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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #400 on: 11 Jan 2019, 08:07 »

wow, it just hit me that the song came out 30 years ago. I was 3 at the time.  :psyduck:
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« Reply #401 on: 11 Jan 2019, 16:22 »

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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #402 on: 28 Feb 2019, 14:44 »

Today I learned what a rent party was.
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« Reply #403 on: 04 Mar 2019, 15:18 »

The other day I learned there's something called "Luftverbrauchssteuer", literally "air use tax".
If you add something to a building exceeding a certain height beyond your roof, you have to pay a tax, as you occupy a certain amount of air. And there's a tax on that.
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« Reply #404 on: 14 Mar 2019, 08:06 »

Not sure where to post this, so I stuck it here:

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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #405 on: 11 Jun 2019, 12:00 »

The Australian Museum has an animal factsheet on Thylarctos plummetus ...

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« Reply #406 on: 12 Jun 2019, 06:07 »

The Australian Museum has an animal factsheet on Thylarctos plummetus ...

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Saw the name, and immediately thought of Monty Python's "Flying Sheep" :)
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #407 on: 10 Jul 2019, 08:37 »

Thanks to this video by John Green I learned a new and possibly better way to tie my shoe instead of using double knots!

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« Reply #408 on: 10 Jul 2019, 09:26 »

Thanks to this video by John Green I learned a new and possibly better way to tie my shoe instead of using double knots!

Four decades of my life wasted ... :facepalm:

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"What happened was that I brought a couple beers down to the beach but forgot a bottle-opener, so Sarah proceeded to use her two day-old wedding ring to open the bottles"

Hmmmmh - I possess my peoples' innate aptitude for opening beer-bottles with practically anything lying around (actually, it's just visualizing the forces & a firm grip), but I've never heard of this one.

This is unacceptable - I shall not rest until I have mastered the wedding ring, for the glory and honour of the Fatherland!


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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #409 on: 21 Jul 2019, 22:37 »

I had not known until a lecture yesterday at a 50th anniversary event just how little popular support the Apollo program had. 26% in 1964, and still only in the 30s by Apollo 8.
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #410 on: 25 Jul 2019, 01:47 »

Today I learned that French composer Hector Berlioz, composer of much religious music, given a religious upbringing but became an avowed agnostic, remarked that Catholicism was "charming now that it no longer burns people."

If only he knew what was still coming.
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #411 on: 25 Jul 2019, 16:38 »

This is unacceptable - I shall not rest until I have mastered the wedding ring, for the glory and honour of the Fatherland!
Imaginary pickelhaube intensifies!
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #412 on: 02 Aug 2019, 04:20 »

This is unacceptable - I shall not rest until I have mastered the wedding ring, for the glory and honour of the Fatherland!
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #413 on: 03 Aug 2019, 00:10 »

Thanks to the German (probably Prussian ;)) officers who trained the Chinese National Army during the 1920s and 30s, you might say that it parrots that marching style:


Hmmmmh - I possess my peoples' innate aptitude for opening beer-bottles with practically anything lying around (actually, it's just visualizing the forces & a firm grip), but I've never heard of this one.
There's a link on that page to "German maths witchcraft", which is just the same as Chinese and Australian maths as far as I can tell (that is certainly how I was taught to do subtraction in junior school), with the exception of the thousands-separator and decimal point conventions. So not so much German magic of Nibilungs, as just ordinary outside the USA?

And LOL! I noticed this question, while googling for a link about German training of the Chinese army: "Why did China join World War II?" I would reply "We didn't! WW2 joined us!"
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #414 on: 05 Aug 2019, 22:06 »

It might be that everyone else already knew this, but I only just learned that if you move your mouse-cursor over the IPA pronunciation guides on Wikipedia pages, a tip pops up prompting you with the pronunciation of each letter.
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #415 on: 05 Aug 2019, 22:43 »

Handy!
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #416 on: 09 Aug 2019, 16:41 »

I just found out that Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia.
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #417 on: 10 Aug 2019, 02:58 »

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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #418 on: 10 Aug 2019, 04:46 »

Um. Okay. I admit that I did not know about the sand.
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #419 on: 11 Aug 2019, 21:06 »

I just found out that Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia.
Yes, we do, from our large population of feral camels (descendants of riding and pack animals employed in the bush in the 19th century, and turned loose when no longer required). Mainly they are just another part of our thriving live meat export trade to the Middle East.
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #421 on: 12 Aug 2019, 07:29 »

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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #422 on: 12 Aug 2019, 14:44 »

......You know what, I think he has...
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #423 on: 22 Oct 2019, 07:20 »

I was making tea today and found a teabag that contained marshmallow root. I thought "What the hell is that, some kind of artificial sweetener?"

It was not. The marshmallow plant is real, and its root was used by the ancient Egyptians to create marshmallows. This candy is over five thousand years old.
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #424 on: 22 Oct 2019, 08:08 »

I learned that there is still a "Prince Napoleon" and he's my age. Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon is Head of the Imperial House of France and has the title "His Imperial and Royal Highness Jean-Christophe, Prince Impérial (Prince Napoléon), Prince of Montfort, of Lucca and Piombino, and of Canino and Musignano, titular Prince of Elba, titular Prince Royal of Holland and of Westphalia, titular Grand Duke of Berg and Cleves, titular Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Duke of Reichstadt" and the Napoleon is his great-great-great-grand uncle.

I'd love to see a boxing match or chess match between him and the current pretender of the French Bourbon throne Prince Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou
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« Reply #425 on: 22 Oct 2019, 10:49 »

I learned that there is still a "Prince Napoleon" and he's my age. Jean-Christophe Louis Ferdinand Albéric Napoléon is Head of the Imperial House of France and has the title "His Imperial and Royal Highness Jean-Christophe, Prince Impérial (Prince Napoléon), Prince of Montfort, of Lucca and Piombino, and of Canino and Musignano, titular Prince of Elba, titular Prince Royal of Holland and of Westphalia, titular Grand Duke of Berg and Cleves, titular Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Duke of Reichstadt" and the Napoleon is his great-great-great-grand uncle.

Great, another twat claiming I'm his subject ...
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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #426 on: 23 Oct 2019, 02:06 »

Meh, it's only titular. Just look at the titles the king of Spain carries. I believe at some point, we had three separate people carrying the title of duke of Brabant.
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« Reply #428 on: 24 Oct 2019, 07:05 »

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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #429 on: 10 Nov 2019, 01:57 »

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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #430 on: 22 Jan 2020, 09:38 »

Sometimes Reddit will send me random suggestions based off my searches/subscriptions. Well one of which is "Today I Learned" and the subject was rather interesting:

"In 1714, a Norwegian captain (Peter Tordenskjold) and an English captain had a 14-hour long ship fight. Afterwards, both ships were badly damaged and the Norwegian captain was running out of ammo. He sent an envoy to the English ship, asking if he could borrow some of their ammo. His request was denied, and the captains drank to each other's health, before the ships dispersed"

Well, I just learned about that today.
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« Reply #431 on: 22 Jan 2020, 09:40 »

Sometimes Reddit will send me random suggestions based off my searches/subscriptions. Well one of which is "Today I Learned" and the subject was rather interesting:

"In 1714, a Norwegian captain (Peter Tordenskjold) and an English captain had a 14-hour long ship fight. Afterwards, both ships were badly damaged and the Norwegian captain was running out of ammo. He sent an envoy to the English ship, asking if he could borrow some of their ammo. His request was denied, and the captains drank to each other's health, before the ships dispersed"

Well, I just learned about that today.

"Can I borrow some cannon balls? I promise I'll give them RIGHT back!"

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Re: Learning has occurred
« Reply #432 on: 22 Jan 2020, 10:08 »

Now I want to watch Grosse Point Blank
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« Reply #433 on: 22 Jan 2020, 10:47 »

I think the next paragraph is better still:

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When he heard about the incident, king Frederick IV of Denmark asked for the admiralty to court-martial Wessel. He stood trial in November 1714, accused of disclosing vital military information about his lack of ammunition to the enemy, as well as endangering the ship of king Frederick IV by fighting a superior enemy force. The spirit with which he defended himself and the contempt he poured on his less courageous comrades took the fancy of Frederick IV. He successfully argued a section of the Danish naval code which mandated attacking fleeing enemy ships no matter the size, and was acquitted on 15 December 1714. He then went to the king asking for a promotion, and was raised to the rank of Captain on 28 December 1714.
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« Reply #434 on: 08 Feb 2020, 20:43 »

Today I learned that the dimples on people's lower back are called "Dimples of Venus"
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« Reply #436 on: 27 May 2020, 07:38 »

TIL that if a Pelican overheats it can pull its spine through its mouth to cool down.

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« Reply #437 on: 02 Jul 2020, 04:15 »

So I remembered somewhat randomly today that at school, there was a yearly event where you could wear whatever you wanted instead of the uniform. And I always wondered why the heck it was called mufti day.

And thanks to the Intertubes, now I know.
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« Reply #438 on: 09 Jul 2020, 18:38 »

Ah... Thanks. I knew what "mufti" meant (Australia was part of the Empah, after all), but not the origin of the term.
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« Reply #439 on: 10 Jul 2020, 04:43 »

So I remembered somewhat randomly today that at school, there was a yearly event where you could wear whatever you wanted instead of the uniform. And I always wondered why the heck it was called mufti day.

And thanks to the Intertubes, now I know.

Huh?

An identical term in colloquial German is sometimes used to express discontent towards a person viewed as claiming authority or status beyond their actual real-life importance - essentially assigning a 'fantasy' official title to a pompous twat in order to encourage them to be less of a pompous twat ('fantasy' bcs the office of mufti doesn't exist in German culture).

Afaics, it's derived from the actual historic office of mufti in Islamic Law rather than any references to school-uniforms (Germany doesn't have those anyhow, but has had a close relationship with Turkey for a long time).

Usage is always sarcastic - sometimes enhanced by adding modifiers like e.g. 'Gross-Mufti von Klein-Kleckersdorf' (roughly "Grandmufti of Bumfuck, AZ") - and usually ethnicity-agnostic (i.e. most people mocked as 'Mufti of whatever' are lily-white indigenes).
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« Reply #440 on: 07 Aug 2020, 19:53 »

Today I learned that LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" has the same beats per minute as Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl."

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