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You are fourteen percent more likely to die on your birthday than on any other day of the year. 

But why?

Birthday candles setting fire to your beard I imagine.

That makes a lot of sense. Every year the percent must go up, then, because there's more candles every year.

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Well, many people drink heavily on their birthdays, which is also a factor. 

I'm Necko.  I'm like Ringo except I wear necklaces.

I'm also ewe2 on weekends.

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They also receive gifts of adventure.

"Hey Bob - what are doing on your birthday?"

"My wife bought me tickets to go sky diving. She's always doing nice things like that for me. Just last week she bought me a life insurance policy." 

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Ron Nasty said

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You are fourteen percent more likely to die on your birthday than on any other day of the year. 

Happy Birthday , @georgiewood!

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OMG! I still have 5 hours and 8 minutes to go.  Thanks for the warning. I'll stay away from ravenous beasts and slippery rooftops for the rest of the night. 

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In the 1930's, two psychologists adopted a baby chimpanzee and tried to raise her alongside their infant son to see if the chimp would learn human behaviors. The experiment, originally intended to last five years, was cancelled after nine months because the child began adopting chimpanzee behaviors.

 

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Today, thanks to @Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^< , I learned that "Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag" means happy birthday (more or less).

Do we have a "Things I'll Forget Tomorrow" thread? ahdn_paul_02

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Zig said
Do we have a "Things I'll Forget Tomorrow" thread? ahdn_paul_02

That defines every thread for the most part.

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Zig said
Today, thanks to @Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^< , I learned that "Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag" means happy birthday (more or less).

Do we have a "Things I'll Forget Tomorrow" thread? ahdn_paul_02

It literally means: heartfelt congratulations with* your birthday. 

 

* with would be grammatically incorrect in English, of course. But it's the literal translation.

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Adult male Flabby whalefish's mouths will fuse shut and they survive off some of the food they ate when they were younger that is stored in their liver.

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JPM-Fangirl said

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Today, thanks to @Mademoiselle Kitty >^..^< , I learned that "Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag" means happy birthday (more or less).

Do we have a "Things I'll Forget Tomorrow" thread? ahdn_paul_02

It literally means: heartfelt congratulations with* your birthday. 

 

* with would be grammatically incorrect in English, of course. But it's the literal translation.

That brings up two interesting points.

Point 1 - Proof positive that Google Translate is a little off. It translates it as "Congratulations on your birthday". Close, but no stogie. Looking at the phrase, I can easily see Hartelijk meaning heartfelt, and so on. One nice thing about GT, is that it will let you listen to how it is pronounced. I listened to it over and over. I thought it sounded cool.

Point 2 - Your pointing out the incorrect English grammar brought to mind something my high school French teacher once said. She told us that of all the languages in the world, English is one of the hardest for others to learn because it is so grammatically incorrect. A most basic example would be, in English, we say "I went to the store". In most languages, it would be spoken as "To the store, I went". Would that be true in languages some of our members speak?

Maybe that can be answered in the The Foreign Language Thread.

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zig In Dutch, it would be 'Ik ging naar de winkel', which is the exact same order of words as in English. However, 'I have been to the store' translates as 'Ik ben naar de winkel geweest', which translates back as 'I have to the store been'.

I don't perceive English as grammatically incorrect at all. If I did, I'd have to think the same of German and French, for instance. It's just different. What, even after all these years of learning the language, remains difficult, are the prepositions. Since they are often different from the ones we use in Dutch, I find myself wondering which one to use.

Anyway, there's a lot to say about Dutch when it comes to grammar and difficulty. Even the Dutch struggle to get it all right, and as a result, most don't. For instance, we differentiate between you, you, and you.

As in:

je/jij = you (you'd use this for anyone you know well (with exceptions), people who are your age or younger, basically anyone you can address as an equal or less.

u = you (the polite form, used for older people including (grand)parents, as well as your boss, the king, or anyone who should be addressed with respect)

jullie = you (plural)

 

We also have:

the house - het huis

the car - de auto

that girl - dat meisje

that road - die weg

 

And don't even get me started on verbs. If you think English has a lot of exceptions there, try Dutch. It's so bad, even the linguistics can't agree.

 

Lucky for me, I always scored high marks in Dutch, and in English as well. Not so much in German, but I get by, and French was a disaster but I can make myself understood in France, so that's good enough for me. I find that little by little, English is almost starting to become my first language. I often find myself thinking in English, and I regularly find myself wracking my brain to figure out what something is called in Dutch, and knowing what it is in English. I write my stories in English as well. I couldn't write in Dutch, isn't that weird?

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Stellar explanation. That was more than I could have hoped for. 

Thanks! mal-evans

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Today I learnt that it was at the April 10th 1977 Led Zeppelin concert at the Chicago Stadium that Jimmy Page donned the SS hat and related outfit. 

(SIDENOTE: I'd post photos but my phone won't allow me to. blue-meanie You could always go to Google Images instead, though, so it's not a big deal. Anyway, back the regularly scheduled program.)

a-hard-days-night-ringo-5Jimmy...

Now, what I still don't know is whether it would be in any way acceptable to, I suppose, like the outfit.* 'Cause, you know, I wouldn't want to be seen as insensitive or anything like that. Hmm...

 

*I personally think that Jimmy looks, I suppose, *attractive* in the outfit, but at the same time perhaps I shouldn't think that, but at the same same time I do think he does, but at the same same same time I don't want to seem insensitive, because I'm not and I'm not trying to be and I realize the issue with that. But, you know, people are still kind of entitled to their opinions, right? a-hard-days-night-paul-10

Hmm. I don't know. What do you guys think?

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 @WeepingAtlasCedars I say if you think he looked cool in it, then it has nothing to do with the connotations of the outfit itself. You can like what you like without seeming insensitive, especially because you're not. Anyway, if someone thinks you insensitive cause you think a cool guy looks cool in a certain outfit, then it's their problem. a-hard-days-night-paul-11 

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In no way do I think you condone anything that the uniform represents. At the same time, please keep in mind that we have members whose families have been deeply affected by the atrocities carried out by those who originally wore that same uniform. 

I would prefer that type of content not be posted. Thank you for asking first. apple01

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I learned that the width of a male's erection is consistent with the length of his thumb.

That is total BS. Are you still looking at your thumb? a-hard-days-night-george-4

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 @WeepingAtlasCedars I say if you think he looked cool in it, then it has nothing to do with the connotations of the outfit itself. You can like what you like without seeming insensitive, especially because you're not. Anyway, if someone thinks you insensitive cause you think a cool guy looks cool in a certain outfit, then it's their problem. a-hard-days-night-paul-11 

Yeah, I suppose so. I guess I never really thought of that before, as I usually weigh in the things like "Will this decision offend anyone?" and other such possible results before I think of what I would be entitled to. Again, I've never had any desire to hurt anyone, so I think this kind of decision making would still be best for me.  Thanks, SG. apple01

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In no way do I think you condone anything that the uniform represents. At the same time, please keep in mind that we have members whose families have been deeply affected by the atrocities carried out by those who originally wore that same uniform. 

Thank you, @Zig . apple01 I apologize for that and I will keep that in mind (as I always have been cautious as to not offend/hurt/etc anyone) and not mention it again.

I would prefer that type of content not be posted. Thank you for asking first. apple01

Ok, Zig. I am very sorry about that and I'll be sure to keep anything of the matter off of any of my future posts. And you're welcome. apple01

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Today I learnt that it was at the April 10th 1977 Led Zeppelin concert at the Chicago Stadium that Jimmy Page donned the SS hat and related outfit. 

Did you ever see Lemmy of Motorhead wearing his SS outfit.  He’s also British, and it never seemed to have bothered anyone that he wore it!  At least I never heard any uproar over it.  Didn’t Prince Harry wear something similar for Halloween one year.  Now that stirred the Pot!!!!

Imagine someone wearing a KKK outfit for Halloween?  Now that would cause shit!

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Silly Girl advised sagely (or as sagely as a silly girl can) 
 @WeepingAtlasCedars I say if you think he looked cool in it, then it has nothing to do with the connotations of the outfit itself. You can like what you like without seeming insensitive, especially because you're not. Anyway, if someone thinks you insensitive cause you think a cool guy looks cool in a certain outfit, then it's their problem. a-hard-days-night-paul-11 

Yeah, I suppose so. I guess I never really thought of that before, as I usually weigh in the things like "Will this decision offend anyone?" and other such possible results before I think of what I would be entitled to. Again, I've never had any desire to hurt anyone, so I think this kind of decision making would still be best for me.  Thanks, SG. apple01

Well, you know, I just feel like if there were any damage done (which I don't think there has been), then it would already have been done, because you obviously do like JP in the outfit, nothing to do with its connotations, so you can't exactly say you don't like it just to avoid offending someone. But you could just not mention it, if you feel that someone would be offended. In other words, you can like whatever you want, but you don't necessarily have to advertise it. 

Just a little friendly advice, since you asked, and that's just my take on it, of course. a-hard-days-night-john-5 apple01

And now we can safely move back on topic. 

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