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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Radiation_Specialist View Post
    Oh that's terrible. Sometimes I wonder if these people ever think deeply about the things they blurt out, or are they wandering through life without any shred of introspection.
    People do it all the time. The Grinch and Scrooge have been cast up to me on this very forum. There's a cultural norm that it's okay to use insulting stereotypes about people who don't enjoy Christmas.
    Does anyone know any movies or books in which a non-comedic character who doesn't like Christmas gets to the end of the story without being either punished or reformed? Serial killers have a better sympathy rating than Christmas-avoiders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    People do it all the time. The Grinch and Scrooge have been cast up to me on this very forum. There's a cultural norm that it's okay to use insulting stereotypes about people who don't enjoy Christmas.
    Does anyone know any movies or books in which a non-comedic character who doesn't like Christmas gets to the end of the story without being either punished or reformed? Serial killers have a better sympathy rating than Christmas-avoiders.

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    And then there are cultures who don't even celebrate Christmas. Most of the world population probably.

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    The scene Grant described sounds like it could have been directly pulled from one of the cheesy moves he mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    The scene Grant described sounds like it could have been directly pulled from one of the cheesy moves he mentioned.
    Yeah. People take their cue from that sort of stuff. And what they get from the movies and TV is that it's OK to express outrage at people who dislike Christmas - their attitude needs to be corrected, otherwise they will die sad and alone.
    So it's kind of a festive public service to shout "Cheer up, it's Christmas!" at complete strangers you feel are looking a bit mopey.

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    Well, I feel it's my duty to greet people exactly the same way in December as I do in the other months.

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    This afternoon went to see the niece play hockey. Took a few bucks for the 50/50 draw. Got my tickets at the beginning of the game. During the game I like to walk around a track they have around the rink and take pictures and movies of the game. They had the draw and my number won but they didn't see me over the net on the far side of the rink. They did a redraw and near the end of the second period I went to over to mom and my sister and asked if they done the draw. They said yes I found out it was my number. They eventually refunded my five dollars back. At the end of the game I left early and we driving out and the two in charge of draw were at the door. They decided to give me what I would have won anyway. Next time I will probably pay twice as much to make it up a little.
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    I was amused to see flashing school zone speed limit signs while the schools are closed for the holiday period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    I was amused to see flashing school zone speed limit signs while the schools are closed for the holiday period.
    That happens all the time around here. It depends on the particular system, but a lot of them have to be manually turned off and if someone forgets...
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    IIRC ('cause my wife asked once), the school zone lights for our district are controlled by each school individually. Some remember, some forget to turn theirs off. It's especially disrupting since schools resume at different times for different districts. Some in this area are back today, others start Monday; our district starts back next Tuesday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    That happens all the time around here. It depends on the particular system, but a lot of them have to be manually turned off and if someone forgets...
    My only ever speeding ticket came as a result of exactly that problem. Work being done on a dual carriageway ring-road near here, with a speed limit enforced for worker safety, and the speed camera on that stretch adjusted accordingly. On a Sunday, with no work being done, all the traffic cones pulled back off the roadway, and the speed limit signs randomly chucked on to the grass verge, I got flashed by a speed camera and penalized for doing 60 in a 50 zone.
    When I appealed the fine and penalty point, I was told that what I claimed to be the situation could not have been the situation, because no-one would have moved the traffic cones and signs as I described. My suggestions that they speak to the contractor, look at the speed camera photo for confirmation, and also check if they'd had a spike of fines that day was (as far as I can tell) ignored. I'd brought logic to a revenue-enhancement fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I'd brought logic to a revenue-enhancement fight.
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    Shortly after graduating from college in 1970, I returned to Austin one weekend to attend a football game. On the drive back to Houston I was stopped by a county deputy for speeding; he said I was doing 70 in a 55. The car I had then shook terribly when it got much over 50, so I knew I wasn't speeding. I decided to contest the ticket.

    The JP told me to mail in a check for $50 as bond pending a court appearance. I sent in the check. I expect notice of my court date any time now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Shortly after graduating from college in 1970, I returned to Austin one weekend to attend a football game. On the drive back to Houston I was stopped by a county deputy for speeding; he said I was doing 70 in a 55. The car I had then shook terribly when it got much over 50, so I knew I wasn't speeding. I decided to contest the ticket.

    The JP told me to mail in a check for $50 as bond pending a court appearance. I sent in the check. I expect notice of my court date any time now.
    Hmm, I like your chances. $50 in 1970 dollars has inflated and should buy you a better defense. Also, the speed limit is probably 70 there now anyway!


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    From the local paper today -

    "A spider has sparked a full blown lights and sirens response from multiple police units this morning after horrified neighbours reported hearing a toddler screaming and a man shouting death threats. Wanneroo Police this morning tweeted that a walker had heard a male shouting “Why don’t you die” repeatedly." "Minutes later police were relieved to discover no one had been injured in the incident — except an unlucky home-invading spider." "The red-faced husband admitted he had a serious fear of spiders and apologised to police for the inconvenience."

    Australia is a somewhat unfortunate place to live if you are afraid of spiders. They are not really a problem, in most cases, but are omnipresent here.

    Edit: Here is a more detailed version of what happened.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-...pider/10683454
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    From the local paper today -

    "A spider has sparked a full blown lights and sirens response from multiple police units this morning after horrified neighbours reported hearing a toddler screaming and a man shouting death threats. Wanneroo Police this morning tweeted that a walker had heard a male shouting “Why don’t you die” repeatedly." "Minutes later police were relieved to discover no one had been injured in the incident — except an unlucky home-invading spider." "The red-faced husband admitted he had a serious fear of spiders and apologised to police for the inconvenience."

    Australia is a somewhat unfortunate place to live if you are afraid of spiders. They are not really a problem, in most cases, but are omnipresent here.

    Edit: Here is a more detailed version of what happened.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-...pider/10683454


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    There was a case a few years wherein some doofus burned down his house over a spider. Seems he tried to kill the bug with a makeshift flamethrower consisting of an aerosol spray can and a cigarette lighter and overshot the target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post


    Gad, that couple had a really unfortunate time of it, in real life.
    First, they're the victims of some sort of natural disaster or explosion.
    Second, someone takes their picture while they're coping with that.
    Third, someone makes that picture into a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    There was a case a few years wherein some doofus burned down his house over a spider. Seems he tried to kill the bug with a makeshift flamethrower consisting of an aerosol spray can and a cigarette lighter and overshot the target.

    Mobile home catches fire in Tuscon after propane torch used to burn spiders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Gad, that couple had a really unfortunate time of it, in real life.
    First, they're the victims of some sort of natural disaster or explosion.
    Second, someone takes their picture while they're coping with that.
    Third, someone makes that picture into a joke.

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    Or someone used Photoshop to combine the couple with the wreckage. Or it was a staged photo op in front of an ordinary demolition site.

    Be wary of what we see on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    Or someone used Photoshop to combine the couple with the wreckage. Or it was a staged photo op in front of an ordinary demolition site.

    Be wary of what we see on the internet.
    And also, of course, be unsurprised by the crassness of what people will do for a joke.

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    There is a thread with the words: "acting childishly". And it isn't about me or anything I participated in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    There is a thread with the words: "acting childishly". And it isn't about me or anything I participated in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Nor me.
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    My wife found a bag of dog rawhide bones, 4 for $2.50. They are candy cane shaped and on clearance. She scoured the store and found 3 more bags. The dog now has 16 giant bones and my wife couldn't me more pleased with the find.

    What is amusing is, my wife will pull out the bag and show the dog. The dog a wags her tail while watching my wife paw through the bag, but soon becomes bored with the whole thing as she has a giant bone to work on. My wife is very disappointed the dog can't count or plan for the future. Perhaps the dog can do both, but is enjoying her current situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    My wife found a bag of dog rawhide bones, 4 for $2.50. They are candy cane shaped and on clearance. She scoured the store and found 3 more bags. The dog now has 16 giant bones and my wife couldn't me more pleased with the find.

    What is amusing is, my wife will pull out the bag and show the dog. The dog a wags her tail while watching my wife paw through the bag, but soon becomes bored with the whole thing as she has a giant bone to work on. My wife is very disappointed the dog can't count or plan for the future. Perhaps the dog can do both, but is enjoying her current situation.
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    On my way home yesterday evening I drove pasta woman walking her dog through our subdivision. They were being accompanied by a cat. The cat was walking alongside the dog, rubbing against it every so often. The dog was (at least pretending to be) oblivious. The woman was acting like this was a normal thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    On my way home yesterday evening I drove pasta woman walking her dog through our subdivision. They were being accompanied by a cat. The cat was walking alongside the dog, rubbing against it every so often. The dog was (at least pretending to be) oblivious. The woman was acting like this was a normal thing.
    One of our neighbors has a similar situation. She will take her dogs for a walk and her cat follows, not on leash, and always staying about 10 feet back. If she and the dogs stop, the cat stops (but 10 feet away) and when they start walking again, the cat continues to follow them at the safe distance. It reminds of that child who is old enough to want to pretend they are independent, but doesn't want to get left behind by mommy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    On my way home yesterday evening I drove pasta woman...
    What super powers does Pasta Woman have?

    Conserve energy. Commute with the Hamiltonian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey View Post
    What super powers does Pasta Woman have?

    She conjures black holes to create spaghettification.

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