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I wish I had taken a picture, but I was once at an event where the caterers provided an assortment of sandwiches for lunch, including the now-cliche-level "Smoked Turkey Beast" sandwich.

Can't you just see it?

"Boys.. gather round.. and I'll tell you the story about when your grandpappy hunted the legendary.. TURKEY BEAST!.. I remember walking through the dark woods.. and I heard that noise.. there was no mistaking the evil.. and it rang through the woods.. GOOOOBBBBLLLE GOOOOOBBBBLLLE...."

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At least grandpappy didn't have to hunt down and kill El Pollo Diablo.

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That just shows how bad the problem really is.

Was it the Colbert Report or the Daily Show that said "the Chinese may out number us, but we still out weight them..."?

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I think the point is that extremely obese people are included in "obese" and "overweight" as well, and obese people are included in "overweight" too. So 35% of us are overweight, another 25% obese, and 5% extremely obese.

Or was this obvious, and I'm pedantically belaboring a joke, which is quite possible?

The scary thing to me here is that almost as many people are "obese" as "overweight."

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by dookie_booty:
I live close to the liguor store in the second pic. I recognized when I first saw it cause I drive by it alot. [lol] Course I never go in. Too shady looking. I always found it funny that it says that. Guess people are too desperate to get drunk. [Razz]

Dookie, is this one in Westminster by any chance? Looks like one that I lived by years and years and years ago off Springdale, but I thought nah - too long ago! Now I'm wondering!
Nope, way off! [lol] Actually, it's in Fullerton. If you know where that is. [lol]

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damn, i can't find the picture i took of a rather odd sign outside my home a few years back. It wasn't anything spectacular, and i think it's fairly common here in Uk.

"Apologise for inconvenience"

Might not seem like much to you guys, but to me and my goofy friends it was a hoot!

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quote:
Originally posted by TB Tabby:
They could just be advertising the ice cream scoop's durability. A spoon that can withstand a bullet shouldn't break in half while trying to scoop rock-hard ice cream, right?

No, I'm thinking more for safety:

John paled as the thug walked into the ice cream parlor waving his gun and shouting “Come on, empty the register, I’m not fooling.” Opening the register, he ignored the cash and instead reached behind the drawer. As his hand wrapped around the cool plastic of the hidden ice cream scoop, he breathed a sigh of relief. Everything would be ok; the bullets couldn’t hurt him now.

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Originally posted by Senior:
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I have always wondered who the hell people with mullets are going to get their hair cut that way — who graduates from cosmetology school to perpetuate a hairstyle from the ’80s that should never have been in the first place?

I'm happy to see that at least one shop is taking a stand.

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If you can't read it it says:

1990 Plymouth Sundance
Automatic, red, runs, new fuel pump,
recent brake work, back folds for: furni-
ture, instruments or fat dead bodies!
$880. [And then all the contact info]

Sorry, I know it looks like crap, but I haven't got a scanner.

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I hear if you talk on a celery phone you can actually LOSE WEIGHT! You know....negative calories and all that.

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Originally posted by OTL:
I can understand why you would make an ice cream scoop out of bulletproof plastic. What I can't understand is why you would advertise it as such.

Bulletproof Plastic is not "Plastic that is Bulletproof"

It refers to a Polycarbonate (one of which is known under the Brand Name LEXAN, used to make Nalgene(t) bottles)

The plastic isn't really bullet-proof. It is to be laminated to make bullet-proof/resistant glass.

So what is more appealing to the consumer: Bulletproof, or Polycarbonate?

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quote:
Originally posted by DaGuyWitBluGlasses:
Bulletproof Plastic is not "Plastic that is Bulletproof"

It refers to a Polycarbonate (one of which is known under the Brand Name LEXAN, used to make Nalgene(t) bottles)

The plastic isn't really bullet-proof. It is to be laminated to make bullet-proof/resistant glass.

So what is more appealing to the consumer: Bulletproof, or Polycarbonate?

For various reasons never to be mentioned again my camping buddies and I decided to pop off a few 22 LR caliber rounds at a Nalgene bottle. All we managed to do was repeatedly knock it off of the fence post. So I know of at least one hunk of polycarb that is indeed bulletproof (or at least bullet resistant - provided it isn't solidly wedged against a backdrop or hit with a decent calibered weapon). Surprisingly, a wire tipped blowgun dart did manage to penetrate the lexan enough to cause a small leak.

Wow, what a pointless anecdote. My apologies for all that.

Now that I think about it, "Bulletproof" DOES sound more impressive than "Polycarbonate", so I guess DaGuyWitBluGlasses (unlike me) has a point. "Blowgun proof", of course, would impress absolutely no one - even if it were true.

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quote:
Originally posted by DaGuyWitBluGlasses:
quote:
Originally posted by OTL:
I can understand why you would make an ice cream scoop out of bulletproof plastic. What I can't understand is why you would advertise it as such.

Bulletproof Plastic is not "Plastic that is Bulletproof"

It refers to a Polycarbonate (one of which is known under the Brand Name LEXAN, used to make Nalgene(t) bottles)

The plastic isn't really bullet-proof. It is to be laminated to make bullet-proof/resistant glass.

So what is more appealing to the consumer: Bulletproof, or Polycarbonate?

How about "neither"? [Razz]

"Polycarbonate" may not be all that appealing a name, but if you use "bulletproof" instead, the consumer is going to assume that you mean... well, "bulletproof". Which is going to make them wonder why you're expecting someone to shoot at an ice cream scoop. (Because why would you advertise it as being bulletproof if you're not expecting it to be shot at?) (It doesn't really matter what the actual definition of "bulletproof plastic" is; what matters is what the consumers are going to think it means. And they're going to think "bulletproof plastic" means "plastic that is bulletproof".)

Again, why not "unbreakable" or "really strong" plastic, or something along those lines? At least people will understand what you actually mean.

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Well, "unbreakable" would be an adjective, and so false advertising.

Like i said "bulletproof plastic" is not plastic that is bullet proof. What i mean by that is "bulletproof plastic" is a term. "Bulletproof" is not an adjective, it is not separable from plastic.

It is not advertising the plastic as being bulletproof, it is saying what kind of plastic the scoop is being made from.

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quote:
Originally posted by DaGuyWitBluGlasses:

It is not advertising the plastic as being bulletproof, it is saying what kind of plastic the scoop is being made from.

Even so, if I saw an ice cream scoop that said it was made from bulletproof plastic my first thought wouldn't be "Ah, that's the type of plastic they use" it would be "Huh? Why do I need that? Who's going to shoot at my ice cream scoop?" and then I'd be so busy pondering that I'd forget about the ice cream altogether, so that's just bad advertising [Big Grin]

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"Bulletproof" is not an adjective, it is not separable from plastic.
Sure it is. "Plastic" is a noun that can be used on its own, without any modifiers.

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It is not advertising the plastic as being bulletproof, it is saying what kind of plastic the scoop is being made from.
And hence it's an adjective -- a word that "modifies a noun by limiting, qualifying, or specifying."

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Is that from the "Jack the Ripper Cooks (an)Italian" cookbook?

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I didn't have a camera with me, so I couldn't get a picture, but while stopping in Coarsegold, CA, for a stretch your legs break I saw this on the marquee of the KFC:

All You Can Eat Buffet
Drive-thru

Sounds like a pretty good idea, but I bet the line moves rather slow.

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