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Mar
5th
2017

Random Facts #29 · 3:16am Mar 5th, 2017

Back to the Future was almost renamed to Spaceman from Pluto.

APM was replaced by ACPI, which was then replaced by UEFI. (UEFI combines the function of the BIOS and ACPI into one module.)

APM = Advanced Power Management

ACPI = Advanced Configuration and Power Interface

UEFI = Unified Extensible Firmware Interface

Minecraft was inspired by Infiniminer, and was originally called Minecraft: Order of the Stone.

Mar
18th
2017

Oi. Random facts #40+#41 · 2:24pm Mar 18th, 2017

I've finally done it. I forgot entirely about a random fact blog for yesterday.

So here's both today's AND yesterday's!

Pianos used to have keys made of ivory, hence the phrase "tickling the ivories".

There are some plants that either never flower at all, or flower so irregularly that actually seeing their flowers is often a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Apr
4th
2017

Random Facts #57 · 5:48pm Apr 4th, 2017

There's this mindset where I live to simply shrug and dismiss the shift from sunny days to blizzards within a day as "Meh. Utah weather." Seriously. A few times it's snowed and hailed while the sun was out. Like as in, there was literally just a cloud or two hovering right over a single city, dropping hail and snow while noone else even notices. So yeah. Utah weather.

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Apr
8th
2017

Random Facts #61 · 7:30pm Apr 8th, 2017

Black is just the lack of light.

White is actually the full spectrum of visible light condensed into a beam.

Pigments and screen colors work differently. Primary colors in pigments are Red, Yellow, and Blue, while on monitors it's Red, GREEN, and Blue.

Stop signs were once yellow.

The TV and Radio signals from the 20th century are still scattered throughout space.

Apr
12th
2017

Random Facts #64 · 10:26pm Apr 12th, 2017

Dogs evolved from wolves.

An experiment was carried out on foxes to recreate the domestication of wolves. The end result were foxes that acted like puppies.

Not a fact for sure, but from what I can tell, most cats seem to have an ingrained hatred for all things, living and nonliving.

Dogs make very good burgler alarms, considering just how little it takes to set them off barking.

It's fine to put Walmart goldfish in cold water. They're perfectly fine with it.

Feb
14th
2017

Random Facts #12 · 3:41pm Feb 14th, 2017

Its actually possible to train a goldfish to do tricks. They have much longer memories than three seconds.

Napkins didn't exist in the middle ages.

It was once considered bad to take a bath or shower, and because of that, disease spread like wildfire.

Feb
15th
2017

Random Facts #13 · 7:11pm Feb 15th, 2017

The iPhone was originally going to have a UI based on the original iPod, with a touchscreen click-wheel and a menu instead of app icons.

Nokia is talk I g of plans to bring back the famed indestructible brick-phone as a low-cost alternative to smartphones. Let's hope they don't run out of neutron star matter in the process. :rainbowlaugh:

The first version of Windows could fit on a 3.5" 1.44 megabyte floppy disk. How do I know? 'Cause I happen to have a copy on a floppy in my room.

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Feb
21st
2017

Correction to Random Facts #18 · 2:25am Feb 21st, 2017

Nvidia onceade a graphics card that rendered using squares instead of the normal triangles. Nvidia RIVA TNT, if I remember the name correctly. It flopped.

Nvidia once made a graphics card that rendered using squares instead of the normal triangles. Nvidia RIVA TNT, if I remember the name correctly. It was called the Nvidia NV1, and it flopped.

Feb
22nd
2017

Random Facts #20 · 6:06pm Feb 22nd, 2017

The little-known Leapfrog Didj handheld console is actually just about as powerful as an early smartphone, and is surprisingly easily modded given the correct tools. (Not to mention the fact that I haven't touched mine since about fifth grade)

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May
14th
2017

Random Facts #91 - (late night edition because I seem to always forget to do this thing) · 5:29am May 14th, 2017

Those dark marks on the moon aren't just craters, but may possibly be ancient flows of magma from the satellite's early years.

Astronomy is one of the oldest forms of science in the world.

It's believed that organic matter and water may have arrived to Earth via collisions during the planets' formation, with evidence showing that there is indeed some form or another of organic matter on various asteroids and comets.

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May
21st
2017

Random Facts #97 · 3:28am May 21st, 2017

I'm feeling bored 'cause I've been trying to watch Youtube vids for the past half an hour only to get horrid network lag, so let's just get into this, since it takes considerably less bandwidth to post a blog than to buffer a video.

As devices have gotten smaller and smaller, they've often become far less upgradable, or even repairable in many cases. *cough cough* Apple *cough cough*

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Apr
25th
2017

Random Facts #76 · 9:38pm Apr 25th, 2017

The tradition of calling the president by the name "Mr. President" was started by George Washington, who disliked the idea of associating the president with high levels of power. (Obviously, since there was the whole "we just defeated the most powerful nation in the world" thing and all, nobody wanted another king.)

Benjamin Franklin was considered for a time to possibly be the president, but due to his age and ongoing illness, he refused.

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May
26th
2017

Random Facts #101 · 2:58am May 26th, 2017

USB add-on cards using VIA chipsets are notorious for causing older systems to hang or crash upon boot. Hardware enthusiasts, (myself included) would recommend using either any integrated USB chipset available on-board, or, if USB 2.0 is desired, use a card with an NEC chipset.

USB includes a "legacy mode" that allows for newer devices to be detected by older software.

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Jun
4th
2017

Random Facts #107 · 4:11am Jun 4th, 2017

If the multiverse theory is true, then you're dead, alive, nonexisting, unborn, undead, alienated, godly, etc. etc. all at once. Just in different realities.

Minecraft is the second best selling videogame of all time, right after Tetris.

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Jun
14th
2017

Random Facts #114 · 3:43am Jun 14th, 2017

Just wondering, should I replace the Random Facts blog with a "Daily Discussion" blog? I could still include the random facts, but in addition, I could use the blogs to talk about various things going on and stuff like that. :twilightsmile:


Bulls aren't triggered by the color red. It's actually motion that sets them off.

9 volt batteries, when deconstructed, are often actually made up of a 6-pack of "AAAA" batteries, which are smaller and thinner than conventional AAA batteries.

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Mar
29th
2017

Random Facts #51 · 6:22pm Mar 29th, 2017

HTC was the manufacturer of the first android phone.

The 3.5mm headline jack has remained virtually unchanged for decades.

Old computers once stored data on audio cassettes.

Back in the 70s, a 5 megabyte hard drive was massive, and cost thousands.

Quantum computers require supercooling in order to run at all.

Feb
9th
2017

Random Facts #8 · 4:19pm Feb 9th, 2017

All modern x86 bases PCs can trace their roots down to the original IBM PC 5150.

IKEA is the worlds largest corporate consumer of wood, and are supplied by multiple tree farms.

iOS was originally called "iPhone OS" before being shortened.

Google Chrome was originally based on Apple's Safari browser codebase.

Feb
13th
2017

Random Facts #11 · 8:00pm Feb 13th, 2017

RadioShack has existed for over 100 years, and survived multiple bankruptcies.

Glass is actually an extremely viscous liquid, but does indeed flow.

Oil is NOT made of the liquified remains of dinosaurs. In reality, its actually decayed plant and microorganism matter. Actual flesh from dinosaurs would rot away too quickly to become oil.

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Feb
16th
2017

Random Facts #14 · 2:15pm Feb 16th, 2017

Hot dog buns were invented by a sausage cart owner who realized that bread had an excellent use for holding hot sausage. Search it up if you'd like.

Autocorrect and phone keyboards are just as horrible as always. I had to go back through this blog and manually fix several words myself.

Humans are one of the only organisms that drink milk from other mammals daily.

Mar
13th
2017

Random Facts #36 · 4:49am Mar 13th, 2017

LCD screens are actually see-through. They just have a backing to mount the backlight on, making them opaque.

Neil Armstrong brought a piece of the Wright Brothers' airplane with him to the moon.

Some tablets and smartphones (and IOT devices) have a "USB OTG" certified usb-port. It stands for usb-On The Go, and works both in device mode and usb host mode, allowing for peripherals to be used in the same port as the charger, with the help of a port splitter, of course.

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