Tell us an interesting random fact you stumbled across

Now I’m envisioning two entire new classes of sports leagues and records: Martian and Lunar gravity.

At some point I expect to see records kept of sports played in zero gravity.

The mechanics are discussed in EVO DEVO

So you come upon some small town’s soccer ground and see a game in progress. You wander closer to watch. One could assume the team’s not rich or famous—the four identical grandstands (bleachers, really) altogether might hold 1200 fans.

One small grandstand on each side of the square pitch. Yes, it appears they play here on a square pitch.


It turns out you can play a proper, official, totally legal, FIFA-approved soccer game on a field that’s square.* Who knew?

BONUS RANDOMNESS: In case you have trouble remembering the laws of the game that govern goalposts and the crossbar, just remember:


The posts and crossbar must be WHITE and their shape must be:


*The field of play is to be 100-130 yards along the touch lines and 50-100 yards along the goal lines. The touch lines must be longer than the goal lines but you could still have a legal field basically square at 100 yds wide and 100 yds, 1 inch long. International matches command a slightly more respectable rectangularisness of 80 yds wide x 110 yds long at their squarest. Still an odd looking field for sure.

**It was that way back when I was a referee. Now it’s elliptical and rectangular and no half-round or oval. It could be that ‘oval’ was included along with ‘elliptical’ just to make it a better mnemonic. But half-round was real. I’ve seen a few half-round goalposts in my day.

“EVO DEVO” being what now?

I guess it’s fair enough to ask. As long as you’re not me.

You’re an ok-ish poster though, you should be just fine. :upside_down_face:

Explained to someone this week that trees are effectively made of air and their mind is still :exploding_head:

Evolutionary development biology - The number of segments is controlled by hox genes that form along the lateral line of the fertilized egg. I don’t know this stuff. I just read it in a book.

All this time when I’ve seen the icon I thought it was a head wearing one of those huge brightly colored hairbows popular with cheerleaders and 6 yo girls.

It needs more splurting and droplets if it’s gonna be a head asploding.

I still don’t like you for that!

Isn’t everything basically made of air (or empty space, which is what I’m assuming you’re talking about), until you get into massive compressions like neutron stars and black holes?

I don’t know if this qualifies for this thread, but I just found out that actor Damon Herriman, who played the hapless idiot Dewey Crowe in the series Justified, is Australian. He was a very convincing southern cracker in that series. There seems to be a lot of Australian actors who can convincingly carry off an American accent.

Nope. Substantially all the bulk of wood & leaves and sap and all the rest is made of molecules absorbed out of the air. Very little comes from the roots. Which are themselves manufactured from molecules coming from the air.

Of course, none of us would know that except for Richard Feynman’s exquisite video on the subject.

A while back I was walking through Nashua, New Hampshire, and I saw this mural on the side of a building (the Chase Building) celebrating the departed movie theaters of downtown Nashua (all of which were in that same building). They showed scenes from three movies. Two were It’s a Wonderful Life and Gone with the Wind. But third one was one that was never made, and which I would dearly love to see.

The Three Stooges Meet the Blob

The uber famous Farrah Fawcett poster?

Pro Arts wanted Fawcett to wear a bikini, but instead, she opted for one-piece swimwear (this was what she normally wore, in part because she preferred to conceal a scar on her stomach that dated from childhood).

The swimsuit is now in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Hot dogs are just smashed up meat in an animal intestine casing. Right?

When you eat a hot dog, it’s still meat in an animal intestine casing, but, since it’s now your intestine casing, aren’t YOU a hot dog now?

When you empty your vaccuum cleaner - aren’t you now the vaccuum cleaner?

“Honey! Let’s go to the Smithsonian!”
“It’s educational!”

When Sweden plays Denmark in the Olympics, the scoreboard reads “SWE - DEN”. The unused letters are “DEN - MARK”.