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Concord

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The universe is truly EPIC isn't it? Such power and scale.
I read a description of neutron stars. They are so densely packed that a teaspoon of it weighs as much as Mount Everest (over 1 billion tons)!

I came across this NASA map the other day, of our greater neighbourhood.
This is Laniakea, our galactic supercluster with about 100,000 galaxies.
The red dot is the Milky Way which includes 200 to 400 billion stars including our Sun.

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I was blown away when they mentioned how fast these things spin, thirty times a second, the amount of energy required to move that much mass that quickly is literally unimaginable.
 

Louis

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According National Archives and Records Administration, Pfc. Henry J. Latanski of the 24th Infantry Division is credited with shooting 25 enemy soldiers with his BAR during the Oct 21, 1944 Japanese attack on Leyte Island, Philippines.
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The Fiat revenge...

On June 27, 1991, T-55 tanks from the Yugoslav People’s Army rolled through Osijek, Croatia, a city that would later suffer heavy damage from the independence war, in a forceful demonstration of power. But the army’s efforts failed to instill fear in all of the people.

A citizen decided to protest the incoming forces. He parked his red Fiat (also called a Fićo) on the street in front of the approaching tanks, blocking the road as an act of defiance. The man calmly exited the Fiat seconds before the tank leading the horde of military vehicles rammed into the car and dragged it along the street before crushing it.

Twenty years later, a monument was unveiled to commemorate the act. A red Fiat can be seen climbing a T-55 tank, to symbolise the fearless unbreakable spirit of Croatian people in their struggle for freedom in the war for independence. The monument was called The Red Fićo (Fiat).

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Concord

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Can you do it to people as well? :LOL:

When I was in university some friends and I were sitting by a pond on the campus.
One of my friends gets up and says "watch this".
He runs after one of the ducks at the pond and catches him (a feat worth amazement in itself).
Then he flicks his index finger from one side of the duck's head to the other, hypnotizing him.

It may have something to do with the fact that the birds' eyes are on the sides of their heads. And their tiny little pea-brains, which short circuit. AHHHH!!!! o_O
 
The Fiat revenge...

On June 27, 1991, T-55 tanks from the Yugoslav People’s Army rolled through Osijek, Croatia, a city that would later suffer heavy damage from the independence war, in a forceful demonstration of power. But the army’s efforts failed to instill fear in all of the people.

A citizen decided to protest the incoming forces. He parked his red Fiat (also called a Fićo) on the street in front of the approaching tanks, blocking the road as an act of defiance. The man calmly exited the Fiat seconds before the tank leading the horde of military vehicles rammed into the car and dragged it along the street before crushing it.

Twenty years later, a monument was unveiled to commemorate the act. A red Fiat can be seen climbing a T-55 tank, to symbolise the fearless unbreakable spirit of Croatian people in their struggle for freedom in the war for independence. The monument was called The Red Fićo (Fiat).

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Stole this Louis and made a little video. :)

 
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Louis

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Singer Tony Bennett (really Anthony Dominick Benedetto - born Aug 3, 1926), was drafted into the US Army in Nov 1944. As a replacement infantryman, he served across France and into Germany, and in March 1945, he joined the front line.

During active combat, Bennett narrowly escaped death several times and he participated in the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp, where American prisoners of war from the 63rd Division were also freed.

During his service, he also sang with the Army military band under the stage name Joe Bari, and played with many musicians who went on to have post-war music careers.

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