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2002 06 B.

Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 14:44:15 +1000

Richard Fitzpatrick wrote:
> Screwtape wrote ...
> >m_init(): spawning followupTo('Richard Fitzpatrick')...done.
> >>Tom Harrington wrote ...
> >>> "Richard Fitzpatrick" <fitzmor.NO.SPAM.webone.com.au> wrote:
> >>>> Paul Andinach wrote ...
> >>>> >Rumour has it that there is a proposal before the Kalgoorlie-Boulder civic council to celebrate our fair city's gold-mining past with a Giant Gold Nugget.
> >>>> >Yes, basically a large rock painted yellow.
> >>>> I would hope they *gild* it, not merely paint it.
> >>>How can you gild a rock? It doesn't even have testicles. Err.. or does it?
> >>Silly Tom. You need a digging implement to desex a rock, don't you?
> >>A rock don't get gilded, it gets SPADE.
> >o/~ ...and EGK's voice may be heard, as you pass by that usenet froup... o/~
> EGK jumped into a billabong? Oh, noooooooooooooooo!

Up jumped the rhodents and crowded round that billabong.
"Seems a shame to waste the sheep", said two or three.
So they jacked up that billabong, and lit a cheery fire,
Then tossed in some oregano with undisguised glee.

But little did they know that she was indeed an EVIL cat -
The jumbuck she had stolen wasn't real you see...
It was in fact a Love Ewe belonging to the priestlihood
So she watched with mirth and relish as they ate it for their tea...


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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 01:51:11 +1000

Richard Fitzpatrick wrote:
> SaraM wrote:
> >So she watched with mirth and relish as they ate it for their tea...
> Thank ghoodness. I thought perhaps you'd been neutered. Or something. How's it goin', EGKster?

Well, speaking of neutered - I've just realised my giant dog's in season, so I've now come to the conclusion that that's *not* a lifesized memorial reconstruction of the trenches of Gallipoli she's dug out in the garden - they're actually *nests* 8 (

> Richard, whose dull green Kampuchean loving ghoti is eeevil, never can say goodbye and asks "What's New, Pussycat?"

The lust-stricken fence-scaling teenage male Malamuke next door *and* the aged and rheumy horny red cattledog that gets through the hedge for a *start* 8(

<picks up laser garden hose and trudges wearily back outside>


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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002 17:19:54 +1000

m_init(): spawning followupTo('Fierce Cookie')...done.
>Rhodnius wrote:
>> The series that did that for me was the various Tom Swift books.
>"My wife is so irritable," complained Tom periodically.

"I wish someone would grant *my* wishes," said Tom genially.

From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
"I wish I had another week to prepare this report," said Tom lackadaisically.
.
From: Tom Harrington <tph.pcisys.no.spam.dammit.net>
"I keep banging my head into things," I said, bashfully.
.
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
"I'll be seeing you trees IN COURT!" screamed Tom supinely.
.
From: Chris Wesling <cwesling.cannedmeat.prodigy.net>
"3.1416," Tom enumerated piously.
.
From: "Freyja" <freyjaw.prodigynocrap.net>
"I dropped the toothpaste," she said crestfallenly.
.
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
"Well, as long as you got one for all the other girls, too," said Tom's girlfriend permissively.
.
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
"I'm nver going to be able to pay for all of this!" said Tom unremittingly.
.
From: Tom Harrington <tph.pcisys.no.spam.dammit.net>
Ian Davis <Ian.Davis.ludwig.edu.au> wrote:
> Al Sharka <asharka.my-deja.com> wrote:
> > > "I wish someone would grant *my* wishes," said Tom genially.
> > There's a joke in there somewhere about wishes and genitalia but I just can't get it in for some reason.
> They all stared at the straight line as it lay on the floor, gently steaming, calling seductively to them. Then, as one, they wordlessly turned and walked away. Years later, perhaps, after many many drinks, they would talk about it; not today. It was not too late to salvage some dignity.
"Look at that prisoner's dick," said somebody else named Tom, congenitally.
.
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
"I can't believe how huge it is!" exclaimed Tom longingly.
.
From: Jim Menard <jimm.io.com>
"Let's see whose is longer," said Tom markedly.
.
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
"Well, we'll just see about that," spat Loreena, bitingly.
.
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
"I'm going to sue all of you!" quipped Tom, going off half-cocked.
.
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
"I think I win," said Tom chillingly.
"Nope...I do," replied Tom deeply.
.
From: Barry <friend.public.com>
"You see, it's like this..." Tom explained at length.
.
From: Jellyroll Papadopoulos <Never_Read.email.com>
"It might involve a stay in hospital," Tom mused inpatiently.
.
From: Tom Harrington <tph.pcisys.no.spam.dammit.net>
"The scale reads one-sixteenth of a pound!", Tom announced.
"I'm just driving around aimlessly," Tom rambled.
"She and I are.... very close," Tim intimated.
"God's going to make you regret that lunch," Tom insinuated.
.
From: dwelsh.nospam.melbpc.org.au (Donald Welsh)
"When the priests invited me to the party, I didn't know my ex-girlfriend would be there," Tom said sheepishly.
.
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
"Don't tell anyone, but I just had sex with a puppy," Tom confidoed.
.
From: Jason <jbeasley.shadowknife.com>
"Bubba, you get in the escape tunnel first," Tom said condescendingly.
.
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
"Want me to demonstrate how the aliens treated me?" asked Tom, probingly?
.
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
"Why, it's not like I have leprosy," asked Tom off-handedly.

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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 02:00:00 +1000

Al Sharka wrote:
> SaraM wrote:
> } Al Sharka wrote:
> } > Screwtape wrote:
> } > > "I wish someone would grant *my* wishes," said Tom genially.
> } "Yes, but I thought I was supposed to rub the *lamp*"...?
> } > There's a joke in there somewhere about wishes and genitalia but I just an't get it in for some reason.
> } Move over - I think I'll join you...
> After all these years, and now I discover that all it takes is...

...a *fondue set*!

Wow - <grapple/wrestle/THUD!> - how did you *know*?!?

> Hmmm, I may be on to something here.

Shhh - don't tell the others but it's called a "fork"...; )


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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 00:57:44 +1000

m_init(): spawning followupTo('Viki')...done.
>SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au> wrote:
>> > Hmmm, I may be on to something here.
>> Shhh - don't tell the others but it's called a "fork"...;)

So *you're* the one who keeps on leaving forks in the road..!


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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: Al Sharka <asharka.my-deja.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 12:02:31 -0500

SaraM wrote:
> Al Sharka wrote:
> > Hmmm, I may be on to something here.
> Shhh - don't tell the others but it's called a "fork"...;)

Yes, I *have* heard it called that before. I stopped calling it that way back in high school.


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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 13:32:06 +1000

m_init(): spawning followupTo('SaraM')...done.
>"Anyone"?
>*Anyone*??

You should know by now you don't get volunteers just by asking for them.

>You mean even the most plebian and humdrum and MUNDANE amongst us

Mundane: adj. Pertaining to or based on the emotional state of dejection most commonly felt on Monday.

>could have been the first to post this joke? Is *that* what you're saying?

Well... *almost*

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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: Barry <friend.public.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 00:00:49 +0100

spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com says...
> Yog Shoggoth wrote:
> [about http://www.timecube.com/ ]
> >Gene Ray, inventor/discoverer of Nature's Harmonious Time Cube (also holder of the trademarked name "Mr. Marbles").
> Is his first and middle name "Lost His"?

Or even "Hassan Eywon-Szenemiy"?


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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
Date: 26 Jun 2002 01:49:12 GMT

Yog Shoggoth <dr_yog.hotmail.com> said:
> Barry <friend.public.com> wrote:
>>Or even "Hassan Eywon-Szenemiy"?
> To give a serious answer,

*BZZZT*.

Next contestant?

dan, whose bright red Siamese fighting fishies wonder how come the showcase never wins the showdown


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Subject: Re: Another year, still another place...
From: Jason <jbeasley.shadowknife.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 04:33:57 GMT

Donald Welsh wrote:
> Jason <jbeasley.shadowknife.com> wrote:
>>pieceoftheuniverse wrote:
>>>And if you like a touch of the classics, there's always Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.net/
>>Yes. I was just reading _The_Wonderful_Wizard_Of_Oz_ at work today.
> I typed that.

Wow, I thought I was reading it from a file. You're FAST!


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Subject: Re: Obligatory W0000H!!!!
From: Jim Menard <jimm.io.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 02:51:08 GMT

"Richard Fitzpatrick" <fitzmor.NO.SPAM.webone.com.au> writes:
> Daniel E. Macks wrote ...
> >Richard Fitzpatrick <fitzmor.NO.SPAM.webone.com.au> said:
> >> Richard "what have I *done*?" Fitzpatrick
> >Come into a cascade half a day late and three subthreads away? :)
> <cough> Propagation error. <cough>

Funny, that's what my dad kept muttering behind my back.

Happy Father's Day.


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Subject: Re: Obligatory W0000H!!!!
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 17:26:45 +1000

m_init(): spawning followupTo('Jeffrey Kaplan')...done.
>Dangling footnote! Run for the hills!

One day, when someone makes a surprisingly daring and controversial comment annotated by a missing numeric reference, I shall introduce the term "Damoclean footnote", and everyone shall think me *so* witty.

Screwtape,
...oops. damn.


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Subject: Re: How to wash your kitty, and survive
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
Date: 17 Jun 2002 16:04:04 GMT

TimC <tconnors.no.astro.spam.swin.accepted.edu.here.au> said:
> Chris Wesling wrote:
>> Chris W., whose enormous grayscale American sleeping kitties think the lawyers would feel right at home...
> Have you ever concidered using tri-colour photography on your American sleeping kitties?

Come on, scientician-type-person. You should know that it's easier to start with a simple case (spherical cow) and expand it to more generalized things (cow-shaped spheres). Maybe Chris is just trying to solve the "one-color cat problem".

dan, whose bright red Siamese fighting fishies still us an amber monitor


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Subject: Re: How to wash your kitty, and survive
From: SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 00:59:20 +1000

Brantley Hudson wrote:
> SaraM wrote:
> > Viki wrote:
> >> I'd give you a *smootch,* D.W., but then I'd have to send you a bill for it.
> > Why can't he use his lips like a normal person?
> Keep in mind, EKG, we're dealing with D.W. And D.W. is not a 'normal' person. Not at all. Nope. Un-Uhh.

What do you mean *not* normal? Why I'll have you know that down here men are *supposed* to be two metres tall, hunkingly handsome and capable of melting maidens with a single glance. I can only put your petty remarks down to an overweening sense of jealously on your part towards the magnificent example of Antipodean male loveliness that is D.W. (which, of *course* stands for Don Wan, in case you were wondering)

> As Yogi Bear would say, He's "Smmmarter than the average bear".

Oh yes - I've seen the average, bare, and he's *definitely* smarter 8)

> Brantley W. Hudson - Austin - remove the mystery meat for mail Onions expressed are my own...

Ohh that must hurt...


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Subject: Re: How to wash your kitty, and survive
From: Ian Davis <Ian.Davis.ludwig.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 09:36:29 +1000

dwelsh.nospam.melbpc.org.au (Donald Welsh) wrote:
> Thanks, now I feel special. Even specialer than usual.

Hence the special school.


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Subject: Re: How to wash your kitty, and survive
From: pieceoftheuniverse <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 13:32:26 -0600

SaraM wrote:
>Viki wrote:
>> Isn't that a loaded question?
>No, silly - it's a gun. Now be a good girl and turn around and say hello to Mr Wall - <PROD!>
>
>
>
>Okay you guys - *Auction* Time 8)
>
>Now - what am I bid...?

Oh, dang it, I hate when there's an impromptu auction. I'm never prepared. Let's see now ... I've got:

- a piece of string
- half-used desk calendar
- unopened pack of gum
- $18.25 in assorted bills and change
- a broken Canon 630 printer
- eight-track deck

And something's stuck in my pocket, and won't come out ... ah, there it is! Well, this should be worth something:

- a partridge in a pear tree, slightly crumpled

Let's see you folks top *that*!


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Subject: Re: How to wash your kitty, and survive
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
Date: 21 Jun 2002 20:55:01 GMT

pieceoftheuniverse <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com> said:
> - a partridge in a pear tree, slightly crumpled

Hmm...

- a 10' roll of pipe-cleaner
- a bottle from DNA beer, washed
- a 9-track tape, contents unknown
- a pair of chopsticks, used once, with original wrapper
- the wrapper from a ream of 8.5x11" 3-holed paper, apparently-not-very-aerodynamically-crumpled

dan, whose bright red Siamese fighting fishies aren't mammals, and thus don't have any belly-button lint


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Subject: Re: How to wash your kitty, and survive
From: SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 02:26:22 +1000

"Daniel E. Macks" wrote:
> - a 10' roll of pipe-cleaner

On an intricate parcel gilt ormolu mount, edged in rich quatrefoil gadrooning, partially used.

> - a bottle from DNA beer, washed

On a mahogany inlaid plinth, with cartouche inscribed "Honeymoon - Carton 9"

> - a 9-track tape, contents unknown

Original paper label attached - "Roswell - The Dissection"

> - a pair of chopsticks, used once, with original wrapper

Also labelled "Roswell - The Dissection".

> - the wrapper from a ream of 8.5x11" 3-holed paper, apparently-not-very-aerodynamically-crumpled

Hand bound in Moroccan fine-grained hide, gold-tooled, with inscription and inflatable emergency exit shutes.

> dan, whose bright red Siamese fighting fishies aren't mammals, and thus don't have any belly-button lint

Presented in an Edwardian fruitwood and leadlight specimen case, approximate size: 15 X 5 X 5mm


Next we have Lot 103 - a collection of butter dishes...


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Subject: Re: How to wash your kitty, and survive
From: SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 01:39:01 +1000

"Daniel E. Macks" wrote:
> SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au> said:
> > No, silly - it's a gun. Now be a good girl and turn around and say hello to Mr Wall - <PROD!>
> I don't think Larry would say PROD! is a valid filehandle.
> dan, whose bright red Siamese fighting fishies wonder if 5.8.0+Tk will work under OS X

Dan Dan Dan...<puts arm around shoulder, gently leads off to private corner...>

In the real world, attempting to impress girls with your numeric dexterity *might* be a moderately successful way to score, at least amongst the more plain and bookish fraternity, but here on the net we uberfemales have come to appreciate figures and digits in a *completely* different way ;)

Now - would you like to try again and make a proper bid, or would you like to join Miss Viki after school for her remedial class?


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Subject: Re: Surreal
From: dwelsh.nospam.melbpc.org.au (Donald Welsh)
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 19:33:43 GMT

vvidt.netscape.net (Viki) wrote:
>"Richard Fitzpatrick" <fitzmor.NO.SPAM.webone.com.au> wrote:
>> Daniel E. Macks wrote ...
>> >dan, whose bright red Siamese fighting fgishies hate it when the surreality interferes with the reality
>> Easy, just increase the proportion of surreality in your life.
>How many surrealists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Some friends told me this joke a while back. I guessed the answer immediately.

>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>.
>fish.

Then, I went on to explain why fish are always associated with surrealism. Symbolically, it's "a fish out of water", a paradigm example of decontextualization. So much so that it's part of the surrealist's game, to not only deconstruct and recontextualize, but to include a fish in the bricollage as a semiotic indicator that the game is played knowingly.

They were impressed by my ability to spout arty bullshit on demand.

-- D. "'Deconstruct and recontextualize' sounds fancier than 'cut and paste', but it's the same thing." W.


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Subject: Re: Bye for now ;-)
From: Richard Wilson <richard.molerat.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 18:05:45 +0100

Ken Adams <kmadams85.comcast.net> writes
>Speaking of quirkyness, I read today that the National Health Service has received new proposed guidelines under which patients who are going blind would have to lose the sight in one eye before receiving treatment.
>Sign me up for that health plan!

That's a foul calumny, sir, and typical of the sort of slanderous distortions of the fact we poor, long-suffering NHS professionals have to put up with if I may say so.

The actual guideline in question states that, after receiving eye treatment, the patient should wait until he has lost the sight in *both* eyes before trying to complete the complaints form.

-Richard Wilson-*----*----*----*-----*-richard.molerat.demon.co.uk-
--*----*---*---*-----*----*--still awaiting his turn to leave--*---
--*----*---*---*-----*----a grannie on a trolley in the corridor---


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Subject: Re: canned meaty goodness
From: Tom Harrington <tph.pcisys.no.spam.dammit.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 09:21:32 -0600

"Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu> wrote:
> Jeffrey Kaplan <postmaster.gordol.org> said:
> > TimC wrote:
> > ; Erk. My newish email adress is all over the local web sites. And I have no ability to remove them because I don't administer the site. And I recieved my first 2 spams today, 3 months on.
> > ; /me go hides in a corner until it all finishes :'(
> > In that case, it's been nice talking to you, as you're gong to be in that corner for a loooooooong time.
> Jeff Kaplan-Horner
> Sat in the corner...

Eating his _________.

He stuck in his thumb,
and pulled out a ________,
and said "__________".


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Subject: Re: canned meaty goodness
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
Date: 18 Jun 2002 18:47:46 GMT

Tom Harrington <tph.pcisys.no.spam.dammit.net> said:
> "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu> wrote:
>> Jeff Kaplan-Horner
>> Sat in the corner...
> Eating his _________.
>
> He stuck in his thumb,
> and pulled out a ________,
> and said "__________".

MadLibs!!!

sister Mary.; plum; Where the hell's your cherry?

dan, whose bright red Siamese fighting fishies _adv_ _v_ the _adj_ _n_


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Subject: Aussies transporting laser beams?
From: davehinz.spamcop.net
Date: 18 Jun 2002 13:21:38 GMT

OK, so you've seen it, I've seen it, and I don't understand. Can someone point me to something other than a fluff-piece on this "we've teleported a laser beam" experiment that those scientists in .au have done?

I realize this is astonishingly off-topic, and that normally we'd start on-topic and then drift elsewhere, but I hope that I can be excused for this transgression.

Dave "No really, what does this mean exactly?" Hinz


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Subject: Re: Aussies transporting laser beams?
From: google.unitedheroes.net (TechnoAtheist)
Date: 18 Jun 2002 19:58:58 -0700

davehinz.spamcop.net wrote:
> GW De Lacey <georgew.dnet.aunz.com> wrote:
> > As far as I can tell, they've used a laser light to transport itself (the light) 1 meter.
> I still can't visualize what they mean, though... is it like this: ---___----, or this: --_, or this -|-, or something far more evil and twisted like this: : )

Actually, from what I've read it falls clearly into the evil and twisted area.

My understanding of what they've done is take a laser beam with specific data encoded in it, entangled it (and in the process destroyed it which solves the whole problem of having two laser beams embarrassed because they're both wearing the same thing) transmitted the data via radio to a second system and recreated the laser beam.

Now, I'm guessing that more than one of you clever types are saying things like, "Ok, so they've reproduced a beam of light by radio. Won't the RIAA ban that sort of thing as piracy?" to which I'd say. "Well, Yes, of course. They're currently pushing through legislation banning avalanches because they infringe on rock and roll." But of course it is far, far more than that.

It involves elements of quantum mechanics, partical theory and of course pixies. Big pixies. Big pixies with baseball bats, capiche?

> > Pretty exciting first small step from all accounts.
> I'm sure it is, but I don't know what to make of it.
> Dave "Now, if they could just make a cup of Earl Grey, Hot..." Hinz

See, now there's a waste of good technology.

Here's a delightful device capable of creating whatever your whim (and of course disposing of the evidence rather nicely as well) and the best you can ask for is a cup of tepid leaf trimmings?

Not me, bunky! I'd go for the gusto straight from the get-go.


I'd order a cheeseburger.


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Subject: Re: [OT--Somewhat meta] History of newsgroups, long-time users
From: Barry <friend.public.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 16:15:16 +0100

spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com says...
> Got any good suggestions for a Windows newsreader that can also handle email traffic? I like XNews and all, but lack of easy email ability is the only thing that precludes me from switching (unless I missed something in the man pages).

Traditionalist that I am, I try not to ask too much of my apps; newsreaders should read news, mail clients should read mail and browsers should spew my personal information to any ungulate-felching marketeers that can pay for a javascript-enhanced web page.

YMMV, of course.

Barry

From: dwelsh.nospam.melbpc.org.au (Donald Welsh)
If that's not an admission that you use Infernal Exploder, I don't know what is.

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Subject: Re: [OT--Somewhat meta] History of newsgroups, long-time users
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 10:04:49 +1000

m_init(): spawning followupTo('Ian Davis')...done.
> Fierce Cookie <putain.de.2cv.mindspring.com> wrote:
>> Except for the Aussies in the group. Those guys all seem to want to mince about the sheep paddock, and that's quite icky, and occasionally downright disturbing.
>All rhodents please note: for the sake of Paul's ickysense, please confine your bestiality to the bedroom, where it belongs.

For a moment there, I thought you were implying that FC's long exposure to bright-red Siamese fighting fish had given him a dim precognitive ability, analogous to Spider-man's spidey-sense.

Screwtape,
...but no, that would be an "icthy-sense".

From: Ian Davis <Ian.Davis.ludwig.edu.au>
Pisce off.

Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: [OT--Somewhat meta] History of newsgroups, long-time users
From: Ian Davis <Ian.Davis.ludwig.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 09:39:36 +1000

Jeffrey Kaplan <rhod.gordol.org> wrote:
> Agent does not filter on body content.

This is the true explanation of what happened to Q. Bond doesn't like practical jokes.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Internet Oracularities Digest #1267
From: SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 02:29:58 +1000

Donald Welsh wrote:
> pieceoftheuniverse <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com> wrote:
> >Lord Insidious, World Dominator wrote:
> >>pieceoftheuniverse wrote:
> >>>The number one, of course, has no known significance.
> >>Indeed, it's the loneliest number.
> >But two can be lonelier than one.
> Four, huh, good Ghod, y'all, what is it *good* for?

Fournicating?


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Aaaaaargh... (long rant)
From: Charles A Lieberman <calieber.bigfoot.co.m>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 17:00:37 -0400

sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com> wrote:
> I'm keeping a list of all the companies that annoy me by doing something mind-boggingly stupid. It might be running an ad with Carrot Top in it, or it might be including a useless help file, or it might even be creating a patch for a favourite game that makes it play even worse than before. Any way it goes, I'm keeping a list. And no one on that list, if I can help it, will see a dime from me ever again.
> It's getting to be quite a large list, at that.
> But it will come in extremely useful when I take over.

Although by then you'll be naked and with no means with wich to communicate with the outside world. Not to mention somewhat emaciated.

Unless you're far more tolerant than I.


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Subject: Re: Aaaaaargh... (long rant)
From: Fierce Cookie <putain.de.2cv.mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 22:13:15 -0400

sjc wrote:
> Except to say that I'm keeping a list of all the companies that annoy me by doing something mind-boggingly stupid. It might be running an ad with Carrot Top in it, or it might be including a useless help file, or it might even be creating a patch for a favourite game that makes it play even worse than before. Any way it goes, I'm keeping a list. And no one on that list, if I can help it, will see a dime from me ever again.

That sounds like a terroristic threat, threatening to take away the life blood of all those poor, competency-challenged software companies. Yous should be ashamed.

> It's getting to be quite a large list, at that.

No doubt: Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft...


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d,alt.fan.douglas-adams
Subject: Decloaking
From: sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 17:39:54 -0600

[A lone figure walks from stage-right -- hey, wait a minute! When did we get a stage?]

[Oh, never mind. Anyway, there's this guy, and he walks in from stage right, as I said. He steps up to the podium (I'm not paying for that, you know. Okay, okay, stop poking me, I'm continuing) and a spotlight shines on him to reveal none other than pieceoftheuniverse]

"Good day, everyone. Apologies for the crosspost, but it's better than multiposting, and I just wanted to get this out of the way.

"It has come to my attention that there is no real purpose in hiding my identity from the world. I have continued to do this despite many protests to the contrary but, finally, I have been convinced. While the identity of pieceoftheuniverse shall forever live on, it will have to survive within my current -- and real-life -- moniker. I was born as ..."

[He breaks off for a minute, both full of emotion and -- ah, hell, let's just skip to the good part. I'm not getting paid enough to do this]

"My real name is Steven James Cossey. 'sjc' for short, though I will respond to 'steven,' 'steve,' and no doubt 'piece' and 'potu' for quite some time. I figured that since I'm going to be taking over the planet anyway, and that handles are largely regarded upon as amateurish and h4X0r-ish by the majority of my future subjects, you might as well know."

[He stands at the podium for a bit longer than is strictly necessary, then glares back at you, if a touch uncomfortably]

"That's all, really. Bye for now."

[Exunt, pursued by bear]


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d,alt.fan.douglas-adams
Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 11:19:15 +1000

m_init(): spawning followupTo('sjc')...done.
<snip>
>[He breaks off for a minute, both full of emotion and -- ah, hell, let's just skip to the good part. I'm not getting paid enough to do this]
>"My real name is Steven James Cossey. 'sjc' for short, though I will respond to 'steven,' 'steve,' and no doubt 'piece' and 'potu' for quite some time. I figured that since I'm going to be taking over the planet anyway, and that handles are largely regarded upon as amateurish and h4X0r-ish by the majority of my future subjects, you might as well know."

<snip>

/me scribbles frantically in a note book. Steven James Cossey, with a v, two Ss and a Y.

It's not as.. well, romantic as POTU, but I guess it's hard to write POTU on all those crazy forms that demand both a first name and surname.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d,alt.fan.douglas-adams
Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 08:37:25 -0600

Screwtape wrote:
>m_init(): spawning followupTo('sjc')...done.
><snip>
>>"My real name is Steven James Cossey.
>/me scribbles frantically in a note book. Steven James Cossey, with a v, two Ss and a Y.

That's *three* Ss. And don't forget the occasional vowel.

>It's not as.. well, romantic as POTU, but I guess it's hard to write POTU on all those crazy forms that demand both a first name and surname.

Not really. First name piece, middle name ofthe, last name universe. I did that for a lot of forms where I figured there was no good reason to give them my real name, and for the longest time I had marketing departments send me spam beginning with "Dear Mr. Universe ..."

And I didn't have to lift a single car.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 08:43:31 -0600

Fierce Cookie wrote:
>sjc wrote:
><snip>
>Now if you give a lock of your hair to EGK, she will be able to hex you at last.

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails
Or perhaps dragonfly wings?
Scum of the earth and particle mass,
Oh, a myriad of things!

Window cleaner, tampons plus,
Toilet paper au gratin,
Finger paints and economy paint,
And bananas spoiled and rotten.

For a proper hex isn't quite the curse
Unless one's shape is changed as well.
And frogs and lizards are so passé
That it's hardly worth the spell.


And heaven forbid if she turns me into a *priest* ...


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: SaraM <egk.speedlink.com.au>
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 09:32:02 +1000

sjc wrote:
> And heaven forbid if she turns me into a *priest* ...

Father Cossey looked heavenwards, sighing ruefully as the natives sprinkled herbs in the cauldron and adjusted his seasonings...

Damn - if only he'd been more *specific*...


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d,alt.fan.douglas-adams
Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: Tom Harrington <tph.pcisys.no.spam.dammit.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 21:32:45 -0600

sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com> wrote:
> "My real name is Steven James Cossey. 'sjc' for short, though I will respond to 'steven,' 'steve,' and no doubt 'piece' and 'potu' for quite some time. I figured that since I'm going to be taking over the planet anyway, and that handles are largely regarded upon as amateurish and h4X0r-ish by the majority of my future subjects, you might as well know."

I read this and started thinking, SJC, SJC, didn't I used to know someone who used those initials? That particular arrangement of letters just seems so familiar, who could it have been? Then I realized that "SJC" is the three-letter code for San Jose airport, in California.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d,alt.fan.douglas-adams
Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: "~Steve-o" <HeySteveo.steveo.cjb.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 11:01:16 -0000

sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com> probably meant the following to go to alt.sex.ficus, but instead posted it to rec.humor.oracle.d:
> I figured that since I'm going to be taking over the planet anyway, and that handles are largely regarded upon as amateurish and h4X0r-ish by the majority of my future subjects, you might as well know."

Bravo. You know, my life hasn't been the same since I stopped using the handle "Bambi Gentle Giantess."


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Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: TechnoAtheist <TA.SpamIsBad.grayhoundchronicles.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 03:34:17 GMT

A group of monkeys who are a bit touchy in the name department claiming to be sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com> wrote:
>TechnoAtheist wrote:
>>sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com> wrote:
>>>"My real name is Steven James Cossey. 'sjc' for short, though I will respond to 'steven,' 'steve,' and no doubt 'piece' and 'potu' for quite some time.
>>WHAT!?!?!?!
>>I'm sorry, but this is totally unacceptable.
>Take a look at Tom Harrington's post in this thread. My initials are an abbreviation for San Jose, California, where I've lived for a good three-fourths of my life. The mocking and derision was ... well, non-existant, really. But it was damn confusing whilst I was growing up. For the longest time I thought I had an internal population of eight hundred thousand.

No. I'm sorry but even being named after a major... no. uhm, midsize? well, sorta, ok sprawling... thingish type city-like grouping of various districts where was I?

Oh, right!

I'm sorry but that's simply not good enough.

Now, if you want truly embarrassing, I propose my name.

John-Reid Conlin.

First off, you have to deal with nuns, government officials and other ne'redowells insisting on calling you John. That's a bit like someone calling you Ste. The name is John-Reid with the little dash thingy connecting the two like the bizarre, non-surgical siamese twin they are.

So I decided that "Hey, nobody calls me by the full version, so I'll go by the initials instead." After years of effort, I finally convince the greater majority to call me "JR".

Then some idiot in Dallas gets shot on TV and everyone starts asking me who it was. How the Hell do I know! Crimany, I'm just a friggin' kid living in Virginia you moron! I don't even watch the bloody show!

Eventually they determine it was me and after spending time in the local home for wayward youth life goes on.

Oh, but no... no it does not.

Soon, I'm an adult trying to impress a date by taking her to a fine restaurant.

Your name?

Uhm, Conlin, JR Conlin.

Ok, the wait is about 15 minutes.

Uh, sure. thanks.

[fifteen minutes pass]

COLON? JUNIOR COLON? PARTY OF TWO? YOUR TABLE IS READY. JUNIOR COLON, YOUR TABLE IS READY.

More time in the local penn? Fine. It was worth it.

So I decide that maybe I should just go by my initials: JRC.

Have you bothered trying to sound those out yet.

Yeah, well you're a jerk too. No, if you didn't mean to call me one, you wouldn't be laughing right now, would you?

Jerk.

So, you can imagine my joy, no, my abject thrill in discovering that out there in the world, there was someone that might understand what it's like to be cursed by their name (enough so that a name like TechnoAtheist actually sounds good in comparison) I did the happy dance of commiseration, only to be brutally awoken when you revealed that your name is about as ordinary as they come. Oh, how I hoped your name would be something like Dan Creass or Svenk Turr.

*sigh*


Youth today. Can't even work up a halfway descent fit of angst.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 23:56:05 +1000

m_init(): spawning followupTo('GW De Lacey')...done.
>Richard Fitzpatrick wrote:
>>GW De Lacey wrote ...
>>>I've always wanted to be called 'Chips'.
>>Chips De Lacey?
>>CDL?
>>Ah doan geddit.
>Gee, there's nothing complicated. I just like the name. It's got a sort of 'riding tall in the saddle with six-guns casually waving in the breeze' connotation, don't you think?

Uh... GW.. I think your guns are flaccid. Did you buy them from some bloke named Dali, perchance?


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Decloaking
From: "Daniel E. Macks" <dmacks.mail.sas.upenn.edu>
Date: 29 Jun 2002 21:38:11 GMT

Screwtape <st.ferd2.thristian.org> said:
> Uh... GW.. I think your guns are flaccid. Did you buy them from some bloke named Dali, perchance?

Doesn't that guy have a store that sells the large ones?
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It's the Lama-o-rama king-dong.

BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

What? Oh no thanks, I can show myself out.

dan, whose bright red Siamese fighting fishies always keep the car running


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Question about voting
From: st.ferd2.thristian.org (Screwtape)
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 11:59:03 +1000

m_init(): spawning followupTo('Lisa2836')...done.
>Hi, I'm new here. What purpose does voting serve? Does it determine which Oraularities get into the Digest?

Not directly. For any digest Oracularity whose average score is less than three, the Priest in question is strapped into a little chair and given electric shocks of varying duration - two seconds for a 2.5, three seconds for a 2, four seconds for a 1.5, and so forth.

It is hoped that in this way, the average score of oracularities will increase, and poor or low-scoring Priests will be removed from the system.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: Question about voting
From: Richard Wilson <richard.molerat.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 17:53:41 +0100

Ian Davis <not.all.certain> writes
> lisa2836.aol.com (Lisa2836) wrote:
>> Hi, I'm new here. What purpose does voting serve? Does it determine which Oraularities get into the Digest?
>No, that is determined by the priest reviewing it. The voting gives some feedback after the event, so that we all know the type of thing that people like. It's interesting to look at the vote distribution for some questions: for every single one, there are people who think it's outrageously funny and others who don't think it's funny at all.

'Course, none of the all-time top 10 scored either a 1 or a 2, but that could be due to the fact that they all happened in the old days before endless September, when netizens as a species were still capable of grasping abstruse concepts like 1=bad, 5=good.

-Richard Wilson-*----*----*----*-----*-richard.molerat.demon.co.uk-
--who, truth be told, first logged on circa September 425th, 1993--


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Subject: Re: Question about Priests and Submissions
From: Ken McGlothlen <mcglk.artlogix.com>
Date: 27 Jun 2002 21:15:12 GMT

Fierce Cookie <putain.de.2cv.mindspring.com> writes:
| [*] Or perhaps in some order. I'm not really certain, but it helps me through the night to think it's all random. Otherwise, if I were not allowed to think it was all random, I might go mad thinking that the reason Ian Davis gets such great votes is that he has some lock on the GOOD Oracularities, and all the rotten ones get sent to me. I mean, how else could you explain the fact that every time he goes on vacation, my mailbox gets filled with manna from heaven, but when he's not, I get the same old dreck as usual? Hmmmm? Explain that to me, please.

Hm---I only get unmitigated crap unless Ian's on vacation, too.

It seems so obvious now---Ian paid Steve off.

The remedy is clear: Let's start forwarding all our submissions to Ian, so he gains an appreciation of what the rest of us go through. It'll be like setting his load to 27 against his will. He'll go insane after being coddled all this time with such easy submissions.

Not that anyone would notice.

I mean, I like Ian, but I can set that aside when the occasion calls for it.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: My deep apologies - A newbie screws up
From: Ian Davis <not.all.certain>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 08:18:04 +1000

Barry O'Neill <friend.public.com> wrote:
> Ian Davis wrote:
> > For the purposes of the Digest, we select them based on their humor.
> Oh, stop it. My sides are hurting.

Sorry, I was reading from the brochure. I don't know what I was thinking.

Ian.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: FAQ help, please
From: Fierce Cookie <putain.de.2cv.mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 22:30:33 -0400

sjc wrote:
> Due to popular request, I'm trying to compile a list of *explanations* for in-jokes.
> The trouble -- well, the main trouble, since obviously there are various troubles involved with what I'm attempting -- is that I've only been posting to rhod for two years. I'm a baby compared to most of you folks, and of course all of you would know far better than I where, how, and why an in-joke started.
> My initial list is here: http://www.pieceoftheuniverse.com/rhod/injoke.shtml
> The list of in-jokes I know about is, naturally, here: http://www.pieceoftheuniverse.com/rhod/faq.shtml
> Neither list is complete, but it seems that it being about rhod, it should have that rhod-esque feel to it that I alone cannot provide.
> My email is here: rhod at pieceoftheuniverse.com
> Or, of course, we could just post to the froup and debate about everything at length.

Okay, regarding the brSff "legend," here's the real story. Several years ago, my stepdaughter gave me a Siamese Fighting Fish for Christmas. It was blue. I took my fish to work, being very proud of it. I named my fish "Lunch." At the time I was working for a vegetarian food co-op, so I thought the name was uproariously funny (this fact alone -- that I am so amused by unbelievably stupid things -- is doubtless what qualified me to become a priest). A few of my cow-orkers thought the name was in poor taste, no pun intended. After a month or so, Lunch died. I don't know why.

To replace my dear departed Lunch, my stepdaughter gave me another Siamese fighting fish for Valentine's day. Given that the color red is of some significance on SVD, she chose a red fish this time. I took this fish to work, being very proud of it.

One day, I was showing off my fish to a cow-orker (who was, perchance, quite a serious vegan and thought my choice of a name for the previous fish was in poor taste). I demonstrated how the fish would "flare" his gill covers and fins whenever he saw his own reflection, this being a reliably silly habit of bettas that impresses onlookers. Struck with a sudden insight, I mentioned to my colleague, "You know, milligram for milligram, this is the fiercest creature on the planet." His response of "Really!" was accompanied by such a look of credulity, that the chance turn of phrase stuck in my mind. I .sigged it, and thereafter it became a rhod meme.

Once the fish had some notoriety, I incorporated the "World Famous" bit, mainly because there were folks "Down Under" in Austria who knew about it. The "official" .sig, which I believe was warlorded at least once, went as follows:

"Paul L. Kelly, whose world famous bright red Siamese fighting fish is, milligram for milligram, the fiercest creature on the planet."

Or something like that. The fish never had a name, only a .sigged description. He lived more than two years. He could hardly swim at the end of it all, and had to be "nudged" to the surface just to eat his food. I now have a theory that fish without names live longer than fish with names. Sorry, Charlie.

There was another pet episode involving a brSff my daughter Alex acquired, in which she wanted me to make her fish as famous as mine. I did my best, announcing the whole thing in rhod, and there was some moderate success. She even got a fan letter from Phil Culmer (a.k.a. Amanda Huggenkiss). That was cool. Another rhodite (I forget who) created a web page in honor of Alex's fish. That was also very cool, but the page was eventually taken down.

And then there was the frog, Lazarus. You should look that story up on google. Trust me.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: FAQ help, please
From: Fierce Cookie <putain.de.2cv.mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 09:56:27 -0400

Jeffrey Kaplan wrote:
> Fierce Cookie wrote:
> ; Once the fish had some notoriety, I incorporated the "World Famous" bit, mainly because there were folks "Down Under" in Austria who knew
> When did they move central Europe to the southern hemisphere?

Hah. You're the reason the whole world makes fun of Americans as being complete dolts when it comes to world geography. Next you'll be saying that Canada is a whole country or something else ludicrous like that.


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Subject: Re: FAQ help, please
From: "Richard Fitzpatrick" <fitzmor.NO.SPAM.webone.com.au>
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 18:32:06 +1000

Fierce Cookie wrote ...
>Once the fish had some notoriety, I incorporated the "World Famous" bit, mainly because there were folks "Down Under" in Austria who knew about it.

I refuse to respond to this obv...

Bugger.


Newsgroups: rec.humor.oracle.d
Subject: Re: FAQ help, please
From: Tom Harrington <tph.pcisys.no.spam.dammit.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 23:01:54 -0600

sjc <spam.pieceoftheuniverse.com> wrote:
> Due to popular request, I'm trying to compile a list of *explanations* for in-jokes.

Let's see what other goodies Google has for me...

The earliest _digested_ reference to the Anti-Oracle may be 750-02, but evidence suggests it goes back much farther. Here's a link to a post from 1993, listing undigested answers. This is something like a couple of years before digest 750, before I started reading RHOD (and I think Ian's the only current RHODent who's been there longer than me): <http://groups.google.com/groups...gplain>

Long, but I like it. It's a LOTR/Oracle crossover with the Balrog as the anti-oracle. One of the better-written Oracularities I've seen.

"It is the Balrog, the Anti-Oracle. As the Oracle lives to give wisdom and answer questions, so the Balrog exists to absorb wisdom by asking questions."

A later thread suggests that it may have been Ross Clement's work: <http://groups.google.com/groups...26rnum%3D2>

[Kee-rist that's a long URL]

Interestingly I suggested in this thread that it would be nearly impossible to create new in-jokes (in 1995, even). How wrong I was:

"There's just one problem-- there are a hell of alot more people bothering the Oracle now than there used to be. Lisa first appeared in what, digest #32? When the Oracle's address appears in "Internet for the Cerebrally Crippled, vol 27" like it does now, it's hard to establish new traditions unless you REALLY want to. You'll have to answer many many questions to establish the Anti- Oracle. Be sure that you have cleansed your soul, sharpened your sword, and blocked out a whole lot of free time before you try again."

Let's see, what else? In addition to my emailed confession to having started the "<word> 'er?" in-joke, I was the original cascade cop back in 1996: <http://groups.google.com/groups...rnum=4>

Al Corvino's followup made it to AHBOU. I gave up the job because back in those days it wasn't a full-time occupation.

What else? Hmmm.. I see it was in September 1995 that the Joel Furr flap occurred. And... *sniff*.. the absolute best RHOD thread ever, which took place in 1996, in which I managed to successfully troll RHOD. Those that I caught have since departed, which is why it's no longer possible to do this: <http://groups.google.com/groups...rnum=18>

In 1999 Richard Wilson made this prophetic statement about the condition of RHOD:

"On the verge of the Injoke Event Horizon. This will be reached when every post consists of a repetition of a previously agreed funny word or phrase, and the postload on any given day will be indistinguishable from that on the day before. After a few months of this someone will write a program to automate the process and we can all go about our lives again."

Keep looking... Hey! Just a couple of weeks ago was the 8th anniversary of my first post to RHOD! Oddly enough I referred to "rodents"; at the time, "RHODents" was not yet the pseudo-word that it is today.



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