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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4925 on: January 03, 2021, 12:40:09 pm »
The most produced Volkswagen part is Part no 199 398 500 A


... and in VW dealerships in Germany, customers are treated with free samples of said part, while in all other countries, customers just get useless junk like pens, lighters, etc.

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« Reply #4926 on: January 03, 2021, 12:56:29 pm »
The most produced Volkswagen part is Part no 199 398 500 A


... and in VW dealerships in Germany, customers are treated with free samples of said part, while in all other countries, customers just get useless junk like pens, lighters, etc.

You can buy them in the UK from The Sausage Man

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Re: what I have learned today.
« Reply #4927 on: January 03, 2021, 01:41:59 pm »
What Kelly take-offs are.

I was curious as I thought they'd be related to a Kelly Drive, so wondering why they'd be referenced here, but they are not at all related

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_drive
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« Reply #4928 on: January 03, 2021, 03:54:40 pm »
What Kelly take-offs are.

I was curious as I thought they'd be related to a Kelly Drive, so wondering why they'd be referenced here, but they are not at all related

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_drive

Ah, the Kelly deck, home to the three-fingered roughneck.
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« Reply #4929 on: January 03, 2021, 06:19:01 pm »
The most produced Volkswagen part is Part no 199 398 500 A


... and in VW dealerships in Germany, customers are treated with free samples of said part, while in all other countries, customers just get useless junk like pens, lighters, etc.

You can buy them in the UK from The Sausage Man

How long before the Brexit bonus means they – and all their other exotic FOREIGN sossidges – are replaced with domestically-produced tubes of unicorn offal?
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« Reply #4930 on: January 03, 2021, 08:13:14 pm »
* Minimum 5% unicorn.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Cudzoziemiec

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« Reply #4931 on: January 03, 2021, 08:15:09 pm »
Narwhal sausages now we've taken control of our fishing fleet. (May contain traces of tusk.)
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« Reply #4932 on: January 04, 2021, 03:26:08 pm »
There I was, looking for uses for inner tubes...
https://www.instructables.com/inner-tube-gimp-mask/
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« Reply #4933 on: January 07, 2021, 12:24:44 pm »
Alaska is the Northern most US state. It's also the Western most US state (I knew both of those already).

It's also the Eastern most US state. (That one I wasn't aware of). 
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ElyDave

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« Reply #4934 on: January 07, 2021, 12:30:07 pm »
more so than hawaii? I'm off to check on a globe
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« Reply #4935 on: January 07, 2021, 12:33:01 pm »
You need to check where the International date line passes through the Aleutian islands.
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« Reply #4937 on: January 13, 2021, 05:05:55 pm »
Ripe kakis have just as much tannin as unripe ones, but once the seeds appear the tannin is transformed into an insoluble form so we can't taste it.
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« Reply #4938 on: January 14, 2021, 04:00:38 pm »
The reason why a piggy bank is called a piggy bank:
https://twitter.com/AshmoleanMuseum/status/1349696793873940480
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but these vessels were made out of clay, which was referred to as 'pygg' in the Middle Ages. The pronunciation eventually evolved to 'pig', and the shapes of the vessels followed suit.

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« Reply #4939 on: January 15, 2021, 06:44:19 pm »
Sic transit and all that..

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« Reply #4940 on: January 15, 2021, 08:04:11 pm »
Early discovery of the all-pervasive levels of lead pollution in the mid 20th century came through a phd student trying to study a meteorite to estimate the age of the earth. His investigations were being disrupted by contamination that he struggled to remove.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clair_Cameron_Patterson

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« Reply #4941 on: January 15, 2021, 08:27:34 pm »
The quote at the end of that Wikipedia article is excellent.

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“I’m a little child,” Patterson would say. “You know the emperor’s new clothes? I can see the naked emperor, just because I’m a little child-minded person. I’m not smart. I mean, good scientists are like that. They have the minds of children, to see through all this façade.”

I remember the controversy over lead in automobile fuels. It turns out that a lot of the crime and anti-social behavior in American inner cities was caused at least in part by lead poisoning.

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« Reply #4942 on: January 15, 2021, 09:07:46 pm »
The quote at the end of that Wikipedia article is excellent.

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“I’m a little child,” Patterson would say. “You know the emperor’s new clothes? I can see the naked emperor, just because I’m a little child-minded person. I’m not smart. I mean, good scientists are like that. They have the minds of children, to see through all this façade.”

I remember the controversy over lead in automobile fuels. It turns out that a lot of the crime and anti-social behavior in American inner cities was caused at least in part by lead poisoning.

Take a bow, Thomas Midgley Jr.. Played a significant role in both the development of tetraethyl lead as a fuel additive and chlorofluorocarbons as a refrigerant.
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« Reply #4943 on: January 15, 2021, 09:19:25 pm »
The hypothesis of lead and violent crime is a case study of correlation versus causation though.

But on balance, you still shouldn't eat lead.
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« Reply #4944 on: January 15, 2021, 09:25:52 pm »
It's probably not as dangerous as that white goo in the middle of golf balls, though, or indeed even as dangerous as most woo espoused by Gwyneth Paltrow.
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« Reply #4945 on: January 15, 2021, 11:39:34 pm »
Ms Paltrow is indeed dangerous.
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« Reply #4946 on: January 15, 2021, 11:42:56 pm »
She certainly gets on one’s wick.
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« Reply #4947 on: January 17, 2021, 10:16:18 pm »
That there is a word - sparko - and it means to be in a deep sleep.

My dear wife had heard the word before. I have attempted - unsuccessfully - to research its etymology but have drawn a blank. There's a suggestion that it dates from the 1960s but where and why was not explained.
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« Reply #4948 on: January 17, 2021, 10:16:59 pm »
Sounds WW2ish to me.
Rust never sleeps

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« Reply #4949 on: January 18, 2021, 01:07:24 am »
That there is a word - sparko - and it means to be in a deep sleep.

My dear wife had heard the word before. I have attempted - unsuccessfully - to research its etymology but have drawn a blank. There's a suggestion that it dates from the 1960s but where and why was not explained.

Shortened – quite possibly by the Australians – version of “sparked out” as in a dead fire, according to that The Internet, that they have now.
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