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Old 05-05-2015, 02:53 PM
 
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i learnt that Peter Jackson was associated with Lord of the rings via watching the big bang theory.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:56 PM
 
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From an episode of "Sledge Hammer!", I learned that the capital of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) is Ouagadougou.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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From the Coen brother's Miller's Crossing, I learned that since cold causes most substances to shrink, one should always run one's razor under cold water before each swipe across one's face - the shrinking of the metal blade results in a finer edge, and thus a closer shave.

Part of me has always suspected that this is not true, or at least that the difference in the shave is negligible.

But still, I always do it...
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Australia, Melbourne
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This will sound corny. But I have actually learnt how to be a leader from playing video games. I used to play various MUD text games ages ago. I would be a group leader and I shouted at people when they stuffed things up. The whole group would just disband and run off in protest. Once a person in the group got upset at me and said that she was in tears and was going to give up playing the game altogether.

So I learnt that you have to be more tolerant of other people's limitations.
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:15 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I have learned a great deal about history from movies, the imitation game was a recent one for example.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:07 AM
 
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Generally for me its vocabulary. I had NO idea the words 'malefic' and 'Arcane' where actually words with meaning. Many more but I like having strange words jumping around in my head I can throw around every now and then.
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:05 AM
 
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I think I learned the most from the Simpsons because their jokes always made me look up stuff. I know I learned that Grover Cleveland served 2 nonconsecutive terms as president and that only Dumpster brand disposal bins can truly be called Dumpster by trademark.
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:39 PM
 
Location: 59N
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Call of Duty videogame: Pavlov's House in Stalingrad, WW2 weapons.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:31 PM
 
Location: I'm around here someplace :)
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This might sound kinda dopey, but when I was a kid I really loved soap operas- learned from them that many serious problems can stem from simple misunderstandings.
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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What a total waste of time TV and video games are.
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