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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

Postby Ser Pounce-a-lot » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:52 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:
Shivahn wrote:This one is so much fun to degauss though!

Does it go *CLICK!* Thwonggggg ?


Mine went *CLICK!* Thwonggggg


Oh man, I miss that. My old CRT did exactly that. The screen made this really cool rainbow effect, too.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

Postby Mardeg » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:57 am UTC

Ser Pounce-a-lot wrote:
Felstaff wrote:
Shivahn wrote:This one is so much fun to degauss though!

Does it go *CLICK!* Thwonggggg ?


Mine went *CLICK!* Thwonggggg


Oh man, I miss that. My old CRT did exactly that. The screen made this really cool rainbow effect, too.

Now I want to find audio of that and make it my OS startup sound.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

Postby RoadieRich » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:16 pm UTC

Shivahn wrote:
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Ptolom wrote:I'm operating an incredibly advanced electronic device right now, and yet my grasp of electrodynamics is flaky at best! I suddenly feel like I'm cheating at this. There's a machine which is effectively shooting beta particles at my face. I know it's something about a heated cathode in a vacuum, with magnets to control it, but quite how that forms any kind of beam I'm not sure.

What device are you using that's still CRT?

My monitor is CRT. I got it in seventh grade. I'm.. like a year or two out of college now.

Yeahhhh I should probably buy a new monitor. This one is so much fun to degauss though!

The 3d Graphics Design labs at uni still use - and recently updated their - CRTs. Although flatscreens are getting better, CRTs still have a number of advantages.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby UniqueScreenname » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:34 pm UTC

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Arkham » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:53 pm UTC

A lot of children's cereals have the cartoon characters looking downwards.

Why? Because children sitting in the shopping cart will be looking upwards and will make eye contact.

This establishes an emotional connection to the character and helps reenforce brand loyalty.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

Postby Ptolom » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:33 pm UTC

doogly wrote:
Ptolom wrote:I'm operating an incredibly advanced electronic device right now, and yet my grasp of electrodynamics is flaky at best! I suddenly feel like I'm cheating at this. There's a machine which is effectively shooting beta particles at my face. I know it's something about a heated cathode in a vacuum, with magnets to control it, but quite how that forms any kind of beam I'm not sure.

What device are you using that's still CRT?

I have dual monitors; one CRT and one TFT. I get the best of both worlds, but the CRT seems to get more use.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Magnanimous » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:15 pm UTC

Arkham wrote:A lot of children's cereals have the cartoon characters looking downwards.

Why? Because children sitting in the shopping cart will be looking upwards and will make eye contact.

This establishes an emotional connection to the character and helps reenforce brand loyalty.

... Whoa.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

Postby farnsworth » Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:45 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:
Shivahn wrote:This one is so much fun to degauss though!

Does it go *CLICK!* Thwonggggg ?


Mine went *CLICK!* Thwonggggg

Don't forget the trippy colors. More like: *CLICK* Thwonggggg OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhh.......................

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

Postby Shivahn » Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:39 am UTC

Felstaff wrote:
Shivahn wrote:This one is so much fun to degauss though!

Does it go *CLICK!* Thwonggggg ?


Mine went *CLICK!* Thwonggggg

TIC! Thwoooooooooooonnngggggggggggg
...
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Click!

And it does that awesome rainbow thing where it shrinks to almost nothing horizontally and then expands with weird colors.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby NoodleIncident » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:57 am UTC

Myself a few days ago:

"Wait. Didn't the word 'mark' use to mean signature?

And 'twain' means something to do with the number two...

How many signatures did Samuel Clemens have?"


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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby The Scyphozoa » Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:23 am UTC

Holy fuck.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby farnsworth » Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:32 am UTC

NoodleIncident wrote:Myself a few days ago:

"Wait. Didn't the word 'mark' use to mean signature?

And 'twain' means something to do with the number two...

How many signatures did Samuel Clemens have?"


:shock:

I need to tell this to my English teacher.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby SurgicalSteel » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:22 am UTC

According to wikipedia he had at least 4. Unfortunately, "Mark Twain" seems to have been at least the fourth. I still like it though.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby TheChewanater » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:40 am UTC

What I learned is that his name comes from a steamboat term meaning "second mark", referring to marks on a cable where each mark measured one fathom. I wish that the "second signature" one was real.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby poxic » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:47 am UTC

Could have been a bit of both. Or you could just be a big old party pooper. Dammit.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby animeHrmIne » Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:11 am UTC

It almost definitely comes from the steamboat term. He used to work on a steamboat, and I'm almost certain that he had the job of measuring and calling out the depth of the Mississippi. I live in Missouri and Mark Twain's kind of a big deal here, so we get a lot of information about his life throughout school.

Then again, that could be just a common myth that he started, when he was actually referring to his signature. We'll never know, since the report of his death is no longer an exaggeration.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby philsov » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:44 pm UTC

"Duck Dodgers of the 24th and a half century" is a play on words from "Buck Rogers"

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby King Author » Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:39 pm UTC

NASA called the Mercury probe "Messenger" because Mercury was the Roman god of messengers. That hit me like a ton of bricks the other day.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Ghostbear » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:24 pm UTC

This is one I realized a while ago, but never really got to tell anyone: the word alphabet is made up of the first two letters of the Greek alphabet- alpha and beta.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:14 pm UTC

The O blood type is so named because there are 0 antigens from the ABO group on the cell. When testing for reactions, a negative reaction is noted as O. WOW
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Plasma Man » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:51 am UTC

In Family Guy, Stewie's teddy is called Rupert. As in Rupert the Bear. *facepalms*
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Magnanimous » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:54 am UTC

A decibel is a measurement of sound intensity... And it's a deci-bel. One-tenth of a bel, which was the original unit named after Alexander Graham Bell. Huh.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby AvatarIII » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:31 am UTC

King Author wrote:NASA called the Mercury probe "Messenger" because Mercury was the Roman god of messengers. That hit me like a ton of bricks the other day.


imagine your face when you realise that Vikings are a type of warrior....

animeHrmIne wrote:It almost definitely comes from the steamboat term. He used to work on a steamboat, and I'm almost certain that he had the job of measuring and calling out the depth of the Mississippi. I live in Missouri and Mark Twain's kind of a big deal here, so we get a lot of information about his life throughout school.

Then again, that could be just a common myth that he started, when he was actually referring to his signature. We'll never know, since the report of his death is no longer an exaggeration.


I'm pretty confident that I learned this fact from the Bill and Ted animated series.

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Postby Arisu » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:57 am UTC

Tokyo and Kyoto are anagrams of one another.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby RollingHead » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:39 am UTC

The "true story" meme is a picture of Barney Stinson... I never realised is was a specific person until tonight.

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Postby The Scyphozoa » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:44 am UTC

I never even knew there WAS an image macro...
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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:41 pm UTC

RollingHead wrote:The "true story" meme is a picture of Barney Stinson... I never realised is was a specific person until tonight.

All of them are specific people in specific situations.

Not pictured - Neil DeGrasse Tyson's "We Gotta Badass Over Here" or Jackie Chan's Brain Full of Fuck.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Felstaff » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

You forgot Emma Watson.
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Postby Ghostbear » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:41 am UTC

Magnanimous wrote:A decibel is a measurement of sound intensity... And it's a deci-bel. One-tenth of a bel, which was the original unit named after Alexander Graham Bell. Huh.

Technically, a decibel is a measurement of the ratio of whatever you're dealing with to a specific reference point. Sound dB are more accurately dB(SPL) (SPL = sound pressure level)- they're measured relative to a sound at the threshold of human hearing.

You are correct about the origins of the name, but I guess I felt compelled to point out that a dB isn't truly a measurement of sound.

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Postby UniqueScreenname » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:15 am UTC

Umm, why don't I know what this true story meme is at all?
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby poxic » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:16 am UTC

Because you have a life?
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Postby UniqueScreenname » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:19 am UTC

That doesn't seem to be an excuse most of the time.
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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:02 am UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:That doesn't seem to be an excuse most of the time.


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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Adacore » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:42 am UTC

poxic wrote:Could have been a bit of both. Or you could just be a big old party pooper. Dammit.

I'd be surprised if Mark Twain didn't at least realise the potential double entendre inherent in his nom de guerre before he chose it. He was a fairly good wordsmith, after all.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Microscopic cog » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:31 pm UTC

Articuno
Zapdos
Moltres

Not the first HHINNTB-moment I experienced with Pokémon.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Windowlicker » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:45 pm UTC

Microscopic cog wrote:Articuno
Zapdos
Moltres

Not the first HHINNTB-moment I experienced with Pokémon.

You're also not the first to notice this one.

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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Microscopic cog » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:08 pm UTC

Oh.. oh the first page..? I'll just be.. over there in my corner.
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby TimelordSimone » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:19 pm UTC

Did you notice that Ekans is snake backwards yet?
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Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Postby Microscopic cog » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:29 pm UTC

Yeah, I already knew a lot of them, and most of Pokémon names are just ripp offs or things like that but Articuno/Zapdos/Moltres caught me entirely by suprise haha.
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