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Arcane
583162.  Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:46 am Reply with quote

Post your random "H" facts, figures, records or other interesting tidbits.

The heaviest gas is Radon, with an atomic number of 222.

The heaviest non elemental gas is Tungsten hexaflouride, which is 10 times heavier than air.

The hardest metallic element is chromium, with a Mohs value of 8.5. It is also responsible for the red colour of rubies.

Half life (longest) - half life is the measurement of how long it takes an unstable element to decay. Bismuth 209 was found in 2003 to decay with a half life of approximately 20 billion billion years. It had previously thought to have been stable.

 
Susannah Dingley
583220.  Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:58 am Reply with quote

The hightest temperature ever recorded on the surface of Earth is 58C (331 K).

 
soup
583237.  Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:16 am Reply with quote

Susannah Dingley wrote:
The hightest temperature ever recorded on the surface of Earth is 58C (331 K).


Are you sure?

Seem to remember measuring the temperature of boiling water at 100 C
Ok this was in a classroom but near enough ground level to be considered as on the surface of the earth.

 
Susannah Dingley
583255.  Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:07 am Reply with quote

Highest meteorological temperature.

 
Davini994
583268.  Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:34 am Reply with quote

Skin burns at 55 degrees, so that's quite hot. I've been in 50+ in the shade in India. Everyone lay down covered in in wet towels. My thermometer exploded.

 
Curious Danny
583423.  Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:50 pm Reply with quote

The happiest country is reportedly Denmark (although no-one told Hamlet)

or Costa Rica (despite 50% of households being on the US minimum wage)

or Vanuatu

or Car Nicobar in the Bay of Bengal

or Iceland

The moral of the story - you can't quantify happiness.

 
Starfish13
583567.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:11 am Reply with quote

I thought it was Bhutan.

 
Ameena
583574.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:34 am Reply with quote

Then there's the happiest ape, of course - the bonobo :).

 
Curious Danny
583701.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:25 am Reply with quote

Starfish13 wrote:
I thought it was Bhutan.


You're confusing happiness with simple lifestyles.

 
Sadurian Mike
583735.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:25 am Reply with quote

No, plenty of surveys have given Bhutan a high "happiness" rating. A few years ago it was ranked the happiest in Asia and 8th happiest in the world.

 
Starfish13
583752.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:59 am Reply with quote

I thought it was Bhutan, as they measure their quality of life using Gross National Happiness, rather than GDP.

The four pillars of GNH are:
    promotion of sustainable development
    promotion and preservation of cultural values
    conservation of the natural environment
    and the establishment of good governance


As well-being and happiness are subjective quantities, they cannot be measured and compared directly.

Apparently though only rating 8th out of 178 in the Subjective Well-Being index, Bhutan is the only country in the top 20 with a very low GDP.

 
Curious Danny
583818.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:14 pm Reply with quote

Starfish13 wrote:
The four pillars of GNH are:
    promotion of sustainable development
    promotion and preservation of cultural values
    conservation of the natural environment
    and the establishment of good governance


Seeing as how it is the only country to measure it, you could say the system works in its favour. Also, since the population is very rural and not very well informed, it is difficult for them to be compared with other populations.
Also, the expulsion of Nepalese "illegal immigrants" in the late 20th century does not sound like good governance.

 
Davini994
583836.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:54 pm Reply with quote

Post 578712 is relevant.

 
QiScorpion
583843.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:13 pm Reply with quote

Davini994 wrote:
Post 578712 is relevant.


I don't know why but I read this as "irrelevant" first time. :S


The highest bungee jump is on the Macau Tower.

 
Arcane
583957.  Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:53 pm Reply with quote

I thought Disneyland was the happiest place on earth? *illusion shattered*

 

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