Are We All So Genteel?

This is all very surprising – nobody from nature network seems to be an elitist bastard.
They even have a special badge for Henry:

My excuse for not joining in is I’m just a pleb with pretensions. The Beast, on the other hand…


Incidentally, their random quote at the moment is:

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
-Richard Feynman

My glass of water has a recollection of an event when Nature, apparently, was fooled.

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19 Responses to Are We All So Genteel?

  1. Henry Gee says:

    My glass of water has a recollection of an event when Nature, apparently, was fooled.
    No, we weren’t fooled. Just intrigued. That’s different.
    Henry Gee EBAPOI (Elitist Bastard and Proud of It). [Doesn't ebapoi mean hamburgers in Greek? -- Ed.]

  2. Bob O'Hara says:

    I put your comment to the glass of water, and it refused to comment. So I drank it.

  3. Maxine Clarke says:

    I get the elitist, but the bastards? Eleanor Roosevelt?

  4. Bob O'Hara says:

    Perhaps it’s for anyone who thinks they’re better than John Major.

  5. Maxine Clarke says:

    Did she think that? ;-)

  6. Kristi Vogel says:

    I thought the idea was pretty funny, and a few of the posts are very entertaining. However, I decided it was hypocritical for me to take part in anything labeled “elitist” (however much in jest it is intended), when I would probably smack medical school applicants for same. “Elitist” is a fairly politically-charged term in the US at the moment.

  7. Mike Fowler says:

    Hello all, long time listener, first time caller here.
    (Actually, I try not to listen to Bob too much, his jokes in the pub are pretty awful)
    A quote from the elitist website:
    “If 50,000 out of 50,200 plumbers asserted that water flows downhill, the public would listen. But not if 50,000 out of 50,200 evolutionary scientists say evolution is a fact.”
    I don’t agree. The public would probably be extremely annoyed that the plumbers were charging them so much for telling them an obvious lie.
    It’s a pretty weak analogy.
    Perhaps better would be a well funded group of 50,000 people (electricians, perhaps) telling the public that gravity is not the only explanation for water going down a plughole, adding that a suitable alternative would be that water flows uphill without some supernatural, unmeasurable force commanding it doon the drain, when the plumbers tell them it flows downhill because of gravity.
    What does this guy have against plumbers anyway? They’re trained professionals, they know what they’re talking about. Perhaps it’s their weekend callout charges.
    P.S. Bob – you’ve really gotta sort out those links, please set them to open in a new tab or window. Can I suggest adding the html classic “target=”_blank” in there after your url?

  8. Bob O'Hara says:

    Ah, good to see you here, Mike! What you describe is called intelligent falling, and I have even seen a creationist argue for it. Dunno if he was a plumber though.
    I’m afraid I can’t do anything about the links – the software is limited that way. Try right-clicking. Oh, wait – you’re a Mac user. :-(

  9. Henry Gee says:

    I put your comment to the glass of water, and it refused to comment. So I drank it.
    Do you know how many peopl drank that glas of water before you got to it?

  10. Bob O'Hara says:

    732. It can count too.

  11. Henry Gee says:

    I thought you said it couldn’t comment?

  12. Mike Fowler says:

    The right clickable mac mighty mouse on my mousepad would certainly give your holidaying beast something to think about.
    Nice to see the onion hasn’t fallen out of web fashion yet though. Or homeopathy.

  13. Mike Fowler says:

    Or should I say homeopathy

  14. Graham Steel says:

    Talking of John Major, I still find the following rather amusing.
    Between 2001 and 2005, I acted as Vice-Chair for a UK Charity.
    One Saturday in 2002, this “scandal story” hit the media big style:-
    Major and Currie had four-year affair
    As it happened, was one of the three Patron’s of the Charity. I spoke to a few of our fellow Trustees seeking their opinion about her position as a Patron in light of the news.
    All agreed our position was unchanged.
    So, being the pro-active person that I am, I dropped her an email essentially to let her know this.
    The following morning however, I suddenly remembered that I signed of the email as follows:-
    Kind regards,
    Graham
    PS – tut-tut
    Oh Lord, I didn’t really say that did I? I eventually plucked up the courage to check my sent messages and phew, I removed the PS before sending it.
    About a week later she replied along the lines of “You angels – how sweet of you”

    As an aside, one wonders if Major still occasionally nips out for a quickie Curry – lol. Allegedly

  15. Bob O'Hara says:

    Currie strikes me as the sort of person who would have appreciated the P.S.
    I doubt your aside – it wouldn’t be a Major scandal any more.

  16. Graham Steel says:

    I agree that Currie probably might have appreciated such a flippant comment but a) I didn’t know her that well and b) wearing an “official capacity cap” at that time, and on the day the story broke – inappropriate sprang to mind.

    Some major Major news just in via the previously hidden archives.

  17. Maxine Clarke says:

    Although there are a lot of things I don’t like about Edwina Currie, I always appreciated her forthright (if naive) honesty about the Salmonella in eggs.

  18. Kristi Vogel says:

    LOL at the Spitting Image clip. Who’s the slug-human hybrid? I used to know, but it’s been awhile since I lived in the UK. :-(
    I think my favorite SI puppets are the royals.
    Or should I say, my favorite royals are the SI puppets?

  19. Bob O'Hara says:

    bq. Who’s the slug-human hybrid?
    It’s Kenneth Baker (errm I had to look it up).