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Forum: Urban Legends Contest 20 February 2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 19,837
Posted By ChasFink
Sneeze From a quick online search, it seems ragweed is...

From a quick online search, it seems ragweed is the common name for the entire genus Ambrosia. So the question is technically correct, even if it might make botanists cringe a bit to not use the...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 February 2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 571
Posted By ChasFink
No I watched part of the CBS coverage online and was...

I watched part of the CBS coverage online and was amazed (yes, even knowing it's Trump) at how rambling and incoherent that speech was. My favorite piece of stupidity was Trump explaining how good it...
Forum: Rantidote 15 February 2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 650
Views: 46,321
Posted By ChasFink
United States I think it goes back further than 20 years. If I...

I think it goes back further than 20 years. If I remember correctly, Edwin Newman mentioned this in one of his books about the English language in the 1970s. Republicans and other opponents of the...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 12 February 2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 19,837
Posted By ChasFink
I feel compelled to answer this week, even though...

I feel compelled to answer this week, even though I'm embarrassed to say I should know the answers to a few that I'm only guessing.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. The documentary Untouchable, which...
Forum: The Doctor Is In 12 February 2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By ChasFink
United Kingdom I didn't know hedgehogs were popular as pets,...

I didn't know hedgehogs were popular as pets, although I understand Robin Day's got a hedgehog called Frank.
Forum: Amusement Bark 06 February 2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 899
Views: 322,087
Posted By ChasFink
Poshmark is an online service where you can sell...

Poshmark is an online service where you can sell your used clothes, etc. to others. The ads are clearly aimed at a female demographic who live most of their lives through their smartphones, and the...
Forum: Amusement Bark 05 February 2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 899
Views: 322,087
Posted By ChasFink
TV And let's face it, smarmy is not easy to do when...

And let's face it, smarmy is not easy to do when talking about medical problems.

After seeing Shatner's appearance several times (well, half-seeing it as I nod off at night) I realize that the...
Forum: Rantidote 04 February 2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 650
Views: 46,321
Posted By ChasFink
D'oh! And that's exactly why it's stupid. They can't...

And that's exactly why it's stupid. They can't restrict speech - even commercial speech - to the point where you can't be clear about what you're talking about. I think we all have to start referring...
Forum: Rantidote 04 February 2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 650
Views: 46,321
Posted By ChasFink
Which they shouldn't pay. A trademark does...

Which they shouldn't pay.

A trademark does not give a company unlimited rights to print or utter the phrase - otherwise we would have to order our Coca-Cola and Heineken as "carbonated cola...
Forum: Rantidote 04 February 2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 650
Views: 46,321
Posted By ChasFink
Icon84 I didn't get around to posting this in time, but...

I didn't get around to posting this in time, but my latest annoying thing:

The Big Game

Or rather saying The Big Game instead of The Super Bowl. I understand the NFL has to control its...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 04 February 2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 938
Posted By ChasFink
Icon24 I was just about to post that the Mrs. and I were...

I was just about to post that the Mrs. and I were thinking of making a drinking game for the SOTU - nice to see some other intelligent folks beat me to it!

I say the following words mean drink:
...
Forum: Police Blotter 04 February 2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,363
Posted By ChasFink
Icon05 There's an odd smell about the way this case is...

There's an odd smell about the way this case is being covered that I can't quite figure out. The news stories keep making oblique statements that sound like there's doubt whether it happened the way...
Forum: SLC 04 January 2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,141
Posted By ChasFink
It's great you got an answer, but I'm kind of...

It's great you got an answer, but I'm kind of bummed the S.P.E.B.Q.S.A. shortened its name. Next thing you know they'll be banning straw hats and bow ties!
Forum: Fun House 03 January 2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,403
Posted By ChasFink
That was perfection. Milana Vayntrub is always...

That was perfection. Milana Vayntrub is always great at parodying bimbo stereotypes.
Forum: The Bad Gastronomer 28 December 2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,609
Posted By ChasFink
Is there any reason you need the combo unit? A...

Is there any reason you need the combo unit? A serviceable range and microwave can be had for less than a quarter of that, and if you need a wall mount oven it shouldn't be much more.
Forum: Amusement Bark 27 December 2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,132
Posted By ChasFink
I think I've mentioned this before, but I hate...

I think I've mentioned this before, but I hate the premature nature of these "in memoriam" pieces - they're produced and shown right before Christmas, rather than after New Year's Day. Consequently,...
Forum: The Bad Gastronomer 27 December 2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,609
Posted By ChasFink
Flame The not-so-old oven in our apartment was having...

The not-so-old oven in our apartment was having the problem of wildly varying temperatures for a few months, then it died completely. It might have been the thermostat or whatever actually lights the...
Forum: SLC 24 December 2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 116,315
Posted By ChasFink
A couple of days ago I saw a man on a bicycle...

A couple of days ago I saw a man on a bicycle dressed as Buddy, the elf from Elf. He wasn't advertising anything.
Forum: Amusement Bark 24 December 2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 40,599
Posted By ChasFink
Crash Ding Dong Merrily On High...

Ding Dong Merrily On High (https://www.carols.org.uk/ding_dong_merrily_on_high.htm)
Finnish, Urdu, Basque, Spanish, Esperanto

Ding Dong is glad,
In life, watch watches:
Ding Dong! Really sky...
Forum: Amusement Bark 24 December 2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 40,599
Posted By ChasFink
Icon106 The Coventry Carol via French, Japanese, German,...

The Coventry Carol via French, Japanese, German, Punjabi, Yoruba, Amharic, and Polish:

Lowell, Russell, your son,
Lets say that
Small children,
Author, Lilly

What should my girlfriend do?...
Forum: Amusement Bark 24 December 2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 40,599
Posted By ChasFink
Soapbox Ain't it the truth!

Ain't it the truth!
Forum: Amusement Bark 21 December 2018, 08:07 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 40,599
Posted By ChasFink
Since this thread is about interpreting Christmas...

Since this thread is about interpreting Christmas songs, I present the very intriguing interpretation of "Silent Night" by Mr. Herbert Buckingham Khaury, a.k.a. Tiny Tim. His version of an Elvis-like...
Forum: Amusement Bark 21 December 2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 808
Posted By ChasFink
I think AI could do a better job of putting...

I think AI could do a better job of putting together informative and accurate articles than most of these clickbait sites.
Forum: Amusement Bark 21 December 2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 40,599
Posted By ChasFink
Icon106 I use Google. Here's The Carol of the Bells...

I use Google.

Here's The Carol of the Bells (https://www.carols.org.uk/carol-of-the-bells.htm) via Javanese, Bosnian, Kyrgyz, Finnish, Japanese, and French:

HARK, why is ringing?
Sweet silver...
Forum: Amusement Bark 18 December 2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 40,599
Posted By ChasFink
Israel A little late, but here's "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah"...

A little late, but here's "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" from English through Xhosa, Frisian, Hindi, Arabic, Mongolian, Esperanto and back again. (The version I used had an extraneous "Oh" at the beginning...
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