TIL (today I learned...)

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  1. JOttum

    JOttum Nights Watch Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I'm still pretty new to all this. I love picking up little things here and there to add to the skill set. Today I learned that you can char cattail fluff! I've known for quite a while that the uncharred fluff burns very well on it's own, today I was surprised to learn how well it takes an ember charred.


    What did you learn today?
     
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    Today I learned that ticks can swim and do not drown.

    Flushed a tick I found on my pants. Went back to shower later and the little bugger was crawling up the inside of the toilet. :confused:
     
  3. JOttum

    JOttum Nights Watch Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I hate them even more now.
     
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    You shower in your toilet?










    :18::18::18:
     
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    One is much cleaner than the other. ;) :D
     
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    :eek:

    :4::18::4:
     
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    Today I learned that the reason female finches evolved to be ugly and brown, while the males are bright pretty colors, is because the females stay at the nest and need to blend in with it to not lure predators.
     
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    I like this. And the same holds for ducks, and many more birds.
    But also interesting (and this is easily observed in duck behaviour), the males are more brightly coloured and specifically try to draw predators away from the females. It's not just good looks for the sake of it or to attract females.
     
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    Never trust a fart, that's what I learned today.......
     
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    Never under any circumstances take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night.
     
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    All female birds are like that. Some women I've known, also.:rolleyes:
     
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    Or mix them up......
     
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    My missus learned, the hard way, never to feed me brussel sprouts. I can only take them on the road.:rolleyes:
     
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    I just learned that some birds are smarter than a lot of people. :9:
     
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    Lol....ok, let's keep this more bushcraft and less gastrointestinal related.;)
     
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    I learned the grandkids how to find the north star... but that was Yesterday. So, it is a YTL I suppose. o_O
     
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    Yesterday I learned the Milano Hat Company of Garland, Texas makes all the hats for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
     
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    Today I learned that our local woodchuck blends into our gardens better than I had imagined. This was a good discovery but now I HAVE to defend the gardens more actively. :confused:
     
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    I just learned "puukko" is Finnish for knife.
     
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    Is this true? I always thought that puukko was a blade style.
     
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    I learned that security at American Embassies is way more strict than Airports even o_O
    I usually have a bladeless SAK, flashlight, several USB drives with important data and bootable Linux installs (great for fixing crashed computers, recovering data, or just carrying around your own system that you can boot into from any computer with a USB port), and a pair of nail clippers. I'm pretty sure every one of those things, harmless as they are, were disallowed. Left them all home to be safe.
     
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    TIL I'm going to be an Assistant Scoutmaster of my kids troop.
     
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    This weekend I learned that while the average shower uses 17 gals of water, you can have a luxurious shower with 2 gallons . My wife and I spent 4 days at the new property rehabbing an old 35 yr old travel trailer salvaged from her mom into a weekend hideaway and base camp from which to play at the lake and work on the retirement home . We have electricity now but no water yet , so hauled some in . Normally when camping I just either swim or wash off with a wet rag and water , no soap. This trip I spent it working , and ended each day with a combo of sawdust, dirt , and sweat from high 90 temps with high east TX humidity caked on me . Needed a shower for psychological reasons if nothing else before bed. So I put a 2.5 gallon water jug on a ladder and had myself a shower . Managed to get 4 very decent showers out of 2.5 gallons, and the last day right before leaving I dumped another gallon in it and had a great shower before getting in the truck . So 2.5 gallons all to myself ( the future plan ) for a single shower ? Luxury man, luxury .
     
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    Today I learned that ice is considered a mineral, and that calcite evinces a property called double refraction, which apparently played a role in the wave theory of light. Apparently, the calcite crystal can act as a polarizing filter, as the refractive properties vary depending on whether the light enters parallel or perpendicularly to the crystal. (https://www.mathpages.com/rr/s9-04/9-04.htm)
     
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    Today I learned that I can get a sunburn in less than 15 minutes of walking around town in an urban area.

    I should have used sun screen or dressed like a bee keeper to avoid the burns I have now. :confused:
     
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    The sun and reflection are funny things. I worked on a movie in southern NM being filmed at White Sands Natl Monument. We told a bunch of people to not wear baggy shorts and boxers underneath as the sun rays will bounce off the sand and up your shorts. They thought we were joking. Several days later they are walking around with their legs spread out as much as they can to keep their private parts from touching anything. Nice case of sun burn on the nether regions.
     
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    Today I learned that @pelligrino is much smarter than I am! :11:
     
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    Today I learned....

    The lid from my Ozark Trail travel mug will fit pretty tightly in my Toaks 450 ml coffee cup.

    IMG_20190710_182258793-540x960.jpg IMG_20190710_182250641-540x960.jpg

    This is a pretty big thing for me because not only will I spill less coffee in my wife's truck, but the edge of the cup acts like one of those lip protector things. Pretty stoked about this. :)
     
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    This is my favorite.
     
  31. gohammergo

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    It is truly surprising how little water a person can get by on. Before my dad got running water in his house, he could get by on less than 10 gallons a week, and that was cooking, dishwashing, and bathing.

    About 15 or so years ago our hot water heater went out in the winter. We had a fire burning in the stove all day so we weren't in a terrible hurry to replace it, we always had a big tub of water on the stove already. I had what I called my "electric shower", a five gallon bucket that I had installed a windshield washer pump from a Dodge Dakota truck in. Hook it to a 12 volt source, fill with hot water, and shower. My wife and I could both shower very nicely on 4 gallons of water.
     
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    Today I learned....:)


    That while my lids from my Ozark Trail mug will tightly fit my Toaks cup....


    Once the cup cools down and is not expanded from the heat anymore, it has to be pried out of the cup.... Major bummer for me....:)
     
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  33. JOttum

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    Today I AM learning what a PITA and racket health insurance companies are.

    Not bushcrafty, sorry, so I'll leave this as a short TIL rant.
     
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    Birds that have little difference in appearance between males and females usually mate for life, or until one is killed, then the other will attempt to find a mate usually in the same breeding season. Crows, Geese, Swans, Eagles, many Owls are examples. Other birds often stay paired the entire breeding season, but will split after their young leave the nest and mate with others the following season.
     
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    I haven't googled this at all but I was under the impression that geese would not look for a new mate if theirs died? My wife's grandpa had a small farm and had geese that summered in a creek nearby. Someone shot one of the geese. The next year and for several years after, just one goose came and stayed all summer, making goose noises and presumably looking for it's mate.
     
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    Somewhere I told the story of Robert the swan I befriended one summer. When he and the last Singlet were killed his mate most defiantly knew it and was very distraught over it. She disappeared shortly after and I have no way to know if she ever found another mate; but they certainly seem to have feelings and an understanding on some level of death and loss.
     
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    Oh, dude, it's true. My wife said the goose that came back would walk around the woods and up and down the creek honking and flapping it's wings trying to get it's mate to come back. She had tears in her eyes when she told me the story. She says because of this she will never, ever, shoot a goose.
     
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    Oh I believe you. If a Canadian goose falls out of formation one or two others will follow it to the ground and stand by till it either recovers or dies. They are very affectionate toward each other.

    I found that post about Robert. it was a blog post. One of my nicer memories.
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/blogs/a-kinder-gentler-werewolf.72/
     
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    Very cool story. Thanks for linking it. Awesome. Too bad about the swans though. They are huge birds.
     
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    Today I learned that the cuckoo's call is considered to be a portent of rain. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but interesting.
    "The cuckoo is one of the most solitary birds of our forests...his note or call is as of one lost or wandering, and to the farmer is prophetic of rain." -- John Burroughs, Wake-Robin.
     
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    Today I learned that the fruit of the prickly pear cactus also has prickly barbs. :confused: Guess I won't be making that mistake again.
     
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    I learned that the hard way back when I was 7 or 8 or so.

    It's amazing just how many times that moment of enlightenment has haunted me over the decades.

    I certainly won't do that again!
     
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    Today I learned that if you don't chew up peanuts, they don't digest. :33:

    You don't want to know how I learned this..:33:

















    Just kidding! I don't know if this is true or not, but I thought it sounded funny.:eek::18:
     
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    TIL wolf creek forge closed up shop until further notice
     
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    That is really too bad. Even though there has been the bad stuff about them, they sure made some good products. I'll always keep mine.
     
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    Yeah, that's a shame! Hopefully they'll be back again soon.
     
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    Yeah I hope so, they were the only ones I could find that made flat oval strikers which I need.
     
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    Today I learned that no matter how much time you spend practicing over the years you can still slip up! 20190913_190028.jpg 20190913_192408.jpg
     
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    Atleast you were smart enough to get it checked and stitched. I’m too hard headed that I just taped up my big toe after a chef knife fell on it, bone exposed and all.
     

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