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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Zohar » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:05 pm UTC

It's not a matter of getting it to people's homes, it's hard to get it to the actual communities.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Sableagle » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:42 pm UTC

This is the main road:

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Your battered, old 4x4 is the only vehicle.

Here are some of the villages you need to vaccinate.

It could be worse.

You could be trying to vaccinate everyone in this little place just north of Kano. Roads are good. Local contacts are nervous.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Angua » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:02 pm UTC

Cold chains are a bitch.

Even things that don't need a cold chain can be a problem given that room temperature is a good 10C higher than US/Europe so things degrade faster than their use by date would suggest.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Sableagle » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:07 pm UTC

Yesterday I learned that the Yorkshire Dales has signs up warning of fire risk and asking everyone not to smoke.

That's new (to me).
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Angua » Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:09 pm UTC

There are a lot of similar signs in the Peak District as well.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Sableagle » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:10 pm UTC

... that I shouldn't cycle along that route this week, because there's a large burdock just there.

Pardon the fruit smell. I just soaked my arm in hand sanitiser.

Anybody want six burdock seeds?
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Sableagle » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:04 pm UTC

... a much more accurate version of that "1.42 GHz" figure on the sticker on the back of your microwave oven:

1 420 405 751 . 786 Hz

Now if I had a similarly accurate way to measure the distance between hot spots, I could calculate the speed of light!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKwJayXTZUs
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby DavidSh » Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:48 pm UTC

This hydrogen maser frequency isn't in an any of the allocated frequency bands for microwave ovens; I doubt there are any ovens operating at 1.42 GHz. And figuring out the relationship between a 3d standing wave pattern in the oven cavity and wavelength isn't as easy as for a 1d oscillator. Nice video, though. Not every day somebody puts such an accurate clock into an orbit like that.

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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby addams » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:39 am UTC

DavidSh wrote:This hydrogen maser frequency isn't in an any of the allocated frequency bands for microwave ovens; I doubt there are any ovens operating at 1.42 GHz. And figuring out the relationship between a 3d standing wave pattern in the oven cavity and wavelength isn't as easy as for a 1d oscillator. Nice video, though. Not every day somebody puts such an accurate clock into an orbit like that.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Flumble » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:33 pm UTC

Today I learned that you can track users (specifically, find out which sites they've visited) by exploiting the :visited link style.

Basically, you start with a link with a bunch of styling that's pretty hard to draw (rotating, blurring, adding shadow) and a slightly different style for a link that's :visited. Then, with javascript, you cycle the link destination a bunch of times between a location that's definitely unvisited (e.g. wibbly.wobbly/timey/wimey) and the address you want to sniff (e.g. forums.xkcd.com/index.php) and measure how long it took. Since it has to redraw the link whenever it changes from visited to unvisited or vice-versa, this takes some time iff the sniffed link has been visited.

Luckily in firefox you can simply disable visited links in about:config, at least, since this fix. I don't mind not seeing visited links because my history is cleared very often anyway.

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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Sableagle » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:40 am UTC

Today I learned of the existence of "AA bore" as a shotgun size.

https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJn ... e_diameter).html

Diameter: 101.6 mm (4.0")

This is also a four-inch gun, according to wikipedia:
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I don't know whether to be more afraid of the guy who strolled down to his punt with that over his shoulder or of the duck that made him think he needed it.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:57 am UTC

TIL that the average American gets over a billion dongs every year.

Because "dong" is the Vietnamese unit of currency and it's so weak against the US dollar that a billion of them is below the mean personal income in the US.

A megadong is apparently just $43.07 right now. So for all you guys who always wished you had a megadong, you can get one pretty cheap right now.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Quercus » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:11 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:I don't know whether to be more afraid of the guy who strolled down to his punt with that over his shoulder or of the duck that made him think he needed it.


Um... That gun ain't for ducks. That gun's for flocks.

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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby ObsessoMom » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

Today I learned that Foreign Accent Syndrome is a thing. Huh.

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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Thesh » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:20 pm UTC

Is that similar to "black voice syndrome"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mzqahILpAs
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby ObsessoMom » Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:42 pm UTC

SNORT!

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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Kewangji » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:07 am UTC

Gosh, that was painful to watch.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby svenman » Sat May 18, 2019 6:13 pm UTC

TIL that you can get a papercut from a cardboard box.

Yes, I learnt it the usual way you learn about papercuts.
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby cyanyoshi » Sun May 19, 2019 10:03 pm UTC

TIL seals have claws.

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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby New User » Sun May 19, 2019 11:19 pm UTC

That makes them well-adapted for climbing trees.

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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Angua » Mon May 20, 2019 8:37 am UTC

New User wrote:That makes them well-adapted for climbing trees.

So they can hunt shoals of bananas
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Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Postby Sableagle » Mon May 20, 2019 11:12 am UTC

When fish learn to hide in trees, seals learn to climb trees. Such is the life, in nature.

Today I learned that an elder tree regrowing from a stump produces really HUGE leaves compared to an elder tree growing all over multiple branches because it's been years since it was stumped.
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