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   In case it seems we didn't learn much of anything this past year, here are 50 Things that will make you feel smarter in last week of 2012

24 Dec 2012 06:34 PM   |   8101 clicks   |   Tampa Bay Online
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Ivo Shandor    [TotalFark]  
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24 Dec 2012 02:16 PM
Spadababababababa Spadina Bus     
We're up to 51 if we count "the" headline.

24 Dec 2012 06:39 PM
ultraholland     
Emperor penguins can double or even triple their swimming speed in short bursts by releasing air from their feathers in the form of tiny bubbles.

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already knew this

24 Dec 2012 06:41 PM
DerAppie     
I do not fit in with the 10 percent without grey hair. I found my first tuft of grey when I was 13.

24 Dec 2012 06:55 PM
wildcardjack     
3. A simple orange scent introduced into a shopping environment prompted 400 customers to spend an average of 20 percent more money at a store.

I suspect that's been a myth in Target management for a while. They always have a display of Clementine oranges at the non-food end of my local Targets.

15. Watching a horror movie may burn nearly 200 calories in 90 minutes,

Unless you watched the entire horror movie aisle at Blockbuster one summer.

20. Dolphins sleep with only one half of their brains at a time. This allows them to stay alert to predators for at least 15 days in a row. They likely developed this pattern so they could surface for air to breathe.

I'd swear I've know that for years. I'm pretty sure it's been mentioned as "What do dolphins and flamingos have in common?" Here's a fluff article from 2009

29. A fossil classified for more than 100 years as a lemur without a nose is actually that of a fish.

That's just funny

47. Native Americans brewed a primitive form of tea almost a thousand years ago using toasted holly leaves and stems. The drink was six times more potent than coffee.

PRODUCT OPPORTUNITY!

24 Dec 2012 07:09 PM
Indubitably     
I don't care if I'm smarter, b/c it certainly isn't getting me anywhere.

24 Dec 2012 07:10 PM
gerbilpox     
Compressed barley husks - a byproduct of whiskey making -- have the ability to remove pollutants such as pesticides, benzene and heavy metals from polluted water.

Is there anything it can't do?

Venom from the deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider can boost human sexual performance
[linked article:] Brazilian scientists first became interested ... when victims of bites reported major improvements in their sex lives.


"I have the weirdest boner right now."

A fish just 2 centimeters long named phallostethus cuulong was discovered in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. Males of the species display reproductive organs on their chin and their anus on their throat.

OK, now they're just farking with us.

24 Dec 2012 07:36 PM
viscountalpha     
http://www.handbag.com/life/news/a4325 46/people-who-lose-their-virgini ty-later-have-better-relationships.htm l

I call bullshiat or i'm incredibly unlucky

/i'm probably unlucky...

24 Dec 2012 08:06 PM
SnowPeas     

viscountalpha: http://www.handbag.com/life/news/a432 546/people-who-lose-their-virgin i ty-later-have-better-relationships.htm l

I call bullshiat or i'm incredibly unlucky

/i'm probably unlucky...


i totally agree,. your probially unlucky.

/that bullshiat thing too....

24 Dec 2012 08:12 PM
nytmare     
I have no idea what you're talking about,

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So here's a dolphin with a sea sponge on its beak.

24 Dec 2012 08:21 PM
lethological_lassie     
Didn't we already know about that Indian tea?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilex_vo mitoria

24 Dec 2012 08:26 PM
Indubitably     

nytmare: I have no idea what you're talking about,

[www.rich-obrien.com image 300x300]

So here's a dolphin with a sea sponge on its beak.


Indeed.

24 Dec 2012 08:29 PM
nanim    [TotalFark]  
ftfa:''Males of the species display reproductive organs on their chin ...''

Do they believe in inter-species dating?

24 Dec 2012 08:30 PM
Porous Horace     
I have just now learned that the more Toblerone you stuff in your mouth at once, the better it is.

24 Dec 2012 08:32 PM
Indubitably     

nanim: ftfa:''Males of the species display reproductive organs on their chin ...''

Do they believe in inter-species dating?


This isn't craigslist, man. Go post an ad. *)

24 Dec 2012 08:41 PM
jjwars1     

Indubitably: I don't care if I'm smarter, b/c it certainly isn't getting me anywhere.


It's funny, because it's true!

/same boat

24 Dec 2012 08:51 PM
ArcadianRefugee     
Notice the idiot author actually wrote "lllacme plenipes" for the critter name in #12? Actually used 3 lowercased L's.

That irst one should be a capital I.

But I guess that's the problem when you are too busy making fun of readable fonts like Comic Sans and don't notice what a piece of crap your illegible font choice is.

24 Dec 2012 09:29 PM
ArcadianRefugee     
ucking typos....

24 Dec 2012 09:30 PM
namatad    [TotalFark]  

ArcadianRefugee: Notice the idiot author actually wrote "lllacme plenipes" for the critter name in #12? Actually used 3 lowercased L's.

That irst one should be a capital I.


SHUDDER
I vs l makes me want to punch baby jesus

24 Dec 2012 09:36 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
namatad: I vs l

A coworker used to go through our code and rename any variables called "l".

24 Dec 2012 10:58 PM
namatad    [TotalFark]  

ZAZ: namatad: I vs l

A coworker used to go through our code and rename any variables called "l".


LOLOLOL
I will admit, when I use the variable "i", I always use the lower case "i" and try not to ever use "L" as a variable.
Plus the only time that I use a single letter variable is in a local loop where it will never be referenced ANYTHING but local and not possibly confusing in ANY WAY.

CSB
while in school working at the compsci help desk, we had a nerd who wrote a program to make his programs impossible to read, debug or steal.
He removed all unneeded white-space and replace all variables with it1 through itn.
He was pretty farking annoying.
/CSB

24 Dec 2012 11:04 PM
Fade2black     
Can I get through one day off because of a holiday where half the shiat in the list throws climate change in my face? Please? I just want to be able to enjoy some info and/or comedy for a change.

24 Dec 2012 11:07 PM
The One True TheDavid     
"17. When female entrepreneurs pay themselves a salary, they earn $60,000. Male founders pay themselves $78,000, on average."

Drew is transsexual?

24 Dec 2012 11:39 PM
apoptotic     
45. For college-age women, appearance generally is more important than health.

There is no way you can convince me we didn't already know this.

25 Dec 2012 12:00 AM
catzies     

Porous Horace: I have just now learned that the more Toblerone you stuff in your mouth at once, the better it is.


This. Is true.

25 Dec 2012 12:15 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
He removed all unneeded white-space and replace all variables with it1 through itn.

Before everything that mattered was Windows, commercial products used to be released as obfuscated source code. Companies took their real source code and ran it through a tool to strip out comments and rename functions and variables. The goal was to give you something you could compile on your weird system but could not reverse engineer.

This may or may not have been one reason the GNU Public License requires source to be released in the preferred form for editing.

There have been many attempts over the years to create a universal intermediate code form. Java bytecode is the best known example. IBM created a successful intermediate language for the AS/400.

25 Dec 2012 10:02 AM
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