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Postby Ren » Fri May 25, 2007 7:46 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I just learned I'm going to be on country-wide CBC radio today. One of the producers for Almanac just called me and asked if I could talk for five minutes today.

...

*spastic explosion*


ZOMG!!!

I lessthanthree CBC.
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Postby Mother Superior » Fri May 25, 2007 8:44 pm UTC

I've learned that every continent begins with the same letter it ends with. And that there is only one country in Europe that begins with B and it's Britain, even though techincally it's not a country and it technically begins with G. So there is in fact, no country in Europe that begins with B. :P
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Postby warriorness » Fri May 25, 2007 8:50 pm UTC

Mother Superior wrote:I've learned that every continent begins with the same letter it ends with. And that there is only one country in Europe that begins with B and it's Britain, even though techincally it's not a country and it technically begins with G. So there is in fact, no country in Europe that begins with B. :P


What about Bulgaria and Bosnia?
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Postby miles01110 » Fri May 25, 2007 8:52 pm UTC

warriorness wrote:What about Bulgaria and Bosnia?


Haha, Mother Superior just got owned.

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Postby Gordon » Fri May 25, 2007 8:53 pm UTC

warrioress pwned Superior like Belgium pwned chocolate.
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Postby Mother Superior » Fri May 25, 2007 8:59 pm UTC

miles01110 wrote:
warriorness wrote:What about Bulgaria and Bosnia?


Haha, Mother Superior just got owned.


You have no idea... :(
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Postby bbctol » Fri May 25, 2007 9:01 pm UTC

And Belarus...

edit: And Belgium...

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Postby SpitValve » Fri May 25, 2007 10:20 pm UTC

Depends if you count Oceania as a continent...

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Postby Swordfish » Fri May 25, 2007 10:20 pm UTC

bbctol, I think you're just adding insult to injury...

It's okay Mother Superior, go have a cookie.

Chrono285 wrote:Yeah, America was discovered at the end of the 15th century.


Careful with that statement. In addition to what gmalivuk said, you've got this guy who was here nearly 500 years before Columbus.

Anyway, Today I learned that there is no real way to phonetically write my name in Japanese (at least, so far in my very basic understanding of the language).
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri May 25, 2007 10:24 pm UTC

Ren wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I just learned I'm going to be on country-wide CBC radio today. One of the producers for Almanac just called me and asked if I could talk for five minutes today.

...

*spastic explosion*


ZOMG!!!

I lessthanthree CBC.

I feel retarded now :( They didn't have enough time to get to me.

DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!1

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Postby Ren » Fri May 25, 2007 10:25 pm UTC

Aww.
However, I am currently listening to CBC Radio 3 and realizing that I don't have enough money to buy the Great Lakes Swimmers' new album.

And that is sad.
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Postby Matt_B » Fri May 25, 2007 10:37 pm UTC

Chrono285 wrote:Yeah, America was discovered at the end of the 15th century.


Careful with that statement. In addition to what gmalivuk said, you've got this guy who was here nearly 500 years before Columbus.


Actually it's this guy since were talking about discovery not landing.

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Postby Swordfish » Fri May 25, 2007 11:05 pm UTC

Matt_B wrote:Actually it's this guy since were talking about discovery not landing.


Technically, I never claimed that Lief Erikson was the first European to discover America. I simply said that he was here 500 years before Columbus.

:P
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But what you posted kinda helps my point anyway.
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Postby Matt_B » Fri May 25, 2007 11:18 pm UTC

Surprising thing I learned today: You're right. Technically you didn't say so.

EDIT: But you meant it! Confess!! Confess!! Cardinal, poke him with the soft cushions!!!

(Did I just break an xkcd rule?

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Postby Swordfish » Fri May 25, 2007 11:47 pm UTC

It's fun to be a semantical bastard. :)

Also I won't confess anything... unless you give me the comfy chair.

EDIT- also 100th post!!!
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Postby davef » Fri May 25, 2007 11:58 pm UTC

Swordfish wrote:
Chrono285 wrote:Yeah, America was discovered at the end of the 15th century.


Careful with that statement. In addition to what gmalivuk said, you've got this guy who was here nearly 500 years before Columbus.


If this is true it's 500 years earlier again...

I didn't really learn anything interesting today, sorry. :oops:
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Postby Matt_B » Sat May 26, 2007 12:04 am UTC

But the Norse presence is proven...

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Postby Swordfish » Sat May 26, 2007 12:09 am UTC

First of all, that seems like a pretty big if to me.

Secondly, once again...

Swordfish wrote:Technically, I never claimed that Lief Erikson was the first European to discover America.
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Postby davef » Sat May 26, 2007 12:20 am UTC

Swordfish and Matt_B wrote:stuff about Brendan the Voyager


I know. I just wanted to throw a cat in amongst all them pigeons!
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Postby Radio Free Eurasia » Sat May 26, 2007 12:28 am UTC

Swordfish wrote:
Careful with that statement. In addition to what gmalivuk said, you've got this guy who was here nearly 500 years before Columbus.


Now you're just going to start a battle of semantics about what it actually constitutes to "discover" something...since Eriksson left no discernible imprint on the continent, and Europe was virtually unaffected, can you say he really discovered it?

But that still has some blatant ethnocentric bias.
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Postby Swordfish » Sat May 26, 2007 1:30 am UTC

Discover- to obtain sight or knowledge of for the first time.

Therefore, Herjolfsson was the European discoverer of America

There's your semantics! :P

Now we've established that Bjarni Herjolfsson was the first European that we have any proof of laying eyes on North America. Did that truly have no effect? It was partially his stories that motivated Erikson to look for it.

In any case, if you're looking for some kind of impact to be made in order to qualify as a discovery, well, they're in history books for their accomplishments, on that wiki page I showed you are picture of two statues built in Erikson's honor, and October 9th in the US is officially Leif Erikson Day.

Quick aside: I've spelled his name about 6 different ways tonight.

If there was enough of an impact to get all of that, then I'd say at least Erikson qualifies to fit your definition of discoverer.
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Postby Castaway » Sat May 26, 2007 2:08 am UTC

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Postby shadebug » Sat May 26, 2007 12:30 pm UTC

Honestly, I'd be amazed if Europeans had found Greenland but not then found Canadia
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Postby Sandry » Sat May 26, 2007 4:12 pm UTC

McLurker wrote:Here's a surprising potato-related fact. Potatoes may have been introduced into Britain from the wreck of the Spanish Armada (1588).


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I just had a similar thought about the above quote. Somehow "Here's a surprising potato-related fact," is a sentence that fills me with utter glee.
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Postby Peshmerga » Sat May 26, 2007 4:17 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure it was this fellow who found America first.
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Postby djn » Sat May 26, 2007 4:22 pm UTC

Rebuilding a raid mirror takes roughly forever. It's not that I'd expected it to be fast, but until now I hadn't thought about how long it would take.

Oh, and a Highpoint rocketraid card won't present bare drives to the OS. You'll have to either make a raid, or get them tagged as "legacy", which requires them to have a valid MBR. Which requires OS access.
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Sat May 26, 2007 8:10 pm UTC

Citizenship: Since in Canada you're a Canadian citizen if you are either i) born in Canada or ii) born to a Canadian, when a Dutch princess was here and went into labour, they declared her hospital room Dutch territory so that the child wouldn't be a Canadian citizen.
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Postby Swordfish » Sun May 27, 2007 2:19 am UTC

Peshmerga wrote:I'm pretty sure it was this fellow who found America first.


gmalivuk covered that, we've been talking about the first European discoverer.
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Postby Pathway » Sun May 27, 2007 3:01 am UTC

Mother Superior wrote:I've learned that every continent begins with the same letter it ends with. And that there is only one country in Europe that begins with B and it's Britain, even though techincally it's not a country and it technically begins with G. So there is in fact, no country in Europe that begins with B. :P


North America.

South America.

@Castaway: Honestly, it's a pretty common topic. Sorry you had to find out like this.
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Postby __Kit » Sun May 27, 2007 3:06 am UTC

Oooh a shitload really (just spent past 4 hours reading this HUGE piece of literature on Strength Training) - so how about - Hypertrophy is more beneficial the Hyperplasia!
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Postby Narsil » Sun May 27, 2007 3:29 am UTC

Castaway wrote:My friends recorded a song about my girlfriend's vagina.
Today I learned how little I want to hear about someone's girlfriend's vagina.
Spoiler:
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Postby bigglesworth » Sun May 27, 2007 10:17 am UTC

Another thing about vaginas you didn't want to know: During my birth, More than a feeling by Boston was playing. Learnt that yesterday.

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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sun May 27, 2007 10:30 am UTC

Today i learned that eating 4 bowls of lucky charms will not be enough to satisfy my hunger, but enough to keep me awake at 5 30 am central.

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Postby no-genius » Sun May 27, 2007 12:00 pm UTC

Swordfish wrote:bbctol, I think you're just adding insult to injury...

It's okay Mother Superior, go have a cookie.

Chrono285 wrote:Yeah, America was discovered at the end of the 15th century.


Careful with that statement. In addition to what gmalivuk said, you've got this guy who was here nearly 500 years before Columbus.


How come natives never get recognition for discovering their country? This seems massively unfair

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Postby Verysillyman » Sun May 27, 2007 12:13 pm UTC

Natives didn't really discover their land, they just happeed to be there.

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Postby no-genius » Sun May 27, 2007 12:18 pm UTC

Verysillyman wrote:Natives didn't really discover their land, they just happened to be there FIRST.


Fixed :P
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Postby Verysillyman » Sun May 27, 2007 12:25 pm UTC

Thankyou. And welcome back from the dead.

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Postby hermaj » Sun May 27, 2007 12:55 pm UTC

I have discovered that apparently any narrator must put a silly deep accent on the word "seductive". Or should that be seduuhhhctive? It is pretty annoying. I know what you're trying to convey, but you're really not going to get me hot and bothered just by purring in the middle of a word.

Other words for which this seems to apply:
- Demuurrre
- Pierce Brohhhhsnan
- Uma Thuuuurrman

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Postby jestingrabbit » Sun May 27, 2007 1:01 pm UTC

hermaj wrote:I have discovered that apparently any narrator must put a silly deep accent on the word "seductive". Or should that be seduuhhhctive? It is pretty annoying. I know what you're trying to convey, but you're really not going to get me hot and bothered just by purring in the middle of a word.

Other words for which this seems to apply:
- Demuurrre
- Pierce Brohhhhsnan
- Uma Thuuuurrman


Watching that hottest action stars thing? Best narrator: the one who does "king arthur's disasters" on ABC at about 4:30pm. Funny show, funny narrator.

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Postby hermaj » Sun May 27, 2007 1:09 pm UTC

Hehe, yeah, my mum watches the shows before it so it was on TV just now :D

But I swear this is true for any sort of narrator/newsready type person. I'm thinking Anna Coren does this a lot, for example. There are probably other words that are emphasised to convey their meaning too, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

Also yes! That is quite a funny show, though usually I only catch the end before my guilty pleasure, Rollercoaster. I look at Elliot and think he is the kind of guy that would appreciate XKCD. So, just in case, hi Elliot! I am 19 and I still think you're awesome. :P


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