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Old 10-18-2017, 05:36 PM   #23971
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Orbiter just got more competition!
http://www.terrabuilder.com/TB/fsx-spaceport.html
(Although it's hardly competition when it's between a free simulator and a paid addon for a paid simulator)
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:31 PM   #23972
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One day after I buy Original Sin 2, the witcher 3 is 60% off. daaaaaaaamn!
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:43 PM   #23973
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 I just watched a random youtube video about "don'ts" for foreign visitors traveling to the US (I don't know why; I live here, but whatever) and one of the things the guy said was "Don't tell Americans there are 52 states. The US has 50 states."

So for you guys overseas, is someone teaching you all that there are 52 United States? Where did that idea come from?
There's 48 contiguous "plus 2", making 50. Which might get misremembered as 50 plus 2.
Maybe? I don't know, I live here too and never heard that mistake.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:32 PM   #23974
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 A few times in my lifetime at least some grumbling from Michigan's Upper Peninsula and there was a short lived movement a few decades ago about the Florida panhandle wanting to fracture and make their own state. There is precedent for this (Tennessee and Kentucky) but all parties have to be in agreement.
There is also a small secession movement in rural South Jersey who used to make noise about breaking away from urbanized northern New Jersey to form a new state. I think it's probably like 3 guys and a website these days.
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Old 10-18-2017, 10:04 PM   #23975
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It seems like I remember being taught that "new" states must come in pairs. We got Alaska and Hawaii close together... I know it was a big issue with the slave/non-slave states, but I don't think it's a requirement to get them in pairs anymore... gah! Civics was sooooo very long ago.

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Old 10-18-2017, 10:42 PM   #23976
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 It seems like I remember being taught that "new" states must come in pairs. We got Alaska and Hawaii close together...
The problem with 51 states is that your new flag becomes an issue. 51 stars just don't look good. Skipping straight to 52 will solve this issue.
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Old 10-18-2017, 11:31 PM   #23977
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 The problem with 51 states is that your new flag becomes an issue. 51 stars just don't look good. Skipping straight to 52 will solve this issue.


www.xkcd.com/1902

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Old 10-19-2017, 12:05 AM   #23978
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 The problem with 51 states is that your new flag becomes an issue. 51 stars just don't look good. Skipping straight to 52 will solve this issue.
Looks fine to me:

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Old 10-19-2017, 03:38 AM   #23979
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I had a friend in high school who got in trouble because when we discussed adding a 51st state, he asked, "So where we put the new star, there's no room? On the back maybe?"

The trouble he got into was because this is funny, and laughing is not allowed in Serious Class.
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:36 AM   #23980
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If new stars don't fit, why not enlarge the star-corner?
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:41 AM   #23981
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 If new stars don't fit, why not enlarge the star-corner?
They do fit, you just have to make them small enough and arrange them right, as in the above pic. In the 1800s when states were being added often, the US flag went through a bunch of weird changes in the blue field.

If all else fails, we can just go back to putting the stars into rings like we did in the very beginning.



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The wiki article on the US flag is pretty interesting, actually: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:03 AM   #23982
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What about putting the Stars between the Stripes?
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:06 AM   #23983
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-engl...irbag-launched

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'Revolutionary' car seat with inbuilt airbag launched
Just waiting for the ejection-seat now.

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Old 10-19-2017, 11:52 AM   #23984
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Just waiting for the ejection-seat now.

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Isn't a ejection seat just a seat that is launched?
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:57 PM   #23985
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CV axles are done. Freaked myself out when I started the car on the jacks and put it in drive and only saw one wheel turning. A little Googling and the better part of an hour investigating open differentials tells me that this is fine and to be expected. Changed the oil, tires back on, good test drive.

Need a second shower. It's really hard getting those axle shaft seals out without launching transmission fluid everywhere.
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