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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:50 pm 
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I'm trying to find out more about that little tank, where it is now and what it was called.

The Little Tank That Couldn't. :mrgreen:


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^ Be fun to have around the compound...I mean ranch. Herds cattle like you've wouldn't believe! :)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:54 pm 
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What did I like Gray Ghost ? Don't know what you mean .... :wink:

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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
What did I like Gray Ghost ? Don't know what you mean .... :wink:

Fritz = Germans for instance? That's the way I read it Fritz. Fritz means Germans. But I've been wrong before! I would have used The Hun to avoid any confussion. :wink: :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:46 pm 
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What did I like Gray Ghost ? Don't know what you mean .... :wink:

Fritz = Germans for instance? That's the way I read it Fritz. Fritz means Germans. But I've been wrong before! I would have used The Hun to avoid any confussion. :wink: :lol:


That's why I'm named Fritz in this place, Tiberius :-) .... So far I know the huns are from far east. Let's ask Caputh. I'm sure he will know.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:24 pm 
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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
What did I like Gray Ghost ? Don't know what you mean .... :wink:

Fritz = Germans for instance? That's the way I read it Fritz. Fritz means Germans. But I've been wrong before! I would have used The Hun to avoid any confussion. :wink: :lol:


That's why I'm named Fritz in this place, Tiberius :-) .... So far I know the huns are from far east. Let's ask Caputh. I'm sure he will know.


:oops: Sorry Fritz, I was using a generalisation (without thinking) no offence.


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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
What did I like Gray Ghost ? Don't know what you mean .... :wink:

Fritz = Germans for instance? That's the way I read it Fritz. Fritz means Germans. But I've been wrong before! I would have used The Hun to avoid any confussion. :wink: :lol:


That's why I'm named Fritz in this place, Tiberius :-) .... So far I know the huns are from far east. Let's ask Caputh. I'm sure he will know.

Fritz is right. They originated in Mongolia. The term "Hun" to describe the Germans is Kaiser Wilhelm II's fault. He held a speech during the Boxer Rebellion in China promising...
"Should you encounter the enemy, he will be defeated! No quarter will be given! Prisoners will not be taken! Whoever falls into your hands is forfeited. Just as a thousand years ago the Huns under their King Attila made a name for themselves, one that even today makes them seem mighty in history and legend, may the name German be affirmed by you in such a way in China that no Chinese will ever again dare to look cross-eyed at a German." (July 27th, 1900).
Since then, the British started calling the Germans "The Hun".
Atilla went on to die of a nosebleed.

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Yeah, the Dutch had the intention to up the number of tanks to 147. The Germans out-powered that by far. Though the main trouble for the Dutch army at the time was they didn't expect the paratroopers.

We fought worse than Belgium. We'll never out-live that shame.

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I share my birthday with mathematician Édouard Lucas, inventor of the Towers of Ha Noi. Lucas suffered a freak death.

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Donkey Kong was named thanks to the poor English of Shigeru Miyamoto, the designer of the game. He wanted to name his game "stubborn gorilla", grabbed a dictionary and found the word "donkey" under stubborn, and assumed "kong" meant gorilla.

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^ That should be in the bad joke thread! That's funny, yet sad that a guy that smart could be so dumb. It could have been worse though! :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:33 am 
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Japanese is a language with few sounds, but a staggering amount of homonyms, no gender, singular or plural, no case deflection and a different use of cases, no articles... Learning an Indo-European language at a later stage in life must be as dreadful for a Japanese person as learning Japanese is currently to me.

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The little Renault FT-17 that was the only tank in the Dutch army by the time the Germans started their invasion, was bought for the grand price of 25,000 guilders to test the Grebbeline near Asschat (I just realized how this little place name must look to you English speakers out here), to see if it could be stopped with the present defense system. It very well could. The little, rather lightweight and already outdated tank was not suitable transportation for the muddy Dutch soil and dug itself in. This was used in the extensive 1939 campaign to soothe Dutch citizens that "the army's on guard": the little Renault was sent down a little brook in Leusden. Photos were made of that, and sent to all the papers. The Dutch didn't need to worry about all those tanks. The Renault was brought to Haarlem and had the 4 cilinder engine removed. It has disappeared without a trace since.

There's been extensive debate on the exact cause of the Dutch being overpowered the way they were: part of the problem that some of the Dutch soil, in particular near the Peel, had been drained sufficiently to allow tanks to roll over. Others blame the extensive budget cuts the Dutch armies suffered. There's also bad leadership to consider. Not to mention the fact The Netherlands tried to buy arms in 1939, only to find there was little available.

And here it is, the little tank that couldn't:
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Metallica - Master of Puppets sounds suspiciously similar to Queen - More Of That Jazz.

And just so I don't forget the title of that other song again:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=letLBUrt7yA
Excel - Tapping Into The Emotional Void

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 5:14 am 
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In Dutch we have some confusing phrases built from words that sound the same: "als vliegen vliegen vliegen, vliegen vliegen vliegen achterna" is one. This type of homonym wordplay is actually quite common, particularly in languages with many many homonyms, like French or Chinese.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EitherWorldDominationOrSomethingAboutBananas

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Yesterday I was at the Japan Day in Düsseldorf, where I watched Japanese fireworks. Didn't know they are totally different from Chinese fireworks ..... and much better.

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The Japanese word for fireworks is hanabi, literally "flower fire".
Sounds fun, that!

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BBP wrote:
The Japanese word for fireworks is hanabi, literally "flower fire".


Flower fire ? That's what it looked like :) ...pretty cool.

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My_Name_Is_Fritz wrote:
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The Japanese word for fireworks is hanabi, literally "flower fire".


Flower fire ? That's what it looked like :) ...pretty cool.

Sometimes it is what it is...isn't it? :wink: :)

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BBP wrote:
Metallica - Master of Puppets sounds suspiciously similar to Queen - More Of That Jazz.

And just so I don't forget the title of that other song again:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=letLBUrt7yA
Excel - Tapping Into The Emotional Void


Huh? I don't think they are close to sounding like each other at all. Which section?

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Is it the section somewhere between 0.00 and 4:21?


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calvin2hikers wrote:
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Metallica - Master of Puppets sounds suspiciously similar to Queen - More Of That Jazz.

And just so I don't forget the title of that other song again:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=letLBUrt7yA
Excel - Tapping Into The Emotional Void


Huh? I don't think they are close to sounding like each other at all. Which section?


It's in the riff. Maybe cos I used to play that track on bass til my fingers bled.

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Tarot Cards work... :idea:


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Tarot Cards work... :idea:

I hear she throws a mean one.


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Tarot is one of those things I disproved, along with numerology, astrology, kabbalah and I-Ching. It's whatever gives you comfort or whatever you want to see in it.

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