Posted by: toejam

Hmmmmm..... - 04/21/08 02:38 PM

A shrimp's heart is in its head.

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue
twister in the English language.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by
700 times.

If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14,Section
1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16 1969, make it
illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them
and photocopying their butts.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a
sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a
single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a
telephone call.

Horses can't vomit.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's
nuclear weapons combined.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ball point pens every year.

On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow. (you're trying right
now, aren't you?)

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because
when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the
books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.

No word in the English language rhymes with MONTH."

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left handed.

In ancient Egypt , priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including
their eyebrows and eyelashes.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one
row of the keyboard.

"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand
seven feet, two inches tall. (so she'd be a drag queen???)

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Almost everyone who reads this will try to lick their elbow.
Posted by: rockchalk2305

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 09/20/08 04:21 PM

Posted by: outbreakorn

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 09/21/08 01:55 AM

Did not try to lick my elbow
Posted by: Jhwk

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 10/23/08 12:42 PM

knock it off. This is serious bidness right here.
Posted by: t_jayhawk

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 12/18/10 02:12 PM

phantom bump?
Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 12/18/10 02:15 PM

8 babies are born in the US every minute, which I guess means that 8 chicks are getting knocked up in the US every minute.

Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 12/18/10 02:21 PM

"Go" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 12/18/10 02:22 PM

The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 12/18/10 02:23 PM

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
Posted by: DCHawk1

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 12/19/10 10:54 PM

My tittle itches.
Posted by: oreadical

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 12/21/10 10:40 AM


A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

Not so fast.

This is another example of faxlore--myths and factoids kept in circulation by people who evidently will believe anything. Next time I organize a poker game, I know whom I want to invite.

Personally, I recognized this claim immediately for what it was--quackery. Preliminary inquiries confirmed this. Sure, there's such a thing as destructive interference, in which colliding waveforms cancel each other out. But how this would cause 100 percent attenuation of an echo 100 percent of the time in uncontrolled conditions was beyond even me.

But never mind my opinion. What we need here is science. Knowing the only way to settle the question for good was an experiment, I assigned Jane to assemble the apparatus and conduct a test. Here is her report:

"I spoke with several friends about the duck's quack question, even called the Michigan State University animal science department. No one could confirm or deny the claim, and no one at MSU seemed eager to stage a formal experiment, the wimps. I mentioned my dilemma to a visiting friend, and he said his wife, Shareen, had an in with the director of Mott Hashbarger Children's Farm and School in Flint. She had, on occasion, borrowed farm animals for events, and she was willing to get a duck and bring it down. After a quick phone call to the farm director, who gave his blessing, she obtained a duck and put it in a pet carrier.

"But where to find a good echo? I live in mid-Michigan, after all. I called Glenn Brown, a sound engineer who has done work across the country. As luck would have it, Glenn remembered one place where, as a kid, he would go to produce great echoes. It's at the back of East Lansing High School--a sort of courtyard between two classroom wings, about 30 feet wide and 170 feet long. The hard surface of the buildings and perhaps a low hill opposite are highly conducive to reflecting sound.

"So, with friends, duck, and camera in tow, we drove to ELHS. In the courtyard without the duck we easily produced some impressive echoes. Next we got the bird and sat down in the middle of the courtyard. We thought he would produce a big quack and the experiment would be over. No such luck. He just wouldn't quack. Probably he was nervous. Who wouldn't be? He was a sitting duck.

"The three of us certainly quacked, though, such that we thought we might want to change the name of the experiment from 'does a duck's quack echo' to 'how to make three humans quack like a duck.' We tried to be inconspicuous, since school was in session and students could see us. However, a duck and three quacking humans is not the sort of scene that fades readily into the woodwork. The duck quacked in the cage, which was useless for our purposes, but when we took him out he was mute.

"Finally Shareen had an inspiration. She held the duck by his body so that he could flap his wings, and ran up and down the length of the courtyard hoping to replicate the experience of flying. So much for being discreet. Incredibly enough, this wacky stratagem worked. The duck loved it and quacked like crazy for a minute. Yes, the quacks echoed. This was heard by the three of us and by an unidentified East Lansing High School teacher who came out to make sure we weren't engaging in duck torture. I was able to record the event but didn't get a good sound recording of the echo itself. But I do have a dandy clip of Shareen running up and down with the duck. I call it my 'duck tape.'

"I wanted to reward my friends somehow, and offered to buy them lunch. They asked for roast duck. They're such comedians. They settled for soup and quackers."

That Jane. What can I tell you? She quacks me up.


UK scientists, following up on our pioneering research, have now corroborated our finding that a duck's quack does in fact echo. However, acoustics expert Trevor Cox, who recorded quacking ducks under controlled conditions at Salford University's Acoustics Research Centre, says there may be an element of truth in belief to the contrary. According to a BBC report, "[Cox] says the way a duck quacks, with a long 'aaaacckkk' on the end of the call, tends to mask any echoes that are produced." Could be, Trev. We don't claim to have written the final word. We're just glad to have done our bit to advance the frontiers of knowledge.
Posted by: JHAWKinKY

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 12/21/10 12:13 PM

This thread smells of gatorade. Speaking of smells. Mmmmmmm.....
Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 02:20 PM

A person uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day.

I am at about 5x that. been one of those days.
Posted by: 1985hawk

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 02:25 PM

I used to date a girl who used a roll every two days when she was at my house. I could never figure out what she did with all that paper!
Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 02:33 PM

I have a buddy who dated a chick that made her own tampons by fashioning TP around a shortened pencil.

Probably can't go through a roll every couple of days unless the flow was very heavy.
Posted by: 1985hawk

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 02:38 PM

I dont think that was it. At least what I could tell she wasnt having her period. I think she used it for applying and removing make up.
Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 02:39 PM

We should FB her.
Posted by: 1985hawk

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 02:42 PM

I cant remember her last name. She still calls me out of the blue and its been about ten years.
Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 02:47 PM

Next time she calls, ask her for her last name. Then we'll FB her.
Posted by: 1985hawk

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 03:03 PM

Itll be a couple of years now. Last time was last fall.
Posted by: crabcake

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 03:07 PM

By then there will be cooler [censored] to do than FB her. Perfect!
Posted by: 1985hawk

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 03/17/11 03:19 PM

Oh she probably ran off and got married again.
Posted by: n00sh

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 09/03/15 02:08 PM

Fun facts, thanks for sharing!
Posted by: n00sh

Re: Hmmmmm..... - 09/12/15 10:49 PM

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Re: Hmmmmm..... - 09/19/15 05:40 PM

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Re: Hmmmmm..... - 09/20/15 09:55 PM