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Spout out trivial facts you know

Last posted Aug 22, 2014 at 10:31PM EDT. Added Jun 23, 2014 at 08:19PM EDT
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This thread’s for people who know useless information or want to learn new useless information. Just spout out something you know that you think few other people will/do. Try to make it something interesting--something worth mentioning randomly around your friends. (source your trivia if you can; also, if you “already knew that,” don’t waste our time saying so)

I’ll start. Apparently dog breeders cannot breed two Mexican hairless dogs together, because if an embryo has two dominant alleles for hairlessness, it’ll die. They instead breed Mexican hairless with a hairy dog, resulting in half being hairless and half being hairy, but none being dead. (source is my heredity book, Human Genetics Concepts and Applications Tenth Edition by Ricki Lewis)

Also, the letter “J” doesn’t appear anywhere in the Periodic Table of Elements.

Many people confuse daddy longlegs spiders (or cellar spiders, as they are also known) for an entirely different animal known as a harvestman. Harvestmans, though similar in appearance, are not even spiders, but rather separate arachnids thought to be more closely related to mites.

The urban legend that harvestmans are the most venomous animals in the world is also false. They don’t even have venom glands or fangs. They instead have tiny grasping claws. They are completely harmless.

Cellar spider:

Harvestman:

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-Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.
-Paramedics will not attempt to CPR you if you are decapitated.
-Dihidrogen Monoxide can lead to death if inhaled in liquid state, even in small quantities.
-Firearms are the leading cause of gunshot wounds in the US
-The countinous usage of ejection seats can severely shrink your height and your pilot/aircrew career lenght.

If you fly a fighter jet straight up in the air and don’t stop, you will become a true super sand legend.

Once you achieve terminal velocity after ejecting from your fighter jet because you couldn’t handle being a super sand legend, you will see that the ground is slowly hurtling toward you. Do not worry, just flail your arms and scream, this will terrify the Earth and slow down your descent.

Okay seriously guys, not to ruin the fun but I was serious about the thread’s intention. This isn’t “Sarcasm Thread.” (though I’m sure such a thread would be pretty popular)

In the time it takes to read this sentence, 50,000 cells in your body will die and be replaced.

In the time it took you to read this sentence, NASA gathered approximately 1.73 gigabytes of data from nearly 100 currently active missions.

Water only conducts electricity when ions are present in the substance, so therefore distilled water cannot conduct electricity.

And the difference in squares of two consecutive integers is equal to the sum of these two integers.
That means 6+7=13 and (7×7) – (6×6)=13.

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Kung Fu Cthulhu wrote:

In the time it takes to read this sentence, 50,000 cells in your body will die and be replaced.

In the time it took you to read this sentence, NASA gathered approximately 1.73 gigabytes of data from nearly 100 currently active missions.

Reading this felt so intense

Neutrons, despite being found in every single atom besides the simplest form of hydrogen, are actually fairly unstable. A free neutron has a lifetime of only about 15 minutes, after which it decays into a proton, an electron, and an electron antineutrino. It’s hardly the most unstable particle in existence – some exotic particles created in particle accelerators will decay in less than 10^-24 seconds – but it’s still pretty surprising,

[The reason for their stability when found in nuclei is that the energy given out when decaying into proton is usually very small compared to the energy gained by the nucleus if you replace a neutron with a proton (it increases electrostatic repulsion in the nucleus, plus it tends to mess with a bunch of quantum mechanical rules that control the order in which states are filled). This can cause some serious issues for energy conservation, so their decay is largely suppressed.]

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Muslims can eat the Filet-O-Fish from McDonald’s because it just so happens to fit in with halal guidelines. On a related note, the sandwich was created for observant Roman Catholics who don’t eat meat on Fridays (fish doesn’t count).

Ludwig van Beethoven, even though he was born in Germany, had Dutch ancestors.
The composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Aaron Copland, and Charles Griffes were gay.
The composer Carl Ruggles was a white supremacist.
The composer Igor Stravinsky married his first cousin and also caused a riot at the premier of his ballet, “The Rite of Spring.”
The composer George Antheil wrote a book of war predictions, a mystery novel and he invented frequency hopping to detect torpedoes with the actress Hedy Lamarr. He also frequently brought guns to his performances and put them on top of the piano. The premier of his work “Ballet Mécanique” caused a riot.
The composer Alexander Borodin was also an important chemist.
The composer Charles Ives proposed an amendment to the constitution.

Owens’ fact is awesome. I can’t say it enough. Adding to that, the cellar spiders themselves are also harmless. Their venom is actually among the most powerful on Earth, but their fangs are so small that they can’t even bite, rendering them completely harmless to humans. Next time you see a daddy long legs, harvestman or cellar spider, you’ll know that none of them can hurt you! You can even hold them in your hands if you’re not creeped out by it. Also, some more spider-related trivia!

- Tarantula bites hurt as much as a bee sting, and their venom is about just as potent. Not really deadly.

- In fact, most spiders cannot seriously injure humans. In the U.S., there are only about two or three different species that can harm people which are the black widow, brown recluse, and possibly the hobo spider. In Australia or something though, that’s a whole other story… Also, just like sharks, spiders prefer not to mess with people. They only attack when pissed.

- Looking at pictures of spiders or even spider-like objects can help an arachnophobic get over their fear.

- Jumping spiders are the smartest family of spiders and the most common. (Don’t forget the cutest!)

Dr. Bots wrote:

Honey never spoils.

Honey is actually bee vomit. have you ever seen vomit spoil? That’s why honey never spoils.

The next time you eat an egg, remember that is a chicken ovulation.

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The voice actress for Snow White had to sign a contract that forbade her from ever playing other roles. This was done for the sake of having the illusion that Snow White was real. Similarly, Disney parks go to great lengths to make the people dressed as Disney characters as convincing as possible. Whether it be insane physical appearance requirements to portray one of the princesses/princes, making sure no characters were in two places at once, and keeping the employees identities completely secret to the point where they will fire someone if their identity is revealed. All for the sake of keeping the magic real.

General Granger wrote:

Honey is actually bee vomit. have you ever seen vomit spoil? That’s why honey never spoils.

The next time you eat an egg, remember that is a chicken ovulation.

So a rotten egg is a dead chick.

Okay, you didn’t have to notify that.

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