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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Mark Deeks » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:47 am

Well, that too.
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Heather Styles » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:59 am

Could it be because you lied when you were seventeen? That's only a guess, by the way, not an accusation.

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Post by Mark Deeks » Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:01 am

Might've done. You can't prove nothing.
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Mark Deeks » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:53 pm

Of all the people who could strike, why do Tube workers strike so much more often?
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:13 pm

Mark Deeks wrote:Of all the people who could strike, why do Tube workers strike so much more often?
Where I used to work there were strikes but you wouldn't have heard about it because far fewer people were inconvenienced. So what you say might not be the case.

But it also shows that some people are in a much more privileged position than others when it comes to striking. There's a massive asymmetry because some people striking will always make people take notice and others won't.

And although this might seem to go against my "leftie" reputation, it does seem pretty arbitrary that people are allowed to not go to work and get away with it because there has been some vote among a group of these workers, but not in other cases.

Why is that any more legitimate than a smaller group of people doing the same but not part of some organisation or indeed one individual who might still have a legitimate grievance?

But I take your point that there are other strikes that make national news too and they seem to be less common. As for why - dunno.

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Post by Euan Slatter » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:02 pm

*DISCLAIMER STARTS* If i ever make it as a Tube Driver (likelihood = 1/100), i won't strike :) *DISCLAIMER OVER*
COUNTDOWN or THE TUBE? Which is better? There's only one way to find out....

Call it a draw :)

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Post by Mark Deeks » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:56 pm

You will if everyone else does. Also, without wishing to dampen your enthusiasm, it's not the profession to go into right now. T'will soon be obsolete.
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Adam Gillard » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:20 am

Why do people eat fruit-flavoured sweets?
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:40 am

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Why do people eat fruit-flavoured sweets?
Because vegetable ones are disgusting
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:41 am

Why do people seem to know that sweets commonly aren't vegetarian (gelatine) but not that cheese often isn't (rennet)?

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:19 pm

Adam Gillard wrote:
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Why do people eat fruit-flavoured sweets?
Why wouldn't they? They give nice flavours. There are other flavours too, like mint, aniseed, liquorice, violet, rhubarb & custard, and non-specific.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:52 pm

I think there is more of an a argument against fruit bars and real fruit jellies, as they are more harmful to teeth than chocolate
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Adam Gillard » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:07 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:40 am
Adam Gillard wrote:
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Why do people eat fruit-flavoured sweets?
Because vegetable ones are disgusting
Hehe, good answer!
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Adam Gillard » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:09 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:19 pm
Adam Gillard wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:20 am
Why do people eat fruit-flavoured sweets?
Why wouldn't they? They give nice flavours. There are other flavours too, like mint, aniseed, liquorice, violet, rhubarb & custard, and non-specific.
Just because they don't really taste like fruit and fruit is better for you and probably cheaper, at least by weight. Having said that I might have missed the point that a sweet is an easy bite-sized treat and why wouldn't they have fruit-flavoured ones.
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:49 pm

Adam Gillard wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:09 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:19 pm
Adam Gillard wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:20 am
Why do people eat fruit-flavoured sweets?
Why wouldn't they? They give nice flavours. There are other flavours too, like mint, aniseed, liquorice, violet, rhubarb & custard, and non-specific.
Just because they don't really taste like fruit and fruit is better for you and probably cheaper, at least by weight. Having said that I might have missed the point that a sweet is an easy bite-sized treat and why wouldn't they have fruit-flavoured ones.
I think you have missed the point. People decide to have sweets and then pick fruit flavoured ones. They don't decide to have something fruity and then pick sweets.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Mark James » Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:49 pm

Bradley Walsh apologised to Fanny Chmelar today for that hilarious episode of The Chase and it got me thinking does anyone know any English names which would cause a similar reaction on a foreign version?

Similarly I have always wondered, we often laugh at weird sounding place names in foreign countries but equally we have funny place names of our own. Does anyone know of any place names in other countries that the natives find funny but that someone who knew nothing of the language wouldn't get?

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Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:28 pm

Oxford Circus and Cambridge Circus used to confuse American tourists in my bus conductor days. Also pronunciation of place names like Plaistow being Plarstow and Bicester being Bister
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:11 pm

Mark James wrote:
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Does anyone know of any place names in other countries that the natives find funny but that someone who knew nothing of the language wouldn't get?
Yes. This is a reminder for me to update tomorrow at work.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Ian Volante » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:23 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
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Does anyone know of any place names in other countries that the natives find funny but that someone who knew nothing of the language wouldn't get?
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:54 pm

Fuck, forgot again. Might do it in a minute. Maybe Monday. Lucky I wrote that post. Thanks Ian.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Mark James » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:25 pm

When can you feed a mogwai so it won't turn into a gremlin? Not feeding them after midnight isn't specific enough. Technically all times are after midnight. Is six a.m. safe but two a.m. isn't? What about time zones? Does the mogwai's digestive system know if you've crossed the international date line?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:08 pm

When you're reversing in a car (e.g. when you're doing a three-point turn) and then you go forwards and have to turn the steering wheel the other way, does it really help at all to start turning the wheel back the other way while you're still going backwards?

When I was learning to drive, I was told that you should never turn the wheel when the car is stationary, so you should start turning the wheel back the other way just before you stop reversing so it's in a better position when you start going forwards again. But surely what you gain one end, you lose at the other. You might make your forwards movement more "productive" in terms of the turning you get done, but you've done so at the expense of the end of your reversing movement.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:10 pm

Mark James wrote:
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When can you feed a mogwai so it won't turn into a gremlin? Not feeding them after midnight isn't specific enough. Technically all times are after midnight. Is six a.m. safe but two a.m. isn't? What about time zones? Does the mogwai's digestive system know if you've crossed the international date line?
I've also wondered that, as I am sure many others have too. There's some discussion here.

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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:25 am

Mark James wrote:
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Does anyone know of any place names in other countries that the natives find funny but that someone who knew nothing of the language wouldn't get?
Finally got round to asking my Finnish colleague. He was short of time so could only link me to this image list, but says there are some others that are less toilet humour and slightly odder. Still, a good introduction. Obviously no one who isn't Finnish understands the language so it's pretty easy to fit the bill for your question.

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:35 am

I'm liking the sound of Homosaari
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Post by Mark Deeks » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:39 am

I think I went to school with Homo Saari. Popular kid. His eyes were always watering though.
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Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:31 pm

I don't think Finland is a particularly massive place. So if it has all these places names that are like this, it's probably most of them.

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