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    • Fact of The Day:

      13 hours ago

      IronBridge Flibbity Jibbit

      There is a whale found in the Pacific Ocean, thought to be a blue/fin whale (or possibly a hybrid whale), that vocalises at a pitch of 52 hertz, higher than any other whale, making it incapable of communicating with them.


      It was discovered using a series of military hydrophones, used for locating enemy submarines, and has been dubbed "52" or "The Loneliest Whale on Earth". The reasoning for it being called lonely is that the sound has been observed, numerous times, never getting an answer, always from the same source (determined by its unique characteristics), meaning it is almost certainly the same individual every time. So quite possibly there is a whale that from birth has never been able to communicate with its own kind, or any other creature.


      Aw, poor whale, all alone in the largest expanse on Earth.


      Further Info:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/52-hertz_whale

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 day ago

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      Robert Liston, (28 October 1794 – 7 December 1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon, often referred to as the fastest knife in the West End, this being because he was well known for dexterity and speed in his operations.


      The reason for his extreme speed in what we know to be the delicate procedure of surgery is because this was a time before blood transfusion and anaesthetic, therefore speed was essential to reduce pain and improve the odds of survival of a patient.


      Reputedly "He could amputate a leg in 2 1⁄2 minutes", although he also is said to have been able to perform the removal of a limb in an amputation in 28 seconds.This being known due to his habit of having requested fellow surgeons to time him. His surgeries were often described as such: "Everyone swore that the first flash of his knife was followed so swiftly by the rasp of saw on bone that sight and sound seemed simultaneous".


      Reportedly he has also achieved the only surgery that ended in a 300% mortality rate, this being how:


      Due to his fame in the medical world, a visiting doctor requested to sit in on a surgery, this was nothing out of the ordinary, even by today's standards, after all the best place to learn a technique is by the side of a master of it. The operation in question  was the amputation of a leg at the hip, during the surgery Liston's hand holding the saw slipped, this was no meagre saw and Liston was certainly not being reserved in his force, resulting in the unfortunate removal of some his assistants fingers.


      To further rub salt in the wound (which oddly enough was a medical practice of the day and the origin of the phrase) whilst changing between tools Liston slashed the spectating doctors coat, causing the doctor to react with a start, this, as it would seem, resulted in the spectating doctors death by "fright". Despite all of this Liston amputated the leg in under 2 1⁄2 minutes.


      Both the patient and assistant, with notably less digits, died of gangrene, this again being a normal occurrence of the time, as antibiotics were yet to have been invented and Joseph Lister had yet to develop his methods of clean medical practice, due to the horrifically unsanitary conditions of the period hospitals.


      This being by way of technicality the only medical procedure to result in a 300% mortality rate, three deaths despite their being only one patient.


       As a side job he would probably have been a fantastic butcher.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Liston

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 days ago

      IronBridge Flibbity Jibbit

      The very first occupational disease was Chimney Sweep's scrotum, other examples are Butcher's wart, Bagpiper's fungus, Clergymen's knee, Work aversion syndrome, Fiddler's neck, Trombone-player's lung, Weaver's bottom and Housemaid' knee.

      For those of you wondering, Chimney sweep's scrotum is a squamous cell carcinoma of the skin of the scrotum.


      That would explain why all the Chimney sweep's in Mary Poppins were dancing like this:

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      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimney_sweeps%27_carcinoma

    • Fact of The Day:

      4 days ago

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      Doctors have a secret names referring to certain situations.

      For instance SBI (Something Bad Inside), will be used if the doctor knows something is wrong but they aren't sure what. If it is clearly a dangerous situation, SVBI (Something Very Bad Inside) will be used instead.


      If the patient is fat they may give them the diagnosis CBT (Chronic Biscuit Toxicity) or simply BW (Beached Whale).


      Other examples are:

      CTD - Circling The Drain (A patient expected to die soon)
      GLM - Good Looking Mum
      GPO - Good for Parts Only
      TEETH - Tried Everything Else, Try Homeopathy
      UBI - Unexplained Beer Injury


      Although my personal favourite would have to be PRATFO (Patient Reassured And Told to Fuck Off).


      Further Info: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3159813.stm

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    • Fact of The Day:

      6 days ago

      IronBridge Flibbity Jibbit

      Centipede reproduction does not involve copulation. In many cases male centipedes just leave a spermatophore front the females to find.


      Imagine if humans did this:


      Wife: "I want a baby."

      Husband: "To find my seed you must answer me these riddles three..."

      Wife: "Can we please not?"

      Husband: "It has already been hidden! Now begin your quest!"

      Wife: "..."


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centipede#Lifecycle

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

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      Despite it being almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.


      The Pantheon (Rome, Italy) as we see it today was built between 118–128 CE, under emperor Hadrian, although an earlier building had been in place from some point between 27 BCE – 14 CE under emperor Augustus. Originally built as a Roman temple to the gods, it was later on the 13 May 609 CE redesignated a church in the name of the Virgin Mary and all martyrs.


      The building is also one of the best preserved Ancient Roman buildings, this being due to the fact that it was in fairly regular use up until it was rebranded as a church, after which it was in continuous use, and protected from desecration by the power of the Vatican, the greatest power in the world during the medieval period. This being the main reason for the dome to be still intact after two millennia.


      The rotunda (dome) has an interior diameter of 43.3 metres, the walls of the dome vary in thickness between 6.4 metres (21 ft), at the base, to 1.2 metres (3.9 ft), around the oculus, the opening at the top of the dome.


      The creation of such a feat of engineering would require an expertise in material science that would not be seen again until the 19th century. An understanding of density, mass, compressive strength and distribution of force would all be required to build such a dome, all things that are still taught, in great detail, to engineers and architects.


      While it is a stupendously impressive engineering feat, I can't help but also think to myself that this was built by the same people that are famous for having a tower that is drastically leaning over to one side...


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantheon,_Rome

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

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      One of the names for a group of flamingoes is, the rather appropriate word, flamboyance.

      So a group of flamingoes is called a flamboyance.


      I want to know who decides what groups of animals are called? That would be a great job!


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_terms_of_venery,_by_animal#F

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

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      There is a boiling river in Peru.


      The Shanay-timpishka (translating to "boiled with the heat of the sun") is the world’s largest thermal river, running hot for nearly four miles and reaching up to 80 feet at its widest point and 16 feet at its deepest.


      The river can be so hot that animals which are unfortunate enough to fall in are more often than not boiled alive in a matter of seconds. Andrés Ruzo, the man whom discovered the river for science (as it had been known to the locals for centuries) stated:


      “The first thing to go are the eyes. Eyes, apparently, cook very quickly. They turn this milky-white color. The stream is carrying them," he said. "They're trying to swim out, but their meat is cooking on the bone because it's so hot. So they're losing power, losing power, until finally they get to a point where hot water goes into their mouths and they cook from the inside out."


      This would prove very handy if you wanted a cup of coffee, and your kettle was broken.


      Further Info: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/south-america/peru/articles/peru-mysterious-boiling-river-that-can-burn-you-to-death/

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

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      Snow rollers are mysterious snow bales that can found in cold environments across the world, they are very rare as they can only be made under the most precise conditions:


      • There must be a relatively thin surface layer of wet, loose snow, with a temperature near the melting point  of ice.
      • Under this thin layer of wet snow there must be a substrate to which the thin surface layer of wet snow will not stick, such as ice or powder snow.
      • The wind must be strong enough to move the snow rollers, but not strong enough to blow them apart.
      • Alternatively, gravity can move the snow rollers as when a snowball, such as those that will fall from a tree or cliff, lands on a steep hill and begins to roll down the hill.



      Fucking snow aliens man!


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_roller

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

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      Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī (c. 780 – c. 850), an ancient Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer, is considered one of, if not, the fathers of algebra, and it was even named after his book: Al-Jabr W'al-muqabala (also known as Al-kitāb al-mukhtaṣar fī ḥisāb al-ğabr wa’l-muqābala), or 

      The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing.


      So next time you have to perform some abstract mathematics, you can blame this guy.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_ibn_Musa_al-Khwarizmi

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  • Comments (12)

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      1 week ago

      Thanks for the friend request!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flibbity Jibbit

        6 days ago

        @Joron093 Anytime, we long hair having, metal workers need to stick together.

    • Izayer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      FUCK YOU. YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVER.....wait you mean that's the wrong FU? ..... You're saying it had a different meaning than what I thought? .......... Oh..... Happy Featured User. I thought you were someone else. 

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flibbity Jibbit

        1 week ago

        I probably get the first one more often than any other...

        Thank you.

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian V

      2 weeks ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flibbity Jibbit

        2 weeks ago

        Danke schön!

    • LadyOddDuck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Call Me Duck

      2 weeks ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flibbity Jibbit

        2 weeks ago

        Thank you kindly!

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      2 weeks ago

      Happy FU day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flibbity Jibbit

        2 weeks ago

        Thank you very much!

    • andytheciderman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      5 months ago

      Congrats on Featured User dude! Muchly deserved :)

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flibbity Jibbit

        5 months ago

        Thanks, I'm gonna keep doing what I do best and share my pointless knowledge with everyone.

  • Questions answered by IronBridge

    How do I earn my wings?

    | Asked by: Austin0434 1 year ago

    Well either wait for someone to ring a bell, or join the airforce and train to become a pilot, or drink a red bull