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Aaaaah mysteries mysteries mysteries, where are you.

We're a race of explorer, we're like ants, we need new grounds to go feel lost and trace a novel path. But earth is small, and the mysteries of the universe get pushed further out of reach from the non specialists, and more ground is mapped in all domains. So, we artificially build new reachable mysteries. Our neighbors are part of a vast conspiracy to investigate adventurously. Our fictions and our gamesprovide additional universes to explore. We erase scientific findings to replace them with armchair pseudoscience which only benefit is to give us profanes an active role in research. We "do your own !", with the implicit hope of reaching our own novel findings instead of treading used paths. And thankfully, in a way, we're still facing this confusing death. We need room, that is, un-mapped parts of the room.

But without cheating, that is without us cheating, we used to be presented common sense mysteries which did bring a bit of oxygen in our shrinking world. We used to know much less, and speculate more. More importantly, we used to see less, less farther, less often. UFOs and Nessie need rare and blurry cameras (electronic/optical artefacts don't compensate for the real mysterious material shapes that used to be "captured" on film). Secrets valleys and undiscovered lands don't survive satellites. Our destroyed, disarmed forests hide no more witches or elves. No more tomb majestic, mysterious and exotic enough to curse their archeologists.

But possibly worse than all that, a recurring childhood nostalgia, triggering these considerations over and over again... No more Bermuda Triangle. It hasn't even been solved materially, we haven't found the flying saucer, magic portal, cunning pirates or angry kraken lurking in it, and hey, I'd even take that methane bubbles explanation... but it's even worse. It's statistically debunked, we don't hear about it anymore because... it does not "happen". It's neither an avoided cursed place, not an ongoing source of mysterious disappearances. It's not even a joke anymore, it's left the cultural landscape. It ceased to be a thing. No one care. Like in a child's room, corner shadow in which we could play pretend seeing it has been lit, not even on purpose, and there's nothing to see or speculate about.

Yay knowledge. Progress. But.. ignorance is so romantic. The sleep of reason produces monsters, but these monsters had something marvellous and poetic to them, that the current ones (be them real ones, or political conspiracy fantasies) will forever lack.
I imagine you spend your showers with your forearm against the tile, forehead against that forearm, eyes closed, existential crises open. It'd take me longer to read this post than to actually take a shower.
 
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I imagine you spend your showers with your forearm against the tile, forehead against that forearm, eyes closed, existential crises open. It'd take me longer to read this post than to actually take a shower.
Oh my showers are long. But in this case the thought was basically "oh noes, where did the bermuda triangle go". The rest is context.
 
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On the other hand, about a hundred years ago, the Soviets made a train that was powered by an airplane propeller stuck on the back, but it derailed while carrying high ranking officials and foreign delegates. Supposed to be an accident, but there were some rumours.

Also, in New York, someone tried making a train that went on one rail instead of two (not the way monorails do), so make it tall and thin so it took up less space on the ground. Had a guide rail on the top to make it not fall over too much.

We've got all sorts of weird and wonderful information at out disposal in ways we didn't have in the old days.
 
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Do advertisements targeted at companies even work? Like ads for consulting companies that cater to large organizations, I don't get that. Surely any CEO or whatever high level executive worth their bajillion dollar salaries doesn't need an ad on a newspaper to tell them these kinds of services exist.
 

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Do advertisements targeted at companies even work? Like ads for consulting companies that cater to large organizations, I don't get that. Surely any CEO or whatever high level executive worth their bajillion dollar salaries doesn't need an ad on a newspaper to tell them these kinds of services exist.
The word "worth" is important there. But yeah, still seems odd.
 

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Wow, there's a lot of humbug books trying to discover "The REAL William Shakespeare!"

A quote from one review on such a book.

My primary grievance is the "just asking questions" nature of the inquiry. That the sheer act of questioning a commonly held position makes you somehow the better person. Yes, you wrote an article in the Atlantic that some people on the internet were mean to you for. The article was then edited by the publication three times to reflect the commentary of actual experts in the field. Clearly, that pained you. And these experts still, for the most part, found time to sit down and discuss things with you. But they did not owe you this - Stephen Greenblatt was not required to discuss things with you, nor was he personally avoiding you over a period where he was busy. NOR SHOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER WHETHER OR NOT TO STALK A PERSON WHO YOU ARE TRYING TO INTERVIEW ON THEIR VACATION.
 
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Looking through a list of fresh tomato recipes, one of them was just a bloody sandwich. That's not a...sandwiches aren't recip...they...?


Wait, are sandwiches recipes?
If you're unaware which ingredients go best between two pieces of a specific type of bread, I guess instructions for a sandwich qualify as a recipe.
Technically, I guess. But, colloquially, not really, though I guess they would have been in the 1700s when the Earl of Sandwich had to describe what he wanted to eat.
I thought this was a joke. Googled it. The fucking Earl of Sandwich was a real dude, and "the sandwich" is indeed named after him. Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle's best friend's nephew's neighbor. I learned something today; not sure who needs to hear it, but everyone I see for the foreseeable future will.
 
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I thought this was a joke. Googled it. The fucking Earl of Sandwich was a real dude, and "the sandwich" is indeed named after him. Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle's best friend's nephew's neighbor. I learned something today; not sure who needs to hear it, but everyone I see for the foreseeable future will.
Also, sideburns are apparently named after a man named Burnside who had them. Grog is named after a man who was known for wearing a grogham coat.
 

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If you're unaware which ingredients go best between two pieces of a specific type of bread, I guess instructions for a sandwich qualify as a recipe.
See, I was equally confident in that opinion until recently when a game called Burnhouse Lane had a sandwich making option early on for an elderly man in his old country house being cared for by a new nurse. It had all these different sandwich ingredients so you could, I assumed, customise the sandwich for him. But every combination I tried was instantly refused with some kind of "that ain't a sandwich you sick twisted fuck!" message from the oppressive sandwich regulation code within the system. After like 30 failed attempts, all using only what I'd made in real life, eventually it allowed a simple tuna sweetcorn mayo combo through.

Not saying it traumatised me, though am now a shaking wreck around any sliced bread and refuse to make anyone else a sandwich, usually interpreting their request as a deep personal insult and a threat on my life. But it may have increased self doubt when stumbling across that particular "recipe." 😉
 
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See, I was equally confident in that opinion until recently when a game called Burnhouse Lane had a sandwich making option early on for an elderly man in his old country house being cared for by a new nurse. It had all these different sandwich ingredients so you could, I assumed, customise the sandwich for him. But every combination I tried was instantly refused with some kind of "that ain't a sandwich you sick twisted fuck!" message from the oppressive sandwich regulation code within the system. After like 30 failed attempts, all using only what I'd made in real life, eventually it allowed a simple tuna sweetcorn mayo combo through.

Not saying it traumatised me, though am now a shaking wreck around any sliced bread and refuse to make anyone else a sandwich, usually interpreting their request as a deep personal insult and a threat on my life. But it may have increased self doubt when stumbling across that particular "recipe." 😉
Don't let a game shake your faith in what you consider to be a good sandwich. There are few things in life a man cannot be robbed of, and one of those things is his right to make a sandwich to his liking!
 
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Also, sideburns are apparently named after a man named Burnside who had them. Grog is named after a man who was known for wearing a grogham coat.
Sideburns and grog are not something I deal with, but the sandwich? Didn't see that one coming.

I think I'll make a sandwich today, and salute the Earl for his service.
 

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Sideburns and grog are not something I deal with, but the sandwich? Didn't see that one coming.

I think I'll make a sandwich today, and salute the Earl for his service.
Erm...diesel is named after a German inventor named Diesel?

Earl Grey tea is named after Earl Grey, a former British Prime Minister. Then there's lamingtons and pavlova, which are even more region specific.
 

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I swear it might be the mine goblins right now, but whenever I play Oneechanbara Origin, and Saki those are on Devil trigger thing: she says "I need more power!" in an almost Vergil like manner. If they wanted the copy from DMC, I have no problem, if that was the intent. Or maybe I'm so used to the way he says power, that when almost any other fictional character says it, I'm thinking or imagining they're going to say the way he does.
 

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Why do we call out parents Mom and Dad, but we call our aunts and uncles AUNT Barbara or UNCLE Kevin, and we just call our siblings by their names?
Well, you usually only have one mum and dad, but can have multiple aunts and uncles, so I suppose it saves confusion.