Random Facts Thread.


Not quite a fact, but a "proposed fact".

The Kármán line (or von Kármán line) is a proposed conventional boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space set by the international record-keeping body FAI (Fédération aéronautique internationale) at an altitude of 100 kilometres (54 nautical miles; 62 miles; 330,000 feet) above mean sea level. However, such definition of the edge of space is not universally adopted.

Earth's atmosphere photographed from the International Space Station. The orange line of airglow is at a slightly higher altitude (140–170 km) than the Kármán line.


Dejan Corovic

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I was quite surprised when I heard that there are 258,000 millionaires living in London.
Millionaires, centi-millionaires, billionaires
London .......... 258,000 384 36
New York ........ 340,000 724 58
Paris ........... 88,600 121 15
San Francisco ... 276,400 623 62
Sydney .......... 129,500 188 16
Tokyo ........... 304,900 263 12
Dubai ........... 67,900 202 13
Munich .......... 18,000 __ __
Berlin .......... 15,000 __ __
Frankfurt ....... 13,000 __ __


Just downloaded an audiobook about this cat.

Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck (20 March 1870 – 9 March 1964), popularly known as the Lion of Africa, was a general in the Imperial German Army and the commander of its forces in the German East Africa campaign. For four years, with a force of about 14,000 (3,000 Germans and 11,000 Africans), he held in check a much larger force of 300,000 British, Indian, Belgian, and Portuguese troops. He is known for never being defeated or captured in battle.


As Above So Below
The portrait on the left was owned by the Carnegie Museum who were ready to discard it as a fake. Closer examination revealed that someone in the 19th century did a bad "touch up" work on it to make it prettier and easier to sell. They were able to completely restore the original painting.



As Above So Below
Ancient Roman statues weren't white but were actually colorful, often garishly so:




James Henry Flatley III (born January 9, 1934), is a retired rear admiral in the United States Navy. While a lieutenant at the Naval Air Test Center at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Flatley and his fellow crew members, LCDR Walter W. "Smokey" Stovall and Aviation Machinist's Mate (Jet). V 1st Class Ed Brennan, made history when they completed 21 full-stop landings and takeoffs in a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal; it was the largest plane, with the heaviest load, ever to successfully land on a carrier. He proved that the C-130 could operate from an aircraft carrier in an emergency situation, but it was not practical or safe for regular operations.

Flatley in 1985:

Flatley's KC-130F Hercules aboard the USS Forrestal (1963):

Saving the most exciting for last, a 6 minute YouTube video about the carrier landings:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGy2ppViCck