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Here's an interesting thought. Optimae is the Latin word for "excellent." But Optimæ is the Latin word for "freak," or more accurately "inbred."

They're pronounced almost identically. It's a strange thought, isn't it? What someone considers to be a freak, another might consider to be perfect, and they'd use the same word.

Or perhaps it relates to how royal families prefer to inbreed to keep the bloodline pure, but this causes severe genetic mutations. Many kennel clubs are the same way with so-called "purebred" dogs that have become disfigured due to decades of genetic mutation.

Or maybe it's meant to erase the idea of freakishness? It doesn't matter if you're disabled, or disfigured, or just different. You're still human, and no matter who you are, we are all excellent.

We are all Optimae.

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The Omnipotence Paradox: could god create a door so complicated that even he himself could not figure out how to open it?

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TIL if you walk around with an empty Pokewalker for long enough, a wild Pokemon from the last route you visited will join you to keep you company, becoming your new Pokewalker companion.

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Toxikyle posted "sparkle sparkle" to his journal.

I'm gonna break down how shiny odds are calculated in every single generation and how different methods of shiny hunting affect those odds because this is what I find fun for some reason.

Gen 1 has no shinies.

Gen 2 does have shinies. Your odds of a Pokemon you encounter being shiny are based on DVs. DVs are basically the Gen 1 and 2 equivalent of IVs, except instead of going from 0-31, they go from 0-15 (or in binary, which the game uses to calculate DVs, 0000-1111). This is the case for

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Toxikyle changed his title to "Agreeable Chap"

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Toxikyle changed his title to "The Kyle With No Title"

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nerf gummi

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I would like to officially hand in my license to draw dragon type Pokemon. Bagon and Gible didn't deserve this.

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It's just occurred to me the forums work again, and I have nothing to do for at least two weeks...

Anyone interested in an RP?

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Man, scrolling back through my Stream was a trip. I was looking for something dumb, never did find it, but I scrolled all the way back to Page 72, which for me was November 2017. It was a wild ride. I relived a lot of good memories, but my favourite one, by far, were the "small pleasures" posts people did for a while. That was a very good, wholesome trend.

Actually, the most recent "small pleasures" posts started cropping up around the 40-50th page. I had to scroll another 20 pages or so before finding one that wasn't made by Twiggy. For a while there I was convinced that nobody besides her had ever actually made one, even though I was pretty sure I remembered making a few of my own at some point.

Oh, and the dumb thing I was looking for that I never found? Some post a long time ago where someone asked about everyone's favourite Pokemon, because I'm so tired that I honestly do not remember which ones I like best. Anyway, in memory of the good old days...

Small pleasure: After being super busy for the past couple weeks, I get the next four days all to myself. Life is good.

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Toxikyle asked a question.

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French: one, two, three...

Other languages:okay

French: fifteen, sixteen, tenty-seven, tenty-eight, tenty-nine, twenty...

Other languages: wait what

French: sixty-nine, sixty-ten, sixty-eleven, sixty-twelve...

Other languages: no please stop

French: sixty-tenty-eight, sixty-tenty-nine, four-twenties, four-twenties-and-one, four-twenties-and-two...

Other languages: why are you like this

French: FOUR-TWENTIES-AND-TENTY-SEVEN

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Toxikyle started the thread What are insects?

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This is an open letter to anyone with a Nintendo Switch

Lick a game cartridge

It tastes so terrible

Really, try it

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How old were you when you first realized that Arby's is pronounced as RB's which is just an abbreviation for Roast Beef?

I was today years old.

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I swear I'm going to be the death of my family. Like there's going to be some burglar breaking into our house and stealing everything and my parents are just gonna hear them rummaging around and be like "oh I guess Kyle's downstairs making a meatball sandwich at one-oh-clock in the morning again."

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If you are what you eat then Voldemort is a unicorn

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100 years ago, everyone had horses, but only rich people had cars.

Now, everyone has a car, but only rich people have horses.

Oh how the stables have turned.

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Nerdy historical and etymological stuff below.

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Alright, so playing Crusader Kings 2.

"Sultan" is a title given to king-rank Muslim rulers.

"Sultan" is also a possible first name for Maghrebi Arabs.

Turkish dynasties take their name from the first name of the founder of the dynasty.

All Islamic nations take their name from the dynasty name of their founder.

Started playing as a Maghrebi Arab named Sultan, culture shifted to Turkish. Got my father to disown me, am now lowborn. Fled to the court of the Abbasid Caliph, and befriended him. Formed a new dynasty: the Sultan dynasty. Assassinated the heirless governor of Syria, the Caliph makes me the new governor. I raised an army and declared my independance. My new nation takes my dynasty name.

I am now Sultan of Sultan, Sultan of the Sultan Sultanate.

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