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Post 10021

Baron Grim

Andre the Giant was 4 inches taller than Paul Bunyan.

((7'4")>(7'))


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Post 10022

Dmitri Gheorgheni

How do you know how tall Paul Bunyan was? Isn't it a bit hard to measure mythological figures? smiley - winkeye

Apparently, the statue of Bunyan in Cheshire, Connecticut is 26 feet tall. According to Wikipedia,

'When the 26-foot "Muffler Man" Paul Bunyan was erected in front of a local lumber business in the 1980s, the town objected to the statue, citing that it was a violated [sic] of town codes given its substantial height. Finding no limitation on flagpole height on the books, the owners of the statue replaced Bunyan's axe with an American flag.'


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Post 10023

Baron Grim

citation:

“Bunyan was a powerful giant, seven feet tall and with a stride of seven feet. He was famous throughout the lumbering districts for his great physical strength.”

K. Bernice Stewart & Homer A. Watt, "Legends of Paul Bunyan, Lumberjack"


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Post 10024

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - rofl And what makes this K Bernice Stewart person an expert on Paul Bunyan's height? Did she measure him? *I* could write a legend of Paul Bunyan story, claim I got it from a lumberjack, and say he was seven and a half feet tall.

Of course, if the Aarne-Thompson Folklore Index has a category for 'legendary people who are exactly seven feet tall', and he's on it, I guess it *might* be considered a 'fact'...


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Post 10025

ITIWBS

The Paul Bunyan question that most piques my curiosity is whether Babe the Blue Ox was perhaps an aurochs, the last known aurochs in Europe having died in Poland in 1627.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/09/world/auroch-rewilding/

Stipulated Paul Bunyan is legendary, legends somtimes do have a foundation in fact.


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Post 10026

Dmitri Gheorgheni

Very cool! smiley - biggrin Stith Thompson's dissertation concerned European borrowings in North American Indian folktales, so it's possible. (He found a Norwegian folktale that was retold by Midwestern Indians who learned it from lumberjacks.)

And that might be useless information...smiley - whistle


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Post 10027

Baron Grim

During the first gulf war in 1990, NBC delayed the start time to the Tonight Show (w/ Jay Leno) by 5 minutes, to give their local affiliates more time to cover the conflict. Once local stations had those 5 precious minutes, they never gave them back. This is why all late night shows in the US start at 11:35 pm.


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Post 10028

Florida Sailor - Now with Added House

I remember one broadcast during the First Gulf War. This reporter was broadcasting regularly from the 'front' wearing a flack jacket and steel helmet to show how much danger he was surrounded by.

On one segment he was back to only a suit jacket carefully combed hair. He cheerfully told us that Kuwait City had been liberated and the war was over. He added that the citizens were so happy they were firing blank rounds into the air in celebration.

In the next segment, a quarter hour or so later, the steel pot was back on his head over the bulletproof coat. He admitted, a bit embarrassed smiley - blush that someone had pointed out to him that nobody carries blank rounds in a war zone.

Whatever goes up has to come down (with an exemption for NASA)smiley - rocket

F smiley - dolphin S


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Post 10029

Baron Grim

At the end of the '60s, band from Texas posing as the recently disbanded British pop group, The Zombies, toured the US to sold out shows. Two of those imposters, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard, went on to form ZZ Top.


(Dusty Hill lived in my community for decades, but I've never personally met him. I just discovered the Zombies story.)


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Post 10030

Pink Paisley

I'm going to see the Zombies in a few weeks. I won't be fooled. I'll spot the beards.

PP.


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Post 10031

Baron Grim

A few useless facts from a Cracked listicle.

There are more people living in Tokyo than all of Canada.

A smiley - tomato has about 7000 more genes than a human does.

A flea can accelerate about 25 times quicker than the Space Shuttle did. (100Gs vs 3-4Gs respectively)

Black coffee cools down faster than coffee that has had cool cream added to it.

Grand Central Station is more radioactive than a nuclear power plant. (It's from the granite.)

An average cumulus cloud weighs more than twice the Stature of Liberty.


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Post 10032

Dmitri Gheorgheni

ONE of those factoids is not useless. smiley - rofl Elektra says she was involved in a discussion of coffee cooling rates yesterday. And you've helped her resolve the issue.


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Post 10033

Baron Grim

smiley - laughsmiley - cheers


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Post 10034

ITIWBS

Small additions of cornstarch or arrowroot powder to sauces and gravies in restaurant fare in order to improve heat capacity and increase cooling times, keeping food hotter, longer, is a commonplace of the restaurant trade.

Jerusalem artichoke, or girasole, can also be so employed.


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Post 10035

Florida Sailor - Now with Added House

Arrow Root, or Florida Coonite was a very important food for the Seminoles, although it could be very toxic if not properly prepared.

F smiley - dolphin S


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Post 10036

ITIWBS

Rhinoceroses have a sense of smell five times as sensitive as that of a hound.


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Post 10037

Baron Grim

"Rhino" means nose, so that's appropriate. smiley - ok


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Post 10038

Pink Paisley

Rhinos probably smell 5 times as much as a hound too.

PP


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Post 10039

Baron Grim

Hippopotamus "sweat" an orange-red substance that acts as both sunscreen and antibacterial.


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