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Post 10181

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - laugh I remember that one. They couldn't get Isaac Newton to play himself. He probably asked for too much money.


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Post 10182

Caiman raptor elk - Inside big box, thinking.

I thought they just couldn't get the right kind of gravitational apple.


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Post 10183

Cheerful Dragon

I know it doesn't count as appearing as "Himself", but comedian Joe Piscopo (a regular on Saturday Night Live for several years) appeared in ST:TNG episode The Outrageous Okona. He was credited as The Comic, a part that was effectively playing himself.


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Post 10184

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Ba-dump-bum! smiley - laugh


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Post 10185

Caiman raptor elk - Inside big box, thinking.

Getting back to Newton and friends: Why can't pie be infinite instead of pi?


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Post 10186

Cheerful Dragon

If pie was infinite, you'd never be able to ask, "Who ate all the pies?"smiley - tongueoutsmiley - winkeye


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Post 10187

Caiman raptor elk - Inside big box, thinking.

You probably wouldn't be able to ask anything, due to being stuck in infinite pie.


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Post 10188

Baron Grim

The piano that Freddie Mercury used to record Bohemian Rhapsody was the same piano Paul McCartney used to record Hey Jude.


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Post 10189

Icy North

Yeah, the Trident Piano was just one of this perfectly tuned instruments, and recording artists from around the world would book it.

The list of songs is very long, but includes these:

http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/a-piano-superstar-tridents-bechstein-grand.220503/

If you see ‘Trident Studios’ on a record sleeve, they went there for the piano.


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Post 10190

Baron Grim

Wow!


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Post 10191

Icy North

I suppose I should write the guide entry about it. I do have some information on a couple of Rick Wakeman documentaries.


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Post 10192

Baron Grim

smiley - ok


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Post 10193

Baron Grim

I just learned this week that the term "Easter egg" for a hidden joke for observant game players or film viewers may have originated with The Rocky Horror Picture Show as the actors actually had an Easter egg hunt on set and some of the unclaimed eggs are visible in the film for careful viewers (one is under Frank's throne).


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Post 10194

Caiman raptor elk - Inside big box, thinking.

The great risk with Easter egg hunts is finding eggs left from previous years.


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Post 10195

Baron Grim

Did exactly that when I was a little kid.

My little sister and I were at my great grandmother's house for an Easter egg hunt. To make it fair, we were segregated, I in the front yard, my sister in the back. The previous year this was reversed. Also, we were each given a dozen eggs to find. I found a bakers dozen. The previous year my sister only found 11.


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Post 10196

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - snork Love it!


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Post 10197

Baron Grim

In cartoons and old films, a jug of moonshine was recognizable by the "XXX" marked on it.

But what did those Xes actually indicate.

Well, today I learned that this goes back to the early days of moonshine when most of it was distilled in simple pot stills. Pot stills aren't very efficient so what comes out of it after a single distilling isn't very pure and requires repeat distillings.

To get proper moonshine, nearly pure alcohol at around 80% ABV, the 'shine would need to be run through the still 3 times. The XXXes indicated the times the moonshine had been run through the still.



BTW, I know somewhere around here is a thread I made just for TILs but I couldn't find it looking back through my convos all the way back to the beginning of 2016. I'll look around for it again later (probably years later).


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Post 10198

Baron Grim

This one I'm pretty sure I knew but had forgotten until reminded while watching a video about game theory and a paradox online.



If you add all the numbers on a roulette wheel (1-36, also 0 and 00), the sum is... interesting. (I'll not spoil it, go ahead and add them up for yourself.) smiley - devil


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Post 10199

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

I am too innumerate to do this, so I looked it up.

But first, I guessed.

I guessed correctly. smiley - rofl I may not be good at maths, but I am good at gematria. smiley - whistle


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Post 10200

Baron Grim

Heh... I had to look up "gematria". smiley - ok


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