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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Giant Speck » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:57 am UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rigwarl » Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:17 am UTC

The "flip move" that Nala does to Simba at the beginning of the Lion King and their grown-up reunion in the jungle... is what Simba used to throw Scar off the cliff.

EDIT: Errr, this was supposed to go in HHINNTB. I guess it fits here too though.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby raike » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:27 pm UTC

Today I learned that typing '1000 miles' or some distance of about that order into WolframAlpha gives you "distance the Proclaimers would walk, just to be the man that walks a thousand miles to fall down at your door (1000 mi)"
I was very amused.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Steax » Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:24 am UTC

rigwarl wrote:The "flip move" that Nala does to Simba at the beginning of the Lion King and their grown-up reunion in the jungle... is what Simba used to throw Scar off the cliff.

EDIT: Errr, this was supposed to go in HHINNTB. I guess it fits here too though.


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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:00 pm UTC

TIL: --recursive actually means recursive. I have managed to remove glibc within half an hour of turning on my new Beaglebone.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Robert'); DROP TABLE *; » Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:00 pm UTC

TIL: Carol of the Bells is apparently an uplifting, happy song, as opposed to the context I originally heard it in.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby dc_socializationbot » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:52 am UTC

Today I learned that astronomers find planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy by measuring the red/blue shift of the star's light as the gravity of the planet perturbs the star's position in space, pulling it slightly further away and then closer to us again as the planet orbits.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby rigwarl » Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:02 pm UTC

Steax wrote:
rigwarl wrote:The "flip move" that Nala does to Simba at the beginning of the Lion King and their grown-up reunion in the jungle... is what Simba used to throw Scar off the cliff.

EDIT: Errr, this was supposed to go in HHINNTB. I guess it fits here too though.


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TIL what that means. I'm not sure that fits though (?), as I never disliked any of those scenes. Furthermore I learned it from waiting in the doctor's office and reading the illustrated Lion King rather than it dawning on me :D

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tastelikecoke » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:17 am UTC

TIL: LaTeX is cool and with proper packages it won't lag my computer :D Here's my first try:

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\sqrt{\cos{x}}\times\cos{200x}+\sqrt{|x|}-0.7(4-x^2)^{0.01} = y\;,\;y^2+x^2=9
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:21 am UTC

It just lags everyone else's computer ಠ_ಠ
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tastelikecoke » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:25 am UTC

I don't think hiding it in spoilers would prevent it from being loaded right?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:33 am UTC

tastelikecoke wrote:I don't think hiding it in spoilers would prevent it from being loaded right?

Nope*, so would you kindly remove it?

*actually depends on browser, but in most of them, it will still load.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Menacing Spike » Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:20 pm UTC

You are causing what could be hours of cumulated firefox lag. I hope you are happy.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby RoadieRich » Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:10 pm UTC

tastelikecoke wrote:TIL: LaTeX is cool and with proper packages it won't lag my computer :D Here's my first try:

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\sqrt{\cos{x}}\times\cos{200x}+\sqrt{|x|}-0.7(4-x^2)^{0.01} = y\;,\;y^2+x^2=9

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:26 pm UTC

TIL : When it comes to zombie outbreaks, the Boston Police have our backs. At least on early reporting.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kang » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:53 pm UTC

That's nice. Isn't Boston actually one of the cities in which they actually had a zombie-themed all-service exercise?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Alder » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:11 pm UTC

Kang wrote:That's nice. Isn't Boston actually one of the cities in which they actually had a zombie-themed all-service exercise?

It's where Walter Bishop has his lab, I'd hope they were prepared for disasters...
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby farnsworth » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:45 am UTC

TIL naufrage is an English word. I knew naufragar was a Spanish verb, meaning shipwreck, but I did not know there was an English cognate.

Languages are crazy like that.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:07 pm UTC

Lately I've learned that I actually still remember some French and that it's fairly useful for understanding Spanish.

The other day I saw a sign that showed the way to places and had both Spanish and English:

"Museo – Museum
Restaurante – Restaurant
Hotel – Hotel
Iglesia – Church"

I first thought "Why did they even bother translating those? They're all cognates." before realizing that iglesia is a Spanish-French cognate.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Nexan » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:10 am UTC

TIL you have to be within 775 miles of someone (not accounting for differences in altitude) to be able to watch the same meteor shower with them.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Giant Speck » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:25 am UTC

I missed the meteor shower because it was cloudy.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SurgicalSteel » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:55 am UTC

TIL: (from my Dad of all people) that Everlast released a new album a couple months ago. I've been listening to it on YouTube and I'm happy to say it's pretty damn good.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ArchaicHipster » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:36 pm UTC

Today I learnt that an amazingly talented artist friend of mine can also play piano really well. I is very jealous. :(
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:25 pm UTC

Today I learned that those white cows with black splotches are real.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby roband » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:48 pm UTC

yurell wrote:Today I learned that those white cows with black splotches are real.


And there's a town in the UK where they have concrete cows on roundabouts!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Hope_ » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:23 pm UTC

yurell wrote:Today I learned that those white cows with black splotches are real.

Why did you think they weren't real?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:37 pm UTC

Because I see cows all the time, and none of them looked like that. All the cattle I've ever seen have looked like [img=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/Cattle_sale_1.JPG]this,[/img] including the ones that have lived across the road all my life, and every single news story, so it never occurred to me that there may really be cows like that.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:51 pm UTC

So.. Holstein cows, most likely.

... just to blow your mind further, there's, like.. three kinds of cow or something.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:00 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:So.. Holstein cows, most likely.

... just to blow your mind further, there's, like.. three kinds of cow or something.

My primary school was sandwiched between two farms full of Holstein cows. Now the smell of manure always takes me back there.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:32 pm UTC

Oh, I understand that there are more types of cow, I just thought the black & white ones were cartoon-style ones :P
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:17 am UTC

yurell wrote:Oh, I understand that there are more types of cow, I just thought the black & white ones were cartoon-style ones :P

nope, they are as real as 2-armed cactues and tall 3-leafed palm trees with coconuts on them. Desert islands, however, are usually a bit bigger, and often infested with rats (especially in the Caribbean)

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SurgicalSteel » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:08 am UTC

TIL: A little drop of bitters make the absinth go down. I had no sugar to put in it, and without sugar the anisette flavor is usually too strong, but the bitters made it very nice.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:03 am UTC

Vieto wrote:
yurell wrote:Oh, I understand that there are more types of cow, I just thought the black & white ones were cartoon-style ones :P

nope, they are as real as 2-armed cactues and tall 3-leafed palm trees with coconuts on them. Desert islands, however, are usually a bit bigger, and often infested with rats (especially in the Caribbean)

waitwut. Wingless animals?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Quadropus » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:35 pm UTC

Today I learnt...

that my dissertation sucks!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PM 2Ring » Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:32 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:
Vieto wrote:Desert islands, however, are usually a bit bigger, and often infested with rats (especially in the Caribbean)

waitwut. Wingless animals?

Indeed. And it's not just in the Caribbean. Eg, Polynesian islands have rats, too. Some animals get to islands by swimming from nearby islands, or they can travel longer distances on floating logs, but the rats were mostly brought to the islands by ship. Rats have had a devastating impact on the ecosystems of many islands.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:21 am UTC

PM 2Ring wrote:
The Scyphozoa wrote:
Vieto wrote:Desert islands, however, are usually a bit bigger, and often infested with rats (especially in the Caribbean)

waitwut. Wingless animals?

Indeed. And it's not just in the Caribbean. Eg, Polynesian islands have rats, too. Some animals get to islands by swimming from nearby islands, or they can travel longer distances on floating logs, but the rats were mostly brought to the islands by ship. Rats have had a devastating impact on the ecosystems of many islands.

Also: Swallows. 8)

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kang » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:27 pm UTC

What is the maximum airspeed velocity of a swallow carrying a rat?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:56 pm UTC

78.3 frengs per gobnut.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:55 pm UTC

About twice that of 2 swallows carrying a coconut on the return trip.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:01 pm UTC

TIL Charlie Day (Charlie on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") is married to Mary Elizabeth Ellis (the waitress Charlie is obsessed with in IASiP).
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