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kashi
2005-Feb-09, 01:03 PM
I thought I'd start a topic about interesting trivia/ facts that you might have come across in life. Here's a few of contributions from me:

- Basketball used to be played between two teams of 50 people back a couple of hundred years ago.

- You're more likely to be killed by a champaigne cork than by a venemous spider.

- When Fawlty Towers was translated into Spanish, Manwell became Italian.

I laughed a lot when I heard that last one.

antoniseb
2005-Feb-09, 03:11 PM
The term Trivia, in a classical sense, refers to Logic, Rhetoric, and Grammar. There is also Quadrivia which refers to Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, and Astronomy. Collectively, these are the seven liberal arts.

wstevenbrown
2005-Feb-09, 07:12 PM
A:

Chimerical version: Modern usage of the word comes from the custom of posting local news at every intersection of 3 or more paths. S

Ola D.
2005-Feb-09, 08:23 PM
Originally posted by kashi@Feb 9 2005, 01:03 PM
- Basketball used to be played between two teams of 50 people back a couple of hundred years ago.
Wow! :blink:

Ola D.
2005-Feb-09, 08:33 PM
More interesting facts:

- If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

- Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.

kashi
2005-Feb-10, 01:01 AM
Originally posted by Ola D.+Feb 10 2005, 07:23 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Ola D. @ Feb 10 2005, 07:23 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-kashi@Feb 9 2005, 01:03 PM
- Basketball used to be played between two teams of 50 people back a couple of hundred years ago.
Wow&#33; :blink: [/b][/quote]
Yeah. There&#39;s a story to go with this one.

When I was in Japan, I saw this on a TV show called "Trivia no izumi" (which means fountain of trivia). A panel of celebrities are presented with an unusual piece of trivia, and they have to set about proving whether it is true or not. If true, they have to practically re-enact the trivia information and they will score points in the form of flowers for how much the trivia has "bloomed" (it&#39;s all very strange and hilarious). Anyway, to cut a long a story short, I watched a game of basketball with 100 people on the court at one time. It was probably the funniest thing I&#39;ve seen in my whole life. You couldn&#39;t see any floor space at all, just this swarm of people. I hear that Fuji TV might be coming to the US so that means that some of you guys may be able to see this hilarious show. :P

I can&#39;t believe that right handed people live longer stat. Where did you get that from? 9 years is heaps&#33;

Josh
2005-Feb-10, 02:43 AM
I&#39;m left handed so this got me thinking .. firstly, I plan on living forever so that outta put a dent in the stats. But ...

Only about 10% of the worlds population is currently left handed. so the sample size when working all this out is too different to say anything on average with any sort of clarity. the confidence levels will be way out of whack.

kashi
2005-Feb-10, 11:23 AM
I am very sceptical about that statistic to say the least. Where&#39;d you get it from Ola D?

Ola D.
2005-Feb-10, 01:02 PM
Originally posted by kashi@Feb 10 2005, 11:23 AM
I am very sceptical about that statistic to say the least. Where&#39;d you get it from Ola D?
Actually, I don&#39;t remember where I read that, but I remember it was an old study. Not sure how accurate it&#39;s, interesting though. Don&#39;t worry Josh, it&#39;s not worth keeping you up all night :P

gavwvin
2005-Feb-12, 01:40 AM
In one city in the US it is illegal to detonate a nuclear bomb within the city limits- otherwise you get a &#036;500 fine.

isferno
2005-Feb-13, 12:46 AM
Have you noticed that astronomers use the popular coin related distance and accuracy.

That this shows that astronomers differ from mathematicians in that they vary distance where mathematicians vary angle on a standard circle.
Anything wrong with using 1 Mm or 1AU?

vet
2005-Feb-13, 02:56 AM
the current reasoning on lefties gettin&#39; smushed sooner? it points out, although left-handedness&#39; is dramatically increasing, most machines, roads, etc. were engineered from a &#39;right-handed&#39; point of view. you may buy &#39;left-handed&#39; guitars, but i haven&#39;t seen a &#39;left-handed&#39; chainsaw for sale---

kashi
2005-Feb-13, 03:03 AM
So you&#39;re suggesting that the shorter average lifespan could be a result of increased risk of death while using right-hand engineered apparatus?

Tinaa
2005-Feb-13, 01:58 PM
I know in the Korean War my left-handed father had to learn to shoot right-handed. The bullet cartridges were ejected right in his face if he shot left-handed. I submit that the frustration of having to learn to do everything right-handed drove them to an early grave. ;)

isferno
2005-Feb-13, 05:59 PM
Lefthand fun facts (http://pw2.netcom.com/~nikonman/lefties.html)

bossman20081
2005-Feb-13, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by kashi@Feb 9 2005, 09:33 AM
I thought I&#39;d start a topic about interesting trivia/ facts that you might have come across in life. Here&#39;s a few of contributions from me:

- Basketball used to be played between two teams of 50 people back a couple of hundred years ago.

- You&#39;re more likely to be killed by a champaigne cork than by a venemous spider.

- When Fawlty Towers was translated into Spanish, Manwell became Italian.

I laughed a lot when I heard that last one.
I don&#39;t know about the 50 players per team game, but basketball wasn&#39;t invented until 1891 so how was it played with 50 players a couple hundred years ago? ;)

Callisto
2005-Feb-15, 01:13 AM
I&#39;m guessing that it wasn&#39;t really basketball it was probably a game very similar to basketball.

Algenon the mouse
2005-Feb-15, 03:34 AM
I know that the Aztecs played a game like basketball. The main difference was that the losing team was sacrificed. Talk about playing with blood sweat and tears...But that was one way out of a contract.


I personally think that we left-handed people will take over the world...Hasn&#39;t it already started Josh?

Josh
2005-Feb-15, 04:39 AM
The three immediate past presidents of the US were all lefties. Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Ramses II, Joan of Arc, Alexandar the Great, Prince Charles, Prince William, Rockerfeller, Buzz Aldrin, JFK jnr, Stormin&#39; Norman, Mark Twain, HG Wells, Kurt Cobain, Bach, Jimi Hendrix, Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, MC Escher, Marilyn Monroe, Oprah Winfrey, Ayrton Senna, Valentino Rossi .. All left handers. Also Bart Simpson&#33;

So .. it&#39;s clear we&#39;re setting ourselves up to rule the world at different points and on different stages. Testing the waters .. then BAM .. one day we&#39;ll rule it all. Most probably with me as the emporer.

antoniseb
2005-Feb-15, 04:57 AM
Originally posted by Josh@Feb 15 2005, 04:39 AM
lefties
With all those musicians, you left out Paul McCartney. He was probably the most visibly left handed musician in history. You can see him with his Bass and John Lennon both leaning into the same microphone with the necks of the instruments going away in opposite directions.

jimmy
2005-Feb-15, 07:28 AM
I&#39;m a left hander too, but I play guitar and bass right handed. Couldn&#39;t afford a left handed instrument&#33; ;)

Josh
2005-Feb-15, 08:00 AM
Couldn&#39;t you just re-string them upside down?

Ola D.
2005-Feb-15, 10:07 PM
Albert Einstein is left-handed, Marie Curie as well.

jimmy
2005-Feb-15, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by Josh@Feb 15 2005, 03:00 AM
Couldn&#39;t you just re-string them upside down?
Sure could, but my Dad and brother were right handed and we only had one guitar, so I learned to play that way and now it&#39;s the only way I know.

vet
2005-Feb-15, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by kashi@Feb 13 2005, 03:03 AM
So you&#39;re suggesting that the shorter average lifespan could be a result of increased risk of death while using right-hand engineered apparatus?
yup. but not my &#39;suggestion&#39;---current and former research. more lefty trivia? according to USA PBS series on &#39;intellifence&#39;, left-handed myopics with allergies are dominant among &#39;movers and shakers&#39;. so perhaps more of them jump in washing machines.

Algenon the mouse
2005-Feb-16, 03:28 AM
Originally posted by vet22+Feb 15 2005, 11:33 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (vet22 @ Feb 15 2005, 11:33 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-kashi@Feb 13 2005, 03:03 AM
So you&#39;re suggesting that the shorter average lifespan could be a result of increased risk of death while using right-hand engineered apparatus?
yup. but not my &#39;suggestion&#39;---current and former research. more lefty trivia? according to USA PBS series on &#39;intellifence&#39;, left-handed myopics with allergies are dominant among &#39;movers and shakers&#39;. so perhaps more of them jump in washing machines. [/b][/quote]
So I am left-handed, myopic with allergies. Does that mean someone knows "our" underhanded, left-handed plot to end the right-hand domination once and for all?

In ancient Peru, it was believed by the Incas that being left-handed was a sign of good luck. However, in medieval heraldry, a "sinister bend" or a left-handed stripe across a coat-of-arms was the mark of a *******, a "son of the left hand."

imported_Andromeda321
2005-Feb-17, 04:20 AM
Albert Einstein is arguably not left handed per se because he was "switched over" at a very young age to be right handed.
Us lefties are statistically more likely to be geniuses and/or end up in mental institutions.
If you have twins the odds that one twin is left handed dramatically increases.
Oh the fun things you learn when your roommate gives you a lefty calendar for Christmas&#33; B)

suntrack2
2005-Feb-17, 12:25 PM
it is learnt that the leftladies are more clever than the leftman
left are reserved like nature sometime, but they are more overconfident about their having optimist. left ballers, left writers, leftists (in the houses) are all very remarkable.

chuckb
2005-Feb-20, 06:47 PM
85.4 % of all accidents are caused by people, yet only 35.9% of all people are accidents, go figure...

wstevenbrown
2005-Feb-23, 12:19 AM
?scixelsyd su tuoba tahW :P S

antoniseb
2005-Feb-23, 03:35 AM
Aibohphobia is the morbid fear of palindromes, but people who have it don&#39;t talk about it much.

wstevenbrown
2005-Feb-23, 04:16 AM
And paronophobia is a morbid fear of puns-- butt eye askew, watts Amanda dew? ;) S

damienpaul
2005-Apr-07, 07:13 PM
Here is a question for you - how many times has my beard been mentioned???

StarLab
2005-Apr-07, 07:30 PM
785 times. ;)

damienpaul
2005-Apr-07, 07:33 PM
and in the other 2 forums that I am associated with - OneWorld and ClimateChange??? :lol:

StarLab
2005-Apr-07, 09:05 PM
216 in OW and 57 in CC. ;)

damienpaul
2005-Apr-08, 03:14 AM
struth&#33; and you counted them????

scorpio711
2005-Apr-08, 04:27 PM
OK... I&#39;m not sure if this one is classified into Trivia or Riddles:

What is the center of GraVity ?









.... answer is...
the letter "V"
;-)
Scorpio