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KillerGoldfish
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(Date Posted:12/14/2010 11:19 AM)

OK, it's 18 degrees out today, with a windchill of "butt-ass cold."

But when I drove past Lake Chemung this morning I noticed 2 things:

1) There is no ice on the lake.

2) There are swans snoozing peacefully on the surface, with their featherless tootsies dangling in the water, which definitely qualifies today as butt-ass cold, regardless of the ice status.

How is either of these facts possible???
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The_Masked_Claw
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:12/14/2010 7:32 PM)

Swans are seemingly every bit tough as they are beautiful?





Here's mine for the moment:



Are there any Hollywood actors that the yeti reminds you of? 
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TheOneTrueElSanto
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Re:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:12/15/2010 12:16 PM)

1.  That's not a swan; that's a pelican.

2.  The second they thawed that yeti out, the first thing I thought was, "Damn.  That thing looks entirely too much like Jonathan Frakes.  I sure do hope it really is him..."  Naturally, my hopes were not fulfilled.


Meanwhile, returning to Cliffie...
 
1.  Might I ask if there had been a lot of wind recently?  Sometimes a sustained strong wind can keep the surface of a lake sufficiently agitated to prevent it from icing over.

2.  Bird feet in general are remarkably weatherproof.  I don't know if they just have fewer temperature receptors in the skin down there than we do, or if there's something about those leftover dinosaur scales that makes it easy not to give a shit about what you're stepping (or dangling your feet) in, but it isn't just swans.
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The_Masked_Claw
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Reply To TheOneTrueElSanto
(Date Posted:12/15/2010 5:12 PM)

Reply to TheOneTrueElSanto (12/15/2010 12:16 PM)

1.  That's not a swan; that's a pelican.

2.  The second they thawed that yeti out, the first thing I thought was, "Damn.  That thing looks entirely too much like Jonathan Frakes.  I sure do hope it really is him..."  Naturally, my hopes were not fulfilled.



1.   But inside? She's a swan! 

2.   It's driving me nuts.  I'm not sure exactly who the yeti reminds me of, but it'll click if I see them.  I at first suspected Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), then thought, no, but maybe John Rhys-Davies?  Pavaratti? I hadn't considered zfrakes, but now can see what you're getting at.
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Lemmy_Caution
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Reply To The%5FMasked%5FClaw
(Date Posted:12/15/2010 10:27 PM)

Swans are seemingly every bit tough as they are beautiful?



Perhaps so. But pelicans do this
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The_Masked_Claw
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:12/16/2010 10:29 AM)

Good point.  Let's see a swan do THAT!





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KillerGoldfish
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Reply To TheOneTrueElSanto
(Date Posted:12/17/2010 8:10 AM)

Reply to TheOneTrueElSanto (12/15/2010 12:16 PM)

1.  That's not a swan; that's a pelican.

2.  The second they thawed that yeti out, the first thing I thought was, "Damn.  That thing looks entirely too much like Jonathan Frakes.  I sure do hope it really is him..."  Naturally, my hopes were not fulfilled.


Meanwhile, returning to Cliffie...
 
1.  Might I ask if there had been a lot of wind recently?  Sometimes a sustained strong wind can keep the surface of a lake sufficiently agitated to prevent it from icing over.

2.  Bird feet in general are remarkably weatherproof.  I don't know if they just have fewer temperature receptors in the skin down there than we do, or if there's something about those leftover dinosaur scales that makes it easy not to give a shit about what you're stepping (or dangling your feet) in, but it isn't just swans.


1.  The lake was not agitated.  Nearly zero wave activity -- the chop was about 2" at most.  This is in spite of the fact that there was a bitterly-cold, biting wind.  This lake is violating the laws of physics all over the place, now I really stop and think about it.

2.  Oh, I know bird feet are weatherporoof -- but how does it work?  Lacking temperature receptors sounds remarkably counterproductive to me.  You need those to keep your limbs from freezing off without your noticing.  But any other explanation I can come up with sounds just as counterproductive, so...

3.  Frakes did play a yeti role of sorts in that 'devolution' episode of TNG.
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KillerGoldfish
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Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:06/27/2011 11:14 AM)

OK, my co-worker commented today with pleasure, because she plays golf, about the photo on the homepage of our work website, saying that it showed a row of our fellow social workers displaying their grip on their golf clubs.

So I go to the home page, and it's a row of my co-workers packing guns.  The Wraparound coordinator has a pump-action shotgun, one of her employees is waving a pistol, and a member of the Family Case Management team is pointing her own piece -- a Luger?  -- at the ground, albeit with a very menacing smile.  It even says in the caption that the group was photographed while participating in a gun course.

She thought they were GOLF CLUBS?
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TheOneTrueElSanto
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Re:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:06/27/2011 11:23 AM)

I'm not sure which is the bigger head-scratcher-- that she can't tell the difference between golf clubs and firearms, or that your office is apparently home to the most heavily armed bunch of social workers in the Northeast.

(Message edited by TheOneTrueElSanto On 06/27/2011 11:23 AM)
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KillerGoldfish
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Re:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:06/27/2011 1:12 PM)

It gets weirder.  This place is a nest of right-wingers.  Where they even found that many right-wing social workers to hire is beyond me.

If you knew those three gals you'd understand why they're packin' heat.  They work in Children's Services, for scrod sakes, or as we call it "the last chance for gas -- next stop, reform school."
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Marxo_Grouch
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:07/23/2011 3:24 AM)

This is one that's been vexing me for a while and it vexes me that it vexes me because while it's weird, it also demonstrates my brain's remarkable ability to pick up on meaningless crap.

There's an ad for some hair product or another featuring the actress from Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Very attractive young woman, and the ad shows her posing in various ways to show off her hair. The weird part is that there's one shot where she leans towards the camera to say something, and I swear, in that brief shot, she suddenly turns into another actress named Amy Brenneman. Now obviously it's just a trick of light or something, but the thing is that these two actresses don't really look that much alike and yet in that shot Lilly's face seems to actually morph into Brenneman's. She looks exactly like her.

Just a little fuel for those out there already convinced that Hollywood is populated by shapeshifters.
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Marxo_Grouch
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:08/03/2011 11:34 PM)

I have a really excellent flashlight: it's compact but it has a powerful beam, which is also very tightly focused. Really just a treat with which to illuminate the dark.

I noticed the light was getting weaker so I figure it's time to change the batteries, which I do. Problem solved. Except that this light has three level settings, low, medium and high, and for some reason known only to itself, it has suddenly decided - apparently while it was sitting on the table waiting for me put the new batteries in during which absolutely nothing happened to it - that it will only now function on the medium setting. This isn't anything more than a minor annoyance, but, as I said, there doesn't seem to be any reason for it to have happened at all, and yet it did.
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Choconado
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Re:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:08/04/2011 4:09 PM)

 light bulbs seem to work on their own internal logic, I've noticed.  I can't count the times I've had lamps change their minds as to if they're regular bulb lamps, or three-way, with no real rhyme or reason.
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Marxo_Grouch
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:09/04/2011 6:20 PM)

I attempted to transfer a tape of the excellent Australian murder mystery/mood piece Lantana from tape to disc the other night. I wasn't sure if it was going to work because the tape itself was a dupe from a screener and I figured it was going to tell me to go fuck myself right off. Surprisingly, it didn't, so I left it to its devices and went about my business. Two hours later I go to turn it off and when I turn on the screen, I see that the "Can't transfer - copy protected" sign has come on. So I stop it and look at the disc's menu. Turns out it chugged along just fine for an hour and eight minutes and then suddenly apparently had an attack of conscience and stopped the transfer. I would have preferred if it had just told me to go fuck myself from the get-go.
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The_Masked_Claw
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:09/04/2011 9:48 PM)

Zipped home from work tonight under a tornado warning, thanks to tropical storm Lee, which has mainly been dumping rain on us the entire Labor Day weekend.  Anyway, arriving home, there's a heron strutting along through our yard!  It's not uncommon to see them, and pelicans, and other sea birds by the sea, but I've never seen any of them this far inland before.  I mean, I'm only ten or so minutes by bike from the bay, but still, it was an odd, distinctly Florida moment.
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Marxo_Grouch
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:09/05/2011 2:01 AM)

For reasons of which I am unaware, a whole load of messages seem to have disappeared from my inbox. Including one from Kobb that had an important picture file in it that I don't think I had remembered to download to my hard drive yet. I hope you still have a copy of that scan, Kobbers, because after everything we went through thinking it was lost, I'd hate to have it disappear again, especially due to a combination of my negligence and Aimoo's random fuckeditude.
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The_Masked_Claw
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:09/05/2011 7:40 AM)

Hunh.  I suspect it has to do with my having deleted all of both my sentmail and inboxes, Marxo.  Of course, with systems other than Aimoo, that usually isn't the case.  You get what you pay for, I suppose.

Luckily, I do have that original (you think I'm gonna get rid of the pea-pod that quickly?) here.  If there's a tragic part, it's that I was shuffling around some of the mail-art I've collected, and it's liable to be buried in one of three drawers.  I'm pretty confident with some digging around I can recover it when I get back in town.  I may even still have the scan on my hard-drive.
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Marxo_Grouch
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:09/06/2011 12:16 AM)

Much appreciated, sir.

----------------------

My head seems to be getting a lot of scratching these days, and it's not the nits. (Not just.) I noticed that we seem to be down a member from 23 to 22. At first I thought it might be Marlowe again, since he's already registered, unregistered and re-registered, all without posting a thing, but he's still on the roster. As are Mortis, BJ, BroRag/ebolamonk, HKC and MwNP, even though none of them have posted in a long time. So I wonder who it might be.

The other possibility is that I'm misremembering and we only had 22 to begin with, but I'm almost certain that wasn't the case.

And, yes, I do actually have better things I could and should be doing, but we're not going to get to the bottom of any pissant little mysteries with that sort of attitude!
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KillerGoldfish
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:09/06/2011 6:14 PM)

A county car has been parked outside my office window all the livelong day...with its doors open.  We went out and looked -- there are no keys, the car is scrupulously clean inside and out, and nothing inside but a lonely snowbrush.  It's also parked cockeyed across 2 spaces.  I went out to write down the plate number so we could find out if it is one of ours, and my co-worker freaked saying "DON'T TOUCH IT!"  She thinks the County Commissioner is dead in the trunk or something.

It's not one of our cars.  A state bear came out to look it over, examined everything inside and out...pondered the matter over the radio on his squad car...then shut the doors and drove off.

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Marxo_Grouch
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:09/07/2011 3:56 PM)

I love life's odd little moments, but yours always seem to be tinged with menace, Fishlips.
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KillerGoldfish
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RE:Head-Scratchers
(Date Posted:09/09/2011 7:01 AM)

  Call it a trademark...
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