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Old 03-21-2014, 07:32 PM   #31
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In the UK when someone says something "fell off the back of a lorry" they mean that it was helped off by a less than honest truck driver - in other words "nicked", "pinched" or just plain stolen.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:34 PM   #32
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It means the same in the US Mad Cook.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:35 PM   #33
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Here's a few theories about the loss of contact with air traffic controllers:

1. It lost contact with the air traffic controllers because the equipment at the air controllers facility was old and faulty.

2. The air traffic controllers were busy posting selfies on Facebook

3. The controllers were drunk or stoned.

But the plane is still up there looking for some sober controllers who can land them safely---- in Roswell NM.
Re theory #1, it was said on the news a couple of days ago that the Malaysian air traffic equipment is new and state of the art
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The BBC news today said that the last report of sightings in the southern Indian Ocean was actually some days ago and wasn't announced until the reports had been looked into and checked (presumably to make sure the source was what it said it was and the reports were not a hoax),
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:50 PM   #35
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It means the same in the US Mad Cook.
Oops, sorry. Did I sound patronising? Slang doesn't always cross the ocean very well..
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:53 PM   #36
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Nope you didn't sound patronizing at all. Just as you didn't know it meant the same in the US, I had no idea it meant that in the UK. We have both learned something today
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:07 PM   #37
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So why do we listen to them, quote them, etc.? No good reason, I guess. So I have to wonder why you bother asking these off-topic questions at all.
I listen to them, quote them because they're there, just like Mallory and Mt Everest.

I bother to ask off topic questions because that's how my mind works.

And here you are, too, asking questions about my questions.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:10 PM   #38
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Re theory #1, it was said on the news a couple of days ago that the Malaysian air traffic equipment is new and state of the art
Oh Oh! You know what happens when things are upgraded---- just like happened here at DC a few days ago. (But I was just making a joke about the equipment and other reasons---- perhaps I hadn't made that clear.)
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:23 PM   #39
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I bother to ask off topic questions because that's how my mind works.
My point is that this is a cooking forum but you seem to be more interested in non-cooking topics. And you like to provoke rather than discuss.

And I think making jokes about the loss of the Malaysian plane is exceedingly insensitive.
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My point is that this is a cooking forum but you seem to be more interested in non-cooking topics. And you like to provoke rather than discuss.

And I think making jokes about the loss of the Malaysian plane is exceedingly insensitive.
Noted. I'm sorry you have that opinion of me.
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