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What grinds your gears?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by retrofit, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    The most rational explanation I could think of was it was a test to see if people knew silver=2nd and bronze=3rd. But even that's stretching it.
     
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  2. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    There are times when it is justified, but that's rarely in the heat of the moment. It can be an insight to an athlete's mentality to know if they are angry, upset, disappointed, or grateful.
     
  3. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    Are we talking about a ménage a trois?
     
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  4. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Are Olympic Medals actually made of the metals in their name? If so, is the percentage anywhere near 100%? Or is it a very thin coating?
    (You can tell I'm not a sportsperson, and have never won any medal.)
     
  5. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    I placed an order via Amazon on Monday afternoon, which was dispatched on Tuesday, from a supplier in Dartford, Kent. Delivery is by Royal Mail. I've been told to expect the goods today.

    However, if someone had set off on foot, it would have taken them 19 hours, or just over 6 hours using a bike, to get here. Oh, so you're wondering what's being delivered?

    It's for 3x braille embossed Radar Keys!
     
  6. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    The gold medal is solid silver with gold plating.
     
  7. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    Apparently, these ones are made from the recycled electronics of mobile phones etc, then coated with gold, silver or bronze.
     
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  8. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    I’ve got an order from an Amazon seller, dispatched last Sunday, was going to be delivered by Thursday, maybe now by next Tuesday.
     
  9. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    One that I find irritating....... typically the question to the competitor is: "How disappointed are you?".

    I'd like to hear a reply such as "Ummmm....... I'd say about seven." ;)
     
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  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Best response would be "well, actually I'm glad, because even though my years of dedication, training, effort and tears failed to win me a gold medal, at least I can be proud I'm not just the person sticking a microphone toward someone competing and asking stupid questions on live tv."
     
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  11. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I agree. If all recreational drugs were decriminalised the benefits would far outweigh the difficulties. Only the terminally daft would fail to learn from the American experience of the 1920s.
     
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  12. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Posy Simmonds dealt with that many years ago...
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  13. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    Radar keys have arrived! - In a small bubblewrap packet that easily went through the letterbox. I've had worse though, 2x Olympus eyecups which turned up in what could have easily held a pair of shoes ...
     
  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Apparently the medals have been made from recycled waste phones and laptops.
     
  15. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I don't know what to say! Can't decide whether that's the very best, or the worst use for recycled modern waste!
     
  16. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    It's a perfect analogy for the Olympics - dressed up as shiny, valuable and desirable, but actually a load of waste nobody really needs. Was reading something recently about how hosting the Olympics has consistently proven to be a huge net loss for the host city, despite all the campaigning claims of legacies and development.
     
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  17. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Sounds like being the "City of Culture". I think Coventry may have it at the moment, and until I saw the recent news item, I hadn't realised that Coventry had a problem.
     
  18. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    The original award for winning was a Laurel wreath intended to show that its glory was temporary.
     
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  19. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    "Mement0 Mori" or, George Patton recast it: "A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting".
     
  20. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    ...decriminalise and tax...
     
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