The Lobby: Off-topic discussion

Hello and welcome to The Lobby! Your place to discuss subjects that just don’t fit in our other conversations. Make yourself at home!

Do you want to discuss an issue but can’t find the right place to post it? Or maybe you’re looking for somewhere to chat with your community pals? Well, you’ve come to the right place…

As with any community or conversation it can – and does – wander off-topic. This is perfectly natural, but it hasn’t always been possible to do so on some of our posts because of the precisely defined nature of each subject.

So, at the behest of some of our community members, we created this off-topic discussion area – The Lobby.

Any ideas spawned here in The Lobby could generate new posts for debate and discussion on Which? Conversation, so you – our community members – are able to help shape the direction of our community.

What happened to the original Lobby?

Why do we have two Lobbies? Well, like all good franchises, we wanted to experiment with a sequel. But seriously, the original Lobby was so popular (with almost 13,000 comments), it was becoming hard to load the page.

So we’re starting fresh with what we’re affectionately calling “The Lobby 2”.

No comments from first Lobby have been deleted, and you can still link to comments, but you won’t be able to add new comments.

Guidelines

To ensure The Lobby remains a healthy and friendly place for you all to share your thoughts, musings all of our Community Guidelines apply, with the exception of one:

You may go off-topic… that is the purpose of The Lobby.  🙂

Looking for other areas to talk?

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Welcome to the Lobby!

So without further ado… welcome! What are you waiting for!?

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Snowing heavily here, at the moment, and sticking.

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Bright and sunny and now 1°C here, but it took a while to scrape the frost off the car windows. Sleet was forecast for the weekend but now it’s just expected to be cold.

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Welcome to the day in 1853 when Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” was first performed, the day in 1966 on which Indira Gandhi was elected India’s fourth Prime Minister and the day in 2013 when Calcium deposits were discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

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The chemists were in their element when the calcium deposits were discovered.

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I saw my dad chopping up onions today and I cried. Onions was a good dog.

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A tree house is the biggest insult to a tree. “Here, I killed your friend. Hold him.”

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My maths teacher called me average. How mean!

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DerekP says:
19 January 2019

“Every American should have above average income, and my Administration is going to see they get it.” (attributed to Bill Clinton on campaign trail)

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Yep; sums up the state of US education.

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Welcome to World Religion Day, the day in 1841 when China ceded Hong Kong to the British during the first Opium War and the day in 1921 on which the Republic of Turkey was declared out of the remnants of the Ottoman Empire.

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Took my dog to a bonfire and as he sat there staring at it blankly I realized he loves sticks. I was burning a giant pile of his toys.

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Women marry because they believe that he will change one day. Men marry because they believe she’ll never change. Both are mistaken.

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A teacher asks a student, “Are you ignorant or just apathetic?”
The kid answers, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

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That seems a very good answer to an insulting question.

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Welcome to Lunar eclipse day, the day in 1793 on which Louis XVI of France was executed by guillotine, following his conviction for high treason and the ten year anniversary of the 2008 financial crash in worldwide stock markets.

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Sometimes I wish life had subtitles.

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It’s not peer pressure; it’s just your turn.

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We are all agreed. Get on with it.

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I don’t think it’s possible for me to become a sniper. Not by a long shot.

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Welcome to the first day of Farmhouse Breakfast Week, the day in 1905 when a large demonstration of workers In St Petersburg, Russia, led by Father Gapon, marched to the Winter Palace with a petition to the Tsar and the day in 1946 on which US President Harry Truman set up the Central Intelligence Agency.

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University is the opposite of kidnapping. They demand £9000 a year from you or they’ll send your kid back.

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Dream carefully, because dreams can come true.

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A mixed feeling: when you see your mother-in-law backing off a cliff in your new car.

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Welcome to Handwriting Day, the day in 1950 when the Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the day in 1978 when Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth’s ozone layer.

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The ban only related to aerosols containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other countries followed Sweden. Manufacturers moved to using other propellants such as propane, which is highly flammable and has caused plenty of accidents. Not everyone agreed with the ban, as can be seen from this 1980 article in New Scientist: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=a9hgb5uSVF8C&pg=PA212&lpg=PA212&dq=new+scientist+sweden+aerosol+ban&source=bl&ots=vTV2yACt6I&sig=ACfU3U3DCN9bbSkJa99goJA6Gg0_hXpmyQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjx5_ns5oPgAhW1ThUIHe9mB_8Q6AEwDnoECAEQAQ#v=onepage&q=new%20scientist%20sweden%20aerosol%20ban&f=false

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Never test the depth of the water with both feet.