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    • Fact of The Day:

      5 hours ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The coldest, known, place on Earth is a high ridge in Antarctica, where temperatures can dip below -93.2°C (-133°F) on clear winter nights, this record was set on the 10th of August, 2010.

      To be more specific, this record was set on a high ridge between Dome Argus and Dome Fuji, two summits on the ice sheet known as the East Antarctic Plateau.



      That sounds just about comfortable to me.


      Further Info: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/09dec_coldspot/

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      ZhUOZ, UVB-76 or also simply known as "The Buzzer”, is a shortwave radio station that broadcasts on the frequency 4625 kHz, from an unknown location in Russia.


      It broadcasts a short, monotonous buzz tone, repeating at a rate of approximately 25 tones per minute, for a total of around 36,000 tones per 24 hours.


      Occasionally, the buzzer signal is interrupted and a voice transmission in Russian takes place, often including common nouns, including “virus” and “prison”. It has been theorised to be some sort of code. The first reports were made of a station on this frequency in 1983.


      The Russian military claim they have nothing to do with this mysterious signal.


      Perhaps the most disturbing theory of what this foreboding tone may be is that if is what is known as a “Dead Hand” signal.


      “Dead Hand”, also known as “Perimeter”, was a Cold War-era automatic nuclear weapons-control system used by the Soviet Union. Designed to automatically retaliate with a deadly nuclear strike in response to a nuclear attack on Russia. Some experts suggest it may still be in use today.


      Regardless, of its origins, there must be someone behind the signal and there must be someone listening to the transmission that knows what it means. The question is who? Why? Do we want to know?



      Sounds like some real James Bond shit to me.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB-76

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The name of a currency is a strange thing: whether they are pounds, named for their worth as a pound of silver, or a cent, which is in reference to the Latin centum, meaning one hundred.


      Most monetary denominations have a relatively simple explanation of their denominations. So what about the most well known currency in the world?

      The U.S Dollar.


      Well, the story of how the dollar got it’s name is a bit more complicated than you may think...


      The modern word “dollar” derives from the old word “thaler”, which, in turn, is an abbreviation for the word “Joachimsthaler”, which was a coin type, made of silver specifically, These Joachimsthaler we’re first minted in 1519 and were mined within the vicinity of Joachimsthal, Bohemia. Modern day Bohemia and by extension Joachimsthal can be found in the Czech Republic.


      Now, “thal” is the old German word for valley, a "thaler" is a person or a thing "from the valley, Joachimsthal means Joachim’s Valley, named for Saint Joachim. Therefore a “Joachimsthaler“ means: the thing from Joachim’s valley.


      So there you are, America has a valley in the Czech Republic to thank for the name of their money.



      Yet another thing the Czech have given us, isn’t that right @Lamkia?


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

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    • Fact of The Day:

      4 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      About 20% of the world's tech founders are immigrants, even though immigrants only make up about 4% of the world's total population.


      From the old Alexander Graham Bell’s and Nikola Tesla's to the modern Elon Musk’s and Sergey Brin’s. Immigrants seem to lead they way.



      Immigration is a healthy part of any society, it’s just the managing of it that lets people down.


      Further Info: https://www.inc.com/arnobio-morelix/inc-entrepreneurship-index-2018-q1.html

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      For many Icelanders, WW2 is actually known as “blessað stríðið” or “the blessed war", as the country has the war to thank for its independence, economic boom and security.

      At the beginning of the war, Iceland was under rule of the Danish crown. This changed after Nazi-Germany invaded Denmark on the 9th of April, 1940. From this all communication between the two countries was instantly severed. With this new found freedom, Iceland took back sovereignty that day, electing a provisional governor, Sveinn Björnsson, whom eventually went on to become Iceland’s first president when it formally severed its ties with Denmark and truly declared its independence on the 17th of June, 1944.


      Over the course of the war, Iceland was amicably occupied by British, Canadian and American forces. Who provided protection for the country, in order to stop Nazi-Germany from gaining it as a foot hold in the Atlantic.


      Iceland’s occupation brought an incredible boost to their economy, which, like many other countries, had been crippled by the Great Depression. Occupying forces provided ample opportunity for significant employment and dramatically upscaled both Iceland’s infrastructure and technology. Finding only dirt roads and no airports, Allied troops built tarmacked roads and airports, including Iceland’s biggest and most important today: Keflavík International Airport.

      Iceland also made significant trade with Britain, this in spite of Nazi-Germany’s trade embargo and the risk of U-boat attacks.


      All in all it would seem Iceland was one of the few countries that enjoyed the war for the prosperity it brought them, but what would you expect from the descendants of Vikings?


      Further Info: https://www.history.co.uk/history-of-ww2/iceland-during-ww2

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    • FoTD News:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      I just want to apologise for not posting a new FoTD in so long, I’ve been prioritising my work recently, I didn’t have the time to follow up on any research on information I already know in order to make a new FoTD, due to my work taking up so much of my time.


      This hiatus should be coming to a close by the end of the week and regular uploading shall begin again.


      Once again I apologise to all of you that have missed these uploads, all I can say in response is that becoming an aircraft engineer is no mean feat.


      Thank you.


      Regards,

      IronBridge

    • Fact of The Day:

      2 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      In 1982, British Airways Flight 009, a 747 with 248 passengers on-board, inadvertently flew into a volcanic ash cloud over the Indian Ocean. The ingestion of ash caused all four engines to fail mid-flight.


      With a ditching of the aircraft in the ocean seemingly inevitable, Captain Eric Moody, in a pièce de résistance of British stoicism, made the following announcement:


      "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are all doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress."


      Eventually, after quarter of an hour without any power, the engines were brought back to life. Ash had clogged the engines, which only restarted when enough of the molten ash solidified and broke off.



      I present to you the most British thing ever said.

      Further Info: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8622099.stm

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    • Fact of The Day

      3 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Lee Harvey Oswald, infamous assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was buried on November 25 in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Burial Park in Fort Worth. A marker inscribed simply “Oswald” replaced the stolen original tombstone, which gave Oswald's full name, birth and death dates.


      A notable part of his funeral was that due to a lack of family and friends in attendance, the pallbearers of Oswald's casket were reporters, asked at the behest of officials in attendance.



      I can’t imagine they were that enthusiastic to carry the body of the murderer of one of the most beloved presidents of all time.

      Still a cool thing to tell your kids though...

      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Harvey_Oswald#Burial

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      P.S. Sorry for not posting for a while, been busy with life stuff

    • Fact of The Day:

      3 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      At 01:15 am on the 18th of April 1955, Albert Einstein spoke his last words.

      They were in German, he spoke them to a nurse who didn't speak German and so are unfortunately lost forever.



      One can only wonder what wisdom humanity may have gained, had we known.

      Further Info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32354300

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      What is the deepest point on the planet?


      Many of you may be thinking of the Marianas Trench, the sea trench that’s deeper than Mt. Everest is tall.


      Though you’d be wrong.


      The deepest point on earth is a man made borehole, found in the Pechengsky District, Russia, on the Kola Peninsula.


      Thus it is rather aptly called the “Kola Superdeep Borehole”.


      At an astounding 12,262 metres (40,230 ft), and 23 cm (9 inches) diameter, deep it is the deepest point on earth, in terms of true vertical depth, as there are lower points on the earth but they are found on its surface and are a result of its topography, they aren’t holes, just lulls in the ground, for instance the bottom of Litke Deep, a trench in the Arctic Ocean, is the closest point to the centre of the earth, despite it being only 5,449 metres (17,881 feet), it is the closest due to the Arctic Ocean being the lowest of all the oceans.


      Anyway, back to the Kola Superdeep Borehole.

      So why was it made?

      In all honesty the reason in essence was “why not?”.

      Seriously the entire reason was to drill as deep as possible into the Earth's crust.


      Speaking of which, how was this hole drilled you may ask?


      Drilling was done by the Soviet Union, starting on 24 May 1970 and ending in 1992. 

      It was drilled using progressively larger and longer oil drilling rigs, staring with the Uralmash-4E and later the Uralmash-15000 series drilling rig.


      The reasoning for stopping the project was due to higher-than-expected temperatures at the depth and location, 180 °C (356 °F) instead of the expected 100 °C (212 °F).


      If they were to continue on to the 15,000 m (49,000 ft) target then they would have to expect temperatures around 300 °C (570 °F), at which the drill bit would no longer work.


      So the entire venture was abandoned, a steel cap was placed atop the hole to stop anyone or anything from falling in, with that the centre of the earth remains a mystery (except that it’s really, really, really hot...)



      So there you are definitive proof that once and for all the deepest hole in the world isn’t yo’ mama.

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

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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 year 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 Keeper of Knowledge

        1 year 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 Keeper of Stories

      1 year 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 Keeper of Knowledge

        1 year 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 Emeritus

      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day!

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

        1 year ago

        Danke schön!

    • LadyOddDuck

      1 year ago

      Happy FU Day!

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

        1 year 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

      1 year ago

      Happy FU day!

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

        1 year ago

        Thank you very much!

    • andytheciderman RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      1 year 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 Keeper of Knowledge

        1 year 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 2 years 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