Today I learned....

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That American English calls all tortoises, turtles and terrapins "turtles". They use the word as a catch all term for anything in that family, whereas in British English it only applies to the ones with flippers that live in water, and anything that walks about on land is a "tortoise".

Neither nation is wrong, it's not scientific, just another small quirk of language.
 

Joe

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That American English calls all tortoises, turtles and terrapins "turtles". They use the word as a catch all term for anything in that family, whereas in British English it only applies to the ones with flippers that live in water, and anything that walks about on land is a "tortoise".

Neither nation is wrong, it's not scientific, just another small quirk of language.
Same in swedish we just use the prefix "sea" if they have flippers
 
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WaltzingMatilda

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Today I learned that one day while filming Survivor season 13, two contestants (Shane and Aras) found a 1 kilo brick of cocaine washed up on the beach.

Apparently Aras wanted to hand it straight in to production, but Shane:



tried to hide it in the jungle so he and his allies could take a bump before challenges. :lol:

Apparently production confiscated it. Also it is rumoured that this is the reason Shane was never invited back to play again, even though he was a fan favourite player and tremendously entertaining personality.

So there you go. Two Survivor contestants found a kilo of coke washed up on the beach, and one of them wanted to hoard it. :lol:

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That American English calls all tortoises, turtles and terrapins "turtles". They use the word as a catch all term for anything in that family, whereas in British English it only applies to the ones with flippers that live in water, and anything that walks about on land is a "tortoise".

Neither nation is wrong, it's not scientific, just another small quirk of language.
A tortoise is still a tortoise. Americans are pretty ignorant in regard to what a tortoise actually is; that's why they will say "turtle." Idk what goes on in the UK.

It's like calling a chimp a monkey. It's out of ignorance but happens a lot.
 
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A tortoise is still a tortoise. Americans are pretty ignorant in regard to what a tortoise actually is; that's why they will say "turtle." Idk what goes on in the UK.

It's like calling a chimp a monkey. It's out of ignorance but happens a lot.
That was my understanding of it, but Wikipedia suggested that scientifically the terms are not as broad anyway, and that saying "turtle" is okay. Certain land "tortoises" are specifically tortoises, but others have another name. I will obviously stick with the UK system as it is certainly closer to proper accuracy.
 

DBerry

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'Straya, cunt.
That was my understanding of it, but Wikipedia suggested that scientifically the terms are not as broad anyway, and that saying "turtle" is okay. Certain land "tortoises" are specifically tortoises, but others have another name. I will obviously stick with the UK system as it is certainly closer to proper accuracy.
C’mon now, I’ve seen you dismiss posters for quoting Wikipedia, now, not only are you just quoting it, here you are paraphrasing it. :domeafavour
 
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I was at a trivia night at work at the question was, ‘what’s the only country on earth that has tigers and lions?’.

It‘s India. I guessed correctly but I didn’t really know it.
 

DBerry

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'Straya, cunt.
I was at a trivia night at work at the question was, ‘what’s the only country on earth that has tigers and lions?’.

It‘s India. I guessed correctly but I didn’t really know it.
Back in the nineties the correct answer was my bedroom, I was a tiger in the sack and I slept (and ate) like a lion :smile
 
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C’mon now, I’ve seen you dismiss posters for quoting Wikipedia, now, not only are you just quoting it, here you are paraphrasing it. :domeafavour
You haven't. :lol: Wikipedia is a usually very reliable source, and you can check the footnotes for their sourcing. But...yeah I didn't spend long on the turtle tortoise thing...assumed I was right, checked it, saw not so much and thought "fair enough".
 
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The hundred folds in a chef’s toque represents the 100 ways you can cook an egg, don’t know why anyone would ever to need to know that but it’s apparently true
 
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Haggis

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Today I learned that there have been two murders in Antarctica. Maybe.

The first was a Russian scientist who got cabin fever, lost a game of chess, and split his opponent's skull open with an axe. Leading to chess being banned from Russian Antarctic bases, which apparently is to Russians what taking beer away is to Aussies or taking guns away is to Americans.

The second is a real whodunit. An Australian scientist somehow managed to ingest about a wine glass full of pure methanol. He had two mysterious injection marks on his arm, but he wasn't suicidal at all. Case is still unsolved. The New Zealand police investigated (there were only 47 people on the base), but they were stonewalled.

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Haggis

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On 9 October 2018, a stabbing occurred at the Bellingshausen Station (станция Беллинсгаузен), a Russian research station on King George Island.[18] The perpetrator was Sergey Savitsky (Сергей Савицкий), a 54-year-old electrical engineer.[19] He stabbed Oleg Beloguzov (Олег Белогузов), a 52-year old welder, in the chest[19] multiple times.[20] According to some sources, the attack occurred because Beloguzov was giving away the endings of books that Savitsky checked out at the station's library.[21] Other sources say that the attack occurred in the dining room when Beloguzov teased Savitsky by telling him that he should dance on top of the table to make money.

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Beefcake

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On 9 October 2018, a stabbing occurred at the Bellingshausen Station (станция Беллинсгаузен), a Russian research station on King George Island.[18] The perpetrator was Sergey Savitsky (Сергей Савицкий), a 54-year-old electrical engineer.[19] He stabbed Oleg Beloguzov (Олег Белогузов), a 52-year old welder, in the chest[19] multiple times.[20] According to some sources, the attack occurred because Beloguzov was giving away the endings of books that Savitsky checked out at the station's library.[21] Other sources say that the attack occurred in the dining room when Beloguzov teased Savitsky by telling him that he should dance on top of the table to make money.

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Bogotazo gon' FUCK YOU UP, Haggis!
 
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