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10,000 Hours

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I'm proud to announce that as of this year I've become a world-class expert at chewing.
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I'm proud to announce that as of this year I've become a world-class expert at chewing.
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Chemist Eggs

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Chemists actually find it simpler to define a general odor of rotten eggs as a baseline, and the LACK of rotten eggs as a distinct smell.
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Chemists actually find it simpler to define a general odor of rotten eggs as a baseline, and the LACK of rotten eggs as a distinct smell.
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jgbishop
2 days ago
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This is such a good point; I don't think I've ever smelled a rotten egg (though I know the smell that's referenced).
Durham, NC
rraszews
3 days ago
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People also always compare the smell of cyanide to "bitter almonds". But the thing is, bitter almonds don't smell like regular almonds (Regular almonds? They smell almost exactly the same as cherries), and aren't commonly eaten (Because, y'know, they've got a small amount of cyanide in them). The thing you might recognize which smells like bitter almonds and like cyanide is superglue.
Columbia, MD
sirwired
2 days ago
This is incorrect. Bitter almond oil is almost pure benzaldehyde, which is what gives cherries their scent. Sweet almond oil has no scent at all. My parents ran a potpurri business when I was a kid, and Sweet Almond oil is the canola oil of potpurri... used in large quantities (a batch of potpurri might use several oz) as a carrier for other scents (called a "fixative.") Bitter almond oil was used just eydropper-fuls at at time for that distinctive cherry scent. They bought bitter almond in 2 or 4 oz bottles, where they went through Sweet Almond by the gallon.

Dialect Quiz

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Do you make a distinction between shallots, scallops, and scallions? If you use all three words, do they all have different meanings, all the same, or are two the same and one different?
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Do you make a distinction between shallots, scallops, and scallions? If you use all three words, do they all have different meanings, all the same, or are two the same and one different?
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rclatterbuck
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A, B, C, A, A, B, B, B, D, B, C, C, C, C

I do make a distinction. Scallops is a fish-scale style pattern. Scallions are the fringy bits on the top of castle walls. Shallots is a small district in Wales, formerly ruled by Sleeping Beauty.
jepler
5 days ago
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"Yikes"
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
emdeesee
3 days ago
What do you say when *you* sneeze?

Election Screen Time

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Feels like I picked a bad year to try to start having a healthy relationship with political news.
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Feels like I picked a bad year to try to start having a healthy relationship with political news.
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Prediction

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You'd think it'd be easy to just bet money against these people, but you have to consider the probability of them paying up.
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You'd think it'd be easy to just bet money against these people, but you have to consider the probability of them paying up.
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ChrisDL
9 days ago
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A conversation I’ve had too many times. Especially around election season :/
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All-in-One

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Changes with this update: If you use the combined scan-shred function, it now performs them in that order instead of the reverse, saving a HUGE amount of CPU time.
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Changes with this update: If you use the combined scan-shred function, it now performs them in that order instead of the reverse, saving a HUGE amount of CPU time.
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rraszews
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No lie, I've been in engineering discussions about the feasibility of coupling a printer, scanner, and shredder as a secure one-way channel to transfer data between isolated networks.
Columbia, MD
gerweck
11 days ago
I hope this was in the vein of RFC 1149
rraszews
11 days ago
In the general area, with a bit more of a "malicious compliance" angle in the face of unreasonable customer requirements.
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