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Today's Dippit!

Quote

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things … They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius …”


Steve Jobs


Joke

What do you call a bee that can’t make up its mind? A maybe


Fun Fact

Boeing uses potatoes to test their in-flight Wi-Fi, as they reflect and absorb the signals similarly to people. The project is called Synthetic Personnel Using Dialectic Substitution- or SPUDS.


Reading Fact

Among people who volunteer, 42% are readers, and 25% are non-readers.


History Fact

Shrapnel is named after its inventor.

 

British Army Officer Henry Shrapnel was the first person to invent an anti-personnel shell that could transport a large number of bullets to its target before releasing them.

This was all at a far greater distance than current rifle fire at the time.


Movie/TV Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson used the word mother-fucker to overcome his stammer/stutter.


Movie/TV Quote

"But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you."


Taken (2008)


We published an homage to the speech containing this quote, so perhaps you should peruse that for full context -- including how it's usually misquoted -- and appreciation. Suffice to say that this phone speech effectively launched Liam Neeson's second career as an older action star (and, somehow, several iterations of Taken), and made "a very particular set of skills" one of the most oft-quoted phrases of the century.


Conversation Starter

Which emerging technology are you most excited about?


Writing Prompt

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