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2012-11-13 08:03:24 PM  
I wondered why it was called Ovaltine here. Thank you, subby!
 
2012-11-13 08:03:37 PM  
The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 37 years ago this past Saturday.
 
2012-11-13 08:04:54 PM  

cerejaninja: I wondered why it was called Ovaltine here. Thank you, subby!


Still doesn't explain why it comes in a round glass
 
2012-11-13 08:05:14 PM  
Today is St. Augustine of Hippo's birthday!
 
2012-11-13 08:05:29 PM  
Ovaltine is a much more marketable name. Whoever made that typo should be promoted.
 
2012-11-13 08:06:31 PM  
Protonix can give false positives for marijuana.

Knowledge is power.
 
2012-11-13 08:06:38 PM  
There are no birds in Guam due to motherf*cking snakes coming there on motherf*cking planes.
 
2012-11-13 08:08:00 PM  

Ceteris Paribus says: The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 37 years ago this past Saturday.


And now Gordon Lightfoot is in my head.
 
2012-11-13 08:10:05 PM  
Uranus was originally named Georgium Sidus (george's star) after the mad king.
 
2012-11-13 08:10:07 PM  
The smallest antelope is the dik-dik.
 
2012-11-13 08:10:38 PM  
The tower which stood over the former Ovaltine plant remained in Villa Park, IL, until just a few years ago.

The town used to be nicknamed "Vanilla Park" because everyone got treated to the smell of wonderful concoctions being made there.
 
2012-11-13 08:10:50 PM  

aimtastic: Ceteris Paribus says: The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 37 years ago this past Saturday.

And now Gordon Lightfoot is in my head.


Well, it is after Sundown.
 
2012-11-13 08:12:57 PM  

Ceteris Paribus says: aimtastic: Ceteris Paribus says: The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 37 years ago this past Saturday.

And now Gordon Lightfoot is in my head.

Well, it is after Sundown.


You better take care.
 
2012-11-13 08:13:57 PM  
The credit for the invention of antibiotic ointment was stolen from the doctor who invented it due to a typo.
As a result, Dr. Neli Sporin is still not a household name.
 
2012-11-13 08:14:03 PM  
"Have a Coke and a Smile" translated into Japanese as "Bite the Wax Tadpole."
 
2012-11-13 08:14:16 PM  
Be sure to drink your ovaltine... Ovaltine? A crummy commercial?
 
2012-11-13 08:14:51 PM  
Diamonds come in every color of the rainbow, with pink being the most valuable.

"Chocolate" diamonds are actually low-grade brown diamonds. Big whoop.
 
2012-11-13 08:14:58 PM  
The French have to unhinge their jaws to show love.
 
2012-11-13 08:15:03 PM  
Christopher Lee is the cousin of James Bond creator Ian Fleming AND he's a direct descendant of Charlemagne.
 
2012-11-13 08:15:16 PM  
Green? Seriously? Why not my ballroom jeans thread from earlier, Mods?
*shakes tiny fist*
 
2012-11-13 08:15:34 PM  

bingethinker: The smallest antelope is the dik-dik.


I was going to say "I love dik-diks!" but this just went green.

/oops
 
2012-11-13 08:15:46 PM  

generalDisdain: Green? Seriously? Why not my ballroom jeans thread from earlier, Mods?
*shakes tiny fist*


Sunday's poon thread would have been great, too.
 
2012-11-13 08:15:52 PM  
ladyoftheloch.co.uk
The pistol shrimp has a claw that can snap so quickly, it creates a cavitation bubble in the water, while generating a sound that is over 210 dB.

When the cavitation bubble collapses, the bubble reaches a temperature of up to 4,700 °C, almost as hot as the surface of the sun.
 
2012-11-13 08:16:03 PM  

Wanebo: Ceteris Paribus says: aimtastic: Ceteris Paribus says: The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 37 years ago this past Saturday.

And now Gordon Lightfoot is in my head.

Well, it is after Sundown.

You better take care.



None of y'all better be creeping round my back stair.
 
2012-11-13 08:16:35 PM  
If you reach into a man hole you'll probably get slapped.
 
2012-11-13 08:16:39 PM  

bingethinker: The smallest antelope is the dik-dik.


i992.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-13 08:17:08 PM  
I don't have any cool trivia right now. I'm poopin.
 
2012-11-13 08:17:29 PM  
The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor empire.

/discuss
 
2012-11-13 08:18:47 PM  

LlamaGirl: Be sure to drink your ovaltine... Ovaltine? A crummy commercial?


i.ytimg.com
I grew up watching Captain Midnight. Their sponsor was rich, chocolatey Ovaltine.
 
2012-11-13 08:19:50 PM  
Dusty Baker (and some guy I can never remember) are credited with inventing the High Five.
Chick Hearn coined the phrase Slam Dunk and never copyrighted it.
 
2012-11-13 08:20:13 PM  
Left handed lobsters are sociopaths.
 
2012-11-13 08:20:14 PM  
Manhole covers are round so that they won't fall in, on the diagonal.
Also, it makes them easier to move around.
 
2012-11-13 08:21:13 PM  

RexTalionis: I grew up watching Captain Midnight.


Back in the 70's I got invited to go streaking with the leader of a streak team. He was Captain Midnight.

Black helmet, black cape, black belt, and black boots.

I declined.
 
2012-11-13 08:21:13 PM  
Peanuts are not actually nuts.

They're legumes.
 
2012-11-13 08:21:38 PM  

RexTalionis: LlamaGirl: Be sure to drink your ovaltine... Ovaltine? A crummy commercial?

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]
I grew up watching Captain Midnight. Their sponsor was rich, chocolatey Ovaltine.


Whoops, wrong Captain Midnight, it was this guy:
www.mikanet.com
 
2012-11-13 08:22:21 PM  
The DVDs of the tv show Firefly were flown up to the International Space Station by astronaut Steve Swanson on board the space shuttle Atlantis during its June 2007 mission.
 
2012-11-13 08:22:55 PM  

Gordian Cipher: The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor empire.

/discuss


Yeah, it was more of a farked-up central European bureaucracy with a bunch of perverts and murderers and guys with sparkly hats.
 
2012-11-13 08:23:21 PM  
Mariska Hargitay's (Olivia on Law and Order SVU) mother was Jane Mansfield, and her father was Mr. Universe.
 
2012-11-13 08:23:42 PM  
It's a little known fact that cows were domesticated in Mesopotamia and were also used in China as guard animals for the forbidden city.
 
2012-11-13 08:25:16 PM  
Your foot is nearly the same length as your forearm as measured from the inside of the elbow to the wrist.
 
2012-11-13 08:25:34 PM  
The fork was invented in China, but we stopped using it after the chopsticks were invented.
 
2012-11-13 08:25:45 PM  
The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut, they are hibernating Velociraptors
 
2012-11-13 08:25:46 PM  
If you hold your arms outstretched, the distance from fingertip, to fingertip is the same as your height from head to toe.
 
2012-11-13 08:25:53 PM  
middleoftheday's favorite movie is Turner & Hooch.
 
2012-11-13 08:26:31 PM  
The Etch-A-Sketch was originally designed for military purposes.
 
2012-11-13 08:26:35 PM  
Fark admins greenlight TFD links based on guinea pig battles. ARMED guinea pig battles.

That's right. The admins arms guinea pigs with box cutters and set them loose upon one another, until there remains only one.

The fark admins are terrible, terrible people.
 
2012-11-13 08:27:09 PM  

RexTalionis: [ladyoftheloch.co.uk image 642x155]
The pistol shrimp has a claw that can snap so quickly, it creates a cavitation bubble in the water, while generating a sound that is over 210 dB.

When the cavitation bubble collapses, the bubble reaches a temperature of up to 4,700 °C, almost as hot as the surface of the sun.


Comment needs more youtube.
 
2012-11-13 08:27:10 PM  
Karry Mullis credits LSD use for giving him the vision of the mechanism of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).
That the DNA amplification technology you see on CSI.
 
2012-11-13 08:27:38 PM  

Spoon over Marin: bingethinker: The smallest antelope is the dik-dik.

[i992.photobucket.com image 470x400]


One of the things I hate most about the internet is it showing me all sorts of adorable exotic animals that I will never get to pet and love and hug and squeeze.
 
2012-11-13 08:27:43 PM  
The Ovaltine sold in supermarkets isn't the same formula they used in the past.

If you go to a Asian Supermarket or WorldMarket they'll have the original recipe. They "Improved" the recipe for the US product a few years back.
 
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