TIL...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Holdfast, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Holdfast

    Holdfast Fleet Admiral Admiral

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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? :D
     
  2. Deckerd

    Deckerd Fleet Arse Premium Member

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    I learned we're probably not in the matrix because my computer isn't projecting an image onto my face.
     
  3. RoJoHen

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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.
     
  4. Holdfast

    Holdfast Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Maybe it is, but you can't see it... because you're in the matrix... :wtf:

    Before we go reaching for the paranormal playbook... how loud do you play your music at night? :D



    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... :lol:
     
  5. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    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.
     
  6. ManOnTheWave

    ManOnTheWave Vice Admiral Admiral

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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. :lol:
     
  7. Vendikarr

    Vendikarr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    That'll do it. Sinclair's monotone would certainly drive me out of the neighborhood.
     
  8. Holdfast

    Holdfast Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Londo has a lot to answer for...!

    I love quirky little shortcuts like that. It's like unlocking a game achievement. :lol:
     
  9. auntiehill

    auntiehill Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    ...that the people at the end of the street have a SERIOUS hoarding problem. :eek:
     
  10. B.J.

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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!
     
  11. ITL

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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. :D
     
  12. auntiehill

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    ^For a moment, I thought it was a thread about you that had been misspelled. :lol:
     
  13. ITL

    ITL Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I did too, for a couple of seconds. Then I realised there'd be no need for such a thread!
     
  14. auntiehill

    auntiehill Fleet Admiral Admiral

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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.
     
  15. scotpens

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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.
     
  16. Ood Sigma

    Ood Sigma Commander Red Shirt

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    Good ideas in theory don't always turn out so well in practice.
     
  17. thestrangequark

    thestrangequark Admiral Admiral

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    Democracy!

    Communism!

    Oh hell... government!

    And anarchy.
     
  18. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    Underpants!

    ...what?
     
  19. trekkiedane

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    But especially: interlocking metal teeth right where you have your softest skin -that's just one idea that should have ended on the factory floor!
     
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  20. Tora Ziyal

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    Just because a hospital provides world-class medical care, it doesn't necessarily mean that their office staff are world-class.

    It's harder than it looks to de-gnome a garden.