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ShatsBassoon

2020: "But wait, there's more!"
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Jason Statham was an Olympic diver and represented England in the commonwealth games.

 

Team Megan

Everything a Princess should be.
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Jason Statham was an Olympic diver and represented England in the commonwealth games.

Also the commonwealth games aren't the Olympics. So did he represent England at the Olympics or are you full of shit?
 

JakePaulsBeard

The Most Consistent Motherfucker You Know
Jul 22, 2015
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The sexual dimorphism of birds of prey is proportional to their ferocity.

Ie, Falcons have high dimorphism where with bald eagles it's very low.
 

Pak protector

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I got curious and this is what Google told me. How many chemicals are there?

Humans have found or made 50 million different chemicals here on Earth, the vast majority over the last few decades. At least, that's how many unique chemicals are now registered in a database maintained by the American Chemical Society as of yesterday.

I didn't expect that number to be in the millions!
 

Pak protector

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Most of you have heard of a quasar but may not know what they are. Quasar is abbreviated from QUAsi StellAr Radio source- now referred to in astronomic material as QSO's, Quasi-Stellar Objects since it's been found that not all are radio emitters. Stellar refers to the fact that they look like stars to Earth telescopes, even Hubble.

3c273 in Virgo is the brightest quasar you can see in a backyard telescope. If it were ten parsecs away, as far as Pollux, it'd be almost as bright as our Sun! Our Sun at that distance would be fainter than Pollux!

It has an enormous "red shift" of its light spectrum, which tells us it's very very very fucking far away, so far the galaxy it's in can't be seen with the biggest telescopes on earth.

Quasars were a mystery in the sixties: a proper mechanism for how a relatively small, apparently stellar object could emit so much energy had yet to be proposed.

Long story shortened, it's now recognized that they're Active Galactic Nuclei, probably a common occurrence in the early history of most Spiral galaxies: infalling gas and dust are incipient on the galactic central hub, and a great deal of energy is emitted along the axis in the form of a nuclear condensation or "jet" of great light intensity.
 
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Tuc Ouiner

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If you consider the fact that the majority of planet earth is covered in water and that the greatest open water athlete is a swimmer, the GOAT is Lynne Cox who began her career at 16yo shattering the English Channel record.
 

Hauler

It takes twice as long to build bridges you burn.
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Famed Top 40 Countdown Host Casey Kasem was the voice for Shaggy on the Scooby Doo cartoons.
 

Team Megan

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If you consider the fact that the majority of planet earth is covered in water and that the greatest open water athlete is a swimmer, the GOAT is Lynne Cox who began her career at 16yo shattering the English Channel record.
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