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TIL: Today I Learned

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Cutlass, May 24, 2013.

  1. Mouthwash

    Mouthwash Escaped Lunatic

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    TIL this is what Nation of Islam believes:



    It's actually pretty entertaining if you manage to suspend disbelief (not an easy task).
     
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  2. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    TIL to avoid tablets that have slide-switches. The switch on mine just broke and now I have to plug it in every time I want to turn it on and set the screen fadeout to 15s every time I want to turn it off.
     
  3. Commodore

    Commodore Technology of Peace

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    TIL in Sweden, when a terrorist uses a car to commit an act of terrorism it's the car's fault, not the terrorist's.
     
  4. Lohrenswald

    Lohrenswald nIGHTMARE

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    sounds like fake news
     
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  5. Samson

    Samson Chieftain

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    TIL that I am easily traceable online via my browser fingerprint. Testing on the inria website, I am identifiable by either my extensions or my browser fingerprint. Even in incognito mode I have only 1 clash with fingerprint and am identifiable by combining the fingerprint and extensions.
     
  6. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Yeah, tracking a person is pretty easy if you don't take measures against it.
     
  7. Broken_Erika

    Broken_Erika Neurotic Panda

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  8. Takhisis

    Takhisis Would-be overnight hero

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    up yours!
    That rocks.
     
  9. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    Can you ride sheep though?

    /googles

    Spoiler :


    I'm off to Iceland!
     
  10. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Sheep rider and the star sheriffs.
     
  11. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    TIL that the safety of Australian motor vehicles is guaranteed by something called the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, or "ANCAP", the logo of which is, well...

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    Yeah.
     
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  12. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Retired Moderator Supporter

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    V09984P039.jpg

    What's the issue?
    (besides that it reminds me somehow of the sign for nuclear radiation, but else...?
     
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  13. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    Anyway, TIL ORK is the three-letter IATA code for the Irish city of Cork.
     
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  14. Zkribbler

    Zkribbler Chieftain

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    According to Eddie Izzard, there is no stand-up comedy in France.
     
  15. Takhisis

    Takhisis Would-be overnight hero

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    That's because the French are sensible enough not to take Le Pen as a joke.
     
  16. Bootstoots

    Bootstoots Chieftain Super Moderator

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    TIL that heavy water definitely tastes slightly sweeter than normal distilled water to me. I'd tasted it before but used a plastic syringe, which I was afraid may have imparted its own taste, and only tasted a few drops. But using a glass pipette to take out a full mL from my recent 90 mL acquisition, there was an obvious slightly sweetish flavor to the heavy water, whereas distilled water just tasted like nothing. Some people who have tasted heavy water have reported no difference, while others report the same slightly sweet taste. I wonder if the ability to taste heavy water might be genetic somehow, like the ability to smell asparagus in the urine or to taste a few particular compounds.

    Also, I did some experiments by mixing 8.5 mL of either distilled or heavy water with 1 mL of 35% hydrogen peroxide, then adding 0.5 mL of a mixture of catalase with a concentrated buffer solution to keep the pH constant. Catalase rapidly decomposes H2O2 to H2O and O2, and I put the flask+mixture on a scale and took readings every 10 seconds after adding the catalase. It appears catalase still works in 85% heavy water, but only about half as quickly. This was a fun little demonstration of the kinetic isotope effect - the chemistry of deuterium and normal hydrogen are similar, but reactions involving deuterium are usually slower because an atom of twice the mass has to be displaced and because of several quantum effects I won't go into. I don't know how much of this is due to the enzyme itself being slower and how much is due to the fact that most of what it is decomposing would have been deuterated too (-OH groups exchange their hydrogen atoms freely, so most of the H2O2 would have been converted to D2O2, with some DHO2 and only about 2% regular H2O2).
     
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  17. Takhisis

    Takhisis Would-be overnight hero

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    I find that immensely interesting, especially as one of the characters in my creative writings is an (al)chemist. But how (and why) did you get around to tasting heavy water?
     
  18. Commodore

    Commodore Technology of Peace

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    TIL: Croatians are VERY sensitive about Operation Medak Pocket.
     
  19. Zkribbler

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    The house in which Lizzie Borden allegedly murdered her mother and father is now the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast and Museum.
     
  20. Takhisis

    Takhisis Would-be overnight hero

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    up yours!
    The basic rule for analysing the multi-sided wars that resulted in and from the breakup of Yugoslavia is that everyone (else but me) is a war criminal.
     

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