Things you always wanted to know the answer to [Vol. 4]

Things you always wanted to know the answer to [Vol. 4]

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Big Al.

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61,621 posts

202 months

Tuesday 1st May 2018
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mickk

24,748 posts

186 months

Tuesday 1st May 2018
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Why do threads get closed at 500 pages?

mattyn1

4,245 posts

99 months

Tuesday 1st May 2018
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Coincidence?

Laurel Green

26,695 posts

176 months

Tuesday 1st May 2018
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mickk said:
Why do threads get closed at 500 pages?
Too tight to purchase larger filing cabinets. yes

MartG

14,442 posts

148 months

Tuesday 1st May 2018
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mickk said:
Why do threads get closed at 500 pages?
The database runs out of fingers to count any higher

JustinF

6,162 posts

147 months

Tuesday 1st May 2018
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mickk said:
Why do threads get closed at 500 pages?
because you have stty site settings real men use 250 or 125 per volume :P

talksthetorque

6,153 posts

79 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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mickk said:
Why do threads get closed at 500 pages?
To get people to think
“Am I really going to trawl through another 500/250/125 pages of this st?”
Or
The actual limit is 128/256/512 pages because of the number of bits used - and if it reaches that number everyone who contributed to the thread gets to trackday the moderators’ cars.


Lazadude

1,474 posts

105 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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Think its a posts rather than pages limit AFAIR. Just happens to coincide with 126 pages of proper settings.

AWF90

263 posts

39 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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I'm sure we had that question early on in another volume

RizzoTheRat

18,139 posts

136 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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Lazadude said:
Think its a posts rather than pages limit AFAIR. Just happens to coincide with 126 pages of proper settings.
Why do some people think it's better to scroll forever rather than just click a button to go to the next page? biggrin


captain_cynic said:
Mass nouns are usually because the plural sounds incorrect. I.E. Sheeps sounds wrong. Also it's probably something that has hung around for years because we've always done it. Something you'll hear a lot when learning a new language is "don't question it, just learn it" because often lexical rules aren't in any way logical.

Also, from Willy Nilly's list, only wheat and barley are mass nouns.
Grass/grasses
Oil/oils
Seed/seeds
Rape/rapes (not sure what this is doing there, unless he meant rapeseed).
Bean/beans
Pea/Peas
Potato/potatoes
As a farmers son I would say grasses refers to a multiple types of grass (which to be fair most fields are but aren't referred to as such).

If you're looking at a field of something then it's Grass and Oilseed Rape, but Beans and Potatoes.
You'd also buy a bag of seed not seeds.


AWF90

263 posts

39 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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Where is calling custard from?
Is it a PH thing only? I googled it and nothing came up apart from a few PH threads!

Shakermaker

9,386 posts

44 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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AWF90 said:
Where is calling custard from?
Is it a PH thing only? I googled it and nothing came up apart from a few PH threads!
Its an old way of saying "Prove it!" from the forum

The idea being that if you posted up a photo of your car, and it was something rather special, there was something of an air of suspicion around this especially if it was a new poster and that they might have just gone and found a photo online of said car.

Hence, the idea of getting the person to then take a fresh photo of their car with a tin of custard next to it, thereby proving it wasn't just a stock photo from the internet.

The idea then spread to other things as well (such as "look at my awesome house/hot wife" etc) and now it is just PH shorthand for "prove it"

schmunk

4,399 posts

69 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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AWF90 said:
Where is calling custard from?
Is it a PH thing only? I googled it and nothing came up apart from a few PH threads!
I think it originated from this Barryboys thread in June 2005: http://www.barryboys.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=...

Heinz beans were requested, Birds custard was delivered, a meme began...

N.B. Barryboys is a bit sweary...

Edited by schmunk on Wednesday 2nd May 10:03

Foliage

3,577 posts

66 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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How do solar panels work?

Timmy40

12,878 posts

142 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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Shakermaker said:
AWF90 said:
Where is calling custard from?
Is it a PH thing only? I googled it and nothing came up apart from a few PH threads!
Its an old way of saying "Prove it!" from the forum

The idea being that if you posted up a photo of your car, and it was something rather special, there was something of an air of suspicion around this especially if it was a new poster and that they might have just gone and found a photo online of said car.

Hence, the idea of getting the person to then take a fresh photo of their car with a tin of custard next to it, thereby proving it wasn't just a stock photo from the internet.

The idea then spread to other things as well (such as "look at my awesome house/hot wife" etc) and now it is just PH shorthand for "prove it"
yes

Shakermaker

9,386 posts

44 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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schmunk said:
I think it originated from this Barryboys thread in June 2005: http://www.barryboys.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=...

Heinz beans were requested, Birds custard was delivered, a meme began...

N.B. Barryboys is a bit sweary...

Edited by schmunk on Wednesday 2nd May 10:03
Barryboys? That takes me back... I am remembering how much a bunch of d*cks most of the people on there were

Still, my old log-in still works after 12 years.

"Last visit was: Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:23 am"

Edited by Shakermaker on Wednesday 2nd May 10:22

droopsnoot

6,831 posts

186 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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JustinF said:
because you have stty site settings real men use 250 or 125 per volume :P
The trouble with longer page settings is when people post large photographs, and then other people quote the post and include all the photographs which, since the recent "improvement", now display at full size instead of thumbnail size. So you spend forever trying to scroll past them, and watching the page jumping up and down while the images download on my crappy internet connection, because the web code doesn't define the image size. At least on the "tiny" default page setting, they go away quite quickly, until some idiot quotes them again on the next page.

glenrobbo

15,597 posts

94 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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Foliage said:
How do solar panels work?
They don't.

They just spend all day dossing around in the sun. irked

Lazadude

1,474 posts

105 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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Foliage said:
How do solar panels work?
In short they use a set of photovoltaic cells which let the photons emitted from the sun knock electrons free which generates electricity.

The cells themselves are effectively a sandwich of silicon with the top and bottoms layers being opposite charges.


dave_s13

12,143 posts

213 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
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P-Jay said:
I agree with the sentiment. I can only assume it's a combination of marketing and adhering to the social norm, because family holidays with small kids are st. They ain't much better as they get older.

We've always go to family originated places, frankly if you're going to Centre Parcs in the middle of August and tutting because you're having your romantic dinner spoiled by kids shouting in the restaurant you've only yourself to blame.

I like the idea that it's a holiday for the parents too, but really when you're talking about under-5s it's not, certainly not for Dads (argue if you like, but in my limited experience it's Dads who do the heavy lifting metaphorically and literally) best you can hope for is a hour or two hanging around the pool whilst kids club is on, but they're not usually interesting in under 5s.

In reality a Holiday with small kids means:

Several months of austerity before because as above, it's going to cost a couple of months income to go anywhere.

Several months of austerity after because you'll want at least the same again in spends or prepare to spend your holiday being treated like like a combination of the fun police and scrounge when you explain that if they want to eat breakfast in the cafe (because they've got cakes) ride the segways, then have lunch in the cafe (because they've got ice creams), then ride the high ropes in the afternoon, then dinner in the restaurant (because we shouldn't have too cook on Holiday even though I do all the cooking) and then sit in the bar we'll be burning through around £250 a day or knocking on for £2k a week by the time they've bought gifts, some clothes in the gift shop and thrown money in the sea it seems.

In reality, unless you fight for a bit of common sense it's austerity pretty much from March to Oct for hols, and Nov to Feb, well it seems the big fat man in red wants a few grand for his troubles too.

Anyway, back to hols.

You'll be carrying a few hundred kgs of kit with you, this is why despite the drive a Centre Parcs / Euro Camp style holiday in France / Holland etc is infinitely easier than flying somewhere.

Day time mealtimes which given the cost should be a bit of a treat aren't it's trying to find a table when everywhere is rammed solid, then arguing when they change their mind a million times or decide they want to order 5 of everything they'll never eat.
Quickly you'll learn to try to cram food in your face a warp speed because well, kids aren't known for their attention spans and they get bored.

When it comes to 'relaxed evening dining' you'll spend the time stressed and wondering aloud why French waiters can't ever be fked to bring the fking bill and why you have to go through the whole merry fking dance of them bringing a bill and then pissing off for an hour so you can review it, and then once again once they've discovered, after-all, they haven't been serving the last person on earth who carries piles of folding money, seems they want the card machine - who'd have thunk it!

Now you've enjoyed your 'relaxed evening dining experience' (note, that when it comes to small kids 'evening' starts a 4pm...) you might dream of your older kids making friends and going to play *there* in the place where they're far enough away that you don't have to hear them, but close enough you can see they're not trying a cigarette because the French kids do or climbing into the sub-station for a dare, but no, either they're sat with you moaning it's all rubbish and knecking €10 cokes in 10 seconds for fun or demanding €50 for the arcade because everyone else has.

With little ones you may dare dream about them dozing away in the push-chair whilst you and your Wife sit watching the sunset with a glass of something nice. Nope, they're doing that thing only little kids do, somehow turn tiredness into extra energy to be a dick.

So come maybe 8pm if you're really, really lucky you'll be back at the accommodation, if you're really stupid you would have booked a traditional style hotel room and you're proper fked - Baby is in bed, you're in the same room... you might as well go to sleep or watch crap on YouTube on your phone, with the sound off. Why would you do that to yourself?

Hopefully you've got some kind of chalet / caravan thing, you can put baby to bed and sit out with some wine... the silence can be deafening when you're wife is 'tired' when 'tired' means you haven't done anything wrong enough to nag/moan/shout at you, but equally you've not managed to change to way the world works to make this st enjoyable, so you fire up the TV which they promised had Sky, it doesn't really.

Congratulations, you're AT LEAST £5k out of pocket but easily double or treble that, and you're watching an old episode of The Big Bang theory on a tiny TV, on a tiny rock hard sofa with the sound at a barely audible volume (one decibel louder and it's a rasp from the wife about waking up the kid) drinking one of those stty little bottles of larger that the stty little fridge can't quite make cold enough, you're tired, too full, your feet hurt and the only thing to look forward to is doing it all again tomorrow.

Rest assured your Wife who can barely bring herself to talk to you is wondering if her first love would have been such a tight selfish tt as she stalks him on FB- no he would have paid the extra grand for a slightly better sofa in the 'deluxe suite' and managed to entertain the children all day solo so she can have the holiday she deserves...

To keep your spirits up, why not spend an hour window shopping on the classifieds or bike trader etc, it's a great game - tot up what it's cost you to be this unhappy, then use that at your budget - CBR600RR, MX-5s or go really mad and 'waste' the imaginary money on some massive V12 German Coupe the worlds your imaginary lobster.

Pop to the loo for a bit of Gratrunka, count the days till you can go back to work, sleep, rinse and repeat.
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