1. That's hilarious! I haven't had a dream exactly like that, but I frequently have dreams that siblings or close relatives steal the baby names we like and use them for their children's names. They always cause me to wake up so anxious!!

  2. God, I can imagine! I woke up from this dream feeling angry at everyone for being so rude until it suddenly hit me that I was trying to name a child Molestika, and then I very rapidly rethought lol.

  3. I had a dream where there was a birth certificate for twins named Applewood and Milk.

  4. Applewood and Milk sound like two brands of cheeses, lol. Abbatissa and Emeryth sound like really good twin names for a fantasy story!

  5. England invaded 800ish years ago, subjugated the Irish, forced them onto the poorest land, created a famine by exporting all the crops not affected by the blight, gave Protestant settlers the good land, banned the Irish language (Gaeilge) and basically used the Irish as unpaid, oppressed, starving labourers in effectively the first overseas English colony. Then came independence and the Irish civil war, the Protestants in the north wanted to stay a part of the UK.

  6. Good overview! To fill in on Northern Ireland specifically: after the partition of Ireland into Northen Ireland (remaining British) and the Free State (later the Republic) in 1922, there was a lot of unrest between Protestants and Catholics in the North. Many Catholics fled to the Free State, and those who remained were subjected to a lot of discrimination, often involving housing, jobs, and threats/acts of violence. This did not change.

  7. It’s more about the name itself than where it comes from, tbh. I love Shakespearean names, but the cultural association of most of them aren’t that strong. Things like Candide, Dorian, and Heathcliff are a hard no for me.

  8. Love the name Dorian but the character is such a jerk lol. Alas.

  9. That is brilliant! Especially because cats can be so haughty lol.

  10. I'm from the UK. Throughout my life I have used my initials on several things. School work (such as drawings and crafts) we're often initialled with your First and Last initial F.L.

  11. My initials are FML. Your comment just made me realise that my initials share the same beginning letters as First Middle Last. I cannot believe I never noticed before.

  12. I'm Fiachra Miceál. If I'd been born 10 years before, I'd be Dáire Fergus. If I'd been born 10 years after, I'd be Odhrán Hugh. Not bad, but I think I prefer what I ended up with!

  13. Velvet and Divine. Don’t worry, I have no plans on naming any future children either of these names, but I just like how they sound. Especially Velvet—it sounds so beautiful. Like silk. And Divine lives up to it‘s meaning for me—it’s ‘excellent and delightful’. I also enjoy Victoriana, which I like more than Divine, but Velvet and Victoriana are really bad sibling names. Yet again, don’t worry, I’m not naming any kids Victoriana. I’m just saying if I were to, Victoriana and Velvet don’t go well.

  14. I love how you describe Velvet as sounding like silk. Surely it's more like velvet? 😂

  15. I'm gonna say it... I like Everleigh. I know. I would never use it, because I know it's going to be horrifically dated in a decade, but I just like it. I think it sounds pretty, and I actually prefer the -leigh spelling in this instance (I think Everly would look unbalanced). I'd definitely use it for a character, but I do accept that as a human's name, it's probably not going to age with grace.

  16. There's identical twins on my mum's side of the family called John Patrick and Patrick John lol. There's also another identical set on that side of the family called Maureen and Maura.

  17. I may be wrong but if Julian started out as a girl's name that might make it one of the few names that started out popular for women but became a popular man's name, as opposed to the other way around (Marion, Courtney, Hilary, Beverly).

  18. I think you're right -- it's one of the rare examples of a girl name shifting to a boy name. From what I've seen, I get the impression that Christian is the same -- used to be a girl name, now a boy name. This last one might be localised, though, as I'm an archivist and have noticed a lot of wives and daughters named Christian in old documents/letters. Not sure how this translates on a wider stage!

  19. Who's out there saying "anus" with three syllables? 😂

  20. Its called “ACCENTS”. Maybe youve heard them before? Theyre wicked common. So common that literally everyone has one.

  21. Actually I've never heard of this "accent" thing. Tell me more?

  22. If I met someone called Judas I'd think that was the coolest shit ever

  23. Tbh i miss the days before i was tied to my phone. Its so much harder to find things to entertain you when your phone is expected to do all the entertaining for you

  24. Phone addiction is absolutely a real thing. The instant gratification and constant entertainment is what our brains naturally crave. Phones pretend to give this to us, because new content is always appearing, pages and comments are changing, there's a million discussions going on... it all combines to make your brain feel spoiled for choice, entertainment-wise.

  25. I grew up in a war zone. For context, the disagreement was of religious and territorial nature. My whole country went crazy overnight, neighbours started killing each other, and I grew up alongside riots, shootings, bombings, etc. I was also unfortunate enough to be a member of the minority group, so I was kind of constantly fighting for my life out there.

  26. I'm Fiachra Miceál, and if I was born in 2021 I would apparently be Ciarán Miceál, as my middle name didn't rank that year.

  27. I got a DM once that someone here had named their baby Simon at my suggestion. It was pretty cool!

  28. Simon is a great name! Good choice from all of you lol.

  29. This is probably going to end up light compared to some of the stories you get on these threads, but: a few speckles of blood on my hand. Think like if you put a little red paint on a toothbrush and flicked it lightly over your hand. Pinpricks, but undeniable. Now: I still don't know if the blood was coming from my lungs. I'd been coughing so much that it could have been from my throat, for all I know. But the fact is, it could have been, and at the time I was still making my way (as quickly as possible, which is not very quick) down the side of Everest. (For the record, as some people -- myself included -- have some pretty strong opinions regarding this: I am very much against the commercialisation of Everest, and did not use any of the guiding companies. Admittedly at the time I was still quite ignorant of the wider problems, being young and stupid, but age and hopefully wisdom have led me to be deeply critical of this matter. And yes, regardless, I am aware that trying to climb Everest is a dumb thing to do. Everyone who climbs it knows.)

  30. I think it makes sense for big schools. The idea is to get everyone out of the hallways so that when police come in they can kill the shooter with a clear shot.

  31. The shooter will enter at a certain, single point of the school. Good video security and communication could keep an eye on him. The people in the closest classrooms get out of the windows if the hallway is not possible, or out via the halls if it is.

  32. You could probably get four thousand robots to successfully do such a procedure, but what we're talking about here is four thousand children between the ages of 9 and 11. You really think someone is going to track this shooter as they move through the hallways and somehow also signal to classrooms exactly where to go at the right time as if this is some Mission Impossible movie?

  33. It would be simpler than you'd think. Again, the shooter is only in one small area of the school at a time. Staggered protocol would work here. Get the people in immediate danger out. Then the people in not-so-immediate danger. Children are not as hysterical as you'd think. With good practise and knowing precisely what they're doing, they can get out. All you would need is someone manning the cameras and a basic communication system. Schools will likely have these anyway. It would take very little adapting.

  34. People who go away to a foreign country for a few weeks and come back with an accent.

  35. Oh no lol. I'm an accent mimic, I cannot help it. I don't even realise I'm doing it most of the time. If somebody has a strong accent, I'll start mimicking it subconsciously within a single conversation. If I hear an accent enough, I can swap to it at will. I will eventually revert back to my natural accent when this mimicking happens, but it does stick around for a bit.

  36. I wonder how much trash they added to the mountain to make this happen?

  37. Expeditions now pay a hefty deposit that they don't get back if they don't remove their trash (and human waste) from the mountain when they leave. There are also clean-up operations in place. It's a lot better than how it used to be, and will hopefully only continue to improve.

  38. I just listened to that book "Into Thin Air" on Audible. I was really hoping that the asshole who thought minimum wage should never be raised, and the woman who showed up with a suitcase full of media clippings and magazines featuring herself that had to be carried by a sherpa would die before the end but those two useless fucks survived. I found myself rooting for the mountain to kill all of them except the sherpas.

  39. The book is actually deeply critical of the commercialisation of Everest, and uses the disaster to highlight the numerous problems. In fact, the author was sent to report on the commercialisation in the first place, and Krakauer is not known for sparing uncomfortable truths. It was this book that solidified my own feelings about how truly fucked up the whole process was, and it brought the discussion to centre stage in a way it hadn't been before.

  40. I disagree. When you climb Everest, or any mountain for that matter, you are well aware of the extreme risks. While a few climbers are definitely in it for the glory, the majority of mountaineers don’t climb to “brag to Craig in accounting”. From what I’ve seen they do it because they love it and the adrenaline and sense of accomplishment.

  41. That's why I tried it. The challenge, I mean. Not bragging to Craig in accounting.

  42. Turned back just before I got to the Hillary Step, which is the last major obstacle before the summit. Felt like shit but decided to try it anyway; had a moment of clarity and absolute foreboding and realised if I went up there I was not coming back down. Turned my clown ass around and then got increasingly sick. Turns out I was developing a rare high-altitude condition that was fucking up my lungs. If I hadn't begun my descent when I did I would have 100% died.

  43. Many of the worst school shootings have been committed by people under the age of 18 *EDIT: Typo, meant 21*, including Columbine, Parkland, Sandy Hook and of course this one. So, no, it wouldn't stop mass shootings or completely protect children, but whatever your number is of acceptable child deaths is before we seriously consider raising the minimum age to purchase firearms, we're way past it.

  44. Nikolas Cruz (Parkland) was 19 and Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook) was 20. By "this one" I assume you mean the Ulvade shooting -- Salvador Ramos was 18, which is not "under 18". Eric Harris (Columbine) was also 18, however Dylan Klebold was 17.

  45. I meant under 21. The typo should've been clear from context but I'll edit.

  46. No worries. I did wonder after I posted if it was a typo, but unfortunately I research school shootings academically and so my uncontrollable desire to be a know-it-all kicked in before I could stop it.

  47. My friends and I used to dare one another to walk down here alone at night. It's pretty unnerving but a few drinks takes the edge off. The trees are also more spread out than the angle of this picture implies.

  48. Pretty and all but cannot get over how she's not sticking to the route. Why she gotta run through it like Shrek striding through the ropes.

  49. You know how sometimes you'll put some chicken in the freezer, and then you want to make it for dinner so you take it out of the freezer and leave it to defrost, aka unfreeze? That, but I was doing it to my living, attached fingers.

  50. Yeah i do like the system we have, yes you CAN have a gun... but we'll make it an absalue pain in the arse for anyone other than a dedicated marksman/hobby shooter

  51. I've got absolutely no complaints either. I would much rather this than what America has going on. I still get to do my hobby, but I don't have to worry about being gunned down at a school or a mall or a theatre or a grocery store or something. It's a pain in the arse, but one I'm willing to put up with.

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