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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Mon Feb 26, 2024 7:14 pm

Anyone familiar with Polo, a game that involves riding a horse and hitting a ball with a wooden mallet? Often seen in media as a stereotypical rich people game.

I always assumed that the game came out because they wanted to make Croquet more complicated, but TIL that not only is Polo much older, it's actually one of the oldest team sports, dating back to the 6th century BC. Croquet, by comparison, dates back to the 1660s.

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Post by Adiwan (?) » Tue Feb 27, 2024 3:10 am

I guess Polo is a kind of gamification of horse and riding training back when it mattered a lot for survival.
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Post by Pocket (?) » Wed Feb 28, 2024 12:55 pm

I seem to recall being told that football (as in soccer) is so named not because it involves kicking, but because it's played on foot, as opposed to horseback. There may be something to that if polo is that ancient.
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Post by Pocket (?) » Thu Feb 29, 2024 8:23 pm

TIL pikachu's name has nothing to do with pikas. It's derived from Japanese onomatopoeias "pikapika" for sparkles or flashes of lightning and "chuchu" for mouse squeaks. I do wonder if the English localization team assumed it was based on a pika and used that as their excuse to not change the name like they did with most of the others.
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Post by Adiwan (?) » Fri Mar 01, 2024 1:01 am

TIL that a rodent called pika exists.
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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Fri Mar 01, 2024 10:55 pm

TIL that the music video for "Thriller" was directed by John Landis.

and this was after he got three people killed while directing the "Twilight Zone" movie :-I

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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Sun Mar 17, 2024 11:04 pm

I saw an old ad for Marlboro and this made me wonder about its parent company, Phillip Morris, and the namesake behind it.

There's a wikipedia article about the man but it's very sparse, although it notes that he was only 38 when he died.

From lung cancer.

That tracks :-I

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Post by Mechanical Ape (?) » Mon Mar 18, 2024 7:15 pm

That’s a little thing we in the biz call “foreshadowing”.
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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Wed Apr 03, 2024 10:47 pm

TIL that kiwi eggs are nearly the same size as an ostrich's

Poor Kiwi Mom :twonk:

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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Wed Apr 10, 2024 1:22 am

TIL of the time Hans Christian Andersen stayed at Charles Dickens' house for 5 weeks and drove him nuts.

You can make a comedy movie out of it :-I

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Post by Pocket (?) » Thu Apr 11, 2024 11:34 pm

gotta be better than the Freud/C.S. Lewis movie
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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Sun Apr 21, 2024 1:40 am

TIL that there were FOUR "American Tail" movies. I knew about the first two, as well as the TV series that takes place after the 2nd flm, but I only just now heard about the two direct-to-video sequels (movies 3 and 4 either takes place before the events of "Fievel Goes West" or retcons it out of existence, it was never clear).

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Post by Mechanical Ape (?) » Wed Apr 24, 2024 2:47 pm

Fievel never went to the decadent West, comrade, the film was nothing but capitalist-imperial falsehoods. :serious:
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Post by Adiwan (?) » Wed Apr 24, 2024 2:53 pm

It was all a dream, The American Dream!
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Sun Apr 28, 2024 12:21 pm

TIL that Al Hartley, the guy who drew those Christian "Archie" comics, was a son of Fred Hartley Jr., a New Jersey congressman who co-sponsored the Taft-Hartley Act.

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