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In the days when my parents were young, some books were sold on a subscription basis: Every month you received a booklet, sort of like a small format magazine, but with no ads or other disturbing elements. After two to three years, the series was completed. Then you could ship all your booklets to a service that would bind them in a hardcover format and a leather back with gold printing, giving you a Real Book Look.
My parents' four volume popular science "Our Knowledge" (or in Norwegian: Vi Vet) books from 1950-52 was my major source of scientific information throughout my childhood. I had read about microwave ovens more than ten years before I ever saw one in real life. I had read about transatlantic TV relays, about ENIAC and MANIAC and mercury tube storage, how soap is made and how it works, about marrying traditions among abos in Australia, and how one searced for mineable mineral reserves by detecting tiny variations in gravitation.
And I learned about twisted pair cables and pupin coils. I would be lying claiming that I understood all of it in my early teenage years, but I knew it was there. When I later encountered it in real life, it came as no surprise to me.
(On the other hand: Some of the articles may be shocking to modern readers, such as the 1951 article about the enormous blessing of DDT, that will solve any imaginable insect attack on our crops...)
Again, he demonstrates that he knows more than I.
No longer content to just be able to make phone calls, or turn on or off my computer at will, he know demonstrates his ability to bring up Amazon Prime Video, start an episode of "The Expanse", and enable subtitles because he clearly doesn't understand spoken English...
It took me longer to work out how to turn the damn things off!
Mind you, I like his taste in programs.
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A friend of mine had a cat that didn't need a litter box. You were supposed to leave the lid of the toilet seat up, otherwise the cat wouldn't be able to use the toilet. After the cat had done its business, it climbed up on the cistern to operate the flusher knob.
One fun side is that this was the third generation of toilet trained cats: The cat mother taught its kittens how to do it, with very litte human intervention or training. At least that is what my friend told me. (At first I thought everything was a joke, but I did get a chance to see that the cats were in fact using the toilet as described.)