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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    I'm amazed at stuff with ancient civilizations. Like the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, the Nazca lines, technology from the Ottoman empire, etc. I remember when I went to Mexico to the Aztec pyramids I thought they were amazing. Then I learned that the Aztecs basically found them. No one knows who built them.



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    it's mind blowing to me what she would have seen in her lifetime. My great-grandma died in 1998 at 96, so about the same age as your GF's gg. When they were born, they still had horses on the streets (Model-T wasn't out until they were toddlers). They were 50 years removed from the Civil War.

    Radios weren't a thing yet.
    Two world wars
    Prohibition
    The Great Depression
    Invention of TV
    Airplanes
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    Moon landing
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    Touchscreen everything


    Seriously, that is just astounding to me just how much their world changed over their lifetime. If their 10-year old self could come back, they'd think they were in an alien world now!
    Her "career" was playing live piano in movie theatres to accompany the moving pictures :)


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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Reading just a little about quantum physics makes my brain feel like it is going to turn inside out.
    Spooky action at a distance is definitely mind blowing.


    BTW Here's an excellent video that will more then likely change how you view reality.



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

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    Best 9th post ever.



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by ManBearClone View Post
    Spooky action at a distance is definitely mind blowing.


    BTW Here's an excellent video that will more then likely change how you view reality.
    thanks, i have an hour to wast with youtube vids. do you have any that are longer?



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    thanks, i have an hour to wast with youtube vids. do you have any that are longer?
    I detect sarcasm. You don't even have time to put the "e" on the end of waste.


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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Each "car" at Walt Disney's ride Test Track had more computing power than the entire Space Shuttle.

    The airplane in the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studio for the Casablanca scene was owned by MGM when the film was shot and was likely used in the film. Although it wasn't used in that scene in the film, that plane was a scale model to fit into the sound stage, that's why there is so much fog used in the scene.



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    This is something that while it must be true it just doesnt make sense. We were able to land a human on the moon in 1969. This is before such inventions as the walkman, the disposable camera, post it notes ect. This is a dumbed down version obviously, but you are giong to sit there and tell me that on the first try, we successfully parked on the moon and everything worked flawlessly? A group of scientists sat in a room and said "well I reckon we can just shoot right up there, slingshot around the earth a few days and then park right on the moon. I assume this much heat sheild will be needed, we will have to have suits just like this ect ect ect" They knew everything down to a gnats ***? I just find that hard to beleive.
    OK, several posts debunked the "first try" part, so let's ignore that.

    The part about "relative technological progress," though, is a valid quandary. It's one of the few elements* of moon hoax theory that continues to puzzle me (actually, it's not even really among common conspiracy "evidence," but it holds more water than the photo-doctoring stuff, for example).

    It does seem, with so many advancements made in so many areas in the past four decades, humankind ought to be able to rocket people to the moon every couple of years. Not to say it's any kind of proof, but as bringmagicback said, it is hard to believe in the progress context.

    I know, we supposedly don't do it anymore because of budget constraints, national priorities, been-there-done-that.

    *The other element: There was obviously motivation to fake it, in the Cold War sense.



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Although this might not be at the top of my mind-blowing list, it continues to amuse me:

    Record-high temperature in both Alaska and Hawaii is the same: 100 degrees.



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    It's called ASI (artificial super intelligence) and it's terrifying:

    ​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity
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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by im4cyclones View Post
    I am sure that there is a physics major on here who will correct me but the uniforms are not a color. They have a pigment that absorbs all colors of the visible light spectrum except for whatever is reflected back. So they aren't really red. They just appear red.

    And maybe the red they look like for you isn't the same red they look like for me. But how will we ever know?
    Okay, I'm not a physicist, but I do design lights for the theatre. It is true that a blue shirt is reflecting blue light and absorbing the rest of the spectrum. That's why mixing color with paint is considered subtractive and mixing with light is additive. The primary colors in light are blue, red, and green. If you want yellow you have to mix red and green.
    For a designer in theatre it's important to understand these qualities because if you shine a blue light on a yellow shirt technically it would appear black (but since it's almost impossible to achieve a "pure" color it will probably seem to be a dark brown).



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonestate78 View Post
    Check this out...

    "Weapons Enabled"


    The chilling sound of the doom of the human civilization.



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by mapnerd View Post
    I'm amazed at stuff with ancient civilizations. Like the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, the Nazca lines, technology from the Ottoman empire, etc. I remember when I went to Mexico to the Aztec pyramids I thought they were amazing. Then I learned that the Aztecs basically found them. No one knows who built them.
    You watch this show don't you:



    All kidding aside, the ability of the ancients to move multiple ton blocks and fit them together with laser precision is very mind blowing considering modern engineers acknowledge the difficulty of completing such a task in today's world. Never underestimate the ability of an extensive labor force.




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    Quote Originally Posted by mapnerd View Post
    I'm amazed at stuff with ancient civilizations. Like the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, the Nazca lines, technology from the Ottoman empire, etc. I remember when I went to Mexico to the Aztec pyramids I thought they were amazing. Then I learned that the Aztecs basically found them. No one knows who built them.



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    Re: What is a real life fact that blows your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclones500 View Post
    OK, several posts debunked the "first try" part, so let's ignore that.

    The part about "relative technological progress," though, is a valid quandary. It's one of the few elements* of moon hoax theory that continues to puzzle me (actually, it's not even really among common conspiracy "evidence," but it holds more water than the photo-doctoring stuff, for example).

    It does seem, with so many advancements made in so many areas in the past four decades, humankind ought to be able to rocket people to the moon every couple of years. Not to say it's any kind of proof, but as bringmagicback said, it is hard to believe in the progress context.

    I know, we supposedly don't do it anymore because of budget constraints, national priorities, been-there-done-that.

    *The other element: There was obviously motivation to fake it, in the Cold War sense.
    You can have a privately funded corporation that makes monthly trips to the moon if you can get 3 million people willing to pay $10 per month. I'm dead serious. This is going to happen in the next ten to fifteen years. Private aerospace is in our future.

    Another mind-blowing advancement is the thorium reactor. In a post-Fukushima world, everyone is wary of all things nuclear, but I really dig the idea of a nuclear reactor that's incapable of melting down if it fails, produces no meaningful waste residuals and is nearly impossible to be weaponized. I think we're going to see thorium reactor trains and intercontinental aircraft in the next fifty years.



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