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What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 21

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

smiley - cheers


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 22

paulh. Following butterflies through the meadows

I think I didn't learn much new today. Well, tomorrow is another day, except for the part of it that's night.


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Post 23

Rev Nick - dead man walking (mostly)

Yesterday, I learned that I am a great grandfather for the first time. smiley - smiley


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Post 24

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

smiley - cheers


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Post 25

Icy North

I learned how to annoy people smiley - smiley

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Post 26

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

I lost just a few weeks ago.


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Post 27

Mr. X ---> The path behind me is littered with corpses. .... .... .... Do you have a trash bag?

Can't annoy me. I beat that Game years ago.

http://xkcd.com/391/

smiley - pirate


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Post 28

paulh. Following butterflies through the meadows

Are you sure that's the first time you've learned that, Icy. smiley - winkeye

smiley - whistle

smiley - run

[whistling and running at the same time are easier said than done. smiley - sigh]


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Post 29

Pink Paisley

I learned that people used to have sex as many as 300 years ago!

A Georgian sex manual. Pretty raunchy stuff. NSFW!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43044066

PP.


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Post 30

paulh. Following butterflies through the meadows

Don't lie with beasts? smiley - huh

Didn't Jesus lay on a manger? smiley - winkeye


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Post 31

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

It wasn't today, but in the last couple of days I learned that up until around 2000-2001 CBS was using "canned" bird chirp sounds during their coverage of golf tournaments to cover any awkward silences. This was discovered by some attentive bird watchers who noticed the sounds of certain bird calls of bird that aren't known to inhabit the region of the tournament (it was Louisville, Kentucky for the Masters tourney).



http://nypost.com/2001/04/08/no-more-chirp-tricks-cbs-has-birds-live-in-concert-at-masters/


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Post 32

paulh. Following butterflies through the meadows

I've long been of the opinion that golf is for the birds anyway.

smiley - titsmiley - tit


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Post 33

Pink Paisley



Yes, but not in the biblical sense.

Er, hang on, er, well, I suppose he did! smiley - laugh

PP.


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Post 34

paulh. Following butterflies through the meadows

smiley - smiley


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Post 35

Pink Paisley

Today I learned that eating a small fruit pie whilst driving results in a fruit flavoured shirt.

PP.


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Post 36

bobstafford

Could be worse you did not spill the custard


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Post 37

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

Here's one I saw on Reddit today that made me go "hmmm".


The word helicopter has two Greek root words, "helix", as in spirial, and "pteron", as in pterodactyl. So rather than the English word being a combination of "heli" + "copter", as you would expect, it's "helico" + "pter".

I also learned that many languages have no issues with syllables starting with sounds like "pt" or "ps" as English does so the "p" isn't silent in the French word "psychologie".


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Post 38

Icy North

Those consonants are sometimes voiced in English too: A86878796


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Post 39

Caiman raptor elk - Infinity lies outside the box

If you like your consonants, why not try the Dutch word "slechtstschrijvende" (meaning: poorest writing (like when judging the performance of a ballpoint pen)). Nine in a row, all voiced.
After trying, don't forget to wipe the spit of anyone too close and take something to ease your throat if necessary.


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Post 40

Bluebottle

smiley - applauseI can think of 6 consonants in a row in English in 'Catchphrase'.

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