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RE: Amazing-but-True Facts

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  • Kevin Street
    ... Not too many repeat battles then. But how much carnage is a blind, naked guy going to wreak? ... If this tribe has a casino, the possibilities for get rich
    Message 1 of 7 , Mar 31, 2005
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      Ronn!Blankenship quoted:
      > Scandinavian berserkers used to cut out their eyes before
      > battle to spare themselves the sight of the carnage they
      > invariably wrought.

      Not too many repeat battles then. But how much carnage is a blind, naked guy
      going to wreak?



      > A Native American tribe in South Dakota collects bottle caps
      > left by campers, using them as currency. Several banks in
      > the area now recognize the caps as legal tender.

      If this tribe has a casino, the possibilities for get rich quick schemes are
      unlimited.



      > When subjected to an electric current of at least 50 volts,
      > a cat's tail always points toward the north.

      What if you put the cat on a spinning table while applying the current? Will
      its tail revolve in a circle?



      > Shortly before his execution, Timothy McVeigh constructed
      > a scale model of the Lincoln Memorial with soda crackers.

      And then he took great delight in stomping on it.



      > A prominent organization of anthropologists has predicted that
      > by the year 5000, humans will have two rectums, but only one
      > nostril.

      Gain an orifice and then lose one. What kind of progress is that?



      > As the sheer volume of Internet traffic has increased, the
      > friction of the electrons passing around the planet has
      > increased the overall global temperature by .07 degrees.

      Uh huh.



      > The sound made when a duck passes gas is the precise acoustic
      > opposite of its quack; if it does both simultaneously, there's
      > no audible sound.

      Oh, if only this were true! The universe should be a place of such beautiful
      symmetry.

      Thanks for posting the list! That was fun.

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    • dland@mccmedia.com
      ... They d be more amazing if they were, in fact, true. ... Except for the fact that Jelly Bellies have been around since 1976, at least according to their web
      Message 2 of 7 , Apr 1, 2005
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        On Mar 31, 2005, at 10:18 PM, Ronn!Blankenship wrote:

        > ==================================================================
        > A M A Z I N G - B U T - T R U E F A C T S
        > ==================================================================

        They'd be more amazing if they were, in fact, true.

        > * The brand name "Jelly Belly" was created in 1982 after Nancy
        > Reagan made a much-publicized quip about her husband's
        > 20-pound weight gain.

        Except for the fact that Jelly Bellies have been around since
        1976, at least according to their web site.

        Dave


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      • Erik Reuter
        ... That was 18 minutes and 30 seconds late! For shame, Ronn! _______________________________________________ http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l
        Message 3 of 7 , Apr 1, 2005
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          * Ronn!Blankenship (ronn.blankenship@...) wrote:

          > Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:18:31 -0600

          That was 18 minutes and 30 seconds late! For shame, Ronn!

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        • Ronn!Blankenship
          ... Sometimes messages get held up in transmission rather than being delivered immediately after they are sent . . . --Ronn! :)
          Message 4 of 7 , Apr 1, 2005
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            At 05:01 AM Friday 4/1/2005, Erik Reuter wrote:
            >* Ronn!Blankenship (ronn.blankenship@...) wrote:
            >
            > > Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:18:31 -0600
            >
            >That was 18 minutes and 30 seconds late! For shame, Ronn!


            Sometimes messages get held up in transmission rather than being delivered
            immediately after they are sent . . .


            --Ronn! :)


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          • Max Battcher
            ... I can debunk this one. First of all: 70s/80s, Unix not Linux, Not Secret. During the Unix Wars when there were a large number of Unix versions with
            Message 5 of 7 , Apr 1, 2005
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              Ronn!Blankenship wrote:
              > * In the late '90s, Microsoft secretly developed its own version
              > of Linux, but shelved it after quality control researchers
              > deemed it "too stable."

              I can debunk this one. First of all: 70s/80s, Unix not Linux, Not
              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
              distribution.

              http://www.unix.org/what_is_unix/history_timeline.html
              http://www.ugu.com/sui/ugu/show?I=xenix.history&F=1111111111&G=Y

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