* Posts by magickmark

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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Re: Quantum theory and spatial dilution.

Yes he is!

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Re: Quantum theory and spatial dilution.

Just found the link http://www.cs.rug.nl/~michael/qthair.pdf

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Mushroom

Quantum theory and spatial dilution.

This is from a mock paper by a guy called Michael H.F. Wilkinson. Sadly the link that I found it on seems to no longer work :(

The famous thought experiment of Erwin Schrödinger describes how according to quantum mechanics a cat may be in an indeterminate state between living and dead, until a conscious observation is made. Likewise, Reitz (6) has shown that the location of a cat inside or outside a garage is unspecified until the creature is observed. This phenomenon explains the curious "tunneling" of electrons and even entire cats (6) through a region of space in which they cannot exist. If we take the case of a homeopathic dilution of a single molecule over N flasks of solvent, quantum mechanics tells us that the molecule is not located in a particular flask until a conscious observation is made. In quantum parlance, the "wave function" of the particle is said to "collapse" into a specific state (or flask) due to the act of observing. Incidentally, this is why cats resent people staring at them: the constant collapse of their wave function is a strain on their delicate senses.

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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

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DNS Problems?

I'm not at home to try it out but I've heard reports that if you change your DNS server to the Google public servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) this may fix the problem.

Numbers taken from here:

https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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Re: Journalism?

Long may your bollocks be online! err figuratively speaking of course!!!

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New Balls Please

Well I hope you are keeping your Pokéballs nice and safe you definitely don't want anyone playing with them in a dark ally!

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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Coffee/keyboard

You Sir owe me a new keyboard!!

Unfortunately in eating my apple I'd put away my generic plastic tub with a lid and thus when I read "TUPPERWARE: That thing your arsehole does when you really need a massive shit but can't go and so it keeps popping open randomly and emitting foulness." apple went over my keyboard and screen!!!",

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Windows

Yummy

I'm reading this whist eating my lunch out of my Tupperware, sorry generic plastic tubs with lids. Nice to know I am not alone.

Icon? Me eating lunch of course!!

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Childcatcher

VPN

I assume she's never heard of Virtual Private Networks?

Just sayin'

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

RIP

So sad to hear this. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

He will be missed.

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Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?

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Very insightful, more please!

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

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WTF?

My story is this...

At this point in time I was working as a consultant and had developed and maintained a website for a client. Anyway, one day in October the client contacted me about updating the website, basically giving it a major overhaul.

So meeting was arranged and held at which we went through what the client wanted etc. etc. etc. and the main thing was that they wanted the new version live for the New Year, three months away so no problem. At the end of the meeting they asked for sometime to consider things and that they would contact me.

A few weeks pass and no communications from them, so I email, no response. This went on for a week or two and eventually I gave up and assumed they had changed their minds.

Anyway, being self employed (and busy) I did not really take holidays, except I always took off the two weeks over Xmas. But (and I'm sure you can guess what comes next) I got a call from the client sometime in mid December, lets say the 16th, to say they wanted the update to go ahead and reminding me that I had said it could be done for the New Year!

I politely told them that had been back in October and that deadline was now impossible and anyway I was not going to be working over the Xmas holidays as it was my only time off. And I offered to start work in the New Year.

At this point the client got very aggressive and even offered me physical violence if I did not agree to do the work.

Needless to say I choose not work for the client again and they eventually got someone else to do the work although they made a right pigs ear of it and within the year the website went offline and vanished.

To this day I find it incomprehensible that: a) they could be that slow in making up their minds b) actually believing that the deadline would still be applicable c) so extreme in their reaction.

Some people ehh?

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Trouble originating between chair and keyboard caused most UK breaches

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Devil

Re: We are but human

As a random person on a random forum my answer would be "yes do it" then stand back with the popcorn and watch the fallout from a safe distance!!!

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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My Wearable

My wearable attached to my wrist with a band of leather, it has one function which it does perfectly. It was made in 1916 (hallmarked silver) and still works perfectly toady.

As I am sure you can guess is a watch. In this case a Swiss made wristwatch and it does exactly as I want, a quick glance way of knowing the time. Anything more complex than that and I'd use my smartphone.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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If you look carefully, the number plate on the Aston is Skyfall is the same as the one he won in Casino Royal so that's where he got the Aston from. But as to how it got all the upgrades (ejector seat etc) is the real question.

But I think that if you over analyse the films you spoil the 'fun' of them. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

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Pint

All respect to the guys in the front line and the humour expressed whilst still in combat and the response given by the support guys.

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Terminator

Lovecraft

Go thou to HP Lovecraft and there read of "Herbert West" and shudder11

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Devil

Maybe you are not not Spartacus? Go on prove it!!! :)

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Trollface

"In any case I suspect that you are from blighty because the highest court in the cuntry is the high court.."

I assume you mean "country", although High Courts can be cunts at time!!

"There was lots of cuntry in the High Court today as the judge passed his views on on-line privacy"

Ahh maybe thats what you meant?

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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with a 7% solution?

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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Re: Demarcation?

Not only is he is fully functional he is programmed in many "techniques," a wide variety of pleasuring.

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

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Re: TROPPUS TI

Holy Zarquon's singing fish!!

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

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I would guess he earns a shitload of money that puts him in a high tax bracket and he's not using tax avoidance scams to reduce his liability.

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

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Pint

As its Friday

(a) suggest they turn it off and back on again? (and then call you back)

(c) and then go down the pub for the rest of the day?

A lesson learnt from the BOFH!!!

Cheers, Simon!!!

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

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WTF?

Huh???

"Russia wasn't actually the destination he was heading for, he was going via there to somewhere else when his passport was cancelled,"

If he has no passport (as above) then how would he get in to Norway anyway? Other than setting a president what would be the point of this case?

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Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones

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Facepalm

Re: And pre-Millienials were tech savants?

</sarc>

I'm a "pre-millenial", an old duffer in my 50's using tec for 30+ years, and its amazing how many times I've lost my monitor and post-it-notes stuck to them from my back pocket when I've been out.

</sarc>

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Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

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The last TV I brought was from Amazon, its a 39 inch smart TV badged as "Digihome". I was looking for a decent dumb TV with lots of inputs but as this one was only £170 I thought it was worth a punt.

Turns out it was excellent in most respects, built in sound could be better but then I have it connected to my surround sound system. The smart features work but as I have a Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick and a Sky Now TV box the smart features in the TV are rather redundant.Seems to be the way to go, decent TV with lots of inputs and then just use external, easy to change disposable 'smart' devices.

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Mountains of madness found on Pluto's Cthulhu Regio

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Now all we need is an area within that called the Plateau of Leng

You may find this amusing

http://hyperbolation.com/2011/11/humans-habitats/

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

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"Re-runs of Game of Thrones on Netflix" I wish!! Even on Sky they only have series one as a box set!

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LOHAN sponsor knocks up nifty iMac fish tank

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Coat

Thats a bit of a fishy story!!

Sorry, I'll get my coat!

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Devil

Re: Aleister Crowley photo

Damn it!!

Well Wi-Fi can be something of a dark art and I find Aleister Crowley's "Book of the Law"* useful at time like this.

You have to incant the right formula to make it all work, I find that this one tends to help "The key of the rituals is in the secret word which I have given unto him." - Chapter One, Rule 20

*http://www.sacred-texts.com/oto/engccxx.htm

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This program can detect if you're bored – which is going to make annoying ads, articles so much more annoying

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Share and Enjoy!

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: surely the word 'hypocrite' is an immigrant...

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!!!!

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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Headmaster

corruptissima re publica plurimae leges

corruptissima re publica plurimae leges - when the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous -- said by Tacitus

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Holmes

Something for the weekend?

Maybe Alistair needs one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/SMALLEST-THINNEST-J8-Bluetooth-Headphone/dp/B00O586YB2/ref=pd_bxgy_23_img_z then rather than talking bollocks he can talk out of his arse instead?

Just joking, loved the rant!

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Carolina cop cuffed for 'carjacking'

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Coat

Re: 10 Years Jail

Indeed 10 Years!! Pull the other one!!!

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Prison butt dialler finally off-hold after 12-day anal retention marathon

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This phone http://www.amazon.co.uk/SMALLEST-THINNEST-J8-Bluetooth-Headphone/dp/B00O586YB2/ref=pd_bxgy_23_img_z looks like it could be used for that purpose although some of the reviews slate it as being poor quality, but at £26.95 I'd not expect it to be the best quality. Almost tempted to get one just because!

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: All code should be rewritten from scratch...

I agree with what you say! Not quite the same thing, but it did involve coding.

There is one case I always recall from when I was an independent database developer. Most of my clients were small local businesses, mostly 10 or less employees i.e, not loads of cash to throw around. One day I was contacted by a new potential client in the insurance industry asking me to a meeting to discuss their needs.

So halfway through the meeting having had some discussion with the owner and staff of the company the owner excused himself for a minute to get something. He came back a few minutes later with a HUGH stack of A4 paper and dropped it on the table with a very loud THUD (it was a very big stack). And said "That fucking lot cost me £3000" pointing at the stack.

I looked through it and it was a needs analysis/system specification that detailed every aspect of a proposed database. So detailed in fact I assumed that the only way they could have produced it was by actually by building the thing or, if not, the amount of work they had put in was equivalent.

The told me at that point he had pulled out of the project because he could not afford to pay £3000 for a "pile of paper". I think he was worried that I would do the same thing to him.

I had to assured him that was not the way I worked, sure I had to do analysis and design but that I'd build him working prototypes and then working with him and his team would refine and expand the functionality to get a system that would do what they needed it to do.

To cut a long story short, it ended up with me working off and on with them for getting on for 10 years and producing a product that suited their needs totally, In fact at one time when they were being audited by their underwriters (just a routine audit I hasten to add) the auditor said it was one of the best underwriting systems he had ever seen, I was always very proud of that.

So my point is that you can plan and design to the n'th degree but at some point you have to roll up your sleeves and dive in and produce something and then refine and develop until it does what it's meant to.

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Trollface

Re: I swear someone stalks me just to down vote me...

Ditto

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Voyager 1 now 20 BEEEELLION KMs from the Sun

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'while they assemble their invasion fleet.'

Only to be eaten by small but hungry dog on arrival, due to a terrible miscalculation in scale!

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Big Ben belittled by Infosys' plans for enormous erection

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Coat

Clock!!

With such a big erection and with the comments about 'willy waving', maybe someone put one to many L in Clock Tower?

Icon: Mines the dirty mac with the snaps for buttons!!!

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I love you. I will kill you! I want to make love to you: The evolution of AI in pop culture

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Re: Nice review of Robots in fiction ...

I like this quote from Douglas Adams about dolphins and intelligence in general:

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Coat

Sing song time !!!

Sung to the tune of “Mud Mud Glorious Mud” by Flanders and Swann

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QW85kfakJc

Tax tax, avoidance of tax

Nothing quite like it for scratching the back

To avoid tax tax, avoidance of tax

Let’s have a Double Irish to start off this hack

To avoid tax tax, avoidance of tax

We’ll add a Dutch Sandwich to save to the max

To avoid tax tax, avoidance of tax

We’ll base in a haven with sun and no tax

To avoid tax tax, avoidance of tax

We’ll licence for the rights from ourselves to be lax

To avoid tax tax, avoidance of tax

The EU is wonderful and it’s a fact

To avoid tax tax, avoidance of tax

Nothing quite like it for scratching the baaaack

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

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Family History

My war hero would have to be my Great Uncle, William O'Callaghan who was involved in the Dunkirk evacuations and his story started at a small village called Le Paradis.

"The Le Paradis massacre was a war crime committed on May 27th 1940 by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Hauptsturmführer Fritz Knöchlein.

It took place during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk."

The story can be found here.

https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/le-paradis-ss-killing.html

and here

http://www.stephen-stratford.co.uk/pooleys_revenge.htm

Simply put the Royal Norfolk Battalion was part of the rear guard defense for the Dunkirk evacuations and my Great Uncles company were captured by an SS company, marched in to field and then machined gunned down.

My Great Uncle survived along with one other person, Albert Pooley, who was badly wounded and saved by my Great Uncle. You can read the full story above.

My Great Uncle ended up in a POW camp in Poland and at the end of the war they were abandoned and had to find their own way back to allied territory by marching across Europe.

There is/was a book written called "The Vengeance of Private Pooley" and published by an author called Cyril Jolly, now out of print.

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Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case

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Re: Makin Bacon

Yep rind and all, you'd open the fridge (more of a cold room really) and there would be the sides all hanging head down, looking literally like a suntanned pig, smoked sides looking dark brown and the un-smoked looking like a light tan. To me the rind was one of the best bits!!

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Angel

Makin Bacon

When I were a lad one of my first jobs was working a shop that sold what we called 'provisions'. One of which was bacon. (This was in the UK)

What we used to get for our 'bacon' was whole sides of pig that had been cured in a traditional way, no chemical added water etc.

This 'side of bacon' as it was called then had to be jointed up and then the joint was then sliced by hand on a slicing machine, basically a hand turned blade on a flywheel. And we used every part of the side to produce everything from streaky (the belly) bacon to hocks, gammon steaks and joints, back, long-back, oyster cut not a bit was wasted. Yum yum.

Not really sure what the point of this is other than the pleasant memory of real bacon hand cut and ever so tasty.

The icon? Because it was the food of gods

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RE the BOFH have I missed something?

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Re: RE the BOFH have I missed something?

Thanks for that!!

Lets hope he is not stuck on a hyper-spacial bypass, you know how dangerous that can be for lifeforms from plural zz sectors!

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WTF?

RE the BOFH have I missed something?

As far as I can see there has not been a article from the BOFH since 04/12/2015 (its 15/01/2016 as I post this). Is he one of the recently pruned contributors or have I missed something?

Anyone know anything?

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Jokes of no more than 2 lines

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Coat

None today thank you!

Two nuns in a bath one says "Where's the soap?" the seconds says "Yes it does!"

(say it out loud!)

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Mushroom

Knotty Problem

A bit of rope walks in to a bar, the barman say "Are you a bit of rope? We don't serve rope here"

The rope replys "No I'm afraid not"

((rim-shot)) don't forget to tip the waitress!

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