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09-06-2019, 11:21   #916
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In the UK 90% of bees are solitary bees, rather than those which live in colonies or hives.

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That's nuts. So where do they sleep? And they don't make honey ? And i assume they don't reproduce either?
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Animal Psychologist Irene Pepperberg was studding the use of language in an African grey parrot. Whilst teaching him colours Alex the parrot caught sight of his reflection in a mirror and after studying it for a while asked "what colour?"

To this day it remains the only question ever asked by a non human.

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Despite its name, only 45% of the London Underground is underground in tunnels, the rest is in the outer environs of London on the surface.
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10-06-2019, 18:40   #919
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Shark attacks kill around 10 people worldwide a year, but humans kill somewhere between 20 and 90 million sharks a year.

Most of that number are killed because people in China and much of Asia consider Sharks Fin Soup a delicacy. The sharks are caught, their fins cut off and they're thrown back into the sea to bleed to death. The remaining kills are from accidental catches in commercial trawlers, culls organized to make swimming safer in tourist areas, and a small number are killed by those inexplicable people who need trophies to brag about and hang on their walls.

Most shark attacks are within 35 metres of shore and over 90% of victims are male - half of all victims are surfers. Florida is the shark attack capital of the world with 600 fatalities since 1959, in contrast to the 25 fatal alligator encounters (since 1973) in the same State.

As for Shark Week, sharks can't smell blood from a mile off as widely believed but they might smell it from a quarter mile off. Even so, menses isn't blood alone and the blood is mixed with endometrial cells and cervical mucus and other goodies, which might literally throw Jaws off the scent. The University of Florida confirms no discernible pattern of Shark Week shark attacks and since they research such matters, they should know. Less than 10% of attacks are female, so if you want to go surfing while also surfing Satans Waterfall you're probably safe. Though why risk it.*

Your chance of shark attack is very low - about 1 in 3.5 million over a lifetime. For the 8 - 12 people who die from shark attack yearly, nearly 40 million people will die of starvation.





*I'm helping my young nephews with a science project, they love sharks.
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Sharks are old.

They're believed to have first appeared around 450 millions years ago. That's 200 million years before the first dinosaur and 50 million years before the first tree.

They've even survived all five of earths major extinction events.
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10-06-2019, 21:22   #921
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And they made shark dentists redundant - no mean feat, that.
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Sharks are old.

They're believed to have first appeared around 450 millions years ago. That's 200 million years before the first dinosaur and 50 million years before the first tree.

They've even survived all five of earths major extinction events.
They're also surprisingly resilient in a tornado....according to some documentary a while back
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the 3 main characters in Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia are Charlie, Mac and Dennis

Charlie is played by CHARLIE Day

Mac by Rob MACilheney

but Dennis is played by Glen Hewerthon who decided his character was too mental and psycho to share his actual name!

Similarly, Will Smith was told before filming Fresh Prince, that whatever his character was called, people would know him by that character name forever more....so his character in the show is called.... Will Smith.

Similar ideas are seen in Spin city with Mike (michael J Fox) and Charlie (Charlie Sheen) and again with Charlie Sheen playing Charlie in Two and a half men and with Tony Danze playing "Tony" in both Taxi and Who's the boss.

Edit - I forgot the American Office where 3 or 4 characters use the actors name - Angela, Oscar, Creed etc
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In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the equestrian events were held in Stockholm 5 months beforehand because of strict quarantine rules in Australia.
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Shark attacks kill around 10 people worldwide a year......

Your chance of shark attack is very low - about 1 in 3.5 million over a lifetime.

*I'm helping my young nephews with a science project, they love sharks.
In the interests of accuracy and being utterly petulant on my part, based on the above limited information you supplied then this statistic is wrong and do not want your nephew to lose marks.

There are 7.7 billion on the planet and for your stat to be valid then humans would need to reach an age of 220 years old. If average age expectancy is 80 then your odds of getting eaten by a shark over a lifetime are 1 to 9.6 million.
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In the interests of accuracy and being utterly petulant on my part, based on the above limited information you supplied then this statistic is wrong and do not want your nephew to lose marks.

There are 7.7 billion on the planet and for your stat to be valid then humans would need to reach an age of 220 years old. If average age expectancy is 80 then your odds of getting eaten by a shark over a lifetime are 1 to 9.6 million.
Are you assuming all attacks result in death?
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Not quite. It was a big one, but certainly not the loudest sound ever heard on earth. Over it's billions of years there have been many much louder. The meteorite slamming into modern day Mexico that took out the dinosaurs would have been significantly louder.

But if we take historically, then there are other contenders. A big one would be the volcanic eruption that blew up the aegean island of Santorini, known as Thera back then during the Minoan civilisation(around 1500 BC). A larger bang than Krakatoa that blew the island apart and almost certainly informed the story of Atlantis*. It also caused a massive tsunami that hit the Greek mainland and heavily damaged the Minoan civilisation. Going further back into human prehistory around 60,000 BC there was also the Toba event, another volcanic eruption much larger again and not too far from Krakatoa, which led to "nuclear winter" conditions around the globe and reduced the human population, to the degree it caused a genetic bottleneck that was can see traces of today.


*Plato was clearly spinning an allegorical yarn, but he could certainly have been inspired by the Thera/Santorini and her destruction. He described the "Atlanteans" as a powerful seafaring race with cool technology, who were antagonists to the earliest proto Greeks, which would describe the Minoans. Atlantis he describes as a ring of land with a narrow entrance that led to an inward sea and docks for their great ships on a central island. Now he exaggerates the scales, but before it blew up Thera/Santorini fits that description. It was a ring of mountain with a small entrance into a safe harbour and a central island.



It also fits his description of a rapid cataclysmic end to Atlantis when Thera blew her top and billions of tonnes of water flooded into the volcanic cauldron. He also notes that the soil was made of three colours; black, red and yellow, which if you ever visit Santorini today you will see that in exposed ground.

Interestingly, like Pompeii there is a large chunk of buildings and artefacts under the volcanic ash of the event. They're are extremely sophisticated for the time. Paved streets, two storey houses with hot and cold running water and drainage. Far in advance of the nascent Greek mainlanders.



Unlike Pompeii, no bodies. It looks like the people got away in time warned by ominous rumblings and quakes. Or maybe they are there, still buried, huddled in a group waiting for rescue.
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Not quite. It was a big one, but certainly not the loudest sound ever heard on earth. Over it's billions of years there have been many much louder. The meteorite slamming into modern day Mexico that took out the dinosaurs would have been significantly louder.
D'you know, I was thinking about that one, too. But then I remembered, "If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?" (this was before the advent of humankind, IIRC, and the dinosaurs don't count, for the purposes of this post).
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