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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Yoji » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:42 pm

Huh, the "from red to black" spin is news to me. I always assumed it was used in dread. I mean, how many other shopping days have a greater-than-zero chance of someone getting trampled to death by insane shoppers?
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Silversong » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:47 am

Thad wrote:It really is called "Black Friday" because the crowds are terrible, and not because it's the day retail stores go "into the black" as some would have it.


Huh, that is interesting. I mean, when I did retail all the store workers used it to mean "dreadful" but we were all assured and believed that isn't what it was intended to mean. And now half the sale papers I receive use the phrase.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Mongrel » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:18 pm

Blade 3 was a disaster in no small part because Wesley Snipes was going off the deep end as only star actors can. Whenever it's not a close-up, it's not Wesley Snipes. He just wouldn't come out of his trailer.

The craziest thing is that in one scene, he was so combative that he refused to even open his eyes, so they had to CGI eyes over top of his closed eyelids:

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Yikes.
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Thad » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:14 am

Yeah, I kinda wanna watch it again knowing what I know now (for example, that Patton Oswalt and Ryan Reynolds spent all day coming up with things to say to Snipes to annoy him, and his reactions of disgust are real).

I believe Reynolds once said, "Let me put it this way: I've never met Wesley Snipes. I've only met Blade."

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby beatbandito » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:44 pm

TIL: except for a few specifically regulated fields with state or other non-federal oversite, you could be asked to work literally non-stop and as long as the employer is paying proper overtime rates they are legally allowed to fire you for refusing the hours.
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Joxam » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:32 pm

Hell some jobs don't even have that. Despite being brick and mortar locations opened all year long movie theatres are classified as 'seasonal entertainment' (the same designation as summer fairs and carnivals and stuff) so they don't have to pay you overtime.
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Grath » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:17 pm

Computer programming is exempted from overtime, presumably as a holdout from when it was a women's field.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby MarsDragon » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:35 pm

According to the NYT, the change occurred in 1991, thanks to lobbying from major computer companies.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Brentai » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:04 am

For what it's worth I'm probably using this status as a way to screw over my employer more than vice versa.
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Re: Fun Facts

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Mongrel » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:47 pm

holy shit what

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby nosimpleway » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:57 pm

"Square dancing is a conspiracy"
lolwut
"based in racism and anti-Semitism"
oh well that makes sense go on

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Joxam » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:41 pm

ONLY IN AMERICA!
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Friday » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:10 pm

The fact that I learned how to square dance in Jr. High so that I would hate jews and blacks is sort of deeply unsettling to me.
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby beatbandito » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:27 pm

Where did you come from?

Where did you go?

Where did you come from, Institutional Racism?
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Mongrel » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:27 pm

For today's history lesson, I learned about Robert Smalls, a slave from South Carolina, who escaped by stealing a Confederate military transport ship and delivering it to the Union, delivering huge amounts of vital intelligence on the South Carolina coast

Smalls subsequently became part of the contingent of men who persuaded Lincoln to allow blacks to serve in the Union Army. Then, continuing to serve on his ship, he became a pilot in the Union Navy, and eventually the Captain (though there was some dodgy handling of this both during and after the war - eventually the appointment was recognized however).

After the war, he was a State Legislator, State Senator, Congressman, and a General in the South Carolina Militia. He was also central to the founding of South Carolina's public school system.

Pretty good haul, I'd say.
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Joxam » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:52 pm

Listerine is 54 proof.
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Re: Fun Facts

Postby Friday » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:37 pm

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby MarsDragon » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:19 am

One of the reasons I was so incredibly bad at spelling as a kid was that I could only picture the first and last letters of a word when I was trying to write it. Everything in the middle was a blurry mess with maybe a few taller letters thrown in there somewhere.

Thank god for computers with spellcheck is what I'm saying.

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Re: Fun Facts

Postby François » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:44 am

I wonder if that holds true for people who have been raised on a language with logograms or syllabograms first, and a language with phonograms later on.

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