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Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:46 am quote
Huh... I actually didn't know this.


THE EARTH IS CLOSEST TO THE SUN DURING THE WINTER.

Every January (the start of the winter season in the northern hemisphere) the Earth reaches the point in its orbit that’s nearest to the Sun. Despite some common misconceptions, the seasonal drop in temperature has nothing to do with the distance of our planet to the Sun. It instead has everything to do with which direction the Earth’s axis is tilting, which is why the two hemispheres experience winter at different times of the year.
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:15 am quote
[quote="Harbinger"]Huh... I actually didn't know this.
THE EARTH IS CLOSEST TO THE SUN DURING THE WINTER.
/quote]

This would make for a good line in the the Flaming Lips "Do You Realize"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPXWt2ESxVY
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:34 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
THE EARTH IS CLOSEST TO THE SUN DURING THE WINTER.
That all depends on which hemisphere your are in
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:44 pm quote
waspmike wrote:
A Musk Ox is a goat not an ox
Along those lines, Killer Whales are not whales, they are the largest members of the dolphin family.
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:42 pm quote
Captain Jim wrote:
waspmike wrote:
A Musk Ox is a goat not an ox
Along those lines, Killer Whales are not whales, they are the largest members of the dolphin family.
Looks like humpback whales are helping to break up family disputes.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/humpback-whales-save-animals-killer-whales-explained/
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Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:06 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
Captain Jim wrote:
waspmike wrote:
A Musk Ox is a goat not an ox
Along those lines, Killer Whales are not whales, they are the largest members of the dolphin family.
Looks like humpback whales are helping to break up family disputes.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/humpback-whales-save-animals-killer-whales-explained/
I operated boats for 5 years for a whale watch company in the Pacific Northwest... getting to see Orcas almost daily gave me the opportunity to really learn about their behavior. The Orcas and the whales (mostly humpback) often make eye contact with the guests on our boats. There is intelligence and emotion in those eyes. Researchers say that the Orcas may be "the second most intelligent mammals" on this planet... the more time I spend around people, I think the Orcas may have moved up a notch.
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:24 am quote
Captain Jim wrote:
waspmike wrote:
A Musk Ox is a goat not an ox
Along those lines, Killer Whales are not whales, they are the largest members of the dolphin family.
and cannibals.
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:29 am quote
Re: Feeding the Neighborhood Squirrels
Bob Copeland wrote:
In the forest behind my house, I put out 300 lbs of field corn, 90 lbs of sunflower seeds, and 10 lbs of unsalted peanuts each month.

What is not gobbled up by the squirrels during the day is cleaned up by
deer and racoons at night.

I have one albino squirrel in the mix.

Bob Copeland
Frost Bite Falls Minnesota
I've got 3 white squirrels in my area that come and eat seed put out for the birds. Only one is albino.
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:28 am quote
Poking around on the interwebs (inspired by tdrake.....)...

It is thought the first person to aerate water with carbon dioxide was William Brownrigg in 1740, although he never published a paper.

Carbonated water was independently accidentally invented by Joseph Priestley in 1767 when he discovered a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide after suspending a bowl of water above a beer vat at a brewery in Leeds, England. He wrote of the "peculiar satisfaction" he found in drinking it.

I don't know about you, but "peculiar satisfaction" has a bit of a risque tone to it. Either that, or it's the feeling of "hey, I just drank a sh#$tload of bubby and I'm not even woozy!"
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:26 am quote
How's this for useless?

In 1991, after competing in the world championships, I was the 11th ranked stone skipper in the world.

No kidding.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:46 pm quote
On January 4th, 2019 I was 207 lbs. today I weigh 200 lbs.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:04 pm quote
David Masse wrote:
On January 4th, 2019 I was 207 lbs. today I weigh 200 lbs.
If my useless math is correct I believe that is 7 pounds

Weird useless fact - We are both about the same age and grew up in roughly the same place. Our country has gone complete metric yet we both (and most?) think in pounds and it's only since the Vespa and the BMW I think in km/h. I think my next bike only does mph... it'll take some getting used to. I have always thought of temps in metric though my wife does better with fahrenheit.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:11 pm quote
Totally weird. I weigh myself in pounds. I cook/bake in Fahrenheit, pretty much all lumber and building supplies are in english measures, but I do weather in Celsius, and speed and distance in metric, and liquid volumes in metric. We’re messed up. Largely because our neighbours to the south are stuck in the past.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:45 pm quote
No bird has blue feathers. It's just the way that light is refracted in the structure of the feather. If you grind the feather into a powder it will be white.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:56 pm quote
David Masse wrote:
Totally weird. I weigh myself in pounds. I cook/bake in Fahrenheit, pretty much all lumber and building supplies are in english measures, but I do weather in Celsius, and speed and distance in metric, and liquid volumes in metric. We’re messed up. Largely because our neighbours to the south are stuck in the past.
And we spell funny too. Neighbor.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:21 pm quote
David Masse wrote:
Totally weird. I weigh myself in pounds. I cook/bake in Fahrenheit, pretty much all lumber and building supplies are in english measures, but I do weather in Celsius, and speed and distance in metric, and liquid volumes in metric. We’re messed up. Largely because our neighbours to the south are stuck in the past.
Centigrade was also invented in the past (as was the whole metric system).
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:49 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
Huh... I actually didn't know this.


THE EARTH IS CLOSEST TO THE SUN DURING THE WINTER.

Every January (the start of the winter season in the northern hemisphere) the Earth reaches the point in its orbit that’s nearest to the Sun. Despite some common misconceptions, the seasonal drop in temperature has nothing to do with the distance of our planet to the Sun. It instead has everything to do with which direction the Earth’s axis is tilting, which is why the two hemispheres experience winter at different times of the year.
Actually it does make a difference. At present the Earth is closer during the northern winter and further during the northern summer. This results in slightly more equitable weather for the northern hemisphere. But at the same time it makes for more extreme weather in the southern hemisphere.

But as the Earth's axis wobbles in the 26,000 year precession cycle, in about 13,000 years the reverse will be true and the north will have the more extreme weather while the south is more equitable.

This effect is recorded in varves (annual; lake deposits, like tree rings) In the Green river varve deposits in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah there are 5 million years of varves recorded, and this cycle can be detected there, just as the 11 year sunspot cycle can.

I hope that information is sufficiently useless.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:47 pm quote
Mike Holland wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
Huh... I actually didn't know this.


THE EARTH IS CLOSEST TO THE SUN DURING THE WINTER.

Every January (the start of the winter season in the northern hemisphere) the Earth reaches the point in its orbit that’s nearest to the Sun. Despite some common misconceptions, the seasonal drop in temperature has nothing to do with the distance of our planet to the Sun. It instead has everything to do with which direction the Earth’s axis is tilting, which is why the two hemispheres experience winter at different times of the year.
Actually it does make a difference. At present the Earth is closer during the northern winter and further during the northern summer. This results in slightly more equitable weather for the northern hemisphere. But at the same time it makes for more extreme weather in the southern hemisphere.


But as the Earth's axis wobbles in the 26,000 year precession cycle, in about 13,000 years the reverse will be true and the north will have the more extreme weather while the south is more equitable.

This effect is recorded in varves (annual; lake deposits, like tree rings) In the Green river varve deposits in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah there are 5 million years of varves recorded, and this cycle can be detected there, just as the 11 year sunspot cycle can.

I hope that information is sufficiently useless.
It's potentially very useful.

If I make it for 13,000 more years.

But in the event I don't, I'll pass the info along.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:02 pm quote
I wonder if there will be a GTS350 in 13,000 years?
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:15 pm quote
mpfrank wrote:
David Masse wrote:
Totally weird. I weigh myself in pounds. I cook/bake in Fahrenheit, pretty much all lumber and building supplies are in english measures, but I do weather in Celsius, and speed and distance in metric, and liquid volumes in metric. We’re messed up. Largely because our neighbours to the south are stuck in the past.
Centigrade was also invented in the past (as was the whole metric system).
True. Centigrade became Celsius in 1948.

Other fun facts (from Wikipedia):

“The Celsius scale, also known as the centigrade scale, is a temperature scale used by the International System of Units (SI). As an SI derived unit, it is used by all countries except the United States, the Bahamas, Belize, the Cayman Islands and Liberia. It is named after the Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701–1744), who developed a similar temperature scale. The degree Celsius (°C) can refer to a specific temperature on the Celsius scale or a unit to indicate a difference between two temperatures or an uncertainty. Before being renamed to honor Anders Celsius in 1948, the unit was called centigrade, from the Latin centum, which means 100, and gradus, which means steps.”
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:05 pm quote
Syd wrote:
I wonder if there will be a GTS350 in 13,000 years?
It will be powered by cold fusion and the tyres will be made from dark matter.
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Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:54 pm quote
Rome, Italy is farther north than New York City.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:41 am quote
GBaby wrote:
Rome, Italy is farther north than New York City.
Santiago, Chile is farther east than New York City.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:56 am quote
The only point on the Farenheit and Celcius temperature scales that is numerically identical happens to be the freezing point of mercury...

minus 40 degrees.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:10 am quote
Reno, Nevada is further west than Los Angeles.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:11 am quote
If you cut Alaska into halves, Texas would be the third largest state in the US.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:02 am quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
If you cut Alaska into halves, Texas would be the third largest state in the US.
I'm pretty sure that happens in the next Avengers film.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:47 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
Jet Peddler wrote:
If you cut Alaska into halves, Texas would be the third largest state in the US.
I'm pretty sure that happens in the next Avengers film.
Sweet.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:47 am quote
Cricket battling is a popular form of entertainment in China and many keep them as pets there
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:06 am quote
tommylittlescooter wrote:
Cricket battling is a popular form of entertainment in China and many keep them as pets there
Finally! An affordable pastime.

$4.99 per hundred at any bait shop.

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Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:07 am quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
If you cut Alaska into halves, Texas would be the third largest state in the US.
It won't be when it melts, though!



To return to the topic, Alaska is the easternmost U.S. state. The Aleutian Islands extend into the Eastern Hemisphere.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:46 am quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
tommylittlescooter wrote:
Cricket battling is a popular form of entertainment in China and many keep them as pets there
Finally! An affordable pastime.

$4.99 per hundred at any bait shop.
Oh they can cost you more than that...

http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/10/10/little-gladiators-chinas-cricket-fighting/
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:19 pm quote
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mpfrank wrote:
GBaby wrote:
Rome, Italy is farther north than New York City.
Santiago, Chile is farther east than New York City.
Edinburgh, in the East of Scotland, is further West than Liverpool in the West of England.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:49 pm quote
Jet Peddler wrote:
Reno, Nevada is further west than Los Angeles.
Not if you start heading west from Bakersfield
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:08 pm quote
Point Pelee in Ontario is the same latitude as the northern California border.
27 states have portions further north than the southern-most part of Canada.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:09 pm quote
znomit wrote:
Jet Peddler wrote:
Reno, Nevada is further west than Los Angeles.
Not if you start heading west from Bakersfield
Or take that wrong turn at Albuquerque

3_Left-At-Albuquerque.jpg

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Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:05 pm quote
Albuquerque
Harbinger wrote:
znomit wrote:
Jet Peddler wrote:
Reno, Nevada is further west than Los Angeles.
Not if you start heading west from Bakersfield
Or take that wrong turn at Albuquerque
The eastern suburbs of Albuquerque, at the base of the Sandias, are higher in elevation than Denver.
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Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:32 pm quote
Arizona has the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world.
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Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:30 am quote
Syd wrote:
Arizona has the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world.
More useless Ponderosa facts.

Adam, Hoss, and Joe were actually half-brothers. Adam's mother was Elizabeth, Hoss' mother was Inger, and Joe's mother was Marie.
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Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:44 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
Syd wrote:
Arizona has the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world.
More useless Ponderosa facts.

Adam, Hoss, and Joe were actually half-brothers. Adam's mother was Elizabeth, Hoss' mother was Inger, and Joe's mother was Marie.
Which means Ben really got around.
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