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(io9)   If you went trick-or-treating in Seattle on Halloween in 1976, you may have been the target of a nefarious science experiment. Finally, that flannel and grunge thing is explained   (io9.com) divider line 70
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2014-01-27 12:52:52 PM
No mention of me taking a deuce in the bowl, so either they left it out of the story or that was a different house.
 
2014-01-27 01:09:18 PM
I hope they didn't catch me rummaging through her pantie drawer.

/ I'm not giving those back.
 
2014-01-27 01:09:36 PM
So, kids were observed with a bowl of candy in the room, after being told to take one piece. And we're supposed to get bent out of shape over this experiment? Really...

As a society we've just become so used to outrage that we can't go a day without it anymore can we?

/Seriously, I find it hard to believe that someone would really be up in arms over this.
 
2014-01-27 01:10:28 PM

Jarylan: So, kids were observed with a bowl of candy in the room, after being told to take one piece. And we're supposed to get bent out of shape over this experiment? Really...

As a society we've just become so used to outrage that we can't go a day without it anymore can we?

/Seriously, I find it hard to believe that someone would really be up in arms over this.


It's an outrage!!
 
2014-01-27 01:10:53 PM
Although, after looking at the article, it could also be that my sarcasm detector is broken, and if so, I apologize. But lately, it does seem like everyone keeps getting outraged over little things.
 
2014-01-27 01:11:14 PM
www3.picturepush.com

House...meh,

Year round tricks and treats ....
 
2014-01-27 01:11:32 PM
Hooray for randomized control trials. They're not just for medical research any more.
 
2014-01-27 01:13:03 PM
I held no such experiment.
 
2014-01-27 01:15:31 PM
If anyone were to ask one of the children about what they think of the experiment, I'm sure the answers of those youngsters would be of the "don't care, had sex chocolate" kind.
 
2014-01-27 01:19:43 PM
She was in back observing for science?  What a weird lady.  I just thought she was masturbating.
 
2014-01-27 01:20:24 PM
The comments on TFa were far more interesting than the article itself.

/only letting kids trick or treat at people you actually know's houses is pretty lame
//had an ever widening territory as i grew up
///who the hell even knows their neighbours anymore?
 
2014-01-27 01:23:05 PM
There's no outrage in the article. To be sure, this experiment was done without consent given by the "participants." But the author is really just trying to find out what is was like to be there (if indeed it was true).

I find the meta outrage at this supposed outraged blog post to be particularly entertaining.
 
2014-01-27 01:23:31 PM
If it was a bowl full of snickers it would have been dumped into my plastic pumpkin.
 
2014-01-27 01:24:00 PM
I was expecting LSD-laced candy.
 
2014-01-27 01:24:39 PM
Ah yes, the four of us were dressed as a mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, and I think the sullen kid was supposed to be somebody's libido or something. I wonder what ever happened to him.
 
2014-01-27 01:24:46 PM

uncleacid: If it was a bowl full of snickers it would have been dumped into my plastic pumpkin.


THIS
 
2014-01-27 01:25:17 PM

Jarylan: Although, after looking at the article, it could also be that my sarcasm detector is broken, and if so, I apologize. But lately, it does seem like everyone keeps getting outraged over little things.


DAMN! Can't the drama just stop already!??!?!
www.tooconservative.com
 
2014-01-27 01:26:25 PM
How much sweet government money did they get to do this silly trial?
 
2014-01-27 01:26:51 PM
Thank god I didn't move here until 1978.
 
2014-01-27 01:28:19 PM
FTFA: Headline: "OMG EEEEEVIL EXPERIMENTS"
From the actual article: "We tested and discovered that most of your children were complete dicks."

I fail to see why this is evil.
 
2014-01-27 01:28:37 PM
There's a similar experiment using a motel room, a whore and a wallet.

/apparently, a whore with a penis will steal my money every time...uh, THE money not MY money...sorry
 
2014-01-27 01:29:51 PM
I put the lotion on my skin.
 
2014-01-27 01:31:13 PM
Really, it doesn't sound much more bizarre than that new policy from HR, where, suddenly, you are forbidden from using that exit door, and now everyone has to carry coded cards with them.  And oh yeah, Tiffany in claims is getting married so we need $10.
 
2014-01-27 01:33:48 PM

Zul the Magnificent: I put the lotion on my skin.


I got the hose again.
 
2014-01-27 01:34:25 PM

Astorix: How much sweet government money did they get to do this silly trial?


It doesn't say anything about the government or universities in the article.  It's called "independent research".
 
2014-01-27 01:34:47 PM

Billy Liar: Really, it doesn't sound much more bizarre than that new policy from HR, where, suddenly, you are forbidden from using that exit door, and now everyone has to carry coded cards with them.  And oh yeah, Tiffany in claims is getting married so we need $10.


Opt out. It might make you the office asshole, but so be it. You go to work to work, not to make friends. Potlucks, office lunches, little cake ceremonies for birthdays, babies, and people who found new jobs...they can keep it all. The folks at my office don't een ask me to participate anymore.


/Yes, I am the office asshole
 
2014-01-27 01:34:48 PM
Silver Shamrock?
 
2014-01-27 01:35:05 PM
mimg.ugo.com
 
2014-01-27 01:36:39 PM
Yeah, comfortable clothing. What a bunch of bullshiat that was.

The nuthugger jeans are so much better. Because what's the point of wearing pants if people can't assess your package (or your giant ass, if you're a lady)?
 
2014-01-27 01:37:45 PM
i thought every town had some bastard that would hand out christian comic books,tooth brushes, apples etc... there would also be a bowl full of candy or saucers with a coin on each one but if you choose the latter you got the lecture and the prick demanded to know your last name.
 
2014-01-27 01:38:13 PM
South of Seattle at the time (Federal Way), but I certainly would never have gone into a house unless I knew the person.
 
2014-01-27 01:38:34 PM

Kuta: There's no outrage in the article. To be sure, this experiment was done without consent given by the "participants." But the author is really just trying to find out what is was like to be there (if indeed it was true).

I find the meta outrage at this supposed outraged blog post to be particularly entertaining.


Their true goal was to measure internet outrage in reaction to a story about the experiment.

Out-meta'd!!
 
2014-01-27 01:43:52 PM

Jarylan: So, kids were observed with a bowl of candy in the room, after being told to take one piece. And we're supposed to get bent out of shape over this experiment? Really...

As a society we've just become so used to outrage that we can't go a day without it anymore can we?

/Seriously, I find it hard to believe that someone would really be up in arms over this.


Some people like being happy other people like being pissed. The pissed off people get more attention, and they know this

On a side note I remember some show that was on during Halloween years ago. This mean old man who owned the deeds or some kind of paperwork to everyone's property would let children into his house on Halloween to look for the deeds so the parents could get off the hook with the old man. Meanwhile he would scare the shiat out of them so they would runaway and not find the deeds he had hidden throughout the house. Does any of this ring a bell with anyone? Was it a Tales from Darkside episode maybe?
 
2014-01-27 01:44:06 PM

KJUW89: South of Seattle at the time (Federal Way), but I certainly would never have gone into a house unless I knew the person.


Eh, when I was young (80's) there was a elderly woman in the neighborhood who would invite kids into her house, sit down and have warm cider.  Most of us didn't though - not because we were nervous of a stranger, but because we were kids on halloween.  Why waste valuable candy gathering time?
 
2014-01-27 01:44:40 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Yeah, comfortable clothing. What a bunch of bullshiat that was.

The nuthugger jeans are so much better. Because what's the point of wearing pants if people can't assess your package (or your giant ass, if you're a lady)?


Always stay at the hotel with the biggest ballroom.
 
2014-01-27 01:47:17 PM

Sybarite: Ah yes, the four of us were dressed as a mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, and I think the sullen kid was supposed to be somebody's libido or something. I wonder what ever happened to him.


Here, have my less than three shaped box.

/Funnied
 
2014-01-27 01:47:19 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: There's a similar experiment using a motel room, a whore and a wallet.

/apparently, a whore with a penis will steal my money every time...uh, THE money not MY money...sorry


Your freudian slip is showing
 
Ant
2014-01-27 01:47:20 PM

Jarylan: So, kids were observed with a bowl of candy in the room, after being told to take one piece. And we're supposed to get bent out of shape over this experiment? Really...


No, you weren't supposed to get outraged, but you seem to have done so anyway. Did you read the article?
 
2014-01-27 01:48:53 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Billy Liar: Really, it doesn't sound much more bizarre than that new policy from HR, where, suddenly, you are forbidden from using that exit door, and now everyone has to carry coded cards with them.  And oh yeah, Tiffany in claims is getting married so we need $10.

Opt out. It might make you the office asshole, but so be it. You go to work to work, not to make friends. Potlucks, office lunches, little cake ceremonies for birthdays, babies, and people who found new jobs...they can keep it all. The folks at my office don't een ask me to participate anymore.


/Yes, I am the office asshole


Are you sure it's not because they're racist?
 
2014-01-27 01:50:07 PM

Nefarious: I held no such experiment.


Ha!
 
2014-01-27 01:52:45 PM

Onkel Buck: Jarylan: So, kids were observed with a bowl of candy in the room, after being told to take one piece. And we're supposed to get bent out of shape over this experiment? Really...

As a society we've just become so used to outrage that we can't go a day without it anymore can we?

/Seriously, I find it hard to believe that someone would really be up in arms over this.

Some people like being happy other people like being pissed. The pissed off people get more attention, and they know this

On a side note I remember some show that was on during Halloween years ago. This mean old man who owned the deeds or some kind of paperwork to everyone's property would let children into his house on Halloween to look for the deeds so the parents could get off the hook with the old man. Meanwhile he would scare the shiat out of them so they would runaway and not find the deeds he had hidden throughout the house. Does any of this ring a bell with anyone? Was it a Tales from Darkside episode maybe?


It was, in fact. The pilot episode, even.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOywuqGlRgU
 
2014-01-27 01:52:50 PM

KJUW89: South of Seattle at the time (Federal Way), but I certainly would never have gone into a house unless I knew the person.


Same here, but only because it cut down on valuable trick-or-treating time.
 
2014-01-27 01:54:03 PM
Wanted for questioning.

i0.wp.com
 
2014-01-27 01:54:28 PM
I've had an idea for awhile of doing a Halloween house where I build a long, dark tunnel in my garage, lined with black walls (garbage bags) and a strobelight in it. At the end of the tunnel is a chair with a bowl of candy, and a sign that says "take one". There is also creepy music playing.

So the kids have to wander down the dark creepy tunnel having their senses blasted by the strobe, and their reward is to take a candy. Throughout this, I am spying on them from behind the wall, dressed in a creepy costume. If they try to take more than one candy, I reach out with a boney hand and grab their shoulder and moan "taaaake ooooonnnnneee!" scaring the crap out of them.

It'll be a fun night if I ever get off my duff and implement it.
 
2014-01-27 01:55:45 PM

Sybarite: Ah yes, the four of us were dressed as a mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, and I think the sullen kid was supposed to be somebody's libido or something. I wonder what ever happened to him.


He got all hopped up on Pennyroyal tea and had to visit Floyd (the barber) about a girl. Then, gramma took him home
 
2014-01-27 01:56:22 PM

Tampon String Tarzan Louse: DROxINxTHExWIND: Billy Liar: Really, it doesn't sound much more bizarre than that new policy from HR, where, suddenly, you are forbidden from using that exit door, and now everyone has to carry coded cards with them.  And oh yeah, Tiffany in claims is getting married so we need $10.

Opt out. It might make you the office asshole, but so be it. You go to work to work, not to make friends. Potlucks, office lunches, little cake ceremonies for birthdays, babies, and people who found new jobs...they can keep it all. The folks at my office don't een ask me to participate anymore.


/Yes, I am the office asshole

Are you sure it's not because they're racist?



I don't know. I'm not sure what their Fark handles are.
 
2014-01-27 01:59:24 PM

DROxINxTHExWIND: Billy Liar: Really, it doesn't sound much more bizarre than that new policy from HR, where, suddenly, you are forbidden from using that exit door, and now everyone has to carry coded cards with them.  And oh yeah, Tiffany in claims is getting married so we need $10.

Opt out. It might make you the office asshole, but so be it. You go to work to work, not to make friends. Potlucks, office lunches, little cake ceremonies for birthdays, babies, and people who found new jobs...they can keep it all. The folks at my office don't een ask me to participate anymore.


/Yes, I am the office asshole


Pretty much the same here.
 
2014-01-27 02:04:06 PM

Onkel Buck: Jarylan: So, kids were observed with a bowl of candy in the room, after being told to take one piece. And we're supposed to get bent out of shape over this experiment? Really...

As a society we've just become so used to outrage that we can't go a day without it anymore can we?

/Seriously, I find it hard to believe that someone would really be up in arms over this.

Some people like being happy other people like being pissed. The pissed off people get more attention, and they know this

On a side note I remember some show that was on during Halloween years ago. This mean old man who owned the deeds or some kind of paperwork to everyone's property would let children into his house on Halloween to look for the deeds so the parents could get off the hook with the old man. Meanwhile he would scare the shiat out of them so they would runaway and not find the deeds he had hidden throughout the house. Does any of this ring a bell with anyone? Was it a Tales from Darkside episode maybe?


It was the pilot, titled "trick or treat"
 
2014-01-27 02:07:20 PM

WTFDYW: DROxINxTHExWIND: Billy Liar: Really, it doesn't sound much more bizarre than that new policy from HR, where, suddenly, you are forbidden from using that exit door, and now everyone has to carry coded cards with them.  And oh yeah, Tiffany in claims is getting married so we need $10.

Opt out. It might make you the office asshole, but so be it. You go to work to work, not to make friends. Potlucks, office lunches, little cake ceremonies for birthdays, babies, and people who found new jobs...they can keep it all. The folks at my office don't een ask me to participate anymore.


/Yes, I am the office asshole

Pretty much the same here.


You can opt out and not be the asshole.

"Oh man, I'd love to do that but I've got <insert fictional familial duty here>"

Then they say "Oh, we missed you at that <really boring thing you managed to snake out of>" rather than "That guy is an asshole."
 
2014-01-27 02:09:25 PM
In my neighborhood, that was the height of the tainted candy scare. Which, being young, I thought was stupid. Why would anyone go to the trouble of inserting a razor blade into some kids' treat, and how hard would it be to see that your treat had something extra in it?

But they went ahead and set up a candy scanning station, and my folks insisted I take my loot downtown and get it x-rayed. I'll be dipped if they didn't find a dog-gone razor stick into an Apple in my bag! (I was more honked off that some jerk gave me an Apple, than that he had put a razor in it but that's neither here nor there.

Fortunately, it was an electric razor, and it wasn't even switched on, so no one was hurt...
 
2014-01-27 02:13:25 PM
I remember I was dressed as Chewbacca, and Julian copied me..

s2.dmcdn.net
 
2014-01-27 02:14:06 PM
This is just the cover story.  In reality, they were injected with mind control devices which forced them to watch JP Patches.  It was truly a barbaric experiment.
 
2014-01-27 02:14:46 PM
When we trick or treated in the 80's, out parents would take us to the hospital to get x-rayed after we ate the candy. Weird time.
 
2014-01-27 02:17:12 PM

Rent Party: WTFDYW: DROxINxTHExWIND: Billy Liar: Really, it doesn't sound much more bizarre than that new policy from HR, where, suddenly, you are forbidden from using that exit door, and now everyone has to carry coded cards with them.  And oh yeah, Tiffany in claims is getting married so we need $10.

Opt out. It might make you the office asshole, but so be it. You go to work to work, not to make friends. Potlucks, office lunches, little cake ceremonies for birthdays, babies, and people who found new jobs...they can keep it all. The folks at my office don't een ask me to participate anymore.


/Yes, I am the office asshole

Pretty much the same here.

You can opt out and not be the asshole.

"Oh man, I'd love to do that but I've got <insert fictional familial duty here>"

Then they say "Oh, we missed you at that <really boring thing you managed to snake out of>" rather than "That guy is an asshole."


Meh. I don't want to be a liar. I'm not going to send myself through the mental gymnastics everyday just so i can eat my lunch in peace. I'd prefer to read Fark with a sandwich than to go to some semi-crowded place to sit and eat with morons who want to talk about each other for the entire hour.

"So-and_so is a real biatch. She's always late and she took three mini-Snikers out of my candy bowl when she knows they're my favorite. Etc."

I'd rather not. I also hate to explain myself. It got to the point once where as soon as my co-workers heard my keys jiggling, they'd be at my desk asking if they can ride with me or if I can take their order.
 
2014-01-27 02:20:30 PM
static.squarespace.com
 
2014-01-27 02:26:45 PM

Nightjars: This is just the cover story.  In reality, they were injected with mind control devices which forced them to watch JP Patches.  It was truly a barbaric experiment.


Know how I know you're old-school Seattle?
 
2014-01-27 02:28:44 PM
You know who else liked to look at little kids through a  one-way mirror?

b.vimeocdn.com
 
2014-01-27 02:55:41 PM
www.i-mockery.com

it's been done.
 
2014-01-27 02:56:19 PM
weknowmemes.com
 
2014-01-27 03:12:10 PM

robohobo: Onkel Buck: Jarylan: So, kids were observed with a bowl of candy in the room, after being told to take one piece. And we're supposed to get bent out of shape over this experiment? Really...

As a society we've just become so used to outrage that we can't go a day without it anymore can we?

/Seriously, I find it hard to believe that someone would really be up in arms over this.

Some people like being happy other people like being pissed. The pissed off people get more attention, and they know this

On a side note I remember some show that was on during Halloween years ago. This mean old man who owned the deeds or some kind of paperwork to everyone's property would let children into his house on Halloween to look for the deeds so the parents could get off the hook with the old man. Meanwhile he would scare the shiat out of them so they would runaway and not find the deeds he had hidden throughout the house. Does any of this ring a bell with anyone? Was it a Tales from Darkside episode maybe?

It was, in fact. The pilot episode, even.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOywuqGlRgU



Fano:


THANKS you two! I know the couch potatos around here are the onese to ask when I want to find something that was on TV from back in the day !
 
2014-01-27 03:12:46 PM
Walter? Olivia? Peter?
/no?
/sounds like Fringe to me
 
2014-01-27 03:19:50 PM

Farxist Marxist: I was expecting LSD-laced candy.


I would refer to that product as candy-laced LSD myself
 
2014-01-27 03:23:36 PM

Ishkur: I've had an idea for awhile of doing a Halloween house where I build a long, dark tunnel in my garage, lined with black walls (garbage bags) and a strobelight in it. At the end of the tunnel is a chair with a bowl of candy, and a sign that says "take one". There is also creepy music playing.

So the kids have to wander down the dark creepy tunnel having their senses blasted by the strobe, and their reward is to take a candy. Throughout this, I am spying on them from behind the wall, dressed in a creepy costume. If they try to take more than one candy, I reach out with a boney hand and grab their shoulder and moan "taaaake ooooonnnnneee!" scaring the crap out of them.

It'll be a fun night if I ever get off my duff and implement it.


If you touch my kid I am suing your garbage-bag tunnel clean inside-out of your garage hole
 
2014-01-27 03:28:13 PM
why ignore the parents..what if they were the ones saying dump the bowl and lets run!!!
 
2014-01-27 03:31:59 PM

Billy Liar: Really, it doesn't sound much more bizarre than that new policy from HR, where, suddenly, you are forbidden from using that exit door, and now everyone has to carry coded cards with them.  And oh yeah, Tiffany in claims is getting married so we need $10.


Pretend you have cancer and get your own $10 from everyone
 
2014-01-27 04:03:54 PM

ransack.: If you touch my kid I am suing your garbage-bag tunnel clean inside-out of your garage hole


There is a difference between touching your kid, and "touching" your kid. Besides, I'm wearing welding gloves.

/you have failed as a parent
 
2014-01-27 04:08:32 PM
FTFA: The nefarious behavior of the experimenters went unexcused. (Did they have to face a mirror while conducting their illicit surveillance? We'll never know.)

How is the surveillance illicit when the kids went into someone else's home?  If I have a security camera in my house, and I invite you in, I am not illicitly recording you.  How is this "nefarious"?  Were they putting poison in the candy?  Did they take upskirt pics of the girls?  Article is stupid...
 
2014-01-27 07:13:23 PM

stonicus: FTFA: The nefarious behavior of the experimenters went unexcused. (Did they have to face a mirror while conducting their illicit surveillance? We'll never know.)

How is the surveillance illicit when the kids went into someone else's home?  If I have a security camera in my house, and I invite you in, I am not illicitly recording you.  How is this "nefarious"?  Were they putting poison in the candy?  Did they take upskirt pics of the girls?  Article is stupid...


Because, children, duh.
 
2014-01-27 09:11:03 PM
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That pumpkin looks scared for a reason...
 
2014-01-27 09:54:25 PM
I always thought those older than I have been experimented on.  Now we have proof.
 
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