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Ripley's Believe It or Not by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for August 28, 2021

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    eromlig  3 months ago

    For my brethren who managed to stay awake through their college classics classes, or even those who did not, I dedicate the following to you…especially if you share my Irish heritage. (Sorry, Silver.)

    A Greek and an Irishman were sitting in Starbucks one day comparing their two cultures. Over a double Latte, the Greek mentions“We built the Parthenon you may recall, along with the Temple of Apollo”.

    “Aye, and it was the Irish that discovered the Summer and Winter solstices”.

    “But it was the Greeks who gave birth to mathematics.”

    “Granted, but it was the Irish who built the first timepieces.”

    Knowing that he’s about to deliver the coup de grace, the son of Athens points out with a note of finality: “Keep in mind that it was the ancient Greeks who invented the notion of sex as a pleasurable activity!”

    “Aye! True enough, but it was the Irish who got women involved.”

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    stevesilver48  3 months ago

    Hey now my Ripley’s Believe It Or Not pals! How’s everyone today? Not to get all verklempt but I have to say I was really touched by yesterday’s comments. A Common ’tator made me just about pee myself with this one: “You b*st*rd Steve… You just made me splatter my cornflakes right across my keyboard… A heads-up in future… please…”Hahaha! I wish everyone liked my jokes that much! Thanks, ‘tator and thanks again to everyone for the kind, encouraging words, and some great spin-off jokes. File this one under "Things don’t always go as they should."

    There were only three Legionnaires left from their battalion after a terrible battle. They were in the Sahara Desert in awful shape. One guy had a shell go off in his face, had a rag over his eyes, and couldn’t see a thing. Another one had his leg all blown up and was on a makeshift crutch. The third one was in a wheelchair, all shot up.They helped each other as best they could. The blind guy was pushing the wheelchair with the guy on the crutch guiding him and they see a watering hole! “Water! We’re saved!”, one yelled. The blind guy heard that, rushed forward and fell into the water. He comes up and shouts, “I can see! There must be something in the water! It’s magic!” The guy on the crutch hobbles forward, jumps into the water, comes out, and throws the crutch away! “I can walk!”, he cries out! The guy in the wheelchair gets the chair going as fast as he can, plunges into the water hole, comes out the other side and BADABOOM! The wheelchair has a brand new set of tires!

    Any further comment needed? Hope not cause I got nothing.Everyone stay well and I’ll see you tomorrow. Silver. Out!

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    stevesilver48  3 months ago

    I believe the entry about the cat but I wonder if it was in some sort of a papoose-like back pack, a cage, or maybe on a harness, or collar, and leash.If owner Mel says that the cat just tagged along like a dog, unrestrained in any way, then maybe my belief is weakening. Cats are way too curious, jittery, and prone to writing checks they can’t cash when they get stuck in trees. But then has anyone ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?

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    stevesilver48  3 months ago

    Those aren’t “mountains” on those neutron stars. They’re more like “zits”.

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    jasonsnakelover  3 months ago

    One time I went to the top of 49 mountains in 8 months.

    May the Lord be with you.

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    stevesilver48  3 months ago

    Re: The Jupiter entry. Does anyone dare ask why that is? Way past my pay grade!

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  3 months ago

    so how long is a Jupiter calendar by all that logic?

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    Bilan  3 months ago

    If a day on Jupiter is only 10 Earth hours, it means a point at the equator is moving at 27,294 mph.

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    wjones  3 months ago

    If a year is divided into 12 Months then Jupiter’s month is one earth year.

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    in-dubio-pro-rainbow  3 months ago

    I wonder how many months (measured in Jupiter dimensions) it would have taken Floki to reach the top of the tallest mountains of a Neutron star

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    pearlsbs  3 months ago

    I wonder who measured those neutron star mountains.

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    boniface22  3 months ago

    Neutron stars, massive gravity, tiny mountains; how do they know this? (Just how high is a “handful of millimetres”?)

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    drycurt  3 months ago

    Like boniface22 said, what’s a handful of millimeters? Is this how science is being taught now?

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    the dorf  3 months ago

    I wonder just how many mountains there are in New Hampshire.

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    Gent  3 months ago

    Stars have mountains? Who knew. Do they even have solid ground for mountains or this is just one of those “facts”?

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    h.v.greenman  3 months ago

    Is a “handful” a new scientific measurement? and exactly how many millimetres is that?

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    billcor  3 months ago

    I had a handfull of millimeters once, but they’re all gone now, gone.

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    MY DOG IS MY CO PILOT  3 months ago

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!!

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    St. Pillsbury  3 months ago

    So I graduated from college 39 years ago & haven’t kept up on Astronomy, but I am unaware that there are mountains on the surfaces of stars. Has something changed that I don’t know about.

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  3 months ago

    It was a nine month course, of course. And then they went home to a bouncing baby boy.

    Take care, may famed felinologist Purrrvis McSkritchord be with you, and gesundheit.

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    walt1968pat Premium Member 3 months ago

    Good job, much more readable.

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    derdave969  3 months ago

    As I understand it “handful” is a unit in the WnC measurement system. Weed n Crack.

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    RonnieAThompson Premium Member 3 months ago
    https://earthsky.org/space/neutron-star-mountains-are-tiny-but-still-cant-climb/
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    J. R. M.   3 months ago

    Neutron stars are covered with “mountains” only fractions of a millimeter tall, new research shows, meaning these bumps are hundreds of times smaller than previous estimates had suggested. …

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    Mr Funny Man  3 months ago

    I love that this can be a place to share my jokes. These babies are original. Happy to be here Y’all! More to come. I heard the Republican Party is considering renaming itself as the National Conservative party or Nat-C for short.

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    A_Dream4u  3 months ago

    Whoa! And we think our weekends are too short, hate to spend one on Jupiter!

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    dv1093  3 months ago

    If I lived on Jupiter, I’d only be 5 and a half years old. Cool.

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    J. R. M.   3 months ago

    …And if they had leap days, you could still be waiting for your first if you happened to be born on that day.

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    markhughw  3 months ago

    And Floki was thrilled every minute.

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    Malcome1  3 months ago

    At first I like the new type and graphics. But this is more like some “interesting facts”, then RBION. Where we were reviled with some unusual events or things that made question or go “erm?”. The type set is inconsistent with spacing, making difficult to read on some days. Guess that’s what I get for hoping for a positive change for once.

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    Stephen Gilberg  3 months ago

    Floki would be a good name for a Flerken.

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    STACEY MARSHALL Premium Member 3 months ago

    See the two SiFi books: Dragon’s Egg and Starquake, by Robert L. Forward.

    About Earth sending a manned expedition to a passing neutron star, and discovering life on it.

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    pbr50138  3 months ago

    New Hampshire has tall mountains???

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    stevesilver48  3 months ago

    Test

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    Petemejia77  3 months ago

    Space Cat!

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