You can’t make this stuff up.
I too get irritated when I see persons show disrespect to the United States flag under the delusion that violating the flag code is somehow a display of patriotism–it is indeed perhaps my most pet peeve–but I don’t steal their flags. Or their tee shirts. Or their greasy hair rags.
What such persons display is often not patriotism. Rather, it’s patriotism’s drunken, violent cousin, jingoism.
Addendum, the Next Week:
Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!
A UPenn prof was taken off a plane for writing in math.
A fellow passenger apparently thought it was Arabic.
We are a society of stupid.
If it’s a murder of crows, a pride of lions, and a gaggle of geese, why not a meme of hipsters?
Last night we watched the latest episode of Bones from our DVR, in which Emily Deschanel stated that the Iliad (it sounded like “Ilium” on the soundtrack) told the story of Odysseus and Scylla and Charybdis.
It doesn’t. That’s from the Odyssey.
We are a society of stupid.
Meet the “smombies”:
Roughly one in six pedestrians hypnotically tune into their phones and out of the real world while crossing the street, DEKRA found. Most pedestrians observed were texting, while others were plugged into headphones, making calls, or both texting and making calls at the same time.
Stockholm had by far the worst smartphone abusers with 23.6 percent, or nearly a quarter of people on foot distracted by their phones while crossing through traffic.
Amsterdam on the other hand had the lowest number of “smombies” (smartphone zombies) at 8.3 percent of pedestrians, while Berlin fell somewhere in the middle at 14.9 percent.
When I ride my bicycle around my neighborhood, I fear the smombies much more than the car drivers, and I fear a car driving smombie most of all.
My school trips were so very tame.
Buried deep in the story is a qualifier that the students in question picked out the film, no one was forced to watch it, and everyone who did watch it was old enough to see it in a movie theatre.
But, really, now, there is no way that this could have turned out well.
The stupid. It burns.
H/T to my brother for the story.
It is just a matter of time till some overgrown adolescent yahoo downs an airliner.
A drone came within 200 feet of hitting a Lufthansa jet near Los Angeles International Airport on Friday — the latest run-in between aircraft and the increasingly popular unmanned flyers.
The pilot of a Lufthansa A380 approaching the airport on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany, reported that a drone passed about overhead around 1:30 p.m., said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
(As Peter Sagal said on Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me a few weeks ago, “Chipotle is a Mexican word meaning ‘oops!’“)