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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:35 pm UTC

I remember that site. I think they even had a Mohammed one that was just an empty package.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:52 pm UTC

TIL: I've been pronouncing "tuple", "tupule", as in pustule. It's such a worrying word when you try to say it out loud.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:26 pm UTC

Ptolom wrote:TIL: I've been pronouncing "tuple", "tupule", as in pustule. It's such a worrying word when you try to say it out loud.


The way I figure, it's a generalization of the suffix of words like double, tripple, quadruple, quintuple, so you say it sort of like "double".

--edit-- Wiktionary says there are two pronunciations, one that rhymes with pupil (I guess that's what you were doing?), and one that rhymes with couple (like I've been saying it).
I edit my posts a lot and sometimes the words wrong order words appear in sentences get messed up.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:35 pm UTC

I'm not even sure what I say now. I think I'll go with the short u version.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby thorgold » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:45 am UTC

TIL how to leverage my weight in order to run up walls, a skill used to reach ledges/openings 20 feet above the ground.

And no, this wasn't learned for nefarious purposes. School janitors keep locking the gym on practice days and my coach (read: keys) doesn't arrive until after we're done with weight training. The school has a parking garage linked to the gym, so...
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tastelikecoke » Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:38 pm UTC

thorgold wrote:And no, this wasn't learned for nefarious purposes.

And here I thought "not for nefarious purposes" mean you're learning parkour or something related.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby jobriath » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:14 am UTC

thorgold wrote:TIL how to leverage my weight in order to run up walls, a skill used to reach ledges/openings 20 feet above the ground.

Please please please let this be the kind of knowledge that fits in a forum post. And that you don't have to be part of a secret order to learn. And that requires only reasonable fitness and strength.

Could you outline the process? :D

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Noc » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:44 pm UTC

Step 1: Apply fairy dust.
Step 2: Think happy thoughts.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:50 pm UTC

Noc wrote:Step 2: Think happy thoughts.

And where the hell am I supposed to find any of those?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Jumble » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:27 pm UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ArgonV » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:50 pm UTC

Julio Iglesias (a Spanish singer) used to be goalkeeper for Real Madrid

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby a_fuzzyduck » Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:13 pm UTC

ArgonV wrote:Julio Iglesias (a Spanish singer) used to be goalkeeper for Real Madrid


Pope John-Paul II was a goalkeeper as well. As was David Icke. Diverse bunch they are.

Oh and big Niels Bohr was one too ^_^
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby firechicago » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:05 pm UTC

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ArgonV wrote:Julio Iglesias (a Spanish singer) used to be goalkeeper for Real Madrid


Pope John-Paul II was a goalkeeper as well. As was David Icke. Diverse bunch they are.

Oh and big Niels Bohr was one too ^_^


Not to mention Albert Camus.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:57 pm UTC

Today I learned some of the more inventive ways animals can be used in warfare:

Bat Bomb. Upon reaching a certain altitude, a parachute would deploy and the casing would open up to release bats with incendiary devices attached. The bats would roost in buildings, and a timer would start the fires. Thought to be highly effective against the mostly wood and paper constructed Japanese cities, devastating the buildings while leaving the civilian population mostly unharmed. Unfortunately for the Japanese, the nuclear bomb finished development first.
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Anti-Tank Dog. Unfortunately, the dogs would get scared and run back to their operators, thus blowing up friendly forces. They also had a habit of running under friendly tanks because that's what they were trained to run under.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Grishnakh » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:59 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Today I learned some of the more inventive ways animals can be used in warfare:

Bat Bomb. Upon reaching a certain altitude, a parachute would deploy and the casing would open up to release bats with incendiary devices attached. The bats would roost in buildings, and a timer would start the fires. Thought to be highly effective against the mostly wood and paper constructed Japanese cities, devastating the buildings while leaving the civilian population mostly unharmed. Unfortunately for the Japanese, the nuclear bomb finished development first.
Pigeon-Guided Missiles. Nuff said.
Anti-Tank Dog. Unfortunately, the dogs would get scared and run back to their operators, thus blowing up friendly forces. They also had a habit of running under friendly tanks because that's what they were trained to run under.


Somebody's been watching QI?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:15 am UTC

The pigeon one came up in conversation at work. I didn't believe him so I Googled it. I found the others by wiki-walking.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby a_fuzzyduck » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:38 pm UTC

Scotland has no state religion. This is pretty cool, since I'd always thought it was the slightly less offensive CoS
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby maninblack » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:13 pm UTC

pwd stands for print working directory. I knew what the (linux) command did and have used it. I just never understood why they chose those characters for that command. *headdesk*
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby 3fj » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:42 am UTC

Jumble wrote:Just a suggestion

Gets me every time.

a_fuzzyduck wrote:Scotland has no state religion. This is pretty cool, since I'd always thought it was the slightly less offensive CoS


Sometimes I love it here. This and the proposed Gay Marriage bill has given me hope this place is starting to sort itself out after all these years of bigotry.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:17 am UTC

T(uesday)IL: that the vodka red bulls they serve in a local club fluoresce green under UV
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby broken_escalator » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:16 pm UTC

Did you test to see if your urine was green under UV too?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby a_fuzzyduck » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:21 pm UTC

3fj wrote:
Jumble wrote:Just a suggestion

Gets me every time.

a_fuzzyduck wrote:Scotland has no state religion. This is pretty cool, since I'd always thought it was the slightly less offensive CoS


Sometimes I love it here. This and the proposed Gay Marriage bill has given me hope this place is starting to sort itself out after all these years of bigotry.


and the anti bigotry law (well, its a start anyway) :) things getting slowly better
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:45 pm UTC

TIL Tori Amos makes a lot of mentions of Neil Gaiman in her songs.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ahammel » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:51 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:TIL Tori Amos makes a lot of mentions of Neil Gaiman in her songs.

TIL that Neil Gaiman's full name and title is Neil Richard "Scary Trousers" Gaiman, Master of Modern Horror (according to Alan Moore).

Neil has some cool friends.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:09 pm UTC

Is "(according to Alan Moore)" part of the title?
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Postby ahammel » Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:12 pm UTC

Mr. Moore bestowed the title (so it could be, I guess?).

Sir Neil "Scary Trousers" Gaiman, MMHAAM.
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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:08 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:Is "(according to Alan Moore)" part of the title?

Yes.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:31 pm UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Adacore » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:50 am UTC

Is that genuine? :lol:

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Postby RollingHead » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:00 pm UTC

I hope so!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:10 pm UTC

I doubt it. Someone pointed out to me that it says it's from the BBC but British generally don't use the word "mall".
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ahammel » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:11 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:I doubt it. Someone pointed out to me that it says it's from the BBC but British generally don't use the word "mall".
Or "Santa", for that matter. Isn't it "Father Christmas" over there?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Adacore » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:18 pm UTC

Yeah, and certainly 'mall santa' is a bit of an alien concept in British english. I figured the only way it could be real would be if Alan Moore himself had suggested it as a subtitle/description, but he'd be unlikely to use American terms too.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:31 pm UTC

Do you really think someone would do that? Just.. go on the internet and make something up?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby 3fj » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:01 pm UTC

Adacore wrote:Yeah, and certainly 'mall santa' is a bit of an alien concept in British english. I figured the only way it could be real would be if Alan Moore himself had suggested it as a subtitle/description, but he'd be unlikely to use American terms too.


Just as an aside: We don't say mall, we do say santa, we have "mall santas" (though that's an americanism, which if you ask some people (full disclosure, that's a comedy clip), is a problem.)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ptolom » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:20 pm UTC

We say "shopping centre Father Christmas". It's not quite so punchy as mall Santa though.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby emceng » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:08 pm UTC

TIL they're actually saying Nortius Maximus in Life of Brian. I thought they were saying Naughtius Maximus. But the meaning turns out to be close.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Adacore » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:36 pm UTC

3fj wrote:Just as an aside: We don't say mall, we do say santa, we have "mall santas" (though that's an americanism, which if you ask some people (full disclosure, that's a comedy clip), is a problem.)

Yeah, I know there's no way to tell any more (since I moved to work in the RoK), but I'm actually British myself. I don't think I ever heard 'mall santa' as a phrase outside of American TV shows in the UK. But then, I didn't have much exposure to small kids over the last decade or so, so maybe it's entered the vernacular without me realising.

Maybe I should update my profile or signature or something to give a hint that I'm not Korean. Having other British people assuming I'm a foreigner makes me feel uneasy for some reason.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:28 am UTC

TIL pilots can veto passengers in the US, even if the TSA do a full search and find absolutely nothing.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:52 am UTC

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