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(Baltimore Sun)   Queen evokes gravity at NASA: "Let them derive F = GMm/r², where G = 6.67*10-¹¹ N-m²/kg²"   (baltimoresun.com) divider line 118
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2007-05-10 03:08:46 AM
Well played, subby. Awkward headline on TFA, for sure. heh.
 
wee [TotalFark]
2007-05-10 03:36:33 AM
Is there anyone more useless than the queen of England? Except Paris Hilton, of course. Anyone?
 
2007-05-10 04:02:44 AM
wee: Anyone?

Kirk Douglas?
 
2007-05-10 04:14:08 AM
"Is there anyone more useless than the queen of England

How about Charles Windsor?
 
2007-05-10 05:24:59 AM
James Ensor?
 
2007-05-10 05:25:49 AM
Bush?
 
2007-05-10 05:26:14 AM
A dead Lois?
 
2007-05-10 05:33:04 AM
good grief,


She has only been in the USA for a few days and i am over it.


please for the love of god can we talk about that chick that went missing in Aurba some more.......


You know how fast i would tell her handlers to fark off if they tried to educate me on the proper way to converse with the queen, Get over yourself.

Its not like i would be rude, I would talk to her like i would my gandmother, the same respect i pay to All the senior citzens i meet, That is all she is going to get.


Man i like the Brits , I really do. There sons are DIEING in Afganastan and Iraq out of sense of Brothership for our country, I love them for that, But we really need to give them thier Queen back ASAP.
 
2007-05-10 05:34:34 AM
huh?
 
2007-05-10 05:40:08 AM
I wonder what level her materia is at.
 
2007-05-10 05:41:43 AM
FLoridaDon

Get over yourself.
 
2007-05-10 05:43:26 AM
I think the 'Not News' and 'Geek' tabs have been swapped.
 
2007-05-10 05:43:51 AM
FLoridaDon: Its not like i would be rude, I would talk to her like i would my gandmother, the same respect i pay to All the senior citzens i meet, That is all she is going to get.

To be honest, that's all she would ask for (especially from dirty colonial types(kidding!)) but people do tend to go waaayyy overboard on the protocol thing. Just call her Ma'am and don't touch is really all that there is - pretty much like anyone's granny.
 
2007-05-10 05:47:07 AM
The Queen's handlers just do what the handlers of any dignitary do - make sure their charge isn't messed with. She's a bit more than your average granny, however. I doubt many grannies have had meetings with people like Winston Churchill and many presidents from around the world, not to mention being the reigning monarch of 16 countries.

The weird thing is the US president is just a civil servant, and yet he's treated better than royalty in many countries. For a republic the US sure is ass-backwards :)
 
2007-05-10 05:48:43 AM
So... did the Queen have her security people trample any gardens at the White House as payback?
 
2007-05-10 05:50:35 AM
I realize this is a cliche, but will someone explain the headline for those of us that don't get it?

/too early for equations of that length
 
2007-05-10 05:55:34 AM
I thought subby meant Queen, not THE Queen. I kept rereading the headline trying to figure out what song he was trying to reference.
 
2007-05-10 05:55:40 AM
wee - "Is there anyone more useless than the queen of England? Except Paris Hilton, of course. Anyone?"

How about Prince Charles? God, can you imagine what his resume would look like?

Professional Resume of HRH Prince Charles Philip Arthur George

Employment History:


Position: Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay, Duke of Cornwall, Prince of Edinburgh

From: 1958 to Present

Job Duties: Waiting for my mum to die.
 
2007-05-10 06:08:16 AM
ChernobylOne: God, can you imagine what his resume would look like?

He was Commander of a Royal Navy minesweeper for a while.
 
2007-05-10 06:08:29 AM
FLoridaDon: You know how fast i would tell her handlers to fark off if they tried to educate me on the proper way to converse with the queen, Get over yourself.

It's funny, because Americans can be fairly subservient themselves.
 
2007-05-10 06:09:36 AM
I wake up to this?! Subby made my brain hurt.

/needs visual aids
 
2007-05-10 06:17:09 AM
I don't know, from what I've seen as a "former colonist," she's the only one of the Royals with any class at all, sad state of affairs for the rest.
 
2007-05-10 06:17:12 AM
TheHoodedClaw: He was Commander of a Royal Navy minesweeper for a while.

Oh? Dunno how I missed that. I mean, I must have spent almost an entire minute doing research on the guy before I made that post. Heh...
 
2007-05-10 06:17:48 AM
ChernobylOne - How about Prince Charles? God, can you imagine what his resume would look like?

A lot more impressive than yours, pal. How about you go look him up on Wikipedia and then make yourself a nice cup of shut the fark up.

As for the headline, I'm guessing it's a riff on "let them eat cake", with Subby not quite understanding the difference between England and France. Huge shock.
 
2007-05-10 06:22:12 AM
dstanley -

Gravity definition #1 (what the article intended) -
Seriousness; The Queen's presence brought out (evoked) the most serious attitude among NASA administrators and staff.

Gravitiy definition #2 (what the subby intended) -
The mutual attraction between 2 or more masses/objects; The Queen mere presence caused the force of gravity to occur at NASA
 
2007-05-10 06:23:11 AM
She stopped traffic with her long black . . . long black what? And Network Integration Center. Was there some sexual/racial protocol thing taking place here?

Also, the article read like the society column in a Sunday newspaper.
 
2007-05-10 06:32:52 AM
Tomorrow: Queen derives gravity from the Standard Model.
 
mjl
2007-05-10 06:38:00 AM
dave420
The weird thing is the US president is just a civil servant, and yet he's treated better than royalty in many countries. For a republic the US sure is ass-backwards :)

As an outsider I've always been more than a little disturbed just how reverentially The President is treated... I can't help but feel that
the Leader of the Free World really needs a staffer following behind him wispering 'You are but mortal'.
 
2007-05-10 06:40:33 AM
I didn't submit this with any headline and I think that lack of submission should have had preference over this snoozefest. When a story is that boring one reverts to talking about the fashions that unfashionable people are wearing, it's time to turn one's attention elsewhere.
 
2007-05-10 06:41:00 AM
www.xenafan.com
ME ME ME!
 
2007-05-10 06:43:12 AM
Rock Ape: Bush?

Not funny. Stupid, actually. Hit yourself in the face with a hot iron.

Sarcasticus: A dead Lois?

+1 Clever as hell.
 
2007-05-10 06:43:30 AM
HULK SMASH ETIQUETTE!
 
2007-05-10 06:43:38 AM
How about Prince Charles? God, can you imagine what his resume would look like?

He's also rated for most of the principal fighter aircraft used by the RAF and RN for the last 50 years. Which is not to say he's any good, just that he'd probably able to get out of dodge in one if needs be.
 
2007-05-10 06:47:57 AM
dukefluke except for killing his ex-wife & spending taxpayers money, Charles has not jack shiat. The UK should tell the House of Windsor to take the monarchy and shove it up their asses, seriously it's the 21st century & you still have a royal family.
 
2007-05-10 06:54:41 AM
Phoenix_M - except for killing his ex-wife & spending taxpayers money, Charles has not jack shiat.

That M in your name... does it perchance stand for "moran"?

The UK should tell the House of Windsor to take the monarchy and shove it up their asses, seriously it's the 21st century & you still have a royal family.

I can't be bothered to explain to you why that's a good thing. In fact, the best I can manage is a weary "fark off".
 
2007-05-10 06:57:48 AM
dukefluke: A lot more impressive than yours, pal. How about you go look him up on Wikipedia and then make yourself a nice cup of shut the fark up.

Lighten up, guy. It's just FARK... I was making a joke, not writing a biography. Besides, if anyone reading that thinks that I'm an expert on the man's life, then they're beyond delusional.

For what it's worth, I did look him up on Wikipedia just to get his full name and a list of his titles, but I've been reading through his entry since I made that post. Pretty interesting stuff, really... It doesn't mean that I'm going to stop poking fun at him when the opportunity presents itself though. I'm sure that Bush's resume would blow yours out of the water too, but that certainly doesn't mean that you (or anyone else) shouldn't be allowed to laugh at him because of that fact, right?
 
2007-05-10 06:58:05 AM
dukefluke: A lot more impressive than yours, pal.

Big who cares, champion. He's a singularly unimpressive individual. Look no further than his uni degree. You're the future king of England and you can only manage a pass? With all the tutoring money can buy? He might be an okay bloke, I don't know, but he's nothing special.
 
2007-05-10 06:58:40 AM
Phoenix_M

Seriously it's the 21st century and you still have a legally binding right to bear arms? Against what? What's that all about?

Anyway, we all know the royals are an anachronism - but they are a great moneyspinner plus they provide a constitutional escape valve without having a superfluous figurehead under the british parliamentary system. Works well for former colonies too - the disinterested figurehead is fantastic.

And I would have knocked off Lady Di too. Annoying cow.
 
2007-05-10 06:59:15 AM
I get it Duke, you're really Queen Edward of Wessex
 
2007-05-10 07:01:10 AM
little_wing: Look no further than his uni degree.

A pass isn't terribly impressive, but at least he didn't study the usual thick posh twat degree "History of Art". Like wot Prince William did.
 
2007-05-10 07:15:09 AM
TheHoodedClaw, little_wing

Look, if you had unlimited cash without need to resort to working for a living, the motivation wouldn't be supreme to do much more than pass one's degree.

I reckon Charlie gets and F where it counts. With that kind of pulling power, he resorts to HORSE-FACE? I mean really - you'd give Elle MacPherson a run just on spec wouldn't you? And then, move along into where-ever the hell you wanted - I mean, please - you are the next in line to the throne! If that's not a pick up line I don't know what is! Better than my rusty old ones anyway.
 
2007-05-10 07:19:42 AM
ChernobylOne - Lighten up, guy. It's just FARK... I was making a joke, not writing a biography. Besides, if anyone reading that thinks that I'm an expert on the man's life, then they're beyond delusional.

You can defend your right to make jokes, I'll defend my right to point out that they have failed spectacularly.

For what it's worth, I did look him up on Wikipedia just to get his full name and a list of his titles, but I've been reading through his entry since I made that post. Pretty interesting stuff, really...

Exactly. So I'm left wondering what the joke was and why you decided to pick old Chuck as an example of a useless individual. Could it be, perhaps, that you'd just assumed he was worthless?

Look, if you want a completely useless upper class twat to poke fun at, you've got a buy-one-get-one-free bundle of fun in Princes Andrew (likes to comandeer Chinhooks to take him to golf courses) and Edward (I'm in television, sweetie). Have at 'em. Jest away. They're more like the useless, free-loading bastards that everybody thinks the royal family is made up of, despite the fact that they also put in an incredible amount of work for charity and so on.

It doesn't mean that I'm going to stop poking fun at him when the opportunity presents itself though. I'm sure that Bush's resume would blow yours out of the water too, but that certainly doesn't mean that you (or anyone else) shouldn't be allowed to laugh at him because of that fact, right?

The difference being I wouldn't "make a joke" about Bush's CV if I didn't know a single thing about the guy, like you did. As it is, I have an English degree and can read aloud without making mistakes, so yeah, maybe I can compare my resume to his.

little_wing - Big who cares, champion. He's a singularly unimpressive individual. Look no further than his uni degree. You're the future king of England and you can only manage a pass? With all the tutoring money can buy? He might be an okay bloke, I don't know, but he's nothing special.

Like I suggested to Chernobyl, read the man's Wiki entry. He's not nearly as bad as popular opinion seems to suggest. And given the choice between Prince Charles or Tony Blair or any of his ilk, I'll go with old big ears any day of the week, no matter what sort of degree he got.
 
2007-05-10 07:22:38 AM
except for killing his ex-wife & spending taxpayers money, Charles has not jack shiat.

Are you sure you're not thinking of OJ?
 
2007-05-10 07:23:07 AM
Charles, I'm not so respectful of.

Queen Elizabeth though? Well, I am a royalist to the heart. So people say it's just a title? The thing is that the Monarch of England holds a lot of political sway in Britain, they just choose not to use it by political convention.

Royal assent, no law can be passed without the assent of the monarch; Granted it was Queen Anne in the 18th Century who last evoked this right. King George was going to do it in 1905, for the Irish Home Rule bill but was persuaded by Asquith to just agree to it. Otherwise the 'troubles' would have given us even more 'troubles'.

The Crown must also ratify all treaties, and in the same vein, agree to all and any acts of war. In theory the Queen can go to war, without the approval of Parliament. (See Clare Short's PMB in 2005).

In my opinion, we support the monarchy, or at least the majority of us do, in the same way Americans celebrate Independence Day. Long reaching tradition, which makes us proud to be who we are. And if you aren't proud, then I feel sorry for you.
 
2007-05-10 07:26:02 AM
dukefluke: Like I suggested to Chernobyl, read the man's Wiki entry. He's not nearly as bad as popular opinion seems to suggest. And given the choice between Prince Charles or Tony Blair or any of his ilk, I'll go with old big ears any day of the week, no matter what sort of degree he got.

He's the next in line to be MY head of state, mate. And yet he spends his time poncing around advancing foreign business interests. Thanks, Charlie.
 
2007-05-10 07:27:42 AM
Is this woman's entire life actually a carefully coreographed circus? Even the president of the United States gets unreherarsed one-on-one time with people. When members of the administration come by gov't facilities there is a dog and pony show. People make posters to describe their work, they like to see quad charts with bullet points and pictures. The prettier the picture the better the suits like what you have to say. But it's not at all the case that people rehearse their actual lines to deliver to the men in black. You have a god damned conversation with the assholes and if they like it you get to keep working. But it is inconcevable to me that they actually were rehearsing line for line what they would say to this lady, and that the two lines of ad lib that she was able to come up with are national news. This lady needs to leave my country so that I can continue to bask in the glory of the revolution that my people faught so hard for. That revolution embodied principles such as integrity and honesty that cannot be understood by queens. The people at NASA should have refused to rehearse and script themselves.
That said, thank God for the return to home rule in Ireland. I'm one Irish Catholic that would not kill the monarch if given a chance. In modern times independence must be acheived through peaceful means, and it is a shame that the royals had so long lived in fear of the brave people of Ireland. However, every American, and Irishman, and Indian, and Canadian, and Australian, and African, and South American should agree that each step toward independence from England and their monarchs is a glorious one for every country.
 
2007-05-10 07:29:34 AM
little_wing - He's the next in line to be MY head of state, mate.

And how much does that effect your daily life? Nada. Nish. Not at all.

And yet he spends his time poncing around advancing foreign business interests. Thanks, Charlie.

I think you're just looking for things to dislike him for there, because let's face it, he's far from being anything approaching the worst offender in this regard.
 
2007-05-10 07:30:24 AM
He's the next in line to be MY head of state, mate. And yet he spends his time poncing around advancing foreign business interests. Thanks, Charlie.

I'd be fine if he just gets skipped. I'd rather have young blood on the throne. Charles just seems a bit fuddy duddy.

His mother seems a lot more on the ball, as does his sons.
 
2007-05-10 07:33:30 AM
Evidently the retards are starting to wake up, so it's time to lay down my sword and shield and bail out of this thread. I'll be back to pointlessly defend the royal family next time they make the news.
 
2007-05-10 07:35:13 AM
Evidently the retards are starting to wake up, so it's time to lay down my sword and shield and bail out of this thread. I'll be back to pointlessly defend the royal family next time they make the news.

If you're on about me, I'm all behind the Royal Family. I just don't like Charles.
 
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