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(ABC News)   Bum sets fire under bridge to keep warm, melts 13,000 phone lines   ( abclocal.go.com) divider line
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2002-01-21 07:15:16 PM  
Man, I was just tryin to stay warm.
2002-01-21 07:16:55 PM  
Every once in a while, I see a fire that looks suspicious. I think it's probably those shifty eyes...
2002-01-21 07:19:12 PM  
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2002-01-21 07:24:16 PM  
A few years back this happened up here at the University of Minnesota, except the bum melted our fiber dropping the internet connection to the U.
2002-01-21 07:25:53 PM  
They think it might have been a homeless guy that started this doosy in my neighborhood yesterday. It wasn't just a produce warehouse, half of the building was the coolest night club Portland ever had...the Monte Carlo.

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html​_standar d.xsl?/base/front_page/10116177231549483.xml
2002-01-21 07:27:11 PM  
BTW: The fire was farking amazing...an entire city block up in flames!
2002-01-21 07:29:57 PM  
Elgin has a bridge now? Oh wait...not Elgin, TX.
2002-01-21 07:31:23 PM  
was this bum 6 foot 6, wearing a turban and sporting a large bushy beard?
2002-01-21 07:33:06 PM  
sad - thats how six firemen lost their lives in Worcester, MA a couple of years ago - stupid bums set a fire inside an abandoned warehouse
2002-01-21 07:34:58 PM  
2002-01-21 07:35:21 PM  
Sweet, from now on if the police question me I can always blame the bum.
2002-01-21 07:40:32 PM  
So is the g in Elgin soft or hard? Damn half-ass reporting!
2002-01-21 07:40:39 PM  
Must have been one helluva crack lighter!
2002-01-21 07:46:37 PM  
Hell, if I was freezing my ass off, and probably about to die, I'd probably set the whole city on fire, fark the telephones!

He probably has a nice warm jail cell now!

Way to go, bummy!
2002-01-21 07:46:45 PM  
HOW WILL those poor folks get through to MISS CLEO?!?!?
2002-01-21 07:48:04 PM  
I think it's soft-g, but that might be my natural inclination after my 2nd maritni. *burg* Pass the gin!!
2002-01-21 07:54:45 PM  
Soft g...at least that the way I'm pronouncing it.
2002-01-21 08:00:55 PM  
Shlabotnik: JOE Shlabotnik, the baseball player? Dude, when I was pitcher/manager of my little league team, you were my farking hero!

Sorry you got sent down to the minors.
2002-01-21 08:04:28 PM  
You know, Ouroborus, that the natives in your area use a hard g. And they say Burn it instead of Bur net, and Lake Buckannon instead of.....

.......sorry, I have a particularly unpleasant task I'm avoiding right now.....
2002-01-21 08:07:15 PM  
Wait, Hytes which one is the soft g? "G" as in girraffe or "g" as in gate?
2002-01-21 08:12:47 PM  
2002-01-21 08:12:50 PM  
Doh! I meant hard "g" (got the two confused).

A brief guide to speakin' rite in Austin: Burnet is pronounced: burn-it; Koenig is: kay-nig; Manchaca is: man-shack; Guadalupe is: gwad-a-loop when referring to the street but gwad-a-loop-ay when talking about the river.
2002-01-21 08:15:27 PM  
My presonal favorite is the Pedernales River. It's not pronounced "ped-er-nal-es" it's pronounced "per-den-al-es"
2002-01-21 08:17:28 PM  
Ahem... Testing... is this thing on... Thanks.


Is someone going to check the veracity of these headlines? Ever? Maybe a little? I'll do it if you get in contact with me.

2002-01-21 08:17:49 PM  
2002-01-21 08:23:43 PM  
McFuzz: look at the FARKticle title
2002-01-21 08:26:07 PM  
'This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. '

January 21, 2002 - Elgin police say a fire that damaged about 10,000 telephone and cable lines Sunday is suspicious. And repair crews say it might take days to get all the phone service restored.

The fire broke out yesterday morning under the Kimball Street Bridge in downtown Elgin and damaged at least three pipelines that carry the phone and cable wires.

A spokesman for SBC Ameritech says crews are working around the clock to restore service.

"Copyright 2002 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed."

2002-01-21 08:43:41 PM  
So if I post a funny picture in a thread, and nobody makes a comment, did I really post it?
2002-01-21 08:50:28 PM  
Whoops! Good, funny Dilbert strip there! Ha ha ha!

Yeah, it happened to me too; check out the Enron thread for a Bush/dog picture, along with a water bottle picture. Very funny (to me, at least); no comments, alas.
2002-01-21 08:51:37 PM  
Insert silence between two paragraphs of my last post, like this:


Just *had* to use the angle brackets.
2002-01-21 08:53:18 PM  
Ill forgive you next time Fred, but come on brother thats why god invented marjuana =P
2002-01-21 08:54:25 PM  
i would have taken a beige box out there and went nuts if i were the homeless dude
2002-01-21 08:57:56 PM  
It's El (as in elevated) + gin (as in "and tonic").
2002-01-21 08:58:12 PM  
You have given new meaning to my sad, sad existence. and the crack water thing was funny, sorry =(.
2002-01-21 09:11:22 PM  
haha... my great uncle was in the merchant marines in ww2 and managed to cut phone service 45,000 people for 3 months when he raised an anchor that held one of the big underwater lines.

2002-01-21 09:13:48 PM  
Don't ask for directions to Manor, cause it's called Mainer.
And be sure to tell ever-one what a good time you had in New Bronzefuls.
2002-01-21 09:19:10 PM  
Hiro_Protagonist - mu.
2002-01-21 09:45:22 PM  
woot! hometown on fark! Couldn't watch the packers game at home because of no cable :(
2002-01-21 09:51:38 PM  
lived in austin '70-'78. glad to see that some things haven't changed.
2002-01-21 09:59:51 PM  
Curious: social inertia is one of the hardest things to overcome.
2002-01-21 10:02:58 PM  
whenever I call ameritech it takes them at least 6 days to do anything, I think someone just wanted faster service.
2002-01-21 10:54:38 PM  
Would that be in-ur-shuh or eye-nur-tee-uh?
I've never heard of social inertia before.
Thanks, Ouro!
2002-01-21 11:00:04 PM  
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2002-01-21 11:12:43 PM  
I WANT MY BOOBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2002-01-21 11:33:53 PM  
What in tar-nation is that power-point mess right there??
2002-01-21 11:34:35 PM  
gis for "bum"
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2002-01-21 11:45:59 PM  
Bums... man, what will they think of next?
2002-01-21 11:47:13 PM  
Where the hell is Elgin?
2002-01-21 11:53:47 PM  
Fred Flinstone:

As someone else said, I might be a "pecker-knuckles asshole" (I'm rather hoping they were talking about the erstwhile bum) but really, there's nothing about a bum in the article. Or the title: "Phone service may take days to restore after fire in Elgin". Really, not trying to be a dick, I mean it, I'm just hoping that somehow more accuracy in the headlines might show up. There's nothing about a bum on the page. I checked before I ranted.

Oh well. Guess it was pointless.

2002-01-21 11:59:05 PM  
maybe this will work...maybe it won't
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