Tuesday Turnip

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It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

Today I typed in "largely assumed that" "“ unearthing the following:

  • It is largely assumed that every person's fingerprints are unique, or different from every other person's. The odds against two people having identically matching fingerprints are astronomical. For this reason, fingerprints are one of the best ways to identify people. Other physical characteristics differ from one person to the next, including the voice, iris, retina, handprints, footprints, blood vessels in the wrist, and facial image.
  • In All Grown Up!, set approximately nine years [after Rugrats], Kimi Finster grew up to some extent. Her age is never clearly defined, but it is largely assumed that she is 10 years old.
  • In 1844, John Neely Bryan convinced J. P. Dumas to survey and lay out a 0.5 square miles section of blocks and streets near present downtown [Dallas]. The establishment was named Dallas, and though it is largely assumed that it was named after the then Vice President George Mifflin Dallas, there are at least six theories as to the origin of the name: Named after George Mifflin Dallas; Named after George Mifflin Dallas's brother Alexander James Dallas, a U.S. Navy commodore who was stationed in the Gulf of Mexico; Named after George and sailor Alexander's father, Alexander James Dallas, who was the United States Secretary of the Treasury around the end of the War of 1812; Named in a town-naming contest in 1842; Named after the friend of founder John Neely Bryan's son, who later stated that his father had said he had named the town "after my friend Dallas" (a person whose identity is not certain). Named after Joseph Dallas, who settled near Dallas in 1843[2]
  • Christopher Storrs presents a fresh new appraisal of the reasons for the survival of Spain and its European and overseas empire under the last Spanish Habsburg, Carlos II (1665-1700). Hitherto it has been largely assumed that in the 'Age of Louis XIV' Spain collapsed as a military, naval and imperial power, and only retained its empire because states which had hitherto opposed Spanish hegemony came to Carlos's aid. However, this view seriously underestimates the efforts of Carlos II"¦
  • A mobile robot is one of the simplest types of robot. The ANU mobile robot has wheels at the bottom for driving around, four car batteries for power, two 800MHz Pentium III computers and a large number of sensors, including video cameras, sonar and laser rangefinders. Mobile robotics research at the ANU focuses on the development of a reliable, robust robot that could drive around, automatically build a map and then navigate through an environment using the map. Building and maintaining maps in changing environments are the challenges at present. Previous research has largely assumed that the environment is unmoving and does not change. However, in most real-world applications, there are people moving around and objects, like furniture, are occasionally rearranged.
  • The Nephilim were an antediluvian race (pre-flood) race which are referred to in the Bible as giants. It is largely assumed that Adam and Eve were the only humans created in the beginning, but the Bible does not describe every person on earth, nor even everyone that was important to God.
  • Much of the debate surrounding embryonic stem cells has centered on the ethical and moral questions raised by the use of human embryos in medical research. In contrast to the widely divergent public opinions regarding this research, it is largely assumed that from the perspective of science there is little or no debate on the matter. The scientific merit of stem cell research is most commonly characterized as "indisputable" and the support of the scientific community as "unanimous." Nothing could be further from the truth.

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