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LazyDaisy:

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--- Quote from: Piratelvr1121 on March 13, 2013, 12:27:11 PM ---I remember watching a program on how states got their shapes and they said that Maryland, Delaware and PA got their borders for religious reasons.   Maryland was a Catholic state, or at least mostly Catholic.  Pennsylvania was full of the Amish/Pennsylvania-Dutch and Delaware had Quakers.  That's about all I remember though, as it's been a while since we saw that episode.



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Ouch. You made my brain hurt with this!

Pennsylvania was originally a parcel of land given to William Penn, who was a Quaker. He allowed Amish and Mennonite settlers to move in as well as Quakers, and he established a treaty with the Indian tribes of the Delaware Valley which sits on the borders of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He wanted access to the coast.

I had to look the state lines up - my religion classes were a VERY long time ago, and I didn't recall Delaware (the state) featured in any of them. I was starting to wonder if the teacher had missed something...

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Well I'm willing to admit that either 1) I remembered it incorrectly or 2) the show got it wrong.  Which is possible, I think it's on the History Channel which isn't all it used to be.

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If they were trying to drum up some excitement for the topic "Religious groups were wary of each other and stayed on their own land" comes across as much more titillating than "Everyone was friendly and they put the state line where it was convenient." :P

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I think you were remembering incorrectly. I watched that show, and they were very clear that the main reason the eastern states got their funny shapes were for easier access to the ocean, so they could have a port. In a time before planes, trains, and automobiles, states needed a port to ship goods back and forth. Hence the reason most of them have a piece of the coast, and get larger as they go inland.

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I saw that same series and I thought that majority of the state lines in the eastern US were determined by natural boundaries like rivers and mountains. Then when the states in the midwest and west were created, and there were fewer natural "lines" to follow they just sort of made them rectangular-ish like No. and So. Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington.

snowflake:

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I'm shocked! How could she let a prize like him get away? >:D

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Oh, I think I worked with the same guy!

The real brain hurty part of it was that he got married halfway through the year I worked with him.  So he knew he couldn't stand living with the woman, he knew he didn't want to get married, and he just did it anyway and acted like a victim for it happening and badmouthed her everywhere.  It was uncomfortable.  He claimed she had "roped him into it" by getting pregnant.  He had two other children by different women so it's not like he hadn't practiced walking away before.

The really brain-hurty part was when his marriage was on the skids and he was playing the victim, he was scoring with new women (also co-workers) who saw him as a poor, put-upon, lost soul who needed saving.

One night as he left with the new girlfriend (he had left his wife right before she gave birth) I had the sudden urge to yell, "Hold the condom up to the light FIRST" after them.  But I really did resist (and I'm not just lying about that because I'm on ehell.)

Midnight Kitty:

--- Quote from: snowflake on March 18, 2013, 02:10:48 PM ---"Hold the condom up to the light FIRST" after them.  But I really did resist (and I'm not just lying about that because I'm on ehell.)
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I have almost no experience with condoms, but wouldn't it be safer to fill it with some air and put it under water to see if bubbles escape?  That's the way I was taught to check the bicycle inner tube after repair and before putting it back on the bike.  I'm just thinking about tests to determine if rubber has pinholes.  You probably can't see pinholes by holding it up to the light.  In fact, does that ever work?  It's making my brain hurt. ;)

PastryGoddess:

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--- Quote from: snowflake on March 18, 2013, 02:10:48 PM ---"Hold the condom up to the light FIRST" after them.  But I really did resist (and I'm not just lying about that because I'm on ehell.)
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I have almost no experience with condoms, but wouldn't it be safer to fill it with some air and put it under water to see if bubbles escape?  That's the way I was taught to check the bicycle inner tube after repair and before putting it back on the bike.  I'm just thinking about tests to determine if rubber has pinholes.  You probably can't see pinholes by holding it up to the light.  In fact, does that ever work?  It's making my brain hurt. ;)

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ahem...um..yes it does work  :-X

Jocelyn:

--- Quote from: Midnight Kitty on March 18, 2013, 03:51:52 PM --- I have almost no experience with condoms, but wouldn't it be safer to fill it with some air and put it under water to see if bubbles escape? 

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That might make it rather difficult to...apply. Being unrolled, blown up, and soggy, that is.

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