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Old 06-07-2013, 03:35 PM   #871
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A fused quartz spherical gyroscope was used on NASAs Gravity B probe. This was one of the most perfect spheres ever created by man and varied in diameter by no more than 40 atoms.
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A fused quartz spherical gyroscope was used on NASAs Gravity B probe. This was one of the most perfect spheres ever created by man and varied in diameter by no more than 40 atoms.
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'A glass ball was made and used in a machine that we shot into space to see if gravity does in fact exist. It was made so perfectly round it's rediculous.'

For instance, if I gave you 1 atom of gold for every second since the big bang, I'd owe you less than a quarter (<-----useless fact). They are really, really, really small. It was a perfect ball only surpassed by neutron stars in perfect roundness (<----bonus!).

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extra points awarded for the mention of a neutron star! (which are so dense that you would be instantly flattened flatter than a pancake should you somehow figure out a way to step on the surface)

speaking of pancakes, bonus fact! -the topography of Kansas (the state from which I'm making this post) is, to scale, as flat as a pancake.
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@blueridgeyj thanks. i really was curious btw.
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@JkRalph I can never live in Kansas knowing that. Lol.

@dawhites, your welcome. That is a bit of an over-simplification, though. The glass is very very pure, and they did more than just check if gravity exists. They actually did some pretty cool tests and such from what I understand, but I don't know much about it.
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Also, just to clarify, it was not glass, it was quartz. Glass's chemical structure is amorphous where quartz is a mineral. Though they are composed of the same elements, being a mineral, quartz is "a naturally occuring crystalline solid with a narrowly defined chemical composition". I dont know why I used quotes... that came out of my head.
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I dont know why I used quotes... that came out of my head.
you were exercising a little citation cya redundancy; you just wanted us to be clear that you were quoting yourself, verbatim, ya know, so there's no threat of accused plagarism or libel...from yourself
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you were exercising a little citation cya redundancy; you just wanted us to be clear that you were quoting yourself, verbatim, ya know, so there's no threat of accused plagarism or libel...from yourself
Also yes.
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Also, just to clarify, it was not glass, it was quartz. Glass's chemical structure is amorphous where quartz is a mineral. Though they are composed of the same elements, being a mineral, quartz is "a naturally occuring crystalline solid with a narrowly defined chemical composition". I dont know why I used quotes... that came out of my head.
Indeed, though that isn't really english, lol.

" Today Fused Quartz is defined as a material made by melting high purity naturally occurring quartz crystal at around 2000°C using either an electrically heated furnace (electrically fused) or a gas/oxygen fuelled furnace (flame fused). Fused quartz is amorphous and non-crystalline. Residual impurities from the raw material affect Fused Quartz transparency in the ultraviolet. Translume routinely machines fused quartz."

http://www.translume.com/materials.htm

I have no clue about this stuff, tbh.
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^Pittsburgh steelers qb Ben Roethlisberger and I share the same bday, although I'm a niners fan and a brand new kc chiefs fan
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A type of neutron star called a magnetron has a magnetic field over 1 quadrillion times stronger than Earth's magnetic field. It is so strong it could demagnetize all the strips on all the credit cards on Earth if it were half the distance to the moon from Earth. At 1000 kilometers, it'd be instantly lethal to all life on Earth as the magnetic field is so powerful, it'd completely warp and disrupt the electron orbits of all atoms, making chemical bonds and reactions impossible. The magnetic field is so strong that atoms are elongated into needle-shaped structure that are 1% as wide as they are tall.
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Casey Kasem was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo from 1969–1997 and then again from 2002-2009.
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Casey Kasem was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo from 1969–1997 and then again from 2002-2009.
Why the five year hiatus?
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Right-handed people live an average of 9 years longer than left-handed people. Sucks for us lefties.
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Right-handed people live an average of 9 years longer than left-handed people. Sucks for us lefties.
What about people who use both?? Did I just loose or gain 4.5 years???? LOL
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This is true
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Bad word that isn't a bad word....

Shit is actually an acronym. During the age of colonization the ships coming to the new world would bring fertilizer (Manure) over because in the early days the colonist couldn produce enough on there own. The bales were dried and must not be stored in the lower hold so bilge water would not get on them causing an unpleasant smell. The words Ship High In Transit eventually got shortened to S.H.I.T.

Dirty saying that aint dirty at all....
Cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey. This saying also comes from the days of wooden warships. we have all seen pictures of cannonballs stacked in a pyramid, under the balls was a brass plate with dimples in it to hold the bottom ones in place, they called it the brass monkey. When the temperature would get cold enough the plate would shrink at a different rate than the balls because they were different metals. If it was cold enough the plate shrank so much the bottom row of cannon balls would pop out of the dimples and the stack would come off the plate. It was then said to be cold enough to freeze the balls off the brass monkey.

US Navy history class @ dam neck va (Home of devgru BTW) taught me that.
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Bad word that isn't a bad word....

Shit is actually an acronym. During the age of colonization the ships coming to the new world would bring fertilizer (Manure) over because in the early days the colonist couldn produce enough on there own. The bales were dried and must not be stored in the lower hold so bilge water would not get on them causing an unpleasant smell. The words Ship High In Transit eventually got shortened to S.H.I.T.

Dirty saying that aint dirty at all....
Cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey. This saying also comes from the days of wooden warships. we have all seen pictures of cannonballs stacked in a pyramid, under the balls was a brass plate with dimples in it to hold the bottom ones in place, they called it the brass monkey. When the temperature would get cold enough the plate would shrink at a different rate than the balls because they were different metals. If it was cold enough the plate shrank so much the bottom row of cannon balls would pop out of the dimples and the stack would come off the plate. It was then said to be cold enough to freeze the balls off the brass monkey.

US Navy history class @ dam neck va (Home of devgru BTW) taught me that.
Nice.

The term 'loose cannon' also finds its roots in naval history - if a cannon came loose of it's moorings it would slam wildly around the cannon deck, causing massive damage and general chaos, hence the idiom 'loose cannon'.

That's probably already in here, so let's get useless:

Some 5 or 10 miles from Dam Neck is The Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), originally founded as a hospital by the 'sleeping prophet', Edgar Cayce. His chaise lounge, from which all his readings were given, is on the second floor in their library. The table his wife transcribed them on is also on display. They have, by far, the largest collection of Atlantis literature of any group in the World. After he passed, Egerton Sykes left his entire collection to them, which by itself fills the walls of an 8'x8' room,floor to ceiling. A catalog of titles of just his collection would exceed 200 pages.

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No matter how hot she is....there's a guy somewhere that is tired of her shit!
Just the flip side view - no matter how much of an A$$ he is...there's a woman somewhere that still loves him anyway!
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Just the flip side view - no matter how much of an A$$ he is...there's a woman somewhere that still loves him anyway!
Thats like the complete opposite
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Thats like the complete opposite
Yes, you're right...I'm wrong...it's not the flip side.
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The flip side is the "B" side of a 45. Usually a second rate track.

Originally records were made without a "B" side, they were recorded with one side only.

If you don't know what a 45 is, look it up. It's like a CD only larger.
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On the surface of Uranus gravity would be 89% of that on Earth (however as a gas planet with a liquid centre Uranus does not have definable surface)

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