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Jun 23, 2004, 12:47 AM
 
I like useless, quirky did-you-know kinda stuff. For whatever reason I think useless facts and trivia are fun...especially when they relate to geography.

So here are a few in the geography realm...

Did you know that Alaska is the northernmost state in the US? Most likely. Did you know it was the westernmost state? Probably. But, did you know that Alaska is also the easternmost state? Probably not! It's chain of islands strech across the Prime Meridian (180º) placing a few of those islands in the Eastern Hemisphere. And, for the record, Hawaii is the southernmost state. Check it out!

Here's another. Poteau, Oklahoma claims to have the “World’s Highest Hill.” Cavanal Hill, with its peak 1,999 feet above the average surrounding terrain, is 1 foot short of the accepted height of a mountain, 2,000 feet. Yes, I know that there is no "official" difference between a hill and a mountain. Nevertheless, Poteau proudly claims it. Check it out! I've actually been there. It is really pretty.

Wow all your friends with your new knowledge!

Now its your turn to spill the beans on your obscure geographic facts...
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 08:30 AM
 
Did you know that nobody posted here for 8 hours?

Really!

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Jun 23, 2004, 09:06 AM
 
Originally posted by starman:
Did you know that nobody posted here for 8 hours?

Really!
Did you know that your post wasn't counted in the total posts of this thread until now?

Really!
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:07 AM
 
Originally posted by gorickey:
Did you know that your post wasn't counted in the total posts of this thread until now?

Really!
Did you know I knew that and I thought the forums were in for a meltdown again?

I can prove it!

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Jun 23, 2004, 09:16 AM
 
Did you know that North Dakota is the only state with a state-run bank? The Bank of North Dakota is actually controlled by the state, and remains a relic of the old leftist state that North Dakota once was. Since World War II, however, North Dakota has consistently voted Republican while it has lost population, but evidence of our growing, radical state of the turn of the century still exist throughout.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:20 AM
 
Originally posted by Kitschy:
Here's another. Poteau, Oklahoma claims to have the “World’s Highest Hill.” Cavanal Hill, with its peak 1,999 feet above the average surrounding terrain, is 1 foot short of the accepted height of a mountain, 2,000 feet. Yes, I know that there is no "official" difference between a hill and a mountain. Nevertheless, Poteau proudly claims it. Check it out! I've actually been there. It is really pretty.
Did you know that in a related story...Norman, OK claims to have the "World's Greatest University." Nevertheless, it's been shown over and over again that it's indeed Stillwater, OK that has this.

Interesting.

     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:26 AM
 
Originally posted by gorickey:
Did you know that in a related story...Norman, OK claims to have the "World's Greatest University." Nevertheless, it's been shown over and over again that it's indeed Stillwater, OK that has this.

Interesting.

Did you know that gorickey, while funny, is at times somewhat misled?

Ok, I find bugs interesting, so here's one: Houseflies find sugar with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive than human tongues.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:32 AM
 
Originally posted by xi_hyperon:
Did you know that gorickey, while funny, is at times somewhat misled?
No way, I even followed somebody to make sure I wasn't misled on this fact:

     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:34 AM
 
Ah! my eyes!
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:36 AM
 
Originally posted by xi_hyperon:
Ah! my eyes!
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:39 AM
 
Did you know that:

Reykjavík is the northernmost capital of the world?

That 10% of Iceland is covered with glaciers?

"If Bush says we hate freedom, let him tell us why we didn't attack Sweden, for example. OBL 29th oct
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:50 AM
 
Did you know that St. Petersburg is the northernmost city with more than 1Mio habitants?

Did you know that 10% of my butt is covered with hair?

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Jun 23, 2004, 09:53 AM
 
DYK -

The far east didn't know what fortune cookies were until they were imported there in the 80s... invented in California.

Chop Suey was also invented in California.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:55 AM
 
did you know..if you count the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute, divide by 2, add 9 and divide by 2 again, you would have the correct temperature in celcius degrees.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 09:59 AM
 
Originally posted by residentEvil:
did you know..if you count the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute, divide by 2, add 9 and divide by 2 again, you would have the correct temperature in celcius degrees.
I did, but does the cricket know that?
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:01 AM
 
Did you know that despite living in the 6th largest country in the world, over 80% of Australians live within a 30min drive of the beach. Could explain why we're so lazy.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:02 AM
 
does the cricket know, that you knew it does? or that the cricket know it needs to chirp that many times?
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:04 AM
 
Did you know that Iceland has the oldest functional legislative assembly? It was founded the year 930.

"If Bush says we hate freedom, let him tell us why we didn't attack Sweden, for example. OBL 29th oct
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:04 AM
 
Did you know that some beetles are just too damn big?

     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:04 AM
 
Did you know that if you are lactose intolerant, you still might enjoy cheese, as the process of making cheese changes lactose into lactic acid?

mmmm...cheese....
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:05 AM
 
Did you know that even if Finland is called the land of thousand lakes(or whatever it is called in English), Sweden has more lakes.

"If Bush says we hate freedom, let him tell us why we didn't attack Sweden, for example. OBL 29th oct
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:09 AM
 
Did you know that in 1750 there were about 800 million people in the world? In 1850 there were a billion more, and by 1950, another billion. Then it took just 50 years to double to 6 billion.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:12 AM
 
Did you know that the all-time stolen base record, leadoff homerun record, and all-time runs scored record in professional baseball are all held by the same player? Ironically, they are also records that will never be broken...
     
Kitschy  (op)
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:18 AM
 
Glad to see everyone got into it. Except gorickey. I'm not really glad about that.



Here's another...

Did you know that the Ouachita Mountain range in Southeastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas is the only one in the United States that spans in an east-west direction? It also has more relief than the more well-known Ozarks which are to the north.

Click here.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:25 AM
 
Did you know that there are more than 600 million telephone lines today, yet almost half the world's population has never made a phone call?
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 10:33 AM
 
Did you know there are 6 times as many sheep in Australia than people.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 11:14 AM
 
Did you know taht in Boston, MA one out of ten students during the school year attends BU?

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Jun 23, 2004, 11:41 AM
 
Did you know that condoms have been in use since the 15th century. Before latex they used various sheaths such as sheep skin.

Did you know the origin of 'Put a sock in it' which means shut up actually was derived from the time of old record players (before THX) that used a horn to transmit sound from the needle gliding across the record. Because there were no volume controls on the thing one would have to put a sock in the horn to turn the volume down.


Did you know no one really knows what the origin of the term 'Okay / O.K.' is. (there are many theories and suggestions but no knows for sure).

Did you know post it notes came from an accidental glue experiment and that the orinal inventor thought it was useless as he was trying to create a super glue.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 12:06 PM
 
I once calculated the people-per-mile statistic for Manhattan on a busy day. It comes out to around 1 person for every 16'x16'
Do you want forgiveness or respect?
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 12:13 PM
 
Did you know that about 27% of food in developed countries are wasted each year? It's simply thrown away.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 12:29 PM
 
Did you know that the United States, self-proclaimed "land of the free", has an incarceration rate greater than any other nation on earth with a whopping 715 inmates for every 100,000 U.S. residents at midyear in 2003?

Did you know that in 2003, 68 percent of prison and jail inmates were members of racial or ethnic minorities,? An estimated 12 percent of all black men in their 20s were in jails or prisons, as were 3.7 percent of Hispanic men, compared to 1.6 percent of white men in that age group?
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 12:30 PM
 
Originally posted by wolfen:
I once calculated the people-per-mile statistic for Manhattan on a busy day. It comes out to around 1 person for every 16'x16'
Here on Iceland it is about 3 per square kilometer

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Jun 23, 2004, 12:59 PM
 
Ways Australia could kill you:

•_Deadliest ocotopus in the world - the blue ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena sp.)
•_Deadliest spider in the world - the Sydney funnel web (Atrax robustus)
•_Largest crocodile in the world - the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
•_Our inland taipan, Oxyuranus microlepidotus, is the deadliest snake in the world (note: I did not say most dangerous. I'm also ignoring average injection volume).
•_Even if the taipan doesn't get you, we have the other top 8 deadliest snakes anyway (open to argument. At the very, very least, 6/10).
• The Box Jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri - not much to say about this one. Just don't get stung.

All I can think of off the top of my head, but I find it interesting personally

I'm sure others can add more.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 01:08 PM
 
psst, DNA is actually a quadruple helix...
"You rise," he said, "like Aurora."
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 01:45 PM
 
Did you know that my username is wataru?

Oh, damn.
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 02:10 PM
 
Did you know that at the time of his creating the first Fender Stratocaster, Leo Fender still couldn't play guitar?
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 02:22 PM
 
Originally posted by Stradlater:
psst, DNA is actually a quadruple helix...
No it's not.


did you know the poison dart frog of Columbia Phyllobates terriblis is the most poisonous animal in the world.

did you know that a bird internally inhales at the same time it exhales, and internally exhales when it inhales.

did you know that a California Condor can fly 200 kilometers without flapping its wings.

did you know that the chupacabra of south america really does exist.
the largest problem for Americans today is they eat too much food and dont have enough work to do to keep their heart healthy
     
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Jun 23, 2004, 02:29 PM
 
Originally posted by el chupacabra:
No it's not.
I was, to an extent, joking. But yes, it can be and could be.
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Jun 23, 2004, 02:38 PM
 
Did you know that the only reason for the latin name of the common rat is because of rivalry between Sweden and Norway?

Rattus Norwegius

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Did you know that time flies like an arrow?
     
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If someone can be described as "pachydermatous," they are insensitive to criticism and insult, or are insensitive to others.

Lennon & McCartney couldn't read music and Paul still can't.

Bangladesh is the most densely populated non-island region in the world, with more than 1,970 humans per square mile.

You're just as likely to die by falling out of bed then you are to get struck by lightning; each is a 1 in 2,000,000 chance. You have a 1 in 3,000,000 chance of being killed by a snake.

Approximately 70 percent of the Earth is covered with water. Only 1 percent of the water is drinkable.

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Originally posted by Randman:
Lennon & McCartney couldn't read music and Paul still can't.
John still can't either.
     
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Many people have too much time.
     
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Originally posted by disectamac:

Did you know post it notes came from an accidental glue experiment and that the orinal inventor thought it was useless as he was trying to create a super glue.
Scotch Guard™ was also a serendipitous discovery. The researcher accidentally spilled an intermediate in a longer synthesis and discovered that the place on her shoes that were splashed never got dirty.

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Jun 23, 2004, 06:42 PM
 
Originally posted by el chupacabra:


did you know that the chupacabra of south america really does exist.

If Heaven has a dress code, I'm walkin to Hell in my Tony Lamas.
     
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Originally posted by wataru:
Did you know that my username is wataru?

Oh, damn.
Did you know that wataru has converted to a right wing, conservative Republican and Rush, Bill, and Sean are his favorite people and that his favorite news outlet is FOX News. WOW!!!!!!!!! Vote Bush/Cheney!!!!
     
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Did you know California likes to elect actors for Governor.
     
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Originally posted by Secret__Police:
Did you know California likes to elect actors for Governor.
     
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Jun 24, 2004, 07:44 AM
 
The eastern US is the salamander capital of the world: there are more species of salamander here than in the rest of the world combined!
Here's a beauty:
     
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Did you know that liberalism is actually an STD.
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