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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1260 on: December 07, 2013, 05:23:26 AM »
Okay, on Friday (Dec. 6) the coldest spot on the planet was....... Manning, Alberta at -39.8C!!!! And that's before the wind chill was factored in, which resulted in >-50C.

Welcome to winter in Northern Canada.

Tomorrow, we in Edmonton are expecting a balmy -19, but 60% chance of snow flurries late in the afternoon.
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« Reply #1261 on: December 07, 2013, 07:10:17 AM »
That would make my area the unofficial 'Canadian tropics' - it is currently -5 here! ;D
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« Reply #1262 on: December 07, 2013, 10:19:41 AM »
2 things that came up over last week with "educated" people
story 1- my SIL at Thanksgiving was surprised that nephew was spending thanksgiving weekend with new girlfriend celebrating Hanukkah  with her family (we are traditional Catholics) SILs response I didn't know she was half Jewish My  sisters comment- her family is Jewish (apparently SIL didn't know that Jewish people celebrate Thanksgiving ...

After returning to work last Monday at a staff meeting the yearly calender for 2014 was shared including a staff in-service on October 13th 2014 - . One staff member commented that she would not be there since she was going home for thanksgiving -puzzled looks all around as to how someone would be having Thanksgiving in October clearly no one has ever seen on a calender a notation for Canadian Thanksgiving (for the record- I didn't know this person was from Canada - but the boss should have since he hired her !!!

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« Reply #1263 on: December 07, 2013, 02:07:17 PM »
My mind got boggled pretty early in life by a pair of twins I went to high school with.  I had to pull a complete list of our class for a grade-wide project, and...discovered that the twins were not only identical to look at, but their parents had given them both the same full legal name.  Their records had to be differentiated by their Social Security numbers, which were, of course, very very close together. 

Why in the heck would parents DO that?! Even if parents did that these days, ever since 2011 (I think around July), the Social Security Association started randomly generating Social Security Numbers, so at least nowadays, those numbers wouldn't be close.

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« Reply #1264 on: December 07, 2013, 06:04:43 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.
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« Reply #1265 on: December 07, 2013, 07:03:31 PM »
I went to primary school, with twins.  One was called Marion Mary, and the other Mary Marion..  We called them both ' MM'

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« Reply #1266 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 #1267 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 #1268 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 #1269 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 #1270 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 #1271 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 #1272 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 #1273 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 #1274 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

I had to stop my neighbor yesterday.  She was just about to do the back window - not a good time to have a cracked / shattered window