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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:01 pm UTC

I got on a mild 'Whoa, Mr. Rogers is cool!' kick and did a bit of wiki browsing... Evidently, in the 80's, Burger King put up an ad parodying him. Mr Rogers stated that he didn't endorse the use of his likeliness or character for misleading, non-educational motives, and Burger King apologized and pulled the ad.

That's some impressive power he wielded.

He also, according to the wikipedia entry on him, found Eddie Murphey's parody on him humorous and charming (because it aired at a different time than Mr Rogers normal programming), and sought him out to tell him so. I would LOVE to have heard how that conversation went. I bet Mr Rogers had an excellent sense of humor.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vapour » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:10 pm UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:I got on a mild 'Whoa, Mr. Rogers is cool!' kick and did a bit of wiki browsing... Evidently, in the 80's, Burger King put up an ad parodying him. Mr Rogers stated that he didn't endorse the use of his likeliness or character for misleading, non-educational motives, and Burger King apologized and pulled the ad.

That's some impressive power he wielded.

He also, according to the wikipedia entry on him, found Eddie Murphey's parody on him humorous and charming (because it aired at a different time than Mr Rogers normal programming), and sought him out to tell him so. I would LOVE to have heard how that conversation went. I bet Mr Rogers had an excellent sense of humor.


He also beat all the other super heroes/villians in the ultimate showdown.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:14 pm UTC

He knew he was a figure of fun to some, and he took it in good humor. "I remember when Eddie Murphy met me for the first time, he just put his arms around me and said 'the real Mr. Rogers.' "

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby legopelle » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:46 pm UTC

Vapour wrote:He also beat all the other super heroes/villians in the ultimate showdown.

Of ultimate destiny?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby masakatsu » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:18 pm UTC

Things I learned today

    When teaching the technical details of project management, it might be a good idea to put the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the syllabus
    The number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
    Explaining that project management is not task management as much as it is deliverable management will break a couple of heads
    I will have to explain the previous point a lot throughout an introduction to project management course
    The question “how do the project process groups relate” seem to take a lot more prose to answer then I thought.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Cloud Walker » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:42 pm UTC

masakatsu wrote:Things I learned today

    When teaching the technical details of project management, it might be a good idea to put the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the syllabus
    The number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
    Explaining that project management is not task management as much as it is deliverable management will break a couple of heads
    I will have to explain the previous point a lot throughout an introduction to project management course
    The question “how do the project process groups relate” seem to take a lot more prose to answer then I thought.


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Re: Today I Learned

Postby DavidSpencer » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:35 am UTC

Today I learned that I was accepted to a highly prestigious math and science boarding school for high school juniors and seniors. I also learned that I really enjoy playing keyboard live in concert and I want to try it again sometime. In other words, my today was amazing and very fulfilling :D

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Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:22 am UTC

Where at? I went to such a school in Arkansas.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Gordon » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:36 am UTC

Today I learned, my login for the xkcd forums was still valid. Apparently my last visit was April 10, 2010 for those that find coincidences interesting.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:40 am UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby NecklaceOfShadow » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:43 am UTC

Bonjour, monsieur Gordon. Je suis très heureuse à te voir.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby DavidSpencer » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:45 am UTC

pseudoidiot wrote:Where at? I went to such a school in Arkansas.

The North Carolina School of Science and Math

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby thorgold » Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:25 am UTC

Today I learned that, given the right sequence, proof by mathematical induction is the spawn of Satan.

Also, I can now tell people to go !@#$ themselves in Spanish. It'd be more awesome if the Hispanic population in my community was lower.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zohar » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:48 am UTC

Oh me yarm it's Gordon! *swoooon*
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:57 am UTC

thorgold wrote:Today I learned that, given the right sequence, proof by mathematical induction is the spawn of Satan.

Proof by induction is wonderful. My lecturers, when called out on a sneaky hand-wave in a proof dealing with integers, would sometimes say "it works for 2, so by induction it works for everything".
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:35 am UTC

n=2, for all integers n

It works for the case n=2, so by induction it works for everything. Thus, there is only the number 2.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:36 am UTC

But does p=2?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:40 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:But does p=2?

It is when p=2, so by induction p=2 for all p.

So yes.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:42 am UTC

So p = np, since np=2 and p=2 and n=2?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zohar » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:48 am UTC

Don't be ridiculous. np=n*p=2*2=4.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:58 am UTC

Right, but n=2 for all n, so 4=2, so p=np.

Guys, we solved it! Let's go claim our million dollars!
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby fizzgig » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:28 am UTC

TIL: Baby koalas eat their mother's poo (it helps them digest their food).

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby masakatsu » Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:06 pm UTC

fizzgig wrote:TIL: Baby koalas eat their mother's poo (it helps them digest their food).


That made me wretch a little when I read.

I learned finally that all the time I stood in one place for no reason in the military has paid off. I held a standing meeting to solve a problem scheduled 'until we come up with a solution. 63 minutes.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:08 pm UTC

masakatsu wrote:
fizzgig wrote:TIL: Baby koalas eat their mother's poo (it helps them digest their food).
That made me wretch a little when I read.
You may want to stay away from the dietary habits of Rabbits then.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Lostdreams » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:42 pm UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby El Spark » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:04 pm UTC

pseudoidiot wrote:Where at? I went to such a school in Arkansas.


ASMS?

Never went, but some friends of mine did. :D
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby pseudoidiot » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:08 pm UTC

You are correct! Class of '99.

Although it's ASMSA now.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby emceng » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:37 pm UTC

Hahaha. That made me think ASMSA -> Asthma -> nerds have asthma, and go to a special school.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby thorgold » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:05 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
thorgold wrote:Today I learned that, given the right sequence, proof by mathematical induction is the spawn of Satan.

Proof by induction is wonderful. My lecturers, when called out on a sneaky hand-wave in a proof dealing with integers, would sometimes say "it works for 2, so by induction it works for everything".

Oh yes, proof by induction is absolutely AWESOME. It has an innate beauty in its base mechanisms that make me giggle with delight...

It's just, when dealing with odd values for (a+b)^n, induction can become a time-consuming, soul draining mire of despair.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Ouch.jars » Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:27 am UTC

El Spark wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:Where at? I went to such a school in Arkansas.


ASMS?

Never went, but some friends of mine did. :D


:P Incidentally, I go to a different ASMS.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:13 pm UTC

TIL: something truly awful. My place of work has a back office PC which among other things, is used to check emails. The browser it appears* to use to check emails? IE 5.5.


*I say appears because I'm not even sure how that's possible. I want to not believe it and believe that although it says it's starting 5.5, it's actually starting something more sane.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby El Spark » Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:04 pm UTC

Ouch.jars wrote:
El Spark wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:Where at? I went to such a school in Arkansas.


ASMS?

Never went, but some friends of mine did. :D


:P Incidentally, I go to a different ASMS.


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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Oregonaut » Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:28 pm UTC

TIL: Tepig is adorable.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Chandani » Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:37 pm UTC

I think you are mistaken.
Oshawott is definitely more adorable. And it turns into a ninja samurai!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:44 pm UTC

I don't get why everyone loves Oshawott, but Dewott looks pretty badass...

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Chandani » Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:46 pm UTC

I didn't get it either, until I saw an anime clip.
And then I was like OOOMG SO CUTE.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby emceng » Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:51 pm UTC

TIL: I have the manual dexterity of a drunken horse wearing mittens - at least with my left hand.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby alex_O » Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:17 am UTC

Today I Learned that you can die at any moment, even in the middle of a sente

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby alex_O » Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:20 am UTC

And i also learned that i make really poor jokes when i get sad :?

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby F117Landers » Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:41 pm UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Right, but n=2 for all n, so 4=2, so p=np.

Guys, we solved it! Let's go claim our million dollars!



TIL: That solving one of six (well, five now) mathematical problems will reward you with one million dollars.

On an unrelated note, I am reminded of why I don't like mathematics.



Edit: seven (well, six now)
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