Odd factoids

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Blue Hills, 12 Nov 2017.

  1. bruce1530

    bruce1530 Über Member

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    Before the days of TV cameras, it was not unknown for horses and riders to hide inside the massive hedge at Beecher’s Brook as they jumped it during the first lap. These horses and jockeys would have a chance to get their breath back, while the rest of the field raced round the course. They would rejoin the race during the final lap, giving them an unfair advantage.

    The introduction of TV cameras, action replays, and the reduction in size of the hedges has meant that this practice is now very uncommon, but it has been suggested that 2002 winner Bindaree was significantly absent during much of the race.
     
  2. bruce1530

    bruce1530 Über Member

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    During the first post-war Gand National, in 1946, a 100-1 outsider “Gullible Cyclist” shocked the crowd by leaving the course near the first fence. The horse and jockey then caught a bus to the finish line, where they rejoined the race, coming second by a short head.

    The Jockey Club attempted to disqualify the horse and rider, but amazingly they discovered that these actions were not explicitly banned by the rule book. “Gullible Cyclist” won the second prize purse, but the on-course bookies refused to acknowledge this and pay out.

    There was a subsequent riot in Liverpool, and the bus company’s garage was set on fire.
     
  3. Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

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    On that subject (from when I used to do a lot of scuba diving).
    In very dark or extremely bright light (with the light reflecting off white sand) it is possible to get disorentated and not know which is up or down. To reajust a diver checks which way his air bubbles are going..... they would obviously be going up.
     
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  4. bruce1530

    bruce1530 Über Member

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    ... unless you are diving in Guinness
     
  5. Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

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    You know, for some reason that never crossed my mind :blush:
     
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  6. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Reminds me of the worker who drowned in a vat of Guinness,

    He got out 3 times for a pee though. :whistle:
     
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  7. bruce1530

    bruce1530 Über Member

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    2 of his colleagues dived in to save him. But he fought them off bravely...
     
  8. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

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    Inside my skull
    They can do depending on what substances have been mixed.
     
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  9. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Sink to the bottom maybe, float nay.
     
  10. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

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    Inside my skull
    In space there is no bottom
     
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  11. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Not many bubbles either.
     
  12. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

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    Inside my skull
    Plenty of bubbles you clearly have not watched the ISS videos
     
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  13. Kempstonian

    Kempstonian Has the memory of a goldfish

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    Bedford
    There is no up or down either - so how do we know which way bubbles would go? They might even go sideways... or go nowhere at all... :scratch:
     
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  14. Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

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    Cheshire
    So, if spacemen have no bottoms how do they errh uhmm do thingies
     
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  15. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    All bottom burps outside the Earth's atmosphere are silent - in space no-one can hear you fart.
     
    Last edited: 7 Apr 2019
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