Useless knowledge...

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  1. Lord Midi

    Lord Midi The Dane of Music

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    Yes, this is the topic where you post all your knowledge, which you would define as "Useless knowledge"... (Cos I guess that all knowledge could be used by someone, in some strange way... that's why it is you who are to define, whether it is useless or not...)... :thumbsup: :p

    Notice: It's okay to post comments on something some other person posted... but then you also have to come up with some "Useless knowledge" yourself... just to prevent that this topic gets totally spammed...(though, I don't know if the concept of this topic is spammy :p ... but whatever :D )

    I'll start out:

    The lighter was invented before the match...

    1/3 of all ice cream sold in the world, is vanilla...

    Every second, 3.000 cups of Nescafé is drunk throughout the world... that's about 94.000.000.000 cups every year...

    More people in the world use a blue toothbrush, instead of a red one...
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  2. Zandro

    Zandro New Member

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    Super Mario Brothers 3 was once 100%'d in under 15 minutes (video available).

    St. Petersburg was renamed to Petrograd in 1914, Leningrad in 1924, and back to St. Petersburg in 1991.

    Correction: SMB3 was beaten in less than 11 minutes.
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  3. Dj Wout

    Dj Wout New Member

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    LOL where is that movie :D
  4. jeaniesing

    jeaniesing Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod

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    it is illegal for a minor to open a deck of cards in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania....
  5. Black_Kat

    Black_Kat Horny Hornist

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    The state of Kansas does not permit Whaling. :confused:
    In Michigan, it is illegal to get a goldfish drunk. :laugh:
  6. Lord Midi

    Lord Midi The Dane of Music

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    You can't lick yourself on the elbow...

    The pig is the only farm animal who can get sunburned...

    All children are born with blue eyes...

    When the butter was "invented", it was used as skin lotion...

    Only 1/7 of all lies are discovered...

    At least 50% of all the people who read this post, tries to lick themselves on the elbow... :p
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  7. NyN

    NyN New Member

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    The smallest car ever made was only 5 millimeters tall.........so you'll need a magnifying glass to see it....

    Like your fingerprints, your tongueprint and earprints are also unique

    The oldest tree on earth is over 4700 years old

    No one has ever actually seen an ostrich put his head in the dirt

    The electric chair was invented by a dentist....

    The longest name is 163 characters long, there's a place called
    'Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnopparatrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkattiyavisanukamprasit' in Thailand
  8. MMMmmm..food

    MMMmmm..food New Member

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    Butterflies taste with their feet.

    A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

    In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.

    On average, 100 people choke to death on ball point pens every year.

    On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

    90% of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

    35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

    Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

    Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

    It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

    A snail can sleep for three years.

    Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

    Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

    All polar bears are left-handed.

    In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from ther bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

    An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

    TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

    The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

    Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
  9. alcozma

    alcozma 'Cozi from Ozi

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    The word Rhythym contains no vowels.

    Dude is really a male camels private part.

    Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but never telephoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf.
    (I hear people saying lucky guy lol)

    During warm weather hippopotamus's sweat is pink. This not only cools them down but also helps fight infections of the skin.

    A seagull can drink salt water because it has special glands that filter out the salt.


    The "naked recreation and travel" industry has grown by 233% in the past 10 years!
  10. Sk8er

    Sk8er Vegitatum davenportae

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    I have strawberry-blonde hair
  11. MMMmmm..food

    MMMmmm..food New Member

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    In Quebec, an old law states that margarine must be a different colour than butter.

    Elmo, a puppet from the children's television show "Sesame Street," testified on April 23,2002 during a House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. He was testifying in favour of school music education. He is the first puppet in history to testify on Capitol Hill.

    By law, information collected in a U.S. census must remain confidential for seventy-two years.
  12. vinsanity

    vinsanity $¢®ëWëзµÞ

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    thats without codes right? :eek:
  13. G-man

    G-man Prodigal Philanthropist

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    Useless trivia...

    A 2x4 is actually 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" .

    The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

    315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

    Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.

    A raisin dropped in a fresh glass of soda will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.

    Chocolate kills dogs! Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.

    Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

    There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with the words orange, purple, or silver, or month.

    The question mark came from a monk habit of writing the Latin word for question, quo, at the end of sentences. Over time, the letters were written vertically to save space and morphed into the ? we write today. Similarly, the exclamation point came from the Latin word "Lo", meaning something important that should be heeded. (Lo and behold...)

    Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower', because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters. The proper term for upper case letters is "majuscule" and for lower case it's "minuscule".

    Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

    American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

    The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

    If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and look like it is stinging itself to death. It spasms a lot. :)

    The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springstein's 'Born in the USA.'

    If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

    Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

    Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to digest a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. (Mmm, diet food.)

    By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand. One should carry a stout pole while travelling in quicksand country...when placed under one's back, it helps one to float out of the quicksand. (not truly useless sorry!) :laugh:

    Dachshunds were originally bred in 1600 to hunt dachs, which is German for badgers. (Historically speaking, 1600 was a slow year.)
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  14. Black_Kat

    Black_Kat Horny Hornist

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    And a dude is also an infected hair on an elephant's ars.
    And a dork is a male whale's...well think now...MALE whale..MALE whale!
  15. vivi_leung

    vivi_leung New Member

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    in a state of france, it is against the law to name your pig, Napolean
  16. Lord Midi

    Lord Midi The Dane of Music

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    In Le Lavandou, a french city, it is against the law to die...
  17. Sk8er

    Sk8er Vegitatum davenportae

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    I can dress myself
  18. Zandro

    Zandro New Member

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    http://www.nycgamer.net/archives/video/moSMB3.wmv

    Guilty!

    Did you see last week's re-run of MythBusters?

    http://discovery.infopop.net/1/OpenTopic?a=tpc&s=6941912904&f=9401967776&m=1281931196

    Yes.

    Was that something you did once?

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    The early personal computer, the Sinclair ZX80, had 1 kilobyte of internal memory.

    The first computer was built in 1823. The steam driven calculating machine, built by Charles Babbage, failed to work due to poor workmanship in the intricate parts. When rebuilt by the Science Museum of London in 1991 it worked.

    The Dotmatrix printer was developed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games by the Japanese company Seiko.

    The fluorescent tube uses 20% of the power to produce an equal amount of light as a tungsten filament bulb.

    Edison tried to invent a gun-powder powered engine for a helicopter . . .
    he blew up his lab, and decided to stop work on that project.

    The first xerographic copy (prelude to photocopy) was ' 10.22.38 Astoria '

    John Dunlop invented the Pneumatic tyre from a section of garden hose, (for his sons tricycle)

    The first public radio broadcast was on the 23 February 1920, in June 1920 Dame Nellie Melba sang on the radio, immediately the Post Office banned 'Entertainment'. Broadcasting lifted the ban in 1921 for 15minutes per week.

    In an atom, the electron weighs 1/2000 th of the weight of the proton.

    IBM started as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corporation.

    The 'Screwdriver' was invented by oilmen, who used the tool to stir the drink.

    Polytetrafluoroethylene is more commonly known as 'Teflon'.

    Magnesium was used in early flash photography because it burns with a brilliant light.

    Near-sighted model, Grace Robin was the first to show off contact lenses in 1930.

    The diameter of wool is measured in microns

    Gunpowder is formed after mixing charcoal, saltpetre and sulphur.

    Plutonium was developed by deuteron bombardment of uranium-238 in a cyclotron.

    Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen make up 90% of the human body.

    Alcohol is added to soap to make it clear.

    The metre was originally defined as one 10-millionth of the distance from the equator to the Pole.

    The first washing machine was marketed by Hurley Machine Co in 1907.

    Pearls melt in vinegar.

    Twenty two carat gold has 916 parts per thousand pure gold.

    A shadow of a four-dimensional object would have three dimensions.

    Brimstone, referred to in the Bible and some Alchemy text, is sulphur.

    George de Mestral invented velcro, after getting burrs stuck to his pants.

    Turquoise was once called 'Turkey stone'.

    The decimal system is based on the number 10 while the sexagesimal system is based on the number 60.

    The month May was once known to Anglo-Saxons as Thrimilce, because during this month cows could be milked 3 times a day.

    The hottest flame known is produced with carbon subnitride (C4N2), which can generate a temperature of 4988°C.

    Calcium sulphate hemihydrate is more commonly known as Plaster of Paris.

    The ship 'QE2' requires 25 litres to move 1 metre.

    The Mercedes-Benz motto is 'Das Beste oder Nichts' meaning 'the best or nothing'.

    For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

    A single ounce of gold can be beaten into a thin film covering a hundred square feet.

    To 'crack' a whip, the tip must be travelling faster than the speed of sound.

    Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869 . . . by a dentist (William Semple)

    Waves"break" when their height is more that seven-tenths of the depth of the water.

    The power of the first hydrogen bomb tested in 1952 was equal to the combined power of all the bombs dropped on Germany and Japan in World War Two - including the atomic ones.

    A fully loaded supertanker travelling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes to stop.

    75% of the chemical energy contained in petrol is wasted by a combustion engine.

    Some soft drinks are made sweeter by adding coal.

    Albert Einstein was thought to be suffering from dyslexia, as he couldn't speak properly until he was 9 years old.

    A flush toilet exists that dates back to 2000 BC.

    No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

    Just after the first moon walk, Pan-American Airlines announced that they were willing to take enquires about future commercial flights to the moon. They received 80,000 requests almost immediately.

    When cutting a diamond with a laser, graphite dust is formed.

    The metal Gallium will melt in the heat of your hands.

    According to an old English system of time units, a moment is one and a half minutes.

    A Boeing 707 uses four thousand gallons of petrol in its take-off climb.

    Mummies, are so called because of the wax (or 'mum' ) which is smeared on to the bandages for waterproofing.

    The study of soil is paedology.

    A car travelling at 80 km/h uses half its fuel to overcome wind resistance.

    The red dye 'cochineal' comes from the dried bodies of the scale insects.

    The first hot air balloon was invented on 5 June 1783, it was made of paper and not entirely successful.

    Knowledge is growing so fast that ninety per cent of what we will know in fifty years time, will be discovered in those fifty years.

    Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, also set a world water-speed record of over seventy miles an hour at the age of seventy two.

    Light is electro-magnetic radiation.

    The sound energy in a pin drop it one quadrillionth of a watt, and moves the ear drum less than the diameter of a hydrogen molecule.

    Each increase of five decibels will half the amount of time requires for a sound to cause permanent hearing loss.

    Leonardo da Vinci invented an alarm clock that woke the sleeper by rubbing their feet.

    Soda water does not contain soda.

    Marie Curie, the Nobel prize winning scientist who discovered radium, died on 4 July 1934 of radiation poisoning.

    Minus forty degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus forty degrees Fahrenheit.

    The screwdriver was invented before the screw.

    Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.

    Rubber is an impertinent ingredient in the manufacture of bubble gum.

    Pierre and Marie Currie's notebooks were sold in auction in 1984, after their radiation levels were checked.

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    ...And that's just some of the Science and Technology section!
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    DarkMirror20 New Member

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    Goatees are illegal in the state of Massachusetts, where it is also illegal to keep a pet cow on the second floor of a buliding if there are not more than 2 exits and where a woman cannot eat more than 3 finger sandwiches at a funeral.

    Feline Leukemia in cats is similiar to the HIV virus in humans

    Birds eat 2-3 times their weight in food each day

    Fecal matter is present on most toothbrushes, whether stored in the bathroom or not.

    The average human swallows 8 spiders in their sleep during the span of the average natural life.

    The first documented homosexual relationship was in ancient Egypt and is present in heiroglyphics.

    Every president for the US had at least 2 assassination attempts, with the exception of George W. Bush.

    There is one documented case of the Bubonic Plague approx. every 5 years in the US.

    Urine is the most sterile substance secreted by the human body.

    A person could feasibly live for about a month off of their own fecal matter and urine (I don't want to know who the test subjects were).

    There are 300 bones in a baby's body. In an adult's body, there are 94 less (206 bones for those who suck at math like me!).

    It is possible for someone to have their heart on the left side of the chest, as opposed to the right. (if you're looking at the person; on yourself, the average human's heart is on the right side of the chest)

    There are 7 official religions of Lebanon.

    The Russian word for "water" is "vada"

    Paraguay is the only completely landlocked country in South America.

    Between 2001 and 2002, the hole in the Earth's ozone layer has shrunk by 2 square miles overall and divided into two separate holes.

    The cheese-slicer was invented in Norway.

    Crayons were first marketed in 1903. Originally they were made in europe consisting of oil and charcoal, until it was discovered that wax worked a lot better.

    The name Chia-Pet was first used on September 8th, 1977.

    Second St. is the most common street name in the US

    The most common surname (last name) in the world is Zhang or Chang at approximately 100 million people worldwide.

    Approx 80% of males in the US are circumcised.

    Paper can eventually wear down a diamond.

    The 5 most common words used in the English language are:
    1. the
    2. of
    3. to
    4. and
    5. a

    Enjoy, if I'm wrong about something or something has changed, tell me!
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