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Reply #25
Car safety has improved a bit over the past 50 years:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joMK1WZjP7g[/video]

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Reply #26
I thought a 10k must have a Bush on it?


Nope, the non-president, chief justice Salmon P. Chase.

If memory serves me well the only non-dead president besides Ben Franklin to find himself plastered on any Federal Reserve Note.

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Reply #27
On the toilet issue, there is a Russian post on it on Facebook - here I'll try to give a translation:
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Who hasn't been to Europe yet, beware the toilets - they don't accord to our mindset!
... Stuttgart, a minor need forced me to attend one of those biotoilets on the street. One-person cabin, very tidy, shiny and clean, packed with sensors, run by a computer.  You insert e2 in the slot, doors automatically open, lights up, you enter, the doors close.
I don't do claustrophoby, however, as I, for all my life, specialise in electronics and soft engeneering, it does make me a bit nervous. Well, I'm done, ready to go, but can't see any button to exit. Nor manuals. Am I an idiot? need instructions?
Trying to apply logic - how the Germans wrote the exec? Well, in again, up the lid, dump the water, lid down. Is any sensor stuck? Repeat the 'subroutine'; doors won't open.
Perhaps I should sit back again, then dump the water? At that again; doors won't open. Doh. Forgot something? Perhaps wash the hands?
Once more the procedure; hands to the tap, water flows, water off, in hope and upset looking at the door - nothing...
Great expectations to spend the night in the posh German dump-closet aren't cheering at all.
Yelling to my comrade who's waiting outdoors (lucky one!): "Zhenia, this bitch won't let me out!"
He's trying to bribe the WC - with another coin into the slot. The machine won't yield, doesn't react. The punches and kicks don't do anything either.
Zhenia shouts: "Hold on! Calling the police!"
Nothing to do - I repeat the process: wash the hands, use the 'dry-air'... The fan off, door open.
This is not the entire post.
To read the whole story in Russian, you may proceed here.

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Reply #28
You shouldn't take Facebook legends too seriously. The story has made the rounds in Norwegian too. There the punchline was that it was an on-duty doctor trapped in the hospital toilet for not washing his (of course a he) hands. Semmelweiss invariably came up.

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Reply #29

The mysterious case of the double toilet

Amusing article, and speaking of humour he writes:
"Russians like to complain and to criticise people in power. But they also love to laugh - and that includes the ability to laugh at themselves.".

I can vouch for that, having once been a fairly frequent visitor.

On Russian toilet design; in one venue I visited I saw another weird toilet system. Look at one of those pedestals, and imagine not a seat, but two foot holds on other side of the bowl; all this in a cubicle where the top of the cubical was about 1m above the height of the toilet. It was all very puzzling to me and somewhat of a relief when I had worked it through.

Funny stuff. There's more humor in Sochi than that, however. The mayor is a case in point.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/27/sochi-mayor-no-gay-people_n_4673232.html




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Reply #32
Most women I know can actually throw a ball (or at least don't throw it into the ceiling!). :P


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Reply #34
Just your typical every day conversation about food......

[VIDEO]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw[/VIDEO]



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Reply #37
Payback is sweet. Do you think the NSA is watching us Sir Frenzie?


This is one of Obama's worst moments.


 

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Reply #39
Talking about weird and wonderful I see that a woman of 25 think it was went to her local police station in South Carolina to report a crime. As they checked they then arrested her due to a warrant for not returning a VHS video hire when she was 18. She then had to spend a night in jail and is not very happy. Is this kind of daftness routine??
"Quit you like men:be strong"

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Reply #40
Talking about weird and wonderful I see that a woman of 25 think it was went to her local police station in South Carolina to report a crime. As they checked they then arrested her due to a warrant for not returning a VHS video hire when she was 18. She then had to spend a night in jail and is not very happy. Is this kind of daftness routine??

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Kayla Michelle Finley may be wishing that services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime had been around a little earlier.
The South Carolina woman spent a night in jail last week for failing to return a video she rented -- in 2005.
It was a VHS tape. Of a Jennifer Lopez movie.
Finley, 27, was arrested Thursday in Pickens County, South Carolina, on a misdemeanor charge of failure to return the video.
The movie, "Monster-In-Law," starring Lopez and Jane Fonda as a feuding potential daughter- and mother-in-law, was rented from a video store, Dalton Videos, that is now out of business.


Two observations. Anybody dumb enough to rent that movie ought to be arrested. And it happened in South Carolina. 'Nuff said.

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http://phys.org/news/2014-02-coldest-universe.html
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Researchers like Thompson think of the Cold Atom Lab as a doorway into the quantum world. Could the door swing both ways? If the temperature drops low enough, "we'll be able to assemble atomic wave packets as wide as a human hair—that is, big enough for the human eye to see." A creature of quantum physics will have entered the macroscopic world.

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Reply #42

http://phys.org/news/2014-02-coldest-universe.html
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Researchers like Thompson think of the Cold Atom Lab as a doorway into the quantum world. Could the door swing both ways? If the temperature drops low enough, "we'll be able to assemble atomic wave packets as wide as a human hair—that is, big enough for the human eye to see." A creature of quantum physics will have entered the macroscopic world.



Oh my, AE would have been so so pleased!

Geographico-political muttering

Reply #43
How politics "corrects" geography (not exactly "new news"):
Quote from: Wikipedia
The term British Isles is controversial in Ireland, where there are objections to its usage due to the association of the word British with Ireland. The Government of Ireland does not recognise or use the term* and its embassy in London discourages its use. As a result, "Britain and Ireland" is used as an alternative description,*** and "Atlantic Archipelago" has had limited use among a minority in academia,**** although British Isles is still commonly employed. Within them, they are also sometimes referred to as "these islands".
"These islands" is awesome, isn't it?:)

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Reply #44
Southend traffic wardens have been equipped with a DNA kit - in order to bring those fined spitting on them to justice. It is abuse, but the courts want some evidence to prosecute such spitters.
From BBC Essex

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Reply #45
How politics "corrects" geography (not exactly "new news"):

You say that as if the "classical" name was chosen by geologists and not for political reasons. :P

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Reply #46
It was not me exactly. And it seems to me that name was determined by the historical development. There's a high probability that it was caused exactly by political realities - not "academical".
I'm not an expert in Ireland's history, but from what I've so far learned, Ireland have mostly played, say, a secondary role in "global politics" - since the Ancient Greek seafarers got to know about the Isle. Let alone the prehistoric events like the Isles' inhabitation and such...

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Reply #47
I'm not an expert in Ireland's history, but from what I've so far learned, Ireland have mostly played, say, a secondary role in "global politics" - since the Ancient Greek seafarers got to know about the Isle.

Western Europe was Christianized by Irish-Scottish missionaries. Ireland's intellectual impact on the world as we know it was huge.

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Reply #48
Most probably it was. But you know what? Christianity was based on the life of a guy from a country which has not been in existence since soon after that or even earlier. I'm not sure about that, though.
And Ireland was not the source of the religion, anyway.
Above all, AFAIK the name "Britain" dates back to those ancient Greeks anyway, which guys most probably didn't experience any orangist reflexions, huh?;)

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Reply #49
For those, if any, who remember the ggg, it reached a rather fitting end on D&D.