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Jason McRoberts
Jason McRoberts New Reader
12/30/20 1:23 p.m.

In reply to Mike (Forum Supporter) :

I'm pretty sure that holland creme is that nasty stuff  that's basically Crisco and powdered sugar.  

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
12/30/20 3:43 p.m.
Recon1342 said:
wae said:

TIL: My wife, who drives a Mazda, was not aware that Mazda was Japanese.

 

I... well... uh... ok.

You need the GIF for that.

 

Peabody
Peabody UltimaDork
12/30/20 5:00 p.m.
Recon1342 said:
wae said:

TIL: My wife, who drives a Mazda, was not aware that Mazda was Japanese.

 

I... well... uh... ok.

One of my coworkers, who used to run a tire shop, told me last week that while he would consider a Subaru, German cars made him nervous.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
12/30/20 6:26 p.m.
Peabody said:
Recon1342 said:
wae said:

TIL: My wife, who drives a Mazda, was not aware that Mazda was Japanese.

 

I... well... uh... ok.

One of my coworkers, who used to run a tire shop, told me last week that while he would consider a Subaru, German cars made him nervous.

Years back, on rec.autos.makers.subaru (I forgot the newsgroup tree it's been so long, that may not be accurate) someone posted that they really wanted a Subaru because it was neat that they made engines without valves.

Uh?  rec.autos.rotary is the newsgroup you want...

Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/30/20 8:14 p.m.

TIL the definition of fluid.

flu·id

/ˈflo͞oid/

Learn to pronounce

See definitions in:

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Physics

Chemistry

noun

  1. a substance that has no fixed shape and yields easily to external pressure; a gas or (especially) a liquid

TIL that there are volcanoes in the Caribbean. Not sure how I never knew that before.

Apparently some of them became active today. 

 

Peabody
Peabody UltimaDork
12/31/20 8:33 a.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

Which of course is ridiculous because, as a previous coworker informed me, Subaru’s have boxster engines which we all know have valves. 

G_Body_Man (Forum Supporter)
G_Body_Man (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
12/31/20 7:31 p.m.

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
12/31/20 8:17 p.m.
Jason McRoberts said:

In reply to Mike (Forum Supporter) :

I'm pretty sure that holland creme is that nasty stuff  that's basically Crisco and powdered sugar.  

Holland is the fluffy white stuff that is like air and really sweet, so you are probably correct.  Boston is the custard (kinda like pudding in texture) that is close to the color of every crappy apartment you ever lived in or visited...

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
12/31/20 8:19 p.m.

In reply to Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) :

Pretty much all of the islands in the middle of the ocean were formed by volcanoes.  A few are no longer active...some are Pompei in waiting.

Jerry
Jerry PowerDork
1/2/21 10:54 a.m.

That Dethklok has actual albums.  Brutal.

Azryael
Azryael Reader
1/4/21 3:55 p.m.

I learned this a few a weeks ago, actually, but apparently you can just jump into a company, pledge 40 hours a week, rectify a few issues within said company, and immediately lay claim to "sweat equity" in said company.

What a crock of E36 M3.

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
1/12/21 12:19 p.m.

There's a reason for the condition of my "new" e36


Stampie (FS)
Stampie (FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/12/21 4:38 p.m.

TIL that Lil Stampie looks old enough for the bag girl at Publix to check him out.  I should have embarrassed both of them and said "You know he's only 12?"

wae
wae UberDork
1/13/21 7:30 a.m.

TIL that in the early 19th century they used two dozen orphan boys to innoculate the Americas from smallpox.  Apparently they would take pus from the sores of people who had cowpox and scratch that into the skin of healthy people.  They'd get cowpox which wouldn't kill them plus some sores that could be used to extract pus and innoculate the next group.  If you had cowpox you couldn't get smallpox.  Cowpox gave you nasty sores while smallpox killed about half of the people that caught it.

That worked fine for continental Europe, but while they could dry out the pus on some silk, it wouldn't last long enough to make the ocean voyage to the new world.  So Spain rounded up a couple dozen orphan boys and volunteered them.  They put them on the boat, gave two of them cowpox and when the sores were good and ripe, they'd give the next two cowpox and so on, all the way across the Atlantic.  When they arrived in Caracas there was one boy with one sore left and that was enough to be able to innoculate everybody else.  (To clarify, my understanding is that all the orphan boys survived, it's just that they all but one had fully recovered from the cowpox).

They did something similar to innoculate Asia but instead of rounding up orphans, they "rented" children from South America families.

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
1/14/21 3:01 p.m.

TIL (or yesterday, actually) a few things:

1. On an iPhone if you hold one of the volume buttons and the lock button on the opposite side of the phone down for long enough, it will automatically dial 911 and a short while later contact your emergency contacts.

2. The cupholders on the E46 are apparently juuuuuust the right diameter so when you stick an iPhone SE into them top-first it will depress the buttons on either side.

3. The CarPlay head unit in the E46 takes a while to connect up to and transmit sound and graphics from the phone, during which time anything it's doing (like sounding a warning it's about to dial 911) doesn't come through.

4. If you hang up the phone after you realize it has dialed 911 of its own volition, they will call you back to check up on you.

NickD
NickD UltimaDork
1/14/21 3:36 p.m.

TIL that Colonel Sanders had been a fireman on the Southern Railway from 1906-1909. In the '50s through to his death, he could frequently be found on train excursions, holding court in one of the cars.

mtn (Forum Supporter)
mtn (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
1/14/21 3:36 p.m.
wae said:

TIL that in the early 19th century they used two dozen orphan boys to innoculate the Americas from smallpox.  Apparently they would take pus from the sores of people who had cowpox and scratch that into the skin of healthy people.  They'd get cowpox which wouldn't kill them plus some sores that could be used to extract pus and innoculate the next group.  If you had cowpox you couldn't get smallpox.  Cowpox gave you nasty sores while smallpox killed about half of the people that caught it.

That worked fine for continental Europe, but while they could dry out the pus on some silk, it wouldn't last long enough to make the ocean voyage to the new world.  So Spain rounded up a couple dozen orphan boys and volunteered them.  They put them on the boat, gave two of them cowpox and when the sores were good and ripe, they'd give the next two cowpox and so on, all the way across the Atlantic.  When they arrived in Caracas there was one boy with one sore left and that was enough to be able to innoculate everybody else.  (To clarify, my understanding is that all the orphan boys survived, it's just that they all but one had fully recovered from the cowpox).

They did something similar to innoculate Asia but instead of rounding up orphans, they "rented" children from South America families.

 

That story is awesome to me. I wonder what happened to the orphans after the fact. 

 

Fun fact: Smallpox is one of only 2 viruses that have been eradicated; the other being Rinderpest. Rinderpest is, IIRC, agricultural only, and not a human virus. So with that caveat, we can say that smallpox is the only human virus that has been eradicated. 

RevRico
RevRico UltimaDork
1/16/21 8:36 a.m.

Today I found out that the Futurama monopoly game I lost somewhere through the years is now selling for $400. I also learned I'll never get to replace it.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
1/16/21 8:46 a.m.
Ashyukun (Robert) said:

TIL (or yesterday, actually) a few things:

1. On an iPhone if you hold one of the volume buttons and the lock button on the opposite side of the phone down for long enough, it will automatically dial 911 and a short while later contact your emergency contacts.

2. The cupholders on the E46 are apparently juuuuuust the right diameter so when you stick an iPhone SE into them top-first it will depress the buttons on either side.

3. The CarPlay head unit in the E46 takes a while to connect up to and transmit sound and graphics from the phone, during which time anything it's doing (like sounding a warning it's about to dial 911) doesn't come through.

4. If you hang up the phone after you realize it has dialed 911 of its own volition, they will call you back to check up on you.

I used to crank music at rallycrosses on the CD player, until something broke in the headunit and the CD player stopped working.  It must have been a component shared with the USB port because that stopped working too.  So, it was Bluetooth or nothing.

(firstworldproblems)

That stopped when my phone dialed 911 during a run, somehow.  And because I do not have actual phone handling controls on the crappy parts store got-it-for-free Dual headunit, I had to dig the phone out of the glovebox and hang it up manually.  The phone reverts all control to the headunit when there is an open call, so "hang it up manually" means prying the cover off of the phone and removing the battery.

 

That was the FIRST time.  There was no third time...

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
1/16/21 8:51 a.m.
Jerry said:

That Dethklok has actual albums.  Brutal.

They used to tour, too.  I remember one of the denizens of Trackaddicts (a vaguely Columbus-based motorsports oriented forum) was all geeked that they were going to have a show in Columbus.

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
1/16/21 12:03 p.m.

In reply to Ashyukun (Robert) :

That was an interesting series of events.

 

 

wae
wae UberDork
1/19/21 5:46 a.m.

TIL: The propellant in my inhaler and the refrigerant in my cars' A/C are the same chemical: HFC-134a.  Weird that a compound that is an asphyxiant is an important part of the delivery system for the medicine I use when I can't breathe.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
1/19/21 8:53 a.m.

TIL what a "shoe bar" is.

Not in person.  From the automotive church thread.

 

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
1/19/21 8:59 a.m.
Duke said:

TIL what a "shoe bar" is.

Not in person.  From the automotive church thread.

Not a term I'd ever heard before. 

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