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Miscellaneous / Re: Is the Foreign Legion still in existence?
« Last post by Cosmos on Yesterday at 07:40:38 PM »
It's my understanding that there aren't any French colonies any more. All that used to be are either independent countries or included as a part of France. For example Réunion, Tahiti and New Caledonia all have representation in the French Parliament and are therefore considered a part of the EU. This is unlike other countries, notably the Netherlands Antilles, Greenland (Denmark) and the Bahamas (British) are not a part of the EU.

As for the activities of the Foreign Legion, I imagine it would be the same as any other part of the French Army.
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Language / What is/are the origins of...
« Last post by Hiheels on Yesterday at 02:19:44 PM »
...turning "R"s in names into double "Z"s - thereby Sharon becoming Shazz/Shazza along with Bazz/Bazza and Gazz/Gazza? (Not the footballing one, that's due to his surname of course).
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Food and drink / Re: How do you make mashed potatoes?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on Yesterday at 08:42:35 AM »
I couldn't agree more about instant mash, Tec. But you've got to admit that the TV ads for Cadbury' Smash were great. Loved those Martians. Beep!

Mrs P-K had a massive instant mashed potato moment when she was a newly wed and still trying to find her way round the kitchen.

She'd decided to make a nice shepherd's pie - and (seeing as Mrs P-K habitually never ever reads the cooking instructions on the backs of packets) she naturally enough thought that all you had to do was simply empty the packet straight on top of the shepherd's pie and, somehow, it'd miraculously turn into lovely fluffy white mash in the oven.

It didn't. It turned into a dense slab of gooey grey volcanic lava, probably excellent for insulating cavity walls with but too horrendous to eat. So traumatic was the experience that she's never used instant mash since.
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Have you not read this book? It tells you precisely the answer.

Alternatively, there's this site for a slightly more scientific answer of up to 27,000 times their body weight during this life phase, so, assuming a 4 week life stage, that's about 1,000 times their body weight per day.

Holy Moley! 1,000 times their body-weight per day?!?!? That'd be like us humans noshing our way through 81,000 kilos of chip butties a day. 8 tonnes of them a day! No wonder those caterpillars made such short work of my ex-lovely cabbages.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Is the Foreign Legion still in existence?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on Yesterday at 07:51:31 AM »

Yes. Here's a link to their recruitment website. http://en.legion-recrute.com/

Good weblink, Cosmos. Judging from their website, it looks like the Foreign Legion is still active and even recruiting. And the rates of pay for a legionnaire are very similar to those in the British Army.

But, what I'd like to know (and what the website didn't seem to want to talk about) is What have the Foreign Legion actually been doing lately? Do the serve only in French colonies? Are they part of Nato? Do they get actively involved in combat in foreign wars - in Middle Eastern hotspots for example?

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History / Is there a murky secret hidden in these postage stamps?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on Yesterday at 04:01:57 AM »

Click to enlarge.

This old King George 6th stamp looks harmless enough, doesn't it? But give it a click it to enlarge it and look again...what's that lurking there ...under that innocent-looking dove of peace? Is that a set square and compasses? But isn't that an old freemasonry symbol? Surely it can't be? Well, it surely is.

It's no secret that the royal family has had, and still has, long and strong links to freemasonry (via the Duke of Norfolk) but why that set square and compasses symbol? And why on a British stamp?

Do I smell a conspiracy theory brewing? Or is there an innocent explanation?
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Miscellaneous / Re: Is the Foreign Legion still in existence?
« Last post by Cosmos on Yesterday at 03:37:09 AM »

Beau Geste and friends don't seem to be getting much media coverage lately - but maybe that's the way they like it.
What has the Foreign Legion been up to lately? Or have they been quietly disbanded? And, if still around, do they still wear their funny hats?

Yes. Here's a link to their recruitment website. http://en.legion-recrute.com/
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I remember, vaguely, an experiment was done in South Africa to raise a chimp as a human baby would be so that it could have a better chance to talk. It failed.

The hyoid bone, the larynx and the tongue are all in exactly the right position for humans to be able to talk. There are no animals that have that exact same arrangement. Details at livescience.com http://www.livescience.com/7468-hyoid-bone-changed-history.html

Ah ha, Cosmos! So that's where I got into answering your 'Flies in the Eyes' question with my somewhat majestic faux pas and erudite dissertation on Hyoid Bones!
It's nice to see that my proclivity for confusion and for posting right answers to the wrong questions, and even wrong answers to the wrong questions, is still thriving unabated!

For anyone vaguely interested to see what on earth I am rambling on about, the original 'Flies in the Eyes versus Hyoid Bones' debacle can be read on here on...

http://www.intelligentanswers.co.uk/index.php?topic=8416.msg48063#msg48063
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Miscellaneous / Is the Foreign Legion still in existence?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on Yesterday at 02:46:21 AM »

Beau Geste and friends don't seem to be getting much media coverage lately - but maybe that's the way they like it.
What has the Foreign Legion been up to lately? Or have they been quietly disbanded? And, if still around, do they still wear their funny hats?
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Have you not read this book? It tells you precisely the answer.

Alternatively, there's this site for a slightly more scientific answer of up to 27,000 times their body weight during this life phase, so, assuming a 4 week life stage, that's about 1,000 times their body weight per day.
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