(Closed) Just for fun: (Not so) Common Knowledge

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Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

This thread is fabulous.

Post # 48
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

When you drink alcohol you get dehydrated. This also goes for the fluid in the inner ear (mostly potassium). Since the inner ear is largely responsible for equilibrium and balance, when it dries out you can become unbalanced. This is why people can get the spins or be off balance when they drink too much. 🙂 Stay hydrated! Eat a banana!

 

Infants are born with the ability to distinguish all phonemes (speech sounds) in all languages of the world. However, if babies are not exposed to certain phonemes they will lose the ability to distinguish them. For example, many people who speak asian languages literally cannot hear the difference between an English “L” and “R” (they only differ VERY slightly!). This is why they frequently switch them while speaking. However, native English speakers can easily distinguish them. 

 

I probably have a million speech/language/hearing ones but those are two of my favorites!

 

oh and this one! There is no “dark side of the moon.” The moon just freakishly rotates at the exact same speed as the Earth so we always see the same side of it.

 

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Lots of random things in a few subjects, but nothing an expert in that subject would be surprised by. But I do have one really fun talent: I can explain very complex subjects to people normally bad at/scared of/averse to learning/whatever with that subject. I can do so in a way that experts in that subject will generally be pleased with, too, although I got lectured by an engineering professor for making something sound “too interesting” which made me laugh.

I can tell good conformation in a horse pretty well, and can judge its suitability for various disciplines. I’m also better at horse color and patterns than most horse owners because I was (still am) horse-obsessed but don’t have one, so I spend lots of time learning about horses and planning for when I can get one.

I’m relatively knowledgeable about shotokan karate, although I’m not very good at it (compared to where I want to be – I’m actually one of the highest ranking students at my well-thought-of school but I just don’t think I’m good enough).

Post # 50
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Buzzing bee

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@boogiewoogies:  I have a love/hate relationship with the ones I know. I hate when they walk by when I am on the phone, and they aren’t terribly bright, but I talk to them when I walk by if nobody is looking. “Nice feathers! Enjoying the weather?” That kind of stuff.

Post # 51
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Busy bee

The proper pronunciation of Hawaiʻi is hu-VAH-ee, with a soft V sound but strong emphasis on the second syllable, and the “apostrophe” is called an ʻokina.

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee

Many are surprised to learn that Italian unification happened in 1861 and German unification in 1871.  Technically the USA is older than the Kingdom of Italy and its post-WW2 successor, the Italian Republic.

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MechEBee:  you know about plumbing, and cars?  But… But… But… But you’re a girl. I dunt understand. 

Post # 54
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@AB Bride:  I have this same conversation with my mother! Plus, she’s always ranting about “genetically modified foods.” I’ve tried to explain to her that she’d be hard to find one food in a supermarket that has never been genetically modified through natural selection or other “normal” farming techniques. Her response is “but you know, the weird science stuff.” How can you convince someone that not understanding something does not make it weird or dangerous? 

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@zumbaista:  I used to train horses for dressage back in highschool, and after doing my AP drawing portfolio on the disciplines of dressage I’ve become really sensitive to the way horses carry themselves. It drives me nuts to see people riding their horses around with noses in the air, hollow backs, ect. It probably doesn’t help that I live down the street from fairgrounds that host a horse show every other weekend in the summer and there are a lot of amature riders.

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@AlwaysSunny:  As a scientist who works with GMOs people like this make me sputter incoherent gibberish from sheer frustration.

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This thread is making me feel smarter already 🙂

Post # 58
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@AlwaysSunny:  Ugh, yes to the GMOs.  Especially based on the Canadian government’s definition.  Artificial selection results in a GMO.

Post # 59
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@AB Bride:  Haha! I’ve given up on the issue. I love my mother dearly but she tends to get sucked into emotional political issues without doing her research.

She also dislikes corporations. Um…the mom & pop grocery store down the street is probably incorporated. Most businesses are corporations. It’s a legal status created by the government to reduce personal liability. When did “corporation” become a dirty word? 

Post # 60
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@AB Bride:  I knoww I hate this!  I work at a research station for Agriculture Canada and we have a berry breeding program that regularly gets hate mail/threats because of all of our GMO’s.  They don’t understand that we are just selectively breeding them…

Post # 61
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m sure I have random unique knowledge, but I can’t think of anything!!  🙁

 

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