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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    I learned today Detroit is officially THE poorest city (over 250,000 pop) in the US. (and I see Buffalo is not far behind at #4)

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I learned today Detroit is officially THE poorest city (over 250,000 pop) in the US. (and I see Buffalo is not far behind at #4)
    And, ouch, Ohio has three (aka the most) in the top ten of poorest.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

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    The (Toledo) Blade

    Tomorrow (Sunday, 12-19) marks the 175th anniversary of The (Toledo) Blade. The newspaper's first edition arrived on the streets a couple years before Toledo was incorporated. An early edition included a reference to the naming of the newspaper: named after the fine blades that were made in Toledo, Spain. The newspaper said this about their name and their philosophy: "Our blade has no elasticity - it will break before it will bend."

    So what did I learn today?

    Included in Abraham Lincoln's pockets when he was shot and killed at Ford's Theater.....an article from The Toledo Blade.

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    Some interesting facts I did not know about the hula hoop.
    I found the running records most interesting:
    Records for running while twirling a hula hoop around the waist are:[4]

    100 m: 13.84 seconds, by Roman Schedler of Austria on 16 July 1994
    1 mile: 6:40, by Kris Slomin of United States on 20 October 2008
    10 km, men: 1:06:35, by Paul "Dizzy Hips" Blair, date unknown
    10 km, women: 1:27:25, by Boo Crystal Chan of Australia, 12 March 2009
    13.84 seconds for the 100m....while swinging a hula hoop? How does one run and hula at the same time!?

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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Today I found out that there are 13 Yule Lads according to Icelandic tradition. One of the Yule Lades is named Sausage Swiper.
    Swiper No Swiping! Swiper No Swiping! Swiper No Swiping!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Anyway, here's what I learned today. The tendonitis and knee pain that knocked me out of the National Guard before I went to basic is apparently heeled up, as indicated by the lack of pain in my ankle or knee after jogging 2.5 last night.
    Maintaining enthusiasm in the face of crushing apathy.

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    Not a damn thing. I'll try again tomorrow!
    "I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany"

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    How does one run and hula at the same time!?
    We see politicians do it all the time.

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    Today I learned what makes a 'bistro' a bistro.
    from wiki -
    A bistro, sometimes spelled bistrot, is, in its original Parisian incarnation, a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting. Bistros are defined mostly by the foods they serve. Slow-cooked foods like braised meats are typical. Bistro patrons do not expect printed menus or professional service

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Today I learned what makes a 'bistro' a bistro.
    from wiki -
    I thought it was derived from beastro but was changed to make their braised meats more palatable.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    I learned the probable origin of pot brownies and the term "toke" today.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_B._Toklas

    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    I learned the probable origin of pot brownies and the term "toke" today.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_B._Toklas

    Oh my moon! Alice B. Toklas!
    Ms. Toklas and Ms. Gertrude Stein

    I should have known that the early 20th century lady lovers who helped make famous the works of Picasso and Hemingway would give the world cannabis brownies.

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    I learned that English language folk songs from around the world are catalogued in something called the Roud Folk Song Index developed by a British librarian.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roud_Folk_Song_Index
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Today I learned that there is a kernel of truth to the stereotype that people in New Jersey really are rude and inconsiderate.

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    Today I learned that the ladies really do love Cool J.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Today I learned there is a Unicode character named "PILE OF POO",

    There's also Unicode symbols for:

    WINE GLASS 🍷
    OGRE 👺
    HIPSTER 👓
    PAW PRINTS 🐾
    BABY CHICK 🐥
    BOWLING 🎳
    JOKER 🃏
    PORN
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Today I learned that there is a kernel of truth to the stereotype that people in New Jersey really are rude and inconsiderate.
    What abou us Expat Jersey boys here in Cyburbia ? or have we been in the midwest long enough to lose that ?


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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Today I learned about The Canadian Extreme Wrestling Party, which makes today a fantastic day.

    How does one become the leader of this party? By entering into an 11 man Battle Royale and coming out the victor.

    Is there really any better way to do politics?
    Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

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    I learned that Brian Williams contracted dysentery while covering Hurricane Katrina.

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    The rules and terms used in Rugby. I knew a few of the concepts, but this short 2 minute video helped me fully understand the game better.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=nW0Fp16XhZo
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    The rules and terms used in Rugby. I knew a few of the concepts, but this short 2 minute video helped me fully understand the game better.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=nW0Fp16XhZo
    There were words in that video?
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    Today I learned Brian Eno's full name is Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno

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    I learned an easy way to shuck corn without the hassel of all those silks:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnBF6bv4Oe4


    What a nice old man.
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
    "Budweiser sells a product they reflectively insist on calling beer." John Oliver

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    phone geekery

    I learned that I can successfully root my older Android phone.

    Looks like I can now use this phone for another year or more before I'll need to purchase a new one.

    Sorry, southeast asia manufacturers.
    All these years the people said he’s actin’ like a kid.
    He did not know he could not fly, so he did.
    - - Guy Clark, "The Cape"

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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    I learned the different between freezing rain and sleet. Freezing rain is liquid first then freezes on the ground, sleet comes down frozen.
    What about hail? (Yeah, what about hail?)

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