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Education and Teachers Forum / 12 plus 8 equals 4
« Last post by thaiga on September 20, 2018, 02:33:08 PM »
This just in:12 plus 8 equals 4

If Joy picked 12 mangoes and Joe picked eight more mangoes more than she did, how many mangoes did Joe pick?

Conventional wisdom would suggest the answer is “20”, but for one first-grade math teacher somewhere in Thailand, the correct calculation is four.

A woman posting on Facebook on Tuesday as Phuan Pennapa wanted to know how her niece’s teacher could find fault with such a straightforward answer, on which the aunt even provided a little coaching.

The Facebook post – with a picture of the homework showing the niece’s response of “12+8=20”, and the teacher’s “X” mark and “correct” answer of “4” – quickly drew 5,000 reactions and was shared more than 10,000 times.

And that wasn’t all. The same homework assignment came back with “16+4=20” and “11+7=18” both also marked as incorrect.

The teacher tallied up the first sum as 12, and the second as 4 again.

The consensus among Facebook users was that the student’s answers were correct and the teacher’s brain function was not.
General Discussions / Re: Finding a Wife or Girlfriend - this is the real deal
« Last post by thaiga on September 20, 2018, 02:19:20 PM »
Local Divorcee Falls In Love With First Woman He Makes Eye Contact With In Pattaya

Shortly after touching down in Pattaya for his first ever solo trip to French-Indo-China, Steve Counsell has fallen in love again.

The 52-year-old Mt Isa shift supervisor went to Thailand on his holiday for some rest and relaxation – but may be leaving with much more.

The divorced father from Ipswich, who after several years of internet dating and auditioning for love-related reality television programmes, had almost given up on finding love again. However, he’s been swept off his feet by Chailai Srisati, a 23-year-old nail technician.

They meet at a bar on the famous beach, and the sparks flew.

Fun, bubbly and incredibly caring 27-year-old Chailai and Mr Counsell seem to have hit it off.

“We have such a strong emotional relationship already. Honestly, I tell you I am almost certain this is the real deal,” he explained.

Aside from the cheap beer and the modest lifestyle that the Australian dollar can buy, Mr Counsell told The Advocate that he’s also in love with the Thai culture.

Sadly, the final week of his holiday is approaching and it’s looking like some difficult conversations about his future with Chailai need to be had.

“Our bond is so strong, that I know if I go back home we can still chat on the internet every day. I’ve suggested the idea of her potentially moving back over with me, and she seemed to really like that,” Mr Counsell said.

His son, Rob rolled his eyes when asked about his father’s new relationship.

“Jesus Christ, it’s so pathetic isn’t it,” he said. “He full-on thinks it’s legit as well. I can’t wait to see Mum’s face if he brings her over here, though.”
Half as serious and less / Re: Bert and Ernie aren't gay
« Last post by thaiga on September 20, 2018, 02:05:07 PM »
Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie aren't gay

The producers of Sesame Street want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay.

Sesame Workshop tweeted on Tuesday that the characters are best friends and have many human traits but "remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.'' In a follow-up tweet, it says "Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance .''

The tweets came in response to an interview published on Sunday by Queerty with Mark Saltzman, an openly gay former writer for Sesame Street. He says that when he was writing scenes with Bert and Ernie, he "always felt that without a huge agenda'' they were lovers.
General Discussions / Re: Brits Abroad - 'Laughing Tam'
« Last post by thaiga on September 20, 2018, 02:00:17 PM »
Very interesting article

Telford is said to have been so full of fun and humour that he was known as 'Laughing Tam' (Smiles, 296). He gained a good basic education at Westerkirk parish school, interspersed with occasional farm work. At school he met the younger generation of leading local families, and formed a close friendship with Andrew Little, later a schoolmaster in Langholm, his subsequent correspondence with whom until 1803 represents the main source of information on his early life.

On leaving school about 1772 Telford was at first apprenticed ...

Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Most Online Today - another record
« Last post by thaiga on September 20, 2018, 01:36:52 PM »
Most Online Today: 1770. Most Online Ever: 1770 (Today at 01:17:21 PM)

so i take a morning off, only to come back and see the Most Online Ever record beaten again, with a whopping 1770 online
is it because i wasn't here  ;) makes me wonder. i see it's still creeping up as the day is not finished yet.

Thanks for the guys that made that possible and of course our viewers not forgetting admin that makes it all tick  :wai
General Discussions / Brits Abroad
« Last post by Taman Tun on September 20, 2018, 12:48:21 PM »
Brits are notorious for their behavior from Magaluf to Dubai and all points between.  I just came across an early example in the biography of Thomas Telford.  Telford was responsible for the construction of the Caledonian Canal from the east to west of Scotland.  His Caledonian Canal work came to the attention of the royal family in Sweden.  He was duly summoned over to Sweden to survey the route of a canal crossing Sweden.  Following the survey he was appointed to supervise the construction to be carried out by 56000 conscripted soldiers.  In 1813, for the supervision he sent an experienced bunch of canal people from the UK over to Sweden.  All requests for supplies & equipment from the supervision team came back to Telford.  In amongst the normally expected requests there were a few requests for books on abortion.  So the supervisors were obviously making their mark on the flaxen haired beauties.  Work in Sweden could only be done during the summer months and at the end of summer the Brits returned to Gothenburg to catch a ship back to the UK.  They were very disappointed by the quality of the ship offered and so a huge brawl broke out on the quayside.  (They were expecting to travel business but were only offered Ryanair). They did succeed in getting a ship upgrade but the Swedes were not impressed.

Half as serious and less / Bert and Ernie are gay
« Last post by Newsy on September 20, 2018, 12:33:23 AM »

Sesame Street officially responds to claims that Bert and Ernie are gay
One of the show's ex-writers has said he wrote them as a couple.

The exact nature of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie's relationship has been the subject of debate for decades.

Are they a couple? Or are they just really good friends?

Back in 2013, when the Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in the United States, the New Yorker used an image of Bert and Ernie cuddling on a sofa to celebrate the decision.

But despite Bert and Ernie becoming unlikely gay icons, Sesame Street has officially confirmed that they are in fact not a couple and instead remain just good "friends".

The show's statement comes after former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman gave an interview to Queerty saying that he wrote Bert and Ernie as a gay couple, taking inspiration from his own relationship.

"I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked 'are Bert & Ernie lovers?'" Saltzman told Queerty.

Footy a big turn-off

Thailand’s vast army of football fans were left bitterly disappointed after staying up to watch the opening Champions League games on Wednesday … and staring at blank screens instead.

TrueVisions, Thailand’s largest pay TV operator, announced that its channel beIN Sports, who were expected to continue showing Champions League and Europa League games, had failed to retain the rights for the next three seasons.

European football’s ruling body UEFA said Thai fans could watch the games live on new rights holder after the rights were awarded to its parent company, DAZN.

 But when fans tuned in all they got was a blank screen where the action should have been – and a message saying there was a problem with the stream. They were hoping to fix the problem in time for the games early Thursday.
Transport & Traffic / Electric vehicles on the fast track in Thailand
« Last post by Newsy on September 20, 2018, 12:24:08 AM »

Electric vehicles on the fast track in Thailand

 EXPERTS see bright prospects for electric vehicles (EV) in Thailand with all concerned agencies pursuing the government’s goal of getting 1.2 million units on the road by 2036.

There are many reasons and data behind the confidence of success, a seminar was told yesterday.

The rising number of registered EVs, the development of a locally made EVs, as well as research and development of some EV parts are indications that it could have a major role in Thai society, said Amonrat Kaewpradap, a committee member of the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT), at a panel discussion yesterday titled “The future of Electric Vehicle in Thailand”.

The discussion was held as part of the Delta Future Industry Summit, organised by Delta Electronics (Thailand), as a venue for exchanging innovative ideas for a sustainable future.

Amornrat said the number of EVs in use in Thailand was gradually increasing, leading to the continuous growth of infrastructure of charging stations.

“More stations will boost the confidence for consumers in using EVs and so far, there are 500 charging stations in the country, she said.

She pointed out that the accumulated number of EV registrations in Thailand for Battery Electric Vehicles [BEV] and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) sharply increased from 2016 to 2017.

In 2016, there were 80,194 registrations but the number surged to 102,700 in 2017, or an increase of 20,000 units.

Incentives will bring down price

Another indication is the higher imports of EVs, she said, adding that more BEV motorcycles were sold these days, pointing to its popularity.

Moreover, EV manufacturers are hiking production amid increasing demand from buyers.

Also, educational institutions have launched development projects for EV battery, motors and the structure of a light-weight car.

She believes the price of EVs could come down in the future as the government will support its usage with incentives.

Jumpote Himacharoen, director of research and development, Metropolitan Electricity Authority [MEA], said the power agency would provide sufficient electricity to serve the targeted number of EVs.

MEA has recently launched an online application on the locations of EV charging stations for the convenience of drivers.

In a separate panel discussion titled “A Decade into the Future: Predictions for Thai Cities”, participants said smart cities would be the cornerstone of the country’s future urban landscape, with significant investment from the government and private sector.

Pansak Siriruchatapong, the vice minister of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, said the government would expand its smart city project to three more provinces – Chon Buri, Rayong and Chaochengsao – on the Eastern Economic Corridor this year.

Currently, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Bangkok are the cities earmarked for the pilot programme.

“Within the next five years, Thailand will develop smart cities in all 77 provinces,” he said.

He added the two factors driving the development of smart cities are the engagement of community and local government and the connectivity and sharing information with technology solutions.

However, Piyapan Tayanithi, Bangkok Bank’s executive vice president, warned that smart or high-technology is a double-edged sword, and back-up measures were needed in the event of malfunctions.

Piyapan cited an incident late last month when banks’ electronic money transfers, withdrawals and payment services crashed for several hours.

The banks attributed the cause to heavy interbank money transfers at the end of the month at large banks.

“Simplicity or convenience of a group of people could come along with difficulty or complexity for another group [of people],” he said.

 Hsieh Shen-yen, president of Delta Electronics (Thailand), said: “We are currently witnessing the decline of old technologies such as gasoline cars and the gradual shift to smarter, cleaner technologies to power our lives and manage our cities.

“But the shift to the future will only gain real momentum when the public and private sectors work together and get serious about action for climate change and managing urbanisation,” he said.
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