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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Grammatron » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:48 am

What's purpose of the metal coil near the handset?

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:12 am


The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:14 am

Grammatron wrote:What's purpose of the metal coil near the handset?
I'm guessing that's a spring intended to keep the cord coiled. That way she could move around and the handset cord wouldn't flop all over the desk and chair, etc.
The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Grammatron » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:05 pm

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Nyarlathotep » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:10 pm

Grammatron wrote:Image
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I always like just scenes of ordinary life in the past.
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:12 pm

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Here is my town of Carson City. The photo is undated, but thought to be 1864 or 1865.

If you look closely, you will see it says "Ormsby House" on the side of one of the buildings. That was going as a hotel/casino in the same spot (albeit a newer buliding) right up until the early 2000s.
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Nyarlathotep » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:15 pm

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For a long, long time, if you drove between Carson City and Reno, you would come upon an empty field with a slab of concrete laid out on it and a sign saying "Future site of (some name I don't remember) Casino". That sign and the slab of concrete had to have been there a good 20 or 30 years. The sign is gone now, so whoever was goign to build it must have given up eventually, but it was there a long time and nothing has been built on that spot to this day.

There was also the guy who played Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies, Max Baer. He wanted to build a Beverly Hillbillies themed casino on the site of a shuttered Wal-Mart for quite a few years. His plan to have a 100 foot tall flaming oil derrick in the parking lot was a major point of contention with the city. Anyhoo, that never was built either, but there was a sign on the property advertising it for years too.
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Post by shemp » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:49 am

Grammatron wrote:Image
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Impossible. It never rains in Southern California.
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Post by Grammatron » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:14 am

This was before Al Gore invented climate change

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Post by Nyarlathotep » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:16 am

shemp wrote:
Grammatron wrote:Image
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Impossible. It never rains in Southern California.
It seems I’ve heard that kind of talk before
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:39 pm

Sometimes the past isn't even past?

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Post by Pyrrho » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:30 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:Sometimes the past isn't even past?

"Ya filthy animal!"

I had one of those "tommy guns" when I was a kid. They were very sturdy, took a real beating while we played "army guys" and stuff.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:23 pm

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Wow, I never saw that before, never even realized it happened. I did know there were Nazi sympathizers. :freedom:
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Anaxagoras wrote:I did know there were Nazi sympathizers. :freedom:
Anti-Commie + (apparently) all for "law and order"… :roll:

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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:21 am

This has come up before.

In this case the foreign country isn't the past. It's California.

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