Funstuff and Inspiration > Fun Facts and Trivia Thread !!!

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  1. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Top Ten Languages by Number of Speakers

    The most widely spoken languages in the world (by number of speakers) are:

    1. Mandarin Chinese
    2. Spanish
    3. English
    4. Hindi-Urdu
    5. Arabic
    6. Bengali
    7. Portuguese
    8. Russian
    9. Japanese
    10. Punjabi
     
  2. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    A giraffe's heart, which can weigh up to 10 kg (22 lb) and measure about 60 cm (2 ft) long, must generate approximately double the normal blood pressure for an average large mammal to maintain blood flow to the brain. In the upper neck, a complex pressure-regulation system called the rete mirabile prevents excess blood flow to the brain when the giraffe lowers its head to drink.

    it has the largest heart of any land animal
     
  3. jjs914

    jjs914 Active Member

    I love this! So interesting.
     
  4. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    +1... Yes, me too! :cheers: to BTM... :artsy:
     
  5. jjs914

    jjs914 Active Member

    Also for giraffes: They have very hard heads. If you ever get up close, beware head-buttting!

    :D
     
  6. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    :cheers: jjs914! I'll remember that when I drive through the nearby animal park where you can get close to giraffes and other cool beasts... :)
     
  7. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

  8. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Questions:

    1: What was the only part of the current United States invaded by Japan during World War II?

    2: If a diamond is the hardest known substance, what is used to cut diamonds?

    3: The British Union Jack can be found in the flag of which US state?


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    Answers:

    1: Alaska

    2: Diamonds (what else?!)

    3: Hawaii


    (from trivia cafe dot com)
     
  9. nucat78

    nucat78 Active Member

    If you stand on the North Pole, everywhere you look is south. Think about it.
     
  10. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    I'm still trying to wrap my brain around that pole, err, concept... :cheers: But that sounds right!
     
  11. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Question 1: HOW DID WE GET THE 'DOLLAR' SYMBOL? $

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    In the pioneer days, they symbol for currency was 'US' - the "S" was placed directly over the "U" and in time, we got lazy and instead of "US" overlapping, we shortened the "U" into today's "S" with two lines through it.


    Question 2: Which well-known capital city in Europe has the distinction of being the only one not located on a river?

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    MADRID, Spain...


    (from trivia cafe dot com)...
     
  12. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Question 1: What is the oldest capital city in America. It was originally a Native American village, was settled by the Spanish around 1539, became the capital of its territory in 1824, and today it's the capital of its state. What city is this?

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    TALLAHASSEE, Florida



    Question 2: When blood is first pumped out of the human heart, it first enters a certain organ, then it returns to the heart a second time before continuing its trip through the body. Which organ is this?

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    LUNG... where the blood receives fresh oxygen



    (from trivia cafe dot com)
     
  13. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    allelomimesis

    How do birds fly together in large flocks?
    The act of any groups of animals swarming together in unison appearing as one multi-individual creature is a behavioural process known as 'allelomimesis'. In wild bird populations, such gathering can often number thousands, even millions of birds!

    'Allelo' (Ancient Greek) describes mutual relation to one another. 'Memesis' (also Greek) means imitation or mimicry. This is the tendency of an animal or other agent to imitate the actions of its immediate neighbours. As is seen with everything from herds of wild buffalo, shoals of fish and perhaps thee most famous avian sky dancers of all – starlings in their murmurations.

    Recent scientific research has concluded that the way birds fly with 'Red Arrow' precision without colliding with one another is by each individual tracking the movements of just seven of their nearest neighbours. This leads to a domino effect in which millions of birds can potentially co-ordinate themselves without accident.

    A flock being pursued by a predator can dramatically expand or re group without collision. This never leaves an individual bird isolated from the group making predation all the more difficult. Collision is avoided, as the cohesion does not depend on physical distance but rather their ability to track and interact with their immediate neighbours. This also highlights wild birds' incredible cognitive abilities.

    (Policeman acting in unison is called 'allo'allo'allomimesis ;))
     
  14. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    BTM: Good post! Rich in good things we did not know...
     
  15. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    I wonder if it has implications for floor craft at milongas? lol
     
  16. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    Perhaps! :cheers:
     
  17. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    It is said that German was considered for the national language of the United States. -- losing by just 1 vote! And that the term "Pennsylvania Dutch" came from "Deutsch" meaning German and a reflection of the waves of German immigrants in the early history of America...
     
  18. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    The Heart's Electro magnetic Field
    Electrocardiogram or ECG readings of the heart confirm that the human body produces an electrical field which radiates 12 to 15 feet beyond the body. Recent research suggests, as well, that the electromagnetic (or em) energy produced by the heart spirals out and curves back towards the heart in the shape of a torus, the shape of a donut ring. This torus is holographic; any point within the torus has access to the information of the whole field of the heart. This means that any point within the heart’s electromagnetic field contains all the frequencies of the heart’s spectrum.

    (unverified)
     
  19. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    So we are all magnetic--literally! :cheers:
     
  20. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    I have a hypothesis that road rage is caused by the effects a of a car's EMF on our own...

    and Paul Pearson says he effected a radiation treatment machine and directed the radiation to where it was needed; he recovered with lower dosage...he claims he was able to control it to a degree..
     

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