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26 Sep 2019, 5:51 am

Ultramarine is a deep blue color pigment which was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. The name comes from the Latin ultramarinus, literally "beyond the sea", because the pigment was imported into Europe from mines in Afghanistan by Italian traders during the 14th and 15th centuries.



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26 Sep 2019, 12:24 pm

How to do some things in The Sims 4 :D



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26 Sep 2019, 12:41 pm

i learnt how to make and edit sequences on my new(ish) Korg Volca synthesizer. yey!



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26 Sep 2019, 12:53 pm

There are people out there who don't know that giraffes have horns. They're short, stubby, non-threatening horns, but they *are* horns. They usually have two, but I've real giraffes shown close-up on TV that had at least three horns and it looked pretty weird. :lol:

I wonder why giraffes even have horns, anyway?



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26 Sep 2019, 1:13 pm

^The giraffe's “horns” however, are not antlers — they are permanent outcroppings of bone from the skull, called “ossicones.” ... Thus, the “horns” of the giraffe may present a strong example of a structure which no longer serves a purpose, because the antlers these horns were meant to anchor no longer exist.



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26 Sep 2019, 3:41 pm

^ I see. Well, that's another thing I've learned today.



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27 Sep 2019, 4:25 am

don't stay up all night make you tired in morning



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27 Sep 2019, 6:23 am

The expression cross the Rubicon refers to a decision made by Julius Caesar. In 49 B.C., Julius Caesar was the governor of Gaul, which meant he had to give up his power in Rome. He was expressly forbidden by the Roman Senate to bring his troops back to Italy.



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29 Sep 2019, 12:28 pm

Some guy caught a piranha while fishing at a lake in Vancouver B.C. here in Canada. They even said that was the second time someone had discovered one in the lakes!

It was very likely a pet piranha that someone released into the lake. I've heard of people releasing their goldfish, which is really stupid because they're an invasive species, but a piranha swimming around in a lake in Canada is *really* unusual. The piranha probably wouldn't have survived for much longer because it's fall and the lakes are cooling off. I read goldfish can hibernate under the ice in winter if the water is deep enough.



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29 Sep 2019, 7:01 pm

Wild hogs can get rabies.


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29 Sep 2019, 10:34 pm

Almost any warm-blooded animal can get rabies, but it seems to affect certain species more often than others.



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30 Sep 2019, 8:50 am

That I'm thankful Wrong Planet exists as well,as being friends with some highly honorable people


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30 Sep 2019, 11:55 pm

Today I heard a story where a family was staying at a hotel where there were a lot of German and Austrian people, and the father mentions to the kids that he brought along their Nintendo Switch while they were at a buffet, to which the kids reply loudly "OUR SWITCH?. OUR SWITCH?" and he says "OUR SWITCH!", and they're goofing around and don't think people are paying much attention since they're coming and going to get food, but the mother whispers to the father that it sounds like they're saying "Auschwitz". And then the dad feel royally embarrassed for saying something like that around a bunch German and Austrian people.

I didn't really know what Auschwitz was, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. And then I was...Oh. 8O

And then I was disturbed but fascinated when I read about what life was like for the prisoners there. If you can call it living. :(



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03 Oct 2019, 6:19 pm

The cuckoo in the world's largest cuckoo clock weighs 330 pounds.


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04 Oct 2019, 3:13 pm

I just found out you can work online. I really needed a job. My family moved to London from Portugal four months ago. We have two children. And we really need the money. In Lisbon, I worked as a Portuguese teacher at the school. It was hard for me to find a job in London. But the intranet helped me out. Turns out I can teach Portuguese via Skype . It made me very happy.