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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:23 pm

Jugula wrote:For Tony to add to his strange cricket knowledge - Jugula

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricke ... looms.html
:lol: I'd have been more surprised if the USA had won. :lol:

I should add that I know next to nothing about cricket and don't even understand the scoring. :wink:
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Postby bikkit » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:24 pm

i learned how to recognise a larch tree from quite a long way away :lol:
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Postby Ponder Stibbons » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:27 am

I learnt what a brass monkey is :lol:
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Postby Andrew Böber » Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:04 pm

I just learnt that I can not only make thirty minutes seem like it was two hours but also use up the additional hour and a half in the whole deal as well. It's like time-travel by using our usual mode - i.e. having to sit out each second at a time with hope that it will end sooner than promised so you can go on an do something less boring instead.
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:14 pm

I blame the History Monks. :wink:
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Postby Dotsie » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:21 pm

I learnt that if drunkards are kicking off on the tram, for goodness sake just go and sit somewhere else :roll: I nearly got squashed! Happily, there's always a burly fella nearby to restrain drunkards when you live in Manchester.
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Postby wicked woman » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:09 pm

Ponder Stibbons wrote:I learnt what a brass monkey is :lol:


Well, tell the rest of us.
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Postby Grymm » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:20 pm

lalalalalalalalalalalalalala not listening........
Especially if cannonballs are going to be mentioned, it'll only set me off again =o)
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:28 pm

Grymm wrote:lalalalalalalalalalalalalala not listening........
Especially if cannonballs are going to be mentioned, it'll only set me off again =o)
:lol: I already told them it was nonsense - even posted a link to Snopes. They didn't believe me! :evil:
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:42 pm

I believe you Tony :D
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Postby Batty » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:02 pm

Tonyblack wrote:
Grymm wrote:lalalalalalalalalalalalalala not listening........
Especially if cannonballs are going to be mentioned, it'll only set me off again =o)
:lol: I already told them it was nonsense - even posted a link to Snopes. They didn't believe me! :evil:

You might be right - you might not be! :wink:

I don't like the reasons that Scopes states for 'disproving' the explanation offered.

Which are:
Warships didn't store Cannonballs on deck on the chance they might go into battle as space was a precious commodity ...
They could have been stored below deck with the cannonballs.

Diligent gunners would have their crews chip away at imperfections on the surface of cannonballs to make them as smooth as possible, in the hopes that this would cause them to fly truer.They did not leave them on deck exposed to the elements, where it would rust ...
Nobody has suggested that cannonballs were left on deck.

Nobody really knows where the phrase originated, but the explanation offered here certainly isn't the answer.
If nobody really knows, then Scopes cannot state with certainty that the explanation is wrong.

On the other hand ... Image

(Until someone proves categorically, I still prefer the explanation of the brass monkey weather to the denial by Scopes)
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:37 pm

Perhaps the way to solve this is to find out exactly how cold brass would have to be expand or contract.

I don't think it logically makes any sense at all to store cannonballs on a brass rack when a wooden one, like they used on HMS Victory would be so much simpler. :)

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Here's what the Oxford English Dictionary has to say on the subject.
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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:57 pm

Batty wrote:
Tonyblack wrote:
Grymm wrote:lalalalalalalalalalalalalala not listening........
Especially if cannonballs are going to be mentioned, it'll only set me off again =o)
:lol: I already told them it was nonsense - even posted a link to Snopes. They didn't believe me! :evil:

You might be right - you might not be! :wink:

I don't like the reasons that Scopes states for 'disproving' the explanation offered.

Which are:
Warships didn't store Cannonballs on deck on the chance they might go into battle as space was a precious commodity ...
They could have been stored below deck with the cannonballs.

Diligent gunners would have their crews chip away at imperfections on the surface of cannonballs to make them as smooth as possible, in the hopes that this would cause them to fly truer.They did not leave them on deck exposed to the elements, where it would rust ...
Nobody has suggested that cannonballs were left on deck.

Nobody really knows where the phrase originated, but the explanation offered here certainly isn't the answer.
If nobody really knows, then Scopes cannot state with certainty that the explanation is wrong.

On the other hand ... Image

(Until someone proves categorically, I still prefer the explanation of the brass monkey weather to the denial by Scopes)

Batty's a conspiracy theorist! :lol:
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Postby kakaze » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:09 am

I learned that producing fertilizer accounts for about 1% of the U.S.'s CO2 emissions.

Is there anything we do that doesn't create greenhouse gasses?
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:37 am

bikkit wrote:i learned how to recognise a larch tree from quite a long way away :lol:


We have quite a few Larches on our property. *Beams Proudly*
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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