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suze
1271477.  Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:49 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
tetsabb wrote:
... a couple of which may resonate with Jenny and size.
What're you trying to say, tets?


LOL! I'm well aware that it's very easy to type my name as size.

Even the good husband has done it, so no one need feel guilty about it. He assures me that it's not a comment on my arse - even though he is the one person who is allowed to comment on that matter - so it's fine.

In a discussion about Egypt and/or canals which we had once, I was not the only person here who found the word Suez quite tricky to get right. Muscle memory, I suppose.

 
tetsabb
1271487.  Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:08 pm Reply with quote

We think that a cat watching snooker may be first attracted by the clicking of the balls (no sniggering at the back please), and then be drawn to the brightly coloured shapes moving around. Same probably goes for sheep herding -lots of rapid motion to follow.
As for Gibbs and horses, I can give no explanation.
My brain-damaged nephew George was the same when a youngster -- he would watch rugby, but not the chat afterwards. Then he discovered the Simpsons -- again, lots of bright colours and movement.

 
RLDavies
1271491.  Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:15 pm Reply with quote

My budgie Eric was something of a psychopath. He didn't care much about the TV most of the time, but was riveted when anything violent came on. A boxing match, a kung-fu movie, he didn't care as long as it was two people beating each other up.

 
tetsabb
1271494.  Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:20 pm Reply with quote

The size of suze's arse is not that of Suez.

Ah... the typing equivalent of a tongue twister

 
suze
1271501.  Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:33 pm Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
We think that a cat watching snooker may be first attracted by the clicking of the balls (no sniggering at the back please), and then be drawn to the brightly coloured shapes moving around.


Do all cats like snooker? Ours certainly does, and he also likes tennis.

We don't watch animal shows a great deal, but he got very interested in little baby tigers once and tried to play with (/ fight) one of the cubs through the screen. He was sure that little baby tigers were the same sort of creature as him, but doesn't appear to think that adult big cats are.

 
'yorz
1271502.  Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:41 pm Reply with quote

We once had a cat who would follow the tennis ball to right behind the telly. Mind, that was in the old days, when camera view points from slightly above yet had to be invented, so it was left-right v.v. more or less.

 
barbados
1271503.  Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:41 pm Reply with quote

People were often surprised that my dog enjoyed fireworks.

 
extremophilesheep
1271629.  Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:17 pm Reply with quote

With the sheep herding I think it was the whistling that he enjoyed, though he did follow the sheep around on the screen.

 
crissdee
1271781.  Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:14 am Reply with quote

TIL that I am better at maths asleep than awake. See the dreaming thread for details.

 
RLDavies
1272083.  Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:23 pm Reply with quote

Today I learned that our microwave has a child safety lock. Colin accidentally activated it and couldn't get at his lunch. I had to look it up in the manual to figure out what to do.

 
'yorz
1272387.  Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:10 am Reply with quote

A friend directed me to this Wiki-page: Great Leap Forward.
I knew a little bit about it, but learning the true scale of this futile exercise and the human suffering it caused is just jawdropping. And it was in my lifetime!
Why there are still Mao statues around - beats me.

 
'yorz
1272432.  Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:25 pm Reply with quote

And while googling the great Flood of 1953, I learned that the sometimes very Scandinavian-looking houses in the province of Zeeland (that was hit something rotten by that flood) are pre-fab ones donated by Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Wonderful.

Also, that 2011 saw the birth of 1953, the musical.
The 9/11 one seems a bit overdue....

 
Baryonyx
1272513.  Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:47 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
We once had a cat who would follow the tennis ball to right behind the telly. Mind, that was in the old days, when camera view points from slightly above yet had to be invented, so it was left-right v.v. more or less.


Dogs and darts?

 
ConorOberstIsGo
1272587.  Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:09 pm Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KiZGRA_yCE

Uk runs pointless rail services because they are contractually obliged to.

 
suze
1272609.  Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:01 pm Reply with quote

The good husband was all for writing an essay to explain why that video is incorrect in oh so many different ways. I talked him out of that, but meanwhile:

1. That video is in fact an advertisement for a hosting platform.
2. I'm actually not sure whether the narrator is a better-than-average speech sythesizer or an absolutely awful human narrator.
3. I'm taking husband's word for this, but many of the points made in the video are wrong.

 

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