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904238.  Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:18 am Reply with quote

OK, rubbish title. But I hope the concept is decent.

The first person posts an quite interesting fact. The next person then posts another quite interesting fact that is related to the previous one. Wash, rinse and repeat.

To start: The square root sign was once the letter 'r' but over time it became the symbol we know and use today.

dr bartolo
904242.  Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:24 am Reply with quote

the dangerous history of the quadratic funcition
It is reported that , in 1486, Spanish mathematician Paolo Valmes was burned at the stake for claiming to have solved the quartic equation. Inquisitor General Tomás de Torquemada allegedly told him that it was the will of God that such a solution be inaccessible to human understanding.[2] However, attempts to find corroborating evidence for this story, or for the existence of Paolo Valmes, have not succeeded.[3]

( wiki)

904266.  Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:47 am Reply with quote

Edward Wightman (Burbage, December 20, 1566- April 11, 1612) was an English radical Anabaptist, executed at Lichfield on various charges of heresy brought by the Church of England, though little of his own words and none of his own writings survive. He was the last person to be burnt at the stake for heresy in England.

904272.  Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:00 pm Reply with quote

In 1401, the king authorised a Statute of Heresy which gave the clergy power to arrest and try those suspected of heresy. The first to suffer under the new act was one William Sautre, a priest, who was executed at (Kings) Lynn in 1402. It was not the practice to strangle heretics before they were burnt so they died slow and horrible deaths - being literally burned alive.

904285.  Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:48 pm Reply with quote

Lynn originated as a settlement on a constricted site to the south of the mouth of the River Great Ouse. Development began in the early 10th century, but was not recorded until the early 11th century.

In 1101, Bishop Herbert de Losinga of Thetford began the first medieval town between two rivers, the Purfleet to the north and Mill Fleet to the south, by commissioning Saint Margaret's Church and authorising a market. In the same year, the Bishop granted the peoplle of Lynn the right to hold a market on Saturday.

Trade built up along the waterways that stretched inland from Lynn, and the town expanded between these two rivers.

904322.  Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:56 pm Reply with quote

Astonishing new statistics show that King's Lynn is the lawn mower pinching capital of Norfolk. According to the Lynn News, nearly half of all mowers stolen in the whole of Norfolk go walkabout around here.

904325.  Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:15 pm Reply with quote

The first lawn mower was invented by Edwin Budding in 1827 in Thrupp, just outside Stroud, in Gloucestershire. Budding's mower was designed primarily to cut the lawn on sports grounds and extensive gardens, as a superior alternative to the scythe, and was granted a British patent on August 31, 1830.

904510.  Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:42 pm Reply with quote

Edwin Budding is also credited with the invention of the screw adjustable spanner.

904513.  Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:06 pm Reply with quote

The Spanner barb (Puntius lateristriga), or t-barb is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the Cyprininae sub-family of the Cyprinidae family. It originates in inland waters in Asia, and is found from the Malay Peninsula to Borneo.

904522.  Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:12 pm Reply with quote

Dick Spanner, P.I. was a 1986 British stop-motion animated comedy series which parodied Chandleresque detective shows. The titular character and main protagonist was Dick Spanner, voiced by Shane Rimmer, a robotic private detective who works cases in a futuristic urban setting. The show made frequent use of puns and visual gags.

904523.  Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:25 pm Reply with quote

Stop-motion animation has a long history in film. It was often used to show objects moving as if by magic. The first instance of the stop-motion technique can be credited to Albert E. Smith and J Stuart Blackton for The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1897), in which a toy circus of acrobats and animals come to life.

904559.  Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:11 pm Reply with quote

This is almost like Qing Qong.

904577.  Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:27 am Reply with quote

Ping pong was invented by the upper class as a parlour game in the 1880s. It was first played using a row of books across the middle of the table and using a golf ball. Cigar box lids were used as bats. It was called 'wiff waff'.

Qing qong is a game played on the QI Talk forum. There is a version known as 'Twisty Qing Qong.'

904590.  Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:31 am Reply with quote

Ping pong was banned in the Soviet Union from 1930 to 1950. It was believed to be harmful to the eyes.

904687.  Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:56 am Reply with quote

There is a belief among many that masturbation is bad for one's eyesight.
This would appear to be bunkum.


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