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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Fact #63: A tree in metropolitan area will survive for approximately eight years.
    Is that because they die from pollution, poor water flow etc. or because after 8 years a new council is in power and chops the trees down as part of a new initiative of some kind?

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    Combination of lack of water and pollution.

    Oh and for Vikpaw

    Fact #68: A cubic meter of pure water at four degrees Celsius weighs 1,000 kgs/m3. The temperature of the water is significant because the density of water varies with temperature. It is at its densest at four degrees Celsius. 1 Cubic meter of sea water weighs 1027kgs/m3 because the added salt and polutants add to the density.

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    What's a "meter"

    mb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    What's a "meter"

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    A legitimate alternative spelling of metre?

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    meter / metre, the same thing to me.

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    In the UK, not USA, metre is a unit of measurement, meter is a measuring device.

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    ok, but as discussed elsewhere my spelling is bad and I can get away with it

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    Fact #69: Lightning keeps plants alive. The intense heat of lightning forces nitrogen in the air to mix with oxygen, forming nitrogen oxides that are soluble in water and fall to the ground in rain. Plants need nitrates to survive, so without lightning, plants could not live.

    Fact #70: Pine, spruce, or other evergreen wood should never be used for barbecuing. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to the food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the type of meat being cooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Fact #70: Pine, spruce, or other evergreen wood should never be used for barbecuing. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to the food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the type of meat being cooked.
    I 'guess' you are getting your info from an American site - we don't have mequite, pecan or hickory trees in the UK, do we?

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    We do have them in Europe but not natively...

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    Fact #71: A 13-year-old boy in India produced winged beetles in his urine after hatching the eggs in his body.

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    Fact #72: A common custom in Spain is to eat one grape for each of the last 12 seconds of every year for good luck.
    Fact #73:A piece of French toast that was partially eaten by Justin Timberlake sold on eBay for £13'832
    Fact #74: The poorer the soil quality, the better the wine that can be produced by the soil being of poor quality. This is because the vines have to "work" harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Fact #74: The poorer the soil quality, the better the wine that can be produced by the soil being of poor quality. This is because the vines have to "work" harder.
    I think this is true for most plants. We had a teacher here who had an allotment and he used to starve his tomato plants every now and again.Apparently if they get too much water, it dilutes the taste and makes them all watery. I wouldn't know however because I hate tomatoes, so never tried any of his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Fact #74: The poorer the soil quality, the better the wine that can be produced by the soil being of poor quality. This is because the vines have to "work" harder.
    surely the fact that they'll do better in what we call poorer quality makes it better quality from the plants view? so actually it's good quality for the vines?

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    Fact #75: Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, once pinned an opponent using only a single finger.

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