Today I Learned

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

  1. Secret Squirrel

    Secret Squirrel certainly something

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  2. Snitchanon

    Snitchanon What's a mod to a nonbeliever.

    Can confirm for 110% trufax.
     
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  3. oph

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

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  4. Ink

    Ink Well-Known Member

    I learned how to tell if your chicken has bumble-foot and what to do about it.

    I don't have a chicken, but you never know.
     
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  5. Deresto

    Deresto Took the last piece of pizza

    yesterday i went to see the new star wars movie (it was pretty good) and i learned from the previews

    1. there's a new harry potter coming out, it looks pretty interesting
    2. captain america: civil war has 100% more bucky and steve beating the shit out of iron man than i thought it did. i already knew it was gonna be a dark-ish movie cause i vaguely remember the registration thing from the comics but they showed a scene with bucky and steve that i can only describe as the most fluid teamwork fighting i've ever seen, but the "enemy" they were beating up was iron man and i was sad.
     
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  6. wixbloom

    wixbloom artcute

    I learned of a great little bar/diner thingy downtown which serves food that was an actual religious experience. It's also really cheap. I am delighted at this new knowledge and plan on using it for evil only.
     
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  7. Aviari

    Aviari PartyWolf Is In The House Tonight

    A series of facts I have learned today:
    • Plastic fish baits can permanently adhere to each other in their package
    • To combat this, manufacturers coat the baits with lubricant
    • Someone in Research remembered that lubricants can be flavored and scented, and decided to use this to make the bait more effective
    • Fish like things that smell/taste like blood, garlic, coffee, squid, red meat, and feces
    • Packages of plastic fish baits are poorly constructed and thus tend to leak.
    I haven't seen my husband in two weeks, he's coming home tonight and I smell like fish lube! *wails*
     
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  8. EulersBidentity

    EulersBidentity e^i*[bi] + 1

    Today I learned:
    • Fish like coffee
     
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  9. oph

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

    Thanks to Game Grumps, today I learned that when you combine Australian and Jewish, you get Liverpudlian

    I've also learned that it's not true that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. The truth is that dogs and humans have roughly the same amount of bacteria in their mouths, but have different strains of bacteria, and it is from this nugget the myth originates.

    And lastly, when ancient humans were migrating from Africa to Europe and Asia, we interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans -- and gained genes which helped us fight off pathogens in those areas which we had never before encountered. Many humans still carry these genes today, and they've been linked both to stronger immune systems, and allergies.
     
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  10. The Phoenixian

    The Phoenixian Not an eldrtich abomination, but getting there.

    Today I learned that while you can use your hand as a mirror to reflect light from your screen, it is still less effective for searching around the room than turning on the ceiling light.
     
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  11. The Phoenixian

    The Phoenixian Not an eldrtich abomination, but getting there.

    Double post but, eh I think the satute of limitation has passed.

    Today I learned that nothing gives you an appreciation for the effort of the artist --- be they painter; ceramicist; designer; or, as in my case, internet filmmaker --- quite so much as doing a little bit yourself.

    Also a little bit of how to edit videos. But really, it's amazing how different your view of something can be after three or four attempts at it yourself.
     
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  12. Deresto

    Deresto Took the last piece of pizza

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  13. Imoyram

    Imoyram Well-Known Member

    today i learned that when my nose says "i dont want to eat that, its gross" and my eyes say "i dont want to eat that its gross" and my tastebuds go "nono stop this is gross" I should really listen and not eat it. I ate about a third of it, and am fucking paying the price. I feel so awful.
     
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  14. Wiwaxia

    Wiwaxia problematic taxon

    TIL that there is a shitload of captured Nazi mustard gas from WWII dumped just off the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.

    And also that there is a site just offshore of Scotland where over a million tons of conventional explosives and an unknown amount of mustard gas and sundry other chemical warfare agents, of all of unknown origin, were dumped by an unknown party at an unknown time.

    #yay!
     
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  15. Deresto

    Deresto Took the last piece of pizza

    @Wiwaxia that reminds me of where i went to elementary school. it used to be a nike missile site and the owner turned it into their home and rented out the barrack, mess hall, and other parts to my great aunt and uncle who used it as a school/church. i remember the high schoolers talking about finding things like a grenade and bullet shells in some parts of the fields we used for dodgeball and stuff. here are some pictures someone took that i found when i googled it:

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    this is where we did school, aka the repurposed mess hall. my great uncle killed a huge rattler here once with a shovel while all the kids watched because we were lined up for recess and it was in front of the door.

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    this is the radar tower. we weren't allowed to play around it but me and my brother did anyways when we stayed over at my great aunt's. it had an awesome hill for rolling down and a lot of snakes and a shrapnel/trash hill that smelled like dog shit. we never figured out how to get in but that's probably for the best.

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    this is apparently the view from the top of the previous photo. the leftmost building was the church/rooms where my extended family lived, the next is the school, and the rest was owned by the people who owned the whole property so we didn't go over there. also, the playground which now that i think about it, was probably the launchpad for missiles. i always thought it was a helicopter pad.

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    this is the guard shack you would see when you came in! it was filled with snakes.

    there are more photographs and info about the base here, including a lot of places i never found/wasn't allowed near. check it out if you're interested!
     
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  16. Loq

    Loq AND ANOTHER THING (ABOUT PIGEONS)--

    Today I learned that epiphytic orchids can be trained to grow on lines/trellises rather than, say, trees, and it looks really frickin cool. Greenhouse was too crowded to get a good photo, but. Hooray for botanical gardens bringing in Cool Plants even when it's winter!
     
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  17. Elaienar

    Elaienar "sorta spooky"

    A relative of mine edited an oral history of the Arkansas Democrat, and I've discovered that recently deceased Ozell Sutton was the first black reporter to work there, and was the reason the ("considered by blacks to be the most conservative") paper began using courtesy titles for black women:

    Nice.
     
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  18. budgie

    budgie not actually a bird

    Pica is a medical condition wherein the patient eats non-food items like dirt or clay. It's generally assumed to be due to a nutritional deficiency of some sort.

    Pica Pica is the Latin name for the European magpie.

    The two names are thought to be related.
     
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  19. Deresto

    Deresto Took the last piece of pizza

    today i learned conan o'brien was deputy for a day for my county. my mom's friend got a picture with him and hung it in his store.

    i'm just going OMG I KNOW THAT STORE and OH WOW IT'S SO AND SO FROM SUCH AND SUCH and just generally being a small town dork.

    also, "something's happening in alvarado" is a lie. nothing happens here. well, i guess now i can say conan came that one time.
     
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  20. Lerxst

    Lerxst salty parabola

    TIL a bad battery can trigger the "check engine" light on my car.

    Got oil changed last week, guy said battery wasn't doing well, but did not have $ to deal with it then. Dealt with it last night, got in car, started it up, spent a minute going :/ at the dash because something was missing. Realized missing thing was the check engine light, which had been on since before I got the car, which multiple mechanics went "lol idk" about. Car, that is not the engine, you have an actual battery light, why didn't you turn that one on? USE YOUR WORDS, DAMMIT
     
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