austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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Who cares when now the world is far behind us?

Things you likely did not know:

  • Because the heat of summer will cause the size of rock, dirt, and water to increase, this subtle effect magnified over a large enough area means that if you were to pick up Belgium at the end of February, hold it in a safe place at a constant temperature until the end of August, and try putting it back in place, you would find yourself in 44.6 worlds of trouble.
  • There is only one common English word ending in ``sede'', which is ``supersede''. There are fourteen imaginary English words that do, too. The most popular of them are ``marosede'', ``lograsede'', ``treysede'', and ``aggrasede.''
  • Zeroes are more common than ones in the first two thousand kilobytes of the bits of the average computer program. Ones are more common than zeroes for the following three thousand kilobytes, after which they just flip for the rest.
  • The construction of the Eiffel Tower required 18,038 pieces of puddled iron with three and a half million rivets -- about ninety percent of the number of both required to build the scaffolding used for its construction. The scaffolding, once the tower was completed, was taken apart and used for a 1.1-to-1 scale model of the tower on the grounds of the previous World's Fair in Barcelona, Spain, where it baffled natives, as that fair had closed the year before.
  • While it may appear that the lane in the supermarket which you have entered is moving more slowly than the rest, this is an optical illusion created by the curvature of the Earth away from you, and should have been taken into account by the building's architect.
  • In no episode of the original Star Trek did Captain Kirk say ``wobble.''
  • Though it was always sympathetic and supportive to the Allies throughout the Second World War, officially the mermaid community stayed neutral throughout the conflict, except for affiliation as an ``associated'' power from 13 June through 9 July 1944.
  • Approximately two-thirds of children have an imaginary friend by the age of seven. However, only half of all imaginary friends have children by the same age.
  • Today ``does not feel'' like a Tuesday six times for every one time it does. Wednesday is the day that most often ``feels like'' a Tuesday, with Monday and Tuesday nearly tied for second. Saturday is the day that least often ``feels like'' a Tuesday. The only person known to have claimed that a Saturday ``feels like'' Tuesday did so in 1948, and claimed on his deathbed that he was only playing a joke on his gullible friends. His friends said they didn't believe it.

Trivia: (Oh, this is dangerous for today.) The Netherlands converted to the metric system in 1820. Source: The Measure of All Things, Ken Alder.

Currently Reading: A History of Mechanical Inventions, Abbot Payson Usher.

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