When I was growing up, the Flat Earth Society was a fun thing, a bunch of folks sitting around, going, “we know the Earth is round, but if it weren’t, what would that mean?”
It’s turned into an anti-science hate-fest, and while some of it may be simple trolling, there’s a lot of other crazy conspiracy conjectures being nurtured and released.
(I started to type “conspiracy theories”, but then decided that since in science, “theory” has a specific meaning, that involves being rigorously reviewed, tested, and adjusted, it wasn’t appropriate.)
Also look into how Qatar got the World Cup, and how they’ve treated the workers building the stadia for them. Middle Eastern nations may not deserve all the criticism they get, but they do deserve a lot of it.
Looks like Elwood to me.
“And despite that amazing display of cunning, reflex and physical prowess, your tail still has a death grip on your butt” — Calvin
“Oh no, Meatloaf again?”
“What’s the matter, Columbia, you’ve eaten Eddie before”
“Never with ketchup”
They’re not the sharpest spoons in the drawer…
“Mädchen” is easy. Any -chen or -lein is diminutive, which are always neuter. Mädchen is a “kleine Magd” (little maid/young woman)
Twain’s “The Awful German Language” is funny enough to start, but it holds up even the more German you know. (I had 4 years in HS, plus 10 semesters in college)
Tab is scary stuff. Years ago, worked a place where for some reason, the soda machine stopped being restocked, and we got down to just Diet Coke (which I already knew I didn’t like) and Tab. After about a week, Tab starts to taste good, which is just freaky. Fortunately, the supply system started up again…
Been thirty-mumble years since then, don’t know if I’d still have a tolerance for the taste of Tab, and have absolutely no deisre to find out…
a two-L llama, he’s a beast
and a 3-L llama is a heck of a big fire (3-alarmer)
I was a Llama before it was cool.
While it might be a lie, it might not, and a chance of progress exists.
When the response is simple denial, deflection, and rampant whataboutism, there is no chance of progress.
Perversely, the former is more often roundly criticized and punished these days, while the latter is more likely to be swept under the rug (especially on the right).