Today’s Trivia

Via cigarettesreporter.com

Via cigarettesreporter.com

 

The smallest moon of the planet Mars, Deimos, has an escape velocity of just 5.2 metres per second. That’s a bit under 20km/h, meaning that I, and probably you, could take a running jump and launch from it like a slow moving rocket. (source)

 

In 1996 Alan Sokal, a professor from New York University submitted a paper to the journal “Social Text” entitled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity“. It was basically just nonsense, simply written to see if the humanities journal would publish a rubbish article if it a) “sounded good” and b) “flattered the editors’ ideological preconceptions”. It was published and The Sokal Affair was born. (source)

 

The largest recorded tsunami occurred in Alaska in 1958 and was a ridiculous 516 metres (yes, half a kilometre) high. Given it was Alaska, only 5 people were killed. (source)

 

In World War II the British lay a secret fuel line across the Channel to support the invasion. (source)

 

In the early ’70’s Southwest Airlines was the largest distributor of alcohol in the state of Texas. (source)

 


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  • Michael

    Brandy and Cigars… but Southwest Airlines probably couldn’t supply Cuban Cigars due to the trade embargo.

    • James Howlett

      It’s a tough one tonight Michael – but SW Airlines isn’t the item that’s related to this pic.

  • Blueballs

    The pipeline which was laid in ww2 was to supply fuel initially for the Normandy invasion, Normandy is famous for its brandy

    • Blueballs

      Also winston churchill who no doubt masterminded the plan enjoyed his cigars.

      • conwaycaptain

        My mother worked on PLUTO in London under the command of Flag Office in Command London, V Adm Sir Martin Dunbar Naismith VC

        • James Howlett

          PLUTO is the line of thinking that gets to the cigars conwaycaption. Also, our thanks to your mum :)

    • James Howlett

      Right item Blueballs but the connection I’m looking for has a couple of steps – it is the weekend after all.

  • Roustabout

    Cigar shaped objects, believed to be UFO’s by some, have been reportedly sighted (and photographed by the Soviets in 1989) in proximity to Deimos and Phobos.

  • blueballs

    The final design for the transfer pipe in operation Pluto is cigar like in appearance as it contains multiple outer layers protecting the inner core

  • Rockfield

    Herb Kelleher

    R.

  • James Howlett

    Answer: As noted the plan for the Pipe Lines Under The Ocean in item four was Operation PLUTO. Operation Pluto was also the codename for the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 – see first line of the source link. The Bay of Pigs invasion was one of those, ahem, very rare mis-steps in US foreign policy – in this case they attempted to overthrow Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro. Cuba, cigars… Howlett FTW.

    • Rockfield

      Where is the alcohol connection?

      R.

      • James Howlett

        Hi Rockfield – there’s no intended alcohol connection.

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