atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1623: Monday: a study in irony

So I stayed up late Monday morning and went to bed at 4 AM. I slept all day, rather well in fact. Got up around 6-ish and lollygagged until 8:30, when it was time to get ready to go to work; got ready, went.

Found out I don't work until Friday. *sigh*

...oh well.

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This Jalopnik post embeds a video showing a freight train being hit by a tornado. Most cool.

This one has another video of a transmission; its output shaft is embedded in concrete, and it will never, never, ever be a problem: the overall ratio of the transmission is 244,140,625,000,000,000,000:1.

The input shaft turns at 200 RPM. The universe will be well into heat death before that output shaft has turned enough to put measurable stress on the concrete that contains it.

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School bullying is now a crime. Oh, great; now it's a crime. Could it have been a crime in the early 1980s? Oh no!
"Back in the old days it was, 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,'" said Kevin Quinn, a school resource officer in Arizona and regional director of the National Association of School Resource Officers. "In today's day and age, words do hurt and that's how a lot of the bullying begins."
I can assure that pus-head that words hurt "back in the old days", too. This guy's a moron who doesn't know what the hell he's talking about.

I can assure you of that.

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Elizabeth Scalia, the Anchoress:
I suspect that post-student Obama, hanging with the far-left and academics as he did, has never broadened his perspective because he lived in a very insulated place where no one ever expressed a different view-point and he never heard the words, “no” or “that’s muddled thinking,” because everyone else thought as he did. Our “sophisticated” and “world-traveled” president is, in fact, coming from a very provincial, self-satisfied and narrow place. The depths of his introspection leads Obama to conclude about himself that he doesn’t like his golf game.
You know, if the Fungus wasn't pretty much "stream-of-consciousness" but instead was carefully considered punditry, I would like it just fine if I wrote something like that.

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Scipio on Maureen Dowd.

Scipio on other women on Maureen Dowd.

The latter post begins:
While doing the research for the Maureen Dowd essay I came upon other writers who had read Dowd’s piece and wrote their own commentary. They are not pretty to read. All are from women. That is why they are not pretty to read. Woman can be more cruel to other women than to any man. If you do not know this then you do not know women.
I hesitate to read the posts he links to. O Lord, because his own post on Maureen Dowd is pretty fricking harsh. Not undeservedly so, but harsh nonetheless. And I quail at the thought of something worse than that.

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Og says stupid should hurt and I agree. It would be a hell of a lot nicer a world if someone was suddenly in pain the instant he decided to do something stupid:

"Here, hold my beeAAAAAAIIIIGGHH!!! Shit, nevermind, I ain't gonna do that."

There would be a lot fewer entertaining videos on YouTube, I suppose, but I wouldn't miss them if it meant not having to listen to someone's car stereo from half a mile away, or look at 24" rims stuck under a car that wasn't meant for tires that big....

Why did the bridge collapse? Because if a bridge can hold 40 people, and FIFTY TO 120 PEOPLE get on the thing, it is going to collapse.

So there'll be a lawsuit--several lawsuits--many of them brought by the very same people who ignored the instructions of the single police officers stationed on either side of the bridge.


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Thanks to Dick we have a link to this:

What the hell is that car made from? Aluminum foil and cardboard? Jesus Christ!

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Good thing blue is my favorite color:

song chart memes

...'cause that's the category I fall under.

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