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    If they notice them at all, that is. They tend not to show up on X-ray, so I just had to rely on OTC painkillers and learning extremely specific positions to adopt while coughing or lying in bed. Didn't know...
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    I was hatched on a Thursday, during a thunderstorm. These posts are making me get nervous about partying......
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    Haven't they noticed all the parents exposing their kids to pornography 9 months before they're even born? Ban this menace now! IVF for all (and you're not allowed to collect the sperm by wanking, either)....
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    "He found that he could do some things a dog can do, that most people think humans can't do." I can smell pregnancy, which is an ability often thought of as being in that category, though quite how the dog...
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    "I don't particularly think that people dig trenches two inches wide and eight feet deep to lay pipe, although I could be wrong." Depends how long ago they did it. Obviously they wouldn't do that with shovels, but the more...
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    "Elaine Morgan long ago accepted that her original ideas were mistaken" Ah. It was her book I read, and that's probably where most of the stuff I think I remember comes from (including the dolphin bit)......
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    What it basically gets you is shorter waiting lists and a nicer room in the hospital. You've a good chance of getting the same doctors as the NHS (ie. the same actual individuals), less chance of the best quality medical...
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    Interesting thing there is that I remember a claim that human skin actually does exhibit some signs of dolphin-skin-type adaptation, and this is evidence for the "aquatic ape" theory. Trouble there is that all the information is at least 40...
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    That sounds like pretty much the expected result to me. If it's based around subconscious recognition of natural indicators of the presence of water then just putting a hosepipe down isn't going to trigger it because it doesn't generate those...
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    The dolphin speed thing is older than the HST. Something about their muscles can't possibly be strong enough to propel them against the water resistance encountered by a dolphin shape at any more than x, yet they plainly manage to...
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    It's a possibility that exists as a consequence of measures for detecting malpractice. It can be done, but it would be a huge pain in the arse, requiring not only ploughing through an enormous pile of paper but getting access...
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    Yeah, I know all that, but I'm not sure how it relates - I was replying to Heteromeles's concern about electronic voting machines, the gross insecurity of which has been mentioned many times on here, and I assume H is...
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    No, we mark our choice on a piece of paper, fold it in half, and stuff it through a slot in the top of a cardboard box inside a holdall. Afterwards, people empty out the cardboard box, unfold all the...
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    "The tory party of Churchill/Macmillan/Hume/Heath/Thatcher(!)/Major is uttterly dead. What do we call them now?" "Conservative and Unionist Neo-Tories" sounds good to me......
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    I agree that some of the stuff with subatomic particles does look "suspiciously" neat. "Looks like there ought to be one here", throw enough energy at it, and ping there it is. I suspect that it looks "suspicious" because at...
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    "There is currently a head-to-head debate on BBC TV between Bozza & Jezza (PM and leader of the [main] opposition)." Oh, shit....
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    Yes, but I'm talking about a final result for the whole country, which cannot happen at least until the slowest individual constituency has turned in its local result, plus a bit more fucking-around time putting it all together. I'm recommending...
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    Indeed. Like onions, for instance....
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    "Unless it's very, very "tight" we will know if one party has an absolute majority by about 08.00 GMT on Friday" This is basically true, but the actual formal official result doesn't come out until a couple of days later,...
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    "Been kind of quiet here, too, on this topic." I guess we're all pretty much unanimous about the topic itself, so there's not a lot to discuss. Also, it isn't really news; that the Tories have such intentions is something...
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    Thanks, that gets me far enough to reckon it's probably quite tasty....
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    No, I reckon it was the other way round: distilled spirits have been all over the place for donkey's years, but it was the shift to production in large(r) scale distilleries that enabled those measurement techniques to be effectively collated,...
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    Thank you, but I see I'm probably not going to understand - "damn hard to buy in the UK" means I'm unlikely to have any useful point of comparison, while "pastrami" to me is the first half of the combination...
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    ...and nearly all the languages use the words for "water of life" to refer to what you get if you take locally available stuff and make moonshine with it. Or even drop the "of life" bit and just call it...
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    Oh dear, sorry... Chippy: fish and chip shop; establishment selling deep fried square-section potato rods about 10mm on the short sides and deep fried fish in batter, also deep fried sausages in batter, deep fried burgers in batter, deep fried...
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    The Romans used to boil sour wine in lead vessels to replace the sourness of acetic acid with the sweetness of lead acetate, aka "sugar of lead". There's an enormous difference between that sort of game and the odd soldered...
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    "There are two (at least) distinct ways of doing this. You can either literally get rid of the middle class, e.g. execute them all, or ship them off to another universe..." And now we know what was the real back-story...
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    There's even an SF short/shaggy dog story about mathematically-ignorant Species 1 making some bargain with advanced Species 2 to obtain a library which is fantastically small yet contains all of Species 2's knowledge, and what they get turns out to...
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    "The reverse transformation" does not mean "the transformation of reversing the order of the letters", but "the reverse of the transformation that was applied to the song" ;)...
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    "...statements ... designed to confuse ... the meaning of anti-Semitism, that is itself anti-Semitic." By that measure, the usage of the term frequently espoused by... er, the Titfield Toilet Transformation crew... is itself antisemitic; whence it follows that whitroth's comment...
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