M," both the German and American versions, and the German "Tenderness of Wolves." Fritz Haarmann, who has 27 victims, all young men or boys, inscribed to him. He may have killed many more than that, but . . .?! That is the only victims they could connect to him. Mostly through the distinctive clothing, which he kept, worn by this victims.

His oldest victim was 22, and his youngest victim was 10, as for the rest . . .

13 - 2 victims
14 - 1 victim
15 - 1 victim
16 - 7 victims
17 - 9 victims
18 - 1 victim
19 - 3 victims
20 - 1 victim

Average age of his victims: 16 and a half.

Next time: I have some good news, and I have some bad news.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 04, 2016, 10:58:58 AM
It's claimed blind people don't see the color black, they see literally nothing. The sense of sight is simply absent.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 12, 2016, 05:14:07 PM
I have some good news, and I have some bad news.

The good news is, if you flew out of a hub airport in the U.S. last year or 2015, less than one 1 hundredth of one percent of your fellow 708 million passengers tried, either deliberately or accidentally, tried to sneak a gun past airport security.

The bad news is that last year set a record at 2653 incidents, or the greatest number of incidents since statistics have been kept. With these 5 airports having the most incidents in number and percentage of total incidents.

Dallas Fort Worth 153 (5.77%)
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson 144 (5.43%)
Houston George Bush 100 (3.77%)
Denver 90 (3.39%)
Phoenix Sky Harbor 73 (2.75%)
Total 560 (21.11%)

Next time: maybe Hitchcock knew something.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Gene Worm on March 13, 2016, 11:54:41 PM
King Kong's average height is about 50 ft while Godzilla's is around 300 ft, meaning in King Kong vs. Godzilla, Godzilla would just stomp on Kong and that'd be it. But then again, that'd be alienating the King Kong fans and having Kong win would alienate the Godzilla fans, and killing them both would alienate both. So... there's probably going to be a special twist.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flangepart on March 15, 2016, 11:28:04 AM
It's claimed blind people don't see the color black, they see literally nothing. The sense of sight is simply absent.
Hummm....I'll as The Barbara about that. She lost her sight by about 13, so she knows colors.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 17, 2016, 06:29:14 PM
Maybe Hitchcock knew something.

Between 2000 and 2015, there were almost 1800 incidents of birds in flight striking an aircraft: aircraft in flight, aircraft landing, aircraft taking off or almost 1 incident every 3 days. Broken down by species of bird . . .

725 geese
392 vultures
157 herons
115 owls
114 ospreys
094 eagles
056 cormorants
054 cranes
036 pelicans
034 gulls
total 1777.

And mankind . . .
Man 0
While there have been some close calls, including a plane that landed in the Hudson River, not one human has lost their life in any of these incidents. Of course, aviation experts know it is only a matter of time, so they are working on ways to keep the birds away from the planes and vice-a-versa.

Next time: the 11 most common passwords. Is yours among them?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 18, 2016, 09:14:51 AM
Only about one person in a million can kiss his or her own elbow.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Hammock Rider on March 20, 2016, 03:28:57 PM
 A remarkable feature of the sea cucumber is the "catch" collagen that forms their body wall.This can be loosened and tightened at will, and if the animal wants to squeeze through a small gap, it can essentially liquefy its body and pour into the space. To keep itself safe in these crevices and cracks, the sea cucumber will hook up all its collagen fibers to make its body firm again


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 23, 2016, 12:49:21 PM
Here are the 11 most common passwords.

123456
password
qwerty
football
baseball
dragon
master
monkey
lestmein
princess
starwars

Is yours among them?

Next time: what does $725 million buy you?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 28, 2016, 06:39:57 PM
What does $725 million buy you?

520,527 acres, 30,000 of which are in crops, or 207,000 hectares or 800 square miles or 2072 square kilometers spread across 6 counties in north Texas.
+6800 head of cattle
+1000 oil wells
+500 quarter horses
+personal hunting rights (in season) to . . .
deer
quail
water fowl
wild hogs
etc.
+a seat at the table in both Washington, D.C. and Austin. Though, it does not buy you control of the table. Though, I wonder whether it buys you control of any of the 6 counties, where it is located.
+moving up from 9th biggest private landowner in the U.S. to the 5th biggest with an ownership of 2000 square miles of land or 1.38 million acres. And remember. There are 4 people who own more land yet. Of course, not all the land is in Texas, some of it is also in . . .
Arizona
Colorado
Montana
Wyoming
and even in British Columbia (Canada)

Do you think he overpaid?

Of course, this is the same man who wants to build a new football stadium in L.A. (California) for $1.78 billion. So, who knows.

When 50 years ago swamp land in central Florida could be had for $200 an acre. Now that land is not available at any price. And the land around the land is probably a hundred to a thousand times that, if you could find any to buy.

Next time: Some comments about race.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: sprite75 on March 30, 2016, 12:35:36 PM
A newspaper here in Iowa once reported that....

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Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 03, 2016, 02:23:56 PM
Some comments on race

Obama's approval rating from . . .
blacks 85%
whites 36%

"U.S. Today" recently graded the 6 major and 8 minor film studios in Hollywood as to the diversity (i.e. people of color in major roles, women directors) for their films upcoming in 2016. Your grades may differ.

Major
Paramount F
Warner D
20th Century Fox C-
Disney C
Universal C+
Sony Columbia B

Minor
Open Road D-
A24 C
Focus C
Lionsgate C
Fox Searchlight C+
Sony Pictures Classic
STX B
Weinstein B

"Upscale Magazine" the magazine for upscale blacks picked the 10 (8 cities, 2 countries) best places for their readers to live in 2015.

Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
Athens (Georgia)
Austin (Texas)
Fort Lauderdale (Florida)
Puerto Rico
Tallahassee (Florida)
Colorado Springs (Colorado)
Jamaica
Tampa (Florida)
Raleigh (North Carolina)

Next time: things that go bump . . . and crawl . . . and fly . . . and swim in the night



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 11, 2016, 06:46:58 PM
Things that go bump . . . and crawl . . . and fly . . . and swim in the night.

While the werewolf is the most common were animal in both Europe and North America, there are others and others in other parts of the world.

Africa
--the hyena
--the leopard
--the lion

Asia
--the cat
--the cobra
--the fox
--the tiger

Central and South America
--the jaguar

Europe
--the bear
--the boar
--the seal

North America
--the coyote
--the eagle
--the walrus

South Pacific
--the shark

It was a scary world out there in the past, and nothing was scarier than something that combined the fangs and talons of an animal with the intelligence of man. No wonder, while there was not proof that any of these existed, that people were still scared that there were.

And these are were animals or humans who could change into an animal. There was also something called an animal were or animals who could change into a human. Such as a were cat, who was mostly a cat, but . . . who could change into a human.

Next time: a pirate's punishment


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 20, 2016, 05:03:40 PM
A Pirate's Punishment

Between May 1, 1701, and July 31, 1727, 13 pirate captains and 263 lesser pirates were hanged (or almost 1 a month) in England and/or in the English colonies in Africa, the Caribbean, and North America.

Of course, not all were hanged.

When "the dreaded Captain Roberts" was killed in 1722, most of his pirate crew, or 264 pirates were captured.
77 were black or 29%
187 were white or 71%.

All or 100% of the blacks, whether free men of color or escaped slaves, were sold into slavery.

Of the whites . . .

77 or 41.2%, proving that they were unwillingly pressed into the pirate crew, were acquitted and released.
52 or 27.8% were hanged.
20 or 10.7% were sentenced to 7 years in the gold mines of West Africa, which was a living death sentence.
17 or 9.1% were sentenced to various prison terms in England.
2 or 1.1% were given probation.
and 19 or 10.2% died ere they could be brought to trial.

Next time: how to make a film that grosses over $100 million at the domestic box office.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on April 25, 2016, 12:56:28 PM
In Gaelic pog ma thone (pogue muh hone) is how you tell someone to kiss your backside.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on April 26, 2016, 03:59:29 AM
Things that go bump . . . and crawl . . . and fly . . . and swim in the night.

While the werewolf is the most common were animal in both Europe and North America, there are others and others in other parts of the world.

Africa
--the hyena
--the leopard
--the lion

--TREVOR  :wink: :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 28, 2016, 05:58:13 PM
How to make a film that grosses over $100 million at the domestic box office.

1st. Budget the film at $200 million. The bigger the budget, the more money the film will make (within reason.)

2nd. Release it during the summer. $15 million.

3rd. Follow in other's footsteps.
a. A sequel will earn $35 million more than a non-sequel. Total $50 million.

b. A franchise film will earn $58 million more than a non-franchise film. Total $108 million.

4th. Play to your audience. Ignore the critics. Between 1996 and 2006 an increase of 1% in the aggregate critics score on Rotten Tomatoes was worth $400,000. Now it's worth less than $100,000.

5th. Go for the cash. Not the Award. Now that your film has made over $100 million at the domestic box office, it has less than a 1% chance of winning the Oscar for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

From the British news magazine "The Economist."

Next time: can you get me to Sesame Street?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on April 29, 2016, 03:18:07 PM
     The octopus can change colors to match its surroundings, although the creature itself is color blind.

! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE0QqxwyL_8#)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 09, 2016, 05:54:36 PM
Can you show me the way to Sesame Street or . . .

Villa Sesame in Brazil
1 Rue Sesame in France
Sesamstrasse in Germany
Rechev Sum Sum in Israel
Plaza Sesamo in Mexico
Batibut in the Philippines

Next time: the wedding of the decade. The 1550's that is.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on May 10, 2016, 02:11:21 AM
Physical media vs Digital in Germany:

While revenues from sales and rentals dropped 2% Blu-ray sales still continues to rise (2014: 405m Euro, 2015: 418m Euro)
DVD sales are starting to shrink (2014: 899m Euro, 2015: 829m Euro)

Even though digital/streaming pulled in 101m Euro in 2015, physical media remains dominant in Germany with a 92% market share (2014: 95%)

Looks like physical media is in for the long haul in Germany.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on May 10, 2016, 03:10:05 AM
Can you show me the way to Sesame Street or . . .

Villa Sesame in Brazil
1 Rue Sesame in France
Sesamstrasse in Germany
Rechev Sum Sum in Israel
Plaza Sesamo in Mexico
Batibut in the Philippines


Takalani Sesame in South Africa.  :smile:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 15, 2016, 03:34:30 PM
The non-royal wedding of the decade: the 1550's that is.

Four of the most powerful and well-to-do families in the country (the Dudleys,  the Greys, the Hastings, the Herberts) invite you to a marriage, in London (England,) between their sons and daughters, with no expense spared, for two days of wining, dining, and entertainment.

Couple 1
Groom: 17
Bride: 16

Couple 2
Groom: 15
Bride 12 and a half

Couple 3
Groom: 17 and a half
Bride: 10

Average groom: 16 and a half
Average bride: 13
Average total: 14 and a half

Not so strange the age difference between bride and groom for Couple 3. Often brides would marry a groom a decade older and grooms would marry a bride half or even a third his age. What was strange was why the marriages were unconsummated. And it is not because for political reasons, as one novelist has written, it is because of the bride's ages, which were considered too young to consummate the marriage for Couples 2 and 3, but . . .?! for Couple 1, both of whom were considered old enough (15 historically and maybe 14) to consummate . . .?! Even if the groom came down with a bad case of food poisoning that wedding night . . .?! The delay is a surprise. For a wedding is only a wedding till it is consummated, and then it becomes wedlock.

Wedding Gifts (Possibly)

the appropriate animals for those who liked hunting and hawking (i.e.) hounds and hawks

books for those so inclined

cash

clocks

for the boys . . .
gilded armor
for the girls . . .
dresses sewn with tiny diamonds and seed pearls

Flemish tapestries

gold plate

furniture

horses with tack and ponies for the little ones

jewelry

silver plate

tennis rackets and balls for those who play

Turkish carpets

Venetian glassware

works of art, including portraits of the brides and grooms

Wedding Entertainment

"There's dancin' to-nite!"
dancing, of course. Led by the bridal couples

jousting
Not including the grooms, and not because according to one novelist, they were too drunk to mount their horses, but . . .?! Historically, people have died while jousting, and the grooms were too valuable to risk.

masques
Not 1, but . . .?! 2. An all-men troupe and an all-women troupe. And these were not G-rated masques, which is probably why the all-children's masque troupe, and there was one, was not there.

Future Happiness

We don't know the living arrangements made for Couple 3, but . . .?!

Couple 1 and Couple 2 both went to live with the grooms' parents, as couples were not considered old enough to live on their own, till 1 and possibly both, were over 20. Thus, splitting up the brides who were sisters. As for later . . .

Couple 1
In an year, both the bride and the groom were dead. Both executed by beheading for treason. In a case in which 300 years later, Charles Dickens (yes, that Charles Dickens) called one of the worst cases of child abuse he had seen in the past 300 years.

Couple 2
In an year, both were divorced. Not that they wanted to divorce, but . . .?! Forced into divorce for political reasons by the groom's father. We can presume the groom later married, as did the bride, who found no greater happiness with her 2nd husband, for failing to get the queen's permission to marry, the couple was separated and both imprisoned in the Tower of London. The imprisonment seemed to have no effect on him, as he lived to the ripe old age of 82, but . . .?! the imprisonment broke her both physically and mentally. Dying a short time after release from the Tower of consumption or anorexia and/or both.

Next time: miscellaneous



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 16, 2016, 04:17:44 PM
According to his driver's license, as shown in an early season of The Simpsons, Homer Simpson would be turning sixty years old this week.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 17, 2016, 09:45:51 AM
According to research conducted by Purdue University, it takes 364 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop. Shrug, I guess that's better use of tax dollars than building a new battleship.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 19, 2016, 07:53:03 PM
Miscellaneous

In 1986, the 1st year that income taxes could be filed electronically in the U.S., 25,000 tax returns were filed that way.
30 years later, or in 2016, 128,000,000 tax returns are expected to be filed electronically.
Electronically filed tax returns are 20 times more accurate, than paper returns, and the filer receives his or hers refund in half the time.

The French "Beauty and the Beast" is more than 2500 years old. The original tale dating back to 500 B.C.
The German "Rumpelstiltskin" is even older. The original tale dating back to 4000 B.C.

The 1st known female pharaoh was Hatshepsut, the widow of Thutmose II, who took over as pharaoh, when he died.

Next time: the ghosts who walk . . . and laugh . . . and scream . . . and weep . . .in the Tower of London.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on May 26, 2016, 08:37:26 AM
1. Auschwitz has....a gift shop.  :buggedout:

2. My friend Edie mildly disapproves of that. She just got back from a five-day trip over with her temple and she was like, "I cannot f**king believe this f**king s**t! My f**king people f**king died there in droves and they've got a f**king gift shop on the way out of f**king Auschwitz, selling f**king Anne Frank books, who was never even there, and they sell tattoo kits for your f**king arm, and f**king key chains, and f**king videos and f**king t-shirts that f**king say NEVER AGAIN. I am f**king enraged by this f**king f**ked-up bulls**t. Who the f**k thought it'd be a good idea to put a motherf**king gift shop in a f**king concentration camp museum where f**king thousands of my people f**king died, and my kids have to walk past some fat Polish goy shopkeeper whose grandfather probably helped run the place trying to hawk f**king snowglobes and prepackaged egg salad sandwiches to them when they just got done looking at ovens and gas showers and piles of shoes and mounds of hair the f**king Nazis stole off innocent people????!!!!!?"

I suggested maybe it's expensive for Poland to keep the place open and the gift shop helps, so she yelled a slur about my mother and hung up on me.

Thank you, Hitler, for a very disturbing morning. You are the gift to mankind that keeps on giving.

Anyway, it is shocking that Auschwitz apparently has a gift shop, but I think it's halfway put her into therapy.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on May 26, 2016, 11:28:35 AM
So that's what she went off about!
  Yeah, I kind of have to agree with her, albeit less profanely.  I was disappointed to find that Masada has a food court.  Seriously . . . not just a gift shop but a FOOD COURT.  (At least it's mostly run by Jews, but still . . .)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on May 28, 2016, 10:01:53 AM
1. Auschwitz has....a gift shop.  :buggedout:

2. My friend Edie mildly disapproves of that. She just got back from a five-day trip over with her temple and she was like, "I cannot f**king believe this f**king s**t! My f**king people f**king died there in droves and they've got a f**king gift shop on the way out of f**king Auschwitz, selling f**king Anne Frank books, who was never even there, and they sell tattoo kits for your f**king arm, and f**king key chains, and f**king videos and f**king t-shirts that f**king say NEVER AGAIN.

Well, I guess it could be worse, they could be selling Easy Bake Ovens with little marshmallow shaped people for the kids to play with.

In all seriousness though, I remember thinking something similar when I went to the Titanic Museum in Branson.  They had a lot stuff for sale, and, among other things, was this rectangular snow globe type thing filled half with blue water (actually, I think it's colored baby oil) and regular water with a plastic Titanic ship and plastic iceberg.  And even though i bought it (I have this thing for the snow globes with "unsinkable" stuff floating it), I couldn't help but think what people who actually survived the Titanic would think about that.  I mean, would they make a snow globe of the World Trade Center with "snow" to represent debris, a couple of plastic airplanes and maybe even a few miniature people to represent the unfortunate jumpers?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on May 28, 2016, 10:31:41 AM
the town I live in has 3 Dunkin Donuts' and one ATM


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 31, 2016, 05:30:21 PM
Ghosts who walk . . . and laugh . . . and scream . . . and weep . . . in the Tower of London.

1. King Henry VII
who can be seen in the chapel in which he was murdered.

2. "The Princes in the Tower"
the teenage Edward V
and his younger brother

3. Richard, Duke of York
whose laughter reverberates thru the Tower.

4. Queen Ann Boleyn
who wanders headless thru the Tower.

5. Margaret de la Pole, Countess of Salisbury
where 1 would do. It took 3 . . . blows of the headsman's axe, and whose screams still can be heard.

6. King Henry VIII's suit of armor
and, apparently, the only malevolent one there.

7. "The Nine Days Queen of England"
the teenage Lady Jane Grey,
who, in 1957, was seen walking the battlements, where she walked 400 years earlier, ere her execution,
and her teenage husband

8. Lord Guildford Dudley
who can be heard weeping, because of their deaths.

9. Lady Arabella Stuart
who starved herself to death and another weeper.

10. And a polar bear that once inhabited the Tower's menagerie.

Next time: Squirrel! Where?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 14, 2016, 05:34:09 PM
Squirrel! Where?

A group of squirrels is a scurry.

There are more than 200 species of squirrels worldwide, but . . .?!

There are only 5 species of squirrels in the U.S.

In 1987 95 New Yorkers were bitten by a squirrel, or about 8 a month.

In that same year 1587 New Yorkers were bitten by other New Yorkers, or about 132 a month.

No word as to how many squirrels were bitten by New Yorkers, but . . .?! in 1987 New Yorkers were 1650 times more dangerous than squirrels to other New Yorkers.

Next time: The Duties of a Page, or, What Your Job Entails When You Are a Boy Between 7 and 18.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on June 16, 2016, 09:23:35 PM
busking

To perform in the street.

i just learned that yesterday.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 23, 2016, 04:28:56 PM
Normally, I'd postpone this to later, but . . .?! as the election is today, I thought I get this out, ere we knew the final results.

Brexit,
or should the U.K. leave the European Union (EU,) where it is a member in good standing?

Against
David Cameron
Hillary Clinton
Warren Buffett
Bill Gates
Jamie Dimon
Benedict Cumberbatch
Eric Idle
President Obama

For
George Osborne
Boris Johnson
Rupert Murdoch
Donald Trump
Paul Ryan
Michael Caine
John Cleese

As a hint as to which way the vote will go, Ladbrokes the big British betting concern, where you can get odds on almost anything, says the odds favor those that want to remain in the EU.

And the younger generation, and this is universal across most of the countries in the EU, are the ones that want to remain in the EU, while it is the older generation that in a vote, would vote to have their country leave the EU.

And we'll see what we'll see!



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 27, 2016, 09:38:57 AM
The first Harry Potter book, The Philosopher's Stone, came out* nineteen years ago today. I had just gotten out of high school and was having a stressful summer, the Millennial generation were toddlers, Seinfeld was still on the air, Princess Diana was alive, Barack Obama was hardly a household name, and only 35% of US households had internet access. How time flies....



*Yes, it announced it was gay.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: frank on June 28, 2016, 08:04:11 AM
...
The French "Beauty and the Beast" is more than 2500 years old. The original tale dating back to 500 B.C.
The German "Rumpelstiltskin" is even older. The original tale dating back to 4000 B.C.

...

I somehow doubt that, at least the second one. That was the time before (or right at) the establishment of Cuneiform script and hyrophlyphs...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on June 28, 2016, 11:52:47 AM
...
The French "Beauty and the Beast" is more than 2500 years old. The original tale dating back to 500 B.C.
The German "Rumpelstiltskin" is even older. The original tale dating back to 4000 B.C.

...


I somehow doubt that, at least the second one. That was the time before (or right at) the establishment of Cuneiform script and hyrophlyphs...


According to this article (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35358487) both stories could be 4,000 years old, which would date them back to 2000 B.C. The article suggests a folk tale called "The Smith And The Devil" could date back 6,000 years, though there's some skepticism about that.





Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 28, 2016, 12:02:33 PM
I don't doubt a lot of our classic tales are truly ancient, Cinderella's glass slippers once being woven-grass sandals, etc., and I once read a good article in an anthropology journal that theorized many of the gestures we use in daily life, from waving and nodding and shrugging and motioning onward, to more complex non-verbal expressions like the so-so movement of the hand, probably date back unchanged over tens or hundreds of thousands of years to our species' earliest times. Though interestingly enough, in parts of eastern Europe a person says yes by shaking the head and no by nodding, so there would have been regional variations, I'm sure.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 30, 2016, 05:46:00 PM
The Duties of a Page, or, What Your Job Entails, When You Are a Boy Between 7 and 18.

Morning
Pick up your palette upon which you have been sleeping and put it away.
Awake my lord and/or lady, if they are not already awake, but . . .?! Do not look past the bed curtains, as you don't know who might also be in bed with him or her.
If my lord shaves, bring him the hot water he needs to shave, or your job may entail shaving him yourself.
Help my lord and/or lady dress.
Make the bed.

Day in the Country
Accompany my lord and/or lady if they go for a ride.
First, if she needs it, help my lady mount. Either by kneeling and offering one's cupped hands or kneeling on all fours and using the back as a mounting block.
When they want to dismount, dismounting from your own horse first, and holding their horse.

Day in the City
Accompany my lord and/or lady as they walk about the city, and making oneself useful.

Evening
Carving the meat.
Serving the dinner.
Pouring the wine.
If there is entertainment after dinner, then help to entertain my lord and/or lady.

Night in the City
A lady would not go out at night in the city, but . . .?! a lord might. Then walk in front, instead of behind, as in the day, and carry a torch or link to light the way.

Night
Warm the bed.
Help my lord and/or lady undress.
If it's bath night, lug up the hot and cold water to fill the tub as needed, and then help bathe my lord and/or lady.
Clean and put away the clothes and footwear worn that day.
Get out the clothes and footwear to be worn tomorrow.
Put out your palette upon which you will be sleeping in front of the bedroom door, so that you will be available, if my lord and/or lady need anything in the middle of the night.

Also
Wear my lord and/or lady's livery, so all know who and you are.
Carry my lord and/or lady's messages to and forth.
Run my lord and/or lady's errands.
And etc.

Next time: it looks to be one-sided, but . . .?! It was not, and we'll get to that next time. Till then enjoy!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on July 01, 2016, 03:47:17 PM
Before it became illegal, Cary Grant took LSD about 100 times, on the advice and under the supervision of his psychotherapist.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on July 02, 2016, 12:26:28 AM
Food facts from Germany, part 2

Corned beef never got fully established in Germany. It is only available canned or pre-packed in the cold cuts section, both oozing with gelatin.
Cheddar cheese is still struggling to find an audience in Germany. Only two kind of flavors can be found at stores: "mild" and "spicy" with the "spicy" not referring to "hot". Both taste bland regardless. Delis sometimes have the good cheddar, but they cost a fortune.
Sliced bacon is available but no thick cut. They are so thinly sliced you can see through them when holding up. Plus you got to add grease when frying because they hardly contain fat.
Becoming popular: baked beans, queso dip.
"Ranch" flavored chips are called "American" because Germans do not understand the meaning of Ranch.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on July 07, 2016, 12:12:51 AM
Albatrosses can fly while asleep.

Also, if you see an albatross while sailing, don't shoot it, otherwise you may be damned to sail the oceans for all eternity.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on July 20, 2016, 10:35:57 AM
By the time she entered high school, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay had more than one-hundred published works, two books, and had been nominated for sixteen major awards. Can you imagine how eroded the self-confidence of her poor English composition instructors must have been in taking on the task of trying to pretend they had anything to teach this girl?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on July 23, 2016, 05:16:11 AM
German Food facts, part 3

There are about 600 different types of breads in Germany, making it the second largest market in Europe in bread products after the UK.

Except for hot dog buns, Germany does not have soft bread of any kind like it is common in the US.

Even toast in Germany is chewy. My guess is German bakeries just simply refuse to use bleached flour and too much sugar that is needed for softer bread.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 23, 2016, 01:40:22 PM
The Duties of a Page, or, What Your Job Entails When You Are a Boy Between 7 and 18.

As I said previously, the benefits are not all one-sided, as there are benefits for YOU and YOUR Family.

YOU. You'll probably get along better with your lord or lady, then you do with your own parents. At least, you'll be spending more time with them. That is not entirely the fault of your parents, as they were discouraged from spending time with you, as you might become spoiled. It is only recently that they have discovered spending time with each other is--for the most part--beneficial for both you and your parents.

YOUR FAMILY. There will be one less mouth to feed and clothe and shelter.

YOU. You will be taught, and there will be a lot to learn.

YOUR FAMILY. This is a lot of pressure on you, but . . .?! If you make a favorable impression, if you do a credible job, then you will be able to advance your family's position in the scheme of things.

YOU. You will be trained how to take your place in the adult world, when you become an adult..

YOUR FAMILY. Look around at the girls there, and there will be girls there, employed in various positions. Does one of them catch your eye? If she is acceptable to your family, and you are acceptable to her family, then you may be able to choose your 1st wife. At least, you might have more choice than the girl, who mostly has to and when marry who her parents tell her to marry.

YOU. You will be able to perform life long friendships with the other boys there.

And there is always the bragging rights.

I am so soft spoken and gentile. No crudity wanted in speech and/or manner.

I am so smart. You had to be smart to learn everything that there was to learn.

I am so important, or your family was so important, or you would not be there in that position.

And I am so good looking, even pretty.

Mary Mary
Quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells
And cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

That was written for Mary, Queen of the Scots, who obviously had no problem being outshone by her maids. On the other hand, Queen Elizabeth I did, so she had them dressed in unfashionable fashions, so they were not prettier than her. On the other hand, one wanted the best looking boys one could find in one's entourage. One's so good looking, even beautiful, that when they passed, people turned around to look at them and you.

Next time: what Shakespeare hath wrought?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 31, 2016, 03:07:52 PM
What Shakespeare hath wrought.

Here are some of the words that Shakespeare introduced into the English language.

assassination -- auspicious
bare faced -- buzzer
cold blooded (and yes, hot blooded, as well)
epileptic -- excellent -- eyeball
fashionable -- frugal
gossip -- grovel
lily livered -- lonely
management -- moonbeam
obscure
panderer
rant
summit -- swagger
torture
well read
zany

Now, try to get along without any of these words. And since we are talking about Shakespeare, . . .

"My Lady Jane" by the 3 Janes

Finally, got to read another chapter in it. And while there is suppose to be o'er 50 quotes from Shakespeare in it, that is not where its strength lies (IMHO.)

Nor in its literary and film references, which now also include . . .

Film
Ever After
Ocean 12
Shall We Dance
Star Wars
and that Monty Python, it's from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Literary
A Christmas Carol
Le Morte d'Arthur
and the works of Mark Twain

Nor in its humor which is imbued thru out the book.

No, it's strength lies in its realistic relationships. Not only between our 3 young heroes, but . . .?! also between . . .

husband and wife
parent and child
and older and younger siblings

And in its understanding of the male psyche. True, the young male psyche, but . . .?! from my male point of view, the writers have a better understanding of this than most female writers.

And in . . . we get . . .
2018 a reworking of Jane Eyre
2020 a reworking of Calamity Jane.

Neither of which I am sure about. Not only because I have less interest in these, then their 1st collaboration, but . . .?! also they seem to have struck lightning with their 1st, and I am not sure if lightning can strike twice.

And we will see what we will see.

Next time: they ain't foolin' 'round, or sometimes their bite is worst than their bark.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 10, 2016, 05:16:25 PM
They ain't foolin' 'round, or, sometimes their bite is worse than their bark.

Between 1388 and 1780, 122 people were executed at the Tower of London or its vicinity on Tower Hill.

beheaded 93 (76%)
hanged 12 (10%)
hanged, drawn, and quartered 11 (9%)
firing squad 3 (2%)
burned at the stake 2 (2%)
and 1 man who was gutted, castrated, and then thrown on to a bonfire, while still alive. Even then it is said he managed to crawl out of the fire, and he had to be picked up and tossed back on. They made some tough s.o.b.s in those days.

Then the executions stopped till 1914 and started up again and continued till 1941, when 11 people were shot for being spies for the enemy. When they ceased altogether at the Tower of London and its vicinity.

It is not that the executions of Tower prisoners stopped, during this time, or between 1780 and 1914, it is just that the prisoners were taken out to Tyburn Hill to be executed.

Of all the prisoners executed, most of them were male. Only 8 or about 7% were female. Their ages of all the people executed ranged between 67 and 16 or 17. The oldest being Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury, who had one of the messiest deaths, as it took 3 blows of the axe to chop off her head. Not only because of the clumsiness of the executioner, there was that, but . . .?! no matter what it was said at her trial, when it came time for her execution, she refused to admit she was a traitor and thus refused to lay her head on the chopping block. Thus, the executioner had to chase her around the block, now we know where that saying came from, swinging his axe.

At first, we thought the youngest person executed was Lady Jane Grey. Now there is some thought that she was in fact older, as her birthdate has been pushed back to an earlier date, while her husband, who we first thought, as typical, was older than his wife, was in fact younger. His birthdate being pulled forward to a later date. Thus, making her older than him. She may have been 17, while he may have been only 16, when both were executed by beheading. Which would make him and not her the youngest person ever executed in the Tower of London or its vicinity. The only other candidate for youngest person executed was Queen Catherine Howard, who was only 19, when she was executed.

That is executed, not killed within the Tower of London. The youngest person believed killed there was Richard, Duke of York, the younger brother of King Edward V, who also disappeared from sight within the Tower of London at the same time. There is not proof, when they died, or who killed them, but . . .?! some years after their disappearance, the bodies of 2 young boys of approximately the same age were found in the Tower, in an area, where they reportedly were buried. This was enough for the king at that time of the discovery to have the bodies disinterred from where they were and reinterred in sacred ground.

Next time: what if we kept the same number of Senators and Representatives at 435, but . . .?! went to a Parliamentary system of government like the U.K.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on August 15, 2016, 07:37:26 AM
Small list of banned movies:

The Simpsons Movie (2007) ... banned in: Burma. reason: Banned over the "juxtaposition of the colors yellow and red", which is seen as support for rebel groups.
Schindler's List (1993) ... banned in: Indonesia. reason: Banned for being sympathetic to the Jewish cause.
The Cell 2 (2009) ... banned in: Samoa. reason: Banned due to violent content.
Zack and Miri Make A Porno (2008) ... banned in: Thailand + Trinidad. reason: Banned because the censors worried that teenagers would mimic the plot and make their own porn movies.
Sex and the City 2 (2010) ... banned in: Vietnam. reason: Banned because of a conflict of "cultural values".
The Greatest Story Overtold (1971) ... banned in: United States. reason: Banned in 1974 (as The Divine Mr. J) for misleading marketing exploiting the fame of one of its co-stars, Bette Midler. It was blocked from opening on re-release in 1980. The film was briefly distributed on home video (1984) under a new title (The Thorn) before Bette Midler threatened legal action.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on August 15, 2016, 08:06:53 AM
Small list of banned movies:

The Simpsons Movie (2007) ... banned in: Burma. reason: Banned over the "juxtaposition of the colors yellow and red", which is seen as support for rebel groups.
Schindler's List (1993) ... banned in: Indonesia. reason: Banned for being sympathetic to the Jewish cause.
The Cell 2 (2009) ... banned in: Samoa. reason: Banned due to violent content.
Zack and Miri Make A Porno (2008) ... banned in: Thailand + Trinidad. reason: Banned because the censors worried that teenagers would mimic the plot and make their own porn movies.
Sex and the City 2 (2010) ... banned in: Vietnam. reason: Banned because of a conflict of "cultural values".
The Greatest Story Overtold (1971) ... banned in: United States. reason: Banned in 1974 (as The Divine Mr. J) for misleading marketing exploiting the fame of one of its co-stars, Bette Midler. It was blocked from opening on re-release in 1980. The film was briefly distributed on home video (1984) under a new title (The Thorn) before Bette Midler threatened legal action.

And I thought South Africa had censor issues: Yikes.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on August 15, 2016, 10:03:11 AM
Yesterday was the coolest day in North Texas since June 11, with a high of only 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Today is even cooler!!   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 23, 2016, 10:49:10 AM
What if we kept the same number of members now in Congress, but went from our form of government to a parliamentary system like they have in the U.K.

Well . . .?! We'd most likely go from 2 major parties to 5 major parties. From the most liberal of these parties to the most conservative.

Social Democrats
Leader: Bernie Sanders
Members: 113
protectionist
big government
socially liberal

Liberals
Leader: Hillary Clinton
Members: 124
pro-trade
pro-immigration
socially liberal

People's Populist Party
Leader: Donald Trump
Members: 112
nativist
protectionist
socially liberal

Conservatives
Leader: John Kasich
Members: 37
pro-trade
socially conservative

Christian Conservatives
Leader: Ted Cruz
Members: 49
pro-trade
socially conservative
religious

And we'd go from a president to a prime minister elected by the parliament members. As no one has the numbers to be elected on their own, it'd have to be a coalition government. Even then Kasich and Cruz, don't have enough support to be elected, and I can't see any of the members outside of his party voting for Trump. Thus, the 2 most likely scenarios would be . . .

Scenario 1
Hillary + Bernie = Clinton

Scenario 2
Bernie + Donald = Sanders

As for the country, I think one would see . . .
more liberal social policies
more protectionist trade policies

Most of this is taken from an article in "The Economist." Still a Brit magazine, but . . .?! one of which over half the readership is now American, and one I'd rate highly, if one wants to keep up with what is going on in the world.

Next time: if I can find my notes, a compare and contrast.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on August 24, 2016, 02:14:12 PM
     DOLPH LUNDGREN has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.

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Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on August 24, 2016, 02:19:48 PM
Small list of banned movies:

The Simpsons Movie (2007) ... banned in: Burma. reason: Banned over the "juxtaposition of the colors yellow and red", which is seen as support for rebel groups.
Schindler's List (1993) ... banned in: Indonesia. reason: Banned for being sympathetic to the Jewish cause.
The Cell 2 (2009) ... banned in: Samoa. reason: Banned due to violent content.
Zack and Miri Make A Porno (2008) ... banned in: Thailand + Trinidad. reason: Banned because the censors worried that teenagers would mimic the plot and make their own porn movies.
Sex and the City 2 (2010) ... banned in: Vietnam. reason: Banned because of a conflict of "cultural values".
The Greatest Story Overtold (1971) ... banned in: United States. reason: Banned in 1974 (as The Divine Mr. J) for misleading marketing exploiting the fame of one of its co-stars, Bette Midler. It was blocked from opening on re-release in 1980. The film was briefly distributed on home video (1984) under a new title (The Thorn) before Bette Midler threatened legal action.

And I thought South Africa had censor issues: Yikes.

    IIRC, South Africa banned this song, claiming it was about drugs....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXO7-aAzUO4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXO7-aAzUO4)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 29, 2016, 05:40:42 PM
Both Kate Emerson's "By Royal Decree" and Elizabeth Fremantle's "Sisters of Treason" include genealogical tables with the year of birth and date of death for each person listed. Thus . . . from those one can extrapolate how long each person lived.

Elizabeth Fremantle
Women
age at death: from 17 to 91
average age at death: 52.5
died violently: 19%

Men
age at death: from 16 to 78
average age at death: 57.5
died violently: 15%

Kate Emerson
Women
age at death: from 17 to 90
average age at death: 54
died violently: 6%

Men
age at death: 16 to 70
average age at death: 44.5
died violently: 33%

While there are similarities in the people listed, the differences here are due to the different people listed on each table. Though?! . . . from the figures given, one can see that 450 years or so, after these people lived, the life expectancy for a person has been increased by 2 or 3 decades, here in the U.S. And while this has been increased, the chance of violent death has been decreased, till something less than 3% here in the U.S.

As what would happen if you were born at this time. You'd have a slightly better than 50/50 chance of seeing your 2nd decade, and that just includes live births. If you include still births as well, your chance of seeing your 2nd decade would probably be less than 50/50.

And while we think of mothers being gutted by the death of their child, fathers, at this time, could be just as gutted, if not more so.

Next time: something else, if unknown at this time.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 08, 2016, 04:41:10 PM
Excluding the Titanic, excluding the Lusitania, here are almost 2 dozen of some of the greatest disasters at sea in the past 150 years, or from January 1, 1865 to December 31, 2015 (in reverse chronological order.)

2006
Al-Salam Boccaccio 98
Red Sea
1000

2002
Joola
Atlantic Ocean
1800

1994
Estonia
Baltic Sea
854

1993
Neptune
Caribbean Sea
1700

1987
Dona Paz
Philippine Seas
4340

Herald of Free Enterprise
English Channel
193

1954
Toya Maru
Sea of Japan
1159

1948
Chinese troopship
South China Seas
6000

1947
Grand camp
Texas City, Texas
581

1945
Wilhelm Gustloff
South Baltic Sea
7000

Goya
South Baltic Sea
6500

General Von Steuben
South Baltic Sea
3500

1944
Toyama Maru
Uknown
5400

Jungo Maru
Unknown
5000

1941
Neptunia and Oceania
Mediterranean
5000

1940
Lancastria
Uknown
4000

1916
Provence
Mediterranean
3100

1915
Eastland
Chicago River
844

1914
Empress of Ireland
Saint Lawrence River
1012

1904
General Slocum
East River
1200

1878
Princess Alice
Thames River
700

1865
Sultana
Mississippi River
1700

1912
Titanic
North Atlantic
1523
The best known disaster at sea was only the 14th greatest disaster at sea.

Next time: more numbers, causes, and a personal story




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 09, 2016, 03:24:59 PM
Corn is a fruit, not a vegetable. It is now thought to have been among the first crops cultivated, likely at or near the end of the last ice age.

Corn was initially a grass that grew only knee-high, and the edible portion was the size of a fingernail. As such corn represents one of the oldest and most successful examples of humans selectively engineering a food source away from nature.

It is a crop of the Western hemisphere, not brought into Europe until the early 1500s, and when ancient historians spoke of "corn" they were likely referring to wheat. When European visitors saw extensive Meso-American maize fields, they had no word for them, and simply called them "corn" their term for all grain. Thus in a strange reversal, to speak of corn is no longer to indicate wheat or other grains, it is strictly in reference to maize.

Also, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were known as the Nebraska Bugeaters for the early portion of their athletic tenure, a fact that if quoted may or may not get you in a fight in Lincoln or Omaha, depending on the amount of ambient beer consumption.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on September 17, 2016, 08:00:16 AM
Comedian George Carlin recorded an comedy special entitled "I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die" on September 10th, 2001. It was shelved the next day, for reasons which should be obvious.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on September 17, 2016, 02:21:53 PM
Dammit, got these places on the Internet that want me to verify my account by sending a text message.  Does anyone ever think that for whatever reason some of us do NOT have text msging on our phone?  Why not just have me verify my email like 90 percent of the rest of the account out there?

(sigh)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 18, 2016, 01:48:25 PM
Causes of disasters at sea, and there is often more than 1 cause.

winds -- waves --wars
storms
running aground
overloading
navigational errors
human error
fog -- flooding -- fires
explosions
collisions -- capsizing
and breaking the maritime rules.

Numbers total (excluding the Titanic)
62,583

Average
per ship = 2845
per year = 417.22
per month = 34.77
per week = 8
or more than 1 person per day every day for 150 years.

Personal story
Now, when I travel between London (England) and Paris (France), I take the train thru the Chunnel, but . . .?! The 1st time I traveled between the 2 cities, the Chunnel hadn't been built yet, so I took a French ferry across the English Channel. And years after that I still remember the strict order in which people would be put in the lifeboats in case of a disaster at sea.

1st Children below a certain age
2nd The elderly o'er a certain age
3rd Women
4th Married men
5th All others, if there was room.

As at that time, I did not meet the 1st 4 categories, I knew if there was a disaster at sea, I was not going to get into a lifeboat.

Next time: Empathy! The breakfast of champions


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 19, 2016, 05:26:53 PM
Elmer, the bull on the Elmer's glue bottle, is the husband of Elsie, Borden milk spokes-cow. Maybe everyone else knew this but it's news to me!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on September 19, 2016, 05:29:38 PM
In the early stages of his madness, in the late 1780's, King George III of England occasionally imagined that he was George Washington.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 26, 2016, 08:14:21 AM
Death has never quite gotten its sense of pride back after being taunted by John Donne.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 28, 2016, 03:18:46 PM
Death has never quite gotten its sense of pride back after being taunted by John Donne.

Death Be Not Proud.
What can he say? He majored in English Lit in college.

You're back, so he's back.

The fact of the day is that he feels more empathy for some characters than others. These can be characters from books, films, TV shows, and since the 1st one almost 50 years ago, and you never forget your 1st, I have made a not of them and categorized them under 10 categories. Thus . . . the categories, a couple of samples, and my favorite historical character who has been fictionalized over the years, most recently in a couple of books, which we'll go into farther in Reading Anything.

Sex. All male. I have never found a female character for whom I had any empathy.
Race. Not much better, except once, all white or who could past for white.
Adult or teen (Age.) I empathy more with adults, but . . .?! I have never forgot my teen years, and age is important especially with a teen.
Hero or villain or both. I actually empathy more with the villain overall, then the hero.
Nationality. While Americans make up the plurality, I have no problem with other nationalities, empathy with almost a dozen different ones.
Class. Self-explanatory.
Injured or deceased (Method.) The greatest test of a fictional character's character is how they die.
Criminal or victim or both. A lot of criminals are also victims of a crime.
Sexual orientation. That is how I see them. That may not be as the writer sees them.
Past, present, or future. I actually empathy with characters from the past, more then I do from the present.
And a comment.

William James in Karou Mari's "Emma." Probably one of the best representations of the relationships between master or mistress and servant(s) you'll find. And from a Japanese magna writer/illustrator, and if you are looking to watch something, it was an anime on Japanese TV for 2 seasons.

Adult or teen: adult. Hero or villain or both: hero. Nationality: English. Class: upper middle. Injured or deceased: injured. Criminal or victim or both: victim. Sexual orientation: heterosexual. Past, present, or future: past. "He tried, but he couldn't do it."

Lt. Den Siva from Jo Duffy's No Zeltrons in Star Wars 95 to Jo Duffy's All Together Now in Star Wars 107. I hated to see the series end, as I saw it not only with Luke, Leia, and Han, but also 2 aliens, a man and a woman in a love/hate relationship, especially now that she is carrying his child(ren): twin boys; 2 ex-Imperial space jockeys, 1 a woman; 2 half-brother aliens, 1 a half-breed, and a Mandalorian medic on a secret mission that looks increasingly suicidal.

Adult or teen: adult. Her or villain or both: both. From villain to hero.Nationality: Alien. Class: upper middle. Injured or deceased: injured. Criminal or victim or both: both. Sexual orientation: heterosexual. Past, present, or future: future. "He was good with a knife."

Lord Guildford Dudley in Susan Higginbotham's "Her Highness, the Traitor" and Lord Gifford Dudley or G in The 3 Janes' "My Lady Jane." We'll go into more detail with a compare 'n' contrast at Reading Anything. And if you are looking to see something, then the film option for "My Lady Jane" has been picked up by a film production company.

Hero or villain: hero. Nationality: English. Class: upper. Criminal or victim or both: both. Sexual orientation: heterosexual. Past, present, or future: past.

Next time: some of my favorite fictional teen characters with whom I feel the greatest empathy.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 28, 2016, 05:16:26 PM
Death has never quite gotten its sense of pride back after being taunted by John Donne.

I don't know, if I were Death I'd be all like, "John Donne? I wasted that b***h! He was Donne gone after I got through with his sonnet-writing pansy ass!"


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 30, 2016, 11:00:23 AM
1. When I was sixteen the director of this program I was in at school told me that one of his professors in the '80s tried to sue the makers of Trivial Pursuit for a wrong answer printed on a Trivial Pursuit card.

2. That same director was pretty cool to me and gave me a key to his office and said go in there at lunchtime and unwind when I wanted to, because it was empty for an hour then. So I'd go in sometimes, turn off the lights and sit in the almost dark and think about how much I hated my school.

3. He later told me no student had ever let him down worse than I did. He actually had to go to a meeting about what went wrong with me vis a vis his program since I refused to accept entrance at a university that would have brought him honor and glory.

4. I married him in Vegas in front of an Elvis impersonator, but we had it annulled the next morning.

5. One of these facts is not true.

6. Number four might be a good guess.

Which brings me to my fact of the day: I am really bored at my work right now!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on September 30, 2016, 05:54:04 PM
Quote
6. Number four might be a good guess.
Nah.  That one's too obvious.  I'm going to guess that number 5 is the one that's not true. 


That reminds me of something though.  I once had a book of puzzles and brain twisters.  One of them was a poorly spelled paragraph with bad punctuation and multiple other errors asking you to find whatever-number-it-was errors in the paragraph.  if you went to the back of the book and checked the answers, one of the "errors" was that the number of errors it asked you to find was higher than the actual number of errors in the paragraph.   I always thought that was cheating, but incredibly clever at the same time. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on October 01, 2016, 06:36:20 AM

Since the dark ages, black animals, especially cats, were considered bad luck because of the idea they were witches' familiars.  Even today black cats (and black dogs for that matter), are a lot less likely to be adopted from shelters.  Which is really sad. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on October 05, 2016, 09:07:57 AM
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

The above is a complete sentence.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 10, 2016, 04:11:54 PM
The fact is that it has been over 4 decades, since I was last a teenager, but . . .?! I still remember my teen years, so I have not lost my empathy for the young men of this world, both fictional and factual. 1st some of the latest fictional characters for whom I feel some empathy.

Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara) Broad church. TV program.

Where one does not know their postman and almost everyone is stupid. Not because they are written as being stupid, but . . .?!

The boy - the victim. Because the writer has no understanding or seems to have no understanding of how boys relate to each other nor how boys relate to the adults around them.

The man - the villain. Because the writer has no understanding or seems to have no understanding of what these people say and/or do nor the excuses they use to excuse their behavior. And the man's actions are just illogically stupid.

The townspeople. As what they say and do is so illogically stupid.

Of course, all of this is (IMHO) What is not (IMHO) is the stupidity of the police, which can be quantified with over 30 stupid things they say and/or do. Which we'll have to post at some later date.

Though, the show can be used as a standard, maybe a low standard, but . . .?! a standard by which other writings of similar nature can be compared and contrasted.

And, if you want to see something, then . . . there is this, which I don't recommend because of the bad writing, but . . .?! there is the American remake "Grace point," which I have not seen, and the French remake "Mala terra," which I have also not seen, but . . .?! am interested in finding and seeing.

pre-Teen. (11) Neither. English. Middle class. Deceased (Strangled) Criminal - victim. Homosexual. "He deserved better . . . a better writer."

Prince Edvin. Justin Semper. Allies and Assassins.

This is where I disagree with the writer, who has set it in medieval times, but . . .?! which I think works better set in the 19th century.

And if one is looking for something to watch, . . . then the story is being shopped around Hollywood in the hope that someone will pick it up and make a film out of it, which I'd like to see.

And there is also the sequel to this, which I have not read, the author's A Conspiracy of Princes, which takes up where this one leaves off.

Teen. (14) Hero. Unknown. Upper class. Injured. Homosexual. "The cigarette smoking, monocle wearing prince of Archenfield."

To be continued . . . with other fictional characters for whom I feel some empathy.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 11, 2016, 12:44:07 PM
Continuing . . .

The fact is that sometimes men and women do not see eye to eye.

Christopher (Chris) Harper IV.  The Secret Place. Tana French.

"By a woman. For a woman. About a woman." If I can, as a male, not get the female perspective, as a male I can say that sometimes female writers, critics, audiences do not get the male perspective as in the above, and fall back to using stereotypical characters. Though . . . the authoress is not the only female writer to use stereotypical male characters, as do some male writers.
Which is why it's good to see something like the 3 Janes' My Lady Jane. Each of the 3 Janes taking one of the main characters.

16 year-old King Edward VI
16 year-old Lady Jane Grey
and 19-year old Lord Gifford Dudley or G.

Not only do the 2 Janes taking the male characters nail their characters, but . . .?! they create 2 characters who are not the same at the end as they are at the beginning, and the evolution of the 2 characters is just right.

Teen. (16) Neither. Irish. Upper middle class. Deceased. (Bludgeoned) Victim. Bisexual.  "He ain't sexually aggressive anymore!"

To be continued . . .


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on October 11, 2016, 11:51:50 PM

Honey is the only food that will NOT spoil. 

(Despite what they say, Twinkies will.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 13, 2016, 05:00:53 PM
Continuing . . .

The fact is . . .
She may have a point.

Arthur W. Waybourne. Blue gate Fields. Anne Perry.

I think she has greater sympathy for lower class children, who are sexually abused, then upper class children, who are sexually abused. Though . . . upper class children are just as vulnerable to sexual abuse as lower class children. I do know, because she has said it, at least in the past, that the sexual abuse of boys is far  worst than the sexual abuse of girls. Which is why she may have written so many fictional books on the subject. Frankly (IMHO) they are the same. One is no worst than the other. Still . . .?! She may have a point. Those fictional novels that delve into the sexual abuse of children, the girl is far more likely to be the victim, then the boy. The boy being victim is probably less than even the real world, where statistics show us that girls are far more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than boys. Which is why "Broad church" was disappointing. As the victim was 11, we could have had an honest and true look at hebephilia with the rare male victim. We got the male victim, but . . .?! whatever the look at it, it was neither true nor honest. And if you want to see something, rather then read something, then the 1st novel in this series "The Cater Street Hangman" was made into a TV movie. Though . . . unfortunately no more of the novels in this series have been put onto film.

Teen (16) Neither. English. Lower upper class. Deceased. (Drowned) Criminal and victim. Homosexual. The past. "The human MacGuffin."

Next time: one more fictional character, then a factual character.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 15, 2016, 04:03:25 PM
Continuing . . .
The fact is . . .

that Marvel's Thanos is the 4th or 5th most popular villain in the comic book universe.
My take on the subject . . .
Like a lot of characters liked by others, I find him boring and uninteresting.
That is not to say that in Marvel's Phase IV or sometime after 2020, I wouldn't like to see a Thanos film or 2 based upon the following.
Not for Thanos, but . . .?! for his young peers. For what would it be like to be young and live in a true Utopia.
And while the story can play out any number of ways, this is the way that I'd like to see it play out.

Sogarth. Thanos Rising. Aaron and Bianchi.

Mad Thanos becomes even madder, when he and several friends are trapped in a cave-in in the forbidden cave. And here he kills Argos, his best friend, the most popular boy among his peers, and his little girlfriend Cythera, the prettiest girl among his peers, when he find them snogging and cheating on him, and 4-Eyes, the smartest boy among his peers, who witnessed the murders. Thus leaving Thanos the only survivor, when they are found. The adults blame 4-Eyes for the other deaths, but . . . his peers know who is really responsible, and thus, Thanos, who was accepted is now an outcast and a pariah. Thus rejected by his peers, who once accepted him, he seeks the acceptance and approval of his father by besting his father in dissection class.

Our college is their high school. And he gets an idea to dissect a great cave ape for class.
pre-high. And he gets a middling grade in class.
Then he gets an idea to dissect a couple of his young Titanian peers for class.
Frosh. And he gets the highest grade in class.
Then he dissects another pair of his peers.
Soph. And he gets the 3rd highest grade ever in class. Bested only by his science professor and his father.
Then he dissects another pair of his peers.
Jr. And he gets the 2nd highest grade ever in class. Bested only by his father's grade in the class.
And then he dissects the final pair of his peers.
Sr. And he gets the highest grade ever in class. Besting even his father in the class.
And does he get acceptance and approval from his father? No!

He then kills his science father and his mother, who he has found been cheating on his father, ever since he was born, and maybe his father is not really his father.
He is discovered in this by the 2 figures he cannot kill: his father and his brother Eros, who greet him not with acceptance and approval, but . . .?! with disapproval. Thus, Thanos flees Titan for space, where he continues with his life in another film.

From him we know he killed 17 people on his planet. These make 13 of the 17, and with the 2 died on his exploration of the surface of Titan, and the 2 who died on his exploration of Jupiter, which were accidents, but . . .?! he now claims as his killings, one has 17.

Teen. (15) Villain. Titan. Upper middle class. Deceased. (Dissected) Victim. Heterosexual. "And he was good to the last drop . . . the last drop of his blood."

Next time: the one factual character still alive, who I feel empathy for.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 15, 2016, 06:32:14 PM
In 1859, San Francisco native (and South African immigrant) Joshua Abraham Norton declared himself Emperor of the United States. One of his first acts was to abolish Congress. He printed his own money, which was accepted by local merchants. Another famous decree, which has not yet been rescinded, was to make calling San Francisco "Frisco" a criminal offense: "Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word 'Frisco,' which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on October 15, 2016, 10:28:06 PM
A fascinating character!  When Emperor Norton I died, over 20,000 people attended his funeral, and his eulogy was printed on the front page of the San Francisco newspapers.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on October 16, 2016, 05:13:40 AM
MadTV Comedienne Stephnie Weir gained notoriety for her offbeat impersonations of Anna Nicole Smith. Weir and Smith shared the same Birthday date, November 28, 1967. Both born in Texas.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on October 18, 2016, 09:00:09 PM
"It's a fact....the Queen of England does not know her ABC's..."

Anyone ID this "fact" and just aboat impress me mightily?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 19, 2016, 01:19:24 PM
"It's a fact....the Queen of England does not know her ABC's..."

Anyone ID this "fact" and just aboat impress me mightily?


http://youtu.be/Dbcp__YIU40 (http://youtu.be/Dbcp__YIU40)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on October 20, 2016, 06:28:18 PM
You are frequently awesome, Rev!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on October 20, 2016, 06:35:34 PM
It's a fact, in 2005 while experiencing a lot of on-the-job down time I made a twenty-five page list of stuff that I thought sucked. (Obviously not all of it was first-hand experience, just imaginative empathy.)

Part 1 of 130 is sampled below:

....oversleeping; clothes come out of dryer with “musty” smell; your roommate uses your hairbrush; rabid-looking stray dog s**ts on your lawn; getting a toothache; bad hair weeks; boyfriend reminisces a bit too fondly about former girlfriend’s ‘killer rack’; buying rotten bananas; broken hot water heater; biting your tongue while eating tasteless three-bean casserole at a church supper; dumb-as-a-brick spouse never gets your witty jokes; getting burned by a sparkler on the Fourth of July; slicing open your leg while shaving in the shower when you’re in a hurry and have to wear a dress that day; cop car pulls behind you, lights flashing; breakfast cereals cost too f**king much; migraine headache sufferer won’t shut up about seeing ‘lights’; sitting through class while having to fart; the expression “I can relate to that”; whacking yourself in the nuts with a yoyo while trying to impress cute girl; awesome new video game won’t run on your crappy old computer; bra strap shows in senior picture; your marshmallow falls in campfire;  getting ‘sexiled’ by your roommate; the way too much coffee makes your pee smell; excellent college football game not shown in your region; flat beer; trying to shop for a week’s groceries on twenty bucks; Saturday morning cartoons pre-empted by f**ked-up political debate; the shrill noise of a dentist’s drill; someone eats the white stuff out of every Oreo in the box and leaves the cookies licked on and staring you in the face; fat math teacher’s rank breath when he leans over you to b***h you out for missing a problem; pervy neighbor gropes you in the stairwell; sunburns that don’t peel; running out of hot water in the middle of your shower; underwear riding up; stuck on elevator with freak who wants to talk about Jesus; hangnail getting caught on sweater; cleaning puke put of back seat after your turn as designated driver; paper cut; finding out ‘too late’ toilet paper roll is empty; sister didn’t return your rented DVDs on time like she swore she would; those little orange and black peanut butter candies given out by cheap people on Halloween; can’t get off the phone with overly-talkative grandmother; sitting one table in from smoking area at restaurant; registered letters from the IRS; registered letters from the local health department; the Prom Queen you were jealous of ten years ago actually still looks pretty at your class reunion; gay servers named David; ads for laxatives during dinnertime; getting hit in the eye by a rubber band; undercooked fish sticks; both your daughters get engaged the same month and expect you to pay for their weddings; boyfriend collects action figures at age twenty; forgetting where you left your dentures; crowded rush-hour bus-rides on hot days; the emissions check on your car; standing in line at the grocery store; letting your bikini area grow out so it can be waxed again; getting invited to some obscure cousin’s wedding just because she’s trying to up her gift tally; ice cream headaches; dead possum hit in front of your driveway; depo provera shots; dumbass who won’t let you stop playing some ignorant board game; zipping your nipple up in your windbreaker; falling face-first into wet cement; being too poor to go on the class field trip; white subtitles against white backgrounds; bargain lip balms; racist minority student talking s**t in anthropology class and bleeding heart professor won’t tell him to shut up; ‘technical’ virgins who brag they’re saving themselves.....

(I had a lot of time on my hands.)

Entire list available on demand.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: alandhopewell on October 21, 2016, 01:39:23 PM
A fascinating character!  When Emperor Norton I died, over 20,000 people attended his funeral, and his eulogy was printed on the front page of the San Francisco newspapers.

     Then there's this guy....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oofty_Goofty


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 23, 2016, 02:36:40 PM
The fact is . . .
but . . .?! 1st . . .

A son. A daughter. Missing. An year. 2 years. 3 years. 4 years. What I'd like to see in any film version of "Thanos Rising," which is not in the graphic novel, is the discovery of his victim's bodies, which are probably buried with the great cave ape in the same area, and that can be done by a sudden flashflood, a sandstorm, etc. Just to provide the parents of these missing kids with some relief, as to what happened to their kids.

The fact is . . .
There are too many sexual assaults, both here in the U.S. and around the world. Though . . .?! Most do not rise to the level of an international incident. Though . . .?! There was one that did almost 10 years ago, which may be why I feel some empathy for its victim.

His parents were separated, and while his mother and his older brother remained in Europe, while his older brother was in school, he lived with his father in a Mideast country, where his father managed a hotel, and all was good. Till after one day at the beach and an evening at the arcade at the mall, he was looking for a ride to take him home to eat dinner with his father. And that is when he ran into a boy he knew, a 17-year-old classmate from school, who offered him a ride home, and he accepted, thinking nothing wrong, nor did he think nothing wrong when 2 more people, an 18-year-old and a 35-year-old showed up at the car, as they were cousins of his classmate.

He only knew something was wrong, when they did not turn off at the exit, that would take him home, but . . .?! instead continuing out to the desert, where they stopped on a desert road. That is when he tried to use his cellphone to reach the local police, and that is when they took away his cellphone, beat him, and at knifepoint, stripped him naked, and when he was stark naked, they each took a turn sodomizing him. And when they had finished, they threatened him with the knife and a pool cue and told him, if he went to the police, since they knew where he lived, they'd kill him, kill his parents, and burn down the house.

It is said that a rape victim is raped twice. Once by their rapist and once by the legal system. I don't know how true that is, but . . .?! That is what happened this time. When his father, despite the threats took him to the police, after a perfunctory medical exam, since it was obvious he had recently he had sex, and there is only the crime of "forcible homosexuality" in this country, he must have been a homosexual, and he was going to be arrested and charged as being a homosexual, as homosexuality was illegal in his country. To prevent that he fled back to Europe to his mother and older brother.

Never get between mama she bear and her cub. She'll eat you alive. I'd like to see his story made into a film, as what follows is a great story and would make a great film. When she found out what had happened to her son, having made friends with many of the French politicians, including at that time the President of France, from her days in French TV, she used her political connections to have the French government bring pressure on the other government, and she started an on-line petition calling for a complete boycott of his country, which I signed, till they did right be her son. Thus with private pressure and public pressure, pressure from above and pressure from below, this lone woman wrestled the other government to its knees and got it to rescind the charges against her son and arrest his 3 attackers.

The youngest attacker was tried in juvenile court, but . . .?! the other 2, after a lengthy trial of 3 days, were sentence to 15 years in prison. Still she was not satisfied, as he wanted the oldest attacker tried for attempted murder, as he was HIV positive, and she protested vociferously in court at this injustice, and had to be removed from court. And the other government knew the oldest attacker was HIV positive, but . . .?! they did not notify the boy nor his family of this, even though there is apparently something that can be done to help prevent becoming HIV positive, but . . .?! it must be done quickly, and when the boy and his family learned this, it was too late to do something. So there was the fear that he'd become HIV positive. Fortunately, this did not happen.

Alexandre Robert.  Teen. (15 at the time of the incident) Hero. French-Swiss. Upper middle class. Injured. Victim. Unknown. Present.

A perfect example of "Wrong person. Wrong place. Wrong time." Thus . . .?! my wish for all of you is "Right person. Right place. Right time."

Okay. That is enough about me.

Next time: The 67.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on October 25, 2016, 12:18:27 AM
Kevin,

Your post was interesting, but why do you kept writing ...?! in about every other sentence?  I counted it as bout six times, twice in a three line paragraph.

Just curious.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on October 25, 2016, 02:46:21 AM
The group Blur's song "Song 2" was actually meant as a "joke" piece, a spoof of alt-grunge scene that was popular at the time.  That's why they even gave it such a generic sounding name.  If you listen to the rest of their album, you'll find their music is radically different.  Crazily enough though, "Song 2" ended up being their only real hit.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 29, 2016, 11:13:16 AM
Kevin,

Your post was interesting, but why do you kept writing ...?! in about every other sentence?  I counted it as bout six times, twice in a three line paragraph.

Just curious.

Beats me, but . . ?! I'll cut back on it after this last one.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 29, 2016, 11:41:04 AM
Fact of the Day . . .
The 67
or the number of Marvel characters, more or less, that is suppose to appear in . . .
Avengers : Infinity War, part I in 2018
and Avengers : Infinity War, part II or an untitled Marvel project in 2019.

One's person idea, from August 2016, who might appear. Some have already been confirmed. Some have been rumored. Some are just guesses, but, they make for interesting reading.

@ ne'er e'er appeared in a live action film ere, as far as I know.
# Netflix character. 1st, they will not be in the film. Now, they will be in the film.

Adam Warlock -- Agent Colson -- Agentt Sharon Carter --Amara an Asgardian@ -- Angela@ -- Aannihilus@ -- Ant-man
Bill Foster@ -- Black Panther -- Black Widow
Captain America -- Captain Marvel (Ms. Marvel) -- Clea@ -- The Collector -- Corpsman Dey
Daredevil# -- Destroyer 2.0@ -- Doctor Strange -- Drax the Destroyer
Elektra@ -- Eric Selvig@
Falcon -- Fandral -- Fire lord
Galactus@ -- Gamora -- Ghost rider -- Groot
Hawkeye -- Heimdall -- Howard the Duck -- Hulk -- Hyperion
Iron Fist# -- Ironman -- Iron Patriot
Jane Foster -- Jessica Jones#
Lady Death@ -- Lady Sif@ -- Loki -- Luke Cage# -- Luna@
Maria Hill -- Modok@ -- Moon Knight@
Nebula -- Nick Fury -- Odin -- Omega@
Red Hulk@ -- Red Skull -- Rocket Raccoon
Scarlet Witch -- Sentry@ --Spiderman -- Star Lord -- Super Skrull@
Terrax the Terrible@ -- Thanos -- Thor
Vision -- Voltagg
Winter Soldier
Yellow Jacket -- Yondu
and Stan Lee. It ain't Marvel, if Stan Lee ain't in it!

Even if they only go with those who have already appeared in a film, it's going to be a heck of cast.

There are already trailers for the film or films already floating around the web-o-sphere. Nothing official yet, just homemade trailers using clips from the films already made, but, if the film or films look anything like these trailers, the film or films will be one heck or hecks of a film or films.

The only question I have is who is going to die and how many?

Next time: they sail the 7 Seas.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 06, 2016, 03:05:12 PM
The fact is . . .
They sail the 7 Seas.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)
DreamWorks characters
(or they did)

What might not be known is that the founder of DreamWorks was very, very unhappy, when he left the House of Mouse. Thus one of the reasons DreamWorks was founded was to compete with the House of Mouse. So, where is DreamWorks now. Like many of the competitors it no longer exists, or it is a mere shadow of what it was, but, cry not for him, Argentina, as the last surviving founder of DreamWorks, the others pulling out sometime ago,  he sold DreamWorks Animation, the last and most successful component of DreamWorks to Time Warner for $2 billion and change. Thus, his final payout should be somewhere north of 9 figures. Cry for all the peons who got laid off in various downsizing over the years.

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL)
Viacom/Paramount/Nickelodeon
Nick characters

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL)
Universal/NBC/Comcast
Seuss characters

Disney Cruise Lines (DCL)
Disney
--a little off topic, but, if you remember the animated film Big Hero 6, there was a very special appearance by a very special person, and my favorite of his cameos, at the end of the film and when the film becomes a TV series in 2017, this person will become a regular feature on the show.
Muppets
--again off topic, but, if you remember the TV show Muppet Babies, it is coming back to TV as a reboot in 2018.
Pixar
Star Wars
--for the 2nd year in a role Star Wars Day at sea on specific cruises leaving Port Canaveral (Florida) between January, 2017, and April, 2017. Bring a costume.
Marvel
--and for the 1st time Marvel Day at Sea on specific cruises leaving New York (New York) in the fall of 2017.
----meet 'n' greets
------Captain America, Spider-man, Thor, etc.
----Showing of Marvel films
------an Ant-man--a Doctor Strange--a Guardians of the Galaxy--both Avengers films--all 3 Captain American films--All 3 Iron Man films -- all 3 Thor films + whatever Marvel films are released in the 1st half of 2017.
----Showing of Marvel TV shows
------Marvel's Avengers Assemble -- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy -- Marvel's Ultimate Spider-man
----all themed to Marvel
------activities -- arts 'n' crafts -- a deck party with dancing, games, music, etc. -- a light show -- more games -- special merchandise -- trivia -- and unique food and beverage offerings.
----And the greatest gathering of Marvel heroes and heroines, villains and villainesses ever seen in 1 place on 1 cruise ship.
----And bring a costume.

Next time: some 3 dozen facts about Lord Guildford Dudley. And who is Lord Guildford Dudley? That we shall find out next time.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 15, 2016, 02:05:26 PM
The fact is . . .
Here are some 3 dozen facts about . . .
Some more verifiable than others.

Lord Guildford Dudley
a child of the 1% of the 16th century
or, as my generation called them an Yuppies' Puppy
and a major character in My Lady Jane if that fantasy novel ever gets turned into a film.

Contemporary (Then)
from someone who knew him.
"comely . . .virtuous. . .goodly [or godly]"

Contemporary (Now)
From Hester Chapman's
Lady Jane Grey
from 1985
". . .conceited and disagreeable"
and that is not the worst things said about him.

vicious -- sulky -- petulant -- spoiled -- nasty -- ill-mannered -- effeminate
and
brute -- bully -- coward -- dolt -- rapist -- sadist -- sociopath -- weak willy -- womanizer

So, how did he go from then to now?

And what is stranger?  Remember, chronologically, he was just a child during all this, and ever since Shakespeare's time, children have normally come off better than adults. Though, the pendulum may be swinging back the other way. For in . . .

Dunn's The Lady of Misrule
Higginbotham's Her Highness the Traitor
He is not only more likable than this wife. He is a better person than his wife, or, at least, less religiously intolerant.

And in The 3 Janes My Lady Jane
Which not only shows how a couple can go from disliking each other to liking each other in less than an year, but is probably the most realistic portrayal of the couple yet, even if he is a horse by day and a man by night.

So, slip into their shoes,
slip into his shoes,
and see how they feel.

01. In the past 1000 years, there have been 8 women who have had some claim to the English throne.

02. Matilda who married a Frenchman, who we'll get to later.
Mary who married a Spaniard.
Elizabeth, who was the only unmarried one.
Mary who married a Dutchman.
Anne who married a Dane.
Victoria who married a German.
Elizabeth who married a Greek.
And Lady Jane Grey, the only one who married an Englishman, and who we'll get to next time.
 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 23, 2016, 02:13:41 PM
Continuing . . .

03. The Dudleys had 13 children. Six of the boys living long enough to become teens.
Henry or Harry, who died during a military campaign in France, ere he was 20.
John or Jack, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London, which so shattered his health, that he died soon after he was released, ere he was 30.
Ambrose who outlived them all.
Robert or Robin, who was the best known of them all for his on-again/off-again relationship with Queen Elizabeth.
Guildford or Gill, who was executed on Tower Hill, ere he was 20.
And Henry or Hal, who was killed in battle, in France, ere he was 20. And who was an year younger than Gil.

04. Outside of politics, the best known of Gil's relatives was his nephew,  the great Elizabethan poet, Sir Philip Sidney, as one of the Dudley girls married a Sidney.

05. A more distant relative was the actor Cary Elwes, who portrayed Lord Guildford Dudley in the film "Lady Jane." And not only was he related to Lord Guildford Dudley, he was also related to Lady Jane Grey, Gil's wife.

06. Look at Gil's portrait (Google it, Dad!) or, what is believed to be his portrait. An arrogant little pismire, but he had call to be. For he had . . .
. . .the money
. . .the looks
. . .and the family connection.
Though, was he a hard nut all the way through or did he have a soft and chewy center? I go with the latter.

07. Though, portraits can be deceiving. What was believed to have been a portrait of his mother-in-law and her 2nd husband is now to be a portrait of someone else--a mother and son duo.

08. While at the Dudley boys were considered to be good looking, especially Robert, Gil was considered to be the best looking of them all. Actually, he was considered the handsomest young man of his generation in England.

09. Maybe because he did not look like his father and brothers.
--While they were of average height, he was 6'3", which was tall for that age and tall even now.
--While they had dark hair, he was a dark blond.
--While they had dark eyes, he had blue eyes.
--While they were dark complexion, he had a fair complexion.
--While they had facial hair, he was clean shaven.

10. Which is why some think he was actually illegitimate. A cuckoo born into another man's nest.

11. Like his father before him, he may have been a page at the royal court.

To be continued . . .


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 01, 2016, 03:59:34 PM
Continuing . . .

12. Gil was 1st engaged to Lord Clifford's daughter Margaret, but their engagement was broken off. The odd thing was that it was broken off by his future father-in-law. What was odd about it was that while Gil may have been the 4th surviving son, he was the 4th surviving son in the most powerful non-royal family in England, and thus would have been a good match for any woman.

13. We don't know how he felt, but Higginbotham in her novel on his mother and mother-in-law, said he was happy, as he could now spend more time in southern England, where it was warmer, then in northern England, where the Cliffords lived, where it was cooler.

13a. I have spent time in England in various places at various times of the year, and southern England, which is bathed by the southern currents, is remarkably warmer than northern England. Of course, if you go even farther north, to the Scottish highlands, you can get snow even during the height of summer, which I have also seen.

14. In the Boleyn trilogy, he does marry Margaret. Though this does not save him from being executed, as the Cliffords had a claim to the throne. Not as good as the Greys, but they did have a claim to the throne, and to marry someone in line to the throne, without the monarch's permission, was tantamount to treason and made one liable for the death penalty.

15. Because of the Greys better claim to the throne, he did marry Lady Jane Grey in the non-royal wedding of the decade. A wedding celebration that lasted 2 days and 2 nights, as it joined together 2 great families with the son of one marrying the daughter of the other. A wedding where no expense was spared, so anybody who was anybody was there, including several foreign delegations.

16. To celebrate the wedding, there were 2 sets of mummers: 1 male and 1 female, jousting, masked balls, fireworks, etc.

17. Though 1 novelist has stated the highlight of the wedding was an almost life size statue of Gil in the nude, made out of marzipan, with a cockle shell covering the area between his legs. I doubt it, as do you know how small a cockle shell is? It had to be a shell of a pearl oyster at least.

18. Theirs was not the only wedding at that time. Both a sister and a sister-in-law of both the bride and the groom were married off to 2 young lords at the same time.

19. And at the end, both the groom and several of the guests came down with a severe case of good poisoning. Which probably prevented him from doing his husbandry duties for several weeks.

Next: and which we'll get to next time. To be continued.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on December 12, 2016, 04:12:32 PM
Continuing . . .

20. With an inexperienced teenage bride. A teenage groom who--apparently--knew little or nil about sex. Though boys his age were known to frequent whorehouses. No wonder their 1st attempt to consummate their marriage was such a disaster that the next morning the bride packed up all she had and went back to Mother, and the groom's family had to send one of his younger sisters after her to bring the bride back to her husband and his family.

21. Because both bride and groom were both teens when they married, they would both live with his family for the next 5 or 6 years, till both were in their 20s and thus considered old enough to go off and live on their own.

22. Apparently, before the next time, he went to one or more of his older brothers, who were all married, at this time, for advice on how to sexually satisfy his wife, or one or more of his older brothers came to him with advice on how to sexually satisfy her.

22a. Which speaks well for him, as being a man, I know how men hate to think they are anyway sexually inadequate.

23. Whatever happened. It seems to have worked, as the next thing we hear is that she wrote someone or told someone how much she enjoyed sleeping, every night she could, with her teenage husband in the same bed as him. And this was in a time when couples not only slept in different beds, they slept in different rooms. The only problem now was that neither one of them was getting much sleep. Horny teens. Horny today. Horny in the 16th century.

24. This also puts a lie to the belief by some that their 1st attempt at consummation of their wedding was nothing more than spousal rape.

25. Though there is also the belief by some that he and his new father-in-law were actually lovers before or after the marriage or would be lovers before or after the marriage. Actually, it is not unknown for fathers-in-law and sons-in-law to fall in love with each other. Though, in those cases, they were both adults when this happened. Not as in this case, where we have one adult male--the father-in-law--and one underage teen--the son-in-law.

Next time: if the wife threw a snit, then now it is the turn of the husband to throw a snit.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on December 12, 2016, 11:37:35 PM
Elvis had a twin brother (Jesse Garon) who was stillborn.  Elvis was haunted by this fact his entire life and would often "talk" to his brother.  One can't but wonder had he survived instead of Elvis if he would had the same musical talent, or perhaps chosen a different path in life.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on December 13, 2016, 02:19:23 PM
David Bowie had anisocoria, a condition in which the pupil in one eye remains permanently dilated. He developed this condition at age fourteen (some sources say age thirteen) when he got into a fistfight over a girl and suffered an eye injury that multiple operations never repaired. Bowie claimed he got used to this condition with time and no longer noticed, though it is said he preferred to read with two lights nearby set at different levels of brilliance.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on December 18, 2016, 04:03:29 PM
Part of the promotional campaign for Head, the Monkees movie, involved putting up Head stickers in random places. 

Jack Nicholson one of the two writers of the movie was arrested at one point for trying to put a sticker on a policeman's helmet as that policeman got onto his horse.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 05, 2017, 04:45:34 PM
Continuing . . .

26. If wife throws snit, then husband does, too. He threw his snit, when his wife refused to make him a king, now that she was unofficially queen, but only a duke. So like her, he went home to mother, and someone had to be sent to bring him back. This time, it being two members of the privy council.

With his actions, he mishandled the situation, actually, everyone did, but it is now thought that he might have had some justification for being upset. This depends upon 2 questions.
1st. What did he mean by king?
2nd. Who had the power to make him king?

For if you look at the next woman/queen on the throne, her husband was made, if not king, then king consort by an act of Parliament. And he was not even English, but Spanish.

27. First came the reign, and at less than 2 weeks, the shortest reign in British history.

28. Then the overthrow of the ruling queen, being replaced by another queen. And what ever our political leanings, I am sure we are all aware of another time, when the wrong person wound up winning, as in this case.

29, And then the imprisonment. And then the trial. And then the execution. Not to give anything away. And then the aftermath.

To be continued . . .

Next time: the imprisonment.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on January 14, 2017, 02:33:58 AM

Do you recognize this woman? 

(http://i.huffpost.com/gen/3080438/thumbs/o-DEBBIE-MCKEE-FOWLER-570.jpg)


No? 

Hmm... well, how about now?


(https://images.newrepublic.com/cad545412a71ec30e5df60ca6bc0eb5b9a0ff4cf.jpeg)


Looks a little more familiar doesn't she?  Still can't place here?  Try this famous image based on her..


(http://images.mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/BoxDebbie_5.jpg)


Got it now? 

That's Debra E. McKee-Fowler aka Little Debbie, the woman whose face has stared at us from thousands of different snack cake boxes over the last several decades.  Yes, Little Debbie was based on a real girl.  Back in 1934 her grandparents O.D. McKee and his wife Rudy bought a failing bakery with the idea of selling cheap, small cakes.  The idea was a success and in 1960 they were ready to expand production with a plan to sell a dozen cakes in one box carton.  Realizing they didn't have for the new product, McKee happened to glance a photo of his then four-year-old granddaughter and decided to call the cakes "Little Debbies". 

The gave the photo (seen above) to artist Pearl Mann, who aged her up by about five years, and the rest is history.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 17, 2017, 11:42:36 AM
Continuing . . .

30. The imprisonment was hardly vile or dire.

31. He was granted a monthly cash stipend by the government to pay for his food and fuel.

32. He was allotted 2 manservants to take care of his needs.

33. And he was hardly lonely, as, except for John or Jack, who was imprisoned someplace else in the Tower of London, all the Dudley boys--Ambrose, Robert or Robin, Henry or Hal, and our hero Guildford and Gil were all imprisoned in the same room. Which gave rise to a piece of artistic graffiti, which can still be seen, if one ever visits the Tower of London. The graffiti consisting of . . .

acorns and oak leaves for Ambrose,
roses for Robert or Robin,
honeysuckle for Henry or Hal,
and gillies or carnations for Guildford or Gil,
+the Dudley 2-tailed lion
and the Warwick ragged bear and staff.

34. There is also another piece of graffiti, which is associated with our hero. The word "Jane" or "Iane," as it was spelt at that time, which while the artist is unknown, it is believed to have been done by our hero in memory of his wife Lady Jane Grey, and which can be seen like the other graffiti, if one ever visits the Tower.

To be continued . . .

Next time: the trial.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on January 18, 2017, 11:00:27 AM
The average woman speaks about 20,000 words a day, the average man 13,000, though Trappist monks may be throwing the male numbers off a bit.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 23, 2017, 03:38:46 PM
Continuing . . .

The trial

35. A trial in name only.
--No defense lawyer there to defend the defendant.
--No right to question hostile witnesses.
--No right to call own witnesses.
--No right to speak up in one's own defense.
--And a panel of judges that were picked as sure guilty votes even before the trial began.

36. Thus, the 5 defendants--our hero, his wife, his older brother Ambrose, his younger brother Henry or Hal, and Archbishop Cranmer--pleaded guilty. Sentences were passed. And then everybody went home.

37. That could not happen today. Not because of the above reasons, but, because the U.S Supreme Court, said, which would align the U.S. with much of the world, that when a person under the age of 18 commits an offense, even a capital offense, cannot then be sentenced to death, even when they reach the age of 18. For to do so would be cruel and unusual.

38. Then they strengthened that ruling with another ruling that said, when a person under the age of 18 commits an offense, even a capital offense, they cannot be sentenced to life without benefit of parole. They can be turned down when up for parole, but they have to be offered parole. For not to do so would be cruel and unusual.

To be continued . . .
Next time: the execution


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on January 30, 2017, 05:03:39 PM
Continuing . . .
The Execution

39. We know why they were executed. Except, the execution does not make any sense. If she was no threat to the monarchy, then he was even less of a threat.  If it was meant to stabilize the monarchy, it was the 1st in a long series of mistakes that destabilized the monarchy.

40. The only reason that I have ever seen that makes any sense is the possible belief at that time that if he had been allowed to live, and his wife had been executed, he would never have stopped trying to avenge his wife, so he was dangerous in that way and had to be disposed of.

41. If no one then or now knew it, then his wife knew it. That he was as much being martyred for his faith, as she was.

42. Indeed, his faith may have been stronger than hers. When he asked for a Protestant minister to accompany him to his execution and was turned down, he was offered the same Catholic priest that accompanied his wife to her execution, and he turned that down, so he went to his death without spiritual support.

43. That does not say that he went without support. He was accompanied by several young men, as a sample of people who knew his execution and his wife's, was bogus.

44. His father gave a speech, ere his execution, which was recorded. His wife gave a speech, ere her execution, which was recorded. He did not give a speech. Actually, he did, which was not recorded unfortunately, except we know it was s short speech.

45. Higginbotham thus gives him a short speech in her book Her Highness the Traitor. Which is not uncommon, as when executions were still public, the last words of the executed were sold at the execution, even if they never came from the executed, but were made up by someone else.

46. We do know that, though some have said otherwise, he did not shed unmanly tears on his way to his execution on Tower Hill.

47. The same place his father and grandfather were executed. That's keeping it in the family.

48. His wife was executed in the more private Tower Green within the Tower of London. If being seen executed by a hundred people is private.

49. We don't know how many people turned out to see him executed. Though, as many as 10,000 people are known to turn out for an execution, when they were still public spectacles. And his ., . .
--age
--his family connections
--and his good looks
would draw a big crowd.

And they were both executed.

Next time: the aftermath, the age question, and the wedding customs of the medieval 1%.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 12, 2017, 02:45:41 PM
Continuing . . .

The age question

50. At first, it was thought, that--typically--he was older than his wife.

51. Now, there is some thought that he--atypically--was younger than his wife. Thus, if she was only 16 or 17, when executed, he may have been no more than 16, when executed, and he may have been only 15.

52. Which gives him the dubious distinction of being the youngest prisoner held in the Tower of London to be executed in the vicinity of the Tower.

53. And while it is not usual for 15-year-old boys to marry, if he did marry at 15, he was not the only one. Matilda. (Remember her.) She married a 15-year-old French noble, but, instead of being an year or two older than her husband, as in other cases, she was a decade or two older than her husband. (Which, frankly, creeps me out.) Though, she did all right for herself, as even as a teenager, her husband was highly regarded by his older contemporaries.

54. There was at least one other 15-year-old, who married a woman a decade or more older than him.

To be continued . . .

Next time: wedding customs of the medieval 1%


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 18, 2017, 05:23:42 PM
Continuing . . .
Medieval marriage customs of the 1%

55. Boys and girls could be betrothed to each other at the age of 3 or 4. A betrothal being a promise to marry at some agreed upon date in the future.

56. Princess Aurora. Prince Philip.
2 adjoining kingdoms
2 fathers

If you look at the beginning of the 1959 animated version of Sleeping Beauty, you'll see a very young Prince Philip, with his parents, there at the ceremony. Which at that time Prince Philip was probably betrothed to Princess Aurora, with the agreement that the two would marry 16 years in the future, when both would still be in their teens. Thus, no wonder his father was upset, when he came back and said he was going to marry a peasant chick he met in the forest. For if Princess Aurora's father took the rejection of his daughter as a personal insult, it could lead to a war between the two kingdoms.

57. Boys and girls were married to each other when they were still pre-teens.

Again a bit of fiction, but there is probably some truth to it. A pre-teen couple were kneeling in front of the altar, being married by the priest. The bride was well behaved, but the groom could not stop fidgeting, and if he was not fidgeting, he was looking wildly about him. This so irritated the bride's mother, his future mother-in-law, that she wanted to get up and just smack the kid. LOL!

Of course, after they were married, they would be separated, with the bride going back to live with her parents, and the groom going back to live with his parents, till some agreed upon date in the future. As for teenage couples . . .

58. Apparently, at this time, the age of sexual consent for girls was 14. (Think Juliet.) Though, there was sometimes agreement between the two families, that the bride and groom would not only sleep in separate beds, but in separate rooms, for a year or two, till the bride was older.

59. And if you think 14 was young, apparently, the age of sexual consent for boys was only 12. Of course, I know of not instances of a 12-year-old having to try to being a husband to his wife. The youngest I know for a boy is 15, with several cases of this, including this one.

60. With both bride and groom being in their teens, the couple would live with the groom's parents, again as in this case, till such time both the bride and groom were in their 20s, at which time, they were considered old enough to go off and live on their own.

To be continued . . .

Next time: the aftermath


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 19, 2017, 11:28:54 AM
I know a woman who has had intimate relations with three members of the same family, and she thinks the others don't know about the....others.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on February 19, 2017, 02:21:43 PM
I know a woman who has had intimate relations with three members of the same family, and she thinks the others don't know about the....others.

At some point I would like to hear that story!  :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 19, 2017, 03:00:27 PM
I know a woman who has had intimate relations with three members of the same family, and she thinks the others don't know about the....others.

At some point I would like to hear that story!  :buggedout:

Oh, Indy, you know how much I hate talking about myself...


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 20, 2017, 12:05:45 AM
I know a woman who has had intimate relations with three members of the same family, and she thinks the others don't know about the....others.

At some point I would like to hear that story!  :buggedout:

Oh, Indy, you know how much I hate talking about myself...

Ahem, fact of the day, I was only kidding about it being me! (Thought maybe I should make that clear.)

But okay, new fact of the day: Bethesda is working on a VR version of Fallout 4. Can you imagine getting attacked by a Deathclaw in virtual reality?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Flangepart on February 20, 2017, 05:53:38 PM
I'll see your death claw and raise you a desolation hangnail.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 21, 2017, 09:50:04 AM
There is mounting evidence that we've had our globes upside down all through history, and the southern hemisphere may be pointing up toward the bulk of the surrounding galaxy, and the northern hemisphere may be pointing down.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on February 25, 2017, 12:10:55 PM
Continuing . . .

Aftermath
Hindsight being 29/20. We know what went wrong, and what went wrong caused people to die. Yet, despite more nuanced portrayals of the people involved, both non-fiction (Hartwig) and fiction (Higginbotham, The 3 Janes) we are still getting it wrong, because we do not question the "facts," as we know them. Thus, if we continue to get the past wrong, what does that say about the present and the future. Will we get them wrong for the same reason? And will people die, because we got it wrong?

--Finis--

Next time: a billion here. a billion there. and you know what. after awhile it adds up.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on February 28, 2017, 03:01:29 PM
Nuns never laugh at abortion jokes.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 01, 2017, 12:20:11 PM
The Dirty 30 - 6, or, the 2 Dozen Films that Earned O'er a Billion $ (Unadjusted for Inflation) at the International Box Office (Between 1993 and 2015, Inclusive)

Beginning with . . .
1993 Jurassic park

1997 Titanic

1999 Star Wars, episode 1 : the phantom menace

2003 The Lord of the rings : the return of the king

2006 Pirates of the Caribbean : dead man's chest (HoM)

2008 The Dark Knight

2009 Avatar

2010 Toy story 3 (HoM)
Alice in wonderland (HofM)

2011 Pirates of the Caribbean : on stranger tides (HoM)
Transformers : dark of the moon
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2

2012 Marvels : the avengers (HoM)
Sky fall
The Dark Knight rises
The Hobbit : an unexpected journey

2013 Frozen (HoM)
Iron Man 3 (HoM)

2014 Transformers : age of extinction

2015 Star Wars : the force awakens (HofM)
Avengers : age of Ultron (HoM)
Jurassic World
Furious 7
Minions

And how many have you seen?

Next time: the slate of films from House of Mouse (HoM) for 2017



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 04, 2017, 11:09:45 AM
According to The Denver Sun, 12% of cardiac patients between the ages of 35 and 45 admitted to the emergency room at one area hospital had been using marijuana in the last six hours before the event.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: javakoala on March 04, 2017, 12:42:26 PM
According to The Denver Sun, 12% of cardiac patients between the ages of 35 and 45 admitted to the emergency room at one area hospital had been using marijuana in the last six hours before the event.

I tend to think this shows how widespread the use of marijuana is rather than indicate that the drug caused the cardiac event.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 04, 2017, 02:10:28 PM
Films from the House of Mouse for 2017

03/17 Beauty and the Beast
1st. Modern film, but old fashioned.
2nd. The more you look at it. The more the human roles in the film look to be well cast.
3rd. We might get an answer to the one of the great questions in film. How old was the prince at the start of the film? We know the actor who plays the prince. We do not know the actor's age. It looks like we'll have to see the film to get an answer.
4th. A difference from the animated film that seems to make this one more scary. If the last rose petal falls, not only will the prince remain a beast, but the servants will remain household objects.
Whether they will still be sentient, that is the question.

Earth Day. Born in China
The House of Mouse is the last major studio in Hollywood that is still doing full-length nature documentaries.

05/05 Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2

05/26 Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales
Apparently, the last film in the series

06/16 Cars 3

07/17 Spiderman : Homecoming
Though, actually a joint production of Sony Columbia and Marvel Studios, some sites have it down as a House of Mouse film.

11/03 Thor : Ragnarok
The question I have is what will become of Loki at the end of the film. Will his fate be like the one in the comic book, or will it be different?

11/22 Coco

12/15 Star Wars : Episode VIII

2017 Magic Camp

Next time: from the House of Mouse for 2018 and 2019



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 04, 2017, 10:23:47 PM
Morocco has great skiing. There are resorts in the Atlas Mountains where you'd swear you were in Austria.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Newt on March 13, 2017, 07:47:00 AM
An informative and entertaining article on the real St. Patrick:

https://voxhiberionacum.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/17-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-historical-st-patrick/

"Happy Irreverent but yet still Historically Accurate St. Patrick’s Day, wherever you are."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on March 13, 2017, 09:55:28 AM
A bad stomach flu can make you revile the day your parents met.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 14, 2017, 10:54:33 AM
From the House of Mouse, 2018 and thereafter, excluding the films from Marvel Studios, which have already been mentioned.

2018
03/09 Wreck-it Ralph 2
04/06 A Wrinkle in Time
05/25 Han Solo's solo film
06/15 The Incredibles 2
11/21 Gigantic
which is a  retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk with a Spanish twist.

2019
06/21 Toy Story 4
07/19 an Untitled Indiana Jones film
he's back and the House of Mouse has him.

2020
Pirates of the Caribbean 6
Well, I got that wrong.  When I saw "The Beginning of the End." It's not the end, but the beginning of the end. Thus, the series, which began in 2003, will have a double trilogy.
And if you look at the latest in the Bill Slider police procedural, which is set near London (England) and is by a Brit, who lives in London, one of the new characters is described as looking like Captain Jack Sparrow minus the dreadlocks. Which is just one of the examples of how dominant Americanisms are in the rest of the world.

Next time: you saw it in animation. Now see it in live action.
And I need to get out what Columbia Sony, Paramount Viacom, Time Warner, Universal NBC Comcast, and 20th Century Fox, the other major Hollywood studios, are doing for 2017.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on March 23, 2017, 05:56:38 AM
In 1984 the movie The Evil Dead was banned in Germany for its gruesome and violent content. 32 years later rights holder Sony had the movie re-evaluated, and German censors found nothing about The Evil Dead that could harm the fragile mind of underaged children. The Evil Dead was dismissed from the list of banned movies, and the complete uncut version was given a new "16" rating which is like a PG-13 rating  :teddyr:

To celebrate the event The Evil Dead had a limited one-weekend-only theatrical run in 80 cities across Germany in early March, followed by various Blu-ray and DVD editions  :cheers:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on March 23, 2017, 09:05:04 AM
In 1994, a satire conspiracy theory stated that the town of Bielefeld, Germany, doesn't exist at all and is just an illusion. Since then, the town has been rolling with it.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on March 25, 2017, 01:59:38 PM
You saw them in animation. Now, see them in live action. Of course, some of these are more further along than others.

Aladdin
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Cruella
Dumbo
Genies
Jungle Book 2
The Lion King (James Earl Jones has agreed to voice Mufasa)
Malificent 2
Mary Poppins Returns (12/25/18) (Dick Van Dyke will be back, but not as Bert, but as Dawes, jr.)
Mulan (11/02/18)
Night on Bald Mountain (aka Chernaborg)
Peter Pan
Pinocchio
Prince Charming
Rose Red (Snow's little sister)
Sword in the Stone
Tinker Belle
Winnie the Pooh
and
The Littlest Mermaid (2017) (Not the Disney version)

Of course, this is a very tentative list, and I expect some of these never to see the light of the projection booth.

Next time: it's already March, so I need to get out what Sony Columbia, Time Warner, Viacom Paramount, Comcast NBC Universal, and 20th Century Fox are going to do for the rest of the year, but first . . . Has one of the greatest literary mysteries of all time finally been solved?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 03, 2017, 07:19:57 PM
One of the great literary mysteries is who is the Fair Youth featured in Shakespeare's Sonnets. There are a couple of other mysteries, which we'll get to later, but who is the Fair Youth? At first it was thought that it was an young contemporary of Shakespeare, but what if it was not a contemporary, but an young man who had been dead almost a decade before Shakespeare was even born.
Who we'll get to later, but here are the clues to the young man's identity as found in the Sonnets.

Sonnet 13
he thinks he's king. Check

Sonnet 52
he is imprisoned. Check

Sonnet 64
he is imprisoned in the Tower of London. Check

Sonnet 12
he is beheaded. Check

Sonnet 13
he is beheaded during the winter. Check

Sonnet 2
the sonnets were written 40 years after his death in 1554. Check

Sonnet 11
he was 20 years old when he died. Check
Actually, not. Though people are still getting that wrong today, when we know more about when he was born and died than Shakespeare did. Thus, it seems that he may have been as much as 4 or 5 years younger when he died, then Shakespeare states in his sonnets.

Of course, this is all supposition, and more than his age, what points away from this dead youth, is Shakespeare's admonition that the youth marry, so he could pass on his fair looks to his children. Even if Shakespeare got the age wrong, he should have known that the youth was already married, when he was executed. The wife being executed that same day.

As for who it is, it is Lord Guildford Dudley, who was married to Lady Jane Grey. More can be found at "Guildford Dudley : the Fair Youth." (Google it, Dad.)

As for the other 2 mysteries about Shakespeare's Sonnets. 1st While most scholars, though not all, believe the Sonnets were written by Shakespeare, and 2ndly, even more controversially, because it is even more mysterious than who wrote them, is if a contemporary of Shakespeare, whether the passion expressed in the Sonnets remained platonic, or whether there was a physical relationship between the poet, and the subject of his poetry?

Next time: the upcoming films for this year from another of the major Hollywood studios.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on April 04, 2017, 01:20:02 AM
There have been cases of people being shot in the heart and still running a hundred yards before finally falling over and dying. 

BTW, a hundred yards is the length of a football field, minus the end zones.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on April 04, 2017, 01:40:30 AM
Some of my undies are clean.  :wink:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on April 08, 2017, 11:47:09 AM
Some of my undies are clean.  :wink:
And you keep them locked up in a glass case so they stay that way, right?

Anyway... fact. ...


Studies have shown that after being decapitated, a mouses brain has electrical impulses that would suggest consciousness for up to four seconds.  Tests with larger animals likewise suggested they remain capable of conscious thought for even longer. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: javakoala on April 08, 2017, 03:13:41 PM
Studies have shown that after being decapitated, a mouses brain has electrical impulses that would suggest consciousness for up to four seconds.  Tests with larger animals likewise suggested they remain capable of conscious thought for even longer. 

Basically, if a human is decapitated, they would have enough time to realize what a s**t job the killer did? That's kinda cruel.

Onto the fact:

In the Windows OS, you cannot name a folder "con". I tried it with Windows 7, and it's true (at least up to W 7).


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: kakihara on April 08, 2017, 03:37:52 PM
Decapitated heads die from cerebral hypoxia (lack of oxygen) , i read that a frenchman wanted to test out a guillatine when it was first invented. His test was a success,  he proved that the guillatine works and that cutting ones head off can be fatal, even for village idiots. Oh, and the atomic weight of cobalt is 58.9.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 10, 2017, 03:29:39 PM
Sony Columbia releases for 2017.

06/16 Rough Night
06/28 Baby Driver
07/07 Spiderman : Homecoming
08/04 The Dark Tower
08/25 All Saints
09/15 The Soultrean
11/10 The Star
12/20 Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle

And here are a half dozen of the most popular DCOMs (Disney Channel Original Movies), which makes them some of the most popular made for TV movies ever seen on TV, and in alphabetical order . . .

Camp Rock
Descendants
High School Musical 2
Phineas and Ferb : the Movie
Teen Beach Movie
Wizards of Waverly Place : the Movie

Next time: another day. another studio + "what goes up. must come down. lest it also goes up."


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on April 10, 2017, 10:31:55 PM
At one point Rocky Balboa was going to become a member of the G.I. Joe team.

They had made a mold and artwork for the toy before the deal fell through.  There is even a single issue of the G.I. Joe Marvel comic that shows Rocky as a member and gives him a bio.  The very next issue they had to put out a disclaimer saying that Rocky was never a member of the team. 

There was also a convention exclusive figure of Rowdy Roddy Piper who's bio says he's actually a relative of Destro. 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 19, 2017, 05:41:44 PM
20th Century Fox
Upcoming features in 2017

05/12 Snatched
05/19 Alien : Contact
05/19 Diary of a Wimpy Kid : the Long Haul
06/02 Captain Underpants
(and a congratulations to Trevor, who as a member of this board, is the 1st one to get his own film)
07/14 War for the Planet of the Apes
07/29 Kings man : the Golden Circle
10/20 The Mountain Between Us
11/10 Red Sparrow
11/22 Murder on the Orient Express
(normally, this is something I'd see, but I've already seen it twice, the theatrical version in 1974 and the TV version, so I lack interest in seeing it a 3rd time)
12/15 Ferdinand
(this is actually a full-length feature remake of the 1939 Oscar winning animated short subject, which is worth checking out for the caricatures of the animators who worked on it, and for the matador who is the old man himself Walt Disney)
12/25 The Greatest Showman on Earth

Note: that over half of these are either remakes or sequels.

What goes up must come down. Lest it goes up.

Indoor Cinemas
1995: 7151
2015: 5375
decrease 25%

Drive-in cinemas
1995: 593
2015: 349
decrease 41%
when I 1st moved into the area in which I still live, there were several, then there were none, and now there is 1, and as it is still in existence, it must be doing enough business to reman open.

Average ticket price
1995: $4.35
2015: $8.43
increase 48%

Popcorn sold
1995: 1.03 billion lbs.
2015: 1.11 billion lbs.
increase 7%
As studios can and have demanded 100%, even 110% of the gate receipts, this is where the cinema makes its money, and if moviegoers are like myself, they'll spend more at the concession stand than for the ticket.

Next time: another day. another studio and then there were 9 + 1 surprise kicker.





Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: claws on April 22, 2017, 02:30:17 PM
The Empire Strikes Back was the biggest domestic box office hit of 1980. However, the movie that spend the most weeks at #1 in 1980 was Coal Miner's Daughter.
Released March 7, 1980, Coal MIner's Daughter took the top spot for nine continuous weeks and was finally de-throned by Friday the 13th on May 11, 1980.

Coal Miner's daughter ended up grossing $67m. The Empire Strikes Back made $209m, but only spend six weeks at #1.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on April 25, 2017, 10:01:25 PM
The Empire Strikes Back was the biggest domestic box office hit of 1980. However, the movie that spend the most weeks at #1 in 1980 was Coal Miner's Daughter.
Released March 7, 1980, Coal MIner's Daughter took the top spot for nine continuous weeks and was finally de-throned by Friday the 13th on May 11, 1980.

Coal Miner's daughter ended up grossing $67m. The Empire Strikes Back made $209m, but only spend six weeks at #1.

On the opposite end of that spectrum.

Zyzzyx Road was released in 2006.  It played in one theater for six days and made only $30 dollars.  Six people saw it.  $10 of that was refunded.  The make up effects artists saw it with a friend and they both got their money back from the star of the movie. 

The Worst Movie Ever was released in 2011.  It had two midnight showings in a single theater and made only $11.  Only person paid to see it. 

 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on April 26, 2017, 02:35:28 PM
Universal/NBC/Comcast
Upcoming features in 2017

06/09 The Mummy
There is some talk, after this, of Universal rebooting all of its horror film icons.

06/16 The Best of Henry

06/23 The Beguiled
If the title sounds familiar, it is the remake of the 1971 film, with the same title, starring Clint Eastwood.

06/30 Despicable Me 3

07/21 Girls Trip

07/28 Atomic Blonde
An example of how an adapted novel can be changed for the film to make it more suitable for film audiences, as they may not be the same as the audience for the book. Based on the graphic novel The Coldest City by Johnston and Hart, the film originally had the same title as the graphic novel till it was changed to what you see here.

09/22 Victoria and Abdul

09/29 American Made

10/13 The Snowman

10/20 Half to Death

10/27 Thank you for Your Service

11/24 Darkest Hour

12/22 Pitch Perfect 3

2017 The Best Man Wedding

Then There Were 9 + 1 Surprise Kicker

Every 2 years the House of Mouse at its D23 Expo awards people it calls its Legends with its Disney Legends awards. Here are the actors, animators, entertainment executives, Imagineers, etc. receiving the award in 2017.

Clyde Geronimi
Manuel Gonzales
Wayne Jackson

Stan Lee
When that old man dies, it'll be an end of era, he'll have outlived most of his contemporaries, including his brother. Now he has a 2nd career of making cameo appearances in films.  His being his appearance as himself in The Mallrats (1995) My favorite of his cameos is as Fred's father in Big hero 6 (2014.)

Gary Marshall
Julie Taymor

Oprah Winfrey
If there is any question as to why she is here, her production company Harpo Production has produced many of the programs seen on ABC. She can be seen in the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time for the House of Mouse. She produced and starred in a motion picture for the House of Mouse's adult division. And she voiced a character in one of the animated films for House of Mouse.

Carrie Fisher
Mark Hamill

And who is missing? That is where the Surprise Kicker comes in, as someone has pointed out, the awards ceremony often features a Legend who is not announced to the awards ceremony. And this year it is thought it may be Harrison Ford.

Next time: another day. another studio + if there is a way to make money legally, it is involved.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on April 26, 2017, 09:17:20 PM

Stan Lee
When that old man dies, it'll be an end of era, he'll have outlived most of his contemporaries, including his brother. Now he has a 2nd career of making cameo appearances in films.  His being his appearance as himself in The Mallrats (1995) My favorite of his cameos is as Fred's father in Big hero 6 (2014.)

I'm assuming you meant to say his first being his appearance in mallrats.  That's incorrect.  He cameod as a juror in the made for TV movie Trial of the Incredible Hulk in 1989.   


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 04, 2017, 06:42:17 PM

Stan Lee
When that old man dies, it'll be an end of era, he'll have outlived most of his contemporaries, including his brother. Now he has a 2nd career of making cameo appearances in films.  His being his appearance as himself in The Mallrats (1995) My favorite of his cameos is as Fred's father in Big hero 6 (2014.)

I'm assuming you meant to say his first being his appearance in mallrats.  That's incorrect.  He cameod as a juror in the made for TV movie Trial of the Incredible Hulk in 1989.   

Thank-you for catching that Chainsaw. While I do try to proofread my posts, some of them come across as being badly written and indecipherable, which that one is. What I meant to say was that Lee's favorite cameo was in The Mallrats (1995.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 04, 2017, 07:01:35 PM
2017 upcoming releases for Time Warner

05/12 King Arthur : Legend of the Sword
05/19 Everything Every thing
06/02 Wonder Woman
06/30 The House
07/21 Dunkirk
08/11 Anabelle : Creator
09/08 It
09/22 Ninjago
10/06 Blade Runner 2049
10/20 Geo storm
11/17 Justice League
12/22 Bastards (2017)
2017 Chicken Soup for the Soul

When you think of the House of Mouse, what do you think of?
Animation? Live action? Theme parks? Maybe TV?
That's just scratching the surface, as they have more fingers in more pies, than you can shake a stick at, and here are some of them.

animation -- apps
beauty boutiques -- Broadway musicals -- business education and conferences
cruise ships
entertainment expos
guided adventures
hotels -- housing developments
ice shows
live action
marathons --merchandise -- musical concerts
nature preservation
on-line channels and broadcasting -- on-line gaming
publishing
Quinceaneras
radio -- recording -- retail stores -- river cruising -- road shows
shopping centers
theme parks -- transportation -- TV
vacation clubs
and weddings and honeymoons

Next time: the last of the major Hollywood film studios Paramount/Viacom/CBS and can Paramount do what the House of Mouse and Universal have done successfully so far?



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 13, 2017, 05:40:21 PM
The final major Hollywood Studio and its upcoming releases for 2017.

Paramount/Viacom/CBS

05/25 Baywatch
06/21 Transformers : the Last Knight
10/13 mother
10/27 2017 Clover field Movie
11/03 Suburbican
11/10 Daddy's Home 2
12/22 Downsizing

And can Paramount do successfully what the House of Mouse and Universal have done? And that is build a successful theme park, which they want to do on 82 acres in the London (U.K.) area, which they want to open in 2023.

For London (U.K.)
It seems to be a win win situation. Even if they have to offer tax incentives to Paramount, if it is worded correctly, even tax revenue lost should be made up by a tax gain in the temporary construction jobs + the jobs needed to operate the theme park + the taxes generated by the thousands of guests expected to visit the theme park each day.

For Paramount
It seems more of a bad news/good news situation.

The bad news is the cost.
62 years ago you could build an entire theme park for a few million $. Now that few million is unlikely to build even one ride or attraction, since you are now talking about in the billions of $.  And where will Paramount get the money, and since there has been talk of spinning off entirely CBS, which is the most profitable part of the company, it'll be even harder to find the money to build the theme park.

The good news is that while Paramount does not have has many franchises to its bow as House of Mouse or Universal, it does have more than I thought. And they include . . .
Baywatch -- Mission Impossible -- Nickelodeon -- SpongeBob Square pants -- Star Trek -- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- and Transformers.
All of which can be converted into rides and attractions.

And we shall see what we shall see in 2023.

Next time: who is the biggest bat of them all


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on May 14, 2017, 06:50:02 PM
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Next time: who is the biggest bat of them all


(http://i.imgur.com/rwBa3RS.gif)



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on May 16, 2017, 06:24:30 PM

In olden times, they'd have open meat markets where people sell lambs and pigs and such.  A person who could come by, negotiate a price and then their purchase would be placed in a bag.  Sometimes though some unscrupulous salesmen would switch out the purchase for a bag containing another animal, like a cat.  Thus came the phrase "letting the cat out of the bag".


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 21, 2017, 01:40:34 PM
Who is the biggest Bat of them all?

Excluding the Legos Batman, here are the 6 actors who have played Batman on the big screen.
The Batman listed is the original Batman from the comic books.
And the measurements are given in centimeters and kilograms, because the lists originated in the U.K.

Height
193 cm. Ben Affleck
188 cm. Batman
188 cm. Adam West
183 cm. Christian Bale
183 cm. Val Kilmer
180 cm. George Clooney
178 cm. Michael Keaton

Weight
98 kg. Ben Affleck
95 kg. Batman
93 kg. Val Kilmer
91 kg. Adam West
82 kg. Christian Bale
78 kg. George Clooney
72 kg. Michael Keaton

Next time: horror + boy scouts = a match made in Hollywood heaven.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Trevor on May 22, 2017, 06:57:33 AM
06/02 Captain Underpants
(and a congratulations to Trevor, who as a member of this board, is the 1st one to get his own film)


 :bouncegiggle: :bouncegiggle: :thumbup:

Quote
11/22 Murder on the Orient Express
(normally, this is something I'd see, but I've already seen it twice, the theatrical version in 1974 and the TV version, so I lack interest in seeing it a 3rd time)

 :bluesad: :bluesad:

NOOOOO: that was the film which got me started in and liking films: which idiot went and remade that?







Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: bob on May 22, 2017, 10:14:47 PM
I'm not wearing any underwear; film at 11   :smile:

 :buggedout: :buggedout:  :buggedout: :buggedout:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on May 23, 2017, 11:16:28 AM
Although people refer to money as "green paper", money (at least American dollars) isn't made out of a paper.  It's actually made out of cotton. (Well, technically 75% cotton and 25% linen.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on May 28, 2017, 02:20:40 PM
Here are probably the 10 best horror films featuring boy scouts.
(And in order by release date)

1968 Gamera vs. Viras
1980 He Knows You're Alone
1981 Omen III
1988 Lair of the White Worm
1994 Cemetery Man
2009 Hobgoblins 2
2012 Mockinbird Lane
2013 The Scout
2014 Cub
2015 Scouts' Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

An international as the boy scout movement,  as they come from . . .
the U.S. -- the U.K. -- Japan -- Italy --- Belgium.

Next time: Elizabeth II was not the youngest.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on May 28, 2017, 02:29:00 PM
Mario and Donkey Kong were created beause Nintendo couldn't get the rights to Popeye at the time. 

The original Donkey Kong game idea would have used Popeye instead of Mario, Bluto instead of Donkey Kong, and Olive instead of Pauline.



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 05, 2017, 03:24:23 PM
In 1952, when Elizabeth II took the throne, she was only 25, but she was not the youngest monarch to sit on the throne, as here are 10 of her peers, who were even younger.

Charles II
18 years, 8 months
Victoria I
18 years, 1 month
Henry VIII
17 years, 10 months
Jane I
15 years, 8 months
Edward III
14 years, 2 months
Edward V
12 years, 5 months
Richard II
10 years, 5 months
Edward VI
9 years, 3 months
Henry III
9 years, 1 month
Henry VI
0 years, 9 months
Average age
12 years, 5 months

While this was not done deliberately, hindsight being 20/20, it was a bad idea to put someone so young on the throne, as half of these named--Jane I, Edward V, Richard II, Edward VI, Henry VI--either died violently sometime later and/or died while still in their teens.

Next time: is everybody happy?



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 15, 2017, 01:20:34 PM
Is Everybody Happy?

By a process I do not know and cannot comprehend, here are the 5 "happiest" songs from the House of Mouse. From 5th to 1st.

A Girl Worth Fighting For
from Mulan

Under the Sea
from The Little Mermaid

I've Got a Dream
from Tangled

I Can't Wait to be King
from The Lion King

Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride
from Lilo and Stitch

I would also add a 6th to the 5.

The Silly Song (The Dwarf's Yodel Song)
from Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

The success of the film was due in part to the music, which is why the sheet music for all the individual songs sold very well, with one exception, and that is for the song listed, even if when you see the film, it is the most visual song in the film.

What I do know is that I owe my love for music to them, to Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan), and my mother.

I also know that the House of Mouse has had a better understanding of the importance of music to film than most studios. One example being that they were the last of the major studios to retain a member on the staff to write music for the productions of the House of Mouse.

Next time: well, that's a change.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Pacman000 on June 15, 2017, 02:08:17 PM
Looks like ScrubTheWeb sold their domain name; at the very least they took the link to the domain market place down.

EDIT: A quick search shows the name still listed as for sale.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on June 26, 2017, 07:24:14 AM
According to my son, a "complimom" is when you say something nice about your mother.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on June 26, 2017, 09:11:42 AM
My sister's chihuahua went blind due to his diabetes.  :bluesad:


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 27, 2017, 12:57:55 PM
Well, that's a change.

There is a certain agreement now among some historians that the 5 greatest American presidents are . . . (from 5th to 1st)

Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Teddy Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Next time: merchandise. the gift that keeps on giving.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on July 03, 2017, 05:36:11 PM

There have been instances of people getting shot in the heart and still running a hundred yards before finally collapsing.  (Hundred yards, BTW, is the length of a football field.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 03, 2017, 06:17:46 PM
Well, that's a change.

There is a certain agreement now among some historians that the 5 greatest American presidents are . . . (from 5th to 1st)

Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Teddy Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Next time: merchandise. the gift that keeps on giving.

Not according to this year's President's Day CNN Historians poll:

https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/?page=overall (https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/?page=overall)

It lists the top 5, in order, as:

LINCOLN
WASHINGTON
F. ROOSEVELT
T. ROOSEVELT
D. EISENHOWER

But, in all fairness, there's been a lot of movement up and down the list in the last ten years.
It's interesting to see how their stars rise and fall.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 05, 2017, 05:30:02 PM
Well, that's a change.

There is a certain agreement now among some historians that the 5 greatest American presidents are . . . (from 5th to 1st)

Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Teddy Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Next time: merchandise. the gift that keeps on giving.

Not according to this year's President's Day CNN Historians poll:

https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/?page=overall (https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/?page=overall)

It lists the top 5, in order, as:

LINCOLN
WASHINGTON
F. ROOSEVELT
T. ROOSEVELT
D. EISENHOWER

But, in all fairness, there's been a lot of movement up and down the list in the last ten years.
It's interesting to see how their stars rise and fall.

They may be in a different order, but it seems historians agree that both Roosevelts, Washington, and Lincoln belong in the top 5. The only difference between the two lists is that Eisenhower replaces Jefferson in the Top 5.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 05, 2017, 05:43:53 PM
Merchandise: a gift that keeps on giving.

Frozen may be one of the few films to earn over a billion $ at the box office, but that was nothing compared to the $3 billion in merchandise sales that came from the merchandise associated with the film.

A film is only a film, but merchandise is where the big money was in 2016. Where it earned $56.6 billion for the House of Mouse, or $178.99 for every second--approximately--in 2016 or $4 billion more than in 2015. The top 3 sellers being . . .

Star Wars
Finding Dory
Minnie Mouse

Which is why whether we see another Cars and/or Transformers depends upon as much as the merchandise sales the films generate as the box office.

Next time: the more things change. the more they stay the same--the teen years






Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on July 05, 2017, 08:08:35 PM
Well, that's a change.

There is a certain agreement now among some historians that the 5 greatest American presidents are . . . (from 5th to 1st)

Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Teddy Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Next time: merchandise. the gift that keeps on giving.

Not according to this year's President's Day CNN Historians poll:

https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/?page=overall (https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/?page=overall)

It lists the top 5, in order, as:

LINCOLN
WASHINGTON
F. ROOSEVELT
T. ROOSEVELT
D. EISENHOWER

But, in all fairness, there's been a lot of movement up and down the list in the last ten years.
It's interesting to see how their stars rise and fall.

They may be in a different order, but it seems historians agree that both Roosevelts, Washington, and Lincoln belong in the top 5. The only difference between the two lists is that Eisenhower replaces Jefferson in the Top 5.

If you care to read it, there is a great little book called STAR SPANGLED MEN: A LOOK AT AMERICA'S TEN WORST PRESIDENTS that Nathan Miller wrote back around 2000 or so.  It's largely his personal opinion, although most of the Presidents on his list are near the bottom of this poll.  But there is a bonus chapter at the end about the two most overrated Presidents.  In his opinion, they are JFK and Thomas Jefferson.  I agree with that judgment - JFK has always had this halo of ability about him that his actual accomplishments don't really match, and Jefferson's achievements as President never really earned him a spot with the "greats," although he was well above average.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on July 05, 2017, 08:51:35 PM
According to a professor of Popular culture (whatever that is) at Syracuse University Charles Schulz's Peanuts is “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being.’’

Peanuts ran from October 1950 to Febuary 2000.  There were 17,897 comic strips made. 

During that time, Charlie Brown kicked the football only one.  ... in 1956.  Schroeder and not Lucy was the one holding the ball that time. 



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 21, 2017, 04:33:03 PM
The more things change. The more they stay the same: the teen years.

Now
Then: 4 and a half centuries ago.

They liked to party, which would include dancing, and to entertain their friends.

Boys liked to participate in sports.
Then: jousting
Now: excluding Medieval Times, you don't see much jousting, except in Maryland, where I believe a variation is the state sport.
The question is how old a boy had to be ere they could joust, since one could be seriously injured and even killed, it might have been 18 or 19.

When one wanted to show one was interested in another, one sent them a picture of oneself.
Now: a photo, most likely a selfie.
Then: a miniature portrait.

While the advice was often wrong and contradictory, it would behoove the sexually inexperienced to seek advice from the more experienced, if only to prevent the next from happening.

When newlyweds had a martial spat, they went home to mother. That is both the bride and the groom.

It was not always the man's fault.

Teens were horny and enjoyed sex.
Then: one newlywed teen bride wrote to a friend saying how much she enjoyed spending every night she could sleeping together with her teenage husband, in the same bed. The only problem was that neither one was getting much sleep.

Relationships are made to be broken up by the parents.

Mother-in-laws and sons-in-law and daughters-in-law did not get along sometimes.

It was not always the mother-in-law's fault.

They still can be dumb as a rock.

They still live in their own world.

Prison can change one.

When one is imprisoned, one reaches out to one in a similar circumstance.

When one knows one is going to die, even more so.

Death of a teen still hurts. Grown men were seen to weep openly at hearing of a teen's death.

And, of course, teens were probably similar 4 and a half centuries ere then, and will be similar 4 and a half centuries from now.

Next time: why would a man attend a comic con?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 29, 2017, 04:40:40 PM
Why would a man attend a Comic Con?

This question was asked on the internet, and while I do not know whether the questioner was being facetious or not, it did get me to thinking, and these are the reasons I came up with. Of course, this was from someone who has never attended a Comic Con, and most likely will never will, as it is just not my thing, so I probably missed a reason or two, but these are the reasons I came up with.

A. If one likes to cosplay.

B. If one likes to be amid a community of like believers.

C. If one has enjoyed a film or TV show, a visit to a theme park, playing a video game, or reading a book or comic book in the past, what does the future hold.

D. If one wants to meet one's favorite stars.

E. If one is a collector for fun and/or profit.

F. If one wants to learn how things are done.

And exclusive to D23.
G. If one is interested in Marvel and/or Star Wars. Probably the best place for it.

H. If one is a power player, then one gravitates to the power center of the most powerful--at this time--entertainment company in Hollywood, which is headed by the most powerful person in Hollywood. The last from The Hollywood Reporter.

Who may become even more powerful, as there is talk of his running for president in 2020.

Next time: if I can find the figures, the 10 most attended Comic Cons.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on August 06, 2017, 10:10:04 AM
According to page fifty-five of the thrift paperback edition of A Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius Reilly liked bad movies.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 06, 2017, 03:56:01 PM
Here are the top 10 genera cons by attendance figures.
A genera con is one with multi genera.

*U.S. only
**latest attendance figures and not necessarily the average attendance.
***from least to most.

Momo Con
(Atlanta, Georgia)
28,300

Indy Pop Con
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
30,000

Comic Palooza
(Houston, Texas)
43,800

Wonder Con
(Anaheim, California)
60,000

Dragon Con
(Atlanta, Georgia)
77,000

Mega Con
(Orlando, Florida)
100,000

Phoenix Comic Con
(Phoenix, Arizona)
106,096

Denver Comic Con
(Denver, Colorado)
114,500

San Diego Comic Con
(San Diego, California)
167,000

New York Comic Con
(New York, New York)
180,000

And that is only one type of Con. Other Cons. Other types of Cons. There are . . .

Gaming cons
Gen Con
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
60,000

Fan cons
D23 Expo
(Anaheim, California)
65,000

Sci Fi cons
Star Wars Celebration
(Orlando, Florida)
70,000

Though what separates one type of con from another type of con, I have no idea.

Next time: something new


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 19, 2017, 03:33:08 PM
Experts on facial expression say Mona Lisa's face reflects . . .
83% happiness
09% contempt
06% fear
02% anger

Either that or she saw and smelt Trevor's used undies, when her portrait was being painted.

Next time: ?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on August 25, 2017, 06:22:06 PM
Today's word is icosahedron, which is basically a shape with twenty sides, common amongst D&D players.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on August 25, 2017, 07:37:17 PM
The Coahuiltecan Indians of South Texas were so poor that they practiced something called the "Second Harvest" - they would pick through their own feces for undigested seeds and grains, wash them off, grind them up, and eat them again.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on August 30, 2017, 04:08:05 PM
The Tudors and Dudley, or, why they were not like us.

Descendants of Henry VII from 1445-1664
Men (25)
Ages of death: 16 to 82
Average age at death: 46.5

Women (22)
Ages of death: 17 to 70
Average age at death: 51.5

Dudley Family Tree
(1460-1626)
Men (30)
executed: 6
killed in battle: 3
murdered: 1
total 33%

Women (24)
executed: 2
suicide: 1
total 17%

One family between 1525-1541
had 13 children or 7 boys and 6 girls

Of these . . .
1 boy and 4 girls did not survive past their 1st decade of life.
3 boys did not survive past their 2nd decade of life.
and 1 boy did not survive past his 3rd decade of life.
Thus, of the 13 children born, only 2 boys and 2 girls lived past 30.

The Church at that time said: "Girls can wed, when they reach the age of 12, and boys can wed, when they reach the age of 14."

Next time: what does the post office know, that we don't.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: lester1/2jr on September 02, 2017, 10:47:00 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potoooooooo

Abingdon intended to call the young colt "Potato" and instructed the stable boy to write the name on a feed bin. The stable boy facetiously spelled the name as "Potoooooooo" (Pot followed by 8 "o"s), which so amused Abingdon that he adopted the spelling.[3] Subsequent writers have used a variety of spellings that reflect the intended pronunciation, "Potatoes".[1] In The Jockey Club's online database equineline.com, the name is spelled as Pot8O's.[4] The General Stud Book uses Potoooooooo.[5]


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on September 02, 2017, 11:11:53 AM
Apparently there are no qualifications required whatsoever to announce a high school football game.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 03, 2017, 09:37:00 PM
Sixteen years ago tonight I met the man I eventually married. When I set eyes on him that night, I saw fireworks. Of course 700,000 other people did too, right outside, but telling the kids the first part of that makes for a nice story.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 04, 2017, 09:14:16 AM
Last month an alternative press publication ran an article that showed in almost any city in America, including mine, if you trace a line between all the Outback Steak Houses, you come up with a near perfect (inverted) pentagram.

What do I take away from this? An explanation for why every time I eat there they forget to put my salad dressing on the side: the devil made them do it.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 17, 2017, 05:16:46 PM
If you're making a campfire and want to place stones around it, don't put the stones in a circle, make a semi-circle with the opening in front of where you'll be. This will draw the air into the fire by you, and make the smoke mostly blow away from you.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on September 17, 2017, 09:33:06 PM
In a lot of cereal commercials what you're seeing in the bowl is usually NOT milk.  Think about it, commercials can take awhile to film and it doesn't take but a few minutes for cereal to get soggy and gross looking.  So, what do you use?  Often it's glue.  Another neat fact, all the flakes/chips/pieces you see in the bowl are usually hand picked beforehand.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 18, 2017, 05:31:47 PM
What does the post office know that many of us don't?
The value of the villain to a film, as recently they came out with a set of stamps honoring the Disney animated villain. Among the villains depicted on the stamps are . . .

The Wicked Queen from Snow White and the 7 Dwarves
J. Worthington Foul fellow from Pinocchio
Lady Tremaine from Cinderella
The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
Captain Hook from Peter Pan
Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians
Ursula from the Little Mermaid
Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
and Scar from the Lion King

And if one wants to read more about the backstory of the Disney animated villain, Serena Valentino has come out with a trilogy of books featuring the Wicked Queen from Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, Ursula from the Little Mermaid, and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. And next month on October 3, we get her take on Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. And next year in 2018, we get a 5th book on a villain yet to be named.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on September 22, 2017, 08:17:24 AM
Ever think about the process of walking, or just...do it?

It's believed by many medical historians that stepping so that your heel is the part of your foot that first touches the ground is a modern development, dating only into the industrial age, and that across most of history (and in the non-developed world even now) people walked with the ball of the foot touching before any other part.

In fact walking heel first is unnatural, something primates and other mammals do not do. Even in humans it is an acquired trait, as evidenced by how toddling children walk ball of the foot down, heel next, and only after wearing shoes does the practice change.

It even makes sense to stride heel last, since it makes less stress on the body, and also---important in shoeless societies---puts down less weight at the start of a step (and distributes it more evenly later) so that if one were to encounter, say, a thorn or stinging insect, less weight would be exerted and the foot could be jerked back faster. It also develops the calf muscles to be almost as strong as the thigh, an advantage in running and climbing and other things humans were called on to do over 99.9% of our history, and it gives a sort of efficient speed-walking momentum to each step a person takes.

There are living history interpreters who are consciously trying to add a more authentic motion to their stride by re-training their bodies to walk in ways more in keeping with the past, heel-last. Some chiropractors are prescribing it to treat back pain.

All that said, how do I walk? Still heel first!


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: indianasmith on September 23, 2017, 03:28:16 AM
Ifre a uently walk on the balls of my feet.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on September 25, 2017, 07:33:32 PM
In a lot of cereal commercials what you're seeing in the bowl is usually NOT milk.  Think about it, commercials can take awhile to film and it doesn't take but a few minutes for cereal to get soggy and gross looking.  So, what do you use?  Often it's glue.  Another neat fact, all the flakes/chips/pieces you see in the bowl are usually hand picked beforehand.
Other than glue, paint is often used.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on September 30, 2017, 04:29:49 PM
Shakespeare's Kings

Chronologically, King John, regarded by some historians as being Britain's worst monarch, is the 1st British monarch covered in Shakespeare's historical plays.  Followed by his son Henry III. Then for some odd reason, skipping Edward I, II, and III, Shakespeare takes up the order of British monarchs with Richard II. Then he follows with Henry IV, V, and VI; Edward IV and V; Richard III, and concludes his historical plays with Henry VIII.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on October 01, 2017, 04:28:48 PM
The Hank McCune Show which aired in 1949 was the first TV show to use canned laughter. 


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 08, 2017, 03:26:32 PM
(IMHO) a hero's best opponent is a mirror image of the hero, just in reverse, and what can be true in fiction, is also true in fact. While I no longer remember the title or the writer, there have been comparisons of Hitler and Stalin, finding similarities between them. This is not from the same time, but from 4 centuries earlier, but similar.

Richard III of the House of York and its last reigning monarch.
John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland of the House of Tudor, which was made up of the remnants of the House of Lancaster.
Both Houses being opponents in the War of the Roses. The only reason the 2 men did not personally oppose each other was that the 2nd was born after the 1st one died.

1. Both were competent rulers, which is often forgotten.

2. Both fought for their lives for both knew if they lost they were dead.

3. Both were hated then and now.

4. Both somewhat unjustly.

5. Both were good fathers and loved their children.

6. Both had their daughters educated alongside their sons.

7. Both had multiple sons.
Richard: 1 legitimate + 1 not legitimate
John: 6 legitimate

8. Both were seen to weep openly at the death of a son or the thought of a son's death.

9. Both came to a bad end.
Richard: killed in battle
John: executed

10. Both had fathers who came to a bad end.
Richard: his father was killed after a battle.
John: his father was executed.

11. London backed the wrong person both times.
Richard: who was the winner.
John: who was the loser.

12. Both were gamblers, which is why both probably lost their lives.

13. Both have been reevaluated--favorably--since their times.

14. Win or lose
Richard: the better man won
John: the worst woman won

15. Both were associated with the Tower of London.

16. Both men were rash to the point of foolhardiness.

Next time: do not shun the pun



Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: AoTFan on October 10, 2017, 11:31:59 PM
More cereal trivia!

When the "Monster" cereals (Count Chocula and Frankenberry, Booberry didn't come along till later) were first introduced, they had to recall the Frankenberry because they found that the dye in the cereal was turning kids stools pink, and this, naturally was rather concerning to parents.  It's unknown if Count Chocula had a similar effect because, hey, who'd notice?


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: El Misfit on October 10, 2017, 11:48:35 PM
On October 5/6th, I experienced being drunk off my ass. I even tweeted about being drunk by mashing random letters/numbers into the tweets.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 16, 2017, 06:20:41 PM
Do not shun the pun.
He loves a good or a "bad" pun, and some of the best or "worst" are found at Walt Disney World. Here are a sample.
The Pun (what it puns) what it is.

AbracadaBar (abracadabra bar) drinking
Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies (anti-gravity galactic goodies) dining
Avalunch (avalanche) dining

B Active (be active) fitness center
B Indulged (be indulged) spa
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop (peaches and cream soda shop) dining
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (bibbidi bobbidi boo) spa
Boathouse Boatique (boathouse boutique) shopping
BouTiki (boutique) shopping

Contemporary Grounds (temporary grounds) drinking

Di-Vine (divine) performer
Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction (dinosaur gertie's ice cream of distinction) dining

Frosty the Joe Man Coffee Shack (frosty the snowman coffee shack) drinking

Good's Food to Go (good food to go) dining
Grand I (grand one) boat

Hundred Acres Goods (hundred acres woods) shopping

Innoventions (innovations) attraction

Ketchakiddee Creek (catch a kiddie creek) splash zone

Let's Go Slurpin' (let's go surfin') drinking
Lottawatta Lodge (lot of water lodge) dining
Lunching Pad (launching pad) dining

To be continued . . .




Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: Chainsaw midget on October 16, 2017, 07:47:29 PM
More cereal trivia!

When the "Monster" cereals (Count Chocula and Frankenberry, Booberry didn't come along till later) were first introduced, they had to recall the Frankenberry because they found that the dye in the cereal was turning kids stools pink, and this, naturally was rather concerning to parents.  It's unknown if Count Chocula had a similar effect because, hey, who'd notice?
In addition to Frankenberry, Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Yummy Mummy, and Fruit Brute, there were plans to introduce one more monster cereal mascot. 

While artwork was made and ideas were pitched, nothing ever came of it.  The ideas included,
Cleopatraberry
Bride of Frankenberry
Phantom Berry
and a Jekyll and Hyde berry guy who's name I can't remember


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on October 17, 2017, 06:45:48 AM
According to a fact on my Snapple cap, in Texas it is legal to shoot bigfoot.


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on October 30, 2017, 04:44:19 PM
Continuing with . . .
Do not shun the pun!
The pun (What it puns) What it is

Mardi Grogs (Mardi  Gras) drinking
Merchant of Venus (merchant of Venice) shopping
Mickey's Philharmagic (mickey's philharmonic) attraction
Miss Adventure Falls (misadventure falls) attraction
Mount Gush more (Mount Rushmore) attraction

Olden Gate Bridge (golden gate bridge) attraction

Picabu (peek-a-boo) shopping
Pizzafari (safari) dining
The Power of the Park Side (the power of the dark side) tour

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (rock 'n' roll coaster) attraction

Sand Bar (sandbar) drinking
Schoolyard Spray ground (schoolyard playground) splash zone
Sci-fi Dine-in Theater (sci-fi drive-in theater) dining
Sugar3 (sugar cube) shopping

Team boat Springs (steamboat springs) attraction
Tike's Peal (pike's peak) splash zone
Tren-D (trendy) shopping

Waggin' Tail (wagon trail) dog park

Next time: final comments and about a half dozen from Disney Cruise Line (DCL)





Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: ER on November 10, 2017, 09:01:44 AM
Considering I've had my blood drawn more than most people (not because of sickness, it was related to a job) so often it stopped even registering as something to be dreaded or to think twice about, here is a tip next time you have to undergo this. After it's done, don't bend your arm at the elbow like they tell you to. If you let your arm lie straight for a few minutes you will virtually never get a bruise, no matter how vitamin-K deficient you are or how prone to bruising. Once I figured that out it changed my life. (This popped into my head because they're doing a blood drive down the street today and I figured I'd donate.)


Title: Re: Fact Of The Day
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on November 18, 2017, 04:07:52 PM
Continuing with . . .
do not shun the pun.

That's . . .
10 dining
07 attractions
06 drinking
06 shopping
03 splash zone
07 everything else
39 total puns

And now almost a dozen puns from Disney Cruise Lines (DCL.)

Arr-cade (arcade) arcade

Buoys and Gulls (boys and girls) restrooms
Buy the Seashore (by the seashore) shopping

Daisy De-Lites (daisy delights) dining

Eye Scream (ice cream) dining

Suns (sons) restroom

Tow Mater's Grill (tomato's grill) dining
Twist 'n' Spout (twist and shout) waterslide

Whozits and Whatzits (who is it and what is it) shopping

Next time: we'll think of something.