Really TRUE odd factoids

Beebo

Firm and Fruity
Location
Hexleybeef
The Meese Report is a 1986 US legal report of over 1,900 pages issued by the Attorney General.
It holds the record for most sales of any US government report, selling over 65,000 copies.
It reported on the dangers of pornographic films and contained uncensored video scripts and detailed descriptions of various scenes.
 

Chris S

Legendary Member
Location
Sparkhill
'V' is the Roman numeral for the number 5. The opening notes of Beethoven's 5th symphony correspond to the letter 'V' in Morse code. However Morse code wasn't created until 30 years after the symphony was written.
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Time passes faster for your face than for your feet (assuming you're standing up). Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that the closer you are to the centre of the Earth, the slower time goes – and this has been measured. At the top of Mount Everest, a year would be about 15 microseconds shorter than at sea level.
 

Tenkaykev

Veteran
Location
Poole
Time passes faster for your face than for your feet (assuming you're standing up). Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that the closer you are to the centre of the Earth, the slower time goes – and this has been measured. At the top of Mount Everest, a year would be about 15 microseconds shorter than at sea level.
GPS satellites have to allow for this or navigation errors would occur.
 
Time passes faster for your face than for your feet (assuming you're standing up). Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that the closer you are to the centre of the Earth, the slower time goes – and this has been measured. At the top of Mount Everest, a year would be about 15 microseconds shorter than at sea level.
Do really tall people have more wrinkles? As their face ages faster.
 

classic33

Legendary Member
The 31st October, All Hallows Eve, may be one of the most dangerous days of the year for your children, home, car and health. The average Halloween night results in more pedestrian deaths than other nights of the year, and children aged 4 to 8 are especially at risk, according to research published this week in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Doctors looked at 42 years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found that there were on average four more pedestrian fatalities on Halloween between 5 p.m. at 11:59 p.m. compared to one week before and after the holiday.
 

welsh dragon

Thanks but no thanks. I think I'll pass.
In Norway there is a fish that's called a lump sucker. He was definitively at the back of the queue when the names were given out I would say.
 

Joey Shabadoo

My pronouns are "He", "Him" and "buggerlugs"
One of the real reasons Roman Catholic priests were banned from marriage was to prevent them having 'legitimate' heirs who could inherit property from them. With no legitimate heirs to claim anything from estates, it would all go to the church.
 

Gasman

Old enough to know better, too old to care!
...Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that the closer you are to the centre of the Earth, the slower time goes...
At the centre of the earth, with as much mass, and its associated gravitational pull, above as below and to either side, etc, you'd be essentially weightless (I think). Would this location still be one with a high gravitational field where time slows down?
 
OP
Blue Hills
Location
London
When I was a child, my dad was a headmaster and there was a dinner lady called Ida ... Jones or Robinson or summat. She was a widow. After the summer holidays she asked to speak to my dad on a private matter.
She had remarried but didn't want her new name to be used - she had married a Mr Downes ...
Did your dad keep a straight face during this consultation?
 
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