Today I Learned

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by oph, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. oph

    oph There was a user here, but it's gone now

    I suspected that might be a reason
  2. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    @Lib oh that is a really good point that I hadn't considered.
  3. a tiny mushroom

    a tiny mushroom the tiniest

    Today I learnt (via Wikipedia) that OCD and ADHD are both implicated with having less grey matter in the anterior cingulate cortex than people without either of those disorders.

    That part of the brain has a role in rational cognitive functions, such as reward anticipation, decision-making, empathy, impulse control, and emotion.
    (I can't be bothered to remove the hyperlinks because I unabashedly copied it from Wikipedia.)

    So... It kinda makes sense to my totally untrained self that lacking grey matter in that area would cause problems.

    The main thought I have is that when I yell at my brain, I'm not really wrong.
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  4. unknownanonymous

    unknownanonymous i am inimitable, i am an original|18+

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  5. unknownanonymous

    unknownanonymous i am inimitable, i am an original|18+

    exactly how rare my mom's maiden name is!
  6. Acey

    Acey cool as an amphibian

    Today I learned that in Lebanon in the seventies, there were actually days where school was canceled because it was too dangerous to go outside.

    (Source: My dad went to high school in Lebanon.)
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  7. budgie

    budgie not actually a bird

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  8. Deresto

    Deresto Just a critter

    today i learned kris straub wrote the creepy pasta Candle Cove. i first knew him from chainsawsuit and i will always be flabbergasted every time i find another one of his horror things.
  9. oph

    oph There was a user here, but it's gone now

    Are you reading Broodhollow?

    I first ran into Kris Straub via Checkerboard Nightmare. He's a clever dude, I love his creepy stuff.
  10. Deresto

    Deresto Just a critter

    oh yeah i found that recently too, i'm loving it so far!
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  11. oph

    oph There was a user here, but it's gone now

    I just learned that walnuts are part of some kind of fruit, and the bit I'm familiar with is the stone
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  12. Morven

    Morven In darkness be the sound and light

    That's the case with a fairly large proportion of culinary nuts; very few of them are actually nuts in the botanical sense.

    E.g. almonds are a close relative of peaches, and the thing we call an almond is the seed that's inside the stone.
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  13. Deresto

    Deresto Just a critter

    TIL slade in the original teen titans cartoon is based off of the assassin deathstroke in the DC comics, which is super obvious given deathstroke's real name is slade wilson and they look almost identical. they used his real name because just using deathstroke and all the connotations that come with that name was deemed too heavy for the show. kinda disappointed i didn't notice sooner.
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  14. Imoyram

    Imoyram Well-Known Member

    I learned that there was a spcaecraft orbiting saturn for years, sent by us, that did tons of flybys of the moons of saturn, and took really close up pictures of many different things. It was equipped with a deployable probe sent onto Titan, which took some good pictures of its surface. Cassini had many different things to do too, and it measured many things and got shit tons of cool info about saturn and its moons. The most recent thing I found on its wiki page was from October 28, 2015, where it did another fly by of Enceladus. Its rather unfortunate that its chosen mission end is not to travel back to earth, but to do some tricky manouvers in saturn's rings, and fly straight into saturn, destroying itself. They are doing this to saturn because of the proof that says there is almost definatley water on a few of the moons, and they dont want to contaminate anything.

    So yeah. Cassini-Huygens. Really fucking cool.
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  15. Imoyram

    Imoyram Well-Known Member

    Sedna's (a Trans-neptunian kuiper belt object) orbit is strange as shit, and has some people thinking that there are other planets past neptune, that have affected some other thing's orbits.
    (that is all speculation though)
    This is sedna's orbit compared to the orbits of Jupiter (orange), Saturn (yellow), Uranus (green), Neptune (blue), and Pluto (purple)
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  16. oph

    oph There was a user here, but it's gone now

    When sound is playing in a tab, a little speaker icon appears on that tab. In Firefox (at least), if you click on that icon, it mutes the sound!
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  17. Deresto

    Deresto Just a critter

    holy crap this is amazing.
  18. Imoyram

    Imoyram Well-Known Member

    it also shows up in chrome, but does not work as a mute button :<
  19. oph

    oph There was a user here, but it's gone now

    I found this extension and this extension for Chrome
  20. Izevel

    Izevel capuchin hacker fucker

    Today I learned:
    1. The gay scene in Cambridge was not my thing, while the kink scene was; but the kink scene in Glasgow is not my thing, and the gay scene Is.
    2. The gay bar opposite where the kink meetups happen has very cheap drinks and very hot dykes.
    3. I should have gone there much, much earlier.
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