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Re: The pointless fact thread

Post by devnulljp » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:39 am

TCauble wrote:A male's eyes actually grow larger when he sees a female he is attracted to
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I think that's tosh (unless you spell penis e-y-e-s :hihi:)

The pupils dilate though (works for females too)
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Post by devnulljp » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:14 pm

If you see a tortoiseshell or calico cat, it's (almost) always female.


Why?

Coat colour in males is straightforward -- the gene is on the X chromosome, so they get either one or t'other allele (plus white due to piebalding, which is controlled by a different gene).

Torties/Calicos are heterozygous females with both the orange allele and the black allele, but are mosaics. Lyonisation (good name) means one or the other X chromosome is inactivated in each cell, and that process is random, so some cells get the orange colour, others get the black colour.

(If you see a calico male, it has Klinefelter Syndrome: XXY, with hypogonadism = shooting blanks).

I'm still horribly allergic to them regardless of all this though.
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Post by thevibe » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:39 pm

a jiffy has specific measurement: 1/100 of a second
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Re: The pointless fact thread

Post by Bert Ohlsson » Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:46 am

But didn't G. N. Lewis define the length of a jiffy as being 33.3564 picoseconds..? :catfight:
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Re: The pointless fact thread

Post by fatherjack » Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:31 am

Bert Ohlsson wrote:But didn't G. N. Lewis define the length of a jiffy as being 33.3564 picoseconds..? :catfight:
Dunno... lost interest several jiffys ago :marx:
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Post by devnulljp » Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:51 am

Got a stiffy? Put on a Jiffy ... are these extra small then? :hmm:
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Post by cubba » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:19 am

anotherone wrote:Adolf Hitler only had one testicle.
My friend Steve lost a testie when we were in high school.
We were on a deck hockey team and he took a slapshot right to the sack, no cup.
He got hit in the middle of the body but he flipped, head over foot, like he got his feet taken out. It was bizarre image.
From that day, whenever he was nervy about something, we told him
"Steve, you've got some ball."
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Re: The pointless fact thread

Post by Bert Ohlsson » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:02 pm

Condoms excel as multipurpose containers because they are waterproof, elastic, durable, and will not arouse suspicion if found. Ongoing military utilization begun during World War II includes:

* Tying a non-lubricated condom over the muzzle of the rifle barrel in order to prevent barrel fouling by keeping out detritus.
* The OSS used condoms for a plethora of applications, from storing corrosive fuel additives and wire garrotes (with the T-handles removed) to holding the acid component of a self-destructing film canister, to finding use in improvised explosives.
* Navy SEALs have used doubled condoms, sealed with neoprene cement, to protect non-electric firing assemblies for underwater demolitions—leading to the term "Dual Waterproof Firing Assemblies."


Other uses of condoms include:

* Covers for endovaginal ultrasound probes. Covering the probe with a condom reduces the amount of blood and vaginal fluids that the technician must clean off between patients.
* Condoms can be used to hold water in emergency survival situations.
* Condoms have also been used to smuggle cocaine, heroin, and other drugs across borders and into prisons by filling the condom with drugs, tying it in a knot and then either swallowing it or inserting it into the rectum. These methods are very dangerous and potentially lethal; if the condom breaks, the drugs inside become absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause an overdose.
* In Soviet gulags, condoms were used to smuggle alcohol into the camps by prisoners who worked outside during daylight. While outside, the prisoner would ingest an empty condom attached to a thin piece of rubber tubing, the end of which was wedged between his teeth. The smuggler would then use a syringe to fill the tubing and condom with up to three liters of raw alcohol, which the prisoner would then smuggle back into the camp. When back in the barracks, the other prisoners would suspend him upside down until all the spirit had been drained out. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn records that the three liters of raw fluid would be diluted to make seven liters of crude vodka, and that although such prisoners risked an extremely painful and unpleasant death if the condom burst inside them, the rewards granted them by other prisoners encouraged them to run the risk.
* In his book entitled Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams reported having used a condom to protect a microphone he used to make an underwater recording. According to one of his traveling companions, this is standard BBC practice when a waterproof microphone is needed but cannot be procured.
* Condoms are used by engineers to keep soil samples dry during soil tests.
* Condoms are used in the field by engineers to initially protect sensors embedded in the steel or aluminum nose-cones of Cone Penetration Test (CPT) probes when entering the surface to conduct soil resistance tests to determine the bearing strength of soil.
* Condoms are used as a one-way valve by paramedics when performing a chest decompression in the field. The decompression needle is inserted through the condom, and inserted into the chest. The condom folds over the hub allowing air to exit the chest, but preventing it from entering.


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Post by devnulljp » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:24 pm

You can also put them on your willy...
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Re: The pointless fact thread

Post by Electric Warrior » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:40 pm

Bert Ohlsson wrote:Condoms excel as multipurpose containers because they are waterproof, elastic, durable, and will not arouse suspicion if found. Ongoing military utilization begun during World War II includes:

* Tying a non-lubricated condom over the muzzle of the rifle barrel in order to prevent barrel fouling by keeping out detritus.
* The OSS used condoms for a plethora of applications, from storing corrosive fuel additives and wire garrotes (with the T-handles removed) to holding the acid component of a self-destructing film canister, to finding use in improvised explosives.
* Navy SEALs have used doubled condoms, sealed with neoprene cement, to protect non-electric firing assemblies for underwater demolitions—leading to the term "Dual Waterproof Firing Assemblies."


Other uses of condoms include:

* Covers for endovaginal ultrasound probes. Covering the probe with a condom reduces the amount of blood and vaginal fluids that the technician must clean off between patients.
* Condoms can be used to hold water in emergency survival situations.
* Condoms have also been used to smuggle cocaine, heroin, and other drugs across borders and into prisons by filling the condom with drugs, tying it in a knot and then either swallowing it or inserting it into the rectum. These methods are very dangerous and potentially lethal; if the condom breaks, the drugs inside become absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause an overdose.
* In Soviet gulags, condoms were used to smuggle alcohol into the camps by prisoners who worked outside during daylight. While outside, the prisoner would ingest an empty condom attached to a thin piece of rubber tubing, the end of which was wedged between his teeth. The smuggler would then use a syringe to fill the tubing and condom with up to three liters of raw alcohol, which the prisoner would then smuggle back into the camp. When back in the barracks, the other prisoners would suspend him upside down until all the spirit had been drained out. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn records that the three liters of raw fluid would be diluted to make seven liters of crude vodka, and that although such prisoners risked an extremely painful and unpleasant death if the condom burst inside them, the rewards granted them by other prisoners encouraged them to run the risk.
* In his book entitled Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams reported having used a condom to protect a microphone he used to make an underwater recording. According to one of his traveling companions, this is standard BBC practice when a waterproof microphone is needed but cannot be procured.
* Condoms are used by engineers to keep soil samples dry during soil tests.
* Condoms are used in the field by engineers to initially protect sensors embedded in the steel or aluminum nose-cones of Cone Penetration Test (CPT) probes when entering the surface to conduct soil resistance tests to determine the bearing strength of soil.
* Condoms are used as a one-way valve by paramedics when performing a chest decompression in the field. The decompression needle is inserted through the condom, and inserted into the chest. The condom folds over the hub allowing air to exit the chest, but preventing it from entering.


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Way off topic. That can be USEFUL information :hihi:
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