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TIL Seinfeld wasn't actually a "show about nothing," it was a show about how comedians get their material.

TIL Seinfeld wasn't actually a "show about nothing," it was a show about how comedians get their ...

It was a show about the trivialities of mundane life and then elevating it to the absurd.

The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.

Seinfeld broke several conventions of mainstream television. The show offers no growth or reconciliation to its characters. It eschews sentimentality. Many episodes revolve around the characters' involvement in the lives of others with typically disastrous results. On the set, the notion that the characters should not develop or improve throughout the series was expressed as the "no hugging, no learning" rule. Also unlike most sitcoms, there are no moments of pathos; the audience is never made to feel sorry for any of the characters. Even Susan's death elicits no genuine emotions from anybody in the show.

That's one of the best parts about Seinfeld to me is that the characters were often times bad people. They would do mean stuff to each other and then next week be friends again. That was a pretty original concept at the time.

A soup is not a meal.

One of my favorite aspects of the characters, notably George, is that they do and say things people always think but never actually act on.

Like when George was picking Jerry up from the airport and asked someone for the time because they had a watch. The man responded "I don't know" and in that situation most people would just say "oh okay" or something along those lines and later tell their friends about the jackwagon who didn't want to share the time even though he had a watch. Instead, George points out that he has a watch and even goes so far as to grabbing his arm to see the time. George to me is the embodiment of the things we wish we could say or do, but never actually act on.

TIL In 2012, Jose Alvarenga, a Salvadorian fisherman, survived 438 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean. With no motor or GPS or food, he survived on raw turtle and fish, rain water, turtle blood, and his own urine. He is believed to be the longest surviving castaway.

TIL In 2012, Jose Alvarenga, a Salvadorian fisherman, survived 438 days on a raft in the Pacific ...

Can't be. Tom Hanks was on that island for several years, at least.

I can't imagine how he stayed sane for all that time.

This makes me wonder about all the castaways who had epic journeys where they survived on a boat in the open ocean for months only to barely not make it.

I wouldn't be surprised if for every one Jose Alvarenga there are 10 stories that didn't have a happy ending.

"for months, Alvarenga was still in shock. He had developed a deep fear of not only the ocean, but even the sight of water. He slept with the lights on and needed constant company."

TIL you're not allowed to swear if playing in Wimbledon. As such, line judges have to learn curse words in every language.

TIL you're not allowed to swear if playing in Wimbledon. As such, line judges have to learn curse...

I watched the match between Murray and Fognini.

The umpires missed one of Fognini's swears, but he did get penalized for his finger-suck (which I certainly missed).

Halton knows a fair few languages, but her lexical field is limited to profanities. "We are given a list of all the swear words in different languages – if I hear an expletive in French or Russian, that's a code breach."

"...French or Russian, that's a code breach."

CSGO would finally be playable!

brb learning Klingon

TIL of Mike, the scambaiter who conned a “Nigerian Prince” out of $80 by pretending to be Father Hector Barnett of ‘The Church of the Painted Breast’ and convincing the scammer to take part in the church's initiation process.

TIL of Mike, the scambaiter who conned a “Nigerian Prince” out of $80 by pretending to be Father ...

And here I thought having a honeypot router loaded with viruses was fun. This makes me want to check my spam folders.

Despite what the mainstream media would like you to think, you do not need an e-mail from anyone to paint your breast.

so he scammed the scammer?

419EATER!!! omg dude you dont know how big of a headache you saved me. JUST yesterday I was explaining to my wife the story of the scammerscammer who convinced the original scammer to send his nephew and friend into Chad, I believe, to meet up for the money transfer, and they ended up getting kidnapped and killed. At least thats how I remembered it. She just thought I was making it all up. and i couldnt find it for the life of me. But Thats where I found it.

TIL A packet of cigarettes in Australia will cost $40 by 2020

TIL A packet of cigarettes in Australia will cost $40 by 2020

TIL there's going to be a raging black market in Australia for cigarettes by 2020.

I sell ciggies where i work a lot and i can tell you its pretty much at that now, it varies on the type and pack size but you can expect too pay almost $1 per cig. Everyday i get people saying "fuck i should quit these things are expensive", but they come back the next day and buy 'em again

Everyday i get people saying "fuck i should quit these things are expensive", but they come back the next day and buy 'em again

What you don't see are the people who made that comment and then didn't come back the next day, because they did decide to quit. There's definitely some percentage of people actually quitting over price hikes, even if it isn't everyone.

They already cost about $35. Interestingly, the health insurance is so fabulous in Australia, having a lung tumor removed costs about $35, too.

TIL that is cost $20 million to evict the last 4 tenants of an apartment building. The last tenant was so stubborn that he received $17 million plus the use of a $2 million condo for life.

TIL that is cost $20 million to evict the last 4 tenants of an apartment building. The last tenant was so stubborn that he received $17 million plus the use of a $2 million condo for life.
TIL that is cost $20 million to evict the last 4 tenants of an apartment building. The last tenan...

Herbert Sukenik’s profile was a nightmare,” reflects Will Zeckendorf. “Hugely intelligent, a Ph.D., unmarried, embittered, a loner, disconnected from society, and too smart for his own good. He was not a poor man; he had independent means.

That man was everything I aspire to be.

EVERYTHING he aspires to be!

What part of that don't you understand!?

We had a rent controlled building sell next to our commercial building (midtown East). The last hold out got $5m in cash, a free 2 bedroom apartment in the new build and a lifetime parking spot. Fucking sick...

Article says he was a sad bitter man with huge regrets.

TIL the Eruption of Krakatoa was so loud, it was heard over 3000 miles away, the equivalent of hearing a sound from Ireland while you're in Boston. It also ruptured the eardrums of sailors over 40 miles away, killed over 36 thousand due to the eruptions and subsequent tsunamis.

TIL the Eruption of Krakatoa was so loud, it was heard over 3000 miles away, the equivalent of he...

It's crazy that the sound would be heard nearly 4 hours after the explosion.

Imagine that in the modern day, you'd probably be watching it on the news before you actually heard it

All of them vertical too, with people talking as the sound happens.

SO MANY YouTube videos of people in their yards waiting for it

TIL that it costs less that $1 a year to keep your smartphone charged up.

TIL that it costs less that $1 a year to keep your smartphone charged up.
TIL that it costs less that $1 a year to keep your smartphone charged up.

And yet I still do it at work.

Obligatory "people still play that game???"

Unfortunately most of the money I spend isn't from the electricity itself but rather from the cables I have to keep buying since they break so darn easily...

I charge at both home and work because Pokemon Go drains my elderly Nexus 4 battery in 40 minutes, even upside down with the screen off...

TIL that after the fall of the Roman Empire the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.

TIL that after the fall of the Roman Empire the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.

I always wonder how many things throughout history have been "invented" twice completely independent of each other, anyone have some good examples of this?

Calculus was invented by Newton and Leibniz

Assholes.

The Catholic church was nearly as remarkable at "curating" those records.

TIL Jack Black used to put wires up his sleeves when he was a kid in the hopes that other kids would notice them poking out and think he was bionic.

TIL Jack Black used to put wires up his sleeves when he was a kid in the hopes that other kids would notice them poking out and think he was bionic.
TIL Jack Black used to put wires up his sleeves when he was a kid in the hopes that other kids wo...

That's a very...Jack Black thing to do, isn't it?

"I put wires up my sleeve and I wanted the wires just to peek out a little bit so that if any kids noticed my wires I would say: ‘it’s nothing, it’s nothing’. They would think I was bionic, because my logic was that I was trying to hide my bionics from them."

by making his peers think they spotted his 'hidden parts'... that's pretty sound logic actually

TIL Jack Black has always been high

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