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Offline thomas

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Re: Today I learned...
« Reply #1025 on: Wednesday 18 March 2020, 04:48:28 PM »
The truth is Britain resisted the switch as much as America ever has but in the end they had far greater external pressures (i.e. continental Europe) on them that forced the change. America has always been incredibly much better positioned to resist it and so we haven't made the change.

Offline bobloblaw

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« Reply #1026 on: Wednesday 18 March 2020, 04:48:51 PM »
Something I've never even considered before. Has American currency always been decimal?

I believe so.
Yet on systems of government they remain resolutely mentally imperial. Queens as a head of state man FFS.

Offline bobloblaw

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« Reply #1027 on: Wednesday 18 March 2020, 04:50:16 PM »
Imagine posting that right after Buzz Aldrin's travel expenses.

Offline leffe186

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Re: Today I learned...
« Reply #1028 on: Thursday 19 March 2020, 02:09:36 AM »
Today I learned that Leffe auto-corrects to “perfect”. I mean, of course it does.
Obviously, I'm speaking of a hypothetical world in which there is a greater club than Tottenham.

Offline joeyt

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Re: Today I learned...
« Reply #1029 on: Thursday 19 March 2020, 08:34:41 AM »
I found out not so long ago that the Sell By date on most crisp packets is a Saturday

Offline Gorilla

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Re: Today I learned...
« Reply #1030 on: Thursday 19 March 2020, 08:38:28 AM »
I found out not so long ago that the Sell By date on most crisp packets is a Saturday
The reason for this is less interesting than I thought it would be after googling.

Offline sadnesstan

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Re: Today I learned...
« Reply #1031 on: Thursday 19 March 2020, 08:49:20 AM »
Today I learned...

...Darren Grimes.

I've revised all my thoughts on the encouragement of children.

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Re: Today I learned...
« Reply #1032 on: Friday 20 March 2020, 12:28:20 PM »

Offline Conjo

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Re: Today I learned...
« Reply #1033 on: Saturday 21 March 2020, 06:36:56 PM »
That my cat most likely has muscle memory for jumps she does regularly. Just finished cleaning in my apartment, and must have knocked my PC table 5-10cm away from the cat climbing frame/bed as she completely botched the small jump, and I got to witness a pathetic salvage operation for her to get up to the top :lol:
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Offline loki679

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Re: Today I learned...
« Reply #1034 on: Tuesday 7 April 2020, 04:39:07 AM »
The earliest recorded usage of the word 'f***' is in a Scottish poem from 500 years ago.

Try to conceal your surprise.

Wow :lol:

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Flyting is a poetic genre in Scotland—essentially a poetry slam or rap battle, in which participants exchange creative insults with as much verbal pyrotechnics (doubling and tripling of rhymes, lots of alliteration) as they can muster. (It's a safe bet Shakespeare excelled at this art form.)

Dunbar and Kennedy supposedly faced off for a flyting in the court of James IV of Scotland around 1500, and their exchange was set down for posterity in Bannatyne's manuscript. In the poem, Dunbar makes fun of Kennedy's Highland dialect, for instance, as well as his personal appearance, and he suggests his opponent enjoys sexual intercourse with horses. Kennedy retaliates with attacks on Dunbar's diminutive stature and lack of bowel control, suggesting his rival gets his inspiration from drinking "frogspawn" from the waters of a rural pond. You get the idea.

And then comes the historic moment: an insult containing the phrase "wan fukkit funling," marking the earliest known surviving record of the F-word.
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