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

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:32 pm UTC
by Mutex
Amazon's new "Top Gear" with Clarkson et al has a budget of £160m for the first series:
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter ... 44856.html

36 episodes, works out at £4.5m an episode. Some of which will be spent ensuring hot food is available at all times, presumably.

£160m is more than the new incarnation of Doctor Who has had spent on it in total I believe. That's only £800k - £1m an episode and they've definitely done fewer than 160 episodes.

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

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:38 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
Tyndmyr wrote:
ObsessoMom wrote:
addams wrote:Why do people hunt armadillo?
Does the meat taste good?


Probably the same reason some people intentionally hit turtles crossing the road...


Uh, you hit turtles if you live in an area with snapping turtles because snapping turtles are the worst.


Well, see, I'm the kind of person who has repeatedly risked life and limb to save rattlesnakes that are crossing the highway. Probably neither of us is capable of 100% rationality on this issue.

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

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:24 pm UTC
by addams
I'm with ObsessoMom.
To kill another living being for 'yucks and giggles' is far, far from our 'usual' moral land mines.

But;...I might look like a Red Neck to you, sometimes.
Stupid True Story.
Spoiler:
My hiking partner was a beautiful, healthy, intelligent woman.
I had/have a great deal of respect for her.

In the summer, there are a few weeks when a little Mouse has its numbers Sky Rocket.
We had been hiking in the High Country.

It was impossible to drive a car without killing some of what I called, "Lemmings".
Megan was usually the driver. (She was good at it, and I commuted for work.)

Comming back, she could not drive.
She kept Stopping to let the lemmings cross.
(fuck!)

I took over the driving.
She asked me how I could do such a thing,
before she gave me The Keys.

I said my little Prayer out loud, in front of her.
She looked at me and nodded. Off We Went!

Spoiler:
The Prayer?
It starts out, "Dear God; Forgive me for what I am about to do."

Then, the prayee should say something or not.
That time I said something like, "I know each one of these Lemming love life as much as I do."

Then there is the way the prayer ends.
"For what I am about to do, I am truly sorry."

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

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:57 pm UTC
by existential_elevator
Awkward.

*Though also not well sourced, so to be consumed with salt.

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

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:14 pm UTC
by SlyReaper
Just like to point out that "Whales" is not a place.

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

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:22 pm UTC
by Mutex
To be fair they only misspelt it once. Shame it was in the headline.

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

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:19 pm UTC
by ahammel
Surprisingly enough, magical microwave engine which violates conservation of momentum doesn't work: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/ ... ce-engine/

To judge by the comments on that article, there are a lot of people who believe very strongly that someday, somebody is going to get around those silly laws of motion with nothing but the power of their imagination.

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

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:56 pm UTC
by commodorejohn
ahammel wrote:Surprisingly enough, magical microwave engine which violates conservation of momentum doesn't work: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/ ... ce-engine/

To judge by the comments on that article, there are a lot of people who believe very strongly that someday, somebody is going to get around those silly laws of motion with nothing but the power of their imagination.

Judging by Internet discussion, "physics wilts in the face of the power of Science Fiction!" is basically the founding tenet of futurism.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:58 pm UTC
by HungryHobo
Re the sheep thing

http://www.thatsfake.com/were-3-swansea ... p-brothel/

Huh, I thought the Em drive article was something new but it looks like they're just quoting one of the old papers.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:48 pm UTC
by PolakoVoador
Really, Bic? Really?

Spoiler:
Image


Edit: spoilered because big image.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:57 pm UTC
by Echo244
As I understand, they've already retracted and apologised for that one. Rightly.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:21 pm UTC
by PolakoVoador
Echo244 wrote:As I understand, they've already retracted and apologised for that one. Rightly.

What I don't understand is how anyone thought even for a moment that this was ok? I understand that many huge companies just give some intern almost total control of social media (because that's smart cheap), but even then, what a shitty intern.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:52 pm UTC
by ahammel
Serial swatter taunts a victim, boasting that "you can't catch a hacker". Turns out you can.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:19 pm UTC
by speising
ahammel wrote:Serial swatter taunts a victim, boasting that "you can't catch a hacker". Turns out you can.

So, this Zack is not that L337 a H4X0R after all.

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

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:11 pm UTC
by KnightExemplar
Lawyer demands Trial by Combat to resolve case.

“After the Boston Tea Party in 1774 British Parliament tried to have an act to abolish trial by combat, but that failed,” he explained.

“In 1791, we have a constitution, a Bill of Rights that reserves the rights to the people. So the fact is it was never repealed and I’ll take that argument to the highest levels.”

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

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:57 pm UTC
by SlyReaper
Trial by combat always goes well.

Image

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

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:43 am UTC
by krogoth
I hope you don't mind if I take a seat for this fight.

Spoiler:
suit16n-1-web.jpg

it's called Kuratas if anyone is interested.

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

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:28 pm UTC
by rath358
Oh man. In a slightly more interesting parallel universe, this would turn into a contest of who can hire a better SCAdian

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

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:39 pm UTC
by Mutex
Radio DJ suspended for saying breastfeeding is "unnatural" on air.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33904758

I think "unnatural" is just about the most insane way to describe breastfeeding I can think of. Especially considering he follows that up by conceding women did it in the Stone Age.

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

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:14 pm UTC
by Quercus
Urgh. I don't even want to think about how twisted up things have to be in his head to hold that view. Guy needs to sit down and do some serious self-examination.

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

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:16 pm UTC
by ObsessoMom
This comic comes to mind:

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

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:39 pm UTC
by Zamfir
"You wouldn't get 'yummy mummies'... breastfeeding in public. Those kind of women wouldn't do it because they're very image-conscious and they know it's not a great look."

He added: "I blame the Earth mothers, you know the ones I mean, the ones with the moustaches, the ones who work in libraries, the ones who wear hessian, the ones they're always on Radio 4 on Women's Hour, they are always pushing the boundaries and making us feel uncomfortable.


Ah.

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

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:58 pm UTC
by Quercus
I'm naturally suspicious of anyone who sees pushing boundaries as an inherently negative thing.

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

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 2:24 am UTC
by addams
Quercus wrote:Urgh. I don't even want to think about how twisted up things have to be in his head to hold that view.
Guy needs to sit down and do some serious self-examination.

Under serious self-examination he may discover his tits don't work right.
Not to nourish anyone.
Not even himself.
Spoiler:
The poor sod.
Given enough 'alone time', he'll think about it.
The ideas and life practices that encouraged us to be unlike one another
and at the same time to treat one another like special little snowflakes are Gone.

That ding-dong is a product of his culture.
How much nurturing is seen on The Screen?

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

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:48 am UTC
by bentheimmigrant
Quercus wrote:Urgh. I don't even want to think about how twisted up things have to be in his head to hold that view. Guy needs to sit down and do some serious self-examination.

I'd say twisted up enough that he already was giving himself a serious self-examination. I'm surprised he was still able to talk from in there.

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

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:07 am UTC
by Quercus
bentheimmigrant wrote:
Quercus wrote:Urgh. I don't even want to think about how twisted up things have to be in his head to hold that view. Guy needs to sit down and do some serious self-examination.

I'd say twisted up enough that he already was giving himself a serious self-examination. I'm surprised he was still able to talk from in there.

The abbreviation is overused, but this time I mean it literally: LOL!

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

Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
by Mutex
Zamfir wrote:
"You wouldn't get 'yummy mummies'... breastfeeding in public. Those kind of women wouldn't do it because they're very image-conscious and they know it's not a great look."

He added: "I blame the Earth mothers, you know the ones I mean, the ones with the moustaches, the ones who work in libraries, the ones who wear hessian, the ones they're always on Radio 4 on Women's Hour, they are always pushing the boundaries and making us feel uncomfortable.


Ah.


Yeah, this is getting to the heart of his mentality. Breasts are purely sexual things, and so only attractive women should be getting them out. As opposed to breasts being functional, and therefore any woman who needs to feed her child should be allowed to get them out.

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

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:06 pm UTC
by Coyne
Pizzeria Apologizes For ‘Not-Racist’ Watermelon And Fried Chicken ‘Pic-A-Nika’ Pizza (SCREENSHOTS)

Gee, I don't know why anyone would get all up in arms about pickaninny..oops, I mean Picka-A-Nika pizza, just because it's made with made with Southern fried chicken, baby arugula, and sea-salted watermelon. Not a hint of racism to see here, move along people.

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

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:35 pm UTC
by addams
oh, Dear God; Forgive me.
I laughed.

I have not heard that word used in a long, long time.
Yes. In my world when it was in common use it referred to Black Girl Children.

Words mean what we are told they mean.
What I was told it meant was my hair was a muss.

Black Girls when playing outside and running wild with everyone else get Weird Hair.
My mom called me that word. She used it with love and humor. She didn't know better.

It meant, maybe, I should do something about my hair.
Most black girls I knew had moms that kept their hair under complete domination.

My hair was kept under complete domination, too.
Braids. Tight, Face Lift Tight Braids.

I don't know anything about the Pizza.
Is it good? They can re-name it.

What does that world mean that hurts?
Everyone can get messed up hair.
Well...Not bald people.

Everyone else can get messed up hair.
ok.ok. I'll Google it.

Still...I'd like you to know both black and white moms used that word with love, humor and a little exasperation.
Tangled hair is tangled hair. We usually needed our faces, hands and feet washed, too. And; Some food.

Watermelon and corn on the cob is darned good food.
We would make such a mess of ourselves we needed baths.
We played in the garden hose, to get off the first layer of dirt.

I'm sorry you are offended.
I'm grateful for the trip down Memory Lane.

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

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:13 am UTC
by Coyne
addams wrote:I'm sorry you are offended.
I'm grateful for the trip down Memory Lane.


I'm not actually offended, in fact I personally think it's funny. It was also probably unintentional (read, not racist).

Clearly no one very knowledgeable reviewed the pizza offer. Certain uses of "fried chicken" and "watermelon" can get you accused of being a racist. Combine that with a a salad that looks like collard greens.

Then pick a name like that for the pizza? That sounds like that word?

[shakes head]

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot...

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

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:31 am UTC
by addams
I see a pattern.
No 'Nick Names' For entire groups.

If a group of people tell you they are Americans,
then you have to call them Americans, as a group.

Individually, you can call them AssHoles.
It that it? Is that the correct way to act?

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

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 5:59 pm UTC
by jestingrabbit
Coyne wrote:Clearly no one very knowledgeable reviewed the pizza offer. Certain uses of "fried chicken" and "watermelon" can get you accused of being a racist. Combine that with a a salad that looks like collard greens.

Then pick a name like that for the pizza? That sounds like that word?


See, there are just too many coincidences here. I could believe that its not management that was being racist, that the people who are answering for it didn't read it that way, but I can't really believe that no one put two and two together on this before it was put out, or that the person who put it together was entirely ignorant of the meanings of the objects they were assembling.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:59 am UTC
by addams
jestingrabbit wrote:
Coyne wrote:Clearly no one very knowledgeable reviewed the pizza offer. Certain uses of "fried chicken" and "watermelon" can get you accused of being a racist. Combine that with a a salad that looks like collard greens.

Then pick a name like that for the pizza? That sounds like that word?


See, there are just too many coincidences here. I could believe that its not management that was being racist, that the people who are answering for it didn't read it that way, but I can't really believe that no one put two and two together on this before it was put out, or that the person who put it together was entirely ignorant of the meanings of the objects they were assembling.

I can believe it.
Does it taste good?

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

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:06 pm UTC
by Mambrino

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

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:29 am UTC
by ahammel

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

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:13 am UTC
by addams

That's Dark News.
Or; You did not explain how it is funny.

Officials insist the destruction of Western food is a health issue - rather than political -
saying that most products supplied illicitly in contravention of sanctions are of dubious quality.


The only way I can make it be funny is through the lens that has Russia saying,
"Sanctions? Fuck your sanctions."

"We need and want so little from the west,
you do not need to enforce the sanctions."

"We will enforce the sanctions for you."


It does seem wasteful to destroy food, even if it's GMO and a little poison.
The people over the hill in Afghanistan could sure use the supplies.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:42 am UTC
by Grop
It is mostly funny due to the ridiculousness of a big country like Russia making such petty reactions.

Also in case you didn't get that, Russia is enforcing its own sanctions against the EU; EU sanctions against Russia are mostly about loans and military equipment, not food.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:58 pm UTC
by Mambrino
addams wrote:

The only way I can make it be funny is through the lens that has Russia saying,
"Sanctions? Fuck your sanctions."

"We need and want so little from the west,
you do not need to enforce the sanctions."

"We will enforce the sanctions for you."


It does seem wasteful to destroy food, even if it's GMO and a little poison.
The people over the hill in Afghanistan could sure use the supplies.


That's quite interesting, given
BBC wrote:Six people were detained accused of making cheese worth $30m (£19m) using ingredients from the West.


Usually you get headlines like that for drug busts or smuggling alcohol / tobacco. (And the figure of $30m makes it sound like the average Russian would like their illegal Western cheese. And yes, this is because of Putin's ingenious counter-sanctions.)

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

Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:18 am UTC
by johnny_7713
Grop wrote:It is mostly funny due to the ridiculousness of a big country like Russia making such petty reactions.

Also in case you didn't get that, Russia is enforcing its own sanctions against the EU; EU sanctions against Russia are mostly about loans and military equipment, not food.


Exporting food to Russia is big business, if Russia wants to retaliate economically for the EU sanctions, targeting EU food exports makes sense. The food sanctions are estimated to cost the EU 12 billion in lost exports. https://euobserver.com/news/125227

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

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:35 pm UTC
by Anti Spiral
Halfords "We Fit" lorry gets stuck under a bridge...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34026667.

Maybe it doesn't fit afterall.