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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed May 06, 2020 7:18 pm

This isn't something that I've only just realised (it was quite a while ago), but Sanskrit is an actual language. It's not "sandscript" - a general name for ancient languages that were written in the sand.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Matt Morrison » Wed May 06, 2020 9:01 pm

That's a shame.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark Deeks » Wed May 06, 2020 9:35 pm

But not unexpected.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu May 07, 2020 7:45 am

I only recently , from watching Never Have I Ever , learned that Sanskrit is the main language of Hinduism.

In case Gevin wants to know ' What's a Hindu '
' Lays eggs ' is not the correct answer πŸ™‚
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Post by Matt Morrison » Thu May 07, 2020 9:27 am

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:10 am

Not everyone knows their blood type
I just asked my missus (in her mid fifties , as am I) what her blood type was and she didn't know.

I guess unless you have had a surgical procedure , why would you ?
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Adam Dexter » Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:26 pm

Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:10 am
Not everyone knows their blood type
I just asked my missus (in her mid fifties , as am I) what her blood type was and she didn't know.

I guess unless you have had a surgical procedure , why would you ?
I know mine as I'm a donor :)

O- which means they're always after me...
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Sam Cappleman-Lynes » Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:30 pm

Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:10 am
Not everyone knows their blood type
I just asked my missus (in her mid fifties , as am I) what her blood type was and she didn't know.

I guess unless you have had a surgical procedure , why would you ?
Pregnant women find out their blood type too, which is something that describes a significant proportion of the population at some point in their lives.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:40 pm

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:30 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:10 am
Not everyone knows their blood type
I just asked my missus (in her mid fifties , as am I) what her blood type was and she didn't know.

I guess unless you have had a surgical procedure , why would you ?
Pregnant women find out their blood type too, which is something that describes a significant proportion of the population at some point in their lives.
My partner had a child 30 years ago , maybe it slipped her memory
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Adam Gillard » Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:36 pm

You can turn on a PlayStation 4 with the remote rather than having to press the power button on the console box.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:08 pm

Peter Shilton and Peter Schmeichel have very similar names for two goalkeepers. I noticed because I was doing a Sporcle quiz and one of the answers was Peter Shilton, but I couldn't think of his name. I was like "Peter Sh." and ended up with "Schmeichel" in my head. I got it in the end though.

Goes to show what a bad sport football is. Even their naming system lacks imagination.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:43 am

Gavin Chipper wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:08 pm
Peter Shilton and Peter Schmeichel have very similar names for two goalkeepers. I noticed because I was doing a Sporcle quiz and one of the answers was Peter Shilton, but I couldn't think of his name. I was like "Peter Sh." and ended up with "Schmeichel" in my head. I got it in the end though.

Goes to show what a bad sport football is. Even their naming system lacks imagination.
Also there is a Footballer called Collins John and one called John Collins .
There are two footballers called Pop Robson unrelated
Weirdly enough I can't think of two famous footballers called John Smith
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Callum Todd » Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:27 am

My favourite footballer name is a Belgian defensive midfielder, renowned for his man-marking abilities, called Mark De Man.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Adam Gillard » Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:37 pm

Callum Todd wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:27 am
My favourite footballer name is a Belgian defensive midfielder, renowned for his man-marking abilities, called Mark De Man.
I very much enjoyed someone's comment on a BBC article that Troy Parrott (young Spurs and Ireland striker) likes to play off the shoulder of the last defender.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:57 am

Gevin : food is hotter to the touch than to the mouth
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:10 am

Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:57 am
Gevin : food is hotter to the touch than to the mouth
How come I can comfortably hold a slice of pizza in my hand yet it burns my mouth when I try to take a bite?

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:13 am

Mark James wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:10 am
Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:57 am
Gevin : food is hotter to the touch than to the mouth
How come I can comfortably hold a slice of pizza in my hand yet it burns my mouth when I try to take a bite?
Maybe my mouth is conditioned to accept hotter foods or maybe your hands are instead.
Or more likely you hold the crust ( cooler than the molten cheese no doubt ) but don't put the crust in your mouth.
Try holding the apex of the segment and come back to me.
After you've been to the burns unit obviously
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:49 am

Mark James wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:10 am
Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:57 am
Gevin : food is hotter to the touch than to the mouth
How come I can comfortably hold a slice of pizza in my hand yet it burns my mouth when I try to take a bite?
Yeah I'm not sure if Marc is totally wrong or not (my original inclination was that he is) but definitely the pizza example is terrible and Meakin has rightfully destroyed you on it.

As I say, generally I was agreeing with you and Gevin that mouths are far more sensitive to fingers - and whilst maybe this is true perhaps there is something in a "dry skin vs wet saliva" line of thinking. I dunno, I didn't get much sleep.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:14 am

This is a fascinating discussion as I don't think there is a clear answer it depends on what you are consuming , and how , also the tolerance level of the individual.
I readily admit I'm more of a Larry David when it cone to hot beverages , it has to be hot.
I know it's thirty years ago but I developed a habit of gulping my coffee down to give me more time on the snooker table during my lunch break , when I was a bus conductor.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Jon O'Neill » Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:35 am

There's definitely an element of cooling when slurping soup or coffee.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:25 am

The space race was kind of stupid. The whole point was America beating the Soviets, to show that free market capitalism was better than communism. And in order to win they had to use a Government funding programme.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:36 pm

Mark James wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:25 am
The space race was kind of stupid. The whole point was America beating the Soviets, to show that free market capitalism was better than communism. And in order to win they had to use a Government funding programme.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:10 am

The Staedtler logo is the head of Mars (Roman god of war), not just some random shape.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Paul Worsley » Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:20 pm

Mark James wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:25 am
The space race was kind of stupid. The whole point was America beating the Soviets
There were huge benefits in the fields of science and technology from the space program. If it was just a pissing competition, why go another 5 times (6 if you count the aborted Apollo 13)?

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:37 pm

Paul Worsley wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:20 pm
Mark James wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:25 am
The space race was kind of stupid. The whole point was America beating the Soviets
There were huge benefits in the fields of science and technology from the space program. If it was just a pissing competition, why go another 5 times (6 if you count the aborted Apollo 13)?
You left off the part of my post which was making the actual point of the post. I'm not against space programmes I'm againt the concept of free market ideology. I'm with you that the space programme was hugely important and beneficial but it required a socialised programme.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:34 am

The benefits of science isn't really a great reason to do something hugely expensive.
The Falklands War and the Iraq war benefitted science with treatments of burns victims and prosthetics but surely we don't want to justify conflicts.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Paul Worsley » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:23 pm

Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:34 am
The benefits of science isn't really a great reason to do something hugely expensive.
Yeah. Knowledge, Who needs it?

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:34 am

Paul Worsley wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:23 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:34 am
The benefits of science isn't really a great reason to do something hugely expensive.
Yeah. Knowledge, Who needs it?
Have you considered a career in tabloid journalism.
Unless you was being deliberately facetious , I was trying to make a point that the ends don't justify the means

Yeah the ballpoint pen that works in zero gravity and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars was a great idea for writing in space.
The Russians took a pencil.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:39 am

Paul Worsley wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:20 pm
Mark James wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:25 am
The space race was kind of stupid. The whole point was America beating the Soviets
There were huge benefits in the fields of science and technology from the space program. If it was just a pissing competition, why go another 5 times (6 if you count the aborted Apollo 13)?
I think there's probably very limited scientific value in sending some people to the moon for a few hours. At the time, they probably thought that progress would continue rapidly in that area and they wouldn't have a 50+ year gap, so it made sense to them at the time to plan for more than one mission to get some momentum going. Plus they'd spent all this money on technology that can send people to the moon, so it would be better bang for their buck to have more than one mission (plus some might go wrong).

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Paul Worsley » Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:02 am

Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:34 am

Unless you was being deliberately facetious , I was trying to make a point that the ends don't justify the means
The increase in our understanding of astronomy, geology, the origin of the solar system, the moon have all been greatly enhanced by the Apollo program. The eight year deadline issued by JFK in 1961 led to a rapid increase in development in many technologies, including fuel, fabrics, computing, telecommunications, metallurgy etc. Products like memory foam and flame retardant clothing are two examples of products in use today that are a result of the NASA program.

Aside from this, the demonstration of human potential has never been beaten.

So, in my opinion, the ends do justify the means.

As for your story about NASA spending hundreds of thousands of dollars developing a pen that could write in space.... urban myth, I'm afraid. The Americans used pencils too up until 1968, when a private US company invented the non-gravitation ballpoint pen. They bought 400 at a cost of $2.39 per pen. Shortly afterwards, the Russians bought some (for the same price)

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Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:35 am

Anyway , shouldn't we be boycotting NASA for employing Nazi war criminals

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Paul Worsley » Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:57 am

Marc Meakin wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:35 am
Anyway , shouldn't we be boycotting NASA for employing Nazi war criminals

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Paperclip
Tom Lehrer put it like this....

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Say rather that he's apolitical
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:39 am

I'm not sure this really fits in this thread but:

"drove my Chevrolet to the levrolet"

comes up with Googles matches, whereas:

"drove my Corvette to the Lorvette" (in quotes obviously)

does not. Not one.

Perhaps more approriate to this thread:

The Battle of the Bulge was an actual real life battle, not just something people say when they're talking about losing weight.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Phil Reynolds » Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:13 pm

Not sure if this is a REALLY obvious thing, but it's probably quite well known.

Ever since my dad took me to see Live and Let Die in 1973, I've seen pretty much all the subsequent Bond films in the cinema on their original release. Until recently I'd never actually seen any of the Sean Connery ones, but as ITV have started running them all again, I thought it was time to give them a go. Despite not having seen the films I felt I'd seen enough clips and heard enough discussion of them over the years to be familiar with the basic plots, villains, set pieces etc.

What surprised me is that I thought the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld was in one or maybe two of the early films, but it turns out he's in pretty much all of them. In some he's the star villain, while in other's he's just in one or two scenes as the shadowy figure of "Number One" at SPECTRE meetings. In some cases he's not even named as Blofeld, but the white cat on his lap indicates it's clearly the same character. No wonder the makers of the Daniel Craig reboot were so keen to reintroduce the character into the canon.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Paul Worsley » Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:17 pm

Blofeld only appears in three of the novels, and is strangled by Bond in "You Only Live Twice" . The timeline of the novels is completely different to the films, so he seems pretty much indestructible in the movies.

There was some contractual problem which meant the makers of the movies couldn't use the character of Blofeld, nor the organisation SPECTRE from Diamonds Are Forever onwards, until the last movie, SPECTRE, when Blofeld was resurrected.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:02 pm

Paul Worsley wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:17 pm
Blofeld only appears in three of the novels, and is strangled by Bond in "You Only Live Twice" . The timeline of the novels is completely different to the films, so he seems pretty much indestructible in the movies.

There was some contractual problem which meant the makers of the movies couldn't use the character of Blofeld, nor the organisation SPECTRE from Diamonds Are Forever onwards, until the last movie, SPECTRE, when Blofeld was resurrected.
Blofeld is in or alluded to in 8 official James Bond Movies plus in the unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:04 pm

This isn't a recent discovery, but Walt Disney is an actual person, not just a company. I was reminded of it by someone else being hit by this revelation recently. I presume it's something everyone goes through because it doesn't exactly shout out "Name!" does it?

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Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:41 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:04 pm
This isn't a recent discovery, but Walt Disney is an actual person, not just a company. I was reminded of it by someone else being hit by this revelation recently. I presume it's something everyone goes through because it doesn't exactly shout out "Name!" does it?
Back when I was very young I used to mix him up with Bing Crosby.
Best way to tell the difference was that Bing Sings but Walt Disney
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:46 pm

Martini the brand isn't the same as the cocktail, and it seems there are two cocktails anyway. I always just assumed this was one thing, as far as I gave it any thought at all that is.

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