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Post by Lancebloke on Tue May 20, 2014 10:09 am

Yes... was working though, not being adventurous.
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Post by halfwise on Tue May 20, 2014 10:14 am

Still envious. Half of my trips to foreign countries have been work related: you always have evenings and weekends.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue May 20, 2014 10:19 am

re the potato photo- maggie murphy? How the hell did Ireland have a potato famine when they grew them that big?!!

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Post by halfwise on Tue May 20, 2014 10:24 am

Pettytyrant101 wrote:re the potato photo- maggie murphy? How the hell did Ireland have a potato famine when they grew them that big?!!

Do we know it was Ireland? The sign says "Loveland, Colo" which to my mind means Loveland, Colorado. Don't think there's a Loveland Ireland.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue May 20, 2014 10:25 am

Im guessing Maggie Murphy is an Irish name, so if it not in Ireland they should have sent some of those boulder sized ones over there.  Nod 

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Post by halfwise on Tue May 20, 2014 10:29 am

Maggie Murphy hoax
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The Maggie Murphy hoax was a hoax perpetuated in 1895 by W. L. Thorndyke. He created an image that depicted farmer Joseph B. Swan holding what appeared to be a giant potato. The photo rapidly spread around the United States, and appeared in a panel of Ripley's Believe It or Not!.

Background
The hoax began in Loveland, Colorado. W. L. Thorndyke, editor-in-chief for a local newspaper, had wanted to promote an upcoming street fair. Thorndyke turned to farmer Joseph B. Swan, and wanted to help bring customers to him. Swan had been known for growing more than 70 different types of potatoes and had previously been featured in several news reports for his success with his crop.

With the help of local photographer Adam Talbot, they produced a photograph which appeared in an 1895 issue of the Loveland Reporter. It was implied the potato weighed 86 pounds 10 ounces, and measured 2 feet 5 inches. Swan swore that he grew it himself. The image quickly spread around the United States. Over one thousand citizens sent letters to Thorndyke, requesting pieces of Maggie Murphy so they could grow their own oversized potato. Requests for seeds were also common. Thorndyke, realizing that the photograph was beginning to get out of control, admitted that it was a hoax. He wrote that he had asked Swan to carve a fake potato out of wood.

Cultural impact
The photograph appeared in numerous publications, including Scientific American and Ripley's Believe It or Not!. It has been reprinted in the book The World of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, however, no mention is made of the photograph being a hoax. When Ripley's Believe It or Not! was adapted into a television series, the photograph was used in the opening segment. In 2012, Colorado playwright Rick Padden adapted the tale of the hoax into a two-act play, entitled The Great Loveland Potato Hoax.

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Post by bungobaggins on Wed May 21, 2014 9:48 am

Damn I feel old. I'm getting a new phone and I was trying to find a way to back up my photos on my old phone. I tried connecting it to my computer, but I wasn't able to find the files even when it was connected as a mass USB storage device. So then I'm thinking about emailing the photos to myself, but there were like 30 or so that I wanted to save, and that would have taken too much time/data. And only after three days of thinking about this did I realize that I could just download the Google Drive app and back them up that way.

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Second time in my life when I felt technologically inept. (The first being when I was trying to help my grandparents figure out Windows 8.)

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Post by Norc on Wed May 21, 2014 10:29 am

or just send them via bluetooth
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Post by bungobaggins on Wed May 21, 2014 11:00 am

Quiet, you. Mad

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Post by Norc on Wed May 21, 2014 12:37 pm

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Post by azriel on Wed May 21, 2014 12:59 pm

Laughing  Laughing

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Post by bungobaggins on Wed May 21, 2014 7:26 pm

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Post by chris63 on Wed May 21, 2014 10:59 pm

Quokkas are a unique marsupial found on Rottnest Island in Western Australia. It is believed that about 10,000 of them live there – and they are extremely friendly! (Photo: +Allan Dixon) 


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Post by Norc on Thu May 22, 2014 1:23 am

he tried at least, dear benedict Laughing i love how the woman beside him is just laughing because it's so stupid Very Happy
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Post by halfwise on Thu May 22, 2014 4:25 am

Loving the signature, Norc!

bungobaggins wrote:Damn I feel old. I'm getting a new phone and I was trying to find a way to back up my photos on my old phone. I tried connecting it to my computer, but I wasn't able to find the files even when it was connected as a mass USB storage device. So then I'm thinking about emailing the photos to myself, but there were like 30 or so that I wanted to save, and that would have taken too much time/data. And only after three days of thinking about this did I realize that I could just download the Google Drive app and back them up that way.

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Second time in my life when I felt technologically inept. (The first being when I was trying to help my grandparents figure out Windows 8.)

Only the second time? You've got years and years to go...

(I feel this every few months when I actually deign to go on facebook. Either it's the worst fooking interface ever designed, or it just makes sense to teenagers.)

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Post by Ringdrotten on Thu May 22, 2014 4:30 am

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This is awesome Laughing

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Post by Norc on Thu May 22, 2014 6:38 am

thanks halfy, it is surprisingly accurate


benedict is such a badass Very Happy
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Post by Mrs Figg on Thu May 22, 2014 8:43 am

chris63 wrote:Quokkas are a unique marsupial found on Rottnest Island in Western Australia. It is believed that about 10,000 of them live there – and they are extremely friendly! (Photo: +Allan Dixon) 


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Post by Norc on Thu May 22, 2014 1:48 pm

there's Benedict Cumberbatch
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Post by azriel on Thu May 22, 2014 2:21 pm

I found that gardening thing about Benny boy for you on the Television thread, Norc. dont know if its any help ?  Very Happy

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Post by Norc on Thu May 22, 2014 10:04 pm

i have already seen it Wink but thanks Very Happy
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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun May 25, 2014 5:54 pm

Where the buggery has everyone gone?  scratch 

I was thinking about organising this years Summer picnic- but Im starting to worry no one will turn up!  Evil or Very Mad 

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Post by bungobaggins on Sun May 25, 2014 9:04 pm

Did someone say picnic?

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Post by Lancebloke on Mon May 26, 2014 1:26 am

Depends when in the summer this picnic is....
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Post by azriel on Mon May 26, 2014 1:35 am

At the moment Summer is being as Summer traditionally is.......wet  Mad

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