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  1. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    I thought it was about time we had one of these.

    A thread for random questions that you always wanted to ask but didn't know who to ask.

    OK I will start...

    Why do almost all alarm clocks have snooze set for 9 minutes? I think every phone I have owned and now my iPhone has snooze set to 9 minutes, I have also checked my only Sony radio / alarm clock and that had 9 minutes snooze.

    Anyone know what is so special about 9 minutes?
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Oddly enough I read about this roughly a month ago. It stems back to the way the original alarm clockwork clocks worked. They (for some reason) couldn't set it to 10 minutes so they either had the option of 9 or 11 and they deemed 11 was too long, hence 9.

    This became the standard and has been used ever since.

    Or at least that I what I remembered.
     
  3. R.Youden thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wow!

    You learn something new everyday. I suppose it is better than making it 7 minutes! ;)
     
  4. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    What would happen if there was no such thing as a hypothetical question?
     
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  6. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Do you mean rhetorical(?)

    Dyslexia isn't hard to spell at all, got it right first time and in case you are wondering I have it. In the test results I had a spelling age of an 11 year old (i'm 23 :eek:)
     
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    I've wondered this one for a long time:

    What is the history behind the "Shame on you" hand gesture?

     
  9. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    I heard it was because you don't fall into a full, deep sleep that quickly, which is good since you would be even more tired and disoriented if you were woken from that state. 9 minutes (though I think my snooze is more like 8 on my digital clock) gives you time to rest but not fall completely into deep sleep.
     
  10. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I refer you to this post :D:D
     
  11. Lunja macrumors 6502

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    But did you realise that I intentionally spelt it incorrectly? :p

    Thankyou, I'll be here all night :)
     
  12. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    I didn't think so, but now I've looked up the meanings of rhetorical and hypothetical I'm not really sure what the difference is! I think that is one of those things that causes English teachers to have heated debates in their staff rooms.

    The wife is due in, oh, two days now. Do you want me to video it and put it on You Tube?
     
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    A little football-related question that I always wonder when the nights start drawing in – in the winter we switch to using high-visibility balls, usually a fluorescent yellow rather than the predominantly white balls used the rest of the year.

    Why not just use the high-visibility balls all year round, especially given the high number of night-time matches that are played these days? :confused:
     
  14. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Yes I did and it is one of the oldest in the book

    Hypothetical questions are questions such as "I have a friend who thinks he is gay"

    Rhetorical questions are questions you aren't supposed to answer, e.g. "Do you think I am stupid"

    So in this case "What would happen if there was no such thing as a rhetorical question?" would lead you into a never ending loop of wanting to answer the question but thinking it is in itself a rhetorical question so shouldn't be answered, head goes boom.
     
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    He could mean hypothetical; As his question is a hypothetical scenario (due to the fact that there is such thing as a hypothetical question.)
     
  16. skunk macrumors G4

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    Easy. It's for flexibility: if you turn the clock upside down you can snooze for three minutes less.
     
  17. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    So I was right to ask a hypothetical question, because I wanted an answer!

    That was a rhetorical question!!!
     
  18. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    ahh thanks for pointing me to the woods, just couldn't see it with all those trees in the way.

    I still maintain the rhetorical version is just as valid.
     
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    Why do we park on a driveway, and drive on a parkway?
     
  20. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Obviously never driven on the M25.


    Not that we called them parkways anyway.
     
  21. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    I seem to remember a few new towns in your neck of the woods having 'parkways' (Peterborough for example) but these refer to grade separated dual carriageways rather than the American examples.

    Why do we keep junk in our garages and park our expensive cars in the street?
     
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    Because we don't want to show off our junk?
     
  23. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Neck of the woods ;)

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  24. R.Youden thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I thought that they did try using the Yellow ball for a season or two a few years back. No they only use them December and January (at least in the Premiership). I think they went back to the white ball because fans preferred the old style, also I find it slightly harder to spot the Yellow ball, even in the middle of winter, especially at a game.

    It may also be a nice little earner for the FA in merchandising....
     
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    I already know the answer, but I think it's worth knowing.
    Did you know that Nokia's sms tune actually means SMS in Morse code?

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