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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4900 on: October 23, 2014, 10:53:04 PM »
How decent is your tap water? Our tap water is absolutely filthy, and so we got a water cooler a few years ago. I don't mind drinking tap so long as I feel that it is drinkable...
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« Reply #4901 on: October 24, 2014, 05:40:51 AM »
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It reminds me of people who buy really fancy, new cars, and never drive them because they want them to stay nice....

Oh yeah.  I've known bosses in the past life that did that while making fun of the rest of us driving American made beater bombs.

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« Reply #4902 on: October 24, 2014, 06:44:57 AM »
How decent is your tap water? Our tap water is absolutely filthy, and so we got a water cooler a few years ago. I don't mind drinking tap so long as I feel that it is drinkable...
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It's crazy how much we take it for granted here in the US. Work went to a stand still when our filter was blocked. Tap water tastes a little funky (metallic taste) but seriously, the water in other places (like when I visited Thailand) isn't drinkable! You have to use water bottles all the time. We use water bottles here because we've been marketed to so well and have so much excess. Yucko.
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« Reply #4903 on: October 24, 2014, 01:46:31 PM »
Got one! A guy had a package delivered to work and was talking about how he's surprised they just left it at his desk. Noted that it was very expensive. I'm figuring it's some sort of new lab equipment.

Well, he shows a few people and they all get excited. "It's in a blue box." says the guy... he says it like that should explain it. I think, "Man, they must have gotten some awesome new pH meter or something. I guess he is just excited that he finally got his own one!"


Then I got a lot of looks. It wasn't a pH meter. I saw the box and realized it must be jewelry, but the color of the box meant nothing to me. It's a gift from Tiffany's. His wife's push present...

There were at least 2 other guys here that didn't know that a blue box = Tiffany's though. So that made me feel a little better.
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« Reply #4904 on: October 24, 2014, 02:02:09 PM »
Got one! A guy had a package delivered to work and was talking about how he's surprised they just left it at his desk. Noted that it was very expensive. I'm figuring it's some sort of new lab equipment.

Well, he shows a few people and they all get excited. "It's in a blue box." says the guy... he says it like that should explain it. I think, "Man, they must have gotten some awesome new pH meter or something. I guess he is just excited that he finally got his own one!"


Then I got a lot of looks. It wasn't a pH meter. I saw the box and realized it must be jewelry, but the color of the box meant nothing to me. It's a gift from Tiffany's. His wife's push present...

There were at least 2 other guys here that didn't know that a blue box = Tiffany's though. So that made me feel a little better.

There are two things I don't understand about this.

1 - The wife bought the husband a push present?
2 - The wife bought the husband something from Tiffany's?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4905 on: October 24, 2014, 02:04:17 PM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

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« Reply #4906 on: October 24, 2014, 02:04:52 PM »
Got one! A guy had a package delivered to work and was talking about how he's surprised they just left it at his desk. Noted that it was very expensive. I'm figuring it's some sort of new lab equipment.

Well, he shows a few people and they all get excited. "It's in a blue box." says the guy... he says it like that should explain it. I think, "Man, they must have gotten some awesome new pH meter or something. I guess he is just excited that he finally got his own one!"


Then I got a lot of looks. It wasn't a pH meter. I saw the box and realized it must be jewelry, but the color of the box meant nothing to me. It's a gift from Tiffany's. His wife's push present...

There were at least 2 other guys here that didn't know that a blue box = Tiffany's though. So that made me feel a little better.

There are two things I don't understand about this.

1 - The wife bought the husband a push present?
2 - The wife bought the husband something from Tiffany's?

Assume he meant that the co-worker bought it and had it shipped to the office so as to give it to the wife as a surprise.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4907 on: October 24, 2014, 02:06:01 PM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

Oh, that makes sense now.

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« Reply #4908 on: October 24, 2014, 02:06:33 PM »
OMG I HATE push presents. The baby IS the fucking present you morons. Gross!!!

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« Reply #4909 on: October 24, 2014, 02:15:03 PM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

Exactly. Was actually a good idea. I'm glad everyone is focused on the fact that I'm a bad storyteller instead of the fact that I had no clue what a blue box was supposed to signify!
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« Reply #4910 on: October 24, 2014, 02:17:16 PM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

Exactly. Was actually a good idea. I'm glad everyone is focused on the fact that I'm a bad storyteller instead of the fact that I had no clue what a blue box was supposed to signify!

Well... now that you mention it...

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« Reply #4911 on: October 24, 2014, 02:19:12 PM »
OMG I HATE push presents. The baby IS the fucking present you morons. Gross!!!

Yes.  Quite literally the fucking present... :D

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« Reply #4912 on: October 24, 2014, 02:37:44 PM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

Exactly. Was actually a good idea. I'm glad everyone is focused on the fact that I'm a bad storyteller instead of the fact that I had no clue what a blue box was supposed to signify!

If it makes you feel better, I had no idea what the blue box was supposed to signify either, aside from being a blue box.

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« Reply #4913 on: October 24, 2014, 02:38:06 PM »
OMG I HATE push presents. The baby IS the fucking present you morons. Gross!!!

Yes.  Quite literally the fucking present... :D

Ahh!!! Puns!!

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« Reply #4914 on: October 24, 2014, 05:00:01 PM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

Exactly. Was actually a good idea. I'm glad everyone is focused on the fact that I'm a bad storyteller instead of the fact that I had no clue what a blue box was supposed to signify!

If it makes you feel better, I had no idea what the blue box was supposed to signify either, aside from being a blue box.
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« Reply #4915 on: October 24, 2014, 06:37:29 PM »
This one is truly awful....   

A coworker told me of a friend with awful money habits.  He never paid his credit cards (ever) and destroyed his credit history.  Apparently some girl that he only knew for a day wanted mac and cheese.  So he drove to the nearest gas station and bought some.  (I thought this was the bad part, but it didnt stop there.)  He used his debit card to buy said noodles and overdrew his account.  He was aware of the overdraft.  Some time later the coworker asks his friend if he ever got that resolved.   He hadn't...  Worried about the overdraft he calls the bank.  It has been so long that his fees added up to ..... (insert drum roll here) ....  $1,500.

I didn't even know they had mac and cheese at the gas station.
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« Reply #4916 on: October 24, 2014, 07:25:59 PM »
Got one! A guy had a package delivered to work and was talking about how he's surprised they just left it at his desk. Noted that it was very expensive. I'm figuring it's some sort of new lab equipment.

Well, he shows a few people and they all get excited. "It's in a blue box." says the guy... he says it like that should explain it. I think, "Man, they must have gotten some awesome new pH meter or something. I guess he is just excited that he finally got his own one!"


Then I got a lot of looks. It wasn't a pH meter. I saw the box and realized it must be jewelry, but the color of the box meant nothing to me. It's a gift from Tiffany's. His wife's push present...

There were at least 2 other guys here that didn't know that a blue box = Tiffany's though. So that made me feel a little better.
Oh my, this reminds me of a really funny story...

So my main man and all around cool dude brother in law appears to be very rich from... well I'm not sure what exactly. He owned, in whole or part, some kind of vocational training company that supplied computer programmers to international companies in China. He's since sold that, although it seems like he's still involved with it in certain ways, and now "buys houses and sells houses." To the limited extent I've been around him and his family/business associates I feel a lot like the wife from Goodfellas because they all just sort of roll from restaurant to massage place to restaurant, chain smoking and getting shitfaced and talking about "clean money" and how hard it is to get and how important it is etc. I also say that he appears to be rich because while he always carries around massive amounts of cash (like 10 grand) and buys ridiculous things like illegal ivory sculptures of elephants and antique samurai swords and a bottle of CHINA'S FIRST WINE vintage 1978, at the same time he's always borrowing or "borrowing" money from their parents "for business" and he keeps trying to get me to take out weird and probably illegal loans with him and stuff like that so the actual state of his finances is permanently opaque.

Anyway the relevant thing is that when we got married he and their parents came over here for the wedding and to like, travel and buy stuff and what have you. But I drive a crummy old 4-cyl 2002 Nissan Frontier and so whenever we went places it'd be like, me and my brother up front, my wife in the jump seat, and then him and their parents in the bed sitting on a pile of blankets (it does have a cap). Since he constantly wanted to go to like, weird luxury stores I'd never heard of and outlet malls and things like that we were always rattling along to wherever and piling in and out like the freaking Beverly hillbillies, including when we went to the Tiffanys, which had a dang gated parking lot. In the beautiful Chevy Chase Tiffanys he actually bought us both wedding rings, and then also bought a bunch of other stuff to idk, bribe officials back home or whatever, and literally, literally maxed out his credit card after ten grand, and then pulled out his giganto wad of 100s and bought some more stuff with that.

Another place we went in similar fashion was the Range Rover dealership, where we all got out of my car that's worth like 3000 dollars US, and he walked all around with the bro dad salesman looking at every car and going "Wa! So cheap! So small money!" He had a scheme where he was gonna have me buy a car here and drive it around for a while and then send it to China "used" to evade taxes but mysteriously those 90,000 dollars haven't shown up yet, and that was 3+ years ago. I'm sure he'll come through any day now!!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4917 on: October 24, 2014, 07:53:15 PM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

Exactly. Was actually a good idea. I'm glad everyone is focused on the fact that I'm a bad storyteller instead of the fact that I had no clue what a blue box was supposed to signify!

Again, an assumption of mine, but are you male? I guessed yes, and probably 75% of my male friends wouldn't have a clue what a "blue box" meant.

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« Reply #4918 on: October 24, 2014, 07:57:05 PM »
This one is truly awful....   

A coworker told me of a friend with awful money habits.  He never paid his credit cards (ever) and destroyed his credit history.  Apparently some girl that he only knew for a day wanted mac and cheese.  So he drove to the nearest gas station and bought some.  (I thought this was the bad part, but it didnt stop there.)  He used his debit card to buy said noodles and overdrew his account.  He was aware of the overdraft.  Some time later the coworker asks his friend if he ever got that resolved.   He hadn't...  Worried about the overdraft he calls the bank.  It has been so long that his fees added up to ..... (insert drum roll here) ....  $1,500.

I didn't even know they had mac and cheese at the gas station.
I wouldn't have thought that was possible.  I have never had any bank fees but would assume they would shut down your accounts before you could rack up that many fees!

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« Reply #4919 on: October 24, 2014, 08:15:31 PM »
This one is truly awful....   

A coworker told me of a friend with awful money habits.  He never paid his credit cards (ever) and destroyed his credit history.  Apparently some girl that he only knew for a day wanted mac and cheese.  So he drove to the nearest gas station and bought some.  (I thought this was the bad part, but it didnt stop there.)  He used his debit card to buy said noodles and overdrew his account.  He was aware of the overdraft.  Some time later the coworker asks his friend if he ever got that resolved.   He hadn't...  Worried about the overdraft he calls the bank.  It has been so long that his fees added up to ..... (insert drum roll here) ....  $1,500.

I didn't even know they had mac and cheese at the gas station.

$1500 gas station mac n cheese, now that's fancy.

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« Reply #4920 on: October 24, 2014, 08:25:47 PM »
Can't say I agree with you.  His odds of winning increased infinitely.
You're entitled to that opinion or any other that you like, but nobody arguing your side in this whole thread has been able to point to a single valid mathematical concept that supports the notion. The only place where infinity is somewhat relevant is limits, and there's no limit being taken or considered here. We're not considering the odds of winning with one ticket against the odds of winning with smaller and smaller fractions of a single ticket, we're considering the odds of winning with one ticket against the odds of winning with zero tickets. There's no limit.

Let's look at the increase in chance of winning when you double the number of tickets you buy.  Originally you had x change of winning, now you have 2x chance of winning.  Using percent of change, your increase in chance of winning is

(2x-x)/x=1 or a 100% increase in your chance is winning.

If the ratio of old tickets to new tickets is 1:n, your increase in chance of winning is

(nx-x)/x=n-1 increase in chance of winning.

We want a ration of old ticket to new tickets of 0:1, or the limit of 1:n as n->infinity.  Here I am using the fact the lim(n->infinity) of 1/n=0=0/1.

That means that our increase in chance of winning is

lim(n->infinity) of n-1, which is infinity.

Another way to think about it; you increased your chance of winning by buying a ticket, how much did it increase by?  Clearly any real number is too small.  One piece of the concept of infinity is that there is no biggest number, for every number you can think of, I can make up one bigger, therefor if our percent of increase is bigger than any real number we can say it is infinity.

Overheard at work: I wish I was as rich as Jane Doe, she's flying her daughter to three One Direction concerns while they're in the US.

In response to blue box stuff, I'm a woman with a jewelry making hobby and I didn't what a blue box was.  I think that it may be a pretty exclusive group.

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« Reply #4921 on: October 24, 2014, 08:26:23 PM »
I'm female and I didn't know what a blue box meant till I read this thread.  I would argue that not knowing what a blue box means may be a promising sign of a non-extravagant lifestyle.

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« Reply #4922 on: October 24, 2014, 10:27:27 PM »
Tiffany uses a particular shade of blue. I've seen it, but I've never heard the generic term "blue box" used  for it.

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« Reply #4923 on: October 24, 2014, 10:48:37 PM »
Also a woman and I have never heard the term "blue box."

And don't get me started again on push presents. Ugh!!!!

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« Reply #4924 on: October 24, 2014, 10:56:53 PM »
I knew what the blue box was as soon as you said it.

I wouldn't have remembered the color off the top of my head (for some reason I always think pink), but I knew it right away.

It's a thing (not for my wife, luckily, she knows but wouldn't be happy getting one, she says - and I agree - that paying a premium for a box is a waste of money).
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« Reply #4925 on: October 25, 2014, 12:05:30 AM »
I'm glad everyone is focused on the fact that I'm a bad storyteller instead of the fact that I had no clue what a blue box was supposed to signify!

Never fear, even if you didn't recognize the blue box, you can still feel some antimustachian shame for knowing what a "push present" is!  I've literally never heard that term in my life, though I have inferred the meaning since y'all seem to know all about them. Weird, because I'm usually not that ignorant about well-known antimustachian behaviors.

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« Reply #4926 on: October 25, 2014, 01:31:07 AM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

Exactly. Was actually a good idea. I'm glad everyone is focused on the fact that I'm a bad storyteller instead of the fact that I had no clue what a blue box was supposed to signify!

If it makes you feel better, I had no idea what the blue box was supposed to signify either, aside from being a blue box.

To be fair it's not blue, it's clearly turquoise. :) If I think "blue" I think of a different color altogether. 

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« Reply #4927 on: October 25, 2014, 05:30:30 AM »
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« Reply #4929 on: October 25, 2014, 06:22:56 AM »
Our blue box goes out every other week with the recycling in it.

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« Reply #4930 on: October 25, 2014, 06:26:45 AM »
OMG I HATE push presents. The baby IS the fucking present you morons. Gross!!!

+1  And I've got 6 kids...never got jewelry at their births although dh surprised me with a Mother's ring a few years ago with all their birthstones in it.

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« Reply #4931 on: October 25, 2014, 06:31:35 AM »
I admit I had never heard of a push present before; fortunately my DW and mother of our four squids hadn't either!

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« Reply #4932 on: October 25, 2014, 06:39:14 AM »
Blue box?



What a shitty present.

I'm reading this on my small phone and got all excited because I thought it was a Tardis. Best present ever!

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« Reply #4933 on: October 25, 2014, 07:32:33 AM »

I'm reading this on my small phone and got all excited because I thought it was a Tardis. Best present ever!

I thought so too.   Here's the only blue box I want:


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« Reply #4935 on: October 25, 2014, 09:09:58 AM »
I think the idea behind a push present is sweet, getting something for your wife to say thank you, most all of the pregnancy happens to and in her body.

I would think a lovely bouquet of flowers that are her favorite, or her favorite dessert brought to the hospital, something sweet that says you were thinking about her and you appreciate her efforts and sacrifice. It's the dumbasses that have to outdo each other that keep getting a present bigger and bigger, soon it will be a new Caddy or something else equally stupid and unnecessary.

It really bugs me in general when a husband or wife "gets a present" and really it's just a new payment plan in the form of a shiny newer car? that doesn't make any sense.

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« Reply #4936 on: October 25, 2014, 10:06:06 AM »
I think the idea behind a push present is sweet, getting something for your wife to say thank you, most all of the pregnancy happens to and in her body.

I suspect a large percentage if not majority of women would be more than content if their husband cooked/cleaned up or more proactively handled whatever the wife's "household responsibilities" were.

I wonder how often a new baby results in a meaningful shift in responsibilities at home?

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« Reply #4937 on: October 25, 2014, 10:43:41 AM »
I think the idea behind a push present is sweet, getting something for your wife to say thank you, most all of the pregnancy happens to and in her body.

I suspect a large percentage if not majority of women would be more than content if their husband cooked/cleaned up or more proactively handled whatever the wife's "household responsibilities" were.

I wonder how often a new baby results in a meaningful shift in responsibilities at home?

Upon waking up at night for the 3rd time to feed Junior, I would take poopy diaper changes, making dinner, vacuuming - literally any household task - 1000x over diamond jewelry during that first year for each kid. 

Seriously, how good does jewelry really look when you haven't washed your hair for two days and are wearing sweatpants??? 

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« Reply #4938 on: October 25, 2014, 11:37:50 AM »
I assumed the husband bought it and had it sent to work so the wife wouldn't get it first...?

Oh, that makes sense now.
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« Reply #4939 on: October 25, 2014, 11:44:16 AM »
I think the idea behind a push present is sweet, getting something for your wife to say thank you, most all of the pregnancy happens to and in her body.

I would think a lovely bouquet of flowers that are her favorite, or her favorite dessert brought to the hospital, something sweet that says you were thinking about her and you appreciate her efforts and sacrifice. It's the dumbasses that have to outdo each other that keep getting a present bigger and bigger, soon it will be a new Caddy or something else equally stupid and unnecessary.

It really bugs me in general when a husband or wife "gets a present" and really it's just a new payment plan in the form of a shiny newer car? that doesn't make any sense.
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« Reply #4940 on: October 25, 2014, 11:44:36 AM »
Again, an assumption of mine, but are you male? I guessed yes, and probably 75% of my male friends wouldn't have a clue what a "blue box" meant.
That is unfair. Most males know what a blue box is: It is a device for recording voice or data, commonly fond in airplanes and ships.

But can you please explain that push present thing to a non-english speaker?
My current guess from your posts is: Present for pushing the baby out of mums inside

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« Reply #4941 on: October 25, 2014, 11:54:23 AM »
Again, an assumption of mine, but are you male? I guessed yes, and probably 75% of my male friends wouldn't have a clue what a "blue box" meant.
That is unfair. Most males know what a blue box is: It is a device for recording voice or data, commonly fond in airplanes and ships.

But can you please explain that push present thing to a non-english speaker?
My current guess from your posts is: Present for pushing the baby out of mums inside

That's a black box.

And your inference on the push present is correct.  :)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4942 on: October 25, 2014, 12:05:20 PM »
That's a black box.

And your inference on the push present is correct.  :)

Oh d*** thats the reason why I am color blind :P I get even confused with the colors names LOL

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4943 on: October 25, 2014, 04:09:53 PM »
That's a black box.

And your inference on the push present is correct.  :)

Oh d*** thats the reason why I am color blind :P I get even confused with the colors names LOL

And a black box isn't even black.  It's bright orange to make it easier to find after a crash.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4944 on: October 25, 2014, 04:45:10 PM »
A blue box is used to hack pay phones!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4945 on: October 25, 2014, 05:44:12 PM »
A blue box is used to hack pay phones!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4946 on: October 25, 2014, 05:45:29 PM »
Our blue box goes out every other week with the recycling in it.

That's what it means to me too, though we've switched to a blue bin now that the city contracts it out to a single-stream recycling firm. I wonder if that's a Canadianism?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4947 on: October 25, 2014, 07:08:50 PM »
Again, an assumption of mine, but are you male? I guessed yes, and probably 75% of my male friends wouldn't have a clue what a "blue box" meant.
That is unfair. Most males know what a blue box is: It is a device for recording voice or data, commonly fond in airplanes and ships.

That's called a black box. At least it is here. Even though it's not black, it's dayglo orange so they can see it after a crash.

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But can you please explain that push present thing to a non-english American speaker?
My current guess from your posts is: Present for pushing the baby out of mums inside

Correct. I've only ever heard of it in the US context though, don't project that shit onto the rest of the English speaking world!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4948 on: October 25, 2014, 09:15:19 PM »
A blue box is used to hack pay phones!

Phreak.

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AFAIK, phreeking is most often overheard at work if you work at the NSA.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #4949 on: October 25, 2014, 09:28:05 PM »
Holy cow, it's getting foamy in here.  But I certainly have enjoyed the previous page's explanation of blue/black/orange boxes, and some nice alternative blue boxes to consider!