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(Yahoo)   Big Ben to become Big Beth   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 111
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2012-06-26 02:24:56 PM  
i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-26 02:25:24 PM  

eggrolls: Isn't the damn thing dedicated to Queen Victoria already?

[t1.gstatic.com image 298x204]

Under the clock face - "O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First."


If it were dedicated to her, it would be called Victoria Tower, rather than Clock Tower. That's just an inscription.
 
2012-06-26 02:26:43 PM  

andersoncouncil42: it's been said already

Big ben is the bell, not the tower

/bears repeating


www.ocdtypes.com
 
2012-06-26 02:27:48 PM  
FTFA: "...the famous bongs in the capital..."

*snicker*
 
2012-06-26 02:28:04 PM  

eggrolls: Isn't the damn thing dedicated to Queen Victoria already?

[t1.gstatic.com image 298x204]

Under the clock face - "O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First."


Meh, Vicki already has another tower at the other end of Westminster palace named after her.
 
2012-06-26 02:29:42 PM  

radarlove: andersoncouncil42: it's been said already

Big ben is the bell, not the tower

/bears repeating

And yet, nobody cares and the common global populace considers the whole clock tower to be Big Ben.

Deal with it.


And yet, the tower will be named after the queen, and the bell will still be big ben.

Dealt
 
2012-06-26 02:29:50 PM  

ShadowkahnCRX: eggrolls: Isn't the damn thing dedicated to Queen Victoria already?

[t1.gstatic.com image 298x204]

Under the clock face - "O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First."

If it were dedicated to her, it would be called Victoria Tower, rather than Clock Tower. That's just an inscription.


Right. She's got the one with the Regent's Entrance under it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Tower

/spent way too much time in Westminster last year
 
2012-06-26 02:34:03 PM  
It's my one claim to fame!

/Descended from Ben Hall
 
2012-06-26 02:36:23 PM  
So many people seem to be going "Wha!? Big Ben -> Elizabeth Tower!?"
No. Changes are as follows:
The Clock Tower -> Elizabeth Tower
Big Ben -> Big Ben
 
2012-06-26 02:36:42 PM  
WHOAAAA big bertha, big bertha the truck drivin queen!

Thank You Gary Stewart
 
2012-06-26 02:42:26 PM  
I like Big Beth and I can not lie, you other chaps can't deny...
 
2012-06-26 02:43:37 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: Big Ben is the bell.


Rosebud is the sled.
 
2012-06-26 02:43:47 PM  
www.4us2play.co.uk

if lizzy wasn't large...she will be. She WILL be.
 
2012-06-26 02:46:40 PM  

SuburbanCowboy: tallguywithglasseson: Big Ben is the bell.

Rosebud is the sled.


We'll never know who Johnny was, because the Homecoming Queen is dead.
 
2012-06-26 02:47:35 PM  
Dear Yahoo News -

You are idiots.

The *bell* is called Big Ben. The tower didn't really have a name. Now the tower does, and the bell is still called Big Ben.

Everyone will still call the whole thing Big Ben anyway.

Please try to read some grown-up news services before spouting your shiat.

Luv,

A Londoner
 
2012-06-26 02:50:52 PM  

mungo: Dear Yahoo News -

You are idiots.

The *bell* is called Big Ben. The tower didn't really have a name. Now the tower does, and the bell is still called Big Ben.

Everyone will still call the whole thing Big Ben anyway.

Please try to read some grown-up news services before spouting your shiat.

Luv,

A Londoner


What's the clock called?
 
2012-06-26 02:53:18 PM  

Madaynun: there is a clapper joke in there somewhere.

The queen has the "clap"per now? na

somebody thought with her getting up in the years she could use a clapper (clap on, clap off, the clapper) and got the most expensive one they could find? na

/got nothing


Does not approve The Copper Claper Caper
 
2012-06-26 02:55:48 PM  
I need to hear from more Romanian tourists before deciding if this is an outrage.
 
2012-06-26 02:56:36 PM  

mungo: Dear Yahoo News -

You are idiots.

The *bell* is called Big Ben. The tower didn't really have a name. Now the tower does, and the bell is still called Big Ben.

Everyone will still call the whole thing Big Ben anyway.

Please try to read some grown-up news services before spouting your shiat.

Luv,

A Londoner


Dear Londoner

Nobody cares

Luv,

An American
 
2012-06-26 03:00:47 PM  
Is that the one that liked riding underneath horses?
 
2012-06-26 03:01:17 PM  

dabbletech: mungo: Dear Yahoo News -

You are idiots.

The *bell* is called Big Ben. The tower didn't really have a name. Now the tower does, and the bell is still called Big Ben.

Everyone will still call the whole thing Big Ben anyway.

Please try to read some grown-up news services before spouting your shiat.

Luv,

A Londoner

What's the clock called?


Toby, but it prefers Kunte Kinte
 
2012-06-26 03:01:38 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i49.tinypic.com image 450x612]


That took me waaaaaay longer than it should have. Bravo.
 
2012-06-26 03:02:20 PM  

Godscrack: So they cut his bells off?


*golf clap*
 
2012-06-26 03:05:11 PM  

borg: mungo: Dear Yahoo News -

You are idiots.

The *bell* is called Big Ben. The tower didn't really have a name. Now the tower does, and the bell is still called Big Ben.

Everyone will still call the whole thing Big Ben anyway.

Please try to read some grown-up news services before spouting your shiat.

Luv,

A Londoner

Dear Londoner

Nobody cares

Luv,

An American


THIS

So sorry to hear about your fallen empire and that the world no longer gives a shiat about you or your dying monarchic culture.
 
2012-06-26 03:10:13 PM  

mungo: Dear Yahoo News -

You are idiots.

The *bell* is called Big Ben. The tower didn't really have a name. Now the tower does, and the bell is still called Big Ben.

Everyone will still call the whole thing Big Ben anyway.

Please try to read some grown-up news services before spouting your shiat.

Luv,

A Londoner


Dear Mungo

The tower always had a name, it was officially called The Clock Tower, colloquially as Big Tom.

Luv

An Edinburgher
 
2012-06-26 03:11:32 PM  
No. The "Clock Tower" will become Elizabeth Tower. People will certainly still refer to it as Big Ben in unofficial circumstances though.
 
2012-06-26 03:18:49 PM  

mungo: Dear Yahoo News -
You are idiots.
The *bell* is called Big Ben. The tower didn't really have a name. Now the tower does, and the bell is still called Big Ben.
Everyone will still call the whole thing Big Ben anyway.
Please try to read some grown-up news services before spouting your shiat.
Luv,
A Londoner


Dear Londoner,

Read TFA next time.

The landmark, part of Britain's Houses of Parliament, is officially called the Clock Tower but is commonly known as Big Ben, the name of the giant bell in the tower that chimes the famous bongs in the capital.


Luv,
A Yank

PS: So happy you aren't speaking German
 
2012-06-26 03:32:24 PM  
As the article points out, Big Ben is the bell in the tower, while the tower itself is called the Clock Tower.

I wish they had thought this through a bit further. If Old Ben is going to be banging away in Big Betty from now on, they might want to re-think the honour and give it to somebody else.

Oh, Big Betty, Bam-a-lam
Oh, Big Betty, Bam-a-lam
Busting clock since she was Ben
Old Big Betty is a mean ole gal ...


See "Black Betty" Wikipedia for the history and interpretations of the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Betty
 
2012-06-26 03:38:38 PM  
That's almost as asinine as renaming Washington National Airport for an Acting President.
 
2012-06-26 03:40:30 PM  
R.I.P. Big Ben
www.janetgriffinscott.com
 
2012-06-26 03:56:35 PM  
I thought the headline indicated they were just cutting the pointy bit off the top of the tower.
 
2012-06-26 03:58:29 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: Big Ben is the bell.


Apparently it never was.

I wonder how many Britons are thinking of the bell when they mean the clock tower?

Must be some kind of obsession for pedantics.
 
2012-06-26 04:01:47 PM  

Cornelius Dribble: I suppose it's easier and cheaper than actually building a monument to the queen. Welcome to the Age of Austerity.

It will only remain Elizabeth Tower until Parliament sells the naming rights to a telecommunications corporation about five years from now.


t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-06-26 04:02:56 PM  

andersoncouncil42: it's been said already

Big ben is the bell, not the tower

/bears repeating



So Elizabeth has a big Ben inside of her?
 
2012-06-26 04:03:51 PM  
they're really pissed about V for Vendetta.
 
2012-06-26 04:24:09 PM  
What's brown and sounds like a bell?
 
2012-06-26 04:32:26 PM  
I'm confused.
Are they going to rename it back next year, when her Jubilee is over?
 
2012-06-26 04:33:59 PM  

radarlove: And yet, nobody cares and the common global populace considers the whole clock tower to be Big Ben.

Deal with it.


Dealing with ignorance is something most of us do on a daily basis. Doesn't mean it shouldn't be pointed out now and again. Even the article does a piss poor job of being clear. Headline has it wrong, it corrects itself within the body of the story, then goes ahead and quotes two people that have no clue.
 
2012-06-26 04:44:00 PM  

schattenteufel: andersoncouncil42: it's been said already

Big ben is the bell, not the tower

/bears repeating


So Elizabeth has a big Ben inside of her?


If Ben is the belland Elizabeth is the building, What the hell is the name of the clock? Charles?
 
2012-06-26 04:51:05 PM  

schattenteufel: andersoncouncil42: it's been said already

Big ben is the bell, not the tower

/bears repeating


So Elizabeth has a big Ben inside of her?


Quit trying to steal my joke.
 
2012-06-26 05:14:31 PM  

Godscrack: So they cut his bells off?


You'll have to sew 'em back on first.
newsimg.bbc.co.uk
 
2012-06-26 05:37:09 PM  
FTA: Banker Richard Labonte said: "It's not a bad idea, Ben is a strange name for a tower anyway and the Queen deserves it."


What exactly has the queen done to deserve it?
 
2012-06-26 05:40:58 PM  

MBooda: Godscrack: So they cut his bells off?

You'll have to sew 'em back on first.
[newsimg.bbc.co.uk image 203x152]


Thank you for the Fawlty Towers reference.

Big Ben is the name of one of the bells in St Stephen's Tower (now to be known as Elizabeth Tower).
 
2012-06-26 05:52:27 PM  

radarlove: andersoncouncil42: it's been said already

Big ben is the bell, not the tower

/bears repeating

And yet, nobody cares and the common global populace considers the whole clock tower to be Big Ben.

Deal with it.


And it will do the same tomorrow. "Big Ben" is an unofficial but widely used nickname originally for the (officially named) "Great Bell" but later extended to the "Clock Tower" now known as the "Elizabeth Tower" and will continue to be used as such no matter what the official names are.
 
2012-06-26 05:59:49 PM  

6655321: MBooda: Godscrack: So they cut his bells off?

You'll have to sew 'em back on first.
[newsimg.bbc.co.uk image 203x152]

Thank you for the Fawlty Towers reference.

Big Ben is the name of one of the bells in St Stephen's Tower (now to be known as Elizabeth Tower).


And thank you for that important distinction.

And let's not forget...

"Jacqueline! Gabrielle! Guillaume! and BIG MARIE! ...Marie made me deaf, you know."

/why was I not made of stone like thee
 
2012-06-26 06:19:55 PM  
Did somebody call me?

img.poptower.com
 
2012-06-26 06:26:10 PM  
Big Ben is the BELL. It's the clock tower that was renamed from Parliament tower to Elizabeth Tower.
 
2012-06-26 06:47:23 PM  

6655321: MBooda: Godscrack: So they cut his bells off?

You'll have to sew 'em back on first.
[newsimg.bbc.co.uk image 203x152]

Thank you for the Fawlty Towers reference.

Big Ben is the name of one of the bells in St Stephen's Tower (now to be known as Elizabeth Tower).


Just to clarify : the tower that has been renamed is the Clock Tower, aka Big Tom, now to be known as Elizabeth Tower. It houses the bell, The Great Bell, aka Big Ben. St. Stephen's Tower is in the middle of Westminster, actually over the entranceway and leads to St. Stephen's Hall. None of these is the Tower of London or the Eiffel Tower. The whole mess remains unnecessary and pointlessly bewildering.
 
Biv
2012-06-26 07:52:02 PM  

andersoncouncil42: it's been said already

Big ben is the bell, not the tower

/bears repeating


i70.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-26 08:11:51 PM  

ds_4815: Whatchu talkin' bout, robohobo?


beta_plus: what you talkin bout willis?


Here for Arnold.
 
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