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What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
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What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
Lately, I've been watching episodes of the original 'The Twilight Zone', and it occurred to me that I knew basically fuck-all about Rod Serling.  Turns out, he was a thoroughgoing badass.

-He tried to quit school to join the US Army during WWII.  A teacher talked him into finishing school, so he joined up the day after he graduated.

-Trained as a paratrooper, he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star during the Battle of Leyte.

-During the drive to take Manilla, his regiment suffered 50% casualties (Serling was hit by shrapnel).

-During the occupation of Manilla, Serling ran into the line of fire to rescue a civilian during an artillery barrage.

-After the war, Serling earned extra money as a parachute tester.  He was paid $50 for each successful jump (it was understood that there would be no pay for unsuccessful ones).

-While employed at the same company, Serling was once paid $1000 to test an experiment ejector seat.  The pay was so high because the ejector had killed the last three testers.

-Serling actually threatened to quit the 'The Twilight Zone' twice, over scripts the producers told him had 'too many colored parts'. In both cases, the studio backed down and the episodes were produced.  In an interview about one of these instances, he said, 'The worst aspect of our time is prejudice.  In almost everything I've written, there is a thread of this - man's seemingly palpable need to dislike someone other than himself.'

Rod Serling.  Badass.

Boru
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
I like occasionally watching Jeopardy or Cash Cab.
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
(July 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm)Brian37 Wrote: I like occasionally watching Jeopardy or Cash Cab.

Wut?

Boru
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
(July 27, 2019 at 5:40 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(July 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm)Brian37 Wrote: I like occasionally watching Jeopardy or Cash Cab.

Wut?

Boru

It was probably a joke. Haha
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
(July 27, 2019 at 5:41 pm)arewethereyet Wrote:
(July 27, 2019 at 5:40 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: Wut?

Boru

It was probably a joke.  Haha

You know, I should probably start with  the expectation that everything Brian says is a joke.  It might cause me less confusion.

Boru
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
(July 27, 2019 at 5:50 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(July 27, 2019 at 5:41 pm)arewethereyet Wrote: It was probably a joke.  Haha

You know, I should probably start with  the expectation that everything Brian says is a joke.  It might cause me less confusion.

Boru

Another thing you have learned today.   Cool
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
(July 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm)arewethereyet Wrote:
(July 27, 2019 at 5:50 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: You know, I should probably start with  the expectation that everything Brian says is a joke.  It might cause me less confusion.

Boru

Another thing you have learned today.   Cool

A twofer.  Sweeeeet.

Boru
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
(July 27, 2019 at 5:40 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(July 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm)Brian37 Wrote: I like occasionally watching Jeopardy or Cash Cab.

Wut?

Boru

I did graduate college, I actually learned lots more online reading the likes of Dawkins and Harris and Hitchens ect ect.

But for everyday trivia I do learn new info from those shows I didn't know before.

Do you learn new things only by seeking a PHD doctorate every time you learn a new fact?
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
(July 27, 2019 at 6:09 pm)Brian37 Wrote:
(July 27, 2019 at 5:40 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: Wut?

Boru

I did graduate college, I actually learned lots more online reading the likes of Dawkins and Harris and Hitchens ect ect.

But for everyday trivia I do learn new info from those shows I didn't know before.

Do you learn new things only by seeking a PHD doctorate every time you learn a new fact?

I just didn't understand your comment.  Thank you for clarifying.

So...is there something new you've learned that you'd like to share (kind of what this thread is for)?

Boru
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RE: What Do You Know Today That You Didn't Know Yesterday?
(July 27, 2019 at 5:50 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(July 27, 2019 at 5:41 pm)arewethereyet Wrote: It was probably a joke.  Haha

You know, I should probably start with  the expectation that everything Brian says is a joke.  It might cause me less confusion.

Boru

NO it was not a joke. I was watching a re run of Cash Cab and learned this FACT, that Poland was run by a PM with a twin brother.

https://www.dw.com/en/polish-presidents-.../a-2084785
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