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    Quote Originally Posted by zhao View Post
    yes i am reading the black swan.
    Actually I assumed your were channelling Donny Rumsfeld.

    Edit: dammit, note to self - read to end of thread before replying.

    I think Rummy's comment does make sense, as does Zizek's lemma to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bang Diddley View Post
    Well I know it now, but when found out that Gil Scot Heron's dad was the first black footballer to play for Celtic (a Scotish football/soccer team for the overseas ppl) in the 1950's. I was like W0w, I didnt know that.
    gosh yes i read about that in a newspaper about three weeks ago and was gobsmacked

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    The root of the words peasant and pagan is the same.

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    The Ancient Egyptians worshipped cats because they thought they were funny.

    These giant cat heads were built underground, and seen by no-one:

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    Immryr's search for a Go gameboard in another thread lead me to some interesting facts on wikipedia:

    The game complexity of Go is such that describing even elementary strategy fills many introductory books. In fact, numerical estimates show that the number of possible games of Go far exceeds the number of atoms in the known universe
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    As of June 2008, the most powerful supercomputer in the world, IBM's "Roadrunner" distributed cluster, can sustain 1.02 petaflops. At this rate, even given an exceedingly low estimate of 10 flops required to assess the value of one play of a stone, Roadrunner would require 138 hours, more than five days, to assess all possible combinations of the next eight moves in order to make a single play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhao View Post
    yes i am reading the black swan.
    I have gone off NNT big time. The man is a self-obssessed crank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vimothy View Post
    I have gone off NNT big time. The man is a self-obssessed crank.
    well the beginning is certainly not without eyebrow raising passages, either total cliche or simply "oh wow he goes from that... all the way to this in one sentence. as if a simple matter of course???"

    but not ready to give up since i like the premise (a lot), and i'm hoping there are rewards later. did you find it completely a waste of time?

    any suggestions for better along these lines?

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    all the gold in the world would fit in the space beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower

    fish are not soluble in water

    speaking of gold, i learnt this week that there has been no independent audit of the amount of gold in Fort Knox since the 1950s. It might be long gone for all anyone outside the Federal Reserve knows.
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    most toilets flush in E flat!

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    The president and prime minister of Poland are identical twin brothers.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5161446.stm

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_%28crocodile%29

    Gustave is a massive Nile crocodile living in Burundi. Estimated to be around 6.7 metres (22 ft) in length and weighing around 1.3 tons, he is the largest confirmed crocodile ever seen in Africa.[1] He is a notorious man-eater, who is rumored to have claimed as many as 300 victims from the banks of the Ruzizi River and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika. While this number is likely exaggerated, Gustave has attained a near-mythical status and is greatly feared by people in the region. He is said to hunt and leave his victims' corpses uneaten.

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    If you were to lay all the wearisome cliches about the total length of blood vessels, nerves etc. in the human body end-to-end, they'd stretch to the moon and back.
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    todd edwards is from New Jersey.

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