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2012-11-13 09:47:41 PM  
I was thinking of "Martha My Dear". Which IS about a sheepdog.
 
2012-11-13 09:48:51 PM  

doglover: Peaceboy: True story - Rod Serling, while stationed in Leyte (Philippines) in WWII:
 
He saw death every day while in the Philippines, at the hands of his enemies and his allies, and through freak accidents such as that which killed another extroverted Jewish private named Melvin Levy. Levy was delivering a comic monologue for the platoon as it rested under a palm tree, when a food crate dropped from above, decapitating him.
 
(From his Wikipedia page)

A great gag, but he can only do it once!


Best part is, his head kept doing shtick for 15 seconds after being separated from his body.
 
2012-11-13 09:51:38 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: dark side of the moon: Here's another one for you. A cat's jaw can't move sideways.

Also, elephants can't jump.

Also also, Big Al from Shaun of the Dead says that dogs can't look up, but that's not *totally* true. As per the IMDB:

"Yes, dogs can technically look up, but only so far. Because of the way their spine and neck are built, they are physically limited in how high they can look. After a certain point/angle, it's just not possible. This angle is higher when the dog is sitting than when it is standing. A dog cannot look directly upwards (without, say, lying on its back). Dogs also have more limited motion in their eyeballs than human beings do. Most people answering [the 'can dogs look up'] question simply think of the fact that dogs can turn their heads up to look at people and don't consider whether or not their actual eye is moving up."

So... yeah.


LOVE that movie. One of my favorites.

/You've got red on you.
 
2012-11-13 09:53:19 PM  

dark side of the moon: LOVE that movie. One of my favorites.

/You've got red on you.


The whole movie is a big ol' ball of useless bits of trivia. Love it. LOVE IT.

Any stolen music from the original Dawn of the Dead = A SLICE OF FRIED GOLD
 
2012-11-13 10:02:25 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.


What?
Are we just making shiat up now?
 
2012-11-13 10:19:00 PM  

tuna fingers: 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.

What?
Are we just making shiat up now?


Link
 
2012-11-13 10:27:26 PM  
Bookkeeping is an occupation. Boobbeeping, by contrast, is an erotic fetish.
 
2012-11-13 10:35:03 PM  

Nehllah: Ambivalence: Carrots originated in the middle east and used to be purple in color. A gentic mutation in the last couple hundred years brought the orange carrots we all know and love.

I wish common carrots were still purple.


carrots grow in many colors however half of the food that feeds the world now originated in the Americas; for example, Russet potatoes originated in South America. Bright orange carrots also originated in the Americas, South America, iirc.


/"Lies My Teacher Told Me"
//"You Will Die: The Burdern of Modern Taboos" -->
 
2012-11-13 10:35:40 PM  
Sawdust is a major component of grated Parmasean cheese.
 
2012-11-13 10:38:21 PM  
Mushrooms don't get moldy. Professional courtesy among fungi.
 
2012-11-13 10:42:20 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Sawdust is a major component of grated Parmasean cheese.


Pramasean cheese, Canned soup, and Doritios have higher concentrations of MSG than Chinese food. Yet (some) people will complain they can't Chinese food because of MSG allergies while eating pizza, soups, and Doritios.
 
2012-11-13 10:43:35 PM  

optikeye: Candygram4Mongo: Sawdust is a major component of grated Parmasean cheese.

Pramasean cheese, Canned soup, and Doritios have higher concentrations of MSG than Chinese food. Yet (some) people will complain they can't Chinese food because of MSG allergies while eating pizza, soups, and Doritios.


Because people are dumb.

/DIps his bread in garum.
 
2012-11-13 10:44:25 PM  
 
2012-11-13 10:52:53 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Mushrooms don't get moldy. Professional courtesy among fungi.


Candygram4Mongo: Sawdust is a major component of grated Parmasean cheese.


Candygram4Mongo: Bookkeeping is an occupation. Boobbeeping, by contrast, is an erotic fetish.


....... for the military
 
2012-11-13 10:53:02 PM  

tuna fingers: 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.

What?
Are we just making shiat up now?


It's true, but also stupid because the bubble is so small and pops so quickly it's only of interest to physicists. The power of the claw is a loud noise, which stuns small animals which the shrimp can then eat.
 
2012-11-13 10:56:52 PM  

doglover: only of interest to physicists.


What's your point?
 
2012-11-13 11:03:13 PM  

RexTalionis: doglover: only of interest to physicists.

What's your point?


That "Ooo, hotter than the sun." bullshiat is bullshiat.

Might as well explain how a static spark is hot enough to emit blue light. It's still not within 2 orders of magnitude of anything meaningful.

It is nice triva, but it's also myopic.

Speaking of myopia, the superior Claw Shrimp has better eyes than... well anything I know. They can see more and better light than nearly anyone.
 
2012-11-13 11:08:37 PM  
The original name for Pac-Man was Puck-Man. You'd think it was because he looks like a hockey puck but it actually comes from the Japanese phrase 'Paku-Paku,' which means to flap one's mouth open and closed. They changed it because they thought Puck-Man would be too easy to vandalize, you know, like people could just scratch off the P and turn it into an F or whatever.
 
2012-11-13 11:14:03 PM  
Oscar Madison's wife is about to throw him out.
 
2012-11-14 12:04:01 AM  
Noxzema was originally sold as a sunburn remedy, but got its name because some dude said it cured his eczema (No Xzema).
 
2012-11-14 12:21:08 AM  
Timur the Lame (or Tamerlane) was a successor to Genghis Khan, who tried to recreate Khan's empire. He managed to conquer an area from Pakistan through Iraq in the 14th Century.

The only really noteworthy thing about him is his tomb. It was supposedly inscribed with the words "Whomever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I." His tomb has only been opened once. It was opened by Soviet archeologists on or shortly before June 22, 1941 - the day Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.
 
2012-11-14 12:31:03 AM  

GAT_00: Timur the Lame (or Tamerlane) was a successor to Genghis Khan, who tried to recreate Khan's empire. He managed to conquer an area from Pakistan through Iraq in the 14th Century.

The only really noteworthy thing about him is his tomb. It was supposedly inscribed with the words "Whomever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I." His tomb has only been opened once. It was opened by Soviet archeologists on or shortly before June 22, 1941 - the day Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.


What have you been reading Tommy?
 
2012-11-14 03:00:39 AM  

Gordian Cipher: The wingspan of a 747 is longer than the distance of the Wright brothers' first powered flight.


And the Wright Brothers weren't the first to fly. A New Zealander beat them by more than 8 months.

Kiwis don't make a lot of noise when they do something important.

Keep an eye out for this Kiwi guy and his recent jet/rocket fuel advancements. He just did something in a lab here in New Zealand that companies have spent billions on trying to perfect.

There were same NASA and US Military guys just here checking it out. This is a pretty big deal.
 
2012-11-14 03:01:30 AM  
Hmm the first link got chucked for some reason. This guy beat the Wright Brothers by 8 months or more.

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/richard-pearse
 
2012-11-14 04:05:18 AM  
The gas station where Steve Martin worked in The Jerk is now a Carl's Jr.
 
2012-11-14 04:17:02 AM  

festus: Hmm the first link got chucked for some reason. This guy beat the Wright Brothers by 8 months or more.

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/richard-pearse


You did read the link, yes? Some circumstantial evidence suggests he might have flown sooner then the Wrights, but he wrote that he didn't. I'm not sure why there's any speculation there if the guy himself says it didn't happen.
 
2012-11-14 04:54:28 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Christopher Lee is the cousin of James Bond creator Ian Fleming AND he's a direct descendant of Charlemagne.


Corollary:

Christopher Lee is the most badass badass in all of badass history.
 
2012-11-14 04:58:19 AM  
The Romans used to make their pipes out of lead. The Latin word for lead is "plumbum". This is where we get the words "plumbing", "plumber" and the verb "to plumb". It is also why the symbol for lead on the periodic table is Pl.

There is a theory that one of the reasons that roman emperors went crazy is because their liquids were tainted with too much lead due to the pipes. Additionally, they used to actually flavor their wine with lead. Since aristocrats would necessarily drink the most wine, they tended to be the nuttiest.
 
2012-11-14 04:59:19 AM  

generalDisdain: There are no birds in Guam due to motherf*cking snakes coming there on motherf*cking planes.


This is not actually true.

Guam has plenty of sparrows and at least two distinct lovebird flocks (established after pet owners freed their birds before leaving).

Not to mention chickens and seabirds.
 
2012-11-14 04:59:26 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Christopher Lee is the cousin of James Bond creator Ian Fleming AND he's a direct descendant of Charlemagne.


Meh, everybody's a direct descendant of Charlemagne.
 
2012-11-14 05:01:09 AM  
The men who discovered the CMBR, the cosmic microwave background radiation, did so while testing communications equipment. They kept finding that their radar dish was picking up noise. They couldn't eliminate it, even after checking every connection. They even had to completely clean a "white dielectric material" off of the dish. This was bird shiat.
 
2012-11-14 05:01:46 AM  

LordOfThePings: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Christopher Lee is the cousin of James Bond creator Ian Fleming AND he's a direct descendant of Charlemagne.

Meh, everybody's a direct descendant of Charlemagne.


In a thousand years they'll be saying that about your mother.
 
2012-11-14 05:02:24 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Christopher Lee is the cousin of James Bond creator Ian Fleming AND he's a direct descendant of Charlemagne.


Corollary #2:

Christopher Lee is on the cover of Wings' "Band on the Run" album
 
2012-11-14 05:02:40 AM  
What is a group of baboons called?



A congress
 
2012-11-14 05:04:09 AM  
On the topic of Guam, although the brown tree snake is the most infamous snake on the island, it is not indigenous. That honor belongs to the tiny, wormlike blind snake.
 
2012-11-14 05:04:28 AM  
Donald Duck has a middle name and it is Fauntleroy.
 
2012-11-14 05:06:12 AM  
John Cazale had a short but distinguished movie career. You know him as Fredo in the Godfather.

He was in 6 films. All 6 of those films were nominated for Best Picture. He died of lung cancer at the age of 42.
 
2012-11-14 05:08:46 AM  
Nobel prize winners in physics Sheldon Glashow and Steve Weinberg graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1950. They ended up sharing the Nobel for working on the same problem independent of each other, without one knowing the other was doing the same work.
 
2012-11-14 05:09:05 AM  
The Jews were behind 9/11.
 
2012-11-14 05:09:16 AM  
i.qkme.me
 
2012-11-14 05:11:34 AM  
On Gilligan's Island, Gilligan's full name is Willy Gilligan.
The Skipper, is Jonas Grumby.
The Professor is Roy Hinkley.
Mary Ann's last name is Summers.
 
2012-11-14 05:13:22 AM  
Two wrongs don't make a right, but two Wrights make an Airplane. Also, that little plastic thing at the end of a shoelace or other drawstring is called an Aglet.
 
2012-11-14 05:13:24 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-14 05:17:55 AM  

7FARK7: Two wrongs don't make a right, but two Wrights make an Airplane. Also, that little plastic thing at the end of a shoelace or other drawstring is called an Aglet.


fc05.deviantart.net
 
2012-11-14 05:19:39 AM  
Huey Lewis and the News' first major hit, Do You Believe in Love was written by Robert John Lange, better known by his nickname, Mutt. And better known as the producer of AC/DC's Back in Black and Def Leppard's Pyromania and Hysteria.
 
2012-11-14 05:22:37 AM  
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss spent a few years taking lessons from Gene Krupa.
 
2012-11-14 05:26:34 AM  
Honey is the only food that does not spoil.
 
2012-11-14 05:26:51 AM  
Dogs are the only other animal besides humans that have a prostate.
 
2012-11-14 05:30:13 AM  

CipollinaFan: Dogs are the only other animal besides humans that have a prostate.


lol
 
2012-11-14 05:30:33 AM  
Among the restrictions in the old Comics Code was the banning of the use of the words 'clint' and 'flick'
because of fears that the ink could smear and the words become naughty.
 
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