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Old 06-03-2017, 11:32 AM
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No, because it's not worth mentioning, and let's put the brakes on the political commentary, please. Thanks
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Old 06-03-2017, 11:35 AM
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My comment wasn't political. It was aimed at the idiot press. Since I'm a recovering journalist myself, I can make those observations.

But to get back on topic:

If you ever work with Australians, you might hear them call British people "Poms" or "Pommies." There are lots of silly theories about how that came about. The actual origin is rhyming slang, which was popular during the Victorian era.

When Australia was being settled, new pasty white Brits just off the boat were called "Jimmy Grant the immy-grant" (immigrant). That was often shortened to "Jimmies." After a few days in the Australian sun, the Jimmies were as red as pommy-grants (pomegranates), so they were then called Pommies, which was further shortened to Poms.

Nobody remembers the Jimmy Grant part of it (even Australians), so now when Australians call Brits "Pommies," it's almost completely disconnected from its origin. The leading competing theory is that "Pom" stands for "Prisoner of Her Majesty," which is really sort of stupid if you start wondering where the H went.
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Random thought;

Easy money is the best kind of money.

Lol, boss went outta town, asked me to cover for him today, as I usually don't work Saturdays. "Don't worry bout working on the cars, just watch the front." Regular hourly plus my hourly commission rate.

Had exactly one customer all day.

Tinkered on my jeep's new rear a bit, but mostly just a whole lotta this...



Win.
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Old 06-04-2017, 04:46 PM
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Here's one:

It is illegal to walk backwards on the grounds of the US Capitol.
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Originally Posted by extrashaky View Post
Here's one:

It is illegal to walk backwards on the grounds of the US Capitol.
Lol, weird. There go my plans to moonwalk across the whitehouse...
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Originally Posted by TwistedWrench View Post
Lol, weird. There go my plans to moonwalk across the whitehouse...
I don't think the White House has such a rule. It was put in place at the Capitol because television news photogs would walk backwards in front of senators and representatives with their cameras without being able to see where they were going and mow people down in the corridors. Now they have very strict rules about it. Capitol Police can arrest you for it, but I've never heard of that actually happening.

Another fun fact: There is a bath house in the basement of the Senate side of the Capitol building. Originally the Senate Baths were open for use by the Senators at their leisure. Now that's a secure area that requires special clearance to access because it houses some machinery used for detecting airborne threats in the building. The tile pools are still there, but with machinery sitting in them. They couldn't tear them out because they would be violating some strict rules about changing the historical architecture of the building.
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One more. If you ever happen to break open a termite's nest, try this:

Take a Bic ballpoint pen and draw a circle on a piece of paper. Drop a termite in the middle of the circle. The termite will start crawling away, but when it reaches the line you have drawn, it will turn and follow it. You can draw figure eights or other patterns and create a termite race track. Kids love this trick.

When they find a food source, termites lay down a trail of pheromones for other termites in their nest to follow. Bic pens have the same chemical in the ink. The termites are genetically programmed to follow it.
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Fun Fact;

Henry Ford specified to his suppliers size of the wooden crates his parts we're shipped in, in exacting dimensions. He recycled the crates using the planks for the wood floors, etc in his Model As. Why spend money on wood?

The remaining scrap wood was cooked down into briquets and sold for cooking.

Hence the "Ford" in "Kingsford".

Or so the story goes...
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Fanfriggentastic! Now I won't be the one frowned on for starting this concept.

"It's twisty's fault!"

Why not lighten the day with great unusual curiosities?

Thank you for pointing this out Sir! lol
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LOL
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16th century philosopher Giordano Bruno believed the universe was infinite, and that other solar systems existed.

The pope declared him a heretic. He was hung upside down, stripped naked, then burned at the stake.

He was also a former Catholic priest.
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Voltaire was an 18th-century writer, historian, and philosopher who was famous for his wit and outspoken advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state during the French Enlightenment.

He proved to be a controversial reformist that thought ahead of his time. He openly and frequently criticized the church and the traditional politics of the time.
He was also a proponent of scientific study. Because of this, he was popular with the modern reformers of the time, but considered notorious by the church.


Voltaire's last words...


As he lay on his deathbed in 1778, his opponents claimed that he repented and accepted his last rites.


Those close to him, however, reported that he was characteristically defiant to the end, rejecting a priest's request for him to renounce Satan, stating that "Now is not the time for making new enemies."
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In 1945, a man survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima. He dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night, then caught the morning train so he could arrive at his job in time... In Nagasaki... Where he survived the second atomic blast.

Man... lol
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Originally Posted by Bugout4x4 View Post
Those close to him, however, reported that he was characteristically defiant to the end, rejecting a priest's request for him to renounce Satan, stating that "Now is not the time for making new enemies."
LOL oh im totally stealing that line.
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Originally Posted by TwistedWrench View Post
LOL oh im totally stealing that line.
Lol, I know it's great! He was a witty man!
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