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GlenStephens wrote:
Brummie wrote:UUF#11
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
UUF #!2

T. E. Lawrence - "Lawrence Of Arabia" designed some early stamps for the Hejaz around 1916. The gum on the stamps was strawberry and pineapple flavoured

In Lawrence's later RAF days he told Flight Lieutenant R G Sims: "In our issues we flavoured the gum on the red ones with strawberry essence, and the green ones with pineapple juice. The Arabs liked the taste so much they sucked it all away..."

Again in a letter to his brother dated 16th September, 1916 he reports "I enclose a stamp or two...They may be valuable some day, for I am not printing many, and have taken steps to prevent any dealers purchasing them in bulk. You have no idea what an enormous and profitable affair the stamp trade is."

Beech, David R. (2005) Hejaz: the first postage stamps of 1916 and T. E. Lawrence. The London Philatelist ( Journal of The Royal Philatelic Society London), 114. pp. 323-327.
Now here we've got some useless facts.

Sorry to be critical, but the densities of various materials most certainly has potential usefullness... even if one isn't likely to be faced with the need to move a cubic foot of gold.

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The comments on this thread are as useful as tits are on a bull! :D :D

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Philexx wrote:
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (Do not try this at home ..maybe at work)
Nonsense - if this were true I'd weigh 40 kilos. :)
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figmente wrote:Sorry to be critical, but the densities of various materials most certainly has potential usefullness... even if one isn't likely to be faced with the need to move a cubic foot of gold.
It wasn't posted as a new useless fact ... just additional discussion on an earlier one.
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UUF # 13 (?)

Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill

is the longest place name in Australia.
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About 40,000 people from all over the world took part in the in the Annual Tomatina feast or 'tomato fight' in Bunol, Valencia, Spain in which participants throw tomatoes and engage in a 'tomato fight'. About 120 tons of tomatoes were thrown this year.

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hutch wrote:UUF # 13 (?)

Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill

is the longest place name in Australia.
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Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill is a hill in South Australia. The name means "where the devil urinates" in the regional Pitjantjatjara language. It is the longest official place name in Australia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya_Hill

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Thanks for that bazza4338. I always wondered where it was. I think I did look it up once ? but if I found it, I had forgotten!

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111111111 x 111111111 =
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12345678 9 87654321 :D
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UUF#16

Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

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muruk wrote:There are a further (at least) 22 transuranic elements that could be even heavier, but because they are atomically unstable it has not yet been possible to produce enough material to measure the physical properties (like density).
Since this thread is for discussing 'useless' things, I had a thought: are there any elements that are of no use? (Not being a science-y person, I used to put questions like this to my teachers all the time).

I assume the answer is "no", nature has managed to give us only useful things, or we find some use for everything out there. In that case, could 1 element be voted "most useless thing on the periodic table"?
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That would be Administratium:

Investigators at a major research institution have recently discovered the heaviest element known to science. This startling new discovery has been tentatively named Administratium (Ad).

This new element has no protons or electrons, thus having an atomic number of 0. It does, however, have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant vice neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

According to the discoverers, a minute amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would normally take less than a second.

Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years; it does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and assistant vice neutrons exchange places. In fact, an Administratium sample's mass will actually increase over time, since with each reorganization some of the morons inevitably become neutrons, forming new isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Administratium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as the "Critical Morass." You will know it when you see it.
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muruk wrote:That would be Administratium:

Investigators at a major research institution have recently discovered the heaviest element known to science. This startling new discovery has been tentatively named Administratium (Ad).

This new element has no protons or electrons, thus having an atomic number of 0. It does, however, have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant vice neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by a force called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

According to the discoverers, a minute amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would normally take less than a second.

Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years; it does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and assistant vice neutrons exchange places. In fact, an Administratium sample's mass will actually increase over time, since with each reorganization some of the morons inevitably become neutrons, forming new isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Administratium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as the "Critical Morass." You will know it when you see it.
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UUF#17 - Elephants can't jump and are the only mammals that can't.

If they could, then we could send them in to sort out all the morons at the Administratium. The next reorganisation is set for Sat Sept 8th 2012.
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Allanswood wrote:UUF#17 - Elephants can't jump and are the only mammals that can't.

If they could, then we could send them in to sort out all the morons at the Administratium. The next reorganisation is set for Sat Sept 8th 2012.
Elephants cant jump, because they are walking on their toes.
Truely, you see a flat foot, but that is skin, callous etc, and the bone structure is of walking on their toes.
However, this also means that they can climb over rocky hillsides with relative graceful movements, balance on round surfaces etc.
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PS> I would love to see a Walrus jump, or even a whale :wink: :roll:

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Useless, but not a fact.

Aquatic mammals aside, a Sloth is also unable to jump.

Nor is a Rhinoceros or Hippopotamus, although both can have all four feet off the ground when running (an Elephant cannot).

Not sure about Platypus, but it would have to be a contender.
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Well then,...can Kangaroos in fact jump.
We know that they can bound...., but jump off one leg????
And Sloths can jump, they just do it tooo fasst for us to be able to see them :oops:

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OK, this one I couldn't resist. Kind of a stretch for this thread, but I felt quite good in coming up with it...

At the RNC, Clint Eastwood's speech had some wondering if he wasn't belatedly trying out for a part as James Bond.

By all accounts, the audience was shaken, not stirred. :lol: :lol:

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Nothing rhymes with 'orange'.....

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wolseley16/60 wrote:Nothing rhymes with 'orange'.....
Well that is........"strange" :roll: :wink:
But nothing rhymes with "purple..

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or silver

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Just cannot wait for this one.
2014 will be the 110th Anniversary of the invention of the "Tea Bag."
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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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BOOKKEEPER is the only word in the English language with three consecutive double letters (I think)...

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Woolloomooloo - Aussie suburb in Sydney place name, a triple and quadruple pairs of 'oo'.
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Caddyman wrote:or silver
At GOMC meetings, they are all a QUIVER.
when I serve Water Cress sandwiches on a SILVER SALVER :idea:
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clemo wrote:BOOKKEEPER is the only word in the English language with three consecutive double letters (I think)...
True, and SUBBOOKKEEPER is the only one with four.
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Allanswood wrote:Woolloomooloo - Aussie suburb in Sydney place name, a triple and quadruple pairs of 'oo'.
Spelling Woolloomooloo is like drinking beer.

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Philanthropist wrote:
wolseley16/60 wrote:Nothing rhymes with 'orange'.....
Well that is........"strange" :roll: :wink:
But nothing rhymes with "purple..

Purple? Curple...(The hindquarters or the rump of a horse)

Orange? sporange, an alternative form of sporangium (a botanical term for a part of a fern or similar plant).

Try finding rhymes for these.....

angel
chimney
comment
foible
liquid
monster
neutron
polka
problem
zigzag
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Well liquid's easy...Squid.

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Philanthropist wrote:
wolseley16/60 wrote:Nothing rhymes with 'orange'.....
Well that is........"strange" :roll: :wink:
Orange is a single syllable. You're trying to rhyme the -nge at the end? And strange has a long-A ("aa") not short ("ah"). So to rhyme with strange, you'd have "or-eh-nge".

(Well, maybe in some parts of Oz or NZ that's how the speak...) :mrgreen:
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clemo wrote:BOOKKEEPER is the only word in the English language with three consecutive double letters (I think)...
My high school French teacher used to challenge us with that bit of trivia. 8)

(And my Maths teacher taught us the difference between 'can' and 'may'...talk about multi-intelligence :lol:).
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joelk wrote:Well liquid's easy...Squid.
Squid is a half rhyme. It doesn't have the same syllabic structure to make a true rhyme, likewise mid, chid,bid all don't qualify too....although on checking the amount of types of rhymes, I guess anything is possible.

Syllabic: a rhyme in which the last syllable of each word sounds the same but does not necessarily contain vowels. (cleaver, silver, or pitter, patter)
imperfect (or near): a rhyme between a stressed and an unstressed syllable. (wing, caring)
weak (or unaccented): a rhyme between two sets of one or more unstressed syllables. (hammer, carpenter)
semirhyme: a rhyme with an extra syllable on one word. (bend, ending)
forced (or oblique): a rhyme with an imperfect match in sound. (green, fiend; one, thumb)
assonance: matching vowels. (shake, hate) Assonance is sometimes used to refer to slant rhymes.
consonance: matching consonants. (rabies, robbers)
half rhyme (or slant rhyme): matching final consonants. (bent, ant)
pararhyme: all consonants match. (tell, tall)
alliteration (or head rhyme): matching initial consonants. (short, ship)
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Philanthropist wrote:In Australia, we drink wine;
and spell it thus;
W
I
N
E
unless you are with your wife, in which case we add a "H"
:oops: :oops: :roll: :wink:
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maszki wrote:
Philanthropist wrote:In Australia, we drink wine;
and spell it thus;
W
I
N
E
unless you are with your wife, in which case we add a "H"
:oops: :oops: :roll: :wink:
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joelk wrote:Well liquid's easy...Squid.
I tried to raise squid once. But I put them all in my backyard chlorinated pool, and they all died except one, which was clearly quite ill.

So, I rang a friend to whom I was in debt, and asked him to come over.

When he arrived, I took him to the pool and said

"here's the sick squid I owe you"

(I'll leave now)

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I thought I'd make my racing snail go faster by taking his shell off...

...but if anything it made him more sluggish.

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I like the taste of the gum on the back of stamps.
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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: You guys are nuts!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Must be all that time you spend sitting down looking at stamps :shock:

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Philanthropist wrote: So Sad,
So Sad,
such an Utterly Useless comment from someone still plays with udders.
Word association.

A calf talking to a cow:-

"Pass me an Udder Mudder"

"And pass the Udder Udder to me Brudder Mudder"

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Wiping the butter from the butter knife onto the table cloth is not generally acceptable behavior at a Dinner Party where the Queen is in attendance.

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Correct. Everyone in polite society knows full well that you wipe it on your tie. It's a backhanded salute to the French. :D :lol:
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bazza4338 wrote:
Philanthropist wrote:Well then.....What would be the volume of a ton of farts?
We know the weight, but the volume? :? :? :?
You asked. Here is the answer ..................

http://www.heptune.com/farts.html

Volume is 0.50 litres per day divided by 14

(There is so much to learn!)
But if baLLOOns use hot air to rise up off the ground,
how would you be able to "weigh" a ton of farts?

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I'm not even going to go on that site! :shock:

I don't think I want to know! I would like to preserve what little sense of decorum I may or may not have left on this site!

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In 1980 the video game PAC-MAN was released to the world. It was originally called PUCK-MAN (nod to ice hockey?), but in a very wise decision, (for a change), the executives thought about what could happen if someone got busy with an eraser or knife. :D
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hutch wrote:I'm not even going to go on that site! :shock:

I don't think I want to know! I would like to preserve what little sense of decorum I may or may not have left on this site!

hutch

but you may email me the details if you like!
Hutch, like a few other topics on Stampboards this is all a load of hot air..without substance..?????

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Allanswood wrote:I like the taste of the gum on the back of stamps.
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hutch wrote:I'm not even going to go on that site! :shock:

I don't think I want to know! I would like to preserve what little sense of decorum I may or may not have left on this site!

hutch

but you may email me the details if you like!
You really should go there.
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bazza4338 wrote:Word association.

A calf talking to a cow:-
And the reverse:
Image
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aethelwulf wrote:
bazza4338 wrote:Word association.

A calf talking to a cow:-
And the reverse:
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I thought that's what you wash your hands in!

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