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  1. rolandson

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    Now that's rather odd, don't you think?













    Yuk yuk yuk...
     
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    Zero Is the Only Number That Can’t Be Represented In Roman Numerals

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    Even so, it's true! ;)
     
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    Oh you two...don't make me stop this car!!!
     
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    The Holodeck was not introduced in The Next Generation, but in the animated series. Huzzah!

     
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    An olive?
     
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    Kant wrote a note to himself to remind himself to forget his servant... Whom he let go...

    Thomas Mann modeled the main character of Death in Venice on the composer Mahler...
     
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    Zero isn’t a number
     
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    Oh crap... there goes the binary system. Throw away all your digital stuff, it ain't gonna work any more.
     
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    The first appearance of a holdeck IN THE STAR TREK TIMELINE was in Star Trek:Enterprise
     
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    The Sloth, apart from being the laziest animal, might just take the honors as being his wife’s best dream. Apparently, the only thing that they do quickly is sex!. The whole mating process, including foreplay, is done within 5 seconds! :p Bringing back memories from my distant youth :rolleyes: :oops: :p
     
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    Frisbees were made by Wham-O.
    Employees of the Frisbee Pie Company (of Bridgeport, CT) took to flinging pie pans around the plant during their breaks.
    Frisbee's plant was located just across the street from my church (St. Michael's) and we used to buy pies from them after mass for Sunday dinner, returning the pie pans the following Sunday.
     
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    Adjusted for inflation that's over $24600.
     
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    Forbes estimates his wealth (2018) at $7.2 billion, not $72 billion, making him a run-of-the-mill 91st richest person in America.
    He has been knighted.
     
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    The first appearance of a holdeck IN THE STAR TREK TIMELINE was in Star Trek:Enterprise[/QUOTE]

    Ok...
     
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    7.2 billion.. Ah, it ain't what is used to be...
     
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    In the movie The Goonies, Sloth was played my NFL star John Matuzak.

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    Yes, I'm going to bump my old thread. We had some fun with it, right?

    There is a town on some older maps in the Catskills of New York called Agloe; it looks like a small hamlet on the map a bit north of Roscoe. But it doesn't actually exist.
    Back in the day, it took considerable resources to survey, produce, and publish maps and there was a lot of competition with IP theft being common. It's a lot easier to copy someone else's work than to reproduce the surveys and designs yourself. General Drafting, one of the "big three" mapmakers in the US (along with Gousha and Rand McNally) put Agloe in as a copyright trap, the name being an anagram of the founder Otto G. Lindberg and his assistant Ernest Alpers. It was inserted only to provide evidence in any potential copyright case that the work had been plagiarized. Enter Rand McNally. They catered more to consumers than did Gen. Drafting, who was more focused on industry customers such as Standard Oil. Rand McNally published a map with Agloe NY, and GD lawyered up to take it to court.
    In that time, however, someone had moved to the area and having no other info to go off of started what he called the "Agloe General Store," and when the case made its way to trial Rand's lawyers made the claim that the place did indeed exist because of the store. They wound up winning the case, but not before the store had gone out of business and basically made it a non-place again. A fictional town of fictional residents doesn't pay the bills, it would seem.
    These sorts of shenanigans are actually pretty common, such as with our friends across the pond relying on the "London A-Z" street guide. There roughly 100 of what are called "trap streets" in it, inserted into out of the way places in the London area. They don't actually exist except on paper though, presumably to confuse tourists and make cab drivers studying "The Knowledge" that much more frustrated.
     
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    Great story! I shall abandon my plans to relocate to Roscoe, NY. :D

    Although I believe there are some fake details in the London A-Z maps, designed to establish if other publishers have simply copied the work, I doubt that any of them are significant enough to leave anyone lost. London cabbies are incredible, in that they know every street in Central London. Sadly, so many workers are at their computers at home due to the COVID crisis, the cab drivers have lost almost 90% of their work. Part of the problem is: how are you supposed to keep a safe distance from other people if the building has two lifts (elevators) and you work on the 15th floor?

    One boss of an IT company over here estimated his workers would have to start working from 4am in staggered shifts to achieve that.
     
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