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#137 Qfwfq

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 10:37 AM

What do you think?
true or false?

It's obvious that those ships were used only when the manure originated from bulls.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 12:33 AM

The 10 most amazing unexplained artifacts
The 10 most amazing unexplained artifacts | ZME Science

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 10:56 AM

Interesting scale;
drag the bar up and down the scale to get "Quirky Facts"
NOVA | Absolute Zero | A Sense of Scale | PBS
This they left out

High-temperature superconductors, which are almost always some type of cuprate ceramic doped with a variety of elements, conduct electricity with near-zero resistance at temperatures as high as -226 F.

High-temperature superconductivity in compounds of copper, oxygen and other elements were discovered in 1986 by Swiss scientists, Georg Bednorz and Alex Mьller. Both scientists were awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in physics "for their important break-through in the discovery of superconductivity in ceramic materials."

http://www.physorg.c...ws66994182.html

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:46 PM

A fascinating interview with the guy who knew them all. Last centry's science greats. Names to conjure by.

Sir Mark Oilphant

Listen Now - 06062009 |

Sir Mark Oliphant was one of Australia's most brilliant scientists – he was part of the team that split the atom in 1932 – and a former governor of South Australia.
He spoke with The Science Show's Robyn Williams in 1985.

RN Life And Times - 6 June 2009 - Sir Mark Oilphant

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 05:20 AM

The first excise tax in the United States was enacted in 1790, and the tax was imposed on all domestic distilled spirits. Citizens' anger about the tax was widespread and resulted in the Whiskey Rebellion. President Thomas Jefferson repealed the tax. During the Civil War, excise taxes on tobacco and liquor were enacted and have increased ever since.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 06:49 AM

The earliest known written legal code, although called Ur-Nammu's Code, it is generally agreed that it was written by his son Shugli around 2050BC.

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 04:09 AM

the last name of my friends dad which is "sunny" got stuck with him because in some period of his life, hi would go out every day and find a sunny place, take out his shirt and lie on earth to take a sun bath, his friends noticed and called him that. and since then it became his real family name,

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 11:29 AM

A few fun facts about Mary Jane (Marijuana):
Mexican immigrants helped introduce MJ as a recreational drug in the 1900's. I say helped because Thomas Jefferson and other people of his time grew and smoked MJ openly.

The national propaganda campaign movie "Reefer Madness" was made by French producer Louis Gasnier.

During WWII the U.S. Department of Agriculture started a "Hemp for Victory" program encouraging farmers to grow weed, and even going so far as to provide seeds. By 1943 American farmers registered in the program harvested 375,000 acres of hemp. ^.^
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In 1948 Bouglione of circus fame takes his oldest elephant for a tour of the Eiffel Tower. The elephant refuses to go higher than the first level. Probably cause everybody down below looked like mice :-P

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 10:09 PM

On a similar theme

Drug War Clock

It is Tue Dec 8 2009
Money Spent on the War On Drugs this Year
Federal
State
Total $48,000.000.000.

War On Drugs Clock
The U.S. federal government spent over $19 billion dollars in 2003 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $600 per second. The budget has since been increased by over a billion dollars.

No wonder no one wants to see this most lucrative of industries stopped by legalisation.

Only surpassed by two other wars combined

The Pentagon is spending nearly $5 billion per month in Iraq and Afghanistan, a pace that would bring yearly costs to almost $60 billion.

http://www.usatoday....ver-costs_x.htm
Another very lucrative business.

What sort of socialized, communistic medicine would 100 billion buy?

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 08:56 AM

At least they're being consistent. They don't want people to have drugs. They don't want them to get drugs on the street, and they don't want to help them get drugs from their doctors. That sends a strong message. Anybody care to guess just what that message is?

--lemit

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 05:25 PM

At least they're being consistent. They don't want people to have drugs. They don't want them to get drugs on the street, and they don't want to help them get drugs from their doctors. That sends a strong message. Anybody care to guess just what that message is?

--lemit

Buy on the Black market? (That I get a cut out of?)

On October 16, 1846, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the anesthetic effect of ether was first demonstrated to a public audience.

Upon hearing the news, Oliver Wendell Holmes, the celebrated writer and physician, triumphantly stated "... the deepest furrow in the knotted brow of agony has been smoothed forever."
Yet 60 yr later, exactly a century ago, in his preface to The Doctor's Dilemma, Shaw wrote: "When doctors write or speak to the public about operations, they imply that chloroform has made surgery painless. People who have been operated upon know better"

Pain Management: A Fundamental Human Right -- Brennan et al. 105 (1): 205 -- Anesthesia & Analgesia

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 12:25 PM

DR KARL: EARTH MEASUREMENT GIVEN SOME STICK ==
Could you measure the circumference of the Earth using only a stick, a ruler and some simple maths? Dr Karl recounts an ancient tale of someone who could.
Earth measurement given some stick › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science (ABC Science)

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:43 AM

Who invented the fluorescent lamp? Thomas Edison discovered the electric light bulb and the fluorescent lighting was thought up by Nikola Tesla. But the florescent lamp we use today was invented by Agapito Flores, a Filipino scientist. Americans helped then-Philippine leader Ramon Magsaysay to develop it for worldwide commerce.




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