April 14, 2016

16 things I didn’t figure out until I was 45

Gavin McInnesArchive

It took me my whole life to realize this stuff, like the mystery behind The Beatles’ name and the difference between a turtle and a tortoise.


Can you identify with any of these, or was it just me...


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commented 2016-04-15 20:31:31 -0400
There are 2 Chinas. The ROC, Republic of China, is Taiwan, the PRC, People’s republic of China, is mainland China. Mainlaind China considers Taiwan a rebellious province, still a part of the PRC. Most western nations recognize ROC as its own nation.

Scotland used to be its own nation. The English put a lot of effort into grinding that idea into the dust though.
commented 2016-04-15 16:06:37 -0400
Daniel Devries,
That story is just one of many urban legends.

Also, accurately, the bite was added by the logo designer, Rob Janoff, to give the fruit perspective and not make people think it’s a cherry or some other non-Apple fruit.

commented 2016-04-15 08:48:40 -0400
commented 2016-04-14 22:24:30 -0400
Sorry climatefallacy,meant for @dr genius
commented 2016-04-14 22:18:57 -0400
@climatefallacy good quote from series House MD. “Those who can, become doctors. Those who can’t, become teachers”
commented 2016-04-14 22:03:43 -0400
Apple was named in remembrance of Alan Turing, who committed suicide with a cyanide-laced apple soon after he was arrested for being gay. That’swhy there’s a bite missing.
commented 2016-04-14 20:49:03 -0400
News comes from a typo on a masthead of a paper many centuries ago. It used to print N E S W for north, east, south, west but made a mistake and printed N E W S and so began the terms news.

A bit of trivia I learned about the time I was in grade seven.
commented 2016-04-14 17:50:43 -0400
Dude, where did you grow up? Must be a city boy, thought pickles come from the supermarket.
commented 2016-04-14 17:11:04 -0400
“Beatles” occured to me only a few years ago when I was around 45. Central Perk didn’t occur to me until Phoebe on the show said “Oh, I just got that.” Thumb/finger only crystalized recently. There are a lot of superset/subset/misnomers around for animals. Female dogs are called “Bitches”. Male dogs are called… “Dogs”. Together, they’re Canines. The species is commonly called after the males. Similarly with Pig/Sow/Porcine. Bull/Cow/Bovine goes the other way with the species commonly called after the females. Peacock/Peahen/Peafowl. Rooster/Hen/Chicken.

Scotland is a bit like Quebec in that it likes to pretend to be a country whereas it doesn’t actually have the stones to become one. Great Britain is the name of the main island of the UK, but the UK also includes Northern Ireland (which is no on Great Britain island). Taiwan is effectively an independent first-world democracy. China just likes to pretend that it owns it.

One thing that only occurred to me when I got older is why so many university professors are leftists, i.e., why are such smart people so stupid? It occurred to me that they became professors instead of earning multiple times more money in private industry because they are idealists, people who prefer pretty thoughts over ugly reality.
commented 2016-04-14 15:21:24 -0400
You know what, I never seen that in the BEATles.
I thought live things where trendy in band naming then, especially with misspelling.

What I’ve read is that Steve Jobs choose the word Apple because he was on an all-fruit diet at the time, and of all the fruits, Apple sounded the least weird.

commented 2016-04-14 14:04:49 -0400
Could you please stop telling the kids in the entitled generation the truth.