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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #125 on: January 25, 2019, 12:02:24 am »
Astronaut Frank Borman, who commanded the historic Apollo 8 mission, owned a WW2 warbird--a Bell P-63 King Cobra.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #126 on: February 08, 2019, 11:12:24 pm »
Flint, Michigan was home to Autoworld--a Six Flags theme park. Costumed characters included Bugs Bunny, Babs & Buster Bunny. The park only had a short run.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #127 on: December 17, 2020, 05:49:56 pm »
In the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, famed astronomer and Ufologist J. Allen Hynek makes a cameo appearence near the end of the film near the scenes where the aliens are coming out of the mothership and down the ramp. He is wearing a blue suit jacket, wearing glasses, and smoking a pipe. His name was not listed in the cast credits at the end of the film.
Also, all the aliens coming down the ramp of the mothership were played by 6-year old children in costume.

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« Reply #128 on: December 19, 2020, 07:54:06 am »
Astronaut James Lovell has a cameo in the final scene of Apollo 13. He is wearing an admiral's uniform.
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« Reply #129 on: January 24, 2021, 04:48:03 pm »
The general officer rendering the first salute to the new president was once a 1Lt stationed at Michigan's K.I. Sawyer AFB where he was a civil engineer. The base was closed in the mid-90s.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #130 on: February 05, 2021, 08:59:38 am »
Wiley E Coyote starred as Ralph the Wolf along side Sam the Sheep Dog.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #131 on: February 06, 2021, 06:57:00 am »
So, this whole thing was an interesting read for me tonight.
Not wishing to stir up anyone, just wanting to comment on a few:

Trombones are not the only instruments with slides - there are slide guitars and slide whistles.
Technically any bird can fly backwards (relative to the earth) if they are flying into the wind and are traveling slower than the wind speed.
The different musical notes emitted from electric shavers in different countries is most likely due to the frequency of the AC electricity in that country.
"Ketsup" is a common pronunciation of "Ketjap" or "Ketcup" - "Ketcup Manis" is an Indonesian sweet soy sauce.

Now to add one of my own trivial facts:
Lamborghini (the car manufacturer) was started by an Italian Farmer who manufactured tractors. He owned a Ferrari and was frustrated at how unreliable it was. He thought he could do a much better job of making a sports car...so he did!

Keep those trivial facts coming!

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« Reply #132 on: February 11, 2021, 11:26:52 pm »
Goodyear actually built aircraft during WW2, relying on their experience building airships before the war. They designed and built an upgraded F4U Corsair at the end of the war--the F2G--which used a 3000 hp engine. It was the only Corsair to feature a bubble canopy. Only ten were built, as test articles. Some went into private hands to be used as racers.
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« Reply #133 on: February 12, 2021, 08:22:08 pm »
Lithium thyinoyl chloride, bobbin style primary batteries can run for over 20 years.  Like the TL-4930 from Tadiran. Costs $23 each.   I have a singing coffee mug that is 39 years old and still works and probably uses same battery chemistry and construction.  It is totally sealed coffee mug and battery can't be accessed.  I found this mug today and was shocked it worked when I turned it over. 
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #134 on: February 28, 2021, 01:46:32 pm »
Fox love mayonnaise, as do skunks.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #135 on: June 06, 2021, 10:30:54 am »
John Banner, who was Sgt Schultz on Hogan's Heroes, emigrated from Austria in the late 1930s. He served in the USAAF during WW2.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #136 on: September 05, 2021, 07:07:59 pm »
If my dog Eevee lived in the 1920s she'd be a flapper  :D

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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #137 on: September 07, 2021, 12:59:56 am »
I am a reincarnated war dog from world war 2.
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« Reply #138 on: December 04, 2022, 06:04:29 pm »
Ranch dressing is known as American dressing around the world. It's also the first dressing to be used as a dip.

Another fun fact. You all have sung or heard the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Remember the lyrics "Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni". That's actually meant as an insult. At the time of that song's creation there was a short lived high fashion movement in Europe known as 'macaroni'. Because it originated in Italy. So the sentence actually means "Those yankees are so dumb the think sticking a feather in a hat is high fashion".
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« Reply #139 on: December 05, 2022, 10:42:33 am »
It is said if you are ever attacked by a crocodile, stick your thumb in its .... eye!
Supposedly this is best way to get free.

I wonder if a finger would work just as well, or if you need to use the thumb?
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« Reply #140 on: January 15, 2023, 08:18:42 pm »
In Italy it's illegal to sell hot bread right out of the oven. It has to cool down first
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« Reply #141 on: January 17, 2023, 10:59:30 am »
Gallium is a metal that melts in your hand.
It is used in special semiconductors as well as low temperature melting metal alloys.
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« Reply #142 on: January 17, 2023, 01:01:29 pm »
Ka Chava, that annoying add you get on Youtube, is tapioca. Guess they had to repackage it and make it sound exciting.
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Re: Hilarious, dumb, or very unknown facts!
« Reply #143 on: January 17, 2023, 10:02:42 pm »
Crested geckos can lick their eyeballs!

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« Reply #144 on: January 19, 2023, 11:04:40 am »
Monty Pythons the life of Brian was banned in many places for decades
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« Reply #145 on: January 19, 2023, 07:57:28 pm »
Filling this under little known facts

Apparently World War 2 was fueled on all fronts by amphetamines.
Wow!

I watched a documentary on my local PBS about it.
German,  British,  American troops all were prescribed pills. 
And apparently these items were already available off the shelf in the 1930's in these countries.  What!?
These pills remained available in America drug stores to the mid 1950's. 
I never knew.

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« Reply #146 on: January 21, 2023, 03:32:26 pm »
Gallium is a metal that melts in your hand.
It is used in special semiconductors as well as low temperature melting metal alloys.
You also can't ever take Gallium onto an airplane because when it comes into contact with Aluminium it instantly begins bonding with it into an alloy that is about as fragile as incense ashes. What's worse is just a tiny bit of Gallium can bond to a lot of Aluminium.

If Gallium were to be let loose on airliner it could potentially render areas of the aircraft as sturdy as a saltine.
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« Reply #147 on: January 22, 2023, 08:56:08 pm »
Gallium is a metal that melts in your hand.
It is used in special semiconductors as well as low temperature melting metal alloys.
You also can't ever take Gallium onto an airplane because when it comes into contact with Aluminium it instantly begins bonding with it into an alloy that is about as fragile as incense ashes. What's worse is just a tiny bit of Gallium can bond to a lot of Aluminium.

If Gallium were to be let loose on airliner it could potentially render areas of the aircraft as sturdy as a saltine.

Well,  the more you know!

Wow I never knew that! Weird metal indeed!
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« Reply #148 on: January 23, 2023, 08:17:11 pm »
Go look up Gallium and Aluminium on YouTube. You also can't take Mercury on planes either for the same reasons, search for that on YouTube too. It's quite fascinating.
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« Reply #149 on: January 24, 2023, 10:04:45 am »
Gadolinium (spelling?) seems to repel some sharks when a chunk of this exotic rare earth metal is stuck to some swimmers.
Not sure where this metal comes from or how to get it or why it might work.

Is it actually Kryptonite?
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