What have you learned recently that surprised you?

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  1. BB3Lions

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    Learning something new everyday is good for the mind. So what have you learned today that has made you wiser?

    I've just learned that the French in WWII collaborated with the SS to evicted Jews from France to be exterminated...

    I never knew that, I'm a little stunned by that too.

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    And you?
     
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    that the French in WWII collaborated with the SS to evicted Jews from France to be exterminated...
     
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    I've just had a can of "Irn Bru" i always thought it was "Iron Bru" :)
     
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    yep, those French were a nice bunch, just don't turn your back on em....
     
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    I just learnt that generalisation has no bounds!

    It's like saying the English people were collaborators because of John Amery.
     
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    Can't believe what I'm watching on the military channel... I've never ever heard about it, 4100 children in one train load alone from Paris to Auschwitz alone.
     
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    Edit. Damn I bit on your fishing line, silly me.


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    What the OP said is correct and the terminology is fine, at no point is it inferred that all the people of France were in on it, just the nation. It's like saying the British were at war with Nazi Germany. Not everyone was at war, the country was thus the country's people were technically at war, even if they took no part in it.
     
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    I disagree, if he'd said the politicians of Vichy France collaborated, then the terminology would be accurate. "The French" generalise and is quite insulting to the thousands who risked their lives to save thousands of Jews.
    People of one village alone saved 3000 to 5000 of Jews.

    Would the terminology be correct if I said the English organised the secret "theft" and deportation of thousands of children?
     
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    The terminology would be more accurate... The French people are represented by their politicians, of course that is not to say that the French people do what is said. The same can be applied to many scenarios.

    French isn't a term that implies the people, it can also imply the nation and those who run it. The actions of the French does not necessarily mean the population... while it's arguably bad terminology, it's not incorrect, surely. Just seemed a little pedantic to me as we all knew what the OP meant.
     
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    That the Mariana trench is the deepest part of the sea at nearly 11km ..........
     
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    I'd rather be clear about it.
     
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    Mount Rushmore was finished in such a split arsing hurry that Lincoln doesn't have an ear.

    It was also supposed to have the declaration of independence carved next to it.
     
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    More people have walked on the surface of the moon than been to the bottom, as far as I can remember only 2 people have been to the bottom in a dinky little sub.

    I have learned that regardless of how much planning you do there will always be something out there desperate to foul up ones best laid plans. And when you think it cant get any worse, it does. :(
     
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    That the bright thingumajig to the left of the moon is actually the planet Jupiter. The recent thread on telescopes inspired me to get my binoculars out and I couldn't believe the detail I saw on the moon and I could clearly see Jupiter and its moons a couple of nights back.
     
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    I learn't that a stroke and a heart attack are totally different things.

    For some reason i always thought a stroke was a minor heart attack.

    :facepalm:indeed.
     
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    It does move though, and it passes across the night sky quite quickly. It looks like a bright star - brightest in the sky. Rises around the East then moves low across the sky and sets down towards the South-West.
    It's not always left of the moon though :thumbsup:
     
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    Hippos milk is pink in colour
     
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    :eek: seriously?

    well that's my one, that apparently Hippos milk is pink in colour!
     
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    Had one today that totally surprised me

    My Dad rang me and said:

    “I have just seen a film on Sky anytime and I recognised one of the actors on it (but I don't know his name) and I don’t remember the name of the film.” (Unfortunately my dad never bothers to take note of a name of a film he just sits down and watches it. This causes problems as if for example I say to him, have you seen “inception” he will say “what’s that.” I then have to go through a long process of explaining what the film was about. Highly laborious.)

    Anyway I then replied:

    Me: “Okay have you seen this actor anywhere else?”

    Him: “Yeah he was in the TV programme “Lost” he was a Chinese guy, he played some really irritating character in it.”

    Me: “Okay go onto imdb.com and type in “Lost” and you should be able to find him.”

    He replies

    “What’s imdb?”




    [​IMG]
     
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    That's two things I've learned then... :D
     
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    Mmmmm strawberry milkshake :laugh:
     
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    Some people lick coins if they have trouble getting them to work in vending- or carpark-machines :eek:
     
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    I now know to just leave and let the person behind to take the change dispensed by a ticket/vending machine!
     
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    I didn't know that, would you care to elucidate? :D
     
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    Founder/inventor of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg was offered $1 billion to sell Facebook to Yahoo, he declined, 3 years later he declined an offer from Microsoft for $15 billion.
     
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    Only 10% of them ;)
     

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