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Tee

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TIL... Well anyway. You should call it a tattoo gun to spite whoever thinks that they can override your free will.
What is it about having terms for their equipment that classifies as overriding the free will of others?

On a side note, I have heard it called tattoo guns by some tattoo artist over here. Maybe something for the regional differences thread. Perhaps I should go get a tattoo and ask questions.
 

Rue

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I mean realistically I don't think it makes a lot of sense to call them tattoo guns anyway. Unlike say a piercing gun (which are bad, don't get piercings done with guns!) which basically 'shoots' a single needle through your skin, a tattoo machine is more like a pen with a motor. Although yeah it's still piercing your skin with ink, it's very different from a piercing gun.
 

Oegyein

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Today I learnt that a ⚜ is called a "Fleur de Lis", which Val will correct me if I'm wrong literally translates to "Lily Flower". While it is well known for it's association with New Orleans and Catholic saints, it initially represented a French dynasty known as "Bourbon".

TIL also that the French Bourbon Dynasty actually has nothing to do with my favorite drink, but that Bourbon whiskey was likely named for a Louisiana port named after the family, thus stamping "Bourbon" on every box sent to Europe and distinguishing it from traditional Scotch and Irish whiskey.

ALSO ALSO, Hamilton was a scumbag and the Whiskey tax was the dumbest thing he could have done from his cozy little New York home not even two decades after the US revolution.
 

Ciela

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Allow me to add a few things:
- While Fleur de Lis does translate to Lily Flower, it does not actually represent one (it's an iris)
- The symbol itself is waaay older, has been used in a variety of places, and traces back to the Byzantine empire
- It was the most popular here when it was used as the emblem of not just the Bourbon family but the King of France (and thus, France in general), until we got rid of the whole king thing
- While we don't use it anymore, it is still used here and there to represent France, like on the flag of Quebec
 

Rateus

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Allow me to add a few things:
- While Fleur de Lis does translate to Lily Flower, it does not actually represent one (it's an iris)
- The symbol itself is waaay older, has been used in a variety of places, and traces back to the Byzantine empire
- It was the most popular here when it was used as the emblem of not just the Bourbon family but the King of France (and thus, France in general), until we got rid of the whole king thing
- While we don't use it anymore, it is still used here and there to represent France, like on the flag of Quebec
VALuable extra information.
 

Oegyein

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Allow me to add a few things:
- While Fleur de Lis does translate to Lily Flower, it does not actually represent one (it's an iris)
- The symbol itself is waaay older, has been used in a variety of places, and traces back to the Byzantine empire
- It was the most popular here when it was used as the emblem of not just the Bourbon family but the King of France (and thus, France in general), until we got rid of the whole king thing
- While we don't use it anymore, it is still used here and there to represent France, like on the flag of Quebec
Did someone say, THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE!?
 

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I didn't learn this today, but I learned recently that "carrot" actually has three other homophones:
caret (proofreading symbol)
carat (measure of diamonds)
karat (measure of gold)
 

Ciela

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Fun fact, in French we write the karat "carat", which makes things even more confusing
 

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TIL How to solder copper pipes together. Way easier than I thought, takes all of 30 seconds to do.
How big can copper pipes be before they aren't pipes?
 
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