The Interesting Facts Thread™

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PostThe Interesting Facts Thread™
by Preezy » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:26 pm

Probably been done a few times before, but I figured we could have a thread where interesting nuggets of information are shared, just as a little distraction from all the existentialism going on at the moment :dread:

DID YOU KNOW?

An ant mill is an observed phenomenon in which a group of army ants, which are blind, are separated from the main foraging party, lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle. The ants will eventually die of exhaustion. An ant mill was first described by William Beebe in 1921 who observed a mill 1,200 feet in circumference. It took each ant 2.5 hours to make one revolution.



Feel free to share whatever interests you, or what you thinks others might be interested in :D

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Tomous » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:29 pm

There are 52! possibilities from shuffling a deck of 52 cards, which is more than the number of atoms on Earth, and more than the number of seconds that have elapsed since the universe came into being 13.8 billion years ago.

When you shuffle a deck, you are most likely putting them into an order the universe has never seen before.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by False » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:41 pm

52, wow.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Corazon de Leon » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:46 pm

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were born on the same date, 25 years apart.

Yeah I’ve got nothing.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Tafdolphin » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:54 pm

Tomous wrote:There are 52! possibilities from shuffling a deck of 52 cards, which is more than the number of atoms on Earth, and more than the number of seconds that have elapsed since the universe came into being 13.8 billion years ago.

When you shuffle a deck, you are most likely putting them into an order the universe has never seen before.


I don't know why but I can't stop chuckling at this.

52!

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Dual » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:56 pm

Thought it would be more than 52 but yeah pretty cool I guess.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Rex Kramer » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:57 pm

Interesting fact - 52! = 8.0658175e+67

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Jenuall » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:58 pm

"Interesting fact" take away 52 factorial = 8.0658175e+67.

Which means Interesting fact = 0 and therefore facts are of no value!

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Moggy » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:03 pm

In 1913 Vienna was home to Hitler, Stalin, Tito, Trotsky, Freud and Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21859771

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by jawafour » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:03 pm

Tomous wrote:There are 52! possibilities from shuffling a deck of 52 cards...

Dang it, Tom, this is the one "interesting" fact that I know and now I can't use it :x :lol: .

But, hey I could expand upon it! "52!" is 52 "shreek"; meaning the number of card combinations is 52x51x50x49x48... .... ... ... x3x2x1.

So, the actual number is 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,863,277,824,000,000,000,000.

If every star in our galaxy had a trillion planets, each having a trillion people living on them, each person having a trillion packs of cards, and each pack was shuffled a thousand times per second since the Big Bang, then only just now would pack shuffle orders start to be replicated.

So, uhm, yeah.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Jenuall » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:07 pm

A) It's "shriek" not "shreek"

B) Only monsters use "shriek" instead of the correct term "factorial" :capnscotty:

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Tafdolphin » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:26 pm

Apparently, ! is a mathematical symbol.

:!:

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Hexx » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:28 pm

France was still executing people by Guillotine when Star Wars was originally released

I heard that once and remember it.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by floydfreak » Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:02 pm



6.40-6.44 is a mind boggling statistic

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Ironhide » Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:55 pm

In 1518, in what is now modern day France, there was an unexplained 'outbreak' of dancing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_plague_of_1518

The outbreak began in July 1518 when a woman, Mrs. Troffea, began to dance fervently in a street in Strasbourg.[1] This lasted somewhere between four and six days. Within a week, 34 others had joined, and within a month, there were around 400 dancers, predominantly female. Some of these people would die from heart attacks, strokes, or exhaustion.[1] One report indicates that, for a period, the plague killed around fifteen people per day.[2] However, the sources of the city of Strasbourg at the time of the events did not mention the number of deaths, or even if there were fatalities.[3]

Historical documents, including "physician notes, cathedral sermons, local and regional chronicles, and even notes issued by the Strasbourg city council" are clear that the victims danced.[1] It is not known why these people danced, some even to their deaths.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Parksey » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:13 pm

John Tyler, 10th President of the USA and born in 1790, has two living grandsons.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Moggy » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:37 pm

The eruption of Krakatoa was so loud that it was heard 3000 miles away.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Outrunner » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:38 pm

There was more time between Stegosaurus living and Tyrannosaurus than there is between Tyrannosaurus and us

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Moggy » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:41 pm

Outrunner wrote:There was more time between Stegosaurus living and Tyrannosaurus than there is between Tyrannosaurus and us


Similarly Cleopatra was born closer to today than she was to the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza.

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PostRe: The Interesting Facts Thread™
by Moggy » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:05 pm



I think the winner of the next forum game should challenge him.


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