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November 16, 2009

Random Things

I love toys.

What's wrong with apples?

Entitled Pleasure, the leaflet has been drawn up by NHS Sheffield, but it also being circulated outside the city.

The leaflet carries the slogan "an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away". It also says: "Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes' physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?"

Steve Slack, the director of the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health at NHS Sheffield, who is one of the leaflet's authors, says that instead of promoting teenage sex, it could encourage young people to delay losing their virginity until they are certain they will enjoy the experience.

Incompetence: yet another reason to keep government out of our health care system.

Good nightshirt. Does this look like an advertisement for vegetarianism?

OK, this is funny.


Indomitable (and hot). Who said chivalry was dead?

Miss Manners nails it:

... heads of state are the symbolic embodiments of their countries, and the greeting gesture is itself symbolic. If they improvise mistakenly, they can expect a spontaneous outburst of American disdain.

...symbolic subservience to a foreign ruler is worse. When Miss Manners sees American citizens delighting in bowing or curtseying to royalty, she tries to remind herself that they are just being silly, not treasonous. When an American official does it, we can only hope it was because he was noticing that his own shoelace was undone -- and not that he recognizes the divine right of kings in general, or the authority over us of that king in particular.

And last but not least.... WEINER DOGS!!!

Via BOQ.

Posted by Cassandra at November 16, 2009 07:30 AM

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What a brilliant idea...working them out with an RCC. That was cute. Thanks.

Posted by: Cricket at November 16, 2009 09:09 AM

"If 'developped' [sic] nations were to reduce their meat consumption, there would be less famine, which kills almost six million children each year," Bardot wrote.

Only if we sent them all that unconsumed meat. And if we weren't busily turning corn into biofuel, we could send them all corn-on-the-cob to go with the steaks.

Bébé is obviously unaware that famines are caused by *crop failures*...

Posted by: BillT at November 16, 2009 09:20 AM

In this day and age, famines are caused by thug dictators who deliberately starve the populace as a way of keeping them under control. Uncle Joe showed the way on this back in the 1930s.

Posted by: Cousin Dave at November 16, 2009 10:15 AM

I do believe it is permissible for American citizens to bow or curtsy to foreign royalty; my recollection is that Jackie Kennedy did this after JFK's assassination, and it was considered excruciatingly correct in multiple ways.

But heads of state do NOT bow. They nod. A little shoulder action is permissible, and Richard Nixon did perform one correct Asian-style bow when the Japanese emperor came here--but he did it correctly, hands at sides, and not during a handshake. And he did not go too low. It was a sign that he had studied Japanese etiquette--in short, it WAS what Obama's supporters are claiming, falsely, that this was.

And Ike also did a few shallow, shoulders-only bows.

But these Obama bows--profound ones, from the hips--are unacceptable.

Posted by: Little Miss Attila at November 16, 2009 07:22 PM

OK, this is funny.

Love it!

Posted by: camojack at November 17, 2009 01:26 AM

Attila got it exactly right... the Japanese do not do those huge bows. The Japanese greeting bow is sort of like Americans nodding to each other -- you do it, you don't make a big deal out of it. It's simply to acknowledge the other's presence.

Posted by: Cousin Dave at November 17, 2009 01:09 PM