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Postby Fivelives » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:35 pm

So I had a day-wrecker today. You know the thoughts I'm talking about - they're the thoughts that can ruin an otherwise productive day because you suddenly can't think of anything else.

I was working on a trig problem (trying to corner-mount a TV that I'll have to build a custom mount for) when it suddenly occurred to me... Why haven't we ever found anything mundane in archaeological digs? I don't mean mundane in the way a pottery shard or arrowhead is mundane, but something like a grocery or honey-do list.

Wouldn't it be hilarious if the ancient egyptians are up there laughing their asses off at us because we mistook the rosetta stone for a dictionary, when instead it was actually just the chariot-through menu at the local Taco Pyramid? Or if we found a lost book from the original bible and it had a verse in it like "Yea and though I walk through the valley in the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, for mine wife is at the market buying milk, eggs, cheese and bread."
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Barathorn » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:24 am

Fivelives wrote:So I had a day-wrecker today. You know the thoughts I'm talking about - they're the thoughts that can ruin an otherwise productive day because you suddenly can't think of anything else.

I was working on a trig problem (trying to corner-mount a TV that I'll have to build a custom mount for) when it suddenly occurred to me... Why haven't we ever found anything mundane in archaeological digs? I don't mean mundane in the way a pottery shard or arrowhead is mundane, but something like a grocery or honey-do list.

Wouldn't it be hilarious if the ancient egyptians are up there laughing their asses off at us because we mistook the rosetta stone for a dictionary, when instead it was actually just the chariot-through menu at the local Taco Pyramid? Or if we found a lost book from the original bible and it had a verse in it like "Yea and though I walk through the valley in the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, for mine wife is at the market buying milk, eggs, cheese and bread."


Surely that and a shopping list are as likely to be found at some point?

Oh wait.

Just the shopping list then. Because that actually existed.

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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Tenaka » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:25 am

Those items have been found.

As per universal policy they are placed into a numbered wooden crate and stored in a warehouse some place next to a crystal skull and humming box.
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Passionario » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:27 am

Fivelives wrote:Why haven't we ever found anything mundane in archaeological digs? I don't mean mundane in the way a pottery shard or arrowhead is mundane, but something like a grocery or honey-do list.


Probably for the same reason why we don't find corpses of lvl80 players in full 277 gear spelling the names of goldselling companies.

Before the advent of cheap mass-produced paper, written communication (whether it was made on papyrus, parchment, clay tablets or carved wood) was quite expensive and, more importantly, time-consuming. Therefore, it was mostly reserved for Serious Business - religious texts, legal documents, works of art, that sort of thing.

And if you were rich and powerful enough to afford wasting expensive writing materials on grocery lists, then you could certainly afford a slave or servant with a good memory, anyway.
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Barathorn » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:18 am

Tenaka wrote:Those items have been found.

As per universal policy they are placed into a numbered wooden crate and stored in a warehouse some place next to a crystal skull and humming box.


I lol'ed.
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Arjuna » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:46 am

a thousand years into the future, I wonder what they'd think if they found remnants of this forum on some harddrive in an archeological dig somewhere...
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Barathorn » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:58 am

Arjuna wrote:a thousand years into the future, I wonder what they'd think if they found remnants of this forum on some harddrive in an archeological dig somewhere...


We will still be here. Using Cyrogenics and thought probes to moderate.
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Arjuna » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:01 am

Barathorn wrote:
Arjuna wrote:a thousand years into the future, I wonder what they'd think if they found remnants of this forum on some harddrive in an archeological dig somewhere...


We will still be here. Using Cyrogenics and thought probes to moderate.

hopefully you will be able to correct their theories about our time after reading AA...
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Snake-Aes » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:49 am

Arjuna wrote:
Barathorn wrote:
Arjuna wrote:a thousand years into the future, I wonder what they'd think if they found remnants of this forum on some harddrive in an archeological dig somewhere...


We will still be here. Using Cyrogenics and thought probes to moderate.

hopefully you will be able to correct their theories about our time after reading AA...


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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Thalia » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:47 am

I think they have discovered many mundane things...like their hygiene protocols...I mean when you find some chicks wig from ancient Egypt and then learn the reason they wore wigs was cuz they where infested with lice so they shaved their heads...wigging was a part of life, I call that mundane.

Kinda like today all those chicks with weaves and donkey hair, if someone found that 1000 years form now I'd tell them that was a vain and mundane thing that girls do today.
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby aranil » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:02 am

Thalia wrote:I think they have discovered many mundane things...like their hygiene protocols...I mean when you find some chicks wig from ancient Egypt and then learn the reason they wore wigs was cuz they where infested with lice so they shaved their heads...wigging was a part of life, I call that mundane.

Kinda like today all those chicks with weaves and donkey hair, if someone found that 1000 years form now I'd tell them that was a vain and mundane thing that girls do today.


Or people just like ass in there hair.

Who knows what people will think of our fashions even 20 years down the lines. I mean, look at the 80s and try to explain some of that stuff
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Zobel » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:24 am

Arjuna wrote:a thousand years into the future, I wonder what they'd think if they found remnants of this forum on some harddrive in an archeological dig somewhere...

Surprise Ass may have been an early 21st century fertility goddess, but we aren't certain. The iconography wasn't preserved and we have to go by vague accounts and descriptions.
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby aranil » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:44 am

Zobel wrote:
Arjuna wrote:a thousand years into the future, I wonder what they'd think if they found remnants of this forum on some harddrive in an archeological dig somewhere...

Surprise Ass may have been an early 21st century fertility goddess, but we aren't certain. The iconography wasn't preserved and we have to go by vague accounts and descriptions.

I think that might be more a demon then a goddess. And they might ponder her banning from our pantheon
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby beornus » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:21 pm

Njall, we have found your Doctorate topic! Get on it!
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Re: Day-wrecking thoughts

Postby Thalia » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:56 pm

I think they will also consider the Emo's an underground cult of dark siders who used their power of emotion to wreck havoc.
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