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« Reply #25 on: 09/01/2010 03:50:05 »
In 1945, a computer at Harvard malfunctioned and Grace Hopper, who was working on the computer, investigated and found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it.
 

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« Reply #26 on: 09/01/2010 04:09:03 »
My bad!

I was guessing. I though it might have been true! Not that far off really.
 

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« Reply #27 on: 09/01/2010 04:24:21 »
Re-posted from above Geezer's last to correct the math. I made the original Texas smaller than it actually was.

Idaho - 83,642 sq. mi.
Montana - 147,165 sq. mi.
Wyoming - 97,818 sq. mi.

                  = a total of 253,347 sq. mi. COUNTING the area that once was part of Texas


Texas when it, as an INDEPENDENT NATION, voluntarily joined the United States, consisted of all of present day Texas, parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, about 1/3rd of Colorado and over 1/2 of New Mexico, that part east of the Rio Grande River, a little less than twice it's present area. A total of

Present day Texas = 268,820 sq. mi.

Plus

1/2 New Mexico = ~60,833 Sq. Mi.
1/3 Colorado =  ~52,093  Sq. Mi.
parts of Kansas, Oklahome, and Wyoming = about another 50,000 square miles

= 431,746 square miles

I think that the fabled El Idahoe-dorado was way smaller than the original Texas - including that the part that is now part of Wyoming and could not have been part of the fabled El Idahoe-dorado - was much smaller than Texas when it became part of the Union and smaller than Texas as it is now.

Sorry, sheep-gut-eater.  

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... that Scotland has only a small measure of self-rule compared to other parts of the British Commonwealth.

Very interesting, Ethos
 

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« Reply #28 on: 09/01/2010 04:32:02 »
It's OK Geezer. Although originally Scottish, you came to the US and stayed. You saw the light.

... that Helvellyn is an extinct volcano in the English Lake District?

(more to follow in the Geology Section)
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« Reply #29 on: 09/01/2010 06:51:46 »
I am already yawning in anticipation. Let me know 15 minutes before you post so I can brew some extra strong coffee.

BTW, for some reason the Scots are actually over represented (I have a theory about why that is which would probably get me banned. Let's just say it's to do with something with which you are rather familiar ;D)

Anyway, it seems the Scots get to elect members of the UK Parliament (which, by accident, happens to be in London and therefore causes Americans to assume Scotland is ruled by England, which it ain't) and now they also get to elect members of the Scottish Parliament which seems to be about as much use as a chocolate teapot - IMHO.  Though I suppose, if you only ever drank iced tea, a chocolate teapot would not really be all that bad. Where the hell was I?
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« Reply #30 on: 09/01/2010 14:39:34 »
... the Scottish Parliament which seems to be about as much use as a chocolate teapot

The Naked Scientists have shown a chocolate teapot has greater structural integrity than the Scottish parliament building.



http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/how-useless-is-a-chocolate-teapot/
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« Reply #31 on: 09/01/2010 15:49:10 »
That the first functional nuclear reactor in Sweden was built 1950 under the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in the middle of Stockholm city. Wiki

 

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« Reply #32 on: 09/01/2010 17:32:29 »
...that Barr & Stroud in Glasgow developed a mini-computer in the late fifties. They made one, but decided to go no further because (I understand) they felt there was no market for such a thing.
 

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« Reply #33 on: 09/01/2010 18:15:24 »
See - The Scots - sheesh!!

... that the Hebrides were once part of North America?
 

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« Reply #34 on: 09/01/2010 18:32:46 »
See - The Scots - sheesh!!

... that the Hebrides were once part of North America?


Very interesting. Then, pray tell, how come Native Americans don't speak Gaelic?
 

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« Reply #35 on: 10/01/2010 00:37:00 »
They should, shouldn't they? After all we were the first Americans and we speak Galik fluently.
(Yes, we became very sunburnt that first time, no not tanned, s u n b u r n t like red, get it?)
 

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« Reply #36 on: 15/01/2010 05:37:38 »
.....that swimming pools in Phoenix Arizona have evaporative coolers to stop the water getting too hot!
 

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« Reply #37 on: 08/02/2010 22:44:23 »
Thanks DD. Well, that pretty much stopped this thread dead in it's tracks  ;D
 

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