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  • terminalterror 22 Sep 2010 12:23:58 18,937 posts
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    This is a thread for posting random things you didn't know before and found interesting enough to share, but not quite fascinating enough to warrant an entire thread to themselves. I couldn't find a similar thread already, so I thought I'd start one. I'm sure one that I missed will be pointed out though.

    I'll start:

    TIL that in South Korea there is a Fan death urban legend.
    Fan death is an urban legend prevailing in South Korea in which an electric fan left running overnight in a closed room can cause the death of those inside. Fans sold in Korea are equipped with a timer switch that turns them off after a set number of minutes, which users are frequently urged to set when going to sleep with a fan on.

    o_O

    I love some of the pseudoscientific explanations that exist to try and justify this:
    That an electric fan chops up all the oxygen particles in the air leaving none to breathe.
    That an electric fan creates a vortex, which sucks the oxygen from the enclosed and sealed room and creates a partial vacuum inside.



    edit: it doesn't strictly have to be something you learned today, just something you never knew before and found interesting. It can be something obscure that most people also wouldn't know, or something that everybody knows and yet somehow you didn't.
  • mcmonkeyplc 22 Sep 2010 12:25:09 39,387 posts
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    Riiiiiiight.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Blerk Moderator 22 Sep 2010 12:25:34 48,225 posts
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    "Korean fans are generally cheap shit and sometimes fall off the ceiling and chop up the sleeping guy beneath"
  • JoeBlade 22 Sep 2010 12:44:27 2,492 posts
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    That an electric fan creates a vortex, which sucks the oxygen from the enclosed and sealed room and creates a partial vacuum inside.
    Hahahaha

    /quickly shuts door to secret hideout with giant vortex-generating doomsday fan

    Silly Koreans!
  • Psychotext 22 Sep 2010 12:54:12 53,854 posts
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    terminalterror wrote:
    TIL that in South Korea there is a Fan death urban legend.
    It's not limited to Korea. I've heard people say the same thing in the UK.
  • Deleted user 22 September 2010 13:05:02
    :p
  • terminalterror 22 Sep 2010 13:14:30 18,937 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    terminalterror wrote:
    TIL that in South Korea there is a Fan death urban legend.
    It's not limited to Korea. I've heard people say the same thing in the UK.

    I've never heard that before.
  • graysonavich 22 Sep 2010 13:15:20 7,309 posts
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    Corean Phan death
  • smoothpete 22 Sep 2010 13:20:30 31,351 posts
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    Today I learned that tarmac is no match for the mighty mushroom. I think it's a puffball in fact.
  • localnotail 22 Sep 2010 13:22:35 23,093 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Today I learned that tarmac is no match for the mighty mushroom. I think it's a puffball in fact.

    Aliens!

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • terminalterror 23 Sep 2010 11:08:51 18,937 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Today I learned that tarmac is no match for the mighty mushroom. I think it's a puffball in fact.

    Interesting!
  • terminalterror 23 Sep 2010 11:10:00 18,937 posts
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    Today I learned that Godaddy are quite optimistic in their customer base for buying .ca domains: link
  • Youthist 23 Sep 2010 11:10:19 10,010 posts
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    Must....not....let....thread die :-)

    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realise half of them are stupider than that

  • smoothpete 23 Sep 2010 11:11:07 31,351 posts
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    Today I saw a heron nearly fall over. So I learned that herons are clumsy and need to watch where they put their feet.
  • mcmonkeyplc 23 Sep 2010 11:11:17 39,387 posts
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    Plants can do that in general.

    Today I learnt that it is possible for two parts of the same company to shit on each other to win some business.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • RyanDS 23 Sep 2010 11:17:29 9,065 posts
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    In south africa it is common amongst the Zulus and Xhosas to have their beds on bricks, raised a foot or so off the floor.

    This is to stop the Tokoloshe from killing people in their sleep. The tokoloshe is a short demon that will bite your toes off while you are sleeping and rape your women.

    Offering to let someone sleep on your floor can be seen as a major insult as you are seen to be trying to kill them.
  • Dougs 23 Sep 2010 11:17:50 66,721 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    Corean Phan death

    :D
  • terminalterror 23 Sep 2010 11:28:22 18,937 posts
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    ryandsimmons wrote:
    In south africa it is common amongst the Zulus and Xhosas to have their beds on bricks, raised a foot or so off the floor.

    This is to stop the Tokoloshe from killing people in their sleep. The tokoloshe is a short demon that will bite your toes off while you are sleeping and rape your women.

    Offering to let someone sleep on your floor can be seen as a major insult as you are seen to be trying to kill them.

    Also interesting, cheers!
  • Syrok Designer, Tarsier Studios 23 Sep 2010 12:24:17 14,033 posts
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    Cats are more likely to be injured and have more severe injuries when they fall from the 5-9th floor than when they fall higher or lower floors.

    At least that's what they said on this week's This American Life podcast
  • terminalterror 23 Sep 2010 12:40:58 18,937 posts
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    Syrok wrote:
    Cats are more likely to be injured and have more severe injuries when they fall from the 5-9th floor than when they fall higher or lower floors.

    At least that's what they said on this week's This American Life podcast

    I had heard that one before. Something to do with if they fall from lower then they don't have as fast an impact with the ground so it isn't as serious, if they fall from higher up they have plenty of time to right themselves and land on their feet.
  • Salaman 23 Sep 2010 12:53:47 18,877 posts
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    I learned yesterday that in Shakespeare's Romeo and Julia, in the line "wherefore art thou Romeo" , the wherefore means "why" not "where".
  • Youthist 23 Sep 2010 12:55:16 10,010 posts
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    O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
    Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
    Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
    And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

    ie, Why did you have to be a Montague you silly fooker.

    Think of how stupid the average person is, and realise half of them are stupider than that

  • Psychotext 23 Sep 2010 12:57:03 53,854 posts
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    terminalterror wrote:
    I've never heard that before.
    I know some pretty stupid people.
  • LeoliansBro 23 Sep 2010 12:59:17 43,245 posts
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    Today I learned that a Wispa 'alters' the flavour of a coffee if eaten just beforehand.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • LeoliansBro 23 Sep 2010 13:00:01 43,245 posts
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    Basically, there's nothing this frankly amazing chocolate bar cannot do.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • lucky_jim 23 Sep 2010 13:01:11 5,260 posts
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    I've heard that Korean fan thing before, I've got a friend living out there and some of the stories I hear are seriously weird.

    Not really related, but he appeared on a cooking competition telly show with some other foreigners and they were supposed to have these flags representing their nationality in front of them. Except they lost the British flag, so gave him the only one which they had going spare, a Mexican one. My friend is six foot two and ginger.
  • TechnoHippy 23 Sep 2010 13:01:20 14,698 posts
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    I have a Wispa on my desk, mighty tempting it is too. What happened to Wispa Gold, they were most delicious.

    My books, contests, reviews and author interviews on my blog

  • Blaketown 23 Sep 2010 13:02:15 4,636 posts
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    Leolian'sBro wrote:
    Basically, there's nothing this frankly amazing chocolate bar cannot do.

    Teapot?

    Brap, brap, old chap.

  • Blerk Moderator 23 Sep 2010 13:23:07 48,225 posts
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    Today I learned that you have to pay VAT on digital copies of books. To which I say "what the fuck?!".
  • RyanDS 23 Sep 2010 13:25:25 9,065 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    Today I learned that you have to pay VAT on digital copies of books. To which I say "what the fuck?!".

    And authors get a lower percentage point from them, even if they cost the same as print copies.
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