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    Things I've always wondered

    Why do Italians always cry when they taste food which is "just like Mama used to make"? Sometimes their mothers aren't even dead. And it's not as if the mothers of other nationals can't cook.

    What's wrong with enjoying rock music from the 1970s? Nobody seems to have a problem with people reading books from different eras - indeed, it's regarded as a good thing. So how come it's okay to read J.G. Ballard or Dorothy Sayers or P.G. Wodehouse, yet you have to apologise for listening to Pink Floyd? Or is it just me?

    Does anybody actually enjoy films set in high school where everybody's aim in life is to make themselves feel good by making others feel bad?

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    I eat and I have a mother who still cooks (which passes
    for "making" food), but I don't know anything about Italians
    and only a little about crying, so I'll pass on that one.

    My era was the 1960's. I'm not aware of any rock music
    composed in the 1970's. Or 1980's. Or 1990's. Or 2000's.

    Okay. I am actually horribly embarrassed to admit that I
    am so socially shut off from the rest of the world that I have
    never *knowingly* heard any of Pink Floyd's music. I have
    known for decades that they put out two albums which are
    considered landmark events in music history: 'The Dark Side
    of the Moon' and 'The Wall', and that the former has a prism
    and spectrum on the cover, while the latter is timed to fit
    the 'trip' sequence from '2001: A Space Odyssey'. But I've
    never heard anyone play it and say that that's what they
    were playing. So I wouldn't recognize it if I did hear it.

    (I also read, just last month, in the cover article in some
    magazine in the grocery store, that 'The Dark Side of the
    Moon' was simultaneously Pink Floyd's breakthrough and
    demise. I didn't read enough of the article to find out why.
    It seemed to imply that success destroyed them.)

    What are some examples of films set in high school where
    everybody's aim in life is to make themselves feel good
    by making others feel bad? I'm curious whether I'm even
    familiar with any of the titles. I expect that 'The Breakfast
    Club' does NOT fall into that category.

    I went with my nerd-friends to see a movie. I think the
    movie we intended to watch was 'The Neverending Story'.
    But we accidentally went into the wrong theater, and
    stayed through the movie. How nerdy can you get?? The
    movie was 'Revenge of the Nerds'. If I'm not confusing it
    with 'Animal House' (which I haven't seen), I read that the
    writers/producers originally intended it to be set in high
    school, but it got too bawdy for that. What a mess.

    Was that helpful?

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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    If I haven't already, I think I'll highjack your thread to
    ask a question about graphic design in the 1980's.

    For a very, very long time, roughly corresponding with
    the 1980's, and probably into the 1990's, there was a
    lot of graphic design which consisted of tiny icon-like
    images, or just simple shapes, scattered around on a
    plain background. It was horribly boring, completely
    uninspired and uninspiring. I couldn't (and can't)
    believe how long it dragged on. Do you recognize
    what I'm talking about? Maybe I'll look around to
    find some examples. I wonder why such an extremely
    insipid design style was so popular, and lasted for
    such a painfully long time. Thankfully, it is now rare
    enough not to agonize me anymore.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    If I haven't already, I think I'll highjack your thread to
    ask a question about graphic design in the 1980's.
    Not a hijack - this is what I hoped for in this thread.

    Thanks for your answers, BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    If I haven't already, I think I'll highjack your thread to
    ask a question about graphic design in the 1980's.

    For a very, very long time, roughly corresponding with
    the 1980's, and probably into the 1990's, there was a
    lot of graphic design which consisted of tiny icon-like
    images, .......... Maybe I'll look around to
    find some examples.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
    Jeff, find me an example of what you're talking about, graphic design is one of my things.

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    I dont know anything about Italians, but I was born in 1986, im only 25, people dont make music like they used to, I love Guns n Roses, dusty springfield, stevie wonder, witney houston, MJ, that kind of music. I also like linkin park and oasis, backstreet boys and take that. but not so much into todays music, I find it boring, and some of them cant even sing,

    As for books, I love jane austin, books without pictures, better to use your imagination, you can actually get a feeling your there, apart from science books, you need to look at diagrams to understand,

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    Quote Originally Posted by elizabeth25 View Post
    I dont know anything about Italians, but I was born in 1986, im only 25, people dont make music like they used to, I love Guns n Roses, dusty springfield, stevie wonder, witney houston, MJ, that kind of music. I also like linkin park and oasis, backstreet boys and take that. but not so much into todays music, I find it boring, and some of them cant even sing,
    An interesting perspective, to differenciate between music of today and, say, 1986. To me, that is all today's music. Almost all of it will be consigned to the dustbin very quickly. I prefer to wait for music to last at least century. If it's still known after 100 years, it possibly might have some merit. Let time be the filter for you, cf. Jane Austen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perikles View Post
    cf. Jane Austen.
    cf. ???

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    My Italian tuppence worth
    There is pasta and there is anti-pasta.

    Use pasatta, not tinned tomato's.

    'I've got a bike you can ride it if you like,
    It's got a basket a bell that rings and things to make it look good.
    I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.'
    From 'A Saucer Full Of Secrets' Pink Floyd.

    I have always wondered if anyone is monitoring the
    oxygen levels on our planet.

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    Why do they put erasers on the ends of pencils? I'd understand if the things actually worked. They don't, they just leave a smear on the page and you can still see the writing that you supposedly "rubbed out".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Beardsley View Post
    Why do they put erasers on the ends of pencils? I'd understand if the things actually worked. They don't, they just leave a smear on the page and you can still see the writing that you supposedly "rubbed out".
    Oh that really iritates me, when im drawing a picture and make a mistake, i used the rubber, totally ruined my picture, had to start again.

    Ive always wondered, who came up with the names of the dinosaurs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elizabeth25 View Post
    who came up with the names of the dinosaurs?
    Whoever it was did a very good job of describing the creatures, and knew his/her Greek too. "Scarey lizard" is a brilliant concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perikles View Post
    Let time be the filter for you, cf. Jane Austen.
    Quote Originally Posted by elizabeth25 View Post
    cf. ???
    It's the abbreviation for Latin, confer, meaning refer to something. I was citing your reading Jane Austen as an example of literature which has lasted for almost two centuries, during which time all the rubbish has been forgotten.

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    I have always wondered why men put up with the idiotic practice of putting a bathroom mirror above the sink/washbasin. This must be a requirement for women, for some reason. I now realize that for decades I have accepted the fact that every day I get a pain in the groin when shaving. Why? Because the most efficient way of shaving is to stand very close to the mirror so that you only need to deal with each part of the face once. In order to do this, you have to bend over the blasted sink, which is of course at exactly the wrong height for an average male homo spapiens.

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    I have always wondered which came first.....

    The word 'Mad' as used to describe an individual not of sound mind,
    or to denote anger.

    Similarly, the word 'Smart' to descibe somebody well dressed
    rather than someone clever.

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    What came first, the chicken or the egg??

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    Will we ever be able to record our dreams and watch them
    in the morning?

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    Why doesn't toothpaste have a screw cap at both ends? It would be twice as convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elizabeth25 View Post
    What came first, the chicken or the egg??
    Two words: Dinosaur eggs.


    (Technically fish eggs came before them both).
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    How did my Mom know what I was about to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Beardsley View Post
    Why do Italians always cry when they taste food which is "just like Mama used to make"? Sometimes their mothers aren't even dead. And it's not as if the mothers of other nationals can't cook.
    I'm Italian and I've never done that.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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    'noclevername' Passata?

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    How do people actually survive to adulthood, let alone through it, given the evidence I see all the time indicating that most of them are completely unaware of their surroundings and the hazards therein?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmMarsNow View Post
    Why doesn't toothpaste have a screw cap at both ends? It would be twice as convenient.
    And have you noticed that the label on a toothpaste tube is the wrong way round? Most people are right handed and will hold the toothpaste tube in their left hand; but if you do that the label is upside down. It should look like this not like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Beardsley View Post
    Why do Italians always cry when they taste food which is "just like Mama used to make"?
    Have you been watching those tacky Dolmio ads for nasty looking pasta sauces? The latest one says they are now "100% natural", which leaves me wondering what they were made of before.

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    "Contain no artificial isotopes"

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    Once upon a time, perhaps in the 1980's. I was at the post office opening mail from my company's post office box when I came to one that had not been sealed. In addition to an order from a customer in New York, I found a smaller envelope addressed from one New York City borough to another. I guess it had fallen into the larger, unsealed envelope and got sent across the country. Since the stamp on it hadn't been canceled, I just remailed it. I still wonder if the recipient ever noticed the Arizona postmark.

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    Off-topic reply to Chuck's post

    In 1985 I wrote a letter to a professor at the U of M, a few
    miles away (Less than one mile from where I am now).
    I mailed it from Washington DC. He two-upped me by
    mailing his reply from Tianjin, China.

    In 2001 I got mail apparently mailed from Rotterdam, but
    the return address was Sri Lanka. I've wondered if the
    person who mailed it was passing through Europe at the
    time, or how it got there from Sri Lanka.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange
    And have you noticed that the label on a toothpaste tube is the wrong way round? Most people are right handed and will hold the toothpaste tube in their left hand; but if you do that the label is upside down. It should look like this not like this.
    I think you are correct though it isn't a problem when you use Chinese letters which go from top to bottom.

    It occurs to me that a re-usable tube would be helpful for lunches. I could put condiments into tubes and make sandwiches anywhere without needing silverware. I should get an old toothpaste tube, snip the end and put the material in that way. Then I could clamp it by turning it a few turns and putting a binder clip onto it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmMarsNow View Post
    I think you are correct though it isn't a problem when you use Chinese letters which go from top to bottom.
    Japanese cars and trucks that have, say, the company name written on the side normally have it going from the front to the back of the vehicle. Which means that it is read left-to-right on one side and right-to-left on the other.

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