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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
by Zohar
It's not a matter of getting it to people's homes, it's hard to get it to the actual communities.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:42 pm UTC
by Sableagle
This is the main road:

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Your battered, old 4x4 is the only vehicle.

Here are some of the villages you need to vaccinate.

It could be worse.

You could be trying to vaccinate everyone in this little place just north of Kano. Roads are good. Local contacts are nervous.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
by Angua
Cold chains are a bitch.

Even things that don't need a cold chain can be a problem given that room temperature is a good 10C higher than US/Europe so things degrade faster than their use by date would suggest.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:07 pm UTC
by Sableagle
Yesterday I learned that the Yorkshire Dales has signs up warning of fire risk and asking everyone not to smoke.

That's new (to me).

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
by Angua
There are a lot of similar signs in the Peak District as well.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
by Sableagle
... that I shouldn't cycle along that route this week, because there's a large burdock just there.

Pardon the fruit smell. I just soaked my arm in hand sanitiser.

Anybody want six burdock seeds?

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
by Sableagle
... a much more accurate version of that "1.42 GHz" figure on the sticker on the back of your microwave oven:

1 420 405 751 . 786 Hz

Now if I had a similarly accurate way to measure the distance between hot spots, I could calculate the speed of light!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKwJayXTZUs

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
by DavidSh
This hydrogen maser frequency isn't in an any of the allocated frequency bands for microwave ovens; I doubt there are any ovens operating at 1.42 GHz. And figuring out the relationship between a 3d standing wave pattern in the oven cavity and wavelength isn't as easy as for a 1d oscillator. Nice video, though. Not every day somebody puts such an accurate clock into an orbit like that.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:39 am UTC
by addams
DavidSh wrote:This hydrogen maser frequency isn't in an any of the allocated frequency bands for microwave ovens; I doubt there are any ovens operating at 1.42 GHz. And figuring out the relationship between a 3d standing wave pattern in the oven cavity and wavelength isn't as easy as for a 1d oscillator. Nice video, though. Not every day somebody puts such an accurate clock into an orbit like that.
It's not everyday someone screws up with such a nice clock.
And; Then makes Clockade.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:33 pm UTC
by Flumble
Today I learned that you can track users (specifically, find out which sites they've visited) by exploiting the :visited link style.

Basically, you start with a link with a bunch of styling that's pretty hard to draw (rotating, blurring, adding shadow) and a slightly different style for a link that's :visited. Then, with javascript, you cycle the link destination a bunch of times between a location that's definitely unvisited (e.g. wibbly.wobbly/timey/wimey) and the address you want to sniff (e.g. forums.xkcd.com/index.php) and measure how long it took. Since it has to redraw the link whenever it changes from visited to unvisited or vice-versa, this takes some time iff the sniffed link has been visited.

Luckily in firefox you can simply disable visited links in about:config, at least, since this fix. I don't mind not seeing visited links because my history is cleared very often anyway.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:40 am UTC
by Sableagle
Today I learned of the existence of "AA bore" as a shotgun size.

https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJn ... e_diameter).html

Diameter: 101.6 mm (4.0")

This is also a four-inch gun, according to wikipedia:
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I don't know whether to be more afraid of the guy who strolled down to his punt with that over his shoulder or of the duck that made him think he needed it.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:57 am UTC
by Pfhorrest
TIL that the average American gets over a billion dongs every year.

Because "dong" is the Vietnamese unit of currency and it's so weak against the US dollar that a billion of them is below the mean personal income in the US.

A megadong is apparently just $43.07 right now. So for all you guys who always wished you had a megadong, you can get one pretty cheap right now.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:11 pm UTC
by Quercus
Sableagle wrote:I don't know whether to be more afraid of the guy who strolled down to his punt with that over his shoulder or of the duck that made him think he needed it.


Um... That gun ain't for ducks. That gun's for flocks.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:57 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
Today I learned that Foreign Accent Syndrome is a thing. Huh.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:20 pm UTC
by Thesh
Is that similar to "black voice syndrome"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mzqahILpAs

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:42 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
SNORT!

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:07 am UTC
by Kewangji
Gosh, that was painful to watch.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 6:13 pm UTC
by svenman
TIL that you can get a papercut from a cardboard box.

Yes, I learnt it the usual way you learn about papercuts.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 10:03 pm UTC
by cyanyoshi
TIL seals have claws.

Spoiler:
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 11:19 pm UTC
by New User
That makes them well-adapted for climbing trees.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 8:37 am UTC
by Angua
New User wrote:That makes them well-adapted for climbing trees.

So they can hunt shoals of bananas

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 11:12 am UTC
by Sableagle
When fish learn to hide in trees, seals learn to climb trees. Such is the life, in nature.

Today I learned that an elder tree regrowing from a stump produces really HUGE leaves compared to an elder tree growing all over multiple branches because it's been years since it was stumped.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:30 am UTC
by addams
Today I learned that Australian has another frightening 'Thing'.
I thought I'd heard it all. But; Nope.

Allow me to introduce The Paralysis Tick of Australia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixodes_holocyclus
The Australian paralysis tick, is one of about 75 species of Australian tick fauna and is considered the most medically important. It can cause paralysis by injecting neurotoxins into its host. It is usually found in a 20-kilometre wide band following the eastern coastline of Australia.
It can Kill!

Yep.
Nope.

It does not carry a disease.
It has a toxin. Like a Snake!

The weird stuff in Australia never ceases to amaze me.
Australia's most densely populated regions, incidents of bites on people, pets and livestock are relatively common.
Common!
Bites from this sneaky little Beast are Common!

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:57 pm UTC
by Sableagle
Today I learned that either the bridge that got washed away is stil open to cyclists and they didnt bother marking that on the signs or Google isn't aware that that bridge was washed away.

Also ouch that my ouch in ouch, which ouch ouchouch than my ouch, as became increasingly ouch over ouch.
Maybe I should take up rollerblading. You don't get a hard saddle in rollerblading.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:48 pm UTC
by Sableagle
Today I realised that I've never heard of anyone standing by a telegraph pole and beating the cable with a stick to make "pew!" noises in time with the shots during an actual shootout.

People may, after all, be very slightly more sensible than I thought.

Nah. They're crazy enough.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:12 am UTC
by addams
umm...Gun shots don't sound like that to me.
Small guns sound like Big Old Car Doors shutting.

I've mistaken one for the other.

"Pew-Pew'...?
Nope. Is that the bullet moving through air?

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:25 am UTC
by Coyne
Sound travels so fast through a taut metal wire, that if you tap on it with a stick and it's long enough you get an echo back "pew" sound. To do this requires a free hanging wire of considerable length. At a guess, at least 30 feet, the longer the better. A taut barb wire for a fence works great.

I did that many times during my childhood, but never in time to shots. (Ewww...who would want...)

There's, like, nothing on YouTube. Makes me want to find a wire and post my first video.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:23 am UTC
by addams
Coyne wrote:Sound travels so fast through a taut metal wire, that if you tap on it with a stick and it's long enough you get an echo back "pew" sound. To do this requires a free hanging wire of considerable length. At a guess, at least 30 feet, the longer the better. A taut barb wire for a fence works great.

I did that many times during my childhood, but never in time to shots. (Ewww...who would want...)

There's, like, nothing on YouTube. Makes me want to find a wire and post my first video.
Go!
Get a stick and Post the link here!

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:54 am UTC
by pkcommando
I've hit power lines before while driving old golf balls across an empty field. I wouldn't have called it a PEW sound, not sure how to describe it after all this time, but it was still amazing.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:56 am UTC
by Flumble
It seems the "blaster"'s sound effect in Star Wars is based on hitting a long tensed metal wire. You get a similar sound from dropping something on a frozen lake.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:56 pm UTC
by Sableagle

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:02 pm UTC
by Coyne
Oh, well. Sic transit gloria.

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:48 am UTC
by addams
Sableagle wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl0wIdGxfbQ.
Gasp!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl0wIdGxfbQ
You Win!

Very well done.
The color of the sky could not be better.