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«Reply #300 on: November 15, 2010, 03:47:05 PM »
- Did you know that they have made robots which look very human?
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=eac_1288271075
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«Reply #301 on: November 15, 2010, 05:20:46 PM »
As much as I admire the Japanese and what they accomplish and the way they live, I cannot understand this fixation with robots!  They're so good at imitating and copying, I have a feeling they're trying to copy god.   ??? ::)

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«Reply #302 on: November 21, 2010, 11:41:25 PM »
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«Reply #303 on: January 04, 2011, 01:48:43 PM »
- Did you know that in 1964 American authorites allowed the cutting down of a 5000 year old tree?

From http://www.neatorama.com/2007/03/21/10-most-magnificent-trees-in-the-world/
"...in 1964, Donald R. Currey [wiki], then a graduate student, was taking core samples from a tree named Prometheus. His boring tool broke inside the tree, so he asked for permission from the US Forest Service to cut it down and examine the full cross section of the wood. Surprisingly the Forest Service agreed! When they examined the tree, Prometheus turned out to be about 5,000 years old, which would have made it the world’s oldest tree when the scientist unwittingly killed it!"


The "Prometheus" tree stump.



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«Reply #304 on: January 04, 2011, 10:30:06 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/video/health-15749655/the-fattest-place-on-earth-23708335

Scary.  Kind of a nice example of a real world experiment on people though. 

Although I don't think "Western" means processed junk food all the time. 
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«Reply #305 on: January 04, 2011, 11:17:20 PM »
Did you know that I once cleared a queue at McDonalds with a huge fart.

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«Reply #306 on: January 04, 2011, 11:21:13 PM »
Before or after eating there?
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«Reply #307 on: January 05, 2011, 10:34:50 AM »
- Did you know that a former owner of a funeral home and cremation service in Newark (NJ USA), was sentenced to five years for theft of human remains? Payment was $1,000 per corpse.
Apparently they took things like bones from the bodies and replaced them with plastic pipes so it wouldn't be noticed if the families requested a viewing!

Stephen Finley alone sold access to up to 100 bodies. None of the stolen parts was screened for disease, as required by law. As a result, transplant recipients nationwide may have received tissue infected with cancer, HIV or other diseases.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/ex-newark_funeral_director_rem.html

I googled this sort of crime and saw it has happened quite a few times!
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«Reply #308 on: January 05, 2011, 11:53:26 AM »
Doesn't surprise me.  New Jersey - and newark, especially - is the mafia's cove for the whole east coast.  And you can be sure this is mafia based.  What I wonder is what did they do with the bones?  Reminds me of the cappucine cemetary in Rome - a whole chapel made up of dead monks' bones...YUCK!

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«Reply #309 on: January 05, 2011, 12:37:18 PM »
I believed they sold the bones for transplants. Something like this:
http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5333626/description.html

I didn't know about NJ's reputation, that's interesting.
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«Reply #310 on: January 05, 2011, 05:26:45 PM »
I should never have read that article.  I just had a bone transplant done.  Along with bone taken from my tibias, they used some bone from a bone bank!!!   :-[

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«Reply #311 on: January 05, 2011, 06:58:38 PM »
That is interesting. Just think, you might have some bone from a mass murderer.

Reminds me of a horror film.

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«Reply #312 on: January 06, 2011, 12:53:46 PM »
Thanks Thal!  >:(  On the other hand, I might have bone from some stolen saint's reliquary.  8)

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«Reply #313 on: January 06, 2011, 03:45:55 PM »
That is interesting. Just think, you might have some bone from a mass murderer.

Reminds me of a horror film.

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Thal don't be so mean!!!  >:(  ::) Why would it be a bone from a mass murderer??  ::) I don't think that's possible!!

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«Reply #314 on: January 06, 2011, 03:50:44 PM »
- Did you know that in 1964 American authorites allowed the cutting down of a 5000 year old tree?

From http://www.neatorama.com/2007/03/21/10-most-magnificent-trees-in-the-world/
"...in 1964, Donald R. Currey [wiki], then a graduate student, was taking core samples from a tree named Prometheus. His boring tool broke inside the tree, so he asked for permission from the US Forest Service to cut it down and examine the full cross section of the wood. Surprisingly the Forest Service agreed! When they examined the tree, Prometheus turned out to be about 5,000 years old, which would have made it the world’s oldest tree when the scientist unwittingly killed it!"


The "Prometheus" tree stump.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(tree)

 :(  :'(  :'(
That must have been a very wise tree!
(and the people who cut it down sooo NOT wise at all!!!)

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«Reply #315 on: January 06, 2011, 07:18:44 PM »
I heard vandals cut down or killed another one of those trees.
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«Reply #318 on: January 08, 2011, 03:46:44 AM »
Favorite new teacher quote -- "You found the only possible wrong answer."

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«Reply #319 on: January 08, 2011, 07:31:01 AM »
Which corresponds, more or less, to the mayan calendar end of the world as we know it...

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«Reply #320 on: January 08, 2011, 02:34:18 PM »
And then what? We're just all going to die??  :o  :o

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«Reply #321 on: January 08, 2011, 03:38:06 PM »
The articles I've seen said the poles haven't completely shifted for 780,000 years.  No one really knows what will happen.  I'm guessing it will screw up some electronic stuff and things like this compass situation.
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«Reply #322 on: January 18, 2011, 04:08:01 AM »
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«Reply #323 on: January 18, 2011, 08:34:21 AM »
Typical Japanese recreation.

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«Reply #324 on: January 21, 2011, 05:04:27 AM »
- Did you know that recently the eastern side of Australia has been experiencing catastrophic flooding? This pair where glad that they had something to hold onto something that floated I'm sure!!!

Pair rescued after riding on .....      

lol @ the last sentence of the article.
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«Reply #325 on: January 21, 2011, 08:26:24 AM »
WILD!!!!!

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«Reply #326 on: January 22, 2011, 05:13:09 AM »
I was going to post something along the lines of "That's not mine!" but man....  I am kind of curious how you go from point A to the point B of ending up in a flood.  It doesn't say -- Maybe they were stranded by the flood, killing time?  "other inflatable items" salvaged... like inflatable furniture?  Or they had a fake people party going on?


I did hear about the flooding.  It's been going on for more than a week or so now?  Not to be a downer, but I think there was a news story from those floods where a boy told a rescuer not to take him but to take his brother instead.  The boy and his mom ended up drowning when the rescuer couldn't get back to them in time.  Tragic hero.


Oh I see.  *reading article better*  Or not.  It doesn't really say why or how they ended up riding an inflatable doll down a flooded river.  I was thinking it was an accident.  On the other hand maybe one of them suggested it.  And then the other agreed that, yes, that was a good idea.  "Let's ride an inflatable doll down the river."  "Yeah.  Naked!"   ::)
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«Reply #327 on: February 01, 2011, 01:58:07 PM »
- Did you know that if you type  "I am extremely" in google search it comes up with a very peculiar first search option? The same occurs if you type "I am scared" or "I am terrified".

What the..?
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«Reply #328 on: February 18, 2011, 11:50:01 AM »
- Did you know that there was computer games like this? I can play all these pieces on piano but this looks like more work!!

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«Reply #329 on: February 18, 2011, 12:33:18 PM »
- Did you know someone needs to tell this guy that there is such a thing called wheelbarrows?

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2072711/hard_labour_guy_stacking_20_bricks_on_his_head/
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«Reply #330 on: February 23, 2011, 01:51:15 AM »
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«Reply #331 on: February 23, 2011, 04:29:09 AM »
- Did you know we have an Australian who bowls like that Bob?

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«Reply #332 on: February 25, 2011, 04:31:36 AM »
Lightning produces anti-matter?

http://whoknew.news.yahoo.com/?nc&vid=24289011
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«Reply #333 on: March 01, 2011, 04:18:34 AM »
Did you know . . .?   *Bob is careful with his ellipses.*

. . . Some bears like their food prepackaged.

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«Reply #334 on: March 18, 2011, 03:02:27 AM »
- Did you know that Jo Ann Castle had some amazing chops! Look at those feet go, she is amazing! I love it how she looks at the camera it is as if shes not even playing and makes what she does look like its the easiest thing in the world, so good!

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«Reply #335 on: March 19, 2011, 05:05:53 PM »
Hard to top that...  ::)  That hair. Haha.


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«Reply #336 on: March 19, 2011, 05:59:42 PM »
- Did you know that Jo Ann Castle had some amazing chops! Look at those feet go, she is amazing! I love it how she looks at the camera it is as if shes not even playing and makes what she does look like its the easiest thing in the world, so good!


OMG!  I remember her!  The Lawrence Welk Show!!!

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«Reply #337 on: March 28, 2011, 07:42:15 AM »
- Did you know that some people can really make the piano talk? Try playing that!

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«Reply #338 on: April 01, 2011, 05:17:59 AM »
- Did you know that it make more sense when you look at it this way?!

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«Reply #339 on: April 10, 2011, 05:13:21 AM »
- Did you know you can mix colors like this?



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«Reply #340 on: April 10, 2011, 05:39:02 AM »
Huh?!  wow.

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«Reply #341 on: April 10, 2011, 12:34:11 PM »
Did you know that there is a website that posts random facts daily?

http://www.learnsomethingtoday.com/
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«Reply #342 on: April 10, 2011, 12:42:27 PM »
Thanks!  I've bookmarked it!

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«Reply #343 on: April 10, 2011, 07:07:10 PM »
any significance in doing exactly 5 spins for the laminar flow?

Would it perhaps be better (turn out exactly the same way) if you had a machine spin it at a constant speed rather than a person?

Are they trying to prove determinism with this?

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«Reply #344 on: April 11, 2011, 05:28:36 AM »
I read up on this and it seems that what happens, is that the colors never really mix in the first place.  They're in three different layers spread out, one behind the other.

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«Reply #345 on: April 11, 2011, 05:30:39 AM »
yeah, that's what I thought, it didn't look mixed.

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«Reply #346 on: April 11, 2011, 03:33:04 PM »
- Did you know that the Mephisto Waltz no 1 could be played this way? This guy was a mad genius! Such immense demonic like power, almost in the undecipherable range sometimes but somehow it works! Maybe being married 10 times gave him this fury.



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«Reply #347 on: April 11, 2011, 04:25:14 PM »
Very interesting.  I had never heard of him.  Thanks for posting.  The best part in the mephisto waltz were the trill leggero sections.  I also liked the opening tempo.  but other then that, I didn't really enjoy it.  He really revelled in the bass, didn't he.  But for me it was too much.  He added double bass octaves everywhere that just made it monotone at times.  what a character.  It also makes me realize just how enslaved we are to the written note.  Maybe he went overboard, though, in that realm.  But I don't think I got the musical idea he had in his head.  Like what he was trying to create.  I bet Beethoven in his later years played like that!

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«Reply #348 on: April 12, 2011, 01:54:26 AM »
Yes, interesting but so heavy too.  Things get lost. 
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«Reply #349 on: April 12, 2011, 02:13:35 AM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_netherlands_sunless_farming

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