Official Random Fact/Random Thought Thread!

Orcas are phukin METAL!

Did you know they're capable of ground effect flight? That's what inspired the invention of the "Ekranoplan" which were a class of ground effect vehicles developed in soviet Russia, culminating in the infamous "Caspian Sea Monster"

Behold, orca in ground effect...

And the aforementioned Caspian Sea Monster...

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@Kaveman Wow! That's so cool! Orca are highly intelligent and have been known to be quite sadistic, playing with and tormenting their prey for significant lengths of time prior to initiating an attack.

Video of the Caspian Sea Monster...

IMG_9505.jpeg In the Amazonian jungle of Brazil, a moth was spotted drinking the tears of a sleeping bird. This behavior was observed for the first time in the country and for the third time in the world. Moths and butterflies often drink the tears of crocodiles, turtles and mammals. This is a way to get salt, an important nutrient that is not found in nectar and is difficult to find anywhere else.
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Random Fact: Where did Oklahoma get its name? Equivalent to the English word Indian, okla humma was a phrase in the Choctaw language used to describe the Native American race as a whole. Oklahoma later became the de facto name for Oklahoma Territory, and it was officially approved in 1890, two years after the area was opened to white settlers.

Random Fact: Who didn't sign the Declaration of Independence? Of the approximately fifty delegates who are thought to have been present in Congress during the voting on independence in early July 1776, eight never signed the Declaration: John Alsop, George Clinton, John Dickinson, Charles Humphreys, Robert R. Livingston, John Rogers, Thomas Willing, and Henry Wisner.
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A case which demonstrates how, if a court can't determine without a reasonable doubt which twin committed a murder, they must acquit both twins. Twins share identical DNA, so if you're a twin, and DNA evidence links your other twin to a crime, but if they can't definitively prove it is him/her, and if they bring you into questioning, just keep your mouths shut. Because avoiding the of conviction of an innocent man/woman supersedes the need to convict anyone for a crime at all. This case is from 2011, but there are many others.

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Random Fact: Which sea has no coast line? The Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic is bounded by the Gulf Stream on the west, the North Atlantic Current on the north, the Canary Current on the east, and the North Equatorial Current on the south. The Sargasso Sea is a region in the gyre in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Random Fact: What do you call a woman who hates men? A woman who hates men can be described as a misandrist, and the corresponding noun is misandry. Women who hate men are misandrists, as men who hate women are misogynists.
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According to Psychology Today, a hugely reputable magazine, about 6.2% of the general population would meet the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder and 3.7% would meet the criteria for antisocial personality disorder. These conditions are considered to be sociopathy.

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We’re all bonkers one way or another. I couldn’t give a toss what the headshrinker industry wants to label us with.
I was just joining in your word game thing.
There's a difference between being a misanthrope and a narcissist or psychopath. I was simply furthering the word game.
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Misanthropy is a negative attitude towards humanity, but it's not a mental disorder, like narcissism or psychopathy. Misanthropes are people who dislike people and expect the worst from them. They may be upfront about their misanthropy and have no desire to spend time with people. Misanthropy can accompany disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and antisocial personality disorder.

"Misanthropy is the general hatred, dislike, or distrust of the human species, human behavior, or human nature. A misanthrope or misanthropist is someone who holds such views or feelings. Misanthropy involves a negative evaluative attitude toward humanity that is based on humankind's flaws. Misanthropes hold that these flaws characterize all or at least the greater majority of human beings. They claim that there is no easy way to rectify them short of a complete transformation of the dominant way of life. Various types of misanthropy are distinguished in the academic literature based on what attitude is involved, at whom it is directed, and how it is expressed. Either emotions or theoretical judgments can serve as the foundation of the attitude. It can be directed toward all humans without exception or exclude a few idealized people. In this regard, some misanthropes condemn themselves while others consider themselves superior to everyone else. Misanthropy is sometimes associated with a destructive outlook aiming to hurt other people or an attempt to flee society. Other types of misanthropic stances include activism by trying to improve humanity, quietism in the form of resignation, and humor mocking the absurdity of the human condition."

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You don't seem like a misanthrope to me, @lxskllr. You're a kind and thoughtful person who seems to care what the human race, at least on this forum, has to offer and share with you and are, similarly, wiling to share with them. Perhaps your feelings about humanity outside of this forum better matches the above description.
The last song of the Kauai 'O'o. The bird was singing for a mate, and the pauses are when the response was supposed to come. The person recording played it back to make sure he got it, and the bird came back thinking he got a response. It was last heard in 1987(this recording), and is presumed extinct.

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It's winter time (everywhere but the Southwest lol it's 73 degrees right now in Scottsdale, AZ), so grab some suet and a suet cage and feed some birds! You'll enjoy watching them!
I save my food that gets stale or bugs to feed critters in the winter. It goes in the fridge, and I hopefully remember when the time comes.
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Random Fact: The sun is classified as a G-type main-sequence star, or G dwarf star, or more imprecisely, a yellow dwarf. Actually, the sun — like other G-type stars — is white, but appears yellow through Earth's atmosphere. Stars generally get bigger as they grow older.

Random Fact: How much is the Nike "Swoosh" logo worth? For example, in 1971, Phil Knight paid Carolyn Davidson $35 to create the Nike "Swoosh" logo. Today, global brand consultancy Interbrand ranks Nike No. 25 on its list of the top 100 most valuable brands in the world, with an estimated value of more than $13 billion. The person who created the logo receieved stock in the Nike company, still holds their stock and is now a millionaire with UNRELAZED capital gains.