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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Warren » 20 Apr 2018, 11:22

nicole wrote:
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I finally looked it up, and "Ray Donovan" is...the name of a TV show? Not what I expected.
Never heard of it, but apparently it's been around for five seasons. Why were you looking it up?
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by nicole » 20 Apr 2018, 12:23

Warren wrote:
20 Apr 2018, 11:22
nicole wrote:
20 Apr 2018, 10:56
I finally looked it up, and "Ray Donovan" is...the name of a TV show? Not what I expected.
Never heard of it, but apparently it's been around for five seasons. Why were you looking it up?
There's a whole thing about how Michael Cohen "is" Ray Donovan or something.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Eric the .5b » 20 Apr 2018, 14:40

nicole wrote:
20 Apr 2018, 10:56
I finally looked it up, and "Ray Donovan" is...the name of a TV show? Not what I expected.
This is similar to my learning, a little while back, that Aubrey Plaza was not a location or a show.

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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Highway » 21 Apr 2018, 00:03

Explanations of the many markings on commercial ships:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/videos-vi ... -of-ships/
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Post by JasonL » 21 Apr 2018, 11:32

Neato

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Post by dead_elvis » 21 Apr 2018, 11:34

Winning the contest for most-obviously-not-gonna-be-successful-til-you-change-that-name-sweepstakes, Tavares was, for their first decade or so, named "Chubby and The Turnpikes".
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Post by Kolohe » 21 Apr 2018, 14:24

Highway wrote:
21 Apr 2018, 00:03
Explanations of the many markings on commercial ships:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/videos-vi ... -of-ships/
"Captain, contact bearing 325, angle on bow port 30, ID...looks like, the Nosmo King"

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Post by Mo » 24 Apr 2018, 10:30

The USAF proposed using 1000 rockets to pause the earth's rotation in response to a nuclear attack in order to have the missiles miss their target. A RAND engineer thought this force would rupture the earth to the core.

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Post by Jasper » 25 Apr 2018, 12:18

Mo wrote:
24 Apr 2018, 10:30
The USAF proposed using 1000 rockets to pause the earth's rotation in response to a nuclear attack in order to have the missiles miss their target. A RAND engineer thought this force would rupture the earth to the core.

I saw a Youtube video answer to this a little while ago, but I can't find it. It may have been from a guy called Scott Manley, who was working toward an astronomy PhD before switching to programming and playing a shit-ton of Kerbal Space Program, and still uploads a lot of neat space & rocketry vids.

Anyway, the video calculated that the number of F-1 engines needed (they were the ones in the Saturn V) to slow the earth's rotation would've put so much heat, CO, & CO2 into the air that humans really wouldn't need to worry about a nuclear war afterwards.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Jake » 25 Apr 2018, 17:46

I'm still stuck on the "presumably, when things had settled down and earth was again spinning normally" part. Did they think it would... just start spinning again on its own? Or was there supposed to be a second massive array of rocket engines pointed in the other direction to get it going again?
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Jennifer » 25 Apr 2018, 18:03

Jake wrote:
25 Apr 2018, 17:46
I'm still stuck on the "presumably, when things had settled down and earth was again spinning normally" part. Did they think it would... just start spinning again on its own? Or was there supposed to be a second massive array of rocket engines pointed in the other direction to get it going again?
I had the same thought.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by JD » 25 Apr 2018, 18:04

I would need to see a good bit more supporting evidence before I believed this story at all, even given that it wasn't so much "the USAF proposed" as "one USAF officer proposed."
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Post by Warren » 25 Apr 2018, 23:30

JD wrote:
25 Apr 2018, 18:04
I would need to see a good bit more supporting evidence before I believed this story at all, even given that it wasn't so much "the USAF proposed" as "one USAF officer proposed..."
"... as a joke."
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Post by thoreau » 25 Apr 2018, 23:44

JD wrote:
25 Apr 2018, 18:04
I would need to see a good bit more supporting evidence before I believed this story at all, even given that it wasn't so much "the USAF proposed" as "one USAF officer proposed."
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Post by Warren » 04 May 2018, 22:19

Minnesota "ope".
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Post by Jennifer » 10 May 2018, 15:55

In 1916, with World War I looming for the United States, a group of Nebraska residents gathered petition signatures and sent a constitutional amendment to Congress that would have enacted a national referendum before lawmakers could declare war. On top of the national vote, anyone who cast a ballot in favor of war would have been required to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 10 May 2018, 19:06

Jennifer wrote:
10 May 2018, 15:55
In 1916, with World War I looming for the United States, a group of Nebraska residents gathered petition signatures and sent a constitutional amendment to Congress that would have enacted a national referendum before lawmakers could declare war. On top of the national vote, anyone who cast a ballot in favor of war would have been required to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.
Huh, maybe that's where Heinlein got the idea from.
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Post by Jennifer » 10 May 2018, 19:28

Eric the .5b wrote:
10 May 2018, 19:06
Jennifer wrote:
10 May 2018, 15:55
In 1916, with World War I looming for the United States, a group of Nebraska residents gathered petition signatures and sent a constitutional amendment to Congress that would have enacted a national referendum before lawmakers could declare war. On top of the national vote, anyone who cast a ballot in favor of war would have been required to register as a volunteer for service in the United States Army.
Huh, maybe that's where Heinlein got the idea from.
If such a law were enacted, I'm sure we'd've had far fewer wars in the 20th century - IMO, the only war{s} we were justified in fighting were World War Two (which genuinely wasn't our choice; the Japanese and Nazi Germany declared war first), and maybe the Korean War due to treaty obligations. (I say maybe because I'm not entirely sure of the history leading up to that mess, and don't care to look it up.)

The only post-2000 war I supported -- and I think still would've supported even IF my support meant I had to join the military -- was invading Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. But -- worst-case scenario -- given how evermore war activities are handled by drones and other high-tech things enabling one to actually be a soldier without personally risking one's own life or safety, if such a law were enacted now, I fear the result might actually be MORE wargames than we currently have. "Huh, the economy sucks and I can't find a decent job no matter what -- but if we had a war and I voted for it, then I could join the military! The pay isn't great, but my family and I would all get housing and free healthcare, and if I could avoid getting killed for 20 years I'd have a guaranteed pension and free healthcare for life! Woo hoo! Let's declare war on Venezuela!"
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by Jennifer » 14 May 2018, 14:12

In the 19th century, acne was called "chastity pustules," not because they'd keep you unwillingly chaste, but from the belief that virgins' bodies had difficulty expelling toxins.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by JD » 16 May 2018, 09:28

Deep in a South African gold mine, a new species of bacterium was found, called Desulforudis audaxviator (literally, "bold traveller", after a Latin inscription in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth), living in complete isolation: "D. audaxviator survives in a habitat where it gets its energy not from the sun but from hydrogen and sulfate produced by the radioactive decay of uranium. Living alone, D. audaxviator must build its organic molecules by itself out of water, inorganic carbon, and nitrogen from ammonia in the surrounding rocks and fluid."
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by JasonL » 16 May 2018, 10:56

Great. Bacterial incels.

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Post by Aresen » 16 May 2018, 10:59

JD wrote:
16 May 2018, 09:28
Deep in a South African gold mine, a new species of bacterium was found, called Desulforudis audaxviator (literally, "bold traveller", after a Latin inscription in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth), living in complete isolation: "D. audaxviator survives in a habitat where it gets its energy not from the sun but from hydrogen and sulfate produced by the radioactive decay of uranium. Living alone, D. audaxviator must build its organic molecules by itself out of water, inorganic carbon, and nitrogen from ammonia in the surrounding rocks and fluid."
Sort of a bacterial survivalist, I guess.
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Post by Ellie » 29 May 2018, 16:40

Inurnment: The placing of cremated remains in an urn followed by placement in a niche or some other resting location.

(I read something about an "inurnment service" and thought it must be a weird typo for interment. Nope!)
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 30 May 2018, 18:05

Christina Hendricks is married to the guy who played the stoner in the back seat at the beginning of Super Troopers.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day

Post by dead_elvis » 06 Jun 2018, 17:15

I have always thought of pheasant as such an integral part of rural america that I find it shocking that it isn't actually native- didn't really catch on here until late 1800s-early 1900s.

I don't really care for chicken salad, but this actually sounds good to me, like maybe the stronger flavor of pheasant would make it taste like something other than a crunchy blob of mayo.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/phea ... uth-dakota
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