Well, the bat, per se, is harmless, but check out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_bat_lyssavirus I don’t know if that was his actual thinking, though.
Well, the bat, per se, is harmless, but check out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_bat_lyssavirus I don’t know if that was his actual thinking, though.
Were this a real thing, wouldn’t it be something the bank would tell you when they assign you your PIN?
Would most people from Australia actually get the “More You Know” GIF?
I looked up the ingredients for both products in #21, and I doubt that it would cause any real problems swallowing either one by mistake (at least assuming the stated ingredients are accurate, which isn’t guaranteed because we don’t friggin’ regulate supplements in the US). The “Relax & Sleep” one is supposed to contain: “75 mg Valerian root, 25 mg Chamomile, 200 mcg Melatonin.” The evidence, for all three, that there is any effectiveness at all is somewhat mixed (though apparently better compared to many other nostrums sold as supplements), and the amounts of all three are quite low. It wouldn’t exactly be as though you accidentally took Rohypnol. The “Colon Cleanse” one is said to have “25 mg Bentonite, 125 mg Psyllium husk, 60 mg Apple Pectin.” Bentonite is a type of clay and both psyllium husk and apple pectin are basically just dietary fiber. It would probably make you go to the bathroom a tad earlier than otherwise, but it wouldn’t cause explosive diarrhea, or anything like that. I think the vague and dubious claim that the latter supplement “Reduce[s] the ammount [sic] of built up toxins in your Body” is probably an order of magnitude more irresponsible than using the same basic design, which prominently features the product names, for multiple products.
Yes, I would have found Verdi’s “Dies Irae” portion of his requiem mass a much better accompaniment.
Yes, much too blunt. It’s always better to soften the blow and tread lightly, especially with supreme beings and others of higher social status. Perhaps something like this would be preferable: “I must apologize for impertinence of my suggestion; however, my most esteemed Mr. Yahweh, might I humbly suggest that, if it would not inconvenience You excessively, You could perhaps consider the possibility of inflicting a somewhat smaller number of impecunious children in tropical regions with dysentery and other means of enforced mortal-coil-off-shufflement.”
I like how the picture to the right at the very top is actually of a cemetery. Spooky.
A few of these aren’t really presented very well, looking at them from a naive, non-Australian perspective, though I’m sure nearly all these people are, indeed, stupid. I’ll admit up front that I’m too lazy at the moment to actually follow through to the links and see the context (but bored enough to type a long comment). #2 sounds a bit unbecoming for a senator to say in public, but, whatever. Perhaps she said it on, say, the floor of the legislature, but, otherwise, who cares? As others have noted, the Vine for #7 doesn’t actually include him saying the word “mongrel,” though what is there is stupid and offensive enough, anyway. (Also, to the extent that his characterization of China is true, wouldn’t anyone choosing to leave there and go to Australia, almost by definition, prefer not to have the things he’s banging on about?) The quote for #8, in and of itself, is not particularly stupid. What level of defensive capabilities a country should have is a perfectly legitimate topic for political discussion. I would certainly say that she’s being, in my opinion, rather alarmist, but for “stupid” I would need a bit more. The short explanatory text does mention that this remark was “in defense” of #7, which would certainly make it quite tone-deaf. The image with the quote superimposed, however, just isn’t that stupid, by itself. (Now, #10 does actually prove Ms. Lambie’s stupidity.) Again, the snippet presented in #13 isn’t all that stupid in isolation. Labels are arbitrary. Sure, in my experience people who object to the term “feminist” are usually raving gits, but the juicy, delicious, stupid part isn’t actually there; we only got the teaser. #14, #15, #16, and #17 are mildly stupid rhetoric and name-calling. But come on, Australia, you have to compete with the likes of “The mere fact of being in the office of the executive of a state that has some not-at-all-to-barely populated islands that are kind of near another country’s islands of the same description gives me foreign policy expertise.”
Wow, I would say this is the first I’ve heard of about 90% of the 37. I think my sense of humor must have a gravitational singularity and an event horizon because #31 made me smirk (and it’s one of the one’s I hadn’t even heard of).
Very bored atheist. Score: 24/95. I was being rather generous and considered literal readings of the individual theses (which, incidentally, is my favorite word in any rhyming dictionary). My truth values for the other 71 were about as likely to be ERROR UNDEFINED INPUT as false.
The watermelon.org site defines a vegetable by stating: “According to Webster’s dictionary a vegetable is anything made or obtained from plants (2004).” By that definition, a grape, an orange, a thatched roof, bread flour, and a cotton shirt are all “vegetables.” More to the point, that definition would imply that there is no such thing as a fruit that is not also a vegetable, meaning that there is nothing special about watermelons even if we accept it.
Well, technically, both can be, and are, used as antifreeze. Propylene glycol (the one used in foods) is safe, however, and is sometimes used in antifreeze products specifically because it is much, much less toxic than ethylene glycol. Even table salt will lower the freezing point of water, so…
Maps of “Korea” in South Korea (and North Korea, too, I believe) do actually show the whole peninsula as one country. Ah, the wonders of de jure vs. de facto. Also, the Japanese cabinet officially decided to submit legislation to remove most of the restrictions on dancing in clubs, though I don’t know how the recent dissolution of the legislature and upcoming elections will affect things.
What did Tejal do so that Maggie isn’t friends with her anymore?
It’s just a mistranslation, probably on the part of the original uploader of the video. The Japanese word for crayfish is “zarigani” (the word the boy is singing), which is derived from the word “kani,” meaning crab.
#6 isn’t a typo and is even technically correct (though obviously written by a non-native speaker without a dirty enough mind in English). Here “cock” is short for “stopcock,” which is the valve-y looking thing that the blender in the picture has on it for pouring out your smoothie, allegedly more easily than just pouring the blender normally.
So, Mulan (supposedly born at some point during the 400s to 600s CE) apparently having eternal life along with with eternal youth is somehow not a “happy ending”? One would think such attributes would negate any health effects from Beijing smog. Really, this applies to the Pocahontas and Little Mermaid ones, too. And it’s all the more jarring given the Princess and the Frog One, in which the avoidance of the anachronisms that Disney (at least allegedly; I haven’t seen that one) introduced into the film is the whole point. Pretty piss poor execution of the concept, I must say.
Blowing your nose feels “great”?
Isn’t he supposed to be infallible? (Yes, yes, I know, the Pope is only considered to be infallible when he specifically invokes the concept in laying down official doctrine, and infallibility is a relatively recent concept that has been used very rarely. It’s a joke.)
Contrary to #18, it’s rather easy to do an accent aigu, or any other common diacritical mark, using iOS. Just hold down the letter on which you want the accent, and you can have all the rosé that you want, mon frère.
I take it you’re a fan of a certain scene from the movie Oldboy.
The original versions of Grimms’ fairytales are notorious for their violence. Comic books and cartoons full of similar amounts of violence and death are commonly marketed to children of that age in Japan (which has much lower violent crime statistics than the US). What children are considered capable of handling varies with both era and culture, and there doesn’t seem to be any actual compelling evidence (statistically, today’s kids are less prone to violence) that most 12-15 year olds will be messed up by reading more “adult” stories. Importantly, the violence in these books is portrayed as being a bad thing, so it’s not like kids are being shown something with an actually distasteful message, like Boondocks Saints, or something.
Though it has some currency, and could perhaps be considered not wrong on those grounds, “octopi” won’t earn you any brownie points for using the “correct” plural. Changing “-us” to “-i” to form plurals is Latin (alumnus, alumni), but “octopus” is Greek.
Sure, some of people in jail for drug-related offenses, those who actually did “hold their community hostage,” deserve their punishment. But you’re pretty egregiously ignoring the thousands locked up for mere possession, most of whom were harming at most themselves. You’re also ignoring selective enforcement of drug laws that demonstrably targets ethnic minorities. Not to mention, the “choice” many people who turn even to more serious drug-dealing is often severely constrained by poor economic and educational opportunities, some degree of lingering discrimination, and perhaps even problems arising within the marginalized groups themselves, which the individuals belonging to those groups who might turn to drug-dealing cannot change all by themselves. Tarantino’s remarks were perhaps slightly hyperbolic, but I think it’s pretty clear he’s put more thought into the matter than you have.
“Obviously using cauliflower instead of rice cuts carbs, but it’s also a good way to eat locally grown food instead of imported rice.” Um… assuming most Buzzfeed readers are Americans, most rice isn’t imported. The US is the thirteenth largest rice producer on the planet, and unless it’s basmati or jasmine it’s almost always going to be American if you buy it in a US supermarket. Actually, the countries that produce more rice than the US are also the ones that consume more of it (China, India, Thailand, Japan, etc.), so really most people around the world are eating domestically-produced rice when they’re having it. Whether it’s rice or cauliflower that has the lower overall environmental impact, including all effects and not just those of shipping, is of course a different question, but it doesn’t seem like the post here has done that research. Caring for the environment is important, but if one really does care one shouldn’t just do it symbolically and without actually thinking about it.
Fruits and vegetables can be and are imported to some degree by nearly all countries, including the US. They just have to pass through any quarantine and inspection procedures that might exist and are generally subject to tariffs (import taxes). The US imports relatively little fresh produce (if you buy an avocado in Tokyo, it’s usually going to be from Mexico, but in New York it would probably be from California), due to having large amounts of farmable land compared to its population, as well as due in some cases to tariffs. But bananas, for example, tend to be imported from Latin American countries.
Stay classy, South Carolina.
Mr. Erdogan is the Prime Minister of Turkey, though, to be fair, I’m not actually a resident of the US, even if I am a citizen. And I’ve only ever read about him in British publications, so there’s that…
Béchamel sauce on lasagna is actually more traditional than ricotta. It’s tasty either way, though.
I’ve read that the reason why “ribbit” is a common way of representing the sound of frogs in English is because the one species of frog that happens to live around Los Angeles, California sounds like that. Most frogs and toads around the world apparently don’t especially sound like that, but American movies have spread that onomatopoeia across the English-speaking globe.
Superimposing the slogan “Glass Steagall or Die” over the iconic “Join or Die” image seems rather ironic, given the content of the law of which one supposes they are protesting being repealed. Considering the tactlessness and lack of a sense of scale for the whole “Obama = Hitler” thing, I doubt it’s intentional.
Surprisingly, a relatively non-BS-laden example for one of this sort of listicle (except probably the lemon juice and baking soda one, commented upon below, and maybe a couple of other ones). I’m mildly impressed.
Besides the subtitles changing languages inexplicably, I can tell that the Chinese and Japanese ones, at least, are rather poorly translated. In fact, I tried typing in “Even chicken wings, make it spicy.” into Google Translate and the output in Japanese was identical to the grammatical atrocity shown in the video (“Demo tebasaki wa, sore ga karai tsukuru”), which back into English would be roughly “But, as for the chicken wings, that spicy makes.” I think the song as a whole would be much more edifying and listenable if instead of the actual lyrics they had just run the Baidu page on Chinese cuisine through Google Translate and sung that instead.
According to the report, it wasn’t that they didn’t show “enough” documentaries about them, it was that there wasn’t a single such person on the network in the entire year. Considering there exist plenty of historical figures who are notable for reasons completely unrelated to their sexuality who would qualify (Alan Turing springs to mind), the omission seems somewhat fishy.
I suppose the logic is supposed to be along the lines of: “To guns! The cause of, and the solution to, all of life’s problems.” Homer would approve.
So I take it that one is supposed to prefer plain boiled, unseasoned chicken breasts to coq au vin, as the former has only one ingredient, while the latter might have a dozen. Oh, and a scoop of pure lard would be better than a mixed salad. Clearly you’ve discovered a highly relevant metric for judging the quality of our food. You should win the Nobel.
I’m sure a certain Fox News personality would enjoy the falafel salad. I also trust that these salads are more tasteful than this comment!
The graphic you used for leishmaniasis (“a single-celled parasite”) is actually of a virus (which doesn’t have any cells whatsoever), while the organisms that causes the disease in question are protozoans.
“Jew’s ear” is one of the actual common English names for the fungus (called “wood ear” in Chinese) that #16 is made out of, so it’s more our fault than theirs for the strange, unappetizing, and slightly offensive name in English there.
I (a US citizen) had to get a tourist visa to visit mainland China last Christmas, and it cost more for US nationals to apply for it than for those of any other country. Interestingly, Japanese nationals (I live in Tokyo) don’t need visas for tourist stays of less than fifteen days in China, despite a certain minor spot of trouble you might have heard of that happened between 1937 and 1945. Considering China is such a big country, in every possible sense of “big,” the raw number of countries a passport allows visa-free travel for isn’t necessarily the best measure of travel freedom. Incidentally, restrictions on movement for Chinese nationals themselves downright redefine the whole concept of “Byzantine.” There’s of course the whole distinction between mainland residents, Hong Kong residents, and Macao residents. And mainland residents are de facto kept from moving around the mainland freely based on where they’re registered. What’s more, some of the people I went with were Taiwanese, and even though Beijing claims the areas administered by Taipei as its own territory (and thus people with ROC passports as “really” being PRC nationals), they still had to apply for what was for all intents and purposes a visa. But it wasn’t a stamp in their passports, it was a whole separate booklet that itself looked exactly like a passport. Personally, I think the whole world should just join the Schengen Area and be done with it.