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SOME THINGS YOU MAYBE DIDN'T KNOW...

Butterflies taste with their feet.

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
90% of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
It's possible to lead a cow upstairs ... but not downstairs.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

A snail can sleep for three years.
No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."
Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. SCARY!!!
The electric chair was invented by a dentist. (figures!)
All polar bears are left-handed.
In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies,
including their eyebrows and eyelashes. (ouch!)
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
"Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand 7 feet, 2 inches tall.
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
 

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Oh how I love useless facts ! I knew many of them, some I did not..... Thanks Mel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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duck quacks do echo btw
 

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smnoel said:
duck quacks do echo btw
QUACK

Sara, post what you found online LOL...I am still :laugh:

QUACK
 

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This is another example of faxlore--myths and factoids kept in circulation by people who evidently will believe anything. Next time I organize a poker game, I know whom I want to invite.

Personally, I recognized this claim immediately for what it was--quackery. Preliminary inquiries confirmed this. Sure, there's such a thing as destructive interference, in which colliding waveforms cancel each other out. But how this would cause 100 percent attenuation of an echo 100 percent of the time in uncontrolled conditions was beyond even me.

But never mind my opinion. What we need here is science. Knowing the only way to settle the question for good was an experiment, I assigned Jane to assemble the apparatus and conduct a test. Here is her report:

"I spoke with several friends about the duck's quack question, even called the Michigan State University animal science department. No one could confirm or deny the claim, and no one at MSU seemed eager to stage a formal experiment, the wimps. I mentioned my dilemma to a visiting friend, and he said his wife, Shareen, had an in with the director of Mott Hashbarger Children's Farm and School in Flint. She had, on occasion, borrowed farm animals for events, and she was willing to get a duck and bring it down. After a quick phone call to the farm director, who gave his blessing, she obtained a duck and put it in a pet carrier.

"But where to find a good echo? I live in mid-Michigan, after all. I called Glenn Brown, a sound engineer who has done work across the country. As luck would have it, Glenn remembered one place where, as a kid, he would go to produce great echoes. It's at the back of East Lansing High School--a sort of courtyard between two classroom wings, about 30 feet wide and 170 feet long. The hard surface of the buildings and perhaps a low hill opposite are highly conducive to reflecting sound.

"So, with friends, duck, and camera in tow, we drove to ELHS. In the courtyard without the duck we easily produced some impressive echoes. Next we got the bird and sat down in the middle of the courtyard. We thought he would produce a big quack and the experiment would be over. No such luck. He just wouldn't quack. Probably he was nervous. Who wouldn't be? He was a sitting duck.

"The three of us certainly quacked, though, such that we thought we might want to change the name of the experiment from 'does a duck's quack echo' to 'how to make three humans quack like a duck.' We tried to be inconspicuous, since school was in session and students could see us. However, a duck and three quacking humans is not the sort of scene that fades readily into the woodwork. The duck quacked in the cage, which was useless for our purposes, but when we took him out he was mute.

"Finally Shareen had an inspiration. She held the duck by his body so that he could flap his wings, and ran up and down the length of the courtyard hoping to replicate the experience of flying. So much for being discreet. Incredibly enough, this wacky stratagem worked. The duck loved it and quacked like crazy for a minute. Yes, the quacks echoed. This was heard by the three of us and by an unidentified East Lansing High School teacher who came out to make sure we weren't engaging in duck torture. I was able to record the event but didn't get a good sound recording of the echo itself. But I do have a dandy clip of Shareen running up and down with the duck. I call it my 'duck tape.'

"I wanted to reward my friends somehow, and offered to buy them lunch. They asked for roast duck. They're such comedians. They settled for soup and quackers."

That Jane. What can I tell you? She quacks me up.

This is quoted from Cecil Adams.
 

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:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
 

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Thanks Sara !!!!!!!!!! Mel is trying to pull the wool over my eyes .... LOL
 

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:D :laugh:
 

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I still love em Mel !!!!!!!!:toothy::D
 

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I am imagining the duck experiment and can't stop laughing.
 

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LOL Too funny! The mental image of the woman running with the duck!

I love those facts! Of course I tried to lick my elbow just to see if it was true! ;)
 
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