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Old July 11 2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Today I learned...

1) ... that baking powder doesn't work so well after a couple of years of sitting in a cupboard.
2) ... "easy chocolate cake" becomes "slightly spongy easy pseudo chocolate brownies" when made with the aforementioned old baking powder.
3) ... at least that saves on the need/effort associated with making ganache!

So while I'm stuffing myself with cake/brownies, tell me: what did you learn today?
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Old July 11 2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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I learned we're probably not in the matrix because my computer isn't projecting an image onto my face.
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Old July 11 2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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My neighbor's house is haunted (or just really shitty). In the last year and half, my next door neighbors have moved out 4 times.
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Old July 11 2012, 08:38 PM   #4
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I learned we're probably not in the matrix because my computer isn't projecting an image onto my face.
Maybe it is, but you can't see it... because you're in the matrix...

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My neighbor's house is haunted (or just really shitty). In the last year and half, my next door neighbors have moved out 4 times.
Before we go reaching for the paranormal playbook... how loud do you play your music at night?



Today I also learned that linking to a recipe for easy chocolate cake is capable of bringing the entire BBC website crashing down. Seriously, the minute since I posted this thread, the BBC site isn't working! 20+ minutes and counting...
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Old July 11 2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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My neighbor's house is haunted (or just really shitty). In the last year and half, my next door neighbors have moved out 4 times.
Before we go reaching for the paranormal playbook... how loud do you play your music at night?
I do not. At worst, they would have to put up with the sounds of Babylon 5 coming from my TV when I get home from work at 4am.
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Old July 11 2012, 08:44 PM   #6
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Apparently, the stereo controls on the steering wheel in my car will change the CD if my thumb holds the toggle button for a whole second. Owned the car for something like four years. Not a clue.
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Old July 11 2012, 08:51 PM   #7
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My neighbor's house is haunted (or just really shitty). In the last year and half, my next door neighbors have moved out 4 times.
Before we go reaching for the paranormal playbook... how loud do you play your music at night?
I do not. At worst, they would have to put up with the sounds of Babylon 5 coming from my TV when I get home from work at 4am.
That'll do it. Sinclair's monotone would certainly drive me out of the neighborhood.
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Old July 11 2012, 08:54 PM   #8
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My neighbor's house is haunted (or just really shitty). In the last year and half, my next door neighbors have moved out 4 times.
Before we go reaching for the paranormal playbook... how loud do you play your music at night?
I do not. At worst, they would have to put up with the sounds of Babylon 5 coming from my TV when I get home from work at 4am.
Londo has a lot to answer for...!

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Apparently, the stereo controls on the steering wheel in my car will change the CD if my thumb holds the toggle button for a whole second. Owned the car for something like four years. Not a clue.
I love quirky little shortcuts like that. It's like unlocking a game achievement.
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Old July 11 2012, 09:18 PM   #9
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...that the people at the end of the street have a SERIOUS hoarding problem.
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Old July 11 2012, 10:33 PM   #10
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That the manual override for my truck's headlights automatically coming on in the dark is located on the rear view mirror. ?!??? Seriously. I've had this truck for over 4 years, and it never occurred to me to look there for a frickin' *headlight* switch, especially since the switch to turn them on (but not off, apparently) is to the left of the steering wheel!
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Old July 12 2012, 01:30 AM   #11
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Today I learned that digging out an old graphics card for the purpose of glorious multi-monitor goodness was an exercise in futility, as the bloody thing didn't work. I also learned that my memory isn't what it was, because I clearly shelved the card in the first place because the bloody thing didn't work.

And that this thread is an anagram of my username.
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Old July 12 2012, 01:44 AM   #12
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^For a moment, I thought it was a thread about you that had been misspelled.
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Old July 12 2012, 01:54 AM   #13
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^For a moment, I thought it was a thread about you that had been misspelled.
I did too, for a couple of seconds. Then I realised there'd be no need for such a thread!
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Old July 12 2012, 01:55 AM   #14
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^Well, there's no telling what you might be up to.

Oh, and thanks to DAYoung, I learned that "schmick" means stylish or cool.
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Old July 12 2012, 08:35 PM   #15
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Last weekend I learned that the simple job of replacing a taillight bulb on a Ford Focus hatchback can turn into a three-hour project if some idiot on the assembly line didn't allow enough slack in the wires when the car was built.
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