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Christopher Hitchens (my fucking hero)

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 04:39:45 EST
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This is a direct quote of his, not from his written work but from a debate. That means he said this out loud and not from notes but from his own head. I replayed the YouTube clip over and over about ten times to get it perfect because this man deserves nothing short of perfect. Here it is:

"I want to live my life taking the risk all the time that I don't know anything like enough yet, that I haven't understood enough, that I can't know enough, that I'm always hungrily operating on the... the - margins of of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom.

"I wouldn't have it any other way."

The man speaks for himself. I have no additional commentary on him save for anything prompted by our current community of ubersite users.

Cheers.

Murphy

Here's the reference to a chopped up sort of thing they do on YouTube now. It's decent, but nothing like one of his formal debates. You'll find the quote here though-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AXG-_MZKuA

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Submitted by Snark at 2010-12-16 17:05:26 EST (#)
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Every time I turn on the telly and watch a program depicting ancient Rome or Greece, the actors use British accents. This proves to me that the Romans and Greeks were British. One day ima got to Athens and have me some bangers and mash.

Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-16 08:20:07 EST (#)
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WHOOOOAHH THERE TIGER!

and pheely - you're a fucking southern stuck up cunt... I bet you shop at waitrose or some shit, me - i gotz netto!



(not really - just prooving a point and holding up this class war along with the north south divide.... luvs yer really ;p)

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-16 05:58:26 EST (#)
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I'll give you this, and I'll take this away.

The give you this part: Yes, many Americans don't give a shit about anything outside their little bubble community. In their defense, why should they? They have everything they need. They have a house, a car, a decent stupid job they hate, a wife to fuck at night, and a couple little shit-heads yelling and screaming and distracting them from their shitty life. And they don't care a hoot about you or anything outside of not just their country, not just their STATE, but their god damned STUPID FUCKING SUBURB! I've actually heard people in my family bitch about what's going on in PORTLAND- a stones throw away from where they actually LIVE and talk about it like it's fucking Yorkshire. Fuck them and fuck you.

The part I'll take away: We're not all like this and if you jam all Americans in this box then you're acting just the same-- a stupid ass xenophobic red-neck pointing fingers all the time at something you're just as guilty of.

I'm curious here, and I'm asking decent questions, and I'm not part a) of this reply. I'm not a dog and if I were I'm not the biting type dog. I'm more like a dog that stomps his leg-paw on the carpet when you scratch my chest. Don't get this part wrong though: That same dog will not just bite your fucking hand off if slighted, it will chew it in public and have no remorse.

Murphy

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-16 05:52:05 EST (#)
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not really singing from the same songsheet, if berty were still alive he could translate everything and it would become crystal but that stump infection ravaged his frail body.
the term yank here, well, for me, has zero meaning as it perhaps would in the states, for me it's just a quicker type out rather than american. it i was trying to insult you i'd add on obese, loud or brash.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-16 05:46:26 EST (#)
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This may prove my point: I don't know what the hell "yank" means. I am an American and the author of this original post which describes my admiration of Christopher Hitchens. I've practically studied Mr. Hitchens and he comes from your country, which is one that I'm obsessed with. Am I perfectly clear here?

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-16 05:45:30 EST (#)
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erm... i probably said very little

there is a class war in the uk
the south pay more for everything simply because they live closer to the capital which is an out dated notion but helps continue the class war
however there is no real poverty in the uk, people still have homes/access to housing, but the idea of poverty is perpetuated to strengthen the class difference
no one speaks cockney much anymore, dick van dyke killed it, it's a dying language like cornish gaelic or whatnot, but americans like madonna love to keep the tradition alive
then i think i asked you for a cockshot and said i bet you smell of bobo

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-16 05:40:23 EST (#)
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Are you yank? because most yanks I have spoken to from uber have an obsession about england - the food (really) the culture the accent... I don't know why this is i liken it to the fact the uk is small compared to the states and we are adored the same as a toy dog, awww cute, patting the head of scotland and all. maybe it's because we are steeped in history and say things a bit funny compared to your cockeyed way i don't know, i just know i'd rather be brit than yank and if i couldn't be brit i'd be australian.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-16 05:39:47 EST (#)
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Orph: Can you pretty much translate everything you said to "stupid" so I can understand you?

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-16 05:33:45 EST (#)
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London is not real or representative of the UK.

Unless you are Danny Dyer or a pearly queen (nothing to do with the royal family) or own a jellied eel shop, having a cockney accent will put you at huge disadvantage almost as much as the Brum accent.

There is snobbery all over the UK - the classes here are hugely divided although I would say our lower classes are not truly lower class in the modern definition of the world, they still have homes and food and utilities. Poverty in this country just means you shop a Iceland and Farmfoods and owe a lot of money to door stop lenders and brighthouse.

Things are cheaper in the north simply because the south is closer to the capital, it means little in todays world of technology but is one of those old fashioned points of view that still exist today. People in the south tend to pa more for everything anbd think themselves better for this - much like the people who shop at sainsburys and pay a third more for the exact same brands at asda but don't want to be associated with that brand.


Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-16 05:17:22 EST (#)
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If I wasn't clear though- hand jobs are sort of a thank-you gesture. If Blair were alive today I'd not only stroke his dick as a gesture of thanks, I'd su-- ok no I wouldn't. He's not my type. I hope this clears things up.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-16 05:14:01 EST (#)
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The Road to Wigan Pier by Orwell. I was probably too subtle there but I hoped for some connection. Sadly, however, it's not Animal Farm or one nine eight four.

Regarding my ongoing fascination though- and I've heard this described before but never really neatly outlined-- the "sectors" of England like the North South East West sectors, are they mostly described as being either mostly North or mostly South? London is the biggest metro area in England and super-far South of Westmin and Liverpool. And London is where people speak with a "cockney" accent, right? Is the "cockney" accent regarded as being snobbish or elevated in any sense as compared to the further North (or East or West) accents. Does this concern the UK or just specifically England? Do people in the UK or England even care about this?

I don't mean to badger you with these questions but I'm totally fascinated by both England and (not really related) N. Korea. Since N. Koreans can't legally chat with me, I guess I'm stuck with you guys. Please stroke my curiosity.

Murphy

Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-16 04:09:34 EST (#)
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Submitted by Murphy1844 (user info) at 2010-12-16 07:24:58 GMT (#)
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By the way I'm moving to Wigan as soon as I have the resources. Once there I'm going to get naked and rub coal dust all over my chest while thinking about giving the dead Orwell a hand-job.
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Why?

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Submitted by Murphy1844 (user info) at 2010-12-16 07:18:20 GMT (#)
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Psygns: I'm not disagreeing that we Americans can be retarded. This country is fucking HUGE. I live in Portland OR which is the most progressive city in the states. I've also travelled around a bit and I think it should be pointed out that the only thing I share in common with someone from the deep ghetto south or from pretty much anyone living in Florida is that we pay the same federal tax and can vote in national elections. Apart from that, we pretty much come from different solar systems all-together.

Of course this can be said about different regions in any country but Ive noticed it's particularly striking here.

Another question to the English: which region drops the H's off their spoken word? "'ave a nice day."
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Pre'y much anywhere up north. And we dont say av a nice day. We dont give a shit if you die under a bus really.

If you go t' north, be sure not t' tek a dicshunry. We dont av use for 'em; we talks in dialect.

For example:

'Going' is pronounced 'gan' in tyneside.

see http://www.yorkshire-dialect.org/dictionary.htm / http://www.englandsnortheast.co.uk/GeordieDictionary.html


Ta

Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-16 04:03:20 EST (#)
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And yes I realise that most of them are gan an bout N'castle n the tyne.

Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-16 04:02:32 EST (#)
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Submitted by august_sobriquet (user info) at 2010-12-15 17:57:23 GMT (#)
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Everything I know about Northern England I learned from watching Billy Eliot and Calendar Girls.

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You should check out Get Carter, Brassed Off, Full Monty, This is England, Educating Rita, The Dresser, Wee Geordie (sometimes just Geordie), The Likely Lads, Pure Belter, The One & Only, also the series called Auf Wiedersehen Pet.


Some of those aren't 'modern' or even set in modern times (the dresser for ex.) but are canny all the same.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-16 02:24:58 EST (#)
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By the way I'm moving to Wigan as soon as I have the resources. Once there I'm going to get naked and rub coal dust all over my chest while thinking about giving the dead Orwell a hand-job.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-16 02:18:20 EST (#)
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Psygns: I'm not disagreeing that we Americans can be retarded. This country is fucking HUGE. I live in Portland OR which is the most progressive city in the states. I've also travelled around a bit and I think it should be pointed out that the only thing I share in common with someone from the deep ghetto south or from pretty much anyone living in Florida is that we pay the same federal tax and can vote in national elections. Apart from that, we pretty much come from different solar systems all-together.

Of course this can be said about different regions in any country but Ive noticed it's particularly striking here.

Another question to the English: which region drops the H's off their spoken word? "'ave a nice day."

Submitted by Poots at 2010-12-15 13:54:00 EST (#)
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space poon

Submitted by august_sobriquet at 2010-12-15 12:57:23 EST (#)
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Everything I know about Northern England I learned from watching Billy Eliot and Calendar Girls.

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-15 09:56:58 EST (#)
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actually, the north smells of coal dust and poverty.

Submitted by Dervel at 2010-12-15 09:44:39 EST (#)
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I have both. They're not the same person but they do happen to have the same first name.
I buy into the abuse really...

Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-15 08:28:51 EST (#)
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Theres nowt wrong with greggs and gravy.

And our dole checks are paid by you, the southerner - its win-win!!










I don't have a sister or a wife. Even more win!

Submitted by Ducky at 2010-12-15 05:11:48 EST (#)
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So...basically the wordy version of "lifelong learning"

Submitted by Dervel at 2010-12-15 04:49:57 EST (#)
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And by introduce to someone, you mean to the lady behind the counter in the dole office / Greggs.

Submitted by Davros at 2010-12-15 04:46:15 EST (#)
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Submitted by Dervel (user info) at 2010-12-15 04:38:05 EST (#)
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The Queen is divine and chosen by God, she wields absolute power.

Even over the North, which she doesn't really want as it smells of mud and gravy.

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At least when we introduce people to our sister and our wife there is more than one person with us.

-Dave

Submitted by Dervel at 2010-12-15 04:38:05 EST (#)
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The Queen is divine and chosen by God, she wields absolute power.

Even over the North, which she doesn't really want as it smells of mud and gravy.


Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-15 04:05:49 EST (#)
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Also, the queen has absolute power - unlike the El Prez - she has the power of royal ascent, meaning she can pass or veto EVERY law which comes to her - which is all of them. Part of the constitution of the UK is that she doesn't veto laws which come to her because they have been inspected and debated by a group of democratically elected people - Parliament, and then further scrutinised by another set of people who represent, well I'm not sure who - The House of Lords.

The queen has aboslute sovereignty and can devolve parliament at any moment, just as happened during the Civil War.

Questions still stand over the power of the queen has in the devloved states of scotland and northern ireland. Especially scotland, the most devolved state. This is termed the Westlothian Question and has been debated since the concept of devolution was devised.

It saddens me that the British folk here are unaware of this.


Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-15 03:58:11 EST (#)
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Submitted by Murphy1844 (user info) at 2010-12-14 17:08:26 GMT (#)
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And before I glamorize the British I would just like to point out a statistic brought to my attention by yet another hero of mine from your country, the legendary Richard Dawkins. Ok, not a quote because I'm lazy but how about a paraphrase?

He said that around 20 per cent of those in the UK thought that the earth made full orbit around the sun in thirty days. I laughed at that.

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Let's put this in context - the percentage of people in the USA who accept the idea of evolution declined from 45% in 1985, to 40% in 2005 and the majority of states teach creationism (or so wiki says).

We may not be the brightest bunch, but we certainly can accept hard facts when informed of them.

The US is full of moronic preachers and extremeists it seems, as well as materialistic moneygrabbers.

Submitted by august_sobriquet at 2010-12-14 19:55:20 EST (#)
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I like that about you, Snark.

Submitted by Snark at 2010-12-14 19:44:53 EST (#)
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+2 Hitchslap

I am an easily impressed child.

Submitted by icarus1987 at 2010-12-14 16:42:11 EST (#)
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So the guy fessed up to the fact that he's not perfect? If I knew nothing else about him, I would say that what you've just presented is an absolutely mediocre example of the sort of false humility soundbite I've heard spouted by about a dozen psych, english, philosophy, and sundry liberal arts profs. You must be a child as you're easily impressed.

Submitted by YourNameHere at 2010-12-14 13:48:59 EST (#)
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Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 12:36:06 EST (#)
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Not yet X. Not for a while I hope.

Submitted by X54 at 2010-12-14 12:31:33 EST (#)
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I thought this was going to be an RIP post.

Submitted by haikumikoo at 2010-12-14 12:27:45 EST (#)
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I like Russell. And look, there he was.

Just started reading Comte-Sponville. The Little Book. Wasn't sure what to think of it by the full title but I have enjoyed what little I have read so far. Mostly because I can see why my uncle gave it to me after we discussed his somewhat reverting back into Catholicism and my continued path away from it. And just some of the arguments I was making or repeating or whatever you'd like to call it. Reading the inside cover made me laugh. Sneaky uncle.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 12:17:01 EST (#)
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Huh?

Submitted by Sage at 2010-12-14 12:16:27 EST (#)
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Submitted by orphelia (user info) at 2010-12-14 12:09:51 EST (#)
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i don't now how it's obvious, i'm just saying that to make you look dafter
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That's what makes it obvious.

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-14 12:09:51 EST (#)
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the queen is just a marketing ploy and like new york in america, doesn't really exist

i don't now how it's obvious, i'm just saying that to make you look dafter

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 12:08:26 EST (#)
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And before I glamorize the British I would just like to point out a statistic brought to my attention by yet another hero of mine from your country, the legendary Richard Dawkins. Ok, not a quote because I'm lazy but how about a paraphrase?

He said that around 20 per cent of those in the UK thought that the earth made full orbit around the sun in thirty days. I laughed at that.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 12:04:39 EST (#)
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*wear

What makes it obvious?

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 12:02:42 EST (#)
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How can that be true Dervel? Our president has the power to veto anything from the congress. One issue I'm following recently is the repeal of DADT for "gays" in the military. Obama clearly stated that he wanted this issue resolved through the congress and not through the judicial system. However, if the congress says "ah fuck it let's let the fags where camo and talk about it openly" he can be like "nope!" and veto the son of a bitch. That's a lot of power (even at the expense of political consequences). Does your queen have that power?

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-14 12:00:55 EST (#)
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don't we also own gibralter and the falklands?

also, i am pretty sure some stupid village in the uk declared itself a seperate country,and i don't mean wales

it doesn't required paid attention to know who is from where, i think it's blinking obvious
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Submitted by Dervel at 2010-12-14 11:56:10 EST (#)
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She's the head of state but holds no real power. She's a bit like your president only with a fancier seal of office.

Britain and the UK are different things too. We like to keep it simple.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 11:52:01 EST (#)
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Apollo- nice to see you around big boy. :)

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 11:51:28 EST (#)
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Ok after a bit of research I know that the UK consists of four countries. Does the Queen of England still have some sort of say in the final politics of these four country's politics? I've heard she's just a formality, but does she hold any veto power over your political decisions?

Submitted by apollo88 at 2010-12-14 11:50:29 EST (#)
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the UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 11:39:45 EST (#)
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I run the risk of sounding like a total fool here but here goes nothing:

I actually had to look up where East Anglia was because I'd never heard of it. It's eastern UK then, yes? And, what is meant by the UK? I know it's basically England plus. Plus what though? Is there a definite boundary surrounding the kingdom? What is meant by a kingdom?


I feel like an isolated, ignorant American. To part from my fellow dumbshits, though, I didn't vote for the M/Palin ticket and I'm at least curious.

Murphy

Submitted by Dervel at 2010-12-14 11:34:38 EST (#)
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East Anglia, Wooooo!

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 11:33:00 EST (#)
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I come and go, Orph. Honestly I just don't pay that much attention. Thanks for getting back to me though.

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-14 11:16:40 EST (#)
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You haven't been here long enough to gather who is from where yet?!

Dervel is from east anglia, it's a small country in eastern europe, their main exports are silk slippers and child prositutes

Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-14 11:05:52 EST (#)
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YORKSHIRE!

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 10:53:02 EST (#)
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Curiously, how many of y'all are from the UK / Australia / another English-speaking country or elsewhere?

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 10:38:03 EST (#)
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Sage: Excellent.

orphelia: Guy's a douche, IMO. Only even worth mentioning because he has the same last name.

Murphy

Submitted by S.I. Co. at 2010-12-14 08:49:58 EST (#)
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Shoot out with your coot out!

Submitted by Sage at 2010-12-14 08:43:08 EST (#)
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Submitted by Murphy1844 (user info) at 2010-12-14 05:35:39 EST (#)
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It's either late or people are afraid of science.
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Or the Americans weren't at their desks yet.

I've been at mine for an hour now but just got to a point where's I can start Ubering!

On my 20th birthday I called my Dad and told him "I just realized that I know enough to know that I don't know anything." He was very happy I had finally come to that conclusion.

Cheers to the quest for knowledge...here's hoping those finding it will also apply it, and make themselves not only knowledgeable but also wise.

Submitted by Psygns_of_the_Tymes at 2010-12-14 08:03:09 EST (#)
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Its worse with salt n vinegar orphy, or worcester sauce.

I didnt get this, but i cant see the pic if there is one.

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2010-12-14 06:58:34 EST (#)
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Submitted by orphelia (user info) at 2010-12-14 06:26:08 EST (#)
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I prefer Peter.
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Cue dick jokes from Americans.

Also: science iz teh rool.

Submitted by orphelia at 2010-12-14 06:26:08 EST (#)
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I prefer Peter.

Don't you just hate it when you eat ready salted crisps and you have small cut on your hand.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 05:36:22 EST (#)
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Or your friendly author is horribly impatient. It's probably option number three.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 05:35:39 EST (#)
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It's either late or people are afraid of science.

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2010-12-14 04:50:24 EST (#)
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Here's the live (and better) clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgIcJb8i4m8


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Lisa: Eight. Thanks, Dad.

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