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Old 08-10-2015, 11:47 PM   #121
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Is it something to do with the fact that people used to believe they carried the soul of the recently departed and takes it to the world of the dead?

Who wrote 'The Rape of the Lock' and what is the poem actually about? Bonus points if you can tell me why it was seen as a massive insult to someone.

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Old 09-10-2015, 01:19 PM   #122
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Written by Alexander Pope. No bonus point for me but I would very much like to know!

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The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: 'What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!

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Old 09-10-2015, 04:23 PM   #123
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Vajont Dam in Italy.

Alexander Pope's poem had nothing to do with Dryden and a library. When I'm online properly tonight I'll confirm the story. But I'll give you a clue, due to the topic, it is seen as a mock epic poem.

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Old 09-10-2015, 05:25 PM   #124
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I know it! 5 yo.

Why is it incorrect to refer to The Netherlands as Holland?



There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: 'This glass is half full'. And then there are those who say: 'This glass is half empty'.
The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: 'What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!

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Old 09-10-2015, 05:37 PM   #125
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Is the Netherlands a region of low lying land, but Holland a country? No Googling there!

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Old 09-10-2015, 06:37 PM   #126
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It's Peterhouse. And you are alas incorrect! The Netherlands is the name of the country and Holland is a county. It's like referring to England as Buckinghamshire!

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There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: 'This glass is half full'. And then there are those who say: 'This glass is half empty'.
The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: 'What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!

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Old 09-10-2015, 06:45 PM   #127
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Bread! I did not know that.

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Old 09-10-2015, 06:59 PM   #128
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:44 PM   #129
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Chicago.

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Btw, I'll provide the answer to the Alexander Pope post tonight when I'm on my computer.

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Old 09-10-2015, 08:30 PM   #130
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*accepts apple and definitely tea* Thank you!

You forgot to ask a question!

For those of you who are a bit geeky like moi and like this sort of thing, there's a free podcast from the 'QI elves' called 'No Such Thing As A Fish' which is brilliant! Very interesting and informative and funny.



There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: 'This glass is half full'. And then there are those who say: 'This glass is half empty'.
The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: 'What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!

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Old 10-10-2015, 01:13 AM   #131
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Am gonna say Norway or Austria, and not google.

*shares round popcorn and tea and apples and awaits storytime*
Nope, but you weren't far off, it started as military training in Sweden. And you owe us all a question.

OK, Rape of the Lock story time;

It is a satire of a real life event between two aristocratic people in the early 1700's. Arabella Fermor and her suitor, Lord Petre. Petre, lusting after Arabella, had cut off a lock of her hair without permission (Which at the time was seen as sexual assault) it caused a massive rift between the families.

Now where does Pope come into this? Well, friends encouraged him to write the poem to try and calm down the situation between the families and it backfired. It caused huge offence to all involved, but was originally published anonymously.

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Old 10-10-2015, 08:41 PM   #132
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The only answer I can find is "You’re Ugly Too” but I think that is wrong, so I won't add a question.

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Old 10-10-2015, 10:38 PM   #133
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Hertford college. Do I get bonus points for knowing it was called Hart Hall in his day?

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Old 10-10-2015, 11:13 PM   #134
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Great question for me to answer as an emetephobe o_O The best I can find is that it's to do with stress hormones?

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Old 10-10-2015, 11:20 PM   #135
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Yeah epic it was to encourage them to have sex.

Is glass a solid or a liquid?

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Old 11-10-2015, 12:34 AM   #136
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I would say soli PD but then you wouldn't be asking it so liquid




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Old 11-10-2015, 12:36 AM   #137
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How many glasses of milk can a cow produce in its livetime




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Old 11-10-2015, 12:02 PM   #138
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Depends, but I would guess about 130,000 glasses!

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There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: 'This glass is half full'. And then there are those who say: 'This glass is half empty'.
The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: 'What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!

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Old 11-10-2015, 12:15 PM   #139
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5.8m apparently!!

Which country in the world has the highest beer consumption per capita?



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I would say soli PD but then you wouldn't be asking it so liquid
It was a trick question, it is neither, it is a amorphous solid.

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Which country in the world has the highest beer consumption per capita?
The Czech Republic.

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