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Forum: Social Studies 22 October 2018, 01:47 PM
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Posted By thorny locust
That does sound a whole lot like spelling "rules"...

That does sound a whole lot like spelling "rules" in English: more exceptions than rules; or, rather, an attempt to deal with the fact that there is no rule by making up a rule for every instance.
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Forum: Soapbox Derby 22 October 2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 162
Posted By thorny locust
GM, he's in the story that Jusenkyo linked, also....

GM, he's in the story that Jusenkyo linked, also. And that link did work for me without a subscription.
Forum: Wild Kingdom 21 October 2018, 11:33 PM
Replies: 734
Views: 282,036
Posted By thorny locust
My clipboard! Mine! So comfy! * ...

My clipboard! Mine! So comfy! *


*translated from Cat


ETA: some years ago, I bought a dog bed. It was a couple of months before the dog got to use it; it was instantly claimed by one of the...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 21 October 2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 734
Views: 282,036
Posted By thorny locust
That's not a clipboard; it's a kitty bed --

That's not a clipboard; it's a kitty bed --
Forum: Social Studies 21 October 2018, 06:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 889
Posted By thorny locust
Neat article, Steve. I particularly like...

Neat article, Steve.

I particularly like this sentence:
Forum: Wild Kingdom 21 October 2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 110
Posted By thorny locust
‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss

Have a nice scary article for your October Sunday.

For those of you who think you're not concerned about insects -- note that species which eat insects are also reported as being in trouble.

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Forum: Social Studies 21 October 2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 889
Posted By thorny locust
I'm pretty sure I'd say 'put that in the truck'...

I'm pretty sure I'd say 'put that in the truck' for either the cab or the open back of a pickup. I think I might say either 'put it in the truck' or 'put it on the truck' for a semitrailer. But come...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 October 2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By thorny locust
Eight students at the same school? Are...

Eight students at the same school?

Are people routinely lying in order to get their kids into kindergarten early? And if so, why? Problems with daycare availability/affordability? An attempt to...
Forum: Social Studies 20 October 2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 889
Posted By thorny locust
Now put/putt and foot/strut I do pronounce...

Now put/putt and foot/strut I do pronounce differently. (though put and foot rhyme for me, as do putt and strut.) I thought at first that I also pronounce trap/bath differently, but now I'm not so...
Forum: Techno-Babble 20 October 2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 207
Posted By thorny locust
I'd be more concerned (as the article to some...

I'd be more concerned (as the article to some extent mentions) with the effect on all sorts of organisms that need it dark some of the time to function properly.

(Including some humans. Grumble...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 20 October 2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By thorny locust
Yes, I'm also getting a subscription-only site. ...

Yes, I'm also getting a subscription-only site.

There's routinely a minimum age for starting school, at least around here, so I don't see why it's even a story if a school's rejecting a child for...
Forum: Rantidote 19 October 2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 21,002
Posted By thorny locust
Did they, though? Saying 'wow, we had a...

Did they, though?

Saying 'wow, we had a Cherokee ancestor, isn't that great!' is certainly better than saying 'shhh, of course we're not related to any of them' (presuming that you actually did...
Forum: Rantidote 19 October 2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 21,002
Posted By thorny locust
She's been claiming a specific named...

She's been claiming a specific named great-great-great- grandmother was either Native American, or had enough Native American genetics to be generally identified as such at the time. Which is a)...
Forum: SLC 19 October 2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 15,742
Posted By thorny locust
Bill Gates is at my house, doing something that I...

Bill Gates is at my house, doing something that I can't now remember. He has brought with him a mouse that has a very large and overly bright light on it. I realize that if I complain to him about...
Forum: Rantidote 18 October 2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,228
Posted By thorny locust
Whether Morning's scooter was blocking the aisle,...

Whether Morning's scooter was blocking the aisle, or the other shopper's cart was blocking the aisle, or the store's display was narrowing the aisle so that anyone with either cart or scooter...
Forum: Social Studies 18 October 2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 863
Posted By thorny locust
I've no idea what happened in that specific case,...

I've no idea what happened in that specific case, but, as a member of a planning board that often hears applications for permits for something that people weren't supposed to start doing unless they...
Forum: SLC 18 October 2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 15,742
Posted By thorny locust
Maybe the horse was a kelpie?

Maybe the horse was a kelpie?
Forum: Social Studies 18 October 2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 863
Posted By thorny locust
RichardM, I've seen an occasional house/garage...

RichardM, I've seen an occasional house/garage that looked a whole lot like it had close to that sort of proportion.
Forum: Rantidote 18 October 2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 21,002
Posted By thorny locust
As I remember the photo, GenYus, the person did...

As I remember the photo, GenYus, the person did indeed have "can't miss me looks"; but so do some women who aren't drag queens.
Forum: Rantidote 18 October 2018, 02:27 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 21,002
Posted By thorny locust
My memory of exactly what the meme looked like is...

My memory of exactly what the meme looked like is blurry. Maybe it was a photo.

And I wouldn't put it past myself to not recognize a drag queen as a drag queen, at least in some contexts; though...
Forum: Rantidote 17 October 2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 21,002
Posted By thorny locust
Kind of reminds me of that cartoon showing a...

Kind of reminds me of that cartoon showing a woman wearing a miniskirt and multicolor dyed hair on the subway sitting next to a woman wearing a chador; with a caption 'this is the world that liberals...
Forum: SLC 17 October 2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 103,627
Posted By thorny locust
Yes. I can directly see some lights from my...

Yes. I can directly see some lights from my place, but most of them are miles away on the other side of the lake; between the trees and the hills, there's nothing directly visible in three...
Forum: SLC 17 October 2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 103,627
Posted By thorny locust
Does it, though? -- I was going to ask...

Does it, though?

-- I was going to ask whether anybody had done studies about this, but then thought that I'd better look, and sure enough, a number of people have. The results overall seem to be...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 16 October 2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,231
Posted By thorny locust
1. What 1888 poem is set in the town of...

1. What 1888 poem is set in the town of Mudville?

Casey At the Bat.

2. In some Islamic traditions, what can a man do by repeating the word "talaq" three times?

Divorce his wife.


4. ...
Forum: SLC 16 October 2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 15,742
Posted By thorny locust
You know, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if...

You know, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if that first part is true.

Even if so, however, I doubt it can be fixed with a hug.
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