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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Dude, you just triggered a laughing fit.


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    A headline from the CNN website:

    The flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading around the globe.

    (I hope that wording is intentional.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    A headline from the CNN website:

    The flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading around the globe.

    (I hope that wording is intentional.)
    I expect it is. I've seen variations on that a number of times in various stories or on-line discussions. Like phrases along the lines of "Flat Earthers have traveled from around the globe to meet at their Flat Earth convention."

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    The state of South Dakota has kicked off a new half-million-dollar anti-drug campaign. Official slogan: "Meth. We're on it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The state of South Dakota has kicked off a new half-million-dollar anti-drug campaign. Official slogan: "Meth. We're on it."
    For what it’s worth, they succeeded in getting everyone’s attention.


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    Oh, yes; I've seen their ad on Facebook a lot despite having ad blocker!
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    In a report about police summoned to an apartment due to shots fired, the writer included this helpful paragraph.

    Investigators discovered the man’s brother and two others also in the apartment. They also found a 9mm handgun, which is a 9mm gun fired in the hand, on the kitchen counter, and a shotgun.

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    From the department of redundancy bureau.

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    The funny thing is that it doesn't explain what's 9mm about it. So possibly it was just a very small gun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    The funny thing is that it doesn't explain what's 9mm about it. So possibly it was just a very small gun?
    I also suspect a greater number of readers would benefit from a explanation as to what a shotgun is rather than the handgun.


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    And here I thought 9mm handguns were fired in the foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    The funny thing is that it doesn't explain what's 9mm about it. So possibly it was just a very small gun?
    Or for Americans, what a millimeter is.
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    So they need to explain caliber. 9mm Luger or 9 x 18 Makarov? The former is more common and uses a bullet diameter of 9.017 mm and a case length of 19.152 mm. The latter uses a bullet 9.271 mm in diameter and a case length of 18.110 mm.

    I guess they should then explain how actual specifications frequently differ from nominal designations. For instance, 38 Special and 357 Magnum both use bullets that are 0.357 inches in diameter, while 357 Herret’s bullet is 0.358 inches. To further clarify common misunderstandings among readers, they should probably also explain the differences between cartridge, bullet, and case.

    But most people would probably stop reading.
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    And 9mm is very close to .357 inch.

    In my other forum, someone complained of his county restricting rifles at firing ranges to .30 caliber. ,303 British? .308 Winchester? Nope. 7.62 NATO? Ok, that's just .30.
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    There is a noteworthy difference in caliber terminology between small arms and naval guns. A .45 caliber pistol simply has a bore diameter of .45 inch, caliber being by definition the diameter of the bore. A 45 caliber main battery naval gun does not have a bore of 45 inches, but rather has a barrel length of 45 times whatever the caliber is. For a North Carolina or South Dakota class battleship that was 16 inches with a length of some 60 feet.

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    Legend says that King Arthur had an x caliber weapon. Historians debate the value of x. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Legend says that King Arthur had an x caliber weapon. Historians debate the value of x. ...
    I thought that it was "ex-caliber," so of a caliber that was formerly used but had gone out of fashion at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I thought that it was "ex-caliber," so of a caliber that was formerly used but had gone out of fashion at the time.
    Being the "King of the Britons", Arthur would of course have known how to spell the word correctly as "calibre"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Being the "King of the Britons", Arthur would of course have known how to spell the word correctly as "calibre"
    Except that he was born a bit before the Norman conquest, so they wouldn’t be using those fancy schmancy foreign words anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    And 9mm is very close to .357 inch.

    In my other forum, someone complained of his county restricting rifles at firing ranges to .30 caliber. ,303 British? .308 Winchester? Nope. 7.62 NATO? Ok, that's just .30.
    I was under the impression that both .303 and .308 fell into the category of ".30-calibre" firearms. Groove diameter versus bore diameter is in my memory as an explanation, but that may well be a hallucination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Being the "King of the Britons", Arthur would of course have known how to spell the word correctly as "calibre"
    Well I didn't vote for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I was under the impression that both .303 and .308 fell into the category of ".30-calibre" firearms. Groove diameter versus bore diameter is in my memory as an explanation, but that may well be a hallucination.

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    Yeah, it was just some bureaucrat being a little overzealous. Also, .308 Winchester and 7.62 NATO are essentially the same thing.
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    From CNN:

    This island could become an unsinkable US aircraft carrier

    It moves? The Navy plans to put it on floats?

    Sheesh....

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    From a Microsoft News online poll:

    With the AFC divisional round now set, who will be the AFC representant in the Supper Bowl this season?
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    Of course it would have to be a representant; a representative is in politics and we can't talk about that here.
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    And we can’t refer to the football game by its real name. We’d have to pay royalties.

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    Not really a "read" that again, but over the weekend I was watching a TV drama which involved a high speed chase by the police. One of the cops radioed, "... in high speed pursuit of a white Chevy Camaro."

    They were chasing a Ford Mustang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Not really a "read" that again, but over the weekend I was watching a TV drama which involved a high speed chase by the police. One of the cops radioed, "... in high speed pursuit of a white Chevy Camaro."

    They were chasing a Ford Mustang.
    Pretty sad, unless ....they’re Bullitt fans! . $3.4M for show’s car at auction in the last week!
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    Clickbait ad on our local news site today, January 18, 2020:

    If You’re Going to Book a Vacation in 2019, Read This

    Well...maybe they're selling trips on time machines?

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