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TIL: Today I Learned

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

  1. aimeeandbeatles

    aimeeandbeatles watermelon

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    Today I learned that there was a big flood of molasses in 1919 when a tank broke in Boston.

    EDIT: The accident happened in January. The molasses moved at 35 mph. Slower than molasses in January...?
     
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  2. Phrossack

    Phrossack Armored Fish and Armored Men

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    Better known as the Boston Molassacre.
     
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  3. aimeeandbeatles

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  4. Dekker

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    Oh wow I somehow discovered that story back in grade school, it was in some type of anthology and I remember reading it again and again it was so capitvating and sad and, weird. Talk about a sticky situation.






    I'll see myself out.
     
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  5. Samson

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    TIL that in Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington DC, you can sit in the bar and bet on computer generated horse races.

    So we went to the bar, and between the football and the rugby with armor there was what at first glance was horse racing on the TV. After closer examination it turned out to be a computer generated interface to a state lottery. There was a guy who was playing it, he was scanning bit of paper and handing stuff to the barmaid. Horses were given prices and last result, and the whole race was simulated from the walk out to the race though it was always very similar.

    The drinking and gambling at the same time thing is pretty regulated around europe, in the UK I think you have to be a paid member of a club. I am surprised.
     
  6. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy The trees are actually quite lovely.

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    Gambling is a popular US Liberal vice. Granted, the holdouts that hate it are either very liberal or old school conservative, so maybe it's just mainstream these days. Seems like they've been trying to use it to replace, at least partially, the addiction to nicotine taxes.

    Smart move on the horse racing. If you simulate it, you can remove any skill that might help thwart the algorithm. I mean, payouts were always adjusted so that the house always wins, but this way we can ensure than on a moderate timeline every single player loses.
     
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  7. aimeeandbeatles

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    Today I learned that Tool's Undertow album has 60 silent tracks...apparently so the last track falls on 69 :lmao::lmao::lmao:
     
  8. Samson

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    In the UK the state takes 50% of the lottery stake as a voluntary tax. If this guy had only 50% return on his stake then it is so much worse than when the mob was running it.
     
  9. Farm Boy

    Farm Boy The trees are actually quite lovely.

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    Lol, I know rite? Nothing like the statehouse to make one long for the mob. :lol:
     
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    Gambling in most of the US is heavily regulated and restricted. Not all states even allow a lottery, much less casinos and such.
    It's plenty popular in conservative states as well.
     
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    European/Asian/Latin American online casinos rejoice
     
  13. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    TIL about shades of Hillary being involved in the overturning of the guilty for murder decision of Amanda Knox.
    Speak about bloodlust :p

    Regardless of whether Hill played any role, though, it is pretty amazing how some person like Amanda Knox is left to make money out of so shady a case. She does come across as pretty guilty at any rate.
     
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    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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  16. aimeeandbeatles

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    Only in America. :shake:
     
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    Birdjaguar Hanafubuki Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Well you could tax the top 20% of tax payers and top 500 companies and use those taxes as a trust fund to pay for the high cost of the sickest 5%. That would bring down the over all cost for everyone else.
     
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    GenMarshall Night Elven Ghost Agent

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    The War of the Bucket didint start because one town stole another town’s bucket.
     
  19. Hygro

    Hygro soundcloud.com/hygro/

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    Don’t beg questions you butt
     
  20. Timsup2nothin

    Timsup2nothin Veteran of 1000 psycic wars

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    The bucket was taken as a trophy during the war, it didn't start it. Everyone knows that. Well, everyone that took a minute to Google and believes Wikipedia anyway.
     

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