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joolsb
joolsb e2 Member 927107 forum postsjoolsb vcard Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 12:48 PM


Quote: Like, for instance, Fornication Under Consent of King - load of rubbish!

Haven't heard that one before. Anyway, I thought it was common knowledge that it stems from Anglo-Saxon English.

Sorry for drifting off topic and giving some useful information....



Did you know that the average horse defecates eight times a day?

Phew! That was close.... Wink

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lobsterboy
lobsterboy Site Moderator 1013937 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 12:53 PM

Most of the rude words come from Anglo-Saxon and the politer versions come from French E.G. **** vs Excrement. Animals in the fields have names derived from Anglo-Saxon: Pig but when it's cooked it gets a name derived from french: Pork.

It's all the fault of The Normans!

dwilkin
dwilkin e2 Member 724249 forum postsdwilkin vcard United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 - 1:07 PM

What have the Normans ever done for us? Wink

keith selmes
21 Oct 2008 - 1:10 PM


Quote: Did you know that the average horse defecates eight times a day?

Yes. Unfortunately its useful to know that, if you're looking after a number of horses and want to keep a check on their health. It also gives a clue as to why the manure heap is so big and why you spend so much time pushing the wheelbarrow.

keith selmes
21 Oct 2008 - 1:17 PM

Excrement is latin really. Frogland was much more occupied by the romans, and I suppose it didn't get overrun by barbarians as much as britain did, so I think we got a lot of latin style words from there.
then there was an eighteenth century fad for making up latin english to show how educated (latin word) you were.

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aparently the only word in Dutch which has no connotation whatsoever with any other language is FIETS
I'll let you guys figure out what it means, which of course you can't, as it's the only word that has no connotation whatsoever with any other language ha ha ha (sigh)

edit : And calling for Conrad is cheating

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and did I read somewhere on the forums here, that you can't fold a paper more than six times in half ?

User_Removed
21 Oct 2008 - 2:14 PM


Quote: And did I read somewhere on the forums here, that you can't fold a paper more than six times in half ?

True....... in fact, it can only be folded in half once any more than that and it isn't in half Wink

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macroman
macroman  1115312 forum posts England
21 Oct 2008 - 2:23 PM

I always thought it was 8.

You can fold A4 6 times, and a newspaper sheet 7 times (just).
After that you need a very large sheet and some strong fingers. Wink

joolsb
joolsb e2 Member 927107 forum postsjoolsb vcard Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 2:26 PM

It isn't the size of the sheet that's the limiting factor but its thickness. Try it with a sheet of tissue paper and an identically sized sheet of wrapping paper....

macroman
macroman  1115312 forum posts England
21 Oct 2008 - 2:32 PM

Yes, but 8 folds means folding 128 thicknesses of paper ( 2^7), which even with tissue is quite a feat.
And the size of the sheet would need to be around 8 times the size of a double news sheet.

A double news-sheet folded 7 times is around 2 x 2.5 inches so 128 thicknesses even of tissue would be tricky to fold again.

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minicooper
21 Oct 2008 - 2:37 PM

it's seven you get can eight but that will not hold so it's seven.

Last Modified By minicooper at 21 Oct 2008 - 2:38 PM
joolsb
joolsb e2 Member 927107 forum postsjoolsb vcard Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2008 - 2:40 PM

You can reliably fold aluminium foil eight times. I know this because I've done it. (Gosh, what a thrilling life I lead.... Wink)

macroman
macroman  1115312 forum posts England
21 Oct 2008 - 2:43 PM

Hey we're talking about paper here, go and find your own thread! Tongue

User_Removed
21 Oct 2008 - 2:44 PM


Quote:
Did you know that the average horse defecates eight times a day?



Most of it in this thread it would appear Grin

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