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Title: Amazing True Things
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 30 Jul 2008, 13:58
the idea behind this thread is that i want you all to share random factoids that are amazing and might even seem unbelievable. yes, this is a list thread but i think it has the potential to be the first list thread that's actually interesting because it's full of interesting things and not what you had for breakfast.

for instance, did you know:

-bamboo grows three to five feet a day (!!!)
-a moose looses and regrows his antlers every year
-America imports more oil from Canada than from Saudi Arabia

your turn.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: jhocking on 30 Jul 2008, 14:11
Did you know slugs can grow to 20 feet long and develop sharp fangs?
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 30 Jul 2008, 14:12
everybody knows that.

next.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Leonidas on 30 Jul 2008, 14:20
Baby puffins are called pufflings......


 8-)
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Dissy on 30 Jul 2008, 15:12
Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer was an Israeli sharpshooter and gernade-thrower.  But she never officially killed anyone in combat.

Contrary to a popular myth, Mr. Rogers did not have any tattoos, nor was he ex-Special Forces.  He gratuated high school and went directly into a presbetarian monistary.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Tom on 30 Jul 2008, 15:30
Male echidnas have a four-headed penis, but only two of the heads are used during mating. The other two heads "shut down" and do not grow in size. The heads used are swapped each time the mammal has sex.[
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tommydski on 30 Jul 2008, 15:30
Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer was an Israeli sharpshooter and gernade-thrower.  But she never officially killed anyone in combat.

Uri Geller was also in the IDF. He served as a paratrooper during the Six Day War. Definitely shot at least one enemy soldier, maybe two.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: negative creep on 30 Jul 2008, 17:30
Man, everybody was in the IDF.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tommydski on 30 Jul 2008, 17:37
Maybe Ben can confirm or deny this but from reputation and various GIS returns, there appears to be some incredibly beautiful women in the IDF.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Blue Kitty on 30 Jul 2008, 17:38
In Michigan, it is illegal to chain an alligator to a fire hydrant.

Also, in Harper Woods it is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as parakeets.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: est on 30 Jul 2008, 18:21
Random factoid!

In 1986 there were flash-floods in the Sydney metro area.  Our entire street went underwater when a nearby river flooded.  A lot of people were not covered by their insurance because "flooding is an act of god."  We got insurance money because we had an open drain behind our house and the water from the drain hit our house before the river water did.

It was all the same fucking water.  Like, to the point where the water rising up from the river washed down into the street drains and came back out behind our house.  In order to get paid out we had to catch the fuckers out on a technicality.  How fucking lame is that?
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 30 Jul 2008, 18:23
wow, that's pretty ridiculous.

here's a few more funny laws:

-in Wyoming 'You may not take a picture of a rabbit during the month of June.'
-in West Virginia 'It is legal for a male to have sex with an animal as long as it does not exceed 40 lbs.'
-in Utah 'It is against the law to fish from horseback' and 'It is illegal not to drink milk.' (??)
-in South Dakota "If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them.'
-in Pennsylvania 'All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.'

While i was looking up these silly laws, i found that a surprising number of states have a law that make it illegal to whistle underwater, which i guess isn't a big deal...since it's impossible. why would so many states have the same, ridiculous law? was there an epidemic of underwater-whistling attacks or something?
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Blue Kitty on 30 Jul 2008, 18:30
in California

-In Palm Springs, molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine
-In Los Angeles, it is a crime for dogs to mate within 500 yards of a church. Breaking this law is punishable by a fine of $500 and/or six months in prison
-In Chico, detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine. 
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Scarychips on 30 Jul 2008, 18:42
-If you scream for about 8 years and 7 months, you'll release enough energy to heat a cup of coffee.
-Bulls are colour-blind. They can't see red.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Vendetagainst on 30 Jul 2008, 18:50
hyena females are the only mammals without vaginas, they have their own special orifice that they have a certain level of control over.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Thlayli on 30 Jul 2008, 19:24
The Pig War of 1859 was a war fought between Britain and America in the San Juan Islands. The war got its name because the only casualty was a pig somebody shot, sparking the conflict.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: jimbunny on 31 Jul 2008, 00:53
I just found out that if I click and hold down on the scrollbar, I can freeze animated gifs (like SWM's avatar). I'm not sure why this is, but it amused me for far too long.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: elcapitan on 31 Jul 2008, 01:14
If the giraffe could jump, pound for pound, as high as a grasshopper, it would avoid a lot of trouble.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: parm on 31 Jul 2008, 02:53
Vimto was the most popular soft drink in Saudi Arabia in 1991.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: öde on 31 Jul 2008, 05:30
No-one in the U.K. really likes Vimto but they used to sell it here anyway, and now it's back again, and no-one drinks it.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: parm on 31 Jul 2008, 05:35
No-one in the U.K. really likes Vimto but they used to sell it here anyway, and now it's back again, and no-one drinks it.

Lies! I like Vimto.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: snalin on 31 Jul 2008, 06:30
in California
-In Chico, detonating a nuclear device within the city limits results in a $500 fine. 


That's not so much, as the result of detonating a nuclear device can be... well, destroying the entire city?

hyena females are the only mammals without vaginas, they have their own special orifice that they have a certain level of control over.

They have a penis. It looks like a penis, it is used both for mating and pissing, it's just not called a penis.. In fact *graphic images can result from reading this* hyenas have sex by putting the male penis inside the female penis. errr... I warned you.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Bowers on 31 Jul 2008, 08:09
An acronym of the band name "Arctic Monkeys" is "minty cock arse"
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Thaes on 31 Jul 2008, 08:22
In Maryville, Missouri, women are prohibited from wearing corsets because "the privilege of admiring the curvaceous, unencumbered body of a young woman should not be denied to the normal, red-blooded American male."

That reasoning might just be the most epic reasoning Ive seen so far.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Lines on 31 Jul 2008, 08:30
hyena females are the only mammals without vaginas, they have their own special orifice that they have a certain level of control over.

They have a penis. It looks like a penis, it is used both for mating and pissing, it's just not called a penis.. In fact *graphic images can result from reading this* hyenas have sex by putting the male penis inside the female penis. errr... I warned you.

It's more like a uterus/urethra/vagina hybrid that can keep males out if wanted, as it's not really a penis. It's weird, but kind of interesting at the same time.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Oli on 31 Jul 2008, 08:52
The biggest whale ever found weighed around 7000lbs and was called Wally the Whale. He died tragically in a boating accident in 1994.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tommydski on 31 Jul 2008, 08:53
I have never seen an animated Disney film.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: negative creep on 31 Jul 2008, 09:37
The biggest whale ever found weighed around 7000lbs and was called Wally the Whale. He died tragically in a boating accident in 1994.

???
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: schimmy on 31 Jul 2008, 10:01
He was drunk at the wheel.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: jhocking on 31 Jul 2008, 10:01
There is a man woman (http://news.bmezine.com/2008/07/24/a-man-without-a-cock-or-country/) (and he is pretty NSFW)

This is such a touching line:

I truly believe, Buck says, that all your family ever really wants is for you to be happy and successful and not fucked up on drugs.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: RobbieOC on 31 Jul 2008, 10:20
An acronym of the band name "Arctic Monkeys" is "AM"

An anagram of Spiro Agnew is "Grow a penis".
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: mooface on 31 Jul 2008, 14:16
I have never seen an animated Disney film.

WHAT.

first brownies and now this?  do you have any other dirty secrets that i need to know about before i decide whether we can even be friends anymore?
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tommydski on 31 Jul 2008, 14:25
It's a bit late for that, frankly.

Incidentally, I really did enjoy those Brownies. At first I was all "I'm gonna just throw them out when she's not looking because why would I want to eat something that looks sort of like the droppings" but once I was in Guelph I found them in my luggage and Tania tried one and told me they were actually really good. I tried one and ended up eating the whole box in one night. So thanks for that.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: gospel on 31 Jul 2008, 14:58
In 1987, Licensed To Ill became the first rap album to hit #1 in the US.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: orangepeas on 31 Jul 2008, 18:31
There is a man woman (http://news.bmezine.com/2008/07/24/a-man-without-a-cock-or-country/) (and he is pretty NSFW)

 HE isn't a man woman. HE is  a trangender man.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Thlayli on 31 Jul 2008, 18:42
The submarine that was painted pink for the movie Operation Pettycoat was later used to train Navy SEALs in lockout and retrieval procedures.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Peet on 31 Jul 2008, 18:57
tommy actually hates anything brown.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: orangepeas on 31 Jul 2008, 19:42
I said "man woman" because it sounds hells of tons of funnier than your boring correct spelling.

Can we please keep the useless semantics arguments in General Discussion?

Sorry, it's just something i feel strongly about and didn't mean to take it out on you
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: orangepeas on 31 Jul 2008, 19:46
Well, in that case, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to upset anyone!

that's okay, it's all good. *shakes hand*

to get this thread back on topic...
The trucking company Elvis Presley worked at as a young man was owned by Frank Sinatra.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Scarychips on 31 Jul 2008, 20:52
When sharks stop swimming, they explode.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: mooface on 31 Jul 2008, 21:22
tommy actually hates anything brown.

:'(
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 31 Jul 2008, 23:06
I typed in Transgendered lesbian sex (I think its possible) on Yahoo Images and it came up with this (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/images/whitneyhouston.jpg)

link is completely safe for work.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tommydski on 01 Aug 2008, 03:00
tommy actually hates anything brown.

Not quite true (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,20357.msg670415.html#msg670415).

Damn that's a lot of mileage from the same pun.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Tom on 01 Aug 2008, 03:09
I will, without fail, giggle incessantly when people start standing next to me and looking down on me while I'm lying on my back looking at the ceiling/sky/whatever.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Inlander on 01 Aug 2008, 06:13
link is completely safe for work.

You're lying. Whitney Houston is Not Safe For Any Circumstance. NSFAC.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: jhocking on 01 Aug 2008, 07:42
When sharks stop swimming, they explode.

Are you sure you aren't confusing exploding with drowning? I know they'll drown if they stop moving forward (to keep water flowing through their gills,) but I'm at a loss to understand why they would explode.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Inlander on 01 Aug 2008, 08:05
Because water is highly explosive, JHo. Duh.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: jhocking on 01 Aug 2008, 08:08
(http://www.impawards.com/1996/posters/chain_reaction_ver1.jpg)
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Hairy Joe Bob on 01 Aug 2008, 08:12
The eye of the giant squid is the largest eyeball in the world - it is the size of a beachball.

The simple pizza was invented by the Vikings whilst raiding north Atlantic islands.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: imapiratearg on 01 Aug 2008, 08:21
I am not cool enough to know a bunch of random, cool facts off the top of my head, so I went to a website and found some.  Here's my favorite:

Quote
In 1972, a Swedish man balanced on one foot for over five hours, using nothing for support
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Hairy Joe Bob on 01 Aug 2008, 08:35
In 2000 some twat stood encased in a block of ice for almost three days in Times Square. Everyone seemed really impressed at this 'magic' trick when really it was just some twat standing in a block of ice, needlessly endangering his life and needlessly wasting money and the time of the emergency services.

Twat.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Oli on 01 Aug 2008, 08:37
They locked him in a box over the Thames for that.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Hairy Joe Bob on 01 Aug 2008, 08:39
what a silly prick. 'ooh look at me I can do stupid things. that's magic!'

fucking idiotic prick.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Dimmukane on 01 Aug 2008, 09:19
This thread is now about how retarded that miserable cuss is.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Oli on 01 Aug 2008, 09:21
So, uh. This pole. Pretty high, huh?

I bet I can stand on top of it and wave my dick at traffic for a few days.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: öde on 01 Aug 2008, 09:29
You might think it's Friday, but some other people think it's still Tuesday, or even Saturday!
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: KvP on 01 Aug 2008, 11:44
Arm transplants! (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7537897.stm)
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Vendetagainst on 01 Aug 2008, 12:41
Most any organic, flammable powder may be explosive when placed in the right conditions. a famous example of this is flour, which can be a powerful fuel-air explosive when suspended within a certain ratio in the air.

And if you do not know about fuel-air explosives, look! Because they are quite awesome as well.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: jhocking on 01 Aug 2008, 12:56
That explanation circles around but never directly states the amazing fact that grain elevators in the Midwest occasionally explode.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Vendetagainst on 01 Aug 2008, 13:00
Explosives in general are wonderful and fascinating. I have been meaning to explore simple nitration for quite some time but have not done so because of resources and space (though I guess space is a resource, right?). I think I'd like to try the original procedure for making picric acid and it's derivatives (dissolving certain organic substances in nitric acid and whatnot)
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: SilentJ on 02 Aug 2008, 21:39
Oh man I have a book all about silly things like this.  Several sections are devoted entirely to silly laws that still exist.  Lemme get it right quick.

It is legal...

-in parts of Pakistan, for a man to swap his sister for a wife
-in Alaska, to shoot a bear, but not to disturb it's hibernation by waking it up.
-in Nevada, to hang anyone who shoots your dog on your property.
-in Utah, to marry your cousin, but only if you're over 50.
-in England, to shoot a Scotsman, but only if you do so in Cathedral Close, York, on any day but Sunday.
-to have sex in Florida, but only in the missionary position.
-in Sweden, to be a prostitute, but not for a man to use her services.
-in England, to shoot a Welshman, but only if you do so with a bow and arrow inside Chester city walls after midnight, or with a longbow in Hereford on a Sunday.
-for saleswomen in Liverpool to go topless, but only in stores selling tropical fish.
-in Pennsylvania, to use the same vehicle to deliver carry-out food and dead bodies.
-for a burglar in Michigan to sue a homeowner for any injuries sustained while burgling their house.
-to have sex in Virginia, but only in the missionary position AND with all the lights turned off.
-to snore in Massachusetts, but only if all the bedroom windows are closed and locked (duck and cover, Jeph.)
-in Iowa, for a man to kiss a woman, but not for more than five minutes, and not if he has a mustache.
-in Paraguay, to fight a duel, but only if both parties are registered blood donors.
-in Britain, for a man to urinate in public, but only on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle, and only if he's touching the vehicle with his right hand.

More some other time, probably.  If they go over well.

EDIT: all of the above are quotes from a book entitled "Take Me To Your Leader."  take up any discrepancies/unpleasantries with the dude who wrote it.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tania on 03 Aug 2008, 09:07
the spikes on the end of a stegosaurus' tail are really, truly called the thagomizer. they are named after a gary larson cartoon.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Social Bacon on 03 Aug 2008, 09:28
 e to the power of pi times i equals negative one. Freaks me out every time I think about it.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: negative creep on 03 Aug 2008, 10:51
Oh man I have a book all about silly things like this.  Several sections are devoted entirely to silly laws that still exist.  Lemme get it right quick.

It is legal...

-for a burglar in Michigan to sue a homeowner for any injuries sustained while burgling their house.


As far as I know, this is also true in Germany. As long as the burglar is just stealing your stuff and not threatening to do you any phyiscal harm, they can sue you if you hurt them. Of course, most burglars don't know that.
I think that's a good law, actually.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Ozymandias on 03 Aug 2008, 11:23
How the balls is that a good law?
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tania on 03 Aug 2008, 12:01
according to imdb.com, the dark knight is the best film of all time, ever (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/). apparantly there are online petitions going around to intentionally give other films at the top of the list shitty ratings in order to keep it at number one.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tommydski on 03 Aug 2008, 14:14
It's an okay film but that is just stupid. It was a respectable seven out of ten at absolute best.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Ozymandias on 03 Aug 2008, 14:35
Man.

I hate the idea that because Heath died, that's why people loved this movie. I felt like it was worse because of his death because the only interesting thread left after the end is gone because he's dead.

It was just a dang good movie and Tommy is a jaded jerk.

Addendum: The movie is currently well on its way to being at least #3 of all time domestic in terms of box office numbers. Maybe #2.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: KvP on 03 Aug 2008, 14:42
Were it not for DVD / Blu Ray it'd probably be #1. Not that $500 million or thereabouts is anything to scoff at.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tommydski on 03 Aug 2008, 15:15
Tommy is a jaded jerk.

All I said was that it's not the best film ever made.

Largely because it's blatently not the best film ever made. I think you'd be hard pressed to make a case for it being in the top 100, frankly.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Ozymandias on 03 Aug 2008, 15:34
I'd definitely rate it better than a 7 out of 10.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: tania on 03 Aug 2008, 15:39
to clarify, my point was that the dark knight is definitely not the best movie ever made. that's what makes the previous post both true and amazing.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Social Bacon on 03 Aug 2008, 18:45
It made number one is nearly every respect in Canada within the first week. Kind of scary. Though I must agree the movie was great, not all time best, but quite exceptional.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: RedLion on 04 Aug 2008, 01:34
I'd say it's an 8/10. Certainly the best superhero movie ever made. But in no way is it the best anything-other-than-that.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Misereatur on 04 Aug 2008, 08:31
Maybe Ben can confirm or deny this but from reputation and various GIS returns, there appears to be some incredibly beautiful women in the IDF.

Amazing True Thing:

All of the girls who serve in training camps in the IDF are either drop dead gorgeous or gay.

I am not making this up.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: 0bsessions on 04 Aug 2008, 08:40
Quite often, they are both.

I don't see why anyone is surprised by this, though. It makes logical sense to me.

I remember working in a mall when I was nineteen or twenty. They had a kiosk that was run entirely by former IDF soldiers, all of whom were among the most beautiful women I had ever seen and most of whom were very much gay. I am not saying this through assumption over the fact that they shot guys down constantly, as most guys were too intimidated by them to talk to them; they just were very honest about it.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: pwhodges on 04 Aug 2008, 08:47
I was once "best man" at the civil marriage of two females of my acquaintance.  My dogs were supposed to be bridesmaids, but they weren't allowed in.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: David_Dovey on 04 Aug 2008, 09:19
DISCRIMINATION
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Switchblade on 04 Aug 2008, 15:49
It is illegal to jump out of an aircraft in Canadian airspace unless you have a parachute. (Though tbh, I reckon the police would the least of your worries)

Anybody with the surname "Disney" may enter any Disney resort anywhere in the world for free.

The FV4034 "Challenger" Mk.2 Main Battle Tank once scored a confirmed kill on an Iraqi tank by firing through a sand dune. Furthermore, only two Challenger 2s have ever been damaged in combat, and only one has ever been destroyed (in a blue-on-blue incident, by another Challenger)

Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: hipster jesus on 04 Aug 2008, 15:58
It is illegal to wear New York Jets clothing in Ada, Oklahoma.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: ThisIsOriginal on 04 Aug 2008, 17:33
Approximately one-sixth of your life is spent on Wednesdays.

Aardvarks are allergic to radishes, but only during summer months.

A cat's purr has the same romance-enhancing frequency as the voice of singer Barry White.

Smearing a small amount of dog feces on an insect bite will relieve the itching and swelling.

The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there's no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.

Every Labrador retriever dreams about bananas.

Urine from male cape water buffaloes is so flammable that some tribes use it for lantern fuel.

Due to the natural "momentum" of the ocean, saltwater fish cannot swim backwards.

Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.

Although difficult, it's possible to start a fire by rapidly rubbing together two Cool Ranch Doritos.

Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.

In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: jhocking on 04 Aug 2008, 18:10
Admittedly I'm not up on my marine biology, but are you sure it's because of some mysterious force in the ocean and not simply the fact that their propulsive anatomy, their tails, face backwards?
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: David_Dovey on 04 Aug 2008, 18:13
Or it could easily be made up, like the rest of the post.

He said Labaradors dream of bananas, Joe.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: jhocking on 04 Aug 2008, 18:18
This is what I get for reading only anyways' quote and not the original post. i r stoopid
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: DonInKansas on 04 Aug 2008, 18:19
Strange Kansas laws:

No one may catch fish with his bare hands in Kansas.

Kansas state law requires pedestrians crossing the highways at night to wear tail lights.

In Kansas, it is illegal to eat snakes on Sunday.

By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."

It is illegal to transport an ice cream cone in your pocket.

Kansas law prohibits shooting rabbits from a motorboat.

Loud burping while walking around the airport is prohibited. - Halstead, Kansas**

If a man is wearing a striped suit, you cannot throw a knife at him in Natoma, Kansas.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Thlayli on 04 Aug 2008, 18:22
Strange Kansas laws:
...

Kansas law prohibits shooting rabbits from a motorboat.

...

I almost interpreted that as firing bunnies out of a cannon, mounted on a boat.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: StaedlerMars on 04 Aug 2008, 20:13

Anybody with the surname "Disney" may enter any Disney resort anywhere in the world for free.


This is why this thread exists.

I firmly believe that anyone should get free access to anything that has their surname as name. (not because I have a very common surname, rather the opposite, I think it would just be great).
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: hipster jesus on 04 Aug 2008, 20:31
I would fucking love that. I lived in a city for a couple of years that had a turnpike named after some guy with the same last name as me. On more than one occasion I got into an argument at a tollbooth because I felt I shouldn't have to pay to drive on "my" turnpike.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Thlayli on 04 Aug 2008, 20:35
Heh. There's a university with my last name on it. No relation, although it's not a common name in America these days.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Darkbluerabbit on 04 Aug 2008, 23:32
Strange Kansas laws:

By law, anyone who has been drinking is "sober" until he or she "cannot hold onto the ground."


The field sobriety tests for DUI stops must be really interesting.


I firmly believe that anyone should get free access to anything that has their surname as name. (not because I have a very common surname, rather the opposite, I think it would just be great).

I got a free pen once because I found an office supply store with my surname.  I talked with the owner and there was no apparent relation, but they were nice and I got a pen with my name on it.  I have since lost the pen, and the place has now gone out of business.  Damn.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: parm on 05 Aug 2008, 00:31

Anybody with the surname "Disney" may enter any Disney resort anywhere in the world for free.


This is why this thread exists.

I firmly believe that anyone should get free access to anything that has their surname as name. (not because I have a very common surname, rather the opposite, I think it would just be great).

Well, shit, I just moved out of a city where everything has the same name as my surname. I could've done with this about 10 years ago. Now I'm just entitled to shitloads of dried fruit and baking ingredients.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Switchblade on 05 Aug 2008, 03:53
Well, shit, I just moved out of a city where everything has the same name as my surname. I could've done with this about 10 years ago. Now I'm just entitled to shitloads of dried fruit and baking ingredients.

Surely that means an infinite supply of free fruit cake?
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: ledhendrix on 05 Aug 2008, 04:32
By land area the Netherlands has more tornadoes than any country, followed by Britain.

Also, wild orangutans have been seen self-medicating in Indonesia. They chew leaves, then make it into a balm and spread it on their limbs. The leaves are well known by the locals for containing naturally occurring anti-inflammatory drugs.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: pwhodges on 05 Aug 2008, 05:04
But we only get toy tornados - mostly (http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/birmingham/2005/07/319922.html); more here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Tornado_(UK)) and here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/4725279.stm).
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: parm on 05 Aug 2008, 07:11
Well, shit, I just moved out of a city where everything has the same name as my surname. I could've done with this about 10 years ago. Now I'm just entitled to shitloads of dried fruit and baking ingredients.

Surely that means an infinite supply of free fruit cake?

There are worse things in life, I'll concede.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: ThisIsOriginal on 05 Aug 2008, 12:52
Or it could easily be made up, like the rest of the post.

He said Labaradors dream of bananas, Joe.

atctually i got those from a website sooooooo...blame http://www.13things.com/2008/07/13-amazing-but-true-facts.html

 :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Dissy on 05 Aug 2008, 18:35
Or it could easily be made up, like the rest of the post.

He said Labaradors dream of bananas, Joe.

atctually i got those from a website sooooooo...blame http://www.13things.com/2008/07/13-amazing-but-true-facts.html

 :mrgreen:

How could they test or prove that?  I've yet to meet a Lab that could talk, or anyone that could talk dog, and understand it.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 05 Aug 2008, 18:56
Total bullshit. Polar bears could eat 86 penguins in one sitting? Someone would have to cross over to the other pole for a little arctic midnight snack.
Title: Re: Amazing True Things
Post by: SilentJ on 05 Aug 2008, 20:37
Or we could all be the victim of "clever" wordplay and hyperbole.

Like, the polar bear thing could be (read: is) completely hypothetical, and they're probably talking about those ridiculously tiny, adorable penguins I can't remember the name of.