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  • #594024
    TheGoq
    Participant

    On today’s date January 6th

    In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Va.

    #863462
    stickynote
    Member

    too add to the randomnes of the above:

    January 6

    #863463
    cofeefan
    Member

    When someone dies their hair still grows for a couple of months

    The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache

    Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump

    The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672

    The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had

    #863464
    TheGoq
    Participant

    great stuff fan! the randomer the better

    #863466

    cofeefan I am speechless

    #863467
    cofeefan
    Member

    why Derech HaMelech??? did i do something wrong?

    #863468
    TheGoq
    Participant

    Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500!

    The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad!

    Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!

    Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

    One car out of every 230 made was stolen last year!

    The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye!

    #863469
    Sister Bear
    Member

    It’s illegal to graffiti cows in Texas.

    #863470
    TheGoq
    Participant

    In Illinois, the law is that a car must be driven with the steering wheel.

    California law prohibits a woman from driving a car while dressed in a housecoat.

    In Memphis, Tennessee, a woman is not to drive a car unless a man warns approaching motorists or pedestrians by walking in front of the car that is being driven.

    In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.

    In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.

    #863471
    cofeefan
    Member

    The original name for the butterfly was “flutterby”

    The “pound” (#) key on your keyboard is called an octothorp

    Yo-Yos were once used as weapons in the Philippines

    It’s against the law in Iceland to have a dog

    #863472

    shucks, i wanted to drive my car by remote control, not a steering wheel! wat kind of law is this?!

    not all snapple facts are true

    tomatoes are fruits

    #863473
    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump

    Tosfos says they can. That is how you might make a kinyan hagbaha on an elephant. You hold food above its head and make it jump.

    #863474
    oomis
    Participant

    “Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump”

    B”H for that, if true. Popa, I also heard that they cannot jump, due to the nature of their legs and bone structure.

    #863475

    the human head ways ten pounds-jerry mcguire

    #863476
    ItcheSrulik
    Member

    popa: Don’t tosfos say to make it walk up a ramp?

    mikehall: whose head?

    #863477
    nfgo3
    Member

    Many parts of a pine tree are edible.

    #863478
    TheGoq
    Participant

    An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards!

    A person uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day!

    Honolulu is the only place in the United States that has a royal palace!

    One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water!

    More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby!

    In 32 years. there are about 1 billion seconds!

    Rice paper does not have any rice in it!

    #863479
    mw13
    Participant

    India has a bill of rights for cows.

    #863480
    ronrsr
    Member

    african elephants can jump. It’s been proven.

    #863481
    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Actually, I read an article by Nosson Slifkin about it.

    His position is that:

    A. Elephants cannot jump.

    B. Tosfos had never seen an elephant and had only seen pictures, which usually depicted elephants with bent knees like any other animal which indicates they can jump.

    C. It is not a problem to say tosfos was mistaken since the tosfos serves a purpose in any event by telling us that you can do hagbaha by making the animal jump.

    I am skeptical of his arguments. Tosfos was only willing to say that you can do hagbaha by making it jump since the gemara said you could use “pili” to acquire an elephant.

    It therefore comes out that the halacha should really be that you cannot use jumping.

    It seems to me that if tosfos was wrong, the halacha is also wrong.

    I have no idea what the answer is.

    #863482
    smartcookie
    Member

    Earth shattering random fact:

    Today was Shabbos. Tomorrow will be Sunday…

    #863483
    ☕️coffee addict
    Participant

    Smartcookie,

    I sure hope not! (b/c then it’s not today and tomorrow)

    better would be is today is Sunday tomorrow is Monday 🙂

    #863484
    Nonsense
    Member

    There was some earth shattering fact mentioned before.

    #863485
    eclipse
    Member

    If you shout “don’t look!”, everyone will look.

    #863486
    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    itchesrulik:

    The gemara says to use branches, tosfos offers two possibilities of how that is done.

    #863487
    cv
    Participant

    “tomatoes are fruits” – in China people eat tomatoes as a dessert

    #863488

    why Derech HaMelech??? did i do something wrong?

    You’re random facts were really really random.

    #863489
    cofeefan
    Member

    derech- i thought that was the point…. =)

    #863490
    oomis
    Participant

    At one time, no one ever ate tomatoes, because they thought them to be poisonous. They actually are related to the “Deadly Nightshade,” family, I believe, and that is where the fear arose.

    #863492

    cofee fan:

    it is, but the extreme randomness of your random facts was overwhelming random.

    randomly.

    #863493
    not I
    Member

    Just like no 2 ppl have the same finger print, they also don’t have the same tongue print!

    #863494
    hello99
    Participant

    oomis: actually the chlorophyll in the leaves and stem of the tomato plant is poison.

    #863495

    U-Haul is the world’s largest advertiser in the Yellow Pages.

    -40 degrees Celsius is equal to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

    The height of a bowling pin is equal to its circumference.

    All the swans in England are property of the Queen.

    Any space vehicle must move at a rate of 7 miles per second in order to escape the earth’s gravitational pull.

    The most pushups ever performed in one day was 46,001.

    #863497

    The height of a bowling pin is equal to its circumference.

    Really? It doesn’t seem like it. But if its in the CR it must be true.

    #863498
    smartcookie
    Member

    Really? It doesn’t seem like it. But if its in the CR it must be true.

    Derech- no! In the CR you’re supposed to say:”source please???”

    #863499

    source? umm… Rambam? 🙂

    “Pins are 4.75 inches wide at their widest point and 15 inches tall.” -United States Bowling Congress

    #863500

    my little brother’s favorite color is red

    #863501
    TheGoq
    Participant

    There are over 58 million dogs in the U.S!

    Dogs and cats consume over $11 billion worth of pet food a year!

    Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

    Humans blink over 10,000,000 times a year!

    In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an “Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.”!

    Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate

    A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks!

    The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia!.

    #863502
    cofeefan
    Member

    It is impossible to lick your elbow.

    San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

    “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language

    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury

    #863503
    #863504
    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia means the fear of long words.

    #863505
    TheGoq
    Participant

    The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!

    Most lipstick contains fish scales!

    Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands when typing!

    One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen!

    It’s illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you’re sitting on a curb in St. Louis!

    No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!

    A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein!

    Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!

    There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!

    If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!

    Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!

    A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth!

    #863506
    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    No piece of square dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!

    I have heard this, but do not believe it.

    If you begin with a piece of toilet paper which is 100 billion miles long, and fold it 8 times, the length will be 390,625,000 miles.

    I see no reason why a paper which is that long and is the thickness of 2,000 pieces of toilet paper could not remain folded.

    #863507
    TheGoq
    Participant

    Bump of the day.

    #863508
    Sam2
    Participant

    PBA: I always thought that too. A physicist once tried to explain why I was wrong. I didn’t understand it.

    Coffeefan: “Go!” is the shortest complete sentence. It has an implied subject.

    #863509
    YehudahTzvi
    Participant

    “My cat’s breath smells like cat food.”

    #863510
    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    Goq you’re like a teenage driver. You seem to be doing a lot of bumping today

    #863511
    R.T.
    Participant

    The Earth, contrary to popular belief is an Oblate Spheriod, not a Sphere.

    At 2.5 million times atmospheric pressure, Hydrogen becomes metallic.

    #863512
    bobbys cow
    Participant

    The halacha states that one must use a liquid when cleaning oneself from excrement. It says that paper is not good enough.

    #863513

    What does bobbys cow think about the majority of yeshivos which have stalls and therefore water is not available?

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