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Message 891449 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 2:16:31 UTC

The oldest inhabited city is Damascus, Syria.



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Message 891468 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 3:38:36 UTC - in response to Message 891448.

An atomic clock is accurate to within 1 second in 1.7 million years.

And the spin of the earth isn't that accurate.
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Message 891469 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 3:39:58 UTC - in response to Message 891372.

The Trickster

A common figure in the folklore of many indigenous peoples, the trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, human, or anthropomorphic animal who is often an amoral and comic troublemaker. The trickster's rule-breaking frequently takes the form of tricks or thievery. An enduring archetype, the trickster can be cunning, foolish, or both and often inspires laughter even when considered sacred. In many cultures, the trickster is also a culture hero

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Message 891475 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 4:07:23 UTC - in response to Message 891468.

An atomic clock is accurate to within 1 second in 1.7 million years.

And the spin of the earth isn't that accurate.

And Venus spins backwards(Counter Revolutions?) ;), While Uranus spins on Its side.

http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=1226
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Message 891569 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 11:59:11 UTC - in response to Message 891469.

The Trickster

A common figure in the folklore of many indigenous peoples, the trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, human, or anthropomorphic animal who is often an amoral and comic troublemaker. The trickster's rule-breaking frequently takes the form of tricks or thievery. An enduring archetype, the trickster can be cunning, foolish, or both and often inspires laughter even when considered sacred. In many cultures, the trickster is also a culture hero

In the South West US, the Coyote usually fills that role.


In many Canadian indigenous cultures it is the Raven. Some say he created humans, or even the whole world as we know it, just for a laugh.

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Message 891578 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 12:55:57 UTC

Human head and brains

The human head contains 22 bones, consisting the cranium and the facial bones. The cranium is formed by 8 bones: the frontal bone, two parietal bones, two temporal bones, the occipital bone in the back, the ethmoid bone behind the nose, and the sphenoid bone. The face consists of 14 bones including the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). (The skull has many little holes in its base which allow the cranial nerves to travel to their destinations.)

The cranium protects the brain, which, for an average adult male weighs about 1400 gram (49oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev, weighed 2021g (71oz), Bismarck's brain weighed 1807g (64oz), while that of famous French statesman Gambetta was only 1294g (46oz). Female average brain mass is slightly less than that of males. The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (6oz). Einstein's brain was of average size.

An elephant's brain weighs 5000g (176oz or 11 lb), a whale's 10000g (352oz or 22lb). In proportion to the body, the whale has a much smaller brain than man. This seem to give man the edge, until it was discovered that the dwarf monkey has 1g of brain per 27g (0.95oz) of body, and the capuchin monkey has 1g of brain per 17,5g body, whereas man has 1 gram of brain to 44g of body.

Most scientists believe that "photographic memory" is a myth. Clever people train their brains to remember well. In fact, as humans we simply do not remember things well. Of the three beings known to be able to recognise themselves in the mirror, the orangutan, the dolphin and the human, only the latter turns around and instantly cannot remember what his/her own face looks like. (Try drawing a picture of yourself without looking in the mirror:)
Brain power

The human brains consists of more than 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) through which the brain's commands are sent in the form of electric pulses. These pulses travel at more than 400 km/h (250 mph), creating enough electricity to power a lightbulb. The brain consumes more energy than any other organ, burning up a whopping one-fifth of the food we take in.

It is estimated that the mental capacity of a 100-year old human with perfect memory could be represented by computer with 10 to the power of 15 bits (one petabit). At the current rate of computer chip development, that figure can be reached in about 35 years. However, that represents just memory capacity, not the extremely complex processes of thought creation and emotions.

But consider this: for all the complexity of the brain, you still have only one thought at a time. Make it a positive thought.

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You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.

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Message 891599 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 13:57:51 UTC

The one place where a flag flies all day, never goes up or comes down, and does not get saluted, is the moon.

The ozone layer averages about 3 millimeters (1/8 inch) thick

The Sahara desert expands at about 1km per month.

More than 70% of earth's dryland is affected by desertification.

During a total solar eclipse the temperature can drop by 6 degrees Celsius (about 20 degrees Fahrenheit).

There are 1040 islands around Britain, one of which is the smallest island in the world: Bishop's Rock.

On average, 13,000 earthquakes are located each year.

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Message 891609 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 14:36:50 UTC - in response to Message 891578.

Human head and brains

The human head contains 22 bones, consisting the cranium and the facial bones. The cranium is formed by 8 bones: the frontal bone, two parietal bones, two temporal bones, the occipital bone in the back, the ethmoid bone behind the nose, and the sphenoid bone. The face consists of 14 bones including the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). (The skull has many little holes in its base which allow the cranial nerves to travel to their destinations.)

The cranium protects the brain, which, for an average adult male weighs about 1400 gram (49oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev, weighed 2021g (71oz), Bismarck's brain weighed 1807g (64oz), while that of famous French statesman Gambetta was only 1294g (46oz). Female average brain mass is slightly less than that of males. The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (6oz). Einstein's brain was of average size.

An elephant's brain weighs 5000g (176oz or 11 lb), a whale's 10000g (352oz or 22lb). In proportion to the body, the whale has a much smaller brain than man. This seem to give man the edge, until it was discovered that the dwarf monkey has 1g of brain per 27g (0.95oz) of body, and the capuchin monkey has 1g of brain per 17,5g body, whereas man has 1 gram of brain to 44g of body.

Most scientists believe that "photographic memory" is a myth. Clever people train their brains to remember well. In fact, as humans we simply do not remember things well. Of the three beings known to be able to recognize themselves in the mirror, the orangutan, the dolphin and the human, only the latter turns around and instantly cannot remember what his/her own face looks like. (Try drawing a picture of yourself without looking in the mirror:)
Brain power

The human brains consists of more than 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) through which the brain's commands are sent in the form of electric pulses. These pulses travel at more than 400 km/h (250 mph), creating enough electricity to power a light bulb. The brain consumes more energy than any other organ, burning up a whopping one-fifth of the food we take in.

It is estimated that the mental capacity of a 100-year old human with perfect memory could be represented by computer with 10 to the power of 15 bits (one petabit). At the current rate of computer chip development, that figure can be reached in about 35 years. However, that represents just memory capacity, not the extremely complex processes of thought creation and emotions.

But consider this: for all the complexity of the brain, you still have only one thought at a time. Make it a positive thought.

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One-quarter of the brains in used to control the eye. We actually see with our brains, with the eyes basically being cameras.
You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.

Matt, I think You need to be more careful here, 1742g does not equal or come close to 6oz, 1742g converts to 61.4472417 ounces... Although 61.44oz is close enough I'd think, As the rest sounds a bit meaningless.

The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (61.44oz).
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Message 891611 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 14:39:00 UTC - in response to Message 891609.

Human head and brains

The human head contains 22 bones, consisting the cranium and the facial bones. The cranium is formed by 8 bones: the frontal bone, two parietal bones, two temporal bones, the occipital bone in the back, the ethmoid bone behind the nose, and the sphenoid bone. The face consists of 14 bones including the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). (The skull has many little holes in its base which allow the cranial nerves to travel to their destinations.)

The cranium protects the brain, which, for an average adult male weighs about 1400 gram (49oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev, weighed 2021g (71oz), Bismarck's brain weighed 1807g (64oz), while that of famous French statesman Gambetta was only 1294g (46oz). Female average brain mass is slightly less than that of males. The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (6oz). Einstein's brain was of average size.

An elephant's brain weighs 5000g (176oz or 11 lb), a whale's 10000g (352oz or 22lb). In proportion to the body, the whale has a much smaller brain than man. This seem to give man the edge, until it was discovered that the dwarf monkey has 1g of brain per 27g (0.95oz) of body, and the capuchin monkey has 1g of brain per 17,5g body, whereas man has 1 gram of brain to 44g of body.

Most scientists believe that "photographic memory" is a myth. Clever people train their brains to remember well. In fact, as humans we simply do not remember things well. Of the three beings known to be able to recognize themselves in the mirror, the orangutan, the dolphin and the human, only the latter turns around and instantly cannot remember what his/her own face looks like. (Try drawing a picture of yourself without looking in the mirror:)
Brain power

The human brains consists of more than 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) through which the brain's commands are sent in the form of electric pulses. These pulses travel at more than 400 km/h (250 mph), creating enough electricity to power a light bulb. The brain consumes more energy than any other organ, burning up a whopping one-fifth of the food we take in.

It is estimated that the mental capacity of a 100-year old human with perfect memory could be represented by computer with 10 to the power of 15 bits (one petabit). At the current rate of computer chip development, that figure can be reached in about 35 years. However, that represents just memory capacity, not the extremely complex processes of thought creation and emotions.

But consider this: for all the complexity of the brain, you still have only one thought at a time. Make it a positive thought.

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One-quarter of the brains in used to control the eye. We actually see with our brains, with the eyes basically being cameras.
You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.

Matt, I think You need to be more careful here, 1742g does not equal or come close to 6oz, 1742g converts to 61.4472417 ounces... Although 61.44oz is close enough I'd think, As the rest sounds a bit meaningless.

The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (61.44oz).


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Message 891617 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 14:56:36 UTC - in response to Message 891611.
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Human head and brains

The human head contains 22 bones, consisting the cranium and the facial bones. The cranium is formed by 8 bones: the frontal bone, two parietal bones, two temporal bones, the occipital bone in the back, the ethmoid bone behind the nose, and the sphenoid bone. The face consists of 14 bones including the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). (The skull has many little holes in its base which allow the cranial nerves to travel to their destinations.)

The cranium protects the brain, which, for an average adult male weighs about 1400 gram (49oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev, weighed 2021g (71oz), Bismarck's brain weighed 1807g (64oz), while that of famous French statesman Gambetta was only 1294g (46oz). Female average brain mass is slightly less than that of males. The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (6oz). Einstein's brain was of average size.

An elephant's brain weighs 5000g (176oz or 11 lb), a whale's 10000g (352oz or 22lb). In proportion to the body, the whale has a much smaller brain than man. This seem to give man the edge, until it was discovered that the dwarf monkey has 1g of brain per 27g (0.95oz) of body, and the capuchin monkey has 1g of brain per 17,5g body, whereas man has 1 gram of brain to 44g of body.

Most scientists believe that "photographic memory" is a myth. Clever people train their brains to remember well. In fact, as humans we simply do not remember things well. Of the three beings known to be able to recognize themselves in the mirror, the orangutan, the dolphin and the human, only the latter turns around and instantly cannot remember what his/her own face looks like. (Try drawing a picture of yourself without looking in the mirror:)
Brain power

The human brains consists of more than 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) through which the brain's commands are sent in the form of electric pulses. These pulses travel at more than 400 km/h (250 mph), creating enough electricity to power a light bulb. The brain consumes more energy than any other organ, burning up a whopping one-fifth of the food we take in.

It is estimated that the mental capacity of a 100-year old human with perfect memory could be represented by computer with 10 to the power of 15 bits (one petabit). At the current rate of computer chip development, that figure can be reached in about 35 years. However, that represents just memory capacity, not the extremely complex processes of thought creation and emotions.

But consider this: for all the complexity of the brain, you still have only one thought at a time. Make it a positive thought.

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One-quarter of the brains in used to control the eye. We actually see with our brains, with the eyes basically being cameras.
You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.

Matt, I think You need to be more careful here, 1742g does not equal or come close to 6oz, 1742g converts to 61.4472417 ounces... Although 61.44oz is close enough I'd think, As the rest sounds a bit meaningless.

The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (61.44oz).


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Matt >>> Google says 1742g does not equal 6oz, You're quoting a flawed webpage as 1742 grams Equals 61.4472417 ounces exactly.

As 6oz is 170.097139 grams according to Google or just about any 6oz can of vegetables.
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Message 891633 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 15:49:57 UTC

Why does water not calm the tongue after eating hot spicy food?
The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and, like your
elementary school science teacher taught you, oil and water don't mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices.
What can you do to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread will absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called "casein" which will bind to the spices and carry them away. Alcohol also dissolves oily spices.

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Message 891636 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 15:56:04 UTC - in response to Message 891599.

There's no guarantee that those flags on the moon are still "flying". For all I know the fabric of those flags might now just be "dust" or "ashes" lying in a line directly below where the fabric was hanging 36-40 years ago. All that sunlight, especially that unfiltered UV.
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There's no guarantee that those flags on the moon are still "flying". For all I know the fabric of those flags might now just be "dust" or "ashes" lying in a line directly below where the fabric was hanging 36-40 years ago. All that sunlight, especially that unfiltered UV.


That is a very interesting point; I believe you must factor in the lack of substantial atmosphere. Degradation of fabrics comes from a combination of factors, some of them being weather, environmental gases, atmosphere etc.
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Message 891653 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 16:30:45 UTC - in response to Message 891650.

There's no guarantee that those flags on the moon are still "flying". For all I know the fabric of those flags might now just be "dust" or "ashes" lying in a line directly below where the fabric was hanging 36-40 years ago. All that sunlight, especially that unfiltered UV.


That is a very interesting point; I believe you must factor in the lack of substantial atmosphere. Degradation of fabrics comes from a combination of factors, some of them being weather, environmental gases, atmosphere etc.

And the Moon lacks any atmosphere at all, Not to mention any real environmental gases and any real weather of the Moons own making, But then there's a pure Vacuum on the Moon, Much better than what can be made here on Earth.
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Message 891703 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 22:53:02 UTC - in response to Message 891636.
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There's no guarantee that those flags on the moon are still "flying". For all I know the fabric of those flags might now just be "dust" or "ashes" lying in a line directly below where the fabric was hanging 36-40 years ago. All that sunlight, especially that unfiltered UV.

Interesting point. I suppose it would depend on the kind of fabric used to make the flags. I know that nylon will break down when exposed to UV radiation for long periods of time. And this reaction is independant of atmosphere. So I think that the unfiltered UV radiation on the moon would degrade a nylon flag rather quickly. I don't know about other fabrics.

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Message 891711 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 23:18:13 UTC
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The problems of flying a flag in the vacuum of space are fairly obvious. Most people know that the U.S. flags planted on the moon..."were made of cloth or nylon'... and were rigged with a wire along the top and/or bottom so that they looked like they were "waving." It is rumored that the Apollo 11 flag was actually knocked down by the dust kicked up by the exhaust of the lunar module, and is currently lying in the Lunar dirt.
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FLAGS ON THE MOON

That does not mean to say that the flags are there today. I work two blocks south of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum where a major exhibit is a LM on a simulated lunar surface, complete with astronaut mannequin and flag. The flag, which was similar to those used in the 1969-1971 lunar missions, has only been at the site since the museum’s 1976 opening, and already it is quite noticeably faded. Here, the sun’s rays are filtered by miles of atmosphere and the plexiglass roof of the museum. I dare say that the unfiltered UV rays hitting the lunar surface have fully destroyed all the flags left by the Apollo crews by now.
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there are six flags on the moon, although not all of them are standing upright as they get dislodged by the forces of the lunar module's ascent stage blasting off the surface. They are not the regular cloth flags either, having been made of special materials to withstand the environment of space and stiffened to appear as if they are waving in the windless lunar environment.
as of 2009 there are four different flags on the moon.

1) USA

2) Soviet Union (Russia)

3) European Union

4) India
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Message 891712 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 23:24:58 UTC - in response to Message 891599.


There are 1040 islands around Britain, one of which is the smallest island in the world: Bishop's Rock.


??? For some or another reason I dont belive that statement. ;-))
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Message 891714 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 23:35:42 UTC - in response to Message 891712.


There are 1040 islands around Britain, one of which is the smallest island in the world: Bishop's Rock.


??? For some or another reason I dont belive that statement. ;-))


Bishop's Rock




What is the world's smallest island?

To answer this question we must first answer 'What is an island?'

A hunk of rock classifies an an island if one of two conditions are true:

1. It is inhabited.

2. It has to equal the size of the summer's pasturage of at least one sheep which is equal to two acres according to an 1861 bureaucratic classification.

Now that that is out of the way, the world's smallest island is Bishop Rock located of the south west point of the United Kingdom.

Bishop Rock houses a manned lighthouse on a 46 x 16 meter expanse of rocks that combined makes up the world's smallest island




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Message 891715 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 23:38:22 UTC - in response to Message 891712.


There are 1040 islands around Britain, one of which is the smallest island in the world: Bishop's Rock.


??? For some or another reason I dont belive that statement. ;-))


Here you go Moon, if you can dispute it, that's O.K.


Bishop Rock (Cornish: Men an Eskob) is a small rock at the westernmost tip of the Isles of Scilly (49°52′24″N 06°26′41″W / 49.87333°N 6.44472°W / 49.87333; -6.44472), known for its lighthouse, and listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest island with a building on it in the world.

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Message 891724 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 23:51:00 UTC - in response to Message 891617.

Human head and brains

The human head contains 22 bones, consisting the cranium and the facial bones. The cranium is formed by 8 bones: the frontal bone, two parietal bones, two temporal bones, the occipital bone in the back, the ethmoid bone behind the nose, and the sphenoid bone. The face consists of 14 bones including the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). (The skull has many little holes in its base which allow the cranial nerves to travel to their destinations.)

The cranium protects the brain, which, for an average adult male weighs about 1400 gram (49oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev, weighed 2021g (71oz), Bismarck's brain weighed 1807g (64oz), while that of famous French statesman Gambetta was only 1294g (46oz). Female average brain mass is slightly less than that of males. The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (6oz). Einstein's brain was of average size.

An elephant's brain weighs 5000g (176oz or 11 lb), a whale's 10000g (352oz or 22lb). In proportion to the body, the whale has a much smaller brain than man. This seem to give man the edge, until it was discovered that the dwarf monkey has 1g of brain per 27g (0.95oz) of body, and the capuchin monkey has 1g of brain per 17,5g body, whereas man has 1 gram of brain to 44g of body.

Most scientists believe that "photographic memory" is a myth. Clever people train their brains to remember well. In fact, as humans we simply do not remember things well. Of the three beings known to be able to recognize themselves in the mirror, the orangutan, the dolphin and the human, only the latter turns around and instantly cannot remember what his/her own face looks like. (Try drawing a picture of yourself without looking in the mirror:)
Brain power

The human brains consists of more than 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) through which the brain's commands are sent in the form of electric pulses. These pulses travel at more than 400 km/h (250 mph), creating enough electricity to power a light bulb. The brain consumes more energy than any other organ, burning up a whopping one-fifth of the food we take in.

It is estimated that the mental capacity of a 100-year old human with perfect memory could be represented by computer with 10 to the power of 15 bits (one petabit). At the current rate of computer chip development, that figure can be reached in about 35 years. However, that represents just memory capacity, not the extremely complex processes of thought creation and emotions.

But consider this: for all the complexity of the brain, you still have only one thought at a time. Make it a positive thought.

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One-quarter of the brains in used to control the eye. We actually see with our brains, with the eyes basically being cameras.
You're born with 300 bones, but when you get to be an adult, you only have 206.

Matt, I think You need to be more careful here, 1742g does not equal or come close to 6oz, 1742g converts to 61.4472417 ounces... Although 61.44oz is close enough I'd think, As the rest sounds a bit meaningless.

The largest woman's brain recorded weighed 1742g (61.44oz).


SJ >>> Human Brain

Matt >>> Google says 1742g does not equal 6oz, You're quoting a flawed webpage as 1742 grams Equals 61.4472417 ounces exactly.

As 6oz is 170.097139 grams according to Google or just about any 6oz can of vegetables.



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