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Some more useless but interesting facts

When Alan Shepard was
waiting for liftoff to
become the first
American in space, a
reporter asked him what
he was thinking about.
He replied "The fact
that every part of this
ship was built by the
low bidder,"
Nebraska has a
population of 1. Elsie
Euler, the lone resident
and the mayor pays
herself taxes and
granted herself a liquor
license
Cats "Headbutt" people
because they make them
feel safe, or because they
trust them
During the aftermath of
9/ 11, Search and Rescue
dogs found so few living
people, that It caused them
great stress because they
believed they had failed.
Handlers and Rescue
workers had to regularly
hide in the rubble in order
to give the rescue dogs a
successful find, and keep
their spirits up
Founder of Scientology,
Ron Hubbard, once fought
a 68 hour naval battle with
two nonresistant Japanese
subs after
his vessel' s SONAR, He
was later removed from
command after
inadvertently shelling a
Mexican territory
3 uses
tactics to
coerce business
Coiners into paying a
E onthis fee in order to
remove negative
reviews and tn keep
positive ones
Japan imports rice from the
US. in order to comply with
World Trade Organization
rules, but little of it is eaten by
the Japanese. Instead it is
given to North Korea as food
aid, fed to pigs or left to rot in
warehouses
Dropping molten glass
into cold water produces
a shape
whose head can
withstand hammer blows,
but it explodes violently if
its tail is damaged.
in. These objects are called
Prince Rupert' s Drop
Andre the Giant once drank
127 beers in a hotel bar,
passed out in the lobby and
because he was so large, no
one could move him until he
woke up
The of the
University of California,
Clark Kerr, described the
three purposes of a
university are "To
provide sex for the
students, sports for the
alumni, and parking for
the faculty."
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User avatar #2 - insaneguy (11/23/2013) [+] (9 replies)
Mystery of Prince Rupert's Drop at 130,000 fps - Smarter Every Day 86

here's a thing on prince rupert's drop
#14 - pappathethird (11/23/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Funny. I headbutt people cause I don't like them
Funny. I headbutt people cause I don't like them
#23 - infinitereaper (11/23/2013) [-]
What the **** man
Do they want us to nuke them again?

honestly I don't blame them
User avatar #28 - progenitormimic (11/23/2013) [-]
And thus began a long career of L. Ron Hubbard adamantly believing in things that weren't even remotely real.
User avatar #3 - vortexrain (11/23/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Is Commander Shepard named for Alan Shepard?
User avatar #44 - ravenpt (11/23/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Why is this on a site called funnyjunk?
#45 to #44 - moqa (11/23/2013) [-]
Says the guy whose at level -110
User avatar #29 - spikesodeath (11/23/2013) [-]
"tadpole" shaped... sure... if that's what you want to call it...
#54 - BloodAwaits (11/23/2013) [-]
For those who want an explanation of the drop, I just recently learned this in class.

So what is happening is that when you drop the molten glass into the water it's cooling at an extremely rapid rate, so fast that the outside literally solidifies before the inside. When the inside does eventually cool below it's glass transition temperature it's attempting to contract an already solidified surface. This causes residual compressive stresses on the surface and tensile stresses on the inside. That's what makes the glass so strong, especially where it's thick (this is obviously due to Stress = P/A) because the stress applied, such as a hammer blow, has to first overcome the residual stresses, and then reach the stress at fracture.

However, it's obviously much easier to do this on a much smaller area, such as the tail. The explosion is because the moment the fracture occurs those residual stresses are released an actually aid the propagation of cracks throughout the entire structure. The same type of fracture can be replicated by causing glass to fracture under compression as opposed to tension, but that requires a stress 10x greater.
User avatar #26 - lolmasterx (11/23/2013) [+] (2 replies)
The cat one was actually mildly useful. Now I know that one of my cats doesn't trust me.
#70 - anonymous (11/23/2013) [+] (2 replies)
why was it built by the lowest bidder?
User avatar #73 to #71 - crotchlesshotpants (11/23/2013) [-]
and that's a good thing
#56 - yorker (11/23/2013) [-]
Fun Fact: Alan Shepard and the other Mercury astronauts had the most bitchin' space suits, the mercury space suits...

... Which were made by BF Goodrich. Yes, the tire company.
#47 - redredemer (11/23/2013) [-]
Interesting sub-fact: Alan Shepard's name was the inspiration for Mass Effect's main protagonist Commander Shepard.
#43 - DrPeppir (11/23/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Someone explain the first one to me..? I just woke up
User avatar #50 to #43 - mitchr (11/23/2013) [-]
Okay, basically, he was thinking about how it was made entirely by people making it as cost-effective read: Cheap as possible.
It's like looking at a cheap knockoff compared to the real thing. The knockoff is made for less and will break quicker, whereas the real thing will likely last a lot longer.

So if anybody cut corners to get to that lowest bidder mark, and said cut corner ends up being vital, then... problems. Like explosions. And heat. And dying.
#59 - anonymous (11/23/2013) [+] (1 reply)
andre is just a myth u dum ass mother *******
User avatar #55 - stadic (11/23/2013) [-]
Fun fact: Alan Shepard had to pee himself on the Launch pad because of how long it took to set up the launch and the fact that they couldn't let him leave the rocket or else the launch would be postponed
#53 - anonymous (11/23/2013) [-]
User avatar #52 - goobyman (11/23/2013) [-]
well, now i know why not to use yelp anymore.
#42 - troglodite (11/23/2013) [-]
The one about yelp is true. I live in the bay area and had a friend who worked there. He didn't mention anything about filtering positive comments, but they do remove bad ones for 'advertsising revenue'
#34 - anonymous (11/23/2013) [-]
So basically every "Neat fact" that gets reposted constantly in one convenient thumbwhore post.
#17 - bonnienique (11/23/2013) [-]
That moment when my cat of 9 years used to headbutt me all the time. Never understood why. Annoyed me sometimes. Now I know. Too bad my cat died.
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