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[chat]master Tama

simonwolfsimonwolf so enough of this terrorwe deserve to know lightRegistered User regular
edited June 2015 in Debate and/or Discourse
In 2006, the Wakayama Electric Railway destaffed all stations on the Kishigawa Line to cut costs. Instead, local townsfolk were chosen to be the "stationmaster". The stationmaster of Kinokawa, a local businessman, had been feeding local stray cats for some time, and the railway corporation executives got a neat idea - why not make one of these cats the stationmaster? The primary duty was greeting passengers, anyway, and a cat could do that!

In January, 2007, Tama, an eight year old calico cat, was named the stationmaster of Kinokawa Station.

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She was given a salary in cat food, and grew to be a local superstar, directly contributing to increased tourism in the region and use of the train line in general. She was promoted to Super Station Master in 2008, gaining an office with a litter box, and also becoming the only female in the company to hold a managerial position. In 2010, she was promoted to Operating Officer, making her the first cat to be an executive in a railway company. She later became vice-president of the firm, and was granted the title 'Honorable Eternal Stationmaster'.

The Kinokawa Station was rebuilt to resemble a cat's face; a special Tama Train runs the line with cartoon depictions of her.

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A few days ago, on the 22nd, Tama died at the age of sixteen. Three thousand people attended her funeral, and she was interred at a local Shinto shrine, making her a kami - loosely (and somewhat inaccurately) translated as "deity", but closer to spirit in this context.

Her role as stationmaster of Kinokawa Station will be taken over by her successor, a cat named - appropriately - Nitama.

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    where did you get that photo Gim

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    knitdan wrote: »
    I just cracked my neck like you would crack your knuckles and it feels glorious.

    one time i cracked my neck in an elevator and a woman next to me lost her fucking mind, said she was going to throw up, and lectured me about all the damage i was doing to my spine

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    Japan

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    knitdan wrote: »
    I just cracked my neck like you would crack your knuckles and it feels glorious.

    I wish I could do that

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    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
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    knitdan wrote: »
    Japan

    Why must you be so consistently cute

    @japan finally he's noticing you!

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    knitdan wrote: »
    Japan

    Why must you be so consistently cute

    kawaii must Japan be so consistently cute?

    because Japan is so often mis-tsundere-stood

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf so enough of this terror we deserve to know lightRegistered User regular
    Yoshiko Yamaki, a spokeswoman for the rail firm, said the cat had been ill with a sinus infection and was being cared for by her owner when she purred her last breath.

    “When we visited her with the company president the day before she died, she stood up and meowed as if she was begging him to hold her,” Yamaki said.

    who's cutting onions in here

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    Gim I think your avatar might have a drinking problem

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf so enough of this terror we deserve to know lightRegistered User regular
    Wash wrote: »
    knitdan wrote: »
    Japan

    Why must you be so consistently cute

    kawaii must Japan be so consistently cute?

    because Japan is so often mis-tsundere-stood

    half of these puns only work when written down

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    Gim I think your avatar might have a drinking problem

    He doesn't have a drinking problem

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  • ZampanovZampanov You May Not Go Home Until Tonight Has Been MagicalRegistered User regular
    edited June 2015
    Wash wrote: »
    Gim I think your avatar might have a drinking problem

    why, is he out of booze?

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    Wash wrote: »
    Gim I think your avatar might have a drinking problem

    Counterpoint: Nope!

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    simonwolf wrote: »
    Wash wrote: »
    knitdan wrote: »
    Japan

    Why must you be so consistently cute

    kawaii must Japan be so consistently cute?

    because Japan is so often mis-tsundere-stood

    half of these puns only work when written down

    C- see me after class

    s-senpai...

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    Gim wrote: »
    James, I want you to know that between you using that Peter Fonda av I cropped for you and Will using that sig I sig'd for him, I will live forever.

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    Things are happening! Doing grad school, have a kid due in August.

    How're you?

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  • GimGim a quietly erotic life Registered User regular
    James wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    James, I want you to know that between you using that Peter Fonda av I cropped for you and Will using that sig I sig'd for him, I will live forever.

    How's things?

    Things are happening! Doing grad school, have a kid due in August.

    How're you?

    Wow, due in August? A word of advice: you may want to wait until the very last moment to get all the work done but you should probably start now.
    CONGRATS! :heartbeat:

    I, um. I beat a short video game yesterday which was moderately fun. I am gearing up to shoot a short in the late summer/early fall. I am a person who continues to exist and try not to think of not existing too often.

  • WashWash Sweet Christmas Registered User regular
    Gim wrote: »
    Wash wrote: »
    Gim I think your avatar might have a drinking problem

    Counterpoint: Nope!

    but

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    Tee hee, Extra History are holding a vote on their next topic after Justinian, the First Crusade and Admiral Yi, and one of the topics are the Broad Street Pump and their subtitle is amusing
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    Wash wrote: »
    Gim I think your avatar might have a drinking problem

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    Gim wrote: »
    James wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    James, I want you to know that between you using that Peter Fonda av I cropped for you and Will using that sig I sig'd for him, I will live forever.

    How's things?

    Things are happening! Doing grad school, have a kid due in August.

    How're you?

    Wow, due in August? A word of advice: you may want to wait until the very last moment to get all the work done but you should probably start now.
    CONGRATS! :heartbeat:

    I, um. I beat a short video game yesterday which was moderately fun. I am gearing up to shoot a short in the late summer/early fall. I am a person who continues to exist and try not to think of not existing too often.

    I'm happy to see you're still doing film!

  • knitdanknitdan Registered User regular
    The Broad Street Pump aka ur mum

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  • GimGim a quietly erotic life Registered User regular
    James wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    James wrote: »
    Gim wrote: »
    James, I want you to know that between you using that Peter Fonda av I cropped for you and Will using that sig I sig'd for him, I will live forever.

    How's things?

    Things are happening! Doing grad school, have a kid due in August.

    How're you?

    Wow, due in August? A word of advice: you may want to wait until the very last moment to get all the work done but you should probably start now.
    CONGRATS! :heartbeat:

    I, um. I beat a short video game yesterday which was moderately fun. I am gearing up to shoot a short in the late summer/early fall. I am a person who continues to exist and try not to think of not existing too often.

    I'm happy to see you're still doing film!

    Thanks! I've been doing a little bit of acting and editing over the past year or two as well. Just Jack-of-all-trading it.

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    knitdan wrote: »
    The Broad Street Pump aka ur mum

    Well it suffered from nearby cesspool seepage

    so ur mum

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    I feel bad for John Snow, systemically collected evidence showing intensely strong correlation between the Pump and Cholera, yet his underlying theory of waterborne disease doesn't take after the immediate crisis, partly because of Big Miasma and partly because they just didn't want to contemplate the idea of poop in drinking water.

    It took the acceptance of Germ Theory to really vindicate him, and he'd been dead for years.

  • EchoEcho Moderator mod
    There's this Swedish tumblr that does awful puns of the "X does Y" format, where X and Y are rhyming.

    Here's Arya Stark in Jurassic Park.

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    Here's Sep Blatter as the Mad Hatter.

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    Josef Fritzl eating Schnitzel

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    Echo wrote: »
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  • OrphaneOrphane There will be Light. Registered User regular
    doesn't nitama literally just mean tama 2 or tama the 2nd

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf so enough of this terror we deserve to know lightRegistered User regular
    Orphane wrote: »
    doesn't nitama literally just mean tama 2 or tama the 2nd

    that is why it is appropriate

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  • OrphaneOrphane There will be Light. Registered User regular
    yeah i wasn't sure

    if ni still meant 2 in that context

    's why i asked

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    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6999832

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