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TIL: Today I Learned

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

  1. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    TIL that China has nearly the same land area as the US. I knew they were one of the larger nations, land wise, but didn't realize the numbers were that close. China is 3,705,407 sq mi. The US 3,794,101 sq mi.
     
  2. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    I thought China was larger. Maybe I wasn't accounting for Alaska.
     
  3. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    China's size varies depending on whether you count disputed territories.
     
  4. Mouthwash

    Mouthwash Escaped Lunatic

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  5. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    America and Russia are about ~4 km from each other in distance.
     
  6. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    That's why Sarah Palin can see it from her house. :p
     
  7. metatron

    metatron deplorable ally

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    The idea that bs US media are dealing in the fairy tale that Ford having 4% of the chinese car market so much as matters is hilarious.
    The idea that oblivious and young (at heart) readers believe them, doubly so.

    PS:
    I'm trying to learn all sorts of things about the origins of food. You know, where crops, vegetables etc. originated. I'm still confused about the whole business with the domestication of chicken (some consensus would be nice, thank you very much).
    But i leaned a few days ago that Kiwis are originally from China. I didn't know that. I felt very stupid.

    PPS:
    Well...
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/vladimir-putin-annex-alaska_n_5166598.html
     
  8. Phrossack

    Phrossack Armored Fish and Armored Men

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    TIL: Something like 2,000,000 African slaves died hauling elephant tusks on their backs across hundreds of miles in the 19th-early 20th century ivory trade. Then they were often sold to clove growers in Zanzibar. I won't ever look at a piano or billiard balls the same way again, even though they aren't made of ivory anymore.
     
  9. KMRblue1027

    KMRblue1027 The Crown!

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    TIL: You don't need a Photo ID to pick up a prescription. That's odd to say the least.
     
  10. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    Today I learned - or, rather, my father told me about how - the Exodus theme song was used throughout South Vietnamese news stations (and propaganda) during the Vietnam War. Although even he doesn't understand why it was chosen, just that it was chosen, and that it can bring up a lot of emotions for Vietnamese overseas refugees due to this.
     
  11. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    Today I learned "meme" means boobs in Turkish.
     
  12. Hygro

    Hygro soundcloud.com/hygro/

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    hah hah, you said meme.
     
  13. Phrossack

    Phrossack Armored Fish and Armored Men

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    TIL the WWII Croatian government (Ustaša) was absurdly evil. I don't normally hear much about the minor Axis powers.
     
  14. Tee Kay

    Tee Kay Challenge accepted

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    TIL: my hunches on a certain person's attraction are misguided

    TIL: I type better while I'm drunk
     
  15. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    TIL Greek Americans have been attacked by racist jerks because they "looked like" terrorists (i.e. have dark(er) skin).



    We tend to not to hear much about anyone but Germany, Japan, and to a much lesser extent the USSR when it comes to WWII atrocities. Even the allies other than the USSR have more than a few skeletons in the closet, I've learned over the years.
     
  16. Antilogic

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    TIL Karl Marx's birthday is quite close to mine (from one of the Red threads).
     
  17. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    You're a 194 years old? :mischief:
     
  18. Little Faith

    Little Faith Chieftain

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    It's not actually today, but two days ago I learned that Google is a criminal enterprise.
     
  19. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    The abbreviation of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with a space after two letters sounds like a cool assault rifle.
     
  20. Tee Kay

    Tee Kay Challenge accepted

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    TIL: Abraham Lincoln dealt with livelong chronic depression
     

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