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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 day ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Xin Zhui (辛追) was the wife of Li Cang (利蒼), the Marquis of Dai, during the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE).


      As a noble Xin Zhui lived an extravagant lifestyle. She enjoyed having her own musicians for entertainment, had access to a variety of imperial foods, including various types of meat, which were reserved for the royal family and members of the ruling class. Most of her clothing was made of silk and other valuable textiles, and she owned a variety of cosmetics.


      This in itself is not that interesting, but what if I told you that she is one of the best preserved mummies of all time.


      After outliving her husband and, possibly, her son, Xin Zhui died around 50 years of age in 163 BCE. She was buried in an immense tomb at Mawangdui in Changsha, with more than 1,000 items ranging from drink and food vessels, to silk clothing and tapestries, to figurines of musicians and mourners.


      She herself was enclosed within four pine coffins of decreasing sizes, all decorated in the theme of death and rebirth. They were buried beneath layers of charcoal and white clay. With the corpse itself wrapped in twenty layers of clothing bound with silk ribbons.


      This tomb was discovered in 1971, by workers digging an air raid shelter, as well as the tombs of her husband and a young man who is most commonly thought to be her son. With the assistance of over 1,500 local high school students, archaeologists began a large excavation of the site beginning in January 1972.


      When they discovered her corpse they found Xin Zhui's body was remarkably preserved.


      Her skin was still soft and moist, with muscles that still allowed for her arms and legs to flex at the joints. All her organs and blood vessels were also intact, with small amounts of Type A blood being found in her veins. There was hair on her head, with a wig pinned with a hair clasp on the back of her head. There was skin on her face, and her eyelashes and nose hair still exist. The tympanic membrane of her left ear was intact, and her finger and toe prints were distinct.


      The cause of this extraordinary preservation is unknown, although it was found that Xin Zhui's body was soaked in an unknown liquid that was mildly acidic with some magnesium in it.


      Scientists in 2003 developed a "secret compound" that was injected into Xin Zhui's still existing blood vessels to assure her preservation. Research at the Hunan Provincial Museum continues in an effort to perfect corpse preservation, using Xin Zhui as the main candidate for such procedures.


      Despite being 2,190 years dead, she is disturbingly alive.



      That’s almost as long as long life milk can last until it spoils!


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin_Zhui

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The largest seed in the world is the seed of the Coco de Mer, also known as the Lodoicea.


      The mature fruit is usually 40 - 50 cm (15.7 - 19.6 inches) in diameter and usually weighs 15 - 30 kg (33 - 66 pounds), and contains the largest seed in the plant kingdom, which also makes it the largest nut in the world.


      It produces the largest wild fruit so far recorded, weighing up to 42 kg, the mature seeds weighing up to 17.6 kg are also the world's heaviest.


      The fruit, which requires 6 - 7 years to mature and a further two years to germinate, is sometimes also referred to as the sea coconut, love nut, double coconut, coco fesse, or Seychelles nut.


      The fruit is used in Siddha medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and also in traditional Chinese medicine. In food, it is typically found as flavor enhancers for soups in southern Chinese cuisine, namely cuisine around the Canton country



      The shape is very apt...

      Further Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodoicea

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      On this day, December the 8th, perhaps not so long ago.


      A person was born, this person was destined to be rich, famous and adored by thousands.


      I...


      Am not that person, that was Nicki Minaj.



      It is still however my birthday, hooray!

      I haven’t died yet!

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      What is the most commonly used piece of punctuation?


      You may be thinking of the seemingly ever present comma or period.


      Though you would be wrong.


      While they are used an extraordinary amount, in a huge number of forms of written language, there is one that is used in almost all languages and variations thereof.


      Have you figured it out yet?


      What if I told you to look between the words...



      Yes, that’s right.

      The most commonly used piece of punctuation on the planet is the most very humble space.


      The space between words is considered punctuation, despite there being the lack of anything.


      Though just try and imagine how hard it would be to read or understand anything without it, while there are certainly languages that don’t use them: Lao and Burmese for instance, even they have now been adapted to the modern world and often make use of the space now.



      To end this out I’m going to give a tally of how many times each piece of present punctuation was used in the statement above:


      Colon - 1

      Ellipsis - 1

      Question Mark - 2

      Comma - 6

      Period - 7

      Space - 144


      I think it’s safe to say space wins.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_(punctuation)


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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Ladies, Gentlemen and whatever lies between...


      I present to you the Angora Rabbit.


      This rabbit is bred largely for their long wool, which is silky and soft. At only 11 microns in diameter it is finer and softer than cashmere.


      They produce more wool for their size than a sheep and therefore must be groomed regularly, else they very quickly turn into what appears to be a living pom-pom.


      The rabbits were popular pets with French royalty in the mid-18th century, and spread to other parts of Europe by the end of the century. They first appeared in the United States in the early 20th century.


      Their wool is held in high esteem as one of the best in the world, being so much finer and lighter than almost all others.



      Thus we have possibly the fluffiest creature in the world.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angora_rabbit


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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Oreo sandwich cookies were originally an imitation of the original American sandwich cookie: Hydrox.


      Originally debuting in 1908, Hydrox cookies were manufactured by Sunshine Biscuits for over ninety years. The Oreo cookie was introduced later in 1912, as an off-brand imitation of Hydrox.


      Oreo however gained traction and ended up surpassing Hydrox to become the premiere sandwich cookie in America. With many coming to believe that Hydrox were a cheap imitation of Oreo.


      There are a number of reasons as to why the Oreo surpassed Hydrox, such as, compared to Oreos, Hydrox cookies have a less-sweet filling and a crunchier cookie that gets less soggy in milk.


      Or it’s rather clinical sounding name, which was derived from the atoms that make up the water molecule (hydrogen and oxygen), with the intention of the name being to convey "purity and goodness.". It just doesn’t sound as good as Oreo.


      So there you are, Oreo's are actually knock off Hydrox's.



      Personally I prefer Custard Creams.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrox

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    • Fact of The Day:

      4 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      In the 1993 film “Groundhog Day”, starring Bill Murray, the president of the Groundhog Club, Buster Green, whose one great purpose in life is to make sure that the Groundhog Day festival goes as smoothly as possible, is played by Murray’s brother: Brian Doyle-Murray.


      So all interactions between them, including Buster requesting the police shoot Bill's character of Phil instead of the titular Groundhog. Are in reality between brothers.



      Based on experience with my brother, I would probably say shoot him instead too...


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Doyle-Murray

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 month ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      What was James Bond's job?


      If you answered secret agent, then I’m afraid you’re incorrect.


      In the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6, an agent is an informant to an intelligence officer, which was Bonds actual job, he can’t be an agent as he actually works for MI6.


      An intelligence officer is a person employed by SIS to collect, compile and/or analyse information which is of use to that organisation. An informant is a person who provides privileged information about a person or organization to an agency, that they are not a member to.


      So there you are SIS actually call their staff officers, agents are informants who are not members of staff.



      Intelligence officer just doesn’t sound as good, makes it sound like he’s an accountant:

      “The names Bond, fixed bonds...”.


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Intelligence_Service

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 month ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Godwin's law is an Internet adage that asserts that as an online discussion, or more specifically an argument, grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1, that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to the Nazis, Adolf Hitler or his deeds.


      It is also generally agreed that upon the comparison of such topics in the discussion then they that have brought it up have lost and the discussion should end.


      That’s not to say such comparisons can’t be made with justification, it is simply identifying those situations in which it has no pertaining relation.

      We all know the ones.



      This must make discussions about WW2 rather difficult...


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 month ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Monopoly helped prisoners of war escape during the Second World War.


      During the war, large numbers of British airmen were felled over enemy airspace and then held as prisoners of war behind enemy lines. Germany, however, in part as a nod to the Geneva Convention, allowed humanitarian groups like the Red Cross to distribute care packages to those prisoners.

      Including "games and pastimes."


      The Allies took military advantage of this human kindness, to send the prisoners Monopoly sets, contained within the sets were numerous tools that could be used in an escape.


      Compasses and files were both disguised as playing pieces. The money, in the form of French, German, and Italian bank notes were of course sneakily hidden below the Monopoly money. The maps were ingeniously concealed within the board itself. 

      The game was too innocent to raise suspicion,


      The "special edition" Monopoly sets would be designated with a red dot on the Free Parking space, something that would look to anyone who didn't know about the trick like a benign printing error.


      Thus the prisoners, with their new “game pieces”, could begin plotting their escape, after having 

      destroyed the remains of the board game so that no one would catch on.



      I would have just used the get out of jail free card...


      Further Info: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/how-monopoly-games-helped-allied-pows-escape-during-world-war-ii/266996/

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      P.S. I’m back bitches.

  • Comments (12)

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      6 months ago

      Thanks for the friend request!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        6 months ago

        @Joron093 Anytime, we long hair having, metal workers need to stick together.

    • Izayer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Stories

      7 months ago

      FUCK YOU. YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVER.....wait you mean that's the wrong FU? ..... You're saying it had a different meaning than what I thought? .......... Oh..... Happy Featured User. I thought you were someone else. 

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        7 months ago

        I probably get the first one more often than any other...

        Thank you.

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      7 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        7 months ago

        Danke schön!

    • LadyOddDuck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Call Me Duck

      7 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        7 months ago

        Thank you kindly!

    • Joron093 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of The Forges

      7 months ago

      Happy FU day!

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        7 months ago

        Thank you very much!

    • andytheciderman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTCyclist/Keeper of Wine

      1 year ago

      Congrats on Featured User dude! Muchly deserved :)

      • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

        1 year ago

        Thanks, I'm gonna keep doing what I do best and share my pointless knowledge with everyone.

  • Questions answered by IronBridge

    How do I earn my wings?

    | Asked by: Austin0434 1 year ago

    Well either wait for someone to ring a bell, or join the airforce and train to become a pilot, or drink a red bull