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The Revenge of Interesting Facts: Spend Your Lunch Break on Wikipedia

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  • sarukunsarukun Mr. Bulldopps Get SchwiftyRegistered User regular
    Too brittle.


    Why’s everybody staring at me?

  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular

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  • djmitchelladjmitchella Registered User regular
    edited December 2
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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular

    Everything about this was both new and bewildering to me

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  • sarukunsarukun Mr. Bulldopps Get SchwiftyRegistered User regular
    I just had a Berenstein bears moment with remuneration.

    There is apparently no such word as renumeration.

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  • I just skimmed an essay about renumeration vs. remuneration and it says that technically Merriam-Webster defines renumeration as the act of counting something again but then I went to Merriam-Websters website and searched for renumeration and it said thats not a word so whoever wrote that essay decided to tell historys most boring lie whatever gets you off I guess

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    I know an editor at MW. I could ask them to put it in for you. Might take a few years though.

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  • The Escape GoatThe Escape Goat of course Registered User regular
    sarukun wrote: »
    I just had a Berenstein bears moment with remuneration.

    There is apparently no such word as renumeration.

    Between this post and learning that piano version of "everytime we touch" is indeed by the same group that did the eurobeat version, I've come to the conclusion that all human perception is illusory.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular

    Everything about this was both new and bewildering to me

    I did know a bunch of it but it's because I have a cheat code aka a close friend from Malta

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    I, meanwhile, had to go to Wikipedia to refresh my memory as to where, and indeed what Malta even is

    Tube wrote: »
    I was legit hoping that Shorty was somehow mistaken and the world wasn't that fucked
  • Forever ZefiroForever Zefiro orbital frame in the zone of the endersRegistered User regular
    It's a delicious shake

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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    No, that's a malt. A Malta is a bird statuette.

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  • MechMantisMechMantis Registered User regular
    No, no, no.

    A Malta is a tiny little toy dog with luxurious locks!

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  • BaidolBaidol I will hold him off Escape while you canRegistered User regular
    I'm sure Shorty will be able to tell us which of these definitions is accurate.

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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    Oh I know what Malta is! It's a secret paramilitary organization.
    After World War II ended, a lot of super-humans who'd fought for the US left the service, leaving us weakened against the paranormal assets of our new enemies in the Soviet bloc. To counter this, a CIA spook named Roger Vrabel pulled enough strings to get the Might for Right act passed, which let him draft meta-humans into his own special strike force. When the Might for Right act was overturned in '67, the Soviets proceeded to kick our asses in all the Cold War spy games and it started to look grim. So Vrabel, McIntosh, and a bunch of others got together at a little conference organized by Neil McIntosh and the 17 of them formed an illegal intelligence conspiracy called the Malta Group. They acted outside of their own governments, recruiting meta-humans by any means fair or foul to fight their invisible war. These days, communism's gone, the cold war is over, and the Malta Group's had to change. Now they've dedicated themselves to the spread of their version of democracy and capitalism, which really is more like a dictatorship wrapped in an American flag.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    I, meanwhile, had to go to Wikipedia to refresh my memory as to where, and indeed what Malta even is

    Apart from hosting some startlingly modern descendants of ancient crusaders, Malta has been in the international news A LOT lately because of that Panama Papers assassination scandal, which gets stupider and more blatantly corrupt every week and I'm hoping to crap George Clooney has already commissioned a screenplay.

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  • The Escape GoatThe Escape Goat of course Registered User regular
    I had a chunk of that Malta background through this channel:

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    I, meanwhile, had to go to Wikipedia to refresh my memory as to where, and indeed what Malta even is

    Apart from hosting some startlingly modern descendants of ancient crusaders, Malta has been in the international news A LOT lately because of that Panama Papers assassination scandal, which gets stupider and more blatantly corrupt every week and I'm hoping to crap George Clooney has already commissioned a screenplay.

    this is still one of those things that I am continually shocked made basically no impact on public consciousness

    like the Epstein "suicide"

    Tube wrote: »
    I was legit hoping that Shorty was somehow mistaken and the world wasn't that fucked
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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 3
    I feel like I hear a lot more about the Epstein stuff than any of the Panama fallout, but it's way more recent so I guess give it a couple of years.

    Seriously though this is gonna be a great movie. Two of the masterminds were planning to escape to Dubai via pleasure yacht! One of them is the prime minister's Chief of Staff! A random taxi driver called Melvin was the lynchpin in the whole scheme!
    I'm already excited.

    tynic on
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  • DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    tynic wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    I, meanwhile, had to go to Wikipedia to refresh my memory as to where, and indeed what Malta even is

    Apart from hosting some startlingly modern descendants of ancient crusaders, Malta has been in the international news A LOT lately because of that Panama Papers assassination scandal, which gets stupider and more blatantly corrupt every week and I'm hoping to crap George Clooney has already commissioned a screenplay.

    this is still one of those things that I am continually shocked made basically no impact on public consciousness

    like the Epstein "suicide"

    The memelords over at Reddit and Imgur have been so dedicated to keeping the Epstein thing alive that it's gotten counterproductive. I'm sick of hearing about it every three posts.

    I say that, but even they seem to have forgotten it recently. I guess I haven't really seen any "epstein didn't kill himself" memes for a while, I guess it's true that nothing can trend forever.

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  • FishmanFishman Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... Registered User regular
    I went to Malta on my European OE.

    I wish I could say I enjoyed it, but I was pretty tired of travel by the time I got there. I had already seen every kind of historic ruin there was in Europe and it was getting old hat. Even flirting with attractive bikini-clad Austrian girls was just something to fill in the time.

    There were also some culture clashes to work through. In Europe I usually tried to learn at least one phrase in the local lingo, even if it was only how to order a large stein of beer in German. In Malta, the phrase I bothered to learn was "Your daughter is 13 and you dress her like a whore", which encapsulates both my impression of the local culture and my immediate reaction to it.

    In closing, I was due to fly out of Malta a few days after September 11, 2001 when that happened and I got temporarily trapped in the country while all international air travel got shut down which was really the final cap on an experience that was already teetering pretty close to the edge. Overall I can't say I had a great time, but there were some pretty unique extenuating circumstances.

    But I did get to hang out at some ancient Knight fortresses and learn about the Great Siege of Malta and Napkin and WW2 so it wasn't a complete write-off.

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  • GvzbgulGvzbgul Ask me about my scrotalist agenda Registered User regular
    Malta is currently a bit of a meme at the moment.

  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    I know about Malta primarily because of Milo Minderbinder buying eggs there for 7 cents each and selling them in Pianosa at 5 cents each for a profit.

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    I know about Malta primarily because of Milo Minderbinder buying eggs there for 7 cents each and selling them in Pianosa at 5 cents each for a profit.

    Wait what

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    I know about Malta primarily because of Milo Minderbinder buying eggs there for 7 cents each and selling them in Pianosa at 5 cents each for a profit.

    this post hurts my head

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  • 3clipse3clipse I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    I know about Malta primarily because of Milo Minderbinder buying eggs there for 7 cents each and selling them in Pianosa at 5 cents each for a profit.

    wut

    I mean, I'd take Nick Offerman's spikey cat dick willingly
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  • V1mV1m Registered User regular
    Madican wrote: »
    Quid wrote: »
    I know about Malta primarily because of Milo Minderbinder buying eggs there for 7 cents each and selling them in Pianosa at 5 cents each for a profit.

    Wait what

    Well you have to think about what "buying" really means
    It was a scam, OK?

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 Amazon: shorturl.at/giJSV Steam: shorturl.at/ftCLSRegistered User regular
    V1m wrote: »
    Madican wrote: »
    Quid wrote: »
    I know about Malta primarily because of Milo Minderbinder buying eggs there for 7 cents each and selling them in Pianosa at 5 cents each for a profit.

    Wait what

    Well you have to think about what "buying" really means
    It was a scam, OK?

    Yes, and what

  • V1mV1m Registered User regular
    edited December 4
    V1m wrote: »
    Madican wrote: »
    Quid wrote: »
    I know about Malta primarily because of Milo Minderbinder buying eggs there for 7 cents each and selling them in Pianosa at 5 cents each for a profit.

    Wait what

    Well you have to think about what "buying" really means
    It was a scam, OK?

    Yes, and what

    The whole deal with The Syndicate (which is Heller's meta-commentary on the military-industrial complex) is that Milo gets paid by the government for the government doing the things that it was doing anyway. He uses commissary funds to buy the eggs for 7 cents, then The Syndicate sells the eggs. The maths makes no sense until you realise that he is stealing the eggs.

    The modus operandi of the Syndicate is using the government's money and assets for the Syndicate's profit, and the book narrates several increasingly egregious examples, eg: Milo being contracted by the Germans to attack his own airbase using the air force's own planes. He gets in trouble for this until he reveals what a huge profit he made, because after all...

    ..."What's good for the Syndicate is good for America!"

    (Milo also comments that "The Germans pay their bills a lot more promptly than some people I could mention")

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  • KruiteKruite Registered User regular
    V1m wrote: »
    V1m wrote: »
    Madican wrote: »
    Quid wrote: »
    I know about Malta primarily because of Milo Minderbinder buying eggs there for 7 cents each and selling them in Pianosa at 5 cents each for a profit.

    Wait what

    Well you have to think about what "buying" really means
    It was a scam, OK?

    Yes, and what

    The whole deal with The Syndicate (which is Heller's meta-commentary on the military-industrial complex) is that Milo gets paid by the government for the government doing the things that it was doing anyway. He uses commissary funds to buy the eggs for 7 cents, then The Syndicate sells the eggs. The maths makes no sense until you realise that he is stealing the eggs.

    The modus operandi of the Syndicate is using the government's money and assets for the Syndicate's profit, and the book narrates several increasingly egregious examples, eg: Milo being contracted by the Germans to attack his own airbase using the air force's own planes. He gets in trouble for this until he reveals what a huge profit he made, because after all...

    ..."What's good for the Syndicate is good for America!"

    (Milo also comments that "The Germans pay their bills a lot more promptly than some people I could mention")

    this sub plot is one of the more entertaining parts of Catch-22

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Malta is delightfully bonkers but much like Italy (and Catch-22), you have to be in the mood for it.

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    Also everyone should read Catch-22

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    It's going to take me ages to get caught up on Catch 1 to 21 first

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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    It's going to take me ages to get caught up on Catch 1 to 21 first

    You can't read those until you've read 22.

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  • MulysaSemproniusMulysaSempronius but also susie nyRegistered User regular
    Pete Buttigieg's dad is from Malta.

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  • I don't care to know that and I guaruntee I will remember it for the rest of my life

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Pinfeldorf wrote: »
    It's going to take me ages to get caught up on Catch 1 to 21 first

    You can't read those until you've read 22.

    Ah jeez. What a pickle. There should be a name for a situation like this.

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  • DepressperadoDepressperado I just wanted to see you laughing in the pizza rainRegistered User regular
    Joe Don Baker went to Malta in that movie on MST3k!

  • Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister Registered User regular
    edited December 5
    Joe Don Baker went to Malta in that movie on MST3k!

    No no that's a malt SHOP you're thinking of.

    Is Mitchell a worse movie than Final Justice or are they both the worst in their own special way?

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    Joe Don Baker went to Malta in that movie on MST3k!

    No no that's a malt SHOP you're thinking of.

    Is Mitchell a worse movie than Final Justice or are they both the worst in their own special way?

    yep!

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