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Fun, weird facts

Postby petunia princess » 03 Jun 2010, 23:50

Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating.

Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.

When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second.

A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood.

During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food. That's the weight of about 6 elephants.

Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.

There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express - just horses.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
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Re: Fun, weird facts

Postby pilvikki » 04 Jun 2010, 01:55


:think: what's the difference between horses and ponies?

A: wikipedia, but still:

Main article: Pony
The general rule for height between a horse and a pony at maturity is 14.2 hands (58 inches, 147 cm). An animal 14.2 h or over is usually considered to be a horse and one less than 14.2 h a pony.[28] However, there are many exceptions to the general rule. In Australia, ponies measure under 14 hands (56 inches, 142 cm).[29] The International Federation for Equestrian Sports, which uses metric measurements, defines the cutoff between horses and ponies at 148 centimetres (58.27 in) (just over 14.2 h) without shoes and 149 centimetres (58.66 in) (just over 14.2-1/2 h) with shoes.[30] Some breeds which typically produce individuals both under and over 14.2 h considered all animals of that breed to be horses regardless of their height.[31] Conversely, some pony breeds may have features in common with horses, and individual animals may occasionally mature at over 14.2 h, but are still considered to be ponies.[32]

The distinction between a horse and pony is not simply a difference in height, but other aspects of phenotype or appearance, such as conformation and temperament. Ponies often exhibit thicker manes, tails, and overall coat. They also have proportionally shorter legs, wider barrels, heavier bone, shorter and thicker necks, and short heads with broad foreheads. They may have calmer temperaments than horses and also a high level of equine intelligence that may or may not be used to cooperate with human handlers.[28] In fact, small size, by itself, is sometimes not a factor at all. While the Shetland pony stands on average 10 hands (40 inches, 102 cm),[33] the Falabella and other miniature horses, which can be no taller than 30 inches (76 cm), the size of a medium-sized dog, are classified by their respective registries as very small horses rather than as ponies.[34]
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Re: Fun, weird facts

Postby pinky » 04 Jun 2010, 03:38

emm interesting love the one about the sneeze
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Re: Fun, weird facts

Postby pilvikki » 04 Jun 2010, 22:35


defines the cutoff between horses and ponies at 148 centimetres (58.27 in) (just over 14.2 h) without shoes and 149 centimetres (58.66 in) (just over 14.2-1/2 h) with shoes.[30]


did ya catch that?

what if the horse was wearing heels?
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Re: Fun, weird facts

Postby Toula » 04 Jun 2010, 22:42

petunia princess wrote:During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food. That's the weight of about 6 elephants.


Hello? A Lifetime! ? Try looking at me! A year tops - may-be - give or take a week!! :lmao1:
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Postby pilvikki » 04 Jun 2010, 23:25


you must be wrong, i'm thinking 2 years...
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Re: Fun, weird facts

Postby kg » 19 Jun 2010, 14:56


Uh...last night? :shifty:
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Re: Fun, weird facts

Postby Ice.Maiden » 15 Aug 2010, 12:02

And polo ponies can vary - even up to 15 or 16 hands!
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