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Today I Learned

Postby tweetics » Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:11 pm UTC

...that if it had not been for the Clean Water Act, human waste would still be allowed to mingle with our drinking water. Now isn't that just nice?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby L.B. » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:01 am UTC

That an undertaker invented person-to-person dialing on the telephone, and apparently 38 people on the Vietnam war memorial aren't actually dead. Also, that armadillos are the only creatures other than humans that can contract leprosy. And something involving the original sleeping beauty story that, while i found it intriguing, i'm guessing isn't something that most people would be comfortable discussing openly, so i'll just leave that up to you folks to check out on your own.

My friend was in a particularly morbid state today, but i found it informative.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:17 am UTC

I learned that when I'm falling asleep at my terminal at work in the morning, Sprite only makes it worse. D:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby phlip » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:11 am UTC

Today I learned that most browsers have a limit on how many cookies they'll hold for each host... which means that when you have some Javascript code that's making a bunch of cookies to store assorted settings, the browser will happily delete the session ID cookie to make room. And all of a sudden, you're logged out for no apparent reason.

That was an annoying bug to track down...

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Daojia » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:42 pm UTC

Lithium33 wrote:Today I learned I really do not enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons. I'm sorry, I just think it's boring. And so is World of Warcraft.


Similar story here. I played a couple games of Paranoia XP and D&D a while back, and though entertaining I found it very slow moving, but mainly because two of the characters were taking every available opportunity to steal anything that isn't bolted down and indiscriminately massacre the civilian populace. So I guess it was a group thing. WoW will always be a dirty, repetitive game of heroin-esque addictive qualities. Never touch.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:16 pm UTC

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:I learned that when I'm falling asleep at my terminal at work in the morning, Sprite only makes it worse. D:
Sprite doesn't contain any caffeine, if that's what you were thinking.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Chfan » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:30 am UTC

TIL that I can blow air out of one side of my mouth so that it causes the lip to flap around repeatedly, creating almost a trilling noise, or a horse sound.

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Postby Nith Azra » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:46 am UTC

Today I learnt the Finnish swear-word 'perkele'.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Trumpkin » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:50 pm UTC

Today I learnt this thread existed.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:55 pm UTC

Today I learnt how to make TNT =D
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:59 pm UTC

Today was my last day of classes. I didn't learn ANYTHING.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby carbohydrated » Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:12 pm UTC

How to reduce sauces, how to make amazing stuffed bell peppers, and various other random cooking-related things.

edit: Also, how much fun a floor-roux is >:c

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:52 am UTC

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'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:I learned that when I'm falling asleep at my terminal at work in the morning, Sprite only makes it worse. D:
Sprite doesn't contain any caffeine, if that's what you were thinking.
That was the point. No caffeine (fucks me up quite nicely) but plenty of sugar. Didn't work out so well.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby CVSoul » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:57 am UTC

Today I learned that some retail stores' online job applications don't save your file until after you leave (voluntarily, not disconnected from inactivity). There's an hour of my life I'll never get back.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bigglesworth » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:58 am UTC

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:
Alpha Omicron wrote:Sprite doesn't contain any caffeine, if that's what you were thinking.
That was the point. No caffeine (fucks me up quite nicely) but plenty of sugar. Didn't work out so well.


Yep, produces a sugar high, then as insulin kicks in your blood sugar levels crash.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Gentlelady » Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:29 am UTC

Today I learned that my uncle is Neil Young's first cousin.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby benjhuey » Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:54 am UTC

I learned that my dog is quite picky on which bugs he will eat.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rnew » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:21 am UTC

Today I learned many a thing.

1 - If you have to take the rubbish from your back garden to the front, and realise that a seagull has helped itself through your binbags, the result will be disgusting.

2 - You will almost throw up your breakfast while you try to clear it all into a new binbag. Especially that half loaf of mouldy bread.

3 - Certain people will be happy to stand outside their house for a good half an hour trying to scare away the seagulls to stop them attacking their bins.

4 - If you go to work and have finished your jobs from the day before, and your boss says "so you've got plenty to do until lunch", you say "Yes", and you get a free morning.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Chfan » Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:29 am UTC

horisustar wrote:Today was my last day of classes. I didn't learn ANYTHING.


Did you expect to? I watched a movie and played Pictionary.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Samsoneffect » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:57 am UTC

Today (well, yesterday) I learned my grandfather is terminal.

Blarg.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:26 pm UTC

Samsoneffect wrote:Today (well, yesterday) I learned my grandfather is terminal.

Blarg.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Gears » Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:16 pm UTC

TIL that the firechief's house number is "911"
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:28 pm UTC

Chfan wrote:
horisustar wrote:Today was my last day of classes. I didn't learn ANYTHING.


Did you expect to? I watched a movie and played Pictionary.



Nope. I just felt the need to share.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby the tree » Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:43 pm UTC

TIL my library will be open over the holidays. win.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby lulzfish » Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:36 pm UTC

Today I learned a few interesting facts:

1. Backing up a car is a pain when your driver instructor uses ambiguous terms such as "Back up left", which really means, "Back up and point the car to the right"
2. The Driver's Ed Malibu [DEM] has a nice and squishy throttle, which lets me accelerate gradually. My father's Dodge, however, has a very hard throttle spring, so the minimum force needed from my foot to start accelerating is obnoxiously high, and I always jolt the car when I first accelerate.
3. If I push the DEM's throttle to the floor, it will impressively rev up to roughly 4000 RPM without actually doing anything cool.
4. This leads me to suspect that the DEM has probably been geared down and sort of "crippled" for the purpose of driver's ed. Or maybe it's an old piece of crap.

5. Chicken fried rice is actually fried rice with chicken in it, not chicken-flavored rice with rice in it.

6. When changing lanes, I always need to check for cars, even when I'm pulling into a lane that just started, that I can clearly see the entire length of, such as a left turn lane.
7. Cars are general pain in the ass to control.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Dave the Explosive Newt » Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:01 pm UTC

How to replace a heart valve without even making a cut in someone's chest. Pretty cool, I thought.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Samsoneffect » Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:57 pm UTC

lulzfish wrote:1. Backing up a car is a pain when your driver instructor uses ambiguous terms such as "Back up left", which really means, "Back up and point the car to the right"


Protip: When you're backing up, turning the wheel left makes the back end go left. So now, instead of controlling the front, you're controlling the direction of the rear. So, if you need to back up and move the ass-end of the car left, you still turn the wheel left.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Alpha Omicron » Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:52 pm UTC

Samsoneffect wrote:
lulzfish wrote:1. Backing up a car is a pain when your driver instructor uses ambiguous terms such as "Back up left", which really means, "Back up and point the car to the right"


Protip: When you're backing up, turning the wheel left makes the back end go left. So now, instead of controlling the front, you're controlling the direction of the rear. So, if you need to back up and move the ass-end of the car left, you still turn the wheel left.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:57 pm UTC

That strategy doesn't work when you're backing up a 32 foot long trailer with 10 horses in it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:08 pm UTC

James May on reversing with trailers: "They do the opposite of the opposite of what you expect"
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby suffer-cait » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:09 pm UTC

no, it doesn't, same for boats
but where are you that that's on the road test?
(i could be convinced that horse trailer parking is on the test in kentuky or something)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:15 pm UTC

Im in Rhode Island, but I have to do that pretty regularly to get to polo practice.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby suffer-cait » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:21 pm UTC

you guys have polo?
we don't have polo..
well atleast not out-of-water polo
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:34 pm UTC

Yeah :) Newport, outside of Palm Beach in FL, is the biggest polo place in the country. It's hard to get into the big rich people social circle, and generally people are really snooty, but totally worth it. Playing the game is the biggest adrenaline rush, EVER.
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Postby suffer-cait » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:41 pm UTC

i've always wanted to learn to play, but never had the oppertunity.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rnew » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:43 pm UTC

I used to play water polo, but the horses kept drowning
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:45 pm UTC

rnew wrote:I used to play water polo, but the horses kept drowning



:( :( :( :( One of my favorite horses drowned last year. Someone stole him and tried to play "water polo"
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby TaintedDeity » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:14 pm UTC

Wow, that's- that's insane.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wednesday » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:18 pm UTC

Yeah not fun walking over the the local pond and finding Bucky lying on the beach.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rnew » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:21 pm UTC

Oh sorry. I didn't mean that to be rude. :(
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