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TOPIC: Fun_Facts
Created by: Goodenuff
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I was trying to remember which eggs in the refrigerator were hard boiled and which were not, when an idea for a thread topic occurred to me.

Does anybody have any fun facts to share? You know, those always fun and often useless facts that just might come in handy to know someday?

For example....

Did you know that if you were to take all of the veins from your body and lay them end to end along the equator that you would die?

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LOL Blm and those 97% where so young at the time that when they grew up they all said EWWWWWWW that dirty old man

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An official Gallup survey polled over 1000 women with the question: Would you sleep with Bill Clinton?

1% said, "No"

2% said, "Yes"

97% said, "Never Again"

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Fun Fact:

A CNN poll asked people if they had ever consulted a professional psychic. It was broken down by region:

Northeast: 19%

West: 13%

Midwest: 11%

South: 8%

Not many surveys make Southerners look good... glad to see one come along....

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FunFact: Friendly people have more friends

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Brother in law was so disgusted with one states old legacy spaghetti software that he quit and went back to work for private industry. He was hired to modernize the states computer systems. So much is still old legacy systems and software. He was shocked.

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"CMS still programs their software in COBOL. They need to hunt down retired programmers to keep their stuff running."

They should check to see if the crackerjack coders at SLS might have time to moonlight.

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Fun fact: In 1983, Rohm and Haas (a large chemical company) made an error in their payroll withholding check to the IRS.

It was supposed to be $4,448,112.98.

It was actually $4,448,112.88. 10 cents short.

This is the IRS we're talking about. They assess (in 1983, anyway) penalties based on the base amount, not the amount of the error. They assessed a penalty to Rohm and Haas of $46,806.37.

Rohm and Haas spent months fighting this. They eventually settled out of court with the IRS for an undisclosed amount.

I really hope it was $0.10.

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Fun fact #1

For the 6th (out of 7) time since 2012, CMS has failed to release their inpatient pricing software in time for the actual structure taking effect.

In other words, on Oct. 1, 2016, hospitals and health plans had to - by law - bill CMS for Medicare cases at Medicare rates. But as of 5 minutes ago (4 months late) they still are not published.

Commercial software writers take the raw CMS data and make their own, but when (eventually) CMS DOES publish theirs, in the event of any discrepancies, the CMS pricing software is right, and the commercial is deemed wrong.

How fucked up.

Fun fact #2:

CMS still programs their software in COBOL. They need to hunt down retired programmers to keep their stuff running.

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Another fun fact:

Everyone also tests positive for morphine, given a sensitive enough test.

And no, not just because of poppy seed bagels. As it turns out, your body synthesizes (in fantastically low amounts) it on its own from L-DOPA, which is itself synthesized from the common amino acid tyrosine. Patients who take L-DOPA for neurological disorders like Parkinson's show increased morphine content in their urine.

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Fun fact: Nicotine is found in a great many plants, especially tomatoes (which are related to tobacco), cauliflower and even tea.

Not in large amounts, mind you. And tomatoes lose their nicotine significantly as they ripen. Green (unripened) tomatoes have much more than ripe ones. Eggplant is higher still - but you'd have to eat 22 pounds of eggplant at once you get the nicotine from one cigarette. However, just 1/3 of an ounce is about the same amount as 3 hours of passive second hand smoke inhalation.

This "fun fact" was discovered because in testing patients (smokers and non-smokers) for cotinine (a metabolite of nicotine), it was discovered that EVERYONE tests positive - i.e. everyone gets small amounts of nicotine in their diets.

Made me think of the Simpsons' episode involving "tomacco"....

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