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#2885 07/19/00 07:50 PM
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>>..by Douglas Adams, author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "The Meaning of Liff", et al.<<

Thanks--I knew I'd read that somewhere!




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Gosh, jmh, do you really think one day, gulp, I could join that august company?

Maybe August next year.

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amazing how memory fails me!
i saw an interview with douglas adams and he said he'd received countless letters with theories about the 42 thing. i was interested to hear that he wrote "the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" in his 20s.


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>>Dialling a number is inputting it, while ringing a number is actually making contact.<<

Strictly speaking, isn't making contact what happens after the ringing?

So in fact we have three stages - we dial the number, we listen to ringing while the network tries to make contact and then if we're lucky we might have a phone conversation.

I'm exhausted just thinking about it!


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>>if we're lucky we might have a phone conversation<<

...and why is it that you never get a busy signal when you have dialled/rung/connected with a wrong number?




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and why is it that you never get a busy signal when you have dialled/rung/connected with a wrong number?


How would you find out that you had?

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>>and why is it that you never get a busy signal when you have dialled/rung/connected with a wrong number?<<

David, it's for the same reason that, when you've been
searching for something, it is always found in the
last place you look.




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Which reminds me of the possibly apocryphal story of someone who wrote to a biscuit company suggesting that as the top biscuit in the packet usually turned out to be broken into little pieces, they leave the top biscuit out in future.

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<someone who wrote to a biscuit company suggesting that as the top biscuit in the packet usually
turned out to be broken into little pieces, they leave the top biscuit out in future>

Which reminds me, Bingley, that such a person in Tasmania (at least) would be known (politically incorrectly) as one biscuit short of a packet

and, while we're on this subject, where have all the broken biscuits gone -- an essential part of a young fella's diet in the mid-50s.




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And with reference to at least 3 threads: Acronyms, politically incorrect terms for the less intelligent, and a reference in another thread to FNQ (Far North Queensland) residents speaking slowly.

When I saw FNQ it reminded me of the acronym NFQ (or whatever last letter fits your local environment). This is used in several proffesions (Nursing, Schools) and means "slow, educationally sub-normal". It is derived from "Normal For Queensland" (or wherever).

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