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

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Post # 92
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I think it’s funny that someone ridicules their spouse about cinnamOn, yet can’t seem to spell it correctly.

Post # 93
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

The difference between semi-automatic and automatic weapons. Automatic means that if you hold the trigger down the gun will continue firing multiple bullets until the magazine is spent. This would be like a machine gun (they are NOT easy to just buy any old place and they cost a TON of money). Semi-automatic just means that the action is automatically cycled after each shot, but you still need to pull the trigger each time you want to take a shot. So most hunting rifles, handguns and shotguns are semi-automatic weapons. The media likes to proclaim that semi-automatic guns are all military-grade weapons when anyone who hunts actually has a semi-automatic weapon.

Post # 94
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@smg5281:  LOL the braille question made me laugh! My future sister-in-law is Deaf and once people see that I can sign (somewhat), there have been a few that have asked if I read braille as well! Love it!

Post # 95
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@MechEBee:  It still amazes me how differently they speak to my wife at mechanics, than to me.  I know a bit more, but only by virtue of having had cars longer than her, and having had older cars that needed to go to the shop more.  It’s ridiculous.  Unfortunately, we can’t change other people, and their attitudes, so I usually try to just go do that stuff because I don’t get treated like crap, and I get straight answers.  It’s not every place, and when we find places that treat her like the intelligent person she is, we go back, but sometimes we have to pick based on price, or geography, and end up at places where they are sexist twits.

Then, you get places where they treate everybody terribly.  She needed a new battery, and we went to the Hyundai dealership, because batteries for her car have to be a very specific shape, and other battery/electrical shops don’t always have them.  I asked “How much for a battery – just the part.”  His answer was “Installed, it’s $120.”  To which I said, bluntly, “I’m not paying a skilled labourer to lift a battery into a car, and tighten two bolts.”

Post # 96
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@PaisleyMedic:  I just learned this not too long ago.  My DH is a FF/EMT.  I asked how his call for the heart attack went.  He replied, I didn’t have a call for a heart attack, I had a cardiac arrest.  He then explained the difference.  I had no idea.

Post # 97
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

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@MechEBee:  Actually, the elephant having 4 knees thing is a myth.  Their skeleton is actually homologous to any other land mammal.  But, you’re right, they can’t jump. Smile

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

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@MechEBee:  It happens to all of us.  I tried to find google an image of their skeleton and I found several websites saying it was true.  There were far more trying to debunk the myth though.  

I had to google the second question.  I don’t know if it’s officially true but it sounds like rhinos, hippos, and sloths may not be able to either.  I’m not an expert though.  Anyone else know?

Post # 101
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@echomomm:


If I remember correctly from hippology, the horse’s vestigal toes are the ergots and chestnuts, not the splint bone. I love random equine quizbowl knowledge! 

Also +10000 on all the posts re: GMO’s. I legitimately don’t understand the uproar – we have been selectively breeding/planting for a better product for eons.

 

Post # 102
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Here are a couple medical ones that drive my parents (both worked in healthcare all their lives) crazy:

 

1. In tv shows or movies, there is always a character who, when they fall in love, says their heart “skipped” a beat when they saw their love interest. This is incorrect. Their heart didn’t “skip” a beat, but instead missed a beat. Skipping a beat is when there is an extra beat between normally paced heartbeats.

 

2. Also in tv shows/movies, you see characters pronounced dead when they are below normal body temp. Technically, you cannot pronounce someone dead until their body temp has been brought back up to the normal range.

 

Post # 104
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Things are not built out of cement, they are built out of concrete.  Cement is the powdered ingredient added to the concrete mix – along with varying sizes of aggregates (stone), water, and sometimes other admixtures to account for site conditions.

Post # 105
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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@MechEBee:  That’s really interesting. There’s no way I could tell the difference either lol, but I understand that feeling that once you know you can’t not be annoyed by it when it happens. I was watching HIMYM and a doctor said “your heart literally skipped a beat”. I was like ahh! no it did not! Lol.

Post # 106
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Blushing bee

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@KatiePi:  That reminds me of my nursing friends. They all started getting really annoyed at TV shows when the ever popular “his heart has stopped, pass me the paddles” scene happens. In reality an AED (or what ever the hospital version is) is used to regulate a heartbeat, not re-start it. 

 

I’m not sure if this counts as not so common, but I learned this weekend that the reason you have to let food cool down before putting it in the fridge is because the heat from the warm food can actually raise the temperature of your fridge and cause your other food to go bad. I’ve always known to let things cool first, just never questioned the reason behind it! 

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