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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Bees understand the concept of 'zero.'

Bees are marvelous little creatures, aren't they?

The Exchange

6 Hebe (/ˈhiːbiː/ HEE-bee) is a large main-belt asteroid, containing around half a percent of the mass of the belt. However, due to its apparently high bulk density (greater than that of the Moon or even Mars), Hebe does not rank among the top twenty asteroids by volume. This high bulk density suggests an extremely solid body that has not been impacted by collisions, which is not typical of asteroids of its size – they tend to be loosely-bound rubble piles.

In brightness, Hebe is the fifth-brightest object in the asteroid belt after Vesta, Ceres, Iris, and Pallas. It has a mean opposition magnitude of +8.3, about equal to the mean brightness of Titan, and can reach +7.5 at an opposition near perihelion.

Hebe is probably the parent body of the H chondrite meteorites, which account for about 40% of all meteorites striking Earth.

Hebe is the probable parent body of the H chondrite meteorites and the IIE iron meteorites. This would imply that it is the source of about 40% of all meteorites striking Earth. Evidence for this connection includes the following:

The spectrum of Hebe matches a mix of 60% H chondrite and 40% IIE iron meteorite material.

The IIE type are unusual among the iron meteorites, and probably formed from impact melt, rather than being fragments of the core of a differentiated asteroid.

The IIE irons and H chondrites likely come from the same parent body, due to similar trace mineral and oxygen isotope ratios.

Asteroids with spectra similar to the ordinary chondrite meteorites (accounting for 85% of all falls, including the H chondrites) are extremely rare.

6 Hebe is extremely well placed to send impact debris to Earth-crossing orbits. Ejecta with even relatively small velocities (~280 m/s) can enter the chaotic regions of the 3:1 Kirkwood gap at 2.50 AU and the nearby secular resonance which determines the high-inclination edge of the asteroid belt at about 16° inclinations hereabouts.

Of the asteroids in this "well-placed" orbit, Hebe is the largest.

An analysis of likely contributors to Earth's meteorite flux places 6 Hebe at the top of the list, due to its position and relatively large size.

Scarab Sages

Someone getting on your case, maybe even going a little nuts, because of some small noise you're making? Try to be accommodating: You're probably triggering their misophonia.

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Oompa-Loompas are small humans who would end up being preyed upon or attacked by the various predators that also reside in Loompaland before Wonka invited them to work at his factory and are paid in their favorite food, cocoa beans, which were extremely rare on their island. The Oompa-Loompas are also mischievous, loving practical jokes and singing songs which, according to Wonka, they are very good at improvising. They sing at the end of each child's demise.

In early editions of the novel, the Oompa-Loompas (originally called "Whipple-Scrumpets" before publication) are shown as African pygmies before Dahl rewrote them to be white-skinned and golden haired. In both editions, despite working in the factory, Oompa-Loompas insist on maintaining their native clothing: men wear skins, women wear leaves, and children wear nothing.

In the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, they were written to be played by actors with dwarfism and are portrayed as orange-skinned, green-haired men in striped shirts and baggy lederhosen-like pants. Prominent portrayers: Angelo Muscat, Rusty Goffe, George Claydon, Rudy Borgstaller, Jo Kilkenny, Andy Wilday, Malcolm Dixon, Ismed Hassan, Norman Mcglen, Pepe Poupee, Marcus Powell, and Albert Wilkinson.

In the 2005 film, the Oompa-Loompas are all played by Kenyan actor Deep Roy and are virtually identical. They wear their tribal clothing during their time in Loompaland, and typical factory worker uniforms in Wonka's Factory. Some of the female Oompa-Loompas like Doris work in the administration offices.

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Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game franchise created and produced by Sega. The franchise centers on a series of speed-based platform games. The protagonist of the series is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog named Sonic, whose peaceful life is often interrupted by the series' main antagonist, Doctor Eggman. Typically, Sonic—usually along with some of his friends, such as Tails, Amy, and Knuckles—must stop Eggman and foil any plans of world domination. The first game in the series, released in 1991, was conceived by Sega's Sonic Team division after Sega requested a mascot character. The title was a success, it spawned many sequels, and it transformed Sega into a leading video game company during the 16-bit era in the early to mid 1990s.

While the first games in the series were side-scrolling platform games, later games expanded the series into various other genre and sub-series, such as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and the Sonic Boom series. By 2016, the series had sold over 80 million physical copies of games, and over 350 million units when combining packaged game software with mobile phone downloads. Outside of video games, the franchise has also been spun out into other media, including cartoons, anime, and a long-running comic book series, recognized as the longest running based on a video game by Guinness World Records.


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German author, philosopher, scientist, and soldier Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) became the youngest-ever recipient of the military order of the Pour le Mérite (the famed "Blue Max") in 1918 at the age of 23. At the time of his death in 1998 at the age of 102, Jünger was also the last remaining bearer of the military order.

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Cycler's Brewery is a craft beer brewery located in Montgomery and distributing throughout Texas including Houston, Humble, Cypress, Temple, & Waco. Some of the beers they brew are BREAKAWAY IPA, RYED HARD, 55-11 DOUBLE RED, and PALMARÈS, RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT.


The first mention of the word 'curry' in the English language was in a cook-book dated to the 1390s called 'The Forme of Cury' (at that time, 'cury' meant any kind of hot food)

The first Indian restaurant was opened in 1810 in London, by Dean (Din? Deen?) Mohammed, and was called the Hindoostanee Eating House.


Kajehase wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Originally, J. Michael Straczynski intended to cast Everett McGill in the role of Major Ryan in the Babylon 5 (1994) episode "Severed Dreams". However, Straczynski didn't know his full name, so when he asked to have McGill contacted to set up a meeting about casting him, his assistant asked if he meant Bruce, and Straczynski said yes. Bruce McGill was invited to meet with Straczynski, and it was only after the two met that Straczynski realized his mistake. Straczynski decided to use Bruce for the role of Major Ryan, despite this.
The Babylon 5 episode Severed Dreams features the single most bad-ass line in Sci-Fi television history. I won't quote it, because David might not be there yet, and those who've seen it probably know which one I'm talking about.

OK, I've seen it. What's the line?


David M Mallon wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
"It has changed everything about who I thought I was."

Growing up, I was always taught that a maternal ancestor of mine was James Wilson of Fife, Scotland, lawyer and Declaration of Independence signatory, son of William Wilson, grandson of Thomas Wilson. This had been accepted as fact for many years, including by my own great-grandparents.

After some independent research, however, I learned that the line of descent traced back not to James Wilson of Fife, Scotland, lawyer and Declaration of Independence signatory, son of William Wilson, grandson of Thomas Wilson, but instead to James Wilson of Armoy, Northern Ireland, penniless dirt farmer, son of William Wilson, grandson of Thomas Wilson.

One of my aunts still refuses to believe me.

Boring genealogy stuff:
Recent addendum: through further research by my mother, it turns out that, though she was born in Staten Island, New York, and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, the Wilson branch of the family was mainly centered around southern Vermont and northeastern New York.

I was born in Syracuse, NY, but grew up in Ticonderoga, NY, which is around 20 miles north of Whitehall, NY, a stronghold of the North Country Wilsons. Though I did not know it at the time, one of my high school classmates, one Mr. K. Wilson of Putnam Station, NY, is my fourth cousin.

Second addendum: through genealogical research on my part and on the part of one of my oldest close friends, Mr. J.E. Sammis of Ticonderoga, NY, he recently discovered that the two of us are third cousins via the Mallon branch of my father's family, the American branch of which hails from Queens, NY.

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David M Mallon wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Originally, J. Michael Straczynski intended to cast Everett McGill in the role of Major Ryan in the Babylon 5 (1994) episode "Severed Dreams". However, Straczynski didn't know his full name, so when he asked to have McGill contacted to set up a meeting about casting him, his assistant asked if he meant Bruce, and Straczynski said yes. Bruce McGill was invited to meet with Straczynski, and it was only after the two met that Straczynski realized his mistake. Straczynski decided to use Bruce for the role of Major Ryan, despite this.
The Babylon 5 episode Severed Dreams features the single most bad-ass line in Sci-Fi television history. I won't quote it, because David might not be there yet, and those who've seen it probably know which one I'm talking about.
OK, I've seen it. What's the line?

Probably this exchange....

Delenn: [Delenn's fleet arrives after Earth Alliance attacks B5] This is Ambassador Delenn of the Minbari. Babylon 5 is under our protection. Withdraw or be destroyed!

Earth Force Officer: Negative! We have authority here. Do not force us to engage your ship.

Delenn: Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari Fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else!


The first confirmed downing of an enemy aircraft via surface-to-air fire occurred during the First World War on 30 September 1915 near Kragujevac, Serbia. After three German planes had dropped their payload of 45 bombs over the city, Serbian soldiers on the ground unsuccessfully tried to down the airplanes with rifle fire and machine gun fire.

On the orders of his commanding officer, Serbian Army private Radoje Ljutovac aimed the modified field howitzer assigned to his gun crew at one of the approaching aircraft. A single shell fired from the cannon took down the plane, which crashed on the outskirts of Kragujevac.

Over eighty years later, it would be another Serbian solder who would use unconventional means to score the first-ever (and to this date, only) surface-to-air downing of a stealth aircraft.

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Mission Tejas State Park is a 660-acre (270 ha) state park located along Texas State Highway 21 in Houston County, Texas, originally constructed in 1935 and transferred to Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1957. The closest major town is Crockett, Texas. The park is open year-round.

Mission Tejas State Park contains several historic resources of East Texas and provides recreation for visitors. The park contains a commemorative replica of the first Spanish mission in Texas and one of the oldest surviving structures in Houston County. The park also contains a segment of the El Camino Real de los Tejas. The park provides 15 developed campsites and 2 primitive camping sites. A small pond allows visitors to fish. The park also contains approximately 4.5 miles of hiking trails.

The park is located on the northern end of Davy Crockett National Forest within the Piney Woods of East Texas. The dominant tree species within the park is loblolly pine. Following massive clear cutting during the early 20th century, the CCC replanted much of the area, including the trees within the park. There are not many trees within the park more than eighty years old. The park contains abundant wildlife including squirrels, rabbits, foxes, and deer. Several species of bird are also present. Flora includes pine, oak, and other plants typical of the Piney Woods.

The park has several different recreational opportunities. Popular activities include hiking, nature viewing, geocaching, fishing and camping. The park has several different types of campsites, from water only tent sites to full hook up RV campsites. In total there are 15 developed sites, and 2 primitive sites. A variety of trails are available ranging from easily accessible to steep and narrow. Park staff also present educational and interpretive programs each week and also teach outdoor activities and skills. Each April, the park holds a Folk Festival including historical reenactment and demonstrations of pioneer skills and activities.

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The vast majority of rape victims are female, and all rapists are male, right? Wrong. VERY WRONG.


The death of the Prince George of England while in the service of the Royal Air Force in a 1942 plane crash marked the first time that a member of any British royal family died on active service since the death of King James IV Stuart of Scotland at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, and the first time that an English royal had died in active service since the death of King Richard III of York at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

Though Prince George was on active service at the time of his death, he was not, however, killed in battle; rather, he was on a non-operational mission to Iceland during the Second World War when the aircraft on which he was traveling crashed, likely due to pilot error.

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