TIL

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last posted May 4, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
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Gnome Keyring doesn't support Ed25519 SSH keys

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California has a grizzly bear on it's state flag but the species is extinct in the state.

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Mexican Coke refers to Coke that is made with cane sugar rather than corn syrup.

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Online and offline come from nautical terms.

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The moon has a magnetic field but no poles, the majority of the field is generated by impact craters on the crust.

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London Fashion Week uses a fleet of Jaguar XF cars

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Milo Yiannopoulos is British and originally lived in Kent.

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Obsession and Possession originated as terms to describe phases in siege warfare.

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Celery is an allergen

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Angela Merkel speaks fluent Russian and Vladamir Putin speaks fluent German.

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Wild ginseng is an endangered species due to poaching and intensive foraging with quality wild ginseng reaching prices of \$850 a dry pound (U.S. presumably)

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Brazil has thirteen operational political parties (and more in absolute terms) and they are mostly aligned to patronage and regional organisations.

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Many things about the American electoral system but the few standouts are:

• that the House of Representatives have appointed the president in the past
• that the 12th Amendment requires the Electoral College to vote separately for president and vice-president
• that prior to the 12th Amendment rival presidential candidates have found themselves in office together as president and vice-president
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A bath chap is the roast lower jaw of a pig including part of it's tongue.

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Blended whiskys were more desirable than single malts prior to the 1960s due to the consistency of their flavour.

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There is a dedicated software library for car engine sound in games.

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The Tongan Scrubfowl incubates its eggs by burying them in volcanic ash that is warmed by the volcano.

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2010 was apparently the year for English wines

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Crocodiles eat stones to act as ballast and to help digest food.

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A person can run into the centre of a small tornado and keep pace with the calm centre of the vortex.

The tornado has to be quite large and powerful to knock you off your feet and generally the danger is the dirt and stones that the tornado has in its column.

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Goldman Sachs has an organisation on Github with one project. A Collections library that doesn't accept external contributions.

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Celtic crosses feature a ring around the centre of the cross to support the carving of larger crosses. Without the ring, the arms of the cross fall off after a few years.

repost from The White Review #7
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The Shard's nickname was coined by English Heritage in complaint about the design (a shard of glass through the heart of historic London) and thereafter adopted by the building's marketing department.

repost from World Archaeology #33
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Mocha coffee is named after the Yemeni Red Sea port of al-Mukha where the coffee bean bales were traded and shipped.

repost from AngularJS
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Angular directives must have closing tags otherwise only the first directive will appear.

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If Windows Explorer is dead you can restart it via Task Manager's Run menu option (off of File).

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The Unthank sisters do singing workshops during the winter weekends.

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The Welsh word 'Glas' can mean blue, green or gray. Which makes it sound like really it is meant to describe the colour of the sea.

However it turns out that several languages use the same word for blue and green and that blue is one of the last colours to be given a specific designation.

Stonehenge's "Bluestones" are gray and Glasgow means "Green Hollow".

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The insert/overwrite label in the Libre Office status bar is blank on OSX

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If you want a textarea element to be selectable but not editable (e.g. for cut and paste), use the attribute readonly and don't try and disable it.

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Healing wounds, and in particular broken bones, requires higher than normal calorie consumption.

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To navigate between tabs in Terminator on Ubuntu use Ctrl and Page Up and Page Down.

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xz is a compression format that is based on the old 7-Zip archive format but with added Unix support.

Also poor old Bzip2 is being retired and GNU tar will autodetect the compression used on a file, no more z or j!

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Intensively reared pigs are slaughtered 17 weeks after their birth

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Not quite today but the Highlands of Scotland are the other side of a rift line from the Lowlands.

Also England and Wales were already a landmass (Avalonia) before they collided with the island chain that is now Scotland.

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Janel Moloney (aka Donna from the West Wing) appeared in a 1995 episode of Murder She Wrote

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Some online text editors prefer
tags over paragraphs (Blogger I'm looking at you but not just you) because they allow you to run inline elements across multiple "paragraphs" without having to worry about the HTML rules that terminate an inline tag if it crosses a block tag boundary.

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Red paint is the cheapest due to the abundance of iron oxide, which is in turn is due to the balance of strong and weak atomic forces that lead to iron oxide's stability.

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You can look at the history of a single line in git by using:

git log -L<line number>,+<no. of lines following (or before if negative):<path to file>

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I saw professional singers using the trick of using your skull as a resonator for a tuning fork (something I did previously know you could do) to hit a particular note during a piece where the voices were accompanying an ensemble with pure tonal vocalisation.

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MRIs work by aligning the spin of the hydrogen atoms in the water in your body with a magnetic field.

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Ernie Hudson's character Winston in the original Ghostbusters was originally in the whole film before being written out before shooting started.

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The main tenet of Sex-postive is all consensual sexual activities are fundamentally healthy and pleasurable.

Had heard the phrase (and I guess understood by context) but nice to have some manifesto around it.

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Markdown uses significant whitespace at the end of lines to denote
tags.

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Baked beans are cooked after being sealed in the can using a pressure cooker.

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Cats are all long-sighted due to their large eyes, so during the day they rely on their sense of smell and whiskers to find things near to them.

Like most cats they have black and white vision. Their vision is much more effective at night.

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You can sharpen serrated knives, you can use a rod on the bevelled serrations or buy a specialised sharpener (I went with the latter).

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When shaving you should shave in the direction that the hair is growing (where was my father with this helpful advice?).

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The American Bison is its own species (Bison bison) and is not related at all to buffalo. Essentially all references to buffalo in North America are incorrect.

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The Moon is unique in the solar system in terms of its size ratio to its planet. It is the largest moon by ratio (although not in absolute size, there are larger moons around the gas giants).

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Dessert a la mode apparently means with ice cream. But more investigation is required.

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Hollow as an American place name means a valley surrounded by mountains and was first employed by fur trappers.

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Arcturus is the brightest star in the Northern hemisphere.

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If you are close enough the raven and the crow can be distinguished by the fact that a raven has talons and the crow does not.

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13 degrees centigrade is known as "banana" as that is the temperature at which they are kept when they are being shipped.

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When the first European Americans climbed Grand Teton they discovered a rock shelter has been built near the summit by an earlier native climber.