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Forum: Social Studies 04 March 2016, 08:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,098
Posted By TheBaron
As a teenager I remember most injuries being when...

As a teenager I remember most injuries being when mauls or scrums collapsed - it was very easy to end up at the bottom of the pile with a lot of weight on you in the wrong direction - or when people...
Forum: Social Studies 01 April 2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 13,713
Posted By TheBaron
Check the "worst rated" comments in that Daily...

Check the "worst rated" comments in that Daily Mail link for plenty of people who agree. They've been down-rated, but they clearly did think that and took the time to write it down.
Forum: History 12 March 2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,751
Posted By TheBaron
Which is why everyone should use pre-decimal...

Which is why everyone should use pre-decimal British coinage. 12 pence in a shilling, 240 pence in a pound ( although it would be better if it were 360 ). Nice and easy to chop into thirds!
Forum: Social Studies 24 February 2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,208
Posted By TheBaron
I drank some ale that day - that seems like a...

I drank some ale that day - that seems like a fairly Viking thing to do. I also read a book about Longswords, which are several hundred years too late for Vikings, but I think the spirit is the same.
Forum: Social Studies 29 January 2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,383
Posted By TheBaron
Rule 169 of the Highway Code says It's...

Rule 169 of the Highway Code says



It's not a MUST / MUST NOT rule, so it's not a legal obligation though.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 December 2013, 10:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 16,173
Posted By TheBaron
Huh, I've been misunderstanding the "Welfare...

Huh, I've been misunderstanding the "Welfare Queen" story all along. I've always seen it as a story of someone who lived very well on welfare by gaming the system, but not by fraud or anything...
Forum: Rantidote 25 October 2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 474,329
Posted By TheBaron
In the last few years there have been a handful...

In the last few years there have been a handful of "anti-poppy" protests by various fringe groups, but they seem pretty minor. The Royal British Legion themselves might be a bit offended by the...
Forum: Rantidote 07 October 2013, 10:09 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 124,370
Posted By TheBaron
Is there an official legal method for saying "You...

Is there an official legal method for saying "You were clearly advised by lunatics last time, now you have a real lawyer we'll give you another chance?" That doesn't sound like an unreasonable thing...
Forum: Techno-Babble 03 October 2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 25,398
Posted By TheBaron
Also, as someone who has done a bit of both kendo...

Also, as someone who has done a bit of both kendo and european sword fighting in the past, the lack of any type of hand guard on lightsabres would mean that an overwhelming majority of Jedi...
Forum: Social Studies 03 October 2013, 09:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 14,286
Posted By TheBaron
And "nomination" doesn't really mean anything. A...

And "nomination" doesn't really mean anything. A huge number of people and organisations can nominate for Nobel Prizes - it's not like Oscar Nominations, which is basically a "short list". Any...
Forum: Techno-Babble 02 October 2013, 04:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 25,398
Posted By TheBaron
It's the "sabre" bit that's always irked me -...

It's the "sabre" bit that's always irked me - they're not really anything like sabres. Straight bladed, no hand guard or hilt, not designed for use from horseback, often used two-handed. More like a...
Forum: History 04 September 2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,295
Posted By TheBaron
I like the idea of a highly skilled cabinet maker...

I like the idea of a highly skilled cabinet maker punching out dovetails and kicking off sheets of veneer. Maybe even a leaping elbow strike to carve some decorative leafwork.
Forum: Business Bytes 30 August 2013, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,312
Posted By TheBaron
I think Premium Line Numbers in the UK are pretty...

I think Premium Line Numbers in the UK are pretty strongly regulated - it would be very easy for someone who didn't know what they are doing to land themselves with a fine for breaking some of the...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 31 July 2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,375
Posted By TheBaron
I'm not certain that the "vast majority" did...

I'm not certain that the "vast majority" did welcome the Nazis. Hitler ordered troops to cross the border the day before a referendum on the matter of unification was to be held in Austria. It seems...
Forum: Social Studies 23 July 2013, 04:55 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 42,994
Posted By TheBaron
I wonder what proportion of 87 year olds in...

I wonder what proportion of 87 year olds in general spend the time leading up to the birth of their great-grandchildren drinking coffee in the hospital waiting room?
Forum: History 23 July 2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 36,292
Posted By TheBaron
Plus, in the grisly logic of the slave trade,...

Plus, in the grisly logic of the slave trade, cramming the most slaves possible in per voyage probably made sense, regardless of the death rate. I imagine your fixed costs per voyage were probably...
Forum: Trivia 10 July 2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 167,740
Posted By TheBaron
Well, according to this site...

Well, according to this site (http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/12/14/barely-half-of-u-s-adults-are-married-a-record-low/), 72% of US adults have been married. Therefore they've all met the person...
Forum: Social Studies 07 June 2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,648
Posted By TheBaron
There was a mixed-race couple featured as part of...

There was a mixed-race couple featured as part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. That raised a few negative responses from areas of the press and social commentators. The idea that...
Forum: Police Blotter 22 May 2013, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,527
Posted By TheBaron
I've played a few "Cricket pranks" in my time,...

I've played a few "Cricket pranks" in my time, but they were mostly of the "spray Deep Heat into someones jock strap" type.
Forum: Social Studies 21 May 2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,251
Posted By TheBaron
27% of people would commit "Netflix Murder" by...

27% of people would commit "Netflix Murder" by deleting items from their joint to-watch queue without telling their partner. 7% of people have commited "Netflix Genocide" by clearing the entire...
Forum: Inboxer Rebellion 20 May 2013, 02:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 15,994
Posted By TheBaron
Ahhh, sectarianism!

Ahhh, sectarianism!
Forum: Glurge Gallery 22 April 2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 37,611
Posted By TheBaron
This becomes funnier if you pretend they mean the...

This becomes funnier if you pretend they mean the prefix "ur" meaning primitive or original or proto. The idea that my mother became the ur-chef is quite an odd one.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 April 2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 23,068
Posted By TheBaron
I'd also find it very unlikely that a British...

I'd also find it very unlikely that a British cartoon would talk about changes to Arizona border control, an issue that gets very little coverage in the UK.
Forum: Business Bytes 22 March 2013, 02:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 27,684
Posted By TheBaron
Bill Gates is an interesting example -...

Bill Gates is an interesting example - Microsoft's big chance came when IBM's deal with another company fell through - they were not IBM's first choice. Gates would have undoubtedly have become a...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 12 March 2013, 03:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,846
Posted By TheBaron
Bikes do get ticketed in London sometimes. ...

Bikes do get ticketed in London sometimes. However, such a tiny proportion of all traffic offences result in a conviction overall that I'd prefer the police concentrated on dangerous or busy...
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