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#41 h0llywood

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:09 PM

"Ring Around the Rosie" and the words "God Bless You" were rhymes and prayers for victims of the (bubonic) plague

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:13 PM

"Ring Around the Rosie" and the words "God Bless You" were rhymes and prayers for victims of the (bubonic) plague


i don't think ring around the rosie actually was... i think that's an urban legend.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:24 PM

The 1918 flu pandemic wiped out up to 3% of the entire world's population. Some countries lost more than 15% of their people.

Almost 9 out of every 10 that died was from pneumonia associated with the virus, not the virus itself.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:30 PM

Fun fact: In NC it is illegal to throw an aluminum can or a plastic bottle in the regular trash.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

Fun fact: In NC it is illegal to throw an aluminum can or a plastic bottle in the regular trash.


I'd get the death penalty then!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:48 PM

Only a ninja can kill a ninja.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth

The Earth spins at 1,000 mph but it travels through space at an incredible 67,000 mph.

Astronauts cannot belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.

Without its lining of mucus your stomach would digest itself.

The call of the humpback whale is louder than Concorde and can be heard from 500 miles away.

There are more living organisms on the skin of each human than there are humans on the surface of the earth.

If every star in the Milky Way was a grain of salt they would fill an Olympic sized swimming pool.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:23 PM

Game over! How did Michael Biehn die in Aliens?


Technically, his character (Hicks) died in Alien 3 via a beam through the chest. And apologies for the thumbs down on your post - replying on my phone and apparently missed the quote button.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

Did you know about the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin Fighter?

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This plane, which looks like a bad photoshop job, was developed in the late 40s in response to the devestating effect that German interceptors had on allied bombers during WWII. With folding wings, this parasite fighter was designed to be lowered from the bomb bays of large bombers to counter enemy interceptors.

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Two prototypes were made and tested (performing surprisingly well) before the project was ultimately cancelled due to the fact that they were grossly outmatched by modern jet fighters.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

Popular Christmas tune 'Do You Hear What I Hear?' is about the Cuban Missile Crisis

Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world (though a lot of it is below sea level).

World War 2 is not over since China and Japan have yet to sign a treaty.

The worlds driest and largest desert is Antarctica.


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