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I'm just looking to learn some new things, what wierd and wonderful things are you interested in or learning about at the moment.

I've got a couple, although quick content warning, this does involve a bit of sex especially if you look it up.

As for me, I have stumbled upon the topic of sexually active popes.

The short is that 1. popes get accused of a lot of stuff (sometimes rightly), and 2. for a long time it was sort of ok to be sexually active before becoming pope, even married. 

I love how much obvious cynical power grabbing goes on throughout the history of the papacy. I have no idea how it would work but i genuinely wish someone would make a movie about the life of Pope Benedict IX, because the guy was just mental. maybe sometimes his life was exaggerated by his enemies but still, even the stuff we know like flat out selling the papacy seems amazing.

I mean in general, my education was at a catholic secondary school so I got the, I suppose, cleansed history of the church, I had to learn about the theology of a couple of the schisms and vaguely new that, for example, a lot of martin luther's complaining was about the morals of the church, but unsurprisingly the absolute chaos of what was going on was not really talked about.

The other thing I have been reading about, and have been looking into for a while is the time a group of firefighters decided, as a publicity stunt, to build a lady nessie and try to lure out the loch ness monster using sex appeal.

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I love listening to the podcast ‘No such thing as a fish’ because you learn weird and interesting facts every week (and it is very funny)

Weird animal facts are my favourite; I recently learned that there is a baby bird in the Amazon that pretends to be a toxic moth caterpillar to avoid being eaten:

 

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I've recently been having a look at this funny thing in US law called in rem jurisdiction. which just throws out some of the silliest sounding names i have heard.

because in the US cases are described as a v b (i'm used to a and b) it always sounded like a fight to me, and in rem makes that really stupid because the case is bought against the item, rather than the presumed owner.

so you end up with things like

South Dakota v. Fifteen Impounded Cats

United States v. 11 1/4 Dozen Packages of Articles Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat's Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness,

or 

United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls

or my new favourite 

Quantity of Books v. Kansas

which the books won. 

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4 hours ago, roboticanary said:

I've recently been having a look at this funny thing in US law called in rem jurisdiction. which just throws out some of the silliest sounding names i have heard.

because in the US cases are described as a v b (i'm used to a and b) it always sounded like a fight to me, and in rem makes that really stupid because the case is bought against the item, rather than the presumed owner.

so you end up with things like

South Dakota v. Fifteen Impounded Cats

United States v. 11 1/4 Dozen Packages of Articles Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat's Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness,

or 

United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls

or my new favourite 

Quantity of Books v. Kansas

which the books won. 

these titles are funny and the fact that a big old court named them like this makes it even funnier

 

in other news, have you heard of lularoe?

it has an epic af documentary called lularich which goes into amazing fucking details with interviews from ex employees and stuff

im super into MLMs n stuff

 

i also like watching illuminaughti and scam channels like jim browning

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On 10/1/2022 at 3:12 PM, roboticanary said:

I've recently been having a look at this funny thing in US law called in rem jurisdiction. which just throws out some of the silliest sounding names i have heard.

because in the US cases are described as a v b (i'm used to a and b) it always sounded like a fight to me, and in rem makes that really stupid because the case is bought against the item, rather than the presumed owner.

so you end up with things like

South Dakota v. Fifteen Impounded Cats

United States v. 11 1/4 Dozen Packages of Articles Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat's Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness,

or 

United States v. Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls

or my new favourite 

Quantity of Books v. Kansas

which the books won. 

But do these sound any less hilarious with "and"?

South Dakota and Fifteen Impounded Cats
United States and 11 1/4 Dozen Packages of Articles Labeled in Part Mrs. Moffat's Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness

United States and Article Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls

 

 

And as for random things that interest me... I was interested in learning Middle English for a while, and while I'm no longer genuinely trying to learn it, it's still a fascinating language to me

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The Eastern philosophy of nothingness.

In Western philosophy nothingness is very neglected. It seems the 'argument' that goes like "there's nothing to say about nothingness" was too convincing. 🙃

1 hour ago, The Gray Warlock said:

The history of bodybuilding. I find Bronze Era the most interesting.

They look the most believable and healthiest. 😉

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Well, I learned today that some engineering physics degrees are accredited in North America, at least the ones that have a certain number of engineering classes in them. Oh, and only a limited number of American programs are accredited, though nearly all Canadian programs are.

Hm, what else? I learned a lot about how well chromebooks can work considering the low price you pay for them (that is if you just need a computer just for surfing the web and sending emails).

I've been watching the BBC show "Call the Midwife" and learnt a lot about midwifery and public health in 1950s and 1960s England. 

 

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