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katastrofa
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### Re: Stupid question of the day

Citizen Kane is commonly considered the first film with retrospection.
Does The Decameron qualify?

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At school we did this short story; Bierce describes the flashback as if it were now>

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### Re: Stupid question of the day

katastrofa wrote:
Does The Decameron qualify?

Not sure! It is pure escapism and just passing time.

Paul
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Why do people always leave fridge doors open on TV and in movies? It even happened in an episode of Mr Bean (cartoon version) I was watching yesterday.

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Paul wrote:
Why do people always leave fridge doors open on TV and in movies? It even happened in an episode of Mr Bean (cartoon version) I was watching yesterday.

Maybe because it's even a cheaper way to show how rich and successful they are than using plastic bags?

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katastrofa wrote:
Paul wrote:
Why do people always leave fridge doors open on TV and in movies? It even happened in an episode of Mr Bean (cartoon version) I was watching yesterday.

Maybe because it's even a cheaper way to show how rich and successful they are than using plastic bags?

Haha! Or maybe they’re in the ALF and want to free all the animals! The ham, the chicken, the T-bone!

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Paul wrote:
Why do people always leave fridge doors open on TV and in movies? It even happened in an episode of Mr Bean (cartoon version) I was watching yesterday.

Paul
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Cuchulainn wrote:
Paul wrote:
Why do people always leave fridge doors open on TV and in movies? It even happened in an episode of Mr Bean (cartoon version) I was watching yesterday.

Wrong.

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Paul wrote:
Cuchulainn wrote:
Paul wrote:
Why do people always leave fridge doors open on TV and in movies? It even happened in an episode of Mr Bean (cartoon version) I was watching yesterday.

Wrong.

More sinister? It will halt global warming, right?

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Nice one...combats the effect of the fridge's CFCs on the ozone layer.

It's one of those things that actors/directors do:
1. Drinking from cups that are clearly empty
2. Not ever closing doors (of fridges or generally)
3. Never saying "Bye" before hanging up the 'phone
4. Never getting change when buying something
etc.

Then there are things that actors/directors do to illustrate a point:
1. I am very hungry so I am holding my spoon like a child
2. I'm in a hurry and have to save the world so I'll do a little skip thing before running
and so on.

tagoma
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and there is always a free parking space by their building!

Paul
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tagoma wrote:
and there is always a free parking space by their building!

And the car chases always happen in completely deserted underground car parks...never outside Waitrose!
But that's different, that's a practicality issue. There's no practicality issue in the fridge situation or holding a spoon. (I'll resist my usual comments about American eating habits.)

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5. Every time John Wayne visits a ranch, coffee is always on the brew.
6. Never see James Bond buying plane tickets.

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what is preferable to use in document $\arcsin(x)$ or $\sin^{-1}(x)$ ? because they mean the same....

I want my document as readable as possible.

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When in doubt, follow Abramowitz and Stegun: arcsin x