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Old 24 November 2017, 11:11 AM
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Wow, those flutes are amazing!
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Old 25 November 2017, 02:36 AM
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I just learned that the color orange was named after the fruit. Knowing that oranges were introduced to Europe relatively recently, I'd always just assumed that it was the other way around, that the color had already been named and when the fruit was introduced it was named after the color. I thought perhaps they were originally called "orange fruit" or something like that and it eventually was shortened to just "oranges". But according to the story I just heard on the radio, the color didn't have its own name and was just called "yellow-red" in early English, and came to be called orange after the fruit was introdued.
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Old 25 November 2017, 03:28 AM
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Too late to edit: Or were both the fruit and the color named after the Dutch House of Orange? It wasn't entirely clear from the story after some further thought.
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Old 25 November 2017, 05:03 PM
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I used to have a book based on the Straight Dope newspaper column by Cecil Adams, and one of the questions covered was "Was the orange named orange because of orange, or was orange named orange because of oranges?" It did say "the noun preceded the adjective," but I've forgotten the rest of it.

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Old 25 November 2017, 05:25 PM
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Here's a neat article about the question by the Grammarphobia blog. It agrees that the fruit reached England first, in the 1300s and the word didn't appear as a color until the 1500s.

I learned today the Old English word for the color now called orange: geoluhread, or "yellow red".
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Old 25 November 2017, 11:43 PM
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I learned today the Old English word for the color now called orange: geoluhread, or "yellow red".
And so did I, although I knew the other bits of this beforehand...
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Old 27 November 2017, 02:51 PM
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The discussion of orange is reminding me of how surprised I was to learn Brazil was named for brazilwood, and not the other way around. And typing that makes me wonder if Brazil nuts come from brazilwood trees.

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Seaboe, I'm reading Empire by Niall Ferguson and he says:

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The first recorded voyage from England to this end [exploration for gold] was in 1480, when a shipload of optimists set sail from Bristol to look for 'the island of Brasylle in the west part of Ireland'.
So assuming the date's not a misprint (and he mentions a voyage of Cabot's in 1497 in the next paragraph, so I would think it's not), people were calling the hypothetical place Brazil before the Americas had even been discovered by Europeans.

I learned that:

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Astronauts grow an average of between two and five centimetres in space.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42618786

I think I probably knew that already but had forgotten. It makes sense - it happens because your spine's not being compressed under your own weight. The poor Japanese guy that's up there at the moment has apparently grown 9cm in three weeks!
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Today, I learned that there are people out there who think Plan 9 From Outer Space is something made up by the Seinfeld writing team.

Seriously, a guy at work called me an idiot because he had no idea that that movie actually exists.
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You must organize a viewing for him.

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Wow, those flutes are amazing!
Talk about tubular bells!
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Today I learned a lady in my knitting group was in her early seventies. I don't know how that's possible, because she looks like she's in her mid forties.
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At least according to an article I just read, in the late 1930s Edsel Ford took a trip to Europe. Inspired by the types of luxury cars the Europeans were building at the time, he decided Ford should make a "continental" type of luxury car. Hence the Lincoln Continental.
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Actually a thing I learned yesterday: Carl Kasell. Not Carl Castle; which is what I thought I was hearing all these years.

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Well yesterday I learned how the elevator button light (the one you press to summon an elevator) is changed. The technician simply pops the panel off, unlocks some other panel and changes the light. That must be one small light!
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Old 19 April 2018, 06:24 PM
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That government regulations are even more confusing than I thought: FAR stands for Federal Aviation Regulations as well as Federal Acquisition Regulations.

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Today, I learned that there are people out there who think Plan 9 From Outer Space is something made up by the Seinfeld writing team.

Seriously, a guy at work called me an idiot because he had no idea that that movie actually exists.
Sorry to resurect a zombie post, but...

Similarly, I worked with someone who was a big fan of the movie "Jersey Girl". In the movie, a grade-school girl did a report on the musical Sweeney Todd. He didn't realize that was a real musical.
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That government regulations are even more confusing than I thought: FAR stands for Federal Aviation Regulations as well as Federal Acquisition Regulations.

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Too many TLAs.
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Old 20 April 2018, 02:43 PM
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Yesterday, I learned how to create a future date countdown in Excel.

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