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    @corey waits: not the specific medical terminology behind it, but one of the doctors i used to work with (who was fresh out of med school) threw that one around all the time. something to do with the overall degeneration of genito-urinary tracts of men from hormones and age. so yes, EVERY man will get it, but you might have to live to be 150 for the degeneration to hit your specific prostate cells.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
    Manx cats (no tail) owe their appearance to a genetic mutation. Also, 'manx' is an anagram of x-man! Mutant cats!

    The genetic mutation that causes Manx (tail-less) cats also frequently causes severe disease consequences because of its effects on the development of the spine and spinal cord. The various forms of spina bifida which commonly occur lead to complications which can cause partial paralysis, prevent normal behaviours, cause incontinence, and lead to painful infections.
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    Useful trivia:
    When you are giving someone CPR if you sing "Staying Alive" and push in time with the music you're doing it at the proper rate.
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    In circuses and theatres The Stars and Stripes Forever is traditionally used to alert the performers to an emergency situation without panicking the audience.

    If you ever hear the band/orchestra at an event spontaneously burst into that tune, keep calm, but get the hell out!
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    So, I should just hit the quarter-notes, or?
  5.  (10242.27)
    @BrianMowrey -- Stayin' alive, stayin' alive, oo oo oo oo = 8 presses

    Side note: I learned that in an Industrial First Aid class.
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2011
    Which is why disco makes you wanna get your groove on - the tempo range of 90-105 bpm are about the same as a tachycardic heart rate. Also matches the pace of a Strut as well.
  6.  (10242.29)
    Another One Bites the Dust also works - although First Aid classes tend to concentrate on Staying Alive for some reason... ;D
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2011
    @PurpleWyrm, re "The Stars and Stripes forever", UK train stations have a codename of Inspector Sands for the same reason..

    So if you ever hear an annoucement for Inspector Sands to platform whatever, bug the fuck out.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2011
    Had the Inspector Sands thing a couple of times on the Underground in London. Both times at Oxford Circus station oddly enough. Never found out if anything had happened, noone seemed to be telling anyone to leave and the trains were running as normal.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2011
    Shit..Inspector Sands has bin stored to cranial hard to get on the tube in 2 hrs.From Shepherd's Bush Market to Hammersmith then ALL CHANGE PLEASE to Earl's Court..fookin' shittin' now! Cheers! Ahhh...!!!!
  7.  (10242.33)
    inspector sands was at fenchurch st a couple of days ago
  8.  (10242.34)
    the ancient egyptian word for a stutter was ititit
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2011 edited
    Do you know how they test plane's resistance to in-flight collision with birds ?

    By firing dead chickens at them with an air cannon.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    One average, in one's lifetime, we swallow 15 spiders without knowing. Almost all of them during sleep.
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    More of a debunking than a weird fact: Daddy Long Legs (Crane flies) are often said to be the most poisonous creature on Earth, but don't possess fangs that can penetrate human skin. This is wrong, their venom would cause minor skin irritation and very little else.

    So yeah, they really are a completely tragic and shit insect.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2011
    @keys - thats only if it is a Crane Fly you're referring to when you say 'daddy long legs'. In some countries that nickname is applied to an entirely different creature, a nasty spider.
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    @Flabyo, yeah, I think the two frequently get mixed up.
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    The "Uncle Ben" of "Uncle Ben's Rice" never existed, and the cheerful black gentleman on the logo was fabricated to appeal to a buyer's-brain association between the rice crop and knowledgeable African Slaves who first grew it in America. Despite beign completely made up, he was recently promoted to be Chairman of the Board.

    You couldn't make it up.