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Old 05-17-2021, 09:47 PM   #2491
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So I learned today that "zombie" was British slang for a policewoman in the 1950s (and likely earlier). Anyone know why?
I am not sure, but Canada had a Zombie Army during WW II (= conscripts who could not be ordered to overseas service).
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:30 AM   #2492
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A man is dead after apparently slitting his own throat in response to a partial "Guilty" verdict at his trial.

He was accused of attempting to run over several children at a Native American reservation, as well as threatening one of them with a pistol. What he used to slit his throat, as well as how he managed to get it into the courtroom, is currently unknown. The scenarios kind of write themselves, here.
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Old 05-20-2021, 11:31 AM   #2493
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I am not sure, but Canada had a Zombie Army during WW II (= conscripts who could not be ordered to overseas service).
They like to say that the term "Zombie Army" was just used because they couldn't be ordered overseas, but the real reason is sort of the opposite - they couldn't be shipped overseas because they were literally zombies, and would rot in the bulk of the theaters of war. Better to keep them close to home, where they can remain cold and be a reserve force in case of an attack.

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Old 05-21-2021, 01:07 PM   #2494
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A reminder to keep politics and non game relatable news out of this thread (and in the first off the boards).

Thank you.
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Old 05-25-2021, 04:44 PM   #2495
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Body found in Barcelona Stegosaurus statute.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...ue-spain-dead/

You know there's got to be drunk PCs or cultists, or both, involved....
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Old 05-25-2021, 06:40 PM   #2496
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Body found in Barcelona Stegosaurus statute...
You know there's got to be drunk PCs or cultists, or both, involved....
Or just your run-of-the-mill, everyday, hungry Stegosaurus that turns into a statue during the day. (Like Gargoyles, only with dinosaurs and they're the bad guys. Except for the Dinobots, naturally.)
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Old 05-26-2021, 07:46 AM   #2497
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Something for your cops/mystery/heist campaigns: It is possible now to match fingerprints to pictures of hands that are posted online.

Because of this, a drug dealer in Liverpool was arrested because he proudly presented a block of cheese.

So, what will his nickname be? Stilton? Cheesy?

PS: Something like this was a minor plot point in a novel by H.B. Piper. A nosy reporter discovered that fingerprint on a screenshot did not match to a VIP and so blew the cover of an undercover operation. This book was written in the 50s.
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Old 05-27-2021, 12:54 PM   #2498
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Guess that answers the Tunguska question once and for all too.
Atlanteans?
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Old 05-27-2021, 12:57 PM   #2499
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Something I missed last year, microscopic bioroids, called xenobots, have been created. Or maybe they should count as proto-bioroids, given they are created from living cells (frog stem cells) rather than from more basic building blocks.
No, they should be called xenobots, because no term has ever been more calculated to find its way into sci-fi stories. It's literally got both 'alien' and 'bots' in it!
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Old 05-27-2021, 01:28 PM   #2500
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No, they should be called xenobots, because no term has ever been more calculated to find its way into sci-fi stories. It's literally got both 'alien' and 'bots' in it!
I'm... not certain what you're saying "no" to here, as I never objected to their being called "xenobots." Humorously, the "xeno-" part of their name is from the Xenopus genus of frogs (from which they originate), although it is the same "xeno-" that corresponds to aliens (Xenopus basically translates to "weird foot," probably a reference to their clawed feet).
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