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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:28 am UTC

Levi wrote:How did the babies fare?


I can't find ANYTHING regarding that subject. You'd think whether or not the offspring of a cloned sheep is "normal" would be rather important.

TIL the origin of Dolly's name

Wiki wrote:On Dolly's name, Wilmut stated "Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn't think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton's"
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby mystic_aura » Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:26 am UTC

Kewangji wrote:
mystic_aura wrote:I'm having a hard time myself O_O It's nearly as horrific as the time they demoted Pluto.

If you pretend it never was revealed, I will too. Deal?


Done.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Promicin » Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:18 pm UTC

TIL how to pronounce the word Pleistocene. Turns out the "ei" sounds like "eye," not "ee."

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby BigBoss » Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:34 am UTC

Today I learned that I'm going to be an uncle!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Levi » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:20 am UTC

Man, I'm not going to be an uncle for forever. My oldest (younger) brother is in ninth grade.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Promicin » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

TIL there was once such a thing as a horned gopher.

And congrats on the uncle thing!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ephemeron » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:38 pm UTC

Today I learned: 33% of teens (ages 12-17) send more than 100 texts per day.

:shock:

To me that is just an incomprehensible number. This is coming from someone who sends a text about once a week. Even on a qwerty keypad, it takes too long. I'd rather call the person if it's important. But there are people who enjoy texting as if it were a hobby. And 33% is no small minority. I have only just left this demographic, and find I am identifying less with my own age group.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:46 pm UTC

I've used 202 in the last 17 days. That figure may be slightly skewed above my average by a mass text giving people my new number.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Magnanimous » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:50 pm UTC

I send maybe... two or three per day? On average.

Then again, my texts are usually at least three sentences. Occasionally with semicolons. I take pride in my phone grammar, for some reason.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:21 am UTC

Ephemeron wrote:Today I learned: 33% of teens (ages 12-17) send more than 100 texts per day.

:shock:

To me that is just an incomprehensible number. This is coming from someone who sends a text about once a week. Even on a qwerty keypad, it takes too long. I'd rather call the person if it's important. But there are people who enjoy texting as if it were a hobby. And 33% is no small minority. I have only just left this demographic, and find I am identifying less with my own age group.


I'd be surprised if I've sent 20 texts. Total.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bigglesworth » Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:12 am UTC

I send around 50 txts a day, and 100 is an incomprehensible number for that very reason. I spend quite enough time texting, to double it is... a large amount.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Inglonias » Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:51 am UTC

Today I learned that my county public schools can make exceptions for fire drills if it's too cold.

I also learned how warm it had gotten in the few hours it was since the teacher told me that.

I HATE fire drills. Its like someone sneaking up behind you and going *click* ARNGH ARNGH ARNGH...

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kang » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:43 am UTC

Inglonias wrote:Today I learned that my county public schools can make exceptions for fire drills if it's too cold.

I also learned how warm it had gotten in the few hours it was since the teacher told me that.

I HATE fire drills. Its like someone sneaking up behind you and going *click* ARNGH ARNGH ARNGH...


Why, they are such an important thing. Fire drills in my high school taught me that in case of emergency I should just finish doing whatever I was doing, trying my best to ignore the annoying sound, then ask any person of authority whether I should leave my desk or not. (Amazing one is not supposed to do that in most cases.)

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Plasma Man » Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:20 am UTC

Today I learned that goose pie tastes better than squirrel pie.
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Possibly my proudest moment on the fora.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zohar » Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:29 am UTC

I can think of at least one person who will be relieved to know.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Promicin » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:08 pm UTC

TIL what happens when an old guy tries to play football on ice. :x Come on, Favre; I was actually rooting for you for once.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby existential_squirrrel » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:39 pm UTC

Plasma Man wrote:Today I learned that goose pie tastes better than squirrel pie.


you have another perosn who is relieved... ME (existential_squirrrel)

TIL: it can actually rain in San Diego for 3 days straight... stupid weather
I missed a great eclipse because of the rain :evil:
I have 4 days to do my Christmas shopping... and I'm totally unprepared to do any
I don't even know what I want for Christmas... that I could actually afford/ or could reasonably have purchased for me.
(I guess my list is filled with things that only a chemist could want/need/have on a desk/use)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Plasma Man » Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:36 am UTC

TIL that HMV put their stock of Studio Ghibli films in the martial arts section. WTF?
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Possibly my proudest moment on the fora.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Malodine » Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:43 am UTC

Today I learned that even the strictest Customs Inspector can be bought off with a couple good cigars.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Promicin » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:17 pm UTC

TIL I cannot get away with blaming lack of sleep on "How could I sleep? It's the winter solstice!"
I actually spent way too long laying in bed, trying to name all the state capitals. Then I started on NFL teams. Then I think I fell asleep.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kang » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:38 pm UTC

Today I realised: somehow my favourite christmas songs like 'Grandma got run over by a reindeer' or 'The night Santa went crazy' aren't quite popular around family.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby mystic_aura » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:49 pm UTC

Promicin wrote:TIL I cannot get away with blaming lack of sleep on "How could I sleep? It's the winter solstice!"

Wouldn't that mean you had.. ample time to fall asleep? Unless of course you were kept up anticipating the longer night ^_^
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:09 pm UTC

TIL that Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium, and her first movie-role was in a Dutch movie.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Aleril » Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:52 pm UTC

TIL Kevin Spacey was Executive Producer on The Social Network.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Promicin » Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:28 pm UTC

mystic_aura wrote:
Promicin wrote:TIL I cannot get away with blaming lack of sleep on "How could I sleep? It's the winter solstice!"

Wouldn't that mean you had.. ample time to fall asleep? Unless of course you were kept up anticipating the longer night ^_^

May have been the reason I didn't get away with the excuse. :D

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ephemeron » Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:51 pm UTC

Today I learned that the red colour in mushroom clouds (this one for instance) comes from nitrogen dioxide, a red gas. Makes sense.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Giant Speck » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:26 pm UTC

Promicin wrote:TIL I cannot get away with blaming lack of sleep on "How could I sleep? It's the winter solstice!"
I actually spent way too long laying in bed, trying to name all the state capitals. Then I started on NFL teams. Then I think I fell asleep.

I actually got a hell of a lot more sleep than I needed on the solstice.

To contrast, I barely got any sleep at all during the summer solstice. But that's probably because the sun didn't set until just before midnight.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kang » Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:43 pm UTC

Today I learned: messing with editors in computer games and then not actually playing whatever you built but just watching what happens can be interesting. Or absurd.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Jumble » Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:22 pm UTC

TIL: running 6 miles on snow is a hell of a lot harder than running 6 miles on dry ground.

TIL2: Try to run in the white snow. Step on the clear shiny stuff and you may as well prep for emergency landing.

TIL supplemental: if you are going to dress as Santa at the bottom of a friends garden for the delight of their kids:
a) put the trousers on before you leave. They're not boot cut.
B) do the waste band up before you Ho! Ho! Ho! your way up the garden. Santa with his pants around his knees is not a good look
C) check you have the right garden. People have been arrested for less.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby RoadieRich » Sat Dec 25, 2010 1:47 am UTC

TIL That even when I can't stand up and I'm struggling to see straight from sheer exhaustion, my present wrapping ability isn't any worse than it normally is. Perhaps even better: I managed to escape without any paper-cuts this year.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Promicin » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:22 pm UTC

TIL that I'm officially at the age where I can wake up on Christmas and the first thought I have is not "OMGpresents!" but instead "OMGwheresthesnoozebutton!" :(

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:07 pm UTC

Promicin wrote:TIL that I'm officially at the age where I can wake up on Christmas and the first thought I have is not "OMGpresents!" but instead "OMGwheresthesnoozebutton!" :(

My first thought was "Bastard son of a whore, who texts at half 8 in the morning!?" This happened 5 times before I finally woke up.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tastelikecoke » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:40 am UTC

TIL: you can perform a tourniquet test to determine if you have dengue fever or not. I'm so relieved it wasn't positive for me!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby OBrien » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:48 am UTC

TIL Richard Branson's Christmas present to his train passengers is free WiFi on all classes on all his trains (that can provide it, of course). Woo! I'm too tired to be able to understand the book I'm reading at the moment (a really nicely decorated and very interesting hardback book about the history and cultures of the Celts) and my MP3 player is broken and I've listened to all the CDs I can take with me many, many times over...

Anyway, yay, I'm getting but not paying for internet from Virgin Trains! Now to get back to my house in Birmingham where I pay for but don't get internet from Virgin Media...
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Promicin » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

TIL that I will never be too old/mature for a good immature joke.

"Hey Mom, what size cotton balls do you want? They have 'extra large balls.' Do you want extra large balls, Mom? Ooh, look! These brazil nuts are huge! Look at the size of these nuts. I don't think I could fit these nuts in my mouth! Oh, hot dogs! ..."

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Robert'); DROP TABLE *; » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:37 pm UTC

TIL: Computers can do science. Single-handedly.
...And that is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:41 pm UTC

YIL that the word "holocaust" has more and broader meanings than "Nazi genocide on Jews".
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Microscopic cog » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:17 pm UTC

TIL: The word Mangelmensch isn't actually an existant word in German!

AWESOME.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Cloud Walker » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:22 am UTC

Robert'); DROP TABLE *; wrote:TIL: Computers can do science. Single-handedly.


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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Promicin » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:56 pm UTC

TIL learned what a weave is. It's like a million tiny wigs that take hours to attack.


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