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« Reply #175 on: November 10, 2015, 08:17:21 pm »

Going to have to watch that episode of Mythbusters because I'm pretty sure that one of them got a shock doing that to a rigged up electric fence.


Well I can't speak for Mythbusters (though I did see that episode), and while I think that myth was about "peeing on an electric fence" rather than a live rail, I can can confirm the myth of peeing on a live rail resulting in a very bad day, as being confirmed.

First off is several coroner's reports of homeless people found dead in the subway tunnels of New York City, all of which attribute the cause of death as "urination upon the live third rail" which was substantiated by the presence of "charred flesh around the groin and the complete vaporization of the penis / genital area"....  Lips sealed


Also I was present at an event involving a large dog with a full bladder, and an unfortunately electrically faulty illuminated street bollard at a road crossing which had been run over by a car / van / bus / whatever. The dog was uninjured, but it will be many years before Fido pees on any more street furniture!   Grin

However me and the council guy (who was there to make it safe) who both witnessed the event were on our knees laughing so hard that we were fighting for breath! Much to the annoyance of the little old lady who owned the dog...  Cheesy
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« Reply #176 on: November 10, 2015, 08:31:14 pm »

Don't worry americans, we have this guy:


oh wait.
wait a moment.
that's a reason to worry.
very hard.
I have no idea who that is, but he does look as though he's an orchestral conductor who has borrowed Dragonforce's wind machine.  Cheesy

that's Geert Wilders, politician. anti immigrants and anti europe.
we call him the dutch Trump.

He reminds me of the aliens from "This Island Earth":
https://exclamationmark.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/tie2.jpg

OH MY COGS I CAN NEVER UNSEE THAT

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« Reply #177 on: November 11, 2015, 11:06:48 am »

Being in the pub and the conversation descends into a serious proposal to start a Gumby party and stand for political office as Gumby.

Donald Trump not  crazy enough for you?

What, you mean he's actually serious?  Huh
 
I though he was doing as a massive joke at the expense of the American electorate. I mean who in their right mind would elect him?

Then again, It's been my firm belief for years that Donald Trump's entire existence was started by the Americans so as to play a joke on the rest of the world in retribution for our stereotyping of them (by creating the most boorish, jinoistic, rich idiot there could possibly be as a deliberate figure of mockery, yet who doesn't actually exist).

Sorry, but I just can't resist this. Back in the 1950s, "trump" was English schoolboy slang for ... how to express this without invoking the ire of the Admins .... flatulence.

Athanor.
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« Reply #178 on: November 11, 2015, 11:43:41 am »

Being in the pub and the conversation descends into a serious proposal to start a Gumby party and stand for political office as Gumby.


Donald Trump not  crazy enough for you?


What, you mean he's actually serious?  Huh
 
I though he was doing as a massive joke at the expense of the American electorate. I mean who in their right mind would elect him?

Then again, It's been my firm belief for years that Donald Trump's entire existence was started by the Americans so as to play a joke on the rest of the world in retribution for our stereotyping of them (by creating the most boorish, jinoistic, rich idiot there could possibly be as a deliberate figure of mockery, yet who doesn't actually exist).


Sorry, but I just can't resist this. Back in the 1950s, "trump" was English schoolboy slang for ... how to express this without invoking the ire of the Admins .... flatulence.

Athanor.

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« Reply #179 on: November 11, 2015, 04:48:17 pm »

Being in the pub and the conversation descends into a serious proposal to start a Gumby party and stand for political office as Gumby.


Donald Trump not  crazy enough for you?


What, you mean he's actually serious?  Huh
 
I though he was doing as a massive joke at the expense of the American electorate. I mean who in their right mind would elect him?

Then again, It's been my firm belief for years that Donald Trump's entire existence was started by the Americans so as to play a joke on the rest of the world in retribution for our stereotyping of them (by creating the most boorish, jinoistic, rich idiot there could possibly be as a deliberate figure of mockery, yet who doesn't actually exist).


Sorry, but I just can't resist this. Back in the 1950s, "trump" was English schoolboy slang for ... how to express this without invoking the ire of the Admins .... flatulence.

Athanor.







Ok, everybody, Lets Give It Up For:

(image removed by MWBailey due to political content. It sure was funny, though... Cheesy)
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« Reply #180 on: November 11, 2015, 11:33:41 pm »

Car insurance renewal time. Two things have made me go WTF today:

First, my insurance renewal forms have still not yet been sent out even though It's due to expire on the 18th of this month. So last night I did the usual internet comparison website searches and got some quotes, all of which were disappointingly higher than last year. My best was for £278.68

I call my insurance company this morning to find out where my renewal forms are. Not sent out, and they have been getting later each year - and it just so happens they will automatically renew the insurance and take payment from your bank / card details..  Roll Eyes So I asked for my renewal quote, which was £278.68   Wait.....what? The exact same price as quoted by a competitor online, and this is the SECOND time this has happened when I have searched prices just before contacting my insurance company!

Secret insurance database of all recent quotes online from all and accessable by all companies - CONFIRMED!!   And they are using that info to discriminate against you! Angry  WTF! Is that even legal?


The Second thing was what happened when I played about with the details I supplied, trying to work out just WHY my insurance has been increasing steeply for the last three years (three years ago I paid only £180 with the same insurance firm!). I found that the value of the car made little difference (less than £10 actually), the area made some difference, but only if you chose an absolute shit-hole of a place as your home address (otherwise less than £5), and annual millage also made little difference unless excessive. And then I changed my employment type...  BINGO!  I was listed as "self employed, Landlord, property lettings", changing these details made a BIG difference! As a "worst case" I chose "unemployed" for job type - this is typically a MUCH higher risk and therefore more expensive. NOPE - in my case it DROPPED the price of my quote by £40!  Shocked

So being a property landlord is WORSE as an insurance risk than unemployed??  WTF!Huh


Luckily for me, I can actually claim to be "unemployed" as I have no registered business or company, nor is it actually (legally) classed as "self employed" as it is not run as a business (classed as "Other Income not from employment" by the Tax man!). They would have a hard time trying to prove otherwise, so could not cancel or nullify my insurance due to my job status!

Looks like I'm now 'Unemployed', and better off for it!  Undecided
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« Reply #181 on: November 12, 2015, 10:22:09 am »

Being in the pub and the conversation descends into a serious proposal to start a Gumby party and stand for political office as Gumby.


Donald Trump not  crazy enough for you?


What, you mean he's actually serious?  Huh
 
I though he was doing as a massive joke at the expense of the American electorate. I mean who in their right mind would elect him?

Then again, It's been my firm belief for years that Donald Trump's entire existence was started by the Americans so as to play a joke on the rest of the world in retribution for our stereotyping of them (by creating the most boorish, jinoistic, rich idiot there could possibly be as a deliberate figure of mockery, yet who doesn't actually exist).


Sorry, but I just can't resist this. Back in the 1950s, "trump" was English schoolboy slang for ... how to express this without invoking the ire of the Admins .... flatulence.

Athanor.




[The Mods usually take a dim view of political commentary on BG, but this is more like Applied Etymology]

Given that the English flatulatory reference is the abbreviated variant of "trumpet" (only encountered nowadays as the KJV Biblical usage), it might explain his popularity with the Christian-Right of the party.
I can't imagine him starting starting a political dynasty like the Bush or Kennedy clans, so their vote might be waiting for "when the Last Trump sounds"...     Smiley
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« Reply #182 on: November 12, 2015, 11:28:15 am »

Don't worry americans, we have this guy:


oh wait.
wait a moment.
that's a reason to worry.
very hard.




That's Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) from Batman Returns! (1992) Grin  Do you have the Penguin too?

http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/Max_Shreck
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« Reply #183 on: November 12, 2015, 11:35:34 am »

Don't worry americans, we have this guy:


oh wait.
wait a moment.
that's a reason to worry.
very hard.
I have no idea who that is, but he does look as though he's an orchestral conductor who has borrowed Dragonforce's wind machine.  Cheesy

that's Geert Wilders, politician. anti immigrants and anti europe.
we call him the dutch Trump.

He reminds me of the aliens from "This Island Earth":
https://exclamationmark.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/tie2.jpg
That made me laugh so hard I almost knocked over my Interociter!
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« Reply #184 on: November 12, 2015, 11:41:17 am »

So being a property landlord is WORSE as an insurance risk than unemployed??  WTF!Huh
Unemployed layabouts generally don't get their cars keyed by irate tenants. That, and they can't generally afford the gas to get into a collision.

Sorry, but I just can't resist this. Back in the 1950s, "trump" was English schoolboy slang for ... how to express this without invoking the ire of the Admins .... flatulence.
I think we can let that one pass. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #185 on: November 12, 2015, 08:49:30 pm »

It seems that I have somehow pissed off my resident poltergeist, my house has been very active since 3am. light bulbs (filament type) are blowing, lights are being switched on and off, objects are moving or disappearing and found elsewhere or returning later, and lots of scraping / dragging / bumping sounds... Undecided

Went out for a hour this afternoon, arrived back to find all the cushions on my sofa had all been pushed up and into one corner. Not the cat, he was outside so can't be blamed.  And through the night it sounded like a large dog was trying to run / claws dragging on the bare floorboards in my upstairs hallway. Almost sounded like a wild animal being dragged, or having a fit or something! Again not the cat, the sound scared him and he jumped onto my bed while the sound continued. After a few minutes he ran off down the stairs to hide (he has not been back upstairs since).

Happens every year around this time, not usually this bad though. Doesn't really bother me, I'm used to it and just ignore it, but it does make you go WTF?!  Undecided

(and no, I'm not joking or 'the only one to see it'...)
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« Reply #186 on: November 13, 2015, 12:10:02 am »

It seems that I have somehow pissed off my resident poltergeist, my house has been very active since 3am. light bulbs (filament type) are blowing, lights are being switched on and off, objects are moving or disappearing and found elsewhere or returning later, and lots of scraping / dragging / bumping sounds... Undecided
[...]
Happens every year around this time, not usually this bad though. Doesn't really bother me, I'm used to it and just ignore it, but it does make you go WTF?!  Undecided

(and no, I'm not joking or 'the only one to see it'...)
Sounds like you've got some history to research.
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« Reply #187 on: November 13, 2015, 02:58:45 am »

It seems that I have somehow pissed off my resident poltergeist, my house has been very active since 3am. light bulbs (filament type) are blowing, lights are being switched on and off, objects are moving or disappearing and found elsewhere or returning later, and lots of scraping / dragging / bumping sounds... Undecided
[...]
Happens every year around this time, not usually this bad though. Doesn't really bother me, I'm used to it and just ignore it, but it does make you go WTF?!  Undecided

(and no, I'm not joking or 'the only one to see it'...)
Sounds like you've got some history to research.



I'm no expert, but has a family member left (or taken up residence) abruptly recently, or has someone challenged the alleged entity (pardon the use of "alleged," I have to maintain a degree of skepticism or my sense of 'the real' goes all wonky) in some way? According to what I've read/been told/seen through other means, the addition or removal of some artifact or house part or other can be a trigger. I haven't had a lot of experience with such things, though, so I may be "talking outside of class," as it were.
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« Reply #188 on: November 13, 2015, 09:39:35 am »

It seems that I have somehow pissed off my resident poltergeist, my house has been very active since 3am. light bulbs (filament type) are blowing, lights are being switched on and off, objects are moving or disappearing and found elsewhere or returning later, and lots of scraping / dragging / bumping sounds... Undecided

Went out for a hour this afternoon, arrived back to find all the cushions on my sofa had all been pushed up and into one corner. Not the cat, he was outside so can't be blamed.  And through the night it sounded like a large dog was trying to run / claws dragging on the bare floorboards in my upstairs hallway. Almost sounded like a wild animal being dragged, or having a fit or something! Again not the cat, the sound scared him and he jumped onto my bed while the sound continued. After a few minutes he ran off down the stairs to hide (he has not been back upstairs since).

Happens every year around this time, not usually this bad though. Doesn't really bother me, I'm used to it and just ignore it, but it does make you go WTF?!  Undecided

(and no, I'm not joking or 'the only one to see it'...)

Poltergeists like milk and unsalted bread. Leave some, remove iron objects from the doors and windows, make your apologies, that should work.
(This is from my dads book 'the magical creatures bible' it also gives handy tips on how to get in contact with your house spirits by meditation. The book is dead serious about it, I'm a bit less)
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« Reply #189 on: November 13, 2015, 01:31:23 pm »

Apparently, someone is looking for something.
Now, what did you move, throw out, change, when you moved in? That's a tricky question.
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« Reply #190 on: November 13, 2015, 05:15:23 pm »

It seems that I have somehow pissed off my resident poltergeist, my house has been very active since 3am. light bulbs (filament type) are blowing, lights are being switched on and off, objects are moving or disappearing and found elsewhere or returning later, and lots of scraping / dragging / bumping sounds... Undecided

Went out for a hour this afternoon, arrived back to find all the cushions on my sofa had all been pushed up and into one corner. Not the cat, he was outside so can't be blamed.  And through the night it sounded like a large dog was trying to run / claws dragging on the bare floorboards in my upstairs hallway. Almost sounded like a wild animal being dragged, or having a fit or something! Again not the cat, the sound scared him and he jumped onto my bed while the sound continued. After a few minutes he ran off down the stairs to hide (he has not been back upstairs since).

Happens every year around this time, not usually this bad though. Doesn't really bother me, I'm used to it and just ignore it, but it does make you go WTF?!  Undecided

(and no, I'm not joking or 'the only one to see it'...)

Poltergeists like milk and unsalted bread. Leave some, remove iron objects from the doors and windows, make your apologies, that should work.
(This is from my dads book 'the magical creatures bible' it also gives handy tips on how to get in contact with your house spirits by meditation. The book is dead serious about it, I'm a bit less)

Really? I thought mead was a good way of placating a houses wights? Polts can be unpredictable.
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« Reply #191 on: November 13, 2015, 06:20:14 pm »

for some reason I read that as "poults." Spirit chickens? (sorry).
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« Reply #192 on: November 13, 2015, 06:39:28 pm »

KFC's would be the most haunted places in the world.
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« Reply #193 on: November 13, 2015, 09:39:38 pm »

for some reason I read that as "poults." Spirit chickens? (sorry).




If you like the Toxic Avenger or Troma films in general, then you should enjoy this film. Well I like it!.... Grin


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I'm actually an open-minded skeptic and I do look for the obvious reasons first. Despite what I have seen, I'm still a skeptic, but acknowledge there is something here. I'm not scared of it in the slightest, it's more of an irritation than anything.  Wink
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« Reply #194 on: November 14, 2015, 05:23:16 am »

I would have tried my best to stay calm and attempted a convo with the stairs inhabitant. One nevers knows now do they?

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« Reply #195 on: November 17, 2015, 09:19:39 am »

Personally, I'd probably have tipped my hat or nodded or something - but also probably would have been hesitant to address the person directly, unless they were so completely corporeal that they appeared to be an intruder - in which case I'd probably find something to use for a weapon.
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« Reply #196 on: November 18, 2015, 03:34:52 pm »

In eastern mythos there is a school of thought that suggests that such creatures should be fought. In western societies "moving on" is the apparent order of the day. In nordic traditions the lingering should be left to linger but as the new owners of the hearth you are obligated to acknowledge and host your ancestors. For without them you would not be.

Scientifically, no energy is destroyed and spacetime (even on the gravitational kill point of black holes) can retain information regarding that which has crossed the event horizon on its way to join the singularity. So the idea of retained energy presenting itself as information spontaneously is not breaking any fundamental law of physics. So we are forced to keep an open mind. As I see it anyway.
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« Reply #197 on: November 18, 2015, 03:39:20 pm »

Personally, I'd probably have tipped my hat or nodded or something - but also probably would have been hesitant to address the person directly, unless they were so completely corporeal that they appeared to be an intruder - in which case I'd probably find something to use for a weapon.

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« Reply #198 on: November 18, 2015, 03:50:17 pm »

Apparently, someone is looking for something.

O.K. I admit it. It was me, looking for my marbles!
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« Reply #199 on: November 18, 2015, 06:17:11 pm »

Apparently, someone is looking for something.

O.K. I admit it. It was me, looking for my marbles!


And what sounded like dog claws on the wooden floor was actually you, rolling your marbles down the hallway, I take it?
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