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Tea* has 10x the amount of antioxidants compared to that of fruits and veggies.

~ Long distances, humans can outrun almost any animal.

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Sheep are severely stupid and often commit suicide... Two common ways: Getting into a food storage and eating until their rumen or sometimes abomasum ruptures, causing sepsis.  When running they will slam into trees, fences, gates, houses, etc. and break their necks.

 

Dairy cattle tend to produce the most milk at temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.4 to 10 degrees Celsius.

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Computer-generated 3D models are almost always made using one of two common media: Polygons or NURBS.

 

Polygons are interpolations of points. The locations of the points are what distinguishes the surface of the model in X,Y,Z coordinates, and can be "related" to one another using transformations, rotations and skeleton-like constraints. This type of model generation is often what people think of when they picture "3D models" because they are easy to texture and animate, and thus are nearly the only kind of 3D models ever seen in real-time applications, video games and movies.

 

 

NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational Basis Splines) are used in CNC design, computer-aided drawing, drafting, architecture, and other applications where the 3D model is turned into a real world object. 3D Printers convert polygon models into NURBS objects before they can be printed. NURBS are made with very similar tools to Polygon objects, except the computer works by connecting volumes (geometric objects) rather than interpolating points (lines and surfaces). The difference between a Polygon object and a NURBS object is that NURBS will have all of the points in space within its volume mathematically defined, whereas Polygons do not.

 

For example: look at the points on this character's face.

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You can see that his nose looks smooth even though in the "wireframe mode", the smoothness is basically a computerized filter that is sub-dividing each square into smaller and smaller ones until it looks smooth.

 

A spline is actually smooth, rather than having the appearance of smoothness, since the curve is defined by a mathematical function.

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Because every single point on the surface or inside the volume of a NURBS object can be calculated, machines can convert that precise information into movement in real-world space, and then instructions to machining tools, or as dimensions on a blueprint.

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NURBS objects do not appear in animations very often because it is extremely difficult to make them calculate textures or deform them using a time-scale. Both of these tasks are very easy for Polygons.

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Did you know that people discovered a new relative to the Human species????

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The earth(and other planets) is/are round

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61L6hB7c1bg

False! The Earth and many other planets are oblate spheres meaning the are fatter on the equator

 

A group of ape are called a congress

It is illegal to play golf in the streets of Albany, NY

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The bumble bee bat is the smallest bat. It is super tiny and cute! kittis-02.jpg

This is not a joke! It is real!

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False! The Earth and many other planets are oblate spheres meaning the are fatter on the equator

 

You're both right!

Hydrostatic equilibrium is the internal forces of an object trying to "null" itself out in a gravity field. Aka, objects in space trying to take on a very lazy form, which generally consists of a sphere.

 

However, things in space aren't always going to form spheres because their own gravitational field is not the only gravitational force affecting them. (Structure of the object also plays its part, but planetary structural strength is often infinitesimal in comparison to its own Hill Sphere, which is why planets [and globs of juice] form ball-shaped objects, and spacecraft do not. The space shuttle's Hill Sphere is only about the size of a beach ball but the entire craft is larger than a private jet, and much more resilient than its own gravitational force, so it will never crumple into a ball.) Objects in orbit, as well as their own rotation will affect the shape of their hydrostatic equilibrium.

 

The Sun's gravity and mass are stupendous, which is why the Sun is actually the most spherical object yet observed in nature. If it had a surface, the highest mountain on the Sun would only be about an inch tall, and be spread over an area several times larger than the surface area of the entire Earth.

 

Haumea, a Trans-Neptunian dwarf planet, has an egg-shaped hydrostatic equilibrium due to its rotation, the influence of its moon, and its interactions with Neptune and Uranus. And it isn't alone with its surface irregularity.

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It's fully possible for large planets and even stars to adopt unusual shapes as well.

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As of right now (assuming you have seen every episode of FIM up to) we have watched 2420 minutes of MLP FIM or 40.33 hours of the show.

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As of right now (assuming you have seen every episode of FIM up to) we have watched 2420 minutes of MLP FIM or 40.33 hours of the show.

But that assumes we only watched each episode once, and what about the movies?

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A group of ape are called a congress

It is illegal to play golf in the streets of Albany, NY

Correction- Baboons.

 

A group of crows in known as a murder.

Being that a group takes three or more, only having two crows would be attampted murder.

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Electric eels are not actually eels, they are instead knifefish. 

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A study showed that swearing reduces pain. The people in a group that were allowed to swear once lasted longer with their hand in a bucket of ice water than the group allowed one safe word (like shoot instead of sh!t) and the group that couldnt say anything.

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There are more combinations in a deck of cards than there are atoms in the universe.

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Did you know that cashews come from a fruit?

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There is form of psychical disease in which people think they are werewolves or turn into wolves:  

 

Clinical lycanthropy is defined as a rare psychiatric syndrome that involves a delusion that the affected person can transform into, has transformed into, or is a non-human animal.[1] Its name is connected to the mythical condition of lycanthropy, a supernatural affliction in which humans are said to physically shapeshift into wolves.[2]

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A study showed that swearing reduces pain. The people in a group that were allowed to swear once lasted longer with their hand in a bucket of ice water than the group allowed one safe word (like shoot instead of sh!t) and the group that couldnt say anything.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ_fXybPq1Q

 

BOOOLLLOOOCCCKKKSSSS

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You can stop your pulse (in your wrist) by placing an object such as a bottle or a tennis ball under you arm and pushing your arm against it. But it's not a great idea to do that for more than a few seconds. This works because there is an artery near the underside of your arm, and the object you are pressing your own against prevents blood from flowing through that artery. I learnt this from Duck Quacks Don't Echo! :P

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Who wants a random woodwind fact? :DDD ...Well, I would be interested, anyway.

 

I feel like I've posted this one somewhere before, anyway...

 

The name of the English horn, as one may guess, is misleading in the same way as the name of the French horn. It is not English, and its name much more interestingly (IMO) takes root from a corruption of "Angel's Horn".

 

IIRC, 'Anglo' (Anglo Land = England) also means 'Angel', so it makes sense in some very kind of odd way... Except it still doesn't. Lol.

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Harvard has an acceptance rate of around 4.7%. I would imagine that this is due to many applicants more than their extremely high selectiveness.

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