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Sam



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:33 am    Post subject: You learn something every day. Reply with quote

While my friend was busy haggling over the price of a sapphire pendant, a loose jewelry store attendant sat down next to me and said "You look bored, so I'm going to teach you a fuckload of things about diamonds." So it was to be: The Perfect Cut of a diamond is designed to reflect light out of the interior back into the eye of the viewer, maximizing the colored sparkle. It was invented by a mathematician named Tolkowsky who used numerical formulas to determine the ideal reflective structure of a diamond, long before cutting methods would allow it to be successfully accomplished. A trained eye knows the natural range of reflected colors generated by a true diamond, and -- given good light -- can actually detect cubic zirconium from afar simply by mentally categorizing the range of colors reflected out of a gem that they see. This is why it's more common to see faux diamonds in more concealing, less reflective cuts, such as a Princess.
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Celaeno



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Political candidates will not sponsor events like coat and blanket drives for the homeless because they're worried that they will alienate the voters who may think that this encourages people to remain homeless.

In summary, I have learned that volunteering to coordinate community service events for this campaign will be frustrating.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learned that drunk drivers are responsible for approximately 40% of all automotive-related deaths.
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Xiph0



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learned that it is the anniversary of Jean-Paul Marat's [French Revolution] murder.

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Natashabi



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learned that sometimes, even if you don't like a person, they still deserve to be treated justly and your personal prejudice for them shouldn't weigh on your decisions.
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Mini J



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learned that Ireland isn't as green as most people's conception of it suggest it is.
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Dusty



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

today i learned that not having a job and sitting on my ass all summer not making money sucks.
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dazedb42



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learnt someone planted some cork trees nearby about 70 years ago.
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The Victim Here



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mini J wrote:
Today I learned that Ireland isn't as green as most people's conception of it suggest it is.
True. We've got nothing on the Green Hills.

Today, I learned that people who miss buses without warning can cause me sever eye problems.

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Uncle Taylorbell



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bodhisattva wrote:
Today I learned that drunk drivers are responsible for approximately 40% of all automotive-related deaths.


Wow. The figures in Britain are entirely different. What are you guys doing?
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kame



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Taylorbell wrote:
Bodhisattva wrote:
Today I learned that drunk drivers are responsible for approximately 40% of all automotive-related deaths.


Wow. The figures in Britain are entirely different. What are you guys doing?


Getting liquored up, obviously. In my neck of the woods, it's nearly a damned sport.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I learned that making balsamic vinegar can take up to 100 years.
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Michael



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I learnt it's best to get up before five
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I learned that an elephant is not bigger than the moon.
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