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'yorz
922989.  Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:21 pm Reply with quote

Fun rib condoms: textured condoms include studded and ribbed condoms which can provide extra sensations to both partners. In ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, pregnancy prevention was generally seen as a woman's responsibility, and the only well documented contraception methods were female-controlled devices. In Asia before the 15th century, some use of glans condoms (devices covering only the head of the penis) is recorded. Condoms seem to have been used for contraception, and to have been known only by members of the upper classes. In China, glans condoms may have been made of oiled silk paper, or of lamb intestines. In Japan, they were made of tortoise shell or animal horn.

[my bold] *snigger*

 
Strawberry
923032.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:12 am Reply with quote

Over 70% of Japan consists of mountains. The country also has over 200 volcanoes.

 
Oceans Edge
923145.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:13 am Reply with quote

Indonesia has the most number of volcanoes of any country. It has 167 of the 850 active volcanoes known in the world. These include the famous volcanoes Krakatoa, Tambora, and Merapi. Japan and the United States follow in rank.

EDIT: (hurmmm apparently there's a lot of debate about what's called a volcano, there are varying numbers for Indonesia from 127 to 167, and for Japan from 118 to the 200 quote above)

 
Strawberry
923160.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:46 am Reply with quote

Locally, Indonesia is also knows as Tanah Air Kita. This means Our Land and Water.

Some of the world's largest produces of nutmeg come from Indonesia.

 
Spud McLaren
923184.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:15 pm Reply with quote

The most important commercial species of nutmeg is Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia. The nutmeg tree is important for two spices derived from the fruit: nutmeg and mace.

Nutmeg is the seed of the tree, roughly egg-shaped and about 20 to 30 mm (0.8 to 1 in) long and 15 to 18 mm (0.6 to 0.7 in) wide, and weighing between 5 and 10 g (0.2 and 0.4 oz) dried, while mace is the dried "lacy" reddish covering or aril of the seed.

I love nutmeg on mushrooms, but it's dangerous stuff in sufficient quantity.

 
Strawberry
923185.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:35 pm Reply with quote

There are over 38, 000 mushroom varieties today.

Early Romans referred to mushrooms as "the food of the gods".

 
Spud McLaren
923191.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:53 pm Reply with quote

Minor planet no.38,000 was discovered on May 22, 1998.

 
Strawberry
923193.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:01 pm Reply with quote

On the 22nd of May, 1939, hitler and mussolini created the Axis with a'Pact of Steel', a 10 year pact of friendship and alliance.

 
Spud McLaren
923201.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:31 pm Reply with quote

Under Mussolini, the Pontine Marshes were to a large extent drained and could be used for agriculture. However, due to German action at the Battle of Anzio, most of this work was reversed and the land again became a malarial swamp. Thankfully, enough of the drainage structure survived for restoration after the war.

 
Strawberry
923202.  Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:06 pm Reply with quote

There are two kinds of marsh: freshwater marshes and saltwater marshes. The largest freshwater marsh in the United States is the Florida Everglades.

 
Oceans Edge
923529.  Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:59 am Reply with quote

The Great Marsh of New England is the world's largest salt water marsh at over 20,000 acres extending from Gloucester to Salisbury in Massachusetts

 
'yorz
923532.  Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:09 am Reply with quote

Marsh - lead me to John Marsh, trustworthy righthand of the Togmeister, and thus to
Janet and John.

Sit back and enjoy the smut. ;-D

 
Strawberry
923536.  Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:32 am Reply with quote

Bleugh, terry wogan.

Janet and John books were first introduced in primary schools until the 1970s. 70% of Britain's adults learnt to read with Janet and John.

 
Oceans Edge
923540.  Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:51 am Reply with quote

very amusing.... you might also enjoy Tales from the Vinyl Cafe from CBC Radio - Stuart McLean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDHFU7HeZPc

A long running Canadian Iconic show, McLean combines interviews, current events, music, chat, and anecdotal stories of his fictious 'friend Dave, greyer side of middle aged, owner of the Vinyl Cafe record shop'
http://www.cbc.ca/vinylcafe/home.php

Apparently BBC Radio 7 carries the show as well :)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00d3kdp/

 
Strawberry
923964.  Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:27 am Reply with quote

Heinrich Hertz discovered wireless radio in the late 1800s, when he proved energy (and thus sound) could be sent point-to-point using wires.

Radio wasn't always referred to as "Radio". Various terms were offered to describe "electromagnetic radiation," including "electric waves," "ether waves," "spark technology," "space technology," "aerography" and "wireless".

Even "atomgraphy" was suggested by G.C. Dietz in the November 30, 1901 edition of Electrical Review.

 

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