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    • FoTD News:

      1 minute ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      I decided to take a little over a week off from posting any FoTD's as I have been rather busy as of late, with my paternal grandmother's death and ensuing funeral. So I took some time off to decompress and not have to worry about putting something up everyday.


      Though I'm feeling more up to it now so you can expect an FoTD today.


      Regards,

      IronBridge.

    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      In one study researchers tried 2,000 times to ignite gasoline with a cigarette and failed.


      In fact gasoline, in its liquid form, will even put a cigarette out.


      Action movie heroes are gonna need a new schtick.


      Further Info: https://www.scienceabc.com/eyeopeners/can-cigarette-ignite-light-puddle-gasoline-fire.html

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The word RADAR is actually an abbreviation.

      The first example of radio technology being used to provide advance warning to airmen was by, Scottish radio physicist, Robert Watson, in 1915. 

      At which time the technique was simply called radio direction finding.


      The term RADAR was not coined until 1940, by the United States Navy, as an acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging or RAdio Direction And Ranging.


      It’s impressive the number little known, but hugely impactful, Scottish inventors and scientists there are.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

       The Reichstag, the German parliament building, has a glass dome above it that the public can climb using a spiral ramp. The dome symbolises that the people are above the government and the government should be transparent.


      I've been to this building, the dome is beautifully designed, you can see directly into the main hall, wherein the government does its work.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichstag_dome

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Moriusaq, Greenland, had an effective population of 3 inhabitants in 2009. A case of self-defence dropped the population to 2.


      Well, here's hoping it was a guy and girl, because they are gonna need to start repopulating.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriusaq#Population_decline

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The first species name ever given to an extinct species of dinosaur was "Scrotum Humanum".

      Yes, that scrotum.


      Possibly the first dinosaur, apart from modern birds, to be described in scientific literature was the Megalosaurus.


      Part of a bone was recovered from a limestone quarry, in Oxfordshire in 1676. Sir Thomas Pennyson gave the fragment to Professor Robert Plot, Professor of Chemistry at Oxford University and first curator of the Ashmolean Museum, who published a description and illustration in his "Natural History of Oxfordshire" in 1676.


      He named it "Scrotum Humanum" as he apparently compared its appearance to a pair of "human testicles".


      So there you are, the first ever discovered dinosaur species was named after the male anatomy.


      What is it with naming animals after sexual organs? We have the Booby, Pussy, Cock, Ass and for fucks sake who decided to name a species of bird Tit!?


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalosaurus#.22Scrotum_humanum.22

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      North Korea's diplomatic mission to the UN has 1,300 unpaid NYC parking tickets, going back to the 1990s, owing more than $156,000.


      Multiple countries actually owe fines to the US, for instance Russia reportedly owes over $104,000, Iran has run up $185,000 in fees and Syria has nearly $363,000 in unpaid tickets.


      Including North Korea that's almost $1 million in unpaid fines.


      Even Kim Jong-Un isn't immune to the terrors of traffic wardens.


      Further Info: http://fortune.com/2017/09/22/north-korea-parking-tickets/

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    • 2 Years of FoTD... [Re-Post]

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      With all that has been happening as of late it completely slipped my mind that the second anniversary of Fact of The Day passed by just under a month ago (July 24th for those wondering).


      So yeah, give or take a few missed days due to bad or no internet, illness, family matters and my just plain forgetfulness, I have uploaded somewhere around 730 facts, that's a lot of useless trivia.


      Two years though. Quite a while huh? I've even been featured User a few times as well during it all.


      Though don't you worry, my brain is still packed to the point of pain with "interesting" shit, I've still got a while before I run out of subjects, I haven't even gotten through half of my spiel.


      I thought I should also say thanks to the two guys that have been here from very nearly the start: @Austin0434 and @zogman1, you guys rock.


      That isn't to say however that everyone who reads these doesn't rock.


      Also to anyone that shares these: thank you.

      Sharing them around to others is something I'll always be thankful for.


      So...


      To celebrate I thought I would answer a few questions any of you might have, or at least try to.

      So fire away in the comments.


      Anywho here's to another year of strange and intriguing facts!


      Regards,

      IronBridge.

    • Fact of The Day:

      3 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Corporal Wojtek (1942–1963) of the Polish Army, served during the Second World War at the Battle of Monte Cassino.


      Originally having been born in Iran and only joining the Polish Army when they passed through Hamadan on their way to Tehran, on the 8th of April 1942.


      After enlisting he was assigned to 3522, 22nd Artillery Supply Company, II Corps.

      He was said to be a credit to his company, Wojtek helped by carrying ammunition, never dropping a single crate.


      He was known for having a penchant for beer and cigarettes, even in his early career he was never far from a vodka bottle, he was also quite skilful at wrestling and always saluted regardless of rank.


      After the war Wojtek and his company were posted to Berwickshire, Scotland, were he became an honorary member of the Polish-Scottish Association.


      After de-mobilisation he retired to Edinbhburgh, having grown fond of Scotland. He was regularly visited by his old war buddies and shared cigarettes with them, Wojtek was also a frequent guest on children's shows.


      Finally in 1963 old Wojtek passed away, he was a grand size when he passed at 35 stone (220 kg) and over 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall. He was sorely missed and was commemorated by statues and plaques throughout Europe.

      There is even an achievement in Hearts of Iron IV, referencing him.




      So...

      The more perceptive among you may have noticed that Wojtek was only 21 when he died.

      That, despite fighting during the Second World War, he was born in 1942.

      That strangely after a rather boring military career he was well remembered and celebrated.


      Why is that?


      Because Corporal Wojtek was a Bear.


      A Syrian Brown Bear to be precise.


      He was adopted by his company in Hamadan when he was found by a young boy having been abandoned after his mother was killed, he was fed condensed milk from an old vodka bottle when he was still young by 18 year old Irena Bokiewicz.


      The reason for him having been enlisted was due to the fact that in order to get him onto a British transport ship he needed to be an enlisted soldier, so they enlisted him.


      He really did serve in the Battle of Monte Cassino, kind of, were he helped in the transport of munitions.


      For his actions the emblem of 22nd Artillery Supply Company was made to be a Bear carrying an artillery shell.


      After the war he stayed with his company until de-mobilisation, after which he was donated to Edinburgh Zoo. Where he was visited by company members through the years, they would often throw him cigarettes (which he would eat, as know one could light them for him).


      When he died he was immortalised as a symbol for Polish-Scottish relations and the Polish Artillery Corps.


      That ladies and gentlemen is the story of Wojtek, the Soldier Bear.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_(bear)

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Roundabouts reduce fatalities from accidents at intersections by 90%. They also lower wait times and save on gas.


      This being due to the fact that the vehicle must slow dow to join a roundabout, they have no need to race a light and there is only one main direction of travel.


      They also improve traffic flow, are cheaper and take up less space. However roundabouts are not always appropriate for an area, so should only be used when they are a viable option.


      Hey! Look at that, Britain got it right! Yeah! Go us!


      Further Info: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/benefits.htm

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  • Comments (12)

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      4 months ago

      Thanks for the friend request!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        4 months ago

        @Joron093 Anytime, we long hair having, metal workers need to stick together.

    • Izayer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Stories

      5 months ago

      FUCK YOU. YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVER.....wait you mean that's the wrong FU? ..... You're saying it had a different meaning than what I thought? .......... Oh..... Happy Featured User. I thought you were someone else. 

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        5 months ago

        I probably get the first one more often than any other...

        Thank you.

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      5 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        5 months ago

        Danke schön!

    • LadyOddDuck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Call Me Duck

      5 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        5 months ago

        Thank you kindly!

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      5 months ago

      Happy FU day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        5 months ago

        Thank you very much!

    • andytheciderman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      10 months ago

      Congrats on Featured User dude! Muchly deserved :)

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        10 months ago

        Thanks, I'm gonna keep doing what I do best and share my pointless knowledge with everyone.

  • Questions answered by IronBridge

    How do I earn my wings?

    | Asked by: Austin0434 1 year ago

    Well either wait for someone to ring a bell, or join the airforce and train to become a pilot, or drink a red bull