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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:17 pm 
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I thought it would be cool to have a ongoing thread, Shades and folks willing, to post cool facts or unique facts that we ( the poster) have never known or thought of...

Today I learned that, among the many stores, shops, and entities... there is a Best Buy store in the Pentagon...it hosts 23k workers on any given day, and has 17 miles of hallways, yet because of the design, any location can be reached on foot in 7 minutes or so. (America's Book of Secrets...Military History Channel)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:07 pm 
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I learned that nearly all movie and TV shots of alleys in New York City are shot in the same alley. Manhattan has only a few alleys, only one of which is particularly photogenic. It’s called Cortlandt Alley

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:23 pm 
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I bet Law and Order, and Blue Bloods spend a lot of time there?

http://gothamist.com/2018/07/12/cortlan ... hp#photo-1

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The FBI intensively scoured that alley for a bullet shell by an unsub (see naval warfare). NCIS Probie Timothy McGee also shot a suspect there and fortunately the bullet was recovered before the end of that episode.

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A practical application of E=mc2:
On August 9, 1945, one gram of matter was converted into energy over Nagasaki, Japan.

After the first thermonuclear detonation at the Bikini atoll, several new elements were created due to heretofore unseen temperatures on earth. The code name of the thermonuclear program was Project Panda. Consequently many of the physicists lobbied hard for one of the new elements to be called Pandemonium.

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I never knew that James Arness (Matt Dillion) and Peter Graves ( James Phelps) were brothers.

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Peter Graves (born Peter Duesler Aurness; March 18, 1926 – March 14, 2010) was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his role as Jim Phelps in the CBS television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973 (original) and from 1988 to 1990 (revival). His elder brother was actor James Arness ( Gun Smoke) (1923–2011). Graves was also known for his portrayal of airplane pilot Captain Clarence Oveur in the 1980 comedy film Airplane! and its 1982 sequel Airplane II: The Sequel. Wiki

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I never knew that James Arness (Matt Dillion) and Peter Graves ( James Phelps) were brothers.

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Peter Graves (born Peter Duesler Aurness; March 18, 1926 – March 14, 2010) was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his role as Jim Phelps in the CBS television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973 (original) and from 1988 to 1990 (revival). His elder brother was actor James Arness ( Gun Smoke) (1923–2011). Graves was also known for his portrayal of airplane pilot Captain Clarence Oveur in the 1980 comedy film Airplane! and its 1982 sequel Airplane II: The Sequel. Wiki


I always knew that!

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I am a big Gun Smoke fan and I never knew that.

I learned today that Shaquille O'Neal wanted to be the next "Too Tall Jones" for the Dallas Cowboys, but a skinny guy that looked like Dan Patrick in high school took out his knees, and so he decided basketball was the way to go.

Bet you didn't know that, and I bet you could also care less :) (source...Dan Patrick show interview)

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Mary Shelley started writing Frankenstein during the Year Without a Summer. The monster is interpreted by some as the roving bands of hungry farmers caused by the rain and cold temperatures. It took Shelley two years to finish the book, so she had ample opportunity to view the effects of disrupted weather.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:12 am 
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I learned this morning, thanks to Res Ipsa, there was a "year without a summer"...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer

"In June 1816, "incessant rainfall" during that "wet, ungenial summer" forced Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and John William Polidori, and their friends to stay indoors at Villa Diodati overlooking Lake Geneva for much of their Swiss holiday.[31][33][34] They decided to have a contest to see who could write the scariest story, leading Shelley to write Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus and Lord Byron to write "A Fragment", which Polidori later used as inspiration for The Vampyre[35] – a precursor to Dracula. In addition, Lord Byron was inspired to write the poem "Darkness", by a single day when "the fowls all went to roost at noon and candles had to be lit as at midnight".[31] "

And I found that if it was not for the "year without a summer" there most likely would not have been a Book of Mormon or the LDS church...or this discussion board.

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According to historian L. D. Stillwell, Vermont alone experienced a decrease in population of between 10,000 and 15,000, erasing seven previous years of population growth.[5] Among those who left Vermont were the family of Joseph Smith, who moved from Norwich, Vermont (though he was born in Sharon, Vermont) to Palmyra, New York.[32] This move precipitated the series of events that culminated in the publication of the Book of Mormon and the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[19]

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I learned about Operation Bongo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_ ... boom_tests

When Boeing was planning to build the SST (Super Sonic Transport), it needed to conduct tests to see how sonic booms would effect communities the SST would fly over. Oklahoma City volunteered. Perhaps they thought all those spring and summer thunderstorms had the populace trained to ignore the sonic booms.

As the test began, complaints began pouring in. They went up to something light seven flights a day. The results influenced the eventual cancellation of Boeing's SST, resulting to layoffs and a notorious billboard posted near I-5 that read "Will the last person to leave Seattle please turn off the lights."

Years later, Oklahoma City would rub salt in the wound by stealing and NBA team away from Seattle -- the Seattle SuperSonics.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:08 pm 
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Speaking of sonic booms, during the first few years of my marriage I was in the Air Force stationed at Edwards AFB near Lancaster Calif, and until our names reached the top of the waiting list for base housing, we lived in the nearby town of Boron, which boastfully claims to be the sonic boom capital of the world.

Not only were we subjected to numerous sonic booms, the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory was just a mile or two away on a hill the other side of the highway from us, and clearly visible from our house. We were there when they were still developing and testing the F1 rocket engines used in the Saturn V rockets that propelled the Apollo missions to the moon. When these engines were tested, you could clearly hear the roar on the main base, where I worked, 10 miles away! You can hardly imagine what the noise and spectacle was like from the much closer proximity of our home in Boron! Sometimes they tested them at night, and the whole sky lit up, and the house we lived it and the ground it was sitting literally shook from the noise! I was driving home from the base one night on the road that went right by AFRPL, when they suddenly initiated one of the tests. I was so startled that I nearly drove off the road!

If anyone is interested, here is an article on research to solve or minimize sonic boom so SSTs can safely fly over populated areas.

NASA and private companies are pushing research to reintroduce supersonic flight to the aerospace market.

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I grew up around 3 or 4 miles from Norton Air Force base and I remember sonic booms shaking the windows at my elementary school in the mid 60's often.

Also, and I have no idea if they were rockets or jet engines but I remember that they often fired what ever they were up and you could hear them from one side of the Valley to the other.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:01 pm 
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My new favorite show is "Aerial America," I learn more watching this than I can remember...pretty cool.

I learned today from watching it, that Elvis, for his birthday wanted a rifle, his mother however talked him into buying a guitar for 7 bucks and the rest is history.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:16 am 
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Cool info, guys. Markk, I’m diggin’ this thread. Thanks for starting it.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:33 am 
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One of the most "blow my mind" things I've learned that seems so obvious in retrospect, but doesn't get talked about a lot is that some rich people own stores that lose money simply as a hobby. You ever walk by a storefront sitting in a prime location downtown dedicated to hat polishing and wonder how that could possibly be staying in business? The answer might be that it's slowly bleeding money, but it doesn't matter because it's the personal hobby of someone who doesn't care that they're losing money. I always knew the wealthy have extravagant hobbies. We all know that. It just never occurred to me that might include a losing business proposition because its their passion. For some reason, this gave me a greater appreciation of the depths of extreme wealth than things like private jets.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:51 pm 
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EAllusion wrote:
One of the most "blow my mind" things I've learned that seems so obvious in retrospect, but doesn't get talked about a lot is that some rich people own stores that lose money simply as a hobby. You ever walk by a storefront sitting in a prime location downtown dedicated to hat polishing and wonder how that could possibly be staying in business? The answer might be that it's slowly bleeding money, but it doesn't matter because it's the personal hobby of someone who doesn't care that they're losing money. I always knew the wealthy have extravagant hobbies. We all know that. It just never occurred to me that might include a losing business proposition because its their passion. For some reason, this gave me a greater appreciation of the depths of extreme wealth than things like private jets.


Yes!

There are a couple of stores downtown Woodstock like this, they both sell antiques and I rarely ever see customers walking through the store and I don't recall anyone ever buying anything either.


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I learned on Arial America today...that many scientists believe that the Ozark "Mountains" in Missouri, are not really Mountains.

Basically when the oceans subsided a huge plateau was left, and then over time erosion formed what appears to be a mountain, but is really a eroded plateau.

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Not so much of learning something, but a cool find.

I have shared I am in Historic Restoration of old buildings, and today I was crawling under a Victorian built in 1898 doing a structural survey. And I found a empty match book from a local gas station and tire store with a picture of Hitler being punched in the chin by a fist, it read "Smash the Axis".... The store was in Fullerton Ca...and the phone# was " Fullerton 704."

Brought back memories of our phone number as a child..."Turner 62984"

{edit} I googled "Hitler match book" and actually found the exact image, but a different company.

https://www.google.com/search?client=fi ... xRN1_NxPbM:

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I have shared I am in Historic Restoration of old buildings, and today I was crawling under a Victorian built in 1898 doing a structural survey.

What do you do about all the bugs?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:38 pm 
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Dr. Shades wrote:
What do you do about all the bugs?


I once went under a house with a skunk...fastest I ever moved.

Bugs don't bother me as much as nails sticking down from above.

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