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Re: Today I Learned

Postby UniqueScreenname » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:37 pm UTC

I like McDonald's tea, but that may just be because it is unbelievably cheap.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Adacore » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:34 am UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:Not sure how it is in the UK, but from what I understand, you have to ask for your drink along with your meal.

That is the norm in most places I've been to. Fancy restaurants will often take drinks orders first, and if the restaurant is full and you have to wait for your table then a good restaurant will offer you drinks while you wait, but most generic chain places you order drinks and food together. At pubs, of course, you'd normally order drinks and food together, at the bar, but you could order drinks first; they give you the drinks immediately - you carry them to the table yourself, then the food arrives when it's ready.

I often go into a restaurant not knowing what I want to drink, but I suppose if I knew I'd have to order drinks first I might decide beforehand. Also, I'll frequently want wine, which means I'll have to look at the wine list - there's no way you can choose a wine in advance of choosing your food. I suppose at a fancy restaurant you might well order an apertif when you arrive, giving you time to choose food and the drinks for your meal.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:38 am UTC

JBJ wrote:
yurell wrote:What's the difference between 'sweetened' and 'unsweetened'? Do they just chuck a tonne of sugar in it if you want it sweetened (if so, it seems an odd thing to specify rather than just adding it yourself)? And do we mean the same thing when we say 'iced tea' (that is brewed tea with ice, or occasionally turned into a dairy version)?

When we (US) say iced tea, that's tea that is brewed hot, then ice is added or the container is refrigerated. Dairy is rarely added to hot tea in the US. It's practically unheard of for iced teas.

As for the difference between sweetened and unsweetened, that can also depend on where you are.
In the Southern US, sweet tea is pre-sweetened during the steeping process. 1-Boil water, 2-steep tea, 3-add sugar, 4-stir hot tea/sugar solution until dissolved, 5-add ice to cool (or refrigerate container)
In the Northern US (at least east coast, don't know much about west coast traditions), if you ask for sweet tea, you're given unsweetened tea (same process as above, minus the sugar) and a spoon. You then add sugar yourself to taste.


This. All of this. Here in the States, the tea is brewed, then sugar and ice will be added. In most restaurants, the tea will be in what is often referred to as a "tea urn", usually something like this:

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There is a divider about halfway down the urn, about where the spout is. The top half holds tea; the bottom half allows the urn to be submerged in a cooler full of ice (if desired) to keep it chilled. Most restaurants have special tea brewers that can brew and dispense the tea directly into the urn. Sugar is added manually, stirred with a wire whisk or large spoon, then placed up on the counter, and depending on the restaurant, is either accessible to the servers only, or to the customers.

In sit-down restaurants, you'll have servers wandering around with pitchers of tea, soda, and water. All will have a lot of ice in them. In most restaurants, the same server who took your order will refill your drinks, either automatically, or when you request it. Sometimes a server who is assigned to another section might wander by your table, see your glass is empty, and refill it. They're supposed to inquire if you have a certain beverage. Your own server should be able to remember what you're drinking.

Now some restaurants, primarily Asian cuisine restaurants, do serve milk tea, sometimes referred to as Thai Tea. It is heavily sweetened, mainly due to being made with coconut milk. Some might use sweetened condensed milk.

Wednesday wrote:Many fast food places are serving gold peak brand tea, which is actually quite decent. Five Guys burgers and I think Popeye's chicken both have the four-way machines.


Not Popeye's. Not the ones I've been into, at least. They make their own tea. Five Guys, yes. I think Burger King may have Gold Peak. I know Subway serves Gold Peak, as do a handful of local restaurants semi-modeled as fast-food (food may take less than normal to prepare; drinks are self-serve). I'm on the fence about Gold Peak. Some restaurants that have it, I don't think they clean it enough or something, because it had a funky taste to it. Others are better.
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Re: Today I Learned

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby soratidus999 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:57 pm UTC

TIL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spastic_diplegia

apparently the doctor recons i have a mild case of it, now i know what it actually is.... 6 years later

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby cplns » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:19 pm UTC


TIL: All of that. I'd heard the term in a medical context, and in the
Wikipedia wrote:In American slang, the term "spaz" is largely inoffensive, and is generally understood as a casual word for clumsiness, sometimes associated with overexcitability, excessive startle response ("jumpiness"), excessive energy, or hyperactivity.

context, but never as any kind of slur. Hmm.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby philsov » Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:50 pm UTC

TIL: I can twat twits.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:47 pm UTC

You can also twit twats.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby roband » Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:48 pm UTC

Have a break, have a twit twat.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bigglesworth » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:02 pm UTC

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:You can also twit twats.
Can you really?
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Red Hal » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:22 pm UTC

You can tweet about twatting twits on twitter. On the tea front, the water added to the tea must be above 90C or it won't brew properly, and it is for this reason that a kettle is so useful. If I'm making a single cup for myself, my kettle can boil the water in under a minute. As has also been pointed out a kettle is a great way to boil water for the pan when cooking.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:34 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:
e^iπ+1=0 wrote:You can also twit twats.
Can you really?

Yes. Although primarily a noun (in my experience, anyway), twit can also be a verb meaning to taunt or ridicule. So to twit twats would be to shout insults at either vaginas or fools.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:52 am UTC

Today I Learned: How to break a video into frames using Windows Live Movie Maker. It's a pain-in-the-ass process, and I don't think the frames are all that great, but what do you expect from free software by Microsoft? All I need to do is attach the song I plan to use, and arrange the frames in the proper order to make the character seem like they're playing the tune.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Menacing Spike » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:04 am UTC

Real Men use FFMPEG and a 3 lines long command.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby cplns » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:58 pm UTC

TIL that the stomach flu breakouts in military campaigns may be the origin of the phrase "no guts, no glory."

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby A duck » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:01 pm UTC

Today I learned that people use Jurrassic Park as an argument for why things like cloning is wrong. Uhh... Look. Raptors are already around. Preventing cloning won't save you.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Zarq » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:14 pm UTC

They're sorta less dangerous now.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:51 pm UTC

No, no. That's a T-rex.

This is a raptor:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Diemo » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:54 pm UTC

No no

this is a rap tour
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby brenok » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:03 pm UTC

No, this is a rapture:

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:13 pm UTC

No, this is a wrapped turd:

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:42 pm UTC

Generation Y. I don't remember the First Gulf War, but do remember floppy disks.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

No, this is a rope tier.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Magnanimous » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:38 pm UTC

No, this is erupter.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Fire Brns » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:52 pm UTC

No, this is a rupture

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Noc » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:05 am UTC

No, this is a Rupture:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SurgicalSteel » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:10 am UTC

Guys guys guys, this is a Rampart:
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Giant Speck » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:22 am UTC

I hate to say it, but this is ramp art.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby UniqueScreenname » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:28 am UTC

No, no, no, guys. Ram part.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby bluebambue » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:52 am UTC

No, this is a ram heart
(spoiler for slight gore)
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:01 am UTC

No you silly...this is a Reinhart.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby brenok » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:27 am UTC

Now this is developing into a forum game...

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This is rain art
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TIL random things spontaneously pop out on the Internet... ok, not today, always.

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Fire Brns » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:50 am UTC

no, this is Rhine art:
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Edit: I vote this gets moved to forum games.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Magnanimous » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:52 am UTC

Spoiler:
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Rampart.

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Re: Today I Learned

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Fire Brns » Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:01 am UTC

bluebambue wrote:Forum Games link viewtopic.php?f=14&t=101618

I like it but you made the first one to hard to morph.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Carlington » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:29 am UTC

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NO, THIS IS PATRICK.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby roband » Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:27 pm UTC

I REFUSE TO GO TO FUNNYJUNK TO VIEW THAT IMAGE

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Re: Today I Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:03 pm UTC

And on that note - knock it off.
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Re: Today I Learned

Postby Vieto » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:56 pm UTC

It was fun while it lasted.
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