Today I learned...

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    Becky Webmistress Administrator

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    Thought we could all learn something from each other here! If you stumble across an interesting fact, share it here :)

    I'll kick things off...



    Today I learned of Cunningham's Law, which states that the best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer.

    :lol::lol::lol:

    Never heard of this before, but I guess it makes a good point! Given that I share a surname with the person who this law is named after (Ward Cunningham if you're interested), it tickled me. Maybe I should start putting this into practice :D
     
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    Urmas Subarctic Penguin

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    Today I learned what washing up liquid (Fairy Clean and Fresh Lemon) tastes like.

    Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Name the greatest of all inventors: Accident.”

    I am quite sure Mark Twain never tasted Fairy.


    :blush:
     
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    Today I learned that children could once be mailed by Parcel Post:
    Source: Postalmuseumblog.si.edu
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    Today I learned: That forgiving is to show your human, being human is natural, being natural is good.
     
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    V_R ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Moderator

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    A mile away!? Lazy sods! Could have just walked it! :lol:
     
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    nivrip Yorkshire Cruncher

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    Today I learned that the invention of the motor car saved London and new York from being buried in horse poop.
    In 1894 it was estimated that, because of the proliferation of horse drawn vehicles, within 50 years, London would be 9 feet deep in manure and dead horses.

    Phew, that's a relief. :D
     
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    Today I learned if when you are working on a building site and you need to clean the tea stains from your tea mug and haven't got fairy liquid you can use soft sand as an alternative :thumb:
     
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    Becky Webmistress Administrator

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    You Finns have weird tastes... first salty liquorice, now fairy liquid... :lol:

    Nice! Well I suppose it is a good abrasive... hope you washed it out before making your tea ;)
     
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    nivrip Yorkshire Cruncher

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    And today I learned that the three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.

    Seems to be some sort of imbalance there. ;)
     
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    Becky Webmistress Administrator

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    Today I learned that NASA thinks it can send humans to orbit Mars by 2033 at the earliest. SpaceX, however, thinks it can put humans on the surface of Mars as early as 2024 though.

    The next couple of decades will certainly be very interesting in terms of space exploration! :nod:

    https://www.inverse.com/article/18776-nasa-thinks-it-can-send-humans-to-martian-orbit-by-2033
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/02/elon-musk-hopes-spacex-will-send-humans-to-mars-in-2024/

    That's shocking! :eek: I don't know what's worse - that the top three families have so much, or that the bottom 48 countries have so little :(
     
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    Taffycat Crunchy Cat

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    Today I learned... that it pays (sometimes literally) to read the EULA when downloading software!

    A security software publisher included a clause which promised that "financial compensation" would be awarded to anyone who read it, if they contacted the company at an email address listed in the EULA.

    Four months and more than 3,000 downloads later... one person finally contacted them. That observant person was rewarded with a cheque for $1,000.
     
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    Becky Webmistress Administrator

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    I'm glad to read that they indeed went ahead and made the payment! I don't know if it's enough of a motivation for me to read through every set of terms and conditions though...
     
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    nivrip Yorkshire Cruncher

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    This is very like the time when GameStation claimed the souls of all the people who didn't read their T&Cs. :D

    HERE

    :D
     
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    Becky Webmistress Administrator

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    Crikey! :eek:

    I'm surprised they think 12% of people read the full terms! Surely it would be closer to 1-2%?!
     
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    muckshifter I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition. Moderator

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    nivrip Yorkshire Cruncher

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    0.12% I'd have said. :D
     
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    Read the instructions before making up the ikea bookshelf as having 3 screws left over is not good for stability!
     
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    nivrip Yorkshire Cruncher

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    Today I learned that there are more life forms living on your skin than there are people on the planet. :eek:

    Time for a shower. :D
     
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