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Postby cmsellers » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:02 pm

Aldi is accepting credit cards now, and has been for over three years.

I stopped shopping at Aldi when I moved to Texas because getting out cash is a pain. Now I'm just going to not shop at Aldi because the closest store is in Pflugerville.
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Postby cmsellers » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:23 am

A railroad employee named "Jack" had a flawless record as a signal operator, despite being a drunken monkey.
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Postby cmsellers » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:11 am

The official city bird of Madison, Wisconsin, is the pink plastic lawn flamingo. This was inspired by a 1979 prank in which a thousand plastic flamingos appeared on the lawn of the University of Wisconsin.
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Postby cmsellers » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:50 pm

Joe Hill was a Swedish-American labor-organizer and songwriter, executed for a murder he may or may not have committed, and immortalized in the folk song "Joe Hill." He wrote a pretty good poem as his epitaph, and his last words were "Fire. Go on and fire!"

However it's his last telegram I discovered today:
Joe Hill wrote:Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried? I don't want to be found dead in Utah.
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Re: TIL

Postby JamishT » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:58 am

cmsellers wrote:Joe Hill was a Swedish-American labor-organizer and songwriter, executed for a murder he may or may not have committed, and immortalized in the folk song "Joe Hill." He wrote a pretty good poem as his epitaph, and his last words were "Fire. Go on and fire!"

However it's his last telegram I discovered today:
Joe Hill wrote:Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried? I don't want to be found dead in Utah.



I'll take this opportunity to state that I would not like to be found dead in Michigan. If anyone out there intends to murder me, please do me this one small favor!

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Postby Krashlia » Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:40 pm

CS Lewis didn't like kids, or dealing with them.
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Postby cmsellers » Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:13 am

Thailand participated in WWI on the side of the Allies, and even sent an expeditionary force to France in order to prove to the Europeans that they had a modern army and a government committed to upholding international law. Things ... did not go great, with the French military advisors trying to order around the Thais, but Thailand later participated in the post-war occupation of the Rhineland.
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Postby cmsellers » Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:21 am

In order to keep the US from passing a Chinese Exclusion Act for the Japanese, the Japanese and Teddy Roosevelt reached an agreement under which the Japanese wouldn't allow emigration to the US (except for family reunification) and in exchange, the US wouldn't restrict Japanese immigration officially, and would try to get states to treat the Japanese already there as people.

This agreement lasted under two decades before the US decided to ban all immigration from Asia.
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Postby cmsellers » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:44 am

Emily Davidson was an eccentric English suffragette who hid overnight in a crypt at Westminster Palace to avoid being listed in the census. As a result, she was listed twice: once by her landlady, who said "yeah, she lives here," and once by the Clerk of Works as residing in the House of Commons.

She would routinely do things that got her arrested and sentenced, go on hunger strike, and get released, until she started setting fire to mailboxes, at which point they preemptively started force-feeding her.

Her last act was to jump onto a horse racing track and tried to grab the reigns of the king's horse, possibly with the goal of pinning a flag to it. Unfortunately a hundred pound woman is no match for a thousand pound animal moving 35 MPH, it knocked her over, and she died.
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Postby Krashlia » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:50 pm

cmsellers wrote:Emily Davidson was an eccentric English suffragette who hid overnight in a crypt at Westminster Palace to avoid being listed in the census. As a result, she was listed twice: once by her landlady, who said "yeah, she lives here," and once by the Clerk of Works as residing in the House of Commons.

She would routinely do things that got her arrested and sentenced, go on hunger strike, and get released, until she started setting fire to mailboxes, at which point they preemptively started force-feeding her.

Her last act was to jump onto a horse racing track and tried to grab the reigns of the king's horse, possibly with the goal of pinning a flag to it. Unfortunately a hundred pound woman is no match for a thousand pound animal moving 35 MPH, it knocked her over, and she died.


So, basically, what they call a "Mad Lad".
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Re: TIL

Postby Twistappel » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:38 pm

cmsellers wrote:Emily Davidson was an eccentric English suffragette who hid overnight in a crypt at Westminster Palace to avoid being listed in the census. As a result, she was listed twice: once by her landlady, who said "yeah, she lives here," and once by the Clerk of Works as residing in the House of Commons.

She would routinely do things that got her arrested and sentenced, go on hunger strike, and get released, until she started setting fire to mailboxes, at which point they preemptively started force-feeding her.

Her last act was to jump onto a horse racing track and tried to grab the reigns of the king's horse, possibly with the goal of pinning a flag to it. Unfortunately a hundred pound woman is no match for a thousand pound animal moving 35 MPH, it knocked her over, and she died.


We learned a bit about her in Modern History class, but I probably would have paid a bit more attention if they'd mentioned that she went around hiding in crypts and setting fire to fucking mailboxes.
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