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Old Dec 16th 2012, 12:15 PM
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Henry Ford?
No, not him. The guy -it's a man- I'm looking for is responsible for no less than two of the most polluting substances ever. One of those has to do with cars though.
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Old Dec 16th 2012, 12:24 PM
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I know the guy!



That's Thomas Midgley, inventor of not only leaded gasoline, but also CFC's!

That's a one man planet-killing machine right there!

(I saw a documentary a few weeks ago that mentioned this fellow and his 'record' of inventions).
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Old Dec 16th 2012, 12:38 PM
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Got it !

Yes, the in hindsight unnecessary addition of lead in petrol and CFC's. Now that's a record to be 'proud' off.
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Old Dec 17th 2012, 06:59 PM
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Got it !

Yes, the in hindsight unnecessary addition of lead in petrol and CFC's. Now that's a record to be 'proud' off.
Yes, it will be hard to find any one single person with a worse personal record for destroying the planet.
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Here's a new trivia search challenge: What is the physically smallest county in UK (judged by area). There are several tiny ones and I'm not even sure which one is the smallest.
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Old Dec 17th 2012, 09:38 PM
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Here's a new trivia search challenge: What is the physically smallest county in UK (judged by area). There are several tiny ones and I'm not even sure which one is the smallest.
It depends on the tide. When it's flow it's the Isle of Wight. When it's ebb, it's Rutland. So it's six months each.
Methinks you use the same source I do for these questions
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Old Dec 18th 2012, 06:28 PM
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It depends on the tide. When it's flow it's the Isle of Wight. When it's ebb, it's Rutland. So it's six months each.
Excellent! I would have had a hard time guessing between Rutland and the Isle of Wight, so its appropriate that the measure of the tide is the only difference between the two. Tyne is pretty damn small too.

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Methinks you use the same source I do for these questions
Unlikely since I don't use any source for this - I just make things up. And I've been doing a lot of research on 13th century England lately and looking at old county maps and it amazed me that some of those counties were micro-small (small enough to be countries in Europe).
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Unlikely since I don't use any source for this - I just make things up. And I've been doing a lot of research on 13th century England lately and looking at old county maps and it amazed me that some of those counties were micro-small (small enough to be countries in Europe).
That's remarkable because I learned about Mr. Midgley and the tiniest county in the UK form the same source within less than two days. But all the better, now I can continue to use that source
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Excellent! I would have had a hard time guessing between Rutland and the Isle of Wight, so its appropriate that the measure of the tide is the only difference between the two. Tyne is pretty damn small too.



Unlikely since I don't use any source for this - I just make things up. And I've been doing a lot of research on 13th century England lately and looking at old county maps and it amazed me that some of those counties were micro-small (small enough to be countries in Europe).
You mean Tyne and Wear. I was born in that small county. But Merseyside is very small too.
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You mean Tyne and Wear. I was born in that small county. But Merseyside is very small too.
Did you honestly think that I didn't know the full or proper name of that county?

If I say "Northants" are you going to tell me the correct name is Northamptonshire?

If I refer to "Queen Elizabeth" are you going to tell me her correct name is Elizabeth Saxe-Coborg-Mountbatten-Windsor?

Now if your purpose was just to use this topic as an excuse to mention the place of your birth, that's certainly reasonable, but that still shouldn't require a presumption of ignorance on my part.

I do tend to get a bit annoyed when people just seem to assume that I didn't or wouldn't have known some simple fact, particularly when I've already demonstrated that I am fairly knowledgeable about a fair number of obscure and trivial topics like the names of English counties - indeed, I made that the topic of the latest search because it is a topic that I know about.
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