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The Useless Trivia Thread

Here's a thread to post all those wonderful bits of trivia that, while interesting, have no real impact on your life or tend not to be useful in any way.

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R. Budd Dwyer - politician (Pennsylvania)
1987 --- Convicted of bribery and conspiracy in federal court and about to be sentenced, he called a press conference; there, in front of spectators and TV cameras, he shot himself in the mouth.

This was the man that inspired the Filter song, "Hey Man (Nice Shot)"
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Re: The Useless Trivia Thread

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Here's a thread to post all those wonderful bits of trivia that, while interesting, have no real impact on your life or tend not to be useful in any way.
but isn't trivia just random knowledge, and random knowledge enhances your intelligence, and the more intelligence you have, the smarter you are so in essence even if the littlest bit of "senseless" trivia can impact your life greatly, even if it has no real use?


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Re: Re: The Useless Trivia Thread

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but isn't trivia just random knowledge, and random knowledge enhances your intelligence, and the more intelligence you have, the smarter you are so in essence even if the littlest bit of "senseless" trivia can impact your life greatly, even if it has no real use?


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Just how would random knowledge enhance your intelligence? All the random knowledge in the world won't make me sucessful if I don't find some useful way to apply it...

...besides which, you didn't post any trivia yourself. What's the matter, not intelligent enough?


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Re: The Useless Trivia Thread

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R. Budd Dwyer - politician (Pennsylvania)
1987 --- Convicted of bribery and conspiracy in federal court and about to be sentenced, he called a press conference; there, in front of spectators and TV cameras, he shot himself in the mouth.
i've seen that video, it's pretty sick...



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A Japanese company hired a soothsayer to throw dice to help determine on which floor of the two 110-story World Trade Center they should have their offices on.
do you think they asked him for their money back?
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Re: Re: Re: The Useless Trivia Thread

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Just how would random knowledge enhance your intelligence? All the random knowledge in the world won't make me sucessful if I don't find some useful way to apply it...

...besides which, you didn't post any trivia yourself. What's the matter, not intelligent enough?


An ostrich's eye is larger than its brain.
you are not born with random knowledge, you had to have read or watched something, and more than likely it was not a commercial that was just a minute of infromation...sea mammals(dolphins, whales etc) have a very complex communication system and the dolphins in the northern colder oceans are more violent and their play is not as nice as the happy dolphins in the warmer waters,dolphins are the only threat besides humans to a great white ...a great whites favorite food is seal, and and they can jump out of the water on an attack, australia has nine of the ten deadliest snakes in the world...they have recently found the skeletal remains of a prehistoric alligator that was over forty feet long...they use worms to do studies on extending life periods...most of what scientists know about how the human brain works come from animal experiments...give me some time, I can go on with more...Intelligent enough for you?:p
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Re: Re: Re: Re: The Useless Trivia Thread

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Intelligent enough for you?:p
Mmm..almost. Had you been as ingenious as Dark Insanity to double space your trivia, it would have made your post longer and much more impressive looking.


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It is a misconception to believe that watching TV in a dark room is bad for your eyes. This myth was created to help sell lamps in the early 1950's.
I KNEW it!!!! My dad is ALWAYS getting after me for sitting in the dark with a movie or computer.



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In Medieval England, at one point, 40% of the male population was named John.
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I'll have to remember that one. I never remember my dreams.

The little plastic doohickie on the end of your shoelaces is called an aglet.
yeah but ever since that tom cruise film 'cocktail' i bet more people think they're called flugelbinders. that's what i call them anyway.
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