Things you've always wanted to know......

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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby ageing hammer on Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:39 am

1875Hammer wrote:Is that right? I suppose nobody knew it was there until Columbus "discovered" it.
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Leif Erikson went there centuries before Columbus got there.


An Irish Monk St Brendan got there 600 years before anyone :wink:
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby sendô on Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:43 am

Why do we start sentences with capital letters?

In fact why do we even have capital letters?
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:42 pm

ageing hammer wrote:An Irish Monk St Brendan got there 600 years before anyone :wink:


Believe that and you'll believe anything. Image

Do they still teach that in Irish schools?
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby ageing hammer on Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:48 pm

Taking a small crew, Brendan set out around the year 545 on a small round-bottom boat called a currach that was sealed with leather and had a square sail. An 8th-century account of the journey was recorded in The Voyage of St. Brendan and it describes various stops along the way that appear to correspond to places such as the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland, and even describes icebergs.

The possibility of such a feat was researched in 1976 by historian Tim Severin, who crafted an identical boat from the description given and took along with him a few companions. He made stops similar to those he believed St. Brendan could have made and eventually reached Peckford Island, Newfoundland. Severin’s research proved that a cross-Atlantic voyage was possible during the 6th century using primitive technology. :)
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby woodgreenspur on Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:12 pm

ageing hammer wrote:Taking a small crew, Brendan set out around the year 545 on a small round-bottom boat called a currach that was sealed with leather and had a square sail. An 8th-century account of the journey was recorded in The Voyage of St. Brendan and it describes various stops along the way that appear to correspond to places such as the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland, and even describes icebergs.

The possibility of such a feat was researched in 1976 by historian Tim Severin, who crafted an identical boat from the description given and took along with him a few companions. He made stops similar to those he believed St. Brendan could have made and eventually reached Peckford Island, Newfoundland. Severin’s research proved that a cross-Atlantic voyage was possible during the 6th century using primitive technology. :)

Just googled one of them boats ..that would be some feat ,if true.
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby mushy on Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:31 pm

The difference being that the guy in 1976 knew where he was going.
I assume St Brendan just set sail and hoped for the best.
If he did actually make it, its no wonder they canonised him.
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby woodgreenspur on Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:43 pm

mushy wrote:The difference being that the guy in 1976 knew where he was going.
I assume St Brendan just set sail and hoped for the best.
If he did actually make it, its no wonder they canonised him.

Particularly if he got back to Ireland again.
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby chelmsfordhammer91 on Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:36 pm

Columbus only ever went to the Caribbean and South America, he never went to north America (or what the US was then).
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby Samba on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:22 pm

ageing hammer wrote:An Irish Monk St Brendan got there 600 years before anyone :wink:

It was actually the Isle of Man but who was going to argue with him? :D
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby somerset-hammer on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:24 pm

Samba :D
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby ageing hammer on Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:11 pm

:D
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:55 pm

ageing hammer wrote:Taking a small crew, Brendan set out around the year 545 on a small round-bottom boat called a currach that was sealed with leather and had a square sail. An 8th-century account of the journey was recorded in The Voyage of St. Brendan and it describes various stops along the way that appear to correspond to places such as the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland, and even describes icebergs.

The possibility of such a feat was researched in 1976 by historian Tim Severin, who crafted an identical boat from the description given and took along with him a few companions. He made stops similar to those he believed St. Brendan could have made and eventually reached Peckford Island, Newfoundland. Severin’s research proved that a cross-Atlantic voyage was possible during the 6th century using primitive technology. :)


There isn't actually any hard proof that he made it there apparently (lots of speculation and supposition), whereas Erik The Red started settlements in North America which have been verified by archaeological finds.
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby pablo jaye on Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:01 pm

I was sat in the garden early yesterday morning and was watching a snail sprint across the lawn and it got me wondering - if you scaled a snail up to the size of a human, would it travel faster than a human could walk?
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby Samba on Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:01 pm

Greatest Cockney Rip Off wrote:Erik The Red Rover

From Ballybunion..
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby southbrishammer on Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:50 am

I'm sure there was a joke back in the day about putting three shirts on a lion, but I'm buggered if I can remember it. Can anyone help?
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby ageing hammer on Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:08 pm

southbrishammer wrote:I'm sure there was a joke back in the day about putting three shirts on a lion, but I'm buggered if I can remember it. Can anyone help?


That's a typo, the joke is about three lions on a shirt and the laughing will start Monday night at 7pm :D







Mind you I have tipped your lot to do rather well in the world cup thread :wink:
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby delbert on Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:25 am

Why is poo brown?
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby vietnammer on Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:35 am

Have been told it's the body regularly shedding red blood platelets. Bit similar to why your slash is often yellow. However, someone on here recently gave a different explanation but I can't recall it or what thread it was on. (probably this one).
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby We_are_BML on Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:17 pm

Asked a similar question before... if a burger has 14g of fat and I cook it on a George foreman grill does the burger I end up eating having less than 14g of fat?
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Re: Things you've always wanted to know......

Postby DasNutNock on Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:49 pm

We_are_BML wrote:Asked a similar question before... if a burger has 14g of fat and I cook it on a George foreman grill does the burger I end up eating having less than 14g of fat?


Yes, some of the fat will render and drip off onto the work surface, taking all the flavour with it.
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