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Things I should have known before now...

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Jill Hives, Apr 5, 2012.

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  1. Jill Hives

    Jill Hives Once Removed Contributor

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    I feel dumb for not knowing this...

    "In English the country is called 'the Netherlands' (or frequently - but inaccurately - 'Holland'), while the people and the language are called 'Dutch'.

    In many languages, 'Holland' (Hollande, Holanda etc.) is a common name for the Netherlands as a whole. Even the Dutch use this sometimes. Strictly speaking, Holland is only the central-western region of the country comprising two of the twelve provinces, North Holland and South Holland. "

    Not unlike I thought New Zealand was above Australia because on maps it was always in a box to the side to 'fit' on the page. I learned this from a shower curtain a house mate had. I'm not helping the 'Americans are stupid' stereotype.
     

  2. scutter

    scutter BANNED for bein a prick Supporter

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    he is a bad man

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  3. ann post

    ann post Well-Known Member

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    look, its my surname. the amount of people who dont know that is amazing. you can pull a string on my back and i'll explain that to anyone.
     
  4. magicbastarder

    magicbastarder Well-Known Member

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    your surname is new zealand?
    or look?
     
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    ann post in dutch
     
  6. Scientician 0.8

    Scientician 0.8 Well-Known Member Contributor Supporter

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    Pineapples don't grow on trees. Only found that out a while ago and it blew my tiny little mind. I knew the Dutch thing though cos I've got an unhealthy fixation with geographical nomenclature.
     
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  8. Diddles

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    I've only just found this out from you! Fucking hell! I only recently found out that peanuts grow underground. Also, I always thought that the Black Hole of Calcutta was just a turn of phrase and not an actual hole.
     
  9. Jill Hives

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    I thought it was the other way around, like Holland was the country and 'The Netherlands" was a district in Holland. The New Zealand thing really blew my mind, especially since I learned it from a fucking shower curtain. Then again, I'm also the girl who always thought 'go-karting' was 'goatcarting'. Seriously not helping the cause.
     
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    paging johnnystress – photoshop time
     
  11. Psycho Punk

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    WTF? Where do they grow? Vines? Do they sprout from the earth?
     
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    I'll be honest, I didn't know the Holland thing either.
    I just thought it was an archaic name for the whole country that had stayed in use.

    Can't wait to bore someone with this in the pub at some point.
     
  15. Diddles

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    They jut grow from the top of a plant. Mad, isn't it?


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  16. Shaney?

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    A bit like plant turds
     
  17. Psycho Punk

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    Great you can grow them in the backyard.
     
  18. 7 - No tomorrow

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    So they grow on top of really small trees?
     
  19. Diddles

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    I think that backyard is in Florida though :)
     
  20. GO

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    Pineapples eh!
     
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