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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 28, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
Did you know?


The distance of the first flight by the Wright brothers was less than the length of the C-5 Galaxy cargo floor.



Credit: survival



Tell me something fun, strange or interesting. Maybe all three!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:32pm PT
Why is a Navy jet coming out of an Air Force plane? Quelle horreur!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:33pm PT
Oh my gosh. I am PACKED with useless trivia.

Which bird is the state bird for the most states?

Which state borders the highest number of other states?

Clearly too much time with a road atlas in my lap. :)

BTW, if you have not gone to the new Air & Space Museum at Dulles Airport, you MUST. It is really awesome and has a lot of the early planes. It's worth booking a flight to Dulles, going to the museum, having dinner and a night in a local hotel, then flying home the next day. Totally want to do it again.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
No fair usin the net, Tacos and Taco belles!

My question:

Which state name appears most as a city or town in the most other states?

i.e., Minnesota, Minnesota (a for reals place).

the pelican, my final guess.

Hawaii, AK, don't think so.

this beats the library or the NFL draft all to hecknback falls.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:41pm PT
Tell me something fun, strange or interesting. Maybe all three!!

Here's one for you: If you were to replace a standard 100-meter roll of dental floss with an equal weight of spider silk, it would be long enough to reach the moon. Of course if you actually did stretch it to the moon, hordes of lunar spiders would swarm down it, invading the earth and ending civilization as we know it.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2012 - 01:41pm PT
Crimpie,

I too, am packed with useless trivia. SOOO many amazing things to see/do in the DC area. We worked hard at it for two years and only scratched the surface. The National Arboretum was one of my favorites. Uncrowded and unbelievable!


Are all these little factoids true?
Alpine County, south of Lake Tahoe, is the eighth smallest of California's 58 counties. It has no high schools, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights. It is also the only county in the state that doesn't generate agricultural production.



Which state name appears most as a city or town in the most other states?
Washington?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
Cannabis is not an ag crop? Yer stoned.
But a gold star for you, and I think Washingtons are om , er, I ama gessin, twenty-seven cities in the same # of sstates.
My neighbor, Big Georg , just came in a minute ago. guess what we're up to...

How high is Half Dome? It's lower than 20,000 feet, Herbert.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
February 25, 1961 Paul Bikle set the world altitude record for a sailplane
by reaching 46,267 feet in a Schweizer 23E which would be considered an
entry-level sailplane these days. 26 years later Bob Harris landed his
Grob 102 sailplane after a flight to 49,009 feet a few miles north of Inyokern*.
The Grob probably has almost a two-to-one advantage over the Schweizer in
glide ratio! Bikle obviously tapped into an outrageous wave as evidenced
by the fact that he broke off his climb as he felt things were getting too
dangerous and his canopy was getting frosted over!

*The same area that Bikle achieved his record.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2012 - 01:51pm PT
Here's one for you: If you were to replace a standard 100-meter roll of dental floss with an equal weight of spider silk, it would be long enough to reach the moon. Of course if you actually did stretch it to the moon, hordes of lunar spiders would swarm down it, invading the earth and ending civilization as we know it.

Love that!


Similar to this, but different....
Credit: survival
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Is that the JET you are coming in, to visit me in Vegas, Survival?

Is it a DOUBLE SEATER?

:)

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mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:57pm PT
The other threads appear to have stopped in their tracks. Everyone's either gone to the Moon or they are scrounging interesting trivia, like how many buttons were on the original North Face Mountain Parka, size small. Too tough, huh. Did you know the Rugby shirt is named for some town in North Dakota?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Apr 28, 2012 - 01:59pm PT
Maybe people are out climbing dude.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Apr 28, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
It's hard to find a real store anymore that sells rugby shirts, Mouse.
I find places online but I like seeing and feeling the material first so I can tell if it's one of those thin Rugbyshirts or the thick which I prefer.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 28, 2012 - 02:08pm PT
Which state borders most others?

Answer below a la Locker:

































There are two: Missouri and Tennessee both border 8.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 28, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
And which bird is the state bird for most states?





Scroll Locker style...



























Answer: The Northern Cardinal. Sort of funny given it is not a bird that is found across the US. Still a pretty bird and nice choice.
Stephanie Bergner

Trad climber
Planet Send
Apr 28, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
What do you call a group of 12 or more cows?

A flink
cintune

climber
Midvale School for the Gifted
Apr 28, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Cleopatra lived closer in time to the present than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 28, 2012 - 02:11pm PT
The brand I remember selling was "Buffalo Breath" and they were as thick as my brain trying to think of a decent simile.
Who would want to climb on such a fine day?
I tossed a perfectly good but soppingly wet one off EC Spire. I regretted it and wonder who ended up with that one.*
Interesting story but I'll save it for the campfire.
Speaking of campfires I posted a thing on the TM Appreciation thread this a.m. He speaks of the past. I can't tell which brand of beer he's drinking though. Can you. You sound like the expert. :000

Didja know or care that a group of nightingales is referred to as a "watch?"




*I'm talking about SHIRTS, with an R.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2012 - 02:39pm PT
Cool Californian inventions: Barbie Dolls, blue jeans, the boysenberry, the pill, white zinfandel wine, the square tomato, natural soda, the computer "mouse," the wetsuit, and theme parks.
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Apr 28, 2012 - 02:48pm PT
Which is farther north Halifax Nova Scotia or Portland Oregon?

Which is farther west Papeete, Tahiti or Honolu, Hawaii?
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