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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Steax » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:06 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
Steax wrote:Crimea-related, but it's funny, so whatever.

"The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force."

Survey results of where people think Ukraine is:

I think the people guessing Greenland and Canada had to be f***ing with the quiz...


Yeah, people parking it in the middle of the US...I think there's a significant amount of garbage answers. Maybe intentionally trolling, maybe technical entry error of some sort(misclick, etc). The main cluster(and several nearby clusters putting it along Russia's other borders) strike me as fairly plausible, but I suspect that including the outliers is probably skewing the results with garbage.


I'm going to guess that some people misunderstood the question and tried to plot their home city or something.

Or so I hope, because the alternative (to that or intentional trolling/mistakes) is just so sad.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Wnderer » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:38 pm UTC

Steax wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
Steax wrote:Crimea-related, but it's funny, so whatever.

"The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force."

Survey results of where people think Ukraine is:

I think the people guessing Greenland and Canada had to be f***ing with the quiz...


Yeah, people parking it in the middle of the US...I think there's a significant amount of garbage answers. Maybe intentionally trolling, maybe technical entry error of some sort(misclick, etc). The main cluster(and several nearby clusters putting it along Russia's other borders) strike me as fairly plausible, but I suspect that including the outliers is probably skewing the results with garbage.


I'm going to guess that some people misunderstood the question and tried to plot their home city or something.

Or so I hope, because the alternative (to that or intentional trolling/mistakes) is just so sad.


This supports my theory that a large percentage of people who respond to surveys pick the answer they think is funniest.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:45 pm UTC

Steax wrote:
I'm going to guess that some people misunderstood the question and tried to plot their home city or something.

Or so I hope, because the alternative (to that or intentional trolling/mistakes) is just so sad.



It reminds me of just after our Boston Bombings when the Czech Republic's ambassador to the US had to come out and say "No guys. Chechnya. Not Czech. Chechen."

The state of geographic knowledge saddens me.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:48 pm UTC

Also, we would like to apologize to a mister Al Quaida, in Seattle, WA. Just an innocent mistake.

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Postby addams » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:50 pm UTC

Wnderer wrote:
Steax wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
Steax wrote:Crimea-related, but it's funny, so whatever.

"The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force."

Survey results of where people think Ukraine is:

I think the people guessing Greenland and Canada had to be f***ing with the quiz...


Yeah, people parking it in the middle of the US...I think there's a significant amount of garbage answers. Maybe intentionally trolling, maybe technical entry error of some sort(misclick, etc). The main cluster(and several nearby clusters putting it along Russia's other borders) strike me as fairly plausible, but I suspect that including the outliers is probably skewing the results with garbage.


I'm going to guess that some people misunderstood the question and tried to plot their home city or something.

Or so I hope, because the alternative (to that or intentional trolling/mistakes) is just so sad.


This supports my theory that a large percentage of people who respond to surveys pick the answer they think is funniest.

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When asked where Croatia was,
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Croatia did that to me.
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Postby Coyne » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:00 pm UTC

LaserGuy wrote:Woman survives falling into a hole in the snow, severe hypothermia, found unconscious seven hours later, receives a record four hours of CPR and is expected to make a full recovery.

Definitely supports the modern aphorism: 'Not dead until warm and dead."

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
Steax wrote:Crimea-related, but it's funny, so whatever.

"The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force."

Survey results of where people think Ukraine is:

I think the people guessing Greenland and Canada had to be f***ing with the quiz...


Oh, I dunno; I think it's over around the red sea, isn't it? :wink:

What really amused me about this was the correlation: Dumb enough to not know where it is = dumb enough to think attacking it is a good idea.

Which raises the question of, "How do you expect to attack it, since you have no idea how to get an army there?"
In all fairness...

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Postby addams » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:39 pm UTC

Coyne wrote:
LaserGuy wrote:Woman survives falling into a hole in the snow, severe hypothermia, found unconscious seven hours later, receives a record four hours of CPR and is expected to make a full recovery.

Definitely supports the modern aphorism: 'Not dead until warm and dead."

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
Steax wrote:Crimea-related, but it's funny, so whatever.

"The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force."

Survey results of where people think Ukraine is:

I think the people guessing Greenland and Canada had to be f***ing with the quiz...


Oh, I dunno; I think it's over around the red sea, isn't it? :wink:

What really amused me about this was the correlation: Dumb enough to not know where it is = dumb enough to think attacking it is a good idea.

Which raises the question of, "How do you expect to attack it, since you have no idea how to get an army there?"

I think it is funny, too.
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Postby mike-l » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:55 pm UTC

Steax wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
Steax wrote:Crimea-related, but it's funny, so whatever.

"The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force."

Survey results of where people think Ukraine is:

I think the people guessing Greenland and Canada had to be f***ing with the quiz...


Yeah, people parking it in the middle of the US...I think there's a significant amount of garbage answers. Maybe intentionally trolling, maybe technical entry error of some sort(misclick, etc). The main cluster(and several nearby clusters putting it along Russia's other borders) strike me as fairly plausible, but I suspect that including the outliers is probably skewing the results with garbage.



I'm going to guess that some people misunderstood the question and tried to plot their home city or something.

Or so I hope, because the alternative (to that or intentional trolling/mistakes) is just so sad.
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Postby Adacore » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:04 am UTC

Even if I thought an old WW2 bomb was inactive, I don't think I'd try to cut it apart with a blow-torch. :|

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Postby addams » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:29 am UTC

Adacore wrote:Even if I thought an old WW2 bomb was inactive, I don't think I'd try to cut it apart with a blow-torch. :|

That thing may have blown with more force today than it was designed to deliver.

India had Bombs dropped?
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The one that blew in India?
Who made it?
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Postby Thesh » Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:58 am UTC

10,000 years from now, are archeologists going to be blowing themselves up searching for artifacts?
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Postby PhoenixEnigma » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:04 am UTC

Adacore wrote:Even if I thought an old WW2 bomb was inactive, I don't think I'd try to cut it apart with a blow-torch. :|

When I saw this elsewhere on the internet, someone pointed out that an old, corroded blockbuster bomb might not look much like what you'd expect a bomb to look like - many of them lacked fins and pointed noses and with half a century of corrosion just sort of look like metal tanks now. This one was found in Germany, and if you didn't tell me it was a bomb, and I was looking for scrap metal, I'd certainly consider cutting it up.
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Postby Grop » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:15 am UTC

addams wrote:Croatia did that to me.
What did it to you?


I have been there in a car. I know where it is :mrgreen:.

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Postby Sizik » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:08 am UTC

addams wrote:
Adacore wrote:Even if I thought an old WW2 bomb was inactive, I don't think I'd try to cut it apart with a blow-torch. :|

That thing may have blown with more force today than it was designed to deliver.

India had Bombs dropped?


Bangkok's in Thailand, not India.
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Postby addams » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:53 am UTC

Grop wrote:
addams wrote:Croatia did that to me.
What did it to you?


I have been there in a car. I know where it is :mrgreen:.

Was the part you saw pretty?
The part I saw was pretty.

Darn it!
I did not read it right.

ok. or; I don't know my Bangladesh from my Bangkok.
That's true, too.

The German bomb does not look like a bomb.
After all these years? Not so strange, I suppose.

The were built to explode.
They were also built in a hurry.

Some did not work properly.
Still. It is in their nature to explode.

ok. Who dropped the bomb in Thailand?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wa ... g_Thailand

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Because they said so is not an adequate answer.
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Postby CorruptUser » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:06 pm UTC

I don't have a link, but I just heard on the radio that Bain Capital, Mitt Romney's league of supervillains former company is buying up Manischewitz because they think they can sell to a wider market as a "premium" brand. In spite of it being Man-schitz. Seriously, try a bottle of their wine, it is an abomination unto the lord to do things like that to wine.

Found a link.
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Postby Grop » Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:06 pm UTC

Yes addams, the part of Croatia I have seen was very pretty.

Following your link I found this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of ... rld_War_II

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Postby Nylonathatep » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:35 pm UTC

Farewell, Archie: Beloved comic book character to die

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/08/showbiz/a ... ics-death/

"Life With Archie" #36 hits stores on July 16, and CNN can reveal exclusively that it tells the story of how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend.

Few details are known, but it seems fitting that Archie would go out a hero. The 37th issue one week later will end the series.


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Postby addams » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:06 pm UTC

Grop wrote:Yes addams, the part of Croatia I have seen was very pretty.

Following your link I found this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of ... rld_War_II

Thank you for the Link.
How helpless the people must have felt.
How helpless their leaders must have felt.

War sucks.
Who is Bullying you?
Why?

What did Thailand ever do to the Germans?
Just happened to be living between Japan and her Goal?

The Japanese seemed to be acting with single minded determination.
Such a wonderful quality in Times of Peace.
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The Friendly Fire came from the fucking determined human beings, too.
The people had a great leveling of their Wealth in, just, a few weeks?

That is History to you.
You were not alive when that happened.
Or; Like me, Far, Far away.

I like Hersory.
It is not one bit less self indulgent than History.

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We must be as funny as Possible in this Thread.

I don't know how to make a Joke out of unexploded ordnance in Thailand.
That fucked up piece of History took five more Victims.

What is that?
One Hundred Million?
One Hundred Million and Five?

Is that number approaching One Hundred Million or has it surpassed One Hundred Million?
Five persons somehow are not lost in the Multitude.

Why?
Five more here.
Five more there.
Why do I give a shit?

One Hundred Million Plus five?
Five more people from a Nation that said,
"Neutral. We don't want to play with You People. You are All Wrong.
Go Away, We have to make Rice. Our Rice takes some time.
Go Play with your little friends in Their Yard."

The next thing they knew, Everyone was Running and Fighting inside their House!
Seventy-five years later they are still finding crap those jerks left behind.

Where is The Funny in That?
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Postby Magnanimous » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:10 pm UTC

How did somebody place a dot on the islands south of New Zealand... That's pretty much as far away from Ukraine as you can get.

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Postby ahammel » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:30 am UTC

Magnanimous wrote:How did somebody place a dot on the islands south of New Zealand... That's pretty much as far away from Ukraine as you can get.
Pretty much.

I expect they were taking the piss.
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Postby Coyne » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:31 am UTC

Thesh wrote:10,000 years from now, are archeologists going to be blowing themselves up searching for artifacts?


Blowing themselves up.
Poisoning themselves with chemicals no one sane should ever have used.
Irradiating themselves with radioactive waste that will probably outlive humanity.
Getting themselves electrocuted on wires no one knows about anymore, that no one thought to turn off.
Catching diseases from organisms buried by bio-weapon developers.
Falling into holes in the ground dug for tunnels, cisterns, wells, sewers, subways, and everything else we can think of.
Gassed to death by buried nerve gasses, or other chemical gasses that don't occur naturally in free form.
Bled to death by cuts from a zillion different buried sharp edges that will never dull.
Shot, clamped, crushed, smashed, or otherwise maimed or killed by traps that no one deactivated.
Probably 992 other things I didn't think of.

Archaeology always was hazardous, and we're making it more hazardous all the time. They should get hazard pay.
In all fairness...

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Postby CorruptUser » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:48 am UTC

I think we had planned to put skull and bones signs over everything dangerous, but if we today found a several thousand year old image of skulls and bones we'd assume it's a mausoleum and want to break in even more. Really, the only way to bury the stuff so no one wants to break in is somewhere hidden.

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Postby Tyndmyr » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:52 am UTC

Coyne wrote:
Thesh wrote:10,000 years from now, are archeologists going to be blowing themselves up searching for artifacts?


Blowing themselves up.
Poisoning themselves with chemicals no one sane should ever have used.
Irradiating themselves with radioactive waste that will probably outlive humanity.
Getting themselves electrocuted on wires no one knows about anymore, that no one thought to turn off.
Catching diseases from organisms buried by bio-weapon developers.
Falling into holes in the ground dug for tunnels, cisterns, wells, sewers, subways, and everything else we can think of.
Gassed to death by buried nerve gasses, or other chemical gasses that don't occur naturally in free form.
Bled to death by cuts from a zillion different buried sharp edges that will never dull.
Shot, clamped, crushed, smashed, or otherwise maimed or killed by traps that no one deactivated.
Probably 992 other things I didn't think of.

Archaeology always was hazardous, and we're making it more hazardous all the time. They should get hazard pay.


Meh. They'll just call those people "Adventurers". Problem solved.

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Postby Adacore » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:01 am UTC

ahammel wrote:
Magnanimous wrote:How did somebody place a dot on the islands south of New Zealand... That's pretty much as far away from Ukraine as you can get.
Pretty much.

I expect they were taking the piss.

Yeah, I would discount any points in North America or Oceania as being people probably giving deliberately incorrect answers. I wonder if that would correlate with people who endorse military action and, thus, explain the result (or part of the results) of the survey? I can see that people who would consider it a good idea to fuck with surveys like that might also consider it a good idea to be reckless with military action. And I can also see that if you're going to fuck with a survey by giving the wrongest answer for the geography question, you'd probably also respond to the military intervention question with 'yes' if you weren't taking it seriously, because it's a more 'active' answer.

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Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:58 am UTC

Woman suspects burglar, turns out to be duck.

The burglar, that is, not the woman.

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Postby addams » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:47 am UTC

Adacore wrote:
ahammel wrote:
Magnanimous wrote:How did somebody place a dot on the islands south of New Zealand... That's pretty much as far away from Ukraine as you can get.
Pretty much.

I expect they were taking the piss.

Yeah, I would discount any points in North America or Oceania as being people probably giving deliberately incorrect answers. I wonder if that would correlate with people who endorse military action and, thus, explain the result (or part of the results) of the survey? I can see that people who would consider it a good idea to fuck with surveys like that might also consider it a good idea to be reckless with military action. And I can also see that if you're going to fuck with a survey by giving the wrongest answer for the geography question, you'd probably also respond to the military intervention question with 'yes' if you weren't taking it seriously, because it's a more 'active' answer.

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Postby Tyndmyr » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:19 am UTC

Adacore wrote:
ahammel wrote:
Magnanimous wrote:How did somebody place a dot on the islands south of New Zealand... That's pretty much as far away from Ukraine as you can get.
Pretty much.

I expect they were taking the piss.

Yeah, I would discount any points in North America or Oceania as being people probably giving deliberately incorrect answers. I wonder if that would correlate with people who endorse military action and, thus, explain the result (or part of the results) of the survey? I can see that people who would consider it a good idea to fuck with surveys like that might also consider it a good idea to be reckless with military action. And I can also see that if you're going to fuck with a survey by giving the wrongest answer for the geography question, you'd probably also respond to the military intervention question with 'yes' if you weren't taking it seriously, because it's a more 'active' answer.


Yeah, it casts doubt on the conclusion overall. If a person will BS one answer, he'll BS another. There might be no correlation at all(or a much weaker one) in actuality, but simply a trend in trolling is being measured. Which could be interesting, I suppose, but not in the same way.

I wonder how much of those "86% of americans/whatevers don't know #basicfact" things you see endlessly are the result of a similar effect. Either straight up trolling, or just randomly clicking through answers seems likely to happen at least some of the time.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

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Tyndmyr wrote:I wonder how much of those "86% of americans/whatevers don't know #basicfact" things you see endlessly are the result of a similar effect. Either straight up trolling, or just randomly clicking through answers seems likely to happen at least some of the time.

At least some amount of that is also terrible reporting about terrible surveys... Like, the survey will quote some basic fact, but incorrectly, like "The sun stays stationary and the Earth revolves around it" or something, and then ask you to rate how much you agree on a scale of 1 to 5. And then some reporter desperate for an attention-grabbing headline will group anyone who doesn't answer exactly 5 together into "xx% of people don't know the Earth orbits around the Sun!"... thus including people who recognised that the question wasn't quite correct and only rated it a 4 or something, plus people who knew the right answer but weren't 100% certain, since maybe it had been a while since they'd learned it in school, plus people who are trolling...

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Postby addams » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:57 am UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:
Adacore wrote:
ahammel wrote:
Magnanimous wrote:How did somebody place a dot on the islands south of New Zealand... That's pretty much as far away from Ukraine as you can get.
Pretty much.

I expect they were taking the piss.

Yeah, I would discount any points in North America or Oceania as being people probably giving deliberately incorrect answers. I wonder if that would correlate with people who endorse military action and, thus, explain the result (or part of the results) of the survey? I can see that people who would consider it a good idea to fuck with surveys like that might also consider it a good idea to be reckless with military action. And I can also see that if you're going to fuck with a survey by giving the wrongest answer for the geography question, you'd probably also respond to the military intervention question with 'yes' if you weren't taking it seriously, because it's a more 'active' answer.


Yeah, it casts doubt on the conclusion overall. If a person will BS one answer, he'll BS another. There might be no correlation at all(or a much weaker one) in actuality, but simply a trend in trolling is being measured. Which could be interesting, I suppose, but not in the same way.

I wonder how much of those "86% of americans/whatevers don't know #basicfact" things you see endlessly are the result of a similar effect. Either straight up trolling, or just randomly clicking through answers seems likely to happen at least some of the time.

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Not memorizing Facts about borders that can change with the wave of a hand.
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Maybe you don't know any Americans that have lost what little mind they ever had.
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Yes! How to answer poorly written questions?
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Thesh » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:25 am UTC

phlip wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:I wonder how much of those "86% of americans/whatevers don't know #basicfact" things you see endlessly are the result of a similar effect. Either straight up trolling, or just randomly clicking through answers seems likely to happen at least some of the time.

At least some amount of that is also terrible reporting about terrible surveys... Like, the survey will quote some basic fact, but incorrectly, like "The sun stays stationary and the Earth revolves around it" or something, and then ask you to rate how much you agree on a scale of 1 to 5. And then some reporter desperate for an attention-grabbing headline will group anyone who doesn't answer exactly 5 together into "xx% of people don't know the Earth orbits around the Sun!"... thus including people who recognised that the question wasn't quite correct and only rated it a 4 or something, plus people who knew the right answer but weren't 100% certain, since maybe it had been a while since they'd learned it in school, plus people who are trolling...


Fox News gets all of that beat:

http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/1 ... rts/190225

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Postby addams » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:56 am UTC

Head Explodes!
There has never been a greater debt than the debt Cheney supervised.

FOX news is recreating our history.
(fuck) That's the way US history is done, these days.

Everyone else!
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Postby Diadem » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:01 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Woman suspects burglar, turns out to be duck.

The burglar, that is, not the woman.

From that article:
Over the weekend, a woman in Massachusetts was in her upstairs bedroom when she heard loud banging noises downstairs. She did what most of us would do:

She went down to have a look?
she assumed someone had broken into her house and promptly called the police.

Wait, what? What kind of dystopian hellscape is Massachusetts that this would be most people's first assumption upon hearing weird noises?
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:33 am UTC

Diadem wrote:Wait, what? What kind of dystopian hellscape is Massachusetts that this would be most people's first assumption upon hearing weird noises?


As a Massachusettsian (Massachusite? Apparently our official demonym is "Bay Stater") I can confirm that Massachusetts is not in fact a dystopian hellscape (though I suppose there may be some variation accounting for where exactly she lives).


I guess hearing a loud noise in a presumably locked house may be some reason to call the police. Going downstairs to have a look might be a sensible idea, but if it was on the offchance a burglar and the burglar happened to be armed, it would quickly become a rather dangerous one.

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Postby Diadem » Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:48 am UTC

Oh, I'm not saying you should confront burglars. Or that you're a bad person if you associate weird noises with burglars and call the police because of that. I just found it remarkable that the news paper thinks this is the norm. It would be like writing "Like most people, he was over 6 foot 3". The fact is not particularly noteworthy, but it's certainly not the norm.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby Tyndmyr » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:37 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:
Diadem wrote:Wait, what? What kind of dystopian hellscape is Massachusetts that this would be most people's first assumption upon hearing weird noises?


As a Massachusettsian (Massachusite? Apparently our official demonym is "Bay Stater") I can confirm that Massachusetts is not in fact a dystopian hellscape (though I suppose there may be some variation accounting for where exactly she lives).


Stephen King is probably responsible for this image, =)

But yeah, if I heard odd noises downstairs, I'd go check it out to see what's causing them. Odds are high it's not a crime in progress, but some other oddball thing. It happens from time to time. Screen door springs wear out and wind starts catching the door or something equally infrequent. No need to bother the cops for every minor thing.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby addams » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:59 pm UTC

Diadem wrote:Oh, I'm not saying you should confront burglars. Or that you're a bad person if you associate weird noises with burglars and call the police because of that. I just found it remarkable that the news paper thinks this is the norm. It would be like writing "Like most people, he was over 6 foot 3". The fact is not particularly noteworthy, but it's certainly not the norm.

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What are they Terrified of? Each Other!!

Diadem; You are on the outside.
That must be Hysterical to you.

In Your Kitchen a friend or family member may ask you,
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You can reasonably answer, "The Americans are still fighting a War on Terror."
That may interest your companion.

"How it it going?" They might ask.
You can reasonably answer, "Terror has Kicked their collective Ass and the outlook is for more Ass Kicking."

When the giggling stops and your Mom has cleaned up the coffee she spit on the table,
you can discuss Why? the Americans do such Stupid Shit.

From your kitchen this must be Hysterical.
It's not so funny from my kitchen.

edit: Besides; Some people develop an UnNatural fear of Ducks when they learn about Duck Dick.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby ObsessoMom » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:07 pm UTC

Um, note that the woman and the reporter are both female.

As a woman myself (and a rape survivor), I wouldn't have gone downstairs to investigate, either. Hell, no.

The reporter and those of us here who object to her use of "what most of us would do" are making the same assumption--that "most of us" are pretty much like, um, ourselves.

In general, the problem with putting yourself in another person's situation is that you remain yourself as you do so. Imagine being that person in that situation, and your response might have been the same as hers. Or his.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby addams » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:24 pm UTC

ObsessoMom wrote:Um, note that the woman and the reporter are both female.

As a woman myself (and a rape survivor), I wouldn't have gone downstairs to investigate, either. Hell, no.

The reporter and those of us here who object to her use of "what most of us would do" are making the same assumption--that "most of us" are pretty much like, um, ourselves.

In general, the problem with putting yourself in another person's situation is that you remain yourself as you do so. Imagine being that person in that situation, and your response might have been the same as hers. Or his.

You have a point.
Our people are dangerous.

After a person has been harmed.
Over and fucking Over...Well...

As a Nation, not to a man;
We are Ready to Shoot First;
Ask Questions Later.

There are too fucking many of us, anyway.
Think of it as Late Stage Abortions.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Postby CorruptUser » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:49 pm UTC

ObsessoMom wrote:Um, note that the woman and the reporter are both female.

As a woman myself (and a rape survivor), I wouldn't have gone downstairs to investigate, either. Hell, no.

The reporter and those of us here who object to her use of "what most of us would do" are making the same assumption--that "most of us" are pretty much like, um, ourselves.

In general, the problem with putting yourself in another person's situation is that you remain yourself as you do so. Imagine being that person in that situation, and your response might have been the same as hers. Or his.


Yeah, even if you are talking about you and not someone else would/should do, it's hard to say what you actually would do if you yourself are not and have not been in that situation.

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