Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
4/14/22 5:21 a.m.

TIL that Marty Feldman's mother was from Kyiv. 

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
4/14/22 9:14 a.m.
Woody (Forum Supportum) said:

TIL that Marty Feldman's mother was from Kyiv. 

A few days ago I learned that my employer's founder and namesake (Igor Sikorsky) was from Kyiv as well.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
4/14/22 9:32 a.m.

In reply to Ashyukun (Robert) :

I met Igor's son at a winery in November. 

Karacticus
Karacticus SuperDork
4/14/22 9:52 a.m.
Ashyukun (Robert) said:
Woody (Forum Supportum) said:

TIL that Marty Feldman's mother was from Kyiv. 

A few days ago I learned that my employer's founder and namesake (Igor Sikorsky) was from Kyiv as well.

I remember interviewing there in the 80's.  Two things stick out as memorable. 

  • Locals and employees referred to the place as Sikorsky's. 
  • The second was that they reimbursed me my travel expenses in cash.
wae
wae PowerDork
4/18/22 6:55 p.m.

TIL that the pin is missing from my fire extinguisher.

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
4/18/22 8:31 p.m.
wae said:

TIL that the pin is missing from my fire extinguisher.

Did you learn it quickly, accidentally, and messily?

wae
wae PowerDork
4/18/22 10:57 p.m.
Streetwiseguy said:
wae said:

TIL that the pin is missing from my fire extinguisher.

Did you learn it quickly, accidentally, and messily?

Yep!  The same way I've learned pretty much everything!

NickD
NickD MegaDork
4/19/22 9:29 a.m.

TIL about Autoworld, the automotive-themed amusement park that was supposed to save Flint, Michigan and ultimately ended up not that automotive-themed, not that amusing, and obviously didn't turn things around for Flint (actually, it made them worse)

NY Nick
NY Nick Dork
4/19/22 9:35 a.m.

In reply to NickD :

I lived in Flint when they were tearing down the last pieces of it. It was a sad story. The fate of the city was a sad story. I watched Roger and Me when I lived in Flint (before Mr. Moore got political IMO) and it was interesting to see places in the movie that I would see all the time. 

Jay_W
Jay_W SuperDork
4/19/22 1:52 p.m.

TIL that if you are very, very rich and very, very connected, you can buy the Australian Air Force and make it your own. There are some strings attached but it still looks like a real interesting gig.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/this-man-owns-the-world-s-most-advanced-private-air-force-after-buying-46-f-a-18-hornets

wae
wae PowerDork
4/19/22 10:02 p.m.

TIL: there is a tool called a hot staple gun.  Why do I not have one of those!?

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
4/19/22 10:18 p.m.

In reply to wae :

I mangled my turn signal switch last week with one!

It works a lot different than I expected.  Expectation was that it worked like, well, a staple gun, except hot.  Like when my mom would fix broken plastic glasses frames with a regular staple after heating it up over a stovetop burner.  (I broke a lot of glasses frames...)  Like punch it through, fold the ends over, done.

This is more like.... like inserting corrugated rebar into concrete.  You melt the "top" partway in, and then the legs stick out of the plastic, deadbug style, and have to be trimmed off.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
4/23/22 12:17 p.m.

TIL. That the interior space of my Merc is equal to 8 tires plus one human

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
4/23/22 12:20 p.m.

TIL that you only get two seasons out of Blizzacs on the rear of my Merc. 

NY Nick
NY Nick Dork
4/23/22 12:41 p.m.

GM choose to use 3 - 5mm bolts to hold on the on board air compressor on GMT900 trucks. This is under the truck in direct line of tire debris kick up. How well do you think those come off after 11 years? Not too good!  Broke 2/3 and had to drill out and re-tap. 

mtn
mtn MegaDork
4/23/22 12:49 p.m.
dean1484 said:

TIL. That the interior space of my Merc is equal to 8 tires plus one human

Is this including the trunk?

NickD
NickD MegaDork
4/23/22 2:17 p.m.

TIL that my garage at the new house must have an infestation of driveshaft gnomes. That's the only reason I can determine for it being fine last fall after driving to Binghamton and back, parking it for 5 months, and then all of the driveshaft bolts being completely loose today. Made for a hellacious vibration and an inauspicious start to the 2022 season

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
4/23/22 8:06 p.m.
mtn said:
dean1484 said:

TIL. That the interior space of my Merc is equal to 8 tires plus one human

Is this including the trunk?

Yes folded down the seat in the rear. You get a completely open pass through. 

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
4/28/22 2:03 p.m.

TIL that my boss, who is not that much older than I am (pretty sure he's under 60...) and I know for a fact has fairly large number of children who would have grown up texting, did not know what 'IIRC' meant...

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
4/28/22 2:50 p.m.

In reply to Ashyukun (Robert) :

The first time I ever saw IIRC was online around 1989...

 

Somewhere along the way, IMHO changed its meaning.  Used to mean "honest", now people think it means "humble"?  I'd rather hear someone's honest opinion than self back-patting.

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
4/28/22 3:00 p.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

I think "In my humble opinion" predates the internet by quite a bit, and originally meant something along the lines of "I'm not sure, and you can take this for what its worth, but my opinion is ..."

"Humble" may have changed meanings in the last few years, like so many other things.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
4/28/22 3:35 p.m.

I still don't know what IIRC means.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
4/28/22 3:42 p.m.
Appleseed said:

I still don't know what IIRC means.

If I remember correctly, it means if I remember correctly.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
4/28/22 3:43 p.m.

TIL Nylock nuts are N2, N5 or N8 nylon.

 

TIL It's still a thing to decorate your car with candy cars or soda, even if you're a mother dropping off your kids at elementary school. Bonus points, apparently, for adding photoshoot pictures of yourself to the decal. Also a Mrs. Juicy sticker on the front helps.

 

 

mtn
mtn MegaDork
4/28/22 3:50 p.m.
tuna55 said:
Appleseed said:

I still don't know what IIRC means.

If I remember correctly, it means if I remember correctly.

IMHO, IIRC means If I Recall Correctly

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