December 8, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm #611506
there are 10 body parts that are only 3 letters long
10-eyeDecember 9, 2013 2:33 am at 2:33 am #1040245
you cannot lick your elbowDecember 9, 2013 3:12 am at 3:12 am #1040246
you can not say the m sound while smilingDecember 9, 2013 3:16 am at 3:16 am #1040247
43% of all statistics are made upDecember 9, 2013 3:38 am at 3:38 am #1040248
This is one of many threads about random facts.December 9, 2013 5:42 am at 5:42 am #1040249
I can play music b”h. I can talk b”h. I CAN’T do both together. Why? I cannot figure that out.December 9, 2013 6:13 am at 6:13 am #1040250
hlm- depends how long ur tongue is!
Nonikname- or b or pDecember 9, 2013 6:42 am at 6:42 am #1040251
Why can’t you smile and make an m sound? I can.December 9, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am #1040252
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LF, you should learn piano or guitar instead of saxophone. Maybe then you’ll figure it out.December 9, 2013 2:43 pm at 2:43 pm #1040253
LF you do saxaphone??? Thats my fav instrument!!!!December 9, 2013 2:44 pm at 2:44 pm #1040254
Btw, you kniw gulie is written on the ceiling?December 9, 2013 4:45 pm at 4:45 pm #1040255
DY, I don’t play saxophone. I do keyboard (Violin too). And that’s the real strange thing. I cannot say a coherent sentence while playing. I could only speculate that both these tasks are originating from the same area in the brain. And it doesn’t mulitask.December 9, 2013 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm #1040256
If you prepare the sentence before saying it, then you can say it by rote with the rythm.December 10, 2013 2:29 am at 2:29 am #1040257
WIY- smile without your lips touching
burnt steak- is that a statistic?
shopping- lol did u mean gullible?December 10, 2013 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm #1040258
The Eiffel Tower is taller in the winter than it is in the summer.December 10, 2013 6:01 pm at 6:01 pm #1040259
Little Froggie: same problem, but I play the flute, so…
The Hundred Years War lasted 116 years.December 10, 2013 6:28 pm at 6:28 pm #1040260
Froggie, can you play and sing?December 10, 2013 6:30 pm at 6:30 pm #1040261
Heleivi- It’s probably easier to prepare the music and play it by rote and then you can actually talk and not just vocalize a sentence that’s in your head.December 10, 2013 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm #1040262
Redleg: Yes, I can sing along while playing (only the same song). But I cannot, for the life of me, get out one coherent sentence.
and Writersoul, I do that B”H too. But I don’t try talking while fiefing.December 10, 2013 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #1040263
Gam, good point. I’ll have to try that. Using two hands, though, takes more concentration. But for the duration of the sentence I’m sure it can be done. My keyboard is not working currently so I can’t try it out that soon.December 11, 2013 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm #1040264
Random fact: Thread has been hijacked by band nerds:)December 11, 2013 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #1040265
Oh, sorry. How can I read a text while bungee jumping?December 11, 2013 6:25 pm at 6:25 pm #1040266
HaLeivi- how many instruments require the use of only one hand? Most require two. I can play while talking if it’s a song I know well.December 11, 2013 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm #1040267
A trumpet requires one hand. (If you’re playing two, that’s a different story)
And I think the reason you can talk while playing a song you know well, is because you’re not really using your portion of expression in your brain for that, rather just a memorized sequence of key presses – my opinion.December 11, 2013 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm #1040268
Little Froggie- as I said, playing by rote. I know I can do it, because I was teaching someone else how to play and explaining what I was doing as I was doing it.December 11, 2013 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #1040269
Booth saved Lincoln’s life.
In late 1864 or early 1865, Mr. Booth was waiting on a train platform in Washington DC when he noticed Lincoln had fallen into the gap between the platform and the train when the train began to move. Mr. Booth, who was a well-known actor in the famous Booth acting family, pulled Lincoln by his collar and rescued him from being crushed by the train.
The rescuer was Edwin Booth, the brother of the man who would assassinate the President less than a year later. The man who was rescued was Robert Todd Lincoln, the President’s son.
The Story of the Unsinkable Ship.
A book was authored by a man named Morgan Robertson about a luxury ocean liner that was said to be unsinkable. The ship was described as “the longest craft afloat” and “equal to that of a first class hotel” and “unsinkable.”
The ship (called the Titan) in the novel hit an iceberg on an April morning around midnight about 400 miles from Newfoundland and sank. The ship had too few lifeboats for all aboard and, in fact, carried, as few as the law would allow.
You might think that Robertson is just a hack who took the story of the ocean liner Titanic and wrote a story surrounding it. Heck, he couldn’t even be bothered to come up with an original name for the ship! The Titanic did sink 400 miles from Newfoundland on an April morning around midnight. The Titanic was carrying too few lifeboats. It was regarded as one of (if not the) finest luxury liners in the world at the time. So, Robertson simply took the story, didn’t even bother to change the pertinent details, and published a silly book.
Except for one little thing — The Titanic sunk in 1912. Robertson’s book was published in 1897.
Unlucky Twice — and Lived To Tell
Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a gentleman who had the unfortunate luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was attending a business conference in the city of Hiroshima, Japan, on the morning of Aug 6, 1945. Of course, that was the day that the atomic bomb fell on the city. Yamaguchi was 3 km away from the blast site. He was temporarily blinded, his eardrums were ruptured and he suffered burns over a good portion of his upper boddy because of the blast. Having survived the blast, he found some shelter and spent the night there.
Since it was unlikely that any business was going to be done in Hiroshima for the foreseeable future, Yamaguchi turned to go home — to Nagasaki.
Despite being badly injured, he managed to not only make it home, but to return to work on the morning of August 9. He was describing the blast to one of his supervisors when the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. While he was, again, 3 km from the blast, this time he was unhurt.
You might think that being at the location of not one, but two atomic blasts, that this guy would have suffered from radiation poisoning. As it turns out, he recovered nicely and survived until 2009, when he died of stomach cancer at age 93.
The Lucky Unlucky Nurse
Violet Jessup worked a stewardess/nurse for the White Star line. The White Star line had three famous Olympic-class liners at the time — Olympic, Titanic and Britanic.
She was working as a stewardess aboard the Olympic when she hit a cruiser on Sep 20, 1911. The ship managed to stay afloat as only two forward compartments flooded.
Afterwards, she boarded the Titanic to serve as a stewardess on that ship. On the morning of Apr 14, 1912, Titanic struck an iceberg and sank. Jessop was eventually ordered onto lifeboat 16 and survived the sinking.
You see where this is going, right?
She was serving about the Olympic (which had been converted into a hospital ship for the war effort) when it struck a mine in the Aegean Sea on Nov 21, 1916. She was sucked under water and hit her head on the keel before being rescued. Thirty people died in the incident, but Jessop survived.
Jessop eventually died of drowning aboard the… no, I’m kidding. She died of heart failure in 1971, on dry land.
The WolfDecember 11, 2013 7:19 pm at 7:19 pm #1040270
But when you are doing chords you are already putting one part into automatic and juggling conscious focus.
Back to random facts: I forgot what each color band on the resistor stands for. Can anyone remind me?December 11, 2013 7:28 pm at 7:28 pm #1040271
Once you know your chords by heart, your fingers do them almost on their own.December 11, 2013 9:45 pm at 9:45 pm #1040272
I play piano poorly, and can talk while I play.December 11, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm #1040273
Those are fascinating! Thank you.December 11, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm #1040274
nonikname, great thread. I like your op.
Little Froggie: Don’t feel bad. There are many professional musicians who will not either talk while playing. It’s not uncommon.December 11, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm #1040275
If I’m only playing chords it’s not that hard to talk. I find it a lot harder when I’m also playing lead. People think I’m being rude because I won’t answer their questions, but really I just can’t speak when I play (and I also I’m being rude).December 11, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm #1040276
“I play piano poorly, and can talk while I play.”
I think this belongs in the talent thread.December 12, 2013 2:41 am at 2:41 am #1040277
When you put your hand flat down on a table and you bend your middle finger down, it is impossible to lift your ring finger by itself.December 12, 2013 3:00 am at 3:00 am #1040278
i tried it but i was able to do it. is it supposed to be palm up or palm down?December 12, 2013 3:12 am at 3:12 am #1040279
palm downDecember 12, 2013 3:20 am at 3:20 am #1040280
☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
Syag, was your middle finger bent all the way in?December 12, 2013 3:38 am at 3:38 am #1040281
wofishmusings- i present u with……..
the most random award!!!
tht was so facinating!!!!
is it all true?
little froggie nd torah613- i think its awesome u play (took some lessons but i became 2lazy)
mitzva girl- ouch!! i hurt myself trying lolDecember 12, 2013 4:26 am at 4:26 am #1040282
Although the harmonica is played with only one hand (or none, on some occasions) I find it more difficult to talk while doing the draw notes.December 12, 2013 3:10 pm at 3:10 pm #1040283
HaLeiVi- the harmonica is played with the mouth, but you’re right- it doesn’t use both hands. It would be impossible to talk while playing it though for obvious reasons.December 12, 2013 7:01 pm at 7:01 pm #1040284
I have seen videos of harmonica playing and it requires 2 hands. You cant really play without 2 hands.December 12, 2013 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #1040285
WIY- it’s generally played with two, but you can manage with one, it just won’t be as nice.December 12, 2013 7:46 pm at 7:46 pm #1040286
Most people cant talk while putting on eyeliner.
mitzvah613 – i was able to do it. palm down, flat, middle finger bent, and ring finger lifted about an inch, not more.December 12, 2013 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm #1040287
if you bend your middle finger against your palm and THEN put your palm down on the table it wont work anymore.December 12, 2013 9:00 pm at 9:00 pm #1040288
I was so frightened from that post. If I bend my middle finger etc. then it won’t work anymore?!?December 13, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am #1040290
I never use two hands for harmonica. You use two hands when you want the waw waw effect.December 13, 2013 1:12 am at 1:12 am #1040291
Do you play for the CR banned?December 13, 2013 1:16 am at 1:16 am #1040292
miritchka, then I am one of the few who can talk while applying eyeliner!
For example, I can say, “One second,” or, “Give me a minute to finish, then I’ll talk to you.”December 13, 2013 6:08 am at 6:08 am #1040293
no longer need seminaryMember
a heres a fact- most pple who read that you can’t smile and say ‘m’ will do it!December 15, 2013 3:24 pm at 3:24 pm #1040294
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