Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I am shocked, shocked to find that casual racism is going on in the British tabloid press

Equally shocked to find the Com-Post (Wellington's newspaper of note) reprinting made-up stuff without noticing the bullshit or the crappy writing.

In other news, by tradition French pastry chefs whose cakes fail are traditionally bound to traditionally impale themselves on a traditional baguette.

25 comments:

fish said...

New Zealanders traditionally commit suicide by an overdose of Vegemite Cheesybite.

Another Kiwi said...

Tra fishily fish would eat himself after reminding me about Cheesybite.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

New Zealanders traditionally commit suicide by an overdose of Vegemite Cheesybite.

I thought it was death by Pavlova.

Smut Clyde said...

death by Pavlova.
It is a painful and lingering way to die and therefore honour is restored

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Shirley fish meant iSnack 2.0?
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fish said...

"Vegemite (the black death)"


LOL

Another Kiwi said...

Oh sure, that's what Obamabots think of it

El Manquécito said...

wiley posted some Smut bait:branes.

vacuumslayer said...

Actually smut baited himself...at my blog.

El Manquécito. said...

I haven't set up a phony ID that will allow me to comment at your place vs so I don't go there all that often. Pfffft.

wiley said...

Ah. I credited Smut on someone else's comment section, but forgot to credit Smut on my post. I kinda got lost in reading the Creative Commons stuff and waiting for the artist's website to load, until it did and it said FORBIDDEN very forbiddenly in thick, black letters. I think I gave proper credit to the artists.

Getting permission to post that Ma Jun ceramic piece was a piece of cake. I'll only have it up for two weeks, and two of those days have passed, so don't miss it. AND check out that gallery in Frankfurt. There's a link embedded in the gallery's name under the picture of "television".

Rachel said...

Why not take comments at your blog, Wiley?

Substance McGravitas said...

By tradition Canadian chefs whose Kraft Dinner fails impale themselves on an icicle.

H. Rumbold, Master Barber said...

Newt! (From comments here.

"The poison in pufferfish, which are also called blowfish or swellfish because when threatened they expand into an ominous round ball, is called tetrodotoxin. This toxin is also in some newts found on the West Coast of the United States and in the Carolinas. Some deaths have been reported among people swallowing the newts in America."

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

Seppufugu!

Canuckistanians who fail to say please and thank you are traditionally bound to commit suicide by passive aggressively standing within your field of view, but off to the side so its easy not to notice them.

El Manquécito said...

There was an interesting article in a recent Harper's about the possibility that a puffer fish toxin was the active ingredient in Haitian potions for inducing people to become zombies. Result: not proven and not likely.

Smut Clyde said...

Disappointingly, Harpers did not consult us at Riddled, despite our proven expertise on tetrodotoxin poisoning.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

There was an interesting article in a recent Harper's about the possibility that a puffer fish toxin was the active ingredient in Haitian potions for inducing people to become zombies. Result: not proven and not likely.

Why not just buy me a drink?

wv is protoona, which is a toona that has lost it's amateur standing.

El Manquécito said...

Harper's doesn't even have it on their archive, at first glance.

Hamilton Morris is Vice magazine's pharmacopeia correspondent and i at work on a book about mushrooms. This is his first article for Harper's.

He revisits Wade Davis, "world renowned ethno-botanist"'s ideas that "Haitian sorcerers, known as bokor, concoct a puffer-fish-based powder and administer it to unsuspecting victims. TTX, a compound present in the fish, induces a temporarary flaccid paralysis that mimics death. The victim is entombed alive and then released after the effects of the TTX have subsided. Due to pervasive magical thinking in Haiti the victim truly believes he has been resurrected from the dead and submits to the commands of the bokor, potentially with the aid of a deliriant plant called concombre zombi."

Smut Clyde said...

induces a temporarary flaccid paralysis that mimics death

Sadly for this theory, one component of TTX paralysis is the "not-breathing" part.

El Manquécito said...

More:

C.Y. Kao, then the most prominent living expert on TTX ... labeled the work a "carefully planned, premeditated case of scientific fraud".... All this culminated when The Serpent and the Rainbow was adapted into a Wes Craven horror movie, which delighted in the exact sort of voodoosploitation Davis desperately campaigned to prevent--the film is best known for a scene in which (Davis)has a railroad spike driven through his scrotum.

El Manquécito said...

Sadly for this theory, one component of TTX paralysis is the "not-breathing" part.


Dude! It's all about the dosage! And the Haitian magic!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

are you trying to imply that one CAN'T do scientific research by watching horror movies?

Another Kiwi said...

a scene in which (Davis)has a railroad spike driven through his scrotum.
Back when being a scientist meant something dammit.

Smut Clyde said...

IIRC there's a scene in John Safran vs. God where Safran goes to Haiti to explore Voudon, and is introduced to the concept of "goat castration with teeth".