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  1. Sentinel

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    ^^ Do you suggest i sue the tribe and the entire nation for using my screen-name? Suing seems to be the in-thing on our forum nowadays !
     
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    It's now been snowing for over 24 hours:shock:
     
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    Boeing 747-8 is said to be huge.
     
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    It's 1:44am right now and I'm watching on tv a documentary on how to change my DNA with telepathy while communicating with my neighbour's dead dog.:neutral:
     
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    It has actually warmed up here in the tropics, thankfully. Fewer layers of clothing, less shivering and shaking all day ... :-D

    Welcome back, Spring ... . wish you'd stay forever

    Every time i make a post, this quoted post keeps trailing me ... just shaking it off ...
     
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    The view is awesome. I plan a visit to Japan this year or next coming year.
     
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  8. Mike Bulgakov

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    Elena Likhovtseva was born in Kazakhstan, utilized old school Russian technique, and played World Team Tennis for the Sacramento Capitals.
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    Heart Breaking Stuff ...

    It seems that there's a grain of truth to one old wives' tale; it turns out that you really can die of a broken heart, especially if you're a post-menopausal woman. The Wall Street Journal reports on a phenomena called 'broken-heart syndrome,' which often occurs after great emotional distress. Quoting: 'In a conventional heart attack, an obstructed artery starves the heart muscle of oxygenated blood, quickly resulting in the death of tissue and potentially permanently compromising heart function. In contrast, the heart muscle in broken-heart-syndrome patients is stunned in the adrenaline surge and appears to go into hibernation. Little tissue is lost.' In the article a doctor notes, 'The cells are alive, but mechanically or electrically disabled.' Documented cases track heart attacks in people with seemingly healthy hearts after the grief of the death of a loved one. Intense feelings can cause the heart actually to change shape. Doctors call this 'tako-tsubo,' after the Japanese phrase for 'octopus trap,' so called because the syndrome was first identified by a Japanese doctor who noticed the strange shape in the left ventricle. Doctors note that while strong emotions like grief are usually associated with the syndrome, stress or a migraine can also trigger such heart attacks

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...43911673752.html?mod=rss_Today's_Most_Popular
     
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    I just read that Boris Becker and his new wife had a baby boy!
     
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    So cute. I have two cats as well. -tina
     
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    This post should go to "Guys only thread".
     
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    Should go to Guys only thread!!
     
  16. Sentinel

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    why ? If she belongs to Marat, then she's Useless to us. :-D

    (Can't we post her in *every* thread ?)
     
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    Tina sounds like she is a teenager.
     
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    ^^^^^^ It's good to know that the average age of the TT'er is falling ... ;-)
     
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    Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will team with retired stars Pete Sampas and Andre Agassi in a charity tennis exhibition to raise money for Haiti. The "Hit For Haiti" match will be played March 12 during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Tournament director Steve Simon says he expects a minimum of $1 million to be raised for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
     
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    Useless information of today is..

    I finish my exams on Monday!!!:D :D About freaking time!!!
     
  22. Mike Bulgakov

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    Taiwan's Taipei 101 was the world's tallest building until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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    Federer is out with lung infection. Will be back for Indian Wells. No Dubai.
     
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  25. Mike Bulgakov

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    I hope this excerpt from Wikipedia helps.

    Picnic tables are used as a place to sit outdoors any time you need a table. They are used for dining, for resting, for doing crafts, and for other activities. Picnic tables are generally found in many parks.[1]

    Picnic tables are also used indoors, when it is desired to have attached seating to tables. This is most common is school cafeterias, community centers, and employee break rooms.

    Full sized picnic tables generally seat from six to ten individuals, and are generally placed in a location, such as a back yard, park, or barbecue area, permanently or long-term. Full-sized picnic tables are very widely used in public spaces and private homes, but are generally too bulky to use for casual outdoor picnics.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picnic_table

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  26. Mike Bulgakov

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    FLOWERS
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    I would like to learn about beds and towels.
     
  28. Mike Bulgakov

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    Hey Sentinel, very interesting London Times article on the Olympic village that you posted in the "Random thread of good jokes..." thread. Thanks for posting.

    I am waiting for Maria to email me regarding beds, but I have some useless information from Wikipedia about towels.

    A towel is a piece of absorbent fabric or paper used for drying or wiping. It draws moisture through direct contact, often using a blotting or a rubbing motion.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel

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  29. Sentinel

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    ^^ I knew you would deliver :-D
    Ack, I wanted to know only a little bit about towels, there was too much towel for me in that pic :)

    Yes, there was a link in the jokes post that i should have drawn more attention to.
     
  30. Sentinel

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    Chile is still planning to host its Davis Cup series this weekend against Israel despite the devastating earthquake that has killed at least 700 people in the South American country. Singles player Nicolas Massu arrived on Monday from Miami and expressed concern for the Chilean people but said he was ready to play.
     
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  31. Sentinel

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    The circumstances of its discovery were both unusual and dramatic.
    http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-...-discovery-of-new-longnecked-dinosaur-in-Utah

    Another dinosaur, Windowsaurus Mobelius, has also been identified in the fossil remains of early Silicon Valley users. It seems this dinosaur was replaced in its ecosystem by a smarter, faster breed called Googlesaurus Androidius, which went on to compete for resources with the Applesaurus iPhonius, which survived only as a brightly-coloured niche dinosaur, despite competing claims that its extinction was inevitable, and that its dominance was assured. Neither of these outcomes predicted for the iPhonius turned out to be true, and the Androidius eventually evolved into sentient killing machines.
     
  32. Mike Bulgakov

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    March 1

    Mach 1 = 340.29 m / s

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    The earthquake that killed more than 700 people in Chile on Feb. 27 probably shifted the Earth’s axis and shortened the day, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist said. Earthquakes can involve shifting hundreds of kilometers of rock by several meters, changing the distribution of mass on the planet. This affects the Earth’s rotation, said Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who uses a computer model to calculate the effects.
    “The length of the day should have gotten shorter by 1.26 microseconds (millionths of a second),” Gross, said today in an e-mailed reply to questions. “The axis about which the Earth’s mass is balanced should have moved by 2.7 milliarcseconds (about 8 centimeters or 3 inches).”
     
  34. Mike Bulgakov

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    It has become a space-based myth. The Great Wall of China, frequently billed as the only man-made object visible from space, generally isn't, at least to the unaided eye in low Earth orbit. It certainly isn't visible from the Moon.

    You can, though, see a lot of other results of human activity.

    The visible wall theory was shaken after China's own astronaut, Yang Liwei, said he couldn’t see the historic structure. There was even talk about rewriting textbooks that espouse the theory, a formidable task in the Earth’s most populous nation.
    http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/workinginspace/great_wall.html

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    The Golden Gate Bridge has always been painted an orange vermilion, deemed "International Orange."  Rejecting carbon black and steel gray, Morrow selected the color because it blends well with the span's natural setting.  If the U.S. Navy had its way, the Bridge might have been painted black with yellow stripes to assure greater visibility for passing ships.


    Painting the Bridge is an ongoing task and the primary maintenance job. The Bridge paint protects it from the high salt content in the air, which rusts and corrodes the steel components.  Many misconceptions exist about how often the Bridge is painted.  Some say once every seven years, others say from end to end each year.

    Actually, the Bridge was painted when it was originally built with a red lead primer and a lead-based topcoat.  For the next 27 years, only touch up was required.  By 1968, advancing corrosion sparked a program to remove the original paint and replace it with an inorganic zinc silicate primer and vinyl topcoats.

    The topcoat was changed to acrylic emulsion in 1990 to meet air quality requirements. The original program was completed in 1995 with continuous touch up on areas with the most severe erosion.
    http://www.goldengatebridge.org/research/factsGGBIntOrngPaint.php
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  36. Mike Bulgakov

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    The Arc de Triomphe is 50 m (160 ft) in height.
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  37. slice bh compliment

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    Blends?
    I'd say it contrasts well with the natural setting.

    BTW, Mike, nice entry. Not entirely useless, though. Thanks.
    When I was young, I wondered why it was not golden in color. Like the Statue of Liberty being made of copper .... but it's green from oxidation?

    Pretty cool icons in both cities known as 'The City'.
     
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    you give pop a bad name

    Brit-Nigerian singer Sade's full name is Helen Folasade Adu.

    (further useless info: the title track of her "Soldier of Love" album contains a guitar with very strong hints of Led Zepplin's "Kashmir")
     
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    Rod Laver learned tennis on a court made from crushed anthills.
     
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    Spotted dick
    is a steamed suet pudding containing dried fruit (usually currants) commonly served with custard, and a standard part of English cuisine. Spotted refers to the dried fruit (which resemble spots) and dick may be a contraction/corruption of the word pudding (from the last syllable) or possibly a corruption of the word dough[1] or dog, as "spotted dog" is another name for the same dish.

    Another explanation offered for the latter half of the name is that it comes from the German word for "thick," in reference to the thickened suet mixture.

    Any Englishmen here ?
     
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    And (supposedly) no two snowflakes are exactly alike.
     
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    Lmao, that is hilarious. I wonder if he still has his job.
     
  44. Mike Bulgakov

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    FOUR PIECES OF USELESS INFORMATION:

    1) Vladimir Putin is rather short and wears shoes with huge heels and lifts.
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    2) Elena Dementieva is one of the friendlier WTA players and often greets people by licking them.
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    3) If you are listening to Shane MacGowan's "Donegal Express" at a red light with you window rolled down, the person in the car next to you might give you an angry look.


    4) "Splash Hits" are home runs hit by Giants that land in McCovey Cove on the fly without hitting the Arcade or Portwalk. There have been 50 "Splash Hits" since AT&T Park opened, 35 of them hit by Barry Bonds. Non-Giants players have hit the cove on the fly 17 times.
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  45. Sentinel

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    Aaaha ! Now we know why she chokes so often :-D
     
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    Before the advent of iTunes and MP3s, EMI and Pink Floyd entered into a contract which stated that EMI could not unbundle individual songs from their original album settings. This was insisted upon by the members of Pink Floyd, who wanted to retain artistic control of their works, which they considered 'seamless' pieces of music. However, with the advent of digital downloads, EMI has been selling individual songs through its online store. Pink Floyd sued, claiming EMI was violating the contract, whereas EMI said the contract only applied to physical albums, not Internet sales. Judge Andrew Morritt backed the band, saying the contract protected 'the artistic integrity of the albums.' Judge Morritt also ruled EMI is 'not entitled to exploit recordings by online distribution or by any other means other than the complete original album without Pink Floyd's consent.

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    Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has beaten out Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to become the wealthiest person on earth and nab the top spot on the 2010 Forbes list of the World's Billionaires.
     
  47. slice bh compliment

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    Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico has Lebanese roots. So does a part of the Baghdatis family.
     
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    I have heard that much went on in Lebanon, where many became lost in the halls of mirrors, that were lost in the myriad of constructs, constructed in the halls of mirrors.
     
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    I heard Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the jaw, and that's where giraffes came from.
     
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    ^^ haha, Chuck Norris once blew a seal and that's where whales come from ??
     

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