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I thought they had the bad ass names down with 'Project Thor' and 'Rods from God'. Now I see that I was wrong.

I'm just glad they never went with 'Gods Rod'

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BigDamnArtist wrote:

There's a great bit of NPC dialogue in Mass Effect 2 that's a commander talking to a bunch of random soldiers about kinetic bombardment on one of the space stations, and how important it is to aim REALLY REALLY REALLY carefully before you even think about firing cause if you miss that thing is just gonna keep going until it hits whatever poor planet happens to be in the way a thousand light years in that direction and completely obliterates an entire civilization out of nowhere cause some jagoff a thousand years ago couldn't hit the broad side of a planet.

"Sir Issac Newton is the deadliest son of a bitch in space!"
An absolutely fantastic bit of dialogue. On a related note, in the game Stellaris, one of the random events that can happen is one of your ships getting hit by a stray kinetic projectile from another galaxy.

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DarthPraxus wrote:

Kneel Before Rod!

http://cdn1.thr.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/landscape_928x523/2010/11/rod_stewart_10_a_l.jpg

We all float down here...

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Ah yes, Regan pulling from the Citation Needed well of knowledge (S1E8 The Flag of Mars and Rods from God). Between the actual articles and the side tangents they find themselves on, lots to mine from there. Such as (S3E3 Sergeant Reckless and Terry Google):

The United States Marine Corps promoted a horse to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Korean War.

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Boter wrote:

A rich man living in California who'd grown up in South Africa ended up losing his entire fortune, went crazy, and proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States (and later Protector of Mexico).

No, not a prediction of Elon Musk's future, though the surface-level parallels are amusing. Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton I dealt in rice, made a bad gamble, began wearing a uniform, issuing proclamations, and even corresponding with foreign royals, and the citizens of San Francisco went along with it. He died homeless and penniless but his funeral was one of the most well-attended of the time.

You don't mention one of the most significant things that Emperor Norton did:  he issued his own money, which, again as part of just 'going along with the joke', was accepted as legal tender by stores in San Francisco. 

There are a whole lot of very significant issues that one can engage with by reflecting on that.

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Alexander Graham Bell wanted people to answer the telephone with the greeting "Ahoy hoy!"

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That's the way I'll be answering my phone from now on.

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Writhyn wrote:

'Rods from God'???

How did they not go for "Rod Damn" or "Wrath of Rod" or "The Power of Rod" or "Rod Almighty"????

All copyrighted by Gene Roddenberry wink

God loves you!

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More people have played Ian Fleming than James Bond

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The largest collection of six-toed cats live at the Hemingway House in Key West.

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I seen 'em.

O_O

I also seen a giant pet-store iguana fall out a palm tree and scramble away over a much-smaller chicken.



(I very nearly made that sentence bold-yellow.)

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Teague wrote:

I seen 'em.

O_O

I also seen a giant pet-store iguana fall out a palm tree and scramble away over a much-smaller chicken.



(I very nearly made that sentence bold-yellow.)

As it should have been.

God loves you!

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A common mnemonic to remember what happens in a 4-stroke engine (the type in most cars today) is "suck, squish, bang, blow."

Suck - open intake valves, pull in oxygen and fuel mixture
Squish - close valves, use cylinder to compress air/fuel mixture
Bang - ignite the mixture using a spark plug, causing an explosion that pushes the cylinder, and thus, the crank
Blow - open exhaust valves, use cylinder compression cycle to push exhaust gasses out

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Many Polynesian languages have two first person plural pronouns: one hearer exclusive and one hearer inclusive

So you can distinguish "we (me and someone else, but not you) are going to do something" from "we (a group of people that includes you) are going to do something".  Always thought that would be really handy.

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It's English's lack of handy features that have made me embrace "y'all" as a second person plural pronoun in casual conversation, despite my geography dictating otherwise.

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Good man. Sensible man.

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Saniss wrote:

That's the way I'll be answering my phone from now on.


Challenged him on this.

He lies.

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Science in action.

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Teague wrote:

Science in action.

Is it? Was the sample size large enough for this to be considered statistically relevant?

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Well, he called 100% of Sanisses. That's a lot.

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WHO YOU CALLIN A LARGE SAMPLE

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Your mom.

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100% of Sanisses moms are a Large Sample.

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Ben wrote:
Teague wrote:

Science in action.

Is it? Was the sample size large enough for this to be considered statistically relevant?


I have Saniss' phone number. I called him. He didn't answer "Ahoy hoy".

That's about as statistically relevant as it gets.

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