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TIL: Today I Learned

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

  1. Zkribbler

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    Today I learned from Fox News that, other than for Vice President, Biden never won an election in his life.
     
  2. Valka D'Ur

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    I guess he won the one that counted. :dunno:
     
  3. Timsup2nothin

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    Did you miss a word, or is Faux News completely abandoning reality? Most news agencies are marveling at the fact that Biden has never won a debate, which is certainly believable and most likely true. Anyone other than Fox reporting that a six term senator never won an election would be obviously making a mistake, but with Fox it is always possible they are just outright lying.
     
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  4. Chukchi Husky

    Chukchi Husky Lone Wolf

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    It's a Pokémon.

     
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  5. hobbsyoyo

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    Seems pretty dumb that I just learned this, but brown is not actually part of the rainbow - it's not a true color in the sense that it does not have a corresponding wavelength. It is actually a very dull orange color that our brains interpret as brown. In many instances you can manipulate an image to remove the context your eyes use to interpret it as brown and the image will then seem orange.

    This Youtuber is pretty entertaining for curious tech nerds. He primarily focuses on entertainment tech but he forays into all kinds of stuff.
     
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  6. Samson

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    I have always been amazed (or something) that when mixing paint, you always eventually end up with brown. When mixing light (ie. if you have 3 lights, one of each primary colour, and change their intensities) you cannot make brown.
     
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    You kind of can...it's complicated. He goes over how it is done for TVs and such in the video.
     
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  9. Truthy

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    Short NYT article on the same subject:
    Spoiler :

    Roman Forum Find Could Be Shrine to Rome's Founder, Romulus
    By The Associated Press

    Feb. 21, 2020Updated 11:26 a.m. ET ROME — Italian archaeologists unveiled to the press Friday an exciting new find from the Roman Forum, which they say could be the lost shrine dedicated some 2,600 years ago to Romulus, Rome's legendary founder and first king.

    Visually, the discovery first announced Tuesday is not very remarkable: Peering down in an excavated space beneath the Curia Julia, or ancient senate house, one sees something resembling a stone washtub that archaeologists say is a sarcophagus, or stone coffin. There's also a cylindrical stone block, possibly an altar.

    Both items are made of tuff, carved from the Capitoline Hill that overlooks the Forum, and which is home to today's City Hall.

    The recently excavated area “represents a place, which in history and in the Roman imagination, speaks about the cult of Romulus.” said archaeologist Patrizia Fortini.

    Fortini says no one's hypothesizing the sarcophagus actually ever contained the bones of Romulus who, with his twin Remus, established the city near the Tiber River around 753 B.C. and founded the kingdom of Rome. It likely dates to the 6th Century BC, some 200 years after Romulus' time.

    “We don't know whether Romulus physically existed" the way he was described in legends, Fortini said.

    But some ancient sources claimed that Romulus was buried in the area of the find, and the sarcophagus could have served as a memorial.

    Alfonsina Russo, the archaeologist in charge of the site, noted that according to some ancient traditions Romulus was killed and chopped to pieces, or ascended into heaven.

    “Therefor [sic] this cannot be his tomb, but it is very likely, we believe, that this is a memorial site, a cenotaph,” Russo added.

    While excavations continue, authorities hope the public will be able to stroll underground to view the find in about two years.

    Legends hold that Romulus and Remus were suckled by a she-wolf as babies, but later Romulus killed his twin brother in a dispute over the founding of Rome.

    (note: "Fortini says no one's hypothesizing the sarcophagus actually ever contained the bones of Romulus")
     
  10. Berzerker

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    Alfonsina Russo, the archaeologist in charge of the site, noted that according to some ancient traditions Romulus was killed and chopped to pieces, or ascended into heaven.

    sounds a little like Osiris

    edit: I guess I shouldn't connect dots between body parts, chopping up the bodies of people sure aint limited to gods and demigods
     
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  11. Zkribbler

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    The guy on Fox completely overlooked Biden's long career in the Senate. :rolleyes:

    Anyone who says Biden never won a debate is overlooking Biden's massacring of Ryan in the VP debate.:ninja:
     
  12. Berzerker

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    Fox might wanna forget that one
     
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    TIL that Jens Nygaard Knudsen, the designer of the Lego dolls died

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    Romans cook up myth of Romulus - I doubt Aenid just cooked it up out of his ass, the other Silver Age peeps would had ripped him a new one. So it's around, Aenid does his Ulysses ripoff, so on -

    Some rich Romans or religious Romans stuff a sacrophagus in a cave in the middle of city, and call it Romulus. 100 BC? Refurbished by Augustus? Who knows.

    Voila, "Romulus". These are the people who had a temple and a god for nearly everything and everyone. (This is for you, Laverna).
     
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    Well, Græco-Roman gods usually ascended to godhod by killing or castrating their daddy-gods.
     
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    TIL that only 2 countries in the world have reserved seats in their legislative bodies for senior clerics of the state religion, Iran and the UK.
     
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    What about Vatican City?
     
  19. AmazonQueen

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    Good point, its legislative body is all clerics.
    OK, only 2 countries with reserved seats for clerics in their legislative assemblies. VC doesn't have one of those.
     
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    As an absolute monarchy, the only time democracy plays any role in the government of the Vatican City is when the cardinals are electing a new monarch. :)
     

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