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Where do these people come from?

 
     <jmd> what in the heck is a pith helmet?  
<dagbrown> It's a helmet made from pith.  
     <jmd>        n 1: soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most
     <jmd>             flowering plants 
     <jmd> and why would you build a helmet from that?  
<dagbrown> Yah, if you dry it out it gets really hard, but while it's soft you can form it into, say, a helmet.  
     <jmd> oh... weird...  
  <mendel> jmd -- I dunno, almost as silly as making a HAT out of GRASS.  
         * jmd suggests steel 
  <zoratu> steel is bad for helmets.  
  <mendel> Er, steel's pretty heavy, you know. But I guess that's why you don't make helmets.  
     <jmd> well, iron?  
     <jmd> what'd they use in 14th centuryish 
     <jmd> not shit from flowers 
  <mendel> Pith helmets were not worn by knights.  
     <jmd> who else needs a helmet?  
  <mendel> NOTE: NO-ONE ELSE IN HISTORY OR MODERNITY HAS WORN A HELMET 
     <jmd> well, baseball players...  
     <jmd> but I think those are plastic 
[ten minutes pass, conversation turns to foreskin reattachment surgery and beyond]
 
     <jmd> $100 says the average person has no idea what a pith helmet is 
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