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The [Interesting Facts] are coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE

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  • DepressperadoDepressperado I just wanted to see you laughing in the pizza rainRegistered User regular
    oh my glob, that is exactly the kind of artist I wanna be

  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    Oh man I want some fuckin' creepy ass nosferatu statues in my swamp, if I ever own a swamp.

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Good luck sleeping after bumping into one of those randomly in the swamp.

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    bog bodies are a thing, and under the right conditions swamps can greatly slow decomposition

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Or turn you into a Solomon Grundy.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2020
    Hobnail wrote: »


    I'm impressed by the way no one gives a shit, nobodys even lookin up, I see a regular train goin by and I'll stop to stare at it all gormless

    Literally days later, I realised this was the Wuppertal monorail (because apparently I don't read the text of tweets in foreign languages)

    they killed an elephant with that.

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  • 3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    Hobnail wrote: »


    I'm impressed by the way no one gives a shit, nobodys even lookin up, I see a regular train goin by and I'll stop to stare at it all gormless

    Literally days later, I realised this was the Wuppertal monorail (because apparently I don't read the text of tweets in foreign languages)

    they killed an elephant with that.

    on purpose or was there a horrible accident following its escape from the zoo

  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    3clipse wrote: »
    tynic wrote: »
    Hobnail wrote: »


    I'm impressed by the way no one gives a shit, nobodys even lookin up, I see a regular train goin by and I'll stop to stare at it all gormless

    Literally days later, I realised this was the Wuppertal monorail (because apparently I don't read the text of tweets in foreign languages)

    they killed an elephant with that.

    on purpose or was there a horrible accident following its escape from the zoo

    kind of in between
    they thought it would be a great idea to show off how cool their new monorail was by taking a zoo elephant for a ride in it
    ... it was not a great idea.

  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    edited August 2020
    Actually the elephant survived and lived to the ripe age of 43

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuffi

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    oh dang my Wuppertal friend told me it was killed and I never thought to actually go verify that independently

    I feel a lot better now. For three years every time I passed Wuppertal on the train I would feel sick and sad.

  • JedocJedoc Justice. Mercy. Duty. That sort of thing.Registered User regular
    I'm just relieved that an elephant has finally survived to the end of a story in this thread.

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  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    Abul-Abbas, Charlemagne's white elephant, is assumed to have drowned in the general vicinity in 810, leaving Charlemagne heartbroken

  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    when will we learn to stop taking elephants on sight seeing trips through germany

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  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    Imagine being a Frankish peasant in the early 9th century and seeing an elephant walk past you

    What would the reactions be like, do you think there would be people going "eh, I imagined it to be bigger"

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    "Drafthorse breeding has really gotten out of control."

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Platy wrote: »
    Imagine being a Frankish peasant in the early 9th century and seeing an elephant walk past you

    What would the reactions be like, do you think there would be people going "eh, I imagined it to be bigger"

    Douchebags exist in every timeline, nation, culture, and group, so I think it’s virtually guaranteed some one would pooh-pooh the most incredible thing everyone they’d ever known had ever seen.

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    I'll say this about Karl, I've never heard of another grocer who had his own elephant.

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  • King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Platy wrote: »
    Imagine being a Frankish peasant in the early 9th century and seeing an elephant walk past you

    What would the reactions be like, do you think there would be people going "eh, I imagined it to be bigger"

    My neice was like 4 the first time she saw an elephant and like she knew what they were from tv but shed never seen one in person and she could not articulate how big it was when she told me about it.

    So I assume it was a little like that but with more swearing

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  • MvrckMvrck Registered User regular
    Coming across a large animal that you previously had no sense of scale for can be...intimidating.

    Or maybe it was the fact that we got buzzed by a 16' Tiger shark the size of our Catamaran a 1/4 mile off shore in Florida that was intimidating. I'd snorkeled around reef sharks before, obviously been to aquariums. But to see something that large, up close, in person was a sense of dread I have not experienced since.

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  • 3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    August 12th, 2020: It actually took a few tries to get something decent out of GPT-3 for Dinosaur Comics-style text, likely because there isn't a lot of internet text data that looks quite like it. We're UNIQUE here, baby!! Anyway it sure was fun to only write half a comic and get a full comic out, but I'm pretty sure I'll keep writing my own full comics for at least a little while! But if you'd like more algorithmically-generated stories, I have been using it to create new episodes of Star Trek over at @StarTrekAI.

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    edited August 2020
    Mvrck wrote: »
    Coming across a large animal that you previously had no sense of scale for can be...intimidating.

    Or maybe it was the fact that we got buzzed by a 16' Tiger shark the size of our Catamaran a 1/4 mile off shore in Florida that was intimidating. I'd snorkeled around reef sharks before, obviously been to aquariums. But to see something that large, up close, in person was a sense of dread I have not experienced since.

    The very notion of swimming with an animal as large as the whale shark or blue whale terrifies me even though I know they only consume the tiniest of prey.

    This is compounded by my deep and primal fear of the open ocean.

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  • Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    sarukun wrote: »
    Mvrck wrote: »
    Coming across a large animal that you previously had no sense of scale for can be...intimidating.

    Or maybe it was the fact that we got buzzed by a 16' Tiger shark the size of our Catamaran a 1/4 mile off shore in Florida that was intimidating. I'd snorkeled around reef sharks before, obviously been to aquariums. But to see something that large, up close, in person was a sense of dread I have not experienced since.

    The very notion of swimming with an animal as large as the whale shark or blue whale terrifies me even though I know they only consume the tiniest of prey.

    This is compounded by my deep and primal fear of the open ocean.

    All it takes is for a blue whale to mistake you for some krill and whoops, suddenly you're in a James Bartley situation...

    sarukun
  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2020
    I'm not sure how to encapsulate my (pretty complex) feelings about being killed by a blue whale but overall I think i'd be honoured.

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    I'm not sure how to encapsulate my (pretty complex) feelings about being killed by blue whale but overall I think i'd be honoured.

    I’m not terrified of being kilt by a blue whale, that is preposterous and demonstrably quite difficult to achieve, requiring a cavalcade of awful decisions that are entirely within my control.

    It is the idea of a creature as monstrously huge as the blue whale that horrifies me.

    It is irrational and too primal to express in words.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    sarukun wrote: »
    tynic wrote: »
    I'm not sure how to encapsulate my (pretty complex) feelings about being killed by blue whale but overall I think i'd be honoured.

    I’m not terrified of being kilt by a blue whale, that is preposterous and demonstrably quite difficult to achieve, requiring a cavalcade of awful decisions that are entirely within my control.

    It is the idea of a creature as monstrously huge as the blue whale that horrifies me.

    It is irrational and too primal to express in words.

    oh no i get you I was mostly responding to chris
    like to be actually killed by a blue you'd really have to work for it.

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    sarukun wrote: »
    tynic wrote: »
    I'm not sure how to encapsulate my (pretty complex) feelings about being killed by blue whale but overall I think i'd be honoured.

    I’m not terrified of being kilt by a blue whale, that is preposterous and demonstrably quite difficult to achieve, requiring a cavalcade of awful decisions that are entirely within my control.

    It is the idea of a creature as monstrously huge as the blue whale that horrifies me.

    It is irrational and too primal to express in words.

    oh no i get you I was mostly responding to chris
    like to be actually killed by a blue you'd really have to work for it.

    Frankly, if I set everything up to get smashed by a blue whale and escaped with like, only broken bones, I’m pretty sure I’d be kind of pissed off.

    Do you have any idea what I went through to make this happen, you gentle leviathan?

    You couldn’t be assed to shrug your flippers a little harder and finish the job?!

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I wouldn't say I have a terror of the deep ocean exactly but it inspires something of the same feeling in me
    like my sheer insignificance in the face of the power and size of the ocean is simultaneously deeply unsettling and extremely exhilarating. Part of me always wants to swim out and just keep going, so I think my rational brain has to kind of manually engage a fear response in order to stop me being a total idiot.

  • honoverehonovere Registered User regular
    Mvrck wrote: »
    Coming across a large animal that you previously had no sense of scale for can be...intimidating.

    Or maybe it was the fact that we got buzzed by a 16' Tiger shark the size of our Catamaran a 1/4 mile off shore in Florida that was intimidating. I'd snorkeled around reef sharks before, obviously been to aquariums. But to see something that large, up close, in person was a sense of dread I have not experienced since.

    I'm not fully awake yet so when I read this post the first time I missed the crucial "shark" in it. Whoah that sounds really frightening especially because you wouldn't really expect it. Wait how much is 16 feet again in metres? That can't be right. Oh.

    Still pretty frightening, but kinda disappointed now.

  • Indie WinterIndie Winter die Krähe Rudi Hurzlmeier (German, b. 1952)Registered User regular
    edited August 2020
    see the size doesn't really phase me that much, being terrified because something is that much bigger than you feels really anthropocentricly biased

    I mean, ya'll ever swatted at a fly

    have you considered how the fly would regard you had it the sapience, your size, your inconceivable massiveness compared to its own

    We too are monstrosities, grotesquely vast and uncaring, compared to so many creatures we interact with every day, knowingly or not

    the horror of scale is constantly around us, we are simply privileged to be numb to it

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    edited August 2020
    see the size doesn't really phase me that much, being terrified because something is that much bigger than you feels really anthropocentricly biased

    I mean, ya'll ever swatted at a fly

    have you considered how the fly would regard you had it the sapience, your size, your inconceivable massiveness compared to its own

    We too are monstrosities, grotesquely vast and uncaring, compared to so many creatures we interact with every day, knowingly or not

    the horror of scale is constantly around us, we are simply privileged to be numb to it

    Privileged to be numb is kind of a weird way to look at it.

    Most creatures that we are aware of lack the processing capacity to experience existential horror at all. A gnat is not really concerned with how you interact with it beyond “move or die right now”.

    Plus it sounds way cooler to say we are cursed with ponderous perspective.

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  • Indie WinterIndie Winter die Krähe Rudi Hurzlmeier (German, b. 1952)Registered User regular
    edited August 2020
    No I will stick with privileged numbness, because I am sure if we were constantly aware of the size of mountains or continents we would be driven insane

    I mean, scale aside, just relinquishing awareness is a privilege

    have you ever just tried maintaining spacial awareness of a place you were no longer in? The cabin of your car, your bedroom during work, the bathrooms at your work in the middle of the night

    now add to that every car cabin, every bedroom, every restroom

    and add to those the awareness of the physical distance between those spaces

    it's too much for a mind to handle

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    Right but I’m saying the fact that you can imagine the scenario at all is a curse and also I wish I could just be a dog, like, as a job.

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  • TefTef Registered User regular
    I got that existential feeling of dread in open waters one time. I was swimming off the back of the boat in about 180m of water. We were about 110km offshore.

    I remember looking down at my feet, dangling in the blue, and thought, “if I just sank to the bottom right now, nobody would ever find me” it was a very strange experience

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  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    Continents and the ocean eventually started feeling pretty small to me because their size doesn't protect vulnerable animal and plant species from humans

    The ocean also doesn't seem big enough to absorb all the trash we put into it

  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    sarukun wrote: »
    Right but I’m saying the fact that you can imagine the scenario at all is a curse and also I wish I could just be a dog, like, as a job.

    You can get paid for that

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  • King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Hobnail wrote: »
    sarukun wrote: »
    Right but I’m saying the fact that you can imagine the scenario at all is a curse and also I wish I could just be a dog, like, as a job.

    You can get paid for that

    As long as you really like peanut butter

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  • sarukunsarukun RIESLING OCEANRegistered User regular
    I would do anything for peanut butter

    but I won't do that.

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    Hobnail wrote: »
    sarukun wrote: »
    Right but I’m saying the fact that you can imagine the scenario at all is a curse and also I wish I could just be a dog, like, as a job.

    You can get paid for that

    As long as you really like peanut butter

    I do like peanut butter, and have no follow-up questions!

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