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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Zamfir » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:23 am UTC

If you click through on the recycling symbol, it gets interesting. It seems that the recycling symbol gets used in Arabic tweets as a 'please share' symbol .Plus there are prayer websites that send out regular, automated prayer tweets on behalf of dead people. Those latter tend include the share/recycling symbol, which therefore enters the top 10 of most used emoji.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Grop » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:01 pm UTC

Likewise I crossed the Alps a few times lately. I don't remember about the roads, but the hitch trails were very clean indeed. (Didn't feel very thirst-inducing, the Southern part of the Alps isn't concerned by the draught they experience in Switzerland).

Edit: (I understand more what you were saying. Because to me it really felt like there was water all over the place. I didn't have to this year, but I am quite willing to drink water from these small streams that you find everywhere).
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:29 pm UTC

(Actually, the one time I did the Tour de Mont Blanc, I took sterilisation tablets in case I needed to fill from a stream, but I never actually used them in anger. It wasn't so hot that we couldn't carry water enough from Eau Potable sources with us, up and down each pass and across each of cols. The trick was to use the inner foiled bladder of a box of wine, part fill it so that it could be flopped through and over a rucksack waist-strap/belt and it was barely an impedance while walking and yet had a handy squeezy-tap on it to pour out a little water as needed. But this was before a lot of more modern expedition kit with similar/better functionality. And well before emoji!)

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby addams » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:09 pm UTC

ohh...Nice link Soupspoon.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:24 pm UTC

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Postby Sableagle » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:21 pm UTC

In Tesco, a cashier told him: "If you're going to do it, get on with it."
Note to self: do not become a Tesco cashier.
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Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:59 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:Note to self: do not become a Tesco cashier.
Already an aphorism to live by, even before that story!

(Nothing against those who are. I'm actually postibg this via Tesco's Wifi, waiting for the weather to clear again, having moments ago deliberately chosen a human cashier on the express till to transact with (instead of their machines, a few steps to one side) just to do my (inept!) have-contact-with-a-person thing with somebody who seemed at least transiently pleased with my decision.)


obFunnyNewsItem: Husbands may sometimes momentarily forget their wives' birthdays. But their nationalities..? Well, he's a politician, so… ;)
If you're replying to say it should be "wife's", I'm speaking of many husbamds with their many (only respectively singular) wives, and the birthdays of them all. I had a good long think about that one, with "their wife's birthday" (of each of the husbands) marginally losing out. Pbbbt!

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:15 pm UTC

Good job it was nae but a wee fire, or he could have run out of steam.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby addams » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:01 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Good job it was nae but a wee fire, or he could have run out of steam.
Huh....
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby bbluewi » Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:51 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Good job it was nae but a wee fire, or he could have run out of steam.

He must have one hell of a bladder. I can't even do campfires (not that I try often, lol).

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby SuicideJunkie » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:18 pm UTC

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Soupspoon wrote:Good job it was nae but a wee fire, or he could have run out of steam.

He must have one hell of a bladder. I can't even do campfires (not that I try often, lol).
Generally, you wait until the fire is down to a small pile of hot coals, and are drinking the entire time you're waiting.

Aim and efficiency will be important. Same rules as using a fire extinguisher:
P: Pull it out.
A: Aim for the base not the top of the fire.
S: Squeeze slowly.
S: Sweep back and forth.

Ideally you run out of steam before you run out of fluid, but always dump a bucket of water on anyways to be safe.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:42 pm UTC

I always hope that a speed camera will be active when somebody goes too fast past one, this guy was the unlucky¹ one

¹ Albeit author of his own fortune, or future lack thereof.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:49 pm UTC

New business plan. Promote self as kleptocratic/anarchistic country, rent to rich foreigners, stick then with bill, use money to skip town when drone strikes occur...

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:41 pm UTC

Skool sux! A man took his family on holiday for a spell, but it seems the education department needed a few good spells of their own.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Dauric » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:55 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Skool sux! A man took his family on holiday for a spell, but it seems the education department needed a few good spells of their own.

...

Okay, I work primarily with IT support for printers these days. I know what issues are because of a printer and which problems come from between the keyboard and the chair.

Smudged or faded prints: Totally a fault with the printer. Check your toner or imaging drum

Wrinkled or creased paper: Totally a problem with the printer. Look for obstructions in the paper path.

Typos and other misspellings: Not the fault of a printer, or "IT printing system" whatever the hell that buzzword salad is supposed to mean.

To be fair the misspellings looks like typos, which speaks more to impatience and/or overwork than a lack of education, but blaming typos on the printer is an insult to the intelligence of anyone reading or listening to that excuse.
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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:27 pm UTC

What the hell program were they using that could handle all the formatting but not come with a spellchecker?
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Thesh » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:30 pm UTC

It sounds like it could be a "deer" vs "dear" type problem.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:31 pm UTC

Maybe he had turned off spellchecker because the original program was written for American English and he was tired of being corrected for things like "colour" and "offence"?

I'm more concerned that the letter demands that he pay by the end of June, but appears to have been issued in July...

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Grop » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:39 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:I'm more concerned that the letter demands that he pay by the end of June, but appears to have been issued in July...


I take 06/09/2018 to be in September.

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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:20 pm UTC

Thesh wrote:It sounds like it could be a "deer" vs "dear" type problem.


hte, guitly, notie, amountof, dteailed, cred card (though in fairness this one is a frequent abbreviation of Credit), issus

With exception of cred, every word is - correctly - marked as wrong.

CorruptUser wrote:Maybe he had turned off spellchecker because the original program was written for American English and he was tired of being corrected for things like "colour" and "offence"?

I'm more concerned that the letter demands that he pay by the end of June, but appears to have been issued in July...


Issued on the 7th day of the 8th month. Must be paid by the 6th day of the 9th month.

Month/Day/Years is ... pretty much just the US. Oh, sure, it's also the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, but... well, using Wikipedia's numbers, the US is about 325 million people and the number of people who use M/D/Y is.. 326. No rounding method is presented.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:31 pm UTC

Grop wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:I'm more concerned that the letter demands that he pay by the end of June, but appears to have been issued in July...


I take 06/09/2018 to be in September.

The 2018th of September a long, long time ago;)

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Grop » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:39 pm UTC

Fun fact ~ about me: I am aware that some English speakers go with DD/MM/YYYY and that some others go with MM/DD/YYYY. But I can't remember which do what (although it is safe to say that Americans are generally weirder to Europeans than Brits). I am not even interested in remembering that: differences between the UK and the USA seem super random and are trivia to me.

In this case I didn't assume to know what Brits do, and just spotted a date that was 30/04/2018 which only makes sense as DD/MM/YYYY.

Also I can't remember the exact story, but some day someone in France said that mysql dates were YYYY-MM-DD (which is true) because of American dates (which is hilarious).

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Dauric » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:00 pm UTC

Grop wrote:Also I can't remember the exact story, but some day someone in France said that mysql dates were YYYY-MM-DD (which is true) because of American dates (which is hilarious).


... how is it because of American dates? If you enter dates as YYYY-MM-DD they sort in chronological order without weird string manipulations.
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Postby Thesh » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:25 pm UTC

Yes, that's ISO-8601, which is becoming the standard for all things computers.

https://xkcd.com/1179/
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Postby Mutex » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:25 pm UTC

YYYY-MM-DD is known as Japanese format (or big endian) so I presume it started in Japan.

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Postby Soupspoon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:34 pm UTC

Big Endian is known as "Big Endian" because… yo Momma!

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Grop » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:43 pm UTC

Dauric wrote:
Grop wrote:Also I can't remember the exact story, but some day someone in France said that mysql dates were YYYY-MM-DD (which is true) because of American dates (which is hilarious).


... how is it because of American dates? If you enter dates as YYYY-MM-DD they sort in chronological order without weird string manipulations.


My point was that "because America" was a bogus explanation.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:02 pm UTC

Could we try not to obsess of date formats too much? We could obsess over German police saving a man from baby squirrel terror too much, instead.

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CorruptUser wrote:XKCD comic in news
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Postby orthogon » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:51 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:XKCD comic in news

Interesting that they interpret it as Randall taking a side in the debate. I see it more as the self-deprecating opinion of his characters.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby addams » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:44 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Could we try not to obsess of date formats too much? We could obsess over German police saving a man from baby squirrel terror too much, instead.
You have cute wild things.
We have squirrels, but they don't act like That.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby CorruptUser » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:59 am UTC

Paris promoting proper public peeing.

Basically, Paris is introducing giant red buckets for all the drunks to pee in, rather than just pissing in the street. Not everyone is happy.

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Postby Zamfir » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:30 am UTC

Rogue goat may have helped dozens of farm animals escape

Locals jokingly point the finger at another goat nicknamed Fred that escaped from the same auction market more than a year ago and sporadically pops up around the town. In fact, cops received reports that Fred was in the area a couple of hours before the escape.

On Thursday afternoon, after the escape, Fred showed up at the facility and headbutted the gate holding newly corralled animals multiple times, in an apparent effort to let them back out.

Postma managed to shoo him away, but the sighting made him suspect that Fred was also behind Wednesday night’s escape.

“It was him [last night],” Postma declared. “I think he’s the culprit. He must have banged that fence and let him out last night. I’m almost positive. He must have put a lot of force into that.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:59 am UTC

We must develop cyborg goats, to go back in time and terminate Fred's mother, and stop this capricious resistance!


At the end of the article:
The escape came less than a week after about 100 goats went on the lam in Idaho, munching their way through a suburban Boise, Idaho, neighborhood in an incident dubbed “Goat-a-Palooza 2018.”

The animals were later wrangled onto a truck by the firm We Rent Goats, which appeared to have accidentally set the animals free.

There is no known connection between the Hackensack and Boise incidents, Tynan said.

"…butt there may be"?

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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:37 pm UTC

Goats are basically cats - they get in to or out of whatever the hell they want.
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Postby commodorejohn » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:45 pm UTC

I'm questioning the choices in my life that have led me to not start a business called We Rent Goats.
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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:56 pm UTC

commodorejohn wrote:I'm questioning the choices in my life that have led me to not start a business called We Rent Goats.

GoatGetter Lawn Services : Your experts in green overgrowth removal.


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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby CorruptUser » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:27 pm UTC

I wonder if it's related to Andrew Jackson or Winston Churchill's pet parrots, both of which who were notorious for their fowl beaks...


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