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August 25th, 2011 14:10

Things you don't need to know…
 
… maybe even don't want to know, but which pibbur still insists on telling you, replacing the pretty much extinct "Today is… " thread.

There are 4 elements named after a small swedish town in the periodic system of elements. The town is Ytterby. The elements are the rare earth elements (which actuallyt isn't that rare) Yttrium (Y), Erbium (Er), Terbium (Tb) and Ytterbium (Yb). In addition, one of the guys involved in the detection of those is the finnish 19th century chemist (and physicist, and mineralogist - who knows if he didn't play the piano as well) Johan Gadolin, after which Gadolinium is named. Gadolinium is used in MRI contrast media.

In order to not insult Dart (not Vader), the element Hafnium (Hf) is named after Copenhagen. No Bergenium as far as I know. And I know that.

I may have posted this earlier, so I'll give you another one for free: The chinese (of the people's republic fame) bought 74 million cars. In 2010. Exactly one of them was a Toyota Prius.

Says pibbur who insists on calling Aluminium "Aluminium".

August 25th, 2011 14:12

Seems like I managed to create two threads out of this, which most of you definitely don't need. I leave it to the powers that be to delete one of them.

The other one, preferrably.

DArtagnan August 25th, 2011 14:18

The value of this thread is paradoxical in its uselessness.

Despite the great effort to please me I'm still insulted, by nature, as a superior specimen of the Watch - and yet I can't help but also be paradoxically pleased.

So a mild punishment is in order, and Pibbur will need to move his desk to the middle of the room and sit still for a few minutes.

August 25th, 2011 15:22

Quote:

Originally Posted by DArtagnan (Post 1061088930)
The value of this thread is paradoxical in its uselessness.

Mission accomplished!
Quote:

Despite the great effort to please me I'm still insulted, by nature, as a superior specimen of the Watch - and yet I can't help but also be paradoxically pleased.

So a mild punishment is in order, and Pibbur will need to move his desk to the middle of the room and sit still for a few minutes.
Favourite Malkavian response: Ha!HA!hahA!HA!

Fnord August 25th, 2011 15:36

Quote:

There are 4 elements named after a small swedish town in the periodic system of elements. The town is Ytterby. The elements are the rare earth elements (which actuallyt isn't that rare) Yttrium (Y), Erbium (Er), Terbium (Tb) and Ytterbium (Yb). In addition, one of the guys involved in the detection of those is the finnish 19th century chemist (and physicist, and mineralogist - who knows if he didn't play the piano as well) Johan Gadolin, after which Gadolinium is named. Gadolinium is used in MRI contrast media.
In minerals from the mine outside of Ytterby (which is located in Vaxholm's municipality, in the archipelago outside of Stockholm)) a grand total of 8 new elements have been discovered. Not only Yttrium, Ytterbium, Terbium & Erbium, but also Holmium, Skandium, Tulium & Gadolinium. These are named after the latin name for Stockholm (Holmia (Holmium)), Scandinavia (Skandium), the latin name for Scandinavia (Thule (Thulium)) and Johan Gadolin (Gadolinium).

Alrik Fassbauer August 25th, 2011 17:37

Who is Darth Nothevader ?

August 25th, 2011 17:46

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer (Post 1061088957)
Who is Darth Nothevader ?

Some Danish fellow.

Alrik Fassbauer August 25th, 2011 18:55

Someone I don't need to know, right ? :biggrin:

August 25th, 2011 22:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer (Post 1061088970)
Someone I don't need to know, right ? :biggrin:

I know nooothing!

Corwin August 26th, 2011 00:07

So move along folks, nothing to see here!! :)

August 26th, 2011 21:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fnord (Post 1061088941)
In minerals from the mine outside of Ytterby (which is located in Vaxholm's municipality, in the archipelago outside of Stockholm)) a grand total of 8 new elements have been discovered. Not only Yttrium, Ytterbium, Terbium & Erbium, but also Holmium, Skandium, Tulium & Gadolinium. These are named after the latin name for Stockholm (Holmia (Holmium)), Scandinavia (Skandium), the latin name for Scandinavia (Thule (Thulium)) and Johan Gadolin (Gadolinium).

Hey! I was saving those for later!

Ok, here's a list of some other elements named after places:
  • Gallium (Ga)
  • Germanium (Ge)
  • Strontium (Sr)
  • Tellurium (Te)
  • Cerium (Ce)
  • Palladium (Pa)
  • Europium (Eu)
  • Lutetium (Lu)
  • Rhenium (Re)
  • Polonium (Po)
  • Francium (Fr)
  • Uranium (U)
  • Neptunium (Np)
  • Plutonium (Pu)
  • Americium (Am)
  • Berkelium (Bk)
  • Californium (Cf)
  • Dubnium (Db)
  • Hassium (Hs)
  • Darmstadtium (Ds)

So we have several elements named after Swedish places and one after some Danish city. NO elements are named after places in Norway (Scandium and Europium don't count)!!!! Can't have that! I hereby claim ownership of the following elements:
  • Ununtrium (Uut)
  • Ununquadium (Uuq)
  • Ununpentium (Uup)
  • Ununhexium (Uuh)
  • Ununseptium (Uus)
  • Ununoctium (Uuo)

Says PhosphorusIodineBoronBoronUraniumSetOfRealNumbers

Alrik Fassbauer August 26th, 2011 21:45

Hassium is named after Hessen, a German Fedral State, and Darmstadtium is named after Darmstadt, a German town … I think it lies in Hessen as well, but anyway, it's a University town.

For your fun : "Darmstadt" would literally translated be "Guttown".
There funny named here, you know. ;)

Hessen, by the way, has connections to the aristocrat house of Oranienburg-Nassau - Oranje -> het Nederlande and Nassau -> yes, you have already guessed it : Nassau in the U.S.A. …

All these three things are related to one another, although I don't quite remember how.

But you don't need to know that anyway. ;)

Fnord August 28th, 2011 12:53

Quote:

Hey! I was saving those for later!
Sorry, wanted to shine as well. After all, I'm a soon to be chemist who live just outside of Stockholm, so this is my field ;)

Anyway, what happened to pibbur?

Corwin August 29th, 2011 01:26

Sorry, but that's one of the things you don't need to know!! :)

pibbur0x2a August 31st, 2011 19:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fnord (Post 1061089520)
Sorry, wanted to shine as well. After all, I'm a soon to be chemist who live just outside of Stockholm, so this is my field ;)

You're welcome.
Quote:

Anyway, what happened to pibbur?
It's a bit embarassing. I sort of deleted him. I sometimes do things like that, it's stupid, and I always regret afterwards. (I've actually done it once before, then Myrthos helped me revive him). This time, I chose to recreate him in stead.

BTW: The Armenian word for "uninformed" is "անտեղյակ". I mention this because in addition to the Rumenian word ("neinformat"), this is the only translation en.wiktionary.org is informed about.

Thrasher August 31st, 2011 22:09

43, nice. ;)

pibbur0x2a September 1st, 2011 19:59

This may scare you, but who cares?

Every second approximately 2.5 million red blood cells are destroyed in your body. Which means that each year 300% of your total red blood cell populiation is annihilated.

Tomorrow I may reveal how many are produced.

pibbur0x2a September 2nd, 2011 09:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by pibbur0x2a (Post 1061090266)

Tomorrow I may reveal how many are produced.

Yes. This may come as a surprise to you, but normally the production rate is, with small fluctuations, the same as the rate of destruction. Kind of handy. Average lifetime of red blood cells is 120 days, so you replace your blood every 4th month.

Several other tissues are dynamic in the sense that they are continuously destroyed and replaced. The average renewal rate of:

.. bones: 10 years
.. skin (outer layers): 1 month

And if you spend the weekend partying, you've got new and fresh intestines (the inner layers) on monday. Which probably is a good thing.

The liver have remarkable recovery potential. You can remove half of it, and it will regrow. This makes liver transplantations from live donors possible.

Other tissues are not so flexible. Especially the nervous system. Normally, you lose nerve cells every day, some say around 1000, and with a few (possible) exceptions they are not replaced. No worries, normally, we've got billions of'em.

Says pibbur who realizes he has changed a lot since birth.

hishadow September 3rd, 2011 02:56

How about my brain cells? Can I be rebrained?

pibbur0x2a September 4th, 2011 12:27

Sorry to disappoint you, but brain cells, meaning the nerve cells, usually don't proliferate (there are about 10 times as many supporting cells (glia cells) in the brain, but unlike the nerve cells, they don''t process information)

However, nerve cell projections can regrow if damaged. The result depends on whether the sheaths in which they run are intact or not. If they too are damaged the nerve endings may loose track and go places they're not supposed to. Problem is: Your brain don't know this happened. One example: Damage to your facial nerve, which among other functions controls secretion of saliva and tears, may result in "crying" whenever you see or smell a well prepared steak. Or other things you'd like to eat.

says pibbur who thinks most people don't need to know this.

pibbur0x2a September 5th, 2011 09:20

The Pink Floyd tune Carefulm with that axe Eugene:
  1. was rerecorded for the movie Zabriskie Point as "Come in Number 51, Your Time Is Up", a quote from the Beatle's "A hard days night" movie.
  2. is referenced in among otheres the following tunes:
    • The Damned: "Nasty" ("Careful with that axe you meanie")
    • Rumah Sakit: "Careful with that fax machine"
    • Dream Theater: "Octavarium", part of the lyrics is made of song titles.
  3. is referenced in the following computer games
    • Revenge Of The Mutant Camels by Llavasoft. One of the levels bears the title.
    • Divinity II: Ego Draconis where there's a suitably name npc carrying an axe.
    • I also wonder if the gun named "Eugene" in Fallout 3 is a hidden reference.
  4. The scream in the tune can be heard in several other Pink Floyd tracks, like "Another Brick in the Wall 2" and "Run Like Hell".
  5. is the name I've given my Fender Stratocaster. A bit - no, VERY - predictable. I just thought you wouldn't want to know that.
  6. is normally written without an 'm' in the word "Careful".

says pibbur who think CWTAE is one of his favourite songs

bkrueger September 5th, 2011 18:13

Thank you very much, that is just what I wanted to know…:p

pibbur0x2a September 6th, 2011 20:08

1. Royalty!
The Swedish princess Victoria is pregnant. We knew that.
The Norwegian princess Mette-Marit has 3 children. We knew that.
Said Norwegian princess has offered advice to the Swedish one. About motherhood and things related to that. According to selected, brightly coloured, Norwegian news media. WOW! Didn't see that coming.

2. The meaning of WOW!
There are 11.099.999 subscribers to World of Warcraft. Pibbur has decided to stop. Therefore he will from now on only use the phrase "wow" in non World-of-warcraft-related terms.

Says pibbur who by 2) expects his street credibility to raise from zero to … something slightly above zero.

Corwin September 7th, 2011 00:42

Don't forget the Danish Princess, who is really Australian!! :)

I think she enjoys Cricket too!! :D

pibbur0x2a September 7th, 2011 12:14

AFAIK from looking at (only) the front page of the brightly coloured magazine, the Danish-wannabe princess hasn't offered any motherhood advice to her royal Swedish highness.

BTW: Assuming they were discussing children and what to do with them, this incident was Bechdel-compliant.

says pibbur who originally wrote "Danish-wannabe princess hasn't offered any motherhood device" which is completely different.

pibbur0x2a September 7th, 2011 16:26

http://riderjw.tripod.com/trivialknowledge.htm

The site is cited "as is", no guarantee regarding accuracy. No independent checks performed. But I may try to count the muscles in my cat's ears.

dteowner September 7th, 2011 18:50

At least one of those is out of date (Saints won the Super Bowl 2 years ago, breaking the dome team curse), Ye of Multiple Names.

pibbur0x2a September 7th, 2011 21:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by dteowner (Post 1061091126)
… Ye of Multiple Names.

aHH. yOu SOuND jusT Like mY mALkavIaN.

pibbur0x2a September 8th, 2011 20:02

And, for a change, here are a couple of things which pibbur won't tell you:

pibbur0x2a November 22nd, 2011 15:16

The mushroom Psilocybe pelliculosa (pictured) resembles P. washingtonensis so closely that a microscope is needed to reliably distinguish between them.

And for the record, both of them resembles things found in Skyrim.

On the same note: There are (according to some botanists) more than 10000 recorded species of Hawkweed (Hieracium), separating between them often requires chromosome analysis.

says pibbur who regrets that none of them are named after him

Alrik Fassbauer November 22nd, 2011 15:45

… That DDO contains a "hint" towards the music group called "Manfred Mann's Earth Band" …

pibbur0x2a November 22nd, 2011 21:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer (Post 1061107638)
That DDO contains a "hint" towards the music group called "Manfred Mann's Earth Band"

Could you be more specific?

says pibbur who although not blinded by anything has almost every album released by said Earth band.

Alrik Fassbauer November 22nd, 2011 23:31

There is a quest where a bandit cries out something like : "Be in awe of the mighty Quinn !" ;)

He then releases a few dogs for defending the bandit' hideout.

After he and his dogs are defeated, he says : "Maybe I should just lay down", something like that.

It's all in my own language, so I don't know what the exact wording is, but he indeed calles himself the "mighty Quinn" ! ;)

My parents were huge fans of this band in the 70s, so I at least know something of the music. ;)

I have even seen the band live : That was sometime … in the last decade, I think … I don't quite remember that anymore …

Jaz November 23rd, 2011 11:35

… 'Mighty Quinn' was Bob Dylan's nod at a movie starring Anthony Quinn as an Eskimo.

pibbur0x2a November 23rd, 2011 12:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaz (Post 1061107832)
… 'Mighty Quinn' was Bob Dylan's nod at a movie starring Anthony Quinn as an Eskimo.

I consider this relevant information. Therefore.. IT DOESN'T BELONG HERE!!

pibbur who already regrets posting this

Jaz November 23rd, 2011 12:25

Hehe. I made you ANGRY, and ANGRY is GOOD!

Alrik Fassbauer November 23rd, 2011 18:27

Eskimos have not the full complement of teeth like other peoples do, as a contributed part of irrelevant imnformation from my side.

And I doubt that Mr. Dylan would have made this song sound like Manfred Mann did, that's why people rather remember Manfred Mann' versions, and not Mr. Dylan's.

pibbur0x2a November 30th, 2011 11:08



According to Wikipedia, the sparrow's-egg lady's-slipper (pictured) is a lady's slipper orchid that resembles a sparrow's egg?

says pibbur who among things he doesn't need to know includes those hibernating in the Antarctic.

pibbur0x2a December 5th, 2011 15:53

Some time ago a group of sportscars (8 Ferraris, 1 Lamborghini and 3 Mercedeses) went out for a ride in Japan. With their drivers. Unfortunately they crashed, some kind of chain reaction.

There's a link here (Swedish) with a video (Japanese).

http://www.automotorsport.se/artikla…rldens-storsta

I suppose quite a number of people will find this amusing.

pibbur0x2a December 14th, 2011 08:43

We're running out of butter in Norway. Butter made from milk, that is. Not margarine.

The reason
1. Somewhat low production of milk.
2. Significant increase in demand, because a significant number of Norwegians are hooked on low-carbohydrateish diet.

Here's BBC

WE CAN'T MAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES BECAUSE OF THIS! European fincance troubles pale compared to this.

pibbur who actually doesn't care because he doesn't use butter.


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