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Old 11-13-2014, 04:08 PM   #976
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Old 01-10-2015, 04:10 PM   #977
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Minifob has gained a reputation for asking somewhat insane questions in class, and the teachers regularly share them with me. The other day, his music teacher is talking about orchestras, and all the different instruments, and how the different sounds combine to make the overall music.

Minifob raises his hand in all solemnity, and asks, "How many orchestras were there in the world, in 1970?"

It's important to note that there had been zero references to 1970 or any other specific year during that class, or any other class in recent memory.
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Old 01-10-2015, 05:52 PM   #978
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That's probably as far back as he goes, after that it's all the same. Sort of like when we think of when the dinosaurs lived or the difference between one and two light years. In other words, fucking far away and a long time ago.

That is funny, though.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:22 PM   #979
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It's a trap, he's researched and knows how many, so he can tell if she's lying.
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Old 01-10-2015, 10:41 PM   #980
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Sort of like when we think of when the dinosaurs lived or the difference between one and two light years. In other words, fucking far away and a long time ago.
I read a thing recently revealing that the Tyrannosaurus was closer to us in the timeline than it was to the Stegosaurus. Or maybe not those two, but it was some pair of well-known dinosaurs, anyway. The idea was we forget that "the dinosaurs" spanned hundreds of millions of years and instead just sort of lump them all together into one spot in history.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:49 AM   #981
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I read a thing recently revealing that the Tyrannosaurus was closer to us in the timeline than it was to the Stegosaurus. Or maybe not those two, but it was some pair of well-known dinosaurs, anyway. The idea was we forget that "the dinosaurs" spanned hundreds of millions of years and instead just sort of lump them all together into one spot in history.
This:
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:41 AM   #982
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Or this.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:12 PM   #983
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Very cool, it looks like if R. Crumb were teaching science.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:42 PM   #984
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:56 PM   #985
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Ha! 'a rather hardy immune system.'



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Old 01-13-2015, 09:31 PM   #986
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Kids have interesting views of themselves. I remember Ripley saying, very sincerely, that she was "cute on the outside, but crazy on the inside" when she was 7 or 8 years old.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:52 AM   #987
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I see 5 of my grandchildren pretty regularly as their family lives only a few miles away. Both parents work so I often get asked to watch over sick kids or when they are out on a school holiday or half day. That being said, I do enjoy it. I always liked being the father of 5 kids and interacting with them as they grew into adults and now I get to sort of do it all over again! My feeling is as they are my grandchildren so I try not to interfere much with the mom and dad's parenting style. I don't always agree with their style but parenting doesn't come with a handbook so as long as no one is mistreated I figure they can figure it out as they go along.

My son in law calls just about everyone "Dude" in conversations, even his mother. I don't know why, I don't think it's a Jeff Bridges kind of dude thing as in The Big Lebowski. I think he got it from being a grunt in the Air Force with other grunts. Recently some of my younger grand children (ages 8 and 10) have referred to me as Dude in a moment of telling me something in an exited tone. I usually stop them and reply. "I'm your grandfather, your father can call me Dude and I could call him Dude. I don't call you Dude so please don't call me that."

The other thing is my 10 year old grandson has started saying "Jesus Christ!" when a sibling does something wrong or unexpected. Both parents use some pretty course language, but the kids know not to use most of those words. I guess he thinks "JC" is ok though. I told him, "I'm not much of a follower of Christianity or Jesus and I'm ok with it if you aren't either but I'm pretty sure if your teacher hears you say that at school or you say it to mom and dad you will be in some pretty big trouble!" I encouraged him to say something like, Gosh Darn or Holy Smoke.

I guess we all use inappropriate language around kids from time to time. I can remember a moment when I was working under our family car with a big repair and my 5 year old son went inside the house where his mother asked him where I was. He responded innocently enough, "outside under the God Dammed car!?
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Old 02-03-2015, 09:19 AM   #988
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Old 02-03-2015, 09:29 AM   #989
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I call everyone dude, all the time. Half the time it's not referring to the person directly, it's just an interjection like "whoa."
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Old 02-03-2015, 09:55 AM   #990
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I use "dude" much in the same way Clodfobble describes.
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