Things you should know by now, but only just discovered

The Fonz saved Rocky

Henry Winkler and Sly became friends when working on The Lords of the Flatbush. Then when Sly came to LA he reached out and Winkler helped get his script sold to ABC. They said they were going to make the movie but wanted to bring in a new writer. Sly asked him to help again and don't let them replace him. Winkler still had a lot of pull from Happy Days at the time and canceled the deal, got the script back, gave the money back. Then Sly went on to get Rocky made as we all remember.

God knows how someone else would have butchered that script.

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Note: U.S. perspective here; feel free for everyone else to laugh at us.

Did already know that tipping is widespread in the U.S. probably most likely because of post-Civil War racism.

Didn’t know that if tipped workers aren’t earning the federal minimum wage by summing the minimum wage for tipped workers plus their tips, the employer is supposed to make up the difference. Don’t be surprised, though: most employers don’t do that, but there’s apparently no penalty.

I’ve never worked a tipping job. Is that mechanism common knowledge? Did anyone ever have their employer cover that shortfall?

From that article, it sure sounds like they are not.

When the Department of Labor conducted an unusual compliance sweep of 9,000 full-service restaurants between 2010 and 2012, they found that 84 percent had violated the subminimum wage system.

I am not surprised. In the US, wage theft is more dollars than all other forms of theft combined.

Keithustus wrote:

I’ve never worked a tipping job. Is that mechanism common knowledge? Did anyone ever have their employer cover that shortfall?

Absolutely not. In my experiecne, if you did not make up the money in tips, then you must have not impressed the customers enough and you should work harder the next day according the the manager.

That, or the wait staff was short changing the bussers on the tips because they also did not make enough money in tips that day.

When I worked as a pizza delivery driver it was a less than minimum wage job plus we got like $0.50 per delivery for gas and tips were the differences between it being a job worth working and almost a waste of time. I eventually stopped working anything but Friday and Saturday because a slow Tuesday night shift might only make me $25 for 5 hours of work. They definitely didn't make up the difference and I had no idea it was a thing. On a good Friday or Saturday you could bring home $100+ in tips (I topped $200 once).

Can confirm, I order a pizza every Saturday.

That there's a type of Solid State Drive that just installs right to the motherboard, and that my PC has not 1 but 2 of these M2 slots. I guess I never questioned where the SSD for the main drive was in this machine. I got a new 1tb drive for Skyrim VR and installed it this morning.

Cut my initial load from about 90 seconds to maybe 20 and in game loads from about 20 seconds to 2 seconds.
Before, every time a load came up I'd think about stopping and doing something else.

It is extremely unlikely for a squirrel to die from a fall from almost any height.

polypusher wrote:

That there's a type of Solid State Drive that just installs right to the motherboard, and that my PC has not 1 but 2 of these M2 slots. I guess I never questioned where the SSD for the main drive was in this machine. I got a new 1tb drive for Skyrim VR and installed it this morning.

Cut my initial load from about 90 seconds to maybe 20 and in game loads from about 20 seconds to 2 seconds.
Before, every time a load came up I'd think about stopping and doing something else.

After 24 hours I only have 300MB left on it Skyrim with mods is a beast

Vector wrote:

It is extremely unlikely for a squirrel to die from a fall from almost any height.

That applies doubly to flying squirrels.

It’s not about 1969. The reason I chose 69 is because of the sexual position.

-Bryan Adams

The link between toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that cats can host and spread, and cat owners' fondness for cats, has been disproven. In the past the common glib-science story was that cats would infect humans with toxoplasmosis, and it would affect their brains to make them even more strongly attracted to cats, in extreme cases turning them into crazy cat people with menageries of 80 cats living in their ammonia-scented houses.

While toxoplasmosis can induce symptoms (it can also be asymptomatic), they're mostly flu-like, and do not affect the brain. It's still something to be wary about if you have a compromised immune system or are pregnant, because children's immune systems can't handle it.

This came up in the PS5 thread when I made a joke about toxoplasmosis in reference to Stray, the soon-to-be-released and seemingly-gorgeous game where you play as a stray cat. Even as a committed Dog Person I'm intrigued.

Over a million Earths could fit inside the sun. This means if you ever visit the sun you should bring a map so you don't get lost. You will be like where I park the ship? Was it a million Earths that away or a million Earths the other way? Also bring sunglasses for protection.

Sorry. I had to.

I have a man crush on pre 1995 John Linnell. He’s the one on accordion.

I’ve never understood how they became popular: Woody-Guthrie level compositions and technical ability, Weird-Al oddball lyrics, and a lead vocalist who shouldn’t have been allowed to escape his role as church choir soloist…

Other bands around the same time that got big, sure, they make sense.

Keithustus wrote:

I’ve never understood how they became popular: Woody-Guthrie level compositions and technical ability, Weird-Al oddball lyrics, and a lead vocalist who shouldn’t have been allowed to escape his role as church choir soloist…

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This is something that sounds to me like a.....Hot Take

Keithustus wrote:

I’ve never understood how they became popular: Woody-Guthrie level compositions and technical ability, Weird-Al oddball lyrics, and a lead vocalist who shouldn’t have been allowed to escape his role as church choir soloist…

Other bands around the same time that got big, sure, they make sense.

Nerd-core aesthetic. Charming as hell. Genuinely funny at times. Profoundly profound at other times. Great songwriting. Poetic lyrics.

I know that They are not for everyone. TBH I hated They the first time I heard them, but a few of their songs wormed their way into my brain so I gave them a second listen. This was the album Flood. By the third listen I was a rabid fan.

Some of their songs are Woody Guthrie influenced. Part of John Linnell’s songwriting aesthetic comes from American folk music. They were sort of on that anti-folk tip in the beginning.

Check this song out and try to unpack the lyrics. I’ll give you a hint. Many of John Linnell’s songs are about car wrecks. I hope you enjoy this.

Ooooohhh, they’re for people who listen to lyrics or think they’re important. That helps a lot, thanks.

I never listen to lyrics. I'm a huge TMBG fan.

Keithustus wrote:

Ooooohhh, they’re for people who listen to lyrics or think they’re important. That helps a lot, thanks.

Evan E wrote:

I never listen to lyrics. I'm a huge TMBG fan.

I tend to pay attention to the lyrics only years after enjoying the music. That song is an example of that. So no. TMBG is not necessarily for people who love lyrics. In fact they’ve recorded several instrumental tracks throughout the years.

It’s just not your cup’a, Keith and there’s nothing wrong with that.

I have Tiny Toons to blame for making me a TMBG fan.

Keithustus wrote:

I’ve never understood how they became popular: Woody-Guthrie level compositions and technical ability, Weird-Al oddball lyrics, and a lead vocalist who shouldn’t have been allowed to escape his role as church choir soloist…

Other bands around the same time that got big, sure, they make sense.

Did I open the Hot Takes thread by mistake? Everything right is wrong again.

I always enjoy listening to TMBG.

Tscott wrote:

Did I open the Hot Takes thread by mistake? Everything right is wrong again.

LOVE THAT SONG

If I have only ever heard Flood and their TV show theme songs and liked them, what else should I try?

Mink Car is pretty good.

I've always liked TMBG (Flood and Lincoln being the seminal albums), but to me they've always been in the "lyrics as sounds" category of bands, where the words they say are chosen to sound nice and be evocative, but not to represent anything in particular.

It reminds me of some trivia about the Lewis Carrol poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" - various commentators at the time argued that the carpenter was meant to symbolize Christ, or other things. But Carrol's letters reveal that he only cared about the poem's meter, and left it up to the poem's illustrator whether it should be about a carpenter, a butterfly, or a baronet - saying they all worked rhythmically and to choose whichever he felt like drawing.

I have this feeling that TMBG lyrics have similar stories behind them, where fans have built up whatever interpretation but it's actually just a weird phrase John or John saw written on a can of soup.

Mixolyde wrote:

If I have only ever heard Flood and their TV show theme songs and liked them, what else should I try?

::rolls up sleeves::, ::clears throat::

The albums Apollo 18 and John Henry are similar to Flood in the sense that they have that je ne sais quoi of the first two albums with a more expensive production sound.

The first two albums are collected in an anthology called Then: The Early Years. This anthology also includes every b-side and EP from that period. All of the songs have been remastered to sound their absolute best. This is their most experimental period.

There are a lot of b-sides collections that came out after Flood. These also include a bunch of internet only releases that you could only get through their web site. I love most of these songs. Some of the same recordings appear on multiple of these collections. The album names are…
Severe Tire Damage
Long Tall Weekend
They Got Lost

After John Henry, which is my favorite album of theirs, the quality of their music starts to dwindle. There are still great songs and good songs with great moments, but that strange and wonderful quirkiness from the earlier recordings shows up much less often.

fenomas wrote:

I have this feeling that TMBG lyrics have similar stories behind them, where fans have built up whatever interpretation but it's actually just a weird phrase John or John saw written on a can of soup.

I’m sure that there’s plenty of songs of theirs where this is true. On top of that the band has a policy of never explaining their lyrics. Over the years I’ve learned that many of the lyrics which I had thought were clever nonsense are actually about something.

John Flansburg has an older brother with mental health issues who tortured him both mentally and physically while growing up. Kiss me son of god, Chess Piece Face, and Hot Cha are all about his brother.

There are lots of other examples.