What Did You Learn Today?
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22-04-2014, 05:49 PM (This post was last modified: 22-04-2014 05:55 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
Hippos and crocs don't much like each other.

Hippos win. ... Hippo is some scary sumo shit with Mike Tyson teeth and shit.

#sigh
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29-04-2014, 06:41 AM
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(From Dawkins, no less!) About the so called nuptial (or mating) flight of ants: apparently ants mate while flying, where, according to Dawkins “each female collects a lifetime’s supply of sperm, which she will store inside her body and eke out over the course of a long life”, like some weird Pez dispenser of sperm! (Though, come to think, that’s pretty much what males… New thought. New thought! Undecided)

Also, this (which I could totally have done without!): “During "the quick and violent mating," the male literally explodes his internal genitalia into the genital chamber of the queen and quickly dies.”

I also learnt (or probably relearnt) why squinting makes us see better. The clip is interesting in its own right, even if optics never was my favourite part of high-school physics (in all honesty, high-school physics wasn’t my favourite part of high-school physics Rolleyes ), but if this isn’t one of the best unwitting metaphors for religion…

“Make a tiny hole, look through it and the world will become clear again […] It only allows light to come from one place […] Of course they create images by blocking, rather than focusing light, so the images are much darker.”




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29-04-2014, 07:02 AM
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Now theres something I can use.... the pinhole trick. Thumbsup

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05-05-2014, 06:51 AM
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It would appear that my life these days revolves around sand and 3D. There might very well be a metaphor involving illusions and sandcastles in this, but I ain’t digging around that sandbox Rolleyes (sorry pics are so huge...)

"We've seen other people doing stuff on beaches, but it's always been geometric, flat shapes, like a pattern, so we thought we'd get into the whole 3D thing," he said. "And I kind of like the fact that it disappears at the end of the day when the tide comes in. It makes it impermanent."

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Also, apparently, da Vinci "might have created the world’s first 3-D image. And it’s the Mona Lisa. Or to be more exact, it’s both the Mona Lisa you know, in the Louvre, and a copy housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid. Researchers in Germany argue that the Prado version was painted in da Vinci’s studio at the same time, from a slightly different position. The distance between the two perspectives is very close to the distance between a person’s eyes, creating a stereoscopic 3-D effect when the two are combined."

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Well, if you say so… Drinking Beverage

And (‘cause you can never cram too much stuff into a post. Or at least I can’t…): the crazy toothery of narwhals (for once, the default position seems to be left. I feel strangely vindicated!): the male narwhal’s tusk is actually a tooth, and it grows directly through the whale’s upper lip instead of pushing the lip aside. It’s an exuberantly large version of a canine tooth that grows in a spiral; the only tooth known to do so. Otherwise narwhals are practically toothless, with only vestigial stubs that stop growing during development and rarely emerge into the mouth. Most narwhals grow only one, the left tooth, and it always spirals to the left. Even in the rare cases where a right tusk emerges too, it also spirals to the left instead of having the mirror symmetry usual for mammal body parts.

PS. Warhorse, I should definitely hope you were talking about the pinhole trick Wink

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05-05-2014, 07:17 AM
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Yeah, I was. The deal with making a hole with your finger to see better..... it works and I like it. Smile

BTW, love your posts, always very interesting stuff. Thumbsup

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27-05-2014, 12:22 AM
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Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated.

Thanks to Abstrakt Goldsmith for this nugget of history that most of us never learned in school.
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02-06-2014, 06:02 PM
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I learned not all cats use litter boxes

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02-06-2014, 10:58 PM
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Angry

If I don't get another spare key for my car door, I stand a good chance of literally screwing myself by being stranded in the dark!
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08-06-2014, 08:31 PM
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The white crayon is for coloring in teeth, eyes and sparkle dots, so that when you smear a big color across the spot, you can take your finger nail and scrape the color off of where you want the white to be.
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08-06-2014, 08:46 PM
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I have a slow mind. I know..
It just never dawned on me that the white crayon is used that way.
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