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(Tampa Bay Online)   In case it seems we didn't learn much of anything this past year, here are 50 Things that will make you feel smarter in last week of 2012   (www2.tbo.com) divider line 26
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2012-12-24 02:16:10 PM  
t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-12-24 06:39:37 PM  
We're up to 51 if we count "the" headline.
 
2012-12-24 06:41:44 PM  
Emperor penguins can double or even triple their swimming speed in short bursts by releasing air from their feathers in the form of tiny bubbles.

www.chinadaily.com.cn

already knew this
 
2012-12-24 06:55:14 PM  
I do not fit in with the 10 percent without grey hair. I found my first tuft of grey when I was 13.
 
2012-12-24 07:09:29 PM  
3. A simple orange scent introduced into a shopping environment prompted 400 customers to spend an average of 20 percent more money at a store.

I suspect that's been a myth in Target management for a while. They always have a display of Clementine oranges at the non-food end of my local Targets.

15. Watching a horror movie may burn nearly 200 calories in 90 minutes,

Unless you watched the entire horror movie aisle at Blockbuster one summer.

20. Dolphins sleep with only one half of their brains at a time. This allows them to stay alert to predators for at least 15 days in a row. They likely developed this pattern so they could surface for air to breathe.

I'd swear I've know that for years. I'm pretty sure it's been mentioned as "What do dolphins and flamingos have in common?" Here's a fluff article from 2009

29. A fossil classified for more than 100 years as a lemur without a nose is actually that of a fish.

That's just funny

47. Native Americans brewed a primitive form of tea almost a thousand years ago using toasted holly leaves and stems. The drink was six times more potent than coffee.

PRODUCT OPPORTUNITY!
 
2012-12-24 07:10:21 PM  
I don't care if I'm smarter, b/c it certainly isn't getting me anywhere.
 
2012-12-24 07:36:52 PM  
Compressed barley husks - a byproduct of whiskey making -- have the ability to remove pollutants such as pesticides, benzene and heavy metals from polluted water.

Is there anything it can't do?

Venom from the deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider can boost human sexual performance
[linked article:] Brazilian scientists first became interested ... when victims of bites reported major improvements in their sex lives.


"I have the weirdest boner right now."

A fish just 2 centimeters long named phallostethus cuulong was discovered in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Males of the species display reproductive organs on their chin and their anus on their throat.

OK, now they're just farking with us.
 
2012-12-24 08:06:32 PM  
http://www.handbag.com/life/news/a432546/people-who-lose-their-virgini ty-later-have-better-relationships.html

I call bullshiat or i'm incredibly unlucky

/i'm probably unlucky...
 
2012-12-24 08:12:19 PM  

viscountalpha: http://www.handbag.com/life/news/a432546/people-who-lose-their-virgin i ty-later-have-better-relationships.html

I call bullshiat or i'm incredibly unlucky

/i'm probably unlucky...


i totally agree,. your probially unlucky.

/that bullshiat thing too....
 
2012-12-24 08:21:38 PM  
I have no idea what you're talking about,

www.rich-obrien.com

So here's a dolphin with a sea sponge on its beak.
 
2012-12-24 08:26:35 PM  
Didn't we already know about that Indian tea?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilex_vomitoria
 
2012-12-24 08:29:18 PM  

nytmare: I have no idea what you're talking about,

[www.rich-obrien.com image 300x300]

So here's a dolphin with a sea sponge on its beak.


Indeed.
 
2012-12-24 08:30:39 PM  
ftfa:''Males of the species display reproductive organs on their chin ...''

Do they believe in inter-species dating?
 
2012-12-24 08:32:05 PM  
I have just now learned that the more Toblerone you stuff in your mouth at once, the better it is.
 
2012-12-24 08:41:21 PM  

nanim: ftfa:''Males of the species display reproductive organs on their chin ...''

Do they believe in inter-species dating?


This isn't craigslist, man. Go post an ad. *)
 
2012-12-24 08:51:26 PM  

Indubitably: I don't care if I'm smarter, b/c it certainly isn't getting me anywhere.


It's funny, because it's true!

/same boat
 
2012-12-24 09:29:26 PM  
Notice the idiot author actually wrote "lllacme plenipes" for the critter name in #12? Actually used 3 lowercased L's.

That irst one should be a capital I.

But I guess that's the problem when you are too busy making fun of readable fonts like Comic Sans and don't notice what a piece of crap your illegible font choice is.
 
2012-12-24 09:30:01 PM  
ucking typos....
 
2012-12-24 09:36:41 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Notice the idiot author actually wrote "lllacme plenipes" for the critter name in #12? Actually used 3 lowercased L's.

That irst one should be a capital I.


SHUDDER
I vs l makes me want to punch baby jesus
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-24 10:58:47 PM  
namatad: I vs l

A coworker used to go through our code and rename any variables called "l".
 
2012-12-24 11:04:45 PM  

ZAZ: namatad: I vs l

A coworker used to go through our code and rename any variables called "l".


LOLOLOL
I will admit, when I use the variable "i", I always use the lower case "i" and try not to ever use "L" as a variable.
Plus the only time that I use a single letter variable is in a local loop where it will never be referenced ANYTHING but local and not possibly confusing in ANY WAY.

CSB
while in school working at the compsci help desk, we had a nerd who wrote a program to make his programs impossible to read, debug or steal.
He removed all unneeded white-space and replace all variables with it1 through itn.
He was pretty farking annoying.
/CSB
 
2012-12-24 11:07:18 PM  
Can I get through one day off because of a holiday where half the shiat in the list throws climate change in my face? Please? I just want to be able to enjoy some info and/or comedy for a change.
 
2012-12-24 11:39:26 PM  
"17. When female entrepreneurs pay themselves a salary, they earn $60,000. Male founders pay themselves $78,000, on average."

Drew is transsexual?
 
2012-12-25 12:00:10 AM  
45. For college-age women, appearance generally is more important than health.

There is no way you can convince me we didn't already know this.
 
2012-12-25 12:15:28 AM  

Porous Horace: I have just now learned that the more Toblerone you stuff in your mouth at once, the better it is.


This. Is true.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-25 10:02:59 AM  
He removed all unneeded white-space and replace all variables with it1 through itn.

Before everything that mattered was Windows, commercial products used to be released as obfuscated source code. Companies took their real source code and ran it through a tool to strip out comments and rename functions and variables. The goal was to give you something you could compile on your weird system but could not reverse engineer.

This may or may not have been one reason the GNU Public License requires source to be released in the preferred form for editing.

There have been many attempts over the years to create a universal intermediate code form. Java bytecode is the best known example. IBM created a successful intermediate language for the AS/400.
 
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