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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Skipper (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:44 am

Myron, instead of your Ron. :snicker:
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Skipper (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:44 am

Wow what a horrible page snipe. :colbert:
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Madeline (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:21 am

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Today I learned that despite seeing defunctland videos posted here all the time I never actually clicked on one until now :-I

Sooo that's a backlog I have to go through!!
If you like watching stuff about theme parks and attractions, this one is pretty interesting (and shows just what a weird company Disney is, on top of the terrible things they do)


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Post by Skipper (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:04 pm

These videos are super interesting, Madeline.
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:28 pm

I'm curious, how many people thought that Hanna-Barbera referred to a woman and not two dudes because they didn't notice the hypen (for William HANNA and Joseph BARBERA)?
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by The Ghost of Ember (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:30 pm

I assumed as a child it referred to two women, I assumed Barbera was just a unique spelling of Barbara
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Gloomy Rube (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:32 pm

Michael Eisner sure was a twit, as I've learned from all these videos.

"Disney thought it'd be great to make friends and help people visit their competitors"

"Eisner shut those down and said he hated fun and enjoyment"
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i thought it refered to a woman
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Post by W.T. Fits (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:21 pm

I honestly never thought about it.
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Gloomy Rube (?) » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:25 pm

I always assumed it was a group of two women too though yes.
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:08 am

Huh, interesting! I saw a Twitter thread about it, and a bunch of people apparently felt the same way.

Also, I posted this in the wrong thread. It meant to go into the "Random thoughts" thread :-I
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:44 pm

I learned recently that, between Ernie Bushmiller and Jerry Scott, "Nancy" comic strip was drawn by a cartoonist named Mark Lasky.

Lasky's reign on "Nancy" was short-lived, alas. He died only a year later from cancer.

He was 29 years old. :fluttersmith:
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Pocket (?) » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:10 pm

TIL what phone phreaking was and how it worked. And now the first mission in Jazzpunk (in which you literally use a whistle you find in a cereal box to hack into the Kremlin) makes a million times more sense to me.

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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:06 pm

You know that meme of a woman yelling at a cat at a dinner table?

TIL the cat's name is Smudge. He has an instagram account here.

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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Madeline (?) » Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:23 am

Skipper wrote:
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These videos are super interesting, Madeline.
If you want any more recs, let me know

I got into theme park stuff via urban exploration videos many years ago and I find it really interesting

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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:43 pm

TIL about a sitcom that never aired called Mr. Dugan.

This was a result of Maude getting cancelled after Bea Arthur decided to leave the show; the final episodes had Maude moving to Washington DC after becoming a congresswoman. The show was to continue with that format, but Arthur's abrupt departure forced them to rethink it.

Thus, Norman Lear decided to revamp the idea by having a series about a black congressman. 3 episodes were taped for the new show. Unfortunately, when they showed the episodes to black congressmen in office at the time they all hated it, finding it to be racially insensitive. Whoops. As a result they scrapped the project and none of the 3 episodes were ever broadcast.

So it got revamped again. This time it resulted in a show called Hanging In, about a former professional football player becoming a president of a university. This one actually aired, but it was a flop and was cancelled after just 4 episodes.

Given that the script for each project was identical and they all shared most of the same actors, one TV critic noted "the actors must have known their lines pretty well by this point." :-I

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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:20 am

Speaking of Norman Lear, today I ALSO learned that he tried to sell, uh, this



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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

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lmao
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Post by Highbrow Dash (?) » Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:53 pm

oh hey it worked

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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:56 pm

TIL that there was at least one female mangaka who lived in the Tokiwa-so apartment, Hideko Mizuno. She assisted Tezuka while living there. She later became one of the first female mangaka to become successful in shojo manga field (at the time most shojo manga were done by men).

At least one of the anime adaptations of her work aired in the US, Honey Honey's Wonderful Adventures. Reading about the premise, it's absolute bonkers :-I (by all accounts, this is a gag manga series, with very little melodrama).

The manga ran in 1966-67, but it didn't become an anime until 1981.
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Post by Pocket (?) » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:24 pm

TIL that the white "neutral" wire is only as safe as the idiot who installed it.

As is having the bank of lights you're working on switched off.

And turning off the circuit breaker to the entire floor.

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On a related note, I don't ever want to hear people telling me Americans are silly for only using 120V.

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Post by Gloomy Rube (?) » Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:27 am

Pocket what the heck, the entire floor went off? How long did it take people to figure out what happened and get things running again?
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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:52 pm

TIL that "Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island" was based on a script for an unfinished episode of "Swat Kats". In fact, parts of the original "Swat Kats" script was also used in an episode of "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest"
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Post by Gloomy Rube (?) » Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:54 pm

Swat Kats isn't really a cartoon I'd expect to be related to either of those other ones.
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Post by DaikatunaRevengeance (?) » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:07 pm

i think the studio that animated the movie also animated swat kats
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Post by Mr. Big (?) » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:10 pm

All 3 are Hanna-Barbera productions, yeah.
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Post by Gloomy Rube (?) » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:12 pm

Just realized that when I pictured Swat Kats I was picturing Biker Mice from Mars so that explains my confusion.
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Post by Pocket (?) » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:28 pm

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Pocket what the heck, the entire floor went off? How long did it take people to figure out what happened and get things running again?
Nah, this was an after-hours maintenance thing. Upgrading fluorescent fixtures to LED. I meant that I turned off the circuit breaker and it still didn't cut the power that was coming through the line. It's complicated, but the short answer is that this is why you should always put light fixtures and outlets on separate breakers if you can help it, even for the same set of rooms. And also label the breaker switches properly, preferably with a map.

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Post by Gloomy Rube (?) » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:34 pm

What the heck? That's even more crazy than what I thought happened. So the initial electricians when the building went up didn't plot out their stuff in a sensible way so you'd have any idea which breaker goes to what? That's terrible.
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Gloomy Rube wrote:
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So the initial electricians when the building went up didn't plot out their stuff in a sensible way so you'd have any idea which breaker goes to what? That's terrible.
Welcome to every house I have ever lived in. :notthisshitagain:
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Re: TIL Thread: Today I learned...

Post by Mr. Big (?) » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:04 pm

You know how, in movies and shows, they always use a fake 555-prefix because no real telephones have that number?

Well, TIL that this is not entirely accurate. At least back in the 1990s (not sure today), it was possible for 1-800 numbers to use the 555 prefix. The staff of "Tiny Toons" learned that the hard way because one episode (the music video one) had a gag where they asked viewers to call 1-800-555-ACME.

They later removed that gag in reruns and DVD releases.
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