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Today I learned...
So this is a topic I've seen discussed on other sites, especially /r/TIL on reddit, so I thought it would be fun to share some random knowledge. I'm a trivia nerd, and I'm interested to see what people come up with. 

The premise is simple: just post something new you've learned today. Post as many random facts as you want, and of course this is off-topic so it doesn't have to be vaping related, just anything you learned today. 


You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. 
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18-02-2016 06:31 PM
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Today I learned that "Avoirdupois" is the name for the system of weight measurement used in the USA, based on one pound equaling sixteen ounces, which is one pint. This is the basis of the old rhyme "a pint's a pound, the world around." Which oddly enough doesn't really make sense because most of the world uses metric, and the British Imperial pint is 20 oz.

I also fell down the wiki-hole and learned that a British Imperial ounce is slightly smaller than a US pint.

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18-02-2016 06:37 PM
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(18-02-2016 06:37 PM)Michael Wrote:  I also fell down the wiki-hole and learned that a British Imperial ounce is slightly smaller than a US pint.

Than a US fluid ounce. The difference is the temperatures at which they were standardised. In the UK it was always at the point of maximum density of water which is at 4C. In the US, I think it was at 25C where water is less dense so an ounce of water takes up more volume. Measurement by weight is usually more accurate than measurement by volume.

A UK gallon is almost exactly ten pounds of water. 20 Imperial fluid ounces to the Imperial pint, 8 Imperial pints to the Imperial gallon, so 160 ounces which is 10lbs. Using the common metric approximations: 8 x 568ml (Imperial pint) = 4544ml = which at 4C is 4.544kg (A pound is usually said to be 453.6 grammes) = 10.017lbs

More trivia you never wanted to know Tongue

More trivia: spirits used to be sold as a fraction of a gill. Most pubs it was a quarter gill, some (That the likes of me avoided) sold it in fifths of a gill and some (mostly in Glasgow) sold a third of a gill. This all changed a few years ago when the unit of measurement for spirits got changed to 25ml.

For bonus points:

How was the proof strength of whisky determined?

Hint, the more recent US measurement is different.

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18-02-2016 07:24 PM
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(18-02-2016 07:24 PM)Don Wrote:  More trivia you never wanted to know Tongue

Of course I did, that's why I made this thread! Lol

That would make sense of why some vendors sell PG/VG in 10 lb. bottles, I was wondering about that since a US gal is 8 lb. 

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18-02-2016 07:27 PM
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We never see liquids sold by weight in retail (Maybe in heavy industry). It is always by volume - which shouldn't be in litres but in cubic decimetres. 1 cubic decimetre of water just happens to be the same. Or so the guys at SI tell us.

It makes as much sense to sell them by weight, I've just never seen it here.

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18-02-2016 07:30 PM
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Usually I see ml, oz or gal when buying. I just noticed today that bulkapothecary.com sells 10 lb bottles. I don't know if I've ever seen it sold by weight before. But it makes sense, especially making it easier for shipping since postage is calculated by weight. 

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If the number is larger in a particular weight they will use it, makes you think your getting more.
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Today I learned that making a new font is really hard.

A girl that I hang out with a lot - and am extremely fond of - once had her diary found and read when she was younger.  She determined that this would never happen again, and invented her own alphabet that to this day (now in her mid-late 20's), she remains "fluent" in, and can write just as fast in her alphabet as in the standard English one.  A couple weeks ago, she left me a note in her alphabet, and challenged me to sort it out.  I got pretty far, but there were some letters that I had no reference for.  Because I tried so hard and took her seriously, she kindly left me a full key.

Since I'm sweet on her, and since I now have a complete alphabet key, I decided that I would surprise her by creating an OpenType font using her alphabet that she could load into her computers and phone.  Seriously, how fucking sweet am I?  Wink

Computer geeks note - I have never worked with illustrator, photoshop, or ANY font creation software.

I thought this would be something I could invest a few hours in and surprise her.  ROFLMAO.

Well - I'm this far in; I'm going to see it through.  But it's gonna be a while before she gets her surprise.  This shit is HARD.  SMH

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18-02-2016 09:17 PM
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Ain't it just AJ. Now get issued with a copy of Fontographer and get told to produce a Hebrew font. Which might be easier if I could read Hebrew...

Getting fonts right is HARD!

For the English alphabet I think nobody has yet beaten Claude Garamond's work in the 1520's. It does need a very high-resolution output device though.

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There's an app that lets you create your own font, I can't remember what it's called though... I put my own handwriting in there and it actually worked pretty well, the hardest part was spacing the letters... But that was just for an app, not actually creating a font that can be used. That's a tough one, having to get them all just right and putting it into a format the computer can read... Good on you, mate! I'm sure it'll turn out great Smile 

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18-02-2016 09:54 PM
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