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Author Topic:   We are DOOMED, Sat may 21, 2011
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Message 2 of 229 (615964)
05-18-2011 3:50 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by fearandloathing
05-18-2011 3:20 PM


What is this one, the Umpteenth Great Disappointment? (for context, Great Disappointment of 1844)
Though with so many disappointments from so many failed predictions of doomsday (eg, JW's predicted the end, predicted a second date when the first one passed without incident, and when the second one also failed just took to saying that it's any time now), it's getting harder and harder to generate much interest. Most of the interest comes right after the prediction fails and those who believed in it and gave up all their worldly possessions, family, everything, want to have a real heart-to-heart with the fool who made the prediction.
Add another page to the next edition of Rubinsky and Wiseman's book, A History of the End of the World

It is true that the wages of sin is death. But after taking out for taxes, all that's left is that you feel real tired.
(Paula Poundstone quoted from memory)
Edited by dwise1, : added reference to book

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Message 7 of 229 (615977)
05-18-2011 5:06 PM
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05-18-2011 4:30 PM


There was a classic scene in the TV version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, one that could never have been done on the original radio show. The Vogon descructor fleet arrives to destroy the earth to make way for a hyperspatial by-pass (AKA "freeway", I believe). Pan of street scene with everybody standing there staring up at the ships, including a nut-case wearing a sandwich sign proclaiming the end of the world. Then the Vogon commander announces the immenent destruction of the earth. Same pan of street scene, only now everybody's yelling at the ships, telling them to go away. Except for the nut-case who has abandonned his sign and high-tailed it out of there.

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Message 15 of 229 (616005)
05-18-2011 8:54 PM
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05-18-2011 7:26 PM


The scene i the remake is way way way better than the old classic.
Please refresh our memories, since I haven't seen that one since it came out in 2005. You don't mean all the bar patrons lying on the pub floor with bags over their heads? In the TV adaptation, we only got the barkeep giving "Last call!"
Though we loved the reason why the POV gun wouldn't work on Trillian. Just think how much one of those would blow a fundamentalist's mind.

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Message 20 of 229 (616033)
05-19-2011 1:44 AM
Reply to: Message 19 by Theodoric
05-18-2011 9:54 PM


Not smoking, drinking. Pan-galactic garble-blasters. It's like having your brains smashed by two gold bricks with a twist of lemon.

In the latter days of The Screensavers around the time that G4 bought out Tech-TV, their cast had been reduced down to the youngest members. One day, wardrobe had given one of them a t-shirt with "42" on the front and asking on the back whether you knew where your towel is. No cast member had idea what that was about, so members of the studio audience had to explain it to them.
Where is this world going when none of the youth bothers to learn the classics.
Share and enjoy!
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In preparing Arthur for his first hyperspace jump:
Ford: It's rather unpleasantly like being drunk.
Arthur: What's so unpleasant about being drunk?
Ford: Ask a glass of water.
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ALERT! ALERT!
Next Wednesday, 25 May, is Towel Day!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_day

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Message 24 of 229 (616074)
05-19-2011 10:22 AM
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05-19-2011 5:35 AM


Just don't make a poster of Mohammed and mass-mail it out as per Jon's Message 21 directly above.

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Message 33 of 229 (616102)
05-19-2011 1:59 PM
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05-18-2011 9:53 PM


The multitudes of tiny high-pitched voices, kind of like what you might hear from an ant hill just before you destroy it.
I haven't seen that movie since 2005. Recorded the radio plays in 1981 or 1982 when they first played on NPR. I think I also recorded the TV version when it replayed -- we didn't have a VCR in 1983/4 when it first played on PBS.
Towel Day next Wednesday, 25 May.

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Message 169 of 229 (616667)
05-23-2011 8:36 PM


I wonder. When people's lives are destroyed by their faith, does that make them martyrs for their faith?

  
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