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Old March 18th, 2014, 10:29 AM   #24521
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Old March 19th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #24522
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50 years ago, today, Great St. Bernard tunnel opened:

http://www.corriere.it/foto-gallery/...1f2a922d.shtml

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Old March 19th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #24523
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That tunnel is so expensive that it's pretty useless. The only time I drove through it was when I had problems with brakes.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 11:05 PM   #24524
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That tunnel is so expensive that it's pretty useless. The only time I drove through it was when I had problems with brakes.
The pass is closed for roughly half year.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 11:11 PM   #24525
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The AADT is only 1,700 vehicles per day. It varies from 1,100 vehicles per day in January to 2,750 in July.

Traffic spiked in 1999-2002 when the Mont Blanc Tunnel was closed after the catastrophic fire, but traffic volumes are pretty much stagnant since the late 1970s.
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Old March 21st, 2014, 02:22 PM   #24526
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What an ugly kind of paradox is, if my MS Word crashes during "saving file for automatic restoration purposes".
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Old March 21st, 2014, 02:24 PM   #24527
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What an ugly kind of paradox is, if my MS Word crashes during "saving file for automatic restoration purposes".
Kinda when you have to click on the 'Start' button first to log out.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 12:22 AM   #24528
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While we impatiently wait for Google to continue Street View shooting in Serbia, we have a "street view" at the national driving academy:

http://goo.gl/maps/erulR
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 04:09 PM   #24529
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Canaletto (XVIII century Venetian painter) works integrated in Google Street View images:











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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.

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Old March 22nd, 2014, 06:07 PM   #24530
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I love how Canaletto put a Gucci billboard in his painting
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 08:50 PM   #24531
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Meanwhile in Brazil

BR-364 Acre state









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Old March 23rd, 2014, 11:00 PM   #24532
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Nice proof of the non-existence of Acre.

Acre is the subject of a running gag equivalent to the Bielefeld one.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 11:30 PM   #24533
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They're trying to find it.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 09:07 PM   #24534
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Nice Italy... very nice
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Old March 24th, 2014, 10:34 PM   #24535
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It's a fake, this is the original pic:
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Old March 24th, 2014, 11:00 PM   #24536
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It's a fake, this is the original pic:
Well, so Slovak media published the faked one . Glad to know I am not the only that got fooled. Thanks
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Old March 24th, 2014, 11:07 PM   #24537
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Checking sources is becoming more and more optional

I read also Dutch media got fooled...
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Old March 24th, 2014, 11:28 PM   #24538
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I read also Dutch media got fooled...
Haven't seen it anywhere but I wouldn't be surprised if they did get fooled.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #24539
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fact-checking is usually pretty low on the curriculum of the media. It's all about publishing news as fast as possible and getting as many views as possible. The biggest Dutch news site is nu.nl which is notorious for its many errors in their news reports, not to mention their reader comments seem to have the IQ of a baseball. I don't get why that site is so popular.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 11:44 PM   #24540
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is notorious for its many errors in their news reports, not to mention their reader comments seem to have the IQ of a baseball. I don't get why that site is so popular.
You can say this part about almost any Romanian newspaper...
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