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Old 28-02-06, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default INTERESTING FACT OF THE DAY

During WW2, the Luftwaffe got good quality avation fuel for their fighter aircraft from Romanian oil, typically 130 RON.

The RAF had equally good fuel, about 125 RON.

However American crude oil was of lower quality, and thus the fuel was more like 80 or 90 RON. This led them to develop protective additives like lead to allow more tuning of higher compression engines with superchargers. Eventually they had ratings of around 150 RON.

It was commonly recognised that the Germans had more powerful engines. Why was this? Because they had direct injection systems in their engines and this allowed them to use Nitrous Oxide while dogfighting, increasing power output by 50%.

I didn't know that.


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Old 28-02-06, 12:25 PM   #2
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everytime i learn something new, it pushes something old out of my brain
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Old 28-02-06, 12:31 PM   #3
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everytime i learn something new, it pushes something old out of my brain
Is that your interesting fact then?
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Old 28-02-06, 12:34 PM   #4
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(a) More people are kicked to death each year by donkey's than die in airline accidents.

(b) An Albatross can fly for up to a week without flapping its wings.
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The opricuity of the ecliptic is 23 degrees, 27 minutes, 8.26 seconds. So there.
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Old 28-02-06, 05:24 PM   #6
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An hour's rain would do more good in five minutes now than a week's would do in a month at any other time of the year.
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Old 28-02-06, 05:35 PM   #7
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90% of people are caused by accidents.
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Old 28-02-06, 06:01 PM   #8
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The skin of a hippo is almost bulletproof.

A giraffe has the same number of bones in its neck as a human.

Faster than an SV, a Greyhound is capable of reaching its top speed of 45mph in only three strides.

The Bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissable in a US court.

The Pentagon has twice as many toilets as is necessary because when it was built there were still segregation laws in place required separate facilities for Blacks and Whites.

Besides humans, elephants are the only animal that can stand on thier heads.

The most impossible item to flush in a tiolet is a ping pong ball.

Apart from Elvis, Judy Garland also died on the loo - whilst King George II died after falling off the loo.
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Old 28-02-06, 06:03 PM   #9
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(b) An Albatross can fly for up to a week without flapping its wings.
who checks these things??? Do they do a questionaire for birds???

Not thats the only daft one up there!!!

Is the, a penguin falls over when planes pass overhead one true???
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my old fiesta used to get to 60 in 14seconds! fact!
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