Today’s Trivia

Via fotolibra.com

Via fotolibra.com

 

Gilligan’s Island only actually ran for 3 seasons. (source)

 

There has been one successful, unsolved act of air piracy in US history. It involves extortion, 200k cash, and a parachute escape in 1971. (source)

 

There is a giant fish in the Congo, which can weigh over 50kg and has been known to attack crocodiles. (source)

 

Rates of drug addiction in the US have been basically static since 1970. Total spend on ‘Drug Control’ is estimated to have been somewhere between 800 billion and 1.5 trillion dollars over the same period. (source)

 

The ‘Mpemba Effect’ is the as yet unexplained phenomenon whereby a volume of very hot water can freeze before an equal volume of cold water. The story of how this question was introduced to the scientific community is great. I’m going to test the phenomenon for myself. (source)

 


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  • Max

    Goliath tigerfish. :)

  • P1LL

    David V Goliath Picture of a slingshot and pebbles = There is a giant fish in the Congo, which can weigh over 50kg and has been known to attack crocodiles

    The goliath tigerfish is one of the most fearsome freshwater fish in the world and said to be a much bigger and deadlier version of the piranha.

    • Max

      Just beat me to it. Well done! :)

    • James Howlett

      And people try and tell us it’s not safe to swim in NZ rivers!

  • Michael

    Some people watched Gilligan’s Island and thought it was real. Same people read David v Goliath and thought it was also real.

    • Hazards001

      Some people watch David Cunliffe and think that’s real too.

      • BJ

        I thought he was the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland

        • Hazards001

          He’ll certainly disappear soon enough if he keeps up with his ridiculous LSD fuelled economic fantasies.
          Trouble is it won’t happen until after Queen Helen roars” OFF WITH HIS HEAD”…and that sow is busy trying to feed at the UN trough

          • Col

            We could throw him out of the plane without a parachute, as long as he was high enough, White Is would be a good place.

          • Hazards001

            Fuck no!

            Silent T’s swollen egotistical head would get stuck in the crater and the resulting pressure build up would have a negative downstream affect that would see Russel the froot loop Norman elected onto the treasury benches with promises that volcanic eruptions and tsunamis of that proportion would never be allowed to happen under his watch and he would introduce new volcano taxes to ensure it didn’t.

            Being fully aware that Auckland alone has around 50 something of them.
            The revenue streams from the rich JAFA’s will have the whiny little Aussie fucknut in taxation heaven that would make Cullen seem like the soul of fiscal prudence!

  • JC

    I learned about the “Mpemba Effect” decades ago and never doubted it was true.. not because I had any significant scientific knowledge but because if you heat the shit out of something or radically alter its normal state then surely you can get strange results.

    This is my scientific lesson for the day.

    JC

    • Hazards001

      I learnt about it when my Dad decided to explain to me that his hot hand was faster than my cheeky cold ass.

      • JC

        This is called “empirical” science as opposed to the use of models.

        JC

        • Hazards001

          I’m sure I preferred models…in fact I think finding his playboy stash is what started it..

  • Jmac

    DB Cooper is a fascinating story. Joe Rogan discusses it on his podcast with Chael Sonnen.

    • James Howlett

      It’s a great story. It makes holding a flight to ransom and getting away with it seem achievable to the everyman. Jmac do you have a link?

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