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    Had a minor operation today on an old hand injury. Am now wrapped in an armsling and screeching cosmic impHATEtience at a keyboard ill-suited to mono-fistery. No work for two days. Your warden, my loves, is bored. So:

    Tell me the weirdest piece of trivia you know. I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011 edited
    Scientists are making bioluminescent cat/jellyfish hybrids as an end run around an AIDS cure. Because apparently glowing cats aren't a good enough end result.
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011 edited
    The recoil pressure from a Glock 9mm handgun firing a round with a muzzle velocity of lightspeed would be 504752.69 foot lbs. Basically you would fire it, and a shockwave would start from point of detonation, driving you backward at a potential rate of 11056487.52 feet (11056487.52 miles) per second

    You can find calculators for everything on the internet these days.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011
    Most species of octopus can squeeze their bodies and internal organs through any opening large enough to accomodate their beak.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011 edited
    My trivia is in the form of a video I took of an abalone licking the tank glass.
    abalone mouth
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    In 1903, 1922, 1932 and 1965 the Brisbane (Australia) suburb of Heston was hit by ghost riots - riots caused by the (rumoured) appearance of ghosts. Seriously.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011
    A tiger shark of rather large size was accidentally caught in a fishing net in the Gulf of Mexico in, I think it was 1997. When the shark was later examined, they found a collection of mechanical parts which, if in working order and properly assembled, would go a long way towards building the Merlin engine of a Spitfire IX fighter plane.
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    I learned this one originally from a comic book.

    The events occurring to the ears of the woman who would become founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low -- take it away, Wikipedia:

    When she was about 25 years old, Juliette suffered an ear infection. She persuaded the doctor to try an experimental treatment, an injection of silver nitrate. This treatment damaged her ear, causing her to lose a great deal of her hearing in that ear.
    At the age of 26, she married [...] A grain of rice thrown at the wedding became lodged in Juliette's good ear. When it was removed, her ear drum was punctured and became infected, causing her to become mostly deaf in that ear.
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
    I have been told that the Uk's biggest export (by volume) is Fresh Air*

    *In the form of empty shipping containers sent back to china to be re-filled with tat.
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    The standard translation frequency of the DSCS III satellite is 725Mhz but any traffic on transponder 6 uses a 200Mhz translation instead.

    Not sure how weird that is but I'm a pretty boring creature for the most part.
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    every single man alive will get prostate cancer if the rest of their body lives long enough for it to come to pass.

    maybe not the weirdest, but thats one that usually throws people for a loop.
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    Hi, I'm an editor.

    According to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style, "date rape" as a noun and as an adjective in the case of "date rape drug" are not hyphenated, but the verb form IS hyphenated. So the correct sentence is "I want to commit an act of date rape by using a date rape drug to date-rape you."
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    Apparently, if you're crossing your hands on the steering wheel when your airbag goes off you punch yourself in the face at 100mph.

    This has led me to ponder, but sadly not answer, the question 'has anyone ever been killed because they were picking their nose at the wheel and the airbag went off and their finger was driven through their brain by the inflation?'
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
    @ JOnCarp3nter: Thanks. That one's going to keep me awake at night.

    Sponges (the ones that live in the sea - Spongebob for example) will reconstitute themselves overnight after being totally squished to mush by being squeezed through a sieve. You need to keep them in a bucket of sea water though.

    (Not Bob the shark though, don't try it on Bob the shark, that will not leave you in a happy state.)
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
    Samuel Beckett used to give Andre The Giant lifts to school.
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    @joe.distort - that's weird... Do you know the medical reason for it?
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    I kind of want a bio-luminescent cat. Simply because the idea is hilarious and bonkers. Though there's no way I could let it be outside at night. Poor thing wouldn't last very long.
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011 edited
    @Jon - for ages a photo of my arm was the top google image search result for "Air bag injuries". And that was a 30mph impact.

    Next time I wiill not try to steer around the person pulling out in front of me.
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    As per the Twit: There is a branch of Superstring Mathematics genuinely and unironically named "P-Brane Theory."
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011 edited
    If you suffer from insomnia and fall asleep at 8.45 a.m and have to leave your abode at 9 a.m to do stuff you will probably have a nite/daymare that will leave you with a taste of metal in your mouth.