1. Faust
    Offline

    Faust Contributing Member Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Messages:
    206
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Amongst the Populace [Michigan]

    Random Facts Thread

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Faust, Nov 14, 2011.

    I love random facts, I feel that a day is wasted unless I learn something new...so, let's share our randomized knowledge~

    Random Fact: Issac Asimov is the only writer to have a book in a majority of the Dewy-decimal system categories. According to this link <http://www.asimovonline.com/asimov_FAQ.html#others11> he hasn't written in philosophy.
     
  2. Cacian
    Offline

    Cacian Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,907
    Likes Received:
    5
    J.K Rowling refrained from publishing her full initial name as a FEMALE writer because she worried teenage boys not buying her Hpotter books.
    now that's sexism for you or is it?
     
  3. Snoopingaround
    Offline

    Snoopingaround Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2011
    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    16
    Brasilia is the capital city of Brazil (not Rio De Janeiro as many people in the US might believe). A similar situation exists with Australia. Do you know the capital of Australia? Isn't it Sydney? No, it is not, Sydney is the largest city but the capital city is Canberra, located in the state of New South Wales. Sydney is also located in New South Wales.
     
  4. Lemex
    Offline

    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    10,507
    Likes Received:
    3,151
    Location:
    Northeast England
    1) Abusing homophones was perfectly acceptable up until the 1700s.
    2) Rhode Island, US, has the longest official name but it is one of the smallest of US states.
    3) Pandemonium, the word, was invented by John Milton. It was first used in Paradise Lost as the name of Satan's palace. in Hell.
    4) The idea that Satan rules over Hell comes from a 14th century misreading of Dante.
     
  5. Cacian
    Offline

    Cacian Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,907
    Likes Received:
    5
    regarding number FOUR wasn't that what Hades was for the Greeks anyway.
    HOMOPHONES is the same false friends or faux amis where by the same words appear in English and in French but means different things.
     
  6. Lemex
    Offline

    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    10,507
    Likes Received:
    3,151
    Location:
    Northeast England
    Hades being ruler of the Underworld has almost nothing to do with Satan, who in the bible was punished and sent to earth as a kind of Nyarlathotep character. In Dante Alighieri's Comedy (heavily based on parts of Virgil's Aeneid) he is punished in Hell, as he is in Milton's Paradise Lost but only in a more passive way than being trapped in ice. The bible, however, is vague at best on the subject, and never physically describes him. I'm doing my dissertation on Epic Poetry.

    And your second sentence doesn't make sense, and by the way I speak French. A homophone is a word that sounds just like another but has a different meaning: Lol and Loll, You're and Your.
     
  7. Dante Dases
    Offline

    Dante Dases Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2008
    Messages:
    3,446
    Likes Received:
    142
    Location:
    West Yorkshire, England
    It is possible to sexually transmit the properties of a Brazil nut.
     
  8. mugen shiyo
    Offline

    mugen shiyo Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2011
    Messages:
    510
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    New York, NY
    You can die from diarrhea...

    But at least at your wake they can't say you were full of s***.
     
  9. Cacian
    Offline

    Cacian Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,907
    Likes Received:
    5
    how why and what?
     
  10. Cacian
    Offline

    Cacian Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,907
    Likes Received:
    5
    bonjour:p

    well I was refering to Hades in oppostion to Satan in that one send to the underworld and one send to earth.
    a kind of an allegory of mine but juxtaposed.
     
  11. Dante Dases
    Offline

    Dante Dases Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2008
    Messages:
    3,446
    Likes Received:
    142
    Location:
    West Yorkshire, England
    Exactly what it says on the tin. More accurately, it's possible to give someone with a nut allergy an allergic reaction by eating a Brazil nut and then having unprotected sex with them. So all the pain, and none of the stomach-filling gain.
     
  12. Banzai
    Offline

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2007
    Messages:
    12,871
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    Reading, UK
    But possibly the something-else-filling gain...
     
  13. mcjessi11
    Offline

    mcjessi11 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2011
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hopefully in England Soon
    If you rub garlic on your feet you can get garlic breath.

    Also, according to OMGFacts, After a drug lord was killed, his pet hippos escaped into the wild, and now Columbia has some sort of hippo problem.
    Weird . . .
     
  14. Jonathan22
    Offline

    Jonathan22 Contributing Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland
    Black death was not caused by rats. It was caused by the fleas that came with them.
     
  15. Cacian
    Offline

    Cacian Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,907
    Likes Received:
    5
    O.M.G!! shall I say.
    a Hip OH problem more like..just goes to show we must release animals back into the wild.
     
  16. Jetshroom
    Offline

    Jetshroom Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    Australia
    In fact, the capital city of Australia is not in New South Wales, it is in the Australian Captial Territory (ACT) which is surrounded by New South Wales.
    Also a fact, I am pedantic.
     
  17. adrenaline7
    Offline

    adrenaline7 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2011
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Beat me to it.

    Capsicums are a richer source of Vitamin C than oranges.
     
  18. Lemex
    Offline

    Lemex That's Lord Lemex to you. Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    10,507
    Likes Received:
    3,151
    Location:
    Northeast England
    Hades wasn't sent to the Underworld, he was it's King. He and his brothers, Zeus and Possiden, became masters of their respective levels after winning a long war with elder gods.
     
  19. HorusEye
    Offline

    HorusEye Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    1,215
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    Denmark
    Well, that's a bit unnuanced. The Black Death was not just one variant of the plague but several. There are three known variants that each has its own ways of infecting. Pneumonic plague, for instance, can be transmitted through air. There's also eyewitness reports from the time that suggest the plague spread through contamination of water and from the corpses of already deceased victims. Scholars and scientists still argue about what strands were more dominant and exactly how they got to spread as far as they did.
     
  20. Faust
    Offline

    Faust Contributing Member Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2010
    Messages:
    206
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Amongst the Populace [Michigan]
    While George Washington Carver found hundreds of new uses for peanuts he did not invent Peanut butter, (He may have made it however); peanut butter was invented by the Aztecs.
     

Share This Page