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TIL that the American Sign Language for “pasteurized milk” is the sign for “milk” while moving your hand past your eyes

TIL that the American Sign Language for “pasteurized milk” is the sign for “milk” while moving your hand past your eyes

past(past)-eur(your)-ized(eyes)

Ha. That took me a second. I'm slow.

Not English Native. Need explaination.

TIL that Gothic literature makes a distinction between "terror" and "horror." Terror is the sense of dread and apprehension that precedes an experience, horror is the sense of revulsion after an experience.

TIL that Gothic literature makes a distinction between "terror" and "horror." Terror is the sense...

Terror: "Did you cum in me?"

Horror: "Yep"

Adding a third element which he referred to as "revulsion," Stephen King describes terror as "the finest element" of the three, and the one he strives hardest to maintain in his own writing. He defines "terror" as the suspenseful moment in horror before the actual monster is revealed. "Horror," King writes, is that moment at which one sees the creature/aberration that causes the terror or suspense, a "shock value". King finally compares "revulsion" with the gag-reflex, a bottom-level, cheap gimmick which he admits he often resorts to in his own fiction if necessary, confessing:

"I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud."

This is the same reason a good horror movie hides the monster until the end.

I wonder if this makes 9/11 a Horrorist attack.

Paranormal Experience is a Terror-movie. CHUD is a horror - movie.

TIL that Henry Rogers and Ron Smyth of the University of Toronto investigated gay lisp, a stereotypical manner of speech associated with English-speaking gay men. In 62% of their cases, listeners correctly identified gay speakers.

TIL that Henry Rogers and Ron Smyth of the University of Toronto investigated gay lisp, a stereot...

Henry Rogers also pointed out that perhaps fewer than half gay males have this speech feature.

62% of the time they correctly identify them every time?

I've always wonder why the gays sometime talk like that.

There are 46 listeners, 14 gay male, 13 male, and 19 females. They listened to recordings of 25 male speakers, 17 of whom self-identified as gay. (Smyth 2003)

TIL that Thomas Jefferson studied the Quran (as well as many other religious texts) and criticized Islam much as he did Christianity and Judaism. Regardless, he believed each should have equal rights in America

TIL that Thomas Jefferson studied the Quran (as well as many other religious texts) and criticized Islam much as he did Christianity and Judaism. Regardless, he believed each should have equal rights in America
TIL that Thomas Jefferson studied the Quran (as well as many other religious texts) and criticize...

Jefferson had a bit of an addiction when it came to books.

At one point, he sold a substantial part of his collection to Congress, to start the Library of Congress, to pay his staggering debts.

He used the money, millions in today's dollars, to buy more books instead.

He also snipped out the parts of the Bible he found implausible, like miracles, and kept most of the ethics stuff. "The Jefferson Bible."

Jefferson thought Americans would rationally create "Apiarian" religion, extracting the best traditions of every denomination. And he contributed generously to several local denominations nearby Monticello. Acknowledging organized religion would always be factored into political life for good or ill, he encouraged reason over supernatural revelation to make inquiries into religion. He believed in a creator god, an afterlife, and the sum of religion as loving God and neighbors. But he also controversially renounced the conventional Christian Trinity, denying Jesus' divinity as the Son of God.

Sounds like he was a pretty reasonable thinking person even 200 years ago.

Source

He criticized Islam? I didn't know Jefferson was an islamaphobe. Disgusting!

TIL that Bart Simpsons hit song "Do the Bartman" was written by massive Simpsons fan, Michael Jackson.

TIL that Bart Simpsons hit song "Do the Bartman" was written by massive Simpsons fan, Michael Jackson.
TIL that Bart Simpsons hit song "Do the Bartman" was written by massive Simpsons fan, Michael Jac...

The Michael Jackson episode they did was one of my favorites. It was a huge deal when it was first announced and I don't think anyone expected what the writers ended up giving us.

That was Michael Jackson all along! It was him! I knew it!

Now he's returned to his home planet, just like Elvis.

Was this before or after he sang to Lisa on her birthday?

The man who would actually eat Bart's shorts wrote a song for him. Romantic.

TIL that researchers found that telling yourself "I don't eat unhealthy food" helps you resist the temptation to eat that food better than telling yourself "I can't eat unhealthy food".

TIL that researchers found that telling yourself "I don't eat unhealthy food" helps you resist th...

I don't do methamphetamine.

Abstract:

This research is based on the insight that the language we use to describe our choices serves as a feedback mechanism that either enhances or impedes our goal-directed behavior. Specifically, we investigate the influence of a linguistic element of self-talk, in which a refusal may be framed as “I don’t” (vs. “I can’t”), on resisting temptation and motivating goal-directed behavior. We present a set of four studies to demonstrate the efficacy of the “don’t” (vs. “can’t”) framing (studies 1–3) when the source of the goal is internal (vs. external; studies 2A and 2B), as well as the mediating role of psychological empowerment (studies 1, 2A, and 2B). We demonstrate this novel and effective refusal strategy with actual choice (study 1) and with behavioral intent (studies 2A and 2B) and also illustrate its applicability in the real world in a longitudinal intervention-based field study (study 3).

It's easier - and more productive - to change the kind of person you are than it is to try and fight against the kind of person you currently are.

Except when I internally set the bar for unhealthy food somewhere between bacon and cookie dough.

TIL of the Mace Kingsley Ranch, a Scientology Private School where students were forced to do hard labor and the director, Wally Hanks, would punish the students with beatings (he was caught on audio tape). The school shut down in 2002.

TIL of the Mace Kingsley Ranch, a Scientology Private School where students were forced to do hard labor and the director, Wally Hanks, would punish the students with beatings (he was caught on audio tape). The school shut down in 2002.
TIL of the Mace Kingsley Ranch, a Scientology Private School where students were forced to do har...

"A child is a man or a woman who has not attained full growth," L. Ron Hubbard wrote in The Scientology Handbook. "Any law which applies to the behavior of men and women applies to children."

child developmental specialist and researcher here.

regardless of anyone's personal feelings about scientology, the above notion is empirically untrue in almost every developmental regard. there easily could be significant and long-lasting damaging personal consequences for children raised accordingly.

even if the 'school' in question has since closed, the implication that children of scientologist parents might still be subject to this idea troubles me deeply.

edit: why was this downvoted?

Because Shitontology has a very active online presence, and they try to astroturf anything negative. Because they're all pieces of shit.

On the bright side, downvotes from the Scientologists are a helpful sign that you're doing something right.

It's one thing to join a cult, but quite another thing to force your kids into it.

Try one of these subthreads