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Forum: Fun House 23 October 2018, 11:03 PM
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Snake Dutch 'silly walks' crossing is a hit

A Dutch town has officially opened a 'silly walks' road crossing, in honour of a classic sketch from the 1970s BBC comedy programme Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Spijkenisse near Rotterdam has...
Forum: Techno-Babble 23 October 2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 36
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Shipwreck found in Black Sea is 'world's oldest intact'

A Greek merchant ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found lying on its side off the Bulgarian coast.

The 23m (75ft) wreck, found in the Black Sea by an Anglo-Bulgarian team, is being...
Forum: Social Studies 23 October 2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,145
Posted By E. Q. Taft
"Why should I believe you? You're HITLER!" ...

"Why should I believe you? You're HITLER!"

...OK, that might be taking the chain of references a step too far.
Forum: NFBSK Gone Wild! 23 October 2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 216
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Sorry about the story being old - not sure why it...

Sorry about the story being old - not sure why it turned up in my Google news feed.

I think what bothers people here is not so much the abuse of the robot itself (except to the degree that...
Forum: NFBSK Gone Wild! 22 October 2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 216
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Samantha the Sex Robot Needs Repairs After Abuse at Trade Show

It’s hard to believe, but even Samantha the Sex Robot might need to be reprogrammed to ward off unwanted sexual advances.

It sounds like something out of a futuristic novel, but the robot’s...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 11 October 2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,310
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I can see a real look being done if there is any...

I can see a real look being done if there is any real substance to the complaints (i.e., things at odds with the law, legal codes of ethics, etc., as opposed to just "he kinda acted like a jerk") --...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 11 October 2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,310
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Judge Republicans keep citing the lack of corroboration...

Republicans keep citing the lack of corroboration for Ford's testimony. I am stealing (and correcting) a joke from a FOAFF (Friend of a Facebook Friend) in lamenting that they couldn't get the late...
Forum: Business Bytes 05 October 2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
You can exert some control of the Autopia cars --...

You can exert some control of the Autopia cars -- the driver can vary the speed, and you can sort of weave back and forth, even if you can't actually stray from the course of the track. (It's why it...
Forum: Business Bytes 05 October 2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I always assumed the original term "roller...

I always assumed the original term "roller coaster" was coined because, in the classic sort, once your car has been pulled up to the top, it "coasts" for the rest of the ride, rather than being...
Forum: Fun House 05 October 2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 201
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Judge I Am an Independent, Impartial Scorpion

I was deeply honored to stand on the river bank July 9 with my scorpion wife to explain to you our plan to travel by frog to the other side of the river.

That night, I told all frogs who I am and...
Forum: Business Bytes 05 October 2018, 05:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
That's weird -- I can't see it now either; had no...

That's weird -- I can't see it now either; had no trouble earlier.

There's a bit about them here: https://www.yesterland.com/abcde2.html

And more if you search around.

As noted on the...
Forum: Business Bytes 04 October 2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
And it was just the Matterhorn until Space...

And it was just the Matterhorn until Space Mountain opened in 1977 (iirc).
Forum: Business Bytes 04 October 2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Now I'm curious to know: Had you ever heard the...

Now I'm curious to know: Had you ever heard the expression "E-Ticket" or "E-Ticket ride"? It's a common expression in southern California, though it's probably fading as people who remember those...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 04 October 2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Chicken More Birds Are Getting Drunk This Year, MN Town Advises Residents

The northeastern Minnesota town of Gilbert is alerting residents that birds may be a bit more “tipsy” than normal this time of year.
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Forum: Business Bytes 04 October 2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Actually in those days Disney's only "roller...

Actually in those days Disney's only "roller coaster" was the Matterhorn. (But Knott's didn't have any then, either.) Nowadays, Knott's is much more the place for coasters and thrill rides.
...
Forum: Business Bytes 04 October 2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
It is a weird name, though of course I grew up...

It is a weird name, though of course I grew up with it, so I tend to "hear" it as a theme park name rather than considering the literal meaning.

The basic story is that originally the land was in...
Forum: Business Bytes 04 October 2018, 04:51 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I certainly wouldn't realistically urge them to...

I certainly wouldn't realistically urge them to bar either strollers or wheelchairs, even if I thought they would (or could) do so. But the occasional "adults only" night for some premium price...
Forum: Business Bytes 03 October 2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,833
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Toys 'R' Us lenders plan brand revival

The same Toys "R" Us lenders that have been taking heat for their role in the decision to liquidate the company in March are now working on bringing the brand back to life, according to new court...
Forum: Amusement Bark 03 October 2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By E. Q. Taft
There's another trailer that seems a bit more...

There's another trailer that seems a bit more serious (and more definitely Miles-centered). In that one, we see Miles and Peter, and then Gwen Stacy right at the end, but they didn't bring in "the...
Forum: Amusement Bark 03 October 2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Icon18 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

It can get weirder.

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Forum: Wild Kingdom 02 October 2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Mister Ed Fugitive Horse Busts Into Bar, Bucks Wildly As Customers Run For Safety

A runaway racehorse trained near the Chateau de Chantilly in France broke free of her handler last week and charged into a sports-betting bar about a mile away, per Reuters.

The incident, which...
Forum: Crash and Burn 02 October 2018, 09:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 486
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Yow! FBI agent shot by booby-trapped wheelchair in fortified home

A former southern Oregon property owner has been charged with assault on a federal officer after, authorities say, an FBI agent sent to the property was shot from a booby-trapped wheelchair.

A...
Forum: Business Bytes 02 October 2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,882
Posted By E. Q. Taft
At the risk of sounding like an overly privileged...

At the risk of sounding like an overly privileged abled person, when I used to frequent the park, I used to wish they would have occasional days where strollers and wheelchairs were banned. OK, with...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 02 October 2018, 05:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 853
Posted By E. Q. Taft
Then I wish he'd go to more funerals. Were I...

Then I wish he'd go to more funerals.

Were I Puerto Rican, I would campaign not to accept statehood as long as that thing is in the White House.
Forum: The Doctor Is In 02 October 2018, 03:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,088
Posted By E. Q. Taft
I remember hearing a story after Colorado...

I remember hearing a story after Colorado legalized pot for all uses, they were anticipating a certain amount of cannabis tourism -- but it's actually quite problematic. You still can't smoke it in...
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