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Re: TIL

Postby jbobsully11 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:02 pm

TIL that black licorice/orange flavored ice cream is a thing in Canada.
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Re: TIL

Postby NathanLoiselle » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:14 am

jbobsully11 wrote:TIL that black licorice/orange flavored ice cream is a thing in Canada.


That sounds awesome! How come I've never encountered it before?
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Re: TIL

Postby IamNotCreepy » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:33 pm

TIL that a Super Blood Wolf Moon is a thing, and there's one coming up.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the event is a total lunar eclipse, but it’s made up of a trifecta of other designations for the moon, which is where the words “blood,” “super” and “wolf” play in. During the total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, which casts a shadow over the moon. According to the Almanac, total lunar eclipses can be viewed without any eye protection, unlike total solar eclipses.

The Almanac states the term “blood moon” comes from dark red color that the moon glows when it’s in the Earth’s shadow.

The word “super” is used to designate a “super moon,” which means the full or new Moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. However, according to the Almanac, most people won’t be able to spot the difference.

As for the “wolf” description, the term originated from Native American tribes and early colonists to define a full moon that occurs in January.
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Re: TIL

Postby sunglasses » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:32 pm

TIL that you can rent/loan auto parts from various shops. its awesome.
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:16 am

Quebecois cousins Solomon Juneau and Joe Juneau each founded a US city. Solomon founded Milwaukee and Joe founded ... Juneau.
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Re: TIL

Postby Pedgerow » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:35 am

And all this time I've thought Milwaukee was an Indian name, pronounced "Milly-wah-kay", which is Algonquin for, "The good land." All these years I've been lied to. Goddamn it.
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:44 am

Pedgerow wrote:And all this time I've thought Milwaukee was an Indian name, pronounced "Milly-wah-kay", which is Algonquin for, "The good land." All these years I've been lied to. Goddamn it.

That etymology is probably correct. A city's founder and etymology are only identical if the founder names the city after himself, as Joe did.
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Re: TIL

Postby Pedgerow » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:23 am

cmsellers wrote:That etymology is probably correct.


Yes, Pete, it is, as it turns out. And French missionaries had indeed been going there since the late 1600s to trade with the Native Americans, starting with Robert La Salle in 1679. And to answer my other question, which Alice Cooper so rudely overlooked, there were other towns there before Solomon Juneau created Milwaukee; he was just the first guy to combine the towns together to create a place called Milwaukee.

Alice was even right about the three socialist mayors! And that fact is still true, as no additional socialist mayors have been elected since Wayne's World came out. (Sorry to be so oddly passionate about this; it's just one of my favourite film scenes ever).
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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:09 am

In American English, "foi-er" is an acceptable pronunciation for "foyer," and in fact it's the preferred pronunciation for Merriam-Webster.

In watching too much YouTube lately, I've come across a lot of pronunciations that strike me as wrong, mostly because many words have long and short vowel pronunciations and I learned the long one (which also happens with the Americanized version of "foyer") but this is the first one I've come across where a normally silent letter is pronounced in some dialects.
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Re: TIL

Postby Kivutar » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:46 am

cmsellers wrote:This is the first one I've come across where a normally silent letter is pronounced in some dialects.


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Re: TIL

Postby cmsellers » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:02 am

The town of Nucla, Colorado is the only place in the US where gun-ownership is mandatory.
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Re: TIL

Postby Anglerphobe » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:46 pm

A drink with the brand name Bare Knuckle Whiskey exists. Part of me is curious about trying it, while another, much larger part of me thinks of it as an almost trollishly open goal for jokes about the Irish (or, in this case, the Irish Americans).
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Re: TIL

Postby Tesseracts » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:18 pm

Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin suffered from agoraphobia. I find it really funny that someone famous for a movie called Home Alone has agoraphobia but judging by the votes I got on r/todayilearned maybe others don’t find it as funny.

CALLER: Hi. I was just wondering how you were able to get over your bout with agoraphobia, because I have something similar to that as well.

CULKIN: It's just one of these things. I didn't even realize I wasn't leaving the house a lot. I kind of just -- I just kind of, you know, there was always photographers in the bushes and things like that, and there was a lot of things out there that were trying to consume me.

KING: Do you ever go out of your house?

CULKIN: So I almost never left the house. And it was just one of these things, where, you know, one of the reason why I got the dog was to get me out of the house three times a day, at least to just walk around the block and things like that.

KING: If you're a true agoraphobic, you can't go out.

CULKIN: You can't really go out. I mean, it wasn't like -- I wasn't even -- like I was more of just -- it was more of a self- diagnosed agoraphobic. It wasn't like I went to a therapist and he said it. It's just I realized -- I started going outside, and it felt like the buildings were going to eat me. So I kind of just...

KING: That's what happens, right?

CULKIN: It is kind of what happens. And so it is one of those things...

KING: Is it true that you make plans to go out and then always change them?

CULKIN: Sometimes, things like that. Yeah, and you know, I kind of -- but I just kind of started dragging myself out of the house a little bit more and more. I guess the dog helps and things like that. But it's just kind of...

KING: Did you do it yourself, you did not have help?

CULKIN: It was just a matter of realizing where was this coming from, and kind of just figuring it all out for myself. And why was I, you know, why, you know, am I this way, why did I feel the need to, you know, do these things to myself.

KING: You almost wrote to J.D. Salinger...

CULKIN: We were joking about that.

KING: ... a famous writer who's a recluse.

CULKIN: Yeah, yeah, and so I was thinking, you know, when I was especially in that place where I wasn't leaving the house at all, I was like, yeah, wouldn't that be funny if I wrote him a letter. It's like you don't leave the house, I don't leave the house; let's talk.

KING: Do you understand recluses?

CULKIN: Do I understand -- yes, I do. Very much so.
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Re: TIL

Postby Deathclaw_Puncher » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:07 am

TIL There's a South Sudanese State called "Lol". lol.
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Postby Pedgerow » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:38 am

"Lol" is also Dutch for "fun". I remember when I was at school (in Belgium), someone showed me that when you hold a calculator upside down, LOL + LOL = HIHI, which resembles the sound of laughter and is therefore an awesome thing to do with a calculator.
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