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One of China's biggest tourist attractions, "The Temple of Heaven" has restrooms equipped with facial recognition cameras.  They are used to dispense no more than 80cm (31") of toilet paper per person as long as they have not had any paper dispensed within the previous 9 minutes.  

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Crystal City, TX promotes itself as the Spinach Capitol of the World and everyone there brings that up. It is a small town near ... uh ... well it isn't near anything.  Chad Bentz of the '04 Ex

FACT:  Yo mama is so ugly that the entire world faked a pandemic just so she'd have to wear a mask.  

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The Sun's output is 382,800,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules per second.

For comparison, a McDonald's Big Mac contains about 2,250,000 joules.

Matching a few days' worth of Sun output would require eating a sphere of hamburgers the size of the Earth, and keeping up with the Sun over its entire lifetime would take a pile of burgers much larger than the Sun. In fact, it would be heavier than the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy.

 

Challenge accepted, @The Crusher?

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Ever since some time in the late 1700s-early 1800s, the Sun actually has not yet set on the British Empire.  

The reason why this still remains the case is the Pitcairn Islands, a UK-owned territory in the Pacific.  These islands have a population of 43 people, who primarily are made up of descendants of the HMS Bounty mutiny. 

In 2004, nearly a third of the male population living on Pitcairn were charged and convicted of sexual assault, some with multiple counts of sexual encounters with children.  In 2016, the mayor was found guilty of downloading more than 1,000 images of child pornography.  He was also convicted of conducting a "sex chat" with a 15-year old.

Without this territory, there would be several hours in the day where no sunlight touched a UK territory.

 

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On 10/3/2020 at 10:40 PM, Jetsfan80 said:

Ever since some time in the late 1700s-early 1800s, the Sun actually has not yet set on the British Empire.  

The reason why this still remains the case is the Pitcairn Islands, a UK-owned territory in the Pacific.  These islands have a population of 43 people, who primarily are made up of descendants of the HMS Bounty mutiny. 

In 2004, nearly a third of the male population living on Pitcairn were charged and convicted of sexual assault, some with multiple counts of sexual encounters with children.  In 2016, the mayor was found guilty of downloading more than 1,000 images of child pornography.  He was also convicted of conducting a "sex chat" with a 15-year old.

Without this territory, there would be several hours in the day where no sunlight touched a UK territory.

 

This should be addressed...

 

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1 hour ago, Apache 51 said:

 Good Times, Chico and the Man, Brady Bunch, All in the Family, Partridge Family, Wild Kingdom Sanford and son, were great shows to watch from age 5 to 10. Batman, and IDO Jeannie weren't bad either, lol.

yea and alice, the jeffersons, threes company the list goes on great tv when there were only 13 channels. thats how it should be

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Canadian actor James Doohan, best known for playing Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the original Star Trek series, served in World War II with the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. As a commissioned lieutenant, he led his troop up a mine-strewn Juno Beach as part of the Allied Forces' D-Day invasion. Later in the day, he was wounded by friendly fire that caused the amputation of the middle finger on his right hand. You might not have noticed it because, during his time on Star Trek, directors did the best they could to avoid showing the injury on screen.

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On 10/28/2020 at 2:00 PM, HighPitch said:

if you have an obstruction in your intenstines, eventually you will crap out of your mouth

Working pediatrics we once had a patient who was so constipated that he was having a hard time in school because you could literally smell it on his breath.  Poor bastard.

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Just remembered hearing a couple years ago that the Liberty Bell in Philly was cast in London.  The company that did the bell is still up and running if I'm not mistaken.

 

 

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In order to stay in orbit, the International Space Station travels at a speed of about 5 miles per second.

To put things in perspective of just how fast this is, imagine firing a rifle from one end of a football field. The ISS would be able to travel the length of the field before the bullet reached the 10 yard line.

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Imagine you've never seen an escalator, or 'moving staircase', before. One Wednesday in November 1898, you walk into Harrods and come face to face with Piat's installation, the first moving staircase in England. You'd probably need a stiff drink after taking a ride, which is why Harrods staff were waiting at the top to offer brandy and smelling salts to traumatised customers after the ordeal

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In 2015 there were a total of 500,000 baseball bats sold in Russia.  Given the lack of baseball's popularity in the country, one authority speculated that the high sales were a result of Russians seeking out a tool to settle traffic disputes.  This is supported by total sale of batting gloves and baseballs during that same time frame as sales were at 1 of each.

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On 10/28/2020 at 10:00 AM, HighPitch said:

if you have an obstruction in your intenstines, eventually you will crap out of your mouth

If that happens, do you immediately become a member of Congress?

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On 6/19/2020 at 12:15 PM, Jetsfan80 said:
  • The last English woman tried for witchcraft was convicted in 1944.

The Episcopal Church had a heresy trial in 1996.  The defendant was acquitted.

Not trying to make a political point here, just giving the facts of a heresy case, a charge most people associate with being burned at the stake.

 

TOP STORY: HERESY TRIAL: Episcopal court finds bishop not guilty of heresy
c. 1996 Religion News Service WILMINGTON, Del. (RNS)-Saying there is nothing in Episcopal doctrine to bar non-celibate homosexuals from becoming deacons and priests, a church court dismissed heresy charges against a retired bishop Wednesday (May 15) and opened the possibility that gay ordinations will increase dramatically in the 2.5 million-member denomination. In dropping the charge […]
May 16, 1996
By Carl Anderson

c. 1996 Religion News Service

WILMINGTON, Del. (RNS)-Saying there is nothing in Episcopal doctrine to bar non-celibate homosexuals from becoming deacons and priests, a church court dismissed heresy charges against a retired bishop Wednesday (May 15) and opened the possibility that gay ordinations will increase dramatically in the 2.5 million-member denomination.

In dropping the charge that Bishop Walter Righter violated his ordination vow in 1990 when he ordained Barry Stopfel, now a priest in the diocese of Newark, the court declared that”there is no discipline of the church prohibiting the ordination of a non-celibate homosexuals.” The court said its ruling was on”the narrow issue”of whether Righter violated church law and was not an endorsement of homosexual ordination.”We are not deciding whether life-long committed, same-gender sexual relationships are or are not a wholesome example with respect to ordination vows,”the decision stated.”We are not rendering an opinion on whether a bishop and diocese should or should not ordain persons living in same gender sexual relationships.” Still, the 7-1 ruling makes the Episcopal Church only the second mainline Protestant denomination to allow gay ordination, after the United Church of Christ.”

https://religionnews.com/1996/05/16/top-story-heresy-trial-episcopal-court-finds-bishop-not-guilty-of-heresy/

 

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On 11/28/2020 at 10:18 PM, AFJF said:

Just remembered hearing a couple years ago that the Liberty Bell in Philly was cast in London.  The company that did the bell is still up and running if I'm not mistaken.

They had a whole  show about that on Tom Snyder back in the 70s.  Apparently there was an organization devoted to the practice of Procrastination, (seriously).  They met whenever they felt like it and did things that should have been done long ago.  One project was repairing the crack in the Liberty Bell, which crack has no historical significance.

 

They contacted the bell  company, still in business at that time, named the Whitechapel Bell Company.  The company wrote back and with a sternly worded letter informed them that they make only the finest bells from the best materials and the Americans must have messed something up for the bell to crack.  The Procrastination people pointed out the bell was hung and nothing untoward could have happened to the bell once it was up in it's perch, etc.

 

After some more back-and-forth the Whitechapel Bell Company relented to the point that they agreed to repair or replace the Liberty Bell with a newly cast bell, at their choice, on one condition:  The Liberty Bell must be returned in its original packing.

 

So far as I know, that's where the matter still stands.

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On 6/13/2021 at 2:26 PM, AFJF said:

Imagine you've never seen an escalator, or 'moving staircase', before. One Wednesday in November 1898, you walk into Harrods and come face to face with Piat's installation, the first moving staircase in England. You'd probably need a stiff drink after taking a ride, which is why Harrods staff were waiting at the top to offer brandy and smelling salts to traumatised customers after the ordeal

Initially saw this fact in a book about London but it's wording was way funnier.  It claimed that the upon reaching the top, "brandy was offered to female customers to help calm their vapors".

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During the Battle of Britain in 1940, a bomb fell on an outbuilding belonging to Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England.  Luckily, there were no casualties. 

As a result, the owners of the club, rather than halting future rounds of golf, instead issued the following list of temporary golf rules to all members that took into account further bombings:

  1. Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the Mowing Machines.
  2. In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
  3. The positions of known delayed action bombs are marked by red flags placed at a reasonably, but not guaranteed, safe distance therefrom.
  4. Shrapnel and/or bomb splinters on the Fairways, or in the Bunkers within a club's length of a ball, may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally.
  5. A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.
  6. A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole, without penalty.
  7. A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place.  Penalty one stroke.


Source:  https://www.amazon.com/Lists-Note-Eclectic-Collection-Deserving/dp/1452144575

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