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#1 spndnchz

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 09:45 PM

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#2 shrader

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:56 AM

Far too often some random topic comes to mind that I want to talk about, but it really doesn't fit in any thread.  I think we need a thread that can act as a dumping ground for that kind of stuff.  It could be a nice little place for people to vent out all their crazy off topic stuff that winds up hijacking threads too.  Random conversations, talk of dinosaur deities, it's all stuff we need to get out sometimes.  If nothing else, it could serve as a "get to know you" type of place, to see what makes certain people click.

 

Anyway, my random question of the day that didn't deserve it's own thread: why do radio stations east of the Mississippi start with a W and those to the west start with a K?  I'm sure it's some archaic system, but radio call letters seem so pointless now.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:58 AM

Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:59 AM

Wasn't the first radio broadcast out of Pittsburgh KDKA?



#5 spndnchz

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:03 AM

Like why does my dog chase its tail? Why do all the leaves fall in MY yard?

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:03 AM

Far too often some random topic comes to mind that I want to talk about, but it really doesn't fit in any thread.  I think we need a thread that can act as a dumping ground for that kind of stuff.  It could be a nice little place for people to vent out all their crazy off topic stuff that winds up hijacking threads too.  Random conversations, talk of dinosaur deities, it's all stuff we need to get out sometimes.  If nothing else, it could serve as a "get to know you" type of place, to see what makes certain people click.

 

Anyway, my random question of the day that didn't deserve it's own thread: why do radio stations east of the Mississippi start with a W and those to the west start with a K?  I'm sure it's some archaic system, but radio call letters seem so pointless now.

 

It actually changed over time

http://earlyradiohis...us/kwtrivia.htm
 

The United States federal government began licencing radio stations in late 1912, and from the beginning it has assigned call letters starting with K and W to commercial and broadcasting stations. Moreover, from the start the policy has been that stations in the west normally got K-- calls, while W-- calls were issued to stations in the east. (Initially ship stations were the reverse, with W assignments in the west, and K in the east). 
 
The original K/W boundary ran north from the Texas-New Mexico border, so at first stations along the Gulf of Mexico and northward were assigned W calls. It was only in late January, 1923 that the K/W boundary was shifted east to the current boundary of the Mississippi River. With this change, K's were assigned to most new stations west of the Mississippi, however, existing W stations located west of the Mississippi were allowed to keep their now non-standard calls.

 

 



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:09 AM

Do blind people have the ultimate x-ray vision?


Edited by WildCard, 05 November 2015 - 10:09 AM.


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:12 AM

Like why does my dog chase its tail? Why do all the leaves fall in MY yard?

 

Leaves are good!



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:34 AM

On another forum I've seen a similar topic called Random Thoughts Deserving No Thread of Their Own. Occasionally some idea is deemed threadworthy and the mods spin it off into its own thread.

 

Just sayin'.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:37 AM

Leaves are good!

 

Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here.

 

On another forum I've seen a similar topic called Random Thoughts Deserving No Thread of Their Own. Occasionally some idea is deemed threadworthy and the mods spin it off into its own thread.

 

Just sayin'.

 

It can happen, but I'll guarantee this, most of my thoughts are worthy of nothing more than a one and done post.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:17 AM

Far too often some random topic comes to mind that I want to talk about, but it really doesn't fit in any thread.  I think we need a thread that can act as a dumping ground for that kind of stuff.  It could be a nice little place for people to vent out all their crazy off topic stuff that winds up hijacking threads too.  Random conversations, talk of dinosaur deities, it's all stuff we need to get out sometimes.  If nothing else, it could serve as a "get to know you" type of place, to see what makes certain people click.

 

Anyway, my random question of the day that didn't deserve it's own thread: why do radio stations east of the Mississippi start with a W and those to the west start with a K?  I'm sure it's some archaic system, but radio call letters seem so pointless now.

 

And Canadian stations are all 'C', I think. Mexican Radio is a Wall of Voodoo to me, do they get 'M' or something?



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:39 AM

This comes up frequently in DFW because there are a few "W" stations here, but most are "K" stations.  There's always been a hard boundary, but the boundary moved long ago.  So the oldest Dallas stations start with W.  The boundary moved from the western boundaries of Texas-to-North Dakota, to the Mississippi River.

 

There was also a period of time when Ks were incorrectly assigned to some eastern cities.  It gets pretty convoluted, this page has a decent summary.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 12:56 PM

Leaves are good!

No they're not, tied for last place with the Blue Jackets



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 12:59 PM

No they're not, tied for last place with the Blue Jackets

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 01:01 PM

Kool-Aid was originally marketed as "Fruit Smack."

 

or

 

Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys.

 

or

 

Obsessive nose picking is called Rhinotillexomania.

 

or

 

The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666

 

or this:

 

10003923_1049474808419360_85772149088564


Edited by wjag, 05 November 2015 - 01:11 PM.


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 01:21 PM

Is that an alien puppy?  The forhead area looks huge, the classic alien look.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 01:36 PM

No they're not, tied for last place with the Blue Jackets


Given their goals this season, I think that makes them good ;)

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 02:13 PM

Corn flakes were originally made to stuff the mattresses of monks.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 02:21 PM

Completely Random

 

You're welcome



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 02:32 PM

And Canadian stations are all 'C', I think. Mexican Radio is a Wall of Voodoo to me, do they get 'M' or something?

I understand

just a little

no comprende

it's a riddle!



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 03:24 PM

Completely Random
 
You're welcome


Ah, the Nintendo Cereal System. Fighting back the tears as the 80's nostalgia washes over me. What in the world were my parents thinking? That stuff was straight sawdust rolled in sugar. Colored red. Like most breakfast cereal, I suppose...

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 03:25 PM

Like why does my dog chase its tail? Why do all the leaves fall in MY yard?

 

There's a Q&A section for that. 



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 03:27 PM

Corn flakes were originally made to stuff the mattresses of monks.

 

Probably in poor taste to do any monk milk jokes?



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 03:28 PM

Wasn't the first radio broadcast out of Pittsburgh KDKA?

 I believe it was the first commercial station with a regular broadcast schedule and that it began those broadcasts in 1920. 


Edited by Sabre Dance, 05 November 2015 - 03:30 PM.


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 04:17 PM

Completely Random

 

You're welcome

 

I have a hard time believing that Urkel-Os are a forgotten 80s cereal given that Family Matters first hit the airwaves in September of 1989.  Not much turnaround time there.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 04:22 PM

I still have a couple of boxes of Flutie Flakes.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 04:28 PM

Best of All Wacky Packages​



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 04:29 PM

Probably in poor taste to do any monk milk jokes?

If it tastes good for you, go for it

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 04:38 PM

I still have a couple of boxes of Flutie Flakes.

 

I have a box of TO's in the cabinet here at work. At first, it was to annoy my Eagles fan coworkers, now it's either extreme emergency rations or something to sell on ebay; I haven't decided which.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 06:18 PM

Rick yelled May Day before he yelled May Day.



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 06:54 PM

Best of All Wacky Packages​

Yeah, those were great. They were stickers, and I stuck one to the headboard of my bed and my mother was nonplussed.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 07:55 PM

Do blind people have the ultimate x-ray vision?

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 08:24 PM


Do blind people have the ultimate x-ray vision?

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What if they had cast Alex Winter as Neo?

Edited by shrader, 05 November 2015 - 08:24 PM.


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 08:29 PM

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:30 AM

What if they had cast Alex Winter as Neo?

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:59 AM

Far too often some random topic comes to mind that I want to talk about, but it really doesn't fit in any thread.  I think we need a thread that can act as a dumping ground for that kind of stuff.  It could be a nice little place for people to vent out all their crazy off topic stuff that winds up hijacking threads too.  Random conversations, talk of dinosaur deities, it's all stuff we need to get out sometimes.  If nothing else, it could serve as a "get to know you" type of place, to see what makes certain people click.

 

Anyway, my random question of the day that didn't deserve it's own thread: why do radio stations east of the Mississippi start with a W and those to the west start with a K?  I'm sure it's some archaic system, but radio call letters seem so pointless now.

I've always wondered about this. 

the K and W were assigned by international convention I think.  Mexico got X. Britain B?. Japan N and J, Canada got C.



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 09:18 AM

Best of All Wacky Packages​

 

These actually go WAY back - I remember seeing them in the late sixties.  Then they went away for a few years and eventually made a comeback.  So, they are still around, eh?



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 09:35 AM

I was following a car this morning that had a license plate holder that said "Lake Placid, NY 1980. Olympic Winter Games".  It clearly wasn't 35 years old though (could any license plate holder last that long anyway?).  Why would they be making a product like this at least 30 or so years after the event?  It kind of seems odd to me.



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 10:08 AM

I was following a car this morning that had a license plate holder that said "Lake Placid, NY 1980. Olympic Winter Games".  It clearly wasn't 35 years old though (could any license plate holder last that long anyway?).  Why would they be making a product like this at least 30 or so years after the event?  It kind of seems odd to me.

 

I'm sure you can buy them up in Lake Placid at the complex (and probably every other store in the town). I have a T-Shirt that says " Barcelona Olympics 1992" that was definitely made in the last 5 years. Its a retro thing. 

 

I'd totally buy some of the old bills sweatshirts from the '90s if they remade them.



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 10:22 AM

Do chickens have individual personalities?







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