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Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: January 14th, 2018, 11:24 am
by Asparagus
The past tense of spin is spunt.

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: January 14th, 2018, 11:28 am
by Braininvat
If a cat has kittens, then a bat will have bittens.

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: February 9th, 2018, 12:30 pm
by Asparagus
Everything tastes better with chili power sprinkled on it. Everything.

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PostPosted: February 9th, 2018, 7:27 pm
by Serpent
Sixty is the new forty.

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PostPosted: February 25th, 2018, 10:02 am
by Asparagus
"I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed. And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away."

This poem is about a statue of Ramses II, who lived circa 1250 BC. By special archeological magic, we know he is the Egyptian king who reigned during the time period referred to in the biblical Exodus. Like the Trojan war, this is a mangled memory of the destruction and desolation of the Bronze Age Collapse. Plus there really was a Moses.

Anyway, that context makes the poem deepen into a cavern of emotion to me. The late Bronze Age was similar to our time in many ways.

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: February 25th, 2018, 11:44 am
by Forest_Dump
The plural of goose is geese. The plural of moose is moose. Unless you meet Mr and Mrs Moose (who I have met) in which case you have met the Mooses (which is difficult to get past spellchecker).

By the way,what makes you think there really was a Moses?

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: February 25th, 2018, 12:15 pm
by Asparagus
@Forest_Dump
There was a guy with a Semitic name who had a high ranking position in Ramses 2's government. It had to be Moses. Who else could it be?

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: February 25th, 2018, 1:18 pm
by Forest_Dump
Some other guy? There were lots of poor orphans in England, some might even have been named Oliver Twist. Doesn'the mean Dicken's books were nonfiction.

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: February 25th, 2018, 1:28 pm
by Asparagus
@ Forest_Dump
Your argument is reductio ad twistum. The flaw is that Oliver Twist was actually Swedish.

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: February 25th, 2018, 1:42 pm
by someguy1
Asparagus » January 14th, 2018, 9:24 am wrote:The past tense of spin is spunt.


Don't believe so.

https://english.stackexchange.com/quest ... an-or-spun

Have you a reference for your claim? Or is this a lighthearted joke thread and I'm missing the point?

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: February 25th, 2018, 2:09 pm
by Watson
I thought it was a type-o. If not, then yes, what was the point?

Re: Strange pseudo-facts

PostPosted: February 25th, 2018, 4:22 pm
by Asparagus
Just joking. But the Exodus stuff I mentioned is all fairly true except the Moses part.