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Old 09-08-2014, 02:26 AM   #151
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We tend to use 'Satnav' in respect of the moving map and voice instructions unit used in cars.

For other applications, such as handheld units, air and sea navigation etc, we'd use 'GPS'.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:18 AM   #152
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I dunno. I think of the map on my phone as satnav.
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:52 AM   #153
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Today I learned who Capt. Jack Harkness is. I watched "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances". Niiiice!
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:36 AM   #154
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Today I learned some new English words.
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:32 PM   #155
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Today I learned who Capt. Jack Harkness is. I watched "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances". Niiiice!
He's a lot of fun.

He gets a bit darker in the spinoff 'Torchwood'.
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:44 AM   #156
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Today I learned that a lot of people were drinking sewage contaminated water back in the 70s in Crater Lake National Park.

My parents are there right now, and their posts on Facebook brought back memories of me getting sick shortly after visiting the park in 1975 at age 8. I was the only one in the family to drink from the water fountain at the visitor center on our short visit, and my parents saw a sign shortly after that that the water there was bad. I got violently ill, which sucks when you are camping, and my parents took me to a methadone clinic to get checked out, where we were told I had the flu. I have memories of hanging out in a tent for a few days and just being miserable while my brothers and sisters played in a lake.

Anyway, I wanted to see if there was any official record to this family lore, and is there ever. A Google search brings up a lot: Apparently raw sewage was contaminating the spring that was the water source for the national park. Manholes were overflowing below the visitor center and human turds were on the ground just uphill from the spring. Around 100,000 people were exposed to the contaminated water that summer. After weeks of mismanaging the problem and turf wars between various government agencies, they closed the park only a few days after our visit to try to fix the water problem. There were around 1,000 reported cases of people getting sick from drinking the sewage, and a handful of people actually contracted hepatitis. There was a lot of legal wrangling with settlements being paid out to people who got sick and the federal government settled with a lodge owner to compensate him for the settlements he had to pay out.

I guess the lesson is don't get your drinking water from a source downhill from your sewer.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:09 AM   #157
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No, the lesson is you should have listened to Ben Franklin. Beer good, water bad.
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:41 PM   #158
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Fuckin' A.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:58 PM   #159
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Today I learned they're flushing the water mains around town...when I tried to take a shower.

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Old 10-23-2014, 06:25 PM   #160
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You can get a free one right there.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:31 PM   #161
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That's happened to me before. Annoying.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:49 AM   #162
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Not actually today, but last night...

I learned that the official, proper way to retire (i.e. dispose of) an old American flag is by burning. But you've got to, like, burn it nicely, not while screaming "Death to America."
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:57 PM   #163
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There's an app for that.
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Old 11-19-2014, 02:42 PM   #164
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Today, I learned, is Nat'l Buy Ammo Day.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:44 AM   #165
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So - the 19th of November is : World Toilet Day, National Buy Ammo Day and International Men's Day.
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