RE: Amazing-but-True Facts
- Ronn!Blankenship quoted:
> Scandinavian berserkers used to cut out their eyes beforeNot too many repeat battles then. But how much carnage is a blind, naked guy
> battle to spare themselves the sight of the carnage they
> invariably wrought.
going to wreak?
> A Native American tribe in South Dakota collects bottle capsIf this tribe has a casino, the possibilities for get rich quick schemes are
> left by campers, using them as currency. Several banks in
> the area now recognize the caps as legal tender.
> When subjected to an electric current of at least 50 volts,What if you put the cat on a spinning table while applying the current? Will
> a cat's tail always points toward the north.
its tail revolve in a circle?
> Shortly before his execution, Timothy McVeigh constructedAnd then he took great delight in stomping on it.
> a scale model of the Lincoln Memorial with soda crackers.
> A prominent organization of anthropologists has predicted thatGain an orifice and then lose one. What kind of progress is that?
> by the year 5000, humans will have two rectums, but only one
> As the sheer volume of Internet traffic has increased, theUh huh.
> friction of the electrons passing around the planet has
> increased the overall global temperature by .07 degrees.
> The sound made when a duck passes gas is the precise acousticOh, if only this were true! The universe should be a place of such beautiful
> opposite of its quack; if it does both simultaneously, there's
> no audible sound.
Thanks for posting the list! That was fun.
- On Mar 31, 2005, at 10:18 PM, Ronn!Blankenship wrote:
> ==================================================================They'd be more amazing if they were, in fact, true.
> A M A Z I N G - B U T - T R U E F A C T S
> * The brand name "Jelly Belly" was created in 1982 after NancyExcept for the fact that Jelly Bellies have been around since
> Reagan made a much-publicized quip about her husband's
> 20-pound weight gain.
1976, at least according to their web site.
- At 05:01 AM Friday 4/1/2005, Erik Reuter wrote:
>* Ronn!Blankenship (ronn.blankenship@...) wrote:Sometimes messages get held up in transmission rather than being delivered
> > Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:18:31 -0600
>That was 18 minutes and 30 seconds late! For shame, Ronn!
immediately after they are sent . . .
- Ronn!Blankenship wrote:
> * In the late '90s, Microsoft secretly developed its own versionI can debunk this one. First of all: 70s/80s, Unix not Linux, Not
> of Linux, but shelved it after quality control researchers
> deemed it "too stable."
Secret. During the Unix Wars when there were a large number of Unix
versions with different names Microsoft ported one to certain PC flavors
named Xenix. Microsoft had no intention of selling it themselves, but
subsequently resold licenses to Xenix to several smaller companies and
OEMs to market and sell themselves.
The best selling Xenix distribution was SCO Xenix. SCO is well known
now for being "litigious bastards". Eventually they ended up purchasing
the last remaining remnants of the original AT&T Unix properties, well
after the Unix source and brand had been too widely diffused, and then
used those patents and copyrights to sue just about every other Unix
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