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(Gizmodo)   The Olympic flame has died. Now they have to sacrifice 12 vestal virgins, six ping-pong players and start war with Persia   (gizmodo.com) divider line 122
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2012-07-30 01:03:45 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-30 01:24:08 PM  
Mitt Rmoney was right.
 
2012-07-30 01:25:03 PM  
For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.
 
2012-07-30 01:25:25 PM  
Was there any explanation for why they put it somewhere that can't be seen by the rest of the city?
 
2012-07-30 01:26:09 PM  
Their strong criticism included words like bloody, git, knobhead, cabbage and how dare they.

I love the British.
 
2012-07-30 01:26:18 PM  
The Olympic Flame Dies,
Gets Unceremoniously Relit
By Old Guy On a Cherry Pecker.
 
2012-07-30 01:26:19 PM  

Wolf_Cub: For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.


I thought it was supposed to be 16.
 
2012-07-30 01:26:22 PM  
"They have to sacrifice start war with Persia"?

Grammar fail.
 
2012-07-30 01:27:48 PM  
Couldn't they have "transferred" the flame before putting it out to move the cauldron? You'd think the Brits would be the first to appreciate the importance of tradition and ritual.
 
2012-07-30 01:28:01 PM  

Wolf_Cub


For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.


Maybe some of the ping-pong players can pull double duty.
 
2012-07-30 01:28:02 PM  
They put it out intentionally after lighting a torch with it. The flame was symbolically "alive" the entire time.

What's weird is that they have to move the torch at all, or that it's being placed where it can't be seen.
 
2012-07-30 01:28:32 PM  
The Olympic flame is always kept burning in a miner's lantern (or several, if I recall from when they did the torch run out to Vancouver for 2010) in case of emergencies. There have been a number of incidents where the flame has been put out during torch runs, and they just relight it from the miner's lantern so the chain of authenticity remains - it's always lit from the original Olympic flame in Greece.

(Allegedly, anyhow.)

Whether or not it has to be kept burning in the cauldron through the entire games is another question. The Brits did bork it by not putting the cauldron someplace where it could be left burning through the entire games, mind you.
 
2012-07-30 01:28:35 PM  

bulldg4life: Was there any explanation for why they put it somewhere that can't be seen by the rest of the city?


They also blocked/painted off numerous lanes in London (which, as you may know, has a bit of a traffic problem under ordinary conditions) just for Olympic VIPs to drive from site to site. Evidently the whole of the Games has been one massive middle finger to the citizens of London.
 
2012-07-30 01:28:45 PM  
"The Olympic flame has died been moved while never being fully extinguished because they transferred it to a torch."

FTFY
 
2012-07-30 01:28:46 PM  
some old guy named Austin Playfoot

Wonder if he has a foot fetish
 
2012-07-30 01:29:22 PM  
Not to nitpick, but the flame didn't go out. It was transferred to the torch that was used to relight the cauldron. However I do agree, it should be seen by the city as that is tradition.
 
2012-07-30 01:29:25 PM  
Article: This is not a metaphor: the Olympic Flame has died for real... Now, they have to sacrifice 12 virgin ping-pong players and start a war with the Persians.
Subby: The Olympic flame has died. Now they have to sacrifice 12 vestal virgins, six ping-pong players and start war with Persia

Not only has the flame died, so has creativity and grammar.
 
2012-07-30 01:30:32 PM  

Robo Beat: Evidently the whole of the Games has been one massive middle finger to the citizens of London.


Yeah but that doesn't mean as much as this.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-30 01:30:33 PM  

Cyclometh: What's weird is that they have to move the torch at all, or that it's being placed where it can't be seen.


I'm sure it's a financial decision. Probably saw people taking pictures of it off the grounds and got mad that there wasn't any way to extort money out of them.
 
2012-07-30 01:30:38 PM  
Psst. Buddy. Yeah, you. C'mere.

I got a secret for you.

Ready?

THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. Hell, back in Montreal, they relit the damn thing with some maintenance guy's cigarette lighter.
 
2012-07-30 01:31:32 PM  
FTA: Now, they have to sacrifice 12 virgin ping-pong players and start a war with the Persians.

Headline: Now they have to sacrifice 12 vestal virgins, six ping-pong players and start war with Persia

Subby, are you trying to copy them or be original? Make up your mind!

/unless you changed it on purpose because you know that 12 virgin ping-pong players simply do not exist.
 
2012-07-30 01:31:53 PM  

Five Tails of Fury: The Olympic flame is always kept burning in a miner's lantern (or several, if I recall from when they did the torch run out to Vancouver for 2010) in case of emergencies. There have been a number of incidents where the flame has been put out during torch runs, and they just relight it from the miner's lantern so the chain of authenticity remains - it's always lit from the original Olympic flame in Greece.

(Allegedly, anyhow.)

Whether or not it has to be kept burning in the cauldron through the entire games is another question. The Brits did bork it by not putting the cauldron someplace where it could be left burning through the entire games, mind you.


Seems an awful lot of trouble to go through to keep a Nazi tradition alive....
(look it up)
 
2012-07-30 01:32:16 PM  

tortilla burger: Couldn't they have "transferred" the flame before putting it out to move the cauldron? You'd think the Brits would be the first to appreciate the importance of tradition and ritual.


I think that's what they did there.
 
2012-07-30 01:32:36 PM  
I'm suddenly reminded of the Olympic torch scene from Superman III all of a sudden...
 
2012-07-30 01:32:44 PM  
well. there's a slight difference in page-views depending on how accurately you report that, huh.
 
2012-07-30 01:32:45 PM  

probesport: Wolf_Cub: For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.

I thought it was supposed to be 16.


To be honest, I didn't think about the number, I was just going on the headline, I did a hours of research (on Wiki) and found this: Number of Vestals:At its foundation, the College of Vestals had only 4 members, and was enlarged to 6 sometime in its very early history. At its peak the College of Vestals consisted of 18 girls and women, though only the senior-most 6 were termed Vestals and were full priestesses; the junior 12 were child-novices and maiden acolytes. During the Republic and Empire, 3 new novices would be chosen every five years upon the retirement of the 3 senior Vestals; these novices were almost always prepubescent girls. Also, a new member of the college would be chosen whenever one of the other members died, and would serve out the deceased's term of service.

As it is from Wiki you can take it anyway you want. :)
 
2012-07-30 01:33:56 PM  

Apos: I'm suddenly reminded of the Olympic torch scene from Superman III all of a sudden...

 
2012-07-30 01:34:10 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Wolf_Cub

For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.


Maybe some of the ping-pong players can pull double duty.


LMAO... That really wasn't something I thought of...That would work, Maybe.
 
2012-07-30 01:34:12 PM  

probesport: Robo Beat: Evidently the whole of the Games has been one massive middle finger to the citizens of London.

Yeah but that doesn't mean as much as this.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 300x284]


"Two pints of bitter, please"?


/yes, I know what it really means
 
2012-07-30 01:36:55 PM  
Were they ready for these games ??
 
2012-07-30 01:37:52 PM  

tortilla burger: Couldn't they have "transferred" the flame before putting it out to move the cauldron? You'd think the Brits would be the first to appreciate the importance of tradition and ritual.


thats what they actually did.

/I rtfa, for once.
 
2012-07-30 01:38:36 PM  

Wolf_Cub: probesport: Wolf_Cub: For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.

I thought it was supposed to be 16.

To be honest, I didn't think about the number, I was just going on the headline, I did a hours of research (on Wiki) and found this: Number of Vestals:At its foundation, the College of Vestals had only 4 members, and was enlarged to 6 sometime in its very early history. At its peak the College of Vestals consisted of 18 girls and women, though only the senior-most 6 were termed Vestals and were full priestesses; the junior 12 were child-novices and maiden acolytes. During the Republic and Empire, 3 new novices would be chosen every five years upon the retirement of the 3 senior Vestals; these novices were almost always prepubescent girls. Also, a new member of the college would be chosen whenever one of the other members died, and would serve out the deceased's term of service.

As it is from Wiki you can take it anyway you want. :)


Although my eyes were open they might have just as well've been closed.
 
2012-07-30 01:39:24 PM  
thejetpacker.com
 
2012-07-30 01:40:55 PM  
Some Summer Olympic flames

The Atlanta "McDonalds" french fry cauldron

images.china.cn

The Sydney "LP of Flame" cauldron

media.simonhampel.com

The Athens "Pen o flame" cauldron

a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net

The Beijing "Ice Cream Cone of Communist Flame" cauldron

www.iaaf.org

The London "Whole lotta flame going on" cauldron

i.usatoday.net
 
2012-07-30 01:41:05 PM  
sharetv.org

There is a cigarette out there somewhere.
 
2012-07-30 01:41:40 PM  

Wolf_Cub: probesport: Wolf_Cub: For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.

I thought it was supposed to be 16.

To be honest, I didn't think about the number, I was just going on the headline, I did a hours of research (on Wiki) and found this: Number of Vestals:At its foundation, the College of Vestals had only 4 members, and was enlarged to 6 sometime in its very early history. At its peak the College of Vestals consisted of 18 girls and women, though only the senior-most 6 were termed Vestals and were full priestesses; the junior 12 were child-novices and maiden acolytes. During the Republic and Empire, 3 new novices would be chosen every five years upon the retirement of the 3 senior Vestals; these novices were almost always prepubescent girls. Also, a new member of the college would be chosen whenever one of the other members died, and would serve out the deceased's term of service.

As it is from Wiki you can take it anyway you want. :)


Allow me to note that the reknowned classical scholar Procol Harum disagrees with you :
She said, 'There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might have just as well've been closed
 
2012-07-30 01:42:42 PM  
This means Mitt Romney is automatically Prime Minister and President and David Cameron has to host a swingers party with Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, and Sarah Palin.
 
2012-07-30 01:44:22 PM  

Robo Beat: bulldg4life: Was there any explanation for why they put it somewhere that can't be seen by the rest of the city?

They also blocked/painted off numerous lanes in London (which, as you may know, has a bit of a traffic problem under ordinary conditions) just for Olympic VIPs to drive from site to site. Evidently the whole of the Games has been one massive middle finger to the citizens of London.


The Games tend to do that to the residents of every city they're held in. Makes you wonder why a metropolitan area will try so hard to get one.
 
2012-07-30 01:45:18 PM  

Wolf_Cub: For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.


12 virgins over the age of 30? In east London, I think not.

/"Cherry picker"?
 
2012-07-30 01:45:53 PM  

tortilla burger: Couldn't they have "transferred" the flame before putting it out to move the cauldron? You'd think the Brits would be the first to appreciate the importance of tradition and ritual.


Yep, they did, they transferred it back to the torch (looks like the original torch that lit it, I'm not sure) then used that to relight. So the "flame" itself never went out.
 
2012-07-30 01:49:10 PM  

Wolf_Cub: For some reason, it seems sad that the hardest thing on that list to do is find 12 vestal virgins.


Maybe in Endicott?
 
2012-07-30 01:51:54 PM  
img.thesun.co.uk
Who needs a flame when the sun is shining?
/hot like sand in the SUN
 
2012-07-30 01:55:38 PM  

Uzzah: Psst. Buddy. Yeah, you. C'mere.

I got a secret for you.

Ready?

THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. Hell, back in Montreal, they relit the damn thing with some maintenance guy's cigarette lighter.


I remember that, they threw a fit over it too. They ended up putting out again and relit it with the torch.
 
2012-07-30 01:55:49 PM  
extinguished ≠ died
 
2012-07-30 01:55:54 PM  
Am I missing something, or aren't Vestal virgins Roman?

Wouldn't they need Hestian harlots?
 
2012-07-30 02:05:22 PM  
Haven't we always been at war with Eastpersia?
 
2012-07-30 02:05:53 PM  
One of the neat things about the Los Angeles Coliseum is that they light the old Olympic flame when pretty much any major event is held there.
 
2012-07-30 02:06:51 PM  
So Gordon Brown is automatically Prime Minister and Great Britain has to apologize to Germany for World War II?
 
2012-07-30 02:07:16 PM  
Why didn't they just tell the media to suck it and keep the flame right where it was?
 
2012-07-30 02:09:31 PM  

BigNumber12: So Gordon Brown is automatically Prime Minister and Great Britain has to apologize to Germany for World War II?


And Sweden is no longer the mango capital of Nicaragua.
 
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