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    Easily the most numerous creatures on earth are bacteria and most of these live in the sea (apart from possibly those living in deep rocks...)

    Of those oceanic bacteria approximately half are killed by viruses (bacteriophages) every day.

    Given that the Oceanic Bacteria make every other life form on earth basically a rounding error this means that every single day we are living in a colossal slaughter.

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    Pakistan is an acronymn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_2_Right-Force View Post
    You can fit the contents of one Olympic-sized swimming pool into one Olympic-sized swimming pool.
    Unless the latter was built in Leeds
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    The human body is not a singular entity it's actually a ecosystem - which comprises Human DNA, as well as DNA from numerous virus, bacterial, etc which inhabited it.

    Without some of these micro organisms you would die, however if you die some of the micro organisms may move to another host, meaning that actually part of you will live on after your death. Parts of you could be immortal

    Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
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    The external side panel of a Corsa D (2007/8) glovebox has a little shark moulded into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe View Post
    The external side panel of a Corsa D (2007/8) glovebox has a little shark moulded into it.
    OK, i'll bite (pardon the pun).

    Really?

    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikee View Post
    OK, i'll bite (pardon the pun).

    Really?

    Why?
    Yes...link.

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    Three of the first five US Presidents all died on Independence Day. In the cases of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, it was the same day - July 4th 1826, which is the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

    Adams was said to have remarked on his death bed that, at least Jefferson was still alive, unaware that he'd died a couple of hours earlier and the telegram hadn't arrived yet.

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    The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."

    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
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    The King James Bible was published in 1611; work had started on the translation in 1610 when William Shakespeare was 46 years old. The 46th word of Psalm 46 is 'shake' and the 46th word from the end of Psalm 46 is 'spear'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonK View Post
    The King James Bible was published in 1611; work had started on the translation in 1610 when William Shakespeare was 46 years old. The 46th word of Psalm 46 is 'shake' and the 46th word from the end of Psalm 46 is 'spear'.
    In my copy "spear" is the 47th last word:

    9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

    10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

    11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
    There are 45 words before "shake" and 46 words after "spear".

    I suppose if you knock off the last word "Selah" on the grounds we don't know exactly what it means* you can persuade it to work

    *best guess atm seems to be that its an instruction to the performers

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    The maximum diameter of the solid rocket boosters on the Space Shuttle was indirectly constrained by the design of Roman Chariots 2000 years earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Nuttington View Post
    The maximum diameter of the solid rocket boosters on the Space Shuttle was indirectly constrained by the design of Roman Chariots 2000 years earlier.
    *intrigued*

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaOmega View Post
    *intrigued*
    something to do with rail gauges based on width of roman carts etc.. . had too google that one
    I assume there was rail transport involved int he SRBs somewhere

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    Juan Pujol García was awarded the Iron Cross and an MBE during World War II

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    2 by 4 pieces of wood are actually 1.5 x 3.5

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    The McDonald’s Filet O’ Fish was invented for Catholics who couldn’t eat meat on Fridays.

    Quoted from one of the wife’s holiday magazines.

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