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TIL: Today I Learned

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

  1. Arakhor

    Arakhor Dremora Courtier Moderator

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    Oh, Coopfairtradeshire? I used to live near there.
     
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    As a young man, Stan Lee went to a modelling agency to pick up his blind date for the evening. Another model opened the door. Stan Lee took one look at her and proposed marriage. Even though she was already married, she said yes. They moved to Las Vega to meet the residency requirement. Once the requisite amount of time had passed, she got divorced and they got married on the same day by the same judge. And they lived happily ever after. :hug:
     
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  3. Takhisis

    Takhisis is it fall yet

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    More for me then.
     
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    Synsensa Retired Moderator

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    El Presidente thanks you for supporting the import tax.
     
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    It probably tastes better in outer space, while cruising at warp 6.
     
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    Lohrenswald 老仁森林

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  7. EgonSpengler

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    TIL that Winston Churchill was Home Secretary before WWI, and that the US and UK had some kind of shoving match over Venezuela at the beginning of the 20th Century (must've been when Teddy was President).
     
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    He was also responsible as secretary of war for sending the black and tans and auxiliary paramilitaries into Ireland to try to crush the war of independence.

    TIL: lion Cubs are born with spots in their fur that grows out.
     
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  9. Zkribbler

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    I always though orange and silver were the only two English words without rhymes, Turns out, they both have obscure words that rhyme. However, there are no rhymes for angel, bulb, and month.
     
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    Bangle, jangle and angle rhyme, the other 2 I can't think of a rhyme off the top of my head but there are a lot of obscure words in English.
     
  11. Takhisis

    Takhisis is it fall yet

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    There's wrangle and mangle as well.
    Apparently (according to the OED) there's no rhyme for bulb indeed except for ‘culb’ a hapax legomenon.
    For ‘month’ there's ‘-oneth’.
     
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    MagisterCultuum Great Sage

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    I was thinking strangle and dangle.
     
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    Does gulp not rhyme on bulb ?
     
  14. Truthy

    Truthy Non-boolean

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    Spangle, of course (USA#1)

    Also thought of fangle and tangle. And two commands in LaTeX are langle and rangle (but that's cheating)
    That sounds awfully macabre
     
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    LaTeX is horrible and the people that use it are extra. You should feel bad. :p
     
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    There's a TRINARY SYSTEM right past Pluto! Say Hi to 47171 Lempo, Paha, and Hiisi. Celestia Origin reconstruction:




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  18. Takhisis

    Takhisis is it fall yet

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    pfffft :lol:

    btw the image won't load :/
     
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  19. Truthy

    Truthy Non-boolean

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    No. How dare you. You are wrong. Underthought post. Badness 10000.

    I love LaTex. I will name my first born child \LaTeX, with the \ included so every time their name is typed up in a tex file (which I plan to do often), it'll render with the cute little jiggly letters

    Let me ask: And what do you use? Microsoft Word? Google Drive? LibreOffice? Are you trying to tell me that some wack wysiwyg word processor nonsense that takes 10 years to open and can't format crap to save its life is going to make my life easier than the greatest fruit of Donald Knuth's ancient bald head? Lemme show you a beautiful equation I made in LaTeX today:

    Lovely, centered, ready to go with an equation number, label I can refer to elsewhere and everything. Hobbs, we both know it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what a massive pain in the ass this would have been without a good typesetting system.

    If you ask me, everything should come with a tex interpreter. Even CFC. Hell, I'll volunteer my time to make it happen and then I'll run circles around you with beautiful math embedded in all my posts. You're an engineer. You know you'll be jealous of my math. But don't despair. You too would have the power of beautiful math!

    Ok, "aw but that's just math, of course you need something fancy and extra for a bunch of Greek letters. Doesn't fully justify the learning curve though..." you say. But no. The benefits don't stop there:
    - direct decoupling of document content from document format. As a great artist in Civ IV once said: "once you have tasted format-content decoupling in your documents, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned toward \LaTex, for there you have been, and there you will long to return."
    - never worry about bibliography formats. MLA, APA, literally anything else? Who cares. Useless knowledge. LaTex does it for you.
    - never worry about inline citation formats. More useless knowledge. Who cares. \cite{author}. Done.
    - easy footnotes
    - easily embedded figures and tables with captions, titles, and labels you can reference throughout without having to care which one is "Figure 4" or lift a finger if God forbid Figure 4 becomes Figure 3.
    - anything slightly unusual is easier in LaTeX than in a word processor. For example, two-column documents.
    - gazillions of ready-made templates for everything from presentations to resumes
    - no annoying compatibility issues
    - no worrying about everything getting screwed up when you convert to PDF
    - so stable. so cross platform
    - free and open source. No stupid proprietary file format. Don't support lame old Microsoft or creepy Google or feel disappointed using some sad Linux knockoff
    - wow your friends and coworkers with publication-ready content
    - Infinitely customizable. Millions of libraries to do anything you want. Missing a feature in Word? Don't sit around waiting for MS to come to the rescue. Reclaim your destiny and use an \includepackage in LaTeX

    The only legitimate criticism of LaTeX I'll accept is that "underfull hbox (badness 10000)" is the stupidest error message I've ever seen. 10,000 is the maximum badness. What did I do to deserve such scorn? And almost everything is badness 10000. If the LaTeX compiler is feeling a little less moralistic than usual, maybe it'll give you a slap on the wrist with a badness 9000. It's so stupid.

    But that's it.
     
  20. Zkribbler

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    :gripe:Dang it, I meant angel, angel, angel! :hammer2:

    No. Close, but no.
     
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