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TIL: Today I Learned

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Cutlass, May 24, 2013.

  1. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    If 10 people are eating 1 emu a day, that's 10,000 people eating 1,000 emus a day. Or 100,000 people eating 20,000 emus in 2 days.

    This sounds doable to me. :dunno:
     
  2. metatron

    metatron unperson

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    People had guns, i suppose.
    But Emus scare easily. So it's not easy to hit one before they bolt in the first place.
    And if you do chances are it will still bolt. May die later. You are still -1 bullet +0 meat.
    And the others will be back tomorrow and continue to destroy your stuff.

    So you need people to go after them, follow them, as a full time job, basically.
    After the Emu War they had a bounty system which was pretty much an unmitigated success.
     
  3. Timsup2nothin

    Timsup2nothin Another drone in the hive mind

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    That's the entire population going on an all emu all the time diet for two days. It's doable, but is it practical?
     
  4. HoloDoc

    HoloDoc Chieftain

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    It's not healthy to eat that much emu either.
     
  5. Timsup2nothin

    Timsup2nothin Another drone in the hive mind

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    I was kinda dubious about the idea that ten people could actually eat an emu in the first place, but took your word for it. Now I've found this:

    I mean, ten of me could eat an average one, for sure, but I could have made a career out of eating contests and even I dunno if I could do my share with a 60kg bird.
     
  6. HoloDoc

    HoloDoc Chieftain

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    Much of that weight is feathers and stuff. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if they feed more than ten people.
     
  7. Timsup2nothin

    Timsup2nothin Another drone in the hive mind

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    Apparently with chickens and turkeys dressed weight is about 70% of standing weight. So that big ol' emu at 60kg dresses out at about 42kg...90 pounds. If I get an 18 pound (dressed) turkey for Thanksgiving I'll need my whole family to knock that sucker down. If I had five of them...or one emu...I could feed my whole block.

    :eek:

    They may not be reputedly tasty, but I'd give it a shot.
     
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  8. HoloDoc

    HoloDoc Chieftain

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    I suspect the emu is probably closer to 50% dressed weight. Big beak, big legs, looks like an angry tree. It's still a big bird though.

    They're very high in protein. Good if you're a bodybuilder or athlete. But that much protein does weird things to your body. Probably fine for once a week, but I would never recommend eating them more often than that.

    And really, they taste bloody disgusting. Kangaroo is much better.
     
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  9. trader/warrior

    trader/warrior Chieftain

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    TIL a "Limelight" was an actual stick of lime burned by a blowtorch to make a bright light.
     
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  10. Zkribbler

    Zkribbler Warlord

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    It gave off a greenish glow, requiring actor to wear makeup.
     
  11. Takhisis

    Takhisis rright

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    I didn't know Matt Groening's creations were inspired by real life even in that regard.
     
  12. Silurian

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    The pound is referenced too the kilo.

    Whats wrong with that.
     
  13. Hrothbern

    Hrothbern Warlord

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    I remember the time, the 60ies, that Japan became the leading nation to build ships, much to the disadvantage of also Dutch shipbuilding in especially Rotterdam. Half the family of my father worked there.
    The massive Japanese steel industry one of the factors enabling that. When that steel industry advanced to higher grades and thinner sheets, it became an important factor for the rise of the Japanese car industry.

    TIL that Korea has done the same with Japan.

    From Reuters:

     
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  14. Live trash can

    Live trash can Chieftain

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    Today I learned that the fourth and last stage in (most) males's lives in Hinduism - the wandering ascetic or renouncer - can occur at any time in one's life. One does not have to wait! I consider myself an ascetic so these are welcome news! It means Hinduism becomes more relevant to me, which is very good as it is from there we got the concept.

    If you read ascetic = complete idiot, you should try it for yourself before you pass a judgment! ^_^

    Of course I do it somewhat my own way, not precisely the Hindu way...
     
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  15. Manfred Belheim

    Manfred Belheim Warlord

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    How do you even get it off the screen in the first place?
     
  16. Hrothbern

    Hrothbern Warlord

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    When I was a teenager I had that in mind for when I was 60.
    As a young adult my insatiable hunger to live my life to the fullest, sleeping a couple of hours a day at most, I said to myself "when I die at 50, I will still have lived more than someone else that dies at 100. So what"
    And besides the responsibilities of raising my two kids, as it happened I was more like a traveller my whole life. Travelling light.... which goes well with the combi of dedication and ascetic... without ever really aiming for it. Just following the path for me.
     
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    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    Apparently the reason car ads keep slipping through Google's ad preferences on the YouTube app is because third-parties unscrupulously misclassify their ads. I wonder if I should be reporting this to Google.
     
  18. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    Wait, there are ad preferences in the YouTube app? I just keep getting adverts for online bingo sites I'll never use and thinking "so it goes".
     
  19. Timsup2nothin

    Timsup2nothin Another drone in the hive mind

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    I thought the same thing. Then I discovered amphetamines and said "if I don't sleep at all then all I have to do is make it to forty and I'm money ahead." Now I'm past forty and fifty and I'm pretty sure I've still wasted far less of my life on sleep than would be considered normal. Sirsasana vastly reduces the need for sleep.
     
  20. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    I have no idea.
     

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