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(SomeGirl)   If you hook Jell-O up to an EEG, it registers movements almost identical to a human adult's brain waves, and other lesser known facts   ( divider line
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2005-02-26 01:53:34 PM  
There are a lot of common misconceptions listed as facts on this site.
Here's a very common one:

Plate glass is actually a very thick liquid.

(There is still quite a bit of argument about this one because people are unwilling to give up the idea, but glass is in no way a liquid. I don't have time to find data to back this up, but google will have it).
2005-02-26 02:25:07 PM  
SailorNaboo: google will have it

2005-02-26 02:37:14 PM  
Fact: The people at this site don't know how many square meters are in a square kilometer. (It's 1,000,000, not 1,000)
If you gave every human on earth an equal portion of dry land (including uninhabitable areas), each person would only have an area equal to six ping pong tables placed together (27.5 square meters).

That number is actaully 27,000 square meters, or 6,000 ping pong tables.
2005-02-26 03:23:00 PM  
Plate glass is actually a very thick liquid.

I heard this in high school and was blown away that people actually thought this.

yes, glass is a "hard liquid" like ice is a "hard liquid."
2005-02-26 03:47:53 PM  
You people are missing the point. The point is, I always knew the Jell-O was staring at me and talking shiat about me behind my back.
2005-02-26 03:55:15 PM  
In England, in the 1880's, "Pants" was considered a dirty word.

those fags.
2005-02-26 04:01:39 PM  

I heard this in high school and was blown away that people actually thought this.

yes, glass is a "hard liquid" like ice is a "hard liquid."

Actually, there was fairly good surface evidence to believe it; unfortunately, all of that evidence has been refuted. Old glass panes are often thicker at the bottom, but that's typically because old glass plates weren't crafted with uniform thickness and the window guy would install the thicker side down.
2005-02-26 04:10:10 PM  
glass is either a solid-like liquid, or a liquid-like solid. it lacks the crystalline structure of a solid, but seems solid, nonetheless.

also, glass does flow, according to cecil, who cites discover magazine.
2005-02-26 04:33:11 PM  
That's not really "flow", that's "creep", a characteristic also shared by crystalline solids. Semantic nonsense, perhaps, but whatever.
2005-02-26 05:58:14 PM  
Unattributed assertions passed along as fact. God bless the internets.
2005-02-26 05:58:35 PM  
what about the average farker brain? I doubt that knowledge!!!

/knew that for a LONG TIME
2005-02-26 05:58:36 PM  
Jello is really just a big blob of denatured collagen. Yum!

/my own fact
//didn't rtfa
2005-02-26 05:59:26 PM  
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2005-02-26 05:59:40 PM  
Jello fact #231: It's not kosher.
2005-02-26 06:02:23 PM  
I read the article. Great link, submitter.

I also scrolled down and see that we've had no boobies for the past two days.

/bring on the funbags
2005-02-26 06:03:06 PM  
I'll wait for snopes to tell me what not to believe.
2005-02-26 06:03:17 PM  
wasnt this on fark a few weeks ago or something?

ZAZ [TotalFark]
2005-02-26 06:04:11 PM  
Mailmen in Russia now carry revolvers after a recent decision by the government.

I met a retired postal service employee* who said his job driving a mail truck allowed him to carry a gun despite Massachusetts' restrictive laws, and he pulled it out once when a driver threatened him

*In the town where I grew up, mailmen were not postal service employees.
2005-02-26 06:06:23 PM  
George Washington spent about 7% of his annual salary on liquor.

[image from too old to be available]

Further proof that Martha was a hip, hip lady.
2005-02-26 06:09:21 PM  

I also scrolled down and see that we've had no boobies for the past two days.

No Boobies for the past two days, huh?
2005-02-26 06:10:51 PM  
"True Facts"? I'm reporting this to the Department of Redundancy Department.
2005-02-26 06:12:28 PM  
SailorNaboo: Plate glass is actually a very thick liquid.

I never heard that one before. I always assumed it was a crystalline mineral. It cleaves when you break it, I don't think liquids cleave.
2005-02-26 06:12:35 PM  
Mmmmmmm, Jello, cartilage and hooves boiled down to delicious!

/if i eat jello does that increase my brain activity on the EEG??
2005-02-26 06:12:44 PM  
Glass is an amorphous solid.
2005-02-26 06:13:46 PM  
I wonder what Biafra's EEG looks like?
2005-02-26 06:15:43 PM  
To support Frankmanhog:

The total land surface area of the earth is about 13 billion Hectares. Each hectare is 10,000 square meters. Divided evenly among the approximately six and a half billion people on earth, and you get 20,000 square meters per person.

Even if you gave each person an equal share of Texas, they'd end up with over 1000 square feet, as of 2002.

Everyone in Texas Lesson
2005-02-26 06:15:47 PM  
A goldfish has a memory span of about 3 seconds.

they busted this one on MythBusters...
2005-02-26 06:17:02 PM  
They forgot one:

If it's on the internet, it must be true.
2005-02-26 06:18:19 PM  
is glass a liquid or a solid


There is no clear answer to the question "Is glass solid or liquid?". In terms of molecular dynamics and thermodynamics it is possible to justify various different views that it is a highly viscous liquid, an amorphous solid, or simply that glass is another state of matter which is neither liquid nor solid. The difference is semantic. In terms of its material properties we can do little better. There is no clear definition of the distinction between solids and highly viscous liquids. All such phases or states of matter are idealisations of real material properties. Nevertheless, from a more common sense point of view, glass should be considered a solid since it is rigid according to every day experience. The use of the term "supercooled liquid" to describe glass still persists, but is considered by many to be an unfortunate misnomer that should be avoided. In any case, claims that glass panes in old windows have deformed due to glass flow have never been substantiated. Examples of Roman glassware and calculations based on measurements of glass visco-properties indicate that these claims cannot be true. The observed features are more easily explained as a result of the imperfect methods used to make glass window panes before the float glass process was invented.
2005-02-26 06:18:57 PM  
Glass doesn't cleave. It displays conchoidial fracture, like obsidian.
2005-02-26 06:19:16 PM  
Dolly Parton is planning on having breast reduction surgery soon to relieve the pain on her back.

is it really considered breast reduction when what you're doing is reducing the size of the implants already in place? wouldn't it be "implant reduction"?
2005-02-26 06:20:42 PM  
Eleven top executives of the Direct Marketing Association (the telemarketers' group that is trying to kill the federal "Do Not Call" list) have registered for the list themselves.

Ah yes... irony.
2005-02-26 06:23:16 PM  
A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.

references to this one in 3.... 2... 1...
2005-02-26 06:24:30 PM  
32 out of 33 samples of well-known brands of milk purchased in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California had trace amounts of perchlorate. Perchlorate is the explosive component in rocket fuel.

Uh, no. You're thinking of peroxide. Perchlorate goes off as well, but it's more of a percussive explosive and doesn't provide nearly as much oomph as hydrogen peroxide.
2005-02-26 06:25:11 PM  
Before someone else corrects me: Glass displays conchoidal fracture, not concoidial fracture. I am a bad typer.
2005-02-26 06:25:23 PM  
A ten year old mattress weighs double what it did when it was new, because of the -ahem- debris which is absorbed through the years. That debris includes dust mites (their droppings and their decaying bodies), mold, millions of dead skin cells, dandruff, animal and human hair, secretions, excretions, lint, pollen, dust, soil, sand and a lot of perspiration, of which the average person loses a quart per day. Good night!

2005-02-26 06:25:28 PM  
G-rated family films earn far more money than any other rating. Yet only 3% of Hollywood's output is G-rated.

I don't see how that is possible, the top boxoffice movies of all time are PG at the lowest. And I assume the author of this site means US ratings.

Unless he just means "G" somewhere in the rating, which in that case that's a pretty cheap way to get a figure.
2005-02-26 06:25:30 PM  
George Washington spent about 7% of his annual salary on liquor. I've got that beat

2005-02-26 06:30:21 PM  
The G rating thing could be true. G movies have an advantage in that the parents and kids go to the movie even though it is only the kid who wants to be there.
2005-02-26 06:31:02 PM  
I just want to know who the hell was the first person to hook Jell-O up to an EEG.
2005-02-26 06:31:45 PM  
George W. Bush is probably going to be the eighth president in US history to have completed a term in office without ever having issued a single veto.

Thought that said "verb" at first.
2005-02-26 06:32:07 PM  

Snopes got his start at alt. folklore urban, who discuss the whole glass thing here:
2005-02-26 06:32:22 PM  
The Ku Klux Klan is also involved in the adopt-a-road program in the state of Missouri.

As a resident of Missouri who has seen the sign on local news, I can confirm this.

John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, loved to skinny dip in the Potomac River.

I've heard this one before, and I'm pretty sure swimming nude was "the norm" at least among individuals and single-sex crowds in the 1700s.

G-rated family films earn far more money than any other rating. Yet only 3% of Hollywood's output is G-rated.

Possible. Of the top 100 highest-grossing films, "Finding Nemo", "The Lion King", "Monsters, Inc.", "Toy Story 2", "Alladin", "Gone With the Wind", "Toy Story", "Snow White", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Tarzan" are rated G. That's 10% of the top 100 films, and the figure of G-rated films being 3% of all those released is believable.
2005-02-26 06:34:21 PM  
"85% of the guys who cheat on their wives die while having sex."

I seriously doubt this. Then again, this could be the origin of the term 'deathbed'...
2005-02-26 06:38:46 PM  
I'm pretty sure that most of these are wrong.
2005-02-26 06:43:59 PM  
Americans take an average of just ten days per year vacation. In France, the law guarantees everyone five weeks of vacation, and most full-time workers get two full months vacation.

Americans surrender (their free time)!

Seriously, that's farked up. Maybe if more Americans went on vacation the world would be a much more mellow place.
2005-02-26 06:44:29 PM  
3.9% of women never wear underwear....
all polar bears are left handed...

which is more useful... hmmmmm...
2005-02-26 06:45:26 PM  
According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg.

Glad someone finally cleared that up.
2005-02-26 06:45:53 PM  
Americans take an average of just ten days per year vacation. In France, the law guarantees everyone five weeks of vacation, and most full-time workers get two full months vacation.

le sigh.
2005-02-26 06:46:10 PM  
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

Define intelligent.
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