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

Postby sardia » Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:31 pm UTC

Scott Pruitt's legal defense fund, to defend his unethical behavior, is unethical. https://www.peer.org/news/news-releases ... minal.html

Typical.

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Postby Link » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:15 pm UTC

trpmb6 wrote:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... China.html

This image alone is crazy!

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Postby commodorejohn » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:14 pm UTC

trpmb6 wrote:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5847383/Storm-photos-appear-starfish-octopus-flying-streets-China.html

This image alone is crazy!

I like the "shellfish" photo. I can just hear the conversation in the office:

"Frank, that's clearly a shrimp."
"Look, it could be a prawn, alright? I go calling it a shrimp and it turns out to be a prawn, then where would we be?"
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby trpmb6 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:17 pm UTC

commodorejohn wrote:I like the "shellfish" photo. I can just hear the conversation in the office:



My first thought went to when matt damon and brad pitt did voiceovers for shellfish (prawns/shrimp?) in the first Happy Feet movie.
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Postby Yablo » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:30 pm UTC

Grandmother kills rabid bobcat with bare hands.
“It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there,” she said. “I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat."

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Postby addams » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:38 am UTC

Yablo wrote:Grandmother kills rabid bobcat with bare hands.
“It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there,” she said. “I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat."

This could easily have ended up in the Darker Side thread if the woman hadn't been a complete badass.
That's darned amazing.
Thank you for bringing it.

Bobcat are a medium size animal. Bigger than a house cat.
This is the First Time I've heard of one attacking a human.

I've never been frightened by a Bobcat.
They are usually shy and slink away.

Cougar are in that area, too.
She'd have Not taken down a Cougar.

I'm afraid of Cougar.
I've been stalked.

Rabies!!?
Without treatment, 100% fatal.
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Postby Mutex » Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:49 pm UTC

For some reason I can't access that article today, weird error. Anyway I wanted to check it again to see if it mentioned the bobcat's size or weight? Wikipedia gives a range of 47-125cm long, and 6-18kg in weight. Which ranges from not much bigger than a domestic cat, to about half the size of a tiger. I didn't know they could be that big and wondered which end of the scale this one was.

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Postby addams » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:25 pm UTC

They are usually the size of a Cocker Spaniel.

Significantly larger than a house cat.
Significantly smaller than a Cougar.

Not an animal I'd want to tangle with.
Yet; Apparently a human has a shot.

I've seen a lot of them, in passing.
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Postby Soupspoon » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:43 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:For some reason I can't access that article today, weird error.

"www.onlineathens.com - Access Denied
Error code 16
This request was blocked by the security rules"?

I got that when I first tried to read the report (still am getting it), and just assumed it was a GDPR overkill response thing.

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Postby Grop » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:08 am UTC

Mutex wrote:For some reason I can't access that article today, weird error. Anyway I wanted to check it again to see if it mentioned the bobcat's size or weight? Wikipedia gives a range of 47-125cm long, and 6-18kg in weight. Which ranges from not much bigger than a domestic cat, to about half the size of a tiger. I didn't know they could be that big and wondered which end of the scale this one was.


Half the size of a 36 kg tiger, that is.

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Postby Sableagle » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:23 am UTC

Grop wrote:
Mutex wrote:For some reason I can't access that article today, weird error. Anyway I wanted to check it again to see if it mentioned the bobcat's size or weight? Wikipedia gives a range of 47-125cm long, and 6-18kg in weight. Which ranges from not much bigger than a domestic cat, to about half the size of a tiger. I didn't know they could be that big and wondered which end of the scale this one was.


Half the size of a 36 kg tiger, that is.


Half the mass is far from the same thing as half the length.

I'll let Grace explain:

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Postby Mutex » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:44 am UTC

Yeah I was talking about length, and it was a number pulled out of the air anyway, I just meant a bobcat that big would probably easily kill the majority of people.

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Postby Sableagle » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:39 pm UTC

Not so many results for 18kg bobcat:

Bobcats and domestic cats are not thought the be capable of interbreeding, but there are people who keep bobcats as pets. They're said to have a similar nature to their domestic cousins, but can be leash trained like a dog. Declawing and neutering is strongly recommended. You know, so your pet doesn't kill and eat you.


But plenty for 40lb bobcat:

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Postby Grop » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:34 pm UTC

My point was, mass is more significant than length. And size is a super vague word.

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Postby Soupspoon » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:54 pm UTC

Inertial or gravitational? ;)

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Postby Coyne » Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:28 pm UTC

addams wrote:Bobcat are a medium size animal. Bigger than a house cat.
This is the First Time I've heard of one attacking a human.


Not the first time I've heard of it. Family story. My grandfather was out riding horseback and came upon a bobcat sitting on a post. Evidently being insane, (such a comfort, proof of family insanity) he decided to see if he could rope the bobcat. He was successful. The bobcat jumped down off of the post and jumped up into the saddle, where my grandfather had been sitting a moment before. Fortunately, the rope came loose and the bobcat fled.
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Postby addams » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:22 am UTC

Coyne wrote:
addams wrote:Bobcat are a medium size animal. Bigger than a house cat.
This is the First Time I've heard of one attacking a human.


Not the first time I've heard of it. Family story. My grandfather was out riding horseback and came upon a bobcat sitting on a post. Evidently being insane, (such a comfort, proof of family insanity) he decided to see if he could rope the bobcat. He was successful. The bobcat jumped down off of the post and jumped up into the saddle, where my grandfather had been sitting a moment before. Fortunately, the rope came loose and the bobcat fled.
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As for me, I've seen a great many Bobcat.
They always leave as soon as they notice me.

They seem so shy.
Cougar strike fear into my heart.

If I see a Cougar, I think of it as a near death experience.
Most victims never see the Cat. Bobcat are, like, so mild.
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Postby Mutex » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:17 pm UTC

Saudi Arabia is considering spending $750M turning Qatar into an island just to annoy them.

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17485754/ ... ulf-island

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Postby trpmb6 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:08 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:Saudi Arabia is considering spending $750M turning Qatar into an island just to annoy them.

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17485754/ ... ulf-island

Trump: "I'm the trolliest country leader ever!"
King Salman: "Hold my... whatever we drink instead of beer"


I really was hoping that there would be some sort of other reason for doing it, however small it may be.

Nope. There is literally no reason to build a canal there. There is nothing on either side of qatar there. It's literally a wasteland.

Also, apparently Qatar has a booming agricultural industry.
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Postby Tyndmyr » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:10 pm UTC

Hey now, it has a use. They're gonna dump nuclear waste in it!

Definitely a good use for a canal, right?

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Postby trpmb6 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:17 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:Hey now, it has a use. They're gonna dump nuclear waste in it!

Definitely a good use for a canal, right?


At that point I thought I was reading the onion.

Surely that's more of a "f you" statement than anything. I would hope they're smarter than that...
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Postby Soupspoon » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:26 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:Saudi Arabia is considering spending $750M turning Qatar into an island just to annoy them.

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17485754/ ... ulf-island

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Postby Mutex » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:55 pm UTC

And make Qatar pay for it!

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Postby CorruptUser » Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:44 am UTC

Mutex wrote:Trump: "I'm the trolliest country leader ever!"
King Salman: "Hold my... whatever we drink instead of beer"


Arak?

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Postby addams » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:13 am UTC

What?
Shall they wake up with a wicked headache and a new Island on the same day?
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Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:46 pm UTC

A man gets really high, illegally. (I bet he was feeling light-headed.)

Spoiler:
And "This could of ended very differently..." in the official tweet about it. Grrr…

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Postby speising » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:55 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:A man gets really high, illegally. (I bet he was feeling light-headed.)

Spoiler:
And "This could of ended very differently..." in the official tweet about it. Grrr…

"the 32ft (10m) lamp-post"
why does the bbc use feet? i thought the UK was metric.

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Postby Mutex » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:11 pm UTC

The UK uses Imperial and metric, hence why the BBC usually gives both when giving measurements.

A friend in university needed our help getting "down" from a tree when he was in a similar* state, he was about 3ft off the ground.

* Technically with a legal substance - basically, someone noticed that it seemed that according to UK law, magic mushrooms were legal when not prepared in any way, this was confirmed to be true, and for about a year they were being openly sold everywhere.

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Postby Sableagle » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:15 pm UTC

We use feet and inches for people's heights, and miles and yards for road distances, and we sell beer in pints and half-pints in pubs, but we use metres for altitudes on walking maps and sell wines and spirits in millilitres and all drinks in litres in supermarkets. We also sell timber in metric units, so you can't get an 8' 3"x3" fencepost any more but you can get a 2400x75x75mm fencepost. Butter, too. You can't get a half pound of butter any more. 454g is what you buy now.

The change from altitudes in feet on a 1:63360 to altitudes in metres on a 1:50000 for the maps didn't make much difference to what's shown, but it did cost England its mountains, because the standard went from 3000 ft to 1000 m and Sca Fell Pike's 990 m (3248 ft). We've got plenty 915 m or higher but none over 3281 ft.
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Postby addams » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:47 pm UTC

Oh, You English....
Thank All That is Right and Proper.

Your News is so much better than U.S. News.
Ya' got 'em up a pole.
Ya got 'em ignoring a Sink Hole.
Please avoid Wybunbury Road, Willaston between the junctions of Eastern Road and Green Lane.
Road is currently closed due to large hole that has appeared. @cheshireeast highways are on route but on initial assessment it is likely the road maybe closed for some time.
It seems people are moving the cones and driving through anyway.

And;You have the Big News!
Glasses too small to hold a whole Pint.
Birmingham beer glasses seized for being too small
… that a number of pint glasses had been made too small, and therefore short measures were… been made too small to contain a full pint. "This prompted a nationwide recall
Oh,...The Humanity of it!
If a man pays for a Pint,
The man should GET a pint.
Spoiler:
oh, dear; All Caps.
Am I picking up bad habits from Leadership??
Argh..We are a Monkey See; Monkey Do, species.
Thanks for the giggles.

edit: Oh! Oh! That Sinkhole thing can get serious.
We had one near here. It was fifty feet deep and 100 feet in diameter.
It ate most of a four lane road and a Petrol Station.
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Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:10 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:A friend in university needed our help getting "down" from a tree

Everyone knows you can't get down from a tree. You get down from a duck!

Sableagle wrote:We use feet and inches for people's heights, and miles and yards for road distances,
Abbreviated to "m" and "yds", while vehicle distances (height/width/length dimensions, usually as a dimension being restricted) may be quoted in metres (abbrv. "m", to 1DP) alongside the feet-and-inches measure. Road signs indicating "300 yds" to a hazard/advisory will often be placed at 100m distance (within allowed tolerances), perhaps with increased future metrification in mind. I tthink there was a spate of metre-(road-)distance signage a while back, but I'm not sure that was strictly to the rules. I'll keep a look out for metre-distance signs next time I'm travelling.

Vehicle weight limits may be metric tonnes (t) on newish signs where they were Tesla imperial Tons (T) previously.

Milk also comes in pints on your doorstep but may be technically in litres in the supermarket as "Semi Skimmed Milk 2.272L, 4 Pints".

(Unlike the French, I'm fairly sure we haven't used metric time. Even the French didn't like it, which might or might not tell us something about something. :P)

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Postby Sableagle » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:16 pm UTC

addams wrote:That Sinkhole thing can get serious.

We've had some near here, too.

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By "some" I mean ...

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Postby emceng » Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:49 pm UTC

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/02/asia/tha ... index.html

Unexpected good news about the missing soccer team.
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Postby addams » Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:52 am UTC

emceng wrote:https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/02/asia/thai-cave-rescue-intl/index.html

Unexpected good news about the missing soccer team.
That is such Good News.
Makes me smile. Huh...?
Thank you for telling me.

Even though, I wasn't worried,
until you brought it up.

You little Media Outlet, you.
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Postby Soupspoon » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:56 pm UTC

Still somewhat up-in-the-air(/down-beneath-the-ground). Contact has been made, professional divers are getting supplies and other necessaries to them, with plans for a permanent communication line (maybe done by now) and holes being bored in the lower system to try to relieve the cave of more water, but they're still flood-isolated from the outside (they're not even on the 'beach' they were hoped to be on as that is flooded) given that none of them can currently use diving equipment (or perhaps even just swim!) well enough to retrace the routes currently used by the expert rescuers/discoverers.

It has been said it might be months before they get out (if the water level does not drop, and they have to be trained properly to swim out), though now they are 'sustainable'. As long as the water does not even more dangerously rise then maybe nature (and relief-bores) will reduce the water levels enough well before that so that they can walk/wade out.

(Or a 'chilean miners' rescue, if they can map the system well enough to create a clearing on the hill above them that allows a borehole into their chamber. But there's big doubts over the current accuracy of knowledge required, not being a miner-mined tunnel system with at least basic knowledge of the practical twists and turns.)

It's not over 'til its over, but they have got many experts on the case. I remain hopeful, but anticipative.

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Postby addams » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:24 pm UTC

oh....
Thank you, Soupspoon.

I didn't understand.
I saw happy faces.

They, might, be ok.
OK...I'll wait.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Grop » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:49 pm UTC

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east- ... o-52-hours

Under the law, which slashed the maximum weekly work hours to 52 from 68, workers in South Korea will be allowed to work 40 hours and an additional 12 hours of overtime.

Those who make their employees work more than 52 hours weekly now face up to two years in prison or a fine of up to 20 million won (S$24,484).

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South Koreans have some of the longest working hours among the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries (OECD). In March, the country's Gender Equality Minister called the working hours "inhumanely long" and claimed it as one of the major causes of the country's alarmingly low birth rates and aging society.


That is not super funny, but when I first heard that, I thought it was a hoax.

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Postby Sableagle » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:01 pm UTC

"Why do we have such a low birth rate?"
"Everyone is too tired to fuck."
"That can't be right."
"Also, some people only see their spouses for about 5 hours a week."
"That's plenty of time to fuck."
"They're too tired to fuck."
"Are they unfit?"
"No, they're working and travelling to and from work for nearly half their lives."
"If they only work half the years of their lives, they should have plenty of energy."
"Half the hours of their lives."
"That can't be right."
"There's a difference between right and true, and our national working hours can be the latter without being the former."
"What?"
"The law on this is shit and needs fixing."
"Oh. Well, whose job is that?"
"Pretty much yours."
"Right, right. What do I need to change?"
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Postby Grop » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:37 pm UTC

I understand they also don't marry much; Korean women would have to work for so many hours a day, plus do everything at home.

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

Postby Chen » Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:41 pm UTC

Hmm I'd be super worried that I'd still have that extra work to do (clearly not MANDATED but if I didn't meet targets I'd be fired) and now wouldn't be able to even get paid overtime for them since clearly the company never asked me to work those hours.


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