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Read After Burning
Feb 19, 2013


Whether it be an unsolved mystery ("Who really killed the Black Dahlia?"), viewpoint ("Wait, so there are really people who think white people are oppressed..?" ), concept or idea ("People used to pay ten cents for gas?!), talent ("HOW THE gently caress CAN SHE SING LIKE THAT"), or just physics at work ("The fact that massive hunks of metal carrying people inside can fly across the world.."), we all have things that we just can't wrap our brain around, are just dying to know the answer to, or just make us go

This isn't a place to start getting into lengthy arguments about whether socialism is actually awesome or not, please save that for D&D.

To start: today I was watching a documentary, and it was talking about this couple who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Apparently so many people have tried going over the falls in some form or another (survival rate is 75% ) that the governments on both sides have had to enact laws explicitly prohibiting the practice.

...The fact that someone would willingly ride over a waterfall in a barrel is just insane to me.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...r_Niagara_Falls

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Cream-of-Plenty
Apr 21, 2010


Some of these people are loving hilarious, honestly:

quote:

1920 On July 11, Charles Stevens from Cornwall went over the falls in a barrel. Bobby Leach and William "Red" Hill, Sr. urged Stevens to test his barrel over the falls before attempting the stunt, but he refused. When the barrel was recovered at the foot of the falls, the ballast had pulled Steven's body out of the barrel, leaving just his right arm in the safety harness.[8]

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1990 On June 5, Jessie Sharp went over the falls in a kayak. He intended to continue paddling downriver after the fall, and had made dinner reservations at a restaurant in Lewiston, 4 miles (6.4 km) downstream. However, he disappeared after going over the falls, and his body has never been discovered. Sharp decided not to wear a life jacket in case it impeded an escape should he get trapped under the falls.

quote:

1995 On October 1, Robert Overacker went over the falls on a Jet Ski to raise awareness for the homeless. His parachute opened, but was not fixed to him and he fell down the falls. Overacker's body was recovered by the Maid of the Mist before being pronounced dead at Niagara General Hospital.

Nothing says "plight of the homeless" like some douche pulling a Fonzy off Niagara Falls and forgetting to, you know, actually put his parachute on.

newreply.php
Dec 24, 2009



That we have so much mindboggling stuff it can keep two threads going at a time.

Read After Burning
Feb 19, 2013


newreply.php posted:

That we have so much mindboggling stuff it can keep two threads going at a time.

Eh, I wasn't really just talking about necessarily "facts", per se...just things in general. However, if the mods think they're too similar I'd have no problem closing this one.

For content; it's amazing to me how far video game graphics have come in such a short amount of time.

2004 vs. now:

Bad Roy
Jan 29, 2008

Animals are like humans, always being dicks.


I have organs inside my body. Hell, you have organs inside your body. All that poo poo you see in anatomical models? That's in there and it's slimy.

duckmaster
Sep 13, 2004
Mr and Mrs Duck go and stay in a nice hotel.

One night they call room service for some condoms as things are heating up.

The guy arrives and says "do you want me to put it on your bill"

Mr Duck says "what kind of pervert do you think I am?!

QUACK QUACK


When astronauts are in a zero-gravity environment (i.e space) they have no concept of up and down. Two astronauts could be floating in front of each other, one upside down and the other not upside down, and they would both think that the other is upside down.

Because of this sleeping quarters in the International Space Station are arranged against the walls, floors and ceilings; it doesn't matter which way you get in, you always think you're the right way up.

I think this has something to do with the things in your ears which regulate balance. It blows my mind.

Read After Burning
Feb 19, 2013


Continuing the outer space theme, the pictures of astronauts floating in space, Earth in the background....

particle409
Jan 15, 2008

Thou bootless clapper-clawed varlot!


There are more chickens than people in the world. Also, chickens are the closest existing relative to the tyrannosaurus rex. Think about that next time you bite into a drumstick.

QueenQuintessence
Dec 26, 2012


Bad Roy posted:

I have organs inside my body. Hell, you have organs inside your body. All that poo poo you see in anatomical models? That's in there and it's slimy.

And there is no space between those organs. Everything in packed right up against everything else.

Dunno why that freaks me out, but it does.

Kolodny
Jul 10, 2010



newreply.php posted:

That we have so much mindboggling stuff it can keep two threads going at a time.

The thread is an unintentional Wittgenstein joke.

Bippie Mishap
Oct 12, 2012


People who tell me that I can't possibly be getting eggs from my chickens without a rooster.

ANMAN
May 24, 2007
ehhh...meh

Bippie Mishap posted:

People who tell me that I can't possibly be getting eggs from my chickens without a rooster.

Or people will say to me any cow that has horns is actually a bull.

stegoceras
Oct 21, 2011

Numb's no good, but it sure beats the hurt

Ice is, in fact, a mineral. Limestone is a mineral, quartz is a mineral, and so is ice.
THAT'S CRAZY, MINERALS AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO MELT LIKE THAT

NGL
Jan 15, 2003
AssKing

Read After Burning posted:

Continuing the outer space theme, the pictures of astronauts floating in space, Earth in the background....



is right. drat.. I think I would go insane.

KozmoNaut
Apr 23, 2008



stegoceras posted:

Ice is, in fact, a mineral. Limestone is a mineral, quartz is a mineral, and so is ice.
THAT'S CRAZY, MINERALS AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO MELT LIKE THAT

Everything melts, it's just a question of temperature.

Trent
Jul 5, 2004

I've held books before, and I gotta tell you... they don't exactly do it for me.


KozmoNaut posted:

Everything melts, it's just a question of temperature.

Wood doesn't melt. It's components might, but you aren't going to end up with liquid wood.

Lotish
Dec 10, 2008

I pick up my Devil Axe...
...and DEVIL!


ANMAN posted:

Or people will say to me any cow that has horns is actually a bull.

On that note, it still boggles my mind that someone made Barnyard, a film where cows and bulls are separate species, and the main character is a male cow. Complete with udders.

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Eggplant Wizard
Jul 8, 2005


i loev catte


Read After Burning posted:

I'd have no problem closing this one.

me neither

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