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    The NEVERENDING Today I Learned thread

    Today I learned a new word: Skeuomorph.

    From Wikipedia:

    A skeuomorph ... is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original. Skeuomorphs may be deliberately employed to make the new look comfortably old and familiar, such as copper cladding on zinc pennies or computer printed postage with circular town name and cancellation lines. An alternative definition is "an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned from the new material but was essential to the object made from the original material.

    Some example cited include:
    • Various spoke patterns in automobile hubcaps and wheels leftover from carriage wheel construction
    • Fake woodgrain printing on thousands of modern items of plastic, Formica, or pressboard furniture
    • Fake stitching in plastic items that used to be made of leather or vinyl and actually stitched together
    • Tiny, non-functional handles on small maple syrup jugs
    • Elaborate lacing on children's Velcro-secured shoes
    • Digital depictions of buttons, sliders, dials, turning pages and other mechanical controls on the buttonless surface of touchscreen devices
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    There are only a couple of parcels in a certain Cyburbian's town where you could place a topless carwash (if one wanted to).
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    There are only a couple of parcels in a certain Cyburbian's town where you could place a topless carwash (if one wanted to).
    hahhahahahahhaha

    Thanks for ratting my town out Planit
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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    hahhahahahahhaha

    Thanks for ratting my town out Planit
    Let me know if anything comes of it, my family has been nagging me to wash the car.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

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    Today I learned that as much as I love birds, recently-fledged crows can be extremely noisy!

    Apparently the entire murder of crows (I was just dying to say that! ) was outside my office window, searching for edible insects on the ground while I was trying to carry on a phone conversation.

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    Today I learned the male turtle tail is longer than the female's ..........who woulda thunk it?

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    Today I learned what it looks like when someone tries to build a house in an estuary.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Quote Originally posted by johnelsden View post
    Today I learned the male turtle tail is longer than the female's ..........who woulda thunk it?
    So when a male turtle is looking for a little tail, he's on the right track?
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Today I learned that the Motor City, Detroit, bans mobile food trucks.

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20110...e-a-sour-taste
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Today I learned that the Motor City, Detroit, bans mobile food trucks.

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20110...e-a-sour-taste
    Today you also learn that there is currently one legal one operating in the city:

    http://modeldmedia.com/devnews/detro...apo071911.aspx
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    There is still such a thing as compromise in Washington.... Even if both sides crazy people yell and scream...

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Today you also learn that there is currently one legal one operating in the city:

    http://modeldmedia.com/devnews/detro...apo071911.aspx
    Dude the Hipsters love that thing they stand in line for an hour to eat off a truck. I watched em from the air-conditioned ham place across the street.
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Dude the Hipsters love that thing they stand in line for an hour to eat off a truck. I watched em from the air-conditioned ham place across the street.
    I'm hoping it's around the next time I am downtown because I want to give it a try. I'll bring some additional suburban hipster flair!
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    If you bite into a slightly rotten carrot it will squirt out orange goo.

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    Today I learned that one can spend 5.5 hours at the doctor's office
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    I'm hoping it's around the next time I am downtown because I want to give it a try. I'll bring some additional suburban hipster flair!
    Sorry to break this to you living in the Hills just makes you a fancy lad. You got no urban hipster cred. Hell I lived in the City for 40 years and I no longer have it cuz I moved to Wayne County's land of the fancy lads!
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Sorry to break this to you living in the Hills just makes you a fancy lad. You got no urban hipster cred. Hell I lived in the City for 40 years and I no longer have it cuz I moved to Wayne County's land of the fancy lads!
    Actually, now that they no longer have a Brooks Brothers in the Ren Cen, I really have no excuse to come to the city.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    TIL the singular form of "spaghetti" is "spaghetto".
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    TIL that it takes a squirrel about 2 weeks to figure out how to get around the vaseline-slicked bird feeder pole and make an upward leap from a flimsy miniature japanese maple.

    I can chase one off, but when his little friends see him and replicate the deed, I'm in trouble again.

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    I haven't learned anything yet today.
    But yesterday I learned that:
    Raspberry vodka and cream soda mix much better than you might expect. The youngins called it a raspberry beret.

    That cute little fuzzy white caterpillar that we've seen around the yard the last few weeks is in fact called the Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar and its hairs and barbs are poisonous. Ouch.

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    Asian Longhorned Beetle is the next coming (and much worse) than the Emerald Ash Borer.
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    I can exclaim in a way too loud voice that I want to wring an Alderman's fu<%!n8 neck and get away with it. But I'm the boss so I guess I can do it. It still was wrong.

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    Today I learned that if you have a flash drive in the shape of a pink octopus, its better to call it an Octo-flash than a flash-o-___.

    True story. He's right here on my desk. Staring at me.

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    Quote Originally posted by ThePinkPlanner View post
    Today I learned that if you have a flash drive in the shape of a pink octopus, its better to call it an Octo-flash than a flash-o-___.

    True story. He's right here on my desk. Staring at me.
    That was Spew Alert worthy. Glad I wasn't drinking anything
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by ThePinkPlanner View post
    Today I learned that if you have a flash drive in the shape of a pink octopus, its better to call it an Octo-flash than a flash-o-___.

    True story. He's right here on my desk. Staring at me.
    Well especially if its an 8 GB flash drive
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