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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1095 on: December 01, 2013, 04:13:58 PM »
About the gasoline comments earlier in the thread.

Anybody besides me ever read A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter?  It was published early in the 20th century, when automobiles were for amusement more than for transporation.  According to Wikipedia, it was published in 1909.

The main character (the Girl in the title) makes part of her living by collecting and selling moths.  A friend finds one of the moths she is looking for at a country club dance.  He catches the moth, then runs to the country club office demanding the following so that the moth can be sent by express:

An ounce of gasoline
A cigar box
A cork
Glue

AND HE GETS ALL OF THEM IMMEDIATELY.

I can see having the last 3 items on hand, but that ounce of gasoline has boggled me for years.  And I have to wonder what that box smelled like when Elnora (the Girl) opened it next day. 

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« Reply #1096 on: December 01, 2013, 04:34:19 PM »
A Spanish friend of my sister's taught in the US for a few years. She said that an astonishingly (and depressingly) high number of her students would not believe that she was from Europe and that Spanish was her native language. They believed that anyone who spoke Spanish as a first language was from South America, and refused to believe otherwise. She said that about half of them would be sure that Spain was in South America, and the other half would accept that Spain was a country in Europe but not the people there spoke Spanish as their native language.  These were High  School students.

If you really want to be pedantic, in Spain the official language isn't Spanish it's Castilian.

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« Reply #1097 on: December 01, 2013, 04:34:28 PM »
...   

Anybody besides me ever read A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter?  ...

LOL!  Yes, I did read that book.  Sadly, at the time I was much too young (and naive) to honestly understand it once it got to what I considered to be the 'romantic' parts so I'm afraid much of the story was a little limberlost on my little soul.   ;D

All I remember of the book was that the girl's mother was very mean to her.

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« Reply #1098 on: December 01, 2013, 04:41:01 PM »
...   

Anybody besides me ever read A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter?  ...

LOL!  Yes, I did read that book.  Sadly, at the time I was much too young (and naive) to honestly understand it once it got to what I considered to be the 'romantic' parts so I'm afraid much of the story was a little limberlost on my little soul.   ;D

All I remember of the book was that the girl's mother was very mean to her.

Another "Limberlost" fan here!  I read it several times as a kid and then fairly recently.
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« Reply #1099 on: December 01, 2013, 05:11:00 PM »
...   

Anybody besides me ever read A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter?  ...

LOL!  Yes, I did read that book.  Sadly, at the time I was much too young (and naive) to honestly understand it once it got to what I considered to be the 'romantic' parts so I'm afraid much of the story was a little limberlost on my little soul.   ;D

All I remember of the book was that the girl's mother was very mean to her.

Don't worry, they made up.  The book is on Project Gutenberg.
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« Reply #1100 on: December 01, 2013, 05:14:44 PM »
About the gasoline comments earlier in the thread.

Anybody besides me ever read A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter?  It was published early in the 20th century, when automobiles were for amusement more than for transporation.  According to Wikipedia, it was published in 1909.

The main character (the Girl in the title) makes part of her living by collecting and selling moths.  A friend finds one of the moths she is looking for at a country club dance.  He catches the moth, then runs to the country club office demanding the following so that the moth can be sent by express:

An ounce of gasoline
A cigar box
A cork
Glue

AND HE GETS ALL OF THEM IMMEDIATELY.

I can see having the last 3 items on hand, but that ounce of gasoline has boggled me for years.  And I have to wonder what that box smelled like when Elnora (the Girl) opened it next day.

Did they hand him a 1 oz. bottle of gasoline that was in the office? Because I could imagine a country club catering to its rich customers by having gasoline in a tank on the premises, in case they were running low.

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« Reply #1101 on: December 01, 2013, 05:42:26 PM »
A Spanish friend of my sister's taught in the US for a few years. She said that an astonishingly (and depressingly) high number of her students would not believe that she was from Europe and that Spanish was her native language. They believed that anyone who spoke Spanish as a first language was from South America, and refused to believe otherwise. She said that about half of them would be sure that Spain was in South America, and the other half would accept that Spain was a country in Europe but not the people there spoke Spanish as their native language.  These were High  School students.

If you really want to be pedantic, in Spain the official language isn't Spanish it's Castilian.
That is just different words for the same language, so the language is still Spanish, the word for it is Castilian. Of the Spanish speaking latin American countries, some use the term Spanish, others Castilian, the language is still the same.
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« Reply #1102 on: December 01, 2013, 05:52:25 PM »
Spanish in Spain is slightly different to Spanish in Latin America, or so I have heard.

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« Reply #1103 on: December 01, 2013, 05:59:36 PM »
Spanish in Spain is slightly different to Spanish in Latin America, or so I have heard.

Rather like the difference between British English and American English, including all of the different dialects of each one.  We mostly understand each other, but every once in a while it's "Huh?"

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« Reply #1104 on: December 01, 2013, 06:15:14 PM »
I worded that awkwardly, Mergatroyd - we plug in when the Environment Canada website is predicting such lows - and when our arthritic joints talk to us, since E.C. isn't clairvoyant. If I'm suspecting a drop, I'll plug in, but not turn the breaker supplying power to the outdoor plug-in on until 1-2 hours before I have to drive the car.
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« Reply #1105 on: December 01, 2013, 06:16:28 PM »
About the gasoline comments earlier in the thread.

Anybody besides me ever read A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter?  It was published early in the 20th century, when automobiles were for amusement more than for transporation.  According to Wikipedia, it was published in 1909.

The main character (the Girl in the title) makes part of her living by collecting and selling moths.  A friend finds one of the moths she is looking for at a country club dance.  He catches the moth, then runs to the country club office demanding the following so that the moth can be sent by express:

An ounce of gasoline
A cigar box
A cork
Glue

AND HE GETS ALL OF THEM IMMEDIATELY.

I can see having the last 3 items on hand, but that ounce of gasoline has boggled me for years.  And I have to wonder what that box smelled like when Elnora (the Girl) opened it next day.

Yes I've read that! I think I even own it. If i don't, my mother does. I don't remember her making her living like that though, I think she was just collecting them? My memory fails me. A lovely story.

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« Reply #1106 on: December 01, 2013, 06:26:12 PM »
Spanish in Spain is slightly different to Spanish in Latin America, or so I have heard.

And French in France versus French in Quebec and other parts of Canada.
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« Reply #1107 on: December 01, 2013, 07:14:37 PM »
Today I had to tell someone who is literally old enough to be my mother (because her youngest daughter is my age!) that real butter is sold in both salted and unsalted versions.


I don't think that this is that outrageous.  In some communities it can be hard to find unsalted butter.
I do t think it's outrageous either. If your not a baker, there really is very limited need to buy unsalted.

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« Reply #1108 on: December 01, 2013, 07:17:20 PM »
Today I had to tell someone who is literally old enough to be my mother (because her youngest daughter is my age!) that real butter is sold in both salted and unsalted versions.


I don't think that this is that outrageous.  In some communities it can be hard to find unsalted butter.
I do t think it's outrageous either. If your not a baker, there really is very limited need to buy unsalted.

My family always bought unsalted for table use, and a lot of people buy it to avoid the sodium intake...actually, that was how it came up.  She made a comment about how much salt was in real butter (compared to tub margarine.)

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« Reply #1109 on: December 01, 2013, 07:17:31 PM »
About the gasoline comments earlier in the thread.

Anybody besides me ever read A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter?  It was published early in the 20th century, when automobiles were for amusement more than for transporation.  According to Wikipedia, it was published in 1909.

The main character (the Girl in the title) makes part of her living by collecting and selling moths.  A friend finds one of the moths she is looking for at a country club dance.  He catches the moth, then runs to the country club office demanding the following so that the moth can be sent by express:

An ounce of gasoline
A cigar box
A cork
Glue

AND HE GETS ALL OF THEM IMMEDIATELY.

I can see having the last 3 items on hand, but that ounce of gasoline has boggled me for years.  And I have to wonder what that box smelled like when Elnora (the Girl) opened it next day.

Yes I've read that! I think I even own it. If i don't, my mother does. I don't remember her making her living like that though, I think she was just collecting them? My memory fails me. A lovely story.

She paid her school expenses with her collections (high school required tuition), and was making another collection hoping to get enough to go to college.   She did so well in high school they hired her as a teacher.
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