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From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:12 pm
by sejintenej
A thread for silly, stupid or otherwise less than noteworthy facts for which there is no internet link.


20 Weight Watchers members in Sweden lined up for their regular weigh-in; the floor collapsed under them.

The cause of the collapse is said to be "under investigation".


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A man of 75 walking his dog in Berlin was attacked by a 43 year old man who bit him on the neck shouting "I am Dracula".
The victim went home and died an hour later. (from the FT quoting Fortean Times))

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:01 pm
by Angela Woodford
In the Guardian today, an article which wonders how many people China executes annually, and why.

Our politicians wouldn't stand a chance in such a regime!

Three years ago, a man was executed for selling overpriced ants.

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:33 pm
by Mid A 15
Not strictly in line with the thread since there is an internet link:

However check out the name of the author bearing in mind the subject matter

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/commen ... 065824.ece

One of those "shouldn't laugh but" moments.

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:53 pm
by anniexf
Heard on the radio yesterday,the official diagnosis for recalcitrant kids who won't behave in school: Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:26 pm
by loringa
Mid A 15 wrote:Not strictly in line with the thread since there is an internet link:

However check out the name of the author bearing in mind the subject matter

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/commen ... 065824.ece

One of those "shouldn't laugh but" moments.
How could you possibly avoid it, absolutely brilliant, can it really be his name?

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:42 am
by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS
Once --- a very long time ago -- I had secured a village, while we searched for "Arms".
I had , properly, separated the male and female detainees, into separate groups, and had the males under armed guard.

Not sure what to do with the females, I radiod the Battallion Commander --------

Who replied -- "Roger !"-----------------Ho Ho Ho ! but it didn't help !

BTW under one lady, in childbirth, we found four rifles !!!!

I'm not sure any Smileys are suitable !

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:23 pm
by marty
I was on Facebook today. They have an application whereby you can send virtual gifts to other users (represented by a pictorial icon). I was attempting to send the gift of an alchohol drink to my fiance's cousin who is 20 today. However, when I clicked on send I was informed that the recipient of my gift was not old enough! Absolutely mental! Obviously as FB is an American invention they've put in some kind of rule that under 21s can't receive pictures of alcohol drinks. Quite ridiculous.

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:52 pm
by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS
I remember, in my early days in the Army --- being told ----- "No-one is entirely useless --- you can serve as a horrible example to the others !"

This advice I treasure when encountering our American Cousins !! :lol: :lol:

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:53 pm
by Kim2s70-77
marty wrote:I was on Facebook today. They have an application whereby you can send virtual gifts to other users (represented by a pictorial icon). I was attempting to send the gift of an alchohol drink to my fiance's cousin who is 20 today. However, when I clicked on send I was informed that the recipient of my gift was not old enough! Absolutely mental! Obviously as FB is an American invention they've put in some kind of rule that under 21s can't receive pictures of alcohol drinks. Quite ridiculous.

There are so many ridiculous rules like that in this country! When I lived in Kentucky, it was possible to buy beer in supermarkets (not possible in all states). The problem, however, is that many cashiers in the checkout lanes are 'underage'. This means they are not allowed to TOUCH the stuff!! Even if it is a 24-pack of beers in a cardboard container!! Doesn't matter how long the line of customers is - the checkout girl would turn her light on and sit and wait for the supervisor to pull the cardboard over the barcode scanner! I could never understand the logic of this. Alcohol is not going to seep in osmotically through the skin and it was perfectly acceptable for them to scan unmentionable piles of nutritionally-deficient foodstuffs which, in the balance of things, was MUCH worse for their health! Same logic applies to college kids who are not allowed near alcohol and who, consequently, hoard the stuff and binge drink to the point of alcohol poisoning, when they get hold of it. Not thought through, clearly!

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:58 pm
by sejintenej
Kim2s70-77 wrote:
There are so many ridiculous rules like that in this country! When I lived in Kentucky, it was possible to buy beer in supermarkets (not possible in all states). The problem, however, is that many cashiers in the checkout lanes are 'underage'. This means they are not allowed to TOUCH the stuff!! Even if it is a 24-pack of beers in a cardboard container!! Doesn't matter how long the line of customers is - the checkout girl would turn her light on and sit and wait for the supervisor to pull the cardboard over the barcode scanner!

Kim, 2 years ago one of our major supermarkets (either Tesco or Sainsbury's) was enforceing a similar rule. There might have been technical differences like cashier's age (17 or 18 I think) or the stage which the supervisor had to oversee (actual paymewnt I think) but the principle and effect were the same. I don't know about glue, solvent, nail varnish remover, cutting implements, tobacco etc sales but I suspect the same principles apply here.

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:43 pm
by gma
NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote:I remember, in my early days in the Army --- being told ----- "No-one is entirely useless --- you can serve as a horrible example to the others !"
Sorry, late to the game as ever but N the N, I LOVE this and will be taking it back to work at the barracks next week!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

How cheap can London get?

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:31 pm
by sejintenej
I have just received an invitation for 4 days in London courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airlines. B & B at the Goring (whereever that is) based on 2 sharing, a tour of the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House, choice of Changing of the Guards and/or Afternoon Tea (location unspecified) dinner at Joel Rebuchon's l'Atelier (appears not to be included in the price), meet the cast and evening performance at some un-named London theatre. Sorry, you have to pay to get yourself to London.

As I wrote, dirt cheap.

For
A Royal Virgin Atlantic Airways Adventure Across the Pond
a snip at FROM US$6,170 but may vary depending on final itinery.

This is not a scam - I know the company promoting it!

Bad English

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:31 pm
by sejintenej
I appreciated the submission of Fred Upwithit-Hall in today's electronic version of the Times regarding the volcanic plume affecting Northern Europe:
He wrote:
This is the consequence of the Icelandic bankers poor English Language skills. Listen very carefully this time please.

Oi, I want my CASH back!
ie. NOT ash.

sublime

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:17 pm
by sejintenej
post removed by sejintenej; it was a copy of one someone else put on the volcano thread

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:49 am
by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS
I seem to remember that "Changing the Guard" did NOT include Afternoon Tea !!!
And at £1.10s a week ---- I couldn't afford it ! :lol: