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  1. The power went out for a few seconds. I had to restart everything. The air conditioner didn't appear to be fazed by it. When the power came back on, it kept on cooling the house down. I wonder why that happens.

    1. Kiwi


      Check the thermostat...

  2. Comcast is stupid. The cable box is not going to reset if it is completely broken.

  3. is resisting the urge to post "Supper's Ready" in the Favorite Genesis music thread.

    1. lushgirl_80


      good song! I was lucky to catch them in concert recently.

  4. Atari was an answer (question?) in tonight's Jeopardy! The topic was about brand names and the clue was about the 2600 (and had a black and white/color TV switch)

  5. I have an orchestra, but it can't afford any instruments. I don't know why. It's "Chris Read's B Flat Baroque Orchestra."

  6. R.I.P. my CRT TV that I've had since 1993.

  7. PM me if you want a broken Atari 7800 console.

  8. We did it! 5,000,000 posts and counting.

    1. Kiwi


      And the numbers didn't roll over from 5,000,000 to 0.  Phew...

  9. Did I just do something odd to have the clubs appear on my main site forums, or did Al?

    1. Atarian7


      I got the same thing and it's a long list too.


  10. Just saw a woman on the TV with the last name of "Slutman." I would have definitely have changed that years ago.

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    2. atari2600land


      I found this:


      Along with a few others. Let's not get into politics here.

    3. WhataKowinkydink


      Thanks for the link and for chatting.

    4. carlsson


      Here in Sweden, TV almost every night ended with Slut. Not so much anymore since programming happens almost 24/7.

  11. Before the fruit orange was discovered, the English word for the color orange was geoluhread.

    1. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      Mmm, geoluhread nectar.


      Apparently it was a garbled way of saying "yellow-red."

    2. Zoyous


      They say there are no words that rhyme with "geoluhread"

    3. SlidellMan


      And the e in Hrēad has a long/macron accent. Geoluhrēad, I learned that from

      https://www.oldenglishtranslator.co.uk and https://www.bosworth-toller.com, which are really helpful for Old English.

  12. I have a theory: Medicine costs could go down if they quit having advertisements during EVERY ad break, no matter what you're watching.

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    2. thanatos


      Did you know the chemical name for Viagra is really "Mycoxafloppin"?


      Edit - I'm gonna make my own status update with that...  :D


    3. ls650


      I can always tell when I'm watching a TV show on an American channel rather than Canadian because of all the drug ads.

    4. BydoEmpire


      Ah thanks @thanatos I thought it was something like that!

  13. Saw a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch that was Halloween-themed. Can't we at least get through Easter first?

    1. jhd


      Was it new, or just leftover stock from 2021?


      It is still possible to find gingerbread (Christmas) Oreos for sale, but they were last produced in December.  

    2. atari2600land


      The expiration date is August 2022. I guess it can be old.

  14. Is Discord down? I can log on, but can't seem to read any messages on it.

    1. Flojomojo


      It seems ro be recovering now, but yes it was stuck pretty hard. I like DownDetector for tracking cloud outages. 

    2. 7800Knight


      It is back now.  I saw the earlier trouble on Discord.

  15. Every telephone pole has a unique ID number located on a "pole tag" near the bottom of the pole.

    1. Rogerpoco


      OK, I'll bite...

      I assume you are working with a company that installs poles and stuff, learning and enthusiastic?

      I grew up in North Florida, but my Dad's little Sister married a Guy from Georgia, and she was my "doting Aunt", went to her house on weekends and stuff.

      Well, her Husband, my Uncle Wendall was the foreman of a crew that installed poles, and they moved around constantly, as they would complete jobs, mebbe every year and a half or so even, "nice trailers" were the best option, and it was pretty fun getting to see different parts of north Florida/south Georgia that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.

      But yeah, main point-Wendall was a cool Guy, and his "mission in life" was...telephone poles!!!



  16. There are about 180,000,000 telephone poles in the U.S.

    1. RetroB1977
    2. Master Phruby

      Master Phruby

      That makes for a lot of happy squirrels. 

    3. SoundGammon


      I demand a re-count!

  17. Insightful Technology keeps attacking my e-mail with tons and tons of spam. I wish there was something I could do about it.

    1. Gemintronic


      Email filters.  Hopefully you can use Thunderbird.

  18. Washington "Football Team" is now Washington Commanders.

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    2. _The Doctor__

      _The Doctor__

      It plays to the power fantasy... They are the Commanders over all, sounds very Washington. But I agree dorky for football. Maybe they could have tried Washington Barkers, the team that might bite!

    3. BydoEmpire


      It'd be cool if it was the Washington Commodores... complete with C= logo!

    4. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      I was working in DC when they first asked for names, and the agency I was with had a joke going around that they were going to put in for the "Washington Gun Grabbers."

  19. why did the roll of toilet paper roll down the hill?




    to get to the bottom.

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    2. Keatah


      Has anyone ever gotten a paper cut from TP?

    3. xucaen
    4. Keatah


      Just wondering. I did a long time ago, using a glossy magazine to clean up. It was a slippery smear campaign instead!

  20. What is with the Bronx? First a fire, and then an explosion. What's next? An earthquake?

    1. carlsson


      Let's see.. by SimCity terms it is also possible they get a nuclear meltdown or that Godzilla invades Bronx. Probably I forgot some disaster.

    2. Leonard Smith
  21. Can we make it so posts on a person's profile don't show up in the Status Update part?

    1. carlsson


      The two are the same thing from what I understand. Though it seems a bit pointless that the forum software supports public messages to individual members at all, since you normally want to send those privately. For things like birthday congratulations etc you could always tag the other person, but I suppose it is Invision's way to adapt to the Facebook world to let users write on your "wall".

  22. Does the government go out of their way to hire people you can't understand on the phone?

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    2. jhd


      It's entirely a cost issue. Native speakers of English demand a high starting salary (i.e. above minimum wage). The less the job pays, the more limited are the communication skills of the person doing it. As their language skills improve, they advance to better jobs. 

    3. atari2600land


      But sometimes wouldn't you have to spend more to run things more efficiently, offsetting the spending more with the savings you get when things are run smoothly?

    4. jhd


      I do not disagree with your assessment, but this has been my experience over the past two decades. I have no idea if there is any measure of potential revenue lost (in the private sector, at least) because of limited/non-existent customer service. Since it has a monopoly, Government is obviously less concerned with losing customers.  


      One quick story: Some years ago, KFC was heavily promoting a new type of chicken sandwich. I went to my local restaurant to order one. The cashier had utterly no idea what I was asking about, so I directed his attention to the HUGE advertising poster hanging directly behind him. He was completely unaware of this new product. Now, I do not know if it was a language barrier, poor training, or some combination of other factors, but customer service was definitely impacted, and the store lost the potential revenue from my purchase that day. (That establishment closed just a few years later.)



  23. I can understand midnight. I don't like it, but I can understand lighting off fireworks at midnight. But large, almost houseshaking ones at 9 and 10 p.m.? Why?

    1. littaum


      I find that people on the West coast of the US really love to celebrate Eastern and Central time zone New Years. 

    2. Random Terrain

      Random Terrain

      Where I live at the moment, noise bullies set off fireworks for every holiday, birthday, and bowel movement (any time of the day). Why waste fireworks during the day?

  24. There's at least two inches of snow and counting. I want it to stop. I didn't want this much snow.

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    2. Rogerpoco


      I'm kinda weirded out here-grew up with no snow whatsoever in North Florida, didn't snow too bad the first couple years I was here, but has been a Winter Wonderland now for a couple decades-

      We haven't had a drop of snow, and it's kinda warm and rainy even, is really weird.

      I live very near the Ski Resorts in the Appalachian Mountains, Boone/Blowing Rock NC, so we really do typically have high expectations for snow, but I'm NOT complaining!!!

    3. Rogerpoco


      I'm kinda weirded out here-grew up with no snow whatsoever in North Florida, didn't snow too bad the first couple years I was here, but has been a Winter Wonderland now for a couple decades-

      We haven't had a drop of snow, and it's kinda warm and rainy even, is really weird.

      I live very near the Ski Resorts in the Appalachian Mountains, Boone/Blowing Rock NC, so we really do typically have high expectations for snow, but I'm NOT complaining!!!

    4. GoldLeader


      We Absolutely Need Snow here!  If we don't get snow packed on the mountains,  there will be a drought in the Summer,  when the snow melts to give water to the rivers and streams...Glad we got some.  I just wish we'd get more...But I prefer we don't get a huge amount all at once, shutting down everything...

  25. I got a new micro sd card for xmas but I can't use it for anything.

    1. atari2600land


      I never knew something couldn't work because it could store too much on it. Lesson learned.

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