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  • terminalterror 2 Oct 2010 19:07:14 18,937 posts
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    RelaxedMikki wrote:
    today I learned that someone called 'terminalterror' can make my head hurt remotely with the power of maths.

    I am now in fear of a new superweapon that can rain down the mind-warping agony of sums onto an unsuspecting civillian populace from the safety of a calculation-proof bunker in a different continnent.

    Happy to help :)
  • Fubdub 2 Oct 2010 21:18:51 270 posts
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    RelaxedMikki wrote:
    today I learned that someone called 'terminalterror' can make my head hurt remotely with the power of maths.

    I am now in fear of a new superweapon that can rain down the mind-warping agony of sums onto an unsuspecting civillian populace from the safety of a calculation-proof bunker in a different continnent.

    http://xkcd.com/356/
  • Deleted user 2 October 2010 21:25:02
    Today I learned that deliberately getting on extremely crowded trains in the hope you will be able to get very friendly with pretty girls is not socially acceptable.
  • localnotail 5 Oct 2010 13:11:29 23,093 posts
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    Today I learned how fake money saved Brazil from recession - (thanks to twittertzar Stephen Fry)

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

  • Goban 5 Oct 2010 13:15:37 9,076 posts
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    Great story.
  • LeoliansBro 5 Oct 2010 13:16:30 44,736 posts
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    'Fake money'? That's worthy of a Daily Mail headline.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • chopsen 5 Oct 2010 13:25:49 16,209 posts
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    Wait? What? How does that work?

    Economics really is a load of horseshit, isn't it?
  • localnotail 5 Oct 2010 13:29:48 23,093 posts
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    Ever since you stopped being able to bite it, money stopped being real ;)

    (I know that doesn't really make sense (I was thinking about gold and silver), I think I might be ill, everything has gone a bit swimmy. I should go home)

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

  • sirtacos 8 Oct 2010 02:35:09 7,348 posts
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    Yeah, floating currencies really have fucked things up for everyone.

    Today I learned that there are schools of Buddhism that not only are completely atheistic, but completely reject the idea of reincarnation...
    Interesting if you're into that sort of stuff.
  • FrancysPai 8 Oct 2010 20:49:49 56 posts
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    Today I learned that playing excessive amount of Street Fighter and Blazblue in preperation for a tournament can leave your hand/wrist in a considerable amount of agony.
  • Immaterial 8 Oct 2010 20:52:30 1,456 posts
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    Today I learned that there is a rat poison available that mummifies our rodent friends, thus reducing nasty niffs.


    You know, there's a few things that I've learned that I would quite like to unlearn. This is one of them.

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • mal 8 Oct 2010 22:53:00 22,792 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    Today I learned how fake money saved Brazil from recession - (thanks to twittertzar Stephen Fry)

    That's fansinatingly simple. I never clocked that the Real was so called because it's, well, real. TT's thread has come to fruition at last. That's ever so slightly mindblowing, in a good way.

    sirtacos wrote:
    Today I learned that there are schools of Buddhism that not only are completely atheistic, but completely reject the idea of reincarnation...
    Interesting if you're into that sort of stuff.

    Yeah, buddhism has a habit of picking up large traits from the culture it grows up within, and given it started in India where Hindus believe in reincarnation, that belief got sucked up into buddhism IMO - but take it away from that culture and it evolves. I never found any evidence of a belief in reincarnation in the Japanese buddhism I experienced - that was very structured and formalised - observe the faith well and you may be permitted to meditate, albeit supervised by superior members of the temple. While meditating you may experience certain things which may eventually lead you to the higher path. Theoretically, though there can be no way to explain this to us idiots at the bottom of the food chain, you might reach a state of nirvana. English buddhism seems to be more about improving your karma by helping homeless people and doing stuff in the garden. At it's root the only core belief I've found in buddism is that by doing good your karma will increase, and if by doing so you reach nirvana your body may die but your spirit never will. What happens if your body dies before you achieve nirvana, well, that depends.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • sirtacos 9 Oct 2010 01:53:57 7,348 posts
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    Good points mal. I've always been very attracted to Buddhim, but have shied away from 'practice' because I found the ideas of karma and reincarnation to be very off-putting. Not in the sense that I find it hard to accept that I'm basically the Nameless One living an eternity of self-imposed karmic suffering, but in the sense that I find it difficult to swallow anything on faith.
    Of course, Buddhist philosophies all have their own approach to the questions of karma, emptiness, the Buddha nature, etc.
    I 'prefer' the ones that reject all notions of the supernatural (i.e. anything not substantiated by tangible experience). To me, Buddhism only makes sense if karma and rebirth are taken as metaphorical, or at most, abstract descriptions of death as it is physically observed (energy is recycled etc).
    Some Buddhist ideas on interdependence and void are ahead of their time even now, while remaining completely grounded in reality. E.g. neuroscience agrees with much of what Buddha supposedly said.
    For me, the attractiveness of Buddhism comes from its interpretation as a practical and paradoxically life-affirming form of nihilism.
  • Genji 9 Oct 2010 03:17:32 19,687 posts
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    Today I learned that it is apparently impossible to tickle yourself. Something about the brain always being prepared for it.
  • Khanivor 9 Oct 2010 06:28:54 41,106 posts
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    That my opinion of the new Star Trek movie does not diminish no matter how many times I watch it
  • heyyo 9 Oct 2010 10:33:28 14,371 posts
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    That tomorrow will be 10:10 am 10/10/10
  • FrancysPai 9 Oct 2010 11:25:21 56 posts
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    Today I woke up and learned that I actually know how to walk from the Megabus stop in London to Casino arcade despite only having been there twice...and by tube.
  • sirtacos 9 Oct 2010 11:55:15 7,348 posts
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    It's ingrained in your DNA; like migrating turtles.
  • speedofthepuma 9 Oct 2010 11:58:49 13,310 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    That my opinion of the new Star Trek movie does not diminish no matter how many times I watch it

    My opinion of it rises every time I watch it.

    I lurk. If I've spoken to you, I'm either impassioned, or drunk.

  • MrTomFTW Moderator 9 Oct 2010 11:59:42 39,355 posts
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    sirtacos wrote:
    It's ingrained in your DNA; like migrating turtles.
    I like turtles.

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    Voted by the community "Best mod" 2011, 2012 and 2013.

  • localnotail 9 Oct 2010 12:07:15 23,093 posts
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    DDevil wrote:
    sirtacos wrote:
    It's ingrained in your DNA; like migrating turtles.
    I like turtles.

    I put turtle into google image search and ended up learning about Dr Seuss's thoughts on US involvement in WW2 .

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

  • Nemesis 9 Oct 2010 14:38:16 18,684 posts
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    Today I learnt that putting a shitload of multi-coloured dice into a glass cube looks brilliant.

    So I did. And it does.
  • PhoenixFlames 13 Oct 2010 20:15:35 9,226 posts
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    TIL that honey is easy to digest because it is already partly digested by bees. Nom Nom.

    PSN - phoenix1flames

  • FrancysPai 14 Oct 2010 11:28:04 56 posts
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    Today I learned about the fact above me and my stomach turned a little.
  • Randomlampy 14 Oct 2010 11:36:33 580 posts
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    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    TIL that honey is easy to digest because it is already partly digested by bees. Nom Nom.

    Apropos Honey, Today I learnt about Scaphism, delightful those persians.
  • Fab4 14 Oct 2010 11:47:33 6,159 posts
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    Randomlampy wrote:
    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    TIL that honey is easy to digest because it is already partly digested by bees. Nom Nom.

    Apropos Honey, Today I learnt about Scaphism, delightful those persians.

    Now we have X Factor ;)
  • terminalterror 22 Oct 2010 16:27:10 18,937 posts
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    TIL that LA have recently built a $578M school.
  • warlockuk 22 Oct 2010 17:05:30 19,213 posts
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    Randomlampy wrote:
    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    TIL that honey is easy to digest because it is already partly digested by bees. Nom Nom.

    Apropos Honey, Today I learnt about Scaphism, delightful those persians.
    Yeah, our bandname is derived from that :) Good name for a Death Metal band.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • terminalterror 22 Oct 2010 18:49:33 18,937 posts
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    You know how there is an arrow in the whitespace of the FedEx logo?

    They've put one into their Arabic logo too, but of course it points the other way. Cute.
  • terminalterror 2 Nov 2010 20:15:10 18,937 posts
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    Today I learned about life on the ISS

    Unsurprisingly, falling asleep can take some getting used to. Just as you are nodding off, you can feel as though you've fallen off a 10-storey building. People who look half asleep will suddenly throw their heads back with a start and fling out their arms. It gets easier with time. One Russian crew member is renowned for doing without a sleeping bag and falling asleep wherever he ends the day. Anyone still awake after bedtime would see his snoozing form drift by, slowly bouncing off the walls, his course set by the air currents that gently pushed and pulled him.

    :D
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