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by Alexius
Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Polygamy -- "I have two husbands"
Replies: 25
Views: 4143

Re: Polygamy -- "I have two husbands"

Still, you don't need as great a number of males to sustain the population. You can lose a male and make up the slack, but not the same with a female. But to be honest, I'd say it really is a large combination of multiple factors all of which can't be ignored. It'd probably make a very interesting ...
by Alexius
Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Best. Death. Ever.
Replies: 50
Views: 5648

Re: Best. Death. Ever.

There is IIRC a German millionaire who has left a very large sum of money to the woman he dies having sex with.
by Alexius
Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Compound words made up of three words
Replies: 22
Views: 13869

Re: Compound words made up of three words

Maintopsail (and most other sails)
Aircraftsman (the lowest rank in the RAF)
by Alexius
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The least racist country?
Replies: 107
Views: 16378

Re: The least racist country?

Also Canada's head of state has been a minority since 1999. Hell, the current head of state is an immigrant. Perhaps I live in ignorance of the finer working of Canadian government, but isn't Stephen Harper, a native Canadian and about as white as they come, the head of the country? Harper is the h...
by Alexius
Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 88202

Re: Mnemonics you love

pruwyben wrote:
And "Every android digitally graphs binary equations" for the strings of a guitar.

I've heard "Eddie Ate Dynamite. Good Bye Eddie" for that one...
by Alexius
Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: עברית! (Hebrew, obviously)
Replies: 92
Views: 27321

Re: עברית! (Hebrew, obviously)

A couple of Hebrew questions of a more historical bent, hoping someone will answer them: Anyone know why the modern Hebrew word for Germany is גרמניה (Germania, the Russian word) not אשכנז (Ashkenaz, the medieval Hebrew word)? Apologies for any misspellings. I'e heard of a Purim prayer/tongue-twiste...
by Alexius
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA Strikes Again-They Want Fish to be Called 'Sea Kittens'
Replies: 198
Views: 22059

Re: PETA Strikes Again-They Want Fish to be Called 'Sea Kittens'

We want people to realize that more fish are killed each year than all animals combined, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090110/ap_on_fe_st/odd_sea_kitten_high It just can't be true, can it? If PETA want to define "animal" as "land-dwelling vertebrate", and are referring to deliber...
by Alexius
Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fun probability things?
Replies: 42
Views: 3413

Re: Fun probability things?

Seven people are given the chance to win a car. Each person in turn selects a key from a basket of seven keys (one of which is the correct one) and tries it in the ignition. If the car starts, that person drives home and the game ends, leaving those who haven't yet chosen choking on exhaust. Losers...
by Alexius
Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Church of England is now levying taxes...
Replies: 28
Views: 3450

Re: The Church of England is now levying taxes...

Further proof, if it were needed, that legality does not equal morality. I would also argue that the case referred to in the article should not have been ruled on by the House of Lords, as seats in the Lords are automatically granted to 26 clergy of the Church of England, creating a blatant conflic...
by Alexius
Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17692

Re: Homosexuals in the military

[It should just be "No sexual behaviour within the ranks. Offenders will be dismissed from duty." If homosexuals really can't maintain a professional attitude, they'll get caught and thrown out soon enough, without the need for rules which specifically apply to homosexual behaviour. I bel...
by Alexius
Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Domain name registration?
Replies: 1
Views: 576

Domain name registration?

Apologies in advance if this is not the sort of thread this forum is meant for. Could anyone recommend me a good domain name registry service for a .com domain? It has to be reliable and easy to use, but not necessarily dirt cheap. I've heard contradictory things about various services, from "t...
by Alexius
Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Great Britain censoring Wikipedia
Replies: 55
Views: 4314

Re: Great Britain censoring Wikipedia

Maybe, look up the word monopoly? Possibly government granted too. I know I have a very wide choice of ISPs here in Oz, and also did back in the UK. The same is true of every country I've heard about too. I think you might be thinking of "licensed". Mysidic may well be posting from the US...
by Alexius
Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 485681

Re: Favorite math jokes

An engineer dies and reports to the Pearly Gates, but it's St. Peter's day off, and the junior angel manning the gate doesn't let him in. So he goes to the Other Place, and doesn't like it much- it stinks, he has to climb endless winding staircases to get anywhere, and it's as hot as, well, Hell. He...
by Alexius
Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catholic Church repudiates priest for anti-Obama bulletin
Replies: 35
Views: 2605

Re: Catholic Church repudiates priest for anti-Obama bulletin

S I'm absolutely with Noug on this one. I'd say that the MINIMUM penalty for fucking with our elections should be revocation of citizenship. In Vermont, the ONLY crime which results in disenfranchisement is election fraud. Even if the election was the day before a Vermont citizen was due to be exec...
by Alexius
Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Faux amis and/or false cognates
Replies: 141
Views: 16913

Re: Faux amis and/or false cognates

Dutch, or so I've heard, has many entirely normal, polite words closely related to English obscenities. For example, foken (to breed).

In Hebrew, fish means dog and dag means fish...
by Alexius
Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lest We Forget - Armistice Day
Replies: 16
Views: 2403

Re: Lest We Forget - Armistice Day

Lemminkainen- I agree. Perhaps maybe even Sassoon's- "Good-morning; good-morning!" the General said When we met him last week on our way to the line. Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ’em dead, And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine. "He’s a cheery old card," g...
by Alexius
Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 110505

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Two great quotes on science, from two of the Big Three SF writers: "In the name of the Galactic Spirit and of his prophet, Hari Seldon, and of his interpreters, the holy men of the Foundation, I curse this ship. Let the televisors of this ship, which are its eyes, become blind. Let its grapples...
by Alexius
Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lest We Forget - Armistice Day
Replies: 16
Views: 2403

Re: Lest We Forget - Armistice Day

The poem on which the custom of wearing a red poppy was originally based has some sentiments in it which are uncomfortably militaristic in this day and age, but it's still an incredibly moving piece of poetry: In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between th...
by Alexius
Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rutherford's Gold Leaf/Gold Foil/Scattering Experiment.
Replies: 8
Views: 2173

Re: Rutherford's Gold Leaf/Gold Foil/Scattering Experiment.

What they thought would happen would be that the particles would just blaze through without being deflected at all. Or at least very little. What they found, of course, was that most of the particles blazed on through, but some were deflected or reflected back. This was quite surprising to them. Ru...
by Alexius
Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 88202

Re: Mnemonics you love

For correcting for sources of compass error: True Virgins Make Dull Companions. Add Whiskey. True-->Variation-->Magnetic-->Deviation-->Compass (add West) or alternatively CadET (Compass, add East (to get) True) British Royal Houses: No Plan Like Yours To Study History Wisely Norman, Plantagenet, Lan...

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