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Osirion

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When water freezes it expands by 9%.


Aberzombie wrote:
Gold never erodes.

Someone forgot to tell that to my wedding ring!

Seriously, though, gold is very soft. It erodes very easily -- it just doesn't dissolve under normal conditions, so it ends up eroding by little pieces being carried away, rather than by dissolution ("melting" for the anti-science people).


Aberzombie wrote:
Gold never erodes.

Does it sublimate?! If not, does it oxidize?

Gold always erodes! It's so soft that if you put it under a waterfall, it'll end up another shape; that's erosion!

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Bear in the woods...Yes, yes they do.

Osirion

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Hitdice wrote:
Gold always erodes! It's so soft that if you put it under a waterfall, it'll end up another shape; that's erosion!

A substance just changing shape through pressure or force is not erosion. Erosion diminishes a substance. Changing shape does not always mean a loss of mass.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning.

I'm also fairly certain the little bastards can't drown.


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Aberzombie wrote:
Flamingos can bend their knees backwards.

But only if you buy them a drink or three first, compliment their plumage, and ask nicely. You monster.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Your foot and your forearm are the same length.


Aberzombie wrote:
A substance just changing shape through pressure or force is not erosion. Erosion diminishes a substance. Changing shape does not always mean a loss of mass.

This is correct.

To wax didactic, there are two aspects of erosion: (1) weathering, or the wearing away in place, and (2) physical transportation away from the original location. Weathering can be chemical weathering (including dissolution), biological, or mechanical (e.g., being basically sandblasted by wind-born sediments, etc.). Gold is resistant to chemical weathering, but very susceptible to mechanical weathering.


Aberzombie wrote:
Does this mean they're made of cat pee?

Or human semen?

Osirion

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Diamonds are the hardest natural substance.

waits patiently for Urizen to comment


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Aberzombie wrote:

Your foot and your forearm are the same length.

My forearm is about 3 in. longer than my foot.


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meatrace wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Your foot and your forearm are the same length.

My forearm is about 3 in. longer than my foot.

Hee Hee. Imagines the pose meatrace had to pull to discover this... (assuming no ruler was handy)

Osirion

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meatrace wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Your foot and your forearm are the same length.

My forearm is about 3 in. longer than my foot.

Clearly, you are a mutant. Now you must create a garish costume out of household materials (remember NO CAPES). Then you must go find some heavily armed thugs and do battle with them using your freakishly long appendages.

Osirion

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The longest possible eclipse of the sun is 7.31 minutes.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Halley's comet passes the Earth every 76 years (the next time it will return will be 2062).

Qadira

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Did you know?

The Heritage Museum& Gardens in Sandwich MA has one of the premier collections of antique cars in the world?


Fossilized skulls of extinct elephants in Greece, because of the large opening for the trunk in the middle of the skull, may have given rise to the beliefs in the Cyclops.


ZOMG Meatrace is Slenderma...I mean...nevermind! Heh! <whistles>


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Patrick Curtin wrote:

Did you know?

The Heritage Museum& Gardens in Sandwich MA has one of the premier collections of antique cars in the world?

Who would put antique cars into a sandwich? It makes no sense!


Kryzbyn wrote:
ZOMG Meatrace is Slenderma...I mean...nevermind! Heh! <whistles>

I'm a big guy and I have big feet. Why don't YOU try it. Not even a contest here though.


Aberzombie wrote:

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance.

waits patiently for Urizen to comment

Wurtzite boron nitride.

What were you expecting?

Qadira

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Did you know?

Alpena, Michigan has the world's largest cement plant (at least until 2015 when a larger one will be completed in Africa)

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Urizen wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance.

waits patiently for Urizen to comment

Wurtzite boron nitride.

What were you expecting?

And here I was, hoping to start my morning with some classic Urizen. Disappointed zombie is disappointed.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I am actually happy to be flying back to Philly. Weird.


Aberzombie wrote:
Urizen wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance.

waits patiently for Urizen to comment

Wurtzite boron nitride.

What were you expecting?

And here I was, hoping to start my morning with some classic Urizen. Disappointed zombie is disappointed.

Considering the contest you recently won, I don't think you are disappointed any more.


Aberzombie wrote:
Urizen wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance.

waits patiently for Urizen to comment

Wurtzite boron nitride.

What were you expecting?

And here I was, hoping to start my morning with some classic Urizen. Disappointed zombie is disappointed.

To increase the size of their penis, the men of some African tribes, just prior to intercourse, would have bees sting their penis.


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Urizen wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Urizen wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance.

waits patiently for Urizen to comment

Wurtzite boron nitride.

What were you expecting?

And here I was, hoping to start my morning with some classic Urizen. Disappointed zombie is disappointed.
To increase the size of their penis, the men of some African tribes, just prior to intercourse, would have bees sting their penis.

I do not share all the ways of my ancestors. Some things are better left in the past or on another continent.

Grand Lodge

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John Hancock's signature was so large because he was 25 feet tall.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:

Did you know?

Alpena, Michigan has the world's largest cement plant (at least until 2015 when a larger one will be completed in Africa)

I live less than a mile and a half from it, probably closer to a mile as the crow flies. Both of my grandfathers worked there and at various points three uncles worked on the boats that haul the stuff.

If I go down to the corner of the block I live on and look down the side street I can see it. When I was a kid you could go up on a dirt pile by the road and look right down into the quarry. A few times a week, blasting shakes the house.

The plant was built by Huron Portland Cement circa 1900. (The old office building, which they were going to demolish until wrecking one of the older buildings in the county proved unpopular, dates to 1906.) At one point it operated two quarry pits, one to either side of a public road, and a third about fifteen miles outside town. It's down to one now. The plant is big enough that it straddles a second public road, which I've driven down many times. It's never in good condition due to all the heavy trucks rolling over it.

They've been sued more than once over air quality issues from all the dust they generate and the fly ash hills they've built. We got a class action check a few years ago. Anything left outside for a few days will get a fine coat of quarry dust. It turns out breathing the byproducts of cement production isn't too healthy. It's even less healthy when they were using the kilns to bake toxic waste into the cement, as they were doing for a while when I was a kid. And about that time at least three of the four major factories in town were in deep trouble over the various ways they were poisoning us all at once.

It's impressively huge, though. It used to be even more so before they demolished a lot of the old buildings in the mid-90s.


Aberzombie wrote:
Owls can't move their eyes from side to side.
Slenderowl or Batowl?
meatrace wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Your foot and your forearm are the same length.

My forearm is about 3 in. longer than my foot.
{makes note that meatrace is at least a 3rd level sorcerer with the aberrant bloodline}
LazarX wrote:
John Hancock's signature was so large because he was 25 feet tall.

That's only because of Ben Franklin's gamma radiation experiments.


Urizen wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance.

waits patiently for Urizen to comment

Wurtzite boron nitride.

What were you expecting?

I was hoping for a harder natural substance: boron nitrides do not occur in nature; they must be manufactured.

Qadira

Well if we want to get technical about it. Lonsdaleite if pure, which is it not typically found thus, is around 58% harder than a standard lattice diamond. It too is a variant, or allotrope of carbon with a hexagonal lattice instead of the diamond lattice. It is commonly known as a hexagonal diamond. Oh as well as being harder than Boron nitride which in its crystalline form is fairly soft and is used in several lubricants and an additive to cosmetic products. Now the Wurtzite form maybe harder than its cubic form but I am unsure if it is harder than Lonsdaleite.


Crimson Jester wrote:
Well if we want to get technical about it. Lonsdaleite if pure, which is it not typically found thus, is around 58% harder than a standard lattice diamond.

Naturally-occuring (meteorite-derived) Lonsdaleite has a Mohs hardness of 7-8, vs. diamond's 10, due to impurities; only the lab stuff is harder than diamond.

Of course, we'd first have to establish whether we mean "hardness" in the mineralogy sense (resistance to scratching and ability to scratch other materials, or "scratch hardness") vs. "hardness" in the material science sense ("indentation hardness," which the 58% you cited is measured in).

Qadira

Yes, lab improved and indentation hardness. Tough stuff, potentially.


Don't f@*$ with the hydrogeologist!

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Gesundheit!

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

There is no sound in space.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Mars appears red because it's covered in rust.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Tennis was originally played with are hands.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

The Olympic flag was originally designed in 1913.


Liverpool FC is not even going to be close to winning the Premier League this year either. :(

Osirion

So how do you measure the forearm? Is it the inner part or the outer? If it's the outer part from elbow to wrist, my foot is about 2 1/2" shorter. If it's the inner, then my foot is about 1/4" longer.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Kajehase wrote:
Liverpool FC is not even going to be close to winning the Premier League this year either. :(

I just started reading a book by Ramsey Campbell that takes place in Liverpool.

Osirion

--Stop, Drop, and Roll only works if you are near a body of water.

--NEVER use ice cold water to soothe a burn. Can lead to hyperthermia and does additional damage to the skin.

Osirion

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Sanakht Inaros wrote:
So how do you measure the forearm? Is it the inner part or the outer? If it's the outer part from elbow to wrist, my foot is about 2 1/2" shorter. If it's the inner, then my foot is about 1/4" longer.

That could very well be one of those how many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop questions. The world may never know.

Damnit! Now I'm craving tootsie roll.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Sanakht Inaros wrote:

--NEVER use ice cold water to soothe a burn. Can lead to hyperthermia and does additional damage to the skin.

Indeed. I always like to use aloe. My dad kept plants of it around his cleaners just in case of burns.

Osirion

Aberzombie wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Liverpool FC is not even going to be close to winning the Premier League this year either. :(
I just started reading a book by Ramsey Campbell that takes place in Liverpool.

A lot of Ramsey Campbell books take place in and around Liverpool. Are you talking about Creatures of the Pool?

Osirion

Aberzombie wrote:
Sanakht Inaros wrote:

--NEVER use ice cold water to soothe a burn. Can lead to hyperthermia and does additional damage to the skin.

Indeed. I always like to use aloe. My dad kept plants of it around his cleaners just in case of burns.

I always used warm water (i.e. room temp). I learned the hard way when I caught on fire at work. The closest hospital didn't have a burn unit so they called for an ambulance to take me to the hospital that did. IN the mean time they put ice on me. When I got to the burn unit the nurses and doctors there were PISSED. I had to be treated for hyperthermia before I could go in for surgery. It did almost as much damage to the tissue as the fire did. When I was finally coherent enough to talk to the surgeon he told me that. It broke my skin cells down enough that they couldn't reproduce and I ended up having to undergo three surgeries instead of two.

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Sanakht Inaros wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Liverpool FC is not even going to be close to winning the Premier League this year either. :(
I just started reading a book by Ramsey Campbell that takes place in Liverpool.
A lot of Ramsey Campbell books take place in and around Liverpool. Are you talking about Creatures of the Pool?

That's the one. Interesting read so far. I bought it a good while back and finally got around to reading it on my flight back from San Diego yesterday.

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