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  1. Lol yeah people will start a war about anything sometimes they don't even need a reason. "The planet being invaded for it's Tupperware" wasn't really on my 2024 Bingo List but I think that maybe I should add it Maybe we should send @efaardvark to the Greys as a peace ambassador and he can bring them lids and socks since he seems to know the most on this subject Send those people who were going to Naruto run at the place to find out
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  2. Okay someone is weird with their wifi XD
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  3. At any given time there's an extremely low probability of any damage from one. If they're big enough then they can certainly cause huge amounts of damage but the last really big one to hit the Earth was back in 1859 and was called the Carrington event. We've seen quite a few of these types of CME's thrown off by the sun that have missed the Earth so we know they exist and we've studied them enough to have quantified their properties so we know what they're capable of. Fortunately the bigger they are the less common they are and nothing that big has hit the Earth in modern times. We'd also have a bit of warning. Spacecraft like SOHO, ACE, and STEREO (and the upcoming SWFO) are designed for this. They're the ones that are currently (or will be, in the case of SWFO) feeding the data to the NOAA "space weather" site. Maybe we'd only get a few hours or a couple days notice, but that's enough time to shut down and disconnect important bits of infrastructure in an orderly manner. That said, in my own lifetime I remember in 1989 there was a big power outage in Canada caused by a large CME. It wasn't nearly as powerful as the Carrington event but it was still very disruptive to power and communications even back then. This was before things like the internet and smartphones and AWS. I can only imagine what it would be like today. We still haven't implemented a lot of the lessons learned from back then in today's infrastructure either. A physics textbook will tell you that changes in magnetic fields can effect changes in electric currents in wires, and vice versa. Things like motors in electric vehicles and generators in hydroelectric plants are possible because of this. In a motor or generator the wire carrying the electric current is all wound up in a compact coil, and the coil is shielded by the structure of the device, which generally only lets the electrical field interact with magnetic fields also within the device. But a straight wire is also subject to the same physics. If you have a long wire in a fluctuating magnetic field then the field can create an electrical current in the wire. The magnitude of the electrical current is directly related to the length of the wire and the rate of change in the magnetic field. There are many instances of very long wires exposed to the geomagnetic field in the modern world. A power transmission line or a phone line are a couple of examples. They are electrically insulated against things like short circuits but they're not shielded from magnetic fields and these wires are embedded in the earth's magnetic field along with everything else on earth. Normally this is not a cause for concern because the Earth's magnetic field is pretty stable. The Earth's magnetic field usually doesn't change much, or at least not quickly, so any effect from the geomagnetic field is normally manageable. That can change if a CME hits the Earth's magnetic field. The main cause of damage from CMEs is secondary effects from the huge, rapid fluctuations in the magnetic field caused by the charged particles when they hit the Earth's magnetosphere. This affects a large geographic area. When the magnetic field lines surrounding a power or communications cable that is hundreds or thousands of miles long start to change rapidly it can generate huge electrical currents in the cable. The ends of these cables will be connected to things like power plants, homes and offices, and communications centers. These currents would be far more than the equipment is designed to withstand and might go on for minutes or hours. In severe cases the induced currents can generate more power than the wires themselves can handle, in which case the wires will overheat, melting insulation and/or the metal wires themselves, and causing short circuits and fires. This last is what happened in 1859. Hundreds of miles of telegraph wires laid out between cities across the world channeled large electrical currents into the equipment at telegraph offices. Batteries overloaded and exploded, wires overheated, electrical arcs injured people and started fires, etc. Generally the damage was limited however. This was long before computers and even household electricity. Electric lightbulbs didn't even exist until the 1870s, and most homes weren't wired for electricity until the early 1900s. There just wasn't that much infrastructure around to be affected, electrically speaking. In today's high-tech world I think there is far more potential for damage, and the damage would be far more expensive and it would take much longer to repair or replace it all. If a Carrington-level CME hit the Earth these days it would immediately cause widespread power outages as circuit breakers tripped. Some circuit breakers would not be fast enough however, in which case the equipment power lines are connected to would be damaged and would have to be replaced before service could be resumed. Electrical arcs could damage or destroy nearby equipment as well. Things like datacenters would also be very vulnerable. They're connected to the power grid like everything else of course. They're also typically at the hub of a web of long-distance communications wires and the communication equipment is used to dealing with well-behaved low-voltage communications signals, not megawatts of unmanaged power coming down those wires at them. Satellites would also be affected. Communications systems that are used to dealing with faint data transmissions would likely be damaged or destroyed by induced electrical surges far beyond what they'd been designed for. Satellites in space would also be directly affected by the radiation of the CME. That radiation can penetrate to the computer chips and do things like scramble memory and disrupt the programs that are controlling the spacecraft. The other, and I think bigger problem with a Carrington-level CME event would be the sheer scale of the damage to the electrical, computing, and communications infrastructure. It's bad enough if one power plant or a particular datacenter goes down even temporarily. This would likely be a big event, geographically speaking. Bigger by far than something like an earthquake or a hurricane/typhoon. A large number of power plants, transmission lines, communications hubs, and data centers worldwide would be damaged and taken offline within minutes or hours of each other. A lot of the damaged or destroyed equipment would likely be very expensive and the inventory available for immediate replacement thereof would be limited. There are some high voltage, long distance power transmission transformers that would probably be vulnerable for instance but they're very expensive, they take months to build, and there's only a few dozen of them in use in the whole US. How big is the replacement inventory for that sort of thing? How many replacement GPS satellites could be quickly launched, especially if half the world's long distance power lines were down, along with the power plants and communications centers they'd been connected to? How long will it take to rebuild all the datacenters when most of the destroyed equipment will not be available from existing stock in warehouses and will have to be manufactured anew? Will the factories even be able to function to produce the replacement equipment? Some level of basic service could probably be restored relatively quickly, but rebuilding all of it could easily take months or even years. Some level of chaos would also be a quite likely outcome, and there's the question of if our bozo "leaders" in government would be able to effectively manage that chaos and the recovery efforts without creating even more problems.
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  4. The postman delivered my latest acquisition this morning. My Place Further Than the Universe Blu-ray collector's edition box set. As well as the complete series on two Blu-ray disks it also came with two soundtrack CDs, a set of four postcards, a poster and a booklet. So, no prizes for guessing what I'm going to start watching tomorrow.
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  5. Indeed. The truth is there's this planet out there with a very advanced civilization on it. They did something very stupid and embarrassing that among other things resulted in the near complete destruction of all the lids on the planet, as well as the ability to create more. Their plan to fix the situation was to manufacture dishwashing machines with teleporters in them and sell them to unsuspecting Earthings to steal all of our lids. NASA of course has known about this since we landed on the Moon. Yes, we did land on the moon but the government didn't want to create a panic about aliens stealing our lids so they manufactured that cover story about a severe flaw in the design of the Apollo rocket and the creation of the Hollywood movie set in Area 51 to fake the landings. The film production facility is of course a lie as well but it made a good cover story for the construction of a dishwasher research facility. They now have a number of alien dishwashers there and are studying them intently to try to duplicate the teleportation technology, so far without real success. To date they've only been able to transfer lids between "dishwashers" here on earth. Even that much can't be reliably duplicated. Occasionally the lid transported will disappear entirely, winding up who knows where, but sometimes the lid gets replaced in transit with a different lid entirely! Clearly we still have a lot to learn about this alien technology. ( Save this post as I expect it will be deleted soon. )
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  6. I think Viruxx should go check it out and come back and tell us what he found in the house it belongs to "Giving them a whack" is exactly what I do most of the time so I guess nothing has changed
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  7. I think it's one of those questions that we're better off not knowing the answer to.
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  8. Practicing kanji makes my brain hurt
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  9. Is anyone going out to see the Northern Lights tonight? They are visible in quiet a few places both tonight and last night. I believe last night there was a higher chance of seeing them but they have upgraded the chance of seeing them tonight to as likely as last night. I read people were able to see them as far as the Bahamas last night. Tonight's forecast is showing most places in Canada and the upper parts of the U.S. Per one of the meteorologist though: "The Northern Lights will be visible again tonight with the same Kp index of 9 just like last night. Last night's G4 (Severe) Geomagnetic Storm Watch was upgraded to a G5 (Extreme). A G5 Geomagnetic Storm Watch has been issued for tonight as well." He also goes on to say the best time to view will be between sunset - 11 PM EST. So is anyone going out to try to see them, or did go out last night? I have seen reports of them being seen all over Sweden/Denmark/The UK/ lower U.S regions and down to the Bahamas so there might be a good chance for a lot of people to see them! ~ I'm personally going out with some friends around 10 PM outside of the city away from the lights to see if we are able to see anything since it's on my bucket list to see the Northern Lights. I like in Chicago so it's likely I might be able to catch a glimpse of them. Going to try anyway!
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  10. I think all fandoms in general have the crazy people in them that are toxic for no reason. It gets annoying to like things and go online to try to find other people that like this thing, then you get bombarded by toxic fans because you don't know as much as they do because you just became a fan of the said thing. God forbid you be a new fan of something and say the -wrong- thing because you don't know. This made me stick to staying off most social media and conversing about anime or anything really included. The only anime fan place I now visit is here.
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  11. I agree with the fact police should be held accountable when they fire a weapon and that there is far too many police who aren't and aren't even trained properly, here in the USA anyway. There was a lot of discussion saying that police should have to take better courses for Psychology so they could better understand the way some people are acting and the first thing they resort to wouldn't be "oh they are acting erratic let me just shoot them" when this is someone who might have a mental health disorder and be off of medication or just going through an episode and aren't actually much of a threat other than they are causing a bit of a loud disturbance. I also agree with what you just said about having body cams on. I don't know what the point is of them wearing them when they get "mysteriously turned off" or the footage "magically disappears" when something happens.
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  12. I'm not really much of a One Piece fan. I tried to get into it and watching something like 30ish episodes and couldn't find the appeal. I see that a lot of people like it but for me it seems like an overrated anime just on my personal experience of not being able to get into it at all and I couldn't find the appeal. I have a typical rule of staying out of most fandoms these days because ya, fans are toxic in most of them.
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  13. That is how I also feel gun safety should be with police. The police first thought should not be to shoot the citizen in question unless this is something absolutely necessary as they are an immediate threat to another person because maybe hostage or something. This situation is rare to happen. Being accountable for firing a weapon should be mandatory and wearing body cameras that are always turned on as I have heard many cases in the US that the body cameras are conveniently turned off when something happens.
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  14. Another Blu-ray disk arrived in the post this morning. It'll be interesting to see what happens when I put it in my Bly-ray player, it's a Region A disk and the UK is in Region B and as far as I know my player is not multi-region.
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  15. I've mostly only been snacking today. I've had chips, popcorn, soda, bagel bites, cheese cubes, a donut. Nothing that amounts to real food. I always do this when I'm studying and today all I have been doing is studying for exams this coming week.
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  16. Depends on how you do it. I recently saw a "toy hauler" type RV, the 2024 wolfpack 365pack16, that comes complete with living room, bedroom, kitchen, porch, and attached garage. The bedroom has a king-sized bed, built-in wardrobe, and an en-suite bathroom with shower. The kitchen has a stove, sink, microwave, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and pantry. There's even air conditioning and a fireplace! Put some solar panels and a mobile starlink ground station on the roof and you're good to go. Actually cheaper per sq foot/meter than your average "entry level" shack here in sunny So. Calif. too. (Wish I were joking.) Not sure if you can still call it "camping" at that point however.
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  17. I went camping a couple of times. In my book anyone who wants camping can have it !
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  18. Tbh I don't remember if it was 30, 40, 50 lolll so at this rate we prolly will end up like that ._. God what a nightmare.... LOL Still though if they had a crush on me I would throw bananas everywhere to confuse them and then run away.
    2 points
  19. I thought that the movie was good and it did hold my interest so I am unsure why it received a lot of bad reviews online.
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  20. I don't know just probably marry them at this point. Why not, everyone IRL thinks we are married anyways XD
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  21. Okay we're still waiting on Disney to get with the program. Are they the only animation studio who doesn't have an official lesbian princess? Nicks' got one Amazon Cartoon Network Comedy Central Netflix
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  22. Sucks your old account got deleted but welcome back anyway lol
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  23. Yes I agree with how you feel in regards to anything. Once I don't mind if someone tells me about something but if I say I believe another way or think another way I don't want it to be continued to be preached at me. People are entitled to their own beliefs or ways of life, if as you say, they are not hurting another with it.
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  24. Made what is called Group Iron Man with some friends on Runescape with @Sakura who has gotten me back to playing the game in this new mode.
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  25. This is what I don't like, when someone tries to force whatever their own belief or agenda is on me. It's fine if someone wants to be vegetarian/vegan/whatever or the same applies to religion or politics. I don't mind what people believe or do as long as they don't try to force me to do the same, and as long as it isn't hurting anyone either. I have no problem eating meat but I wouldn't want the animals to be abused of course, but I don't mind if someone doesn't eat meat as long as they don't try to lecture me and force me into not.
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  26. I think that was the one caused by a software bug that didn't allow an alarm to ring when a power line overloaded. Eventually something overheated and shut down, taking the power with it. It must have sucked to be in someplace like New York for that. In a solar flare situation I think cars would be ok. Maybe not if they're plugged in and charging though. The damage from a flare is caused by the power surges created in long wires. If it was just the car then I think it'd be ok. You're probably thinking about something like an electromagnetic pulse from a high altitude nuke going off. That's similar but the difference is that it is massively more powerful. The "E1" component of a nuclear blast absolutely can destroy electronics. The "E3" component can interact with the magnetic field similar to the way a solar flare does and produces a lot of the same effects as a solar flare. A solar flare doesn't have anything like E1 or E2 however, just E3, so it's a lot less likely to do the sort of damage a bomb would. As for maps.. I was in my late 20s when the WWW was invented. Google maps didn't come along until I was almost 40. If I wanted to get anywhere the only options were Thomas Guides and Rand McNally Road Atlases. I hear they're collectors' items these days. (Unfortunately I threw my last Thomas Guide away decades ago. This is probably why I'm still working on my first $million. I throw away old stuff like that instead of keeping it for 40 years and selling it on ebay. Then again if I'd kept it all I'd probably have wound up being featured on that TV show "Hoarders".)
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  27. Ah oki agree with that statement but throw boiling water on you if you had a crush on me anyways ~
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  28. MY CABBAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  29. Okay now I am truly interested lol ~ "Then it’s settled. Martians — well, Saturn’s-moon-ians — don’t hunger for intergalactic domination. They just want to enjoy a fresh sandwich." ^ So in theory, it's entirely probable that aliens are out there somewhere making Tupperware AND trying to steal ours. Is it possible the aliens took down the Cassini probe because they were afraid we were going to discover their Tupperware stashes and secret dishwasher facilities? Grey aliens also seem like they have fingers and mantis/lizard aliens not so much. They would be much more likely to use Tupperware I think
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  30. This comment like... wins the whole internet for the day LOL So is this what the Grey aliens are up to? Or is it the mantis aliens? Or maybe the lizard aliens
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  32. I feel much better today, thankfully. When I have one I don't do anything but come home and go straight to bed, it does completely mess your day up.
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  33. That's kind of neat but I guess it would feel a little weird to be able to do things like that. I've read about astral projection I wonder if it's something like that but in the future o.o ~ I would be a little scared to change things but it would also be interesting to see what happened if you changed something.
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  34. Oh sorry I just saw the post. Here it is: https://projectalfheim.net I used to play on another one but I can’t find it. Might do some more research later
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  35. Ever since I was a kid, I've been able to see people's aura's, as well as the colors of sounds. I thought it was normal for a long time, until I moved to a new house and started getting sleep paralysis. This changed how I perceived the world, since previously, I could sense whether a person was trustworthy and see the color of sounds from a long distance. Not only was that the same, it was amplified by those nightmares. I suddenly started hearing my parents whispering with each other in their room across the hall and my little brother's soft breathing the room over as I laid in bed at night. Then, I started seeing shadow creatures and figures that would stand ominously, no matter if it was day or night. They were the same creatures that I saw in my sleep paralysis. I was seeing a therapist at the time, so I told them what I was experiencing. Since I was a kid, they brushed it off as a active imagination. The thing it is, as I got older those creatures only became more solidified in my vision. It went from feeling something wrong and seeing the shadows darken. To tall figures watching me from a distance outside my window. At night, I could hear knocking on my window, and sometimes from one of my closets as well. I even heard soft crying from that closet. It was very unnerving, and my behavior became increasingly erratic. My breaking point was when I was hanging in my bed with my cat, and I noticed a shadow creature step out of the darkness my door casted. I was used to it at this point, since they didn't do much except whisper. And since my diagnosis, I tried to convince myself that it was hallucination like the doctors said. But as I stared at it, I became more scared. Then my cat started hissing at it. I freaked out, grabbed my cat, and started yelling for my mom. The thing is, my cat was 19 years old at the time, she didn't meow unless she wanted food or attention. Let alone hiss, she would only do that when a neighborhood cat came to the door. But she was there hissing at this creature that I thought was a hallucination. That was a few years ago, and I moved from that house. I started recovering and working on myself more. The conversation came up, and I explained my experiences to my dad and sister. Turns out, I was too young to know this at the time, but the previous owners of that house was a family of five. The parents were extremely strict and physically abusive. Especially to the youngest son who didn't do well in school. After his older siblings left to go to college, his parents left to rent out a condo. Leaving the youngest in the house, and apparently he went insane. Going up into the attic and carving the anti-christ symbol into the ceiling, and into every door of the house. He lived up there for a while I heard. Eventually the house was sold by his parents to my family, and he was kicked out. But before they moved out, professionals had to dig up seven urns filled with ash that were buried in the backyard. As well as disassemble an altar that they had made. Theres still concrete were it stood, but its overshadowed by overgrown bamboo. After hearing that, I realized that when I moved out, my symptoms had suddenly become more manageable. I thought it was that I had space from my mother or the work I had put into my mental health. But now I wonder if whatever had happened in that house had left its mark. Even though psychosis is a scientifically explained mental illness, I never fully trusted what professionals told me. Especially the ones who were more eager to prescribe me medications then hear what I had to say. I think theres definitely some overlap between the paranormal and being mentally ill. Since, my whole family could agree that something was wrong with that house.
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  36. I totally forgot about playing it the second I went to eat dinner ofc lol ~! Well today I was playing RS already and got to 94 Herblore. I was going to do Smithing but now somehow I am doing Herblore so I guess that's what I'll be doing this week instead.
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  38. Thanks everyone, I'll try to try them all regardless if they want a download or not. But my goal from the beginning is to play on the website and not be a burden on my laptop since I have an ancient one..
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  39. Disney does have some openly gay characters they have been working on incorporating more of it. Not so sure that I would seeing them add a lesbian princess any time soon. Mainly because I think they are too worry about the Karen's who would be protesting them due to their poor children had to witness the evil sin of 2 people of the same gender loving each other.
    2 points
  40. Good. You might have find yourself in a situation you didn't wanted to be in lol
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  41. Ready to have a fun Friday night. Going to see a movie at the cinema tonight with friends and feeling happy to be going out.
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  42. What private servers are you playing with that? I would be interested in playing Ragnarok again.
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  43. Oh true I forgot about maple story. I recently got into RO so I’m playing on private servers right now
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  44. I don’t know if it would be helpful but the only one I know is ragnarok online tho it’s fantasy. Beside that the science fiction one I know it blue protocol but it’s 3D and not 2D. Same with onigiri tho this one is more of a mix of a science and Japanese theme
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  45. Finally, finally, got 99 farming on OSRS lol ~ Took forever. Next goal is 99 Smithing I supposeeee.
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  46. Totally forget AQ Worlds was a game lol ~ I played that too. They have AQ World 3D now too that I think is available on the phone & browser but it's nowhere near as good as AQ Worlds. ~ Oh I remember there used to be some 2D dating sim games like this, I remember one called "Chrono Days" and another called "Wonderland Days", I think it still exists but I'm not sure. The pictures and stuff weren't as detailed as the ones above because I think they were mostly hand drawn but it was fun to play through them lol
    2 points
  47. To place a video here on this site you only need to copy and paste the link of the video from Youtube and it will show inside the post. I liked this animation. The idea of animating anime images is very cool.
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  48. The only games I can think of that are 2D and a little bit in the anime style are Adventure Quest, Adventure Quest Worlds, and DragonFable which are all made by the same gaming company. They are fun games to play if you like this style but the graphics are not amazing but this is done in a cute 2D style. Adventure Quest Worlds is also MMORPG with many character custom options and contains many aspects you see in most games such like armor, weapon, pet customs, quests and missions, instances with boss monsters with friends and ability to skills such like fishing. More games in this style to me would be great because I like this type that is more realistic and relaxing.
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  49. Monday is such a strangely depressing day.
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  50. Why couldn’t the pony sing in the choir? He was a little horse.
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