Post something you've learnt today

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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Flower » 19 Nov 2020, 12:02

Despite the angst surrounding the growing number of coronavirus cases nationwide and the ongoing upheaval over President Trump's refusal to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, there will still be a turkey pardon at the White House next week.
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Postby Charlie O. » 19 Nov 2020, 17:35

Flower wrote:Despite the angst surrounding the growing number of coronavirus cases nationwide and the ongoing upheaval over President Trump's refusal to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, there will still be a turkey pardon at the White House next week.

But only if the turkey signs a loyalty pledge first.
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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby C » 19 Nov 2020, 18:11

That an archdeacon is now called a vicar general






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Postby Charlie O. » 19 Nov 2020, 18:30

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My late mother gave me this book for xmas years ago, and I'm only just now reading it cover-to-cover. It's wonderfully funny and fascinating, and I could post something from it on this thread every day but I won't.

So I'll just give you this: the term Hocus Pocus comes to us from the jester of the court of King James I (he of King James Version Bible fame). James was a Protestant who enjoyed jokes at the expense of Catholics, and his court jester was what we would now call a Comedy Magician. Whenever he would change something into something else he'd say "Hocus Pocus!" - a comedic perversion of the Latin words a Catholic priest would say when "magically" transubstantiating a piece of bread into a piece of Christ's body during communion, Hoc est corpus meum ("This is my body"). It caught on, obviously.

"Hocus pocus" eventually begat the word "hoax," which in turn begat "hokum."
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 19 Nov 2020, 18:39

Yes, that’s a splendid book. I think DD sent me it in a secret Santa?
Genuinely fascinating stuff in there.
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Postby Sam Stone » 19 Nov 2020, 19:32

Charlie O. wrote:
But only if the turkey signs a loyalty pledge first.

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And only if they demand a recount of the huge numbers of turkeys
who voted against Thanksgiving.

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 24 Nov 2020, 14:19

‘Le Mesurier’ is pronounced Mes-you-ree-er and not Mes-you-ree-ay.
I don’t know how I didn’t know this, as it’s pronounced exactly as it should be according to the spelling.
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Postby Robert » 24 Nov 2020, 17:48

Minnie the Minx wrote:‘Le Mesurier’ is pronounced Mes-you-ree-er and not Mes-you-ree-ay.
I don’t know how I didn’t know this, as it’s pronounced exactly as it should be according to the spelling.



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Postby Charlie O. » 24 Nov 2020, 18:11

I learnt that sideburns were previously called burnsides, named after Ambrose Burnside, a Union army general during the American Civil War.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 24 Nov 2020, 18:18

Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, CA.
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Postby harvey k-tel » 27 Nov 2020, 14:52

The American writer Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) died from peritonitis after swallowing a martini olive with the toothpick still in it.
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Postby Dr. Baron » 27 Nov 2020, 15:30

harvey k-tel wrote:The American writer Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) died from peritonitis after swallowing a martini olive with the toothpick still in it.


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I did not know that
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Postby Dr. Baron » 27 Nov 2020, 15:30

The marijuana biz is thriving in Oklahoma

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Quaco wrote:Are you fucking high?
take5_d_shorterer wrote:If John Bonham simply didn't listen to enough Tommy Johnson or Blind Willie Mctell, that's his doing.
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Postby C » 29 Nov 2020, 10:08

That Dave Prowse, who sadly died recently, was also the road safety person for kids - the Green Cross Code Man

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Postby Rorschach » 29 Nov 2020, 12:38

The red stuff that drips out of a rare steak isn't blood. Its colour is due to a substance called myoglobin, which does, you know, chemical/biology stuff in the muscles to provide them with oxygen. As opposed to haemoglobin which does, erm, that sort of thing in blood.

Or something.
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Postby Samoan » 29 Nov 2020, 14:04

I've just heard the Georgian national anthem sung for the first time and very beautiful and rousing it was too.
Nonsense to the aggressiveness, I've seen more aggression on the my little pony message board......I mean I was told.


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Postby Minnie the Minx » 30 Nov 2020, 02:37

The sticking out tongue icon used by the Stones is based on the tongue of the goddess Kali!
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Postby Corporate whore » 30 Nov 2020, 11:22

There are only two Female musicians on all of the Beatles recordings*

Harp on 'she's Leaving Home', and a Cello.


*SIngers are not classed as musicians.
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Postby Flower » 01 Dec 2020, 13:01

I had forgotten that today was "Giving Tuesday"

https://givingtuesday.ca/

GivingTuesday - the global day of giving

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners - nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals - to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.


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Re: Post something you've learnt today

Postby Minnie the Minx » 02 Dec 2020, 21:08

Be alert and be aware
When you eat Ferrero Rocher
Hazelnuts are calorific
(800 k a cup, to be specific)
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Someone in your line of work usually as their own man cave aka the shed we're they can potter around fixing stuff or something don't they?


Flower wrote:I just did a google search.