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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:42 am UTC

Wonderbolt wrote:
addams wrote:Auntie Addams' Edible Construction Bricks.

I would totally buy this if I saw it in a supermarket.

Marketing is an important Major.
I thought it should be marketed in Military Construction.

Some people tell Military History the Salvador Dali way.
The Military Builds shit with very little regard to The Land and its People.
Then, The Military up and blows away, leaving weird buildings and craters behind.

With Auntie Addams' Edible Construction Bricks,
The Goats can eat the buildings,
The Rain can fill the Craters and
The Wars will become less than a whisper.

Or; We can keep doing it the European Way.
Replace, Rebuild, Remember, Repeat.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:16 am UTC

Auntie Addams' should be a brand.

I'd buy it.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:31 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Auntie Addams' should be a brand.

I'd buy it.

I'd sell it to you.
If I only knew how.

I know how to make Auntie Addams' Edible Construction Bricks.
I'd have to charge Department of Defense prices, to live well.

Do you remember the 700 dollar toilet seat?
People are darned funny.

Do you remember The Whale?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vmnq5dBF7Y
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:53 am UTC

no joke, that prunes are dried plums.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:05 am UTC

It is not common knowledge that petrified wood is Not wood and fossils are Not bone.

It's true.
Some people think fossils are bone.
And; Petrified wood is scared into being heavy.

oops. I got all Ranty.
Spoiler:
As a child, I thought petrified wood was heavy wood.

I asked, "Why is it so heavy?"
I was told, "Because, it is a Rock."

The explanation took some time.
Common folk don't have time for the explanation.

They don't learn it in school.
Because....? School in the US is social not intellectual.

It's a guess.
What do you think?

The Chemistry is hard.
Maybe, the instructors don't want to attempt a Proof.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:10 am UTC

Some people still think the Moon is a planet, or a star.


Maybe that's what I'll suggest as a Planet name (a la xkcd 1253): Planet Moon.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:29 am UTC

That is so funny.
We are Dumb as a Box of Rocks.

We are even stupid enough to think we will look good wearing Yellow.
"Hey!" Ma Kettle yells, "Don't laugh! The woman on TV looked good."

Spoiler:
I may have one of those sweaters.
It looks like a good idea, until worn.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bachaddict » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:44 am UTC

Hey! Taxi!!
No, wait, it's Ma Kettle in her sunshine dress.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:32 am UTC

While Ma Kettle is doubling as a Taxi for Moon Beanies, MIT was doing this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvtfD_rJ2hE

What I learned?
I don't know anything.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Quercus » Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:59 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Some people still think the Moon is a planet, or a star.


Maybe that's what I'll suggest as a Planet name (a la xkcd 1253): Planet Moon.


According to some definitions (and QI) the moon is a planet, or to be more exact the Earth and the Moon together form a binary planet.

According to one definition (the centre of mass definition) the Moon is a moon now, but will become a planet in a few hundred million years, although by that definition Jupiter is a brown dwarf and all its moons are therefore planets (of Jupiter).

The moon is definitely not a star though, we'd be badly screwed if the moon started fusing hydrogen (what-if question anyone?)

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Seven » Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:46 pm UTC

addams wrote:While Ma Kettle is doubling as a Taxi for Moon Beanies, MIT was doing this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvtfD_rJ2hE

What I learned?
I don't know anything.
That looks very useful.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:26 pm UTC

Seven wrote:
addams wrote:While Ma Kettle is doubling as a Taxi for Moon Beanies, MIT was doing this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvtfD_rJ2hE

What I learned?
I don't know anything.
That looks very useful.

What for?
So that in the future, your Mom can watch you cooking and reach out and take the spatula from ten thousand miles away?
How are you ever going to learn to cook?

ok. ok. On a more serious note;
A skilled surgeon or a skilled mechanic might be able to do Great Things from a great distance.

The Question remains;
How will any of the rest of us learn anything, if we have someone else doing all the important stuff for us over an internet connection?

That's a Stupid Question.
We will not be any more Stupid in the Future.
We won't be any Smarter, either.

At least the internet knows something.
It knows more than I do, now.
It will be able to do more, then.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Aleril » Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:30 pm UTC

TIL there is a halal noodle restaurant in San Fransisco.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/old-mandarin-is ... -francisco


I learned it from this list of Bay Area noodle restaurants: http://sfist.com/2015/01/21/the_11_best ... _noodl.php
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby eviloatmeal » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:49 am UTC

Aleril wrote:TIL there is a halal noodle restaurant in San Fransisco.

Looks like it has some very good reviews!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby roband » Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:04 pm UTC

Careful, that's a kid.

edit: no it's not, that would be a goat. I'm an idiot.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Djehutynakht » Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:20 pm UTC

I learned that the original last name of Alois Hitler, Adolf's father, was Shicklgrubr.

Not to make light of atrocities, but I can only imagine how much funnier it would've been to mock Adolf had his father never changed the name.

Or maybe Adolf would've changed it himself, like Stalin did. "Heil Shicklgrubr" doesn't really have the same ring to it.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Wonderbolt » Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:46 pm UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:"Heil Shicklgrubr" doesn't really have the same ring to it.

I dunno, it feels very Cthulhuesque.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sean Quixote » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:36 am UTC

Did y'all know mushrooms have their own micro climate that creates wind to spread their spores? I guess it's one of those things that "kinda" seems obvious when you think about it, but still holy shit that's cool.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Aleril » Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:57 pm UTC

eviloatmeal wrote:
Aleril wrote:TIL there is a halal noodle restaurant in San Fransisco.

Looks like it has some very good reviews!

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I will not be ordering any cream sauces there then.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:39 am UTC

Sean Quixote wrote:Did y'all know mushrooms have their own micro climate that creates wind to spread their spores? I guess it's one of those things that "kinda" seems obvious when you think about it, but still holy shit that's cool.

No. I didn't know that.
How do you know that?

I know trees do that, not mushrooms.
What mushroom creates wind?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sean Quixote » Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:51 am UTC

I think most, if not all of them? They can control the humidity under their caps, which (I think? ) also changes the temperature, which creates differences in pressure. I also may be over-complicating it though.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Envelope Generator » Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:56 pm UTC

Meat stadium. February just became meat stadium awareness month. Meat stadium. Thank you, America. Meat stadium.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:16 pm UTC

Today I learned, "Yes. That sand responds to Magnetic Force."

It's so funny.
well...To me it is.

I've been playing with Sand.
I dropped the Level into the Black Sand.

The level has a Magnetic Strip.
I'd been thinking about testing that sand.

I tested it, by accident.
Yep. It's Black Iron of some kind.

I like that Sand.
It is so dense, it retards the growth of plants.

Gardening is a Weird Compulsion.
On one day, I bend my will and my body to preserving the life of a Plant.
The next day, I plot the demise of a Plant. They are all Plants.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PM 2Ring » Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:05 am UTC

That sand may be more than merely magnetic - mineral sands can be noticeably more radioactive than the average background radiation level. Generally, it's nothing to worry about, though.

I assume your black sand came from weathered basalt. Some of the minerals in basalt are potassium compounds, and in all naturally-occurring potassium there's a tiny percentage of a radioactive potassium isotope. Potassium is essential for all living things (AFAIK), so we all have a little bit of radioactive potassium in us. Some plants are quite high in potassium, and so they too be can more radioactive than the average background radiation level. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose

As well as the potassium, it's not unusual for basalt to contain heavy radioactive metals, like thorium, uranium and radium. These elements are certainly not desirable trace elements! But most of their isotopes have long half-lives so the radiation they emit is of low energy, and so in the very small concentrations found in unprocessed minerals these elements usually pose no danger.

OTOH, I wouldn't want to breathe fine dry mineral sand dust on a regular basis, but that's because such dust is bad for your lungs even if it's not radioactive. Also, houses built with igneous rocks like basalt and granite can be bad for the health if poorly ventilated. Some of those heavy radioactive metals emit radioactive radon gas as they decay, and if that gas is allowed to accumulate it can be dangerous to breathe, as it's a leading cause of lung cancer. See http://www.cancer.gov/cancerTopics/factsheet/Risk/radon

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Carlington » Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:49 am UTC

TIL that if you have something caught under your upper eyelid that's really stubborn, you can pull the eyelid out, and then down over the lower one. Then let it go, and when you open your eye, the lower eyelid sweeps the detritus out.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:53 am UTC

PM 2Ring wrote:That sand may be more than merely magnetic - mineral sands can be noticeably more radioactive than the average background radiation level. Generally, it's nothing to worry about, though.

I assume your black sand came from weathered basalt. Some of the minerals in basalt are potassium compounds, and in all naturally-occurring potassium there's a tiny percentage of a radioactive potassium isotope. Potassium is essential for all living things (AFAIK), so we all have a little bit of radioactive potassium in us. Some plants are quite high in potassium, and so they too be can more radioactive than the average background radiation level. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose

As well as the potassium, it's not unusual for basalt to contain heavy radioactive metals, like thorium, uranium and radium. These elements are certainly not desirable trace elements! But most of their isotopes have long half-lives so the radiation they emit is of low energy, and so in the very small concentrations found in unprocessed minerals these elements usually pose no danger.

OTOH, I wouldn't want to breathe fine dry mineral sand dust on a regular basis, but that's because such dust is bad for your lungs even if it's not radioactive. Also, houses built with igneous rocks like basalt and granite can be bad for the health if poorly ventilated. Some of those heavy radioactive metals emit radioactive radon gas as they decay, and if that gas is allowed to accumulate it can be dangerous to breathe, as it's a leading cause of lung cancer. See http://www.cancer.gov/cancerTopics/factsheet/Risk/radon

Yep. You seem to understand this sand.
I was interested in checking it with a magnet.

oops.
It's checked.

I'd also like to check it for radioactivity.
I'm not likely to drop a geiger counter into the sand.

If I had one I might drop it.
I'm not going to get one.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Quercus » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:31 pm UTC

TIL that Evan Mecham, 17th Governor of Arizona, is the only US governor to ever face removal from office by recall election, impeachment and felony indictment simultaneously.

I can't help slightly admiring his level of commitment.

(yes, okay, I read that on Cracked.com. What? It's a legitimate educational resource dammit)

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:17 am UTC

I must reinforce information for it to Stick.
Today, I re-Learned the words, "Potassium Perchlorate".

Maybe, those are the right words.
How am I going to get those words into my head to Stay?
I don't use that set of words very often.

I don't really need to call it anything other than Potassium BOOM!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb-BTEvSW50

That stuff is so funny.
I've never had any.

Other people have it and I think it is like Bette Midler's song.
Wonderful; From a distance. That clip does not do it Justice.

Potassium Boom! when confined to a small valley or canyon is impressive for Miles and Miles.
Like Thunder.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bachaddict » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:49 am UTC

Today I learned something that really surprised me.
People used to go to bed early, and get up for a few hours in the middle of the night.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segmented_sleep
So much of what has happened in history is unknown!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:22 am UTC

bachaddict wrote:Today I learned something that really surprised me.
People used to go to bed early, and get up for a few hours in the middle of the night.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segmented_sleep
So much of what has happened in history is unknown!

It could be true.
Evolutionary development with the environmental pressure provided by Fire.

With wood heat, a person must get up and keep the fire going during the night.
If the fire goes out in 8000 BCE that clan dies of the Cold.

You have a point about history.
A great deal of history is lost to us.

Some people are told, over and over,
"Your Job is to Stay Out of the History Books!"

Simple, Quiet Times of Peace don't generate much attention from History Writers.
Think about it. Books about War fill whole rooms in libraries.

Hundreds of years of Peace get a mention in Anthropology Books.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Quercus » Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:41 pm UTC

TIL that our last education minister stated at one point that he wanted "all schools to be above average".

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:04 pm UTC

bachaddict wrote:Today I learned something that really surprised me.
People used to go to bed early, and get up for a few hours in the middle of the night.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segmented_sleep
So much of what has happened in history is unknown!


Read the Talk though. The article is based on one researcher's claims.

The latest thing I learned, though it was a couple of days ago, was that "sever" is not pronounced like "severe".
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Postby Kewangji » Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:42 pm UTC

that Descartes died from pneumonia/freezing to death in a Swedish castle working for the Swedish queen
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Postby Quercus » Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:22 pm UTC

TIL that researchers at the Vavilov institute in what was then Leningrad guarded the core of the Leningrad seed bank in a basement throughout the seige of Leningrad. Nine of them died of starvation while literally sitting next to sacks of wheat, rice, barley and maize, because they considered that these seeds and the genetic diversity they represented were crucial in order to feed the Russian population after the war was over.

It was the largest collection of crop biodiversity in the world at the time, and still forms a key part of the genetic material that we are looking towards to improve crops for the future, breed in resistance to new diseases etc.

More information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Vavilov

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Postby Angua » Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:09 pm UTC

TIL - election ink is strong stuff!

The silver nitrate thing explains why it was only kind of purple when I first dipped it in, but it got a lot darker by the time I'd reached work.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bachaddict » Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:44 am UTC

TIL the "normal" Coke in NZ is made with cane sugar, like the "Tastes like childhood" Mexican variety they import to the states.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Djehutynakht » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:18 am UTC

Today I learned that some American Revolution veterans lived long enough to be photographed (and through the entirety of the Civil War).

I can't find it yet, but I totally hope they have some Revolutionary War Veteran commentary on the US Civil War. It would be so interesting.

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Postby Sprocket » Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:44 pm UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Today I learned that some American Revolution veterans lived long enough to be photographed (and through the entirety of the Civil War).

I can't find it yet, but I totally hope they have some Revolutionary War Veteran commentary on the US Civil War. It would be so interesting.

Indeed. Let me know!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:16 pm UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Today I learned that some American Revolution veterans lived long enough to be photographed (and through the entirety of the Civil War).

I can't find it yet, but I totally hope they have some Revolutionary War Veteran commentary on the US Civil War. It would be so interesting.

Through old man shenanigans, 10th President Tyler has living grandchildren.

A witness to the Lincoln assassination was on TV in the 50s.

At any rate, look at Elias Hillard's book The Last Men of the Revolution . Might have come up during those interviews.

*edit* Apparently did, according to this Amazon review of the book

William Hutchings is my 5th great grandfather and I purchased this book not only for the historical value, but to assist in my genealogy research. I find it fascinating that this book was published during the last year of the Civil War and that my 5th great grandfather commented on that conflict by noting that "....two old folks up here in Maine are praying for him" , referring to General Grant and campaign against Richmond. He also went on express his views on the subject of slavery by saying that "God will never suffer it to exist in this country." Makes me wish I could have met him. I'm glad, however, to have his comments and a brief description of his life to treasure.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sprocket » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:30 am UTC

Today I learned, tentacle porn is not that far off-base.
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