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Old 09-10-2017, 11:37 PM
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The main discoverer of penicillin, Alexander Fleming, had a VERY unusual hobby: he would "paint" crude reproductions of classic paintings on petri dishes using bacteria.

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That while thirst demands immediate attention, hunger can wait. If a person gets really thirsty, they will stop whatever they are doing to take a drink. And will drink any liquid available (water, booze, urine, blood, swamp slime, whatever). But people can ignore hunger and have to be on the verge of total starvation before they'll eat things like rotted meat, live insects, or (in a nod to Stephen King) themselves.
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:51 AM
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There is a model of car in Britain called the Shooting-Brake.

Apparently it's like a two door station-wagon. Not quite a Hatchback, not quite (what the Brits call) an Estate.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:55 AM
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The use of ellipses in writing is considered ignorant on SDMB..... (Oops)! I am addicted to them! I am gonna taper off as best I can. I can't go cold turkey, but I do admit I have a problem!
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Old 09-23-2017, 04:35 PM
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That someone thought a good name for an Apple computer store in the UK was Stormfront. I just walked past it today and did a full double take.

Surely these people have been on the internet.
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:07 PM
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The main discoverer of penicillin, Alexander Fleming, had a VERY unusual hobby: he would "paint" crude reproductions of classic paintings on petri dishes using bacteria.


I used to draw smiley faces or my initials. My supervisor was not an art lover.
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:25 AM
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1. Necrosis in Japanese is "necrosis", at least for the two doctors I spoke to.
Was it nekrosis or nekros? I ask because a lot of Japanese medical words are borrow words from German -- they are the ones they got their info about western medicine from during the Meiji period and Babelfish says Nekrose is German for Necrosis.
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:54 PM
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I just found out that if a lobster loses its claw, it will grow a new one. I knew certain species of crabs did this, but I had no ideas about lobsters. I'm 45 years old and grew up in Maritime Canada. My father also did not know.
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Old 09-25-2017, 04:28 PM
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^Cool!

So I just leave it on the plate? It'll be like a lobster buffet!
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Old 09-25-2017, 07:51 PM
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I learned that there is such a thing as prescription-ground scuba masks! I love to swim but can't see a damn thing at the beach, thanks to my vision being 20/200 without my glasses. Getting a prescription mask opened a whole new world for me.
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Old 09-28-2017, 01:15 AM
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In the late 19th century, stoner was a slang term but it did not have its modern meaning. Back then, a stoner was a married woman who kept her original last name. The term derived from Lucy Stone, a women's rights leader who kept her last name after marrying Henry Blackwell in 1855.
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Old 09-28-2017, 02:54 AM
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Listening to music one enjoys releases dopamine into your blood steam.

It makes sense, but I just hadn't thought of it in that way before.
True but bear in mind a vast number of activities involve the release of dopamine. It has many functions within the brain and the wider nervous system.

Two very common misconceptions are that dopamine is just a pleasure chemical and that if two experiences both involve the release of dopamine then those experiences are "really" the same.

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However, one can "overdose" on a particular song. When Cream put out Sunshine of your Love, it was a huge hit and I really enjoyed listening to it, but I heard it the other day and it didn't feel like I got even a small drop of dopamine.
I've noticed something similar; sometimes I will binge on a new song, and just listen to it over and over. I know it's weird listening to it for the 10th time in a row, but I can't help myself.
However, when I binge in this way, the song has a low lifespan. Once I can tear myself away from it, it's done, and I may never enjoy hearing it again

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That while thirst demands immediate attention, hunger can wait. If a person gets really thirsty, they will stop whatever they are doing to take a drink. And will drink any liquid available (water, booze, urine, blood, swamp slime, whatever). But people can ignore hunger and have to be on the verge of total starvation before they'll eat things like rotted meat, live insects, or (in a nod to Stephen King) themselves.
Sounds suspiciously like a factoid. Any cite for that one?
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:42 AM
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No, I read it in a mystery book. But people will stop an important task to take a drink, but will ignore hunger.

I just learned that Hugh Hefner hired Jazz ("colored) bands to play at his clubs long before it was considered "proper." Much as I wasn't a fan of the man, that took cajones.
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Old 11-04-2017, 07:08 PM
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Giving this a bump.

Today I learned that sea snakes are amphibious. I knew they were air breathers, but they can also crawl on the land. In fact, they have to come onto land to digest their food, otherwise they become sluggish in the water and become prey for other predators.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:08 PM
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A bit of a niche topic here...

I just learned how to make an amazingly precise and simple drill bit in minutes out of some bits of drill rod (a.k.a. silver steel).

Anyone who works with metal will tell you that traditional twist drills wander. This is definitely the case, and I always thought that the only way to get an accurate hole was to drill it undersized and then ream it out with a reamer.

Then I heard about making a "D bit" on a machinist forum and started digging deeper.
Apparently everyone knows how to make these, and it only takes a few minutes on a grinder to make one, followed by a few minutes with a torch to harden it.

Last week I made a few and drilled the most amazing holes in aluminum, brass, and cast iron for the project I'm working on.
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Old 11-05-2017, 08:18 PM
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I just discovered that when you travel on a UN passport, neither the city nor nation of your birth are indicated. A unique passport in colour and style, plus some very interesting stamps indeed. But no nationality listed whatsoever!

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Old 11-06-2017, 05:16 AM
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I have a unique name for the US because it is not only from a different language, but it is an old fashioned name in that language. I've always known the English language translation (think Maria>Mary) but had no idea that it also can mean pearl. I have no independently verified this, but I like the idea of learning something new about my name!
My great grandmother was named Margaret, but hardly even knew that it WAS her name for many years, on account of everybody had been calling her Pearl for as long as she could remember.

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Old 11-06-2017, 05:20 AM
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I just learned a few weeks ago that Porsche is a German company. I always thought they were Italian.
Because of The Merchant of Venice, right?
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:37 AM
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I have lived in the Bergen County NJ area for over 30 years. I currently work in Teaneck, New Jersey.

I just found out that Teaneck, New Jersey was the first town in the entire United States of America to voluntarily integrate their public schools. Wiki cite

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I know this is over a year old now, but hey, we're all still learning stuff, right?

Anyways,

Today I learned that IKEA is technically a charity, and it's all run as a complex tax evasion scheme. They've been under investigation by the EU since at least 2017, apparently.

Relevant article: Ikea Is A Nonprofit, And Yes, That’s Every Bit As Fishy As It Sounds
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I learned, today, that in golf, a double eagle (two under par) is also called an "ALBATROSS!"
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:48 AM
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... a double eagle (two under par) ...
A double eagle (aka albatross) is a score of 3 under par on a hole. (Most often, 2 on a par 5.)
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:11 AM
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Because of The Merchant of Venice, right?
Don't call me stupid!
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:39 AM
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Mea culpa.

When the urgeoning American Mafia took a hit as a result of Prohibition, the KKK took advantage of their influence with the booming southern moonshining industry to make inroads on the mafia's weakened alcohol distribution networks. According to the documentary, the KKK had their fingers in a number of vice-related industries. When the KKK began dabbling in such industries, they structured their organization based on that of the Sicilian mafia.

I had no idea that the KKK had any agenda other than the suppression of blacks before viewing this show.

Hope that is clearer.
Also, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) dealt drugs, and the Mafia was the Sicilian resistance against the Italian occupation. It's like there's a connection between breaking the law and .... breaking the law. Not to mention the CIA and drug running
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:05 AM
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A double eagle (aka albatross) is a score of 3 under par on a hole. (Most often, 2 on a par 5.)
So 2 under par is an eagle, and 3 under par is a "double eagle"?

Guess I learned golfers aren't great mathematicians...

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I learned that a Spoonerism is when you switch the initial sounds of two words in a sentence, as in "I'm reading a thread in a Bessage Moard".
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Not terribly interesting, but I learned yesterday that my late uncle and my aunt's favorite rock star have (had?) the same birthday. I didn't think to pay attention to who had first billing though.
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I learned today that uptake rates for (free!) routine bowel cancer screening (aka poo sticks) in the UK are barely higher than 50% (!?!).

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/new...ore-the-test!/

I also found out that there is no follow up on mine. Whew.

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Old 01-11-2019, 08:41 AM
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A double eagle (aka albatross) is a score of 3 under par on a hole. (Most often, 2 on a par 5.)
So that's a brain fart! Guess I learned two things yesterday. I swear, I was looking right at "3 under par," and typed "2" anyway.

BTW, do you get wafers with it?
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:24 AM
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They make safety reading glasses.

A few months back I caught myself working on the lathe with reading glasses because I couldn't see my work well enough--not a good idea. I searched Amazon and found that safety reading glasses are a thing. Very cool for the not-so-young crowd.
Cooler - Multi focal contact lenses. They actually work. At least for me. No more reading glasses. Disposable, you put in a new one every day. They cost about a buck each. Check with your optometrist.

No. More. Reading. Glasses. So nice.

I found about a dozen pair of the things laying around the house, at work, in the car and such. Cleaned them up and gave them to the local library.
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This one is so embarrassing--I just found out that the last major league baseball team to be integrated was my own Boston Red Sox. Apparently the owner at the time was a big old racist. He gave Jackie Robinson a tryout, but did not hire him.

In fact, the Boston Bruins hockey team was integrated nefore the Red Sox.
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I learned that a Spoonerism is when you switch the initial sounds of two words in a sentence, as in "I'm reading a thread in a Bessage Moard".
Named after the Reverend Spooner who, thankfully, was never called upon to introduce Victoria Regina.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:26 PM
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So 2 under par is an eagle, and 3 under par is a "double eagle"?

Guess I learned golfers aren't great mathematicians...
They're not very good ornithologists, either.
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I learned that there is such a thing as prescription-ground scuba masks! I love to swim but can't see a damn thing at the beach, thanks to my vision being 20/200 without my glasses. Getting a prescription mask opened a whole new world for me.
Never seen Notting Hill then, I guess? That was a comedy point in the movie
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