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    kiwiqpr Barnsie Mod

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    here is another thread you will ONLY find on the BARNSLEY forum

    A thread for things that make you go "Beg pardon? Seriously?" Even better if they are true.


    90% of all marriages in India are arranged.
    The divorce rate is 2%
     
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    If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
     
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    If you are struck by lightning, your skin will be heated to 28,000 degrees Centigrade, hotter than the surface of the Sun.
     
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    If you trace your family tree back 25 generations, you will have 33,554,432 direct ancestors – assuming no incest was involved.
     
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    The Shell Oil Company originally began as a novelty shop in London that sold seashells.
     
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    An asteroid wiped out every single dinosaur in the world, but not a single species of toad or salamander was affected. No one knows why, nor why the crocodiles and tortoises survived.
     
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    The chances of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets is greater than your chances of winning.
     
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    <laugh> Kiwi, your a legend. This is my kind of thread. I will add my 1st two amazing facts!

    Time Stops at the Speed of Light

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    According to Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, the speed of light can never change—it’s always stuck at approximately 300,000,000 meters/second, no matter who’s observing it. This in itself is incredible enough, given that nothing can move faster than light, but it’s still very theoretical. The really cool part of Special Relativity is an idea called time dilation, which states that the faster you go, the slower time passes for you relative to your surroundings. Seriously—if you go take a ride in your car for an hour, you will have aged ever-so-slightly less than if you had just sat at home on the computer. The extra nanoseconds you get out of it might not be worth the price of gas, but hey, it’s an option.

    Of course, time can only slow down so much, and the formula works out so that if you’re moving at the speed of light, time isn’t moving at all. Now, before you go out and try some get-immortal-quick scheme, just note that moving at the speed of light isn’t actually possible, unless you happen to be made of light. Technically speaking, moving that fast would require an infinite amount of energy (and I for one don’t have that kind of juice just lying around).


    Quantum Entanglement

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    Alright, so we just finished agreeing that nothing can move faster than the speed of light—right? Well… yes and no. While that’s technically still true, at least in theory, it turns out that there’s a loophole to be found in the mind-blowing branch of physics known as quantum mechanics.

    Quantum mechanics, in essence, is the study of physics at a microscopic scale, such as the behavior of subatomic particles. These types of particles are impossibly small, but very important, as they form the building blocks for everything in the universe. I’ll leave the technical details aside for now (it gets pretty complicated), but you can picture them as tiny, spinning, electrically-charged marbles. Okay, maybe that’s kind of complicated too. Just roll with it (pun intended).

    So say we have two electrons (a subatomic particle with a negative charge). Quantum entanglement is a special process that involves pairing up these particles in such a way that they become identical (marbles with the same spin and charge). When this happens, things get weird—because from now on, these electrons stay identical. This means that if you change one of them—say, spin it in the other direction—its twin reacts in exactly the same way. Instantly. No matter where it is. Without you even touching it. The implications of this process are huge—it means that information (in this case, the direction of spin) can essentially be teleported anywhere in the universe.
     
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    And here is a really interesting one for you, the worlds slowest Reptiles (Reptilia) is the giant Galapagos Tortoise.

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    The Galapagos Tortoise can be as slow as 0.23 miles per hour on land. In the water, Galapagos Tortoises can move much faster than this.

     
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    There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea.
     
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    quantam mechanics make my head hurt
    all other mechanics make my wallet hurt
     
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    Vending Machines kill four times as many people as Sharks do each year.
     
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    The average four year old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
     
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    A Texas Instruments TI-83 calculator has six times more processing power than the computer that landed Appollo 11 on the Moon.
     
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    The Barnsley Chop was named in honour of local karate instructor and psycho Fred Hebblethwaite who became notorious following his arrest
     
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    You can tape a small mirror onto a cone speaker, play music and shine a laser on to the mirror and the reflection will look like a laser light show on your wall.
     
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    Yorkshire Tea is grown by former fast bowler Arnie Sidebottom on his allotment in Keighley
     
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    Kiwi, how do we make a complaint? Someone who goes by the name of Stan on that QPR forum has stolen/copied your thread.
     
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    right
    erm
    bloody typical
    plagerists
    not an original thread on that page
    will let it go this time though
    good spotting utrs
    all of not606 has been stolen from this forum
     
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    Too f-ing right, and it makes my blood boil.
     
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