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Posted 5/23/15 , edited 5/28/15
The sky is blue due to Rayleigh scattering.

Same goes for the color of our eyes.
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ThatOneKid_ wrote:

The lighter was invented before the match.


ExiAHesP wrote:

you sure? lighters were invented before torches?


That all depends on what you define as a lighter and a match. The word "match" referred to the wick of a candle, and was originally a kind of slow-burning, chemical impregnated cord or stick of wood often used as something akin to a torch for illumination or ignition.

(I can't believe I actually took the time to look this up )

According to the information on Wikipedia, "The first lighters were converted flintlock pistols that used gunpowder," whereas the first true friction matches (similar to the "strike anywhere" matches we use today) weren't invented until 1826 by English chemist John Walker (see links above for references).

However, the first permanent match style "lighter" wasn't developed and sold until 1913 by Ronson. The familiar naphtha filled Zippo lighters still in use today were invented in 1932, and butane fueled lighters made their debut in the 1950's.

So, without specifying what type of match or lighter, you are both correct. The devil is in the details!
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Well fuckin' the more you know then ay

that was rather interesting

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E. Coli sounds scary but in reality it's part of your normal gut flora which is crucial to our health. However because it is an opportunistic microbe if it gets somewhere it does not ordinarily inhabit it becomes pathogenic.
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All polar bears are left-handed
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we haven't figured out why we dream yet, even though we, as humans have been looking for at least 1200 years(using medical practices)
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The Guiness Book of World Records Biggest Ball of Twine is in Kansas :D
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Posted 5/25/15
Employees at disney world who work as Characters need to take classes on signatures so that the signatures between different cast members will be EXACTLY the same
Posted 5/25/15
Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.
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Dried spaghetti will always break into 3 pieces, or more, due to its fracture points, curvature along the break, and elasticity of the spaghetti. The potential energy stored up causes one fracture and the torque produced from the point causes another break. Cascading fractures can occur as well. wut.
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You only really breathe through one of your nostrils at a time.
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In 1662, the first mass-produced, wood cased, graphite core pencils were made in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Pudding_Head wrote:

In 1662, the first mass-produced, wood cased, graphite core pencils were made in Nuremberg, Germany.



Looks like a chocolate bar.
Monks and aristocrats of the 17th century would smash that chocolate bar on fresh parchment and scrawl the letters by smearing the disgusting heap of mess across the face of the material. Often, the aristocrats would complain about getting annoying "pencil marks" on the side of their hands when writing for long periods of time. No eraser. They had to eat the chocolate off the half written manuscript. That explains why old manuscripts have faded stains and watermarks. Technology is incredible.
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Rats and horses can not vomit!
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