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What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 241

You can call me TC

Mauve in German is Malve. Malventee is hibiscus flower tea.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 242

Bluebottle

Tomorrow (29th September) is the 100th anniversary of when the British Empire was at its biggest, following the acquisition of the Mandate of Palestine on 29th September 1922.

The last place on smiley - earth to be annexed by the British Empire was Rockall in 1955, although that was to stop Russia from claiming it.

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What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 243

Baron Grim

So... the 101st Anniversary.

I do miss the Rockall Times. It was humorous "news" website purportedly based on the tiny island mostly inhabited by puffins. I particularly liked their slogan which you can see on the remains of their website still.

http://www.therockalltimes.co.uk/


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 244

Bluebottle

Sorry - the Mandate of Palestine came into effect on 29th September 1923 (but had been passed in 1922). So it will be 100 years tomorrow.

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What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 245

Baron Grim

I guessed it was something like that, just needed some clarity.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 246

Baron Grim

Halloween TIL

Today I learned where the idea of using a sheet as a ghost costume came from.


It's pretty simple. Back before the funeral business became so big, and coffins(the small ones that taper at the ends) and caskets (the big rectangular ones) became ubiquitous, many, if not most people were buried in simple cloth shrouds. So, the costume represents a ghost still wearing its burial shroud.


I actually used a big cut of white cloth with a separate hood (non pointy) as a costume for a party once. I also included a small sign hanging from my neck that stated, "I am a walking cliché."
Now I know what I was actually dress as.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 247

Caiman raptor elk - Inside big box, thinking.


So the fist thing a ghost has to do is get the feet free.


What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 248

Bluebottle

Does that mean that a wealthier ghost would be a moving coffin or casket?

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What did you learn today? (TIL)

Post 249

Caiman raptor elk - Inside big box, thinking.


I get why some people prefer cremation. (unless you are afraid of being followed around by a burning ghost pyre)


What dids you learn today? (TIL)

Post 250

Baron Grim

Today I learned that there are tree kangaroos... TREE KANGAROOS!

And they're smiley - bleep adorable!

https://youtu.be/VDf1WLT9BqU


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