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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1245 on: December 07, 2013, 08:28:11 PM »
When I was in 7th grade, I won my school's spelling bee, and the resource teacher who ran the bee brought me to her office to call my parents and to get me signed up for the county-wide spelling bee.  She was *astounded* that my SS number was so similar to hers.  They both started with the same first 5 numbers.  Well, the first 3 are for what area your card was assigned in (or, at least, they used to be, no idea if this has changed).  I have no idea what the middle two numbers are, but a lot of people I know have the same middle numbers, even if all numbers are different.  So, yes, we had 5 digits alike, but it wasn't exactly a shock that we would do so, apparently both being born in the same geographical area, which we still lived in.  The last 4 were completely different.

Of course, my mother and brother have SS numbers that are only a few digits apart, despite being born decades apart!
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« Reply #1246 on: December 07, 2013, 11:18:43 PM »
All the twins I deal with are age 18 or older and their SSN are sequential. I didn't know new ones were not.
My sisters and I have consecutive SSNs; we got them as kids, long before the government required children to have them, because we were opening savings accounts at the bank. It's been quite handy over the years, in that our parents might need to use them for something, and they only had to ask one of us to get all 3 numbers. :) But it was a hassle when my sister and I worked for the same company, and someone got our timesheets mixed up...

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« Reply #1247 on: December 08, 2013, 07:17:16 AM »
When I was in 7th grade, I won my school's spelling bee, and the resource teacher who ran the bee brought me to her office to call my parents and to get me signed up for the county-wide spelling bee.  She was *astounded* that my SS number was so similar to hers.  They both started with the same first 5 numbers.  Well, the first 3 are for what area your card was assigned in (or, at least, they used to be, no idea if this has changed).  I have no idea what the middle two numbers are, but a lot of people I know have the same middle numbers, even if all numbers are different.  So, yes, we had 5 digits alike, but it wasn't exactly a shock that we would do so, apparently both being born in the same geographical area, which we still lived in.  The last 4 were completely different.

Of course, my mother and brother have SS numbers that are only a few digits apart, despite being born decades apart!

My MIL met her best friend in a similar way--they both have uncannily similar tax file numbers (similar to SS numbers), were born on the same day during the same minute (but in different countries), have sons with the same first name, etc.

Someone trying to contact MIL for whatever official thing ended up contacting the other lady instead (did I mention that at the time, their phone numbers were different by only 2 digits?) This kept happening until they were eventually both called to come in for something and only one was needed, so they met in the waiting room. They've been friends since.

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« Reply #1248 on: December 08, 2013, 06:34:27 PM »
I had someone ask me whether my baby was a boy or a girl.

The baby was naked at the time  :o.

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« Reply #1249 on: December 08, 2013, 06:44:17 PM »
This was back when I was in college, but it really is a thing that adults should know.  I shared an apartment with another girl who had a boyfriend that was over all the time.  One day while I was in classes, she and her boyfriend rearranged the living room and kitchen.  I didn't really care about the redecorating, but it was hard to find some stuff.  I couldn't find the bread at all, for one thing! 

I turned on the oven to preheat for whatever I was going to make and started pulling out ingredients for it.  About two minutes later, I asked the two of them if they smelled anything funny.  The boyfriend shot out of his chair and ran over to the stove, which he pulled open.  There was the bread (all wrapped and everything).  After pulling it out, he started to berate me for not checking the oven before I turned it on to preheat; after all, lots of people stored things in their ovens!  I looked straight at him and said, "If you change where something is being stored, you need to let people know!  I've never known anyone to store food in the oven."

Honestly, I thought at the time (and still think, for that matter) that this should be intuitively obvious.  Storing bread, or any food, in the oven when that hasn't previously been the case is something that maybe you should tell people about!

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« Reply #1250 on: December 08, 2013, 07:14:16 PM »
I had someone ask me whether my baby was a boy or a girl.

The baby was naked at the time  :o.
You should really get your baby to the doctor  ;)

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« Reply #1251 on: December 08, 2013, 07:15:47 PM »
I had someone ask me whether my baby was a boy or a girl.

The baby was naked at the time  :o.

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« Reply #1252 on: December 08, 2013, 07:21:54 PM »
This was back when I was in college, but it really is a thing that adults should know.  I shared an apartment with another girl who had a boyfriend that was over all the time.  One day while I was in classes, she and her boyfriend rearranged the living room and kitchen.  I didn't really care about the redecorating, but it was hard to find some stuff.  I couldn't find the bread at all, for one thing! 

I turned on the oven to preheat for whatever I was going to make and started pulling out ingredients for it.  About two minutes later, I asked the two of them if they smelled anything funny.  The boyfriend shot out of his chair and ran over to the stove, which he pulled open.  There was the bread (all wrapped and everything).  After pulling it out, he started to berate me for not checking the oven before I turned it on to preheat; after all, lots of people stored things in their ovens!  I looked straight at him and said, "If you change where something is being stored, you need to let people know!  I've never known anyone to store food in the oven."

Honestly, I thought at the time (and still think, for that matter) that this should be intuitively obvious.  Storing bread, or any food, in the oven when that hasn't previously been the case is something that maybe you should tell people about!

…The only things that should be stored in the oven are things that WON'T BE DAMAGED IF THE OVEN IS TURNED ON. Like baking sheets! He seriously thought it was okay to put stuff in the oven and then blame YOU when you didn't psychically divine that he'd done it? :o

I suppose I shouldn't be this surprised, really, given that in the past I've read about a police officer who accidentally baked his issue revolver (http://www.annarbor.com/news/oven-safe-to-350-degrees/), a young woman who got shot by the oven where her friend had stored his ammo (http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/21/17045722-woman-shot-by-oven-while-trying-to-cook-waffles), and the Victorian police force (Victoria in Australia, that is) issue a gun safety code that specifically tells you not to dry your ammo in the oven (http://www.police.vic.gov.au/files/documents/390_Firearms-Safety-Code.pdf).
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« Reply #1253 on: December 08, 2013, 08:48:49 PM »
I wouldn't expect everyone here (in a warmer climate) to know this except it's been all over the news for 3 days (and every time it gets cold here):  do not pour HOT water over your vehicle windshield in order to thaw it. If you're in that much off a hurry - COLD water only

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« Reply #1254 on: December 08, 2013, 09:17:37 PM »
I had someone ask me whether my baby was a boy or a girl.

The baby was naked at the time  :o.

I have a great-nephew that you couldn't tell if he was a boy or girl until he was old enough you wouldn't see him naked.  Physical differences are what makes the world go around  8)
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« Reply #1255 on: December 08, 2013, 09:33:47 PM »
I had someone ask me whether my baby was a boy or a girl.

The baby was naked at the time  :o.
This reminds me of a friend of mine from school. When she was born, she didn't breathe for a brief spell. Obviously she eventually did and it was all fine, but until then, she turned blue. Her father, who was in the room, shouted happily at his suffocating newborn, "Oh look! Blue means it's a boy!"

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« Reply #1256 on: December 08, 2013, 10:21:53 PM »
I had someone ask me whether my baby was a boy or a girl.

The baby was naked at the time  :o .
Was this an adult?  Because I think that's only allowable if the person asking is under 10 and does not know that the other sex is built differently from their own.
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« Reply #1257 on: December 09, 2013, 03:21:10 AM »
When I was at university there were a couple of students where he was FirstName Father'sLastName and she was FirstName Mother'sLastName. I remember them as being from one of the Nordic countries but it was a long time ago and that may be wrong. Certainly they said that was normal for their culture, and that it was taking the university some time to comprehend that John Smith and Mary Jones were twins. it didn't help, or maybe it did, that while obviously they weren't identical twins, physically they were very much alike.
They might have been from Iceland, where the children's last name is their parent's first name with a suffix specifying -son or -dottir (daughter).

So John Smith and Mary Brown's children would be named Bob Johnson and Sally Johnsdottir (i.e. John's daughter). Bob Johnson's children in turn would have the lastname Bobson or Bobsdottir.

It could be that the parents decided to split the naming between the two parent's so the son has the father's name (Bob Johnson) but the sister had the mothers name (Sally Marysdottir).
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« Reply #1258 on: December 09, 2013, 03:52:18 AM »
I went to primary school, with twins.  One was called Marion Mary, and the other Mary Marion..  We called them both ' MM'

At my, all-male, school, there were identical twins called R.P. [last name]  and R.P.G. [last name].  It was an old-fashioned school, with standard practice for pupils to go by their last names only; I wasn't well acquainted with them, and never knew their given names.  It would seem on the face of it, though -- as with your MMs -- that the parents had been intent on "making confusion yet more confounded".

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« Reply #1259 on: December 09, 2013, 04:00:53 AM »
When I was at university there were a couple of students where he was FirstName Father'sLastName and she was FirstName Mother'sLastName. I remember them as being from one of the Nordic countries but it was a long time ago and that may be wrong. Certainly they said that was normal for their culture, and that it was taking the university some time to comprehend that John Smith and Mary Jones were twins. it didn't help, or maybe it did, that while obviously they weren't identical twins, physically they were very much alike.
They might have been from Iceland, where the children's last name is their parent's first name with a suffix specifying -son or -dottir (daughter).

So John Smith and Mary Brown's children would be named Bob Johnson and Sally Johnsdottir (i.e. John's daughter). Bob Johnson's children in turn would have the lastname Bobson or Bobsdottir.

It could be that the parents decided to split the naming between the two parent's so the son has the father's name (Bob Johnson) but the sister had the mothers name (Sally Marysdottir).

WolfWay, you've cleared something up for me here -- thanks.  I recently came across a thriller -- which proved boring to me, I'm afraid -- translated from the Icelandic of one Arnaldur Indridason. I knew about the Icelandic -son / -dottir practice, but had been given to understand that the "suffix-ing" was always done to the father's name; and "Indrida" seemed plainly, a woman's name -- leaving me a little puzzled.  But I learn now, that it can happen that the mother's name is thus used.

I gather that the telephone directory in Iceland is listed by people's given names...