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23 minutes ago, JohnPhD said:

Are these supposed to be the sort of things Sheldon might mention at lunch (or on the stairs)?

They could be, but they don't have to be.

Just facts you know, which might be interesting to other FMs.

Preferably not something, which is pretty much universally known.

Let's try to make them "Well I never knew that!" kind of facts.

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 Adult Mayflies have non functional mouth parts, their stomach area is just filled with air so they are unable to eat. their life span is usually no longer than 24 hours and the shortest is a type of female Mayfly that only lives for five minutes. But to make up for these shortcomings, both sexes have two sets of sex organs.

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These are the 5 biggest gaffes in Nobel Prize history

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/01/gaffes-in-nobel-prize-history/

STOCKHOLM — Nobel Prizes cannot be revoked, so the judges must put a lot of thought into their selections for the six awards, which will be announced in the next two weeks.

bla,bla,bla

When the medicine committee awarded a cancer discovery that wasn’t

Danish scientist Johannes Fibiger won the 1926 medicine award for discovering that a roundworm caused cancer in rats.

There was only one problem: the roundworm didn’t cause cancer in rats.

Fibiger insisted his research showed that rats ingesting worm larvae by eating cockroaches developed cancer. At the time when he won the prize, the Nobel judges thought that made perfect sense.

It later turned out the rats developed cancer from a lack of vitamin A.

Oops.

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From The NOAA Hurricane Matthew update

2. Hurricane winds increase very rapidly with height, and occupants of high-rise buildings in the Jacksonville area are at particular risk of strong winds.

Winds at the top of a 30-story building will average one Saffir-Simpson category higher than the winds near the surface.

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Baby Harp Seal

(Pagophilus groenlandicus)

Harp seals spend relatively little time on land and prefer to swim in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. They can remain under water for up to 15 minutes. Harp seals are 1 .6m-1. 9m (5 .25ft-6. 25ft) in size and weigh up to 180kg (400lbs). Their average life expectancy in the wild is about 20 years.

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The two sets of slots on a stapler anvil, are for long term and short term securing of papers.

The side that turns the staple legs inwards (it looks like the mouth on the face) is for long term fastening, and the side that turns the staple legs outward (it looks like the eyes on the face) is for short term fastening.

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On 1/3/2017 at 3:34 PM, Stephen Hawking said:

The two sets of slots on a stapler anvil, are for long term and short term securing of papers.

The side that turns the staple legs inwards (it looks like the mouth on the face) is for long term fastening, and the side that turns the staple legs outward (it looks like the eyes on the face) is for short term fastening.

stapler2.jpg

That may have been the intent, but the Staple Remover works better on the Mouth of the Face "long term" solution. 

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2 hours ago, Retired CreativeGenius said:

That may have been the intent, but the Staple Remover works better on the Mouth of the Face "long term" solution. 

You don't need a staple remover, to remove a staple with the legs turned outward.

You can easily remove it with your fingers.

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Binary Stars To Merge, Explode In 2022

https://www.yahoo.com/news/binary-stars-merge-explode-2022-071048722.html

Two stars, which are actually a contact binary (two stars that orbit each other, and also share a common atmosphere), about 1,800 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation, will merge and explode around 2022, and the event, which will lead to the formation of a red nova, will be visible to the naked eye when it occurs.

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After the merger and explosion, the resultant red nova star will appear in a previously dark spot of the sky and be visible as part of the constellation Cygnus, in the recognizable Northern Cross star pattern.

Everybody, get your eyes naked.

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Perhaps a world ruled by a giant beaver wouldn't lose Denmark's namesake pastry because in Denmark,  they're called Wienerbrød which means 'Vienna Bread' because they come from Austria, not Denmark. The inventor of the Danish never had to build dams in Denmark to appease a giant beaver overlord.

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http://www.techtimes.com/articles/193469/20170119/nasa-mission-to-send-probe-to-metal-asteroid-worth-10-000-quadrillion.htm

NASA Mission To Send Probe To Metal Asteroid Worth $10,000 Quadrillion

Besides being one of the largest asteroids that astronomers know of and one of the most massive objects in the asteroid belt, the 200-kilometer-wide 16 Psyche is different from other asteroids with rocky and icy bodies because it is primarily made of metals.

The asteroid contains iron, nickel and possibly some rare Earth metals such as platinum, cobalt and gold. The composition of this object is so valuable the asteroid could be worth a lot of money if it gets hauled to our planet with a price tag.

Elkins-Tanton said that the iron found in this body alone could be worth about $10,000 quadrillion, an amount the whole world's economy can't certainly afford since the gross world product in 2015 was only about $73.7 trillion.

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If they take the Gold, the price of Gold on earth would plummet. 

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Ancient human ancestor was a big mouth

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/01/30/ancient-human-ancestor-big-mouth/97243458/

 

The earliest known human ancestor was a microscopic sea creature with a huge mouth, scientists say.

The freaky-looking thing lived about 450 million years ago and now takes the prize as humanity's earliest ancestor, according to a study released Monday

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The animal probably lived between grains of sand on the seabed. Its features were well-preserved in the fossil record — and intriguingly, the researchers did not find any evidence that the animal had an anus. This means it may have both eaten and excreted through its mouth.

 

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1 hour ago, walnutcowboy said:

 Sounds like our last president.

You haven't been paying attention. Our current President is all mouth. He can only use superlatives in reference to himself; unfortunately, they aren't fact based. This is not the forum for Politics. Please refrain from trying to turn it into one. 

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Fischer's lovebirds

(Agapornis fischeri)

Lovebirds are one of the most popular pet parrot species. Fischer's lovebirds are known for their gentle nature, but are packed with energy. On average, most lovebirds fall between 12.7cm-17.8cm (5in-7in) in length. In nature or in captivity they may live up to 15 years if they have a good environment. On average they weigh between 42.5g-70.9g (1.5oz-2.5oz).

 

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