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The modern English word "Earth" developed from a wide variety of Middle English forms, which derived from an Old English noun most often spelled eorðe. It has cognates in every Germanic language, and their proto-Germanic root has been reconstructed as *erþō. In its earliest appearances, eorðe was already being used to translate the many senses of Latin terra and Greek γῆ (): the ground, its soil, dry land, the human world, the surface of the world (including the sea), and the globe itself. As with Terra and Gaia, Earth was a personified goddess in Germanic paganism: the Angles were listed by Tacitus as among the devotees of Nerthus, and later Norse mythology included Jörð, a giantess often given as the mother of Thor.

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Kazuka wrote:

Magic in DnD is described as Vancian, yet actually works via a very different method than magic in the Vance novels; in the Vance novels, people were effectively charging themselves with magical energy that was set to go off. So the limit on spells wasn't a limit on how many you could remember, but on how much energy your body could store without killing you.

Huh. A justification for (at least partially) Constitution-based magic.

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"I will remove these restraints and leave the cell with the door open. ...and I'll drop my weapon."

Is it just me, or does it sound like he Americanized his accent for some reason?


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
"I will remove these restraints and leave the cell with the door open. ...and I'll drop my weapon."
Is it just me, or does it sound like he Americanized his accent for some reason?

Probably the same inexplicable reason that John Boyega did the film with an American accent (admittedly, he did quite a good job, unlike Craig).


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Top singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron's dad was the first black man ever to play for Scottish soccer/football club Celtic FC.


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In 2011, a German TV news program reporting on the killing of Osama bin Laden used a graphic of what they thought was the logo of United States counter-terrorism unit SEAL Team Six (United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group). Unfortunately, careless Googlers at the station used the logo of the Star Trek fan group Maquis Forces International SEAL Team VI instead. The logo in question includes a type II phaser pistol, a Klingon skull, and three Klingon bat'leth swords.


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When American football player Brett Favre was traded from the Green Bay Packers to the New York Jets in 2008, numerous media reports made comments about Favre "wearing a different shade of green." The Packers and Jets use the exact same shade of green (Pantone 5535).


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Upon the release of director Jon Favreau's 2008 film Iron Man, several news outlets referred to protagonist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as "Tony Spark." In addition, Metro.se accidentally swapped the name of Robert Downey Jr. with that of poet Robert Frost. Finally, Freeview.co.uk described the film as starring "Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire playboy Robert Stack."


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Though often confused -even by some medical institutions and universities-, the Caduceus Staff (the one with two snakes twisting around a stick) and the Rod of Asclepius (the one with a single snake) are different symbols with different meanings.

The former represents Hermes, Greek god of trade, messages, and a bunch of other things, and is properly used in economic-related institutions, while the second represents Asclepius, Greek god of medicine, which is the one doctors ought to employ.


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

Bush was subsequently re-elected for a second term with a popular majority.

That's a lie; read Fooled Again by Mark Crispin Miller.
Granted, Miller also believes that Bush orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so I'd take that with a king-sized brick of salt. I doubt Bush could successfully have orchestrated a weekend barbecue, much less a massive government conspiracy.

I don't think the book gives Bush the leadership role. Rather the organising blocs behind the Republican National Convention, the same kind of conspiracy that got William McKinley elected and thought that making Teddy Roosevelt his VP would shut the latter up.


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

Bush was subsequently re-elected for a second term with a popular majority.

That's a lie; read Fooled Again by Mark Crispin Miller.
Granted, Miller also believes that Bush orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so I'd take that with a king-sized brick of salt. I doubt Bush could successfully have orchestrated a weekend barbecue, much less a massive government conspiracy.
I don't think the book gives Bush the leadership role. Rather the organising blocs behind the Republican National Convention, the same kind of conspiracy that got William McKinley elected and thought that making Teddy Roosevelt his VP would shut the latter up.

I believe we'd all agreed to drop that particular conversation thread on an earlier page. Not saying anyone's right or wrong, but I don't want this thread getting locked due to inevitable political bickering.


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Though the title was correctly spelled in English language versions, as well as on the poster and (later) VHS box cover, numerous English language film reviews (and subsequent film database entries) of the 1989 Toho kaiju film Godzilla vs. Biollante (AKA Gojira vs. Biollante) listed the title as Godzilla vs. Bioranch. No explanation was ever given.

Scarab Sages

David M Mallon wrote:

I believe we'd all agreed to drop that particular conversation thread on an earlier page. Not saying anyone's right or wrong, but I don't want this thread getting locked due to inevitable political bickering.

Makes me wonder how much good this thread is if we can't agree on facts. Election fraud isn't a "conspiracy theory;" it can be verified - and if one source is seen as dubious (for reasons that don't actually prove them wrong about a different topic), it isn't alone.

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Though the title was correctly spelled in English language versions, as well as on the poster and (later) VHS box cover, numerous English language film reviews (and subsequent film database entries) of the 1989 Toho kaiju film Godzilla vs. Biollante (AKA Gojira vs. Biollante) listed the title as Godzilla vs. Bioranch. No explanation was ever given.

Maybe they thought American audiences would find the Special Guest Monster more understandable if it were some sort of salad dressing?


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

I believe we'd all agreed to drop that particular conversation thread on an earlier page. Not saying anyone's right or wrong, but I don't want this thread getting locked due to inevitable political bickering.

Makes me wonder how much good this thread is if we can't agree on facts. Election fraud isn't a "conspiracy theory;" it can be verified - and if one source is seen as dubious (for reasons that don't actually prove them wrong about a different topic), it isn't alone.

Like I said, I don't care. Stop.

This is supposed to be a fun thread, not a soapbox. If you want to discuss politics, go right ahead, but do it somewhere else.

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Several clustered streets in suburban San Luis Obispo, CA are named after relatives of the city planners. Two (Donna Way and Patricia Drive) are named after my relatives.

Scarab Sages

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Anyone with an interest in octopuses knows they're all inherently bizarre - but the "Larger Pacific Striped Octopus" takes bizarre to a whole other level.


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The first appearance of the word "nerd" in the English lexicon is in the 1950 children's book If I Ran The Zoo, by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, appearing in the following passage:

And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo
And Bring Back an It-Kutch, a Preep, and a Proo,
A Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too!

The word's first use in its modern context* dates to the following year (1951), in which Newsweek magazine reported on its popular use as a synonym for "drip" or "square" in Detroit, Michigan.

* nerd [nurd] noun, Slang.
1. a person considered to be socially awkward, boring, unstylish, etc.
2. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.


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To this day, anyone sworn in to any state office, county office, or judgeship in the US state of Kentucky must declare under oath that he has not participated in, acted as a second, or otherwise assisted in a duel.


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"Blinkenlights" is a hacker's neologism for diagnostic lights found on the front panels of old mainframe computers, minicomputers, many early microcomputers, and modern network hardware.

The online slang dictionary The Jargon File provides the following etymology:

This term derives from the last word of the famous blackletter-Gothic sign in mangled mock German that once graced about half the computer rooms in the English-speaking world. One version ran in its entirety as follows:

ACHTUNG!
ALLES TURISTEN UND NONTEKNISCHEN LOOKENPEEPERS!
DAS KOMPUTERMASCHINE IST NICHT FÜR DER GEFINGERPOKEN UND MITTENGRABEN! ODERWISE IST EASY TO SCHNAPPEN DER SPRINGENWERK, BLOWENFUSEN UND POPPENCORKEN MIT SPITZENSPARKEN.
IST NICHT FÜR GEWERKEN BEI DUMMKOPFEN. DER RUBBERNECKEN SIGHTSEEREN KEEPEN DAS COTTONPICKEN HÄNDER IN DAS POCKETS MUSS.
ZO RELAXEN UND WATSCHEN DER BLINKENLICHTEN.

This silliness dates back to least as far as 1955 at IBM and had already gone international by the early 1960s, when it was reported at the University of London's ATLAS computing site. There are several variants of it in circulation, some of which actually do end with the word "blinkenlights."

The Jargon File also mentions that German hackers have developed their own versions of the blinkenlights poster, in fractured English:

ATTENTION
This room is fullfilled mit special electronische equippment.
Fingergrabbing and pressing the cnoeppkes from the computers is allowed for die experts only!
So all the “lefthanders” stay away and do not disturben the brainstorming von here working intelligencies.
Otherwise you will be out thrown and kicked anderswhere!
Also: please keep still and only watchen astaunished the blinkenlights.

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From the glossary in a Hewlett-Packard computer manual:
Endless Loop: see Infinite Loop
Infinite Loop
: see Endless Loop
Recursion
: see Recursion


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On a 1999 episode of TV series 3rd Rock From The Sun entitled "Dick's Big Giant Headache, part 1," series protagonist Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) meets the character Big Giant Head (William Shatner) at the airport. During the scene, Big Giant Head mentions "seeing something on the wing of the plane," to which Dick replies, "the same thing happened to me!" This is a reference to the fact that both Shatner and Lithgow played variations on the same character in the 1963 Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet," and the "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet" segment of the 1983 film The Twilight Zone: The Movie, respectively.

Similar fanservice in-joke in the pilot eposide of the 1980s Buck Rogers TV show -- Gil Gerard, playing the main character who has been frozen for 500 years, meets an old-time pilot who makes some comment about comparative ages; they go back and forth a bit. The old-timer was played by Buster Crabbe, who portrayed Buck Rogers in the late '30s.


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Kazuka wrote:
in the Vance novels, people were effectively charging themselves with magical energy that was set to go off. So the limit on spells wasn't a limit on how many you could remember, but on how much energy your body could store without killing you.

You clearly have never read The Dying Earth. Let's please not just make up the "facts" that go in this thread out of whole cloth.


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The words "Winter is Coming" don't actually appear in any of George R.R. Martin's novels. They were invented by HBO as a catchy tag phrase for the TV series.

Spoiler:
This "fact" is totally bogus, of course.


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To this day, anyone sworn in to any state office, county office, or judgeship in the US state of Kentucky must declare under oath that he has not participated in, acted as a second, or otherwise assisted in a duel.

The reason Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had their famous duel in Wehauken New Jersey was that such things had already been outlawed in New York.

Liberty's Edge

David M Mallon wrote:
On a 1999 episode of TV series 3rd Rock From The Sun entitled "Dick's Big Giant Headache, part 1," series protagonist Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) meets the character Big Giant Head (William Shatner) at the airport. During the scene, Big Giant Head mentions "seeing something on the wing of the plane," to which Dick replies, "the same thing happened to me!" This is a reference to the fact that both Shatner and Lithgow played variations on the same character in the 1963 Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet," and the "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet" segment of the 1983 film The Twilight Zone: The Movie, respectively.

That's about all I ever saw of Third Rock from the Sun. I really wanted to like that show; what could be better than a combination of science fiction, comedy, John Lithgow and Jane Curtain? But I just didn't like it.


Once upon a time, Nick Nolte looked like this.

Also, in 1972, Nolte appeared in a Clairol advertisement alongside a 22-year-old Sigourney Weaver. How's that for an odd image.


The common idiom "lock and load" originated in American English, supposedly as an instructional command to prepare an M1 Garand, the main rifle used during World War II, for battle, though it is disputed if the phrase was actually used this early. The first documented use of the phrase "lock and load" was a line of dialog uttered by John Stryker (John Wayne) in the 1949 war film Sands of Iwo Jima.

The most likely theory of the origin of the phrase connects this order to the operation of the M1 Garand rifle. Before loading the ammunition clip into the rifle, the operating rod handle is pulled to the rear until the bolt is securely locked open. According to the M1 Garand Manual, loading the clip without first locking the bolt could result in an accidental discharge of a round.

An alternate theory involves the transposition of "load and lock" - to load the ammunition clip into the rifle, then to lock the bolt forward (which forces a round into the chamber, readying a rifle for firing). This order is notably featured in the 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific.


The word "Japan" is an exonym, and is used (in one form or another) by a large number of languages. The Japanese names for Japan are Nippon (にっぽん) and Nihon (にほん). They are both written in Japanese using the kanji 日本.

The English word "Japan" has a circuitous derivation; but linguists believe it derives in part from the Portuguese recording of the early Mandarin Chinese or Wu Chinese word for Japan: "Cipan" (日本), which is rendered in pinyin as "Rìběn," and literally translates to "sun origin".

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Many believe that the phrase "the whole nine yards" derives from the length of ammunition belts on early fighter planes. But the phrase appeared in print as early as 1907. The exact origin of the expression remains a mystery.

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