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« Reply #71985 on: October 16, 2019, 10:46:45 am »
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

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« Reply #71986 on: October 16, 2019, 10:56:20 am »
France and Germany BFFs

I am amazed Russians like Germany so much.
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« Reply #71987 on: October 16, 2019, 10:56:34 am »
They buy our iron ore and ball bearings.
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« Reply #71988 on: October 16, 2019, 11:10:12 am »
Italian figure stands out imo. Twice as high as in UK, France or Spain for unfavorable  :hmm:

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« Reply #71989 on: October 16, 2019, 12:04:40 pm »
Pleasantly surprised the UK isn't that dumb
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« Reply #71990 on: October 16, 2019, 02:05:11 pm »
Monty Python found!
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Monty the ball python went missing on June 13, the same night the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA Championship in franchise history.

How he ended up escaping from inside his terrarium is still a head scratcher, but his owner has tossed around a few ideas.

"Either he escaped on his own or he had some help from a very happy Raptors fan -- we're not sure," laughed Samantha Sannella.

Sannella's son discovered the snake on Thanksgiving while opening a cupboard in the basement of the family's Toronto home. Monty had been missing since June and the family was getting ready to post his terrarium online for sale when the snake decided to come out of hiding.
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« Reply #71991 on: October 16, 2019, 02:23:13 pm »
I've had a car again for a week now.
And I can officially redeclare based on updated experiences : driving absolutely sucks and cars are one of the worst inventions in the history of humankind.
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« Reply #71992 on: October 16, 2019, 02:37:27 pm »
Speaking at least for around here...you blokes, while very polite most times in terms of giving way when appropriate...suck at driving.  And drive like maniacs on these narrow/poorly maintained "roads".

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« Reply #71993 on: October 17, 2019, 02:08:49 am »
Road death rate in the UK is far lower than the USA though :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate

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« Reply #71994 on: October 17, 2019, 05:15:00 am »
Apart from the noted reckless bravery on the tiny pedestrian pathways jokingly declared two-way roads for cars by some drunk Victorian 200 years ago, drivers here are much better on average than in Hungary. Far from everyone, of course, but still okay.

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« Reply #71995 on: October 17, 2019, 05:23:37 am »
That was one of my main impressions of rural UK when I visited. That, compared to continental Europe, houses and streets seemed scaled down by 10-20%.
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« Reply #71996 on: October 17, 2019, 05:51:22 am »
Italian figure stands out imo. Twice as high as in UK, France or Spain for unfavorable  :hmm:

Would have been interesting to get the figure for Portugal, another country hit hard by austerity.

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« Reply #71997 on: October 17, 2019, 07:14:37 am »
Apparently Poland is moving to ban sex ed from school. All of it. To protect kids from "depravity." The proposed law offers up to 3 years in prison for any teacher violating it.
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« Reply #71998 on: October 17, 2019, 07:29:55 am »
They can look forward to a raise in teenage pregnancy numbers.
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« Reply #71999 on: October 17, 2019, 07:31:22 am »
They can look forward to a raise in teenage pregnancy numbers.

Like that's a bad thing in conservative Catholic circles. :D

*queue "Every Sperm is Sacred" from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life*
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.