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Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:30 AM

What was DU's most ridiculous flamewar?

Cornflake Chicken?

Olive Garden?

Laura Brannigan?

The Douchebag Thread?

There's got to be a few I'm missing.

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Reply What was DU's most ridiculous flamewar? (Original post)
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 OP
fishwax Nov 2014 #1
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #2
Initech Nov 2014 #7
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #13
stevenleser Nov 2014 #22
progressoid Nov 2014 #122
chrisa Nov 2014 #21
hifiguy Nov 2014 #54
Dr. Strange Nov 2014 #90
TheKentuckian Nov 2014 #92
Odin2005 Nov 2014 #114
Odin2005 Nov 2014 #115
Marrah_G Nov 2014 #119
Warren DeMontague Nov 2014 #120
Renew Deal Nov 2014 #127
arcane1 Nov 2014 #3
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #4
arcane1 Nov 2014 #5
nirvana555 Nov 2014 #6
sharp_stick Nov 2014 #29
arcane1 Nov 2014 #69
betsuni Nov 2014 #96
treestar Nov 2014 #128
Phentex Nov 2014 #44
Throd Nov 2014 #68
petronius Nov 2014 #8
sharp_stick Nov 2014 #11
Sanity Claws Nov 2014 #12
kiva Nov 2014 #9
Rhiannon12866 Nov 2014 #10
sakabatou Nov 2014 #50
denbot Nov 2014 #61
swag Nov 2014 #89
Sanity Claws Nov 2014 #14
fishwax Nov 2014 #28
Sanity Claws Nov 2014 #37
fishwax Nov 2014 #39
Sanity Claws Nov 2014 #40
betsuni Nov 2014 #97
BeanMusical Nov 2014 #99
LiberalLoner Nov 2014 #112
Hissyspit Nov 2014 #80
sharp_stick Nov 2014 #103
Hissyspit Nov 2014 #106
Phentex Nov 2014 #15
valerief Nov 2014 #34
Phentex Nov 2014 #41
sharp_stick Nov 2014 #42
Phentex Nov 2014 #43
valerief Nov 2014 #74
Art_from_Ark Nov 2014 #75
Phentex Nov 2014 #16
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #47
Algernon Moncrieff Nov 2014 #70
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #71
Algernon Moncrieff Nov 2014 #72
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #17
pipi_k Nov 2014 #18
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #20
pipi_k Nov 2014 #63
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #64
stevenleser Nov 2014 #24
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #25
fishwax Nov 2014 #30
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #31
Texasgal Nov 2014 #87
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #93
stevenleser Nov 2014 #35
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #49
BronxBoy Nov 2014 #73
hifiguy Nov 2014 #57
valerief Nov 2014 #32
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #46
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #48
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #51
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #52
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #53
seaglass Nov 2014 #109
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #110
Dr. Strange Nov 2014 #91
riderinthestorm Nov 2014 #19
murielm99 Nov 2014 #94
riderinthestorm Nov 2014 #98
Tuesday Afternoon Nov 2014 #23
hifiguy Nov 2014 #58
LynneSin Nov 2014 #104
Kali Nov 2014 #26
valerief Nov 2014 #33
orleans Nov 2014 #38
Brother Buzz Nov 2014 #66
LeftinOH Nov 2014 #27
sharp_stick Nov 2014 #36
BlueJazz Nov 2014 #78
Kali Nov 2014 #45
B Calm Nov 2014 #55
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 2014 #56
Texasgal Nov 2014 #59
femmocrat Nov 2014 #65
BlueJazz Nov 2014 #81
lovemydog Nov 2014 #100
Beaverhausen Nov 2014 #60
Texasgal Nov 2014 #62
bigwillq Nov 2014 #67
Texasgal Nov 2014 #77
sharp_stick Nov 2014 #84
Beaverhausen Nov 2014 #85
Texasgal Nov 2014 #88
BlueJazz Nov 2014 #82
The empressof all Nov 2014 #76
BlueJazz Nov 2014 #83
Callmecrazy Nov 2014 #79
Recursion Nov 2014 #135
Archae Nov 2014 #86
murielm99 Nov 2014 #95
betsuni Nov 2014 #101
lovemydog Nov 2014 #102
Tabasco_Dave Nov 2014 #105
kentauros Nov 2014 #107
LanternWaste Nov 2014 #108
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #111
Recursion Nov 2014 #134
JonLP24 Nov 2014 #113
lovemydog Nov 2014 #130
DrDan Nov 2014 #116
Odin2005 Nov 2014 #117
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #121
Iggo Nov 2014 #118
Iris Nov 2014 #123
LostInAnomie Nov 2014 #124
Iris Nov 2014 #125
Renew Deal Nov 2014 #126
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 2014 #129
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2014 #131
Rowdyboy Nov 2014 #132
Tom Kitten Nov 2014 #133

Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:35 AM

1. The moon bombing thread

that was pretty epic.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:37 AM

2. Oh shit! I forgot about that one.

That was a classic.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:59 AM

7. Like this?



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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 09:54 AM

13. This one ?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=105x9124668


It bears mentioning that the DU'er at the center of the epic sub-thread: "Beherenow" passed away several months ago if I am not mistaken.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 11:42 AM

22. That thread encompasses the full spectrum of the bizarre. Not surprised many posters

 

who had their hair on fire about it are now either PPR'd or stopped posting of their own accord.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 10:50 PM

122. OMG. That was epic off the chartness.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 11:25 AM

21. An all-time classic for sure.

Some of the troll threads by RBTexLa, or whatever his name was, were pretty hilarious too. People here got so fired up.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:07 PM

54. That was truly

 

EPIC!

My personal favorite, though the chicken wars were pretty entertaining, too.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:19 PM

90. Yea, verily.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:46 PM

92. Nothing beats the great moon bombing!

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 12:48 PM

115. That was hysterical. Literally.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 10:31 PM

119. That was totally Epic

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 10:38 PM

120. Moon bombing was my personal favorite.

By the time we got to Dr. Richard Boylan, Star Person Incarnate Fran, and their "targeted telekinetic action to protect the Star Folks Extraterrestrial Lunar Colony" (IT WORKED!!!) we had crossed the line into pure comedy gold.

Classic.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 18, 2014, 10:16 PM

127. That was the first one that came to mind for me.

"We're going to destroy mother moon!"

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:43 AM

3. The one I remember most was more of a WTF thread: "I don't drink with you"

 

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:44 AM

4. I don't remember that one.

What was it about?

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Response to LostInAnomie (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:46 AM

5. Someone went to a gathering of his wife's employers, and he refused drinks.

 

I have to find this...

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:54 AM

6. The one I remember the most about is The Olive Garden thread. N/T

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:16 PM

29. Here it is (I don't drink with you!)

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #29)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 06:02 PM

69. There it is! Good lord, my brain hurts again already

 

Thanks!

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #29)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 12:43 AM

96. Reading that thread was like a philosophy test,

I was supposed to figure out the OP's ideas of free will, libation determinism, the social contract between the party guest and the owner of the means of refreshments, etc. I don't drink with you, therefore I am ... . I'm getting a headache. I need a drink.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #29)

Tue Nov 18, 2014, 10:45 PM

128. Just spent twenty minutes reading that thread

And laughing my ass off.

Never had seen it before. What a classic!

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:02 PM

44. Wasn't it the same poster who said he would not celebrate the holidays in any way?

I think they are related.

I give props for coming on DU and making such statements. As if people care!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #44)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 05:58 PM

68. He also was proud not to wear a seat belt when driving a car.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:10 AM

8. Fat Actress! Also, to give props to a good lock, 477 posts about indoor/outdoor cats followed by:

478. Locked

meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow

SING IT WITH ME EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!

meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow

YOU KNOW THE WORDS!!!!

meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow
meow-meow-meow-meow-meow-meow


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Response to petronius (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 09:40 AM

11. Oh man I remember

Bigmclargehuge and that thread. I miss bigmclargehuge, wonder what ever became of him?

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Response to petronius (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 09:54 AM

12. How did I ever miss that thread?

I've been around since 2004 and don't remember that thread at all.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:45 AM

9. I believe kudzu had a good run.

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Response to kiva (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:55 AM

10. Yes! I remember that one, wondered if anyone else did!

And then there was something about yaks...

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Response to kiva (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:51 PM

50. It's going places

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Response to kiva (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 04:51 PM

61. I killed that thread.. Actually CallMeWestly locked after my post.

And it wasn't a flame war

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Response to denbot (Reply #61)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:04 PM

89. Thank you!

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 09:55 AM

14. Chinese Gardener

RadioLady described some guy as a Chinese gardener.

I'm not saying this was the worst flame war, just memorable. She also made the post that led to the Olive Garden flame war. Who knows what other flame wars we would have had, if she had not been tombstoned?

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:16 PM

28. asian woodcarver, I believe it was :)

Yeah, that was quite a thread. She had some other memorable ones as well. I seem to remember her starting a thread (or maybe it was just a subthread) criticizing Rachel Maddow for her plain appearance back when Rachel's show was still quite new.

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Response to fishwax (Reply #28)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:49 PM

37. Oh yes! It was woodcarver.

But you are sure it was Asian woodcarver, not Chinese?

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #37)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:10 PM

39. you might be right on that point

I guess I can't remember for sure, and was going mostly on memories of the responses and later jokes about it. 'Twas quite a while ago, I guess.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #40)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 01:32 AM

97. Thanks for the link, that was great.

Like reading something from the early 20th century. "Asian gentleman" "foreign lands" "The Cream Pony." Excellent. The first time I took my non-American husband (he is an Asian gentleman from a foreign land) to the States, my sister invited some friends over and he thanked her for a wonderful "race mix party." RACE MIX PAR-TAY, WHOO-HOO!

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #40)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 05:30 AM

99. Wow, that woman was... Special.

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Response to BeanMusical (Reply #99)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 02:31 PM

112. I actually googled the Cream Stallion. What came up on google was not a book.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:32 PM

80. RadioLady's initial post about Olive Garden

was made in response to a post by me. I was the catalyst, on vacation in NYC, and I did not check back until about a day later, because I was out having fun. I was shocked at what had developed since I asked my initial question.

I would vote for the Olive Garden flame war.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #80)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 10:05 AM

103. That was something else

It's fascinating to see just how fast a seemingly minor thing can amplify into outright craziness.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #103)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 01:01 AM

106. It really was.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 09:59 AM

15. Put your shopping cart back...

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Response to valerief (Reply #34)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:29 PM

41. No, this one. How many people would be booted off DU for this now?

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Response to Phentex (Reply #41)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:52 PM

42. I remember that one now

I still have the M&M's flipping you off pic that I stole from the lead. I was pretty much brand new to DU in those days.

I miss the day's when you could outright tell someone to go fuck themselves in a post and not face recriminations. Now you have to think of a really unique way of telling someone what a useless douche they are without actually tripping the SOP.

I don't remember Midlodemocrat or several of the others but holy crap did that one go off the rails in a hurry.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #42)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:59 PM

43. She was a mod!

and I think she was part of a later purge but I can't be sure about that.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #41)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:04 PM

74. Right. The humor has been sucked out of the place by RW disruptors using

church lady appropriateness as a shield.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #41)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:07 PM

75. Oh my gosh!

Talk about knock-down, drag-out fights!

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:01 AM

16. Also, the Clique Wars...

every few months or so, someone would post about the Lounge Cliques. They would burn for a couple of days!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:45 PM

47. I remember the "Great Purge" but that was years ago.

A lot of long time, popular DUers got tombstoned in that mess. I wish I remembered more about the details but there were all kinds of accusations flying around.

This place was dripping with drama.

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Response to Algernon Moncrieff (Reply #70)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 06:39 PM

71. Geez, look at some of the names in those threads.

So many DU legends that don't post on here anymore.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Reply #71)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 06:43 PM

72. IK,R

Actually, if you go back to a lot of threads from o7 and 08, it is striking how many are gone.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:21 AM

17. Back when we had "unrec"...

There was a DU'er appreciation thread that got unrecc'd to the point that there were over 100 votes but it only showed like 6 positive.

Many of the participants went ballistic because people had the audacity to express a negative view of the thread being "great"

It was truly ridiculous

Just remembered...it was a "Hannah Bell" appreciation thread

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:41 AM

18. Oh yeah...

the periodic (but persistent) unrec wars were always epic.

It always amazed me that some people would actually sit there and watch the rec/unrec tallies change, and then complain that unrecs were showing up almost immediately.

Like they're being !!!unrec stalked!!! for some reason


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Response to pipi_k (Reply #18)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:59 AM

20. Ahhhh...the good old days!

Did you ever see my "Ode to Unrec"?

If you haven't, I'll have to dig it up.

I had a bit of fun with that Hannah Bell thread, and one DU'er in particular - famous for being, how shall I say...?.......perpetually underserved by humanity?......was the most vocal.

The appreciation thread got locked and she started another thread complaining about that fact, accusing the members who unrecc'd the thread as being "bullies" and somehow members of a secret society of unrecc'ers.

So...I couln't resist and started a thread calling for a meeting of the secret society!

Well...that got locked too. So I put up another thread just saying that I liked DU because drama was fun and funny at times.

The above mentioned famous DU'er took me to task on my own thread and I let her have it.

My post got scrubbed but I made my point.

I've got it all here under this stack of virtual papers, somewhere!

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #20)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 05:18 PM

63. I don't recall

seeing your "Ode To Unrec", so yes, if it won't get you in trouble, I'd like to read it



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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 11:54 AM

24. Wasn't she the one who was shilling for North Korea?

 

I vaguely remember that being the reason she was tombstoned. Unless I am getting her mixed up with someone else.

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #24)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:06 PM

25. i don't recall that.

The person I am speaking of was perpetually homeless, or so she would have us all beleive.

Apparently several DU'ers reached out to her in an attempt to help, only to be met with vitriol, for some strange reason. It seems to me she had some serious mental health issues but never seemed to avail herself of any kind of free assistance. I tried to be kind to her when I interacted with her, but her participation in the thread(s) I am speaking of just pushed me over the edge. It was clear she wasn't playing with a full deck, so to speak.

Anyway.....I'm sorry she had/has difficulties, but I have little sympathy for people who prefer to complain about their lot in life instead of accepting or seeking readily available assistance.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #25)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:19 PM

30. was it bobbolink?

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Response to fishwax (Reply #30)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:22 PM

31. Yes. n/t

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #31)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 08:50 PM

87. Interesting anecdote on Bobbolink.

I offered her up my family's hunting cabin out near Bastrop... about 40 miles east of Austin. No one was using it and I felt terrible about her having to spend another cold winter in Colorado.

It's a one room cabin with a small kitchen and bathroom on 2 acres. I told her that she could stay there but would need to cover her own expenses as far as gas and electricity. She agreed. She even had her sponsor call me about the place. I told her I could help her for a few months until she got settled and found a job. I agreed to buy her groceries and cover the electricity until she could get settled.

She had me take pictures and send them to her. Things seemed to be going okay until she started bitching about not having wi-fi or carpet and also not having central air and heat. ( there are window units) I explained to her that this was a temporary place until she got re-settled into a new place and that my cabin wasn't perfect but it was better than living in her car on the streets!

After all of that she trashed me and stalked me VIA PM and DU. I even sent her a 75.00 gift certificate on the advice of her sponsor at Wal Mart and she bitched about that she would NEVER go to wally world. I finally gave up and put her on ignore. I have no idea what ever happened to her.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #87)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:59 PM

93. i've heard several stories like that about her.

Again, I have compassion for people down on their luck, but some people are just......well...



whackadoodle.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #25)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:42 PM

35. Yep, I just checked, there are multiple examples

 

unfortunately, most were in Meta or in some other forum that no longer exists. The abstracts come up in a DU search but you can't click on the links. Here is one that works. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x3400952

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #35)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:48 PM

49. Yes, I remember that now.

I admit I never participated in any of those threads though.

She was ......a different sort.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #25)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 06:49 PM

73. She was the DU "authority"

On being poor. At first I thought she added a unique perspective but then she just seemed to be shrill and angry

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #24)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:22 PM

57. You are correct, sir.

 

NK was touted as being something like paradise on earth. Which got her PPR'd.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:25 PM

32. Wow, I don't even know what a Hannah bell is. nt

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:37 PM

46. Man, I miss unrec.

Nothing was better than watching some of DU's special snowflakes/delicate geniuses freak out whenever people would unrec the "masterpieces" they bestowed upon DU.

DU used to have so many more tools to keep the loonies in line.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Reply #46)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:47 PM

48. LOL....

DU used to have so many more tools to keep the loonies in line.


Yeah....tools.....Ahhh, what the hell...

My "Ode to Unrec:


Oh unrec, you message board feature sublime,
Have you simply appeared ahead of your time?
Why is it you gather such silly attention?
When all you want is a little affection.

At times your usage makes some come unglued
when your result is simply nonsense subdued.
Even though your application is most voluntary
the contempt for you is oddly quite scary

It's as if in your absence, a thread that's not hot
still warranted a greatest page-ward swat.
Some will insist the jury's still out
But the job you've done is nothing but stout.

Eliminating crap and gratuitous clutter.
Place self serving bullshit in a well deserved gutter.
"I WON'T POST! I WON'T POST! I WON'T POST NO MORE!
IT'S YOU UNRECCERS MAKING LIFE SUCH A CHORE!"

Suggesting all threads of obscure import
deserve to be making the greatest page sort
is like saying a toddlers crude block construction
earns inclusion in Architecture Today's production


Oh unrec, oh unrec, you feature supreme
make it easy to see if a thread holds esteem
by a majority of our fine message board
instead of just five that are easily scored.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #48)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:52 PM

51. Beautiful.

We should start a petition to bring unrec back. I'm sure it would get locked immediately, but it would be nice to see what the reaction would be.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Reply #51)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:58 PM

52. Every poll ever done on DU.....

found the overwhelming majority liked the feature. Every single one I saw ranked it in the 75% approval range.

I think Skinner et al just got sick and tired of the whining from the incredibly vocal minority.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #52)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:01 PM

53. Pretty much the opposite of "Nuclear Ignore" then.

Can you imagine how dead DU would be if that thing was still around?

That was the worst idea ever had on here.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Reply #53)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 10:00 AM

109. I LOVED Nuclear Ignore. I can't remember exactly what it was but I remember one poster

having a shit ton of DUers on Nuclear Ignore and it was hilarious.

Was it the ability to ignore people and they couldn't post in your threads and the lists of who was ignored was visible? Something like that I think.

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Response to seaglass (Reply #109)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 01:53 PM

110. Pretty much.

It was the ability to not only ignore but also block people from the threads you started, but with an added twist. The mods really used to enforce the "don't carry over arguments from other threads" policy. So, you would have certain DUers post something to start a flame war, ban anyone that posted in opposition to them, then alert on any thread started in rebuttal (because it was carrying over an argument). It got insane in GD very quickly.

I remember one poster (I think it was the one that started the douchebag thread) had an ignore list hundreds of DUers long.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:25 PM

91. Ha, that makes me smile.

Smile like a North Korean, it does.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 10:48 AM

19. CALL CONGRESS RIGHT FUCKING NOW!!!!!!

 

Not a flame war, but ridiculous (and hilarious)

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #19)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 12:17 AM

94. That is one of my favorites.

Did he mention why we were calling, or was he too incensed to include a reason?

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #94)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 03:30 AM

98. Not that I recall which is why it was so hilarious. A hit and run OP

 

All's I can say is there are some genius DUers who provided many many funny responses.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 11:45 AM

23. Walt Star's = Tombstone Me Now, Skinner ... not a flamewar but, epic nonetheless.

thought it deserved a mention.

Carry On.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #23)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:25 PM

58. That still makes me laugh

 

and I do look it up every once in a while.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #23)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 01:02 PM

104. That was 'RIGHT FUCKING NOW'

get yer DU meme's correct

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Response to Kali (Reply #26)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:28 PM

33. That thread is HIGH ART.

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Response to Kali (Reply #26)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:50 PM

38. woo! i posted 4 times in that thread

and i even got to post my big asparagus picture along with the classic du tombstone pic!

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Response to Kali (Reply #26)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 05:40 PM

66. LOL, I missed that one thinking it really had something to do with casting asparagus

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:16 PM

27. What was the Laura Brannigan one about?

I've read that it was a "thing".. but never knew what it was about. Except that probably it was absurd.

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Response to LeftinOH (Reply #27)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 12:47 PM

36. That was a long time ago

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #36)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:24 PM

78. I think I started that one by calling her a no-talent hack....right after she died.

 

People still don't understand why I said that. (I wouldn't say it now about a performer who was liked on DU but that was then...)


Edit..liked not like

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 02:27 PM

45. I just remembered another - Thatcher's spirit. Or something like that.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:09 PM

55. OJ trial?

 

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:17 PM

56. It has to be Bomb the Moon.

The sheer absurdity of that flamewar....I'm left without words.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #59)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 05:26 PM

65. OMG, is that funny!



And RIP, Laura. (just to be on the safe side!)

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #59)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:37 PM

81. As I said in another post, I was the Rat that kinda' started the uproar. My Bad.

 

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #81)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 07:08 AM

100. 'she sang about as good as your friendly Home Depot salesgirl'

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 03:38 PM

60. I STILL don't know what the cornflake chicken thing was all about

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #62)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 05:50 PM

67. The chicken one was hysterical.

 

During the aftermath, posts were being deleted and threads were locked anytime anyone mentioned the word "chicken" LOL

I had a few posts deleted during the aftermath.

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #67)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:18 PM

77. The aftermath was funny!

The actual thread after all these years reminds me of how mean spirited people could be in the lounge.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #62)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:56 PM

84. The aftermath was funny

but there were some true assholes in that thread that I doubt many people miss.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #62)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:58 PM

85. OH my god!!! The level of nastiness in that thread is stunning

thanks for posting it!

But yes, it was the sheer number of threads in the weeks and months afterwards that were locked and/or deleted for the word
'chicken' that got me interested. I finally know the reason!

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #85)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 08:52 PM

88. Yeah.. it was hateful

The second poster in the nasty was a sock I found out later. The sock was someone I really adored here on DU. I was sad when I found that out many years later. She is no longer here.

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #60)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:41 PM

82. "My recipe is too good to share with someone who ruins their chicken with breakfast cereal."

 

That was Zomby Wolf.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:12 PM

76. Songbirds vs Cats

I don't have time to look for it...but a classic!

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Response to The empressof all (Reply #76)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:44 PM

83. I think I remember that. The outdoor cats were eating all the songbirds and people drew deep lines..

 

..in the sand.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 07:27 PM

79. The monkeys have taken over the cabana... by Recursion

Hilarious

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Response to Callmecrazy (Reply #79)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 05:40 AM

135. Aww thanks. Not a flamewar, though

Thankfully the monkeys do not have paid shills on DU... yet...

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 08:13 PM

86. None of these threads hold a candle to...

Well, it wasn't a flamewar, but it was epic, beyond all imagining.



"Oscar"


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Response to Archae (Reply #86)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 12:19 AM

95. Oscar was great.

I loved "Don't tutch the butt."

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Response to Archae (Reply #86)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 07:14 AM

101. That thread made me extemely envious.

I want to write like that.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 09:01 AM

102. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

was pretty crazy. I think it was locked.

Oh, and Spiderwoman butt. That was memorable.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Tue Nov 11, 2014, 11:36 PM

105. Vegetarians/Peta vs. meat eaters

Those are always fun.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 08:34 AM

107. There have been some brilliantly classic ones as mentioned already.

And I think GD is ripe for another

Considering how much the "All Serious All the Time" denizens of GD absolutely hate us Loungarians, I'd say it's about time we shook them up with some absurd hair-on-fire topic

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 09:45 AM

108. Showing a receipt at the door is an indicator of a fascist nation.

Showing a receipt at the door is an indicator of a fascist nation. That one was so full of half-witted passion as to be almost fun.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #108)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 02:17 PM

111. Oh my God! I forgot about that one.

Wasn't it about someone being asked to show a receipt at Circuit City and they had an "anti-authoritarian" rage explosion?

I tried looking for the link but I couldn't find it.

edit: Still looking. Some of the joke thread titles mocking it are hilarious.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Reply #111)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 03:03 AM

134. IIRC the OP himself was cool at the Circuit City

He was carrying a large TV and didn't want to put it down and reach into his pocket, and just got irritated at the security guy for not knowing the law. Some of the responses, though, were truly amazing...

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Wed Nov 12, 2014, 06:16 PM

113. What was the name of that forum replaced by ATA?

I used to enjoy staying up reading all the craziness.

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #113)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 11:51 AM

130. Meta Discussion

Daily outrage.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 12:55 PM

116. it would be hard to top Olive Garden

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 12:58 PM

117. The Moon Bombing threads.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #117)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 10:43 PM

121. Do you remember Dreamer Tatum's "Coca Cola Corp Mission Statement?

Mission, Vision & Values

The world is changing all around us. To continue to thrive as a business over the next ten years and beyond, we must look ahead, understand the trends and forces that will shape our business in the future and move swiftly to prepare for what's to come. We must get ready for tomorrow today. We must steal all the fucking water from the Moon. That's what our 2020 Vision is all about. It creates a long-term destination for our business and provides us with a "Roadmap" for winning together with our bottler partners.

Our Mission

Our Roadmap starts with our mission, which is enduring. It declares our purpose as a company and serves as the standard against which we weigh our actions and decisions.

* To refresh the world...
* To inspire moments of optimism and happiness...
* To steal all the fucking water from the Moon...
* To create value and make a difference.

Our Vision
Our vision serves as the framework for our Roadmap and guides every aspect of our business by describing what we need to accomplish in order to continue achieving sustainable, quality growth.

* People: Be a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.
* Portfolio: Bring to the world a portfolio of quality beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy people's desires and needs.
* Moon: Steal all fucking water from.
* Partners: Nurture a winning network of customers and suppliers, together we create mutual, enduring value.
* Planet: Be a responsible citizen that makes a difference by helping build and support sustainable communities.
* Profit: Maximize long-term return to shareowners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.
* Productivity: Be a highly effective, lean and fast-moving organization.

Our Winning Culture
Our Winning Culture defines the attitudes and behaviors that will be required of us to make our 2020 Vision a reality.

Live Our Values
Our values serve as a compass for our actions and describe how we behave in the world.

* Leadership: The courage to shape a better future
* Collaboration: Leverage collective genius
* Integrity: Be real
* Accountability: If it is to be, it's up to me
* Theft: The Moon water is there. Fuckin' let's fly our starship up there and fuckin' steal it.
* Passion: Committed in heart and mind
* Diversity: As inclusive as our brands
* Quality: What we do, we do well

Focus on the Market

* Focus on needs of our consumers, customers and franchise partners
* Get out into the market and listen, observe and learn
* Possess a world view
* Focus on execution in the marketplace every day
* Figure out how much we're going to make with all that fuckin' Moon water
* Be insatiably curious

Work Smart

* Act with urgency
* Remain responsive to change
* Have the courage to change course when needed
* Land the starship close to where the fuckin' Moon water is, so we don't to carry it very far
* Remain constructively discontent
* Work efficiently

Act Like Owners

* Be accountable for our actions and inactions
* Steward system assets and focus on building value
* Treat that fuckin' Moon water like it's ours, which, fuck it, it IS
* Reward our people for taking risks and finding better ways to solve problems
* Learn from our outcomes -- what worked and what didnít

Be the Brand

* Inspire creativity, Passion, Optimism and Fun....And STEAL MOON WATER.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Thu Nov 13, 2014, 01:05 PM

118. Bomb The Moon.

I also enjoyed all the finger-pointing after the Balloon Boy hoax.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 07:53 PM

123. How is it that nobody has mentioned the pubic hair wars?

It was titled the "Politics of Pubic Hair." Went on for literally YEARS.

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Response to LostInAnomie (Reply #124)

Tue Nov 18, 2014, 10:02 PM

125. Right? n/t

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Tue Nov 18, 2014, 10:15 PM

126. No such thing

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 09:52 AM

129. How could anyone forget Asher Heimerman? Conference call in 15 minutes!

I'm still convinced Asher will one day rule over us all. Whether he's a benevolent dictator or a ruthless tyrant along the lines of Kim Jong Un is the bigger question.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #129)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 12:29 PM

131. Ahhhhh, good ol' Asher. Here's someone who doesn't think too much of him;

http://sheboyganpolitics.blogspot.com

He is/was well and truly a wanker

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Wed Nov 19, 2014, 07:19 PM

132. ANY of the circumcision threads....and there were several

though I didn't bookmark any of them...

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Response to LostInAnomie (Original post)

Thu Nov 20, 2014, 02:49 AM

133. The Ross Ice Shelf is collapsing!

I recalled this one from long ago and found it! It gets pretty heated almost instantly.
"Maybe you should drink something with more ice and less alcohol!"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x2833602

The Moon Bombing and I Don't Drink With You are classics.

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