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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I had my baby shower today.
    Good, you're teaching the tyke good hygene from early on. What else did you have him do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    It amuses me that someone would have not just one, but TWO Morris Minors for sale in a parking lot on the road into the tiny burg of Port Townsend, WA.

    Originally, this post was going to go up this afternoon, after I had a chance to take some pictures. It turns out I don't need to. A little Googling reveals that the guy has a huge collection of Minors and runs a business restoring and selling them! Click on "Vehicles" to see the ones on the roadside.

    Hmm, wonder if he'd take $25K for both? My wife really likes the purple one.

    Now to see if all those links work...

    ETA: Do you suppose the convertible comes with the cat? We've got enough of those already!
    Did I say two of them were amusing? How about TEN?

    ETA: You may think there are only nine in the picture. There's actually a green convertible hiding behind the maroon one down near the far end.
    And my wife is still interested. I may call the guy later and see about setting up a test drive. Or at least a test sit, since I'm not at all sure she can get in and out of one with her back issues.

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    I've been working from home for over a year, and participate in quite a few online meetings using WebEx, which allows you to share computer desktops, etc. When you enter a meeting, the first thing the program does is ask what number it should use to call your phone.

    I am always momentarily surprised when my phone rings, despite the fact that I just clicked on a button that says "call me."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    You may think there are only nine in the picture. There's actually a green convertible hiding behind the maroon one down near the far end.
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    Clearly Photoshopped. The shadows aren't parallel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Good, you're teaching the tyke good hygiene from early on. What else did you have him do?
    You expect more? I'd consider prenatal bathing enough for one day.

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    When I was a little kid, my folks insisted that I take a bath once a week, whether I needed it or not, and I would always argue that it could wait another week.

    (As I routinely take two showers a day now, sometimes three, and dislike missing even one, I find that hilarious and grim in retrospect. However, I suspect that all the other kids did the same thing, so that none of us stood out in the olefactory sense.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    When I was a little kid, my folks insisted that I take a bath once a week, whether I needed it or not, and I would always argue that it could wait another week.

    (As I routinely take two showers a day now, sometimes three, and dislike missing even one, I find that hilarious and grim in retrospect. However, I suspect that all the other kids did the same thing, so that none of us stood out in the olefactory sense.)
    The development of hormones and body hair at puberty time greatly increases body odor (body odor likely evolved as a fertility indicator). Little kids still get dirty, of course, but they simply don't stink if they don't bathe often. Teenagers and adults do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    Little kids still get dirty, of course, but they simply don't stink if they don't bathe often.
    Maybe the dirt helps too. I can't get the picture out of my mind of Neelix saying "a good sand scrub is the best we can hope for".

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    Maybe the dirt helps too. I can't get the picture out of my mind of Neelix saying "a good sand scrub is the best we can hope for".
    Sand or dust "baths" are still used in certain desert areas of the world. It helps remove rancid oils from the skin to cut down on bacteria.
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    I was just checking my home email.
    Do you know how sometimes the browser tries to display special character sets but sometimes misses and displays a different set (or sometimes binary in a text field)?
    In this case, it resulted in the single character representation of "1/4".

    The subject ended up as "1/4 all you need to know..."
    Well, heck, if you can't tell me even half of what I need to know, then why should I open the email?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I had my baby shower today.
    AHHHHH!

    Sorry. I'm so happy for you that I get all excited.

    As I'm given to understand you also have a daughter from previous postings. (Not that you got the daughter fro...oh never mind.)

    I have to warn you. A son is going to be different.

    Please, allow me to put on my "Bill Cosby" hat for moment.

    Mr. Cosby himself said that if he had had a daughter first, he would have assumed his son was retarded. I know what he's talking about. I have two brothers and a baby sister, (who's now one of those skinny mean nurses that can keep Death at bay simply by putting her hands on her hips and giving him a sharp glance. Nowadays He just waits until she's off-shift before collecting any of her patients. Saves all the hassle.) then I had four foster sons and two biological daughters.

    Sons are different than daughters. On a fundamental level.

    Bill Cosbyisms my mother used on me when I was a budding naturalist.

    "What on Earth possessed you to fill both your front pockets with frogs?!"

    "So the livingroom window was broken because your brother ducked when you threw the record album at him, (Frisbee style) so you're saying it's not your fault?"

    "If you DARE bring that snake into this house..."

    "So the livingroom window was broken because your brother ducked when you threw a ceramic candle holder at him, (overhand) so you're saying it's not your fault?"

    "Why on Earth do you have a gallon jar full of earwigs!?"

    "You put sharks in the school swimming pool!?! (Those you have to "hammer toss" by their tails over the security fence and into the pool. They never figured out how we were sneaking in and "releasing them" without doing any damage to any fences and changed the locks several times.) The sharks would easily survive until the beginning of that mornings' water polo game and they always hid in the deep end at first. After we got some of the Samoan kids involved we could put some serious fish in there.

    "You were playing tackle football in an asphalt covered parking lot!?!" After my kid brother and I came home looking like we both lost a fight with a 20 grit belt sander. (The nearby mowed grassy field had too much dog poop.)

    "How!? What?! In the basement! Where did you get an alligator!?!" (This was the 60's. Corner pet stores all sold immature crocodilians.)

    Pshaw, shows you what she knew. It was actually a black caiman. Alligators are big wussys. (Though it WAS getting kind of bitey by the time Mom discovered it.)

    "Your shoes! You were wearing them just before you went to bed last night right? What do you mean you lost them?" My brother actually hid them that time. Because I threw things at him.

    "I don't care what it is! We've been through this! You can't keep an alligator in the basement!" (We hid this one better. It was the rash of bandaged fingers again that gave it away. She inquired about that the first time around and we all dummied up.)

    "Why on Earth did you feed Jojo, (our German shepherd) a whole jar of dried garlic flakes?!" Well, because he seemed to like them didn't seem to float very far with Mom. Especially since the preceding sentence was. "Oh my God! What's that smell?" as garlic seemed to give Jojo just unspeakable flatulence. Much less an entire "Spice Islands" 6 oz jar of it. Poor dog looked guilty ever time he cleared the house. And we lived in a big house.

    "Let me get this straight. You built a tree house in the back yard, but since we don't have a tree in the backyard, you built a tree as well?" We did it while she was at work. It was taller than our house. It was taller than everybody's house. In a neighborhood of flat roofed two storied homes. You could see it for blocks. My Dad saw it while he was on patrol blocks away and made an "unofficial stop" and went all Red Forman on us. (He was a policeman.)

    "Mister, if you sell my eleven year old son another alligator I'm going to complain to the city!" (Not fair! The last one wasn't even in the house!)

    "I don't care that caecilians aren't snakes..."

    Well, I don't wish to belabor the point too much.

    Just trying to warn you ahead of time.

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    I'm not raising my daughter, though, so parenting as a whole is going to be a new experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    I'm not raising my daughter, though, so parenting as a whole is going to be a new experience.
    Then yes it will.

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    I teach English as a Foreign Language. Most of my students are adults, so it is generally okay for me to socialise with them. When they go back home, I occasionally keep in touch via FaceBook.

    Now the thing that is literally* killing me laughing is their different ways of expressing amusement.

    I taught an Italian lady who is very funny (no mean feat given that she had to express her comedy in English) but is also very receptive to humour. In many of her FB messages she puts, "ahahaha". Okay, so it's not so different from "Ha Ha Ha!" but it's the fact that she doesn't begin with "H" - and the fact that when I taught her 3 years ago, she was inclined to both drop and add aiches - "I ham appy."

    A Brazilian lady indicates her amusement with "Kkkkk" (which, according to another Brazilian lady who I sometimes go to lunch with, is pronounced "heh heh heh") and also "srsrsrsrsr" and "rsrsrsrsrs". She told me "ohhhhh" is possible too.

    It might not seem that funny out of context, but when you've made a quip or told a joke or something, it really is amusing to get that sort of response.

    Maybe they think "LOL" is funny.

    *The use of the word "literally" is inappropriate here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Beardsley View Post
    I A Brazilian lady indicates her amusement with "Kkkkk" (which, according to another Brazilian lady who I sometimes go to lunch with, is pronounced "heh heh heh") and also "srsrsrsrsr" and "rsrsrsrsrs". She told me "ohhhhh" is possible too.
    The Spanish seem to use jijiji (which is not pronounced gee-gee-gee)

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    To call a cat in Mexico you say "mis-mis-mis" (meece), not kitty, kitty, kitty.

    My content editor is from Malta and will sometimes post things like "You've got mail. ???" to my Facebook wall. I asked what the "???" meant, and she said it was Maltese for "reply soon."

    I'm not sure if this is trivial or amusing, but I'm guessing more people will find it funny even if I didn't.

    Big Dumb Dog sleeps with a toy. Which toy changes day to day, but he has to have something with him, even if he sleeps in the bed with me. Yesterday's "toy" was apparently a cat nugget he found in the yard. The GF got into bed after I got up and called for me to come and see what I'd slept with.

    At least it was on her side of the bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tog View Post
    To call a cat in Mexico you say "mis-mis-mis" (meece), not kitty, kitty, kitty.
    In Denmark it's also mis-mis-mis, (pronounced miss).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    Well, I don't wish to belabor the point too much.

    Just trying to warn you ahead of time.
    Our pre-pubescent pre-www flashmobs would nucleate on gravel piles in our growing post-WWII neighborhood and rock fights were inevitable. After the foundations were built and the houses framed, all the rocks were in the crawl spaces. Nobody ever aimed for the head, so the game only ended when someone's errant shot struck a joist and bounced back to their own head, splitting their forehead open, always producing handfuls of blood.

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    The paycard of our company's office has a "return me to..." message in big letters that starts with "IF YOU FIND ME". It always reminds me of the A-Team. I'm so easily amused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenrikOlsen View Post
    In Denmark it's also mis-mis-mis, (pronounced miss).
    We've always used a similar sound to call our cats. It is far more likely to work* than "here, kitty kitty."

    *The cats usually react to the sound, whereas they typically ignore being called "kitty" or by their name.

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    D always reacts to being called D. However, "react" isn't always what I'm looking for; often, I can tell he heard because one ear twitches. I'm not sure he knows that "kitty" means him.
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    All I have to do to get our cat to come is call my husband's name.

    She comes running with a questioning tone while making a "mmmrrng" sound.

    As if truly wanting to know why I'm calling for him; as if she'd understand an explanation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    All I have to do to get our cat to come is call my husband's name. .
    I remember seeing an advert in the 'lost and found' section of the newspaper: Found, one (...description...) cat, answers to the name of "go away".

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    I found clicking the can opener together worked great to bring the cats running...then they get peeved if you don't actually feed them.

    Cats can have fun ways of communicating.

    I was visiting my brother one fall, I was living in Vancouver at the time and he was in a rural area in central BC. He was staying in town with friends the first night I was there so I was(trying) to sleep in his bed. Just as I was dozing off there was an impact right beside my head which woke me up immediately. I looked around trying to figure out what had happened but didn't see anything so laid back down and again and closed my eyes. Again the same thing, just as I was nodding off there was a *wham* on the bed right beside my head, this time when I woke up there was my brothers tomcat(he had three cats at the time) standing right next to me giving me a look that I interpreted as "let me out, time to hunt". He'd jumped up on a shelf that was directly above the bed and was dive bombing down right beside my head to wake me up. So I went to the door and let him out.

    Then back to bed and I was starting to doze off again and there was a loud *smack* in the hallway outside the bedroom. I got up to check and it was oldest female cat who was lifting the corner of a rug and dropping it loudly on the floor, one more cat to let out. Back in bed and finally getting to sleep(I thought) I heard a banging at the door and thought, "who's here at 12:30 AM?". I went to the door and found the last cat banging a wooden doodad that was hanging from the door into it. She went out and a I got about 5 hours sleep until it was time for the cats to come back in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starcanuck64 View Post
    I found clicking the can opener together worked great to bring the cats running...then they get peeved if you don't actually feed them.
    Now that cat food cans have pop-tops, our latest cats don't know the meaning of the can opener. All the previous ones, though, would come running.

    One of the old cats had come to associate the cutting board with cheese. He loved cheese. One evening at the cutting board he was driving me nuts with his begging so I gave him a hunk of what I was cutting -- jalapeno peppers! It was pretty hilarious for me, not so much for the cat. He was always careful to check what it was I was giving him after that. (I did give him some cheese to chase the pepper.)
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    D comes to the sound of the can opener even though we never feed him canned food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Now that cat food cans have pop-tops, our latest cats don't know the meaning of the can opener. All the previous ones, though, would come running.

    One of the old cats had come to associate the cutting board with cheese. He loved cheese. One evening at the cutting board he was driving me nuts with his begging so I gave him a hunk of what I was cutting -- jalapeno peppers! It was pretty hilarious for me, not so much for the cat. He was always careful to check what it was I was giving him after that. (I did give him some cheese to chase the pepper.)
    One of my cats was like that with raisins which I later found out are toxic to cats, fortunately she was ok.

    http://www.newyorktails.com/petdiet.htm

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    I didn't know about raisins, but learned the hard way about dogs and xylitol after my dog ate a box of sugar-free gum.
    She survived without long-term damage, but only because we live less than a mile from our vet - who knew that an immediate glucose IV was indicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starcanuck64 View Post
    I found clicking the can opener together worked great to bring the cats running...then they get peeved if you don't actually feed them.
    Of course, that can be dangerous, especially if the cat is a tiger named Hobbes.
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    I am continuously amused that we have a thread in Small Media at Large on SPF ratings for sunscreens. I know why its there, but I still find it funny; every time I see the thread, I think that there is some new Hollywood blockbuster, or TV program called "SPF ratings for sunscreens".
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