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Random factoids you can't help but remember

Postby Esternial » Tue May 07, 2019 1:36 pm

Heya folks.

Usually I tend to recall random things. Utterly pointless things beyond perhaps an interesting conversation topic. I'm entirely convinced you lot also have plenty of seemingly useless knowledge sitting up there in your noggin', so I figured we might as well share it with eachother to step away from all this boring NSG debating and give ourselves the feeling like our mental storage space is being used properly.

Perhaps this may also be a good time to discuss those factoids? Maybe they're interesting, but just wrong? Might as well get other folks' input to get your facts straight.

To hit it off: I'll always remember the origin story of Fanta. It was invented in Nazi Germany when they couldn't get their hands on Coca Cola.
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Postby Slotted Floppies » Tue May 07, 2019 1:38 pm

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Postby Shofercia » Tue May 07, 2019 1:42 pm

Coca Cola was made with cocaine.
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Postby Erythrean Thebes » Tue May 07, 2019 2:01 pm

The Soviet Union was interested in whether apes could reproduce with humans but was afraid to push their experimentation too far.
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Postby Des-Bal » Tue May 07, 2019 2:24 pm

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Postby The blAAtschApen » Tue May 07, 2019 2:28 pm

Alpacas are smaller than llamas.
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Postby Heloin » Tue May 07, 2019 2:30 pm

The blAAtschApen wrote:Alpacas are smaller than llamas.

Wait, they're different things? I always thought it was like a sheep/lamb/ram situation
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Postby Depackya » Tue May 07, 2019 2:31 pm

Back before dentures were invented, people collected the teeth from the corpses of killed soldiers. The teeth would then be used as replacements in place of wood, glass, or other fragile teeth.

I honestly have no clue why the hell I remember that.
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Postby Woods Is Back » Tue May 07, 2019 2:31 pm

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Postby Petrolheadia » Tue May 07, 2019 2:32 pm

The average millionaire becomes one at nearly 59 years old, and has a less than 1/6 chance of doing so through inheritance.

Drummer Keith Moon died as a result of a massive overdose of Heminevrin - he was supposed to take one pill at a time, but took 32, with only 6 dissolving in his organism. He also did it at the age of 32.
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The CEO of Rootes Group told Ivan Hirst, the founder of the Volkswagen company, that he was "a bloody fool" for restarting Beetle production after WWI.

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Coming back to Keith Moon, he was estimated by The Who to have caused £300,000 of damage with his notoriously destructive behaviour. That is over £3 million when adjusted for inflation.
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Postby The blAAtschApen » Tue May 07, 2019 2:36 pm

Heloin wrote:
The blAAtschApen wrote:Alpacas are smaller than llamas.

Wait, they're different things? I always thought it was like a sheep/lamb/ram situation


They are two different, but related, species. More like donkey and horse.
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Postby Woods Is Back » Tue May 07, 2019 2:40 pm

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Postby Heloin » Tue May 07, 2019 2:41 pm

The blAAtschApen wrote:
Heloin wrote:Wait, they're different things? I always thought it was like a sheep/lamb/ram situation


They are two different, but related, species. More like donkey and horse.

You learn something new every day :)
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Postby Strenida » Tue May 07, 2019 2:42 pm

The most purple national flag is the flag of Dominica. It has a small purple bird right in the centre.

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Postby The Fascist Waffle Empire » Tue May 07, 2019 2:46 pm

Croissants are believed to have been invented in Vienna, 1683. After the siege of Vienna, to commemorate their triumph against ottoman forces. Hence the cresent shape.
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Postby Heloin » Tue May 07, 2019 2:48 pm

Simón Bolívar is the only person to have more then one country currently named after him. Bolivia and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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Postby The blAAtschApen » Tue May 07, 2019 2:52 pm

The Belgian king is called 'king of the Belgians' rather than King of Belgium.
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Postby La Paz de Los Ricos » Tue May 07, 2019 2:57 pm

Strenida wrote:The most purple national flag is the flag of Dominica. It has a small purple bird right in the centre.


Purple really is an underused color. Now that purple dye is much easier to acquire, I'd like to see a real-life state that gives their national flag an indigo/violet spin. The Spanish Republican flag did it right, so why can't anyone else?

Also, I guess to contribute a factoid, since Pluto's discovery in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, the dwarf planet has yet to complete one full orbit around the sun, and will not do so until around the year 2178.

(I remembered the "Pluto has not completed a full orbit" part, but I had to calculate the year it would complete the orbit.)
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Postby Umpus » Tue May 07, 2019 2:59 pm

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Postby United States of Wonderland » Tue May 07, 2019 3:04 pm

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