Random Facts Thread.

coubob

Celestial
My grandparents had 2 couples from Cuba come stay till they got their green cards and citizenship. They couldn`t speak a lick of English at first, we found ourselves playing shrades and drawing pics all the time till eventually it was easier, but what a riot at first.
 

Shadowprophet

Truthiness
Random Fact: Every time you Shuffle a deck of cards, it’s extremely likely that your specific arrangement of cards has never existed and will never exist again. The chance that you’ve recreated a shuffled deck from any point in human history is similar to winning the lottery 100 times over.

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Or to say it another way: You can re-arrange a deck of cards into more combinations than there have been nanoseconds since the birth of the universe.
 

wwkirk

Celestial
Random Fact: George Washington (Mr. First President) almost joined the British Navy, but his mother convinced him otherwise.

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For more Information Click here: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/george-washington-is-born
The reference to almost joining the British Navy is not in the link you shared. However, it does mention that Washington did serve in the British Army for a while.
In 1752, he joined the British army and served as a lieutenant in the French and Indian War. When the war ended, Washington left the army and returned home to Virginia to manage Mount Vernon, the plantation he had recently inherited upon the death of his older brother.
 

Shadowprophet

Truthiness
The reference to almost joining the British Navy is not in the link you shared. However, it does mention that Washington did serve in the British Army for a while.

Thank you brother, This is actually the link I meant to drop, When George Washington Almost Joined the British Royal Navy I had so many problems getting my act together this morning, usually, when I research an article or a post, I will end up having something like fifteen tabs open on the subject, I accidentally grabbed the wrong link. Thank you for pointing this out, I would have never noticed this otherwise. The link you actually saw was the one where Washington did serve in the British army, but that is actually a well known historical fact that I wasn't even going to mention. It was his experience by serving with the British army that helped America overcome the British.
 

Shadowprophet

Truthiness
Washington probably thought of himself as British. Paul Revere didn't yell 'the British are coming'
In another account I read elsewhere that Revere was a bit zaftig and how much actual riding around he did is debatable.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Some Other Guys | Smart News | Smithsonian
Yeah, I think I've heard that story somewhere before. And To be fair about Washington, From a wartime perspective, At the Flip of a perspective, It worked out well for us, yes, but he none the less fought and killed his own countrymen when he joined us... It really makes you stop and think.
 

pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
Yeah, I think I've heard that story somewhere before. And To be fair about Washington, From a wartime perspective, At the Flip of a perspective, It worked out well for us, yes, but he none the less fought and killed his own countrymen when he joined us... It really makes you stop and think.

So did Robert E Lee a few generations later, because he was fighting for his home just like George did. For Lee it wasn't about slavery - naturally because he was landed gentry through his wife. Had his wife been separated from him and sold, as he had done to others, he might've felt differently. Like Washington he would have been content to be be let alone and 'eat his bread in peace' but it didn't work out that way.

We have the benefit of hindsight. Those guys didn't know it would work out and their concept of 'country' and 'America' such as it was was a whole lot different. The 'country' that Lee fought he fought for was Virginia. I'd say we didn't stop being the United Sates and start being The United States of America until after WW2.
 
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Shadowprophet

Truthiness
Random Fact: Marie Curie's notebooks are still radioactive

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The mother of modern physics was known for her work with radioactive materials and the discovery of elements like polonium and radium. Unfortunately, her research took a hefty toll on her health, leading to aplastic anemia, which caused her death. The exposure to radioactivity didn't just affect her, it also affected most of her belongings, including her clothes, furniture, and books. Now, more than a century later, her notebooks have to be stored in a lead box, as they are still radioactive (and will be for another 1,500 years!).

Read more Here: Marie Curie's Research Papers Are Still Radioactive 100+ Years Later | Open Culture




couldn't help myself.
 

Shadowprophet

Truthiness
Random Fact: The Netherlands is so safe, it imports criminals to fill jails.

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The Netherlands has enjoyed a steady drop in crime since 2004 and has become so safe that it's closed down one prison after another- 19prisons shut their doors in 2013 alone. To help mitigate the job losses that this has created, the country has taken to importing prisoners from other countries, bringing in 240 prisoners from Norway in 2015.

Read more Via The link: Dutch prisons are closing because the country is so safe
 

Shadowprophet

Truthiness
Random Fact: Some people have an extra bone in their knee (and it's getting more common).

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If you were under the impression that the human body had finished evolving, think again. It turns out that some people have a bone in their knee called a fabella. And while this particular little bone with an unknown purpose was once fading away, over the last century and a half, it's gotten more common. Back in 1875, nearly 18 percent of people examined had a fabella. That number dropped to 11 percent by 1918. However, by 2018, 39 percent of individuals had this mysterious bone.

Read more Via this Link here: 'Extra' knee bone on the rise thanks to modern diet • Earth.com
 

Shadowprophet

Truthiness
Random Fact: Plastic Easter eggs and plastic Easter grass were invented by a man who holds more patents than Thomas Edison.

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If you've ever enjoyed an Easter basket with plastic eggs and grass, then you can thank Donald Weder, the man who invented both. Weder not only holds the patents on these holiday staples, but he also holds a total of 1,413 U.S. patents—including ones for water-based inks, flower-pot covers, and decorative wrappers. That's compared to Thomas Edison, who held just 1,093 U.S. patents.

Read more here, Because there is there and here is here and here is where to read more about that: Thank One of America's Most Prolific Inventors for the Hinged Plastic Easter Egg | Innovation | Smithsonian Magazine
 

nivek

As Above So Below
This year, 2020 is also a leap year...

Just realized that opening a calender I brought home from work lol...

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nivek

As Above So Below

The movies have it all wrong. Cowboys did not play poker in the 1800s but played a game called Faro. Faro was invented outside the United States and after being imported, gained popularity.

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The shadow

The shadow knows!
The oldest vet ever .
Walter Williams. The last survivor of the civil war. He died in 1959.
He was 116. He fought for the Confederate army. When he died he was given a full military honors and funeral. Flags were lowered.
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