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Topic: So, Ballpit, what did we learn today?  (Read 3498 times)

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So, Ballpit, what did we learn today? #30
I learned that the intro to a news story is spelled lede and not lead, because a part of the linotype machine they used to print newspapers was already called the lead, so they misspelled "lead" to not confuse people. Then I found out that lede only started to be used at the very end of the linotype's lifespan so that's probably not true.

I didn't learn anything.
Frank West, June 13, 2021, 08:39:08 pm

Linotype machines fucking rule. Printed text for a long time was set by hand, with each letter being on a single piece of lead. But if you want to print newspapers or the like, time is of the essence. So you type up your line on the linotype, drops the mold as you type, and then casts the whole line in lead right there. When you're done, you toss it right back in the pot of bubbling lead to be reused. This is why old newspapers have really rigid kerning and columns.

Printmaking rules.
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Callipygian
adj. Having shapely buttocks
Sauce, June 20, 2021, 04:21:37 pm
There's a famous Roman statue called Venus Callipyge of a woman admiring her own shapely ass
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Speaking of, all of you reading this just learned that the art archaeology term for 'has a boner' is "ithyphallic".
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Today I learned “Who Let the Dogs Out” by the Baha Men is actually a cover. It was originally written by Anslem Douglas, a soca musician from Trinidad, in 1998 - two years before the Baha Men’s version.
Dragon Friend, June 05, 2021, 11:43:49 am

I learned this recently, too, and then I'd like to add on that when I learned that, I also learned that the Baha Men had been a band since 1977.
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I learned that Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is surprisingly common for a rare disease (a figure I found is 1 in 2500 people, but I'm not sure where it's from), and that it's a peripheral nervous system neuropathy that's expressed almost entirely through symptoms in the legs (too much arch, foot drop, hammer toe and muscle atrophy in the legs).

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Two of the people in the demon trading shop in Shin Megami Tensei: Soul Hackers are named after Devo songs (Mr. DNA and Timing X)

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Apparently you can make a violin similar in quality to a Stradivarius violin by treating the wood with fungus.

The fungal attack changes the cell structure of the wood, reducing its density and simultaneously increasing its homogeneity. “Compared to a conventional instrument, a violin made of wood treated with the fungus has a warmer, more rounded sound,” explains Francis Schwarze.

Another theory is that the wood sourced for the violins also were special from the Little Ice Age slowing the growth of the trees, creating very dense and even wood.

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The London Clowns’ Gallery-Museum, which is where the Clown Eggs were, is now permanently closed.
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Weird ice cream maker Dippin' Dots developed the freezer technology that allowed the COVID vaccines to be widely distributed.
https://www.chron.com/coronavirus/article/Dippin-Dots-covid-coronavirus-vaccine-pfizer-15822066.php
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You would need around 200 drinks to give a horse alcohol poisoning.
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You would need around 200 drinks to give a horse alcohol poisoning.
jim and the mammograms, June 24, 2021, 06:20:49 pm
today i learned i can NOT outdrink the average horse.
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You would need around 200 drinks to give a horse alcohol poisoning.
jim and the mammograms, June 24, 2021, 06:20:49 pm
today i learned i can NOT outdrink the average horse.
chai tea latte, June 24, 2021, 10:55:09 pm

The low end of the estimate was 170 drinks, so perhaps you can outdrink a lightweight horse if you believe in yourself and you have a spare liver waiting in the car.

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You would need around 200 drinks to give a horse alcohol poisoning.
jim and the mammograms, June 24, 2021, 06:20:49 pm
today i learned i can NOT outdrink the average horse.
chai tea latte, June 24, 2021, 10:55:09 pm

The low end of the estimate was 170 drinks, so perhaps you can outdrink a lightweight horse if you believe in yourself and you have a spare liver waiting in the car.
jim and the mammograms, June 24, 2021, 11:00:07 pm
i can do that
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mammals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons
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So, Ballpit, what did we learn today? #44
The default Windows XP background "Bliss" is an actual place in California wine country. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bliss_(image)
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