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    • Fact of The Day:

      22 hours ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      China went mango mad during 1968.


      Chairman Mao Zedong, whom was given about 40 mangoes by the foreign minister of Pakistan, decided to gift them to the workers of Northern China.


      Yes, Mao gave approximately 30,000 people, at the time, around 40 mangoes.

      They were a hit with the public.


      Though they became immortalised throughout all of China's population, all 

      The mangoes were taken as a symbol of how Mao had in the chaotic random violence of, and that the mangoes symbolised the end of the Cultural Revolution.


      They were so popular that the large majority were never eaten, they were instead preserved and revered as "holy" objects.


      Wax replicas of the fruit held in glass were even given to workers, which were to be held in high regard in their homes, else they would be admonished by their companions and superiors.


      There were riots, parades, debates and even executions all in the name of these mangoes, most of China had never even seen a mango, let alone worshipped one as holy.


      To this day the mango is held in high regard in China.


      So, there you are China went mango mad in the late sixties, all because Mao didn't really even like fruit.


      If Pakistan had given him a crate of raisins then there might have been enough for everyone.


      Further Info: https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/A059/production/_88194014_mangoestop.jpg

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Giraffes and Humans have precisely the same number of neck vertebrae, seven to be precise.


      The Giraffe is the tallest, living, land animal on earth, standing around an impressive 6 metres (20 feet) in height.


      While the majority of their height comes from the combination of their lofty legs and heightened body, their necks are still an imposing 1.8 metres (6 feet) in length. The surprising thing is that their necks are made up of only 7 enormous vertebrae.


      At over 25.4 cm (10 inches) a giraffes neck vertebrae are over 14 times the size of that of the average mans.


      So there you are we have the same number of neck vertebrae as giraffes,

      Now I just wish I was a bit taller like one, but that's enough out of lil' ol' 5'7" me...


      Further Info: https://factualfacts.com/giraffes-and-humans-possess-the-same-number-of-neck-bones/

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    • Fact of The Day:

      4 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Kiribati (an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean) didn't have a New Year's Eve in 1994.


      You see, this day was skipped entirely on the island in 1994, due to a change in time zones, from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC−10:00 to UTC+14:00. 


      Previously Kiribati was divided by the International Date Line, with the western section of the islands being 24 hours ahead of its eastern neighbour, meaning that there were only four days in the week that official business could be conducted.


      To solve this problem, the date line was shunted east so all of the islands were in the same day. But to achieve this, the Line Islands and Phoenix Islands had to skip the last day in December all together.


      Thus there was no New Years Eve for them in 1994.


      I hate New Years Eve so this sounds like a dream to me.


      Further Info: http://www.history.co.uk/this-day-in-history/31-december/kiribati-skips-a-day

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    • Fact of The Day:

      6 days ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Roundabouts reduce fatalities from accidents at intersections by 90%. They also lower wait ties and save on gas.


      This being due to the fact that the vehicle must slow dow to join a roundabout, they have no need to race a light and there is only one main direction of travel.


      They also improve traffic flow, are cheaper and take up less space. However roundabouts are not always appropriate for an area, so should only be used when they are a viable option.


      Hey! Look at that, Britain got it right! Yeah! Go us!


      Further Info: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/benefits.htm

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Musa Keita I (1280 CE - 1337 CE) , also known as Mansa Musa (moo - sa) was the tenth Musa (sultan, king, conqueror , etc...) of the West African Mali Empire.


      With an inflation adjusted fortune of somewhere around $400 billion he is regularly stated to, possibly, be the richest person to have ever lived, being described as inconceivably rich by his contemporaries.


      This is due to the fact that during his reign Mali may have been the largest producer of gold in the world, at a point of exceptional demand.


      He was so rich that when he made his hajj, the traditional pilgrimage to Mecca, as he was Muslim, he brought with him 60,000 men, including 12,000 slaves who each carried, at least, 1.8 kg (4 lb) of gold bars and heralds, dressed in silks, who bore gold staffs, organized horses and handled bags.


      Musa provided all necessities for the procession, feeding the entire company of men and animals. Those animals included 80 camels, which each carried 23 - 136 kg (50 - 300 lb) of gold dust.


      Musa not only gave to the cities he passed on the way to Mecca , but also traded gold for souvenirs, overpaid for rooms, tipped with handfuls of gold dust and even regularly just gave gold bars away to the poor.



      It was even documented that he had a new mosque built every Friday for him to pray in during the pilgrimage.


      But Musa's generous actions inadvertently devastated the economy of the regions through which he passed.


      In the cities of Cairo, Medina and Mecca, his very destination, the sudden influx of gold devalued the metal for the next 10 - 12 years. Prices on goods and wares greatly inflated.


      To rectify the gold market, on his way back from Mecca, Musa borrowed all the gold he could carry from money-lenders in Cairo, at high interest.


      This is the only time in recorded history that one man directly controlled the price of gold in the Mediterranean.


      Holy shit! No one let Joel know about this guy.

      He'll probably think he's the Anti-Christ, after making gold next to worthless.


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

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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 week ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      "Percussive Maintenance" is the term for hitting something until it works.


      While it is very unlikely to fix anything, annoyingly, there is still a chance for a good thump to work, as it can solve situations such as a slightly disconnected circuit, a loose wire or any number of other delicate connections.


      This means a good thump can help, it's just not very likely.



      A yes, the engineering mainstay.

      You want something to work? Hit it.

      You want something to break? Hit it.


      Further Info: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/31871/percussive-maintenance

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Thomas Jefferson believed the U.S Constitution should expire every 19 years and be replaced with a new one, more suitable for the current generation. Though it was instead decided that amendments would prove a more suitable option than renewal.


      No generation has a right to bind subsequent generations.


      Further Info: https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/history/americas-economic-history/jefferson-19-year-cycle-for-an-expiration-of-the-constitution/

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" has long been rumoured to secretly be about an LSD trip, mainly due to the capitalised letters of the title and the psychedelic imagery it portrays.


      Though in actual fact its inspiration came about from the son of John Lennon, Julian Lennon, who showed his father a nursery school (preschool) drawing he named "Lucy—in the Sky with Diamonds", depicting his classmate and friend Lucy O'Donnell.


      According to John Lennon on the the matter of the painting and the phrase, "I thought that beautiful. I immediately wrote a song about it."


      Now begins the deeper conspiracy, were it turns out Lucy was on LSD the whole time!


      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_in_the_Sky_with_Diamonds#Julian.27s_drawing

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Studies have found that Millennials are the least religious generation in six decades, and possibly the United States' whole history.


      For any advanced society I would say anything but this would be counterintuitive, with advancement comes realisation.


      Further Info: http://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx?sid=75623

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 weeks ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      One of Richard Nixon's re-election slogans in the 1972 election was: "You Can't Lick our Dick."


      Ahahahahahaha!

      Well I'm gonna guess his PR secretary didn't have a job after that.


      Further Info: http://www.antiquesnavigator.com/d-1905386/richard-nixon-you-cant-lick-our-dick-original-campaign-poster.html

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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

      4 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

        4 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

      4 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

        4 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

      4 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

        4 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

      4 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

        4 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

      4 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

        4 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

      9 months 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

        9 months 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