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This may or may not fly but i like facts and figures and our local paper always has a bit of trivia on front page so add on to the thread with any sort of trivia/facts from around the world.

Like this, ninety per cent of Canada's 31 million citizens live within 160 kilometres of the United States border.
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This may or may not fly but i like facts and figures and our local paper always has a bit of trivia on front page so add on to the thread with any sort of trivia/facts from around the world.

Like this, ninety per cent of Canada's 31 million citizens live within 160 kilometres of the United States border.
I dont get it buddy
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I dont get it buddy
Here is a Malaysian trivia as example.

Until 2004, the Petronas Towers IN KL, Malaysia were the tallest buildings in the world.
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Okay buddy got you... Guess I am a bit rusty after a long absence..LOL

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Just really a junk thread but could be fun with facts/figures or interesting trivia or no one will be interested and it will go down like a lead ballon lol
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This may or may not fly but i like facts and figures and our local paper always has a bit of trivia on front page so add on to the thread with any sort of trivia/facts from around the world.

Like this, ninety per cent of Canada's 31 million citizens live within 160 kilometres of the United States border.
Well, let's see. Perhaps that's because the remainder of Canada to the north of where the 31 million of our neighbors live is really, really cold and frozen!

Like a relative says about northern Minnesota - it's eight months of winter followed by four months of bad skiing.

And, for our American members, can you name the two oldest continuously inhabitated (1000 years) communities in the U.S?

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The 81 year old Aroostook Valley Country Club sits on both sides of the Canada/US border (Maine/New Brunswick). To walk from the parking lot to the club house or pro shop and then play 18 holes players need to cross the US/Canada border several times.

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And, for our American members, can you name the two oldest continuously inhabitated (1000 years) communities in the U.S?
Would that be; Acoma Pueblo and Taos Pueblo, New Mexico at 1075 (ca.) They are among the oldest inhabited settlements continuously in use (although not cities)
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Trilobites, (Ordovician Era), were a successful species for 300 million years. Dinosaurs, (Permian Era), were extant for about 150 million years. Homo sapiens has been a biologically successful species for around 50,000 years.

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Would that be; Acoma Pueblo and Taos Pueblo, New Mexico at 1075 (ca.) They are among the oldest inhabited settlements continuously in use (although not cities)
Absolutely correct. Well done!

Settlements may have been a better word than communities but then again they're rather similar. As you say, they weren't cities in the contemporary sense of the word. No taxis!

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If the entire life of the earth, from day one to the present, could be compressed into 24 hours, mankind would occupy the last two seconds. That's something of a humbling thought IMHO.

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One of the longest production runs of any motorcycle was the Kawasaki 500. It was produced from 1989 to 2009 with only one minor change in 1994 (change to bigger wheels and front fairing).
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Trilobites, (Ordovician Era), were a successful species for 300 million years.
Trilobites existed well before the Orodvician and survived past it. Most of the various kinds of trilobites died out in the Devonian, but it was the Permian mass extinction (the worst one so far) that finally ended their long run.

I once lived on Trilobite Trail.

How about this for trivia... A Canadian named Louis Slotin was once known as the "chief armourer of the United States" due to his skill in assembling the nuclear bombs of the Manhattan Project. He was killed in a criticality accident in 1946 while working on what became called the "demon core." That core was later used in the Able test.

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The earth's average velocity orbiting the sun is 107,220 km per hour, metric speed.
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The earth's average velocity orbiting the sun is 107,220 km per hour, metric speed.
To bad most of us on here dont use KM/H so that means nothing to us!

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Trilobites existed well before the Orodvician and survived past it. Most of the various kinds of trilobites died out in the Devonian, but it was the Permian mass extinction (the worst one so far) that finally ended their long run.
That makes sense, since the Ordovician era only lasted about 47 million years, and as I said, they were extant on this planet for almost 300 million years. I suppose I should have said they "flourished" during the Ordovician/lower paleozoic period before beginning a long decline in population before being wiped out by the meteor Chicxulub's crash landing on Earth. My bad.


Back to trivia, and since we're talkin' fossils: It is estimated that less than one in 10,000 species has made it into the fossil record.

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Back to trivia, and since we're talkin' fossils: It is estimated that less than one in 10,000 species has made it into the fossil record.
I thought talking about the actual extent of the trilobite's dominion on Earth was pretty trivial...
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