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"Did you know?" - Random fun and interesting facts


By Daditude

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    #251 89 days ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    Budweiser and Bush are no longer "American" owned, InBev from Belgium owns them now.

    Don’t get me started on InBev. Anheuser-Busch has one of their breweries in Williamsburg, so it was local for me, just like Smithfield. Ironically, after that AB buyout happened, I was actually pissed that my Becks was now being brewed in St. Louis instead of Germany! They didn’t drop the price any, though. It’s still marked up like an import. Plus, they dropped Beck’s Dark?!?

    (I switched to Hofbrau Dunkel. It’s a much better beer, anyway. Check it out.)

    My BMW was assembled in South Carolina. The Ford I was using as a daily driver not too long ago was assembled in Mexico. The truth of it is, we live in a global economy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Free market capitalism has raised the living standard for more people than any other force in history. The problem is that things go sideways with manipulated markets, crony-capitalism, tariffs, etc.

    #252 89 days ago
    Quoted from zombywoof:

    Anheuser-Busch has one of their breweries in Williamsburg,

    I seen that plant many times while riding the amusement park rides nearby at Busch Gardens.

    I still drink Natty, but if China had of bought them I would switch to something else.

    I do my best to stay away from anything China. It is hard sometimes, nothing else available.

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    #253 89 days ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    Budweiser and Bush are no longer "American" owned, InBev from Belgium owns them now.

    True, but at least they still taste better than the hipster, craft beers.

    #254 89 days ago
    Quoted from zombywoof:

    I agree 100%. I live next to one of the finest fisheries in the world. You wouldn't catch me dead in some chain seafood restaurant.

    I hear you on this. It blows my mind that we have a Red Lobster in Annapolis. On the Chesapeake Bay. Blue Crab capital of the world...

    Little tip for all of you seafood lovers out there: don't eat seafood in a restaurant that has carpet in it. Seafood, and in particular shellfish, is inherently messy and juicy. Carpet just soaks that up. All the good restaurants out here have surfaces that can either be mopped or sprayed down. If a place has carpet, then in my mind, they are just not serious about seafood. Form vs function and all of that...

    I am sure that zombywoof would agree with me the best crab places have picnic tables and rolls of brown crab paper. Hose it down and you are ready for the next group of folks.

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    #255 69 days ago

    In the opening credits of his 60’s TV series, Dick Van Dyke trips over an ottoman— paying tribute to Charlie Chaplin who likewise trips over an ottoman in his 1936 film Modern Times.

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    #256 62 days ago

    ..our planet is about to kick us off?

    #257 62 days ago

    Did you know that the first documented use of the word "mullet" (when referring to a hairstyle) was in 1994 by the Beastie Boys? Many think the term comes from the 80s and while it is possible, there is no concrete evidence to support that claim. Oxford English Dictionary has been seeking earlier references but have been unsuccessful.

    #258 62 days ago
    Quoted from cdnpinbacon:

    ..our planet is about to kick us off?

    I, for one, support our new cockroach overlords!

    #259 61 days ago

    Okay so here's a fun fact, did you know that if you took all of the wires ,from all of the pinball machines( going by factory specs, does not include any mods) owned by all of the current pinside members and spliced all of the wires together end-to-end and laid them out in a straight line starting on the east coast of the US and heading west.......
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    None of the machines would work.

    #260 61 days ago

    Did you know the famous devil / rock rebellion hand sign originated from Ronnie James Dio Grandmother

    #261 58 days ago

    Natalie Schafer (born in 1900), who played the role of Mrs. Howell in the 60’s TV sitcom Gilligan’s Island, was more than 12 years older than her on-screen husband Jim Backus (born in 1913).

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    #262 44 days ago

    Mr. Clean’s first name is “Veritably.”

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    #263 44 days ago

    Lighters were invented before matches.

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    #264 43 days ago

    Not disposable butane lighters, they weren't.

    #265 43 days ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    Not disposable butane lighters, they weren't.

    You're right about that! Here's what the first "lighter" looked like. Looks kinda dangerous.

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    #266 43 days ago

    Lighters have been around since the Stone Age.

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    #267 43 days ago
    Quoted from mooch:

    Here's what the first "lighter" looked like.

    LTG : )

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    #268 43 days ago
    Quoted from pinsanity:

    Lighters have been around since the Stone Age.[quoted image]

    You can start a fire with a flint stone!

    #269 41 days ago
    Quoted from mooch:

    You can start a fire with a flint stone!

    ...or piss your wife off

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    #270 33 days ago
    Quoted from mooch:

    You can start a fire with a flint stone!

    When I was a scout, you had to do that to earn your Firem'n Chit (among other things).

    #271 33 days ago
    Quoted from mooch:

    You can start a fire with a flint stone!

    Quoted from cdnpinbacon:

    ...or piss your wife off

    Wait, you can piss off your wife with a flint stone? (Couldn't you chuck just any old stone at her?)

    Or start a fire by pissing off your wife? (Assuming arson is her go-to retort?)

    Or is it a reference to Fred Flintstone smoking above, somehow? I'm lost.

    #272 32 days ago

    The name and logo of the Thunderbird car was named after Thunderbird CC in Ranch Mirage in the 1950s. First convertible was delivered to the club for a member.

    One of the assistant pros there is credited with inventing the electric golf cart.

    I was given a job there to practice for the upcoming college season in 1980. Oral Roberts the televangelist was a golfing buddy. I became acquainted with Pres Ford. He lived next to Leonard Firestone who would hand you a $50 when he encountered you. He only had a $100 one time and told me to remind him he gave me a hundred last time. I had short term memory loss.

    #273 32 days ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    Wait, you can piss off your wife with a flint stone? (Couldn't you chuck just any old stone at her?)
    Or start a fire by pissing off your wife? (Assuming arson is her go-to retort?)
    Or is it a reference to Fred Flintstone smoking above, somehow? I'm lost.

    Have a drink and relax Dan.

    #274 32 days ago

    Don't piss off your wife. Light one up for her, too.

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    #275 32 days ago
    Quoted from mooch:

    Don't piss off your wife. Light one up for her, too.
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    I knocked on a neighbor's door who lived a couple doors away in the 80s. It was the voice of Wilma who said yes I'm Wilma right away. She must have retired in San Clemente. It was freaky as her voice was so recognizable.

    #276 32 days ago

    Lucille Ball was the one that gave the original Star Trek the “green light”.

    #277 32 days ago

    More people go to Zoo's every year than attend ALL major sporting events combined!*

    *At least before the 'rona

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    #278 24 days ago

    When externally attaching a boat to a floatplane, it is best practice to face the boat backwards.

    #279 24 days ago

    AC/DC is releasing a new album

    #280 24 days ago
    Quoted from aFineMoose:

    When externally attaching a boat to a floatplane, it is best practice to face the boat backwards.

    That's cool.

    We used to literally kick the front windshields from 911 Porsches from a front seat to replace or just remove. Someone would stand a couple feet from the front of the car and catch the front windshield. I thought it was crazy the first time I did it, then I kind of enjoyed doing it as it looked funny as hell. It was an old timers trick in early 80s.

    #281 24 days ago

    According to volume 14 of the Kinsley manual, the Langstrom 7″ wrench can be used with the Findlay sprocket.

    Note it doesn't say socket.

    #282 24 days ago

    Did you know...that the penis can also be used for peeing?

    #283 24 days ago

    jamesmc What kinda prep do you have to before kicking it out?

    #284 24 days ago

    A blue whale can excrete up to 200 litres of poo in one bowel movement

    #285 23 days ago
    Quoted from jamesmc:

    That's cool.
    We used to literally kick the front windshields from 911 Porsches from a front seat to replace or just remove. Someone would stand a couple feet from the front of the car and catch the front windshield. I thought it was crazy the first time I did it, then I kind of enjoyed doing it as it looked funny as hell. It was an old timers trick in early 80s.

    VW's back in the day popped out like that too.

    #286 23 days ago
    Quoted from poppapin:

    VW's back in the day popped out like that too.

    It was the same glass and gasket parts for both bugs and 911s for many years. I think 67-89.

    #287 23 days ago
    Quoted from zenbone:

    wine is fine, but whiskey is quicker. it is also said that suicide is slow with liquor

    I’ve always known,I can lick her quicker with liquor.

    #288 23 days ago
    Quoted from aFineMoose:

    jamesmc What kinda prep do you have to before kicking it out?

    I had a detail shop at Laguna Porsche in early 80s. I was asked by friend mechanic to help when they needed me to kick it out. Not sure what they did.

    Quoted from poppapin:

    VW's back in the day popped out like that too.

    Many people don't realize that Ferdinand Porsche designed the first gasoline/electric hybrid car. He designed the first Volkswagen beetle. He designed the Porsche 356 (bathtub model), not the 911. He died in 1951. Pretty amazing man.

    #289 23 days ago
    Quoted from jamesmc:

    Many people don't realize that Ferdinand Porsche designed the first gasoline/electric hybrid car. He designed the first Volkswagen beetle. He designed the Porsche 356 (bathtub model), not the 911. He died in 1951. Pretty amazing man.

    His first car was all electric, his hybrid came a little later. He designed the Bug.

    His son Ferdinand or " Ferry" designed the 356. Ferry started repairing, building and selling sports cars to raise money for his dad's 'ransom.'

    The French were holding him as a war criminal for designing Panzer tanks, being a senior Nazi party guy, and using forced labor during the war. What they really wanted was for him to restart the French automobile industry, and he refused.

    #290 23 days ago
    Quoted from Black_Knight:

    His son Ferdinand or " Ferry" designed the 356. Ferry started repairing, building and selling sports cars to raise money for his dad's 'ransom.'

    You are correct. Ferry designed the 356. Talented engineers.

    #291 23 days ago

    A barrel of crude oil is only 42 gallons, not the common barrel size of 55.

    #292 23 days ago
    Quoted from zenbone:

    wine is fine, but whiskey is quicker. it is also said that suicide is slow with liquor

    Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker...

    #293 18 days ago

    Everything moves at the speed of light through spacetime.

    We have mass, so we experience it as time. The faster we move, the more time slows down for us to compensate, albeit imperceptibly. Photons have no mass, so they "experience" it as moving at 300000 km/s.

    #294 18 days ago

    Percy Spencer, who invented the microwave oven after a candy bar melted in his pocket while he was playing with a magnetron (the tube, not the pin!), received no royalties for his invention, but was paid a one-time $2.00 gratuity from Raytheon, the same token payment the company made to all inventors on its payroll at that time for company patents.

    #295 18 days ago

    please delete post

    #296 18 days ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    Adolf Hitler wanted The Three Stooges dead.

    True but they were Jewish too and he would have wanted them for that too.

    Twice as much water is underground as above.

    Quoted from pinsanity:

    Lighters have been around since the Stone Age.[quoted image]

    I miss smoking ads. I don't smoke but they do take me back to when I was young and could go to the store and buy them for my relatives.

    #297 18 days ago

    The weight of the air above a swimming pool averaging 8 feet deep is about 10 times the weight of the water in the pool.

    Light from the sun reaches Earth in about 8 minutes. If there was air between sun and earth, sound from the sun would reach us in about 13 1/2 years.

    Kodak invented the digital camera in the 1970's, but didn't run with it - - oops!

    Miami Beach is due south of Erie, PA.

    Yes, if you go due south from Reno, you'd eventually enter the Pacific Ocean just west of Santa Barbara, about 100 miles west of LA. Likewise, Lake Tahoe is further west than Malibu. And if you go due east from the southern tip of Malibu at Point Dume, you'll eventually enter the Atlantic Ocean at Kure Beach near Wilmington, NC.

    Angle Inlet, MN is the northernmost town in the continental US, but you have to drive through 60 miles of Canada to get to it; you'll have to bring your passport.

    It does snow in Death Valley National Park; Telescope Peak, at 11,043 feet, regularly gets quite a bit of it:

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    #298 15 days ago

    A can of Diet Coke floats in water, but a can of regular Coke will sink.

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    #299 15 days ago
    Quoted from mooch:

    A can of Diet Coke floats in water, but a can of regular Coke will sink.

    Well had to watch a youtube video on that which led to watching a video on making 1886 coca cola recipe, which lead to 10 Coca-Cola drinks that embarrassed the company which led to how Doritos were made from Disneyland Trash ... Damn Internet.

    #300 15 days ago

    Isaac Newton spent his last years arguing with the King and Govt, that Joseph Scaliger, who was tasked in the middle 1500s,
    was wrong in his attempts to unify the empires calendars.
    Until then, there were vast differences in what "Year" we were in.
    Scaliger used the Biblical 33 years for a ruler, when the information wasnt available.
    Newton argued this causes too many errors, as well as over calculating the Dark Ages.
    His work is called, Called "Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms"

    It is one reason, dating of Ancient Egypt, and Historical writings along with dating techniques have anomalies we struggle with today.

    A great read, if you can also weed out what seems "wrong", in your own views.

    Anatoly Fomenko has done some amazing work....and some errors, imo, on using math, and the movement of stars, eclipses, and comets, to create a unique calendar and history. Just weird.

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