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Re: Random Facts That You Know!!!
« Reply #1050 on: May 11, 2010, 12:31:38 am »
The World's Columbian Exposition — also known as The Chicago World's Fair — was a World's Fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492.

The exposition covered more than 600 acres (2.4 km2), featuring nearly 200 new buildings of classical architecture, canals and lagoons, and people and cultures from around the world. Over 27 million people (equivalent to about half the U.S. population of 60 million) attended the exposition during its six-month run.

Notable firsts at the fair
  • Phosphorescent lamps (a precursor to fluorescent lamps)
  • Neon lights
  • F.W. Rueckheim introduced a confection of popcorn, peanuts and molasses, it was given the name Cracker Jack in 1896.
  • Ferris Wheel
  • Juicy Fruit gum
  • Quaker Oats
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Shredded Wheat
  • The hamburger was introduced to the United States
  • Milton Hershey bought a European exhibitor's chocolate manufacturing equipment and added chocolate products to his caramel manufacturing business.
  • The United States Post Office Department produced its first picture postcards and Commemorative stamp set.
  • United States Mint offered its first commemorative coins: a quarter and half dollar.
  • Contribution to Chicago's nickname, the "Windy City". Some argue that Charles Anderson Dana of the New York Sun coined the term related to the hype of the city's promoters. Other evidence, however, suggests the term was used as early as 1881 in relation to either Chicago's "windbag" politicians or to its weather.
  • Scott Joplin's performance at the exposition introduced ragtime to new audiences. The exposition attracted attention to the Chicago ragtime scene, led by patriarch Plunk Henry and exemplified in performance at the exposition by Johnny Seymour.
  • Violinist Joseph Douglass achieved wide recognition after his performance there and became the first African-American violinist to conduct a transcontinental tour and the first to tour as a concert violinist.
  • The first Indonesian music performance in the United States was at the exposition.
  • A group of hula dancers led to increased awareness of Hawaiian music among Americans throughout the country.
  • Stoughton Musical Society, the oldest choral society in the United States, presented the first concerts of early American music at the exposition.
  • The first Eisteddfod (a Welsh choral competition with a history spanning many centuries) held outside of Wales was held in Chicago at the exposition.
  • The “clasp locker,” a clumsy slide fastener and forerunner to the zipper was demonstrated by Whitcomb L. Judson.

Sounds like it was a pretty big deal huh?  Wonder why I never heard of it in school.   :o
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Re: Random Facts That You Know!!!
« Reply #1051 on: May 11, 2010, 05:36:53 pm »
Cutting hair does not influence its growth

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« Reply #1052 on: May 11, 2010, 06:19:31 pm »
The crossbow was actually invented in Imperial China.
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« Reply #1053 on: May 30, 2010, 09:02:16 am »
WWE superstar John Cena is an anime fan. His favorite movie is, Fist of the North star.
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« Reply #1054 on: May 30, 2010, 06:44:19 pm »
At exactly 06 minutes and 07 seconds after 5 o'clock on August 9th of this year it will be 05:06:07 08/09/10. This will not happen again until the year 3010.
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« Reply #1055 on: May 30, 2010, 07:29:53 pm »
FACT:    Blu ray FF VII AC COMPLETE is WAY BETTER then the normal one. Normal one sucks compared to the COMPLETE version.

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« Reply #1056 on: May 30, 2010, 08:24:51 pm »
^That is an opinion, not a fact.

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« Reply #1057 on: May 30, 2010, 08:26:06 pm »
FACT: THATS THE POINT.

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« Reply #1058 on: May 30, 2010, 08:28:56 pm »
Um...okay...

Fact: If all of China's residents stood on a chair and then jumped off, they would knock the Earth out of orbit. I am not kidding.

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« Reply #1059 on: May 30, 2010, 09:29:52 pm »
Fact: The intro to "Enter Sandman" is playing in perfect time with KHking's avatar picture on my computer.
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« Reply #1060 on: May 30, 2010, 10:29:43 pm »
^Really? Cool!
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Re: Random Facts That You Know!!!
« Reply #1061 on: May 31, 2010, 08:17:20 am »
At exactly 06 minutes and 07 seconds after 5 o'clock on August 9th of this year it will be 05:06:07 08/09/10. This will not happen again until the year 3010.

At exactly 07 minutes and 08 seconds after 6 o'clock on September 10th of next year it will be 06:07:08 09/10/11. This will not happen again until the year 2111.   :P 

PS: Umm.. actually it will happen again in 12 hours if you did it in the morning the first time.  You don't have to wait a thousand years either, just a hundred.   ;D

Kind of sorry I didn't know about 01:02:03 04/05/06.  I would get a screen shot of my desktop clock or something.  Suppose I could reset it.  :-\
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« Reply #1062 on: May 31, 2010, 11:19:29 am »
The Blair Witch Project is set in a real town.

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« Reply #1063 on: May 31, 2010, 11:44:41 am »
FACT: 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney animated features in which both the parents are present and don't die throughout the movie.

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« Reply #1064 on: May 31, 2010, 11:52:16 am »
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« Reply #1065 on: May 31, 2010, 12:17:45 pm »
The Jerry Springer show originally started off as a respectable talk show before it became the freak show that it is now.
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« Reply #1066 on: May 31, 2010, 02:11:10 pm »
FACT: 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney animated features in which both the parents are present and don't die throughout the movie.

Umm...

I am having trouble defining what you mean by "present".  Do you mean that they appear in the movie, or that the movie takes place with the main character spending all their time in the presence of their parents.  If the later than I would argue that they spent almost no time with their parents in Peter Pan, they are all in Neverland, and that the puppies are all stolen from their parents and spend weeks away before Pongo finds and rescues them in 101 Dalmations.

Sleeping Beauty - Aurora's parents are still alive at the end.  She is separated from them to protect her, but they are together in the end. 

Mulan - Mulan's  parents are still alive at the end as well.  She leaves to go to war, but then Wendy, John, and Michael all leave to go to Neverland and you say their parents are present so...

Hercules - Hercules is stolen from his parents, but returns to them at the end, and both of his adoptive parents are still alive at the end as well.

Lady and the Tramp - This would depend on if you consider Jim Dear and Darling as Lady's parents or her owners.  They do have a child and are parents at the end of the movie.   :-\
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« Reply #1067 on: May 31, 2010, 08:40:53 pm »
Mickey Mouse divorced Minnie Mouse on the grounds of infidelity. She's effin' Goofy.

Pinnochio didn't lose Gepeto.

And though Mowgli was orphaned, he was raised by his two fathers, Baloo and Bagheera. That oughtta be a best seller in Pakistan, Mowgli Has Two Fathers.
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« Reply #1068 on: June 01, 2010, 05:37:18 pm »
(Sence we're getting into Disney...)

In the haunted mantion attraction in Disneyworld, people (without any of the staff knowing) will sometimes put ashes from a dead relative on the floor of said attraction. They accually have someone who goes out there every once in a wile to clean up the ashes off the floor, not wanting anyone to get sick from them.

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« Reply #1069 on: June 06, 2010, 09:22:59 pm »
Mickey Mouse divorced Minnie Mouse on the grounds of infidelity. She's effin' Goofy.

Pinnochio didn't lose Gepeto.

And though Mowgli was orphaned, he was raised by his two fathers, Baloo and Bagheera. That oughtta be a best seller in Pakistan, Mowgli Has Two Fathers.

Actually, he was raised by wolves.  Bagheera was like their next door neighbor and, in the Disney adaptation, Baloo doesn't even come into the picture until Mowgli is a kid, at least, so they're like buddies.
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« Reply #1070 on: June 12, 2010, 05:49:52 pm »
And that all like happens within th efirst 15 minutes of the movie. Gimme a break I haven't seen it since it first came out back in the 60s. Yeah, over 40 years ago.
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« Reply #1071 on: June 24, 2010, 07:55:58 pm »
That woman, Ms. Lewinsky attended Lewis and Clark college in Portland.
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« Reply #1072 on: June 24, 2010, 09:59:24 pm »
Anothony Hopkins was in Silence of the Lambs for less than twenty minutes, and he won an oscar for his performance.

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« Reply #1073 on: June 24, 2010, 10:03:30 pm »
But you felt his "presence" every moment of those 20 minutes! Lousy movie to take on a first date. srsly! I thought he deserved it, for that year.

So how long was Jack Nicholson on in As Good As It Gets?
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« Reply #1074 on: July 09, 2010, 08:51:37 pm »
The very non-Canadian-based hockey team to participate in the Stanley Cup finals was the Portland Rosebuds, during the 1915-16 season; they lost to the Montreal Canadiens, 3 games to 2.

The following year, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first non-Canadian team to WIN the Stanley Cup, defeating the defending champs 3-1.
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« Reply #1075 on: July 25, 2010, 10:43:30 pm »
Super Bowl XV (15) was the first Super Bowl that was won by a wild-card team.  This team, the Oakland Raiders, was tied 11-5 with the team that won the division title, the San Diego Chargers.  (btw The Seattle Seahawks were last in the division at 4-12).
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« Reply #1076 on: July 31, 2010, 02:10:45 pm »
The beloved Nintendo Character Mario was named after Nintendo of America's (NoA's) landlord Mario Segale.
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Re: Random Facts That You Know!!!
« Reply #1077 on: July 31, 2010, 02:49:12 pm »
The Spotted Hyena gives birth through the clitoris.

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« Reply #1078 on: August 03, 2010, 09:16:45 am »
When the Republic of Kazakhstan gained independence, its capital was Almaty.  The capital relocated to Astana in 1997.
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« Reply #1079 on: August 08, 2010, 01:31:21 pm »
A friend said to me: "There are only four words in the English language that end in -dous. Those include: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous."

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« Reply #1080 on: August 08, 2010, 04:32:10 pm »
The verb "cleave" is the only word in the English langauge that means two things of opposite meaning.  It can refer to the act of clinging, adhering, or sticking.  It can also refer to the act of splitting, cutting, or separating.
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« Reply #1081 on: August 16, 2010, 03:24:59 pm »
When you bite or burn your tongue it takes 3 days for it to heal.
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« Reply #1082 on: August 16, 2010, 03:55:34 pm »
You can burn 2-5 calories a minute by kissing
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« Reply #1083 on: August 17, 2010, 10:14:39 am »
^ That's it?  :-*

WWE Superstar The Great Khali was a former power lifter who won the Mr. India title in 1995 and 1996, and was an officer in the Punjab state police.
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« Reply #1084 on: May 01, 2011, 03:32:00 pm »
Did you know that the Siamese cat is actually Asian in origin?

It''s true! Siamese cats originated in the Kingdom of Siam now known as Thailand. Originally they could only be owned by Buddhist Monks and the country's royalty. But in the 1800's the royal family started giving them to European dignitaries. And the world soon fell in love with the magnificent and very vocal felines.
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« Reply #1085 on: May 01, 2011, 04:31:16 pm »
You burn more calories sleeping, than you do watching TV.
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« Reply #1086 on: May 05, 2011, 10:07:08 pm »
Emu eggs are dark green.

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« Reply #1087 on: June 02, 2011, 02:49:37 pm »
A 4-sided die is called a tetrahedron.  An 8-sided die is called an octahedron.  A 12-sided die is called a dodecahedron.  A 20-sided die is called an icosahedron.
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« Reply #1088 on: June 05, 2011, 08:55:21 pm »
The die is cast?

The United States Marine Corps is older than the United States. 10/11/1775 is their birthdate. And it is older than any other branch of service.


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« Reply #1089 on: June 11, 2011, 04:36:56 am »
"Luigi" is Mario's brother who is 'similar' to Mario.
In Japanese, "Ruiji" means 'similar.'

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« Reply #1090 on: June 12, 2011, 04:31:46 pm »
the retaining clips to the U-joints of a Dodge Durango are on the inside, not the outside like most normal U-joints.
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« Reply #1091 on: June 13, 2011, 05:37:13 pm »
A Albatross wingspan has the longest-wingspan between 8.2 ft - 11.5 ft

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« Reply #1092 on: June 13, 2011, 08:05:19 pm »
A pint's a pound the world around. But a pounder only holds 12 ounces.
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« Reply #1093 on: June 13, 2011, 08:38:46 pm »
a group of frogs is called an ‘army’
A group of toads is called a ‘knot’
   

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« Reply #1094 on: June 13, 2011, 11:02:30 pm »
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« Reply #1095 on: June 23, 2011, 07:38:51 pm »
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are from Eugene, Oregon.
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« Reply #1096 on: June 30, 2011, 09:53:58 pm »
People with higher IQs are more likely to try hard drugs than people with low IQs.
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« Reply #1097 on: June 30, 2011, 10:41:46 pm »
people use nearly 20 gallons of water a day.

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« Reply #1098 on: July 29, 2011, 01:05:33 am »
- The rumor that "orange" rhymes with no other word is incorrect. Orange rhymes with Blorenge (a mountain in Wales) and sporange (a sac where spores are made). "Silver" has the same rumor going for it, but it actually rhymes with Wilver (a nickname) and chilver (a ewe lamb).

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« Reply #1099 on: August 12, 2011, 08:37:51 pm »
1 in every 1000 lobsters are born bright blue, and retain that coloring throughout their life.

However, they are easily spotted and quickly killed.
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