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Old March 17th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #19621
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A joke for this day:

Thee Englishmen are drinking beer in a pub. Then they see that an Irish guy sits there, drinking beer, too. They decide to make this guy angry.
One of them goes there and says: "Hello, St. Patrick was a murderer!". The Irish does not answer, drinks his beer on.
The second one goes there and says: "Hello, St. Patrick was gay!". No answer, again.
The third one says to his friends: "Idiots, now I will really made him angry". Goes there and says: "Hello, St. Patrick was an Englishman!". Now the Irish answers: "Yes, I know, your friends told me that".
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Old March 18th, 2013, 01:23 AM   #19622
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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:50 AM   #19623
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Finally, the dark half of the year is behind. The length of the day was yesterday 11:57 hours and today it is 12:02 hours. The March equinox will take place on Wednesday at 11:01 UTC time.



Bloody cold it is but it is a different story.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:35 AM   #19624
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The last week has been pretty weird. Not a single degree above zero, but staying out in the sun really gives you a feeling that spring is here soon.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 11:23 AM   #19625
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You can drink beer with friends even on non-holidays. And no holiday in the world can convince me to wear a green sweater

By the way, the only other holiday we haven't imported yet is Thanksgiving.
And Independence Day.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 01:22 PM   #19626
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seems like MattiG lives at Nokia HQ
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Old March 18th, 2013, 02:02 PM   #19627
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seems like MattiG lives at Nokia HQ
Nice place to be. I used to deliver at the Nokia plant a lot in Salo, Finland. (and the Nokia plants in Komarom, Hungary, in Cluj, Romania and Bochum, Germany when it still existed.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:02 PM   #19628
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And Independence Day.
And Hanuka.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:37 PM   #19629
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And Hanuka.
Isn't that a Jewish thing?
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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:49 PM   #19630
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It is.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 04:50 PM   #19631
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seems like MattiG lives at Nokia HQ
Not far away. 9 km in a beeline, 14 via the streets.

I have spent quite a time in my earlier life at the Nokia HQ. Still, I would not call it living.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #19632
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And Independence Day.
But we have our own. April 25th - Liberation Day; June 2nd - Republic Day.

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And Hanuka.
Not a bank holiday, though.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 07:18 PM   #19633
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And Independence Day.
interesting in Yugoslavia 4th July was national holiday. it was called Day of the Combatant. it was some partizan thing (i remember it because my street's former name is St. 4th of July )
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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:07 PM   #19634
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There is another pair of countries with the same national holyday: 25 April in Italy and Portugal for different reasons.
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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 18th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #19635
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The reason Independence day in the US is quite simple. It has been a memorable day for a long time, but there was this particular day when aliens were going to kill everyone and use all the earth's recourses for their own consumption. We fought back though, and we remember Independence Day as the day that freedom remained worldwide.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #19636
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Old March 19th, 2013, 12:26 AM   #19637
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There is another pair of countries with the same national holyday: 25 April in Italy and Portugal for different reasons.
BTW, the probability of no pair of countries to have their national day at the same day would be less than 1 to one quintillion (1 followed by 30 zeroes). The math of the famous Birthday Paradox applies.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 02:19 AM   #19638
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BTW, the probability of no pair of countries to have their national day at the same day would be less than 1 to one quintillion (1 followed by 30 zeroes). The math of the famous Birthday Paradox applies.
Yes, off course. There are 365 or 366 days and roughly 200 countries (depends by the definition of country, there are many unrecognized states like Northern Cyprus and semi-independent protectorates such Honk Kong and Cayman islands).
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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, 2013, 02:30 AM   #19639
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Other interesting coincidences:
Italy has 8092 municipalities, Spain 8116. Is 24 a really narrow difference in a such large number, isn't it?
Italy is divided in 20 regions and 110 provinces, France in 22 regions and 101 departments (comparable to our provinces).
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Old March 19th, 2013, 04:55 PM   #19640
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A thing you shouldn't do on a motorway
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