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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by JD » 30 Nov 2017, 16:12

We have terms like "oreo" (black on the outside, white on the inside), "banana" (yellow on the outside, white on the inside), and "watermelon" (green on the outside, red on the inside), and it turns out the Nazis had something similar: "Beefsteak" was a term used to refer to Nazis who had converted from Communist or Socialist parties and were believed to be "brown on the outside, but red on the inside".
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Warren » 01 Dec 2017, 10:18

JD wrote:
30 Nov 2017, 16:12
We have terms like "oreo" (black on the outside, white on the inside), "banana" (yellow on the outside, white on the inside), and "watermelon" (green on the outside, red on the inside), and it turns out the Nazis had something similar: "Beefsteak" was a term used to refer to Nazis who had converted from Communist or Socialist parties and were believed to be "brown on the outside, but red on the inside".
That would make a Beefsteak a breed of NINO.
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Post by JD » 01 Dec 2017, 15:08

A nocturnal is/was a device used to tell time at night before the spread of portable clocks: it's basically a kind of mechanical calculator, which you use by setting the time of year and then sighting Polaris and a reference star through the device.

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Post by Jasper » 04 Dec 2017, 14:58

Yukon Cornelius was searching for peppermint.

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Post by JasonL » 04 Dec 2017, 16:22

Jasper wrote:Yukon Cornelius was searching for peppermint.

??? That’s nuts

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Post by Warren » 04 Dec 2017, 18:25

JasonL wrote:
04 Dec 2017, 16:22
Jasper wrote:Yukon Cornelius was searching for peppermint.

??? That’s nuts
It's a story about a flying reindeer fawn with a glowing nose who teams up with an outcast elf with periodontal aspirations against an irate Yeti, and the thing that breaks your suspension of disbelief is the peppermint prospector?
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Post by JasonL » 04 Dec 2017, 20:08

No it’s nuts I dinna know bout that

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Post by lunchstealer » 04 Dec 2017, 21:43

(it doesn't explain the mystery of why anyone would intentionally watch anything by Rankin Bass, ever)
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Post by Solitudinarian » 04 Dec 2017, 22:38

lunchstealer wrote:
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(it doesn't explain the mystery of why anyone would intentionally watch anything by Rankin Bass, ever)
Because Christmas is the most magical, masochistic time of the year.
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Post by Warren » 05 Dec 2017, 00:21

Christmas rules yo. Do your solstice time gift giving feasting holiday as you do. And spread the peace and good will as befits the season.
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Post by Andrew » 06 Dec 2017, 15:38

The idea of the energy source "vril" that spread among theosophists and probably had an influence on Nazi occult beliefs was created by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. The same guy as "dark and stormy night" fame.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 09 Dec 2017, 00:14

That bit in 2001 where HAL sings "Daisy Bell" as Bowman shuts him down?

It's a reference to that song being the first music performed using computer speech synthesis, just a few years before the movie:

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Post by Mo » 21 Dec 2017, 23:31

Baby It's Cold Outside wasn't originally a seasonal song (it debuted in a movie taking place at a summer beach resort) let alone a holiday song.
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Post by Kwix » 26 Dec 2017, 16:10

In addition to telephone scams, Nigeria has the 2nd most prolific film industry in the world. It is so prolific that "Nollywood" been accused of the "Nigerialization of Africa."
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Post by JD » 30 Dec 2017, 18:44

If you're familiar with "Abdul Abulbul Amir" it's probably the only place you have ever heard the word "Kalmuck". A Kalmyk is a member of the Kalmykian ethnolinguistic group; they live in Kalmykia, which is on the western shore of the Caspian, kind of between the Black and Caspian Seas, south of Moscow, east of the Ukraine, north of Turkey and Iran. They're descended from the Mongols, and Kalmykia is the only nation in Europe which is majority Buddhist. Oh yeah, and the language spoken by the Ewoks was based on the sounds of Kalmyk.
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Post by JD » 04 Jan 2018, 16:45

Various things I ran across while reading about undersea cables.

Murphy's Law in action:
The first undersea telegraph cable
consisted of seven copper wires, each weighing 26 kg/km (107 pounds per nautical mile), covered with three coats of gutta-percha, weighing 64 kg/km (261 pounds per nautical mile), and wound with tarred hemp, over which a sheath of 18 strands, each of seven iron wires, was laid in a close spiral. ... It was made jointly by two English firms – Glass, Elliot & Co., of Greenwich, and R. S. Newall & Co., of Birkenhead. Late in manufacturing it was discovered that the respective sections had been made with strands twisted in opposite directions.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatla ... raph_cable)


As for gutta-percha, mysterious blocks of gutta-percha labeled "Tjipetir" have been washing up on beaches, mostly in Western Europe. The best hypothesis is that they come from a Japanese merchant ship which was torpedoed during WWI.


The submarine cables required the use of a galvanometer; one type was the string galvanometer, which was made in an unusual way:
[The] invention consisted of a very long (several metres) silver-coated quartz filament of negligible mass that conducted the electrical currents from the heart.
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The filament was originally made by drawing out a filament of glass from a crucible of molten glass. To produce a sufficiently thin and long filament an arrow was fired across the room so that it dragged the filament from the molten glass. The filament so produced was then coated with silver to provide the conductive pathway for the current.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by JD » 06 Jan 2018, 10:42

LBJ once stripped completely in the middle of a press conference on Air Force One, finishing it in the nude, waving a towel for emphasis. Every time I hear about Trump's bizarre behavior, I recall that we've had a lot of weird presidents.
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Post by Warren » 06 Jan 2018, 10:59

JD wrote:
06 Jan 2018, 10:42
LBJ once stripped completely in the middle of a press conference on Air Force One, finishing it in the nude, waving a towel for emphasis. Every time I hear about Trump's bizarre behavior, I recall that we've had a lot of weird presidents.
Wasn't I just reading that LBJ held a press conference while taking a dump?
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Tuco » 07 Jan 2018, 07:52

The dignity the office of president deserves.

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Post by Dangerman » 07 Jan 2018, 11:15

Besides Trump because it's probably excruciatingly banal, what do you think Obama and Bush did on their phones while they were pooping? Reddit in an Incognito tab? Fantasy Basketball?

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Post by Kolohe » 07 Jan 2018, 12:16

Bush jr read the funnies, and Obama is probably a power dumper.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Mo » 08 Jan 2018, 21:18

Every Skittle, no matter the color, is the same flavor.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Andrew » 08 Jan 2018, 21:35

1. Malcolm McLaren and Marshall McLuhan were two different people.

2. A tulpa is actually a thing, not just an asshole's user name.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Jadagul » 08 Jan 2018, 22:15

Mo wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 21:18
Every Skittle, no matter the color, is the same flavor.
I kind of object to that phrasing. Most of what we perceive as the "flavor" of things we eat is the fragrance/aroma, and the article says that skittles do have different fragrances.

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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Mo » 08 Jan 2018, 22:25

Jadagul wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 22:15
Mo wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 21:18
Every Skittle, no matter the color, is the same flavor.
I kind of object to that phrasing. Most of what we perceive as the "flavor" of things we eat is the fragrance/aroma, and the article says that skittles do have different fragrances.
I would call that taste, where I would call the "flavor" the makeup of the underlying consumable.
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