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      This month we're hoping for a little bit of a boost this month or next, in addition to covering the regular bills, we could benefit from some hardware upgrades. STEX Collector's Set gifts can now be sent to you via digital download as well as regular mail if you wish! Every donation dollar goes toward keeping Simtropolis online and humming along. Your contribution counts! Hardware Upgrades As our website community software improves with more and more features, and as we bolt on additional features such as chat, the increased load to handle all these new toys is taking the server a bit to task. You may have noticed that we'd been forced to temporarily disable the chat as we worked out allocating resources for more optimal performance. Following this, we've applied a number of 'soft' changes such as caching options and experimented with server configurations (nginx as proxy, for example), so the hardware aspect is also an area we'd like to focus on. The last time we upgraded hardware was back in 2012, prior to the release of SC13. Your contribution means a lot! Your donation will go toward helping us to 1.) migrate to a newer server or 2.) at least get some ram/cpu/storage updates and any other infrastructure hardware or services. Donate and Get a Gift or Donate Any Amount Thanks so much! - Dirktator & The Admins
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A thtread

 

A thread dedicated to facts. Facts about everything. Facts about ST or SC4, facts about yourself, facts about things you always thought people should know about.

 

You can either simply share the fact or even use pictures with an interesting story behind them.

 

To count the number of (useless) facts and some knowledge-sharing I would like to ask you to include the number of the fact being posted. 

 

If I may start:

 

Fact no. 1

 

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Did you know that this was the United plane that crashed into the South Tower of the WTC taken 8 years before 9/11

 

What makes it (even) creep(y)ier: The two towers can be seen near the tail below the rudder of the plane.

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Fact no. 2

 

Again concerning the (original) WTC:

 

Did you know that the first/later plans included the Austin J. Tobin Plaza have some sort of glazed roof?

 

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Fact no. 3.

 

Nelson Mandela was not removed from the US terror watch list until 2008.

 

George W Bush signed the bill in time for the Nobel Peace Prize winner's 90th birthday on July 18, 2008. Ronald Reagan had originally placed the ANC on the list in the 1980s .

 

Prior to the removal of his name from the watch list, Mr Mandela had to get special certification from the US secretary of state that he is not a terrorist in order to visit the country.

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Fact no. 4

 

The United States Government poisoned alchohol during the Prohibition period (1920's-1930's, roughly), killing about 10,000 people.

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Upon completion in April 1930, 40 Wall street in Manhattan was, at 255 m, the tallest building in the world, however, when Chrysler building was finished in May 27th that year at a height of 274 m, 40 Wall Street's crown was surpassed. All within a mere two months.

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Fact Six

The polar bear mascot of Bundy rum was chosen to indicate it could ward off the harshest cold. Bundaberg is in Queensland.

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Polar bears are top predators, and if you meet one you may well be lunch.

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Well, forget the fact number...

 

Did you know that Yamasaki originally planned to building the WTC on the East River between Water Street and FDR Drive?

 

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WTC week for me ...

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Did you know that British General Sir Isaac Brock was killed by being shot through the heart.  He did not have time to utter the words 'Forward the brave York volunteers' since he died instantly.  This story has circulated since the War of 1812 and recent forensic examination has shown it to be false.

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Did you know that the landfill site later built with Battery Park and World Financial Center was once used for agricultural purposes?

 

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Nice feeling, a cornfield right next to one of the biggest cities in the world

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Today is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

 

It has been on again, off again, but it is the foundation of freedom as we know it.  Any yes, King John was an rotten S.O.B. probably worse than Bonnie Prince Charlie who as also no prize 500 years later, as the Scots found out.

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In Ontario it is illegal to own or breed American Staffordshire Terriers (Pit Bulls).

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Did you know that green and blue are among the rarest eye colors? Purple and people with different eye colors are even rarer. 

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Did you know that The Wolf of Wall Street is the mainstream movie where the f-word and its derivatives are used more times? (569 to be exact, at a ratio of 3.16 uses/minute)

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Did you know there's a town called Sweden Hills in the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan? Work began in 1984 after a swedish ambassador visited the region and noticed how similar the climate was to Sweden. Houses are built in a typically scandinavian style, featuring red wooden houses, and inhabitants celebrate midsummer every year wearing swedish folk robes.

 

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^Not a useful word, obviously, as listeners would leave out of boredom.  Longest word I've ever used is antidisestablishmentarianism.

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Fact no. 4

 

The United States Government poisoned alchohol during the Prohibition period (1920's-1930's, roughly), killing about 10,000 people.

With what? Wouldn't be surprised if they did that as propaganda to prove alcohol was the leading cause of Dementia and Autism, even though the latter hadn't been discovered then.

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it is very easy to add methanol to alcoholic beverages.  Causes blindness and/or death.

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Did you know that Blumenau and Pomerode are the most well known german cities in Brazil?

I know a couple of guys from Blumenau. They tend to say they have the largest Oktoberfest event outside of Munich.

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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchener-Waterloo_Oktoberfest is touted to be the second largest in the world.  It is only about half an hour's drive from here.  D'you suppose that this is because the original name of Kitchener was Berlin before WW I?


  Edited by A Nonny Moose

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Did you know... that Belgium was once an industrial giant? This country was once the third biggest economy in the world (today: 17th). We were also the second country in the world with railways (after the UK).


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In 1945 Canada has the third largest navy in the world surpassed only by the U.S. and the U.K.

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