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    • Fact of The Day:

      1 month ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      In 1982, British Airways Flight 009, a 747 with 248 passengers on-board, inadvertently flew into a volcanic ash cloud over the Indian Ocean. The ingestion of ash caused all four engines to fail mid-flight.


      With a ditching of the aircraft in the ocean seemingly inevitable, Captain Eric Moody, in a pièce de résistance of British stoicism, made the following announcement:


      "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are all doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress."


      Eventually, after quarter of an hour without any power, the engines were brought back to life. Ash had clogged the engines, which only restarted when enough of the molten ash solidified and broke off.



      I present to you the most British thing ever said.

      Further Info: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8622099.stm

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    • Fact of The Day

      2 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Lee Harvey Oswald, infamous assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was buried on November 25 in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Burial Park in Fort Worth. A marker inscribed simply “Oswald” replaced the stolen original tombstone, which gave Oswald's full name, birth and death dates.


      A notable part of his funeral was that due to a lack of family and friends in attendance, the pallbearers of Oswald's casket were reporters, asked at the behest of officials in attendance.



      I can’t imagine they were that enthusiastic to carry the body of the murderer of one of the most beloved presidents of all time.

      Still a cool thing to tell your kids though...

      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Harvey_Oswald#Burial

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      P.S. Sorry for not posting for a while, been busy with life stuff

    • Fact of The Day:

      2 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      At 01:15 am on the 18th of April 1955, Albert Einstein spoke his last words.

      They were in German, he spoke them to a nurse who didn't speak German and so are unfortunately lost forever.



      One can only wonder what wisdom humanity may have gained, had we known.

      Further Info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32354300

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      What is the deepest point on the planet?


      Many of you may be thinking of the Marianas Trench, the sea trench that’s deeper than Mt. Everest is tall.


      Though you’d be wrong.


      The deepest point on earth is a man made borehole, found in the Pechengsky District, Russia, on the Kola Peninsula.


      Thus it is rather aptly called the “Kola Superdeep Borehole”.


      At an astounding 12,262 metres (40,230 ft), and 23 cm (9 inches) diameter, deep it is the deepest point on earth, in terms of true vertical depth, as there are lower points on the earth but they are found on its surface and are a result of its topography, they aren’t holes, just lulls in the ground, for instance the bottom of Litke Deep, a trench in the Arctic Ocean, is the closest point to the centre of the earth, despite it being only 5,449 metres (17,881 feet), it is the closest due to the Arctic Ocean being the lowest of all the oceans.


      Anyway, back to the Kola Superdeep Borehole.

      So why was it made?

      In all honesty the reason in essence was “why not?”.

      Seriously the entire reason was to drill as deep as possible into the Earth's crust.


      Speaking of which, how was this hole drilled you may ask?


      Drilling was done by the Soviet Union, starting on 24 May 1970 and ending in 1992. 

      It was drilled using progressively larger and longer oil drilling rigs, staring with the Uralmash-4E and later the Uralmash-15000 series drilling rig.


      The reasoning for stopping the project was due to higher-than-expected temperatures at the depth and location, 180 °C (356 °F) instead of the expected 100 °C (212 °F).


      If they were to continue on to the 15,000 m (49,000 ft) target then they would have to expect temperatures around 300 °C (570 °F), at which the drill bit would no longer work.


      So the entire venture was abandoned, a steel cap was placed atop the hole to stop anyone or anything from falling in, with that the centre of the earth remains a mystery (except that it’s really, really, really hot...)



      So there you are definitive proof that once and for all the deepest hole in the world isn’t yo’ mama.

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

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The Chollima, also known as the Qianlima, Senrima, or Cheollima (literally "thousand-mile horse") is a mythical winged horse that originates from Chinese legend and is commonly portrayed in East Asian cultures.

      This winged horse is said to be too swift and elegant to be mounted, at least by any mortal man.


      It is also, of course, the national animal of North Korea.


      Okay, so officially North Korea doesn’t have a national animal, but the Chollima has been taken to be a national symbol of the country. A monument of the creature can even be found in Pyongyang.


      You may be thinking that isn’t so weird, other countries have mythological creatures as their national animal.


      Oh, don’t think it stops there, in their quest to prove their superiority over all other countries, they also claim that this logic defying creature is not only real but living in North Korea.


      Now isn’t that a fitting representative, for a country with nothing trying to convince both others and themselves they actually have everything.



      I mean Wales has a dragon as it’s national animal, but they aren’t claiming it’s real!

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

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      In 1978, the dictatorial president of Equatorial Guinea, Macías Nguema, changed the country’s national motto, from Unidad, Paz, Justicia ("Unity, Peace, Justice"), to "There is no other God than Macías Nguema".



      I imagine that didn’t sit well with the predominantly Roman Catholic population...

      Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Mac%C3%ADas_Nguema

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      All Bran, the fibre rich cereal brand that will do your body good, known for its namesake of being “All Bran”.

      ...

      Except All Bran is only 87% bran.



      That’s like me saying I’m a cloud of diatomic gas, because the human body is 65% Oxygen...

      Further Info: https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/254852558

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    • Fact of The Day:

      2 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      The Museum of Bread Culture (Museum der Brotkultur), that’s the culture surrounding bread not the yeast culture used in the making of bread, in Ulm, Germany, has a collection of over 18,000 objects, none of which is bread.


      The reasoning for the lack of bread?

      Simple.

      The museum administrators have wisely held that bread is not an exhibit, but a food to be baked and eaten fresh daily.

      You don’t look at bread, you eat it.



      They’ve clearly never heard of a stottie...

      Further Info: https://smartergerman.com/german-food-and-restaurants/museum-bread-culture-ulm/

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Installed in 1410, the world's oldest astronomical clock, still in operation, is called the Orloj and is in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic.


      The Orloj is mounted on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square. The clock mechanism itself has three main components:


      1. The astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details


      2. Statues of various Catholic saints stand on either side of the clock; "The Walk of the Apostles", a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures, notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time.


      3. A calendar dial with medallions representing the months.


      The oldest part of the Orloj, the mechanical clock and astronomical dial, dates back to 1410 when it was made by clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel. This makes it 608 years old, and give or take the odd fire, mechanical failure and Nazi invasion it has been ticking ever since.



      I've actually seen the clock in person when I was in Prague, it was beautiful, a wonderful marriage between engineering and art.

      Further Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prague_astronomical_clock

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    • Fact of The Day:

      3 months ago

      IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

      Originating from the French “hélicoptère”, the word “helicopter” is composed of two parts, which are “helico”, from the Greek “helix” or “helikos” meaning spiral, and “pter”, from the Greek “pteron” meaning wing, like pterodactyl.


      So “helicopter” means “spiralling wing”, this name was conceived of before the modern helicopter was actually even invented, being composed to give a name to the theoretical “aerial screw”, created by inventors of antiquity, notably Leonardo da Vinci.


      The word was later adopted for the modern helicopter designs we see today.



      I would make a joke about the whole “aerial screw” thing and the mile high club but that is just too low a hanging fruit, even for me...

      Further Info: https://www.etymonline.com/word/helicopter

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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

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

        Danke schön!

    • LadyOddDuck

      1 year 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

        1 year 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

      1 year 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

        1 year ago

        Thank you very much!

    • andytheciderman 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 2 years 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