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    My wife commutes into a nearby city. Over the past few years, her car’s tires have been punctured by numerous nails, screws, and similar objects.

    The other day, I noticed a small piece of duct tape on the tread of a tire. This is the first time she ran over something that could fix a hole, rather than cause one.


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    I saw a post on another site asking “What signs are you suck inside with?” as an intended astrology reference, so I replied “There’s one that says ‘Quarantined’ on the door.”
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    TP aisle at the local Safeway. They don't actually SAY we're supposed to use those scrubbers instead....
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    In the same vein, why does Charmin keep running TV ads???

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    In the same vein, why does Charmin keep running TV ads???
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    Because of what bears do in the woods. And there's a time lag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Because of what bears do in the woods.
    Bears dye their fur in the woods, to look less grizzly.
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    On a podcast I listen one of the hosts said his family was running out because they did not get any before the rush. I have heard there is plenty of pulp to make more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    In the same vein, why does Charmin keep running TV ads???
    I've wondered the same thing. I assume they have contracted times they have to fill.
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    Most companies have change their ads at least here even Captain Obvious is going into social isolation.
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    I had a few hours left in a small silviculture research contract to do "agreed upon work", a discretionary catch-all for the client. The final task I was asked to do was to review the dataset for several diseases, calculate and chart the prevalence, mortality, and lethality. I've worked on this stuff before, but the timing of this last request was interesting.

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    I'm amused by the fact that the sun still doesn't set on the British "empire" (but only just), courtesy of two obscure British Overseas Territories, the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, and the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) in, um, the Indian Ocean. Between them, they ensure that it's always daylight in some British territory or other. I've been amusing myself by checking that this is so:
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    The chart has months of the year on the x axis and Greenwich Mean Time on the y axis, with lines showing how sunset and sunrise times vary throughout the year for various locations (Greenwich in black, Pitcairn in red, BIOT in green). In the middle of the year, BIOT sunrise only just happens in time before Pitcairn sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I'm amused by the fact that the sun still doesn't set on the British "empire" (but only just), courtesy of two obscure British Overseas Territories, the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, and the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) in, um, the Indian Ocean. Between them, they ensure that it's always daylight in some British territory or other. I've been amusing myself by checking that this is so:
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    The chart has months of the year on the x axis and Greenwich Mean Time on the y axis, with lines showing how sunset and sunrise times vary throughout the year for various locations (Greenwich in black, Pitcairn in red, BIOT in green). In the middle of the year, BIOT sunrise only just happens in time before Pitcairn sunset.

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    XKCD wrote this up here: https://what-if.xkcd.com/48/
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    XKCD wrote this up here: https://what-if.xkcd.com/48/
    Ah, thanks.
    Bizarre usage of the word "sunset" in the context of a solar eclipse, there. Seems like he didn't think that one through.

    I'd also say that the Pitcairn Islands aren't "awful" (I've been there). They're a lovely place, hard to live in, where an awful thing happened. The UK made a fundamental error in assuming that a small group of closely related people couldn't generate a significant crime rate without calling for outside help, so they were left to police themselves. Meanwhile, the Pitcairners were busily institutionalizing a deeply unpleasant custom that probably dates back to the settlement.
    When we were there, in the aftermath of the trials and confinements, a nice Scottish policewoman had been stationed on the island, and we spent a pleasant twenty minutes watching her interact with the local children. She was clearly well-loved by the kids, and one got the feeling that she had carefully established herself as a potential confidante. But I suspect Pitcairn will be empty of people soon enough. Young folk leave and many don't come back; and there's understandably a dearth of new families willing to relocate.
    And yet I feel oddly fond of the place, despite managing to have a sense of disquiet at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    And yet I feel oddly fond of the place, despite managing to have a sense of disquiet at the same time.
    Well, if you were to move there, I hope you wouldn’t try to lead a revolt at your workplace and put your boss out to sea in a lifeboat first... ;-)
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    I will say that one of my favourite Wikipedia pages is the one for gay marriage on Pitcairn; it establishes that, by Pitcairn law, gay marriage is legal. It's never actually come up there, but just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I will say that one of my favourite Wikipedia pages is the one for gay marriage on Pitcairn; it establishes that, by Pitcairn law, gay marriage is legal. It's never actually come up there, but just in case.
    Good. Gay people should have to get divorced just like the rest of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I will say that one of my favourite Wikipedia pages is the one for gay marriage on Pitcairn; it establishes that, by Pitcairn law, gay marriage is legal. It's never actually come up there, but just in case.
    Well, that’s a better state of affairs than in quite a lot of other places!
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    This image came across my Facebook feed and the first thought that crossed my mind was, Well, I guess I know who to hit up for toilet paper now.

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    But seriously...pulling off a TP heist in a truck with your name all over it? That takes brass.
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    Watching Star Trek reminds me that I might refused Jonathan Frakes once. Way back in the call center days a personal assiistant called, they want what is called a kids suite at the hotel, parents bedroom and a themed bedroom for the kids. I said there weren't any aviable at the hotel and the assistant went and said they never had any problem in the past and their boss just made thunderbirds for Universal, the hotel was at their themepark in Florida. Looked up the movie and Jonathan Frakes name was their.
    Another time on a Saturday morning I get the a call and the person says his name is Miles O'Brien, different hote this time in New York, all I could think of was the character on DS9 never heard of the reporter. Nice guy.
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    For reasons that need not detain us here, I just ran into the following headline from the Daily Express (something almost completely unlike a newspaper that we have here in the UK): Moon landing: ‘Monumental failure’ exposed by rock expert over Apollo 11 samples

    That's a worry, isn't it?
    But it turns out to be about Apollo hoax belief:
    Part of this theory includes the possibility that NASA fabricated the 380kg of Moon rocks brought back during the Apollo series, but space rock specialist Trevor Ireland put this theory to bed.In a press release by the Australian National University in 2019, he said: "Any attempt to make Moon rocks in a laboratory would be a monumental failure and likely cost more money than it took NASA to get to the Moon and back.
    Quite why a statement made in 2019 is deemed newsworthy today I do not know, but I like the idea that the madly misleading headline might sucker a couple of hoax-believers into reading a contrary opinion.

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    "Physicists brawl over new dark matter claim"
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020...-matter-claim#


    That headline....
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    $1.35 regular gas, cash/debit
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    I would guess it has been somewhere close to three decades since I have seen gas prices like that. Of course, ours are higher here, and it doesn’t really matter to me now because I am driving so little.

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    In other news, the perils of being stuck at home with nothing to do: Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device
    “I have some electronic equipment but really no experience or expertise in building circuits or things,” he told Guardian Australia.
    “I had a part that detects magnetic fields. I thought that if I built a circuit that could detect the magnetic field, and we wore magnets on our wrists, then it could set off an alarm if you brought it too close to your face. A bit of boredom in isolation made me think of that.”
    However, the academic realised the electronic part he had did the opposite – and would only complete a circuit when there was no magnetic field present.
    “I accidentally invented a necklace that buzzes continuously unless you move your hand close to your face,” he said.
    “After scrapping that idea, I was still a bit bored, playing with the magnets. It’s the same logic as clipping pegs to your ears – I clipped them to my earlobes and then clipped them to my nostril and things went downhill pretty quickly when I clipped the magnets to my other nostril.”
    Reardon said he placed two magnets inside his nostrils, and two on the outside. When he removed the magnets from the outside of his nose, the two inside stuck together. Unfortunately, the researcher then attempted to use his remaining magnets to remove them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    In other news, the perils of being stuck at home with nothing to do:
    I should try that. It might get me a Nobel Prize. That would show you all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    I should try that. It might get me a Nobel Prize. That would show you all!
    Or an ignobel prize at least.!
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    Quote Originally Posted by profloater View Post
    Or an ignobel prize at least.!
    As long as there is a nobel in it.
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    I got online to find the name of an organiztion and it just came to me before I looked it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I got online to find the name of an organiztion and it just came to me before I looked it up.
    It was this group, I knew a Simon Engler once.
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