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Old 09-13-2014, 05:18 PM   #16
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Damn.

I was sorta lookin' forward to that "filling out a bed" part...
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:30 PM   #17
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:33 PM   #18
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Latin was an ancient language and the Romans who used it had no idea that Japan or China or the Pacific ocean existed, so they wouldn't have words for those places. They knew about places like Gaul.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:59 AM   #19
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I think there is some argument about the depth of Roman knowledge of the Far East but the Romans loved their silk so they had names for where it originated. I think...
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:13 AM   #20
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You're probably right. My knowlede in this area is rather limited.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:55 PM   #21
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There was confusion as well as confucion.
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Communication between Mediterranean lands and the Far East, which had been growing in importance since establishment of political contact in the conquests of Alexander and the consequent opening of the overland caravan routes, became exceedingly active between the first and third centuries of the Christian era through the discovery of the periodicity of the trade winds and the opening of active maritime traffic. There was, however, among writers in the Roman world considerable confusion because of their assumption that the land and sea routes had the same destination. This confusion, due partly to primitive misconceptions of geography, was greatly enhanced by the surprising misinterpretation of reports of various travelers upon which Ptolemy based his geographical calculations.

In tracing the caravan route it is impossible to go far astray because of limitations imposed by mountains, deserts, and water-courses. Richthofen (China, 1.10) and others have followed the whole route between the Pamirs and Sera metropolis, which may quite surely be identified with the ancient Chinese capital Singan‑fu. This was the great trade route of the silk merchants, and that trade was already of importance in the second century before the Christian era. The sea route was opened first to the west coast of India and Ceylon, where contact was made with another sea route leading further east known to the natives of India as the 'golden route,'1 and its eastern termini as the 'golden and silver islands' whence silk was also obtained. Inland from these islands (or shores, either interpretation being possible), was a metropolis Sina Sinorum, known to the Roman world by hearsay only, and assumed to be identical with the earlier known Sera metropolis, so that both caravan and maritime routes were supposed to have reached the same trade centers.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:39 AM   #22
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Anyone wanna take a stab at these?

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Old 10-29-2014, 11:44 AM   #23
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I've had bubble tea, and you really do have to suck its balls.

It's like a milkshake with gummy bears in it, and you have to suck them through the oversized straw.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:16 PM   #24
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Well, I'll be...
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:20 PM   #25
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The balls are Tapioca added to the drink.
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:23 PM   #26
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Bubble tea is fantastic. I miss it.

Maybe "grilled sexual harassment" was supposed to be grilled cat(calls)...
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:37 PM   #27
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There was a thing in the Guardian a few months back about the rise of bubble tea. Huge in the cities. Doesn't appeal tome, I must admit - the idea of giant tapioca balls - nah.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:15 PM   #28
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That's because you guys are so persnickety about tea.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:29 PM   #29
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The problem I have with bubble tea isn't that the bubbles are bad; it's that they aren't good. The tea is good, but you get much less of it because of all of the flavorless gummy balls taking up space in the cup.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:49 PM   #30
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Eww. That, right there. Just flavorless gummy. Yuck.
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