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2013-07-13 01:00:05 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
"Kid, when I catch you, I'm gonna rip out your eyes, and stuff 'em down your pants, so you can watch me kick the crap outta you!"
 
2013-07-13 01:00:32 AM  
Ohhhh! Gene MasSETH. Now I get it.
 
2013-07-13 01:00:39 AM  
Hugh G. Rection spotted at the scene with Jack MeHoff.
 
2013-07-13 01:00:43 AM  
"Mike Rotch? Mike Rotch! has anyone seen Mike Rotch around here?"
 
2013-07-13 01:01:28 AM  
Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!
 
2013-07-13 01:01:28 AM  
I donated a computer to a project at a local university back when computers were still spendy items.  In exchange, my name was to be engraved on one of the microsatellites they were sending up.  I initially requested credit as Hugh Jass but later decided it was childish and said they should use my real name.  They said not to worry about it as most of the names were of the Haywood Jablome variety.  I don't know whether they used my real name or not.
 
2013-07-13 01:03:36 AM  
this came to mind:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDMiw-KFasRvfygyhgI7Dqqs7LwnXeR W a

/why come media stoopid when it comes to aviation?
 
2013-07-13 01:04:37 AM  
Gene Masseth!!!
 
2013-07-13 01:05:13 AM  

jtown: I donated a computer to a project at a local university back when computers were still spendy items.  In exchange, my name was to be engraved on one of the microsatellites they were sending up.  I initially requested credit as Hugh Jass but later decided it was childish and said they should use my real name.  They said not to worry about it as most of the names were of the Haywood Jablome variety.  I don't know whether they used my real name or not.


Cool story bro. No, really. I'm kind of jealous.

And I'm off to the star registry again...

Totally worth it.
 
2013-07-13 01:05:15 AM  
Hahahaha I can't believe the put those "names" on the air. I needed that laugh.
 
2013-07-13 01:05:34 AM  
"These names were not accurate despite an NTSB official in Washington confirming them late this morning," the anchor said. "We apologize for this error, and for our inability to recognize obvious bullshiat without having our hands held.  We want our viewers to know that we won't let our refusal to ever leave our offices or use our brains to do actual investigations cause this kinds of mistake, until the next time it happens."
 
2013-07-13 01:06:35 AM  
WordyGrrl: Sounds like the NTSB their money's worth.

the whole thing?
 
2013-07-13 01:07:19 AM  
That's one thing I miss about living in Cali, people pranking the local channels.
I remember one of the first home shopping channels that used to broadcast live on one of the UHF channels in San Diego.  They sold a bunch of crap but the hecklers and pranks were hilarious and that's why we watched.  It was great, I mean you could call them and the phone on the desk right there on TV would ring and you could ask the hostess all sorts of questions about the product.  No delay, no filter, no screening.  They eventually got sold to one of the national shopping channel networks and all the fun went away.  Never again could we inquire about the uses for the various attachments on the vacuum cleaners, or whether that vase could fit in certain parts of the average male's body.  We would never hear the Quaalude lady ramble on about her kids or how she had one of whatever way back in the day and they were only selling cheap knockoffs now, etc.
/CSB
 
2013-07-13 01:07:35 AM  
For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd
 
2013-07-13 01:09:17 AM  
Someone just told their unpaid intern that there was no future for them at the company.
 
2013-07-13 01:09:52 AM  
Yeah, what's the deal with an intern at the NTSB being able to get anywhere near a telephone?

If we funded our government properly (after deducting for IRS parties), we'd be able to put accountable people in important offices, rather than "free" labor.
 
2013-07-13 01:10:18 AM  

Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd


Phonics it for the slow amongst us.
 
2013-07-13 01:11:26 AM  

Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd


If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor
 
2013-07-13 01:14:48 AM  

Somacandra: calbert: Gene Masseth

The old 2009 thread


Hehe... Mike Oxlarge.
 
2013-07-13 01:16:15 AM  
 
2013-07-13 01:16:31 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor


You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?
 
2013-07-13 01:17:52 AM  
This soon to be former intern will either never get another job again, or will one day rule the world. There's no in between.
 
2013-07-13 01:18:35 AM  
The joke with Gene Masseth is that you've been repeating it over and over again out loud trying to figure it out, when it means absolutely nothing.
 
2013-07-13 01:18:42 AM  
So the NTSB had their slave labor relay the information to the person at the TV station who is no doubt doing the jobs of five people for $11 an hour. The anchor is a moron with a phony journalism degree from Arizona State or some other degree mill. The station manager was probably promoted from the sales department and actually knows nothing about broadcasting.

It's a long chain of incompetence and apathetic labor.
 
2013-07-13 01:19:01 AM  

Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd


Enjoying myself? wit a lisp?
still scratching my head.Thinking to hard.

/need
//more
///clues
 
2013-07-13 01:21:24 AM  
Seriously, what the hell is so funny about Gene Masseth? The 2009 thread is useless.

I get every single other prank name. I'm a goddamned linguist, and a rather cunning one, dammit. What gives?!

/A diagram would be helpful
 
2013-07-13 01:22:02 AM  

W.C.fields forever: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

Enjoying myself? wit a lisp?
still scratching my head.Thinking to hard.

/need
//more
///clues


I think we're wasting our time trying to make something of it

/the joke is that it's meaningless
//and we're fools for trying to figure it out
///gene this
 
2013-07-13 01:22:09 AM  

milowitz: The joke with Gene Masseth is that you've been repeating it over and over again out loud trying to figure it out, when it means absolutely nothing.


Oh.  :-/.  Well played.
 
2013-07-13 01:22:23 AM  

HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?


Yes, but what about Gene Masseth?
 
2013-07-13 01:23:13 AM  
I don't understand how this is racist, it's making fun of their language more than their race. Or do epicanthic folds cause someone to speak in a certain manner?
 
2013-07-13 01:23:28 AM  
www.bontheball.com
When the American "news media" meets an American "government agency."
 
2013-07-13 01:23:35 AM  

Somacandra: calbert: Gene Masseth

The old 2009 thread


Very nice.
 
2013-07-13 01:24:29 AM  

MFAWG: HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?

Yes, but what about Gene Masseth?


No spoilers here, but just look, and think about it.
 
2013-07-13 01:25:21 AM  
I couldn't get over the fact that she read those names out and didn't skip a beat. I would have stopped after getting that first one out. Hilarious either way, though.

It also shows that there aren't really journalists anymore. Just a bunch of actors that read teleprompters to push whatever agenda they're paid the most for.
 
2013-07-13 01:26:07 AM  
Man, I hadn't heard Gene Masseth in years. I laugh every single time like I'm hearing it for the first time.
 
2013-07-13 01:27:47 AM  
Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF
 
2013-07-13 01:28:23 AM  

Somacandra: calbert: Gene Masseth

The old 2009 thread

i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-07-13 01:29:27 AM  
The intern is called Carrie Oakey
 
2013-07-13 01:29:53 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF


HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?

 
2013-07-13 01:30:25 AM  

Somacandra: Dijon Ketchup: I'll bet it was Mike Litoris who queefed the names.

[i44.photobucket.com image 500x361]

You know the guy?


The TV station logo on the Mike Litoris screenshot is also KTVU Channel 2, the same station that read off the NTSB names. They must be easy pickings.
 
2013-07-13 01:30:59 AM  

Tellurium: it's making fun of their language more than their race


Ching chong, damn straight!
 
2013-07-13 01:31:05 AM  

REO-Weedwagon: It's a long chain of incompetence and apathetic labor.


Yup. It was a cascade failure of the highest order and in this day and age of instant news, journalists shouldn't still be getting pantsed like this, but there ya go.
 
2013-07-13 01:33:55 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF


Try it with a French accent. I'll be waiting...
 
2013-07-13 01:34:03 AM  

MFAWG: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?


So it IS just meaningless bullsh*t that is perpetuated for no other reason that it's meaningless?

/makes perfect sense
//'specially here
 
2013-07-13 01:34:10 AM  

gadian: milowitz: The joke with Gene Masseth is that you've been repeating it over and over again out loud trying to figure it out, when it means absolutely nothing.

Oh.  :-/.  Well played.




imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-07-13 01:34:14 AM  
Shouldn't the be the fault of someone like a proof reader or someone in quality control at the station?
 
2013-07-13 01:36:25 AM  

Jabberwookiee: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

Try it with a French accent. I'll be waiting...


Hope you're not holding your breath

/I am a collector of voices and accents
//my one serious lifetime hero is Mel Blanc
///I CANNOT MAKE THAT BULLSH*T FUNNY
////no comprende
 
2013-07-13 01:38:12 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: MFAWG: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?

So it IS just meaningless bullsh*t that is perpetuated for no other reason that it's meaningless?

/makes perfect sense
//'specially here


Yep.

Guys interviewed for the newspaper in 2009 snuck in a funny name, and they did it by tucking it behind an actual name/fake name that wasn't dirty.

Gene Masseth was the normal name, and instead of laughing at the funny name he said, "Ha! Gene Masseth is hilarious!" With the normal snark we all love.

A few people posted wondering how Gene Masseth was funny, and thus the meme was born.
 
2013-07-13 01:38:30 AM  

HotWingAgenda: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Testiclaw: For those that still don't understand why Gene Masseth is funny, just think off all the different way Gene can be pronounced.

/took me a while, but I got it
//and lol'd

If I have to work that hard to get a goddamned joke, it's not worth the effort

/and I know I have a fully armed and operational sense of humor

You ever see the prank where someone put a piece of garbage on a pedestal at a museum next to a real piece of art, and then a bunch of art snobs spend days agonizing over all the nuances of why the fake piece is brilliant and insightful?


I asked my Pop a question years ago.It was about thinking to much....He asked me in turn..'hey W.C. you ever see a bunch of ducks flying overhead,and there were more ducks on one side than the other? You know why that is?'  Me: ' No Pops ,why is that'..Pops:Cause theres more ducks on otherside..

//don't think to much kids.
 
2013-07-13 01:38:34 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Jabberwookiee: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Anyone who can parse this Gene Masseth bullsh*t out in a way that makes sense to me gets a free month of TF

Try it with a French accent. I'll be waiting...

Hope you're not holding your breath

/I am a collector of voices and accents
//my one serious lifetime hero is Mel Blanc
///I CANNOT MAKE THAT BULLSH*T FUNNY
////no comprende


Well, I am a collector of playful nonsense.

Almost passed out. You may have just save my life. I am eternally grateful.
 
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