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1061771.  Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:02 am Reply with quote

I've learnt that most of the world's avocados (95%) are descended from a single tree grown by a Milwaukee postman, Rudolph Hass, in 1926. Hence the Hass avocado.

1061802.  Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:52 am Reply with quote

Efros wrote:
I learned today that Keurig is planning to introduce technology that will disable your coffee maker should you have the temerity to attempt to use a brand of coffee other than Keurig. DRM in a K cup.

I heard something similar regarding combine harvesters of all things. Some bloke had bought a John Deere combine, quite legally as a personal import saving a sizeable wad over JD's price. One day while out harvesting, it died in the middle of the field. Turned out JD had disabled it by satellite link, and threatened not to enable it unless he paid them back for the "loss" they had incurred.

I don't know how it got resolved but they would have got a pretty stiff letter from me if it were mine.

1062048.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:08 am Reply with quote

It appears that one third of the engineers working on Crossrail are female. This is of course A Good Thing. One of them however appears to be a character fron a Dickens story, as she rejoices in the name Regina Tumblepot!

1062050.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:10 am Reply with quote

Is she rotund, rosy-cheeked, and cheerful?

1062055.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:16 am Reply with quote

Not in the photo in the Evening Standard at least.

1062058.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:17 am Reply with quote

That's disappointing...

1062113.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:39 am Reply with quote

She really ought to be with a name like that.

1062115.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:42 am Reply with quote

She's quite the antithesis of what you would expect with that moniker, I bet in engineering circles she's called Reggie.

1062124.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:01 pm Reply with quote

Ah but she's young now. She could be living up to her name by the time she's 70, though of course she might get married and change it, which would be a pity. Not many people have such gloriously Dickensian names these days.

1062164.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:57 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Not many people have such gloriously Dickensian names these days.

Well, there's always 'Doughty' which is slightly Dickensian

1062168.  Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:38 pm Reply with quote

That the perils of onanism are much greater than losing one's sight!

link as it's a big pic, it is SFW though.

1062199.  Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:17 am Reply with quote

At risk of being pre-dick-table, I youlgreaved 'perils' as 'penis'.

I learned today of the female Victorian photographer. One of my
b-i-ls is on a photography course and has to recreate one of her photos. He is using bemad. as his model. Fortunately he hasn't chosen to reproduce this slightly dodgy image.

1062206.  Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:16 am Reply with quote

...that the accepted word for people originating from Pakistan is apparently Pak.
What the hell is wrong with Pakistani?

1062207.  Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:21 am Reply with quote

Too long to say?

1062208.  Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:22 am Reply with quote

I like the word Desi for both Pakistani and Indian although I think it only applies to those groups when they are abroad...


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