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False teeth are often radioactive. Approximately 1 million Americans wear some form of denture; half of these dentures are made of a porcelain compound laced with minute amounts of uranium to stimulate fluorescence. Without the uranium additive, the dentures would be a dull green color when seen under artificial light.

Osirion

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The USS DENVER is currently the oldest active U. S. Navy ship.


As a young child, actor Bill Paxton was in the crowd when JFK was assassinated.


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Samuel Becket would drive the young Andre the Giant to school.


Tennis player Novak Djokovic has bought up the options for all cheese made from donkey milk during 2013.


Kajehase wrote:
Tennis player Novak Djokovic has bought up the options for all cheese made from donkey milk during 2013.

If true, this has to be literally the weirdest f!@#ing thing I've ever heard.


At the risk of de-sensationalising it - there's basically just one dairy in the world who makes the stuff, and he's bought it for the restaurant he owns.


"At last, my dream has come true! I am Chief Donkey Milker at Djokovic's Dairy!"

Link here, but it does involve going on Mail Online...

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In Japan, Guam is often thought of as "the poor man's Hawaii".


The Appalachian Mountains in the United States were once as high as the Himalayas.


Rigor mortis begins within six hours after death, starting with the eyelids.


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Harrison Ford has a spider species named after him: Calponia harrisonfordi.


25% of all traficking victims are children.


98% of all statistics are made up on the spot.


Mmmmm......braiinnnssssss.


At the 1994-95 Academy awards, the nominees for best film were: Forest Gump, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, and The Shawshank Redemption.

Movies not nominated includes The Madness of King George, Bullets Over Broadway, Ed Wood, Heavenly Creatures, Legends of the Fall, Little Women, Hoop Dreams, The Lion King, and Eat Drink Man Woman


The military operation which formed part of the inspiration for the movie Objective, Burma! was a long-range jungle penetration aimed at a place called Jambu Bum.


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The inaugural instalment of the European Champions Cup included two German teams: Rot-Weiß Essen from West Germany, and 1. FC Saarbrücken from the Saar Protectorate


Kajehase wrote:

At the 1994-95 Academy awards, the nominees for best film were: Forest Gump, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, and The Shawshank Redemption.

Movies not nominated includes The Madness of King George, Bullets Over Broadway, Ed Wood, Heavenly Creatures, Legends of the Fall, Little Women, Hoop Dreams, The Lion King, and Eat Drink Man Woman

Oh I remember it well. Pulp Fiction was ROBBED! I'm always amazed by the hollywood establishment's propensity for utter wankery. Between a genuinely good and innovative film, and a steaming white elephant, they'll almost always choose the latter. Best picture has passed up some great movies for some really dang mediocre ones.

Andoran

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Damn, though... '94 was a good year for movies...


The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Damn, though... '94 was a good year for movies...

Oh?

I mean yeah Heavenly Creatures is also pretty good.

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The term 'disc jockey' was first used around 1937.


Today is the 80th birthday of the BBC World Service

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Sound travels 3 times faster through water than in air.


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-The original SimCity started out as a map editor for the plane shooting game Raid on Bungeling Bay.

-The number 0 and the complex mathematical concept behind it was in fact developed independently by at least two civilizations, India and Mesoamerica.

-The Moon is in an outward-spiral orbit that constantly drives it further away from Earth. It's orbit's radius increases by 3.8 centimetres per year.


The average speed of a bowel movement is 2.5 MPH.

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The average soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels and held together by 642 stitches.

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Since their inception the internet sites YouPorn (August 2006) and xHamster (April 2007) have accounted for approximately 1.2 million years worth of watched porn.


Aberzombie wrote:
The average soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels and held together by 642 stitches.

And the average soccer ball used prior to that could cut up your eyebrow if you headed it where it was stitched together.

(We found one in an attic when I was a kid, and dang did it get heavy when it was wet - which leads me to:)

Among former soccer players, central defenders (who heads the ball more often than others) from back in the day has a higher degree of Parkinson's disease than players in other positions.

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Volleyball was invented in 1895.

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In developed countries approximately 27% of food is thrown away.


Though you wouldn't believe it from looking at people here.


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Dolph Lundgren studied Chemistry at MIT. (He has a Masters degree in chemical engineering.)

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Kevin Grevioux, who played Raze in the Underworld movies, has a degree in Microbiology and was working on a Masters in Genetic Engineering.

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The odds of being struck by lightening are approximately 600,000 to 1.

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Dal Selpher wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
DVDs are physically the same size as a CDs but can store about 13 times more data.

Similarly, a stardard dual-layer Blu-ray disc has a capacity about 5x as much as a typical DVD.

This is largely possible due to the fact that Blu-ray discs are read by a blue laser, which allows for greater amounts of data compression than the longer wave-length red lasers used with DVDs.

Then again pretty much all of the above are either almost obsolete, or very close to being so, thanks to streaming.

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Aberzombie wrote:
The odds of being struck by lightening are approximately 600,000 to 1.

Still better odds than winning big at the lottery.

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Professor Farnsworth, Scientist wrote:
False teeth are often radioactive. Approximately 1 million Americans wear some form of denture; half of these dentures are made of a porcelain compound laced with minute amounts of uranium to stimulate fluorescence. Without the uranium additive, the dentures would be a dull green color when seen under artificial light.

If you were to stand in Grand Central Station for a year, you'd absorb as much radiation as if you swallowed a radium watch, or about 25 X-Rays from the low level radiation in the granite.


English footballer Frank Worthington played for 24 clubs during his 26 year career - when asked which was his favourite, he, at least once, replied "Hanöhus Nightclub."


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LazarX wrote:
Professor Farnsworth, Scientist wrote:
False teeth are often radioactive. Approximately 1 million Americans wear some form of denture; half of these dentures are made of a porcelain compound laced with minute amounts of uranium to stimulate fluorescence. Without the uranium additive, the dentures would be a dull green color when seen under artificial light.
If you were to stand in Grand Central Station for a year, you'd absorb as much radiation as if you swallowed a radium watch, or about 25 X-Rays from the low level radiation in the granite.

If you were to stand in Grand Central Station for a year, you'd probably have been better off taking the bus.

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The first train reached a top speed of approximately 5 mph.


The FBI (well technically its predecessor) was founded by the great-nephew of Napoleon.

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Actor Peter Graves was the younger brother of actor James Arness.

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Niagara Falls could fill around 4000 bathtubs every second.

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King George IV of England and Czar Nicholas II of Russia were cousins.


The childhood board game "Snakes and Ladders", also called "Chutes and Ladders" today, has its origins in 16th century India and was used as a way to teach good morals and their rewards.


-Martin Sheen's real name is Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez. He changed his name because he thought it would help him get a job as an actor more easily.

-Napoleon intended to invade England with a hot-air balloon fleet, but logistics and time ended up scrapping the plan.

-On the other hand, Napoleon dismissed steam-powered ships, arguing that setting a fire inside the hull would be a terrible idea.

-King Juan Carlos I of Spain is the current claimant of the absent Byzantine Throne (even though there is no throne at present, should the Empire be restituted, he would theoretically have first dibs).

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On average, it takes one alligator to make a pair of shoes and three to make a pair of boots.

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In 2012, the city of Chicago had over 500 murders.

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The band known as The Thompson Twins did not contain any twins.

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