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« on: November 22, 2013, 07:29:15 AM »

How do they put the stripes in toothpaste?

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 07:34:27 AM »

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Dave -   Essentially, it’s by clever engineering.  If you look carefully at the toothpaste, instead of making those beautiful swooshes of toothpaste which they always show on adverts, if you chop the toothpaste straight across, you'll see that the colours are only just on the surface.  In the middle, it’s all just normal white toothpaste.  So, what they're actually doing is, in the nozzle, very close to nozzle which squirts the toothpaste out, there are other little nozzles attached to bags of colour – often several different nozzles attached to bags of colour.  So when you squeeze a tube of toothpaste, it squeezes both the main toothpaste bit and those little bags.  And so, as the main toothpaste comes out, the extra coloured bits get squeezed out on the outside and you end up with a white tube with little coloured bits around the outside.

Chris -   If you don't believe us, cut a tube up and you'll see this marvellous bit of engineering for yourself.  It was patented in America, I think, in the 1960s or the late ‘50s.  They actually introduced that as a major selling point.  I think Signal was one of the first brands to use it in this country.

Dave -   Probably, I think it’s based on a similar system for making icing.  So you can get coloured icing outside and the boring white icing inside.
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 08:04:38 AM »

You get a kind of beer, that when you pop the can, something on the inside release some gas to make it fizzy. It must be the release of pressure that activates it. Question is how do they get it in there? Is the whole building (the brewery) under pressure or what?
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 08:09:29 AM »

Political and religious officials are typically way ahead of the rest of us on the stupidity curve.  The question is, does this curve keep climbing indefinitely or does it flatten out at some distant point?

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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2013, 08:13:46 AM »

Question is how do they get it in there?
They use science, not magic. Wink

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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2013, 08:33:36 AM »


Oh, ok but can the brain still do the science after the beer is consumed?
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 09:01:29 AM »

How do jokes (usually based on some disaster) spread so rapidly...even before the advent of the Internet (e.g. when the NASA rocket exploded some years back)the one female astronaut with blue eyes...blew apart!!! sicko! 
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2013, 10:57:07 AM »

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Oh, ok but can the brain still do the science after the beer is consumed?

For a loose definition of science, definitely. Like this:

Experiment 1: Will the blonde girl in the high-heels sleep with me?

Experiment 2: Will the slighly less attractive redhead sleep with me?

and so on and so forth...
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2013, 11:02:59 AM »

It is often not the question but the answer that does the boggling. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2013, 14:21:04 PM »

It is often not the question but the answer that does the boggling. Cheesy
Indeed as with the toothpaste stripes...brilliant: I suspected something akin to that but never actually tried cutting one open.
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2013, 14:40:57 PM »

It is often not the question but the answer that does the boggling. Cheesy
Indeed as with the toothpaste stripes...brilliant: I suspected something akin to that but never actually tried cutting one open.

Cant afford to, toothpaste isnt the most inexpensive thing.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2013, 14:43:40 PM »

Do Chinese newspapers have crossword puzzles?
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2013, 17:33:58 PM »

How do jokes (usually based on some disaster) spread so rapidly...even before the advent of the Internet (e.g. when the NASA rocket exploded some years back)the one female astronaut with blue eyes...blew apart!!! sicko! 

Not that I get that one. The most well known is that the acronym NASA stands for Need Another Seven Astronauts. And then there is the rumour that the last transmission from the doomed shuttle was "Okay, let the woman drive..."

Anyway, I have often wondered the same thing. How long before the jokes will be in circulation before the bad news is known?

Many years ago, in my irresponsible youth, I often had a few at a pub. One drunken evening, a punny joke occurred to me (you need knowledge of Afrikaans to get it):

Q: What is die vroulik van barman?
A: Bar moeder.

How extraordinarily clever, and all my drinking buddies thought so too. But the interesting thing is that a year or two later, I heard someone I did not know at all tell that joke. I wonder whether he invented it independently, or whether it was my own joke having come full circle.
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2013, 19:12:14 PM »

Q: What is die vroulik van barman?
A: Bar moeder.
I've heard this uterine pun the first time somewhere between '90-92. It was quite funny when pissed. Is that contemporary to the date of coining?

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2013, 14:06:16 PM »

How do jokes (usually based on some disaster) spread so rapidly

Speaking of which..
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2013, 14:40:41 PM »

Q: What is die vroulik van barman?
A: Bar moeder.
I've heard this uterine pun the first time somewhere between '90-92. It was quite funny when pissed. Is that contemporary to the date of coining?

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More or less, though to be honest, I think mine dates from a year or two later. Maybe. Can't quite remember, but I suppose it is the kind of thing that can be independently invented numerous times.

And yes, one has to be fairly inebriated before it becomes funny. :-)
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« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2013, 14:44:53 PM »

How do jokes (usually based on some disaster) spread so rapidly

Speaking of which..


Hehehe, Miss Bachman has become something of an anti-hero. Or something.

Man, the things they create bandwagons for...
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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2013, 07:23:13 AM »

Political and religious officials are typically way ahead of the rest of us on the stupidity curve.  The question is, does this curve keep climbing indefinitely or does it flatten out at some distant point?

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Don't know about the curve but what boggles the mind here is the spin. Normal people slink off to a corner when caught out but not these guys. Maybe that is the definition of a politician, the ability to turn a negative into something that somehow sound positive.
That would make all second hand car salesmen potential politicians.
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2013, 10:06:36 AM »

... does this curve keep climbing indefinitely or does it flatten out at some distant point?
I recon it largely depends on which Stupidity Index (SI) you care to use. For instance, if you choose for your SI unit, say, the Déjà-cockup (Dc - the number of times dumb incidents are repeated by politicians and clergy as judged by the constituency) then the curve may never quite flatten out. But if you choose the OS (Oops, sorry!) index, then you'll find the curve pretty flat already.

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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2013, 10:55:54 AM »

… if you choose for your SI unit, say, the Déjà-cockup (Dc - the number of times dumb incidents are repeated by politicians and clergy as judged by the constituency) then the curve may never quite flatten out. But if you choose the OS (Oops, sorry!) index, then you'll find the curve pretty flat already.
Hmm, the Dc and OS indices are inversely related to one another:  As the one goes up, the other decreases, and so the OS index would asymptotically approach a fixed value (I suspect it’s zero) as the quantity of Dc increases, pretty much irrespective of how the amount of Dc increases.

Tweefo reminded me that directly related to the Dc measure is the much less familiar but more reliable Dorbke scale.  (“Dorbke” = “Denial of responsibility by kak excuse.”)  My original question really was whether there is an upper limit to how many Dc and/or Dorbkes government and religious officials are individually and collectively capable of amassing.  I don’t think the answer can depend on the units of measure, but if it does, that would be equally mindboggling.

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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2013, 11:20:21 AM »

... Dorbke scale.
  Grin Yes, that would be a very comprehensive and telling measure for sure!

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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2013, 15:05:20 PM »

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?
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« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2013, 08:04:24 AM »

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

Related to above:

Why are the smaller sized ladies underwear always stacked on the top shelf and the big sizes by the floor - short people cannot reach and fat people cannot kneel down...

Ditto with the shoes....
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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2013, 12:39:21 PM »

Will e-tags be the gift of choice for Gautengers this festive season?

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« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2014, 10:31:03 AM »

Do prisons have fire escapes?
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« Reply #25 on: January 04, 2014, 10:56:53 AM »

How do extension cords/garden hoses get so horribly tangled after you so carefully rolled them up?
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« Reply #26 on: January 04, 2014, 12:46:24 PM »

How do extension cords/garden hoses get so horribly tangled after you so carefully rolled them up?

True frustration. Anything longer than a cucumber should be wound around a spool. There is little hope otherwise, except if you're feeling ... erm ... crochety:

How To: No Tangle Extension Cord Storage


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« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2014, 10:37:59 AM »

A question that featured on the BBC quiz programme QI:

What is the largest black body in our solar system?

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« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2014, 11:30:00 AM »

A question that featured on the BBC quiz programme QI:

What is the largest black body in our solar system?

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The first thing that came to mind was Khulubuse Zuma...

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« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2014, 11:36:48 AM »

Heh, I was going to suggest the SA Grubbermint.  It absorbs taxes perfectly.

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« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2014, 15:22:33 PM »

How come the English invented a game you can't play in the rain?
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« Reply #31 on: March 06, 2014, 21:24:21 PM »

Why are dates packed with their pits still intact labelled unpitted?
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« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2014, 15:52:50 PM »

How come a tiny grain of sand in your shoe feel like a boulder?
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« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2014, 16:33:50 PM »

Because you're a real princess.
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