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Offline Valiss

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Useless fact of the day!
« on: December 05, 2011, 01:28:30 PM »
Share your most interesting / funny / useless fact with us. I'll start us off:

Nichelle Nichols ("Lt. Uhura") resigned from Star Trek after the first season, but reconsidered after a conversation with a big Trek fan. The fan? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011, 10:14:40 AM »
The first webcam was created to watch a pot of coffee.

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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011, 03:31:29 PM »
The 2 wives that Henry VIII had executed were actually 1st cousins.

Cats have 24 whiskers.

William Shatner(Kirk) and Nichelle Williams(Uhura) shared TV's first inter-racial kiss.
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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2011, 04:07:04 PM »
 Did you know....More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines?

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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2011, 04:08:28 PM »
Astronaut Gordon Cooper used a only wristwatch, knowledge of star patterns, and math estimations to determine the correct pitch for re-entry when his capsule lost power.

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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2011, 05:12:12 PM »
Did you know....More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines?



That's nuts! Do you have a source for this?

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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2011, 05:29:52 PM »
Google shows a great many sources for that one. Probably relating back to a time when tipping and/or rocking a soda machine would cause it to give free soda. That issue has long been fixed, but the other issue was those machines weigh several hundred pounds...tip it too far and.....splat.





Coca Cola is actually green before coloring is added to it.
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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2011, 05:34:03 PM »
The longest one syllable word in the english languaged is "screeched".
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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2011, 07:43:58 PM »
Who can we thank for creation of the first freaking insurance company ?

Nicholas Barbon, M.D. and relating to what event/incident ?  The Great Fire of London in 1666.

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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2011, 01:23:48 AM »
President Teddy Roosevelt died from an "infected tooth."
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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2011, 10:13:24 AM »
There are over 100 pyramids in China and at least one is twice the size of Egypts largest.
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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2011, 10:33:57 AM »
I am really not sure what you are asking for.

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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2011, 10:39:16 AM »
You can pan for gold in the streets of New York City, and there is a guy now that makes up to 300 dollars a day doing so.
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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2011, 12:24:27 PM »
Did you know....More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines?
That's nuts! Do you have a source for this?
 Picked it off a Trivia site.
   I do know people have been crushed when they fall over,  so I assumed that is what happened.  
   While in Tech School in the military; we actually had beer vending machines.   One of the guys in the mens' dorm was killed when the machine tipped over on him while he was trying to get free cans....it was the 80's.  I don't think the machines had the 'tilt' functions they do nowadays (they shut down if they are tipped past a certain degree)   
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Re: Useless fact of the day!
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2011, 02:34:11 PM »
Just Google Killed by vending machine and you'll find a number of "sources," few of which have any reputable references to support the allegations.  I did find a brief article in the New York Times here from 1989.
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