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Obie
27-05-2006, 00:34
Are you one of those who love to know strange things like, who was the first using underwear, or who was the youngest mother in the world. Here we have the chance to gather all of this information. If you consider you know something interesting and want to share it, please don’t doubt to do it. It doesn’t matter the subject, could be about technology, science, sex, whatever. This thread is still young but I wait it grows up daily.

I'll start then;

Did you know that...

the youngest mother in history was Peruvian, Lina Medina at 5 (Antacancha, Peru). Her parents were worried because they thought she had an stomach tumour. They visited lots of shamans in town, these are kinds of wizards called “shamans”, but no one could tell them what her problem was. Finally they took her to Pisco city (Peru), where doctors found out that she was actually pregnant, 8 months. You can see this picture of her and her baby (and Dr. Lozada).

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/9841/medina3si.jpg

The Nylon was created by two scientists, one form New York and one from London, both joined the initials of their countries to have a name N.Y. - LON.

The feeling of falling......................

Have you ever had the sensation of falling when you’re almost asleep?. This happens when you’re in bed and suddenly feel like you’re slipping and close to fall. This is not weird, and has also a scientific reason.

When we sleep, after some minutes, it’s vastly common to feel a sudden electric discharge which interrupts our sleep. We pass from a moment of relax to a moment of tension

QueenBee
27-05-2006, 00:54
I knew about the little pregnant girl, from before. I believe she called her son "little brother", or something. Creepy.

Lol, I don't have anything to add. :D I heard somewhere that Hitler's mother was planning an abortion while pregnant with him, but her doctor talked her out of it. :none:

freddie
27-05-2006, 11:11
Ahhh. I have a few, curtesy of my LJ.

Did you know that most people wrongly credit the band Steppenwolf and their Easy Rider anthem "Born To Be Wild" with coining the term "Heavy Metal", due to the line: "I like smoke and lightning heavy metal thunder" in the second stanza. However this is infact false. "Heavy metal thunder" was a description of of the sound pistons made inside a motorcycle engine. The actual person who first used it to describe music was a bloke called Mike Saunders, while working as a music critic for Cream magazine in 1971.

Did you know the name for both Slovenia and Slovakia stems from the word "Slovan" (or "Slověne" in the 9th century Old Church Slavonic) which means "Slavic" . So both those countries names literaly mean "land of the slavs". The international word "slavic" meanwhile originates from the old latin word "Sclavus". Interestingly the world "slave" has it's origins in the same root, since many slavics were slaves back in the day. And I don't mean slaves for one's love in a Britney kinda way, mind you. *shivers*

Argos
27-05-2006, 18:41
Did you know ...The international word "slavic" meanwhile originates from the old latin word "Sclavus". Interestingly the world "slave" has it's origins in the same root, since many slavics were slaves back in the day.

Did you know, that this is not quite correct. 'Sclavus' is known since the Middle Ages (church latin) and most likely comes from a (presumed) tribe (greek: 'sklabenoi') known since the 6th century and called in latin 'sclavini'. The old latin word for 'slave' is 'servus' which you may interpret as 'serb' if you want, although the Romans didn't know slavic people except the venetians. So the word 'slave' most likely comes from 'sclavini'.

Another etymological thing, and completely useless information. Did you know that 'Aphrodite', which the ancient greeks did interpret as 'born out of foam', is in reality the royal wife 'Nefertiti' (egypt: nfr-titi, something like 'the beauty has arrived'). In greek it becomes 'afrotiti', then 'Aphrodite'.

freddie
27-05-2006, 18:57
Did you know, that this is not quite correct. 'Sclavus' is known since the Middle Ages (church latin) and most likely comes from a (presumed) tribe (greek: 'sklabenoi') known since the 6th century and called in latin 'sclavini'. The old latin word for 'slave' is 'servus' which you may interpret as 'serb' if you want, although the Romans didn't know slavic people except the venetians. So the word 'slave' most likely comes from 'sclavini'.
"A false etymology, popular in National Socialist propaganda, derived "Slav" from "slave"[citation needed]. In fact, the reverse is true. The word slave is derived from Middle Latin sclavus, in turn derived from the ethnonym discussed above, because of the large number of Slavs captured during the raids of Turkic nomads and sold to Europe through slave markets along various routes, see, e.g., saqaliba."

Argos
27-05-2006, 19:13
"A false etymology, popular in National Socialist propaganda, derived "Slav" from "slave"[citation needed]. In fact, the reverse is true. The word slave is derived from Middle Latin sclavus, in turn derived from the ethnonym discussed above, because of the large number of Slavs captured during the raids of Turkic nomads and sold to Europe through slave markets along various routes, see, e.g., saqaliba."

Hm, sounds like wikipedia. I've read about a dozen interpretations about the origin of the word 'slav' and I can't say if any of these are correct. I'm glad there is no doubt about the origin of 'German' or 'Austria'.

freddie
27-05-2006, 19:31
Hm, sounds like wikipedia. I've read about a dozen interpretations about the origin of the word 'slav' and I can't say if any of these are correct. I'm glad there is no doubt about the origin of 'German' or 'Austria'.

I didn't even state where the word "slav" comes from. I'm not saying "slav" comes from slave but rather the opposite. And also... venetians weren't really slavic. That's a very touchy political issue in slovenia since some minorities claim we're of venetian rather than slavic origins.

Argos
27-05-2006, 20:42
And also... venetians weren't really slavic. That's a very touchy political issue in slovenia since some minorities claim we're of venetian rather than slavic origins.

Oops, I didn't mean the italic venetians, but the 'venedes' which Tacitus mentioned, somewhere near the Wisla and Odra.. Little mistake, sorry. In german we call many people 'Veneter'.

haku
27-05-2006, 21:13
That's a very touchy political issue in slovenia since some minorities claim we're of venetian rather than slavic origins.
Really? Aren't they confusing with the Venedes like Argos said? (Which are Slavic anyway.) I highly doubt that Slovenes could be of Italic descent, Slovene culture and language are very much Slavic as far as i know.

freddie
27-05-2006, 21:56
Really? Aren't they confusing with the Venedes like Argos said? (Which are Slavic anyway.) I highly doubt that Slovenes could be of Italic descent, Slovene culture and language are very much Slavic as far as i know.

They're actually arguing we're of non-slavic descent, yup. But it's not a widely accepted theory. There's just a minority of experts who're actually claiming it, while it's been especially popular with neo-nationalists. Being slavic is not something being looked fondly upon here. People consider it as part of our "dirty Yugoslav past" and want to wash their hands of that kind of herritage as much as possible. I'd almost say being slavic is like something backwards and obsolete in public opinions. It might have something to do with the fact that people easily corelate slavic culture with communism, which is like the prime of all evils in our eyes.

Obie
28-05-2006, 00:14
Did you know that... the “huicholes”, (Mexican indigenous) thought men had to feel the same pain and pleasure their spouses felt when they gave birth. Men’s testicles were tied to their wives’ hands; they pulled them every time they felt contractions. At the end, men and women suffered for the new born child.
Same pain?, worse?, we can’t know,,,, unless... see this pic (http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/6342/testicles1xr.jpg) about it....

Now...Imagine that one morning you wake up speaking with a sexy French accent, or maybe Chinese or Italian. This sounds funny but in the end it’s not that funny for those who suffer it. This syndrome comes after a serious brain lesion. People who suffer this, speak their maternal language but their accent is the as a foreign (no matter which language), and it doesn’t matter whether or not they had listened that accent before.

Slóo ioptmran la pmrriea y úmitla lrtea
Sgeun un etsduio de una uivenrsdiad ignlsea, no ipmotra el odren en el que las ltears etsan ersciats, la uicna csoa ipormtnate es que la pmrirea y la utlima ltera esten ecsritas en la psiocion cocrrtea. El rsteo peuden estar ttaolmntee mal y aun pordas lerelo sin pobrleams. Etso es pquore no lemeos cada ltera por si msima preo la paalbra es un tdoo.

Tango
28-05-2006, 23:08
Time for a gross fact :coctail:

Did you know 73 percent of of the people in North America admit that they pick their nose and 3 percent admit to eating it too! :D

Obie
29-05-2006, 18:06
Did u know that we transmit more germs givinig a hand than kissing? :confused:

wow French kisses!!

Katoren
29-05-2006, 18:11
Ugh, Tango xD

And go for french kisses! =P

Obie
29-05-2006, 18:31
Did you know that there's such a The foreign accent Syndrome???

Imagine that one morning you wake up speaking with a sexy French accent, or maybe Chinese or Italian. This sounds funny but in the end it’s not that funny for those who suffer it. This syndrome comes after a serious brain lesion. People who suffer this, speak their maternal language but their accent is the as a foreign (no matter which language), and it doesn’t matter whether or not they had listened that accent before.

freddie
29-05-2006, 18:32
Time for a gross fact :coctail:

Did you know 73 percent of of the people in North America admit that they pick their nose and 3 percent admit to eating it too! :D

They eat their noses? :p

Obie
29-05-2006, 18:37
well,,, I guess she's talking about what's inside their noses,,, in Spanish they call them "mocos",,,,, I've never wondered how they call it in English,,,, :o

Rachel
29-05-2006, 18:39
bogeys :lol: :lol: :lol:

spyretto
29-05-2006, 18:42
wth, can u get more random than this thread? :lol:

Katoren
29-05-2006, 20:37
You're from Spain, Obezyanki?

Tango
29-05-2006, 21:31
They eat their noses? :p

LOL!!! :D

I love this thread. Random is fun!!!

Did you know that the best recorded distance for projectile vomiting is around 810 cm or 27 feet (I think)...:ill:

freddie
29-05-2006, 22:49
Did you know that the best recorded distance for projectile vomiting is around 810 cm or 27 feet (I think)...:ill:
Yeah, but think of the fun they had drinking all that beer beforehand. ;)

Here's one off the top of my head: did you know that all living creatures on the planet have roughly the same number of heart-beats in their life-span? So animals that have a tremendously fast heart pulse only last a few days (like flies for instance), while others with a pulse that's relatively slow (turtles, whales, elephants, humans...) get to see old age. It's also a general rule as well that animals with larger mass have slower heart pulse than the ones with lesser mass (which is evident within one speicies as well - for instance a human infant's average pulse is 100 to a 160, a child from 1 to 10 averages from 70 to 120 while 60 to a 100 is a norm for a healthy adult person.)

Argos
30-05-2006, 18:27
[OFF]... did you know that all living creatures on the planet have roughly the same number of heart-beats in their life-span?... a human infant's average pulse is 100 to a 160, a child from 1 to 10 averages from 70 to 120 while 60 to a 100 is a norm for a healthy adult person.)

Ok, that means:
1. No sports! Lie around the whole day and night and you will live at least two centuries!
2. A child has much less life expectancy than a grown up person!

Obie
30-05-2006, 20:21
You're from Spain, Obezyanki?

mmm, I'm not,,, but my native language is Spanish too.:)

freddie
30-05-2006, 20:26
Ok, that means:
1. No sports! Lie around the whole day and night and you will live at least two centuries!
2. A child has much less life expectancy than a grown up person!

1) Not really. See a well trained athlete's pulse is 40 to 60 all day long (except for the time they exercise, which is still a very small amount compared to the whole 24 hour cycle the heart has to pump), while a normal healthy person's pulse ranges from 60 to 100 during the day. When you count it all together... a normal well-trained athlete's heart beats less than a heart of an average person.

2) Yeah, but youth is only a temporary condition. Everyone grows up sooner or later (Michael Jackson doesn't count. :p)

Tango
30-05-2006, 21:09
2) Yeah, but youth is only a temporary condition. Everyone grows up sooner or later (Michael Jackson doesn't count. :p)

:lol: LOL! :lol:

freddie
04-06-2006, 16:07
Do you know where a hotdog got it's name?
In 1987, Frankfurt, Germany celebrated the 500th birthday of the frankfurter, the hot dog sausage. Although, the people of Vienna (Wien), Austria will point out that their wiener sausages are proof of origin for the hot dog. (By the way, ham, being pork meat, is found in hotdogs.) According to Douglas B. Smith in his book "Every wonder why?" the hotdog was given its name by a cartoonist. A butcher from Frankfurt who owned a dachshund named the long frankfurter sausage a "dachshund sausage," the dachshund being a slim dog with a long body. ("Dachshund" is German for "badger dog." They were originally bred for hunting badgers.) German immigrants introduced the dachshund sausage (and Hamburg meat) to the United States. In 1871, German butcher Charles Feltman opened the first "hotdog" stand in Coney Island in 1871, selling 3,684 dachshund sausages, most wrapped in a milk bread roll, during his first year in business. In the meantime, frankfurters - and wieners - were sold as hot food by sausage sellers. In 1901, New York Times cartoonist T.A. Dargan noticed that one sausage seller used bread buns to handle the hot sausages after he burnt his fingers and decided to illustrate the incident. He wasn't sure of the spelling of dachshund and simply called it "hot dog."

Source: didyouknow website.

Argos
04-06-2006, 16:46
Although, the people of Vienna (Wien), Austria will point out that their wiener sausages are proof of origin for the hot dog.

Frankfurter sausages are from pork, 'Wieners' are from beef and pork, so you have to look, what's in your hotdog to decide. In Austria they are shorter and produced in pairs.

... one sausage seller used bread buns to handle the hot sausages after he burnt his fingers and decided to illustrate the incident. He wasn't sure of the spelling of dachshund and simply called it "hot dog."

If the butcher were an Austrian we would call them now 'hot dackels' because we call the 'Dachshund' simply 'Dackel'.

socialite
07-06-2006, 22:48
If the butcher were an Austrian we would call them now 'hot dackels' because we call the 'Dachshund' simply 'Dackel'.

That's nothing specifically austrian. That's just a short form.
There's also no austrian language as some Austrians often claim because 95% of the allegedly austrian vocabulary is simply "bairisch" (not bayerisch/bavarian, that's a linguistic term) which is spoken in the biggest part of south germany and austria. The fact that the fish-heads don't use these words doesn't make them austrian.

Sabeena
07-06-2006, 22:58
3 did you know facts;

1) If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.

2) Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
(oops)

3) It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

Argos
07-06-2006, 23:07
That's nothing specifically austrian. That's just a short form.
There's also no austrian language as some Austrians often claim because 95% of the allegedly austrian vocabulary is simply "bairisch" (

I don't know of ANY austrian who claims to speak a specific austrian language. We are proud to speak german, although almost nobody here can speak it properly. What I meant was, that no Austrian butcher would have called the dog (and the sausage) 'Dachshund', that sounds ... eeeek ... 'piefkinesisch'. Therefore hot dogs are not of austrian origin.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

Some times I wear mine about eight hours. So if I only had one bacterium before I would have then 700^8 = approx.
60000000000000000000000 bacteria in my ears Wonder if I have enough space there. :confused:

marina
08-06-2006, 17:00
I didn't know or maybe I forgot from school days that a cow has no upper teeth !
*Although a cow has no upper front teeth, it grazes up to 8 hours a day, taking in about 45 kg (100 lb) of feed and the equivalent of a bath tub full of water. A healthy cow gives about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.*
A cow has four stomachs: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum. With all its grazing and many stomachs, it is no wonder that cows are one of the main contributors to the hole in the ozone layer. Apart from CFC, the biggest culprit is hydrocarbon emissions from cars and cows. Yes, cows! Cows release some 100 million tons of hydrocarbon annually - by releasing gas. To give you an idea of how much gas a cow emits: if the gas of 10 cows could be captured, it would provide heating for a small house for a year.

But unlike what you think, cows release hydrocarbon mostly by burping.*

:D

Sabeena
08-06-2006, 17:34
I didn't know or maybe I forgot from school days that a cow has no upper teeth !
*Although a cow has no upper front teeth, it grazes up to 8 hours a day, taking in about 45 kg (100 lb) of feed and the equivalent of a bath tub full of water. A healthy cow gives about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.*
A cow has four stomachs: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum. With all its grazing and many stomachs, it is no wonder that cows are one of the main contributors to the hole in the ozone layer. Apart from CFC, the biggest culprit is hydrocarbon emissions from cars and cows. Yes, cows! Cows release some 100 million tons of hydrocarbon annually - by releasing gas. To give you an idea of how much gas a cow emits: if the gas of 10 cows could be captured, it would provide heating for a small house for a year.

now that information would've come in handy yesterday!.. i had a biology question on this.. but wasnt taught it so i made it up..hehe

QueenBee
08-06-2006, 17:59
If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
That happened to a family friend of ours. :/

marina
08-06-2006, 18:11
That happened to a family friend of ours. :/

That's bloody awful ! just from the sneeze ??

socialite
08-06-2006, 18:23
I don't know of ANY austrian who claims to speak a specific austrian language.I'm referring to the people that want to change the article in the austrian constitution that says "german is the official language" to "austrian german is the official language".
And I'm referring to the people who want the EU to recognize the existance of austrian german as a distinct language.
The ones I was not referring to were you and your surroundings.

Argos
08-06-2006, 23:49
I'm referring to the people that want to change the article in the austrian constitution that says "german is the official language" to "austrian german is the official language".
And I'm referring to the people who want the EU to recognize the existance of austrian german as a distinct language.

No overinterpretation, please. The current petition is only aimed at the completely unnecessary and stupid german orthography reform, and there are only a handful people, mostly from the literarian corner, who support that. Everybody here in Austria knows that there are only about 2 percent of specific Austrian words, and if you substract the 'kitchen austrian' and the 'administration austrian' there is not even a half percent left. Austria will always remain fully german by our own will, no doubt about that!

Katoren
09-06-2006, 16:11
That happened to a family friend of ours. :/
Gosh, that's horrible... :(
Now there's really no way of being safe, even if you stay at bed for your whole life o_O
A sneeze, my goodness, I'll take good care of not supressing any sneeze from now on. Oh, not only that, but not sneezing too hard either. And of course closing my eyes, all at the same time. Hmm, too much to remember, I think my head will explode trying to remember all the infrmation before I can even die from the actual sneeze :bum:

Winkie
10-06-2006, 00:44
I think my head will explode trying to remember all the infrmation before I can even die from the actualy sneeze :bum:

Poor you ;) *hugs*