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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm

The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.

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Post by Peter Mabey » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:40 pm

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You only need a maximum of four colours to make a political map of the world without any adjacent countries having the same colour
Is this still true when considering exclaves and colonies that aren't connected to the countries' main landmasses (e.g., Sint Maarten as part of the Netherlands)?
No, the 4-colour theorem only applies to a surface which is simply connected :roll:

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:46 pm

Mark James wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm
The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.
Shit. Why has no-one mentioned this before? A quick couple of clicks just now suggest you might be right as well.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by JimBentley » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:23 pm

Mark James wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm
The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.
Yes, I love this one! I never used to be able to click my fingers until I figured this out. Nowadays of course, my finger-snaps are much sought-after by all the top popular music artistes and have featured on many hit records, none of which I can bring to mind presently, for some reason.

That said, I can also produce a reasonably loud noise without using the palm, by forcing the thumbnail back (edit: actually I'm forcing it forward, come to think of it, i.e. towards the palm) and releasing it (whilst ensuring that the finger used doesn't impact the rest of the hand). It's a different quality of sound, but it's similar. I don't have very long thumbnails though; it would be interesting to hear the sound made using this technique on e.g. a two-inch long nail. Or maybe it would just break off? I think I'll try to grow the one on my right thumb in the interests of research.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Jon Corby » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:26 am

JimBentley wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:23 pm
Mark James wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm
The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.
Yes, I love this one!
What am I missing here? Why on earth would anyone think a finger and thumb rubbing would produce a sudden sharp click sound?

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:08 am

Jon Corby wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:26 am
JimBentley wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:23 pm
Mark James wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm
The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.
Yes, I love this one!
What am I missing here? Why on earth would anyone think a finger and thumb rubbing would produce a sudden sharp click sound?
I think it's more of a case of "I never spent any time at all thinking about how the sound is made" rather than "I believed the sound was made in a different way".

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:19 pm

Jon Corby wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:26 am
JimBentley wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:23 pm
Mark James wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm
The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.
Yes, I love this one!
What am I missing here? Why on earth would anyone think a finger and thumb rubbing would produce a sudden sharp click sound?
So this was the most pressing thing that needed a reply in two months?

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:10 pm

Jon Corby wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:26 am
JimBentley wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:23 pm
Mark James wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:50 pm
The noise made when clicking your fingers is the sound of the finger hitting your palm not the finger and thumb rubbing together.
Yes, I love this one!
What am I missing here? Why on earth would anyone think a finger and thumb rubbing would produce a sudden sharp click sound?
What you're missing is the title of the thread.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Jon Corby » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:30 pm

Mark James wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:10 pm
Jon Corby wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:26 am
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Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:23 pm


Yes, I love this one!
What am I missing here? Why on earth would anyone think a finger and thumb rubbing would produce a sudden sharp click sound?
What you're missing is the title of the thread.
I meant the fact that several people also seemed to agree that this was groundbreaking news.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:21 am

Isn't the whole point in these things is that they aren't groundbreaking, and people are shocked by their having felt like they were groundbreaking discoveries only for a moment's thought to lead them to believe that no, they're actually "REALLY obvious"?

The only difference with the finger snapping is that most of the posts in these threads have been people making these groundbreaking discoveries and then coming to realise that they aren't groundbreaking away from the forum, then later on posting about it here. With the finger snapping Mark's first post fits this and then you're seeing subsequent people doing the groundbreaking-no-actually-really-obvious thing in almost real time on the forum.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:41 am

At the risk of incurring the wrath of Mr Corby, I've only just realise the cracking sound made by a whipcrack is caused by a small sonic boom.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:21 pm

I've just realised not everyone watches QI. What's not obvious though is why they don't.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:16 pm

Well Sandi Toksvig is reason enough.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:55 pm

Mark James wrote:
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I've just realised not everyone watches QI. What's not obvious though is why they don't.
The smugness rating is too high.

Also, what Charlie says.

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Post by Mark Deeks » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:31 am

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Jennifer Steadman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:53 am

In Arrested Development, why Maeby's alter ego is called Shirley. It took until my 4th rewatch to get this.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:05 am

I used to think that your cholesterol level was the level of build-up in your arteries, whereas it's actually just a measure of cholesterol in your blood. What I was thinking of seems to be atherosclerosis.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:50 pm

The theme tune to Points of View is When I'm 64....because of the lyric.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:14 pm

That's quite a good one.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:11 pm

To an Estonian at least.
Saying twelve months in Estonian is funny
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:39 am

Gavin Chipper wrote:
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I used to think that a buffoon was a type of animal. I also had no idea that a jackass actually was a type of animal.
Likewise I had no idea that Gaylord was a real name.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:38 am

Not seen Meet the Parents then ?
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:51 pm

Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:36 am

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:38 am
Not seen Meet the Parents then ?
When I said I had no idea, I meant up to some point in the past. But I haven't seen it anyway. Nor have I seen Meet the Fockers. But I have seen Meet the Conts.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:23 pm

Mark James wrote:
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Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air.
https://i.imgur.com/xA7NDV1.gifv

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark James » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:15 am

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:23 pm
Mark James wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:51 pm
Puffer fish inflate themselves with water not air.
https://i.imgur.com/xA7NDV1.gifv
That's how I found out. That video was going around Facebook and I felt kind of stupid that it hadn't occurred to me that that's what they actually did. Apparently they can fill themselves with air when they are out of water but how often is that gonna happen without human intervention?

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:08 pm

That the Bob Marley song Three Little Birds is the song I always thought was called Don't Worry
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:14 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:08 pm
That the Bob Marley song Three Little Birds is the song I always thought was called Don't Worry
I would have assumed it was called something like that as well. I mean, having just looked it up, it's a song I know and its name is not something I'd really considered.

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Post by JimBentley » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:03 pm

This doesn't really fit here, but doesn't exactly deserve a new topic ("possibly not obvious things you've just found out").

I've always detested the smell of melted cheese, especially melted Parmesan cheese. I thought it smelled like vomit and would only eat it under duress. It was pretty much the only food-related thing I didn't really like.

Anyway, I found out yesterday that a principal component of melted cheese - which is especially prominent in Parmesan - is butyric acid, which is also the thing that gives vomit its distinctive smell. So I was right all along. Eating Parmesan cheese is pretty much like eating vomit.

(Also why American chocolate is so foul - contains the same substance).

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:43 pm

On a similar culinary note. I've only recently found out when you cook a steak the redness oozing out is not blood it's myoglobin, found in muscle tissue
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Johnny Canuck » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:23 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
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On a similar culinary note. I've only recently found out when you cook a steak the redness oozing out is not blood it's myoglobin, found in muscle tissue
I legitimately wonder if Michael Calder learned this fact shortly before he filmed the Series 42 grand final (featuring his famous declaration of MYOGLOBIN). I'd say learning it is one of the most common real-life ways to be exposed to the word.
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Post by Elliott Mellor » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:18 am

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:23 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:43 pm
On a similar culinary note. I've only recently found out when you cook a steak the redness oozing out is not blood it's myoglobin, found in muscle tissue
I legitimately wonder if Michael Calder learned this fact shortly before he filmed the Series 42 grand final (featuring his famous declaration of MYOGLOBIN). I'd say learning it is one of the most common real-life ways to be exposed to the word.
If I recall rightly, he worked in the blood department of a hospital.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:35 am

I'm not sure how obvious this is, but you know how people say that the three primary colours of light are red, green and blue, and that the three primary colours of pigment are red, yellow and blue? Well, I always thought that was a bit weird, and it turns out that apparently, the three primary colours of pigment are actually magenta, yellow and cyan (which are the secondary colours of light - magenta = blue + red; yellow = red + green; cyan = green + blue). So the red/yellow/blue thing is just a myth.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:02 pm

I only got definite confirmation today when I bothered looking it up that there's nothing after "thrice".

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:20 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
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I only got definite confirmation today when I bothered looking it up that there's nothing after "thrice".
Even "thrice" is only used by lunatics.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark Deeks » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:25 pm

It's quice. Thought this was well known.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Phil Reynolds » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:38 pm

Once, twice, thrice, quice, quince, since, spice, ace, nice, tense.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:03 pm

I use quadrice, quintice, sextice, heptice, octice, nonice, tennis.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Mark Deeks » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:16 pm

I think this is why we didn't pass the Only Connect audition.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Phil Reynolds » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:40 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:03 pm
I use quadrice, quintice, sextice, heptice, octice, nonice, tennis.
Next in the sequence presumably being elvis.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Ian Volante » Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:15 pm

Phil Reynolds wrote:
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Once, twice, thrice, quice, quince, since, spice, ace, nice, tense.
This is like progress to textual orgasm.
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Martin Hurst » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:58 pm

"Brunch" is a replacement for breakfast and lunch, not in addition to breakfast and lunch.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:42 pm

Martin Hurst wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:58 pm
"Brunch" is a replacement for breakfast and lunch, not in addition to breakfast and lunch.
Linner never really caught on nor Tupper
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:07 pm

Martin Hurst wrote:
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"Brunch" is a replacement for breakfast and lunch, not in addition to breakfast and lunch.
Try this thread instead.

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:05 am

Astronauts wearing diapers.
Its just the thought of Neil Armstrong and co shitting their pants in them suits sullies my hero worship.
I guess even filmmakers have missed this.
Try watching Gravity ( probably the most over rated film of the last 10 years )
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue May 08, 2018 9:09 am

True to thread as it doesn't take long thinking about it before you realise how obvious it is, but I think I've always absent-mindedly gone for "vocal chords" instead of "vocal cords".

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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Tue May 08, 2018 10:26 am

Matt Morrison wrote:
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True to thread as it doesn't take long thinking about it before you realise how obvious it is, but I think I've always absent-mindedly gone for "vocal chords" instead of "vocal cords".
Vocal Chords are loud trousers 😀
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Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Post by Marc Meakin » Tue May 08, 2018 10:30 am

I've just found out that certain Irish names are pronounced nothing like their spelling like Niamh (neeve )
Padraic (porik) Eidlah (ailey )
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