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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby CorruptUser » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:11 pm UTC

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The man described his suit as a hooded painter’s uniform and a fleece.


That's going to be my excuse from now on. "I wasn't trying to meet other people in animal suits, I was preparing to hunt sheep!"

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Postby oxoiron » Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:53 pm UTC

I've been saying that for years.
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Postby yedidyak » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:35 am UTC

Another virus has apparently disabled some of the automation at Iran's Natanz and Fordo nuclear sites. Apparently the virus announced its presence by playing AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' at full volume in the middle of the night on the control computers.

I have to say I'm a little disappointed with the choice of song. This could have been the best ever rickroll.

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Postby Роберт » Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:59 pm UTC

yedidyak wrote:I have to say I'm a little disappointed with the choice of song. This could have been the best ever rickroll.

Oh man, that would've been awesome!
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Postby LaserGuy » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:37 pm UTC

UK hotel replaces nightstand Bibles with Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Postby ShootTheChicken » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:45 pm UTC

Still shitty literature, but slightly more likeable characters.
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Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:15 pm UTC

LaserGuy wrote:UK hotel replaces nightstand Bibles with Fifty Shades of Grey.


I was in a Marriott in Washington D.C. last week where not only did they offer the Bible, but also the Book of Mormon right next to it.

It was great.

Nylonathatep wrote:http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/24 ... officials/

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The man told Douglass he was preparing for an archery hunt of mountain goats next year and testing a goat suit. Douglass says the hunter came to Utah because he heard it was easier to get near goats for training.

The man described his suit as a hooded painter’s uniform and a fleece.


The US is secretly conducting experiments, first with men who stares at goats.. now.. with men dress as goats.



When I saw that I immediantly thought of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRY7wBuCcBY





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In other news... Kim Jong-Un got Married! And had a child!

Well, three years ago, but they just announced it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18986249

His willingness to... you know, actually show his wife apparently marks a notable change in North Korean leadership.

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Postby Steax » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:25 pm UTC

LaserGuy wrote:UK hotel replaces nightstand Bibles with Fifty Shades of Grey.


(Interestingly, neither the hotel owner nor the vicar (who just complained about it) have read the bondage-laden book.)


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Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:28 pm UTC

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LaserGuy wrote:UK hotel replaces nightstand Bibles with Fifty Shades of Grey.


(Interestingly, neither the hotel owner nor the vicar (who just complained about it) have read the bondage-laden book.)


:|



Well if it's common knowledge that, say, it's bondage-laden (and other things he doesn't approve of because he's a vicar), then he can still disapprove anyways.

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Postby Steax » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:30 pm UTC

Yeah, but it just gives me the impression that it was mostly a statement/publicity move. (As in, the first part. If I were a hotel owner, I'd be pretty sure I'd read a known book-of-bondage before I put it in people's rooms.)
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Postby bigglesworth » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:32 pm UTC

That's because it was just a publicity move. People gotta publicise their businesses :p
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Postby Max™ » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:01 am UTC

yedidyak wrote:Another virus has apparently disabled some of the automation at Iran's Natanz and Fordo nuclear sites. Apparently the virus announced its presence by playing AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' at full volume in the middle of the night on the control computers.

I have to say I'm a little disappointed with the choice of song. This could have been the best ever rickroll.

I'd go with Smooth Criminal if the rickroll wasn't an option.

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Postby Jesse » Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:44 pm UTC

Steax wrote:Yeah, but it just gives me the impression that it was mostly a statement/publicity move. (As in, the first part. If I were a hotel owner, I'd be pretty sure I'd read a known book-of-bondage before I put it in people's rooms.)


There's not even that much bondage in it. Apparently...

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Postby broken_escalator » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:48 pm UTC

Pop music is too loud and sounds the same according to researchers from Spain. Paper.

Probably biased because the oldies have withstood the test of time, instead of being forgotten. Still somewhat amusing, imo.

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Postby Роберт » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:04 pm UTC

broken_escalator wrote:Pop music is too loud and sounds the same according to researchers from Spain. Paper.

Probably biased because the oldies have withstood the test of time, instead of being forgotten. Still somewhat amusing, imo.

I mostly agree, but we are coming up with some cool stuff, too. I could care less about the chord progression of Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby PerchloricAcid » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:11 pm UTC

I read some of the comments on the Fifty Shades of Grey replacing Bibles thing.
This one made me laugh quite a lot:
What's the difference between The Bible and Fifty Shades of Grey?

One is an overrated, sexually perverse work of fiction that can do terrible damage to the minds of uneducated readers who aren't fully understanding of the habits and history of the subculture it portrays, and the other is a current bestseller by E. L. James.


I haven't read 50 Shades though, I just found this amusing. Did anyone else read it though? I keep running into quite negative reviews.

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Postby broken_escalator » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:32 pm UTC

I've been assuming it's suffering a similar fate to Beiber or Twilight since it seems very popular to hate.

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Postby emceng » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:00 pm UTC

I haven't read it, but let me sum it up for you: It is Twilight fan fiction that actually got published.

If that doesn't make you not want to read it, nothing will. Also, the prose is horrible, the relationship between the main characters abusive, and the bdsm scenes poorly done.
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Postby CorruptUser » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:34 pm UTC

So... it's a novelization of Secretary?

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WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!

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Postby Nylonathatep » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:00 pm UTC

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/201 ... -contempt/


Watson skipped bail in Germany and has disappeared, according to German officials. He was arrested there two months ago at the request of Costa Rica, which wants him on charges of endangering the crew of a fishing vessel that was rammed by Watson’s boat. Japan, which has long sought Watson over his numerous attacks on Japanese vessels, is also believed to be seeking extradition. In jumping bail. Watson left behind his passport and forfeited bail of more than $300,000.

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Postby Xeio » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:10 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!

Oh Internet. You so funny.
Ooo, some good competition to Infowars for "best" conspiracy site there.

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Postby yedidyak » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:30 pm UTC

Xeio wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!

Oh Internet. You so funny.
Ooo, some good competition to Infowars for "best" conspiracy site there.


And some seriously scary comments.

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Postby LaserGuy » Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:00 am UTC

Don't remember seeing this one posted yet...

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Postby Zamfir » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:58 am UTC

They didn't mean to steal it, just borrow it for a while

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Postby Jumble » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:58 am UTC

Visit of US presidential candidate M Romney

Thanks for sending him over guys! Can we send him back now?
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Postby SlyReaper » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:25 am UTC

Is it normal for candidates to visit the leaders of other countries while campaigning? It's not like anyone here can vote for him, and you'd think he'd have his hands full trying to convince his own people to come out and vote.

I did find it hilarious that he visited Milliband first and called him Mr Leader.
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Postby bigglesworth » Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:34 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:It's not like anyone here can vote for him
He was getting campaign donations from US expats.
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Postby emceng » Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:02 pm UTC

Jumble wrote:Visit of US presidential candidate M Romney

Thanks for sending him over guys! Can we send him back now?


Sorry, think this is the perfect time to put him on the no-fly list.
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Postby Thesh » Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:24 pm UTC

DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond has given his VIP opening ceremony tickets to three hero servicemen.

Mr Hammond rewarded Lance Corporal James Hatton, 26, Warrant Officer George Mifsud, 45, and Navy Leading Seaman Luke Manley, 27, for helping with security at the Games.


Seriously? They are heros for helping with the games?

Sidenote, Luke Manley sounds like a wimp.
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Postby yurell » Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:26 pm UTC

I read it as them being heroes anyway, who were given tickets for helping with the games.
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emceng wrote:
Jumble wrote:Visit of US presidential candidate M Romney

Thanks for sending him over guys! Can we send him back now?


Sorry, think this is the perfect time to put him on the no-fly list.


Then we'll put him in a boat and tell him to start rowing.
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Postby Ghostbear » Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:37 pm UTC

Jumble wrote:Thanks for sending him over guys! Can we send him back now?

Nope, sorry, no re-gifting. Just put him over in the Pitcairn Islands or something.

bigglesworth wrote:He was getting campaign donations from US expats.

Mostly for positive press.. which he kind of fucked up. The donations were just a side goal.

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Postby phlip » Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:54 pm UTC

I dunno, there is a mindset many people have, where when an outsider criticises one of us and ours, we get defensive. I know I do it sometimes, along with much of the Internet, when someone outside attacks nerd culture, or gaming, or the like. Could be that being pilloried by the UK press will help Romney more than it will hurt him, among the more nationalistic parts of his base.

I'm not saying he went in with that being Plan A, that wouldn't be particularly clever, but still...

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phlip wrote:Could be that being pilloried by the UK press will help Romney more than it will hurt him, among the more nationalistic parts of his base.

Otherwise known as the folks who would have voted for him anyway?
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Postby phlip » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:01 pm UTC

As I understand it, what with voting being optional in the States, campaigning is less about convincing the middle ground to swing your way, as it is about convincing the people already swung your way to actually go to the polls... which changes the dynamic somewhat.

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Postby Ghostbear » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:07 pm UTC

phlip wrote:I dunno, there is a mindset many people have, where when an outsider criticises one of us and ours, we get defensive. I know I do it sometimes, along with much of the Internet, when someone outside attacks nerd culture, or gaming, or the like. Could be that being pilloried by the UK press will help Romney more than it will hurt him, among the more nationalistic parts of his base.

I'm not saying he went in with that being Plan A, that wouldn't be particularly clever, but still...

Well the problem here is that the issue isn't so much that the British press didn't receive him warmly, it's that he failed to appear like a statesman in waiting. He essentially antagonized relations with the leadership that he was there to meet, even if everyone will still play the game of not being unkind to him. That part of his visit leaves the question of "Which of our allies will he alienate next?". It makes him appear completely unprepared for diplomacy on a global scale when he's unable to think through minor remarks to the point that they make such a ruckus with the people he's visiting.

phlip wrote:As I understand it, what with voting being optional in the States, campaigning is less about convincing the middle ground to swing your way, as it is about convincing the people already swung your way to actually go to the polls... which changes the dynamic somewhat.

That's more of a factor in midterm elections when voter turnout goes down. For presidential elections, turning out the base is still hugely significant, but a lot of important and smaller swing states are more heavily independent. There are also different extents of your base -- people who are ultranationalist and think Obama is a muslim are almost certain to turnout to vote for Romney anyway, he doesn't need to do more work to get them to the polls. A deeply christian voter that has doubts about mormanism but also dislikes Obama's stance on gay marriage -- that's someone that if they vote is a lock for a Romney vote, but he needs to convince them to vote. Similar to the latter for Obama is most minority voters -- if he can get them to polls, he has their vote, but he needs them there first. When they say they need to turn out the base, those are the types of voters they're going after.

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phlip wrote:As I understand it, what with voting being optional in the States, campaigning is less about convincing the middle ground to swing your way, as it is about convincing the people already swung your way to actually go to the polls... which changes the dynamic somewhat.


Ah, good point. I hadn't thought of that.

Still, some American big shot comes over here and tells us our Olympic events are going to suck... (I know he didn't, but that's how it's being interpreted), yeah, he's going to get pilloried even by people who, this time yesterday, also thought the Olympics are going to suck.

That's the thing about self deprecation. It's fine to talk shit about yourself, but you don't half get annoyed when someone else joins in.
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Postby philsov » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:42 pm UTC

Steax wrote:
LaserGuy wrote:UK hotel replaces nightstand Bibles with Fifty Shades of Grey.


(Interestingly, neither the hotel owner nor the vicar (who just complained about it) have read the bondage-laden book.)


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Postby yedidyak » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:46 pm UTC

Lebanese athletes refuse to train where they can see Israelis, Iranian athlete allegedly pulls out of match against Israeli because of 'gut infection'.


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