Today’s Trivia

Via fridaetv.com

Via fridaetv.com

 

The US built no new shopping malls from 2007 to 2012. (source)

 

Veronica Seider from Stuttgart had vision 20x average and could identify people from over a mile away. (source)

 

Aircraft Carrier, the USS John C. Stennis has a more powerful air force than 70% of all countries – presumably that includes us. (source)

 

People keep using the term ‘a steep learning curve’ incorrectly. (source)

 

Nintendo, Coke, Hitler, and the Wall St Journal were all born in 1889. (source)

 


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  • Michael

    Jay and Silent Bob – Mallrats.

    • Kopua Cowboy

      Dammit you were waiting for 8 o’clock too weren’t ya…

      • Michael

        Was not – just sat down at 8pm to read Whaleoil for the night and saw the picture, knew what it was and then read the trivia to link them up.

    • Bunswalla

      I would’ve got this one too, but then I got ha, then I got ha, then I got high.

    • James Howlett

      This is the correct connection but Jp is right – the scene is from the stone-cold ’90’s classic, and superior, ‘Clerks’. Clerks occurs in the same universe and I think Mallrats was a vague-ish prequel.

  • Jp

    Or Clerks I

    • Jp

      That is where the screen grab is taken from, (Jay and Silent Bob)

  • Bunswalla

    Official protest – Coca Cola was invented in 1886; the brand and formula were purchased in 1889, and the Coca Cola Company was incorporated in 1892. So you can have 1886 or 1892 as the year coca cola was “born” (depending on whether you count the brand and formula, or the company), but not 1889.

    I know this for a fact because Kris Fa’afoi told me, and he was there.

    • boristhefrog

      I bet he was also at primary school with Hitler….

  • boristhefrog

    Jay and Silent Bob outside the Quick Stop in Clerks a brilliant movie about dropkicks….

  • ozbob68

    I used to tell my british friends that the combat airforce of NZ was owned by Sir Peter Jackson (Hurricane and a Stuka at Omaka).

  • Orange

    That learning curve discussion is a bit non-intuitive which is why, I think, the meaning has changed. If you are on a road and it is steep, it is a harder journey. The annoying academics start from a premise that both graphs go to the same height and that equal effort is expended to change the learning total vs total time etc etc. In other words, who care what the dictionaries say if they are talking about what is, essentially, a different illustration altogether.

    • James Howlett

      Reminds me a bit of the term ‘lucked out’. I picked up using it from some time in the US – using it as a good thing ie “I was having a bad day but then I lucked out and found $20 in my jacket pocket”. Turns out many people in NZ and elsewhere use it in the opposite way, almost as short hand for ‘out of luck’ – cue miscommunication and unintentional offence.

      • Orange

        Mmm, I’ll try it on some people tomorrow.

    • James Howlett

      Reminds me a bit of the term ‘lucked out’. I picked up using it from some time in the US – using it as a good thing ie “I was having a bad day but then I lucked out and found $20 in my jacket pocket”. Turns out many people in NZ and elsewhere use it in the opposite way, almost as short hand for ‘out of luck’ – cue miscommunication and unintentional offence.

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