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2:41 AM
The word Catholic is related to hologram
> from Greek katholikos, from phrase kath' holou "on the whole, in general," from kata "about" + genitive of holos "whole" (from PIE root *sol- "whole, well-kept").
 
 
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8:09 AM
“Praise no day until evening, no wife until cremation, no sword until tested, no maiden until marriage, no ice until crossed, no ale until drunk.”

Viking proverb from 'The Hávamál' c.10th century
"Praise no maiden until marriage". How did they court their maidens at all? This is like playing the courtship game at the "Nightmare" level of difficulty. I'm tipping my hat to the vikings.
 
8:28 AM
- Hi, this is Erik from Viking TV. Could you tell us the reason you decided to marry Helga?
- Sorry, no comments before marriage.
 
9:00 AM
@CowperKettle What’s the name of that game? It’s vaguely familiar.
Never mind, it’s Doom.
I’ve played Doom. It’s a first-person shooter.
 
 
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10:17 AM
@Xanne Yes, the good old Doom. I even played Wolf 3D
My eyes used to hurt after playing it.
And I had a slight nausea
A snowblower in the park
The sun is already low
 
 
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2:08 PM
Deputy Head of the Committee of Defense of the Russian Duma called on deputy Fyodorov to stop his statements about attacking the USA with nuclear rockets.
Yesterday deputy Fyodorov made a new statement, this time calling for a nuclear strike targeting the Nevada desert in the USA. He said that the Pentagon should be warned in advance, allowing the USA to remove all people from the strike area and minimize damage.
When you are too crazy even for the Russian Parliament.
 
@CowperKettle I see he subscribes to the philosophy of moronism
WTH would even be the point of asking the US to clear out a desert and then nuking it? It feels like he was in the middle of spouting stupid until he caught himself with "ah um, maybe also clear out the area"
 
He is just a clown, and plays his role.
 
@CowperKettle I think it's a blessing that Americans don't know Russian.
Or maybe they can be this stupid because of the language barrier
 
One month before the US invaded Iraq, another Duma deputy went to Baghdad and announced that Russia can change the tilt of the Earth's axis, sparking an environmental disaster in the USA. This is in the same league.
Nobody takes this seriously.
 
Same here, I mean, no one in Europe or the US can speak Persian so even our pro-West celebrities get away with quite a few outrageous claims
 
2:21 PM
"The USA will be underwater, and it will take only 24 hours"
"Don't joke with Russian scientists and our rockets"
Footage from Iraq
Listen how he uses the word blyat, a typical swear word, every other sentence )))
The plural form is blyadi (whores)
Hence, a well-loved Arabic song seemed hilarious to Russians, because it uses the word bilayati (country, land) a lot of times.
 
@CowperKettle It only makes sense! You tilt the Earth a bit and all the water pours on the
floor?
Cosmic floor.
Turtle shell.
 
And some Russian came up with "misheard lyrics" for the song, the lyrics are in Russian and full of swear words.
@M.A.R. He was too drunk to be logical ))
 
@CowperKettle Actually v. Vilayat = Place of origin, -i = My
 
But that's hilarious
 
2:27 PM
The Brits transformed it into Blighty during the WWI
"Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty" is a music hall song written by Arthur J. Mills, Fred Godfrey and Bennett Scott in 1916. It was popular during the First World War, and tells a story of three fictional soldiers on the Western Front suffering from homesickness and their longing to return to "Blighty" - a slang term for Britain. == Composition == Fred Godfrey wrote the song with Bennett Scott and A.J. Mills after passing a music hall in Oxford where a show called Blighty was showing. He recounts: "One of us suddenly said “What an idea for a song!” Four hours later it was all finished, and the whole...
"I've a bit of a blighty one" - I have a small injury that is just enough to return to Britain.
Considered a lucky case.
 
3:05 PM
@Robusto not a clue. it's only in the OED as part of an example for another phrase ("midden cock").
 
3:49 PM
@CowperKettle That's like the ancient Greek maxim, "Count no man happy until he is dead; at best he is only fortunate."
@MattE.Эллен Yeah, thanks, Sven already devoted way more time to this than anyone else ever could.
 
yeah, its a good answer :D
 
4:22 PM
@M.A.R. Budte zdorovy
@M.A.R. There's also two more points
3) The gutting of international news correspondents (and relying solely on government statements)
4) No one cares
(that is nobody listens to news or reads newspapers anymore)
@M.A.R. That seems to be the direction of a lot of US politicians too.
 
 
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7:44 PM
Mining University, established in 1914
 
8:11 PM
The Russian Post ran an experiment in which post office clerks were replaced with penguins. The penguins, however, used a whole minute longer to serve an average client, and the management decided to keep human clerks.
 
 
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9:59 PM
@CowperKettle Penguins have a lot to worry about, they can't be bothered with all that.
"What's black and white and black and white and black and white?" "A penguin rolling down a hill"
 
10:11 PM
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Q: When are “carpet” and “rug” synonymous?

meepyerI am a speaker of Canadian English. Recently, I saw this video on Youtube about operant conditioning link to video where the speaker says “carpet” at about 1.03 into the video. But, isn’t that a rug? So my question is, why does she say carpet in that video? Or is she simply incorrect? I know when...

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