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Weird Random Trivia Thread
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:19:08 PM »
I love random trivia, so let's see what sort of randomness we can come up with.

Ric Flair was not only an orphan, but he was likely bought in a sort of black market baby scheme.  There was this crazy lady in the 50's who had an orphanage that "bought" babies from poor, uneducated folks and immigrants, usually via a good deal of manipulation and having at least one sheriff in her pocket.  She was eventually arrested but not before baby Ric Flair was sold to some random folks.

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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2015, 09:35:03 PM »
All of our current technology previously existed in a more advanced form 5000 years ago in Wakanda, before they all ascended to a higher plane and left us cave beasts to play catch-up.

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2015, 04:05:43 AM »
An enormous number of the tropes we seen in Shonen Anime are derived almost entirely from pro wrestling- one of the earliest "Shonen Mangas" as we would recognize them today was MUSCLE, which was wrestling-based. The whole "Guy learns new move/opponent has to learn a new move to COUNTER it" thing is classic Japanese Pro Wrestling, as is the never-ending "Quest To Get Stronger".

The Transformers are largely derived from a handful of separate Japanese toy lines. That's why the Dinobots have actual seats for "pilots" (they're meant to be Giant Flying Mechs), and several Decepticons resemble actual items and are built differently than the others (Soundwave, Megatron and the camera guy).

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Re: Weird Random Trivia Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2015, 06:17:18 AM »
Mosquitos are attracted to potassium rich blood. If you find yourself especially appealing to them you may want to stop with all the bananas.

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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2015, 07:21:18 AM »
Never peek into a Glory Hole.

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2015, 08:27:53 AM »
I love random trivia, so let's see what sort of randomness we can come up with.

Ric Flair was not only an orphan, but he was likely bought in a sort of black market baby scheme.  There was this crazy lady in the 50's who had an orphanage that "bought" babies from poor, uneducated folks and immigrants, usually via a good deal of manipulation and having at least one sheriff in her pocket.  She was eventually arrested but not before baby Ric Flair was sold to some random folks.

DAMN, his adopted parents won the orphan lottery big time.


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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2015, 11:06:15 AM »
Paul Dini basically married his favorite super hero. Stage magician Misty Lee was informed by a friend that there was a superhero named Zatanna who looked exactly like her. After getting a few Dini written issues she went to a signing at a con to get them autographed by him. They hit it off and he got to marry the closest equivalent to his favorite hero.


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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2015, 04:28:36 PM »
There's a species of worm who's gender is determined where their seed lands.

If it lands anywhere: female
if it lands on a female: male, but then they're shrunk down to testes for the female to supply it with sperm for the rest of its life

funfact:
the testes thing also applies to angler fish

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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2015, 09:34:26 PM »
I love random trivia, so let's see what sort of randomness we can come up with.

Ric Flair was not only an orphan, but he was likely bought in a sort of black market baby scheme.  There was this crazy lady in the 50's who had an orphanage that "bought" babies from poor, uneducated folks and immigrants, usually via a good deal of manipulation and having at least one sheriff in her pocket.  She was eventually arrested but not before baby Ric Flair was sold to some random folks.

DAMN, his adopted parents won the orphan lottery big time.

PS - Joan Crawford also got her kids from the same orphanage.  One of those kids would go on to write Mommy Dearest as a way to show the world how fucking insane and abusive Joan Crawford was.  The movie version won several razzies.

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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2015, 01:47:33 AM »
Lysol was originally conceived as a women's hygiene product
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2015, 01:57:33 AM »
Paul Dini basically married his favorite super hero. Stage magician Misty Lee was informed by a friend that there was a superhero named Zatanna who looked exactly like her. After getting a few Dini written issues she went to a signing at a con to get them autographed by him. They hit it off and he got to marry the closest equivalent to his favorite hero.
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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2015, 03:07:32 AM »
Some Animal Fun Facts are always awesome:

* The smallest member of the order Carnivora is the Least Weasel. Despite being smaller than your hand, it can kill prey as large as jackrabbits.

* The largest member of the Order is the Elephant Seal- it weighs over 6,000 lbs.

* Hyenas kill prey by disemboweling them, and eat them alive. This is actually considered more "kind" that strangling them to death, like lions do. Lions actually take more Hyena kills than vice-versa. Hyena clits are absolutely enormous (scientists initially thought the species was hermaphroditic), and females are noticeably bigger than males, and bully them mercilessly. They give birth through their super-clits, which tear open in order to do so.

* The largest marsupials in history are the Diprotodons- Wombats the size of Hippos. The males of the Platypus species pack a venomous spur that will cause a human being incurable pain for months on end, and can kill small dogs.

* Despite being stereotyped as goofy pranksters, Chimps are ENORMOUSLY-strong- males are far stronger than any human being, and can easily dismember someone.

* Orcas have figured out how Wave Physics work- They swim in unique formations that allow them to create the largest possible waves, and use the waves to break down small ice floes, allowing them to eat penguins and seals. Other Orcas will actively beach themselves to get at seals on the shoreline.

* Narwhal horns (which typically only grow on males- some males have TWO, and sometimes females get some) are actually tusks, and were sold as "Unicorn Horns" by charlatans in medieval times.

* Despite popular storytelling, a Thresher Shark has never been known to decapitate a human being with its tail. Similarly, an Electric Eel (which isn't an eel at all- it's a Knifefish) has never electrocuted a human being to death. But it could.

* Dimetrodon is more-closely related to modern-day mammals than it is to Dinosaurs. Similarly, Pterosaurs and Aquatic Reptiles are not actual Dinosaurs, either. The aquatic Opthalmosaurus had the largest eyes of any known vertebrate.

* Iguanadon and Megalosaurus, the earliest two dinosaurs discovered in fossils, were initially thought to be quadrupedal, as that was the only way any scientists understood reptiles could walk.

* Titanoboa, the largest snake ever found, looks like this:
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Re: Weird Random Trivia Thread
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2015, 05:27:31 AM »
Mosquitos are attracted to potassium rich blood. If you find yourself especially appealing to them you may want to stop with all the bananas.
I don't eat bananas, but I have always attracted mosquitoes

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Re: Weird Random Trivia Thread
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2015, 05:33:23 AM »
More whale facts:

People lose their shit about the 60 foot Megalodon, but always seem to forget the largest cetacean currently living: the 60 foot sperm whale, which subsists primarily on giant/colossal squids

Sperm whale never gets no love.

To add to the Killer Whale facts, they're also adaptive learners that understand group tactics, stealth and learn instantly after observing another Orca perform a particular action.

They've also used waves to literally wash seals off iceflows too large to break or tip over.
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Re: Weird Random Trivia Thread
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2015, 09:41:49 AM »
Muhammad made a written degree that christians & jews where to be allowed to worship as they choose, never untaxed fairly and not killed. He also didn't want to be painted not out of vanity but humility since he didn't want people making a pagan altar to him lol.

Dispite being treated as indisputable fact, there's little evidence for the existence of 'Smallpox infected blankets'

Anthony Johnson is the first person to own a slave in America. He was black.

Loxism is the hatred of Whites by Jews.