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Cyro Xero

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Since: 02-23-05
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Posted on 03-30-05 09:02 AM Link | Quote
We've all heard them at one point and though either highly or lowly of them. What are some fact you have or heard of. Post them here. And please don't post some long list of them.

A turtle can breath through it's butt.

This one is pretty cool: The human femur bone is stronger than concrete. That's something else.

A tachyon travels faster than light.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. (That's something wierd.)

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.

I'm willing to bet that none of you have ever known this one: The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

I learned this two days ago: Regardless of what day they were born on, every citizen in Iraq has their birthday on either January 1 or July 1. That was Saddam's doing.

I read this one in science magazine back when I was in 7th grade. I don't know if it's true or not:
Every stair you climb adds 4 seconds to your life span.


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Posted on 03-30-05 09:03 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Cyro Xero

A tachyon travels faster than light.

Pardon my ignorance, but what the hell is a tachyon?
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Since: 02-23-05
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Posted on 03-30-05 09:09 AM Link | Quote
Aye, a tachyon is a subatomic particle. A theoretical one at that, but I thought I'd include it in the facts anyway becuase plenty of research has been done on it.


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Posted on 03-30-05 09:33 AM Link | Quote
A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
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Posted on 03-30-05 09:43 AM Link | Quote
what the hell is a subatomic?
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Posted on 03-30-05 10:45 AM Link | Quote
a subatomic particle is a partical smaller than an atom, one which actually make up an atom actually.


Here are te random facts... Sorry Cyro, but they are in list form...

Theaters in Glendale, California can show horror films only on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

You can't plow a cotton field with an elephant in North Carolina.

In Lehigh, Nebraska it's against the law to sell donut holes.

Under the law of Mississippi, there?s no such thing as a female Peeping Tom.

Anti-modem laws restrict Internet access in the country of Burma. Illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term.

Lawn darts are illegal in Canada.

In Idaho a citizen is forbidden by law to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

Every citizen of Kentucky is required by law to take a bath at least once a year.

It is against the law to whale hunt in Oklahoma. (Think about it...)

A Venetian law decrees that all gondolas must be painted black. The only exceptions are gondolas belonging to high public officials.

In the state of Queensland, Australia, it is still constitutional law that all pubs (hotel/bar) must have a railing outside for patrons to tie up their horse.

According to law, no store is allowed to sell a toothbrush on the Sabbath in Providence, Rhode Island. Yet these same stores are allowed to sell toothpaste and mouthwash on Sundays.

Before the enactment of the 1978 law that made it mandatory for dog owners in New York City to clean up after their pets, approximately 40 million pounds of dog excrement were deposited on the streets every year.

Chewing gum is outlawed in Singapore because it is a means of "tainting an environment free of dirt."

The handkerchief had been used by the Romans, who ordinarily wore two handkerchiefs: one on the left wrist and one tucked in at the waist or around the neck. In the fifteenth century, the handkerchief was for a time allowed only to the nobility; special laws were made to enforce this. The classical heritage was rediscovered during the Renaissance.

For hundreds of years, the Chinese zealously guarded the secret of sericulture; imperial law decreed death by torture to those who disclosed how to make silk.

An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.

By law, information collected in a U.S. census must remain confidential for 72 years.

Candy made from pieces of barrel cactus was outlawed in the U.S. in 1952 to protect the species.

A slander case in Thailand was once settled by a witness who said nothing at all. According to the memoirs of Justice Gerald Sparrow, a 20th century British barrister who served as a judge in Bangkok, the case involved two rival Chinese merchants. Pu Lin and Swee Ho. Pu Lin had stated sneeringly at a party that Swee Ho's new wife, Li Bua, was merely a decoration to show how rich her husband was. Swee Ho, he said, could no longer "please the ladies." Swee Ho sued for slander, claiming Li Bua was his wife in every sense - and he won his case, along with substantial damages, without a word of evidence being taken. Swee Ho's lawyer simply put the blushing bride in the witness box. She had decorative, gold-painted fingernails, to be sure, but she was also quite obviously pregnant.

In Breton, Alabama, there is a law on the town's books against riding down the street in a motorboat.

Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment: Prohibition.

A few years back, a Chinese soap hit it big with consumers in Asia. It was claimed in ads that users would lose weight with Seaweed Defat Scented Soap simply by washing with it. The soap was sold in violation to the Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and was banned. Reportedly, the craze for the soap was so great that Japanese tourists from China and Hong Kong brought back large quantities. The product was also in violation of customs regulations. In June and July 1999 alone, over 10,000 bars were seized.

In most American states, a wedding ring is exempt by law from inclusion among the assets in a bankruptcy estate. This means that a wedding ring cannot be seized by creditors, no matter how much the bankrupt person owes.

In New York State, it is still illegal to shoot a rabbit from a moving trolley car.

Vermont, Alaska, Hawaii, and Maine are the four states in the U.S. that do not allow billboards.

Wetaskiwin, Alberta from 1917: "It's against the law to tie a male horse next to a female horse on Main Street."

Women were banned by royal decree from using hotel swimming pools in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, in 1979.

In Riverside, California, there is an old law on the city's books which makes it illegal to kiss unless both people wipe their lips with rose water.

In Saudi Arabia, a woman reportedly may divorce her husband if he does not keep her supplied with coffee.


I am the random fact master!



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Cyro Xero

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Since: 02-23-05
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Posted on 03-30-05 03:18 PM Link | Quote
What I meant was don't go over board putting in facts. 10 or so will do fine. And all of yours were laws, Xeios, not facts.
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Posted on 03-30-05 03:36 PM Link | Quote
Here's one. I don' t know if this is considered 'weird' or not...

Anyway...

A male swan is called a 'cob'.
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Posted on 03-30-05 03:46 PM Link | Quote
Dunno if this is accurate (if not, blame my mother) - A large group of crows is called a murder.

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Posted on 03-30-05 04:46 PM Link | Quote
Yes, it's true about the crows being in a murder. Oddly fitting.



A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
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Posted on 03-30-05 05:35 PM Link | Quote
these are all bird things like the Murder of Crows. Any number of crows you would call a flock, say 6 or more...

A Murder of Crows,

A Covey of Quails,

An Exultation of Doves,

An Unkindness of Ravens.

You can hold an Aligators (Or crocodiles I forget which) mouth shut with your bare hands.

A sharks Liver takes up 90% of it's body cavity.
Xeios

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Posted on 03-31-05 08:01 AM Link | Quote
Once again, in list format... All are, hopefully true...

In Redondo Beach, Calif., a police officer arrested a driver after a short chase and charged him with drunk driving. Officer Joseph Fonteno's suspicions were aroused when he saw the white Mazda MX-7 rolling down Pacific Coast Highway with half of a traffic-light pole, including the lights, lying across its hood. The driver had hit the pole on a median strip and simply kept driving. According to Fonteno, when the driver was asked about the pole, he said, "It came with the car when I bought it."

The record for the world's worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, an caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car).

A Hawaiian stamp of 1851 with a face value of 2 cents was the sole reason Gaston Leroux, a Parisian philatelist, murdered its owner, Hector Giroux.

Lawsuits filed by California inmates cost the taxpayers more than $25 million in 1994.

Archduke Karl Ludwig (1833-1896), brother of the Austrian emperor, was a man of such piety that on a trip to the Holy Land, he insisted on drinking from the River Jordan, despite warnings that it would make him fatally ill. He died within a few weeks.

Peter Karpin, a German espionage agent in World War I, was seized by French Intelligence agents in 1914 as soon as he entered the country. Keeping his capture a secret, the French sent faked reports from Karpin to Germany and intercepted the agent's wages and expense money until Karpin escaped in 1917. With those funds the French purchased an automobile, which, in 1919, in occupied Rurh, accidentally ran down and killed a man, who proved to be Peter Karpin.

When police arrived in Appleton, Wisconsin to remove a woman's children because of a complaint that she had given her 11-year-old daughter a "swirlie" (Holding her head in a flushing toilet). The woman reportedly said, "I haven't had a vacation in 13 years, go ahead and take them!"

A reward of $1,000 was offered for information leading to the capture and conviction of a man robbing taxi drivers. The man turned himself in and demanded the reward as a result. He received a 20 year sentence for aggravated robbery instead.

The Belgium news agency Belga reported in November that a man suspected of robbing a jewelry store in Liege said he couldn't have done it because he was busy breaking into a school at the same time. Police then arrested him for breaking into the school.

A couple robbing a store caught on camera could not be identified until the police reviewed the security tape. The woman filled out an entry form for a free trip prior to robbing the store.

A lawyer defending a man accused of burglary tried this creative defense: "My client merely inserted his arm into the window and removed a few trifling articles. His arm is not himself, and I fail to see how you can punish the whole individual for an offense committed by his limb." "Well put," the judge replied. "Using your logic, I sentence the defendant's arm to one year's imprisonment. He can accompany it or not, as he chooses." The defendant smiled. With his lawyer's assistance he detached his artificial limb, laid it on the bench, and walked out.

In 1970, Russel T. Tansie, an Arizona lawyer filed a $100,000 damage lawsuit against God. The suit was filed on behalf of Mr. Tansie's secretary, Betty Penrose, who accused God of negligence in His power over the weather when He allowed a lightning bolt to strike her home. Ms. Penrose won the case when the defendant failed to appear in court. Whether or not she collected has not been recorded.

A man went in to rob a bank. He demanded the clerk to give him all the money. They told him to go sit out in his car and they would bring him the bags of money. He agreed and went out to his car. In the meantime, the people in the bank called the police. When they got there the man was still sitting in his car waiting for the money and they arrested him.

In South Carolina, an inmate who was paralyzed behind bars says in a lawsuit that Spartanburg County jail guards should have stopped him from doing back flips off a desk in his cell. Torrence Johnson, who is suing for unspecified damages, said recently that he fell and crushed a vertebra while being held in maximum-security in 1998.

R.C. Gaitlan, 21, walked up to two patrol officers who were showing their squad car computer felon-location equipment to children in a Detroit neighborhood. When he asked how the system worked, the officer asked him for identification. Gaitlan gave them his drivers license, they entered it into the computer, and moments later they arrested Gaitlan because information on the screen showed Gaitlan was wanted for a two-year-old armed robbery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dennis Newton was on trial for the armed robbery of a convenience store in district court when he fired his lawyer. Assistant district attorney Larry Jones said Newton, 47, was doing a fair job of defending himself until the store manager testified that Newton was the robber. Newton jumped up, accused the woman of lying and then said, "I should have blown your head off." The defendant paused, then quickly added, "If I'd been the one that was there." The jury took 20 minutes to convict Newton and recommended a 30-year sentence.

A Texan convicted of robbery worked out a deal to pay $9600 in damages rather than serve a two-year prison sentence. For payment, he gave the court a forged check. He got his prison term back, plus eight more years.

A man was arrested and charged with the robbery?of vending machines. The man posted bail, entirely in quarters.

A teenager in Belmont, New Hampshire robbed the local convenience store. Getting away with a pocket full of change, the boy walked home. He did not realize, however, that he had holes in both of his pockets. A trail of quarters and dimes led police directly to his house.

A judge in Louisville decided a jury went "a little bit too far" in recommending a sentence of 5,005 years for a man who was convicted of five robberies and a kidnapping. The judge reduced the sentence to 1,001 years.

Eugene-Francois Midocq, a French thief and outlaw, evaded the police for years, turned police spy, joined the force as a detective, and ultimately used his knowledge of crime to establish a new crime-fighting organization, the Surete.

Tyson Mitchell of Iowa City, Iowa walked into the police station, for some reason that nobody understands, and asked the dispatcher if he was wanted for any crimes. He was and was also arrested, on the spot. But wait! There's more! The police found several bags of cocaine in his pocket.

Organized crime is estimated to account for 10% of the United States' national income.

In a stroke of irony, the maximum security prison in St. Albans, Vermont, was responsible in 1996 for sending out public relations brochures enticing tourists to visit Vermont.

A guy wearing pantyhose on his face tried to rob a store in a mall. When security came, he quickly grabbed a shopping bag and pretended to be shopping, forgetting that he was still wearing the pantyhose. He was captured and his loot was returned to the store.

A man robbed a convenience store and ran out with a bag full of cash. He got down the street and realized he had left his car keys on the counter. When he returned to the store, he was promptly arrested.

Eleven days before the statute of limitations was to expire on the Brink's robbery in Boston, Massachusetts, that netted nearly $3 million in January 1950, one of the robbers confessed and betrayed his fellow robbers.

Spies must always know how to go underground?it's in the nature of their job. But during World War I, Heinrich Albert, a German operative in the United States, failed miserably at this task.
The guy was carrying in his briefcase plans to sabotage American factories. So what does he do? He takes the New York City subway and manages to leave his briefcase on the train! American agents following him recovered the documents.

Airport security personnel find about six weapons a day searching passengers.

Ahhh, random....


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Posted on 03-31-05 10:09 AM Link | Quote
It's illegal to walk an elephant up Marketstreet SanFrancisco California unless it's on a leash... I heard that somewhere... fuggin' blue laws.
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The seed of a cherry is called a stone. o.O
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Posted on 03-31-05 04:23 PM Link | Quote
Xeios, where are you getting all these laws from California from? I'm tempted to go to Glendale now and see if the one about horror movies is true.

Anywho:

A "Mosquito Eater" is actually called a Crane Fly and does not eat mosquitos.

Another name for a seagull is a tern.

Dracula was based off two real-life people: Vlad Dracula (the Impaler), and Elizabeth Bathory.

Aibohphobia, the fear of palindromes, is itself a palindrome.

The Finnish word SAIPPUAKIVIKAUPPIAS (a soapstone seller) is the longest known palindrome in any language according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The old first class pool of the Queen Mary, one of the most haunted places in the world, is said to be the most haunted room in the entire ship and where most of the hauntings come from. Ironically, that is where I was placed to work as a monster for a halloween attraction there.

If the Titanic had been moving at half speed she would not have sunk.

Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears

The pig is rated the fourth most intelligent animal but are mentioned only twice in the Bible

A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle - a group of geese in the air is a skein

Animals also are either right-handed or left-handed. Polar bears are left-handed - and so is Kermit the Frog.

And because it is WAY too long, I will link to this: List of what to collective animal names
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Posted on 04-01-05 01:35 AM Link | Quote
If you play a sound at -30 decebels, this creates "brown noise" which makes you poo your pants
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Posted on 04-01-05 05:28 AM Link | Quote
Funny you should put that up , Ryjet. I was watching Mythbusters a couple weeks ago for the hell of it, and they did a test to see whether noise could actually make someone poop. The myth was busted.

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
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Posted on 04-01-05 08:17 AM Link | Quote
does that mean it is false or true? They actually played the sound on the telly and me and my dad felt really strange in our stomachs
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Posted on 04-03-05 04:14 AM Link | Quote
Here's quite a long one, but it's quite interesting. It's actually a Chinese Folk Tale, but some historians now believe it to be true. This is all from memory, so forgive me if some parts are incorrect.
In about 240 AD (Not sure about the exact date this happens), China was split into three dynasties, Wei in the north, Wu in the southeast, and Shu in the southwest. The kingdoms had existed for about thirty years, and since then there had been a long power struggle between the three dynasties. Shu (Which had been founded by a man called Liu Bei, a member of the Han Imperial Line) had been wanting to defeat Wei, after its ruler Cao Pi had overthrown the Han Emperor, and named himself ruler. However, Liu Bei died after a failed and rather foolish campaign against his former ally, Wu. He wanted to get revenge for the deaths of his two freinds and generals, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, however he ended dieing himself not long after the disasterous Battle at Yi Ling. After that, his son Chan and his Prime Minister Zhuge Liang took control of Shu, and restarted the battles against Wei. That was just a bit of introduction, heh.
Anyway, one of Shu's finest and most veteran officers was Zhao Yun, a man who had served Liu Bei since nearly the begining of his rise to power. He was famous for his bravery and talent. In about the year 240 AD, he returned home after a battle against Wei. His wife (Can't remember her name...arg) greeted him, and ran a bath for him. She then started to undress him (Y'know, in a romantic way, not because Yun was lazy or anything), and noticed something. On his chest, there were no scars, scrathes or marks. She said something like:
"My lord, you have been in so many battles, yet your torso is free from scathes. Pray, why is this?"
Zhao replied:
"My wife, in every battle I have been in, I have never once sustained injury."
His wife laughed, and said that perhaps she should mark his chest with a needle. This will show the world that the person who would be allowed to harm him would be his own wife. Zhao agreed, but when his wife pricked his skin with a needle he started bleeding uncontrollably. He tried to stop the bleeding, but it just wouldn't stop. It appeared although Zhao had a blood disorder of some sort. He shouted:
"I have served my entire life as a soldier, yet I am to die from a mere needle?" He died of blood loss not long later.

Freaky, but probably true. Meh, it's more freaky for a Chinese History nerd like myself, who's opinion of Zhao Yun plummeted after reading that.
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Contact lenses have sugar in them.

Now thats odd, and different....hmmmm
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