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(NPR)   Officials fear that the nearly four million people traveling to witness the canonization of two popes at the Vatican will cripple the city's infrastructure. If only there were a supernatural force they could pray to and ask for good fortune   (npr.org) divider line 36
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2014-04-24 08:05:16 AM
Look, she's too busy to get involved in every petty daily concern.

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2014-04-24 08:13:39 AM
I hope they use a large enough powder charge...otherwise, it won't be much of a show.
 
2014-04-24 09:02:23 AM
Oh they're making JP2 a saint?  Cool, I guess.  He seemed like a pretty decent guy.
 
2014-04-24 09:43:26 AM
IBM? I hear they've been hacking away at traffic control engineering.
 
2014-04-24 09:46:25 AM

nekom: Oh they're making JP2 a saint?  Cool, I guess.  He seemed like a pretty decent guy.


Other than being a misogynistic extremist who installed all the anti-Vatican II cardinals and led directly to Pope Ratzo, I guess.
 
2014-04-24 09:50:23 AM
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2014-04-24 09:51:20 AM
At least they won't be clogging up the sewer system with condoms.  Just a whole lot of jebus blood pee and jebus body poo.  .
 
2014-04-24 10:04:30 AM

LazyMedia: nekom: Oh they're making JP2 a saint?  Cool, I guess.  He seemed like a pretty decent guy.

Other than being a misogynistic extremist who installed all the anti-Vatican II cardinals and led directly to Pope Ratzo, I guess.


Not to mention the usual policies of sweeping abuses and illegal banking under the rug. But hey, nice guy.
 
2014-04-24 10:09:21 AM
And many Romans who can, will get out of town.

This is where I would factor into the Jeebus equation.
 
2014-04-24 10:16:54 AM
"You can pray for water all you want, but dig a well while you do."
 
2014-04-24 10:16:57 AM
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Cannon?
 
2014-04-24 10:21:47 AM
Would be nice if we let people be dead for awhile before canonization. Maybe give time for the ugly stuff to come to light and actually see the long term effects someone had... As mentioned above we're already seeing what he missed.
 
2014-04-24 10:25:46 AM
If you're up there, Superman, could you do us a solid?
 
2014-04-24 10:26:44 AM
If only canonization meant they fire all of their sexually abusive priests out of a canon, the Catholic Church might regain some semblance of respectability.
 
2014-04-24 10:27:15 AM
Vado a Roma in agosto. Devo andare nel Vaticano (e altre luoghi di corso). Perché io sono Cattolico, vistando la città della papa e molto speciale per me.

/Che altre persone sul fark che parlano l'italiano?
//Il mio italiano è molto brutto
 
2014-04-24 10:37:49 AM

Frank N Stein: Vado a Roma in agosto. Devo andare nel Vaticano (e altre luoghi di corso). Perché io sono Cattolico, vistando la città della papa e molto speciale per me.

/Che altre persone sul fark che parlano l'italiano?
//Il mio italiano è molto brutto


Large Half Pepperoni / half sausage, please, and a 2-liter coke.
 
2014-04-24 10:44:09 AM
Can someone explain why you would travel to see this?  Seems like a waste of a trip to Italy.  They can't even hand out medals to the recipients or anything.  Will the Dead Popes be playing?  Will there be a sundae bar?  Or a Woodstock-style free love sexfest?
 
2014-04-24 10:47:41 AM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Frank N Stein: Vado a Roma in agosto. Devo andare nel Vaticano (e altre luoghi di corso). Perché io sono Cattolico, vistando la città della papa e molto speciale per me.

/Che altre persone sul fark che parlano l'italiano?
//Il mio italiano è molto brutto

Large Half Pepperoni / half sausage, please, and a 2-liter coke.


Io ho lavorato negli ristoranti pizza. Non apprezzo il tuo razzismo.

/I'm also half Irish as well
//My dad teases that I'm "too drunk to steal"
 
2014-04-24 10:48:57 AM

shut_it_down: Can someone explain why you would travel to see this?  Seems like a waste of a trip to Italy.  They can't even hand out medals to the recipients or anything.  Will the Dead Popes be playing?  Will there be a sundae bar?  Or a Woodstock-style free love sexfest?


There's nothing stopping these people who visit from seeing other sights in Italy.
 
2014-04-24 10:54:30 AM
Interesting bits about Vatican City:

> The legal age of sexual consent in Vatican City is 12 (insert your own Catholic priests molesting young boys joke here)

> It has the highest crime rate per person in Europe by a mile (lots of pickpocketing, which makes the Pope cry)

> It has 2.4 Popes per square mile (Vatican City is just over 0.4 square miles in size)
 
2014-04-24 11:00:01 AM
Or they could actually get off their ass and do something besides well-wishing, subby.
 
2014-04-24 11:09:31 AM

Frank N Stein: shut_it_down: Can someone explain why you would travel to see this?  Seems like a waste of a trip to Italy.  They can't even hand out medals to the recipients or anything.  Will the Dead Popes be playing?  Will there be a sundae bar?  Or a Woodstock-style free love sexfest?

There's nothing stopping these people who visit from seeing other sights in Italy.


Well no, but "you can do other things afterwards" is hardly a reason to go to an outdoor church service with 2 million people where absolutely nothing happens.
 
2014-04-24 11:09:38 AM
www.hypebot.com

/seriously no one posted this yet?
 
2014-04-24 11:13:45 AM

Nuclear Wessel: [www.hypebot.com image 514x514]

/seriously no one posted this yet?


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2014-04-24 11:17:24 AM

Nuclear Wessel: /seriously no one posted this yet?


Gee, I guess you're the first hipster to visit the thread. Thanks for stopping by, don't get your handlebar mustache caught in the door on your way out.

/FSM is so 2013
 
2014-04-24 11:18:58 AM

brimed03: /FSM is so 2013 2006

 
2014-04-24 11:38:44 AM
The Pope JP II supporters will start a brawl with the Pope John supporters.
 
2014-04-24 11:52:53 AM

brimed03: Nuclear Wessel: /seriously no one posted this yet?

Gee, I guess you're the first hipster to visit the thread. Thanks for stopping by, don't get your handlebar mustache caught in the door on your way out.

/FSM is so 2013


Hey the headline was "A supernatural force", it did not specify which one.

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/better?
 
2014-04-24 12:23:53 PM
Saint Pope John Paul II. What bullsh*t. Now that Pope Francis is in the Catholic Church is uncovering all these horrible abuses; shuffling around 700 (seven goddamn hundred! Holy Moley!) known pedophile priests; the skimming of the peter's pence by some crooked monk for his own luxurious lifestyle, and the unseating of several Archbishops who had let their monetary power go to their heads, closing down centuries old churches while living like kings.

And just what did the "Saint" do while all this was happening? Why he was galavanting all over the planet, getting his ass kissed by his adoring public. Saint my ass. What a freaking joke.
 
2014-04-24 12:29:13 PM
If only there were a supernatural force they could pray to and ask for good fortune

Or at least to, you know, help spread around the loaves and fishes a little bit.

For 4 million, though, I think The Miracle of the Porta-Potties will be more critical.
 
2014-04-24 12:30:03 PM

Sybarite: Look, she's too busy to get involved in every petty daily concern.

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2014-04-24 01:07:22 PM

ElPresidente: The legal age of sexual consent in Vatican City is 12 (insert your own Catholic priests molesting young boys joke here)


It was raised to 18 recently.

ElPresidente: It has the highest crime rate per person in Europe by a mile (lots of pickpocketing, which makes the Pope cry)


A grand total of around 450 crimes reported in most years, almost all small time pick pocketing. Very misleading when you only count a few hundred "citizens" even though there are hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Lets concentrate on pressuring the church to reform its banking industry and send pedophiles to jail rather than post misleading statistics.
 
2014-04-24 01:17:14 PM
I read that as carbonization of two popes, which I certainly would be intrigued to see.
 
2014-04-24 01:35:18 PM
Alucard said it best.   http://youtu.be/SWynPcFRzWU?t=3m20s (Hellsing, violent, probably NSFW for violence and cartoon animation, it's Dracula vs. Nazis)

Honestly, if you're going to have a dick-fighting competition with a woman, you must've started with the world's cruelest handicap. Which I'm sure benefits the nine year old boy you have chained up in your private Vatican jet. Which was paid for how? Oh right, generous donations from your followers to spread the word of God...all over his back.
 
2014-04-24 03:20:33 PM
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/and done
 
2014-04-24 08:43:09 PM

ElPresidente: Interesting bits about Vatican City:

> The legal age of sexual consent in Vatican City is 12 (insert your own Catholic priests molesting young boys joke here)

> It has the highest crime rate per person in Europe by a mile (lots of pickpocketing, which makes the Pope cry)

> It has 2.4 Popes per square mile (Vatican City is just over 0.4 square miles in size)


1. I think that's been changed.  It was probably set there because the vatican performs a bunch of royal marriages, or at least used to until recently.  Royal/noble families are where most of the "everyone was married by 13 in the middle ages" myth comes from, they frequently had arrangements cemented absurdly young in hopes of avoiding one war or another.

2. When your entire city is literally a giant tourist trap with a very low permanent-resident population you're going to get a really high per-resident crime rate.  It's probably not all that high compared to other tourist districts.

3. That number got as high as 7.2 popes/mi2 during the 1380s!  We're sadly long past the period of peak Pope.
 
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