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Nero was 35 miles away when fire broke out in Rome and the violin would not be developed for many centuries.

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This is a quote but also true.  Dennis Miller:  "Custer was considered a military genius until five minutes before the Battle of Big Horn".

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On 6/17/2020 at 11:17 PM, The Crimson King said:
  • Elephants are the only animal that cannot jump (resulting in low rebound totals for elephants in basketball)

I've never seen a caterpiller jump.  Or a worm. 

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Speaking of hangmen, there was a big problem about forty years ago in the US as to where to find one.  Seems somebody got sentenced to hang, probably the last one, and nobody had been hanged instead of lethally injected in so long that there was nobody left in the country who knew how to do it.

 

The closest one was a Canadian.  But not just any Canadian, it was a woodsman who hunted bear and other large animals and had no phone or permanent address.  The only way anyone could communicate with him was to leave a note on a tree that he frequently checked on his hunts and he got back to you.  The process could take months.  Not that big a deal, since executions take years to happen.

 

So when his services were required in the US, his friend left the usual note on the usual tree and waited the usual months.  But this time, no answer.  After many more months, it was clear that the hunter was not answering.  Speculation was that he had ended up as dinner for a bear.

 

Never did find out what happened to the intended hangee, whether he was allowed to live or if they executed him some other way.

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8 hours ago, AFJF said:

Reading a book on climage change that mentions that after birth, blue whales feed off of their mother and gain 10 pounds an hour.  

Jesus.

Speaking of whales.....

 

The whale that is 25 years OLDER than the USA: Scientists discover Bowheads could have been swimming around the Arctic for 268 years

    Australian scientists at CSIRO worked out animals' lifespan using 42 genes
    The bowhead whale, which is the longest-living mammal, can live for 268 years
    None that old have been found but one had a 200-year-old harpoon in it

By Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 14:31 EDT, 12 December 2019 | Updated: 00:12 EDT, 13 December 2019

 

Somewhere in the ocean there could be a whale that has been alive since 25 years before the USA existed and seven years before Admiral Nelson was born.

Scientists have discovered that many mammals may live far longer than expected, meaning the bowhead whale has an average 268-year life expectancy.

Although none has been found that dates to 1751, it would explain why a whale found in 2007 had a 200-year-old harpoon lodged in it.
 

The bowhead whale can live 268 years, the study revealed, meaning existing species may have been in the ocean before the Victorian era
Scientists at Australia's national science agency have developed a DNA-based lifespan 'clock' that they claim can accurately estimate how long different vertebrates are likely to survive

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Scientists at Australia's national science agency have developed a DNA-based lifespan 'clock' that they claim can accurately estimate how long different vertebrates are likely to survive

Scientists at Australia's national science agency have developed a DNA-based lifespan 'clock' that they claim can accurately estimate how long different vertebrates are likely to survive

 

Bowheads, which live in the Arctic, were previously known to live at least 211 years, after one was dated using amino acids from its eye.

But Australian researchers who used a genetic 'clock' to predict animals' lifespans say the whales live nearly 60 years longer than that.

They worked this out from studying 42 genes and a chemical process they undergo called methylation that can be used to predict life expectancy.
Researchers also found the maximum natural lifespan of humans is 38 years, which matches anthropological estimates of lifespan in early modern humans

To estimate lifespan for the extinct woolly mammoth, the researchers worked with a genome assembled from the genome of the modern African elephant, which lives for 65 years

Study author Dr Benjamin Mayne, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Canberra, said: 'Vertebrates range hugely in lifespan, from a pygmy goby, a tropical fish which lives for only eight weeks, to a bowhead whale.

'It is incredible to think that there is an animal which lives for almost three centuries and could have been alive when Captain Cook first arrived in Australia.

'The results will also help to work out animals' risk of extinction. This could not be used to predict people's lifespan as it looks at species rather than individuals. It also provides averages only.'

Using their method on extinct species, the scientists worked out that woolly mammoths lived for around 60 years, similar to elephants.

The researchers also found humans have a maximum natural lifespan of only 38 years.   

Using the human genome, the researchers found that the maximum natural lifespan of humans is 38 years, which matches anthropological estimates of lifespan in early modern humans.

They found Neanderthals and Denisovans had a maximum lifespan of 37.8 years, similar to modern humans living around the same time.

The reason the life expectancy of modern humans is more than double that length is down to advances in living standards and modern medicine, according to the researchers.

 

The big question though, is this:  How many of the bowhead whales still alive from then knew the Revolutionary War was going on?

 

 

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There are between 50 and 70 pounds of insects in the world for every pound of human being.

 

So at least we know we're never going to run out of food, unless we want to be fussy.

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