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September 13, 2012, 05:04:43 PM
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Post some interesting stuff that not everybody knows.

I'll start:

-Hollow columns are more resistant against torsion than solid columns.



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September 13, 2012, 05:33:09 PM
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The Statue of Liberty was originally going to be a gift for Egypt (controlled by England at the time) but due to circumstances that are still unclear at this time, the French wound up giving it to the United States instead.

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September 13, 2012, 05:51:23 PM
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-Hollow columns are more resistant against torsion than solid columns.
How can that be? Citation appreciated!

If you know some maths try to get it with the help of this.
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torsion_constant



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September 13, 2012, 06:32:23 PM
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If one farts consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy needed for Phinnaeus Gage to post.

Wait, that can't be right! http://www.pagetutor.com/jokebreak/091.html

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If one farts consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy needed for Phinnaeus Gage to post.

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September 13, 2012, 10:22:31 PM
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LOST, Tron, and Prometheus all had some of the same writers and producers.

I knew this simply from watching them.

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September 13, 2012, 11:01:00 PM
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Days of Being Wild is considered to be the first film made by Wong Kar-Wai that established that indescribable and delicious style of filmmaking that found its way into his subsequent works, such as Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, In the Mood for Love and 2046.

Days of Being Wild: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cExEkJjyD8

Chungking Express: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7yez4lXjBI

Fallen Angels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZda7nWftQI

In the Mood for Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kRQqksluZk

2046: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePU0KP5vHfo
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September 14, 2012, 01:07:06 AM
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The Wizard of Oz is based, in part, on a true story. I heard this on Paul Harvey in the early 80's.
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September 14, 2012, 01:14:58 AM
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The Wizard of Oz is based, in part, on a true story. I heard this on Paul Harvey in the early 80's.

William Jennings Bryan & The Cross of Gold speech.

Notably, Oz = oz. as in ounce; Yellow Brick Road, etc.

Even has a straw man (argument)

http://prosperityuk.com/2001/01/a-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-a-monetary-reform-parable/
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The Wizard of Oz is based, in part, on a true story. I heard this on Paul Harvey in the early 80's.

William Jennings Bryan & The Cross of Gold speech.

Notably, Oz = oz. as in ounce; Yellow Brick Road, etc.

Even has a straw man (argument)

http://prosperityuk.com/2001/01/a-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-a-monetary-reform-parable/

That's it, but Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story" broadcast made me smile at the time.

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September 14, 2012, 03:41:18 AM
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In the simultaneously creepy yet beautiful film Let Me In, with Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee, there are a number of instances of metaphorical subtext which play out via reflections in reflective surfaces and song lyrics playing on a radio which synchronize with action on screen.

Specifically, there are three instances of secondary storytelling occurring in reflective surfaces. With regard to songs playing on a radio, there is one line from one song, and four lines from another song which happen to give supplemental information to the exact shot each lyric is timed with. These are hardly noticed upon the first or second viewing, but begin to become evident through repeated viewings.

It is an excellent film, not just for the above reasons, but also because of the beautiful soundtrack, wonderful acting, and intriguing story.

Clip from the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZ671P3u0o
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The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress entered service in 1955. The U.S. Air Force intends to keep it in service until at least 2045. That's 90 years. They may extend that time frame.
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Notice that the Cranberries song is actually being sung in Cantonese by Faye Wong, who debuted in the film Chungking Express: She's the one in the video: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109258.msg1189022#msg1189022

And then notice the montage of her as she appears here in 2046: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6ZKzBc6QTY . The beautiful music (Adagio) is the theme for 2046, but the film has other memorable songs, such as Siboney, by Connie Francis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNl_8VSmYu8

Little known fact: Brigitte Lin's last scene in Chungking Express was her last scene ever in her career as an actress, and about a minute or so later in the film, Faye Wong's first moment ever as an actress occurs in the film.

Bonus tidbit: Brigitte Lin also appeared in Ashes of Time, and while that film was being made (by Wong Kar-Wai), it was decided they needed a break, so they banged out Chungking Express in a couple of months and then went back to filming Ashes of Time (later released as Ashes of Time Redux): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saHxm_md60c
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It would take 20 minutes for all the world's human urine produced in a day to flow over Niagara Falls.
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It would take 20 minutes for all the world's human urine produced in a day to flow over Niagara Falls.

That puts a stop to my idea. Anybody want to buy a barrel with a Bitcoin logo on it?

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Gummy Bears are made from cow hooves.
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September 14, 2012, 04:11:13 PM
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Gummy Bears are made from cow hooves.

I guess that goes with anything made with gelatin.
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Gummy Bears are made from cow hooves.

I guess that goes with anything made with gelatin.

Yep.
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September 14, 2012, 04:24:02 PM
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The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress entered service in 1955. The U.S. Air Force intends to keep it in service until at least 2045. That's 90 years. They may extend that time frame.

I've wondered for awhile now how those things have lasted so long. Considering there's been so many plane crashes where metal fatigue was involved.
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September 14, 2012, 04:32:34 PM
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The animated film Horton Hears a Who gives a little tribute to 2001: A Space Odyssey. And it's not just the music. It's the music combined with what's happening in the scene where the mayor of Whoville goes to the dentist. A large needle is attempting to be inserted into his mouth, which of course is the metaphor for one of the most beautiful and famous scenes in cinema history.

As for the scene in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, you haven't seen it properly unless you've scene it at 1080p (Blu-ray) in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio on a proper 1080p display, or in the theater projected via 70mm. More importantly, it's important to imagine it's 1968. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were there, among others, and the movies they made exist because of that.

Dentist scene in Horton Hears a Who: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9OUrAHWOME

The relevant scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpvOUnz4T7Q

EDIT: changed the 2001 clip to the one I meant. So beautiful...
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