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2014-05-12 03:41:20 PM  
I bet it's hard to listen to music with all those dog whistles in your ears.

And now here's the downside of the internet making all information available for all time: every time. No matter how much a word or song meaning may change over time, there will be someone that can summon a list of ancient definitions that no one has heard in a...age.
 
2014-05-12 03:46:26 PM  
Around here, we only have Schwan's frozen substance delivery trucks, which are a thing you have to sign up for, so they neither have nor need an attract mode.
 
2014-05-12 04:27:50 PM  

Rex Kramer - Danger Seeker: Wow, sorry to hear that you were a slave slept through your history classes and didn't learn a goddamn thing, that must have sucked


just for you
 
2014-05-12 04:34:08 PM  
This article must reference newer ice cream trucks.  The ones from my youth only had a manually-operated bell.  I was wondering how the heck "ding-ding-ding" was racist.
 
2014-05-12 05:51:54 PM  

WalMartian: This article must reference newer ice cream trucks.  The ones from my youth only had a manually-operated bell.  I was wondering how the heck "ding-ding-ding" was racist.


You're most of the way there.  Add a few "Chings" and "Dongs" and you're golden

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2014-05-12 06:00:17 PM  

JonnyBGoode: Local ice cream trucks around here play Pop Goes the Weasel a lot. (Damn racist monkey.)


Was trying to figure out how that was offensive. Maybe "weasel" was code?

Also #wewantapologies
 
2014-05-12 06:32:02 PM  
Vas?? "Fur elise" ist rrrrrrrrrasist?
 
2014-05-12 08:24:30 PM  
Huh. I always thought it was the melody to Do Your Ears Hang Low (or whatever it's called.)

In any case, I'm glad to not work in such an ice cream truck. I think I'd go insane having to listen to that damn tune for 8 hours straight.
 
2014-05-12 09:56:31 PM  
And then there's those murder victims hidden in the ice, your scoop of pistachio chip perhaps resting on a head-shot goomba's stomach......

img0060.popscreencdn.com
 
2014-05-12 11:21:31 PM  

rewind2846: Aigoo: Here's a thought: when you become so focused on your own "victimhood," you become what you claim to hate. Stop being a victim. Stop being the problem. Be the solution.

Yeah, it's all black peoples fault. Jim Crow, segregation, slavery, beating, lynchings, job/loan discrimination... yup, we did it all to ourselves. On purpose. Really truly.
Some idiot decides to be an asshole to me because of the color of my skin, how the fark am I supposed to "solve" that short of kicking them in the mouth? I suppose you're going to tell us to "stop hitting ourselves" next.

Another example of someone who refuses to see the problem because "it ain't them". "Be the solution"... moron.


And American Indian genocide is something my ancestors did to themselves? As is the racism that persists in some places even today?

Grow up and stop calling people morons. You know exactly what it is that I am referring to. Jim Crow laws have been struck down. Segregation only exists when you allow it to (and yes, blacks do segregate themselves deliberately). Slavery is illegal and prosecuted viciously when found.

You're living in the past--a past that you yourself were not a part of unless you, like Condoleeza Rice, were present when churches in Birmingham were bombed or unless you yourself were actually present at any point during or prior to the 1960's (and by that, I mean old enough to have your own memories and to have taken part in that part of history in some way--reading about it doesn't count). Stop living there and be part of the present and future.

I could live there, too, if I wanted, and blame white, Anglo Saxon Protestants from Europe for the attempted genocide of my mother's race. (let that sink in Mr "oh poor me, my ancestors were slaves." Because living as slaves is a far cry from being killed for having been born a certain race. At least as slaves--which other African tribes sold their neighbors/rivals into--yes, life was awful, but it was a chance to have a life, no matter how terrible.) But I wasn't alive at that time, nor were any of the people who are alive today. It would be petty, ridiculous, pointless, and a waste of my time and energy to go around angry and bitter at everyone who isn't American Indian (not to mention self-loathing since my father is white) because long before I was ever born, human beings did awful things to other human beings.

Guess what? Human beings do awful and terrible things to other human beings--and race doesn't matter one good god damn in the reasoning. Get over yourself and make the decision to be a human being that does not do awful and terrible things to other human beings and yes, be the farking solution. It's not hard to make a decision and act on it, it doesn't make a damned bit of difference what your skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else is--or what anyone else's is. Treating a human being as a human being, with respect, courtesy, and decency doesn't depend on any of that: it depends on you--and only you--making a decision to do that and acting on it and not feeling sorry for yourself because...reasons.

And yeah, it really is just that easy to be the solution. But it's easier to make up bullshiat excuses to justify your inaction. Believe me, I know--I did it for years.
 
2014-05-12 11:34:10 PM  
I haven't read all of the posts, and someone else may have said this already, but the words I know to that tune are about animal torture!

"Oh, I had a little chicken and it wouldn't lay an egg, so I poured hot water up and down it's leg. Oh, the little chicken cried and the little chicken begged, then the little chicken laid me a hard-boiled egg."

Guess my family was just cruel to animals and not racist!
 
2014-05-13 12:01:13 AM  

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: dahmers love zombie: OK, so because some racist asswipe took "Turkey In The Straw" and wrote offensive lyrics for it, that's what all the ice cream trucks are playing?

I think I may possibly need a bit more evidence.  Like if the first ice cream trucks to play the song played it with the "N*gger Love a Watermelon" lyrics included, and if someone posts a video of that.  Then I'll buy the concept.  Otherwise, it's "Turkey in the Straw".  Which is weird-ass enough for an ice cream truck.

THIS.

In high school, they brought in a very angry lady to talk to (read: shout at) us about sexism in the media. I will never forget how she showed us a series of "Got Milk?" ads (you know, the milk moustache ones) and then, sly grin on her face, showed us a, shall we say, pornographically-influenced parody ad that left very little to the imagination. She spent the next ten minutes explaining to us that milk ads were really just money shot jokes and that we should all be ashamed of ourselves for not realizing this sooner and that milk is basically a misogynistic racket.

I wish I could say that even a small fraction of that was made up.

/yeah, yeah... csb...


My own CSB: freshman year of college,1981, the grad student teaching my communications class was wearing a button that said "WAL". When asked what it meant she said "Women Against Ladies". She used this as permission to go on a rant that went so many places that I can't remember them all now. Suffice it to say her tirade ended with women should not wear makeup because lipstick's purpose is to make mouths look like vaginas.

Since the tender age of 18 every time I see lipstick on a woman's mouth I am reminded.

What does this have to do with anything?

Well. You know what I'll be thinking when the ice cream truck rolls by from now on.

Swear, that thought had never occurred to me before.

/ will not boycott watermelon
// nor ice cream
/// nor mouths
//// nor vaginas
 
2014-05-13 12:09:46 AM  

Aigoo: You're living in the past--a past that you yourself were not a part of unless you, like Condoleeza Rice, were present when churches in Birmingham were bombed or unless you yourself were actually present at any point during or prior to the 1960's (and by that, I mean old enough to have your own memories and to have taken part in that part of history in some way--reading about it doesn't count).


I was born in 1962. In North Carolina. I was there when they finally pained over the "white" and "colored" water fountains. I was there when Dr King was killed and our father drove us out to his mother's house to escape the mayhem in the streets. I watched my mother cry when Malcolm X was killed, and did not understand why. I was part of that past. Do not presume to lecture me on "history", as I've seen with my own eyes things a child should not see... and see some of the same sh*t happening today.

The past can only be the past if it's not still happening.
 
2014-05-13 12:11:45 AM  

SirRepetitious: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: dahmers love zombie: OK, so because some racist asswipe took "Turkey In The Straw" and wrote offensive lyrics for it, that's what all the ice cream trucks are playing?

I think I may possibly need a bit more evidence.  Like if the first ice cream trucks to play the song played it with the "N*gger Love a Watermelon" lyrics included, and if someone posts a video of that.  Then I'll buy the concept.  Otherwise, it's "Turkey in the Straw".  Which is weird-ass enough for an ice cream truck.

THIS.

In high school, they brought in a very angry lady to talk to (read: shout at) us about sexism in the media. I will never forget how she showed us a series of "Got Milk?" ads (you know, the milk moustache ones) and then, sly grin on her face, showed us a, shall we say, pornographically-influenced parody ad that left very little to the imagination. She spent the next ten minutes explaining to us that milk ads were really just money shot jokes and that we should all be ashamed of ourselves for not realizing this sooner and that milk is basically a misogynistic racket.

I wish I could say that even a small fraction of that was made up.

/yeah, yeah... csb...

My own CSB: freshman year of college,1981, the grad student teaching my communications class was wearing a button that said "WAL". When asked what it meant she said "Women Against Ladies". She used this as permission to go on a rant that went so many places that I can't remember them all now. Suffice it to say her tirade ended with women should not wear makeup because lipstick's purpose is to make mouths look like vaginas.

Since the tender age of 18 every time I see lipstick on a woman's mouth I am reminded.

What does this have to do with anything?

Well. You know what I'll be thinking when the ice cream truck rolls by from now on.

Swear, that thought had never occurred to me before.

/ will not boycott watermelon
// nor ice cream
/// nor mouths
//// nor vaginas


Wow, it just occurs to me there is a Streisand Effect version of racism/sexism/whathaveyou offensiveness. Nope, I never thought something was racist, but damned if I can't avoid thinking about it now, thanks, pal.
 
2014-05-13 01:29:24 AM  

rewind2846: Aigoo: You're living in the past--a past that you yourself were not a part of unless you, like Condoleeza Rice, were present when churches in Birmingham were bombed or unless you yourself were actually present at any point during or prior to the 1960's (and by that, I mean old enough to have your own memories and to have taken part in that part of history in some way--reading about it doesn't count).

I was born in 1962. In North Carolina. I was there when they finally pained over the "white" and "colored" water fountains. I was there when Dr King was killed and our father drove us out to his mother's house to escape the mayhem in the streets. I watched my mother cry when Malcolm X was killed, and did not understand why. I was part of that past. Do not presume to lecture me on "history", as I've seen with my own eyes things a child should not see... and see some of the same sh*t happening today.

The past can only be the past if it's not still happening.


I just had a genuine checking of assumptions/ privilege moment.....as a black guy born in '62, do you consider yourself a Boomer?

Cultural blindness like this can erase the real past waaaay more effectively than almost anything other than forced illiteracy.
 
2014-05-13 03:19:43 AM  
 
2014-05-13 03:39:14 AM  

cornfed78: Lapdance: Around here the truck plays the other song that Irritates the hell out of me, HELLO!

Huh. I had to look at your profile, because that drives me nuts, too. Turns out we're both in the Baltimore area.. I wonder if anyone else has the irritating, "HELLOOO!" at the end of their ice cream truck songs?


That "HELLOOOO" thing is all over.  Weirder is the fact that a decent number ice cream trucks have various Christmas tunes on rotation.  This would be okay, I suppose, in the southern hemisphere, but I'm talking about the US.
 
2014-05-13 03:49:13 AM  

Pwnzor: I miss the days when Ice Cream Trucks used to go "brrrrring brrrrring" instead of playing insipid digitized music.


In and around Bakersfield California, there is La Rosa Ice Cream and Fruit Bars Company.  These are typically sold from push carts.  Their bells are real and quite distinctive.  http://www.larosafruitbars.com/
 
2014-05-13 09:14:47 AM  

LaughingRadish: Pwnzor: I miss the days when Ice Cream Trucks used to go "brrrrring brrrrring" instead of playing insipid digitized music.

In and around Bakersfield California, there is La Rosa Ice Cream and Fruit Bars Company.  These are typically sold from push carts.  Their bells are real and quite distinctive.  http://www.larosafruitbars.com/


I've heard ALL about those California fruit bars, and me and my wife Irene are just flabbergasted.  Flabbergasted, I say.

Buncha degenerates.  Why, in MY day...
 
2014-05-13 09:43:34 AM  

LaughingRadish: cornfed78: Lapdance: Around here the truck plays the other song that Irritates the hell out of me, HELLO!

Huh. I had to look at your profile, because that drives me nuts, too. Turns out we're both in the Baltimore area.. I wonder if anyone else has the irritating, "HELLOOO!" at the end of their ice cream truck songs?

That "HELLOOOO" thing is all over.  Weirder is the fact that a decent number ice cream trucks have various Christmas tunes on rotation.  This would be okay, I suppose, in the southern hemisphere, but I'm talking about the US.


That's been weirding me out here lately, hearing Silver Bells and other Christmas tunes. What gives?
 
2014-05-13 01:00:53 PM  
I knew there were some diehard racists on Fark. Everyone who responded to my post here, please pick up your sheet and hood to the right.
 
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