What have you learned today?

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  1. Nathan

    Nathan New Member

    Salve, Sarita :)
     
  2. Nathan

    Nathan New Member

    That despite the camel, gazelle, bison & buffalo etc being even-toad ungulates, or hoofed animals, the closest living relative to the hippopotamus, which is also a even-toad ungulates, is in fact the whale.
     
  3. shartsoe

    shartsoe New Member

    Not being persnickety, but is that "even-toed?" or are they truly related to "toads" in some way?
     
  4. Nathan

    Nathan New Member

    You're absolutely right. I stand corrected. Even-toed. Even-toed ungulates. As for toads, I'm ignorant of the Anura order. I know they're related to their Sacopteygain ancestor of the paleozoic era, however other than, I'm out of the amphibia loop. Unless 'all carbon based life is related' works for you? :D

    Are even-toed animals truly related to toads? I'm not exactly sure of the details. Let's find out!
     
  5. Nathan

    Nathan New Member

    However other than that. However other than that, I'm out of the amphibia loop.

    I'm not sure what I hate more, making a typo or my irresistible compulsion to correct them regardless of impact or lack thereof.
     
  6. shartsoe

    shartsoe New Member

    Well, I learned today, thanks to you, that there are even-toed ungulates and odd-toed ungulates and that odd-toed ungulates are indeed amphibians.
     
  7. FadedRose

    FadedRose New Member

    Well I guess you toad him!! :D
     
  8. shartsoe

    shartsoe New Member

    ;D
     
  9. Nathan

    Nathan New Member

    It's always beneficial to keep a curious Aye out, particularly when it comes to interesting facts about odd-toed ungulates.

    Recommended also is to chant at least one sacred Shrimp Mantris a week, too.
     
  10. Nathan

    Nathan New Member

    That the German physicist, Karl Schwarzschild, provided the first exact solution to the Einstein field equation of general relativity by developing the Schwarzschild radius which led to the prediction of black holes.

    You may say 'but that's common knowledge in the land of nerd. What have you learnt today?'

    I learnt that Karl did this while huddled in a German trench under Russian gunfire on the Eastern Front during World War 1.

    In a letter to Einstein written from his trench, Schwarzschild wrote:

    "As you see, the war treated me kindly enough, in spite of the heavy gunfire, to allow me to get away from it all and take this walk in the land of your ideas."

    If that's not the greatest example of not giving a [email protected], or the ability the mind has to distract itself during times of stress, I don't know what is.

    People resort to alcohol & Netflix while trying to deal with the stress of learning the mathematics involved in tensor fields defined on a Lorentzian manifold in order to understand general relativity. Karl resorts to inventing the Schwarzschild solution, the Schwarzschild coordinates, & the Schwarzschild metric which leads to the derivation of the Schwarzschild radius to form an exact solution to general relativity, while in a frozen hole under heavy Russian gunfire in a World War.

    That's badass.
     
  11. shartsoe

    shartsoe New Member

    Sriracha sauce is some seriously hot stuff! I made a recipe that called for it and couldn't even finish it -- and this is coming from someone who ate jalapeno peppers all through my last pregnancy. No more sriracha sauce for me. :-[
     
  12. Nathan

    Nathan New Member

    CM-2 type carbonaceous chondrites, a class or meteorite, contain niacin, which is vitamin B3.

    I find it simultaneously disturbing & hilarious that an asteroid impact, endowed with extinction level potential, is thoughtful enough to provide a vitamin that allows us to relax & sleep at night.
     
  13. Intrepid

    Intrepid New Member

    My kids put it on everything. I have to stop them sometimes :D
     
  14. shartsoe

    shartsoe New Member

    They've burned their tastebuds out, that's the only explanation for this!
     
  15. Intrepid

    Intrepid New Member

    Or they take after their dad :D I grew up eating very spicy food but I can't handle it much now. I'm a little old lady ;D I like to taste my food not what's overpowering it.
     
  16. mrdizzy

    mrdizzy New Member

    ^^ Little old lady...really come on!!!
     
  17. Intrepid

    Intrepid New Member

    ;D
     
  18. Nathan

    Nathan New Member

    I leant two things.

    1) upon the discovery of a single grey hair in my goatee, I leant that I'm becoming a wizard.

    & 2) CNN do not understand the meaning of breaking news. The 102 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is not breaking news. That would be the opposite of breaking news. It's not even, like, a even number anniversary.
     
  19. Intrepid

    Intrepid New Member

    Gandalf?
     
  20. shartsoe

    shartsoe New Member

    Grey or White?
     

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