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michael22
15-03-2007, 11:39 PM
This thread is dedicated to interesting tidbits of information that you find interesting and come across in your spare time.

The nobel prize is named after the guy who made dynamite.
The inventor of the printing press was killed by an infection caused by hving his toe rushed when he was repairing a press.

Porcelain_Doll
16-03-2007, 12:02 AM
Vlad Tepes, ruler of Wallachia and Bram's Stoker inspiration for his novel "Dracula" was the first to use germ warfare.
He would send his ill subjects to the Ottoman enemy camps incognito, so his enemy's troops would catch the disease and die.

barrington
16-03-2007, 12:07 AM
Some thoroughly useless snippets lifted from the excellent Schott's Original Miscellany (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Schotts-Original-Miscellany-Ben-Schott/dp/0747563209/ref=sr_1_2/203-4941672-3625531?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1174002847&sr=1-2).

= SEABREEZE=
2 vodka - 3 cranberry juice - 2 grapfruit juice - lime peel
shake all the ingredients with ice, and strain into a tall glass


= DROUGHT =
UK METEOROLOGICAL DEFINITIONS
Absolute 15 or more consecutive days with rainfall or snow < 0.2mm
Partial 29 consecutive days with an average rainfall < 0.2mm per day.


= DECLARED NUCLEAR POWERS =
United States of America - Russia - China
Pakistan - United Kingdom - India - Israel - France


= SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ARK =
Made From: Gopherwood
Length: 300 cubits
Bredth: 50 cubits
Height: 30 cubits
Windows: 1
Decks: 3
No. of Humans: 8
Flood prevailed for: 150 days
Noah lived to: 950 years


= DRACONIAN =
The term Draconian derives from DRACO, the Archon at Athens c.621 BC.
Draco's laws, 'written in blood', prescribed death for even trivial crimes.

Porcelain_Doll
16-03-2007, 12:24 AM
That's cheating. :p

hasselbrad
16-03-2007, 01:35 PM
The Timucuan indians were the first natives encountered by the Spanish in what is now known as St. Augustine, Florida. It must have been quite a shock, since the Timucuans' shortest adults were around six and a half feet tall and the average Spaniard of the era was between three and a half and four and a half feet tall. Many of the Timucuans were over seven feet tall, and the manner in which many wore their hair and headdress would make them appear even taller.

BTW, just like Sinbad's death, Wikipedia got this wrong. It states they were an astonishing four inches :icon_surp taller.

michael22
17-03-2007, 09:51 PM
Jack Nicholson makes a evil mob boss
Parots can not stand the Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Porcelain_Doll
17-03-2007, 10:34 PM
Ninja Penguin Armies can't cross the Atlantic Ocean to save their lives. Or to end someone else's.

Sorry, Ice. Can't ignore the facts. :p

michael22
21-03-2007, 06:27 PM
Pope Pious V11 was crowned with a temporary paper mache tiara.

The code Napoleon was adopted as french civil law on this day.

michael22
22-03-2007, 10:33 PM
world water day today
During WW2 in the battle of britain MacLeod pilots used to put a picture of the fairy flag in their back pockets, none of them were shot down. (reputedly)

michael22
25-03-2007, 03:11 AM
Robert the Bruce was crowned king on March 25

Hazzle
25-03-2007, 12:19 PM
An interesting thread started by Michael? Will wonders never cease?

michael22
03-04-2007, 03:48 AM
The royal canadian ai force was formed yesterday,
On Oct. 21 1805 Lord Nelson defeated the French and the Spanish in the battle of Trafalgar. One of the bloodiest naval battles known.

On january 22 1879, 139 British soldiers held off 4,000-5,000 Zulu warriors in the battle of Rorke's Drift.

On May 5 1980, SAS team members assaulted the Iranian embassy where six terrorists had taken control of the building. 24 of the 26 hostages survived. Five of the terrorists were killed and one was captured.

michael22
16-04-2007, 09:59 PM
During the battle of Invurie Duncan Ban MacCrimmon was taken prisoner by the Jacobites. He was said to be the greatest of all Highland Pipers. As a mark of respect the Jacobite Pipers refused to play until he was released. The silence of the Jacobite pipers ensured his release and Duncan Ban rejoined the Government Hanoverians.
In December 23, 1745.

michael22
27-04-2007, 10:16 PM
One of the most inportant units in the ancient Irish army were Scottish mercenary "Gallowglasses"

michael22
31-05-2007, 03:20 AM
You can escape a crocodile by ramming your hand down it's throat and opening a skin flap protecting it from getting water in the lungs. Naturally it only works in water and is a last resort.