Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

 
Chad Orzel is bored so he asked his readers to Tell him something he doesn't know. It's lot's of fun reading the comments on his blog so I though I'd ask for more.

Can you tell me something I don't know? I can assure you that there's plenty of opportunities.

14 comments :

  1. Charcoal briquettes were invented by Henry Ford.

    Francois Mitterand staged a phony assassination attempt on himself in 1959 while he was a Senator. His collaborator (the "assassin" who had fired at M's car) ratted him out.

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  2. There are more overweight people in the world right now than undernourished.

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  3. In baseball, "batting out of order" results in an out charged to the batter who should have batted (and not the batter who improperly batted), a "ground rule double" is not a ground rule at all, and when the "infield fly rule" is invoked all force plays are removed.

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  4. Moose colonized North America through stepping stone pattern along the periglacial space, starting from Beringia.

    The brooding period for fertilized eggs in some brachyuran crabs is between 1 or two 2 years, depending on temperature. Because they live at the thermal threshold, the number of degree days can dramatically effect brooding time.

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  5. Perfect game by relief pitcher:

    On June 23,1917 in a game between the Red Sox and Senators, after walking the leadoff hitter, the Boston pitcher erupted in anger, was ejected, and threw a punch at the umpire, which would result in a ten-game suspension. Ernie Shore came into the game in relief, the baserunner was out stealing, and Shore retired all twenty-six batters he faced, for which he was credited with a perfect game until the 1990s.

    The name of that hotheaded starting pitcher? Babe Ruth.

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  6. The Japanese language lack grammatical pluralization and future tense.

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  7. Dropping molten lead into water, where it freezes into funny/interesting shapes, and interpreting those shapes by candlelight for the purpose of fortune telling is a form of pareidolia practiced by Nordic tribes called Molybdomancy.

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  8. No McFly ever amounted to anything in the history of Hill Valley.

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  9. The "Ark of the Covenant" referred to in the christian bible is a perfect capacitor.

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  10. I'm new here and I just added you to my RSS-feed. Greetings from Sweden!

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  11. The proof that P != NP is probably wrong. See this article by Scott Aaronson at Shtetl-optimized.

    Brent Butt's comedy "Corner Gas" was filmed in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, which stood in for the fictional town of Dog River.

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  12. On my keyboard the letter 'b' is broken. I ban't write 'bigarettes' and 'bat', for example.

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