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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:14 pm UTC

Maybe it's hollywood's fault for casting all English actors as villains? Now no American can hear an English narrator without thinking he's suspicious?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zohar » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:19 pm UTC

I doubt that, what with the popularity of James Bond and Harry Potter movies. Besides, everyone knows villains have German accents.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Litof » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:45 pm UTC

Or they're Russkies- everyone knows that America's arch-nemeses are Soviets in disguise.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zohar » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:54 pm UTC

I hear this is the new Russian anthem actually:

Soviets,
More than meets the eye
Cold war operatives wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of America
Soviets,
Heroes in disguise
Soviets,
More than meets the eye
Soviets!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:03 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:I hear this is the new Russian anthem actually:

Soviets,
More than meets the eye
Cold war operatives wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of America
Soviets,
Heroes in disguise
Soviets,
More than meets the eye
Soviets!


I thought it was:

The wall is down, the marxists frown,
There's foreign shops all over town.
When in Red Square, well don't despair,
There's Levi's and McDonald's there.
The US gave us Crystal meth,
And Yeltzin drank himself to Death.
But now that Putin's put the boot in, who'll stand in our way?

So we reject free enterprise,
And once again, the left shall rise.
Prepare our flag to be unfurled,
For we're seceeding from the world.
We shall regain the Georgian soil,
We shall obtain the Arctic oil,
We shall arrange the blocks and toil, forever and a day.

...

Yes, I have had that song stuck in my head all day.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:52 pm UTC

No.

He has doggerel that is turning the Transformers song into a Soviet marching ballad. This beats whatever you have. Period.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Cloud Walker » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:11 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:I mean I know they sometimes have to subtitle someone with a strong regional accent, but Attenborough is surely understandable by leftpondians?


Most assuredly. I bought the rightpondian version and love it to bits. I don't want to imagine, much less hear, Sigourney Weaver voicing it instead.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:11 pm UTC

TIL I can open my old dormroom with the key from my new dormroom. The other way around doesn't work. What the hell?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Torvaun » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:41 pm UTC

Next step is to see if what other doors you can open with the new dorm key. You might have a skeleton key for the dorms.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:46 pm UTC

Torvaun wrote:Next step is to see if what other doors you can open with the new dorm key. You might have a skeleton key for the dorms.


Yes, I'm gonna try opening other people's doors. That isn't creepy at all!

Btw, it's a European type mini-dorm. Only 9 people.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:48 pm UTC

Cloud Walker wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:I mean I know they sometimes have to subtitle someone with a strong regional accent, but Attenborough is surely understandable by leftpondians?


Most assuredly. I bought the rightpondian version and love it to bits. I don't want to imagine, much less hear, Sigourney Weaver voicing it instead.

She does a good job. It's not bad. Unfortunately for her, a posh English accent is just always better for accompanying grandiose soaring imagery.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ended » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:24 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
DecemberSoul wrote:TIL: That David Attenborough's voiceover was replaced by Sigourney Weaver on the US showing of Plant Earth. Weird.

What?

What?!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:20 am UTC

TIL why pirates wore eyepatches.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby crowey » Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:24 am UTC

Ended wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:
DecemberSoul wrote:TIL: That David Attenborough's voiceover was replaced by Sigourney Weaver on the US showing of Plant Earth. Weird.

What?

What?!

I have some bad news for you...

whyyyyyy??

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Armadillo Al » Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:21 pm UTC

Because Americans have heard of Sigourney Weaver but not David Atta-whats-his-name.

Marketing and advertising types don't hold a particuarly high view of Americans. (Granted, it's usually justified, but still...)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:23 pm UTC

If they used Morgan Freeman to narrate it, I might be okay with that.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:26 pm UTC

Or James Earl Jones.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Whelan » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:50 pm UTC

Stephen Fry...Although that rather defeats the point.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Levi » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:41 am UTC

TIL: For his Master's degree, my dad wrote a program that simulated a neural network and taught it to add, and he has a hard copy of the source code. It's in C*. Not sure whether it would be worth it to see if I can OCR it and maybe get it to work.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:17 am UTC

TIL how to clean up candle wax from carpet.

Place a paper towel or newspaper over the wax and run a hot iron over it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Amie » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:25 pm UTC

TIL that fakebook doesn't let me add people from Pakistan because of "abuse" issues >.< RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:59 am UTC

Today I learned that one is not phased by something, they are fazed by it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PM 2Ring » Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:07 pm UTC

Amie wrote:TIL that fakebook doesn't let me add people from Pakistan because of "abuse" issues >.<

TIL that Amie hasn't disappeared from the xkcd fora. :D * big hugs *

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Torvaun » Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:39 pm UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Today I learned that one is not phased by something, they are fazed by it.
Unless I shoot you with a phaser.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:42 pm UTC

Torvaun wrote:
e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Today I learned that one is not phased by something, they are fazed by it.
Unless I shoot you with a phaser.

or you get literally "phased" partially into another dimension, thus making you invulnerable to phasers :P

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:53 pm UTC

"Set phasers for...THRILL!"
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Amie » Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:04 pm UTC

PM 2Ring wrote:
Amie wrote:TIL that fakebook doesn't let me add people from Pakistan because of "abuse" issues >.<

TIL that Amie hasn't disappeared from the xkcd fora. :D * big hugs *

*hugs* :D :D TIL that someone missed me (and that feels nice) :D <3
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:43 pm UTC

TIL:

I can balance a head of cabbage on my nose, pop it into the air, and head butt it into a garbage can six feet away.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby TaintedDeity » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:06 pm UTC

That must have been an extremely cool moment :D
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:15 pm UTC

I had members of the office staff helping to prepare a light lunch for some people we were hosting, and we determined that someone accidentally grabbed a head of cabbage instead of a head of lettuce (one of seven). No one here eats cabbage, and the food bank wouldn't take it because it is perishable. So while someone was calling around trying to find this out, I took to balancing it (on the wrapper) on my nose to pass the time. Fifteen minutes of me balancing it later, my coworker said that we could find no use for it, so we may as well trash it. At this point, my PT soccer training kicked in, I seal-popped it, and then forehead smashed it towards the garbage can. Total net. The office went nuts, people were clapping/cheering, I stood up, bowed, turned, bowed, then walked out of the office to pick up the punch bowl we were using.

I still feel pretty sweet about it.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:51 pm UTC

You were moonwalking and made someone drop a bunch of stuff the other day as well, weren't you?

I'm coming to the conclusion that you are Pretty Damn Awesome.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:55 pm UTC

Not really. I'm just a fairly strange person who has random thoughts/ideas and isn't afraid to look goofy in a hospital mostly staffed with people who are at least one, if not more generations removed from my own.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Hale » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:49 pm UTC

TIL: The USPS can be completely awesome at times. http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/09/usps ... mailboxes/
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby podbaydoor » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:57 pm UTC

Oregonaut wrote:Not really. I'm just a fairly strange person who has random thoughts/ideas and isn't afraid to look goofy in a hospital mostly staffed with people who are at least one, if not more generations removed from my own.

And this contradicts the Pretty Damn Awesome epithet how?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:00 pm UTC

Because I don't feel awesome, I guess? <shrug> I honestly just do what I feel like doing, and people accept me or they don't.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby podbaydoor » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:29 pm UTC

Well, given that that trait is generally considered a virtue around here, it's only funneling points into the Give Oregonaut A Ghost Headband Fund.

Yesterday I Learned: mixing cayenne powder with vanilla ice cream is pretty tasty until the uncontrollable burning starts. And the only thing on hand to relieve it happens to be mixed with cayenne powder.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:36 pm UTC

Ow....oh my....ow! Wow that sounds...that sounds ow.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:55 pm UTC

Oregonaut wrote:Because I don't feel awesome, I guess? <shrug> I honestly just do what I feel like doing, and people accept me or they don't.
If so why do you care about the people calling you awesome? :P
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby TaintedDeity » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:02 pm UTC

I had a similar experience with Chilli Chocolate ice cream from an ice cream place in Sheringham. It was really yummy and then it started burning and the only way to make it stop was to stuff more ice cream in your mouth. Very clever of them :P
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Cahojama » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:28 am UTC

TIL (Or more accurately, realized) That the five post count before links rule refers to your personal post count.

Not the posts in the thread you create...

I could never understand why some people were posting links. YET THERE WAS ONLY TWO REPLIES.

I, I dont know what to say. I sk... ski.... SKIMMED the rules. All I saw was "no links" and "5 posts min"
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