The Menace That Just Won't Die

Discussion in 'Fred's House of Pancakes' started by airportkid, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. airportkid

    airportkid Will Fly For Food

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2005
    2,165
    538
    San Francisco Bay Area CA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Stuff like this that gets in the news as if it's real is scary, and not because the kid might be a potential bomb that could be inadvertantly exploded if he happened to walk near someone trying to click open an automatic garage door. That it get in the news as if it's real exposes how useless our educational systems are, so that after 14 years or more of schooling we're still so ignorant of the most basic knowledge of biology and physics that we can be fooled by the cheapest, shoddiest fakery. Gawd.

    Magnetic Boy, 7, Attracts Electronic and Metal Objects - AOL Health
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. Stev0

    Stev0 Honorary Hong Kong Cavalier

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2006
    7,108
    1,060
    Northampton, MA
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Freakin' magnets, how do they work?
     
  3. dogfriend

    dogfriend Human - Animal Hybrid

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    7,505
    1,119
    Carmichael, CA
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Apparently, the Serbian ones work on ceramic plates and non-ferrous materials. :madgrin:
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. qbee42

    qbee42 My other car is a boat

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    18,044
    2,971
    Northern Michigan
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    That would be very handy. I wonder if you can buy those around here?

    Tom
     
  5. qbee42

    qbee42 My other car is a boat

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    18,044
    2,971
    Northern Michigan
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    This thread emphasizes a big problem that we have today in our country: lack of critical thinking. Anyone with a grade school science education can look at this newspaper story and see that it is ridiculous. Despite that, someone will certainly come along and post a scathing comment belittling us for being narrow minded and critical in our comments. For some unexplained reason, our current culture thinks that all ideas deserve equal weight, despite their merits or lack thereof. It's a load of rubbish.

    Not all ideas are good. Some are laughably silly, some downright stupid, others evil. Why do we think they all deserve equal consideration? People need to think, and use what education they have.

    Tom
     
    3 people like this.
  6. Stev0

    Stev0 Honorary Hong Kong Cavalier

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2006
    7,108
    1,060
    Northampton, MA
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Reminds me of an argument I recently had with somebody about homeopathy. She pulled out the old "You should keep an open mind" argument, and I countered with "YOU should keep an open mind to the fact that it's entirely <male bovine excrement>!"
     
  7. hyo silver

    hyo silver Awaaaaay

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2005
    15,167
    1,414
    off into the sunset
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Not so open that everything falls out. ;)
     
  8. TonyPSchaefer

    TonyPSchaefer Your Friendly Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    14,339
    1,617
    Far-North Chicagoland
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    I can't believe you all are being no narrow minded!

    At least once a week I see on television - with my own eyes - someone being teleported, someone surviving a bloody fight / multi-story fall / gunshot, a Time Lord, vampires, ghosts and celebrities receiving little-to-no punishment for drug possession. If it weren't true it wouldn't be on television. How do you explain THAT?!
     
    1 person likes this.
  9. airportkid

    airportkid Will Fly For Food

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2005
    2,165
    538
    San Francisco Bay Area CA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Neilsen :p
     
  10. hyo silver

    hyo silver Awaaaaay

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2005
    15,167
    1,414
    off into the sunset
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Any U2 fans? I'm reminded of the lyrics to Sunday Bloody Sunday:

    "And it's true we are immune, when fact is fiction and TV reality"

    And don't forget all the car commercials with sunny skies and no traffic. As if more horsepower would make the commute any faster. ;)
     
  11. mainerinexile

    mainerinexile No longer in exile!

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2010
    403
    69
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    Well said, Tom.

    There are even silly and downright stupid candidates that some people think deserve news coverage as potential Presidential candidates. :)
     
    1 person likes this.
  12. RRxing

    RRxing Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    1,086
    395
    Long Island, NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    IV
    And I read what you wrote on the internet, so it has to be true!
     
    1 person likes this.
  13. Stev0

    Stev0 Honorary Hong Kong Cavalier

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2006
    7,108
    1,060
    Northampton, MA
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Are you implying there's a candidate who is NOT silly and/or downright stupid?
     
  14. JimN

    JimN Let the games begin!

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2006
    5,859
    540
    South Jersey
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    V
    They are from The Sensible Party. The only ones sillier than those from The Silly Party are those from The Very Silly Party. Monty Python was a prophet.
     
    1 person likes this.
  15. dogfriend

    dogfriend Human - Animal Hybrid

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    7,505
    1,119
    Carmichael, CA
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    I'd vote for a member of the Very Silly Party before I would vote for an ex-governor of Alaska.