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Re: Today I Learned

Postby paraffinpopper » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:57 am UTC

TIL: There's a bird that stores it's prey by skewering it through thorns or jamming it in crevices on trees. It's called a butcher bird, go figure :roll:

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PM 2Ring » Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:12 am UTC

paraffinpopper wrote:TIL: There's a bird that stores it's prey by skewering it through thorns or jamming it in crevices on trees. It's called a butcher bird, go figure :roll:


We get butcher birds in our yard. They don't just stash meat in tree crevices - I occasionally see bits of meat stuck in various crevices around the outside of the house. :( But they do sing nicely.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby TimelordSimone » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:14 pm UTC

I seem to recall butcher birds appearing in The Animals of Farthing Wood cartoon as a child.
It was... horrifying?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:04 pm UTC

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Carlington » Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:24 am UTC

TIL: The difference between fiancé and fiancée. I didn't even realise there were two separate words.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby ahammel » Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:29 pm UTC

paraffinpopper wrote:TIL: There's a bird that stores it's prey by skewering it through thorns or jamming it in crevices on trees. It's called a butcher bird, go figure :roll:
AKA a shrike.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:52 pm UTC

ahammel wrote:
paraffinpopper wrote:TIL: There's a bird that stores it's prey by skewering it through thorns or jamming it in crevices on trees. It's called a butcher bird, go figure :roll:
AKA a shrike.


A shrike is family Laniidae, while a butcher bird is family Cracticidae. Some shrikes were called butcher birds colloquially, but butcher birds in general aren't otherwise known as shrikes (tbh I didn't realise shrikes were on occasion called 'butcher birds'. This could be the daddy long legs thing all over again).
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Plasmic-Turtle » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:54 am UTC

TIL: that it's "anemone", not "anenome".
Shit. I don't think I can change!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:07 pm UTC

Plasmic-Turtle wrote:TIL: that it's "anemone", not "anenome".
Shit. I don't think I can change!

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby TimelordSimone » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:20 pm UTC

With fronds like these, who needs anemones?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby emceng » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:49 pm UTC

TIL learned why cable TV uses 75 ohm systems, while RF systems use 50 ohm systems.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Moose Anus » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:04 pm UTC

emceng wrote:TIL learned why cable TV uses 75 ohm systems, while RF systems use 50 ohm systems.
Because cable is harder to resist?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:43 pm UTC

TimelordSimone wrote:With fronds like these, who needs anemones?

Anemone of yours is anemone of mine.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby philsov » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:50 pm UTC

How dare you try to bribe me with amenities like anime, Annie Mae, my sea anemone enemy!?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Kewangji » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:48 am UTC

philsov wrote:How dare you try to bribe me with amenities like anime, Annie Mae, my sea anemone enemy!?

ah, do you have … many a nemesis, maybe a niminy-piminy manatee mimicry mnemonic?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby radzdzij » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:34 am UTC

Today I learned that it's really difficult to post something in "echochamber".

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tms » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:25 pm UTC

Today I learned my brain isn't much of a timepiece. 0.4..0.5% fast.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby yurell » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:28 pm UTC

0.5% isn't particularly bad; it's only 18 seconds in an hour. That's actually really good.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby tms » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:02 pm UTC

Today I learned SMS can give you a string of letters as sender. So supposedly you can't message back then.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Adacore » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:23 pm UTC

tms wrote:Today I learned SMS can give you a string of letters as sender. So supposedly you can't message back then.

At least in Korea, it's fairly easy to change the sender ID in SMS messages to anything you want. One of my acquaintances loves to do this to prank people, sending them messages from their boss's number to dress up extra smart for work, or come in an hour early, for example. It's a bit worrying, because it means if you want to be vindictive you could send messages appearing to be from someone else to one of their friends saying something really nasty (which is totally something this guy does if he's in a really bad mood).

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby emceng » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:47 pm UTC

Adacore wrote:
tms wrote:Today I learned SMS can give you a string of letters as sender. So supposedly you can't message back then.

At least in Korea, it's fairly easy to change the sender ID in SMS messages to anything you want. One of my acquaintances loves to do this to prank people, sending them messages from their boss's number to dress up extra smart for work, or come in an hour early, for example. It's a bit worrying, because it means if you want to be vindictive you could send messages appearing to be from someone else to one of their friends saying something really nasty (which is totally something this guy does if he's in a really bad mood).


That seems like a bad system. Then again, you can do the same with some email systems. I was able to send emails from other people's addresses in college. Couldn't read their mail, but I could send one supposedly from xxxxx@yyy.edu. Only used it a few times as proof of concept. Wonder if things have changed since then.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:51 pm UTC

emceng wrote:Wonder if things have changed since then.


Nope. As far as I know, most mail systems don't use any end-point authentication.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby You, sir, name? » Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:45 pm UTC

I run a sendmail on my work workstation (for testing purposes). With it, I'm able to send emails from "myself" in a way that looks superficially correct to anyone who doesn't look too closely at the headers. Which is really fucking weird considering the closed ecosystem that is an MS exchange server. Doesn't even verify mails that are supposedly internal...
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Menacing Spike » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:57 pm UTC

TIL some Dilbert strips get rejected

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:56 am UTC

The day after I had these dreams, I learned that if you want to have fucked-up dreams, watch a David Lynch or Stanley Kubrick film. I planned on having weird dreams, so decided to watch a mindfuck, and mission accomplished.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby mathmannix » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:58 pm UTC

TIL Popes could retire. Did not know that. Upon further investigation, I found that Pope Benedict IX, nearly a thousand years ago, was Pope for three [non-consecutive!] terms.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Russ Dobler » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:29 am UTC

TIL: What tartufo is.

Imagine ice cream with a candy shell.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby RollingHead » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:12 am UTC

Not really, it's more of a layered ball of ice cream with different flavours in the outside and centre.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Adacore » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:39 am UTC

Mochi is kind of like that though - ice cream with a rice cake shell.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby addams » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:27 am UTC

emceng wrote:
Adacore wrote:
tms wrote:Today I learned SMS can give you a string of letters as sender. So supposedly you can't message back then.

At least in Korea, it's fairly easy to change the sender ID in SMS messages to anything you want. One of my acquaintances loves to do this to prank people, sending them messages from their boss's number to dress up extra smart for work, or come in an hour early, for example. It's a bit worrying, because it means if you want to be vindictive you could send messages appearing to be from someone else to one of their friends saying something really nasty (which is totally something this guy does if he's in a really bad mood).


That seems like a bad system. Then again, you can do the same with some email systems. I was able to send emails from other people's addresses in college. Couldn't read their mail, but I could send one supposedly from xxxxx@yyy.edu. Only used it a few times as proof of concept. Wonder if things have changed since then.

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E-mails may look like I sent them, but I did not.
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I looked at the screen. I did not send that e-mail.

In person I could tell him. Only, in person.
I am a little frightened of e-mail, now.

oh, I do not know who sends e-mails, either.
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I may be communicating with damn near anyone.

It is better to communicate with strangers in Public, than it is to communicate with strangers in Private. Right?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:35 pm UTC

Today I learned that the Philadelphia PD deliberately dropped a bomb on a house in Philadelphia, destroying the entire block. Unsurprisingly, nobody was thrown in prison for it.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Dason » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:29 pm UTC

TIL: about therevolvinginternet.com

I had never been there before but a fellow forumite linked to it. I found out that therevolvinginternet.com stacks on itself. So if you click a link to therevolvinginternet.com from therevolvinginternet.com things spin faster and the music overlaps. If you thought the original was nauseating then you should not try stacking 15 layers of revolution.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:44 pm UTC

Dason wrote:TIL: about therevolvinginternet.com

I had never been there before but a fellow forumite linked to it. I found out that therevolvinginternet.com stacks on itself. So if you click a link to therevolvinginternet.com from therevolvinginternet.com things spin faster and the music overlaps. If you thought the original was nauseating then you should not try stacking 15 layers of revolution.


Meanwhile, in my browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0DBFElCttM
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Sean Quixote » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:45 am UTC

There is apparently a chess tactic known as a windmill. That is all.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:17 am UTC

Says the poster named Sean Quixote.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Dr. Diaphanous » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:21 am UTC

TIL the Ronpaul is not the same person as RuPaul
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Giant Speck » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:26 am UTC

That's what the Democrats and Republicans want you to think.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby 3rdtry » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:50 pm UTC

I learned there are these "HDD caddies" that fit where your laptop's DVD reader goes and let you have a 2nd hard disk in there. Thinkpads can even have batteries there.

Also, you, yes you, you just learned that you have no excuse to not buy an SSD right now (except for already having one, of course). Seriously, even a 60GB one is a fantastic inversion.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Adacore » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:05 am UTC

Incidentally, anything less than 60GB for a SSD is a touch on the small side. I've got an old 40GB one, but I barely have room for everything that absolutely has to be on it (which, when I think back to my previous PCs that operated perfectly well with a fraction of that much disk space in total, seems utterly ridiculous, but there you are).

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:33 pm UTC

That's... I'm sure there's an official name for it like Greg's Law of Resources or Smithers Resource Paradox or something, but whatever - that's the thing where hardware designers push hardware to run the current programs faster and programmers - now having more horsepower - create programs that fill those newly available resources.
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