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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:11 am

TIL about, well, this:



It's amazing :-I

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Post by Octavia (?) » Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:02 pm

TIL about LANSA Flight 508 and its sole survivor, Juliane Koepcke. The plane broke apart in mid-air and while strapped into her row of seats, she fell 2 miles into the dense Amazon rainforest below. While nursing severe injuries, for 10 days she navigated her way through the jungle until she found help. There's a documentary about her tale of survival by Werner Herzog, who amazingly was scheduled to be on the very same plane's next flight:

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Post by Adiwan (?) » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:31 am



Disney Research does very amazing work.

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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:18 am

Today I learned that Bobby Bonilla is probably the only person who doesn't hate Bernie Madoff :-I

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Post by Pocket (?) » Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:04 am

You know the famous voice clip of Wario saying "D'oh! I missed!"? TIL he's actually speaking German, and saying "So ein mist!" meaning "Aw crap!" Wario was originally intended to be German, and I guess Nintendo changed their minds at some point later on.

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Post by Pocket (?) » Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:14 am

TIL pure ray-tracing was not actually used in CGI films until Monsters University in 2013. That explains a few things, like how there are shots in the original Toy Story where a character is harshly lit from the side but his nose doesn't cast a shadow on the rest of his face.

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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:09 pm

TIL that a 1990s Peanuts special "It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown" was supposed to air on CBS in 1992, but they cancelled the premiere for reasons they never explained (although presumably it's because the ratings for the specials were dropping by the time the 1990s hit). It finally made it premiere in 1996 as a direct-to-video release, and made its television debut in 1998 on Nickelodeon, when they had the rights to the Peanuts specials.

CBS would only air one more Peanuts special after this, "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown", before cancelling all further specials on the network. How fitting that the last special CBS aired was the 2nd Christmas special. The next special, "You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown", aired on NBC in 1994 as a tie-in with that year's Super Bowl. The last set of specials produced by Bill Melendez were either direct-to-video or aired on ABC.

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Post by diribigal (?) » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:58 am

Before it was a weapon, a "bazooka" was a musical instrument?!
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Post by DaikatunaRevengeance (?) » Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:09 am

yup
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Post by Octavia (?) » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:13 pm

There's also an instrument called a bouzouki :spike101:
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Post by Madeline (?) » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:46 pm

TIL that Angry Birds not only still exists, it apparently just got an update :starity:

It was like looking at the bill for the state fair and seeing that half of it is bands you heard on the radio in high school and then forgot about for 20 years

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Post by Pocket (?) » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:04 am

It's weird to think Angry Birds was once considered the epitome of shitty mobile games, back when we thought the worst a game studio could do was be extremely popular despite being just kind of an OK way to kill time on the subway, and milk an IP to death.

I mean, maybe the franchise has moved on to being the kind of pay-to-win lootbox-fests that people like these days, by this point. I wouldn't know.

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Post by Perpetual Motion (?) » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:13 am

The actual weird part is that Angry Birds somehow manages to have one of the least-bad movie adaptations of any video game. Movie's still shit and actually promotes some really fucking vile xenophobia if you stop to think about it for any amount of time, but when most video game movies are from Uwe Boll or Resident Evil-style schlock it manages to stick out.

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Post by Adiwan (?) » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:49 am

Never forget Double Dragon, the first of its kind.
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Post by Fizzbuzz (?) » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:31 am

Perpetual Motion wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:13 am
The actual weird part is that Angry Birds somehow manages to have one of the least-bad movie adaptations of any video game.
Someone post the clip of the eagle peeing for 42 seconds, thanks in advance.
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Post by DaikatunaRevengeance (?) » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:40 am

sadly all i can find on youtube are longer than 42 seconds
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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:49 am

And they made a sequel to that movie.

And it was directed by the guy who voiced Gideon in "Gravity Falls" (and created "Flapjack")

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Post by Frosthawk (?) » Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:56 pm

Madeline wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:46 pm
It was like looking at the bill for the state fair and seeing that half of it is bands you heard on the radio in high school and then forgot about for 20 years
Hell, these days that's pretty much all rock festivals. Two years ago I went to a festival where among others I saw Bush, Primus, Living Colour, Stone Temple Pilots and Chevelle.

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Post by Octavia (?) » Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:12 pm

Frosthawk wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:56 pm
Hell, these days that's pretty much all rock festivals. Two years ago I went to a festival where among others I saw Bush, Primus, Living Colour, Stone Temple Pilots and Chevelle.
There was one here a few years ago with Fastball, Vertical Horizon, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, and Smash Mouth.

I saw Stone Temple Pilots in the early 2000s, about a decade after their heyday, but they still played all their old stuff and they were AMAZING. :rip: Scott
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