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Today I Learned

Postby Quixotess » Mon May 26, 2008 3:09 am UTC

They say you learn something new every day. What did you learn?

Today I learned that while there are many things you can do when you're home alone that you can't do otherwise, you shouldn't necessarily do them all at once. For example, if it's a nice day you can walk around without your top on, or you can leave the front door open, but you can't do both at the same time.

...Hypothetically.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby SecondTalon » Mon May 26, 2008 3:16 am UTC

Sure you can. In your home you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, so it's not like you'd be guilty of indecent exposure. Unlike if you were sunbathing in your backyard topless. Being outdoors, it doesn't carry the same reasonable expectation of privacy.

Unless you mean you can't do it because someone might see, not because it's illegal. In which case you're right... someone might see. But isn't that the point of wandering around inside your home semi-nude with the doors and/or windows open?
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Likpok » Mon May 26, 2008 3:20 am UTC

Today I learned that satellite internet is heavily affected when it storms outside. Also, that I can check into my plane online, and print out a boarding pass.


Previously, I learned what a pig looks like. On the inside. It was simultaneously the coolest and grossest thing I have ever done. You have not lived until you have held something in your hand and said "Is this intestine? Artery? colon? I hope it's colon". Also I learned how to skin. The bacon was a bitch.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Quixotess » Mon May 26, 2008 3:22 am UTC

@SecondTalon: Yes, it's because someone might see, and no, that is not the point. Good heavens, no. The point is for you to cool off.

Something else I learned today: the word "learn" and its variants have a very fast "this word doesn't look like a word anymore" effect.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby kellsbells » Mon May 26, 2008 3:23 am UTC

I learned that some kinds of music are good to write poetry to, and others aren't. I have a poetry assignment for school, and I thought that listening to a lyrically beautiful song would encourage such thoughts in myself as I wrote. The second stanza turned out as mostly the lyrics to The National's song "Fake Empire". Heh. Instrumental only from now on.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby btilly » Mon May 26, 2008 3:56 am UTC

I learned the right lyrics to Loch Lomond. And I learned what it is about. :)

I had plenty of time to practice while comforting a hungry baby who was refusing the bottle. :(
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Drake Zure » Mon May 26, 2008 4:50 am UTC

I learned that, through an unlikely chain of events, the word "muffins" now turns me on, expecially when in quotation marks.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Aleril » Mon May 26, 2008 4:59 am UTC

I learned that my 360 can die, and it's grave is 3/4's of a satanic halo.



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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Jack Saladin » Mon May 26, 2008 5:08 am UTC

... You only just learned that? Is this the first time you've used the internet in, like, ever?

I think the failure rate has been put at a very minimum of 16%, probably something like 24%, and possibly as high as 33% for the 360.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Aleril » Mon May 26, 2008 5:15 am UTC

Fearbears?! wrote:... You only just learned that? Is this the first time you've used the internet in, like, ever?

I think the failure rate has been put at a very minimum of 16%, probably something like 24%, and possibly as high as 33% for the 360.



I know that this happens to 360's, but I never thought it would hoped it wouldn't happen to mine.

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Re: Today You Learned

Postby DaMullet » Mon May 26, 2008 5:36 am UTC

I learned that pennies make terrible screwdrivers.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby EdgarJPublius » Mon May 26, 2008 5:38 am UTC

today I learned that piddling around for hours at the lake without a shirt or sunscreen or, while fun, has painful consequences.

This is a lesson I learn with little variation every summer, I figure eventually it'll either stick or I'll die of malignant melanoma.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Mr. Beck » Mon May 26, 2008 6:27 am UTC

Today I learned that drying paint still smell like paint for a good long while.
Also, a dremel tool is far better than tinsnips at cutting wire.
Also, my computer is actually really, really loud. (Epiphany produced by moving box to top of desk. I need new fans :x !)
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Mon May 26, 2008 8:07 am UTC

Well, today I learnt that I really should do some more revision for my exams, as I really don't know enough.

Yesterday I learnt that waking still drunk is weird, and best solved by going back to bed again. I also learnt that revising while drunk doesn't really work.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby cyberia » Mon May 26, 2008 12:18 pm UTC

Today I learnt that taking chances with new friends can be worth it :)


Otter/duck - this thread reminds me of being at uni. Every day, my friends and I would ask each other what the most interesting / amazing / surreal thing was that happened to them the day before. It was always fun seeing what goes on in a seemingly 'normal' day.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Lanth » Mon May 26, 2008 3:39 pm UTC

Lowering a pallet filled some 2-3m high with vegetables onto your foot hurts. A lot.

My workplace legally has to give me two days off in a row each week (ie, Monday and Tuesday, but not Monday and Wednesday).
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Dobblesworth » Mon May 26, 2008 4:18 pm UTC

Today I learned our family at sometime had a Commodore 64 computer. However, this only came to light in an attic clear-out session, and all we found was the keyboard with no wiring for it. Apart from being seriously dusty, it was in good condition 8)
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Wanderingcowboy » Mon May 26, 2008 4:49 pm UTC

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Re: Today You Learned

Postby directionless_goals » Mon May 26, 2008 5:44 pm UTC

Today I learned that I was naive to trust upper management when they said "We have it under control".

I'm not paid enough to deal with the "engineering" that they try to do themselves.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby HedgehogsAreFunneh » Mon May 26, 2008 7:17 pm UTC

Today I learned that if I ever get lost on my way to a class, they will inevitably be (a) doing something really cool, or (b) be having free time.
And I'll miss it.
Always.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby kovan » Mon May 26, 2008 8:17 pm UTC

I just learned that Andrew Jones does not work here.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Yuri2356 » Mon May 26, 2008 8:22 pm UTC

I learned that you can buy d20s made of meteorites.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Shakleton » Mon May 26, 2008 8:28 pm UTC

Today I learned that if you have ... like... 4-5 Weeks time for an history assignment it will probably too much for one monday afternoon. Goddamnit. Learned that lesson once again and should probably head off to work again.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby hipp5 » Mon May 26, 2008 9:50 pm UTC

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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Quadropus » Mon May 26, 2008 11:14 pm UTC

Today I learnt that some female folk can make things really awkward after drunken "encounters" where as other have the ability to not.

Also that I have slightly more money than I thought - huzzah!
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby selective_yellow » Mon May 26, 2008 11:48 pm UTC

Today I learned that trying to deal with a group of stupid people is not as fun as it would seem, especially when someone lazy is one power-notch ahead of you, thus rendering you powerless.

I should have learned that ages ago, but you sort of grow attached to those stupid people.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Aleril » Tue May 27, 2008 2:14 am UTC

Cheese and Honey aren't as tasty as they make it out to be.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby ParanoidDrone » Tue May 27, 2008 2:20 am UTC

I learned that my step dad is incapable of putting a half-decent amount of barbecue sauce on anything.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby muffin of doom » Tue May 27, 2008 2:34 am UTC

Today I learned what the inside of my air conditioner looks like after not being cleaned in at least a year and a half. Ew.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Ramses IV » Tue May 27, 2008 2:42 am UTC

Today I learned about some nuances of Windows Movie Maker. Also, I learned that Quixotess is a girl. Who knew?
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Quixotess » Tue May 27, 2008 3:24 am UTC

Ramses IV wrote:Today I learned about some nuances of Windows Movie Maker. Also, I learned that Quixotess is a girl. Who knew?

Congratulations. What tipped you off?

Today, I watched Harry and the Hendersons and thereby learned that John Lithgow has fallen far further than I had suspected. Oh, John, you were never great, but did you have to go so low?
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Shizo » Tue May 27, 2008 3:52 am UTC

Today I learned that two of my new friends have jobs at the waterpark.

Shit will be SO cash.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Griffin » Tue May 27, 2008 5:18 am UTC

I learned that climbing waterfalls is possible, but beneath them is a thick layer of solid GREEN that will forever stain your clothes.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby niko7865 » Tue May 27, 2008 5:52 am UTC

I learned that alcohol can cause one to make poor judgment choices.

I also learned that thongs are comfortable.

I would not like to elaborate.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby btilly » Tue May 27, 2008 6:38 am UTC

niko7865 wrote:I learned that alcohol can cause one to make poor judgment choices.

I also learned that thongs are comfortable.

I would not like to elaborate.

And tomorrow you learn that one shouldn't leave comments like that sitting out there on the internet. Because people will want you to elaborate. :P

Anyways I thought about this thread and decided to think through my last week.

Monday: Learned that getting a dental implant really does not hurt as much as losing the tooth in the first place.
Tuesday: Learned a number of things about my brother, including the fact that his wife just left him. :-(
Wednesday: Learned where a good Vietnamese place is close to work.
Thursday: Learned a lot about how to design the piece of software I was working on.
Friday: I learned that I could make good pancakes with eggbeaters instead of eggs, and they would have less cholesterol.
Saturday: Learned that my brother's project (he conceived of it, and lead the team that produced it) earned his employer an award for being the most innovative law firm in the world. Was suitably impressed. Learned that my son was sick.
Sunday: I already documented learning a song properly. While I was at it learned that my wife was part Scottish. (For years she had thought she was part English, but recently learned otherwise.)
Monday: Learned that my son currently prefers Beatrix Potter to Winnie The Pooh. (At 3 he doesn't really understand either, but he enjoys them.)

So yes, it does seem that I learn something every day. :-)
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Jack Saladin » Tue May 27, 2008 9:58 am UTC

Friday: I learned that I could make good pancakes with eggbeaters instead of eggs, and they would have less cholesterol.

... I am going to assume that we have very different definitions of 'eggbeaters'.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Toeofdoom » Tue May 27, 2008 12:08 pm UTC

Fearbears?! wrote:
Friday: I learned that I could make good pancakes with eggbeaters instead of eggs, and they would have less cholesterol.

... I am going to assume that we have very different definitions of 'eggbeaters'.


I think that's a safe assumption. The eggbeaters I think of would not make very good pancakes.

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Re: Today You Learned

Postby Vanguard » Tue May 27, 2008 12:10 pm UTC

I learned that that one song on this undercity Morrowind mod was actually from Resident evil 1 :D
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby existential_elevator » Tue May 27, 2008 12:21 pm UTC

Yesterday I learned that Sweden still has a very stable economy despite the current world situation..

...today I'm going to goddamn learn to count to ten in Swedish.
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Re: Today You Learned

Postby the_bandersnatch » Tue May 27, 2008 1:47 pm UTC

Today I learned that today (Tuesday) is named after the ancient Norse god Týr, who was one of the foremost gods of their pantheon before being somewhat relegated to the sidelines by Odin, Thor and the rest. The legends about him losing his hand to the wolf Fenrir also seem to be the basis for Tolkien's story of Beren and him losing his hand to Sauron in wolf-form.

Tuesday comes from Old English tíwesdæg, or Týr's day. His name also became a generic Germanic term for "god" and his rune was basically a penis:

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