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Wow Libby, it is somewhat confusing ~ " underground rail goes over the overground rail.:521: "  :295:

Walkabout, you slay me.  :hilarious:

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Todays tidbit comes with a multiple choice question ~

The Iconic Chest-Bursting Scene In The Horror Film Alien Was Inspired By?

1 ~ Medieval Torture Methods
2 ~ Crohn's Disease
3 ~ Insect Molting
4 ~ Tropical Parasites

(NO CHEATING ALLOWED, BUT ALSO, DON'T GIVE THE CORRECT ANSWER AWAY TO OTHERS.  PLEASE USE THE SPOILER OPTION TO GIVE YOUR ANSWER.)

 

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Crohn's Disease ~
In the now-iconic sci-fi horror film Alien (1979), the most memorable moment was the “chest-buster” scene in which the alien creature first bursts out of the abdominal cavity of Kane, the ship’s executive officer. While it would be easy enough to assume the scene was simply dreamed up based solely on the shock value and horror of it all, the scene was actually inspired by the real life experiences of Alien script writer Dan O’Bannon.

O’Bannon had long suffered from Crohn’s Disease, an incredibly painful and highly inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, which he described as: “The digestion process felt like something bubbling inside of him struggling to get out.” The audience-shocking emergence of the alien was simply an extension of that feeling brought to silver screen life through excellent direction and special effects.

 

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Here's today's ~

The First Live Action Film With No Human Characters Was?

1 ~ The Labyrinth
2 ~ The Dark Crystal 
3 ~ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
4 ~ The Great Muppet Caper

(NO CHEATING ALLOWED, BUT ALSO, DON'T GIVE THE CORRECT ANSWER AWAY TO OTHERS.  PLEASE USE THE SPOILER OPTION TO GIVE YOUR ANSWER.)

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Answer: The Dark Crystal

In Jim Henson’s 1982 classic film The Dark Crystal, you’ll find all sorts of fantastic creatures. The main character is a curious and elf-like Gelfling. The wizards who raised and assist him are the kindly Mystics, who look very much like hunchbacked, dog-like dinosaurs. The villains of the film are the malicious dragon-like Skeksis. In addition, you’ll find a host of minor characters ranging from cute fuzzy little things to sharp-clawed crustacean-like monsters and everything in between.

One thing you won’t find in the feature film, however, is a single human being. In fact, The Dark Crystal, set on an unnamed world a thousand years in the past, has no connection to humanity at all, and there are no allusions in the film to the story taking place before or after a human presence on the world. It was the first live action feature film to have zero human actors (save for the unseen puppet masters just out of frame). The milestone was so notable (and novel to audiences) that in 1982, the New York Times covered the movie with a headline entitled “And Now, a Movie Without Any Humans at All”.

 

 

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Farting is actually good for humans. Smelling farts is supposed to be very good for preventing mitochondrial damage, thus preventing things like cancer. It' s the Hydrogen Sulfide  in the farts.  The stuff that stinks.   So,  the smellier the better  for you, they say!  Not too much Hydrogen sulfide though, it's deadly in larger amounts.  However no one ever produced enough from a fart to do damage... except when they lit the fart on fire... and that usually caused a burned anus.

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Wow, I didn't know that about farts Seethru, thanks for posting.  Naturally, like everyone else, I don't like the smell, not even my own, contrary to some who do like the smell of their own.  The rest of us have to tolerate it.

 

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Tidbit for today since we're chatting about body odor ~

Sweat itself is odorless.  It's the bacteria on the skin that mingles with it and produces body odor.

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A bit of French history: There was Napoleon the First, and Napoleon the Third (I always get them mixed up). But there was no Napoleon the Second. That was supposed to be NapoOne’s son, but he never got to be emperor. The Bonapartist lot decided when eventually NapoOne’s nephew became emperor, that he should be NapoThree, to acknowledge the emperor who never was.

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On 5/29/2017 at 6:12 PM, Walkabout said:

This is the frightening part ~

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In 2008, our global plastic consumption was at 260 million tons. By 2013, an estimated 299 million tons of plastic were produced globally, which is a 4 percent increase over 2012. By the end of 2015, worldwide plastic consumption was at 297.5 million tons. The most shocking part? Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans.

On average, a plastic bottle takes 450 years to completely degrade, while some bottles even take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.

We'd have to have an entire layer of mealworms covering our planet to consume all the crap plastic we're polluting our home with.  Give me a paper sack with handles any day.

 

Miscellaneous Stuff ~

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Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks per year.

Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

Psychology is the brain trying to comprehend itself.

The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.

Humans shed 40 pounds of skin in their lifetime, completely replacing their outer skin every month.

More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year from using equipment meant for right-handed people.

The average adult human has two to nine pounds of bacteria in his or her body.

Starfish can re-grow their arms. In fact, a single arm can regenerate a whole body.

 

Now for another multiple choice ~

The Only Bird Species Known To Prey On Humans Is The?

1 ~ Golden Eagle
2 ~ Philippine Eagle
3 ~ Crowned Eagle
4 ~ Griffon Vulture

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Crowned Eagle

Around the world, you’ll find quite a few large birds of prey; fearsome creatures that function as high-level to apex predators in their domains with sharp talons, sharp beaks, and broad wings. The most that humans have to fear from nearly all these predatory birds, however, is a minor tussle if they venture too close to their nests. As fearsome and predatory as most eagles, hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey are, they care little for interacting with humans and rarely attack one unless they are defending their nesting sites.

All, that is, save for the Crowned Eagle. Found in a wide band across sub-Saharan Africa, the birds are fierce hunters that live off a diet that is 90 percent mammalian and includes monkeys, ungulates, and occasionally, humans. In fact, the Crowned Eagle—thanks to several recorded instances of the birds attacking (and even carrying away) children as well as the discovery of human skulls in their nesting sites—is considered the only living bird known to regard humans as prey.

What’s even more interesting is that this behavior isn’t a recent development in the history of Africa. In 1924, quarry workers found a fossilized Australopithecus africanus skull in a quarry in Taung, South Africa. The skull, belonging to a young child, bears distinctive puncture marks that are highly indicative of attack by a bird of prey similar in size to a modern Crowned Eagle—which leads scientists to believe that ~2.5 million years ago, the Crowned Eagle (or its predecessor) was already hunting smaller hominid species and their children across the African continent.

 

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Multiple choice ~

The Largest Number Of Country Names Start With The Letter?

1 ~ U
2 ~ T
3 ~ S
4 ~ M

~ No cheating ~
 

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Imagine, if you will, that you’re a grade school student tasked with a portion of a group project that involves memorizing all the U.N. member countries that begin with a specific letter of the alphabet. If you’re a student who prides themselves on getting by with the least amount of effort, then a prayer to the academic gods is in order with a request that you get one of the following letters: F, H, J, O, Q, V, Y, or Z—letters that ensure you’ll only have to memorize three or fewer countries. Get stuck with Z, for example, and you’ll be tasked with memorizing only Zambia and Zimbabwe. Stuck with Y? You’re only in charge of remembering Yemen.

If you’re less lucky (or you really want the challenge of memorizing quite a few countries), then you might get stuck with T or M, where you’d have to memorize 11 or 19 countries, respectively—Tajikistan or Mauritania anyone? The real geography challenge, however, falls upon the student tasked with the letter S. There are 26 country names that start with the letter S, including short names that are easily recalled and spelled like Sudan and more complex names like “São Tomé and Príncipe” or Seychelles.

Before we leave the topic of novel geography trivia related to place names, here are two additional trivia gems. Countries that begin with the letter A, thanks to both the number (11) and the inclusion of “continent-as-a-country” Australia, make up 19.84 percent of the world’s land mass. In terms of population, it’s almost a tie between the letter I (with 8 countries and 23.56 percent of the world’s population) and the letter C (with 17 countries and 22.35 percent of the world’s population), thanks to the two big players in those letter categories: India and China.

 

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On 5/29/2017 at 1:39 PM, Libby said:

A bit of French history: There was Napoleon the First, and Napoleon the Third (I always get them mixed up). But there was no Napoleon the Second. That was supposed to be NapoOne’s son, but he never got to be emperor. The Bonapartist lot decided when eventually NapoOne’s nephew became emperor, that he should be NapoThree, to acknowledge the emperor who never was.

BEER-----> Makes you think! Did any of this ever happen in the UK?

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Hey Mr. Beerbelch, here's info on the London Beer Flood.

 

London Beer Flood

 

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On October 17, 1814, a huge beer vat ruptured, causing a domino effect with other vats. It flooded the Parish with 1.41 million liters of beer, killing at least eight.

The beer wave also destroyed two homes, crumbled the walls of a pub trapping a teenage girl and filled the basements in which many poor families lived. After the incident, named London Beer Flood, the case against the brewery was ruled out as an accident and an act of God. The company, needless to say, suffered financial repercussions and severe losses as they already paid duty on the beer.

 

Another interesting fact ~

 

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During the First World War, the secret service agents used semen as invisible ink. They had a motto “Every man his own stylo.”

According to the diary of Walter Kirke, during World War I, the Deputy Head of Military Intelligence in France, Mansfield Cumming, used invisible ink to communicate secret messages. He was told that using semen was best for this purpose because it didn’t react to any regular methods used for detection such as iodine vapors. The method was soon abandoned because of the smell the receiver got.

 

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