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TIL: Today I Learned

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

  1. GoodSarmatian

    GoodSarmatian Blackpilled Idealist

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    A thread about a Synagogue shooting turned into a discussion about supply side economics and gay sex pests.
    I'm still not sure whether that reaffirms my faith in humanity or convinces me that "they have to go".
     
  2. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    I may have to check back in. Haven't looked recently.
     
  3. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    Ben Bova mentioned this in his novel Venus.
     
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  4. Takhisis

    Takhisis excuse me

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    Wow. *reads the article linked to in a later post*
    Well, do those German-speaking eggs of yours have safety catches? Hmmm?
     
  5. Berzerker

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    Today was the first time the winner in the Kentucky Derby was disqualified for a non-drug reason and a 65-1 long shot (Country House) got the win.

    Maximum Security (9-2) made the last turn on the rail and slid outward into another horse's path causing a cascading effect. The eventual winner was outside of the 2 horses that bunched up behind Maximum Security and came in 2nd.

    $132 on a $2 bet

    The jockey of Maximum Security cant be feeling good about this, his horse did drift out into the paths of other horses but he probably would have won regardless.
     
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  6. Naskra

    Naskra Chieftain

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    In the eyes of a harsh steward there were 3 fouls by MaxS; too many to overlook.
     
  7. Berzerker

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    what were the other 2?

    the outward drift into the next horse's path (and a bit beyond) was obvious to me
     
  8. Naskra

    Naskra Chieftain

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    watch Improbable (5, white hat) check after max bumps Code of Honor.
     
  9. Berzerker

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    about where in the race was that? I'll have to watch a repeat
     
  10. Naskra

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    it's all between the 5/16 and 3/16 poles. Stewards made the right call. In a lesser race, Max would have been placed 4th. They dropped the hammer to make a point; no half measures; clear foul, full punishment.
     
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  11. Ferocitus

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    TIL that Wiki considers this ancient Scottish band's music to be "glam rock". I'm not sure that clown make-up and some spacey shoulder pads are enough.
     
  12. Berzerker

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    that sounds like David Bowie's costume
     
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    Whatever the genre, it is pretty terrible.
     
  14. Ferocitus

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    Interestingly, (or not), Bowie covered another Jacques Brel song, "The Port of Amsterdam".

    For Kyriakos and other Borges fanbois. :)

    TIL that Hernando Colón (the bastard son of Christopher Columbus) collected about 20,000 books and employed a large number of people to summarize them.
    In something reminiscent of Borges' Book of Sand, the lost 2,000 page Libro de Los Epitomes was discovered after 300 years in a Danish library, after being incorrectly shelved by a 17th century Icelandic scholar.
    https://www.abc.net.au/radionationa...hristopher-columbuss-bibliophile-son/11059998
     
  15. Ferocitus

    Ferocitus Warlord

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    Definitely a lot lost in translating from "Belgian French" by a solo singer to "Scottish English" by glam rockers. :)
     
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  16. Berzerker

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    I read something claiming Columbus was Jewish and anxious to get outta Dodge when he sailed for the new world (I mean India ;))
     
  17. Takhisis

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    Borgian fanboi here, much obliged.
     
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    The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books...
    A previous podcast about Hernando Colon has a lot of TILs. :)
    He was responsible for our system of shelving books vertically, with labels on the spines.
    He founded a library and delibrately located it on a dungheap outside the walls of Seville.
    https://abcmedia.akamaized.net/rn/podcast/2019/01/lnl_20190101_2240.mp3
     
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    But...I heard he took a Hebrew interpreter with him because he believed Hebrew was very similar to Chinese. :dubious:
     
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    Samez ION GUNNER

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    TIL Alpha Berry is the foreign Minister of Burkina Faso.
     
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