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Fark NotNewsletter: Which tourist attraction is "like Cthulhu decorated a TGI Fridays"?
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Hey everyone, hope your week's been well.

I teased a thing about Snopes last week, however it's been kicked 'til the end of the month.  I also teased an upcoming kinda dumb idea for Fark, that got postponed 'til later today.  Depending on how it goes, I might post a TotalFark Discussion thread to solicit opinions.  Sorry about the lack of updates on both those fronts, I blame summertime.

The Fark News Livestream returns Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET - Dallan and I were both travelling last week, so we had a hiatus.  Based on the speed of the news cycle this morning, we'll have a ton of interesting stuff including what post-pandemic shortages to expect next, why your dog smells like corn chips, and a history of Batman not doing oral.  When I was a kid, I thought my dog was just sneaking Fritos. Turns out there's another explanation.

Speaking of travel last week, I dropped in to visit House on the Rock.  I think I was last there 25 years ago.  Still super ass weird, like Cthulhu decorated a TGI Fridays.  Also for anyone wondering, the entire tour racks up about 8,000 steps according to my health app.

On an unrelated note, does anyone live along this year's RAGBRAI route? If this question doesn't mean anything to you, the answer is no. However, if you do, hit me up - tag me in the Fark NotNewsletter thread by bolding my name in your comment. 
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"Sylvia, you were, and will continue to be, an inspirational light in a dark, stormy sea. A fighter of the good fight. A lover of the unloved, two legs and four. (And maybe three?) An oasis of compassion and generosity in a cold, self-centered world. Thank you for being you and sharing your love with the rest of the world. For giving us a higher standard we can all aspire to. To say you will be missed is both obvious and an understatement. May you rest in peace...and may God have earplugs thick enough so you can enjoy your favorite music the way it was meant to be enjoyed."

You can find out more about Real Women Drink Akvavit by visiting her Fark profile page, where she wrote about her illness, some of her interests, and her love for Fark's Caturday community. This coming Caturday thread will be dedicated to Real Women Drink Akvavit, so keep an eye out for it and feel free to drop in to pay your respects.


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The hardest question on the Hard Quiz was about which Disneyland attraction has been shut down for extensive remodeling because it's basically falling apart. Only 42% of quiztakers knew that it was The Matterhorn which was not a part of the park's initial lineup of rides, but was added later in 1959. Fun fact: The Matterhorn was constructed because Disney needed to do something with the mountain of dirt left over from excavating the moat around Sleeping Beauty's Castle, since people were using it as a remote area to... get to know one another better. Yeah. 

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The hardest question on last week's Easy Quiz was about which TV channel now had its own branded hard seltzer. Only 29% of quiztakers knew that it was indeed the same channel that had its own wine - the Hallmark Channel. I'm not really sure of the demographic they're going for here, but I say there's nothing wrong with getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things. Unless it's watching Hallmark movies because I'm not going to do that.

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2021-06-16 12:46:54 PM  
That baseball park in Miami.
 
2021-06-16 12:50:12 PM  
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Wise kitty only visits the STEM tab.
 
2021-06-16 12:50:30 PM  
Drew, you were in Wisconsin and don't stop over for a beer?!
 
2021-06-16 1:02:39 PM  
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Hey Drew. I had an awesome week. I got to be at the Ed Sullivan theatre for the first (fully vaxed) Show in 16 months! Hope you are well.
 
2021-06-16 1:04:39 PM  
For any of you that would like to pay your respects to RWDA, but don't usually post in Caturday threads, the threads are greenlit on Thursday and go live at 8 AM ET Saturday morning.
 
2021-06-16 1:11:21 PM  
If your bra has become a rag, it's time for a new bra.
 
2021-06-16 1:13:29 PM  
Don't bra shame me, brah.
 
2021-06-16 1:33:34 PM  
I remain convinced that no one actually lives in Iowa, but thousands of people are paid to claim to be from there just to keep the ruse up, kinda like folks who get paid to walk around carnivals with the giant prize so you believe it's possible to sink the basketball into that funhouse mirror hoop.
 
2021-06-16 1:35:20 PM  
RWDA sounds like an absolutely wonderful person. I don't post as much as I used & I'm hardly ever in the Caturday threads, but I've always admired how much of a community has grown there.

RIP Sylvia. I hope people say stuff about like that when I die as well.
 
2021-06-16 1:45:11 PM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: RWDA sounds like an absolutely wonderful person. I don't post as much as I used & I'm hardly ever in the Caturday threads, but I've always admired how much of a community has grown there.

RIP Sylvia. I hope people say stuff about like that when I die as well.


She was and will be missed very very much. She was such a fighter and was determined not to let cancer keep her from leading as normal a life as possible. ♥♥
 
2021-06-16 1:46:16 PM  
Drew, I am not on the route, but I'm bout 30 miles off.
Not an overnight stop, I'd be bout 40 miles from a stop.
 
2021-06-16 1:50:40 PM  
I will not stand idly by while you compare House on the Rock to a TGI Fridays!  That place is cool as shiat.
 
2021-06-16 1:56:42 PM  
The Mystery Hole in West Virginia has always looked sus...
 
2021-06-16 1:59:44 PM  

guestguy: I will not stand idly by while you compare House on the Rock to a TGI Fridays!  That place is cool as shiat.


Which one - House on the Rock or TGI Fridays?
 
2021-06-16 2:05:23 PM  
I will be sad all day.
 
2021-06-16 2:12:33 PM  

DisseminationMonkey: guestguy: I will not stand idly by while you compare House on the Rock to a TGI Fridays!  That place is cool as shiat.

Which one - House on the Rock or TGI Fridays?


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/walked right into that... :P
 
2021-06-16 2:39:46 PM  
Just celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary. Told her she drives me CRAZY! She said she'd have to be driving in reverse. Love that girl.
 
2021-06-16 2:54:06 PM  

169th Cousin: Just celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary. Told her she drives me CRAZY! She said she'd have to be driving in reverse. Love that girl.


Happy Anniversary! :)
 
2021-06-16 3:02:45 PM  
damn, i missed my opportunity to meet Drew and have him buy me a beer.  I live about an hour from the House on the Rock and typically visit the area once a year to attend a play at American Players Theatre
 
2021-06-16 3:04:59 PM  
Sorry to hear about RWDA. Lost a friend like her last month, 84 years young. Fought like Hearns and Hagler. Taking care of her outside furbabies (we fixed them and released). Thanks to PAWS for discount feral.
 
2021-06-16 3:12:18 PM  
Is it House on the Rock? It pretty much has to be.
 
2021-06-16 4:05:43 PM  

freddyV: Drew, I am not on the route, but I'm bout 30 miles off.
Not an overnight stop, I'd be bout 40 miles from a stop.


Cool which one?
 
2021-06-16 4:06:09 PM  

blatz514: Drew, you were in Wisconsin and don't stop over for a beer?!


Passing through, had kids with me.  Would have otherwise
 
2021-06-16 4:11:32 PM  
I can't remember if I posted this a while back but just in case I haven't, thanks to whoever gave me a Farks2give a while back.  That was very nice of you!
 
2021-06-16 4:11:40 PM  
That place from the American Gods novel by Gaiman?
 
2021-06-16 4:23:32 PM  

Drew: blatz514: Drew, you were in Wisconsin and don't stop over for a beer?!

Passing through, had kids with me.  Would have otherwise


Likely excuse.  You just didn't want to be embarrassed by professional drinkers!
 
2021-06-16 4:34:13 PM  

blatz514: Drew: blatz514: Drew, you were in Wisconsin and don't stop over for a beer?!

Passing through, had kids with me.  Would have otherwise

Likely excuse.  You just didn't want to be embarrassed by professional drinkers!


I was also doing all the driving.  Can't outrun the cops in a minivan
 
2021-06-16 4:34:14 PM  
For the record I had nothing to do with this.
 
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2021-06-16 4:45:36 PM  
I used to live very close to the House on a Rock. Never actually went there. Was always something to do sometime, but never had an overwhelming urge to go.
 
2021-06-16 5:10:01 PM  
So the Matterhorn was created because too many women were checking out what was the 'matter' with their man's 'horn'?
 
2021-06-16 5:10:37 PM  

Drew: blatz514: Drew: blatz514: Drew, you were in Wisconsin and don't stop over for a beer?!

Passing through, had kids with me.  Would have otherwise

Likely excuse.  You just didn't want to be embarrassed by professional drinkers!

I was also doing all the driving.  Can't outrun the cops in a minivan


Not with that attitude.
 
2021-06-16 5:54:41 PM  
Thanks to the anonymous person who gave me a month of TotalFark today!  That was very kind!!  I really appreciate it!
 
2021-06-16 6:12:46 PM  
Drew Curtis! What are you doing growing bicycles in Iowa?

Remember, the handle bars should be knee high by the Fourth of July.
 
2021-06-16 6:16:45 PM  

Drew: freddyV: Drew, I am not on the route, but I'm bout 30 miles off.
Not an overnight stop, I'd be bout 40 miles from a stop.

Cool which one?


I'm bout 40 from Sac City s as nd 30 from Lake City
 
2021-06-16 8:33:26 PM  
Sad to hear about the loss of Real Women Drink Akvavit. She brought quality to our community.

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2021-06-16 8:40:54 PM  
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2021-06-16 8:43:05 PM  
Which tourist attraction is "like Cthulhu decorated a TGI Fridays"?

TFD?
 
2021-06-16 8:46:04 PM  
666 Flags Over Innsmouth?
 
2021-06-16 8:54:57 PM  

Non Sequitur Man: Which tourist attraction is "like Cthulhu decorated a TGI Fridays"?

TFD?


Read what Drew wrote up there. ⬆
 
2021-06-16 9:11:53 PM  

TrashcanMan: That place from the American Gods novel by Gaiman?


That's the one.

I was there as a small child. For the intervening FOUR decades, I've dreamt of going back. Strange dreams. Dreams filled with shapes beyond the Euclidean.

Anyway, thanks to that stupid series (which I loved. Shutup.), and because the covid thing is dying down, it'll be absolutely packed. Which is exactly what I would broadcast over Fark to reduce visitor-ship so I could go enjoy it without compressing against a bunch of fat mid-westerners.

So, run, don't walk and see it!

It is transcendent.
 
2021-06-16 10:06:30 PM  
Anything in, or even remotely close to, the Wisconsin Dells.

/ Tommy Bartlett's Robot World
 
2021-06-16 10:29:43 PM  
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2021-06-16 10:32:43 PM  
 Everyone be safe.
That is all.
 
2021-06-17 6:15:03 AM  
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