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(Orlando Sentinel)   Tourist leaves a few tips for Disney employees after getting on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride   (orlandosentinel.com ) divider line
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2014-07-11 10:58:21 PM  

eventhelosers: As someone who had his hand severed and surgically reattached, this headline is hilarious.


Did you ever get your beer back?
 
2014-07-11 11:01:03 PM  

stuffy: I've been on that ride.



I've not been on that ride.
 
2014-07-11 11:01:44 PM  

optikeye: Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger confirmed the accident and said the ride was briefly closed and has since been reopened.

Why couldn't her name be Anita.


+1 Internet, sir.
 
2014-07-11 11:02:26 PM  

akula: whither_apophis: A mohel pirate... that would get people to surrender pretty quick.

I don't know why. Instead of taking all the booty he just takes a little off the top.


But he guilts you into calling your mom and before you know it you've bought a pair of suits.

/they are nice suits...
 
2014-07-11 11:17:29 PM  
I got stuck on pirates for over an hour once. They killed the music and turned on all the lights after 30 minutes of trying to restart the ride and everyone was cheering. Got to be the last boat drug by a cast member in hip waders to a "dock" by the pigpen to get off. The ride looks like hell on the back. The employee cafe back there is cool as hell. Got a huge pile of the good "whole party" fast pass slips out of that. Made a lot of friends that week. Didn't have to wait in lines at all the rest of my trip. It was almost worth it.
 
2014-07-11 11:18:11 PM  

optikeye: Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger confirmed the accident and said the ride was briefly closed and has since been reopened.

Why couldn't her name be Anita.


Desiree Stennett really should have just gone ahead and *accidentally* gotten the name wrong when she wrote the article. Totally worth a little scolding from the boss and a small correction note a few issues later.
 
2014-07-11 11:34:38 PM  

itsaidwhat: Atomic Spunk: HEADLINE CRITIQUE: It's clear that this headline was constructed to derive humor from the unexpected. When most people read about someone leaving a tip, we assume that it will be some sort of extra cash payment to express appreciation and gratitude for good service. However, this headline pulls a "switcheroo" - the tip isn't actually an extra payment, but rather, the tips of some fingers. HA HA HA! Deriving humor from the unexpected...one of the most effective ways of eliciting a laugh from the reader.

Here's the problem with the wording of the headline, though. The subject is "tourist". Singular. However in the headline, "tips" is plural. Hmmm...when a single person is finished at a single location, they will usually leave a tip, singular. Even when the tip is split up between say a waiter and a busboy, the patron doesn't control that, so the tip is still usually referred to in the singular. By using the phrase "leaves a few tips" (plural), the astute reader can sense that something isn't quite right. While I wouldn't go so far as to say that the phrasing ruined the humorous effect of the headline, I will say that it took away at least some of the surprise, lessening the impact of the unexpected.

I'm not one to criticize anything without offering up a solution, so this is what I've done. I have assigned a team of my best comedy writers to work on putting together a new headline that would have the highest degree of humor that can be extracted from this news article. Here is the headline they developed: Pricipal . Caught sayof school that has stoped Handstandsing " See, told ya so" Is He dead or not. CNN Says yes. St. Pete Times Looking for chads -OR- "hello, I am write single to salute and wait for answer again"

You're welcome.

This first paragraph I was like, "Really?"

Then the second paragraph I was like, "oh, this is going somewhere"

And then the third paragraph, well I was "this is comedy gold! " ...


Funny, coz I read "tips" to mean "advice", like dropping a note in a suggestion box. So this "comedy gold" comment read like a whole lot of "meh" to me.

// not a hater
// just meant to be an interesting take on how we can interpret things
//// probably coz I'm from a non-tipping country, so my mind never went there
 
2014-07-11 11:40:27 PM  

missmez: Duh.  "Keep your arms and hands inside of the boat at all times."  They only repeat it fifty billion times a minute there.


and we're done
 
2014-07-11 11:48:22 PM  
Hey now everybody hey now everybody hey now everybody now
 
2014-07-12 12:58:51 AM  
Why is the thumb gone?
 
2014-07-12 01:10:15 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I'm 6'2", and I there are a number of rides I could have lost a hand on.  The Alpengeist at Busch Gardens comes to mind.  Keep your extremities tucked in at all times.


Oh, that's nothing, the Montu at the Tampa Busch Gardens goes even closer to obstacles. I've kicked hedges before and there's banked turn where even short people can reach out and touch the ground.
 
2014-07-12 03:54:45 AM  

Richard Saunders: optikeye: Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger confirmed the accident and said the ride was briefly closed and has since been reopened.

Why couldn't her name be Anita.

Mrs. A. Finger.

/close enough?


But she's not married.

Ms. A. Finger
 
2014-07-12 07:23:15 AM  

rhiannon: stuffy: I've been on that ride.


I've not been on that ride.


I can't remember if I've been on that ride.
 
2014-07-12 07:29:05 AM  
I worked for the rat from 4/72 till 10 of 83. If the people only knew how many fingers arms legs and LIVES have been lost at Disney World they more than likely would shiat thier pants. One night stands out when a 6 year old was lost and then later found in the moat around Cinderellas Castle drowned. I was working the Main Monorail Platform in 75 when 2 monorails collided. Lots of hurt people and the security surrounded the station and made everyone give up the  film in the cameras. Yes this was all before cell phones and digital. So many really bad accidents happened there when I was an employee. But, the State of Florida in 1969 granted WDW a special zoning for the 27 square mile property and in the early years the Highway Patrol or Sherriffs dept were not allowed on the property unless requested by Disney security. Disney is the big dog in Orlando and they answer to no one. Got hurt? Here's a check and sign this non-disclosure form please and have a magical day!
 
2014-07-12 08:33:34 AM  

Big Ramifications: itsaidwhat: Atomic Spunk: HEADLINE CRITIQUE: It's clear that this headline was constructed to derive humor from the unexpected. When most people read about someone leaving a tip, we assume that it will be some sort of extra cash payment to express appreciation and gratitude for good service. However, this headline pulls a "switcheroo" - the tip isn't actually an extra payment, but rather, the tips of some fingers. HA HA HA! Deriving humor from the unexpected...one of the most effective ways of eliciting a laugh from the reader.

Here's the problem with the wording of the headline, though. The subject is "tourist". Singular. However in the headline, "tips" is plural. Hmmm...when a single person is finished at a single location, they will usually leave a tip, singular. Even when the tip is split up between say a waiter and a busboy, the patron doesn't control that, so the tip is still usually referred to in the singular. By using the phrase "leaves a few tips" (plural), the astute reader can sense that something isn't quite right. While I wouldn't go so far as to say that the phrasing ruined the humorous effect of the headline, I will say that it took away at least some of the surprise, lessening the impact of the unexpected.

I'm not one to criticize anything without offering up a solution, so this is what I've done. I have assigned a team of my best comedy writers to work on putting together a new headline that would have the highest degree of humor that can be extracted from this news article. Here is the headline they developed: Pricipal . Caught sayof school that has stoped Handstandsing " See, told ya so" Is He dead or not. CNN Says yes. St. Pete Times Looking for chads -OR- "hello, I am write single to salute and wait for answer again"

You're welcome.

This first paragraph I was like, "Really?"

Then the second paragraph I was like, "oh, this is going somewhere"

And then the third paragraph, well I was "this is comedy gold! " ...

Funny, coz I read "tips" to mean "advice", like dropping a note in a suggestion box. So this "comedy gold" comment read like a whole lot of "meh" to me.

// not a hater
// just meant to be an interesting take on how we can interpret things
//// probably coz I'm from a non-tipping country, so my mind never went there


Was being facetious
 
2014-07-12 09:27:14 AM  

Witness99: Does that ride still have the three, lusty animatronic pirates chasing the three, frightened animatronic women (presumably to catch and rape them)? Or is it more PC nowadays


It's reversed the same 3 animatronic women are now armed with frying pans and are chasing the 3 pirates
 
2014-07-12 09:49:01 AM  

Weng: Witness99: Does that ride still have the three, lusty animatronic pirates chasing the three, frightened animatronic women (presumably to catch and rape them)? Or is it more PC nowadays

It's reversed the same 3 animatronic women are now armed with frying pans and are chasing the 3 pirates


That's true but there's still the wench auction.

img4.wikia.nocookie.net

The pirates in the ride are much more pirate-y than in any of the films,
 
2014-07-12 11:43:34 AM  
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Next time they tell you to keep your arms inside the ride...believe it!
 
2014-07-12 11:51:05 AM  

akula: I wonder how far in there he was sticking his hands. You'd have to really be reaching to get your fingers crunched. This didn't happen by accident- he was deliberately sticking his hand in there.


The wife speculated he was holding onto the side of the boat as they came to the end of the ride. It gets closed off real quick as it hits the ramp up.
 
2014-07-12 12:05:32 PM  
It's not yet clear if the message is prerecorded or if a Disney employee is responsible for warning riders.

 The exact wording of the safety message was not immediately available but Finger said guests are warned to keep hands and feet inside the ride.

Because there's no possible way anyone could find those things out. That's some mighty fine reporting, Lou.
 
2014-07-12 12:16:46 PM  
Pirates is worth the price of admission alone.
 
2014-07-12 02:47:36 PM  
So, when he lost the fingers, did he yell ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH


??
 
2014-07-12 03:25:01 PM  

tampaflacouple: I worked for the rat from 4/72 till 10 of 83. If the people only knew how many fingers arms legs and LIVES have been lost at Disney World they more than likely would shiat thier pants. One night stands out when a 6 year old was lost and then later found in the moat around Cinderellas Castle drowned. I was working the Main Monorail Platform in 75 when 2 monorails collided. Lots of hurt people and the security surrounded the station and made everyone give up the  film in the cameras. Yes this was all before cell phones and digital. So many really bad accidents happened there when I was an employee. But, the State of Florida in 1969 granted WDW a special zoning for the 27 square mile property and in the early years the Highway Patrol or Sherriffs dept were not allowed on the property unless requested by Disney security. Disney is the big dog in Orlando and they answer to no one. Got hurt? Here's a check and sign this non-disclosure form please and have a magical day!


How many people would any of you guess are on property on any given day, including cast members?  100,000, 150,000 people?  If it is that many, I'm surprised we aren't hearing about people dying or getting severly injured on property on a daily basis.  You only really hear about stuff like this happening every few months.  I'd say that isn't too bad of a safety record all things considered.
 
2014-07-12 03:56:39 PM  
I will keep an eye out for the floating fingers in the vat of sewage while floating through that ride.
 
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