What I Learned Today

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What I Learned Today

Post by theCryptofishist » Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:33 pm

If you're double-checking to see where Absolut is brewed, go to Wikipedia and not the company web-site.

(It's amazing how useless some websites are, and not in a good way.)
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Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by theCryptofishist » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:29 pm

When Faberge Eggs travel, they get their own airplane seat.
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"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Post by Elderberry » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:50 pm

I just got this thread. I'm glad you posted twice in it. Unfortunately, I didn't learn anything new today--but I'm hoping I'll be able to post something tomorrow.

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:32 am

nevermind...too late....sight already down.


oh well
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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:08 pm

If you don't bring your shopping list with you, you'll forget something important.
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Post by littleflower » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:57 pm

chinese people who were caught not wearing their mao pins could be shot... and this continued until sometime after he died.

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Post by Toolmaker » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:23 am

I learned that fire is hot.
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Post by Elderberry » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:24 am

Toolmaker wrote:I learned that fire is hot.
You just learned that today????????


This thread is making me feel pretty stupid--Like I haven't learned anything new in how many days now? :(

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Post by Artemis » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:32 am

Flying to Switzerland in May is cheap.

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Post by oneeyeddick » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:35 am

Today I re-learned that lighting a cigarette backwards tastes bad.
We have an obligation to make space for everyone, we have no obligation to make that space pleasant.

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Post by wedeliver » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:37 am

Learning is so much fun..

I had a thought...

if a rolling stone gathers no moss,

does rolling moss gather many stones?

The reason older people might seem forgetful sometimes is they have cleared some information to make room for new information.

Some things we learn early in life, like fire is hot and look before you sit, somethings we have to learn over and over and over again. Can't think of what that was though.
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Post by **burn** » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:55 am

Today I learned that purchasing insurance for an item mailed with the US Post Office is a scam.
And a goat rope when they lose it.
Bastards.

No wonder they nut up.
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Post by oneeyeddick » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:24 pm

I learned a minute ago that being sick for a week is a great way to lose some excess pounds.

8 days = 8 lbs.....whoo hoo !!!!
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more usps

Post by Cassidy » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:37 pm

When someone sends you a package of something via US Postal Service, without a number on it (neither "certified" nor "signature required"), and they won't leave it on the doorstep and it gets "returned to sender", there's no way for the post office to find it again. If it never gets back to the sender they have no idea where it went.

Conclusion: My tent pole is now lost in the ether that is the USPS. Damn.

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Re: more usps

Post by Elderberry » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:11 pm

Cassidy wrote:When someone sends you a package of something via US Postal Service, without a number on it (neither "certified" nor "signature required"), and they won't leave it on the doorstep and it gets "returned to sender", there's no way for the post office to find it again. If it never gets back to the sender they have no idea where it went.

Conclusion: My tent pole is now lost in the ether that is the USPS. Damn.
The number doesn't even guarantee delivery. I've had the USPS lose a couple of certified letters--and you know, they won't refund the postage!!! (Just the 'extra fees' for certification and return notification.)

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Post by mdmf007 » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:08 pm

oneeyeddick wrote:I learned a minute ago that being sick for a week is a great way to lose some excess pounds.

8 days = 8 lbs.....whoo hoo !!!!
The trick is leaving it behind you. I had a chest cold a couple of years ago, and coughed so much for a month I had a six pack of ABs when it was done.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:10 pm

Google News doesn't have an obituary page.
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Post by littleflower » Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:46 pm

the jasmine is just now starting to bloom ... hooray! it's spring!

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Post by Oldguy » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:29 am

Burnal Equinox is Saturday and my wild cherry tree is in bloom.
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Post by Thecatman » Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:21 pm

Take and bake pizza is alot better then I thought it would be. Taste better then warming it up

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Post by klondike_bar » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:40 am

today i learned hoe to create a program capable of forming a variably-sized array based upon a user's given set of numerical entries.

yay for programming 101.... :roll:

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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:16 pm

Cockroaches have no blood pressure. They breathe through holes in their sides.





I do not anticipate that this knowledge will ever be useful.
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"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
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Post by RingO'Fire » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:55 pm

I learned that Amazon has a pretty liberal refund policy.

I ordered a textbook last Friday (to replace one that was stolen during the car break-in a couple weeks ago) and paid for "Next-Day Delivery." It took two days for the package to arrive. I called and asked them to refund the difference between 1-day and 2-day shipping, but they refunded the entire cost of the shipping. Woo-hoo!

I also learned how to optimize two or more chemical reactors in series to obtain optimal product yield, whether using continuously stirred tank reactors (CSTRs), plug-flow reactors (PFRs) or a combination of the two. I'm still a bit fuzzy on how to optimize the recycle stream (taking part of the exit stream and recycling to the reactor feed stream). All in all, I'll be happy if I just pass the course!
...but it seemed like such a good idea at the time...

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Post by oneeyeddick » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:13 pm

Today I learned that keeping a chisel in your back pocket could save
your life when being thrown from a bridge wearing concrete shoes.
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Post by Monkeypoo » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:41 pm

Today I learned that one can learn just about damn near anything on the internet!

http://www.ibiblio.org/moonshine/make/howtomake.html

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Post by oneeyeddick » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:34 pm

My Great Uncle Vaden in West Virginia learned one day that a bad batch of moonshine can lead to blindness almost instantly.
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Post by Monkeypoo » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:33 am

Today I became very disappointed and upset to find out Soy products are not good for you, me, babies, tots...not even animals!

http://www.sunherb.com/is_soy_good_for_you.htm

http://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/

It's toxic. I am majorly bummed. :cry:

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Post by theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:21 pm

Yesterday I learned that the ivory of african elephants is softer and easier to carve than that of asian elephants. So, at one time they were importing African Elephant tusks to India.
I don't know if there is a difference between savannah and forest elephants. I don't know how walrus and mammoth ivories compare.
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Post by RingO'Fire » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:00 am

Yesterday I learned that it's pretty essential to check your banking history fairly often. I checked my history yesterday and saw I had $600 in overdraft charges deducted from my account. However, I'm supposed to have overdraft protection! Fortunately, they're going to give me all of my money back, since they screwed up.

The worst part is, this has happened before. It's like banking with a pick-pocket!
Me: "Um, excuse me, but I believe you have your hand in my pocket!"
Bank: "What? Oh my, look at that! But are you sure this is your money? Didn't you, by your irresponsible actions, really intend to give this money to me? I thought you did, so, I just helped myself."
Me: "No, I'm quite sure I didn't intend to give you, nor are you entitled to, any of my money. May I have my money back please?"
Bank: "Well, OK, here you go."
Me: "Um, excuse me, but I believe you have your hand in my pocket again."
Bank: "Oh! Sorry! We just can't seem to stop doing that."

I believe that the problem is finally fixed now. Nonetheless, I'm still not letting my guard down with these fuckers!
...but it seemed like such a good idea at the time...

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Post by wedeliver » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:08 am

Yesterday I learned nothing. Just one of those days. Maybe today will be different. I don't know, we will have to wait and see.
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