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One thing I learnt today

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:19 am
by nessieq
I saw this as a facebook group and thought it might be fun to share some knowledge. can be profound, original, or just interesting. Share it!

OK- one thing I learnt today is that earthquakes such as the one we had in England a few nights ago happen roughly every 25 years!

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:59 pm
by Angoid
Hey, great idea Nessie :) I heard that, too, the next day :D

I learnt this one a few days ago, but here it is anyway: Shanghai, China, which was recently buried under goodness knows how many feet of snow, is closer to the Equator than San Diego, southern California (where it doesn't snow).

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:59 pm
by Angoid
OK, I'm going to have another one as I've just learnt something new :)

When booking holidays, if you arrange a flight from City A to City B, but your return flight to A is from C, travel agents refer to this as open jaw :)

For example, you might fly from London to Istanbul, but return to London from Athens, making your own way from Istanbul to Athens.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:11 pm
by Niamh
OK, one I thing I recently learnt: There is more salt in sweet liquorice than in salt liquorice.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:18 pm
by nessieq
One thing I learnt today is that if you run backwards, it is better to sidestep rather than actually try to run backwards, in which case you fall over...
I learnt this the hard way.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:39 pm
by Eternal_Silence

One thing I learned (does it actually matter if you write learnt or learned?.. :|) today is that when you are floating around in space and you take off your ehm hat/cap thing (ya know....that bulb =P) first your eyes will plop out and then your head implodes :shock:. Wouldn't want to learn that the hard way =P.

Oh and that Iceland only has 310.000 inhabitants and that 2/3 of those people live in the Capital, Reykjavík. I found that quite surprising.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:40 am
by Siobhan
Today while planning my future holidays (yeah, right :lol: ) I found out that Maldives islands on Indian Ocean are only 2 meters above the sea level, and are in big danger because of global warming.
So far the global warming has been a distant idea and distant danger to me, and it was surprising to realise it can affect some places very bad and very soon.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:04 pm
by Angoid
One thing I learned recently is that it's the same tone of red that's used to paint pillar boxes as is used for the good old-fashioned red telephone boxes :) well, this is true in the UK, anyway :lol:

PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:18 pm
by nessieq
... and I found out that the Indian taxi service is run by the police!! :shock: It's dangerous to get into one that hasnt been booked before hand by them. Scary, eh?

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 6:29 am
by Kate
I recently learned (discovered) that:

desserts is stressed spelled backwards :lol:

PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 3:33 pm
by Eternal_Silence
Today I learned that there's a supervulcano under Yellowstone park and if that decides to erupt, America's pretty doomed and the rest of the world won't be happy either xD

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:54 pm
by Niamh
Ah, I saw a documentary about that last year for Geography I believe. I hope it will never erupt.

What I learned is, well I actually heard about it long ago but I had to learn it for today for my history exam, about something Mao Zedong did. He told everybody to shoot the birds because the were eating the plants the Chinese farmers were growing, after the shot the birds they suffered from a insect plague

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:49 pm
by Killiney
presumably the birds were eating the insects?

Today I discovered more than learnt, that I can spell the phrase 'Tá mé go maith, go raibh mo agat' (I'm fine, thank you) without looking it up :)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:59 am
by nessieq
Today, thanks to TSEliot, I have learned lots and lots about cats that I never knew before. For example, did you know:

'The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover--
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.'


PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:17 pm
by Killiney
That was brilliant Nessie. Forgive me if I seem a bit stupid, but did you write that?