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    I learned how 7th chords work.

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    Hmm... I learned about the Hmong people and how they bury their placentas under objects to act as protection for their spirits, because placentas are our first jackets they are supposed to keep bad things away.
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    When at a Red box you have to push the return option on the screen before you can insert the movie into the machine.
    Quote me.

    I mean... Wait, what?

    "You have to make the right choice. As long as you don’t choose, everything remains possible”-9 Year Old Nemo"

    “In chess, it’s called Zugzwang… when the only viable move, is not to move at all.”- 9 Year Old Nemo

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    That grief is the most plaguing affliction of all. And that having your house done up in grey does not help matters.

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    Do you know why a third pound burger doesn't sell as well as a quarter pounder? The A&W restaurant chain actually commissioned a study by a market research firm to find out why their 3rd pounder wasn't selling even though it rated better in taste tests against the competition's quarter pounder. Both burgers were priced the same but the 3rd pounder wasn't selling.

    In focus groups, it was learned that 50% of the people thought the quarter pounder was a better deal because 1/4 has a 4 in it and a 1/3 has a 3 in it and obviously 4>3; by extension they reasoned that 1/4 > 1/3. And this is why there should be a math section in every voting ballot.
    If bees did go extinct, we could always hire people to dress up as bees and pollinate flowers with tiny feather dusters. Sure it'd be more expensive, but there are also millions of idle teens.
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    How to stack napkins.

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    70 years ago today, Heinrich Himmler committed suicide.

    P.S.: No actually, that's tomorrow.

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    German and jewish chemist Fritz Haber's (of the Haber process) research into nitrogen fertilizer led to the development of Zyklon B which was used to kill many of his Jewish colleagues and family members. His wife committed suicide, ostensibly in protest, to his participation in helping the Nazis deploy chlorine gas weapons. His son also killed himself, probably for similar reasons.

    Still, the Haber process of creating ammonia is credited with saving 1/3rd of the entire world population from starvation.
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    Today I learned how to make veggie burgers, or at least one variety of them.
    Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it. We should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open. -- Raistlin Majere

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    Legendary Stradivarius Loses To New Violins In Blind Tests

    "The idea that you can't make a better sound than a Strad has been a pervasive one, and it doesn't really rest on anything except people saying it," Curtin said. The findings, he added, aren't intended to knock the Italian masters. They were geniuses, Curtin said. But there's no reason to think that today's craftsmen can't reach Stradivari's or Guarneri's heights.
    Could the legend of the Stradivarius violins be nothing more than hype? Itzhak Perlman says the Strad produces clearer tones that reach farther distances, but in a blind test of 12 violins, 6 new and 6 old, the top 2 favorite violins were new ones. The Strad came in 3rd.

    Notably, the soloists couldn't tell an old violin from a new one: Their guesses were no more accurate than the flip of a coin.
    The researchers reported their findings today (April 7) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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