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Spud McLaren
945453.  Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:16 pm Reply with quote

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8. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
I think this means mammals, not animals. Otherwise, where does that leave snakes?

It's probably not true for mammals, either. And whoever wrote
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13. Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
obviously never owned a dog.

 
Efros
945455.  Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:39 pm Reply with quote

Or indeed seen Bonobos.

 
Moosh
945461.  Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:24 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
4. The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field.

Tangential to the main thrust but the length of a football field (Association or American) is about 110m. Or about 60 times a human body length, not 350.

According to a wikipedia (I know, but I'm in the middle of getting ready for work and don't have time) fleas jump about 100 times (33cm) their body length (up to 0.33cm).

 
'yorz
945465.  Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:48 am Reply with quote

I remember watching a scientific program on Dutch TV in 1963/64 where they showed the human equivalent of the pulling power of an ant: a man was pulling an empty railway wagon (wooden one).

If somebody doubts my words - the program is available from Dutch telly on DVD. For a fee.

 
Jenny
945533.  Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:48 am Reply with quote

I don't know about butterflies, but starfish taste with their feet.

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1247239.  Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:21 am Reply with quote

16. The actual body on display has a wax head. The original one shrivelled up after a botched attempt at mummification. For decades it shared the same cabinet as the rest of the body but, after it became the victim of so many pranks, it was locked away permanently.

32. Not true. The Taj Mahal ('crown of palaces')'s chief architect was called Ustad Ahmad Lahauri and he led a team of 20000 artisans in building it. He also employed about 1000 elephants to do the really heavy lifting.

37. JK Rowling has given away so much of her wealth that she is no longer classed as a billionaire.

 
duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk
1247241.  Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:23 am Reply with quote

47. He first contracted hiccups after slaughtering a hog.

 
Snowywebb
1287999.  Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:15 pm Reply with quote

18: Honey mead (one of the oldest forms of alcoholic beveridge, first recorded in ancient Greece) is made from fermented honey and water, in other words honey can be broken down by bacteria.

 
crissdee
1288033.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:31 am Reply with quote

duglasbell@hotmail.co.uk wrote:
37. JK Rowling has given away so much of her wealth that she is no longer classed as a billionaire.


I doubt she was ever a billionaire. Watching a documentary about her a few years ago, the presenter said that he had heard she was worth £450 million. She instantly replied; "That's bollocks."* When he asked her for clarification, she said that she was worth "quite a lot, but nothing like £450m"


*Her actual words iirc.

 
Efros
1288034.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:43 am Reply with quote

Estimated now at over $650 million. So about £490 million, whatever it is she ain't worrying about the light bill.

 
Snowywebb
1288050.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:30 am Reply with quote

Whatís a £160 million between friends?
Just a trifle I think Stephen would have said.

 
cornixt
1288088.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:20 am Reply with quote

Snowywebb wrote:
18: Honey mead (one of the oldest forms of alcoholic beveridge, first recorded in ancient Greece) is made from fermented honey and water, in other words honey can be broken down by bacteria.

Technically, it's yeast, which are fungal rather than bacteria.

The idea that honey doesn't spoil is a curious one, since many bad things will happy consume the sugar given enough moisture and air. In a sealed container a lot of things would probably keep well for a long time. I guess the sugar molecules won't break down as easily as in other foods.

 
Snowywebb
1288134.  Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:22 pm Reply with quote

One thing I can say about Honey Mead is its a very nice drop!

There is a country town in New South Wales called Mudgee that has a couple of Honey Mead producers.

Like sherry it is produced to please a variety of palates from dry to sweet.

I prefer dry... chilled itís a very refreshing drink on a hot day, though it can sneak up on you - its pretty potent.

 
Dirk
1330189.  Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:07 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
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8. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
I think this means mammals, not animals. Otherwise, where does that leave snakes?

Depends on what you call 'jump'. Flying snakes jump off trees. But that's jumping down.
Well, actually, they don't fly, it's more like controlled falling.


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Dirk
1330190.  Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:19 am Reply with quote

BigSkinny wrote:

12.In Italy, police drive Lamborghinis.

The Dutch Rijkspolitie ('state police'?), which existed from 1945 to 1993 and patrolled the motorways, drove Porsches from 1960 onwards. In total, they used 509 Porsches. Most think they were all Porsche 911, but 914 and 924 were also used.
Source in Dutch:
http://www.porschepolitie.nl/historie/

 

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