What We Learned Today

The Ancient Greeks had giant robot arms.

Image of a painting of the Claw of Archimedes in use. A large mechanical arm with the shape of a human hand at the end juts out from a walled city by the ocean. The claw is sinking a Roman boat by holding the boat up by the prow and letting it take on water. Sailors on the boat are attempting to hold on as the boat sinks.

This was the Claw of Archimedes. It was invented by Archimedes in response to the Roman invasion of Syracuse. It worked by simply grabbing the boats and capsizing them or flipping them over, which caused them to sink. This kept the Roman invasion at bay for three years.


Beware the Giant Robot Arms.


I love it. “Don’t invade my country or I’ll slap you to the bottom of the ocean.”


“We are armed and dangerous”


Today I learned, amongst other things about The Princess Bride, that one of the takes of the Mostly Dead scene was ruined in the most hilarious way by Andre the Giant.

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So apperently I discovered some children’s party game (Statues, or “I went to the Market…”) were once adult party games. It was in the “historical” part of the last book I was reading

I already knew about Blindman’s Buff being an “old” game

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Thank you for sharing this, will have to give it a watch later. I love learning about set mishaps on favorite movies.


Always fun to learn more about this and other beloved movies.

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“Jack of all trades, master of none” is a figure of speech used in reference to a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on only one.

The first half of the phrase, “Jack of all trades”, can be traced back to the 16th century, and probably referred to Shakespeare. If it is, then that is the first mention of the playwright in any written form. It is often used as a compliment for a person who is good at fixing and has a good level of broad knowledge.

The second half, “master of none”, was added probably in the late 18th century. It made the statement less flattering to the person receiving it, generally describing a person whose knowledge, while covering a number of areas, is superficial in all of them.

Sometime in the 21st century, its origins were muddled again, and a third part was added: “but oftentimes better than a master of one”, making the entire statement as “Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” to bring it back from a pejorative meaning to a positive one. Everyone calls it the “original/complete saying”, and that the last part was dropped sometime in the past. Actually, it’s the reverse that’s true.


The ASL sign for lesbian is :thinking:



You can also retract the pointer finger to mean gay, or make a G at the chin.

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So apperently I learned from my Dad today about the U.S. FDIC (and its Canadian Evquient) I only was curious because I had seen it in passing in Dad’s 101 Stumbles in World History book.

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