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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    That Pluto doesn't seem to have a McDonald's or Pizza Hut.
    I can handle that. But it also doesn't have a Starbucks! The horror!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    I can understand those comments in the "read that again" thread, but that title seems very clear to me.
    What else would you call arms and legs and other appendages?
    And; I'm not sure how else you could express living without a limb that you have lost could be expressed in a brief manner.
    I understood the title, but the point is valid, of course.

    Instead of "Shark Attack Victims Meet to Discuss Survival, Living With Lost Limbs" it could've said "Shark Attack Victims Meet, Discuss Survival, Living With Loss of Limbs" in the about the same space and ink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    A remark by @plutotoday yesterday, that no one is "on the panel" who was alive when Tombaugh discovered Pluto.

    Yeah, I suppose not...
    Streator, Illinois (Tombaugh's birthplace), is excited about New Horizons. Many stores are selling tee shirts that read "Clyde Pride."

    (Oh, some of Tombaugh's ashes are aboard New Horizons. That's kinda cool.)
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    But his daughter is...

    Annette Tombaugh-Sitze, USA Today 07.15.15, Front Page...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Streator, Illinois (Tombaugh's birthplace), is excited about New Horizons. Many stores are selling tee shirts that read "Clyde Pride."

    (Oh, some of Tombaugh's ashes are aboard New Horizons. That's kinda cool.)
    That rekindles my daydreaming about a special lunar mission to place Neil Armstrong's remains alongside the Apollo 11 lander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    That rekindles my daydreaming about a special lunar mission to place Neil Armstrong's remains alongside the Apollo 11 lander.
    For me, not just a daydream, but an actual event. One can only hope.

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    Wow, what I was going to post got usurped by this!

    Burying someone's remains at a desolate crossroads has been a curse in most cultures for most of history. My mother's remains overlook the ocean on a high hill with trees and life around it.

    The Moon is an airless wasteland that doesn't even qualify as a corpse of a planet as it was never alive! That's why it was so brave that he went there. It's a hellhole. Why on Earth would you want to do that to Mr. Armstrong's remains? Separate his remains from birds and trees for all of eternity? Yeah, it will be cool for about three hundred years, maybe. Then what? He spends the next billion years all by himself! Not even so much as a paramecium to keep him company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Wow, what I was going to post got usurped by this!

    Burying someone's remains at a desolate crossroads has been a curse in most cultures for most of history. My mother's remains overlook the ocean on a high hill with trees and life around it.

    The Moon is an airless wasteland that doesn't even qualify as a corpse of a planet as it was never alive! That's why it was so brave that he went there. It's a hellhole. Why on Earth would you want to do that to Mr. Armstrong's remains? Separate his remains from birds and trees for all of eternity? Yeah, it will be cool for about three hundred years, maybe. Then what? He spends the next billion years all by himself! Not even so much as a paramecium to keep him company.

    Leave him on Earth, he loved it here!
    He's safely in the Atlantic, I believe. Seems fitting for a Navy aviator, and I presume he had some say in the matter.

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    Thank you Dr. Grant,

    Folks scare me sometimes.

    What I CAME here to post was...

    How can anybody not see a "zero tolerance" policy in a non-military environment such a school in particular, as the vote of no confidence that it really is?

    A zero tolerance policy in schools and other civilian occupations says, "I don't trust my underlings enough to not keep me out of court." Because the onsite people have no control at all over circumstance and have to defer to the "throw their butt out rule". That's not thinking about the kids, that's thinking about your budget. Getting rid of that rule and hiring trustworthy employees is really "thinking about the children."
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    I've been against "zero-tolerance" things since about three seconds after I learned they exist, but for completely different reasons.
    If the school has a "no drugs" policy, but has caffeinated drinks in the vending machines, it's not zero-tolerance.
    If they have a no weapons policy that makes a nail file a violation, but they provide scissors, or have a shop of any kind, it's not zero tolerance.
    My school also had them against public displays of affection that included holding hands.
    And clothing options. If you wore shorts that are as short as the required PE uniform, you got sent home. The only way girls could wear a miniskirt was if it was the school approved cheerleader uniform.
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    On a much less serious note, here is more stuff I never get (as in 'receive'):

    *Newspapers and magazines left in my mailbox in the lobby downstairs.
    *Thanks for my good cooking (no one is that overly polite).
    *The silent treatment on public transport, where it is desperately in want.
    *Matching socks in the same load of laundry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tog View Post
    I've been against "zero-tolerance" things since about three seconds after I learned they exist, but for completely different reasons.
    If the school has a "no drugs" policy, but has caffeinated drinks in the vending machines, it's not zero-tolerance.
    If they have a no weapons policy that makes a nail file a violation, but they provide scissors, or have a shop of any kind, it's not zero tolerance.
    My school also had them against public displays of affection that included holding hands.
    And clothing options. If you wore shorts that are as short as the required PE uniform, you got sent home. The only way girls could wear a miniskirt was if it was the school approved cheerleader uniform.
    that would never go down well in my high school but again our county at the time had some highest teenage pregnancy rates in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    that would never go down well in my high school but again our county at the time had some highest teenage pregnancy rates in Canada.
    And there's no evidence that a zero-tolerance policy against public displays of affection would have prevented that, which is my problem with them--they don't solve anything. Proper sex ed? Would have helped that teen pregnancy rate.
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    I was kind of joking about the second teenage pregnancy bit, most of the problem is that there wasn't much to do around here. I kind of had an early lesson because my youngest aunt was one.
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    Why do dogs' back legs kick spasmodically when you scratch their backs?
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    Phil Plaits recent obsession about goats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Why do dogs' back legs kick spasmodically when you scratch their backs?
    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    Phil Plaits recent obsession about goats.
    I hope astrotimer's post isn't the answer to Trebuchet's.
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    A man calls. Asks for husband. Husband gets on phone. They get into an argument. Husband hangs up. Tells me NOT to answer the phone if man calls back.

    Which he does, about 2 minutes later.

    Husband answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I hope astrotimer's post isn't the answer to Trebuchet's.
    None can think of, I just wanted to move away from a certain conversation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    None can think of, I just wanted to move away from a certain conversation.
    Works for me, Astro.

    (C'mon guys, be cool! You're going to get us hollered at!)

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    Silly white LED's around the headlights of fancy cars, and even less fancy ones now. What's the point of that?
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    In most cases around here those ARE the lights Treb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Silly white LED's around the headlights of fancy cars, and even less fancy ones now. What's the point of that?
    I find it interesting that they turn off when the turn signal is activated.
    Unfortunately around these parts, that's a rare occasion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    In most cases around here those ARE the lights Treb.
    Not the ones I'm talking about, no. Having trouble finding a picture however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Silly white LED's around the headlights of fancy cars, and even less fancy ones now. What's the point of that?
    Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Required on new cars by European legislation, so I imagine that's why they're turning up on some fancy cars in the USA. They have to be bright enough to stand out in daylight. If they are near a turn indicator, the DRL on that side turns off when the turn signal activates, to avoid masking the turn signal. And they turn off at night (that is, when the headlights are turned on).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    11,000 foot tall mountain peaks of water ice that doesn't deform under its own weight.
    If you mean Antarctica, they do deform. Without weight pulling them down they'd be columns.
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    I'm talking about Pluto Clev.

    Though I understand things are harsh in Antarctica too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    I'm talking about Pluto Clev.

    Though I understand things are harsh in Antarctica too.
    Well, yes, gravity slacks off its work on Pluto. It's the physics equivalent of "Island Time". The ice mountains there deform just as much per pound as ones on Earth, there's just a lot more ice volume per pound there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    I'm talking about Pluto Clev.
    From Icy Worlds Of The Solar System (Pat Dasch, 2004):
    At the temperatures of Triton and Pluto water ice is as hard as rock is on Earth ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Silly white LED's around the headlights of fancy cars, and even less fancy ones now. What's the point of that?
    There are 4 lights.
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