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2013-03-31 11:47:55 AM
Almost made it to the end of the month without the log-in screen.... Oh well.
 
2013-03-31 12:00:42 PM

sno man: Almost made it to the end of the month without the log-in screen.... Oh well.


As it happens, the NY Times is reprinting an article from Associated Press. I searched the first sentence of the article, and came up with another link that tells the story.

But, yeah. The entire rest of the thread will be devoted to biatching about the New York Times paywall. Fine with me.

/not subby
 
2013-03-31 12:35:26 PM

Candygram4Mongo: I searched the first sentence of the article, and came up with another link


Thx for that.

I get not bringing the fleas inside, but maybe if my livelihood depended on these critters I might at least try to keep the transportation crate warm. Just sayin'.
 
2013-03-31 12:52:36 PM
The owner is still scratching his head over it
 
2013-03-31 01:26:15 PM
April fools!
 
xcv
2013-03-31 01:26:54 PM

Candygram4Mongo: sno man: Almost made it to the end of the month without the log-in screen.... Oh well.

As it happens, the NY Times is reprinting an article from Associated Press. I searched the first sentence of the article, and came up with another link that tells the story.

But, yeah. The entire rest of the thread will be devoted to biatching about the New York Times paywall. Fine with me.

/not subby


Yeah, don't get the complaints. I've been using the same free NYT account I made in 98 or 99, I just checked my profile and it's still tied to some throwaway hotbot email account.
 
2013-03-31 01:27:52 PM
Poor John Ratzenberger, can't catch a break.
www.behindthevoiceactors.com
 
2013-03-31 01:30:47 PM
I think NYT has changed their paywall.  My old trick of just switching to a new browser doesn't work anymore.   Nor does deleting part of the URL.
 
2013-03-31 01:30:55 PM
Well, THAT'S lousy.
 
2013-03-31 01:31:27 PM
Ah, well.  Stop taking NYT links.
 
2013-03-31 01:31:32 PM

rkiller1: Ratzenberger


That's Pope Emeritus Ratzenberger to you
 
2013-03-31 01:32:13 PM
bogleech.com

RIP
 
2013-03-31 01:35:22 PM
If only there was some way of transporting them that was worm. Something that could supply them with heat... hmmmm
 
2013-03-31 01:35:47 PM
They should have been hid inside a doggie from Madrid.
 
2013-03-31 01:37:23 PM
I thought the whole 'flea' circus thing was a trick, I didn't realize they were legit. What the hell is wrong with people... ugh, filthy little things. Spent WEEKS last summer trying to eradicate them from my house after the cats came back from a week's stay at my in-law's place.
 
2013-03-31 01:39:45 PM
That sucks
 
2013-03-31 01:40:56 PM
there'll be food around the corner FOR ME
 
2013-03-31 01:41:31 PM

humanshrapnel: RIP


that was always one of my favorites
 
2013-03-31 01:42:36 PM
April Fool's?
 
2013-03-31 01:42:42 PM

ladyfortuna: I thought the whole 'flea' circus thing was a trick, I didn't realize they were legit. What the hell is wrong with people... ugh, filthy little things. Spent WEEKS last summer trying to eradicate them from my house after the cats came back from a week's stay at my in-law's place.


Can't be too legit if he only needs a few days to train a new batch.
 
2013-03-31 01:47:58 PM

rooftop235: April fools!


It has to be right? Some sort of pre-April Fool's story?
 
2013-03-31 01:49:11 PM
Maybe if he wore more than just a sock on his junk, he'd have stood a chance against the cold..

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-31 01:49:53 PM
I always thought they were a fake too (probably because of jurassic park?) but according to wikipedia some are real.
 
2013-03-31 01:50:33 PM
"Cool"....

stickerish.com
 
2013-03-31 01:50:49 PM
Typical Germans.

Three hundred workers perish while serving their Teutonic masters and what's the response?

Just get three hundred more to quickly fill the void.

All from the east, no doubt.
 
2013-03-31 01:58:12 PM
How exactly do you train a flea, anyway?

Here's how that would go for me.

Me: Sit!
<flea jumps>
Me: Stay!
<flea jumps>
Me: Pull this tiny Bavarian flag that I've somehow tied around your flea waist!
<flea jumps>
 
2013-03-31 02:04:52 PM
 
2013-03-31 02:08:04 PM
And yet flea scientists continue to prop up the myth of Global Warming. Along with the ridiculous notion that we put a flea on the moon.
 
2013-03-31 02:12:28 PM
So, that kindof begs the question - what do they train the fleas to do?
I mean, I'm pretty sure "jump" is covered, but do they have other skills in performing?
 
2013-03-31 02:14:53 PM
Don't worry Pepito!

i1282.photobucket.com

Viva la France!
 
2013-03-31 02:19:01 PM

Somaticasual: So, that kindof begs the question - what do they train the fleas to do?
I mean, I'm pretty sure "jump" is covered, but do they have other skills in performing?


==

Fleas typically live only for a few months and are not trained. Fleas are observed to see if they have a predisposition for jumping or walking. Once sorted, they are harnessed by carefully wrapping a thin gold wire around the neck of the flea. Once in the harness the fleas usually stay in it for life. The harnesses are attached to the props and the strong legs of the flea allows them to move objects significantly larger than themselves. Jumping fleas are used for kicking small lightweight balls. They are carefully given a ball; when they try to jump away (which is not possible because of the harness) they shoot the ball instead. Running fleas are used to pull small carts and vehicles or to rotate a Ferris wheel. There are historical reports of fleas glued to the base of the flea circus enclosure. Instruments were then glued to the flea performers and the enclosure was heated. The fleas fought to escape, giving the impression of fleas playing musical instruments.
 
2013-03-31 02:31:57 PM

Mentat: Somaticasual: So, that kindof begs the question - what do they train the fleas to do?
I mean, I'm pretty sure "jump" is covered, but do they have other skills in performing?

==

Fleas typically live only for a few months and are not trained. Fleas are observed to see if they have a predisposition for jumping or walking. Once sorted, they are harnessed by carefully wrapping a thin gold wire around the neck of the flea. Once in the harness the fleas usually stay in it for life. The harnesses are attached to the props and the strong legs of the flea allows them to move objects significantly larger than themselves. Jumping fleas are used for kicking small lightweight balls. They are carefully given a ball; when they try to jump away (which is not possible because of the harness) they shoot the ball instead. Running fleas are used to pull small carts and vehicles or to rotate a Ferris wheel. There are historical reports of fleas glued to the base of the flea circus enclosure. Instruments were then glued to the flea performers and the enclosure was heated. The fleas fought to escape, giving the impression of fleas playing musical instruments.



People scare me.
 
2013-03-31 02:33:20 PM
It's still March 31st in Germany, so this would be too early for an April Fool's joke.
 
2013-03-31 02:55:35 PM
Fleas typically live only for a few months and are not trained. Fleas are observed to see if they have a predisposition for jumping or walking. Once sorted, they are harnessed by carefully wrapping a thin gold wire around the neck of the flea. Once in the harness the fleas usually stay in it for life. The harnesses are attached to the props and the strong legs of the flea allows them to move objects significantly larger than themselves. Jumping fleas are used for kicking small lightweight balls. They are carefully given a ball; when they try to jump away (which is not possible because of the harness) they shoot the ball instead. Running fleas are used to pull small carts and vehicles or to rotate a Ferris wheel. There are historical reports of fleas glued to the base of the flea circus enclosure. Instruments were then glued to the flea performers and the enclosure was heated. The fleas fought to escape, giving the impression of fleas playing musical instruments.

why not slice the feet and legs of birds until you get it just right? look! mary poppins bird is walking the tightrope upside down here at happy birds fun park with a parasol in her beak.
 
2013-03-31 03:28:53 PM

starlost: Fleas typically live only for a few months and are not trained. Fleas are observed to see if they have a predisposition for jumping or walking. Once sorted, they are harnessed by carefully wrapping a thin gold wire around the neck of the flea. Once in the harness the fleas usually stay in it for life. The harnesses are attached to the props and the strong legs of the flea allows them to move objects significantly larger than themselves. Jumping fleas are used for kicking small lightweight balls. They are carefully given a ball; when they try to jump away (which is not possible because of the harness) they shoot the ball instead. Running fleas are used to pull small carts and vehicles or to rotate a Ferris wheel. There are historical reports of fleas glued to the base of the flea circus enclosure. Instruments were then glued to the flea performers and the enclosure was heated. The fleas fought to escape, giving the impression of fleas playing musical instruments.

why not slice the feet and legs of birds until you get it just right? look! mary poppins bird is walking the tightrope upside down here at happy birds fun park with a parasol in her beak.


Did you really just pull an animal cruelty card in a thread about parasitic insects?
 
2013-03-31 03:57:49 PM

humanshrapnel: [bogleech.com image 569x325]

RIP


Rufus Lee King: [img248.imageshack.us image 850x616]

[media.kickstatic.com image 648x480]


You guys are old.

/first two things I thought of.
 
2013-03-31 05:14:29 PM
It was a three-dog night and they were two dogs short.
 
2013-03-31 05:20:33 PM
starlost

why not slice the feet and legs of birds until you get it just right? look! mary poppins bird is walking the tightrope upside down here at happy birds fun park with a parasol in her beak.

"Legs off, fins on. Simple metal tube through the back of the neck so it can breathe. Bit of gold paint, make good."

"You'd need a big tank."

"Wonderful conversation piece."

"Mmmmm ... All right. But only if I can watch."
 
2013-03-31 05:22:53 PM

Fano: humanshrapnel: RIP

that was always one of my favorites


Mine too, and since the fleas take a 5 minute smoke break in the cartoon, we'll probably never see it again on TV.
 
2013-03-31 06:06:46 PM

Candygram4Mongo: sno man: Almost made it to the end of the month without the log-in screen.... Oh well.

As it happens, the NY Times is reprinting an article from Associated Press. I searched the first sentence of the article, and came up with another link that tells the story.

But, yeah. The entire rest of the thread will be devoted to biatching about the New York Times paywall. Fine with me.

/not subby


Here's a candygram for your rectum, mongo.
 
2013-03-31 06:48:52 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The owner is still scratching his head over it


Like you, except it was your crotch, and it was crabs.
 
2013-03-31 07:59:54 PM

humanshrapnel: Fano: humanshrapnel: RIP

that was always one of my favorites

Mine too, and since the fleas take a 5 minute smoke break in the cartoon, we'll probably never see it again on TV.


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4ilpg_tex-avery-dixieland-droopy_s ho rtfilms#.UVjMSVezfOs The true story of John Pettibone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pebs7BluW6E&playnext=1&list=PLDF8D198 DB 63027B2&feature=results_video FOR FRANCE!

Then by gawd I'll do my part for Fark.
 
2013-04-01 05:59:50 AM
Schnauzers and Rottweilers everywhere seen rejoicing.
 
2013-04-01 09:14:13 AM
So let's all drink to the death of a clown.
 
2013-04-01 04:44:59 PM

HotWingAgenda: starlost: Fleas typically live only for a few months and are not trained. Fleas are observed to see if they have a predisposition for jumping or walking. Once sorted, they are harnessed by carefully wrapping a thin gold wire around the neck of the flea. Once in the harness the fleas usually stay in it for life. The harnesses are attached to the props and the strong legs of the flea allows them to move objects significantly larger than themselves. Jumping fleas are used for kicking small lightweight balls. They are carefully given a ball; when they try to jump away (which is not possible because of the harness) they shoot the ball instead. Running fleas are used to pull small carts and vehicles or to rotate a Ferris wheel. There are historical reports of fleas glued to the base of the flea circus enclosure. Instruments were then glued to the flea performers and the enclosure was heated. The fleas fought to escape, giving the impression of fleas playing musical instruments.

why not slice the feet and legs of birds until you get it just right? look! mary poppins bird is walking the tightrope upside down here at happy birds fun park with a parasol in her beak.

Did you really just pull an animal cruelty card in a thread about parasitic insects?


Seriously, because fark fleas, that's why.

I get rid of ticks by ripping their heads out of their food, and then smashing their bodies.  Should I feel bad?
 
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