atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#3816: Who has a nickel for another gallon of gas?

This post is full of trivial bits of information. Everyone knows some of them.

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Gasoline was once a byproduct of refining kerosene from crude oil.

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All the gold in the world would fit neatly in a cube less than 21 meters on a side.

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The firing order for a 1985 Fiero with a V6 is 1-2-3-4-5-6. This is true of many V6 engines.

Related, nearly every 4-cylinder engine in the world has 1-4-3-2 as its firing order.

Also related, the cam in a single-cam 4-cycle engine rotates once for every two rotations of the crankshaft, which means that all the cylinders fire in two revolutions of the crankshaft.

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Because the war effort needed all the copper the US could mine, only a handful of pennies minted in 1943 were made from copper. The rest are zinc-coated steel. If you have a copper 1943 penny, you have a very valuable coin. (You probably don't.)

When they wanted to build the calutrons for the Y-12 uranium enrichment plant, copper could not be had in sufficient quantity. The Manhattan Project therefore borrowed tons of silver from the National Reserve and used that to make the necessary magnet wire. After the war was over, the electromagnets were gradually replaced with ones made with copper.

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Sound is measured using a logarithmic scale. Every increase of 3 dB represents a doubling of intensity.

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VGA is an analog video standard, not digital.

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Superman originally could not fly; he merely jumped very high.

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Horespower is equal to torque at 5252 RPM.

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When Hewlett-Packard came out with the original LaserJet printer, it cost $5,000 and could print four pages per minute.

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The 80386 processor was first introduced in 1985. It was manufactured for 22 years and ceased production in 2007.

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Lowering the top on an MGB roadster is a 14-step process. (I used to be able to do it in about five minutes.)

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Speaking of MGBs, a 1977 MGB roadster with a 1.8 liter engine goes from 0-60 in 17 seconds, and does the quarter mile in 18.5 seconds with a top speed of 65 MPH. This is approximately as fast as a 1987 Suzuki Samurai with a 1.3 liter engine and manual transmission.

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A modern desktop computer can emulate a Cray X-MP in real time. (You might have to give up Vista to do it, though.)

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You can use hair spray to get ink stains out of clothing.

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The average person radiates enough body heat to melt 100 pounds of ice per day.

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Air resistance--drag--rises as the cube of velocity.

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Finally, the human brain consumes about 42 watts of power. Talk about being a "dim bulb"....
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