Gothnet: untaken_name: Gothnet: untaken_name: virtdave: gibbon1: Of course anything is better than sitting next to a French sex tourist flying back home from Bangkok.It's probably more common to sit next to a German sex tourist....there's even a German word ("bomsbomber", i.e., 'farkbomber') to designate airplane flights specializing in such amusements.And the return flights are called "dripsklipper", i.e., 'clapclipper', since most such tourists have picked up some little venereal friends while in Thailand.Man, those Germans have a word for EVERYTHING. I'll be talking to one of my German friends and he'll say some two syllable German word. I'll ask him what it means, and he'll be like, "oh, there's not really a word for it in English, it means something like that particular shade of orange that lines the leaves in autumn during a sunrise on a clear, cloudless day". I used to think he was messing with me, but every damn time I call BS, we pull up an English-to-German dictionary, and damned if he isn't dead-on. It's infuriating. I imaging that most of German public schooling consists of vocabulary lessons.While the Germans do have a lot of compound words with unusual meanings, the breadth of vocabulary found in English is insanely huge by comparison to any other Euro language, possibly any other language on the planet. This is due to our gothic and romantic roots, our appropriating of words from other languages and the huge geographic spread resulting in new slangs and dialects evolving constantly.Yes, but while we have somewhere around 250k words, many of them have duplicate meanings because they were appropriated from different languages. I wonder how many words there are with unique definitions in English, and how that compares to other languages.Many, many more. We do have many overlapping terms, but each is accompanied by its own connotations and nuances, two terms that themselves are close in meaning but not a perfect match.English, by being the klepto of l ...
Pribar: balisane: Vertdang: Pribar: darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good./CSB(threadjack)when I was on the old Iwo Jima there was this navy bosun who would walk up while we were playing cards, ask if it was a full deck and if we would say yes he would hand one of us a sealed envelope and have that person shuffle and cut the deck and flip the cut up to show the bottom card, then he would have that person open the envelope and in it would be a piece of paper with the fricken card he had just cut to written on it, he did this every few days choosing different people and decks each time and was never wrong, I have not met anyone till this day who can tell me how the SoB did it(/threadjack)Carbon paper in the envelope, used the fingernail to write on the paper after the card was shown./what else you got? :)The story states that the sealed envelope was handed over before the deck was shuffled or card was shown. Assuming the sequence of events is correct, that would require an accomplice in each group./kind of puzzled over this one myselfwe thought of the carbon paper but he didn't touch the envelope after he handed it over and he would go up to random Marines and use us to do the trick, I knew some of the guys that got handed the envelope and they were as wigged out by it as I was, and ask any self respecting Marine how likely it would be for one of us to back a squids play against fellow Marines, not likely.
darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good./CSB
HAMMERTOE: Interestingly, they never defined "child abuse".
tankjr: I'm ok with this. All men are presumed to be rapists and pedophiles until proven otherwise. The only way to prove you're not a rapist or a pedophile is to die without having raped anyone. Until then, you're a rapist and a pedophile.
HAMMERTOE: Incremental Communism, whereby everybody becomes government agents, one small step at a time. And all in the name of a billion special interests.
Gyrfalcon: Bigdogdaddy: ladyfortuna: Bigdogdaddy: Obviously the parents weren't concerned about sending the child on a flight by herself. I guess we went from helicopter parents to making airplane parents?When I was 15 I flew to and from Nevada by myself for a Girl Scout trip; I don't recall any special seating arrangements for any of the legs (and there were several, each way). My mom also didn't give me any 'special' safety instructions other than the usual.Kids parents today...Well, 15 is a lot different than 15. The people that booked the airline should have been more aware of the age thing, not that there aren't female pedophiles. Glad nothing bad happened to you.It's a sad world we live in. ~sigh~Actually, there ARE female pedophiles, and this presumption that somehow a child is safer with a woman than a man--because we all know only men are incapable of controlling their urges--is what keeps them undetected. Because we all know women never would harm a child, right?
SquiggelyGrounders: JohnnyC: But feminism is about equality... right?Like traffic laws are for safety
tankjr: HAMMERTOE: Interestingly, they never defined "child abuse".That's easy. Anything. As there is no "Normal use" of a child, the term abuse is meaningless and thereby arbitrary.
Elrond Hubbard: You want to upgrade me to a better section (if possible)? Fine. Otherwise, F off. Move the kid.
fusillade762: Qantas has defended its policy, saying it is consistent with that of other airlines around the world and reflects parents' concerns.If the parents are so concerned why don't they just ACCOMPANY THEIR F*CKING CHILDREN???
FirstNationalBastard: It was hard enough defending myself with a lawyer after I was arrested on a warrant for allegedly choking my ex. The first 2 judges (males) that oversaw my case along with the DA and state prosecutor gave me no wiggle room to get out of it. They saw her words in the report and trusted them completely (including the inconsistencies). I was looking at either spending $20k just to start the trial process or slammed with a felony conviction if I went the guilty or no contest route. The 3rd judge (a female) lambasted all of them in the courtroom when she started asking questions that none of them could answer. She then demanded that the state prosecutor get this girl on the phone. A call was placed for the whole room to hear, "This number has been disconnected" No shiat dumbasses I tried telling all of you in the beginning that this whole rouse was filed with a phone she could toss a day before she fled to New York ...
Pribar: darkmayo: I had a flight when I was around 30 and there was an unaccompanied child next to me, kid was about 10 or 11 I think.Normally I just pop in the ear buds and watch the TV or play DS but this kid was practising card tricks and he was doing sleight of hand tricks. It was totally awesome, as the kid was pretty good./CSB(threadjack)when I was on the old Iwo Jima there was this navy bosun who would walk up while we were playing cards, ask if it was a full deck and if we would say yes he would hand one of us a sealed envelope and have that person shuffle and cut the deck and flip the cut up to show the bottom card, then he would have that person open the envelope and in it would be a piece of paper with the fricken card he had just cut to written on it, he did this every few days choosing different people and decks each time and was never wrong, I have not met anyone till this day who can tell me how the SoB did it(/threadjack)
MaudlinMutantMollusk: SpikeStrip: i'd probably ask to be moved to another seat myself.Seriously/get that damned kid away from me//and bring me another drink
Oblio13: My ex claimed that I pointed a gun at her face. When she got on the witness stand my lawyer asked, "What color was it?"
profplump: I have no idea what you're on about with respect to "face the accuser" -- you can't file a child abuse report without naming the child that was harmed, because such a report could never be investigated. The adult filing the report is not a party to the crime, they're just making a report, and they can be held liable for filing a false report just like anyone else.
Ebbelwoi: Half the country boycotts some chicken joint cause the founder gives a teensy part of the profits to anti-gay Baptists but straight-forward, in your face anti-male bigotry and no one is boycotting anything?FWIW my kids often have to fly unaccompanied to see their grandma and no airline has ever asked me, the parent, whether I have any views and/or choices on who they sit next too. The airlines are full of shiat and are just banking on the fact that anti-male sexist bigotry is the acceptable norm.
WhippingBoy: Try bringing this up with a third-wave, feminist bigot some time. In most cases you'll get one (or both) of the following responses:1. TPHMT ("The Patriarchy Hurts Men Too")2. "On noes, what about the menz???" (Ultra-condescending way to say "because you're a man, your problems and concerns don't matter")
Pattuq: I'm so afraid of the "all men are probably child molesters" fear that the asshole media has created that I moved to another country (actually, there were also other reasons for the move, such as work and personal interests). I'm a teacher, and if I was around children in Canada I would be constantly paranoid and on edge. The kids would receive a seriously crippled education from me because of that.My wife is Japanese, and if I was seen alone with half-Japanese kids in my hometown everyone would jump to conclusions of molestation since interracial marriages between whites and Asians are still rare there. I once had a security guard interrogate me because he thought my wife was a child I had abducted, despite us being the same age and her just being small and youngish-looking.Here in Japan there is no such fear. I teach children almost daily at the school I work for, with no issues at all. I'm often alone in a room with a single child (sometimes girls as young as 6). Even though I'm a big foreign guy with a beard and shaved head, the parents are always delighted and constantly scold their children for acting out of hand. I was once teaching the mother of a family who attended, and her 4 year-old daughter ran into the room after our lesson and started hugging my arm. The mother chuckled and then apologized to me before telling her daughter to stop bothering me. If that were Canada or the US, I would have been beaten to a pulp.
jaytkay: WhippingBoy: Try bringing this up with a third-wave, feminist bigot some time. In most cases you'll get one (or both) of the following responses:1. TPHMT ("The Patriarchy Hurts Men Too")2. "On noes, what about the menz???" (Ultra-condescending way to say "because you're a man, your problems and concerns don't matter")I'm sure you run into women like that every day/ On your AM radio// In your basement/// Among the empty cheetoh bags
Rush's_pills: Wagga Wagga? WTF is wrong with Australia?
snow9999: There was a story a year or two ago about how a little boy drowned in a pond. A guy came forward and said he had seen the child wandering the street, but because we was worried about being branded a molester if he had tried to help the child, he just kept driving. This crap is why that child died, instead of being taken to the police and reunited with his family.
DarklyDreamingLiberation: I get that he is an angry nurse (they're all angry and for good reason; I have nothing but respect for nurses) and would not hurt a child, but to expect that the whole policy be scrapped is being a whiny c*nt about a tactless flight attendant.Parents feel safer taking their chances having their kids sit next to stange women than strange men. Period. I ride the bus and T every day and see it all the time. Even with teachers banging their way thru middle schools, being a damn nurse he should still know that FACT; it's definitely mentioned in psych class. Though not all parents are as fortunate to have a male nurse to be sitting next to their kid if god forbid something happen. But come on guy, how are they supposed to know that?That flight attendant SHOULD have thanked him, too. As well as apologize to all three of them for moving the both of them and probably embarrassing the little girl in the process. If this is standard policy, then it should be part of the damn safety speech. "And to close, as per policy, if you are a single male sitting next to an unaccompanied minor, please switch with the nearest female willing to move seats." A simple sentence, and many a PR situations and possible lawsuits avoided. YOUR WELCOME.Hopefully all the passengers of that flight can read this article so he can be vindicated of his shame !
fortean chicken: Who the heck wants to sit next to a child anyway? I'd be thanking the flight attendant for getting me out of there. I flippin' hate kids.
JustTheTip: fortean chicken: Who the heck wants to sit next to a child anyway? I'd be thanking the flight attendant for getting me out of there. I flippin' hate kids.I'd rather sit next to a child that a humungous, musky fat person whose side-hams are blurping over the arm rest and taking up 30% of my seat. It's happened more than once, and I always thought that if lard-ass was going to be using part of my seat, he/she should have chipped in for my ticket.
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