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Subject: Greetings, I have learned an interesting thing
What interesting thing have you learned recently?
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lnr From: lnr Date: June 16th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Is learning how to export Outlook contacts in a format which can be imported into Hermes Webmail interesting? Didn't think so, but I just learned it.

Mike learned how to fly a plane, which is much more interesting. But not how to land one, which you'd think would be quite useful.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is learning how to export Outlook contacts in a format which can be imported into Hermes Webmail interesting?

Yes! Is it difficult?
kjaneway From: kjaneway Date: June 16th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I learned at the weekend, that Gustav Klimt drew really lovely pictures of masturbating women.

I also learned that while the Tate is entirely happy for under 18s to look at all sorts of other nudes without the slightest warning, if they're touching themselves they put a sign up at the door suggesting that the content might not be suitable!
sion_a From: sion_a Date: June 16th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Klimt was friends with Schiele, so it's not altogether surprising that they shared some motifs.

I learned yesterday that humans can learn to echolocate.
nou From: nou Date: June 16th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I learned that Canning Town contains a miniature wood. I also learned that I have a (very) vague connection to the area via Mansfield College, where I was a lecturer (the kind that tutors, not the kind that lectures) for a bit.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Miniature wood FTW!

And I didn't know you used to tutor at Mansfield, so that's an extra interesting thing for me. :-)
imc From: imc Date: June 16th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I recently found out that GET, POST and HEAD aren't just HTTP requests — they are also Unix commands (which come with perl-LWP).
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh! By coincidence I learned about the amazing usefulness of command-line HEAD just t'other day, but I hadn't extrapolated to GET and POST being unix commands too (d'oh). Thank you :)
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: June 16th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does "that OSS is broken in a way that causes significant annoyance to me and minimal perturbation to the people meant to be fixing it?" count? (It is a particularly interesting way of being broken, IMO.)

Otherwise, I vote for: describing Julian Lloyd-Webber as looking like a tramp who found a cello can make some people snort tea out of their nose in a very impressive manner.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does "that OSS is broken [...]" count?

Depends, what OSS? :-}

Our headmistress looked like Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Dunno if you can see this but it was such a strong meme at school that there's now a facebook group about it.
1ngi From: 1ngi Date: June 16th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That ragwort leaves and poppy leaves look very similar in young plants and had to pull up all the 'self-seeded poppies' yesterday when they revealed themselves to be yellow weeds.

I did know that ragwort was originally first planted in this country in the Oxford botanical garden in the 1600s. I'm not sure how long it took to migrate to Cambridge but I'm betting that it was only marginally slower than the X5.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ragwort = yellow, pretty, & deadly poisonous to cows (or was it horses? -- anyway, I remember pulling it up from the sides of fields on the farm where we used to spend the summer when I was little).

I didn't know about it being planted in the botanical garden though!

I'm betting that it was only marginally slower than the X5

gerald_duck From: gerald_duck Date: June 16th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: June 17th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

(See, I wanted the sides to be labelled I, II, ..., XIX and XX...)
katstevens From: katstevens Date: June 16th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
As well as learning the US State Capitals I can now name all the US Presidents. Conversational topics at parties for rest of year = sorted.

Hello my name is Kat, I am 26 years old and I have never even been to blimmin' America.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
State capitals and presidents? You can totally be on our pub quiz team YES PLEASE.

I am 30 and have never been to America either (and probably never will now because it involves FLYING, evil bad etc).
addedentry From: addedentry Date: June 16th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Germany has very limited Sunday trading.

Fifty years ago, The CIA built a mile-long tunnel into Berlin.
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mile-long tunnel! If I was the CIA I would fill it with badgers.
rmc28 From: rmc28 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hob nobs appear to have no milk in them, making them suitable for those of my friends forced to follow a dairy-free diet.

My mother-in-law has at least 5 saws, of which the most useful for sawing branches off trees is the smallest (and the last one found).
j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know hobnobs were milk-free, that's handy to know!

When I was milk-free there was virtually nothing biscuitty which didn't have whey powder or lactose or some other horrible faffy bit of nearly-milk which would set my allergy off. And I was so so grateful to the nice people at Rowntree who wrote back to my mum (when she asked about one type of bar/chocolate/thing) with a complete list of all their products and which of them were milk-free and what the ingredients were. And, joy of joys, plain Breakaways were milk-free! Real chocolate like what other people ate! :-)
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j4 From: j4 Date: June 16th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
IMLE it's not so much "unnerving" as "completely fucking hopeless" as there's so much interference/lag that it's ...... like....... likeTALKING.... hello? .... TO ..... someTALKINGone... LIKEhello? helDOWN A WELLlo? Hello? ....

Mind you my (equally limited) experience of iChat AV is that it's just as much fail but you get to see the lag as well, like bad dubbing. :-}
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reddragdiva From: reddragdiva Date: June 16th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you know, I'm actually having to stretch to think of something.

My cheap crappy little MP3 player plays Oggs out the box. Which isn't mentioned at all on the box or in the manual. I am most pleased at this :-) Now I just want it to do m4a's as well.
covertmusic From: covertmusic Date: June 16th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mozart wrote *filthy* letters.
crouchinglynx From: crouchinglynx Date: June 16th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chlorine-based Mould and Mildew Remover seems to do what it says on the bottle, but not if you use it in accordance with the instructions on the bottle. It can also cause a headache if used in a poorly ventilated shower room - such as the kind of shower room where mould/mildew are inclined to grow.
cleanskies From: cleanskies Date: June 16th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is now Orzo available in Tescos. It's in the Polish section!

Also, "dunnocks" becomes a rude word, if said in the right tone of voice.
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