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Postby Australia » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:06 pm

Apparently it's poor form to repeatedly say 'Hiya Georgie' in a Pennywise voice to your three-month old nephew. Well, a) his parents shouldn't have named him George because he'll be getting that his entire life and b) they shouldn't have let me anywhere near him, my step-sister is well aware I'm a terrible human being.
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:27 am

Guava skins are edible and taste faintly of pine resin.
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Re: TIL

Postby Aquila89 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:25 pm

I was reading up on Clarance Thomas and I found a 1995 article in The New York Review of Books, reviewing several books about his confirmation. One of them was written by John C. Danforth, a Republican senator, one of Thomas's biggest supporters and a personal friend of his. And there's a quite interesting story in it about how Thomas first reacted to Anita Hill's allegations.

Thomas, according to Danforth, was going into a state of hysterical withdrawal, almost catatonic. He was unable to focus while his own lawyers questioned him. He lay clenched in a fetal position. He sobbed convulsively and hyperventilated before many of his intimates, saying that his destroyers had finally succeeded. Danforth saw many of these symptoms, and Thomas’s wife, Virginia, told him there were some she would not confide even to him. Danforth did not want to know more: “There are matters that should remain private between a husband and a wife—certainly matters that are hard to include in a book about a good man who is a friend. That a future justice of the Supreme Court was writhing on the floor is awful enough to tell.”
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Re: TIL

Postby Deathclaw_Puncher » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:54 pm

TIL that, in Catonese, "Picasso" sounds somewhat like "Buk ga si sok" (written in Chinese characters as "不加思索"), which means "not putting any thought into it".
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Re: TIL

Postby Absentia » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:25 pm

Halloween is a Christianized and modernized version of an ancient Gaelic festival called Samhain. The Irish Celts believed that the periods roughly halfway between the equinox and the solstice (November 1 and May 1) were when the spirits of the dead were able to leave wherever they hang out for the rest of the year and walk the earth.

The origin of trick-or-treating was the ritual of giving offerings to these spirits to secure their blessings for the winter, or else risk them coming to your home and doing mischief. Eventually it became traditional for people to dress up as spirits and receive the offerings on their behalf. The religious significance of the ritual slowly eroded after the introduction of Christianity until it became just a fun thing for children and probably-drunk revelers to do.
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:04 pm

Absentia wrote:Halloween is a Christianized and modernized version of an ancient Gaelic festival called Samhain. The Irish Celts believed that the periods roughly halfway between the equinox and the solstice (November 1 and May 1) were when the spirits of the dead were able to leave wherever they hang out for the rest of the year and walk the earth.

See, I knew that because I had a sixth grade teacher who taught us about the Celtic calendar. I got on the local news a year or two later, explaining how May Day had derived from Beltane to a reporter at a local May Day festival.

She also taught us abut how Groundhog's Day derived from Imbolc (actually, that's only one theory), but sadly I didn't grow up near Punxsutawney and therefore never got the chance to use that one on the local news.
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:20 am

Cats don't just give you toxoplasmosis, they can also make you allergic to bacon.
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Re: TIL

Postby sunglasses » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:25 pm

That if I don't make something part of my routine I just neglect it.

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Re: TIL

Postby iMURDAu » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:36 pm

Absentia wrote:Halloween is a Christianized and modernized version of an ancient Gaelic festival called Samhain. The Irish Celts believed that the periods roughly halfway between the equinox and the solstice (November 1 and May 1) were when the spirits of the dead were able to leave wherever they hang out for the rest of the year and walk the earth.

The origin of trick-or-treating was the ritual of giving offerings to these spirits to secure their blessings for the winter, or else risk them coming to your home and doing mischief. Eventually it became traditional for people to dress up as spirits and receive the offerings on their behalf. The religious significance of the ritual slowly eroded after the introduction of Christianity until it became just a fun thing for children and probably-drunk revelers to do.


I learned that from the Ghostbusters cartoon. That's where I heard of Samhain and I learned more from reading about it. I wonder if today a child under ten could check out books on old religions and the occult without anyone saying something.

TIL the plot of the second episode of the Ghostbusters cartoon is very similar to the main plot of the second movie. Which would be released a few years later. The ghost "Killawatt" gains his energy through negativity and feeds off of it. Talk about foreshadowing.
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