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  • boo 15 Mar 2012 15:21:20 11,831 posts
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    A nice variation : if someone has a separate flat screen monitor on an arm above their desk, flip the screen upside down as noted by local, and then turn the screen through 180 degrees too.

    Nothing's noticably wrong (because the 'picture' is still the right way up) until they go to hit the power button or suchlike on the screen at the end of the day, and it's not where they were expecting it to be...

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  • localnotail 26 Mar 2012 09:47:17 23,093 posts
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    Centipedes are carnivorous, millipedes are detritivorous (feed on dead and decaying matter).

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Murbal 26 Mar 2012 09:49:45 22,369 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    Centipedes are carnivorous, millipedes are detritivorous (feed on dead and decaying matter).
    Oooh. I like that one.
  • RedSparrows 26 Mar 2012 10:24:52 23,250 posts
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    I don't. They freak me out.
  • localnotail 26 Mar 2012 10:28:00 23,093 posts
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    I like them, they are like mecha-insects, and they do useful things. Not so keen on the human ones though.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • THFourteen 26 Mar 2012 10:32:29 33,819 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    I have just learned that pressing ctrl+alt+ an arrow key rotates the screen display in that direction.

    This will end badly for my IT-illiterate colleagues. There may even be tears.
    doesnt work for me :(
  • DaM 26 Mar 2012 12:26:26 13,329 posts
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    Mormons wear special undergarments!
  • Deleted user 26 March 2012 18:15:34
    Today I learned that monitoring an NQT = paperwork.
  • LeoliansBro 26 Mar 2012 18:17:39 44,505 posts
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    For every person in the world there are 62 lego

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • LeoliansBro 26 Mar 2012 18:18:31 44,505 posts
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    bricks.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Deleted user 26 March 2012 18:27:18
    Murbal wrote:
    localnotail wrote:
    Centipedes are carnivorous, millipedes are detritivorous (feed on dead and decaying matter).
    Oooh. I like that one.
    House centipede - can bite (with modified legs!), which can hurt humans (similar to other insect stings). If you can stand them, will prey on other beasties effectively.

    Millipede - if they are in the house, put them in some leaf litter outside. Can't hurt you at all (unless they are the kind that can do this). UK millipedes just roll into a cute little whirl - like a pastry! - if you scare them.

    I love millipedes and would like to meet their Queen.
  • Blaketown 26 Mar 2012 19:45:58 4,755 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Mormons wear special undergarments!
    I was going to post a Mormon fact too.

    Recently gained a Mormon church in Utah as a client so I've been interested in all things Mormon for a week or so. Today I learned that they think native Americans are descended from jews from around the same time as Jesus popped over to the states for a quick visit. Also, that there are a tribe of people that live on the moon. Though they deny that one pretty vigorously since the whole, we've actually been to the moon, thing.

    Brap, brap, old chap.

  • Deleted user 26 March 2012 19:55:04
    Blaketown wrote:
    I was going to post a Mormon fact too.
    Have you seen the South Park episode on Mormons?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_About_Mormons

    Based on real-life Mormon events, and with a real ex-Mormon's Mormon voice.

    I think it's pretty fucking awesome.
  • X201 26 Mar 2012 20:21:55 15,576 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    localnotail wrote:
    I have just learned that pressing ctrl+alt+ an arrow key rotates the screen display in that direction.

    This will end badly for my IT-illiterate colleagues. There may even be tears.
    doesnt work for me :(
    Think its a shortcut on Intel graphics chips.
  • mikeck 28 Mar 2012 11:26:57 1,936 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    THFourteen wrote:
    localnotail wrote:
    I have just learned that pressing ctrl+alt+ an arrow key rotates the screen display in that direction.

    This will end badly for my IT-illiterate colleagues. There may even be tears.
    doesnt work for me :(
    Think its a shortcut on Intel graphics chips.
    This will make work today 100% more interesting!
  • Salaman 28 Mar 2012 12:26:04 19,257 posts
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    I just accidentally dragged a link from my bookmark toolbar into the URL input bar. And (unsurprisingly I guess) that opened the site I wanted.

    Never knew you could do that although as I accidentally did it I fully expected it to work like that as it just seemed like it'd make sense.
  • AdmiralPellaeon 28 Mar 2012 17:23:53 347 posts
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    Today I learnt that Die hard was originally written as a Commando sequel & Minority report was going to be a Total recall sequel.
  • kalel 28 Mar 2012 17:27:34 88,369 posts
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    AdmiralPellaeon wrote:
    Today I learnt that Die hard was originally written as a Commando sequel & Minority report was going to be a Total recall sequel.
    True about Minority Report but not Die Hard. Die Hard was supposed to be a sequel to the Frank Sinatra film the Detective (the book Die Hard is based on is the second in that series).
  • mrpon 28 Mar 2012 17:29:00 29,183 posts
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    The PS4 won't play PS3 games.

    I laughed.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Deleted user 28 March 2012 17:33:03
    Die Hard 2 was supposed to be the Commando sequel - some stuff is left-over from it, like the fictional country and whatnot. Die Hard 3 was originally supposed to be Lethal Weapon 4. Die Hard 4 was supposed to be a stand-alone film, but then got rewritten.
  • Woody_Guthrie 30 Mar 2012 02:16:59 10 posts
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    Zip-lining upsidedown is both possible and painful.
  • Rusty_M 30 Mar 2012 07:05:03 4,758 posts
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    it's not painful at all if you right yourself before you hit anything.

    The world is going mad. Me? I'm doing fine.

  • Woody_Guthrie 30 Mar 2012 13:06:38 10 posts
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    I was upsidedown, holding on for dear life was all I could do. Until I hit the end and got thrown...It was worth it.
  • Blaketown 30 Mar 2012 13:39:03 4,755 posts
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    You mean Wikipedia is innacurate?

    I've never heard such a thing.

    A sequel was written by De Souza and Frank Darabont, based on the 1979 book Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp (which is, itself, a sequel to his 1966 novel The Detective, made into a film of the same name in 1968 featuring Frank Sinatra and Lee Remick), but Schwarzenegger was not interested in making a sequel as his previous sequel (Conan the Destroyer) was less successful critically and did not do as well domestically at the box office. The script was reworked with a new central character, eventually played by Bruce Willis, and was retitled Die Hard.[5] The fictitious country of Val Verde is later nodded to in the sequel to Die Hard.
    IMDB claim the same thing to be fair along with the fact Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Richard Gere all turned the role down before Willis got on board.

    Edited by Blaketown at 13:41:19 30-03-2012

    Brap, brap, old chap.

  • MetalDog 30 Mar 2012 13:48:59 23,725 posts
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    Interchangeable.
    As are lit/lighted, leaned/leant, spelled/spelt, dreamt/dreamed, I believe.

    You can probably find people willing to argue the toss over any of them, but it doesn't matter.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • billythekid 30 Mar 2012 13:51:16 11,196 posts
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    I prefer to use learnt, burnt, spelt etc. I'm sure that's what I was taught at school.
  • MetalDog 30 Mar 2012 13:57:42 23,725 posts
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    I think Anglo English does lean towards learnt, lit, etc.
    American English leans towards learned, lighted, etc.

    But it doesn't matter :)

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • DodgyPast 30 Mar 2012 18:19:08 8,493 posts
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    MetalDog wrote:
    I think Anglo English does lean towards learnt, lit, etc.
    American English leans towards learned, lighted, etc.

    But it doesn't matter :)
    Is does if I'm teaching. They need the t sound and you don't get the t sound with ed after n, m and l, you get the d sound.

    Plus 'dreemed' sounds awful.
  • superdelphinus 30 Mar 2012 18:46:14 8,089 posts
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    it is LEARNT you mongrels

    "exact same"

    "multiple times"

    "looked visibly..."

    F OFF with your learned

    the only way learned is acceptable is in the context of talking about the learned professions
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