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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Jan Zizka (aka Jan Žižka z Trocnova a Kalicha) is widely regarded as one of the single finest military minds in all of the worlds history.


      Zizka, born in 1360, is generally considered to have never lost a battle. What makes this feat even more impressive is that, whereas the few other generals in history who’ve done this had powerful armies at their command, Zizka was in command of only peasants and rebels.


      Zizka was a general during something known as the “Hussite Wars” which, in a nutshell, was an uprising by protestant dissenters against the Catholic Church. The Hussites, who were mostly Czechs, followed the teachings of Jan Hus, a Czech priest who was burned at the stake for heresy in 1415. Luckily for the Hussites, under the leadership of Zizka, they won victory after victory, despite generally being vastly outnumbered.


      Prior to becoming a general for the Hussites, Zizka was actually a mercenary fighting for whomever paid him the highest wage. It was during his time as a mercenary, during the First Battle of Tannenberg (aka, the Battle of Grunwald) in 1410, that Zizka lost one of his eyes. After getting his eye stabbed out of his face, Zizka was still instrumental in helping claim victory that day for the Polish.


      Zizka’s prowess on the battlefield was linked to a combination of his ability to effectively use the terrain of the battlefield to his advantage and his amazing ability to innovate, including being among the first to effectively incorporate small gun powder weapons in battle and developing what were essentially tanks. They were heavily armoured wagons, from which his men could safely pepper the enemy to death with crossbow bolts and hand cannon balls.


      This prowess and these “war wagons” were instrumental in many of Zizka’s victories and helped him and his men overcome almost impossible odds. For example, during the Battle of Sudomer, Zizka and a force of just 400 lightly equipped men managed to fight off over 2,000 well trained soldiers.


      Zizka himself however didn’t hide behind them, generally preferring to fight the enemy head on. His skill and ferocity on the battlefield quickly earned him the respect of his men, and his enemies. In fact, Zizka was so determined to lead his soldiers regardless of the odds, that he even did so after he lost his other eye during a battle in 1421. Zizka even once managed to lead an ambush against a group of men who’d tried to ambush him while he was completely blind in both eyes.


      Zizka continued leading his men until 1424, when he finally died at the age 63-64, not from running into battle blind mind you, but from the plague. Before his death though, Zizka requested that his skin be flayed from his body and used to make war drums. So that his men could beat the drums as they marched into battle; meaning even in death, he could lead them on.


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

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      HDMI licensed manufacturers pay an annual fee of US$10,000 plus a royalty rate of $0.15 per cable, reduced to $0.05 if the HDMI logo is used. All, of the over, 1,700 companies that use them pay in total over $17,000,000 a year just to be able to use HDMI.



      That’s a lot of multimedia...


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

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Research by Rachel E. White, from Hamilton College, and Emily Prager and Catherine Schaefer, from the University of Minnesota, found that kids aged 4-6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman.


      Courtesy of a series of tests in which children would refer to themselves in varying degrees of viewpoint, 1st person, 3rd person and if they were a hero, and then attempt to resist the temptation of an iPad and complete “work”.


      It was found that those referred to in 1st person did worst, 3rd person second and hero first. In other words, the more the child could distance him or herself from the temptation, the better the focus.


      “Children who were asked to reflect on the task as if they were another person were less likely to indulge in immediate gratification and more likely to work toward a relatively long-term goal,” the authors wrote in the study called “The “Batman Effect”: Improving Perseverance in Young Children,” published in Child Development.


      Even children recognise the unparalleled badass that is Batman.


      Further Info: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/new-research-finds-that-kids-aged-4-6-perform-better-during-boring-tasks-when-dressed-as-batman

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Acclaimed composer John Williams has never seen any of the Star Wars movies he composed the music for, in their entirety.

      He has stated that he doesn’t find the themes he composed for them “very memorable”.


      His reasoning for not having seen them is that once he has finished his work he moves on and doesn’t look back:

      "When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, “Ah, it’s finished.”

      “Now I don’t have an impulse to go to the theater and look at it. Maybe some people find that weird, or listen to recordings of my music very, very rarely.“



      I wonder if he has seen any of the Star Trek films?


      Further Info: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/star-wars-rogue-one-john-williams-music-theme-score-never-watched-a7491911.html

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The US Embassy in Kathmandu has guidelines on what to do if a Yeti is found.


      In 1959, a U.S. government memo issued by the embassy outlined the guidelines for “expeditions searching for the YETI in Nepal.”


      The memo, called “Regulations Governing Mountain Climbing Expeditions in Nepal — Relating to Yeti,” highlighted what hunters could or could not do if they faced the fabled monster.


      According to the document, hunters must pay an expedition fee of the equivalent of $77 to His Majesty’s Government of Nepal if they wish to hold a Yeti hunt.

      The hunters were allowed only to catch or take photos of the creature, although: “All photographs taken of the animal, the creature itself if captured alive or dead, must be surrendered to the Government of Nepal at the earliest time,” stated the memo.


      The only time the Yeti could be shot and killed was in self-defense.


      The guidelines also state that any report on the Yeti being real had to be turned over to the Nepalese government. The news of its existence “must not in any way be given out to the Press or Reporters for publicity.”


      Due to it possibly causing a panic among the public.



      A document on what to do if the Yeti is discovered to be real, that is incredible and I want a physical copy of the whole thing now.


      Further Info: http://time.com/4090520/us-government-hunt-yeti/

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      P.S. Also I’m back from holiday break, so expect the facts to start flowing again.

    • Fact of The Day:

      1 month 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:

      1 month 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 month 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 month 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:

      2 months 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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  • 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

      8 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

        8 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

      8 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

        8 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

      8 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

        8 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

      8 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

        8 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

      8 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

        8 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