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WW&F Railway Museum Discussion => Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery => Topic started by: Ed Lecuyer on July 18, 2017, 01:46:29 PM

Title: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 18, 2017, 01:46:29 PM
Would the phrase "Crank up the ol' telegraph machine" be considered a mixed metaphor or an oxymoron?
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on July 19, 2017, 01:32:15 PM
Where did you encounter this phrase? ???

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Tom Casper on July 19, 2017, 01:57:09 PM
Are you sure it isn't telephone machine?  Didn't know you could crank a telegraph.

Tom C.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 19, 2017, 02:17:39 PM
If the area around the firebox is called the "backhead" why isn't the smokebox referred to as the "fronttail"?
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Marcel Levesque on July 19, 2017, 02:51:40 PM
Sounds like my kind of question!
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Post by: Ira Schreiber on July 19, 2017, 04:22:23 PM
Or why do you drive on a Parkway and park on a Driveway?
Ah, English, so hard to learn for non-native speakers.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on July 20, 2017, 03:36:23 AM
At the Oxymoron Museum are:

Wireless Outlets,
Silent Alarm
Down Escalator
a way to Top Floor

Rooms for:

Recent Past
Primitive Advancements
Authentic Models
Restored Ruins
Extinct Life
Current History
Private Exhibits
Lost Discoveries
New Artifacts
Civil War
Neo-Classic
Virtual Reality
Individual Collections
Permanent Loans

At the cafeteria there is
Jumbo Shrimp

and you can watch
Reality TV


Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on July 20, 2017, 01:01:53 PM
This is beginning to sound like a Stephen Wright routine. ;D

Jeff S.
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Post by: John Kokas on July 20, 2017, 01:14:02 PM
You might be right Jeff, I cringe that the next rendition will be a Sheepscot version of Lake Wobegon tales from the woods.   ;D
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Wayne Laepple on July 20, 2017, 01:31:48 PM
"Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." Gee, what could be wrong with that?
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Carl Soderstrom on July 21, 2017, 04:11:54 AM
Just remember:

"In any given group half the people are below average."
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 26, 2017, 06:52:15 PM
If the plural for goose is geese, why isn't the plural of caboose: cabeese?
Or, if the plural for rhombus is rhombi, could the plural of caboose be cabi?
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on July 26, 2017, 09:56:02 PM
When do steps become stairs? ???

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Fred Morse on July 27, 2017, 08:13:47 PM
When does an OLD CRANK become HUMAN?
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Fred Morse on July 28, 2017, 10:04:16 AM
When he heads for the W.W. & F. RAILROAD!!!
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 02, 2017, 05:19:31 PM
When my wife's motorcycle friends ask "what's your ride", and I respond "a two-cylinder external combustion 1891 Portland", am I asking for a fight?
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: John Kokas on August 02, 2017, 06:05:14 PM
I think if you say - an 1891 Portland twin,  I'd bet you'd get the Scoobie-Do "Baawrumf".  Then you'd have some splain'in to do...... ;D
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on August 08, 2017, 01:36:44 AM
If a train leaves Chicago travelling east at 60mph while a train leaves Boston travelling west at 50mph, at what point will positive train control prevent us from having to answer this question?
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Philip Marshall on August 08, 2017, 02:45:37 AM
The answer may depend on whether CSX goes ahead with their rumored proposal to single-track the ex-NYC Water Level Route. :(
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 13, 2017, 04:06:09 PM
If the plural for goose is geese, why isn't the plural of caboose: cabeese?
Or, if the plural for rhombus is rhombi, could the plural of caboose be cabi?
Or, if the plural for moose is moose, then the plural of caboose should also be caboose.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 13, 2017, 04:20:15 PM
EVERYBODY out West here knows the plural of moose is MEESES!  ;D
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 13, 2017, 06:30:46 PM
Seeeeee.......... I thought it was either mooses or meeses.....
Plural of Moose is Moose.  Who ever heard of such a thing.  And don't get me started on small trout with horns.....
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 14, 2017, 01:56:44 PM
I thought Meeses was plural for Mouse. As Jinx the cat would say, " I hate meeses to pieces!".

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 14, 2017, 02:39:32 PM
That would make the plural of caboose "cabeeses". And that would just be plain silly.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 14, 2017, 10:14:15 PM
OK,,,,,, I have to ask.  What is the significance of the colors and numbers of colored squares by each name?

Is it associated with the titles everyone gets based on their contributions to the forum? 

Are contributions graded based on their quality, cleverness or contribution to the real mission of our railroad?

Just wondering......
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 14, 2017, 10:30:36 PM
Bill,

I think it's based on quantity, not quality.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 14, 2017, 10:39:12 PM
Honestly - I don't know. I think they used to be stars before the forum software was upgraded.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: James Patten on September 14, 2017, 11:09:32 PM
Yes, there used to be stars before the upgrade.  The number indicate generally the number of posts and your "title".
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 15, 2017, 02:09:47 AM
Thanks..... What about the color?  And the status of the titles?
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on September 15, 2017, 02:24:06 PM
I believe that Ed's and James' squares are different colors due to their moderator status.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on September 15, 2017, 03:14:40 PM
I believe that Ed's and James' squares are different colors due to their moderator status.

Jeff S.

We are just not worthy of such distinction....I am lucky, since I am a newbie, that my color did not start as Infrared.  ;D
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on September 15, 2017, 09:55:31 PM
Ok, here's what the colors mean:
Red: Administrator
Blue: Moderator
Yellow: Everyone else

Then there are various number of stars assigned based on the number of posts. 10 posts gives you the first star (and the "rank" of "Gandy Dancer". Then they go up from there to 8 stars, "Superintendent" (3000 posts.)

At some point I should change the graphics to be little #9 number plates or something clever. If I get some free time.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: John Stone on September 15, 2017, 10:53:29 PM
I thought they were cab-signal aspects.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Bill Baskerville on September 16, 2017, 02:53:12 AM
Thanks Ed.
Title: Re: Deep Thoughts...
Post by: Paul Uhland on September 16, 2017, 05:57:17 PM
About 11pm MST  last night (Friday) in the middle of my WW&F post the screen came up saying connection not possible,  gave up after several re-tries and a check of my computer. Anybody else notice? If not, must've been Windows 7 server probs.
Never happened before.