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10. Chicago Was Once Raised 6 Feet (and no-one noticed)
9. Irish Traffic Police Accidentally Invented their own Supervillain
8. The State of Maine Has More Black Bears than Black People
7. Congress Name-Checks Hitler Seven Times a Month
6. We Still Have No Idea How Many People Chernobyl Killed
5. Nintendo Existed at the Same Time as the Ottoman Empire
4. The Ocean Contains 20 Million Tons of (unclaimed) Gold
3. The Biggest Quake in History Hit 23 on the Richter Scale
2. Antechinus Mice are so Sex-obsessed They Literally Screw Themselves to Death
1. You Make History Every Time You Shuffle a Deck of Cards
Hello everyone! We've been experimenting with a bit of a podcast for our Biographics channel (a few people were asking for audio versions so they can get Biographics while doing other things)! Fair warning: none of these are new biographies, but rather me having a bit more of a free form chat around the script. I'd love to know what you think, if these are useful, wanted etc :). Thanks, Simon.
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Ahem! I call BS on your first 'fact'! Being raised mechanically using screws is NOT the same thing as 'levitating'... so NO, Chicago is NOT levitating, nor was it ever 'levitated'... It was 'elevated'. There IS a difference, and it's not just semantic!
#10) Wow. I’m from Chicago and didn’t know that. Granted it’s not the sort of thing that would come up in social studies.
#3) Not exactly and earthquake, then, was it? Wasn’t on Earth or even a planet.
On the Chernobyl thing, the really high death toll figures are a bit tricky. If you include everyone who, one way or another, had their risk of mortality increased by the disaster, then the numbers dramatically go up. But, on the other hand, they'd do that in any disaster. And because the amount of economic devastation caused by the Chernobyl was relatively small, I'd argue it probably didn't kill that many people comparatively. Take Hurricane Katrina, for example, any mortality figures you see probably only factor in those that died in the hurricane itself, but what about a person whose property and business was wrecked in Hurricane Katrina that may, for example, have been unable to afford health insurance, and so neglected seeking medical treatment for a chronic illness, thus shortening their life expectancy. Does that count? Normally no, because it'd be impossible to quantify whereas an increase in cancer risk is, but that's just a methodological limitation.
ah, yes, that earthquake in Alaska in 1964. I was living on the NW coast of BC at that time and I remember feeling that. Felt like the floor had momentarily fallen away beneath my feet. Of course, I got used to smaller earthquakes as I lived along the Juan de Fuca plate
The TV show "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" hosted by Jack Palance highlighted a man sentenced to life in prison who, to pass the time shuffled a deck of cards over and over again. 8 years from the start of his treatment for boredom the man had shuffled his 52 cards in exactly the same sequence as they were when he first had begun. Unfortunately, RBION didn't explain any further details.
The Chernovil one is a bullshiter, if it caused more than a million deaths because of the side damage from radiation then the atomic bombs did the same and should increase their count numbers the same way... but the same can be said for any other pollution event in the world, how many indirect deaths are cause by oil? by coal? by sunlight?
11:42 the number here is
eighty unvigintillion, six hundred fifty-eight vigintillion, one hundred seventy-five novemdecillion, one hundred seventy octodecillion, nine hundred forty-three septendecillion, eight hundred seventy-eight sexdecillion, five hundred seventy-one quindecillion, six hundred sixty quattuordecillion, six hundred thirty-six tredecillion, eight hundred fifty-six duodecillion, four hundred three undecillion, seven hundred sixty-six decillion, nine hundred seventy-five nonillion, two hundred eighty-nine octillion, five hundred five septillion, four hundred forty sextillion, eight hundred eighty-three quintillion, two hundred seventy-seven quadrillion, eight hundred twenty-four trillion
#8 - Alaska is the northeastern most state in the U.S., not Maine. Part of Alaska is an island that is to the west of the international dateline, making it both more eastern and northern than any part of Maine. Maybe add that to your next list.
My high school math teacher actually did explain factorials by shouting, "n!" in his definition. He could also sing all the verses to The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, and taught us how to spell and pronounce Cholmondeley. We had so much fun and learned so much more than math in his classes.
They compare the instantaneous deaths of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to what can only be the extended cancer deaths of Chernobyl. This channel regularly makes absurd comparisons like that. I wish it would stop showing up in my feed.
The Antechinus is NOT a mouse, but a marsupial. As such, it is more closely related to a kangaroo or a Tasmanian devil than a mouse. Also, check the pronunciation. The "ch" in antechinus is pronounced like a "k".
I live around Chicago, and you can still see evidence of this today. Building will have what appear to be windows half underground and that were filled in with bricks. In many cases these basements use to be first floors.
A friend of mine is a stand-up comic, and teaches comedy traffic school. His vanity licence plate says "VOID". The joke is, if he gets pulled over and is written a ticket, the officer will have to write "VOID" on the ticket!
LMAO The Maine one is true. Outside of immigrants, we have very few black people in the state. In fact, the vast majority of the people here are white. It's quite an adjustment when you come from a place where there are lots of different kinds of people.
in greece we have a place called kokkalia... which means little bones... those bones belong to some gauls that raided greece in the 3rd century bc and were defeated there, and you can still find pieces of bones to this day.
On the hitler part,in the U.S. the left, democrat,protester,global warming belie era all call anyone opposing them are called hit look er and must be jobless because as other citizens are working,these idiots are destroying property and calling others imposing their ideas as hitler,facist,and trying to silence them meaning who are the true hitler.
Years ago a detective was amazed to find that the oddly named "Fnu Lnu" was listed in the national database as a master criminal wanted for thousands of crimes. Turned out that she didn't know it meant "First name unknown, Last name unknown".
Number 9 , it is very unfair to label the Irish as stupid, I am sure it could happen to anyone.
Number 6 don’t think we need to be to concerned with Chernobyl, the true effects of Fukushima and death toll will likely not be new until many decades from now.
Number 2 , but what a way to go.!!!!!
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