Confess your dumbness

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by teacake, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. propita

    propita Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Sometime ago, a classmate asked me how many grams were in a Lund (I have no idea why they needed to know). I said, "453.5924."

    Yeah, I know that to 4 decimal places. Had to convert it for years and years at work and it was easier to memorize than look it up all the time.
     
  2. auntiehill

    auntiehill Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Sales tax here is 8.25%, so I just double that to leave a tip, adding or subtracting in relation to the service. That's pretty much the best I can do. :lol:
     
  3. Sigokat

    Sigokat Commander Red Shirt

    Thanks. What I actually did was just saved a time converter website to my toolbar and I click on that in the afternoon so I can see what time it is back on the east coast so I know when to call home LOL
     
  4. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

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    Well saying that the UK uses a hybrid system with a litttle of metric and imperial.

    A lot of people will still give their hight in feet and inches, weight will be in stones and pounds. Though in a supermarket evertyhing is by the kilo

    Long distances will be miles. I.e it's 100 miles to Glasgow. Fuel usage rates for transport is given in MPG (that's the imperial gallon ~4.5l)

    Tempature is more or less given in Celsius.

    You can still buy milk by the pint(well you are actually buying 568ml).

    But I was one of those brought up with both systems.

    Changing is not an overnight process, it can take decades. Of course some people don't like change because it's what they've always known, but it's not about us it's about our children and how it will impact on them.
     
  5. ITL

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    I seem to recall it didn't take too long for us to get used to the decimalization of money. Mind you, even to this day my mum and dad can still calculate in the old system if you ask them to. I mean, look at this:

    Two farthings = One Ha'penny. Two ha'pennies = One Penny. Three pennies = A Thrupenny Bit. Two Thrupences = A Sixpence. Two Sixpences = One Shilling, or Bob. Two Bob = A Florin. One Florin and one Sixpence = Half a Crown. Four Half Crowns = Ten Bob Note. Two Ten Bob Notes = One Pound (or 240 pennies). One Pound and One Shilling = One Guinea.

    Good grief!
     
  6. teacake

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    I have this huge dumbness I need to clear up. I am not sure under what circumstances (all?) IP addresses can be seen.

    When you send an email from a web based email service such as hotmail, gmail? Can it be seen by the email recipient?

    When you post to a blog in the comments section? Can it be seen by the blog owner?

    When you post on a forum (I realize forums may vary), can the forum owner/admin etc.. see your IP address?
     
  7. ITL

    ITL Vice Admiral Admiral

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    ^ When I was an admin of a small ProBoards forum I could see the IP in the top right corner of every post. Normal users couldn't. And a friend of mine with a blog knows exactly where his readers are viewing it from even if they don't comment!
     
  8. Jono

    Jono Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    My spelling is rubbish and my grammar is not much better.

    I also say "cinnamon" instead of "synonym".

    As my friends have pointing out, I never recognise when someone is hitting on me or interested in me. Is that a thing? Socially dumb or something...
     
  9. Portal

    Portal Commander Red Shirt

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    I saw a sign once that said: Esta--blished. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what esta blished was. It took about 3 months before it suddenly dawned on me that it was established.
     
  10. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Reminds me of the gag at 1:07 in this Benny Hill clip:

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB5dmv9WYVY[/yt]


    One time I was reading an internet blog about film analysis and criticism, and an unfamiliar word kept popping up. The word was "docus," which I assumed rhymed with "focus." I wondered what the hell it meant until I realized it was pronounced "dock-yooz" -- Variety-speak for "documentaries"!
     
  11. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    (thanks ITL!)

    There's a street here called Hotham street. I always pronounced it in my head as hot ham street. Then one day I said it out loud..
     
  12. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    The Af-ect definition I never had a problem with, actually; I worked in health care for many years. Those examples are very helpful, and thanks for the link.

    Now that's very good. I like tricks like that. The only way I can remember which is port and which is starboard is because port and left have the same number of letters. :rommie:

    More examples, excellent. Maybe now I'll finally get it through my head. Thanks everyone. :bolian:
     
  13. Pingfah

    Pingfah Admiral Admiral

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    I used to think Eegid was a real Irish word.
     
  14. Captain Kathryn

    Captain Kathryn Commodore Commodore

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    My 10% x2 rule is easiest I think.

    Also because I don't know how much our tax is here. :D More dumbness on my part.
     
  15. Captain Kathryn

    Captain Kathryn Commodore Commodore

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    I work at a web company and we are able to view all of our users IP addresses.

    Also when you post to a blog, yes the webmaster or whoever approves the comments can see it.

    You can use IP checkers after to find out the exact location of a user.

    As for email recipients, no I don't believe that is revealed. However, the host (Gmail, etc.) probably has that data.
     
  16. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I used to think Tom Lehrer's "Irish Ballad" (aka "Rickety-Tickety-Tin") was an actual old Irish folk song, rather than a parody of one.

    Of course, I was only 12 at the time.
     
  17. marksound

    marksound Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Emails that come through my website's mailer form show the sender's IP address, but I'm sure that's a function of the script. I'd have to ask my webmaster. :confused:
     
  18. Leviathan

    Leviathan Captain Captain

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    Never, EVER, agree to check if a rag smells like chloroform...
     
  19. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

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    I am horrible at remembering people. Hardly it passes a day without someone smiling, waving, or greeting me, and I have absolutely no idea who they are. I have learned to live with it, and how to avoid making a fool of myself (well, mostly), but sometimes it can be quite embarrassing.

    I must admit I rarely pay attention to people, so in the end it's just a mass of indistinct humanity to me.

    Also, my less than perfect and highly idiosyncratic command of English is not outside the purview of dumbness, as I've been using the language for a whole bunch of years now. Not being a native speaker might cut me so slack, tho.
     
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  20. marksound

    marksound Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I never forget a face. I'm not great with getting names, and it might take me a while to pull it up, but the face is something that always clicks.

    My wife laughs when we're watching tv and I say that I recognize someone. She knows I'll either remember where I saw them or look them up on IMDB.