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May 13th, 2014, 16:52
Nice song, but since "no deadly wildlife mentioned", it's obviously fake. Besides she doesn't sound like Kylie. Or D'ni.

pibbbur who wonders what creature waltzing Matilda is. Probably a crocodile of some sort. A fierce, black, widow-crocodile perhaps.

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May 18th, 2014, 20:48
Originally Posted by jhwisner View Post
Apparently sugarfree gummy bears are hilarious:

http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Gummi-B…RankDescending
Haribo is one of Germany's best well-known companies / brands. EVERYONE knows Haribo !

The factory is or was located in Bonn, the former western German capital (before Berlin), and the company was led by an patriarch until a few months ago when he died. At that time he had already installed a co-manager (or what his position is), though. He was responsible for the recipes as well. The name "Haribo" is made up of "Bonn" and the first or last name of the founder, if I'm not mistaken, "Hans" "Riegel".

More about that here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haribo

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Just as a side-note : My private life doesn't allow me to be very active here at this time anymore, apart from weekends. And for the rest of this year it will stay sso, if I'm not mistaken.
If the reason is love, I'll forgive you. And you don't need to know that.

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June 27th, 2014, 12:54
The evolution of phones:


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July 9th, 2014, 13:20
The moment you realize subtitles are always better than dub:



And that perhaps you were wrong accusing some people for talking too much.

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July 12th, 2014, 22:51
Originally Posted by joxer View Post
The evolution of phones:

My samsung s3 battery is almost as big as the the phone itself but it does last 3-4 days. Its also durable, I could throw it to the floor and it wont break. So its possible to go back to the good days, just needs some cheap modification.

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July 18th, 2014, 06:11
This is especially for Pibbur!!


>
> AUSTRALIA and AUSTRALIANS
> The following is by Douglas Adams of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" fame.
>

> “Australia is a very confusing place, taking up a large amount of the bottom half of the planet. It is recognizable from orbit because of many unusual features, including what at first looks like an enormous bite taken out of its southern edge; a wall of sheer cliffs which plunge into the girting sea Geologists assure us that this is simply an accident of geomorphology, but they still call it the "Great Australian Bight", proving that not only are they covering up a more frightening theory but they can't spell either.
> The first of the confusing things about Australia is the status of the place. Where other landmasses and sovereign lands are classified as continent, island or country, Australia is considered all three. Typically, it is unique in this.
> The second confusing thing about Australia is the animals. They can be divided into three categories: Poisonous, Odd, and Sheep. It is true that of the 10 most poisonous arachnids on the planet, Australia has 9 of them. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that of the 9 most poisonous arachnids, Australia has all of them. However, there are few snakes, possibly because the spiders have killed them all.
>
>
> But even the spiders won't go near the sea. Any visitors should be careful to check inside boots (before putting them on), under toilet seats (before sitting down) and generally everywhere else. A stick is very useful for this task.
> The last confusing thing about Australia is the inhabitants -
> A short history: Sometime around 40,000 years ago some people arrived in boats from the north. They ate all the available food, and a lot of them died. The ones who survived learned respect for the balance of nature, man's proper place in the scheme of things, and spiders. They settled in and spent a lot of the intervening time making up strange stories.
> Then, around 200 years ago, Europeans arrived in boats from the north. More accurately, European convicts were sent, with a few deranged people in charge. They tried to plant their crops in autumn (failing to take account of the reversal of the seasons), ate all their food, and a lot of them died.
> About then the sheep arrived, and have been treasured ever since. It is interesting to note here that the Europeans always consider themselves vastly superior to any other race they encounter, since they can lie, cheat, steal and litigate (marks of a civilized culture they say), whereas all the Aboriginals can do is happily survive being left in the middle of a vast red-hot desert, equipped with a stick.
> Eventually, the new lot of people stopped being Europeans on 'extended holiday' and became Australians. The changes are subtle, but deep, caused by the mind-stretching expanses of nothingness and eerie quiet, where a person can sit perfectly still and look deep inside themselves to the core of their essence, their reasons for being, and the necessity of checking inside their boots every morning for fatal surprises. They also picked up the most finely tuned sense of irony in the world, and the Aboriginal gift for making up stories. Be warned.
> There is also the matter of the beaches. Australian beaches are simply the nicest and best in the world, although anyone actually venturing into the sea will have to contend with sharks, stinging jellyfish, stonefish (a fish which sits on the bottom of the sea, pretends to be a rock and has venomous barbs sticking out of its back that will kill just from the pain) and surfboarders. However, watching a beach sunset is worth the risk.
> As a result of all this hardship, dirt, thirst and wombats, you would expect Australians to be a dour lot. Instead, they are genial, jolly, cheerful and always willing to share a kind word with a stranger. Faced with insurmountable odds and impossible problems, they smile disarmingly and look for a stick. Major engineering feats have been performed with sheets of corrugated iron, string and mud.
> Alone of all the races on earth, they seem to be free from the 'Grass is greener on the other side of the fence' syndrome, and roundly proclaim that Australia is, in fact, the other side of that fence. They call the land "Oz" or "Godzone" (a verbal contraction of "God's Own Country"). The irritating thing about this is they may be right.
> TIPS TO SURVIVING AUSTRALIA
> Don't ever put your hand down a hole for any reason WHATSOEVER.
> The beer is stronger than you think, regardless of how strong you think it is.
> Always carry a stick.
> Air-conditioning is imperative.
> Do not attempt to use Australian slang unless you are a trained linguist and extremely good in a fist fight.
> Wear thick socks.
> Take good maps. Stopping to ask directions only works when there are people nearby
> If you leave the urban areas, carry several litres of water with you at all times, or you will die.
> Even in the most embellished stories told by Australians, there is always a core of truth that it is unwise to ignore.
> HOW TO IDENTIFY AUSTRALIANS
> They waddle when they walk due to the 53 expired petrol discount vouchers stuffed in their wallet or purse.
> They pronounce Melbourne as "Mel-bin".
> They think it makes perfect sense to decorate highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep.
> They think "Woolloomooloo" is a perfectly reasonable name for a place, that "Wagga Wagga" can be abbreviated to "Wagga", but "Woy Woy" can't be called "Woy".
> Their hamburgers will contain beetroot. Apparently it’s a must-have.
> They don’t think it's summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle.
> They believe that all train timetables are works of fiction.
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> They all carry a stick!

Just don't ask to see my stick!! (Yes, I have one!!!!)

If God said it, then that settles it!!

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July 18th, 2014, 07:26
LOL!! (from Mel-bin)
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July 19th, 2014, 08:31
Say no more. Nudge, nuidge. Hilarious

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July 29th, 2014, 19:44
I was actually searching for input on humming in Taos (New Mexico), a never solved, decades old ongoing mystery, just to find out this phenomenon is actually happening worldwide:
Mysterious Hum Driving People Crazy Around the World

Some guy in Australia made a site about it, determined to crack it already as he's experiencing the same thing:
http://members.aussiebroadband.com.a…se/science.htm
It sounds like a distant diesel engine idling
It pulses or drones
It is faint but almost always there
Other people in the house cant hear it
It seems louder in the quiet of the night
It seems louder inside the house
Ear plugs do not seem to help
It drives you mad
Its really hard to work out what direction it is coming from
Should we all start buying white noise gadgets?

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August 1st, 2014, 22:17
Remember something called "the law of conservation of momentum" from school?
Thanks to that one we can make rockets - right? A fuel burns, gasses are "dumped" and our rockets move in the opposite direction.

What if instead of the fuel we use electricity? And what if we don't have to "fart" anything out of the rocket to make it move?
Sounds crazy?

Crazy or not, seems it does work:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/…le-space-drive

A working microwave thruster would radically cut the cost of satellites and space stations and extend their working life, drive deep-space missions, and take astronauts to Mars in weeks rather than months.
No you're not in virual reality, and you're reading it right.
NASA confirmed it.

What, I didn't explain in details how and why exactly does it work? Hell if I know. They don't know either. All they know is that it works.

After this "impulse drive" invention, expect "warp drive" that works against some other physics law next year.

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After this "impulse drive" invention, expect "warp drive" that works against some other physics law next year.
And a visit from a sharp-eared guy in a pyramide-shaped spaceship, talking about some "galactic federation".
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August 4th, 2014, 07:11
@Pibbur, found about this (and saw one) on the weekend and immediately thought of you! Not just snakes, fish, spiders but poisonous plants as well down-under!
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrocnide_moroides
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Contact with the leaves or twigs causes the hollow, silica-tipped hairs to penetrate the skin. The sting causes an extremely painful stinging sensation which can last for days or even months, and the injured area becomes covered with small, red spots joining together to form a red, swollen mass. The sting is known to be potent enough to kill humans, and it can also kill dogs and horses.
Wow! I notice they don't talk about the part where the plant also slowly dissolves and eats you. It must do that because Australia.
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August 4th, 2014, 15:42
I'd really like to visit Australia but each time I read about those nasty things I get second thoughts….
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August 4th, 2014, 15:45
Originally Posted by joxer View Post
The moment you realize subtitles are always better than dub:



And that perhaps you were wrong accusing some people for talking too much.
Wow that could be the solution to me reading subtitles and clicking past the voice becausse the voice acting is way too slow
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@Pibbur, found about this (and saw one) on the weekend and immediately thought of you! Not just snakes, fish, spiders but poisonous plants as well down-under!
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrocnide_moroides
From the Wikipedia link: "The fruit is edible if the stinging hairs that cover it are removed."

No doubt unlike the rest of the world that (wisely!!!) keeps its distance, ozzies do eat it!!!

pibbur who wonders when the ozzies themselves will develop venomous fangs. Or if they already have.

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August 4th, 2014, 18:59
Do you know that

42 = 2 * 3 * 7

and

1/42 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/7 = 1

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August 4th, 2014, 19:01
Did you know that 100 = 10 * 10

And that 1/10 * 10 = 1 ?
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August 4th, 2014, 19:16
but the equivalent would be:

100 = 2 * 2 * 5 * 5

1/100 +1/2 +1/2 +1/5 +1/5 = 1

which is obviously not true.

42 is one of the rare primary pseudoperfect numbers

2, 6, 42, 1806, 47058, 2214502422, 52495396602…

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