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I'm curious as to what will happen...
     
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They split before the cops arrived.

Even though calling 911 for a car in a tow zone seems extreme, that’s how the system around here works.
     
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Trying to explain a situation to an automated prompt system over the phone and it won't interpret what you want correctly or connect you to an agent and you can't even email the company
Or when you are used to calling an automated prompt system and know what numbers to press, but the system won't direct you to the correct place until after it has stopped speaking, even after you pressed #2.
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May 23, 2019, 09:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Side note.

Clothespins are great for this.

Bonus use: roach clip.
Clothes pins are da bomb.

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May 24, 2019, 10:54 PM
 
There’s a hospital near our daughter’s home that displays the names of recent newborns, and my wife and I get a chuckle out of trying to figure out how to pronounce some of the more...unique...names. For instance, one of my daughter’s coworkers just had a baby, and they named it La-A.

Any guesses how one pronounces La-A?

 


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May 24, 2019, 11:31 PM
 
Could the hospital be abbreviating, especially for uncommon or long names? That would be a simple privacy step too.
     
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May 25, 2019, 12:35 AM
 
My imessage/text notification number on my ipad is stuck on 2, even though all messages are read, including on other devices. I've rebooted and quit the apps and still 2.

ah well.
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
Could the hospital be abbreviating, especially for uncommon or long names? That would be a simple privacy step too.
Nope. That is exactly how my daughter's coworker spells her new child's name...La-A.
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May 25, 2019, 10:25 AM
 
My 2018 MBA has sticky 'e' key that either does not register when pressed or results in two e's.

I found a hard press, multiple times, in quick succession, fixes the issues. Apparently, this dislodged whatever was under there.
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Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Nope. That is exactly how my daughter's coworker spells her new child's name...La-A.
Beats the heck out of
 

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May 25, 2019, 05:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
My 2018 MBA has sticky 'e' key that either does not register when pressed or results in two e's.

I found a hard press, multiple times, in quick succession, fixes the issues. Apparently, this dislodged whatever was under there.
Doesn’t Apple have some kind of repair program now for laptop keyboards?
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May 26, 2019, 06:29 PM
 
Having to torrent Justice League because there’s no streaming rental yet, and there’s no ****ing way I’m paying $17 to watch this piece of shit.
     
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May 26, 2019, 08:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
There’s a hospital near our daughter’s home that displays the names of recent newborns, and my wife and I get a chuckle out of trying to figure out how to pronounce some of the more...unique...names. For instance, one of my daughter’s coworkers just had a baby, and they named it La-A.

Any guesses how one pronounces La-A?

 


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May 27, 2019, 12:19 AM
 
Justice League was several irritants, but I guess I enjoyed it more than BvS.
     
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Yes, I am aware of service program but as I have fixed it myself, I'm good for now. Also, my other MBA is still dead, so replacement Mac for the time being when my 2018 MBA is being fixed.
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May 27, 2019, 10:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Nope. That is exactly how my daughter's coworker spells her new child's name...La-A.
There was a thing online a while back with people making fun of a woman who had named her daughter KVIIIlin - Kaitlin, with VIII being eight in roman numerals. I really thought that this was some sort of joke, but I guess there really are people who name their kids like that.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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May 27, 2019, 11:21 AM
 
These are the same people who will be offended when their child's teacher (or anyone else!) pronounces or spells it wrong.
     
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May 27, 2019, 12:36 PM
 
Seems cruel to me. Just forces them to do a legal name change once they're adults. Which I'm told is a hassle. Oh, and put up with all the angst in school until then.

edit - could it be caused by illiterate parents? Maybe the answer is simpler than it appears.
     
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May 27, 2019, 01:00 PM
 
Not as horrific as these examples, but I have a relative with the last name of “Thomas”.

His parents named him “Thomas”.
     
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May 27, 2019, 02:12 PM
 
Bet he went by his middle name.
     
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Timmy?
     
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Bet he went by his middle name.
The only alternate names for him I’m familiar with are “Mot”, and “Mot Mot”.

To be sorta fair, it’s possible his original last name may not have been Thomas, but Thomas[Eastern European suffix]. The suffix got dropped somewhere along the line. I know his older sister was given the full last name, but (at least casually) dropped the suffix until she got married and changed it entirely.
     
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May 27, 2019, 07:51 PM
 
Still, Thomas Thomaston (Thomasville, Thomasina, Thomasantarealabenevieve) is still not kind.
     
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May 27, 2019, 10:14 PM
 
Yeah... still not good at all. It was my introduction to the phrase “parents can be cruel”.
     
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Yeah... still not good at all. It was my introduction to the phrase “parents can be cruel”.
And this guy is, unbelievably a leading figure in our governing party. He firmly believes he knows what's best for the entire country, and his sense of the common people is definitely as reflected in his choice of names for his children

Apologies for the tabloid link.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politi...veals-10773873
This space for Hire! Reasonable rates. Reach an audience of literally dozens!
     
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May 28, 2019, 03:54 AM
 
the older children got off easy.
     
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May 28, 2019, 03:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
There’s a hospital near our daughter’s home that displays the names of recent newborns, and my wife and I get a chuckle out of trying to figure out how to pronounce some of the more...unique...names. For instance, one of my daughter’s coworkers just had a baby, and they named it La-A.

Any guesses how one pronounces La-A?

 


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Hell naw! This smacks of an urban legend.

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May 29, 2019, 01:09 AM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Any guesses how one pronounces La-A?

 


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May 29, 2019, 10:00 AM
 
We have designated parking spots where I live. And about every two months, someone parks in my spot, leaving me with no place to park, other than "visitor" or... nowhere if those spots are taken. It's usually a different person each time.

VERY frustrating when I have a lot of stuff to unload.
     
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May 29, 2019, 10:34 AM
 
Also, how do I change my YouTube display name, but not change my Gmail display name?

I swear it’s like you have to be an astrophysicist to figure out how Google lets you manage things. And each year they just make it ever more frustrating to use YouTube. They took away private messaging, they force you to link your private identity to your email for NO REASON, now you can’t hide some of the forced front page crap that they recommend.
     
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May 29, 2019, 11:18 AM
 
Hate signing out of Gmail, but still have my username shown. I need to take another two to three clicks to actually remove my username.

Apparently a lot of people don't realize this...just look at any airport kiosk and find out.
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Hell naw! This smacks of an urban legend.

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Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
There’s a hospital near our daughter’s home that displays the names of recent newborns, and my wife and I get a chuckle out of trying to figure out how to pronounce some of the more...unique...names. For instance, one of my daughter’s coworkers just had a baby, and they named it La-A.

Any guesses how one pronounces La-A?

 


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Nope. That is exactly how my daughter's coworker spells her new child's name...La-A.
Originally Posted by OAW View Post
Hell naw! This smacks of an urban legend.

OAW
A coworker told us with a straight face that her childhood BFF’s name is pronounced va gee na. You can guess how it is spelled.
     
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Jun 4, 2019, 04:27 PM
 
Well I shopped and paid with cash and got some change... to discover that there was a Canadian penny from 1993 in my change.
For one thing, I can't really count this toward USD.
Although since they aren't making Canadian pennies, I suppose this could be a collector's item worth a quarter in like 30 years...?
     
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My impression is there's a lot of Canadian quarters circulating in the US. Ever since the 50-state quarters program, there are too many patterns to recognize. So if it's about the right size, everyone just accepts quarters today.
     
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Phun Phact: Necco wafers are close enough to the size of a quarter they used to work on automatic toll lanes.
     
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I hope someone keeps making them. not to use as quarters.
     
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I’ve never actually tried one.

I guess I’ve always assumed they taste like quarters.
     
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they taste like slightly powdery sugar discs, with mild natural flavors.
     
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Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
My impression is there's a lot of Canadian quarters circulating in the US. Ever since the 50-state quarters program, there are too many patterns to recognize. So if it's about the right size, everyone just accepts quarters today.
I occasionally discover Canadian change even down here in Texas. Of course, since I grew up near Detroit, I already know what I'm looking at, so it's pretty easy to spot them.

As for the quarters specifically, most people look at a "roughly the right size and silvery" coin and stop worrying about whether it's US, Canadian, or other. Cayman Islands coins are (mostly) the same size as US coins, Panamanian coins are the same size, and so on.

It's kind of interesting what sort of not-from-here coins wind up in change...I wound up with a Korean 50 Won coin once. It's about the size of a nickel, but worth only about 4¢.

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I work in a foreign country where apparently elevator door sensors where a person walks in to prevent the doors from automatically closing have not been invented yet. Kind of weird. The door closes after a set period of time, so you need to hold the "open" button if many people decide to take the elevator at one time.

This is all good, but people here are a bit paranoid or just stupid, because they will hold the elevator "open" button when they are inside the elevator and the door opens for them to go out. That would be fine, but if a single person or 1-2 persons want to leave, they still hold the open button. There is no need to hold the button open for only 1-2 people!! Only if you walk super slowly would that be needed, but 4-5 people at a normal pace can safely leave without the door closing. I see this happening every single day in the office building that I work at, so you would expect people to know this by know. It is an extra wasteful step.
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Is there at least a safety switch on the doors? ie - will the elevator start moving if something is propping either door open?

That could result in lost limbs. If I wasn't sure, I'd probably use the "open" button religiously. You could test it with a rolled-up magazine.
     
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Is there at least a safety switch on the doors? ie - will the elevator start moving if something is propping either door open?

That could result in lost limbs. If I wasn't sure, I'd probably use the "open" button religiously. You could test it with a rolled-up magazine.
Yes. It has that. So the elevator won’t start moving up or down, the doors will just close. But once the doors sense a pressure, then it will open.
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they taste like slightly powdery sugar discs, with mild natural flavors.
Sounds like a Tums.
     
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Jun 8, 2019, 12:55 PM
 
Fruit tums are horrible things, and also too thick to pass for any coinage. mint tums are ok but still not related to necco at all.

Necco have 8 flavors:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necco_Wafers
     
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Licorice?

Clove?

Those are clearly the ones you save for the toll.
     
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nope. Lime. That was not a good lime.
     
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Now I’m curious. What made it bad?

Lime is one of my favorite flavors.

And I wouldn’t call fruit Tums horrible. I wouldn’t call them good, either, but they’re better than uncut chalk.
     
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To repeat myself from two months ago:
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Mosquitoes.
So I smoked one of them indoors at 3000 Volts with an electric tennis racket.

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