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      22 hours ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      A while back I found a birds nest in one of the buildings at the museum I volunteer at, in it there were four newborn baby birds, Robins I believe, only just now found the picture, thought it may interest you all:

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      While they aren't lookers they are still very sweet.

    • Fact of The Day:

      2 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      "Euouae" is the longest word in the English language which is made up entirely of vowels.


      It is defined as: A type of cadence in medieval music.


      I cannot tell you how long it is taking me to figure out how you say this damn word...


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euouae

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    • FoTD News

      2 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Sorry for missing a few FoTD's, I've been busy with medical things as well as feeling ill, but not to worry, I'm back and ready to share some weird knowledge.

    • Fact of The Day:

      4 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The word "gasoline" doesn't come from the word "gas", as you might have expected.


      It actually comes from the brand name "Cazeline", after English entrepreneur John Cassell. Who was one of the first to sell it commercially, successfully.


      A competitor of Cassell, Samuel Boyd of Dublin, began selling motor spirit under the same name of Cazeline, Cassell sent a letter to Boyd requesting that he cease immediately, Boyd never responded and instead changed all of the C's on the containers to G's.


      Thus creating the brand of "Gazeline", which varied in spelling over time.


      This term for the fuel gained traction and eventually became the predominant term in North America and numerous other places around the world. Petroleum being the other most popular, which is named after one of the stages of its distillation.


      This makes me think of how after the iPhone came out a bunch of cheaper phones were released with names like aPhone or I-Phone and such, just change it enough that it's legal and you can ride all the coat-tails you want.


      Further Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasoline#Etymology_and_terminology

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    • Fact of The Day:

      6 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Lack of sleep may shrink your brain.


      Researchers looked at 147 adults, between the ages of 20 and 84, with two MRI scans. The intention of this experiment being to examine a link between brain volume and sleep related illnesses.


      The first scan was taken before the patients completed a questionnaire pertaining to their sleep habits. The second scan was done 3½ years later.


      The questionnaire revealed that 35% of those 147 participants in the study met the criteria for poor sleep health, that's about 51 people that don't sleep well.

      The investigators found that those with sleep problems had a more rapid decline in brain volume, or size, over the course of the study, in comparison to those who slept well.


      Thus showing the correlation between sleep related illness and brain volume.


      Luckily, I sleep like a dead man when I go to the Land of Nod.

      So my brain should be fine.


      Further Info: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/04/health/no-sleep-brain-size/index.html

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      During the 1912 Olympics, Shizo Kanakuri, a Japanese athlete, abandoned the marathon he was running but failed to notify the race officials.


      They considered him missing until 1967, when they found out he was alive.

      He was contacted by Swedish Television and offered the opportunity to complete his run.

      He accepted and completed the marathon with a time of:


      54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds.


      He remarked: "It was a long trip. Along the way, I got married, had six children and 10 grandchildren."


      This man, ladies and gentlemen, is the king of putting off exercise.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shizo_Kanakuri

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      In the European Union you are not allowed to skip your break if you are working more than six hours a day.


      You see this is why we left! So we can finally return to those Victorian standards: work till you die!

      Right Japan?


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_Time_Directive_2003

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Certain Flamingoes can often find themselves asleep in water that has frozen  around their legs at night, effectively trapping them, though they suffer no harm and just wait for the ice to thaw and let them get on their merry way.


      They can also drink boiling water and survive conditions that expose them to significant amounts of arsenic and a variety of poisonous gases.


      Natures most fabulous death defiers...


      Further Info: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/science/23angier.html

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Hundreds of Jews, from Amsterdam, have been, or are in the process of being, reimbursed for being fined due to their being late with their rent due to their incarceration in, World War II Nazi, concentration camps.


      That's like you getting an electricity bill for dying with the light on.


      Further Info: http://www.timesofisrael.com/amsterdam-to-repay-jews-fined-for-late-rents-during-holocaust/

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The Drake Equation is used to estimate the number of communicating civilizations in the known universe (though more often locally within the galaxy), or more simply put, the odds of finding intelligent life in the universe.


      First proposed by radio astronomer Dr. Frank Drake in 1961, the equation calculates the number of communicating civilizations through multiplying several variables. It's usually written, according to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), as:


      N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L


      • N = The number of civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy whose electromagnetic emissions are detectable.
      • R* =The rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life.
      • fp = The fraction of those stars with planetary systems.
      • ne = The number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life.
      • fl = The fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears.
      • fi = The fraction of life bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges.
      • fc = The fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space.
      • L = The length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space.


      When calculated out, for the galaxy, we can find that at its lowest estimate the number of intelligent and communicating alien species is:


      N = 1.5 × 10−5 × 10−9 × 0.2 × 304 = 0.000000000091


      While at its highest it is calculated to be:


      N = 3 × 1 × 0.2 × 0.13 × 1 × 0.2 × 109 = 156,000,000


      With the lowest result suggesting that we are almost certainly alone in the galaxy, as well as perhaps the universe, and the highest suggesting we live in a very busy galaxy indeed.


      This is perhaps were the Drake Equation draws its biggest critique, that with such a wide variation in results, due to its hard to define components, how can we be certain on anyone result?


      With the lowest we find we are alone which is the one we have the most evidence for, even if it is disappointing.


      The highest result however suggests we should be running into aliens all the time, thus raising the question: 


      Where is everybody?


      In the end the Drake Equation is a fantastic method of estimating, over a broad spectrum, what the probability of intelligent life is, though for actually aiding in finding them it is near useless.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation

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  • Comments (12)

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      2 months ago

      Thanks for the friend request!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        2 months ago

        @Joron093 Anytime, we long hair having, metal workers need to stick together.

    • Izayer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Stories

      3 months ago

      FUCK YOU. YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVER.....wait you mean that's the wrong FU? ..... You're saying it had a different meaning than what I thought? .......... Oh..... Happy Featured User. I thought you were someone else. 

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        3 months ago

        I probably get the first one more often than any other...

        Thank you.

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      3 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        3 months ago

        Danke schön!

    • LadyOddDuck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Call Me Duck

      3 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        3 months ago

        Thank you kindly!

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      3 months ago

      Happy FU day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        3 months ago

        Thank you very much!

    • andytheciderman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      8 months ago

      Congrats on Featured User dude! Muchly deserved :)

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        8 months ago

        Thanks, I'm gonna keep doing what I do best and share my pointless knowledge with everyone.

  • Questions answered by IronBridge

    How do I earn my wings?

    | Asked by: Austin0434 1 year ago

    Well either wait for someone to ring a bell, or join the airforce and train to become a pilot, or drink a red bull