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Bragging Rights Central
VWXYNot? Comment(s) of the week:
Richard Wintle and Mike for the following exchange:
Richard Wintle: "Wouldn’t it be awesomely meta to leave a comment on a Bragging Rights Central archive post that is so tremendously witty that it itself makes it into Bragging Rights Central?
Why, yes it would. You know what to do. Go on, I dare ya".
Mike: "But this is bragging rights central, not post-modern rights central. Is nothing sacred anymore :’O("
(Yes, as per my response on that thread, comments about comments on a BRC post making it into BRC, just made it into BRC)
Richard Wintle again for "That whole Kindle vs. Canada thing is symptomatic of the Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca problem. In the US, you could outfit an entire home, including a considerable quantity of camping gear for backyard cookouts and sleepovers, from Amazon. If you did the same in Canada, you’d be sleeping in a hut made of books and DVDs, and eating off plates reverse-engineered from cheap east-Asian knock-offs of Nikon lens caps.
On the other hand, the Kobo I bought my wife for her birthday last year might have been the best.gift.ever. Unfortunately raising the bar for this year somewhat…
Also – thanks for the link to the Giant Metal Chicken story. I LMAO’d, as the expression goes. And then immediately sent it to my wife with a note saying, roughly, “See? I didn’t do this for our anniversary which by the way is in two days. Doesn’t this just confirm what an excellent husband I am?”"
Cromercrox for "I suspect that the magic of such occasions owes a great deal to nostalgia. I once heard a comment on this topic by some wag who said ‘by the time we got to Woodstock we were half a million strong – and three hundred thousand of us were looking for the toilets’."
Nina for "this opens up the category “humans do the darndest things” which I assure you is endless, infinite entertainment (and worry)."
"Would you laugh if I made fun of the danrdlnest things rRNA does, especially when we’re talking mutilation by darnlde humans??!"
"feel free to visit NZ bush. If ever I saw trees do as they please in a darned way, it was here"
Grant for "While on a sailing trip off western Fiordland I scrambled to the top of a tiny island. Everything grew on top eachother to such an extent that at points I realised I was a fair way above the ground. (Similar to experiences I’ve had a walking in old windfall areas, but this time just simply the extent of things growing on top of eachother – the moss covers it all and if you’re not careful you don’t realise you’re not on the ground. I should add this isn’t something most visitors to New Zealand will encounter.)
Speaking of the interior of hedges, there are places I’ve walked that are like a hedge stretching in all directions. You don’t so much walk as try barge your way through the stuff. In one area like that, on the west of Stewart Island, I was left crawling in hip-high tunnels through the base of the dense scrub left by white tail deer. Every so often there would be a point I could crawl on top of the bushes to look around and see where I’d crawled to! It was more like caving than anything else."
Nina again for "I was at a birthday party last week and my friend had requested “an organic or sustainable present”. To be honest, with being homeless and moving from one place to the other and getting sorted in the NL again, I just hadn’t had the time to look for a present. But I told her “the most organic and sustainable present is no present at all”, which she took as a great truth. (it was also the first time in 8 years I was at her party so that earned me good points)"
Bob O'H "I thought the best present for the man who has everything was a strong course of antibiotics."
Chall for "A few months into my post-doc I told my co-workers about the “pearl necklace my old professor gave me” as a dissertation present…. yep. Had NO idea what that was either. (It was really a real necklace made of pearls, a very nice pressie.) They DIED laughing seeing that I didn’t understand why it was such a gem to say. As for me, I almost died realising I’d told that story to some faculty members a few days earlier when they told me what it meant. Oh the translation woes… ;)"
Nina yet again for "my largest translation-misunderstanding so far, is the dual meaning of the word “beaver”. As a student I was roaming the streets of Amsterdam one night and this cute, Canadian guy came up to us asking where he could get some beaver. So, I went into a naturalistic explanation of why there are no beavers in the Netherlands. When he realised I didn’t know what he was talking about he nearly peed his pants, and left me in great confusion. Later one of my male friends was able to enlighten me."
Mike again for "I keep wanting to type the ol’ spit-take splort with all the necklace based double entendres, but somehow it seems completely inappropriate."
Nina YET AGAIN, FFS for "I thought you would have given him a bear hug on the spot and declared your love to Canada and he would have taken you to the Canadian embassy, where he was clearly going, to celebrate/watch the game with other lonesome but cheerful Canadians. Maybe I’m romanticising Canadianism."
and Beth for "That ad is cute, except for the fact that I wouldn’t want people from other countries thinking that we actually drink that swill."
Post(s) of the Week: I'm going to stop doing this, because it takes too long. Just follow me on Twitter already, sheesh!
However, in the interests of going out with a bang, the final post of the week award goes to Beth Snow for "Why you should always proofread" (I read this a week ago, and I am still laughing)
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