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Old 01-04-2013, 11:26 PM   #271
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The Barred Owl is a very neat bird. Its ears are just holes on the side of its head, but it can fluff feathers out to form a cup, as a human ear does, and that coupled with the disc like face in part allows hearing some 10x better than human. These ears are located at different heights on the head, allowing immediate location of a sound, even above or below them. Their eyes are binocular, like humans, to allow good depth perception (generally in nature this means you eat things, having them on the sides means you are eaten). The reason owls move their heads so far, 270*, is because they cannot move their eyes. They are set in bone. They also have interesting feet. As with most owls, they have 2 toes pointing forward and 2 pointing backwards, but the Barred Owl can spin 1 back toe to face forward to help grab prey.

A group of owls is most often called a parliment but wisdom and congress are used to describe them, too. Baby owls are owlets. Owls do not hibernate, and do not migrate, though they will travel with the food so to speak. Many owls do not "hoot", and most that do make other noises more often, like screeching. Owls are soft feathered, which means their feathers will make less noise (ruffling) when approaching prey. They do not give the same gracious aerodynamics that hard feathers, like those on a buzzard, do. Due to this owls must constantly flap their wings to fly, and spend a good amount of effort to do it.

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There are 26 tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and they all have slightly difference clearances. Therefore, if you are in a high-profile vehicle, you may need to be careful and note clearances carefully. The clearances are generally between 18 feet and 21.5 feet. The longest is Pine Mountain Tunnel, located at mile 399. It is 1,320 feet long.
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There are 26 tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and they all have slightly difference clearances. Therefore, if you are in a high-profile vehicle, you may need to be careful and note clearances carefully. The clearances are generally between 18 feet and 21.5 feet. The longest is Pine Mountain Tunnel, located at mile 399. It is 1,320 feet long.


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here are a few palindromes

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I wonder how they tested that lol
I wonder why other animals can't
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In the year 1450 A.D., there were no tomatoes in Italian food, peanuts in Thai food or chili peppers in Indian food.

Tomatoes, peanuts and chili peppers are native to the Americas and so were unknown to the Old World prior to Columbus' voyages.
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A careful evaluator of people’s capabilities, General George C. Marshall chose good subordinates, let them do their job without constant interference by him, but relieved them if they could not perform well. One of his favorites, Assistant Secretary of the General Staff Major Walter Bedell Smith,
came into Marshall’s office with a representative from the American Bantam Car Company whose design had been rejected by the heads of several Army departments. Smith gave Marshall the background on the issue. “Well, what do you think of it?” Marshall asked. “I think it’s good,” Smith said. Major Smith suggested testing the vehicle and responded that he could find money in the budge for it. “Well, do it,” the Chief of Staff responded. Once 70 cars were tested, requests for thousands of them poured in from Army commands. The Bantam Company was too small to manufacture the thousands of vehicles needed for global war, so the plans were given to Ford and Willys-Overland, each of which modified them and built new prototypes. The best parts of the three designs were combined to produce the standardized Jeep. "Thus the lowly Jeep- the light truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4 command vehicle, entered the Army and its place in history as the most practical, adaptable, and everywhere beloved means of transportation the war produced." Marshall's leadership, his ability to see the larger picture and his understanding of what the common solider needed produced one of the greatest assets of the war. By 1946 more than half a million Jeeps had been produced for the Ordinance Department that had initially rejected the idea.

Did You Know? Fun Facts About Jeeps
  • Most American Jeeps would have a full or broken circle around the star to designate it in the air as “American.” Otherwise, a simple star could be from any number of various countries.
  • The groove in the left side of the Jeep with the brackets and straps was used to attach a shovel and ax.
  • The wingnut on the support for headlights under the hood can be undone, which allows the headlights to rotate vertically so they may point upward to illuminate the sky or backward so they can illuminate the engine.
  • It only gets about 13 miles to the gallon, so soldiers would carry many gas containers in the back for longer trips.
  • The glass of the windshield pivots to open so the passengers can get air blowing though.
  • The entire windshield tilts down to prevent debris from striking passengers.
  • The storage areas to the left and right of the back passenger seats are for tools.
  • The Marshall Museum Jeep was produced in 1943 and saw combat in Greece. There is a bullet hole in the passenger side. The Jeep was purchased after the war and restored by James A. McDonough.
  • The headlight control mechanism has three stops: one for blackout lights, one for regular headlights, and one for just the brake light. It was designed with the push button so the lights could not be turned on accidentally and reveal your location to the enemy. The stop that turns on just the brake light was designed so that if you were driving without headlights and needed to stop the Jeep, the vehicle behind you would not rear-end you.
  • The Jeep could not go into very deep water, but some did have an exhaust pipe which came out the back and went up vertically to keep the water out when they did have to cross deep water.
  • The soldiers would heat their coffee on the hot engine after the Jeep had been driven a while
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Earthworms are not native to North America and did not arrive until well after Columbus. They were brought with tons of dirt to the colonies to provide otherwise empty ships balast and to allow overcropping of soils.

Many places in the Pac NW ask you not to fly fish with them as they have never been introduced there.

It is likely the old growth forests of the east coast had 8-10' of leaves on the ground when the first whitemen saw them.
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Earthworms are not indiginous to North America. They came after the settlers; ships were sent full of European dirt both to revitalize overcropped topsoil and as balast in the ships coming to bring goods back. Many places in the Pac NW still discourage the use of worms for fishing, as they still have not been established in those locales. It is likely the old forests of the new world had 5 or 10 ft of leaves on their floors when Columbus got here.
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Earthworms are not native to North America and did not arrive until well after Columbus. They were brought with tons of dirt to the colonies to provide otherwise empty ships balast and to allow overcropping of soils.

Many places in the Pac NW ask you not to fly fish with them as they have never been introduced there.

It is likely the old growth forests of the east coast had 8-10' of leaves on the ground when the first whitemen saw them.

Brain fart, lol
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Wouldnt you implode? as the oxygen within your body is removed from inside it would collapse in upon itself?
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Earthworms are not native to North America and did not arrive until well after Columbus. They were brought with tons of dirt to the colonies to provide otherwise empty ships balast and to allow overcropping of soils.

Many places in the Pac NW ask you not to fly fish with them as they have never been introduced there.

It is likely the old growth forests of the east coast had 8-10' of leaves on the ground when the first whitemen saw them.
Fire ants are also not native. They were brought on ships. And in a very short time span they have become uncontrollable in the south east USA. They cause tens of millions in damages yearly.
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Humans do a great job of screwing everything up don't they? Wouldn't it be cool to go back in time before people and explore the world then? Between the plants and animals we moved across the world, the plants and animals we have made extinct, it'd be a very cool thing. Even just couple thousand years back would be cool. Not a fact; just observation.
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Humans do a great job of screwing everything up don't they? Wouldn't it be cool to go back in time before people and explore the world then? Between the plants and animals we moved across the world, the plants and animals we have made extinct, it'd be a very cool thing. Even just couple thousand years back would be cool. Not a fact; just observation.
But there wouldn't be Jeeps...
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But there wouldn't be Jeeps...
Unless the jeep took ya back... anybody know where I can get a flux capacitor???

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First smartphone was launched by BellSouth Cellular at Florida’s Wireless World Conference in 1993. Weight of that smartphone was a little more than a pound.
SMS – Short Message Services was invented by German Friedhelm Hillebrand towards the end of the 20th century.
More than 1,000 cell phones are activated each minute. Yes, each minute of every day.
British jeweler Stuart Hughes claimed to have created the most expensive mobile phone in the world called iPhone 4 “Diamond Rose”. It comes with a price tag of £5 million which comes out to be $8,184,968.42.
About 72% of the people in U.S.A owns cell phones
In United Kingdom (U.K) about 22% of the adults and 47% of the teens answer their mobile phones either in bathroom or in the loo.
50% of the people in India who has a mobile phone has either lost it or is stolen at least once.
There are more that 14.3 billion mobile phones in Australia that have never been used. This number is much more that the total population of New Zealand
In China, around 2.7 billion Short Text Messages (SMS) are sent every day from mobile phones.
I Bet that you must have seen Nokia 1100, because it the the most popular selling mobile phone in the world. More that 250 million 1100s have been sold. iPhone just made it in top five.
First iPhone was launched at the Macworld Conference & Expo on 9 January 2007 by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
About 25% of mobiles phones in the world are now Smart Phones.
Out of total 4 billion mobile phones in the world, 3 billion mobiles are SMS enabled but still 950 million mobile phones does not have SMS ability.
India had 500 million mobile by the end of 2010
It is expected that by the end of 2014, mobile internet usage will be much more than desktop internet usage.
About 61% of the people use their mobile phones to search for games and 55% for searching weather forecast.
Just about 50% of the people use their mobile phones for social networking and only 42% of the mobile users search for music.
Out of 165 million Twitter users and 50% of them which is around 83 million uses Twitter on their mobile phones.
Women aged 35 – 54 are the most active group in mobile socialization.
In USA 21% of 16-17 year olds have engaged in “sexting”.
According to Guiness Books of Records Goldvish “Le million” is the most expensive mobile phone in the world which comes with a price tag of $1,000,000. It is fitted with 120 carats worth of VVS-1 grade diamonds.
Average America use their cell phone only for 12 to 18 months before replacing it with the newer model of that mobile phone.
Nearly 19% of U.S. population access the web from their mobile devices.
According to recent study bye FDA, Mobile phones do not pose any health hazard. They emit very low levels of radiofrequency (RF) energy but didn’t show any proof of causing any health hazard.
Cell phones can be recycled. There are many great non-profit groups who are willing to take old cell phones and refurbish them for needy people
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The gecko has microscopic hairs on the bottom of each foot, and each of those hairs has even tinier hairs. These hairs are so tiny that they can bond with a surface at an atomic level. The tips of the smaller hairs are so small they are below the wavelength of visible light.
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Wouldnt you implode? as the oxygen within your body is removed from inside it would collapse in upon itself?
No, an implosion is a crushing. In a vacuum there is no pressure to crush you. The opposite occurs, you body would swell some, not explode, just swell. Best estimate is 15 seconds till unconsensious, with death around 30 seconds all from asphyxiation.

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