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Surprising facts

  1. Nov 5, 2010 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    There are more English-speaking people in India, than in the US.
     
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  3. Nov 5, 2010 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Marshmellows are the modern form of a medicinal confection made from Althaea officinalis, the marshmallow plant.
     
  4. Nov 5, 2010 #3

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    Humans will never invent a device that can lift 6.02 x 10^23 items of anything large enough for a human to see - even with a microscope.

    And, for those that don't recognize it, 6.02 x 10^23 is Avogadro's number - the number of molecules in a mole.

    A glass of water has a little less than 14 moles of water, or about 8 x 10^24 molecules of water. That's more molecules in a glass of water than there are glasses of water in the ocean (about 5 x 10^21 cups of water in the ocean).

    I was kind of shocked by the 5 x 10^21 cups of water in the ocean. Who filled up all those cups and whose going to clean them out?
     
  5. Nov 5, 2010 #4

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    We already have one similar thread, it is called random thoughts.
     
  6. Nov 5, 2010 #5

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    Competence and fluency are a bit more problematic. I spend 2 hours on the phone today trying to get air-time added to my wife's TracFone after the automated process failed. Not fun. The help-desk guy couldn't reliably repeat the SN, PIN, etc needed to get those minutes into the phone, and he was impossible to understand. I had to ask him to repeat everything.
     
  7. Nov 5, 2010 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    Uh, no. That thread is loaded with nonsense and minor daily thoughts. This is supposed to be fact based.
     
  8. Nov 5, 2010 #7

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    Let's try... spinach is not iron rich.
     
  9. Nov 5, 2010 #8

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    Potatoes have twice as much potassium as bananas.
     
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    The normally rare "woolly earthstar", trichaster melanocephalum, can be found in abundance at the old airport Fornebu outside Oslo:
    [PLAIN]http://admin.soppognyttevekster.no/media/manedensBilde/2010/Trichaster.JPG [Broken]
     
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  11. Nov 5, 2010 #10

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    Bell peppers have twice as much vitamin C than oranges, by weight.
     
  12. Nov 5, 2010 #11

    radou

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    Tarantula bites are not deadly to humans.
     
  13. Nov 5, 2010 #12

    Evo

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    Deep fried tarantulas taste like soft shelled crabs...with fur.
     
  14. Nov 5, 2010 #13
    Americans can hear a difference in pronunciation of the words "either" and "ether", but rarely recognize that they could just as well pronounce them the same, and nobody would notice.
     
  15. Nov 5, 2010 #14
    I would notice. I don't just hear a difference, there really is a difference.
     
  16. Nov 5, 2010 #15

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    You mean if the person I spoke to didn't know what ether was?
     
  17. Nov 5, 2010 #16

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    What if you didn't know, ether? :tongue:
     
  18. Nov 5, 2010 #17

    Borek

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    When speaking about ether you better know what you are talking about, either you get banned.
     
  19. Nov 5, 2010 #18

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    The skins of canned tangerine parts are removed by soaking them in HCl.
     
  20. Nov 5, 2010 #19
    Are there any other Americans who wish to prove my "surprising fact"? :rofl:
     
  21. Nov 5, 2010 #20
    George Bush is the only U.S. President to have earned an MBA.
     
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