Random Thought of the Day

March 10th, 2014 at 1:56:35 AM permalink
rxwine
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With no one else on the ballot, supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100 per cent turnout.


They either love him, or perhaps prefer not to be ground into dog food or some other unpleasant fate.
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March 10th, 2014 at 4:14:25 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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What do you expect? A democracy?

Hasn't been one there in all of recorded history.
March 16th, 2014 at 1:25:11 AM permalink
rxwine
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March 17th, 2014 at 11:24:17 PM permalink
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banana
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March 22nd, 2014 at 11:09:31 PM permalink
rxwine
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She's a Ukrainian pole dancer. Doing my best to support the Ukrainians.

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March 24th, 2014 at 8:22:57 PM permalink
rxwine
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"It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet."

Russian Roulette. Only one bullet and multiple empty chambers. That's a good bet.
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March 25th, 2014 at 7:44:39 PM permalink
rxwine
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There was already a common expression for accidently showing a card, before the term "flashing".

Tip one's hand, or tip his hand.
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March 26th, 2014 at 9:39:15 PM permalink
rxwine
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Deep Thoughts.

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A Cuvier's beaked whale has set a new deep diving record for a sea mammal by plunging nearly two miles below the ocean surface.

The creature was one of eight whales studied off the coast of southern California whose movements were tracked by satellite-linked tags.

Scientists recorded a total of 1,100 deep dives averaging 0.87 miles in depth. The deepest was one that descended a distance of almost two miles, and the longest lasted 137 minutes.

The dives broke the current records for sea mammals set by the southern elephant seal of 1.5 miles and 120 minutes.

Two miles down, the water pressure is equal to 320 atmospheres a crushing 4,707 pounds per square inch.

Lead scientist Dr Gregory Schorr, from the Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit organisation based in Washington, US, that studies marine mammals, said: "It's remarkable to imagine these social, warm-blooded mammals actively pursuing prey in the darkness at such astounding depths, literally miles away from their most basic physiological need: air."

The new study, published in the online journal 'Public Library of Science ONE', provides a better understanding of the diving behaviour of Cuvier's beaked whales, according to the authors.


http://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/whale-sets-new-diving-record-with-twomile-plunge-30130046.html
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March 27th, 2014 at 4:05:31 AM permalink
chickenman
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That's amazing. Here's one that surprised me "The dives broke the current records for sea mammals set by the southern elephant seal of 1.5 miles and 120 minutes."

Wonder what evolutionary mechanisms resulted in these mammals' adapting their physiology for oxygen usage and resistance to incredible pressures? It defies the imagination when coupled with the fact that they can return to the surface fairly rapidly with no apparent ill-effects.
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March 27th, 2014 at 6:28:45 AM permalink
odiousgambit
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the animals do have one advantage over submarines: they can let the pressure equalize [I presume]

according to Mr. Martin, oxygen is toxic at high pressure. [didn't know I was paying attention eh?][g] I'm sure there are other problems allowing pressure to equalize or even build too high, even if you take precautions against "the bends"

The animals tolerate toxic oxygen, I'm guessing.
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